This itinerary is appropriate for families travelling with young children as it allows you to explore Tokyo at a slower pace. Solo and couple travellers may also use this guide and include more spots to explore in each day.
A quick overview:
3 nights in Shinjuku. 3 nights Urayasu (Disneyland). 3 nights Sumida (Tokyo Skytree)
Day 1 – Arrival day! Travel to Tokyo Shinjuku. Check-in Hotel Gracery Shinjuku. Exploration around accommodations.
Day 2 – Harajuku | Meiji Shrine
Day 3 – Day trip to Mount Fuji
Day 4 – Odaiba
Day 5 – Disney Land
Day 6 – Disney Sea
Day 7 – Pokemon Center DX Tokyo Station, Asakusa
Day 8 – Mother Farm, Skytree
Day 9 – Ueno Park, Zoo
Day 10 – Departure Day. Time to head home.
Day 1 – Arrival Day (Shinjuku)
A long plane trip can be tiring. Plan to do most of the exploring around your first accommodations after check-in. Usually, we will look out for supermarket or convenience stores to stock up our room’s pantry with local snacks.
Transport (Narita Airport to Tokyo Shinjuku)
The 3 main options are:
We recommend taking the train (NEX), which would be the fastest and cheapest option.
Hotel Gracery Shinjuku – Our First 3 Days
We opted to stay in 3 places. First 3 days in Shinjuku. Next 3 days in Maihama (Disneyland base) and the last 3 days in Oshiage. Changing hotels can be tiresome but you’ll be able to stay out later with less travelling time planning itineraries around the hotels. Sometimes it is good to just have one base depending on your personal preference and situation.
Ichiran Shinjuku Kabuki-
Shopping in Shinjuku
There are many streets and shopping in Shinjuku.
- Uniqlo – Huge affordable and trendy clothing store.
- Isetan – Clothes, bags, jewellery, makeup, food. Big departmental store.
- Takashimaya – Similar to Isetan.
Day 2 – Harajuku
Travel to Harajuku!
From Shinjuku Station. Harajuku is just one train station away. Taking the Yamanote line would take only 5 minutes.
Shop till you drop along the famous Takeshita Street in Harajuku. This shopping street is lined with trendy shopping boutiques and cafes.
The South entrance to Meiji Jingu Shrine is about three minutes walk away from Harajuku Station.
The compound is surprisingly huge. We spent half the day exploring the gardens around the shrine. Be prepared for a good amount of walking or otherwise you could just visit the main shrine.
Also, you might be able to catch a glimpse of a traditional wedding procession during the weekends.
Hedgehog Cafe Harry
Visit a hedgehog cafe for a unique experience of Japan. There is one called Hedgehog cafe Harry in the Harajuku district.
These places to visit should occupy you for a good half day, especially if you spend time walking around Meiji Jingu and its parks. If you have time and want to explore more of Harajuku, try visiting Owl Village and Tokyu Plaza.
Head back to Shinjuku for more shopping at…
These should keep you occupied for Day 2.
Day 3 – Day Trip to Mount Fuji (Tour)
Take one of the many available tours to Mount Fuji. There are numerous itineraries to choose from. We chose a tour package from Klook.com! Check out our Mount Fuji experience.
Day 4 – Odaiba
Time to check out of our first hotel (Hotel Gracery Shinjuku) and move to another (Hotel Mystays Maihama). Excited!
Transport (Shinjuku station to Maihama station)
Taking the train would take around 45 mins with 1 change of train and a total of around 30 mins walk.
While travelling with 2 young children, we opted to take a direct taxi from the hotel instead. It was around 30 mins and 90,000 yen. So it worked out to be about 23 USD per person.
It sure is the most expensive option but it was definitely worth it!
This left us with a lot of time to explore Odaiba. Just leave your luggage with the reception at the new hotel.
Transport (Maihama station to Odaiba station)
Take a relaxing
From Maihama Station, we took the Keiyo Line and got off at Shin-Kiba Station (2 stops; 10 mins) and change to the Rinkai Line and got off at Tokyo Teleport Station (3 stops; 6 mins) This should cost around 4-5 USD per person.
Odaiba, or Daiba for short, is a large man made island. It has become a popular spot for shopping and entertainment. Spend at least half a day to visit all the malls, museums and theme parks.
- Aqua City and Decks
- Diver City
- Palette Town
- Miraikan, National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
- TeamLab Borderless
- Museum of Maritime Science
Hotspring Theme Park
- Oedo Onsen Monogatari Hot Springs
Day 5 – Disney Sea
Spend the whole day at Disney Sea! Staying nearby helps (Less travelling required. Around 5-10 minutes on the shuttle.)
Check out our DisneySea Guide.
Day 6 – Disney Land
Another theme park day! You would most probably need 2 full days if you want to enjoy the park to its fullest and take every ride.
Check out our DisneyLand Guide.
Day 7 – Oshiage
Check-out time from Hotel Mystays Maihama and travel to our final hotel at Richmond Hotel Premier Tokyo Oshiage.
Transport (Maihama to Oshiage)
We decided to take the taxi again between hotels considering the children and luggage. (Costing around $100 USD. The time saved and convenience was worth it.)
After leaving your luggage at the new hotel, it’s time to head out! Take the train to Hie Shrine (Hanzomon Line and get off Nagatacho Station. Around 25 minutes)
Spend some time taking pictures at the beautiful steps leading to the shrine. If you are not into picture taking, you could give this shrine a miss as the Meiji shrine was much grander in comparison.
Pokemon Center DX Tokyo Station
Calling all Pokemon lovers! You need to visit one of the Pokemon Centers when you are in Tokyo. Even though we are not hardcore fans. It was still fun for the kids… and adults!
Check out our Pokemon Center Experience.
Other places to visit nearby
Todoroki Ravine Park
Day 8 – Asakusa
Transport (Oshiage to Asakusa)
Asakusa Station is just 2 train stops away from Skytree Station. Just hope on the Asakusa line! It should take only 5 mins.
This is the famous entrance gate leading to Asakusa’s famous Sensoji Temple. The large red lantern with the characters written which means “Thunder Gate” hangs in the centre of the gate. It is an iconic symbol of Asakusa.
Probably the most famous Buddhist temple in Tokyo, Sensoji Temple is also the oldest in the capital with more than 1,300 years of history. A must visit for visitors if you are in the Asakusa area.
Other places to visit nearby
- Hanayashiki Amusement Park
- Suzukien Asakusa
Day 9 – Ueno
Transport (Oshiage to Ueno)
Take the Asakusa line and get off Asakusa Station (2 stops; 3mins) to transfer to the Ginza Line (Platform 2) for 4 stops; 7 min and get off at the Ueno-Hirokoji Station.
This spacious public park is home to the famous Ueno Zoo and houses a galore of museums, art galleries, temples, and shrines.
Visit the oldest zoo in Japan within Ueno Park. You might need a full day to get through every enclosures as it is 35 acres in size. If you are short on time, just visit the animals of Japan and the zoo’s mascots, the Giant Pandas.
By the way, don’t be a klutz like us. We visited it on Monday to find that it’s closed!
Day 10 – Departure Day
Depending on your departure time. You may head out for any last minute shopping.
There are direct trains from Oshiage station ‘SKYTREE’ to Narita airport.
- Keisei Narita Airport Line
- Narita SKY ACCESS Keisei Line
Journey takes about 1 hour.
Hope you enjoyed this itinerary plan. We would love to hear about your experiences and any must-visit places that we can include. Leave us a comment below!