Tokyo is a fascinating city, with a greater Tokyo population of nearly 40 million, and deserves far more than 24 hours, but if that's all you have, en route to another destination in Asia, make the most of your visit and of 24 hours!
24 Hours in Tokyo
Arrive refreshed in ANA First Class, JAL First Class or JAL Business Class
If you plan to hit the ground running, you'll want to have slept on your flight and arrive refreshed. Fortunately, Japan's two major airlines, ANA (All Nippon Airways) and JAL (Japan Airlines) have stellar first class beds, and JAL has my favorite business class bed. Both the ANA First Class and JAL First Class beds are 33 inches wide, full flat beds with well cushioned mattress pads that are placed on them. I give the edge to JAL First Class' airweave mattress, which even has a choice of firm or soft. You'll also be able to enjoy excellent Japanese or Western cuisine, and Japanese cuisine tends to be ideal for travelers, with its emphasis on seafood, vegetables, and lighter preparations. And both ANA and JAL First Class crews are consummate professionals, polite and attentive, so you'll lack for nothing.
Take the Narita Express
Assuming you arrive into Narita Airport, take the Narita Express, both to avoid surface road traffic, and as the most economical option, at a current cost of about 3000 JPY, or less than $30, compared to taxi fares of about 22,000 JPY, or $200 or more each way. Use your savings instead towards one of Tokyo's top luxury hotels or a great sushi meal.
Stay at one of Tokyo's best luxury hotels
Tokyo is one of the world's best luxury hotel cities, and competition keeps standards very high. If you have an early morning arrival or a late evening departure, opt for The Peninsula Tokyo, since depending on how you book the hotel, you could enjoy flexible check-in and check-out. This enables you to gain early access to your room or suite or, if it's not available, to another room until your room is ready, a godsend when you only have limited time in the city and may be in need of a shower or power nap. There's also a good lap pool for those wanting an invigorating swim before or after sightseeing in Tokyo.
The Peninsula Tokyo
If you want to experience the best Tokyo luxury hotels have to offer, head to the Aman Tokyo, opened in 2015, with entry level Deluxe Rooms the size of suites at other hotels, at 764 square feet, each a peaceful sanctuary and with a distinctly Japanese aesthetic, from the shoji...