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【1-Day Trip in Tokyo】Fully Packed! A Day Out in Tokyo

If you want to enjoy Tokyo – a place that is filled with countless must-see places and fun spots – to the fullest in a single day, then you must build a plan and check the best transport modes before you go! We will showcase 10 courses that you can take for a fun-filled day out in Tokyo, ranging from simple ones to fully packed courses! Below is a model course for a whirlwind tour of Tokyo. 【Total time: 11 hours, 30 minutes】

<1> Line Up at Sushi Dai in Tsukiji (Tsukiji Market)

Sushi Dai is a joint that many sushi fans from all over the world visit just to be able to get a taste of its Edomae Saba (Edomae-style mackerel) (prices start at 300 JPY) and other seasonal sushi. There’s always a long line outside its doors, so be prepared to wait for two hours to get in! Order the Tencho Omakase Set (sushi set chosen by the head chef) (4,000 JPY) and relish 10 handmade sushi, one makizushi (sushi rolled in seaweed), tamagoyaki (rolled omelet) and other sushi delights.

【↓ To the next spot: 7-minute walk + 12-minute train ride, and then a 9-minute walk from Ueno Station】

Hours: 5:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Sushi Dai

Tsukiji Market Bldg. 6, 5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

<2> Meet the Pandas at Ueno Zoo (Ueno)

The first zoo in Japan, Ueno Zoo (official name: Tokyo-to Onshi Ueno Dobutsu-en (Ueno Zoological Gardens)) houses about 400 kinds of animals. Here, you can observe the giant pandas – the face of this zoo – while eating and doing other things.

【↓ To the next spot: 5-minute walk + 16-minute train ride, and then a 8-minute walk from Ikebukuro Station】

Hours: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM (last entry at 4:00 PM)
Entrance fees:
Adult: 600 JPY
Junior high school student: 200 JPY
*Elementary school students and younger children are free of charge!

Ueno Zoo

9-83 Ueno Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo

<3> Experience the TOKYO BULLET FLIGHT at the SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 Observatory (Ikebukuro)

Sunshine 60 Observatory is a place that has been reborn into an “interactive observatory”. Its highlight, the TOKYO BULLET FLIGHT, will let you experience traveling in the air. Get inside the human cannon-like machine and embark on a virtual flight!

【↓ To the next spot: Short walk】

Hours: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM (last entry at 9:00 PM)
Entrance fee:
Adults: 1,800 JPY

SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 Observatory

Sunshine 60 Bldg. 60F, 3-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

<4> See the Penguins at the Sunshine Aquarium (Ikebukuro)

Sunshine Aquarium is located at the rooftop of Sunshine City Building. Here, you will get to see adorable penguins at their new areas: Tenku no Penguin (Penguins in the Sky) and Sogen no Penguin (Meadow Penguins), where cute penguins go about their life in a meadow setting!

【↓ To the next spot: 8-minute walk + 45-minute train ride, and then a 2-minute walk from Odaiba-kaihinkoen Station】

Hours: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM (last entry is 60 minutes before closing time)
Entrance fees:
High school and older: 2,000 JPY
Elementary and junior high school students: 1,000 JPY
4-year-old and older children: 700 JPY
Children less than 3-years-old: Free

Sunshine Aquarium

Rooftop of Sunshine City World Import Mart Bldg., 3-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

<5> Exterminate Zombies at ZERO LATENCY VR (Tokyo Joypolis) (Odaiba Marine Park)

ZERO LATENCY VR (Tokyo Joypolis) is the world’s first VR attraction where a maximum of six people can play at the same time. Wear the VR goggles, and then battle zombies in the virtual space that opens before you! Team up with your friends in a city that has been infiltrated by zombies and protect your base!

Hours: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM (last entry at 9:15 PM)
Entrance fees:
Adult: 800 JPY + 1,800 JPY or +2,000 JPY on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays
*Must make a reservation in advance

ZERO LATENCY VR (Tokyo Joypolis)

DECKS Tokyo Beach 3F-5F, 1-6-1 Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo

[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 09.07.2017]

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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