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How did I spend 7 awesome days in Tokyo

How did I spend 7 awesome days in Tokyo
  • Tokyo 7- Day Trip Report
  • Date of Tour : 4/1– 4/7/ 2015
  • Day spent: 7 days
  • No of travelers: 4 adults (friends)
  • Estimated cost: 1116 per person including returned flight
  • Number of places visited: 24 places
  • Number of cities visited: 01 (Tokyo)
  • Airline: Air Asia X
  • Plan link: https://www.justgola.com/plan/tokyo-itinerary-7-days-15798
  • This itinerary is originally published in Asiatravelbug.com

Where We’ve Been

Day 1 - Haneda Airport, Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku, Chidorigafuchi, Yasukuni Shrine

How did I spend 7 awesome days in Tokyo

Photo by GuilhemVellut

Day 2 - Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku , Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Sumida Park, Sensoji Temple (Asakusa Kannon Temple), Nakamise Shopping Street (Kaminarimon), Ueno Park.

How did I spend 7 awesome days in TokyoPhoto by GuilhemVellut

Day 3 - Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku , Gotemba Heiwa Koen (Peace Park), 5, Hakone Ropeway, Lake Ashinoko

How did I spend 7 awesome days in Tokyo

Photo by Lily

Day 4 - Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku , The Tsukiji Market , Ginza, Ippudo Ginza, Imperial Palace (East Gardens), Marunouchi .

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Day 5 - Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku , Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observation Deck, Shibuya, Cat street, Meiji Jingu, Yoyogi Park, Takashimaya Shinjuku Store

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Day 6 - Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku, Odaiba, DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, Odaiba Seaside Park, Rainbow Bridge.

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Day 7 - Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku , Haneda Airport .

How did I spend 7 awesome days in Tokyo

Photo by Lily.

2. Top Favorite Places and Activities

Japan has so many impressive things to do. We wish we had longer time to explore fully the beautiful Japan. Among many things we experienced in Japan, we would recommend to you some highlights of our trip.

Chidorigafuchi
Yasukuni Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Sumida Park
Nakamise Shopping Street (Kaminarimon)
Ueno Park
Lake Ashinoko
The Tsukiji Market
Imperial Palace (East Gardens)
Shibuya
Meiji Jingu

Yoyogi Park

3. Transport in Tokyo - Cost of Transports

How to Get to Shinjuku Park Hotel from Narita Airport

We arrived at Narita International Airport. Then we took the JR line which stops at Shinjuku station. Next, we exited at the New South Exit (新南口) and walked towards Takashimaya. Although we wanted to shop when seeing Takashimaya center, we didn’t enter and kept going down the escalator. Once we were at the lower level, turned right, passed by a police post, a Lawson (a convenience shop), and Tully’s Coffee. Then we saw our hotel.

How to Get Around from Shinjuku Park Hotel

Besides the JR trains, the Tokyo Metro lines, E, M, F, S, are nearby. If you take the Tokyo Metro lines, it’s best to drop off at Shinjuku Sanchome station and walk towards Exit E8.There are two companies in Tokyo providing transport: Tokyo Metro and JR. You can use the Suica for both.

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Tips:

  • You don’t look at the colors on the transport maps, look at the alphabet of the line.
  • Trains don’t operate 24-hours and cabs are expensive, a 15-minute taxi ride in Tokyo can cost you close to USD 30.
  • To save more money, try to avoid getting taxi service. If you’re out bar-hopping, make sure you can walk back. That’s why we picked Shinjuku area in the first place.
  • If you’re on iPhone, you should call your telco and ask for a data plan to use Google Maps on your iPhone.
  • Central Tokyo is actually well covered by trains and subways. Train fare starts at 170 yen (~USD 1.50) per ride per train line and the fare gradually increases depending how far your destination is. Check out Hyperdia for train fares and schedules.
  • You can purchase Suica or Pasmo transport card before you explore Tokyo. They can be used in subways, trains, convenience stores or even taxis. Deposit of 500 yen (~USD 5) per card is required.
  • Don't buy JR pass if you only explore Tokyo. It may be worthwhile if you plan to travel to multiple regions in Japan.

4. WHERE TO NEXT ?

Hakone

Hakone, Japan
Opening time: 00:00 AM - 23:55 PM

Hakone (箱根) is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, less than 100 kilometers from Tokyo. Famous for hot springs, natural beauty and the view of nearby Mt. Fuji


Nikko

Tochigi Prefecture, Japan
Opening time: 00:00 AM - 23:55 PM

Nikko is a town at the entrance to Nikko National Park, most famous for Toshogu, Japan's most lavishly decorated shrine and the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate.


Monkey Park (Mount Takao)

2176 Takaomachi, Hachiōji-shi, Tōkyō-to 193-0844, Japan
Opening time: 10:00 AM - 16:00 PM

Monkey Park is located in Mt. Takao. Wildflower Garden is also in this mountain. You can enjoy the park and the garden with one ticket.


Kyoto Tower

Japan, 〒600-8216 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, 下京区東塩小路町721
Opening time: 09:00 AM - 21:00 PM

Kyoto Tower (京都タワー) is Kyoto's tallest building and a rare modern iconic landmark in the city famous for its ancient temples and shrines.


Kyoto Botanical Garden

Japan, 〒606-0823 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, 左京区下鴨半木町
Opening time: 09:00 AM - 17:00 PM

The Kyoto Botanical Gardens was founded in 1924, Kyoto Botanical Gardens is the oldest and most comprehensive public botanical garden in Japan.


Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

Japan 〒231-0001 神奈川県横浜市 中区新港1ー1ー2
Opening time: 10:00 AM - 20:00 PM

The Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse is a historical building that is used as a complex that includes a shopping mall, banquet hall, and event venues.

Kishamichi Promenade

Minato Mirai 21, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
Opening time: 00:00 AM - 23:55 PM

The Kishamichi Promenade is a boardwalk in Yokohama, starting nearby the Sakuragichō Station. It is about 500 meters long, ending right in front of a popular mall, Yokohama World Porters.

5. Tips On Travel In Tokyo

1. General tips

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  • For the first time visitor, it’s best to spend a full week on exploring Tokyo as it has countless of great things to do. You should NOT combineTokyo with Osaka, Kyoto & Nara if you have only 1 week like travel agents always offer. You will end up wasting time on the road without having time to really explore while Tokyo has so much more to offers.
  • Bring a compass is a good idea. You will know which direction you’re walking on your map.

  • Get a pocket wifi at 55 USD for a week. It is shareable up to 10 users in your traveling group. You can get it at the airport or ask the company deliver it to your hotel. Check Global Advanced Communications or pupuruwifi.com
  • You should get the hotel names and addresses written in Japanese. When you check in hotel,you can get and bring along your hotel's name card, show it to taxi driver if you get lost
  • Download Free Justgola apps to enjoy FREE offline map in Tokyo
  • Bring more cash as Japan is largely a cash society
  • You should bring a multi-socket adaptor from your country and one international adapter will be sufficient to charge all your devices. Electricity supply in Japan is 100 volts, unlike the United States (110-120V) or Europe and much of the rest of the world (220-240V).

2. Where to exchange money in Tokyo

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  • Foreign currency may be converted to Japanese yen at banks and stores displaying the “Authorized Money Changer” sign.
  • Rates change daily with fluctuations in the financial markets.
  • Banks in the arrival lobbies of Narita and Haneda international airports also offer currency exchange services, so visitors are safe to land in Japan without carrying any yen.

3. ATM in Tokyo

Most 7-Eleven convenience stores had ATMs that accept foreign debit and credit cards.

Japan Post Bank ATMs, however, do accept foreign credit cards and offer a service menu in the English language.

Look for the "International ATM Service" notice on or around the machine, and stickers displaying the VISA, VISA Electron, PLUS, MASTERCARD, Maestro, Cirrus, American Express, Diners Club International, JCB, China UnionPay, and DISCOVER logos.

4. Emergency numbers

Sanno Hospital

  • Address8-10-16, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
  • Tel No.03-3402-3151
  • Web-site http://www.sannoclc.or.jp/english/index.php

The Jikei University Hospital

  • Address 3 -19-18, Nishi-Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
  • Tel No. 03-3433-1111
  • Web-site http://www.jikei.ac.jp/hospital/honin/index.html

American Clinic Tokyo

  • Address 3F., 1-7-4, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
  • Tel No. 03-6441-0969
  • Web-site http://www.americanclinictokyo.jp

Telephone

  • Japan Phone Code: 81, Tokyo Area Code: 3, Tokyo Dial Code: +81 3
  • Public telephones are available on major streets, in train stations, and at many other locations throughout Tokyo.
  • Depending on the model, a payphone may accept only coins, only telephone cards, or both.
  • Telephone cards are available at train station kiosks and convenience stores. All payphones allow local calls and out-of-area domestic calls.

Pharmacy in Tokyo

  • If you need to get a prescription filled in Tokyo, below are a few options for pharmacies that provide services in English and will be able to help you.
  • National Azabu Supermarket Pharmacy: 4-5-2 Minami Azabu, Minato-Ku, Tokyo
  • Yakuju Pharmacy Roppongi Izumi Garden: 1-6-1 Roppongi, Minato-Ku, Tokyo
  • The Pharmacy at Tokyo Medical and Surgical Clinic: 32 Shiba Koen Building, 3-4-30 Shiba-Koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo

6. Cost of Accommodation

Where we stayed :Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku.

How did I spend 7 awesome days in TokyoPhoto by Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku

Reviews:

  • The hotel has a prime location in Shinjuku. There are a cafe and a 24/7 Family mart opposite.
  • There is a Mcdonalds along the hotel, and further up at the junction, there are KFC and other local restaurants.
  • It takes around 15 minutes to walk to 24hr Shinjuku Ichiran Ramen and the 100Yen store. It’s about 5-10 minute walk to Shinjuku Main station.
  • Beside the hotel is another Shinjuku train line. You are able to walk from Shinjuku to Yoyogi station ( IIRC the station name ) in 10 to 15 minutes, just turn right after coming out from the hotel and walk straight down.
  • If you arrive by limousine bus from Narita airport, Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku is the last stop

  • The hotel has a great reputation and location. So book early.
  • Hotel staff is friendly and able to speak good English.
  • Every floor has its own drinks vending machine and an ice dispenser machine which is very convenient.

Top 4 Hotels Less Than 50 USD In Tokyo

1. Sakura Hotel Jimbocho: From $ 21

Sakura Jimbocho hotel is an incredibly value-for-money accommodation for travelers from all walks of life.

Why is it special?

  • 24/7 down stair coffee: A great place for socializing with other travelers and learning more about Japanese lifestyle.
  • Great location: Jimbocho area is a hub of Tokyo for entertainment, foods and culture.
  • Superb service: The staff is friendly and readily available whenever you need them.

2. Palace Japan Hotel: from 29$

Why is Palace special?

  • A mix of hotel and hostel: Palace Japan offers the hotel-level rooms with the price of the cheap hostel.
  • Charming and efficient service: The staff can speak better English compared with others in Japan. They are always willing to help when there is a problem.

3. Oak Hotel: From $ 24

Why is it special?

  • Well-equipped amenity: You can find anything to serve yourself for a short term stay in Oak hotel.
  • Polite staff: The staff in Oak hotel has a great mood on tourists and listens to all customers’ questions.
  • Ideal location: It's near the Ueno station but the surrounding is quiet and calm.

4. Khaosan World Asakusa Hostel: From $ 25

Why is it special?

  • Great assistance: The receptionists are informative and helpful as they can assist you with direction/ transportation or handy tips on things to do and see. Additionally, they are fluent in English, making the communication easier.
  • Cozy dining area: It’s the greatest draw of the hotel where you can cook and enjoy your own food without breaking the rule.

7. Must Eat Food in Tokyo

Ramen- Where to eat in Tokyo

  • Fuunji (風雲児 lit. Lucky adventurer)
  • 東京都渋谷区代々木2-14-3
  • Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, Yoyogi 2-14-3 (Near Shinjuku Station)
  • Open 11 a.m.–3 p.m., 5 p.m.–9 p.m. (or until the soup runs out)
  • Closed Sundays and holidays

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Tonkatsu- Where to eat

  • Restaurants Katsukura, Takashimaya Times Square complex, 14F, 5-24-2, Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0051
  • Phone: 03-5361-1878

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Chankonabe Hotpot- Where to eat

  • Restaurants around the Kokugikan Sumo

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Yakitori- Where to eat

  • Uchida restaurant - 3-14-7 Koyama, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo.

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8. Shopping In Tokyo

How did I spend 7 awesome days in TokyoPhoto by - Marco Togni

Shinjuku - One of Tokyo's largest shopping and entertainment districts

We stayed in Shinjuku area where has a dozen department stores, outlets, shops and boutiques along its streets and underground shopping arcades.

Shinjuku

Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
Opening time: 00:00 AM - 23:55 PM

Shinjuku (新宿) is a central ward of Tokyo, known as the metropolis' second center (副都心, fukutoshin). The area surrounding Shinjuku Station is a huge business, commercial, and entertainment center located atop the world's busiest railway station complex.

Shibuya - Center of youth fashion

Shibuya is home to some well- known clothing stores such as Shibuya 109 and lots of fashion stores, and small boutiques

Shibuya

Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Opening time: 00:00 AM - 23:00 PM

Shibuya (渋谷; [1]) is a shopping and eating district popular with a lot of young Tokyoites. It's within walking distance from two other large shopping districts - Omotesando and Harajuku.

Ginza - Tokyo's premier upmarket shopping district

The Ginza features high-end department stores, boutiques, art galleries and designer brand stores.

Ginza Mitsukoshi

4-6-16 Ginza, Tokyo Prefecture 104-8212 , Japan
Opening time: 10:30 AM - 20:00 PM

Mitsukoshi is Ginza’s largest department store. The welcoming bronze lion statue is a replica of the statue in Trafalgar Square and serves as a popular landmark and meeting point.

Nihonbashi - historic merchant district featuring traditional goods and local foods .

Marunouchi - Upscale shopping next to Tokyo Station .

Ikebukuro - Large department stores and electronics chains

Odaiba - Shopping malls on a man-made island

Tokyo Solamachi - Shopping at the base of the Tokyo Skytree

Roppongi - Upscale shopping in the middle of the city

Sugamo - The Old Ladies' Harajuku

Akihabara - Electronics mecca and center of Otaku culture

Kappabashi - Restaurant supply and everything related to cooking (except food)

Tips

  • You have to know your size. This sounds ridiculously simple, but often clothing shops in Japan don’t allow you to actually try on clothes, so it helps if you have an idea both of your size and of Japanese clothing sizes too.
  • You should plan what outfits you are going to wear, and make lists of what you want to buy. This will not only help you figure out what to take, but also what to look for you when you are on the ground.

9. Free Things To Do In Tokyo

How did I spend 7 awesome days in Tokyo

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These are among the best free things to do in Tokyo you should visit

1. Check out Tokyo’s oldest temple
2. Pay your respects at Meiji Shrine
3. Enjoy one of Tokyo’s many festivals
4. Visit Tsukiji Fish Market
5. Play with the gadgets in the Sony Showroom
6. Visit a photo gallery
7. Go on a free guided tour with a local
8. Check out some of Tokyo’s beautiful gardens and parks
9. See stunning views of Tokyo
10. Check out some of the city’s many free museums
11. Visit a sumo stable
12. Go people watching in Harajuku
13. Stroll along Omotesando
14. Go for a jog around the Imperial Palace
15. Soak up the atmosphere in Shibuya

Below is our detail plan about where we went and what we did and some tips you may be interested in.

10. Itinerary

DAY 1 - ITINERARY4 places

Day 1 - Haneda Airport, Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku, Chidorigafuchi, Yasukuni Shrine

14:00 Haneda Airport

Hanedakuko, Ota, Tokyo 144-0041, Japan

Haneda Airport is one of the two primary airports that serve the Greater Tokyo Area, and is the primary base of Japan's two major domestic airlines.

16:00 Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku 105.0 United States Dollar (USD)

Japan 〒151-0053 Tokyo, Shibuya 代々木2−3−1

Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku is located in the bustling heart of Shinjuku, where guests will find themselves surrounded by many shopping centers, restaurants, nightclubs, tourist attractions, and entertainment outlets.

  • If you arrive by limousine bus from Narita airport, Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku is the last stop
  • Rooms are small but clean and comfortable.
  • Great location: There is a 24 hr convenient store (FamilyMart) and many restaurants right next to the hotel. It is 5 min walk to subway- Shinjuku station.

You can also extent your room till 3pm or 6 PM for late check out for an additional cost.

17:15 Chidorigafuchi

Chiyoda, Tokyo Prefecture 102-0091, Japan

How did I spend 7 awesome days in TokyoPhoto by Yoshikazu TAKADA

  • Chidorigafuchi has hundreds of cherry trees decorate the moats of former Edo Castle around Kitanomaru Park, creating one of Tokyo's most outstanding cherry blossom sights.
  • From the hotel, walk to Odakyu Shinjuku Station and take Shinjuku Line to Kudanshita Station. From there, you can walk to the place (5 minutes).
  • Enter the park via Kudanshita station. The best views are along the moat. Walk southwards, and then cut into the park for a different feel (i.e view the trees from higher ground).
  • Here is where you can have a simple yet unforgettable yakitori dinner under an illuminated cherry blossom tree.
  • To photographers, you can bring your tripod but it's difficult to set it up since you also have to understand that other visitors want to get a photo or two for souvenirs too.
  • If you have time, you can rent a boat to view the Cherry Blossom under their branch on the other side of the water channel.
  • Walk to Yasukuni Shrine10 mins0.99 km

19:00 Yasukuni Shrine

3-1-1 Kudan-kita, Chiyoda, Tokyo Prefecture 102-8246, Japan

Yasukuni Shrine (靖国神社, YasukuniJinja) is a Shinto shrine in central Tokyo that commemorates Japan's war dead. The shrine was founded in 1869 with the purpose of enshrining those who have died in war for their country.

  • For visitors arriving during the non-cherry blossom season, use this time to purchase a Suica or Pasmo rechargeable transport card and get yourself familiarized with the area within your hotel’s vicinity.
  • There is a small museum next to the main temple which can be visited free of charge.
  • Another advice is to be there early as these spots will be flooded by both visitors and locals especially during the full bloom period.
  • And as always in Japan, show respect for the people around you by not being overly loud and follow the examples of the people around you.
  • DO NOT SMOKE just about anywhere as there are heavy fines on such activities outside of designated smoking areas in all of the Tokyo.
  • How to get back to the hotel: walk to Kudanshita Station and take Shinjuku Line which alight at Shinsenshinjuku Station. From there, walk to your hotel.

DAY 2 - ITINERARY6 places

Day 2 - Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku , Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Sumida Park, Sensoji Temple (Asakusa Kannon Temple), Nakamise Shopping Street (Kaminarimon), Ueno Park.

08:00 Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku 105.0 United States Dollar (USD)

Japan 〒151-0053 Tokyo, Shibuya 代々木2−3−1

Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku is located in the bustling heart of Shinjuku, where guests will find themselves surrounded by many shopping centers, restaurants, nightclubs, tourist attractions, and entertainment outlets.

09:15 Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden 2.0 United States Dollar (USD)

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11 Naitocho, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture 160-0014, Japan

Shinjuku Gyoen (新宿御苑) is one of Tokyo's largest and most popular parks. Located just a short walk from Shinjuku Station, the paid park's spacious lawns, meandering walking paths and tranquil scenery provide a relaxing escape from the busy urban center around it.

  • You can enter the garden via Sendagaya gate, walk one round and exit via Shinjuku gate.
  • There is even a little typical Japanese house, where you can buy a ticket outside and visit it. The price includes a green tea or matcha tea, and a mochi cake homemade.
  • The park is huge and you need at least a good couple of hours to see its main things, as ponds, little bridges, the yin yang, etc...
  • It is surrounded by restaurants outside the park and coffee places. So no need to bring your own, unless you want it.
  • Take a bus/train to Sumida Park 30 mins23.31 km

11:15 Sumida Park

Sumida Park, 1 ChomeMukojima, Sumida, Tokyo 131-0033, Japan

Sumida Park is considered as one of the hottest points for cherry blossom season around Japan. At this time every year, this park is full of people to observe the beauty of blossoms
From Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take Shinjuku Line from Shinjukusanchome Station to Bakuroyokoyama Station, then walk to Higashi-Nihombashi Station and take Asakusa Line to Honjoazumabashi Station. Sumida Park is just 3 minutes walking from here.

  • You can take boat tours from one side of the park and man pulled chariots from the other side of the park.
  • There are shops lining the streets on either side and shops through the middle of the street as well, but if you get through the crowd and up to the temple, it is calm and nice.
  • There is not a lot of exciting things to do but if you enjoy walking or running or just want to take in a nice sunrise/sunset this is a really nice place to come.
  • Take a bus/train to Sensoji Temple (Asakusa Kannon Temple) 20 mins9.21 km

12:30 Sensoji Temple (Asakusa Kannon Temple)

2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture 111-0032, Japan

Sensoji (浅草寺, Sensōji, also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple) is a Buddhist temple located in Asakusa. It is one of Tokyo's most colorful and popular temples.

  • From Sumida Park, you can take a leisure walk to the temple. For another option, take bus 都08 from River Pier-Azumabashimae to Nitemmon. Sensoji Temple is a 200m walk from there.
  • The roads leading to the famous bell is always packed with people, both sides of the street lined with small shops selling souvenirs, food and everything.
  • Before you reach the main hall, google by yourself to know about the prayer-routine and do it like locals people.
  • Clean or wash your hands before entering the temple and for 100 yen you can light an incense stick and place it in the sand.
  • Don't forget to try out the traditional Japanese costume - Kimono.
  • Walk to Nakamise Shopping Street (Kaminarimon) 0.01 km

15:00 Nakamise Shopping Street (Kaminarimon) 5.0 United States Dollar (USD)

Sensō-ji 2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa Taito, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan

Nakamise Shopping Street is for kitschy souvenirs and trinkets to bring home as gifts or mementos of your time in Japan.

  • You should try the human powered rickshaws and is able to get some good photo snaps.
  • Take a bus/train to Ueno Park 10 mins2.88 km

17:15 Ueno Park 6.0 United States Dollar (USD)

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Ueno Park Japan 〒110-0007 東京都台東区上野公園・池之端三丁目

Ueno Park (上野公園 Ueno Kōen?) is a spacious public park in the Ueno district of Taitō, Tokyo, Japan. The park was established in 1873 on lands formerly belonging to the temple of Kan'ei-ji.

  • You go to Ueno Park for cherry blossom viewing and dinner. Even without cherry blossoms, Ueno Park is still worth to see. This park is the biggest and most popular public park in Tokyo.
  • From Sensoji, walk to Asakusa Station and take Ginza Line to Ueno Station, 600m walk towards the Ueno Park.
  • Halfway through, there's a flight of stairs lead to a stretch lined with food stalls. And it's best to proceed on to the “Hanami” Area and come back later.
  • At 8:00pm, back to the hotel: take Yamanote Line from Ueno Station to Shinjuku Station. The hotel is just a short walk from this station.

DAY 3 - ITINERARY 5 places

Day 3 - Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku , Gotemba Heiwa Koen (Peace Park), Gotemba Premium Outlets, Hakone Ropeway, Lake Ashinoko

07:00 Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku 105.0 United States Dollar (USD)

Japan 〒151-0053 Tokyo, Shibuya 代々木2−3−1

Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku is located in the bustling heart of Shinjuku, where guests will find themselves surrounded by many shopping centers, restaurants, nightclubs, tourist attractions, and entertainment outlets.

  • Take a bus from Shinjuku Station to Gotemba Bus Interchange. You will see Mount Fuji several times on the bus while on the way to Gotemba.
  • Take a bus/train to Gotemba Heiwa Koen (Peace Park) 1 hour 20 mins97.7 km

09:30 Gotemba Heiwa Koen (Peace Park)

平和公園 3422 HigashitanakaGotenba, Shizuoka Prefecture 412-0026 Japan, Tokyo

The Peace Park in Gotemba City commands a beautiful view of Mt. Fuji and houses the chalky stupa. The park serves as one of the golden spots in sightseeing in Shizuoka Prefecture.

  • Access: 7 minutes by Hakone Tozan bus going towards SengokuharaGotemba Line Gotemba Station JR, now get off at the Peace Park
  • You can enjoy yourselves here all year round, in particular, the cherry blossom and autumn leave viewing times.
  • You are requested to take your shoes off to explore the 'white shrine' but it's well worth it.
  • From Gotemba train station, ask the local or taxi driver where to catch the free shuttle bus to the outlet (about 500yards downhill from the park entrance)
  • Take a bus/train to Gotemba Premium Outlets 5 mins3.12 km

11:30 Gotemba Premium Outlets

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GOTEMBA PREMIUM OUTLETS FukasawaGotenba, Shizuoka Prefecture 412-0023, Japan

The Gotemba Premium Outlets (御殿場プレミアム・アウトレット?) is an outlet mall located in Gotemba, Shizuoka, Japan, near Mount Fuji. It was opened on July 13, 2000, and contains over 200 stores.

  • There's local bus run from Peace Park to Gotemba Premium Outlets. You can catch bus Kowakien - Gotemba Outlet to get there.
  • You can have your lunch here, or Pick out a random restaurant near Gora Station which ends up to be a very great choice!
  • Most of the stores accept credit cards such as Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Diners. Coin lockers are available in two locations
  • Take a bus/train to Hakone Ropeway 35 mins18.07 km

14:00 Hakone Ropeway 6.0 United States Dollar (USD)

Japan, 〒250-0631 神奈川県足柄下郡箱根町仙石原1251, Tokyo

The Hakone Ropeway is the name of an aerial lift, as well as its operator. The funnel line links between Sōunzan and Tōgendai via Ōwakudani, all within Hakone, Kanagawa, Japan.

  • From Gotemba Premium Outlets, take a taxi to Hakone Cable Car. From there, use Hakone Free Pass for the Hakone Cable Car (tram ride), Hakone Ropeway (cable car) and Lake Ashi pirate ship cruise.
  • You can enjoy eating the creamiest strawberries in Owakudani while overlooking Mount Fuji.
  • As soon as the cabin leaves the station, you can see Mount Fuji on the right, get your cameras ready!
  • You go up one side of the mountain, get off to take photos and get black eggs if you want. Then continue in the ropeway over a deep valley all the way down the other side of the mountain with tiny villages right beneath you.
  • Take a bus/train to Lake Ashinoko 20 mins9.67 km

15:30 Lake Ashinoko

Lake Ashi, Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, Tokyo

Lake Ashinoko (芦ノ湖, Ashinoko) was formed in the caldera of Mount Hakone after the volcano's last eruption 3000 years ago. Today, the lake with Mount Fuji in the background is the symbol of Hakone.

  • Two companies, Hakone Sightseeing Boats and Izuhakone Sightseeing Boats, operate boats between Moto-Hakone and Hakone-machi at the lake's southern shores and Togendai and Kojiri at the lake's northern end.
  • A boat cruise from one end of the lake to the other takes roughly 30 minutes and costs 1000 yen.
  • The Hakone Free Pass is valid on the pirate ship shaped Hakone Sightseeing Boats but not on boats operated by Izuhakone.
  • You will return to Shinjuku from Odawara Station via regular train. This is a very long 2-hour ride so it's time to take a break on the train.

DAY 4 - ITINERARY6 places

Day 4 - Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku , The Tsukiji Market , Ginza, Ippudo Ginza, Imperial Palace (East Gardens), Marunouchi .

06:00 Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku 105.0 United States Dollar (USD)

Japan 〒151-0053 Tokyo, Shibuya 代々木2−3−1

Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku is located in the bustling heart of Shinjuku, where guests will find themselves surrounded by many shopping centers, restaurants, nightclubs, tourist attractions, and entertainment outlets.

  • For breakfast, you can get your daily breakfast fix from Family Mart for USD 5 or McDonalds for USD 6. For snacks, you can actually get a chicken burger from McDonalds for an unbelievable price of 100 yen (~USD 1)!
  • Take a bus/train to The Tsukiji Market 25 mins14.32 km

07:30 The Tsukiji Market

How did I spend 7 awesome days in TokyoPhoto by Arian Zwegers

5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo Prefecture 104-0045, Japan

Tsukiji Market (築地市場, TsukijiShijō) is a Tokyo Central Wholesale Market handled 787,782 tons (2,888 tons a day) of marine products, 748 billion yen (2.8 billion yen a day) total in 1993.

  • How to get there from hotel: Take Oedo Line at Shinjuku Station and get off at Tsukijishijo Station. From there, continue walking about 500m you will find the market.
  • If you don't want to explore the market by yourself, there're many tours for you to choose.
  • For those who wish to see the auction, have to apply at the OsakanaFukyu Center (Fish Information Center) at the Kachidoki Gate, starting from 5:00am (or earlier on busy days) on a first come, first-serve basis.
  • Instead of visiting the inner market, you are encouraged to visit Tsukiji's outer market, which is located just adjacent to the inner market and caters to the public.
  • A visit to Tsukiji Market is best combined with a fresh sushi breakfast or lunch at one of the local restaurants. There are restaurants both in the inner and outer market area.
  • Since Tsukiji Market is a site where serious business is conducted, there are some rules you have to follow.
  • Walk to Ginza 10 mins1.0 km

09:45 Ginza

Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan

Ginza is the birthplace for Tokyo's department stores, and it's still the center for high-end shopping. Whether you are actually shopping or just browsing, with all the stores.

  • Ginza is home to dozens of art galleries. In fact, if you walk down any side street you're likely to find one. Stop in for a look or attend an event.
  • Note that shopping in the Ginza is very high end, you will have to have deep pockets here.
  • If you want to experience shopping in Ginza but Bvlgari, Cartier, Channel, or Burberry aren't the right stores for your budget pocket, you still can visit H&M or Uniqlo within this district.
  • It's better to visit Ginza at night since the bright lights will be shining on your way. Don't forget to grab some mini waffles at Manneken too!
  • Walk to Ippudo Ginza 5 mins0.44 km

12:00 Ippudo Ginza 7.0 United States Dollar (USD)

How did I spend 7 awesome days in TokyoPhoto by Guilhem Vellut

4-10-3 Ginza Chuo, Tokyo 104-0061 Japan

Ippudo Ginza, renovated in 2013, this now world-famous Hakata ramen chain's Tokyo flagship is one of the fancier-looking ramen-yas out there.

  • For those who want to try the best ramen in Tokyo, Ippudo is your place to go!
  • Don't be shy asking questions and or to try different combinations of Ramen and appetizers.
  • The menu is quite limited. This is typical of Japanese restaurants. Rather than offer an extensive menu, they tend to specialize and make sure everything on the menu is very good.
  • Take a bus/train to Imperial Palace (East Gardens) 10 mins4.51 km

13:45 Imperial Palace (East Gardens)

1-1 Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan ‎

The Tokyo Imperial Palace is home to the head of state and is where the Imperial Family lives. It is also the former site of the Edo Castle.

  • From Ginza Station, take Marunouchi Line to Otemachi Station. Imperial Palace is 800m from this station.
  • Be careful though and check opening days as they are closed Friday's and Monday's.
  • Just inside the gate, you may want to drop by the Museum of Imperial Collections, which mounts small exhibits of the 9500-plus artworks owned by the imperial family.
  • Free two-hour guided walking tours of the garden are available every Saturday; meet at the Marunouchi central exit of Tokyo Station before 1pm.
  • Don't forget to check out the Ninomaru Garden. It's one of the best spots to view the cherry blossoms and koyo (autumn leaves).
  • Walk to Marunouchi10 mins0.94 km

16:30 Marunouchi

Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-0005, Japan

Marunouchi (丸の内), located between the Imperial Palace and Tokyo Station, is one of Japan's most prestigious business districts.

  • Stroll along Marunochi, the prime CBD area in the middle of Tokyo. Marunochi looks like a mini version of New York’s 5th avenue.
  • There is a free shuttle bus that roams around this area so it's best to ride one of them and you can check the area faster.
  • How to go back to the hotel: take Chuo Line from Tokyo Station and get off at Shinjuku Station.

DAY 5 - ITINERARY 7 places

Day 5 - Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku , Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observation Deck, Shibuya, Cat street, Meiji Jingu, Yoyogi Park, Takashimaya Shinjuku Store

08:00 Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku 105.0 United States Dollar (USD)

Japan 〒151-0053 Tokyo, Shibuya 代々木2−3−1

Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku is located in the bustling heart of Shinjuku, where guests will find themselves surrounded by many shopping centers, restaurants, nightclubs, tourist attractions, and entertainment outlets.

09:30 Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observation Deck

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building 2-8-1 Nishishinjuku Shinjuku, Tokyo 163-8001

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observation Deck is one of the best value Tokyo Observation Decks as it is free to enter and provides excellent views.

  • Do check the opening days. There're 2 towers, North & South which close on certain days.
  • There is a gift shop and drink/snack lounge there.
  • Lots of windows to see out of with informational plaques to name certain landscapes that are visible.
  • When leaving, it brings you back to the 2nd floor. If you exit from the interior and not the street level, you can walk out into a park that makes a nice interlude.
  • Take a bus/train to Shibuya 45 mins3.77 km

11:00 Shibuya

How did I spend 7 awesome days in TokyoPhoto by MD111

Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Shibuya (渋谷; [1]) is a shopping and eating district popular with a lot of young Tokyoites. It's within walking distance from two other large shopping districts - Omotesando and Harajuku.

  • From the building, catch bus 宿51 which departs at Shinjuku Sumitomo Building (新宿住友ビル). The bus will let you get off at Shibuya.
  • You have to visit Shibuya Crossing which is the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world. It's one of the best spots to photograph Japan.
  • Shibuya has lots and lots of interesting shopping opportunities. It's the home of the huge Tokyu conglomerate (railways, department stores, hotels, housing developments).
  • You can't turn around without spotting a handful of restaurants here-- from ¥100 noodles to top notch gourmet food.
  • Don't forget to take a picture of Hachiko dog statue and to see the famous Shibuya crossing scramble.
  • Walk to Cat street15 mins1.15 km

13:30 Cat street

Japan, 〒150-0001 東京都渋谷区神宮前5丁目10−10, Tokyo

Cat Street, is the path connecting Shibuya and Harajuku. The origin of the name of Cat Street is said to be such as “because cats are everywhere,” “because it is as narrow as the forehead of a cat”, or “because the band ‘Black cats’ were born on this street.”

  • The highlights of the street are cozy cafes and roadside stores of stylish brands, this street represents Harajuku.
  • If you are interested in Japanese fashion, it is defiantly worth going here because there are many flagship stores of Japanese fashion brand.
  • There are cozy cafés and cobblestones along with the path. There are plenty of spots to rest for shopping all day long.
  • Walk to Meiji Jingu 30 mins2.32 km

15:15 Meiji Jingu

Meiji Jingu 1-1 Yoyogikamizonocho Shibuya, Tokyo 151-8557 Japan

Meiji Jingu Shrine is famous for its picturesque views and the beautiful garden with lovely birds that will touch your hands when you come inside.

  • Aside from the hustle and bustle in Tokyo, a visit to the Meiji Jingu shrine offers a more relaxing and spiritual experience while in Japan.
  • Follow the sign of the direction that lead you to the entrance of Meiji Jingu shrine, where you will see see one of the largest Torii in Japan.
  • You can write wishes on little pieces of paper and tie them to the prayer wall, or do as the locals do — toss some yen into the offering box (it's near the enormous taiko drum), bow your head twice, clap twice, and bow once more.
  • Stop at the cleaning station where you can dip into a communal water tank and purify your hands and mouth before offering up a prayer.
  • If you plan to go out on a picnic, you can buy fresh sashimi and sushi trays from Family Marts near the park. A tray of 8 pieces of fresh sashimi costs USD 6 while a reusable blue picnic mat costs USD 3.
  • Walk to Yoyogi Park 25 mins2.21 km

16:45 Yoyogi Park

2-1 Yoyogi-Kamizono-cho, Shibuya, Tokyo Prefecture 151-0052, Japan

Yoyogi Park is the fourth largest urban park in Tokyo. It is separated by a road into two sections: the forest park A section and the contrasting B section with the stadium, outdoor stage, and other facilities.

  • It will be a perfect place to rest for a while, just before the sun goes down, after spending a pleasant afternoon in Shinbuya.
  • You can hire bikes for very little and cycle round, or if you are feeling athletic then there are lots of runners and joggers too.
  • There is also a little dog run, so you're bound to see at least a few terriers decked out in rhinestones and denim or chihuahuas dressed like cheerleaders.
  • Take a bus/train to Takashimaya Shinjuku Store10 mins3.41 km

18:30 Takashimaya Shinjuku Store

Takashimaya Shinjuku Store, 5-24-2 千駄ヶ谷渋谷区東京都 151-8580 Japan, Tokyo

Takashimaya (Shinjuku) houses a plethora of Japanese and international luxury brands and a gorgeous gourmet department. Be sure not to miss out on their sweets.

  • The Dept store offers 5% discount for foreigners. In addition, you can claim for the consumption tax as well.
  • You can practically get anything you need. Just bring your credit cards or plenty of money.
  • From Yoyogi Park, walk to Yoyogi-Hachiman Station and take Odakyu Line to Shinjuku Station. Takashimaya Shinjuku Store is just a short walk from there.
  • On the 13th and 14th floors, you will find plenty of good restaurants to choose from.
  • Just beside this building, there's also a huge bookstore worth visiting, with a whole floor of foreign language books called Kinokuniya.
  • When you're done here, you can walk back to the hotel. It's 5 minutes walking.

DAY 6 - ITINERARY 5 places

Day 6 - Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku, Odaiba, DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, Odaiba Seaside Park, Rainbow Bridge.

08:00 Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku 105.0 United States Dollar (USD)

Japan 〒151-0053 Tokyo, Shibuya 代々木2−3−1

Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku is located in the bustling heart of Shinjuku, where guests will find themselves surrounded by many shopping centers, restaurants, nightclubs, tourist attractions, and entertainment outlets.

  • Today you will explore the bizarre and futuristic Tokyo. It's better to hire a tour guide and they will take you to the geeky side of Tokyo.
  • Take a bus/train to Odaiba 25 mins17.9 km

09:30 Odaiba

Odaiba Japan, Tokyo

Odaiba (お台場) is a popular shopping and entertainment district on a man-made island in Tokyo Bay. It originated as a set of small man made fort islands (daiba literally means "fort"), which were built towards the end of the Edo Period.

  • From Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku, take Yamanote Line at Yoyogi Station to Osaki Station, then take Rinkai Line to Tokyo Teleport Station in Odaiba.
  • Odaiba is an unabashed paean to commercialism and features more malls than you can shake a stick at. Prices are somewhat higher than on the mainland.
  • Make sure you know which stop to get off at as it is a tad confusing, to say the least.
  • Basically, you need at least a day to cover the whole area so plan your time accordingly.
  • If you like cars, you can go to the to Toyota mega web, a showroom for new and old cars, this also includes a testing area for prototypes.
  • Walk to DiverCity DiverCity Tokyo Plaza 5 mins0.38 km

13:45 Diver City Tokyo Plaza

How did I spend 7 awesome days in TokyoPhoto by Amy Jane Gustafson

Japan, 〒135-0064 Tokyo, Koto, Aomi, 1−1−10

Diver City Tokyo Plaza is a shopping mall designed with the theme of creating a "theatrical city space." With many authentic Japanese restaurants and convenient access to transportation, DiverCity is a fun new destination in Tokyo for overseas visitors!

  • There is free shuttle bus service for the local Odaiba area. Shuttle buses stop at DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, train/subway stations and other Tokyo Waterfront City facilities.
  • It's home to the world's only full-size Gundam statue and offers a wide selection of Japan-themed souvenirs at many of its shops.
  • You can shop, eat and play here. Lots of nice food and places for shopping.
  • The area around Diver City is nice too. It's next to the waters so you can take photos and walk around.
  • Remember to walkover to the riverside for the Odaiba Statue of Liberty. The serene area with lovely scenery plus lots of tourists.
  • Walk to Odaiba Seaside Park 5 mins0.53 km

14:45 Odaiba Seaside Park

1 Chome-4-1 Daiba, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 135-0091, Japan

The Odaiba Marine Park has sand and rocks surrounding a quiet cove that spreads out beside Daiba Park (Battery #3).

  • There is also a pier for the sea bus so that you can take a special cruise on Tokyo Bay. While you waiting for the cruise, you can just grab a cup of coffee, enjoy the view of Rainbow Bridge and relax.
  • This is a man-made seaside park where you can fully enjoy Tokyo's waterfront.
  • Swimming is not allowed, but there are many other leisure activities including paddling and boardsailing or just walking around.
  • Another tip: Purchase 840 yen one day pass of Yurikamome and you can travel whole day on Yurikamome to see various attractions.
  • Walk to Rainbow Bridge 35 mins3.04 km

16:45 Rainbow Bridge

3 Chome-21-23 Kaigan, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 105-0022, Japan

The Rainbow Bridge is a suspension bridge crossing northern Tokyo Bay between Shibaura Pier and the Odaiba waterfront development in Minato, Tokyo, Japan.

  • You can in theory cross the Rainbow Bridge on foot for free if inhaling exhaust for 40 minutes sounds like your idea of a fun time. Bicycles are not allowed on the bridge
  • If you want to capture a great photo from Rainbow bridge, go to Tokyo Bay Intercontinental hotel around sunset.
  • The way back to the hotel: walk to Shibaurafuto Station from Rainbow bridge, and take Yurikamome to Shiodome Station. Then transfer to Oedo Line which stops at Shinjuku Station.

DAY 7 - ITINERARY2 places

Day 7 - Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku , Haneda Airport

09:00 Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku 105.0 United States Dollar (USD)

Japan 〒151-0053 Tokyo, Shibuya 代々木2−3−1

Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku is located in the bustling heart of Shinjuku, where guests will find themselves surrounded by many shopping centers, restaurants, nightclubs, tourist attractions, and entertainment outlets.

  • Check out from the hotel. Take the Airport Limousine Bus from Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku to Haneda Airport.
  • If you have more time, you may want to add Nikko, Mount Takao or Kamakura in your Tokyo itinerary. These places are located a few hours from Tokyo and should be good day trips.
  • Tokyo has always been branded by the media as one of the most expensive cities in the world. It is true that it is not as cheap as other cities in Asia like Bangkok or Manila.
  • Take a bus/train to Haneda Airport 30 mins22.48 km

10:45 Haneda Airport

Hanedakuko, Ota, Tokyo 144-0041, Japan

Haneda Airport is one of the two primary airports that serve the Greater Tokyo Area, and is the primary base of Japan's two major domestic airlines.

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