Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Tokyo Itinerary & DIY Journey Information for First-Time Guests


Discover the West of Tokyo

◘◘ Shibuya

That is mentioned to be a serious nightlife space nevertheless it’s additionally a serious buying and leisure venue particularly due to its robust youth presence in direction of trend and tradition.

The place to sleep in Shibuya?

  • For sights
    • ★ Shibuya Crossing: Present in entrance of the Hachiko Exit, that is arguably probably the most distinguished landmark of the district and probably the most photographed spot within the space. If you wish to get a superb view of it, go to the QFRONT constructing the place a giant Starbucks cafe is discovered. It’s greatest to return throughout rush hour to see a powerful sight however be ready for crowds contained in the cafe. TIP: If you would like the next chicken’s eye view, put together your zoom-in lens and go to Shibuya Hikarie shopping center’s Sky Foyer on the eleventh Flooring.
    • Hachiko Statue: Hachiko is the title of an admired Akita breed canine in Japanese tradition again within the 30s who exemplified very good loyalty to his proprietor even after his proprietor’s demise. As much as at the present time, Hachiko has been remembered for these wonderful traits and that’s why this bronze statue of him in entrance of Shibuya Station stays to be a well-revered level in Japan. With that, don’t overlook to cease by right here on your Tokyo itinerary! ALTERNATIVE: For a lesser crowd, there’s an even bigger statue of Hachiko alongside along with his grasp, Professor Ueno, on the grounds of UTokyo or the College of Tokyo.
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  • For quirky enjoyable
    • Karaoke: You should NEVER depart Japan with out attempting a typical Japanese karaoke! When you’re not from Asia, karaoke is NOT like those that you just see in Europe or within the USA the place the particular person goes on stage and sings in entrance of strangers in a bar. Asian karaokes are extra private and ‘closed’ so you may unleash your singing powers in a sound-proof room with individuals that you just truly know (or you may as well go alone). In fact, these Japanese karaoke rooms are high-tech and are even well-decorated relying on the place you go to. They could even present free costumes so you may cosplay whereas singing your coronary heart out! (And sure, they’ve English songs — a few of them even have Filipino tracks).
    • Love Lodge Hill: That is the place you’ll find the largest focus of affection resorts in Tokyo, and although it’s not a typical merchandise on a ‘issues to do in Tokyo‘ listing, it may be an amusing factor in itself particularly in the event you’re touring with the one you love — largely due to how the rooms are delightfully themed. Simply be warned although that some love resorts don’t settle for same-sex {couples} and even two foreigners. Nonetheless, you may relaxation in a room for 1-4 hours at round 1,500 yen ($15~) per hour or keep in a room in a single day for as little as 7,000 yen ($68~).
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  • For nightlife
    Two of probably the most good golf equipment would first be the mammoth tremendous membership ageHA with over 4 dance flooring, an outside pool, and an outside dance tent; and second, the laser-filled Womb membership with its identifiable big mirror ball. TIP: Higher but, get this Tokyo Nightclub Go that grants you UNLIMITED entry to the highest 7 nightclubs in Tokyo!
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  • For buying
    • ★ Don Quijote (for the whole lot below the solar), Loft (for stationery), and/or Tokyu Palms: These outlets are nice to incorporate in your Tokyo itinerary in the event you’re searching for low-cost souvenirs, novelty objects, stationaries, and extra! The Shibuya department of Don Quijote is the largest in Japan so ensure that to drop by there.
    • Middle Gai, Koen Dori, Spain Slope, and/or Shibuya 109: The primary 3 are distinct buying streets in Shibuya, whereas Shibuya 109 is a fancy that you just don’t wish to miss out if you wish to do some severe buying!
    • Shimokitazawa: This close by district is a superb ‘bohemian’ spot in the event you’re searching for classic and second-hand objects and garments.

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◘◘ Harajuku

Recognized for its trend scene, quirky tradition, cosplay outlets, and a lot extra!

The place to eat in Harajuku?

The place to sleep in Harajuku?

  • For sights
    • Meiji Shrine: Devoted to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji (1st emperor of Japan) and Empress Shoken, the huge Meiji Shrine is a superb tranquil ‘escape’ from the hectic Harajuku. As a customer, you may partake within the routine Shinto acts: shopping for amulets, writing out your want on an ema (wood plates) and making choices on the corridor. For correct habits when visiting a shrine, you may learn this information.
      • TIP: If you wish to witness a conventional Japanese Shinto marriage ceremony, head right here round 10AM and check out your luck!
    • Yoyogi Park: A typical assembly place for Japanese individuals from all ‘walks of life’. Because it’s simply close to the fashionable Harajuku, you’ll usually discover crowds of band members, lolitas, cosplayers, and fashionistas in attention-grabbing clothes (they’re typically concentrated round Jingubashi or the bridge close to Meiji Shrine). Taking images of those individuals in fancy clothes is completely effective, nevertheless it’s greatest in the event you ask for permission first since not all of them are there to please the gang — they’re normally simply there to hang around or do practices and many others.
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  • For buying
    • ★ Takeshita Dori: The birthplace of Japan’s trend tendencies, this can be a slim road that’s stuffed with fascinating outlets and cafes. It’s a particularly sought-out place in Tokyo (particularly by fashionistas) so it may well get very crowded right here, particularly on weekends. Among the stuff you shouldn’t miss out on? The doorway — take a photograph right here as you see your self flashed on the display screen.
      • TIP: Wanna do a guided tour? Take this Harajuku half-day tour that can take you thru Takeshita in addition to grant you entry to among the district’s high cafes!
    • Cat Avenue: If you wish to stray away from Takeshita Dori’s crowd throughout your Tokyo itinerary, that is the subsequent greatest place to be.
    • Omotesando: If Paris has Champs-Elysees, Japan has Omotesando. If Takeshita Dori is extra for low to mid-level consumers, Omotesando is extra for older or wealthier consumers. TIP: Drop by Espace Luis Vuitton Tokyo which is discovered on the highest ground of its constructing to seek out an incredible artwork house — to not point out that the loos are actually fancy haha.
    • Daiso Harajuku: That is certainly one of Japan’s well-known 100-yen variety-store outlets that supply inexpensive housewares, toys, stationery, decorations, bento provides, items, and extra!
    • Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku: It is a multi-story buying heart that just lately grew to become much more widespread due to its kaleidoscope-like entrance that’s product of dozens of tilted mirrors. Don’t miss out as nicely on its rooftop terrace space on the sixth ground if you need views over Harajuku.
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  • For quirky enjoyable
    • Maison de Jullieta: Kawaii (cute) tradition is a ‘factor’ among the many Japanese and a kind of kawaii trend kinds could be the candy lolita look. In Maison de Jullieta in Harajuku, you may gown up as one — full with costume, make-up, and hair association at a worth of round 10,000 yen ($97~)!
    • Kawaii Cafe: According to Harajuku’s colourful splash of colours and eccentric ambiance, there exists the Kawaii Monster-themed cafe! With over 5 individually themed areas, the cafe is sort of a rainbowholic’s paradise the place each nook is stuffed with kawaii ornament and Instagram-worthy scenes.
    • Purikura: Purikura runs like a photograph sales space — however totally different in a Japanese sort of approach and it’s extensively widespread amongst females. Via these machines, you may take images of your self or your pals in a studio-esque sales space; after which, you may be digitally enhanced. By that, I imply mechanically Photoshopped in a kawaii method: larger eyes, whiter pores and skin, and narrower face.
    • Mameshiba Cafe: If you wish to snuggle lovable Shiba Inu canines for half-hour, there may be this small cafe in Harajuku that you may go to. Personally, I don’t discover it value it (nor do I assist animal cafes usually) however I depart this up right here so you may determine what to do.

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◘◘ Shinjuku

As a serious metropolis heart, Shinjuku has the busiest prepare station on this planet (Shinjuku Station), it homes the administration heart for the Tokyo authorities, and holds a plethora of fantastic issues to do in Tokyo!

The place to eat in Shinjuku?
Aside from going to Golden Gai, Omoide Yokocho or Shin-Okubo Koreatown, go to…

The place to sleep in Shinjuku?

  • For sights
    • Tokyo Metropolitan Authorities Constructing: Towering at 243m, this construction has two towers and every of those has an observatory that guests can go to for FREE with a view to get a chicken’s eye view of Tokyo. TIP: I like to recommend the southern tower because it exhibits a greater ‘facet’ of Tokyo (closes at 5:30PM), whereas the northern tower is greatest for evening photographs because it closes later into the evening (till 11PM).
    • Shinjuku Gyoen: Greatest visited through the sakura and fall season, this place is only a stone’s throw away from Shinjuku station and it is likely one of the metropolis’s largest and most favored parks. Right here, one can find three totally different gardens, a conventional Japanese panorama backyard, a French backyard, and an English panorama backyard.
    • Samurai Museum: As a Japanophile, I’ve additionally been enchanted by the tradition and historical past of the samurai (or bushi) — Japan’s notable navy warriors. Adults can enter for a charge of 1,800 yen ($18~) with a view to see the spectacular displays; however the spotlight of this place might be the experiences that you would be able to strive: photoshoot with fundamental samurai gear (500 yen $5), sword battle efficiency with an actor (free), samurai calligraphy lesson (500 yen or $5~), {and professional} photograph shoot with full samurai gear (begins at 32,000 yen or $320~).
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  • For nightlife
    • Omoide Yokocho: That is generally known as “Piss Alley” however relaxation assured, it’s not as disgusting because it sounds. Based mostly subsequent to the prepare on the west facet of Shinjuku Station, that is virtually just like Yurakucho close to Ginza — besides that Omoide Yokocho options extra diversified tiny eateries that serve ramen (Japanese noodle dishes), sushi, kushiyaki (skewered grilled meat), amongst many others.
      • TIP: The outlets predominantly solely communicate Japanese so it’s greatest that you just guide right here for a guided tour so that you don’t miss out on something throughout your Tokyo itinerary!
    • ★ Golden Gai: Made up of a community of 6 slim alleys linked with even smaller passageways, Golden Gai is an interesting web site to go to for a drink. With over 200 tiny bars and eateries, it may well undoubtedly offer you a glimpse of Tokyo’s previous. Nevertheless, don’t let the appears to be like of those bars idiot you; although they’re small (becoming solely round 5 clients), the costs aren’t low-cost. In spite of everything, they usually serve well-off shoppers resembling celebrities, musicians, artists, and many others. However don’t again out simply but as a result of even when most bars solely welcome their ‘regulars‘, you as a foreigner can nonetheless get to expertise the glory of Golden Gai as a result of there are those that welcome non-regulars — that is greatest signified by the English menus that they’d show outdoors their bar. (Take be aware that these bars don’t open till round 9 or 10PM).
      • TIP: E book right here for a guided tour so that you don’t must fumble round.
    • Kabukicho: That is the leisure and red-light district in Shinjuku which is usually known as the “Sleepless City”. Not like Amsterdam which options prostitutes on home windows of their buildings, Kabukicho has a extra subdued assortment because it solely consists of hostess golf equipment, love resorts, therapeutic massage parlors, and extra (prostitution is prohibited in Japan). Except you wish to avail these sorts of providers throughout your Tokyo itinerary, I simply discover this an attention-grabbing place to see in Tokyo as an everyday vacationer. Relaxation assured, I felt fully secure strolling round right here because it didn’t really feel seedy. In reality, you may not even discover that you just’re already in Kabukicho! Additionally, one explicit factor about Kabukicho that I greatest appreciated to see or observe was the pachinko parlors. (Pachinko is an insanely widespread sport in Japan that by some means resembles pinball.)
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  • For quirky enjoyable
    • ★ Robotic Restaurant: Tokyo, the land of the bizarre (as some would say) lives as much as its title as a result of it gives a number of themed eating places like The LockUp (prison-like), Zauo (fish on your personal meals), and Alice in Wonderland Restaurant (self-explanatory). However probably the most entertaining and weird themed restaurant I’ve visited? That may be Robotic Restaurant in Kabukicho space. A construction of glitz, lasers, and robots, my ‘ordeal’ on this restaurant was… undescribable — in a great way!
    • Godzilla: Japan’s well-known big monster and popular culture icon, Godzilla, could be seen right here atop Toho Cinemas. It’s a pleasant spectacle as a result of he appears to be like like he’s taking a peak from the constructing — seconds away from wreaking utter havoc.
    • Animal Cafes: Loads of individuals would advocate that you just go to Tokyo’s well-liked animal cafés such because the cat café, owl café, rabbit café, goat café, and many others. (There are many them discovered round Shinjuku resembling Cat Cafe Calico, and many others.). I don’t like them although as a result of I’m uncomfortable with the concept of holding a number of animals in such a small house with strangers that they’re not that accustomed to — however, I depart it as much as you to determine what you’d do.

Discover the East of Tokyo

◘◘ Asakusa

That is mentioned to be the middle of Tokyo’s shitamachi (“low metropolis”) — which signifies that it’s an ‘olden’ district the place you will get a really feel of how Tokyo was up to now many years.

The place to sleep in Shibuya?

  • For sights
    • ★ Senso-ji Temple and Asakusa Shrine: Take be aware {that a} shrine is devoted to the Shinto religion, whereas a temple is devoted to Buddhism. These two locations are the principle spotlight of Asakusa with Senso-ji being the oldest temple in Tokyo. There may be additionally an spectacular “Thunder Gate” known as Kaminarimon (which is a logo of Asakusa and Tokyo) in entrance of the temple.
    • Sumida River and Park: For a leisurely stroll throughout your Tokyo itinerary, go over to Sumida River and lounge by Sumida Park which stretches on each side of this physique of water. Like what you’d count on, there are cherry blossoms right here that come alive in spring, after which throughout July on its final Saturday, this turns into an amazing spot for viewing the Sumida River Firework. (When you see a golden constructing with an odd golden construction on high that appears like a teardrop, that’s the Asahi Beer Tower with its ‘Asahi Flame’.)
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  • For actions
    • Kimono rental: That is your likelihood to strive on Japan’s elegant conventional put on: a kimono! Placing on a kimono could be VERY intricate, however don’t fear as a result of there are rental outlets unfold out all through Japan (catered each to women and men) that allow you to put on it outdoors for a day for a worth that begins at 3,000 yen ($25~).
    • Samurai Armor rental: You possibly can take a step additional and hire to put on Japan’s well-known conventional warrior’s (samurai’s) armor! When you guide this exercise on-line, you may actually have a skilled photographer take images of you.
    • Rickshaw experience: To finish your kimono look, I like to recommend that you just hire a conventional Japanese rickshaw which can take you round key spots in Asakusa.
    • Tea ceremony: Extremely influenced by the ideas of Zen Buddhism and a well-respected interest, the Japanese Tea Ceremony (often known as the ‘Means of the Tea’) is a conventional cultural exercise that’s elaborate and refined, and during which matcha or powdered inexperienced tea is ready and drunk by a number. To be frank with you: this can be a very lengthy ceremony the place you’ll sit immobile for hours as you observe a set of tips… however it’s a placing instance of Japan’s wonderful tradition that’s distinctive for immersing one’s self. For a superb place to do that in, go right here.
    • Hanayashiki: When you’re up for it, that is mentioned to be Japan’s oldest amusement park (inbuilt 1853) and it may be a unusual factor to do in your Tokyo itinerary.
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  • For meals and buying
    • ★ Nakamise buying road: Stretching at about 250 meters from Kaminarimon to the principle grounds of Sensoji Temple is that this picturesque buying road with over 50 outlets that supply native specialties and the same old array of vacationer souvenirs.
    • Shin-Nakamise: Additionally known as “New Nakamise”, this runs perpendicular to the Nakamise Procuring Avenue and is in step with numerous outlets and eating places.
    • Asakusa Kagetsudo: It is a well-known melon-pan retailer that has been operating since 1945. Melon-pan is principally a candy baked bread with an outer layer that appears like a melon — so it’s simply named that due to its look and never as a result of it tastes like a melon. If you purchase from this retailer, it’s best to eat it when heat.

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◘◘ Akihabara

Dubbed the otaku* cultural heart and tech buying district of Japan, strolling by Akihabara’s predominant road known as Chuo-dori will already provide you with an concept of what this district is all about.

You see, Japan might have an incredible historic tradition, BUT it has additionally developed an equally wonderful fashionable tradition over the latest years, and it’s in Akihabara that you would be able to get a glimpse of this considerably wacky ‘evolution’.
*Japanese time period for individuals who have obsessive pursuits generally in direction of anime and manga. A synonymous phrase in English could be ‘geeks’.

The place to eat in Akihabara?

The place to sleep in Akihabara?

  • For quirky enjoyable
    • Maid cafe: Lots of people in Tokyo like to cosplay — a type of roleplaying the place individuals put on costumes to signify a personality (typically present in animes and mangas). One of many good ol’ favorites of the Japanese in terms of cosplaying or dressing up are waitresses wearing frilly Victorian maid costumes. According to their character, they may even act as in the event that they’re servants after which deal with others as their masters. Now apply that concept to a café, splash it with small video games, cutesy demeanor, temporary performances, and picture-taking with clients and that’s the place you get the famed maid cafes of Japan. TIP: One other excellent spot to strive in Akihabara except for Maidreamin could be @Dwelling Cafe.
    • ★ Arcades: I’ve been to so many arcades BUT, they’re not as insanely wonderful, vibrant, thrilling, and quite a few as what Tokyo has! One of the vital recognized gaming arcades in Tokyo could be Taito Station. (You may additionally do purikura inside these arcades).
    • ★ Go Kart: Come dwell on the sting and discover downtown Tokyo in a cool Go Kart when you’re wearing widespread cosplay costumes! With this enjoyable driving tour in your Tokyo itinerary, you may choose to do a one-hour expertise or a whole-day affair.
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  • For buying
    • Yodabashi: You probably have time to go to just one tech gadget retailer within the district, then this 9-story constructing is your greatest wager! In spite of everything, it’s confirmed that their objects are normally cheaper than in Europe.
    • Mandarake or Tokyo Anime Middle: A gigantic 8-floor advanced that is filled with merchandise associated to anime and manga; so it’s the greatest go-to house in the event you’re a hardcore otaku or at the least a educated one at that. Whereas I imagine {that a} go to to the Tokyo Anime Middle is greatest performed first by individuals who do not know of the otaku scene with a view to acquire a greater understanding of it.

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◘◘ Sumida

Probably the most noteworthy sights that you must go to on this ward must be the next:

  • Tokyo Skytree: At 634m, that is the tallest tower on this planet. It’s primarily a tv and radio broadcast web site for the Kanto Area; however for vacationers, you may go to the massive buying advanced, aquarium, and planetarium which are situated at its base. And naturally, for sky-high views of town, Tokyo Skytree has two commentary decks and you should purchase your tickets right here.
  • ★ Ryogoku: In case you are interested in Japan’s nationwide sport of sumo (wrestling), then it’s essential to head to this place which is its so-called historic heart. You’ll find right here Tokyo’s sumo stadium (Kokugikan), sumo stables, and different sumo-related sights. If you wish to watch official matches, come round January, Might, or September and guide your ticket on-line. NOTE: To boost your Tokyo itinerary, strive chanko nabe in any of the eating places within the neighborhood. That is principally a sizzling pot dish that could be a staple meals of sumo wrestlers.
    • TIP: To order your sumo tickets for Japan’s Tokyo Grand Sumo Event, go to this hyperlink. For the months whereby tournaments aren’t held, you will get a close-up have a look at the sumo wrestlers’ morning combat practices by way of this tour.

Mt. Fuji Tour

◘◘ Mt. Fuji

Chureito Pagoda from Shutterstock.com

It’s time to take a look at Mt. Fuji or ‘Fuji-san’ (it’s how the locals generally name it).

Because the nation’s tallest peak, it has been thought of one of the iconic sights in Japan so it could be a good suggestion to briefly escape Tokyo’s bustle and dedicate at the present time to a little bit of nature.

Now, there are a number of methods for seeing this energetic volcano in all its glory however beneath are the perfect areas for viewing it that it’s essential to embrace in your Tokyo itinerary.

– Some individuals do one of many locations beneath as a day journey, whereas others as an in a single day journey to additionally expertise staying in a ryokan (conventional Japanese inn). It’s completely as much as you, however naturally, in the event you’re brief on time, making it as a day journey could be sufficient.
– Clouds typically block the view of Mount Fuji so it’s a must to take into account your self as fortunate in the event you get a transparent view of it (it’s solely seen for about 80 days a yr). It’s mentioned that visibility tends to be higher through the colder seasons of the yr than in summer season. In any other case, it’s nice within the early morning or late night hours in comparison with the center of the day.

  • ★ Hakone: (1hr from Tokyo) That is a part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu Nationwide Park and it’s well-known not just for its pure magnificence and lake views of Mt. Fuji, but in addition for its sizzling springs (onsen). Different sights that you would be able to try listed below are the: big scenic torii gate by the lake, Owakudani (sulfurous vapor rivers), Hakone Shrine (the realm’s most well-known Shinto shrine), Hakone Tozan Railway (scenic mountain railway line) and Hakone Ropeway (nice views over the energetic Owakudani valley).
    • To save lots of up on transportation prices, get a Hakone Free Go to realize limitless journey on eight transportation choices together with the Hakone Sightseeing Cruise (Pirate Ship), Hakone Tozan Prepare, Hakone Tozan Bus, Hakone Tozan Cable Automobile, and Hakone Ropeway.
    • For a hassle-free expertise, you may take a Hakone day tour that already features a cease at Mt. Fuji and another attention-grabbing actions like a lake cruise and extra.
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  • ★ Fuji 5 Lakes: (2hrs from Tokyo) The Fuji 5 Lakes is a area that lies on the northern base of Mount Fuji and amongst them, Lake Kawaguchiko is the simplest to entry with plenty of attention-grabbing issues to do. It is a nice inclusion to your Tokyo itinerary particularly in the event you additionally wish to check out a typical Japanese onsen (on condition that it’s a sizzling spring resort city). Don’t overlook to additionally strive the Kachi Kachi Ropeway for panoramic views of the realm.
    • For a hassle-free expertise, you may take a Mt Fuji day tour to this lake area with the inclusion of Kachi Kachi Ropeway, and extra.
    • A special choice is to quite go to Chureito Pagoda (pictured above) which continues to be a part of Fuji 5 Lakes however not discovered inside Lake Kawaguchiko. This spot is a favourite amongst photographers, particularly throughout spring or autumn and it’s straightforward to see why! (This tour consists of this pagoda as a cease).
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  • Kamakura: (1hr from Tokyo) Aside from providing nice views over Mt. Fuji, Kamakura can be well-known for its Nice Buddha bronze statue that towers at round 11 meters. When you’re into nature, this coastal city additionally has nice mountain climbing trails and seashores. To not point out that it holds quite a few temples and shrines just like the well-known Hasedera Temple and Hachimangu Shrine.
  • Enoshima: (1hr from Tokyo) It is a touristic island that provides quite a lot of sights (Enoshima Shrine), seashores, parks, an commentary tower, and caves (Iwaya Caves).  If I say so myself, doing a Kamakura + Enoshima day tour could be very best if you wish to try each of those cities.
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  • Fuji Shibazakura Competition: (2hrs from Tokyo) It is a well-known time-limited occasion that’s normally held at Fuji Motosuko Resort from the center of April to late Might. You probably have the time, I like to recommend doing a sakura tour of this competition because it options over 80,000 blooming shibazakura (pink, crimson, and white mountain phlox flowers) over 6 acres of sloping hills. Pair this off with an amazing view of Mt. Fuji and it immediately turns into an Instagrammable spot!

Different Choices Close to Tokyo

◘◘ Different Day Journey Choices from Tokyo

Beneath are different attention-grabbing day journeys that you are able to do on your Tokyo itinerary!

  • ★ Nikko: (2hrs from Tokyo) As a city discovered on the entrance to Nikko Nationwide Park, it’s most well-known for its Toshogu Shrine which is elaborately adorned. Aside from this, resulting from its mountainous terrain, sights just like the Kanmangafuchi Abyss (a strolling path by a gorge) and Shinkyo Bridge (a sacred bridge resulting in Nikko’s shrines) are a should to do on your Tokyo itinerary.
    • TIP: For a hassle-free expertise, you are able to do a Nikko day tour from Tokyo that features stopovers at Tochogu Shrine, Kegon Falls, Tsukiji Hitachiya & Futarasan Shrine.
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  • Yokohama: (1hr from Tokyo) That is Japan’s second-largest metropolis and it has one of many world’s largest Chinatowns. Lots of guests additionally have a tendency to incorporate Yokohama of their Tokyo itinerary due to its Cup Noodles Museum and Ramen Museum. In any other case, Yokohama’s waterfront is a sight to see in the event you simply head to town’s park.
  • Kusatsu: (3hrs from Tokyo) It is a sound journey to make if you wish to go to certainly one of Japan’s most well-known sizzling spring resorts. In reality, Kusatsu Onsen is blessed with massive volumes of high-quality spring water which makes it widespread amongst locals and vacationers alike. You’ll love the ambiance right here as you discover virtually everybody sporting yukata/kimono on the streets. In any other case, when winter comes, the city turns into an amazing ski resort to go to.
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  • Chichibu: (2hrs from Tokyo) This metropolis is a superb place to flee to throughout your Tokyo itinerary if you wish to get away from town. In spite of everything, its forested mountains present spectacular nature views and mountain climbing alternatives. One of the vital sought-after occasions right here, it’s the Chichibu Night time Competition in December and its Hitsujiyama Park in Spring (for its stunning pink moss park).

Discover the Remainder of Tokyo

Naturally, there’s extra to Tokyo than the sights I’ve talked about in days #1 and #2 above. So with a view to refill your Tokyo itinerary with different actions on your further days within the capital, beneath are some issues that you would be able to make.

◘◘ Different Locations West of Tokyo

The place to eat in Roppongi?

The place to sleep in Roppongi?

  • ROPPONGI HILLS: As much as do partying on your Tokyo itinerary?! In case your reply is a convincing YES, come dive into the perfect nightclub scene over at Roppongi! This district is known amongst locals and expats alike — which isn’t stunning given how Roppongi Hills is certainly one of Japan’s richest and largest property developments.
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  • Mori Tower: Because the centerpiece of Roppongi, Mori Tower is primarily an workplace constructing; however its decrease flooring are stuffed with greater than 200 outlets and eating places and its high ground has an commentary deck that provides you with an excellent view of Tokyo that open from 10AM to 11PM (1AM on Fridays and Saturdays).
    • To benefit from the picturesque rooftop views on Mori Tower’s 52nd ground, simply guide an Remark Deck ticket on-line.
    • Beneath Mori Tower, one can find an enormous spider sculpture known as Maman which implies ‘mom’ in French. That is made by the artist Louise Bourgeois.
    • Tokyo Midtown is one more constructing that you would be able to go into in the event you’re up for extra buying and leisure.
    • Throughout Christmas, head to the realm in Mori Tower that faces Keyakizaka Avenue in Roppongi Hills to see an amazing view of Tokyo Tower being illuminated by the road lights. Whereas in the event you go to Tokyo Midtown, one can find the Starlight Backyard which has over 280,000 lights which are magically unfold out on the grounds!
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  • ★ Tokyo Tower: At a top of 333 meters, this is sort of a duplicate of the well-known Eiffel Tower. Made after Japan’s post-war rebirth, this was once the nation’s tallest tower — till Tokyo Skytree was made in 2012. Regardless of this truth, the tower’s prime location continues to be a splendid place to see a panoramic view of town. There are 2 observatories right here: the principle one at 150m excessive and the particular one at 250m excessive. The doorway is 900 yen ($9~) for the principle commentary deck and 1,600 ($16~) yen for each decks. To guide your tickets, go right here.
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  • Nightlife: Golf equipment and bars in Roppongi is usually a dizzying encounter for a first-timer; so it’s truly preferable in the event you go to this with a neighborhood. In any other case, only a bit of recommendation: keep away from the boys (typically African males) who would attempt to push you into going to their golf equipment! Most of the time, these are seedy ones, and afterward, they may even overcharge you. For the perfect golf equipment to go to, I counsel Jumanji55, V2 Tokyo, or Membership Model Tokyo which all have a superb mixture of locals and foreigners. Higher but, get this Tokyo Nightclub Go that grants you UNLIMITED entry to the highest 7 nightclubs in Tokyo!
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  • Hie Shrine: To your Tokyo itinerary, you don’t have to journey all the best way to Kyoto to witness a Shinto shrine with a number of iconic crimson torii (conventional Japanese gate) as a result of you’ll find this proper within the coronary heart of the capital! In any other case, there’s additionally an analogous one known as Nezu Shrine.

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◘◘ Different Locations East of Tokyo

  • MARUNOUCHI: Chiyoda is known as the political heart of Tokyo and it’s right here in Marunouchi the place you will notice the aforementioned authorities establishments.
    • Imperial Palace: That is the principle residence of the Emperor of Japan and it’s truly an enormous park surrounded by moats. It incorporates buildings together with the palace, personal residences of the Imperial Household, places of work, museums, and extra.
    • Chidorigafuchi: Situated simply on the northwest part of the Imperial Palace is that this moat part. This space is extremely really helpful throughout sakura season because it is likely one of the greatest spots for hanami (cherry blossom viewing). So as to add: they usually mild up the timber at evening throughout that interval after which you may even hire boats there!
    • Tokyo Central Railway Station: That is the busiest railway station in Japan by way of the variety of trains per day and it’s fairly a sight to see! For starters, you’ll immediately discover this constructing due to its crimson brick look — a glance that survived from when it was first opened in 1914.

The place to sleep in Odaiba?

  • ODAIBA: As a man-made island, it was initially constructed to guard town towards doable sea assaults; at the moment, nonetheless, the island remodeled right into a futuristic enterprise and residential space.
    • DiverCity Tokyo Plaza: It is a eating, leisure, and buying advanced that additionally options sights associated to the well-known Gundam anime sequence. Reality be informed, it additionally has a life-size Gundam statue in entrance of its constructing.
    • Fuji TV Space: That is known as such due to how the Fuji TV Constructing (certainly one of Japan’s greatest TV stations) towers above the whole lot else. As a customer, you may undoubtedly go into Fuji TV’s observatory deck that’s situated within the round portion of the institution. Different issues to see round right here could be the shopping center of Decks Tokyo Seaside and the scenic Rainbow Bridge (which appears to be like dashing at evening, and the place you may as well discover a duplicate of the Statue of Liberty.)
    • Palette City: When you’re up for some severe leisure and buying spree actions, I counsel that you just head on to Palette City! Right here, you’ll find the next venues: Venus Fort (a mall that appears like a European city), Toyota Mega Net (a automobile showroom the place you may check drive vehicles), and Leisureland (a big gaming advanced).
    • TeamLab: Yet one more Instagrammable attraction, this interactive museum is well-known for digital and lightweight artwork. It’s an amazing inclusion to your Tokyo itinerary and with a view to guide your tickets, simply go right here.
    • Oedo Onsen Monogatari: When you can’t afford to go to a sizzling springs resort city, that is the subsequent neatest thing on your Tokyo itinerary! That is principally a sizzling spring theme park that emulates the ambiance of the Edo Interval. You possibly can get pleasure from numerous sorts of indoor and out of doors baths, eating places, therapeutic massage, video games, and different leisure whereas sporting a yukata (conventional Japanese put on). To order tickets for this, go right here.
    • Tsukiji Market: Fish is a giant enterprise in Japan and the Tsukiji Market is a fabulous level for observing this energetic trade in addition to tasting its contemporary produce. So far, this market has been divided into two, certainly one of which continues to be discovered close to Tsukiji Shijo Station and the opposite close to Odaiba. If you would like a guided day tour right here, guide an expertise right here.

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  • GINZA: Tokyo’s most well-known upmarket buying, eating, and leisure district.
    • Yurakucho: Yurakucho is a placing but enjoyable distinction to the close by upscale Ginza district, primarily due to its traditional-looking eating places which are constructed beneath the prepare tracks of the JR Yamanote Line — known as Gado-shita (which accurately means: beneath the girders). As a customer, I guarantee you that one have a look at Yurakucho will make you’re feeling as in the event you’ve taken a visit again in time throughout Japan’s early postwar interval! These days, plenty of Japanese salarymen have made this location their favourite eating place after work as they flock to izakaya (Japanese-style bars highlighted by their crimson lanterns known as akachochin) and yakitori (grilled skewered rooster dishes) eating places.
      • TIP: Take advantage of this space’s native flavors and consuming spots throughout your Tokyo itinerary by doing a ‘Tokyo After 5‘ tour!
    • Chuo Dori: As the principle buying road in Ginza, one can find right here all the main model outlets, shops, and eating places doable. Come nighttime, you’ll undoubtedly be feasting upon its blinding but stunning neon lights. Among the notable buildings right here could be of the Wako (that has the long-lasting Hattori Clock Tower), Hermes, Dior, and Zara amongst many others.
      • If you would like the perfect ‘festive’ expertise of this road, I counsel strolling by right here on weekends from 12PM to 5PM (till 6PM throughout April to September) as a result of it’s typically closed to car visitors — an occasion often known as ‘Pedestrians’ Paradise’.
    • Depachika: It is a mixture of the phrases depato (division retailer) and chika (basement). In Japan, a lot of the huge shops resembling Mitsukoshi have their basement ground made into some kind of meals market — however truly, if I’ve to explain it myself, I’ll name it a ‘meals theme park’ as a result of you will get to have a enjoyable but fast introduction into the VAST number of Japanese meals there — together with sq. watermelons and insanely priced strawberries! Anyhow, the stalls are very beneficiant with giving freely samples too; so in the event you’re on a finances, you actually don’t have to purchase one thing (although will probably be respectful to take action, naturally haha).

Further Actions and Locations

Naturally, there’s extra to Tokyo than the sights I’ve talked about in days #1 and #2 above. So with a view to refill your Tokyo itinerary with different actions on your further days within the capital, beneath are some issues that you would be able to make.

◘◘ Close to Tokyo

  • ★ Disneyland and DisneySea: For some good ol’ enjoyable with your loved ones and/or associates, try the favored Disneyland and DisneySea on your Tokyo itinerary. You possibly can go to each theme parks nevertheless it’s greatest to dedicate 1 day to every place. When you can solely go to one, I personally suppose that DisneySea could be an amazing alternative as a result of it’s certainly one of its variety in the entire world!
  • Sanrio Puroland: Enter the kawaii world of Japan’s well-known Sanrio characters comprising Hey Kitty, Gudetama, Melody, and so many others! It’s primarily geared towards children, however in the event you’re a Sanrio fan, this theme park is good for individuals of all ages! I’m an enormous fan of Gudetama and I fell in love with this place immediately.
  • Ghibli Museum: That is the animation and artwork museum of Miyazaki Hayao’s Studio Ghibli which is likely one of the nation’s most well-known animation studios that produced world-known motion pictures like Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and My Neighbor Totoro.

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◘◘ Exterior and Removed from Tokyo

  • SOUTH OF JAPAN
    • ★ Kyoto: Naturally, this historic place is a given and it may be simply reached by way of the shinkansen or bullet prepare.
    • Osaka & Nara: Osaka is understood for its nightlife and road meals, while Nara is for its deer parks. See this Japan itinerary information for what you are able to do.
    • Hiroshima: Primarily well-known for its aspirations of tranquility with its Peace Memorial Park, this web page might help information you in your high must-dos.
    • ★ Kinosaki: Situated about 3 hours away from Kyoto, this can be a nice onsen city that has an amazing ambiance. I stayed right here earlier than for two nights and I cherished strolling across the city in my yukata and geta (wood clogs), feeling like a neighborhood! In spite of everything, everybody (locals and foreigners alike) who go to the city virtually all the time wears the identical apparel when going in regards to the place onward to the general public baths — so it’s fairly a sight to see. Really an amazing addition to your Tokyo itinerary!
    • ★ Okinawa: As Japan’s southernmost prefecture, that is typically a alternative vacation spot for locals through the summer season resulting from its plentiful marine wildlife, pristine seashores, and exquisite coral reefs. Consequently, snorkeling and scuba diving are the highest predominant actions when on these islands.
    • Himeji: This place is most well-known for its Himeji Fort which is often thought of to be Japan’s most stunning surviving feudal citadel. Due to this, it’s each a UNESCO World Heritage Web site and a nationwide treasure.
    • Kobe: Because the capital of Hyogo prefecture, I assume the very first thing that pops into your thoughts now could be the favored mouth-watering Kobe beef, a well-known native model of wagyu (Japanese beef) meat. Reality be informed, you may eat Kobe beef in any restaurant round Japan that’s accredited to promote it so that you don’t essentially have to go to this place — nonetheless, in the event you’re a real aficionado, this place is nice to see! Both approach, as a port metropolis, Kobe is well-liked not just for its tasty native beef but in addition for its sake breweries, Mount Rokko, Chinatown, Harborland, and extra.
  • NORTH OF JAPAN
    • ★ Hokkaido: With magnificent unspoiled nature, Hokkaido is a haven for lots of out of doors lovers, most particularly throughout winter time as it’s a excellent spot for skiers and snowboarders (most particularly the ski resort city of Niseko). Furthermore, the capital of Sapporo holds an annual Snow Competition which options massive snow sculptures. In fact, Hokkaido doesn’t disappoint in spring and summer season both with sights like Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park, Furano lavender fields, Tenjin Wisteria, Sapporo Lilac Competition, and extra.
    • ★ Niigata: It is a prefecture inside Chubu or Central Japan and it is likely one of the nation’s high culinary and getaway hotspots. I went on a journey spree right here earlier than and I cherished my keep! To see an entire itinerary information, see right here.
    • Nagoya: Additionally discovered inside the Chubu area is Nagoya which is understood for its towering citadel. Different notable websites are as follows: Korankei, Metropolis Science Museum, Atsuta Shrine, and Railway Museum. For meals, try Sekai no Yamachan, a well-known izakaya (Japanese pub) within the metropolis that serves flavorful “legendary rooster wings”.
    • Kanazawa: That is the capital of the Ishikawa prefecture and it boasts historic sights in addition to its ‘Kenrokuen‘ — mentioned to be one of many 3 greatest panorama gardens in Japan.
    • Kiso Valley: Nestled inside Nagano prefecture is that this valley which holds an historic 70km commerce route known as Kisoji which was afterward mixed with different routes forming the 500km lengthy Nakasendo. At this time, close by submit cities of Magome, Tsumago, and Narai are flocked by guests not solely to hike by the Nakasendo however to additionally revel within the conventional stone paths and wood buildings of those quaint cities.
    • Matsumoto: One among Japan’s best cosmopolitan cities that also have that rural really feel. Relaxation assured, that is the sort of place that may preserve you occupied, with its gorgeous citadel, fascinating districts, and enchanting vistas.
    • ★ Shirakawa-go: There is no such thing as a scarcity of picturesque conventional villages in Japan and among the greatest from all of them could be the UNESCO World Heritage Websites of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama.
    • ★ Takayama: When you’re searching for a totally outdated and genuine conventional Japanese village, touring to town of Takayama in Gifu Prefecture is a should. Reality be informed, resulting from its well-preserved antiquity, it has earned the title of being Japan’s “Little Kyoto” — a title which I agree with!
      • Issues to do in Takayama
      • Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route: When you’re up for unbelievable and distinctive nature actions in Japan, it’s a MUST to go to the gorgeous mountain sightseeing route that’s generally known as the “Roof of Japan”. A crowd favourite as of late is its grand ‘Snow Wall’ that’s open from mid-April to late June! For more information, learn right here.
    • ★ Yamanouchi: It is a municipality in Nagano prefecture that has the beneath notable sights…
      • Jigokudani Monkey Park: Have you ever ever seen these lovable images on-line of monkeys bathing in a pure onsen (sizzling spring)? Effectively, that is the place the place you’ll find them! The monkeys are known as Japanese Macaques or ‘Snow Monkeys’ and they’re very accustomed to people so you may watch them play up shut on this park (which is their pure habitat). The park is open all yr however if you need the perfect images of the monkeys, come from January to February when the park is roofed in blinding white snow and the monkeys come bathing within the sizzling spring.
        • You are able to do this as a tour in your itinerary with Klook.
      • Shibu Onsen: An old school sizzling spring city
      • Shiga Kogen Resort: The most important ski resort in Japan.

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