May 30, 2023

Discover the West of Tokyo

◘◘ Shibuya

That is mentioned to be a significant nightlife space but it surely’s additionally a significant buying and leisure venue particularly due to its sturdy youth presence in direction of style and tradition.

The place to sleep in Shibuya?

  • For points of interest
    • ★ Shibuya Crossing: Present in entrance of the Hachiko Exit, that is arguably essentially the most outstanding landmark of the district and essentially the most photographed spot within the space. If you wish to get a very good view of it, go to the QFRONT constructing the place an enormous 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: In order for you the next chook’s eye view, put together your zoom-in lens and go to Shibuya Hikarie shopping center’s Sky Foyer on the eleventh Ground.
    • Hachiko Statue: Hachiko is the identify 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 loss of life. As much as today, Hachiko has been remembered for these superb 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 neglect to cease by right here in your Tokyo itinerary! ALTERNATIVE: For a lesser crowd, there’s a much bigger statue of Hachiko alongside along with his grasp, Professor Ueno, on the grounds of UTokyo or the College of Tokyo.
  • For quirky enjoyable
    • Karaoke: You need to NEVER depart Japan with out attempting a typical Japanese karaoke! In the event you’re not from Asia, karaoke is NOT like those that you just see in Europe or within the USA the place the individual goes on stage and sings in entrance of strangers in a bar. Asian karaokes are extra private and ‘closed’ so you possibly can unleash your singing powers in a sound-proof room with folks that you just really know (or you can too go alone). After all, these Japanese karaoke rooms are high-tech and are even well-decorated relying on the place you go to. They may even present free costumes so you possibly can 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 yow will discover the largest focus of affection accommodations in Tokyo, and although it’s not a typical merchandise on a ‘issues to do in Tokyo‘ record, 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 accommodations don’t settle for same-sex {couples} and even two foreigners. However, you possibly can 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~).
  • For nightlife
    Two of essentially the most sensible golf equipment would first be the mammoth tremendous membership ageHA with over 4 dance flooring, an out of doors pool, and an out of doors dance tent; and second, the laser-filled Womb membership with its identifiable large mirror ball. TIP: Higher but, get this Tokyo Nightclub Pass that grants you UNLIMITED entry to the highest 7 nightclubs in Tokyo!
  • For buying
    • ★ Don Quijote (for the whole lot below the solar), Loft (for stationery), and/or Tokyu Arms: These retailers are nice to incorporate in your Tokyo itinerary in the event you’re on the lookout for low cost souvenirs, novelty gadgets, stationaries, and extra! The Shibuya department of Don Quijote is the largest in Japan so be certain that to drop by there.
    • Heart 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 need to miss out if you wish to do some critical buying!
    • Shimokitazawa: This close by district is a superb ‘bohemian’ spot in the event you’re on the lookout for classic and second-hand gadgets and garments.

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◘◘ Harajuku

Recognized for its style scene, quirky tradition, cosplay retailers, and a lot extra!

The place to eat in Harajuku?

The place to sleep in Harajuku?

  • For points of interest
    • 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 possibly can partake within the routine Shinto acts: shopping for amulets, writing out your want on an ema (picket plates) and making choices on the corridor. For correct habits when visiting a shrine, you possibly can learn this guide.
      • TIP: If you wish to witness a conventional Japanese Shinto wedding ceremony, head right here round 10AM and take a look at your luck!
    • Yoyogi Park: A typical assembly place for Japanese folks 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 fascinating clothes (they’re typically concentrated round Jingubashi or the bridge close to Meiji Shrine). Taking photographs of those folks in fancy clothes is completely effective, but it surely’s greatest in the event you ask for permission first since not all of them are there to please the gang — they’re often simply there to hang around or do practices and so on.
  • For buying
    • ★ Takeshita Dori: The birthplace of Japan’s style tendencies, this can be a slim avenue that’s stuffed with fascinating retailers and cafes. It’s a particularly sought-out place in Tokyo (particularly by fashionistas) so it could possibly get very crowded right here, particularly on weekends. Among the belongings 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 may take you thru Takeshita in addition to grant you entry to a number of the district’s prime cafes!
    • Cat Avenue: If you wish to stray away from Takeshita Dori’s crowd throughout your Tokyo itinerary, that is the following greatest place to be.
    • Omotesando: If Paris has Champs-Elysees, Japan has Omotesando. If Takeshita Dori is extra for low to mid-level buyers, Omotesando is extra for older or wealthier buyers. TIP: Drop by Espace Luis Vuitton Tokyo which is discovered on the highest ground of its constructing to search out an incredible artwork house — to not point out that the loos are actually fancy haha.
    • Daiso Harajuku: That is one in all Japan’s well-known 100-yen variety-store retailers that supply reasonably priced housewares, toys, stationery, decorations, bento provides, presents, and extra!
    • Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku: This can be a multi-story buying middle that lately grew to become much more standard due to its kaleidoscope-like entrance that’s fabricated from dozens of tilted mirrors. Don’t miss out as effectively on its rooftop terrace space on the sixth ground if you’d like views over Harajuku.
  • For quirky enjoyable
    • Maison de Jullieta: Kawaii (cute) tradition is a ‘factor’ among the many Japanese and a type of kawaii style kinds could be the candy lolita look. In Maison de Jullieta in Harajuku, you possibly can costume up as one — full with costume, make-up, and hair association at a worth of round 10,000 yen ($97~)!
    • Kawaii Cafe: In keeping with 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 method and it’s extensively standard amongst females. By way of these machines, you possibly can take photographs of your self or your pals in a studio-esque sales space; after which, you can be digitally enhanced. By that, I imply routinely 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’s this small cafe in Harajuku that you can go to. Personally, I don’t discover it value it (nor do I assist animal cafes basically) however I depart this up right here so you possibly can determine what to do.

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◘◘ Shinjuku

As a significant metropolis middle, Shinjuku has the busiest practice station on the planet (Shinjuku Station), it homes the administration middle for the Tokyo authorities, and holds a plethora of wonderful issues to do in Tokyo!

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

The place to sleep in Shinjuku?

  • For points of interest
    • 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 chook’s eye view of Tokyo. TIP: I like to recommend the southern tower because it reveals a greater ‘facet’ of Tokyo (closes at 5:30PM), whereas the northern tower is greatest for night time pictures because it closes later into the night time (till 11PM).
    • Shinjuku Gyoen: Finest visited in the course of the sakura and fall season, this place is only a stone’s throw away from Shinjuku station and it is without doubt one of the metropolis’s largest and most favored parks. Right here, you will see 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 army warriors. Adults can enter for a price of 1,800 yen ($18~) with a view to see the spectacular reveals; however the spotlight of this place might be the experiences which you could strive: photoshoot with primary samurai gear (500 yen $5), sword battle efficiency with an actor (free), samurai calligraphy lesson (500 yen or $5~), {and professional} picture shoot with full samurai gear (begins at 32,000 yen or $320~).
  • For nightlife
    • Omoide Yokocho: That is generally known as “Piss Alley” however relaxation assured, it’s not as disgusting because it sounds. Primarily based subsequent to the practice on the west facet of Shinjuku Station, that is nearly just like Yurakucho close to Ginza — besides that Omoide Yokocho options extra different tiny eateries that serve ramen (Japanese noodle dishes), sushi, kushiyaki (skewered grilled meat), amongst many others.
      • TIP: The retailers predominantly solely communicate Japanese so it’s greatest that you just e-book 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 enchanting web site to go to for a drink. With over 200 tiny bars and eateries, it could possibly undoubtedly give you a glimpse of Tokyo’s previous. Nonetheless, don’t let the appears of those bars idiot you; although they’re small (becoming solely round 5 clients), the costs should not low cost. In spite of everything, they sometimes serve well-off shoppers akin to celebrities, musicians, artists, and so on. 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 here for a guided tour so that you don’t need to 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 accommodations, therapeutic massage parlors, and extra (prostitution is against the law in Japan). Except you need to avail these sorts of providers throughout your Tokyo itinerary, I simply discover this an fascinating place to see in Tokyo as a daily vacationer. Relaxation assured, I felt totally secure strolling round right here because it didn’t really feel seedy. In actual fact, you may not even discover that you just’re already in Kabukicho! Additionally, one explicit factor about Kabukicho that I greatest preferred to see or observe was the pachinko parlors. (Pachinko is an insanely standard sport in Japan that in some way resembles pinball.)
  • For quirky enjoyable
    • ★ Robotic Restaurant: Tokyo, the land of the bizarre (as some would say) lives as much as its identify as a result of it affords a number of themed eating places like The LockUp (prison-like), Zauo (fish in your personal meals), and Alice in Wonderland Restaurant (self-explanatory). However essentially the most entertaining and weird themed restaurant I’ve visited? That will be Robot 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 large monster and popular culture icon, Godzilla, may be seen right here atop Toho Cinemas. It’s a pleasant spectacle as a result of he appears like he’s taking a peak from the constructing — seconds away from wreaking utter havoc.
    • Animal Cafes: Loads of folks 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 so on. (There are many them discovered round Shinjuku akin to Cat Cafe Calico, and so on.). 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’ll 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 prior to now a long time.

The place to sleep in Shibuya?

  • For points of interest
    • ★ 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’s additionally an spectacular “Thunder Gate” known as Kaminarimon (which is an emblem 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 anticipate, there are cherry blossoms right here that come alive in spring, after which throughout July on its final Saturday, this turns into an incredible spot for viewing the Sumida River Firework. (In the event you see a golden constructing with an odd golden construction on prime that appears like a teardrop, that’s the Asahi Beer Tower with its ‘Asahi Flame’.)
  • For actions
    • Kimono rental: That is your probability to strive on Japan’s elegant conventional put on: a kimono! Placing on a kimono may be VERY intricate, however don’t fear as a result of there are rental shops 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 may take a step additional and hire to put on Japan’s well-known conventional warrior’s (samurai’s) armor! In the event you e-book this exercise online, you possibly can also have a skilled photographer take photographs of you.
    • Rickshaw experience: To finish your kimono look, I like to recommend that you just rent a traditional Japanese rickshaw which can take you round key spots in Asakusa.
    • Tea ceremony: Extremely influenced by the rules of Zen Buddhism and a well-respected interest, the Japanese Tea Ceremony (often known as the ‘Approach of the Tea’) is a conventional cultural exercise that’s elaborate and refined, and wherein 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 putting instance of Japan’s superb tradition that’s distinctive for immersing one’s self. For a very good place to do that in, go here.
    • Hanayashiki: In the event you’re up for it, that is mentioned to be Japan’s oldest amusement park (in-built 1853) and it may be a unusual factor to do in your Tokyo itinerary.
  • For meals and buying
    • ★ Nakamise buying avenue: Stretching at about 250 meters from Kaminarimon to the principle grounds of Sensoji Temple is that this picturesque buying avenue with over 50 retailers that supply native specialties and the standard array of vacationer souvenirs.
    • Shin-Nakamise: Additionally known as “New Nakamise”, this runs perpendicular to the Nakamise Purchasing Avenue and is according to varied retailers and eating places.
    • Asakusa Kagetsudo: This can be a well-known melon-pan retailer that has been working since 1945. Melon-pan is mainly 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. Whenever you purchase from this retailer, it’s best to eat it when heat.

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◘◘ Akihabara

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

You see, Japan could have an incredible historical tradition, BUT it has additionally developed an equally superb trendy tradition over the latest years, and it’s in Akihabara which you could 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 folks put on costumes to signify a personality (usually present in animes and mangas). One of many good ol’ favorites of the Japanese in relation to cosplaying or dressing up are waitresses wearing frilly Victorian maid costumes. In keeping with their character, they’ll 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 good spot to strive in Akihabara apart from Maidreamin could be @Home Cafe.
    • ★ Arcades: I’ve been to so many arcades BUT, they’re not as insanely superb, brilliant, thrilling, and quite a few as what Tokyo has! Probably the most recognized gaming arcades in Tokyo could be Taito Station. (You would 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 standard cosplay costumes! With this enjoyable driving tour in your Tokyo itinerary, you possibly can decide to do a one-hour expertise or a whole-day affair.
  • For buying
    • Yodabashi: When you have time to go to only 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 gadgets are often cheaper than in Europe.
    • Mandarake or Tokyo Anime Heart: A gigantic 8-floor complicated that is stuffed with merchandise associated to anime and manga; so it’s the greatest go-to house in the event you’re a hardcore otaku or no less than a educated one at that. Whereas I imagine {that a} go to to the Tokyo Anime Heart 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 points of interest that it is best to go to on this ward must be the next:

  • Tokyo Skytree: At 634m, that is the tallest tower on the planet. It’s primarily a tv and radio broadcast web site for the Kanto Area; however for vacationers, you possibly can go to the massive buying complicated, aquarium, and planetarium which can be positioned at its base. And naturally, for sky-high views of the town, Tokyo Skytree has two commentary decks and you should buy your tickets here.
  • ★ Ryogoku: If you’re interested by Japan’s nationwide sport of sumo (wrestling), then you will need to head to this place which is its so-called historic middle. Yow will discover right here Tokyo’s sumo stadium (Kokugikan), sumo stables, and different sumo-related points of interest. If you wish to watch official matches, come round January, Could, or September and book your ticket online. NOTE: To boost your Tokyo itinerary, strive chanko nabe in any of the eating places within the neighborhood. That is mainly 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 link. For the months whereby tournaments should not held, you will get a close-up have a look at the sumo wrestlers’ morning struggle practices through this tour.

Mt. Fuji Tour

◘◘ Mt. Fuji

Chureito Pagoda from

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-about one of the vital iconic sights in Japan so it will be a good suggestion to quickly escape Tokyo’s bustle and dedicate today to a little bit of nature.

Now, there are a number of methods for seeing this lively volcano in all its glory however under are one of the best areas for viewing it that you will need to embrace in your Tokyo itinerary.

– Some folks do one of many locations under 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 usually block the view of Mount Fuji so you need to contemplate your self as fortunate in the event you get a transparent view of it (it’s solely seen for about 80 days a 12 months). It’s mentioned that visibility tends to be higher in the course of the colder seasons of the 12 months 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 additionally for its sizzling springs (onsen). Different points of interest which you could try listed here 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 lively Owakudani valley).
    • To save lots of up on transportation prices, get a Hakone Free Pass to achieve limitless journey on eight transportation choices together with the Hakone Sightseeing Cruise (Pirate Ship), Hakone Tozan Practice, Hakone Tozan Bus, Hakone Tozan Cable Automobile, and Hakone Ropeway.
    • For a hassle-free expertise, you possibly can take a Hakone day tour that already features a cease at Mt. Fuji and another fascinating actions like a lake cruise and extra.
  • ★ 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 best to entry with plenty of fascinating issues to do. This can be a nice inclusion to your Tokyo itinerary particularly in the event you additionally need to check out a typical Japanese onsen (on condition that it’s a sizzling spring resort city). Don’t neglect to additionally strive the Kachi Kachi Ropeway for panoramic views of the realm.
    • For a hassle-free expertise, you possibly can take a Mt Fuji day tour to this lake area with the inclusion of Kachi Kachi Ropeway, and extra.
    • A distinct choice is to reasonably 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 simple to see why! (This tour consists of this pagoda as a cease).
  • Kamakura: (1hr from Tokyo) Aside from providing nice views over Mt. Fuji, Kamakura can also be well-known for its Nice Buddha bronze statue that towers at round 11 meters. In the event you’re into nature, this coastal city additionally has nice mountaineering 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) This can be a touristic island that gives quite a lot of points of interest (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.
  • Fuji Shibazakura Pageant: (2hrs from Tokyo) This can be a well-known time-limited occasion that’s often held at Fuji Motosuko Resort from the center of April to late Could. When you have the time, I like to recommend doing a sakura tour of this pageant because it options over 80,000 blooming shibazakura (pink, pink, and white mountain phlox flowers) over 6 acres of sloping hills. Pair this off with an incredible 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 fascinating day journeys that you are able to do in 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 embellished. Apart from this, resulting from its mountainous terrain, sights just like the Kanmangafuchi Abyss (a strolling path by means of a gorge) and Shinkyo Bridge (a sacred bridge resulting in Nikko’s shrines) are a should to do in 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.
  • Yokohama: (1hr from Tokyo) That is Japan’s second-largest metropolis and it has one of many world’s largest Chinatowns. Plenty 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 the town’s park.
  • Kusatsu: (3hrs from Tokyo) This can be a sound journey to make if you wish to go to one in all Japan’s most well-known sizzling spring resorts. In actual fact, Kusatsu Onsen is blessed with giant volumes of high-quality spring water which makes it standard amongst locals and vacationers alike. You’ll love the ambiance right here as you discover nearly everybody carrying yukata/kimono on the streets. In any other case, when winter comes, the city turns into an incredible ski resort to go to.
  • Chichibu: (2hrs from Tokyo) This metropolis is a superb place to flee to throughout your Tokyo itinerary if you wish to get away from the town. In spite of everything, its forested mountains present spectacular nature views and mountaineering alternatives. Probably the most sought-after occasions right here, it’s the Chichibu Evening Pageant 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 replenish your Tokyo itinerary with different actions in your additional days within the capital, under are some concerns which you could 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 in your Tokyo itinerary?! In case your reply is a powerful YES, come dive into one of the best nightclub scene over at Roppongi! This district is legendary amongst locals and expats alike — which isn’t shocking given how Roppongi Hills is one in all Japan’s richest and largest property developments.
  • Mori Tower: Because the centerpiece of Roppongi, Mori Tower is primarily an workplace constructing; however its decrease flooring are stuffed with greater than 200 retailers and eating places and its prime ground has an commentary deck that will provide you with a wonderful 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 book an Observation Deck ticket online.
    • Beneath Mori Tower, you will see an enormous spider sculpture known as Maman which implies ‘mom’ in French. That is made by the artist Louise Bourgeois.
    • Tokyo Midtown is yet one more constructing which you could 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 incredible view of Tokyo Tower being illuminated by the road lights. Whereas in the event you go to Tokyo Midtown, you will see the Starlight Backyard which has over 280,000 lights which can be magically unfold out on the grounds!
  • ★ 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 reality, the tower’s prime location continues to be a splendid place to see a panoramic view of the 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 e-book your tickets, go here.
  • Nightlife: Golf equipment and bars in Roppongi generally is a dizzying encounter for a first-timer; so it’s really preferable in the event you go to this with an area. In any other case, only a bit of recommendation: keep away from the lads (usually African males) who would attempt to push you into going to their golf equipment! Most of the time, these are seedy ones, and in a while, they could even overcharge you. For one of the best golf equipment to go to, I counsel Jumanji55, V2 Tokyo, or Club Brand Tokyo which all have a very good mixture of locals and foreigners. Higher but, get this Tokyo Nightclub Pass that grants you UNLIMITED entry to the highest 7 nightclubs in Tokyo!
  • Hie Shrine: On your Tokyo itinerary, you don’t have to journey all the way in which to Kyoto to witness a Shinto shrine with a number of iconic pink torii (conventional Japanese gate) as a result of yow will discover this proper within the coronary heart of the capital! In any other case, there’s additionally an identical one known as Nezu Shrine.

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◘◘ Different Locations East of Tokyo

  • MARUNOUCHI: Chiyoda is known as the political middle of Tokyo and it’s right here in Marunouchi the place you will note the aforementioned authorities establishments.
    • Imperial Palace: That is the principle residence of the Emperor of Japan and it’s really an enormous park surrounded by moats. It incorporates buildings together with the palace, personal residences of the Imperial Household, workplaces, museums, and extra.
    • Chidorigafuchi: Situated simply on the northwest part of the Imperial Palace is that this moat part. This space is very beneficial throughout sakura season because it is without doubt one of the greatest spots for hanami (cherry blossom viewing). So as to add: they usually mild up the timber at night time throughout that interval after which you possibly can even hire boats there!
    • Tokyo Central Railway Station: That is the busiest railway station in Japan when it comes to 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 pink 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 the town in opposition to doable sea assaults; right this moment, nonetheless, the island reworked right into a futuristic enterprise and residential space.
    • DiverCity Tokyo Plaza: This can be a eating, leisure, and buying complicated that additionally options points of interest associated to the well-known Gundam anime sequence. Reality be advised, 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 (one in all Japan’s largest TV stations) towers above the whole lot else. As a customer, you can positively go into Fuji TV’s observatory deck that’s positioned 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 dashing at night time, and the place you can too discover a duplicate of the Statue of Liberty.)
    • Palette City: In the event you’re up for some critical leisure and buying spree actions, I counsel that you just head on to Palette City! Right here, yow will discover the next venues: Venus Fort (a mall that appears like a European city), Toyota Mega Internet (a automotive showroom the place you possibly can take a look at drive automobiles), and Leisureland (a big gaming complicated).
    • TeamLab: Yet one more Instagrammable attraction, this interactive museum is well-known for digital and light-weight artwork. It’s an incredible inclusion to your Tokyo itinerary and with a view to e-book your tickets, simply go here.
    • Oedo Onsen Monogatari: In the event you can’t afford to go to a sizzling springs resort city, that is the following smartest thing in your Tokyo itinerary! That is mainly a sizzling spring theme park that emulates the ambiance of the Edo Interval. You may get pleasure from varied forms of indoor and out of doors baths, eating places, therapeutic massage, video games, and different leisure whereas carrying a yukata (conventional Japanese put on). To order tickets for this, go here.
    • Tsukiji Market: Fish is an enormous 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, one in all which continues to be discovered close to Tsukiji Shijo Station and the opposite close to Odaiba. In order for you a guided day tour right here, e-book an expertise here.

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  • GINZA: Tokyo’s most well-known upmarket buying, eating, and leisure district.
    • Yurakucho: Yurakucho is a putting but enjoyable distinction to the close by upscale Ginza district, primarily due to its traditional-looking eating places which can be constructed beneath the practice tracks of the JR Yamanote Line — known as Gado-shita (which accurately means: under 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 pink lanterns known as akachochin) and yakitori (grilled skewered rooster dishes) eating places.
      • TIP: Take advantage of this space’s native flavors and ingesting spots throughout your Tokyo itinerary by doing a ‘Tokyo After 5‘ tour!
    • Chuo Dori: As the principle buying avenue in Ginza, you will see right here all the most important model retailers, department shops, and eating places doable. Come nighttime, you’ll positively 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.
      • In order for you one of the best ‘festive’ expertise of this avenue, I counsel strolling by means of right here on weekends from 12PM to 5PM (till 6PM throughout April to September) as a result of it’s usually closed to vehicle visitors — an occasion often known as ‘Pedestrians’ Paradise’.
    • Depachika: This can be a mixture of the phrases depato (division retailer) and chika (basement). In Japan, many of the massive department shops akin to Mitsukoshi have their basement ground made into some form of meals market — however really, 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 making a gift of samples too; so in the event you’re on a price range, you actually don’t have to purchase one thing (although will probably be respectful to take action, naturally haha).

Additional 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 replenish your Tokyo itinerary with different actions in your additional days within the capital, under are some concerns which you could make.

◘◘ Close to Tokyo

  • ★ Disneyland and DisneySea: For some good ol’ enjoyable with your loved ones and/or pals, try the favored Disneyland and DisneySea in your Tokyo itinerary. You may go to each theme parks but it surely’s greatest to dedicate 1 day to every place. In the event you can solely go to one, I personally assume that DisneySea could be an incredible selection as a result of it’s one in all its form 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 right for folks 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 without doubt one of the nation’s most well-known animation studios that produced world-known films like Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and My Neighbor Totoro.

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◘◘ Exterior and Removed from Tokyo

    • ★ Kyoto: Naturally, this historic place is a given and it may be simply reached through the shinkansen or bullet practice.
    • Osaka & Nara: Osaka is thought for its nightlife and avenue 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 will help information you in your prime must-dos.
    • ★ Kinosaki: Situated about 3 hours away from Kyoto, this can be a nice onsen city that has an incredible ambiance. I stayed right here earlier than for two nights and I liked strolling across the city in my yukata and geta (picket clogs), feeling like an area! In spite of everything, everybody (locals and foreigners alike) who go to the city nearly at all times wears the identical apparel when going concerning the place onward to the general public baths — so it’s fairly a sight to see. Actually an incredible addition to your Tokyo itinerary!
    • ★ Okinawa: As Japan’s southernmost prefecture, that is usually a selection vacation spot for locals in the course of the summer season resulting from its considerable marine wildlife, pristine seashores, and delightful coral reefs. Consequently, snorkeling and scuba diving are the highest fundamental actions when on these islands.
    • Himeji: This place is most well-known for its Himeji Citadel which is often thought-about to be Japan’s most stunning surviving feudal citadel. Due to this, it’s each a UNESCO World Heritage Website and a nationwide treasure.
    • Kobe: Because the capital of Hyogo prefecture, I assume the very first thing that pops into your thoughts now’s the favored mouth-watering Kobe beef, a well-known native model of wagyu (Japanese beef) meat. Reality be advised, you possibly can 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 method, as a port metropolis, Kobe is well-liked not just for its tasty native beef but additionally for its sake breweries, Mount Rokko, Chinatown, Harborland, and extra.
    • ★ 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 good spot for skiers and snowboarders (most particularly the ski resort city of Niseko). Furthermore, the capital of Sapporo holds an annual Snow Pageant which options giant snow sculptures. After all, Hokkaido doesn’t disappoint in spring and summer season both with points of interest like Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park, Furano lavender fields, Tenjin Wisteria, Sapporo Lilac Pageant, and extra.
    • ★ Niigata: This can be a prefecture inside Chubu or Central Japan and it is without doubt one of the nation’s prime culinary and getaway hotspots. I went on a journey spree right here earlier than and I liked my keep! To see an entire itinerary information, see right here.
    • Nagoya: Additionally discovered throughout the Chubu area is Nagoya which is thought 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 points of interest 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 historical 70km commerce route known as Kisoji which was in a while mixed with different routes forming the 500km lengthy Nakasendo. Immediately, close by put up cities of Magome, Tsumago, and Narai are flocked by guests not solely to hike by means of the Nakasendo however to additionally revel within the conventional stone paths and picket buildings of those quaint cities.
    • Matsumoto: Considered one of Japan’s best cosmopolitan cities that also have that rural really feel. Relaxation assured, that is the sort of place that may maintain 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 a number of the greatest from all of them could be the UNESCO World Heritage Websites of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama.
      • For more information, learn right here.
    • ★ Takayama: In the event you’re on the lookout for a totally outdated and genuine conventional Japanese village, touring to the town of Takayama in Gifu Prefecture is a should. Reality be advised, 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: In the event you’re up for unimaginable 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: This can be a municipality in Nagano prefecture that has the under notable points of interest…
      • Jigokudani Monkey Park: Have you ever ever seen these lovable photographs on-line of monkeys bathing in a pure onsen (sizzling spring)? Effectively, that is the place the place yow will discover them! The monkeys are known as Japanese Macaques or ‘Snow Monkeys’ and they’re very accustomed to people so you possibly can watch them play up shut on this park (which is their pure habitat). The park is open all 12 months however if you’d like one of the best photographs 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 style sizzling spring city
      • Shiga Kogen Resort: The biggest ski resort in Japan.