Others have asked similar questions before, but I think my situation is specific enough I will try again.
I have an 8 hour layover in Tokyo this coming Sunday. I land at Narita at 3:25pm, and I fly out of Haneda at 11:30pm. I have never been to Japan before, and I would love to capitalize on this tiny chunk of time to experience one of the world's great metropolises.
I see my timeline as roughly:
3:25pm - Land at Narita
5:30pm - Leave Narita (conservative estimate to retrieve bag and pass customs)
9:30pm - Arrive at Haneda to check in
11:30pm - Depart for my destination
I will have a smaller-sized, checked bag with me, and I can either take that with me on my foray into the city, or I can head straight to Haneda to stash the bag in a locker (I think the former is probably the more workable).
My ideal scenario here is to stop in one note-worthy district of Tokyo where I can bask in the energy of the city, get a sense of its history, and stop someplace tasty to eat.
Here are my questions:
1) Is my timeline bollox, or is this workable given my humble aspirations?
2) Given my starting and ending locations, as well as the day and time, is there an obvious great location for me to target?
3) In said area, is there a recommended noodle house to try?
Possibly relevant details:
* This has all been arranged on short notice
* I do not speak any Japanese
* I am open to considering a guide with a car (but I'm not sure it would be worth it, considering my circumstances)
* I am also open to checking out an area near Haneda if there is anything noteworthy to see or do, given my timeline.