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3 days in Tokyo

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3 days in Tokyo
Tall, wide-spread, and generally overwhelming, you could easily spend a week in Toyko and still not see all the sights. Here's how to see the major historic and cultural attractions in three days, from the Imperial Palace to Japan's largest fish market.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
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Day 1
The Tsukiji Market
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The Tsukiji Market

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Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Sumida River
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Sumida River

During the Edo period, lords and ladies took a boat along the Sumida River to Asakusa and the Sensoji Temple. Today, a sightseeing boat takes a similar route departing from the traditional Hama Rikya Garden.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Sensoji Temple
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Sensoji Temple

According to legend, two brothers kept trying to return a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, to the Sumida River only to have it returned to them the next day. This temple located in Tokyo's Asakusa district was built to honor her.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Shimbashi Enbujo
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Shimbashi Enbujo

One of Tokyo's main Kabuki theaters, Shimbashi Enbujo also hosts modern dramas and experimental forms of Kabuki. It was originally build for geisha dance performances.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Day 2
Edo-Tokyo Museum
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Edo-Tokyo Museum

This fascinating museum displays artifacts and architecture that tell a tale of Tokyo's history. Exhibits include replicas of an ancient Kabuki theatre and the original Edo Castle.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Meiji Jingu
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Meiji Jingu

Two, large gates frame the entrance to this Shinto shrine that was dedicated to Emperor and Empress Meiji. Completed in 1920, repairs were required after the shrine was damaged during World War II.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office
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Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office

The tallest building in Shinjuku, TMG No. 1 offers sweeping views of Tokyo--all the way to Mt. Fuji on a clear day--from the 45th floor observatory.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Day 3
Imperial Palace
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Imperial Palace

The current palace was constructed in the same spot where Edo Castle used to stand. Most of the palace grounds are not open to the public except for the East Gardens, which are accessible on select days.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin)
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The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin)

These beautiful gardens are located outside of the Imperial Palace. Access to the gardens is open to the public although the palace itself is off limits.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Roppongi Hills
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Roppongi Hills

This sprawling complex of hotels, restaurants, shops, museums and movie theaters is the new cultural heart of Tokyo.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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