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Sprawling over 5,000 square miles, Tokyo is impossible to tour around in one day — or even one week. But if you have only one day, Forbes Travel Guide editors have created an itinerary that will maximize those 24 hours:
Get up early and get to Tsukiji Fish Market in Chuo, the world’s largest and busiest wholesale fish and seafood market right in central Tokyo. The live fish auction starts at 5 a.m., though if you’re getting a late start, you can still walk around the lively market and through the shops that surround it. Grab a bite to eat at any of the sushi shops or ramen stands around the fish market; this will be the freshest seafood you ever had.
Next, take the Hibiya subway line to Hibiya and walk around the Imperial Palace East Garden, the private residences of the royal family built on the site of the old Edo Castle.
Next, get a lay of the land at the Tokyo Tower observation deck in Shiba Park. Built in 1958, the Eiffel Tower-inspired observation tower offers views of Mount Fuji on a clear day.
After a brief rest back at your hotel, head to Harajuku to eat crepes and watch the parade of stylish Japanese youth. Get back on the subway to Shibuya for more shopping — make sure to walk through Tokyu Hands — and stop for a coffee at Starbucks overlooking the famous Shibuya Crossing, one of the busiest intersections in the world.
Feeling hungry? Check out the izakaya (Japanese tavern) Yuian in nearby Shinjuku for a variety of sake, more potent distilled shochu paired with everything from sushi to grilled sausages.
Head to New York Grill on the 52nd floor of the Park Hyatt Hotel in Shinjuku for Suntory times, live jazz, a chocolate soufflé dessert. End the night with a round of karaoke at Pasela, a 10-story entertainment complex in Roppongi with seven floors of karaoke rooms and an extensive selection of foreign song titles. Belt out your favorite ‘80s song and call it a night.