So you only have one day to spend in Tokyo? Yes, this city is HUGE, but even with only one day to explore if you follow my itinerary, you’ll be surprised just how much you can see!

If you’re only going to be in the city for one day, you should base yourself in a central location so you don’t waste much time traveling around. I’d suggest Shinjuku or Shibuya area. We stayed in the cheapest hostel we could find in Shinjuku because let’s be honest if you’re only in Tokyo for ONE day you’re probably not spending much time in your room. Use this link to get $25 OFF your reservation on booking.com

So to see everything you’re gonna have to set that alarm for about 5:30AM-Sorry not sorry.

Get up, grab a coffee from one of the billion of drink machines located every couple feet. The Tokyo metro is NO joke. It can be very confusing so you’re gonna need to download the Tokyo Metro App or use google transit.

This first thing on the agenda is going to watch SUMMO practice. There are approximately 45 stables for sumo practice in Tokyo. Here are a few stables where you can watch Keiko that are used to foreign tourists:

Musashigawa Beya in Uguisudani (map)

Kasugano Beya near Ryogoku Station (map)

Takasago Beya near Asakusa Station (map)

If you’re like me though you probably just want to catch a quick glimpse. I suggest heading to Arashio Sumo Stable  (map), you can’t enter the building but you can watch from a large window along the roadside and I found it to be the perfect WINDOW of opportunity (get it?) to get a feel for Sumo. Practice starts at around 6:30am so you’ve got to get there early.

Address: 2 Chome-47-2 Nihonbashihamachō, Chūō-ku, Tōkyō

Next head on over to Akihabara District.

Akihabara is famous for its many electronics shops but lately, its gained recognition as the center of Japan’s otaku (diehard fan) culture with many shops and establishments devoted to anime and manga are now dispersed among the electronic stores in the district.

If you want to check out a MAID CAFE this is the place. Maid cafes are themed cafes where guests are served by waitresses dressed as French maids. In addition to serving food, they also engage in conversation and games with you. Some cafes such as @Home Cafe, offer English speaking maids. So grab some breakfast and explore Chuo Dori (the main street).

Next head on over to the famous Shibuya Crossing.

This is the Times Square of Tokyo. This is a great place to just grab a seat at a restaurant, eat some RAMEN for lunch, and just people watch for a bit.

After that get back on the metro and head over to Yoyogi Park.

Walk around a bit and check out the Meiji Jingu Shrine located inside the park. We got super lucky and got to see part of a traditional Japanese wedding happening there.

Once you’ve had enough of the park walk across the road to Takeshita Street. Takeshita Street is a pedestrian shopping street lined with fashion boutiques, unique cafes, and restaurants in Harajuku. This is the street where fashion comes alive. You can find girls and boys dressed head to toe in those crazy outfits you see online.

You can grab a crazy delicious crepe on this street or head into one of the unique cafes here such as a CAT CAFE or an OWL cafe, or do them all!

After doing all that it’s probably getting close to dinner time. I suggest heading back to your hotel or hostel and getting ready for a night out.

Get a little dressed up and head out for some SUSHI. I cannot even begin to explain how freaking good and fresh sushi is here.

If you’re staying in Shinjuku just walk around a bit before or after dinner. Check out an arcade. The first floor is for everyone, then each floor up you go, the more intense the gaming gets. It’s actually very cool to check out.

Now let’s talk SAKE. If you didn’t already have some at dinner, and even if you did, get some more. I suggest walking around, doing a little bar hopping and drinking up before the show. What show am I talking about? ROBOT RESTAURANT.

Now, this show is a litttttle pricey. I think it was about $70 a person which included a drink BUT you’re only in Toyko for ONE night so what the hell. If you haven’t heard about Robot Restaurant then just check out the pictures below. It’s a pretty awesome (especially after a bit of sake) robot fighting, crazy dancing, loud drumming, and just an overall wild show. Just make sure you buy your ticket a day or two before to make sure you get a seat!

After the show, I suggest walking around a bit more, eating more sushi and/or ramen if you’ve got the drunchies and just take in as much of the city as you can before heading back to your hotel or hostel for the night.

This is what I did for a day in Tokyo and I loved it! I felt like I got a really good feel for the city and I saw almost everything on my bucket list for Tokyo.  I LOVED this city and I’m sure you will too!