The Yamanote Line Tour

Yamanote Line Tour

Original image from TokyoMoob | Illustrations by ChiChi for JLM

“The Yamanote Line (山手線, Yamanote-sen) is Tokyo‘s most important train line. It is a circular line which connects Tokyo’s major city centers. A trip around the whole circle takes approximately one hour.”



If you’d like to have a no-hassle Kawaii tour around Tokyo, we recommend taking the Yamanote Line and use the train stops as your basis for your itinerary. Our favorite train stops are the following:

  • Shinjuku
    • For: Calico Cat Cafe, Kinokuniya Book Store, My Lord Shopping Mall, Takashimaya, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Alice’s (in Wonderland) Fantasy Restaurant, Ladurée, Bunka, Robot Restaurant, Kagurazaka, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office, Golden Gai, Fire Museum, Shinjuku West Exit Camera Town, Tokyo Toy Museum
  • Harajuku
    • For: Meiji Jingu Shrine, Yoyogi Park, La Foret, Takeshita Street, Vintage Harajuku shops at Ura-hara, Omotesando area, Famous crepes, Freshly-cooked Calbee potato snacks, Q~pot café, LINE store, Pierre Hermé café, Tokyu Plaza, Pompompurin café, Closet Child, Ota Memorial Museum of Art, Cat Street, Rocket, Onitsuka Tiger, KIDDYLAND Harajuku, Niko and ….
  • Shibuya
    • For: Hachiko Statue, Shibuya Crossing / Scramble, Shibuya 109, The Guest Café and Diner, Village Vanguard in Parco, And People Café, Tower Records, Alice (in Wonderland) Dance Land Café, Trump Room, Grimoire, Fake Tokyo, Disney Store, Fujiya Family Restaurant, Loft, Tokyu Hands, Don Quijote, Mugiwara Store, Ichiran Ramen
  • Tokyo
    • For: Beautiful Tokyo Station, Tokyo Imperial Palace, Ginza, Hama Rikyu Gardens, Tokyo Tower, Roppongi, Marunouchi, Daimaru Department Store, Nijubashi Bridge, International Forum, Nakadori Avenue, Kitte shopping complex, Marunouchi Brick Square, Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum
  • Akihabara
    • For: Tax-free Japanese gadgets / electronics, Maid cafés, Don Quijote, Anime merchandise, Otaku culture, Chuo Dori, Yodobashi electronics store, Akihabara Crossfield, Sofmap, Laox, Manga cafés, Anime center, Home Café, Mandarake, Akihabara Dai Building, Radio Kaikan
  • Ueno
    • For: National museums and parks, Ameyokocho, Kawaii pandas, Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo National Museum, Asakusa, Sensoji Temple, Edo-Tokyo Museum, Rikugien, Ueno Park, Tokyo Solamachi, Botanical Garden, Yanaka, Kappabashi, Ryogoku, Sugamo
  • Nippori
    • For: Nippori Fabric Town (Japanese textile, kawaii fabrics), Yanaka, Tennoji Temple, 10 manju shop
  • Ikebukuro
    • For: Sunshine City, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space, Electronic stores (Bic Camera, Yamada Denki), Shopping at (Tobu, Seibu, Marui) department stores Loft, Seibu, Otome Road, Namja Town, Sunshine 60 Observatory, J-World Tokyo
  • Shin-Okubo
    • For: Korean town, K-pop fans, Idol Park Cafe, Toppoki, Korean BBQ / yakiniku

For more info about each stop, click here.

Kawaii Tokyo Experience Itinerary for 3-5 Days

Hello everyone!

Here are our recommendations for your itinerary / stay in Tokyo. Kindly check our Yamanote Line Tour article as well for a detailed list of suggestions.


[Kawaii Day 1]

  • 9:00 – 10:00: Get ready / breakfast from kombini (7-eleven, FamilyMart, Lawson, Newdays)
  • 10:00 – 12:00: Harajuku (via Yamanote Line)
    • Takeshita Street, LaForet, Toy Sapiens (for toy collectors), KIDDYLAND Harajuku
    • Recommended vintage fashion select stores: FUNKTIQUE Tokyo,  PINNAP, PUNK CAKE, Bubbles Harajuku
  • 12:00 – 1:00: Lunch @ Harajuku
  • 1:30 – 3:00: Shibuya (via Yamanote Line)
    • Purikura, UFO machine, Hachiko Statue, Shibuya Crossing, Tower Records, LoFT, Village Vanguard, Shibuya 109 mall, Tokyu Hands
  • 3:30 – 5:00: Shimo-kitazawa (via Keio Inokashira Line)
  • 5:30 – 7:00: Shinjuku (via Keio Inokashira Line)
    • Calico Cat Cafe, Laduree, Kinokuniya Bookstore, Bikkuro (Uniqlo + Bic Camera), Nikon (for photography enthusiasts)
    • Alternative: Shin-Okubo / Korean Town (if you are also into KPOP and you want to visit Korea in Japan, hehe)
      • From Shinjuku, take the Yamanote line. It is just one stop.

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