TOKYO TRAVEL GUIDE with Sample Itinerary & Budget

TOKYO TRAVEL GUIDE with Sample Itinerary & Budget

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Here is our most comprehensive TOKYO TRAVEL GUIDE BLOG with sample Tokyo itineraries, breakdown of expenses, list of things to do, tour and hotel recommendations, and other useful tips!

Over the past six years, I had set foot in Tokyo six times, each lasting as long as my visa allowed. That alone should tell you just how much I adore the Japanese capital. I’m not even sure why. You know how you grew up building on your mind a list of qualities you want your THE ONE to possess? Then you meet someone who doesn’t meet any of those requirements, but for some strange reason, you know they’re the one for you. To me, that’s Tokyo.

Any attempt to search for reason leaves me nauseated. The things that I would normally hate in any other city are things I love about Tokyo. I dislike big urban capitals; Tokyo is a humongous urban capital. I abhor big crowds; Tokyo is overcrowded. I despise too many rules; Tokyo has many unwritten codes that locals and guests are expected to abide by. Yet, with each visit I find myself falling deeper and deeper even though she’s confusing af. She’s zen but wacky, chaotic but organized, minimalist but vibrant, traditional but futuristic, efficient but absolutely insane.

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UNDERSTANDING TOKYO

We often think of Tokyo as a single city, but it’s actually a lot more complicated than that. It’s a metropolitan prefecture. (Wait, what? Uhm, let me explain.) It’s not a single city but not your usual Japanese prefecture either. It’s something that is unique to Tokyo. Think of it as a cluster of cities, municipalities, and special wards. It’s vast and dense. Together, it is the most populous metropolitan area in the world, with over 37 million residents.

But let’s focus on one area in particular — the 23 special wards. What many refer to as Tokyo is actually what used to be Tokyo City, which is now broken down into 23 Special Wards, each operating as an individual city. (If you’re familiar with Metro Manila, it’s a similar concept. What we call Metro Manila is actually composed of separate, independent cities.) There’s a big chance that most of the attractions you want to see are confined within the collective boundaries of these 23 special wards.

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The good news is, if you’re in Tokyo for only a short visit, you wouldn’t even feel the division. All 23 special wards seem to function as one giant urban hub, connected by the most impressive transportation system I have ever seen in my life.

Here are a few more facts you need to know:

  • Time Zone : UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time). Japan is one hour ahead of the Philippines and Singapore
  • Language : Japanese (Nihongo). English isn’t widely spoken. However, most signs have English translations.
  • Currency : Japanese Yen (JPY, ¥). JPY 1000 is roughly USD9, EUR8.15, SGD12.23, PHP 462 (as of January 2020).
  • Modes of payment : Many establishments accept credit cards, but most still prefer cash.

WHERE TO STAY IN TOKYO

Hmmm, tough question. Before I answer that, let me first explain to you the JR Yamanote Line. (I’ll answer this, I promise. Just bear with me.)

The JR Yamanote Line is a train loop that runs around Tokyo, connecting the city’s key areas including Ueno, Shinjuku, Shibuya and Shinagawa. It also marks the boundary of Central Tokyo. The area within the loop is considered Central Tokyo.

JR Yamanote Line

It is important to be familiar with this because most key attractions in Tokyo are situated along this loop. If it’s your first time, you’ll probably want to see the Shibuya Crossing, Harajuku, Shinjuku, Imperial Palace, Ueno, and Akihabara. All of these are connected by the JR Yamanote line. It’s something to take into consideration when choosing a place to stay.

Best Area to Stay in Tokyo

The truth is, as long as the hotel you choose is near a station, you should be fine because most tourist spots are accessible by train/subway. But when it comes to convenience, some areas are far better than others in terms of accessibility and number of accommodations.

Most online sources recommend three locations: Shinjuku , Shibuya , and the Tokyo Station area . I agree with these recommendations. They’re all close to Yamanote Line and direct airport bus services. There are also numerous shops and restaurants around.

However, I prefer Ueno for a lot of personal reasons.

  • Ueno is only 40-70 minutes away from the airport by train (via Keisei as mentioned above). It is important to me because I dislike switching trains and walking long distances when I have 30 kilos of baggage on my shoulders.
  • Ueno is also closer to Akihabara than any of the three other locations. Akihabara is my absolute favorite place in Tokyo.
  • Ueno harbors a number of budget hotel chains including Hotel Mystays , which I frequent.

Even my sister and another friend who both used to live in Tokyo recommend Ueno. But that’s just us.

If the overall vibe is important to you, Asakusa and Akihabara are neighborhoods to consider too. Akihabara is great for otaku and gadget-happy tourists.

Asakusa, on the other hand, may not be along Yamanote Line and it’s not a shopping district, but it has an Old Tokyo feel around it that you might appreciate. Staying here also means you’re close to Senso-ji (Asakusa Kannon Temple).

Wherever you choose to stay, here are some budget accommodation types and usual off-peak rates:

  • Bed at Capsule Hotel : as low as USD 20
  • Bed at a Dormitory : as low as USD 28
  • Single Room : as low as USD 55
  • Twin/Double Room : as low as USD 78

Top Budget Hotels in Tokyo

Here are the top ranking budget and capsule hotels in Tokyo as scored by Agoda customers (regardless of neighborhood).

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  • JR-EAST HOTEL METS AKIHABARA. Check Rates & Availability! ✅
  • MyCUBE by MYSTAYS Asakusa Kuramae. Check Rates & Availability! ✅
  • Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Tokyo Akihabara. Check Rates & Availability! ✅
  • GLANSIT AKIHABARA COMFORT CAPUSULE HOTEL. Check Rates & Availability! ✅
  • Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Premier Tokyo Shinjuku Station. Check Rates & Availability! ✅
  • KEIKYU EX INN Akihabara -Tokyo Akihabara. Check Rates & Availability! ✅
  • Dormy Inn Premium Tokyo Kodenmacho – Nihonbashi. Check Rates & Availability! ✅
  • Hotel Wing International Select Asakusa Komagata. Check Rates & Availability! ✅

Top Tokyo Hostels

Based on online scores given by Agoda customers.

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  • Oakhostel Sakura. Check Rates & Availability! ✅
  • Citan Hostel. Check Rates & Availability! ✅
  • Sheena and Ippei Guesthouse. Check Rates & Availability! ✅
  • Hostel Chapter Two Tokyo. Check Rates & Availability! ✅
  • BUNKA HOSTEL TOKYO. Check Rates & Availability! ✅
  • WISE OWL HOSTELS TOKYO. Check Rates & Availability! ✅

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Pocket wifi & local sim in tokyo.

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There are a lot of FREE wi-fi spots throughout Tokyo, but if you want to stay connected 24/7, you can rent a mobile wi-fi or get a local 4G SIM.

Pocket Wifi Rental can accommodate multiple users so if you’re a group, you just need one and split the cost. You’ll find a lot of them around, even at the airport. However, based on experience, they are so in demand that every time I try to get one, there’s always none left. Fortunately, with Klook, you can reserve one and just pick it up at the airport !

If you opt with a 4G Data SIM , you can choose between unlimited 4G data and 3GB data for 8 days. If you’re a heavy data user, best to go with the Unlimited Plan. You can pick up the SIM card at Narita Airport.

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HOW TO GET TO TOKYO

Tokyo is one of the most visited cities in the world, so accessibility isn’t an issue. In fact, it is served by two airports: Narita, for international flights, and Haneda, for domestic flights mostly.

Located 70km from the city center, Narita Airport is farther from the city than Haneda. Narita Airport has 3 terminals and has more transfer options. Here are your cheapest bets:

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Narita airport to tokyo by bus.

Keisei Bus transfer passengers from Narita Airport to Tokyo Station. If your hotel is near Tokyo Station or any of its very few stops, good for you. If not, you might still need to take the train.

Here are the rates:

Regular Hours (5am-12mn) Adult: ¥900 if you reserve in advance, ¥1000 if you book at the airport Child: ¥500

Late Night/Early Morning (12mn-5am) Adult: ¥900 if you reserve, ¥2000 if you book at the airport Child: ¥500 if you reserve, ¥1000 if you book at the airpot

To book in advance, visit the Keisei Bus website and click on the ENGLISH tab in the upper right corner. On the next page, click on TOKYO SHUTTLE. Follow the steps detailed on the next page.

If you’re more comfortable booking with Klook instead, they have bus services from Narita Airport Terminal 1 or 2 to Tokyo City Air Terminal or Tokyo Station.

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Narita Airport to Tokyo by Train

Only Terminals 1 and 2 have their own train station. If you’re landing at Terminal 3, you need to make your way on foot to Terminal 2. You just need to follow the signs. Plenty of ’em around.

The cheapest train option is the Keisei Main Line Limited Express . Depending on where your hotel is located, your route will change and you might need to make a few train switches. To check, visit the Hyperdia website and enter the train station closest to your hotel.

Assuming your hotel is in Ueno, this is how much this train will take you to Keisei-Ueno Station.

Fare : ¥1030 for adult (¥520, child) Travel time : 70 minutes Seat : Free seating

Do not confuse this with the Keisei SKYLINER, for which seats are paid and reservations are mandatory. The great thing about the Skyliner though is that it can take you to the city in almost half the time (but for double the price).

Fare : ¥1240 Reserved Seat : ¥1230 (additional fee) Travel time : 40 minutes (to Ueno)

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More transfer options: To Shinjuku, Tokyo Station and Ueno

How to get around tokyo.

Taxis are expensive, and buses can be confusing for first-timers. The train is the most efficient mode of transportation. Tokyo has an expansive railway system. Wherever it is you’re going, there is most likely a train station very close to it.

Tokyo by train can be a bit overwhelming at first, but it’s easy once you get the hang of it. First, bear in mind that the network is used by almost a dozen operators, including those serving the suburbs. However, in this article, let’s focus on the three companies that serve Central Tokyo: JR East , Toei Subway , and Tokyo Metro Subway . Each of them operate multiple lines that get so entangled, it’s amazing how the Japanese make it work.

JR East controls the all-important JR Yamanote Line . Expectedly, this line is used by a good fraction of the population (which is me saying that it’s often crowded, hehe). Aside from Yamanote, JR also runs other lines including Chuo Main, Chuo-Sobu, and the Shinkansen (bullet train).

The subway lines are operated by Tokyo Metro and Toei . Although separate companies, these two are in great synergy. Often, you don’t need to exit the gates and buy new tickets even if you switch from Toei to Metro lines. (There are cases when you do, though.) Subway lines are marked with an assigned letter in a color-coded circle. For example, Shinjuku Line’s mark is an S in a leaf green circle. Mita Line’s mark is a the letter I in a blue circle. Remember these marks and the companies’ logos because this is how you’ll find them.

Tokyo Metro Subway Lines

Tokyo Metro Lines

Toei Subway Lines

Toei Subway Line

You might be thinking, “Oh cool. That looks easy.” Wrong. It seems easy to understand now, but if you’re a Tokyo newbie, it’s a lot more difficult in practice. These lines are so entangled, and when they meet in major stations like Shinkuku or Tokyo, things get even more complicated. Even I, who have been to Tokyo four times, and my sister, who has been living in Tokyo for years, sometimes get awfully lost.

Aside from the lines, you also might need to know the different train types:

  • Local Trains are those that stop at every single station of the line. EVERY. SINGLE. STATION. If your stop is 20+ stations away, it can take a lot of time.
  • Rapid Trains are those that skip some stations. Same price as local trains. Same platforms, too.
  • Express Trains skip even more stations.
  • Limited Express stop only at major stations. Additional fee is usually required.

If it entails waiting only a few minutes on the platform, I would usually just choose a rapid or express train even when the a local train is already approaching. WARNING, though: Board the non-local trains only if you’re sure it will make a stop at your station. You don’t wanna skip your stop. True story. Hahaha.

How to Travel By Train using Single Tickets

Tokyo Subway Map

  • On your web browser, go to Hyperdia.com/en/ . Enter your origin and the station where you’re going. It will then display possible route options including how much the ride costs and transfers needed to get there. At the train station, you can double check the price. Just look at the route map, usually above the ticket machines. The map displays the price based on distance. Sometimes, the map is in Japanese characters only, which is why Hyperdia is useful.
  • Once you know how much you’re gonna pay, approach the ticket machines. By default, these machines display everything in Japanese characters. But there is a button there that reads ENGLISH. Press that button and you will hear a voice saying “All train information will be displayed in English.” (I said it out loud in the right intonation when I typed that. Totoo.)
  • Follow the steps onscreen . Usually, you will need to press the button (next to the screen) that displays how many passengers you are and then press the corresponding price on the screen. Yep, you should know how much you should be paying before using these machines, hence the first two steps. It will then ask you to confirm your booking.
  • Get the tickets that the machine will release . (If after getting the ticket you realize you made a mistake or you just change your mind, don’t worry. Just use the same ticket. Fare adjustment machines are installed at every station. Make the adjustment at the destination.)
  • Feed your ticket to the ticket slots at the gate . It will emerge at the end of the gate. Pick it up again. The ticket is small so try your best not to lose it.
  • Go to the right platform . To check if you’re in the right direction, check the list of stations usually displayed on a wall before the platforms. There is also a more detailed timetable in the middle of the platform.
  • Wait for the right train . The estimated time of arrival of the next few trains and the train type (Rapid, Local, etc) are displayed on electronic screens above the platform.

That’s it! If you get lost or you encounter any problem, don’t hesitate to approach the staff at the window. Every station has one.

Also, if you’re an adult, don’t even try getting a ticket meant for kids just to get a discount. Children’s tickets make a distinct birdy sound when used at the gates to let the staff know that it’s really being used by kids. Yep, birdy.

How to Buy and Use Suica or Pasmo Card

Prepaid IC Cards are also available. It seldom offers discounts, but the beauty of it is that you don’t need to get a ticket each time you’re using the train. You just need to quickly hover the card over the reader and you’re through.

What’s the difference between Suica and Pasmo? The companies offering it, mainly. Suica is sold by JR while Pasmo by Toei and Tokyo Metro. However, both cards work in any Tokyo Metro, Toei, or JR line. As far as the user experience is concerned, it’s very similar.

To get one, you just need to approach one of the PASMO or SUICA machines at the station. There’s no use for me to enumerate the steps here because it’s so easy. Just choose ENGLISH on the welcome screen and follow the instructions.

These cards can also be used on buses. An increasing number of shops and other establishments are also accepting these cards as mode of payment. You can even use it to buy drinks or snacks from vending machines.

Tokyo Passes

Tokyo Subway Ticket

But if you only have a very limited time in Tokyo and your itinerary is super packed, then go ahead. There are a lot of options. But one of the most convenient is the Tokyo Subway Ticket.

Tokyo Subway Ticket grants you unlimited access to all subway lines (Toei and Tokyo metro, NOT JR). Cost: ¥800 for 24 hours, ¥1200 for 48 hours, and ¥1500 for 72 hours. Available for pickup at Narita and Haneda airport.

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THINGS TO DO IN TOKYO

Tokyo is bursting with attractions. There’s no running out of things to do. Like I said, I have been to Tokyo 6 times, but I haven’t been to even half of all the spots I want to visit.

The list below contains some of the city’s key highlights. I also indicated the nearest train station for your reference. I also provided links to Klook for those who want to book tickets in advance.

I will be making a separate post with more options.

Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea

Nearest Station : JR Maihama Station (Keiyo Line)

Tokyo Disney Resort

This resort complex comprises Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.

We have created a separate article about these, with details on how to get there, ticket prices, etc.

More info here: Tokyo Disney Resort Guide

Tokyo SkyTree

Tokyo SkyTree

At 634 meters, this is Japan’s tallest structure, offering a panoramic view of the megalopolis. The entrance to the tower is on the fourth level of SkyTree Town. The place is usually packed. If you didn’t make advance reservations, approach the staff by the entrance and they will usually assign a time slot. Sometimes, you’re in for a long wait. We went there at 3pm and was assigned a 5pm slot. Fast tickets are available but they’re double the regular price.

Admission Fee : First observatory, 2060 yen; Second observatory: additional 1030 yen Nearest Stations : Tokyo SkyTree Station, Oshiage

You can make an advance reservation online. Klook offers a SkyTree observatory ticket with Asakusa Tour, which will take you to Sensoji Temple and other attractions in Asakusa area.!

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TeamLab Borderless and Planets

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teamLab Planets and teamLab Borderless are two digital art museums that tickle your senses. Both are body immersive so you can actually interact with the installations! I haven’t been to Borderless, but I have visited and thoroughly enjoyed the Planets site.

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Ghibli Museum

Nearest Station: Mitaka (JR Chuo Main Line)

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It showcases the work of Studio Ghibli, the Japanese animation studio that produced unforgettable movies like Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro and was co-founded by Hayao Miyazaki.

Because of its massive popularity and limited number of visitors per day, it’s incredibly difficult to snag a ticket so you need to book in advance. They don’t sell tickets at the museum Book here.

Admission Fee: ¥1000 adult, ¥700 for ages 13-18, ¥400 for ages 7-12, ¥100 for ages 4-6, FREE for under 4yo

If there is nothing available on your date, you can try Klook. The price is higher, but you might still want to consider.

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Sensō-ji (Asakusa Temple)

Sensō-ji (aka Asakusa Temple)

Tokyo’s oldest temple, it was built in 645 as a tribute to Kannon, the goddess of mercy.

Admission : FREE Nearest Station : Asakusa

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The Harajuku neighborhood is home to some of the most iconic landmarks in the city including:

  • Meiji Shrine. A Shinto shrine completed in 1921 in honor of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shōken.
  • Takeshita-dori (Takeshita Street). The epicenter of Tokyo’s teenage culture and an extremely popular shopping street flanked with boutiques and restaurants.
  • Yoyogi Park. Where locals meet and socialize, play sports, dance or just hang. There are cherry blossoms here, too, but not as many as those in other parks.

Admission Fee: Entrance to all of the sites above is FREE of charge. However, the teahouse garden next to the Meiji Shrine charges ¥500 per person.

Nearest Station : Harajuku (JR Yamanote Line)

Shibuya Crossing & Hachiko

Shibuya Crossing

Many consider this the world’s busiest intersection. It still baffles me how an intersection became a famous tourist spot, but hey whatever floats your boat. One thing I love doing here though is watch people. Get a seat at nearby Starbucks and go for it.

And oh, the statue of Hachiko , the faithful dog, is just in front of Shibuya Station. You’ll know you’re there when you see a crowd building up for their turn to take a photo.

Admission Fee : FREE Nearest Station : Shibuya

Ueno Park

It is surrounded by several museums including the Tokyo National Museum, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, the National Science Museum, and the National Museum for Western Art, and temples including Kaneiji Temple and Kiyomizu Kannon Temple. But Ueno Park is most popular during sakura season! The park nurtures 1000 cherry trees flanking its main pathway.

Admission Fee : The park itself is FREE, but charges apply if you enter the museums. Nearest Station : Ueno

Akihabara

The otaku’s ultimate mecca and Tokyo’s quirkiest destination. Here you’ll find several electronic stores, manga shops and cafes, maid cafes, Gundam Cafe, and Tokyo Anime Center.

Nearest Station : Akihabara

Tokyo Kimono Rental

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Wear an authentic kimono or yukata! They will also style your hair appropriately. Once you’re all set, you can explore the streets of Asakusa and go selfie-crazy! Kimono units must be returned before 4:30pm, though.

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Tokyo One Piece Tower

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One Piece is one of the most legendary manga/anime in the world. In Tokyo, you can get lost in its action-packed world in this one-of-a-kind amusement park. Key attractions include Luffy’s Endless Adventures, Brook’s Horror House, and the Soul Edge of Zoro. There’s also a live stage show.

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Robot Restaurant

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Be entertained by high-tech laser displays and high-energy robot shows! Food is not included in the rates, but if you book the first performance (4:00pm) on a Saturday or Sunday, you’ll get a JPY500 drink coupon and photo op with the Robots for FREE!

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Other Attractions

The Imperial Palace

  • Tokyo Tower is the second tallest structure in Japan, next only to Tokyo Sky Tree. It is a communications tower that was built in 1958 and was inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Today, tourists are welcome to climb to the top observatory to enjoy magnificent views of the city. Admission Fee to the observation decks: ¥900 yen (main deck), ¥2800 (both decks). Nearest Stations: Onarimon Station (Toei Mita Line), Akabanebashi (Toei Oedo Line)
  • Imperial Palace. It remains the official residence of the Imperial Family. Located at the site where Edo Castle used to stand, the Imperial Palace sits at the center of a large park, scribbled with wide green moats and colossal stone dykes. On January 2 and December 23, the Emperor makes an appearance and greets the audience throughout the day. Nearest Stations: Otemachi Station (Exit D2), Nijubashi-mae Station (Exit 6), or Tokyo Station (Marunouchi Central Exit).
  • Tsukiji Fish Market. This used to be the city’s main fish market until it was moved. But today, it remains a food destination where you can enjoy sushi or sashimi. Admission Fee: FREE Nearest Station: Tsukiji Shijo (Oedo Subway Line)
  • Odaiba . Composed of man-made islands off the coast of the city. Attractions here include a view of the iconic Rainbow Bridge, Fuji TV Building and Leisureland (with a giant arcade, haunted house, ninja illusion house, bowling alleys and more). It’s also a shopping haven with malls like DiverCity Tokyo Plaza and AquaCity, which also houses a ramen theme park on its 5th floor (offering a taste of varieties of ramen from different parts of Japan). Nearest Station: Daiba

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  • Ryōgoku is the sumo neighborhood of Tokyo. Here stand the Kokugikan sumo stadium and Sumo Museum. The stadium is where the three Tokyo tournaments are held in January, May and September, each running for 15 days. Although limited number of same-day tickets are available, it is best too book in advance on their official website . General Admission Ticket costs: ¥2200. If there are no sumo tournament at the time of your visit, you may still check out the Sumo Museum. Open Monday to Friday, 10:00 to 16:30. Closed on weekends and national holidays. Admission Fee: FREE Nearest Station: Ryōgoku (JR and Toei)
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Goverment Building (aka Tokyo City Hall, Tōkyō Tochō) has FREE observation decks that provides one of the best vistas of the city. From you can see the Tokyo Tower and the SkyTree! This is the one I recommend because I believe that the best view of Tokyo isn’t FROM the Tokyo Tower or SkyTree but has either of these structures in the frame. You can even see Mt. Fuji on a clear day! And did I mention it’s FREE. Nearest Station: Tocho-mae Station (Oedo Subway Line)

DAY TOURS OUTSIDE TOKYO

Outside of Tokyo but easily accessible are several destinations that may be worth your time, although a trip may set you back a few thousand yen. If you can’t visit all of these, I highly recommend to pick the best at the time of your visit. For example, I went to Lake Kawaguchi in December because I also wanted to ski on the slopes of Mt. Fuji. If I visited during summer, it would have been closed.

Anyway, here are some suggestions. I’ll be writing a separate article for each of these so I could discuss them in detail.

Hakone Mt. Fuji

Hakone offers a closer look at Mt. Fuji. Located 100km from Tokyo, it is one of the favorite day tours among foreign tourists staying in Tokyo. It is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, whose map is shaded with hot springs!

How to get there: From Shinjuku Station, take the train to Hakone-Yumoto Station (2 hours, ¥1190). There are faster trains that could take you there for only 85 minutes but costs ¥1190.

You can also join a group tour! The tour comes with hotel pick up and FREE unlimited wifi! It will allow you to do the following:

  • Enjoy a fantastic view of Mt. Fuji
  • Cruise around Lake Ashi
  • Take a 50-minute ropeway up Mt. Komagatake

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Lake Kawaguchi

Lake Kawaguchiko

Kawaguchiko is the second largest, the most popular, the most developed, and the most easily accessible of the Fuji Five Lakes. Located in Yamanashi, it is one hour and 20 minutes away from Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station by direct express train, and two hours by bus or local train. The town is part of the Fujisan Cultural Site, inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013. From here, you can have a great view of Mt. Fuji. It is also a jump off point for Fujiten Ski Resort, one of the only two resorts on the slopes of Mt. Fuji itself.

How to get there: From Shinjuku Station, take the bus to Kawaguchiko (2 hours, ¥1700, one-way) and Tokyo Station (3 hours, ¥1700, one-way). Visit the Fujikyu Bus official website for the schedule and other details.

If you don’t want to DIY it, you can also join a group tour from Tokyo! Stops include Arakurayama Sengen Park, Oishi Park, Lake Sai Iyashi no Sato Gemba Village, and Shiraito Waterfall.

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Fuji-Q Highland

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This is for adrenaline junkies and kids at heart. Fuji-Q Highland is an amusement theme park at the base of Mt. Fuji. Not only do you get spectacular views of Mt. Fuji, you also get treated to thrilling rides.

Fuji-Q Highland has four crazy rollercoasters, a haunted hotel, lots of carnival games and other attractions!

A ticket will give you unlimited rides within the theme park.

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Kamakura is often called the Kyoto of Eastern Japan because of its countless shrines, temples, and monuments including a giant bronze statue of Buddha. I also did a bit of trekking in its mountains and had my first glimpse of Mt. Fuji along the way. Kamakura was also home to the greatest samurai swordsmith named Masamune, whose descendant Tsunahiro Yamamura (Masamune XXIV) has been carrying the 700-year sword-making tradition and showcasing it at Masamune Sword and Blade Workshop, which you can visit. You may also buy souvenirs at a 100-year-old sword shop here called Sankai-do.

How to get there: From Tokyo Station, travel by train to Kamakura Station (1 hour, ¥920)

Minato Mirai

How to get there: Use the Tokyu Toyoko Line and board the Express or Limited Express train to Yokohama Station or Minato Mirai Station.

WHERE TO EAT CHEAP IN TOKYO

It is impossible to talk about Tokyo without a mention of its food. The Japanese take their food very seriously. It has more Michelin-star restaurants than any other city in the world (although most of them are pricey and require reservations months in advance).

Tsukiji Sashimi

Unless you’re cooking, the easiest way to save money on food is to hit the supermarket. Japanese supermarkets sell not just raw ingredients but also cooked ones that you can simply heat or eat right away. Convenience stores serve good meals, too.

But you probably didn’t go to Tokyo just to raid their supermarkets and convenience stores (not that something’s wrong with that, if that’s your thing). Even if you’re running on limited fuel (money!), you can still eat out!

I’ll be writing a separate article listing down some of the city’s more-than-good but (relatively) affordable food places.

Please check back soon.

WHERE TO SHOP IN TOKYO

Shibuya

We created a separate post for this.

Read it here: 10 Places to Shop in Tokyo

SAMPLE TOKYO ITINERARY WITH BREAKDOWN OF EXPENSES

To save time, energy, and money, build your itinerary well. Visit attractions close to each other on the same day. For example, the Meiji Shrine, Harajuku, Yoyogi Park, and Shibuya Crossing area can all be explored on foot in one day.

Here’s a sample Tokyo itinerary that I think is great for a first-timer. This itinerary assumes the following:

  • For breakfast, hit the convenience store for some cheap food like onigiri (rice balls with filling) or sandwich. Don’t worry, you’ll be eating at proper food places for lunch and dinner.
  • For lunch or dinner, your food budget is ¥1000-¥1500 per meal. That’s actually too much. You can find ramen places that offer ¥500-800 per bowl. But let’s add some allowance. You can go over the budget, but make sure you make up for it next time.

It includes a visit to the city’s key attractions as well as a day trip to Lake Kawaguchi to admire Mt. Fuji OR Tokyo Disneyland.

Day 1: UENO & AKIHABARA 10:30 am – Airport to Tokyo, ¥1030 12:00 nn – Check-in or drop baggage 01:00 pm – Lunch at Ichiran, ¥1250 02:00 pm – Ueno Park + Tokyo National Museum, ¥620 04:30 pm – Train to Akihabara, ¥140 04:10 pm – Explore Akihabara 07:00 pm – Walk to Ameyoko Market 07:30 pm – Dinner at Ameyoko, ¥1000 09:00 pm – Back to hotel, sleep!

Day 2: SHIBUYA 08:00 am – Ueno to Harajuku Station, ¥200 08:30 am – Meiji Shrine & Yoyogi Park – FREE 11:30 am – Takeshita Dori (Harajuku) – FREE 01:00 pm – Lunch at Harajuku Gyoza Ro, ¥1000 03:00 pm – Shibuya Crossing + Hachiko + shop around 07:00 pm – Afuri Ramen, ¥1500 09:30 pm – Back to Hotel

Day 3: ASAKUSA & ODAIBA 09:00 am – Ueno to Sensoji (Asakusa) – ¥170 09:30 am – Sensoji Temple 11:30 am – Daikokuya Tempura, ¥1500 12:45 pm – Train to Aomi Station, ¥610 02:00 pm – teamLab Borderless, ¥3200 05:30 pm – Explore Odaiba 07:00 pm – Dinner, ¥1200 08:00 pm – Train to hotel, ¥480 09:00 pm – Back to hotel

Day 4 Option A: TOKYO DISNEYLAND OR DISNEYSEA 08:00 am – Ueno to Maihama Station – ¥390 08:40 am – Disney Resort Monorail – ¥260 09:00 am – Disneyland/DisneySea* – ¥7400 + ¥3000 food budget 10:00 pm – Monorail to Maihama – ¥260 10:20 pm – Maihama to Ueno – ¥390

Day 5: DEPARTURE 10:00am – Check out 11:30am – Tokyo to Narita – ¥1030

If your lodging budget is ¥4200 per person per night, the itinerary above will set you back a total of ¥47,000 (USD 427, EUR 384, SGD 574, PHP 21,720) , excluding airfare, travel taxes and shopping expenses.

If you’re able to snag roundtrip airfare for only PHP 6000, the above itinerary will cost a total of PHP 29,500 (including airfare and travel tax).

The total figures above budget already include some allowance for miscellaneous incidentals but it’s best to add more to make room for price adjustments and other expenses that we might have missed.

Note that the biggest chunk of the budget goes to Disneyland or Mt. Fuji/Lake Kawaguchi. If you replace it with a cheaper destination, the total will drop significantly.

MORE TIPS FOR THE POOR TRAVELER

  • Tipping is not common in Tokyo. To settle your bill, you are expected to approach the cashier on your way out. The cashier is usually stationed by the entrance/exit.
  • Some restaurants and eateries have a ticket machine by the entrance. The menu is displayed and you just need to press the buttons corresponding your order and enter payment, and it will dispense your tickets.
  • Many vending machines serve both cold and hot drinks. Most people are surprised to learn about the hot options. Really helpful when you’re out in the cold.
  • Japanese bills look alike (same color). What varies is the size of the bill. The ¥1000 and ¥10,000 can be confusing so be careful. However, the Japanese are highly UNLIKELY to take advantage. They will even be the first to tell you.
  • When using the escalator, keep left if you’re not moving.
  • Be quiet inside the train. It’s seldom that you find people having loud conversations onboard. When it happens, they’re usually tourists.
  • If you have a cold or cough, wear surgical masks in public. Locals wear those not because they don’t want to get sick but because they don’t want to pass on the illness to others.
  • Learn a few Japanese phrases. The most useful would be Sumimasen (Excuse me, sorry) and Arigatoo gozaimasu (Thank you).

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TOKYO

How to apply for a japan visa.

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When is the best time to visit Tokyo

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I may be biased here because I’ve lived in the tropics all my life so I always want to visit Japan when it’s a bit cooler. Summer in Japan can get too hot, even for an island guy like me.

  • Spring (March-May) is the best time to visit for two reasons: The weather is often pleasant and comfortable. And if your timing is right, CHERRY BLOSSOMS! In Tokyo, the first bloom usually happens in March Week 3-4, full bloom at the end of March, and the last fall within Week 1 of April. Emphasis on usually . These days, you can never be too sure. Make sure you check Cherry Blossoms forecast before you book your flight.
  • Fall (September-October) is great, too. Not too cold. I find the autumn colors to be a nice treat.
  • Winter isn’t really a bad option. Tokyo winter has its market (me!), but it has its pros and cons. Flights and hotels are cheaper. Most attractions are not as crowded. Shopping districts go on NEW YEAR SALE (January Week 1), offering amazing deals. But it can get super cold outside, so you will need to prepare. Days are also shorter. If you love taking photos, it’s something you need to consider. Daylight is gone as early as 4pm. Establishments close earlier, too.

For more tips on how to enjoy Japan in winter, READ: JAPAN WINTER TIPS!

How many days is ideal for Tokyo?

At least a week. Like I said, I have been to Tokyo several times but I still have a lot to see.

If you don’t have that much time, 5 days should let you see the highlights.

If you have only 2-3 days, it’s going to be a challenge to see much of what the city has to offer. But we have a sample itinerary.

Watch the video below.

Do I need a JR Pass to explore Tokyo?

Japan JR Pass

It depends on your itinerary. If you will be staying in Tokyo the entire trip, a JR Pass isn’t really worth it.

It only makes sense to get a JR Pass if you’re on a multi-city journey around Japan. If your itinerary involves taking long-distance trains often and you’re staying for 7 days, you can save money by getting a Train Pass. For example, if you would be visiting Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka in 7 days, it could be a great deal.

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Is tipping customary in Tokyo?

No. Tipping is not common in Tokyo.

To settle your bill, you are expected to approach the cashier on your way out. The cashier is usually stationed by the entrance/exit.

What type of power plug / socket is used in Tokyo?

Electricity Info : 100V, 50-60Hz. Sockets are Type A. Plugs have two flat pins.

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Thanks for the this! :) Will use this in my future travel!

yoshke

Thanks for reading! :D

Julie Manuel

Really??? with less than Php 25,000 you can travel around tokyo? I never expect it to be this affordable. this is so helpful. Thanks for the tip. :)

John

Great post Yoshke! You’ve given great detail to almost anything I can think of any traveller would need. Plus your pictures are gorgeous.

Thanks, John!

Riza Buning

Appreciate your information, we plan only to visit Tokyo Disneyland, and a bit of tokyo, plan to be in Tokyo Disneyland on a Sunday, will it be good to arrive Friday or Saturday and leave on Monday? Would you suggest a good itinerary and cheap and reasonable expenses to go with? thank you so much

City of La Quinta

Very informative thanks for sharing!

Bing O

Great post and with detailed itinerary within budget! Can I ask what is the recommended itinerary for senior persons first time travelers? Thanks!

Hi Bing! If you have seniors traveling with you, I’d suggest you pick a hotel near Yamanote line and just visit attractions along Yamanote (Akihabara, Sugamo, Ueno, Shibuya, Harajuku, Yoyogi, Shinjuku), although I would probably just insert a visit to Disneyland too haha.

Thanks very much Yoshke! Yes will definitely recommend the senior couple the theme park , and they will only go as a couple as what they wanted :) Have read your blogs and the Ueno area is the most appropriate area for you to stay. May i ask … sorry have many questions though …

1.) When i tried checking the Hyperdia site , when entering the Ueno there are choices of = Ueno , Ueno-Hirokojii, Ueno-Okachimachi.. which one to choose? 2.) Should they buy Tourist Train Pass or per ride ticket is for the suggested attractions that you mentioned? 3.) Are there decent hotels in Ueno area in their front desk that can offer tours or day tours for the couple also? as they are not that techie in searching places via smartphones? 4.) Would you recommend the Smart travel wifi? I have seen ads they started the service for traveller, for the couple to use :) 5.) Can you recommend few cheap and decent hotels in Ueno? , the couple plans to stay for 4 days 6.) Are there cheap shops in areas that is for pasalubong and good stuffs to buy? :) Thanks again :)

1.) When i tried checking the Hyperdia site , when entering the Ueno there are choices of = Ueno , Ueno-Hirokojii, Ueno-Okachimachi.. which one to choose? — Ueno. Ueno only. :)

2.) Should they buy Tourist Train Pass or per ride ticket is for the suggested attractions that you mentioned? —- If you’re referring to the Tokyo Free Kippu (Tokyo Tour Ticket), no. Hehe.

3.) Are there decent hotels in Ueno area in their front desk that can offer tours or day tours for the couple also? as they are not that techie in searching places via smartphones? — Hmmm, I’m not sure, I never asked any reception because I always traveled DIY. What I can tell you though is that you can book tours online as early as now. Just make sure HOTEL PICKUP is included.

4.) Would you recommend the Smart travel wifi? I have seen ads they started the service for traveller, for the couple to use :) —- We haven’t tried that yet. :(

5.) Can you recommend few cheap and decent hotels in Ueno? , the couple plans to stay for 4 days —– I love staying at Hotel MYSTAYS Ueno East because it’s clean, cheap, and not too far from the train station. (There’s still a bit of walking involved, though.) If they’re fully booked, there’s another Hotel Mystays branch in an adjacent street, just a block away. Here’s Hotel MYSTAYS Ueno East: https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?cid=1771694&pcs=1&hid=926801

6.) Are there cheap shops in areas that is for pasalubong and good stuffs to buy? :) — Yep, Takeya is also in Ueno. They sell discounted chocolates and other products at a discounted rate. And if they spend more than 5000 yen, they can opt with tax-free. May mga katabi ring ibang similar stores ang Takeya. Takeya lang yung natatandaan ko na name right now. It’s located here: https://www.google.com/maps/place/%E5%A4%9A%E6%85%B6%E5%B1%8BTAKEYA.CO .,LTD/@35.707338,139.7744132,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x60188ea1bfbdcdb9:0x88d64d6002df7d48!8m2!3d35.707338!4d139.7766072

Thanks again :)

Hi Yoshke thanks much for answering all questions ! The couple is now more excited if the trip will push through this coming december :)

And i told them the apps you recommended for them to familiarize before going. More blessings to you guys for having a great blog ! :) Bing

Kristianne Abegail Soriano

Do you recommend buying disnet tickets from Klook? Thanx

Hi Kristianne! Yep, we discussed exploring Disneyland using a Klook ticket here: http://www.thepoortraveler.net/2017/05/tokyo-disney-resort-travel-guide-tips/

hannah buenaobra

Hi! Just want to ask if you bought a ticket first then to follow na lang yung visa? ok lang ba yun?

Yosh Dimen

Hi Hannah! Ideally, dapat mauna yung visa para if madeny, hindi sayang. But if you’re confident you’re in good standing (has a full-time job, may funds sa bank, etc.), oks lang if mauna ung ticket. Pero syempre may risk yun pa rin. :)

Alain Dizon

Thanks for your blog my planning was made 100x easier. I’m planning to just copy one of your suggested itineraries, since we’re also staying 5 nights, 6 days, but was wondering if we can go to Mt. Fuji instead of the Yokohama destination. Would you recommend that too?

Thanks a lot!

Yep, that’s cool too. :)

Riza Gonzales

This is really cool. I’m planning to insert mt. Fuji in the itinerary but I just wonder if you ever had blogged or discussed abouth going there? How-to and how-much, i mean. This blog made me feel more confident to explore Tokyo! So friendly and budget-wise. Thank you!

Juensan

Thank heavens for a blog like yours, Yoshke! Leaving for Tokyo this Friday, took note of your suggested itineraries and if weather permits we’ll do it all, plus a trip to Mt Fuji :)

Djon Santiago

I learned alot in reading this guide. Thank you sir for this detailed guide.

Eds

Hi! I think i need help haha! Im planning to go to Japan in December and I might book a flight from Manila to Nagoya, my problem is, i need to meet someone at Haneda airport and i dont know how am i going to get there (the cheapest way possible). Im thinking about taking the bus but im not sure if there’s a bus station outside nagoya airport or i need to ride a train first or if the bus will drop me at haneda airport it will be my first time in Japan and I’ll be traveling alone from manila to nagoya thats why im so nervous

Hi Eds, I’m afraid we don’t know the answer to this. :(

Joanne

Hi, What will I search in Klook if i want to buy the JR Yamanote line pass? Thanks

Jc

Would you know if the 4G Wifi rental can be picked up at Kansai and returned at Narita?

Dre

Hi! If I already purchased a JR Pass. is it advisable to still purchase an IC card or ICOCA card for Osaka to ride the trains? Because there are local trains that are not JR lines. Same with Tokyo, do I need to purchase SUICA? Please enlighten me. We’re leaving soon! Thank you!

It really depends on your itinerary. if your itinerary involves a lot of destinations near subway lines, then yes. SUICA and ICOCA are both refundable too.

Laarni

Hello! We are going to Tokyo end of May- first week of June. I was thinking of going to Hakone or Lake Kawaguchiko but I’m afraid that we may not see Mt. Fuji. Is it advisable to try to go and try our luck (a lot of it?) Thank you very much again for all that you do.

Hi Laarni. Just check the weather forecast. Pero usually, kita ang Mt. Fuji kapag morning and late afternoon. Kapag around noon, maulap.

Eitherway, I would still recommend going to Lake Kawaguchi kasi maganda ung lugar with or without Mt. Fuji. :)

Jem

Hello po. Magkano budget need pag mga 10 days in Tokyo japan for 2 people?

Tin

Hello! Your blog is super helpful though I’m still confuse sorry, what train tickets do you recommend I buy. I will be staying only for 4 days and plan to go to maybe the top 10 destinations in Tokyo only? Also staying near Shinjuku station. Thanks in advance :)

Depends on your itinerary. I don’t know what you mean by top 10 destinations.

But most likely, the Tokyo Subway Ticket. https://affiliate.klook.com/jump/activity/1552-metro-ticket-tokyo/?adid=4976&af_wid=825

Bhe

Hi there Yoshke. Ok b ang suica card if um planning to travel in ueno, shibuya, asakusa ung loop ng yamanote loop. Thanks alot

Hi Bhe, yep, okay lang yung Suicard kasi di naman sya pass talaga. It’s just a stored value card that will make your train travel easier. :)

Mei

Hi Yoshke, planning to go to Tokyo fro 4 days come November (2nd week). Is it wise to use Pasmo card if 1 day will be spent in Hitachi Seaside Park, 1 day Mt. Fuji Tour (book through klook), 1 day disneysea, and the last day just shopping around Tokyo and Shinjuku Gyoenmae? Thanks.

Hi Mei, PASMO isn’t a pass. It’s simply a pre-purchased stored value ticket. So no savings there.

If you really want to save and you want to see Hitachi Seaside Park, drop the Klook tour and visit Mt. Fuji DIY style. Then purchase the Tokyo Wide Pass, which covers both sites and the two airports for 10,000 yen. The only catch is, the pass is valid for 3 consecutive days. This means you need to rearrange the itinerary and visit farther destinations (Hitachi, Mt. Fuji, and Disneyland) within 3 days.

Thanks for the reply Yoshke. Will take your advice. Can you please lead me to the link of the DIY to Mt. Fuji. Thanks.

Hi Mei, we haven’t written about it in detail yet, haha.

Cha

Hi sir. Im a first-timer sa japan om an 8-day solo trip..inquire ko lang. I have an 8 day trip in japan.. osaka-kyoto-tokyo ang plano ko po. 3 days in osaka 1 day in kyoto and 4 days in tokyo.

Mostly city sightseeing lang po gagawin ko. And sa tokyo po option 3 ng itinerary nyo ung halos kapareho ng akin but naka-base ako sa asakusa. Do you think a combination of ICOCA and tokyo subway metro is the best option for transpo. Pag sa unli ticket ng subway, okay po ba ang 72 hour ticket? Or 2 days unli ticket will do? Dahil pabalik nko s 4th day ko po via narita airport naman. Would highly appreciate your advise po dahil hindi biro mahgawa ng itinerary for japan Thank you.

Hi Cha, I don’t think okay sayo yung subway ticket kasi mukhang mas magagamit mo yung JR lines.

I understand. So stick na lang po ako sa ICOCA. Pwede naman kung sakali ang ICOCA sa tokyo di po ba. Maraming salamat po at naliwanagan ako

yes po, gumagana yung ICOCA sa Tokyo. :)

Salamat sir ng marami

Ralph Cruz

Hi! Please help me choose Odaiba or Tokyo Tower sa first night namin, bali mga 4pm pa kami aalis sa hotel Thanks po

Hi Ralph, ang hirap naman. Haha.

Ang maganda sa Tokyo Tower, malapit lang sya sa Roponggi so marami pa kayong ibang pwedeng puntahan before or after.

Yung Odaiba naman, medyo malayo pa. So mas pipiliin ko siguro ung Tokyo Tower area kung limited ang time.

Ralph

Hi! Salamat po sa answer. BTW, safe po ba sa Roppongi? Heard a lot of stories na madami daw touts dun kaya medyo di ako sure about going there

Wala naman akong naexperience na panget when I was there. Just be cautious na lang din as always. :)

Kat

Hi, thank you for all the info. Your blog is really helpful. Been actually checking this since i was able to get a piso fare last dec2017 and yes finally our much awaited trip will be next month, hurray for that! But i need help, can you please advise if we need a subway pass or the kippu pass or just buy the stored value? Will be around asakusa, akiba, shinjuku, shibuya, imperial palace on day 1. Day 2 need to be in shinjuku for mt fuji tour, day3 on disneysea. Will be staying in nipori. Thank you so much!

I don’t think you need any pass. Just stick to SUICA/PASMO.

If you want to be sure, go to the Hyperdia website, enter your destinations/stations and compute yourself. If the total cost is lower than the price of the pass, then you don’t need that pass.

Thank you for the advice!

Shen

Hi! What’s the best way to get Yen? I have both PHP and USD and I don’t know what option gives the best rates. Did you exchange money in the Philippines or at Japan?

Hi Shen, I usually exchange money in the Philippines. Peso to yen.

Sometimes, we withdraw yen from ATM.

LOVE VENICE R EVANGELISTA

Hi Yoshke! San po pwede ma experience ang snow near tokyo? around end of Dec?

December snow is rare in Tokyo, but it has happened before. I once experienced snow in Tokyo in November. But generally, January is the best bet for first snow.

You can go to Yamanashi prefecture. If you want to experience snow activities, you can visit Fujiten Snow Resort at the base of Mt. Fuji, near Lake Kawaguchi. I have tried it before and it’s great for snow newbies. The view of Mt. Fuji from the resort is also unforgettable.

How about in Gala Yuzawa? it is safe to go there with kid?

Hi! We haven’t been there pero it’s a snow resort so siguro naman.

Trixie

Hi! Your blog is very helpful. We are going there this December and staying near the Shinjuku area, would you know of any Catholic church that has an English mass near that area? Thanks!

Not sure if they have English mass, but check out St. Ignatius Church, just a short ride from Shinjuku.

From Shinjuku Station, just take JR Line to Yotsuya Station.

Mc

Hi! Is it advisable to go by Train to Kawaguchiko lake from Tokyo and ride a taxi going to Fujiten Ski resort? Is it hard to get a taxi ni kawaguchiko?

Hi Mc, what I did was take the bus to Kawaguchiko and then taxi to Fujiten. I think train is okay too.

In Kawaguchiko, it’s easy to find a cab that will take you to Fujiten. It’s just so darn expensive. Haha

pad

hi, may i know how to get back to Narita from Ueno? my flight will be at 10 in the morning , so i have to take the train before the rush hour (maybe around 6.30 am) and i plan to buy the skyliner ticket online but i’m confuse if thats able to redeem the ticket the day before my flight day? i read in some article that i have to exchange the e-voucher in harajuku and ueno, is that correct?

Just go to Keisei-Ueno Station. You can take either the Skyliner or Limited Express. Just buy the ticket at the station so no need to redeem. :)

cathycis

Hi Yoshke! We will be in Tokyo for 8 days after Christmas until Jan. 2. Travelling with 2 teenagers. Would you know of any New Year’s Countdown celebration in Tokyo? How about in Yokohama? We are planning to go there for the fireworks but not sure of train schedules.

Hi Cathysis, I don’t know anything about fireworks, but most locals go to the temple on New Year’s Eve for “hatsumode”. Meiji Shrine in particular seems to be popular.

soc

Reading this help me to plan our upcoming trip. Thank you so much. Would you know if tokyo wide pass cover hitachi seaside, ashikaga flower park and mt fuji areas? thanks again

Hitachi Seaside and Mt Fuji, yes. I can’t remember if Ashikaga is covered.

Greg

Thank you for the helpful post. Quick question, is shopping at Gotemba worth it. Also, do kids below 1 year old have to pay for trains or subways? thanks again and all the best.

Re Gotemba, personally, I don’t really enjoy shopping stops, haha, so it’s not for me.

Kids below 1 year can use the train/subway for free unless they occupy a reserved seat. Otherwise, free of charge.

Hope

Hi po, I’m planning to visit Tokyo next January but I’m still ambivalent if I should purchase a roundtrip ticket right now (because idk if it’s still too expensive lol). Any tips on when should I purchase a roundtrip ticket to get the cheapest rate if I want to go to Tokyo in January? Also how will I know if sulit na or okay na ang price ng roundtrip ticket for January? How much po usually ang average or cheapest rate for January? Thanks po. :)

Hi Hope, both Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific will have a major seat sale on March 1. Try mo book on that date, at midnight! :)

Sharwan

Really very gud collection What a fantastically useful list. Thank you so much

Deva

Nice post thanks for sharing

No prob! And thanks for visiting our blog.

Dianne

Hello may I ask po regarding sim card? :) pwede po ba hotspot un? Isa lang bibilin. Dalawa lang po kasi kami nung friend ko mag travel. Parang un po ung cheapest option.

Hi Dianne, ang alam ko pwede po.

Thank you po! Sobrang dami ko po natutunan sa blogs niyo. As in kayo ung japan bible ko. Hahaha. Sana maging successful po ang trip namin ng friend ko. ❤️ Thanks for everything ❤️ Saan kami pupulutin kung wala kayoooo ❤️

Salamat po! :)

Kitty

Hello. I’ll be in Tokyo for 8 days and I’m planning to get a Tokyo subway Ticket pass. Can I buy 3 x 48hr passes in advance? Or do I need to buy everytime a 48hr pass expires? Thanks

Hi Kitty, you don’t have to use a pass for the entire duration of the trip. Use it only on days when you feel like you’re taking a lot of subway rides. Otherwise, just buy single tickets.

Inna

Hi! How will we know what stations will the Express/Rapid train stops?

Annie Renaud

Hi. This blog is very informative. We are planning a trip to Japan this November 2019. My question is…can we change the port of entry to go to Japan from Narita to Haneda? In our Japan tourist visa application form, we stated NRT but I am seeing that the plane fare is cheaper if we fly to Haneda airport plus it is near the Tokyo area. I appreciate your help.

Hi Annie, as far as I know, it’s okay.

I usually check Wikipedia lang.

IIN SUSANTI

Hi, I plan to visit Tokyo and go to Ashikaga flower park. I read about Tokyo free kippu (Tokyo combination ticket). Is this ticket valid for my trip from HAneda airport to Ashiakgashi? Can I buy the ticket in HAneda airport? Thank you.

Hi Iin, you will need a Tokyo WIDE Pass for that, not the free Kippu.

Sharwan mishra

Thanks for a everything

froglet

Do you recommend going to teamlab borderless?

Hi Froglet, we haven’t tried teamLab Borderless, but we’ve been to teamLab Planets and we loved it!!! ❤️

Michael Cayetano

When will you have the HOW TO GET TO HANEDA AIRPORT TO TOKYO CITY CENTER ?

littlemisadvencha

this blog is super detailed and very informative! kudos to you for making this. i am planning to go to Japan this December. Hopefully i can go to Tokyo and experience what it has to offer. :) Thanks for sharing this!

cha @ littlemisadvencha.com

Marie-Rose Luong

Many thanks for the tips and infos! I enjoyed the reading from top to bottom.

Thank you! :)

Jaric

Hi Guys how to buy disneysea ticket online? Tried klook link here but it says they dont have it in our languange

Erick

Hi, regarding the tokyo free kippu (1 day tokyo tour ticket). Is the validity of the ticket by time (24 hours, like if I buy it on 3 pm today, is it still valid til 3 pm tomorrow) or by date (will its validity expire by 12:00 AM tomorrow even if I bought it on 3 pm today)

vijayan

Hi po. In choosing accomodation, should we only consider those near train stations( jr yamanote line) like tokyo or shibuya train stations? Or pwede rin close to subways. Are subways part of the jr yamanote line? Thanks po. We are after kc close to public transport.

Hi Edna, ang subways ay di part ng Yamanote line. BUT check mo yung mga attractions that you want to visit. Baka most of them are near a subway line din (TOEI, Tokyo Metro). If oo, then okay na rin naman yung malapit sa subway station.

Actually, basta malapit ka sa train station, whether subway or JR line yan, you should be fine. Mas preferred ko lang talaga ung malapit sa JR Yamanote line kung ung main attractions ang ivivisit. Pero di sya deal-breaker for me. If may gusto kang hotel/apartment sa city center na malayo sa Yamanote pero malapit sa subway, worth considering pa rin un for me.

Thanks. Are they intervonnected though? We can ride subway then change train to yamanote line? Expensive kc nakikita ko pg near U Yamanote line.

Yes, interconnected naman sila. May interchange sa big stations like Ueno and Shinjuku.

Don’t gravitate too much sa Yamanote line if mahal. Basta within city center and you’re near a station, you should be fine.

Thanks so much for answering my questions. Last na po. Mas ok ba mag klook Hakone tour to see Mt Fuji or mg train n lng po kmi? Is hakone the best option to see mt fuji? Salamat in advance

Sourav Haldar

Great post!! Thank you very much for sharing.

Jenica

Hi! Where do you exchange your php to yen? Is it better if sa Bank or sa Money Changer? or sa NAIA?

Daniel Chege

I live in Kenya but I have always wanted to visit Tokyo and experience the technology advancement there. Being a web designer myself, I know they are way ahead of us in online business marketing. I welcome all Japanese people to Kenya.

Meagan

I love your blogs! I discovered it the first time I went to Japan last year and have been going back to reread it for tips for future travels, and just because it’s so fun to read them! Hope we can travel again soon because I’m excited to apply the things I’ve learned. Stay safe! :)

Thanks, Meagan! Yes, hopefully we all get to travel soon! :)

ANUKRATI DOSI

That’s such an elaborative guide to Tokyo. Loved it. I am definitely referring it when I visit Tokyo.

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I am arriving 12 midnight weekday January 12 2023 from Hameda Terminal 3…. is there airport transfer to bring me to Shibuya around this early morning time I only see airport transfers from Narita…Thank you

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A beginner’s guide to visiting Tokyo: Everything you need to eat, see and do

Samantha Rosen

There's a reason everyone and their mother is going to visit Tokyo these days. It's one of the most incredible destinations on Earth, and I fell head over heels in love with this city on a recent trip.

When you go, you'll understand why.

Now, when I tell you I spent as much time planning my itinerary as I did putting together the TPG beginner's guide , it's not an exaggeration. I spent hours researching, calling, emailing — pretty much everything except sending a carrier pigeon to the other side of the world — to make sure I had the most incredible experience ever. And it paid off. Fortunately, I created this guide so you don't have to do the same before your first trip to Tokyo. Just do me a solid and enjoy every second of the trip, OK?

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Where to eat in Tokyo

If you know anything about me, you know that my life revolves around where I'm eating. Considering that Tokyo is one of the culinary capitals of the world, you can imagine how excited — and overwhelmed — I was before the trip. I reviewed everything from Instagram to Tabelog (Japan's version of Yelp), and then crosschecked online reviews to make sure these restaurants deserved to make the final cut.

Keep in mind that it can be difficult to make online restaurant reservations in Tokyo. There's no Resy or OpenTable to speak of. So, your best bet is using some type of concierge service from either your hotel or credit card (think: the Amex Platinum Concierge ).

Also, I think there's a misconception that you have to spend a lot of money to visit Tokyo. Yes, you can absolutely splurge on omakase and Wagyu (I'll get to that in a minute), but you can also find inexpensive street food or pop into a no-frills sushi, ramen or udon restaurant that'll make your wallet and stomach very happy. You can do Japan on a budget, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

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Where to get sushi in Tokyo

First thing's first: I knew I needed to stuff my face with as much sushi as possible, and there was one restaurant I kept seeing pop up again and again: Sushi-Ya.

Sushi-Ya is an eight-seat omakase restaurant in the the Ginza district of Tokyo (right near the Conrad !) and was the most incredible sushi experience I've ever had. I mean, just look at this tuna:

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Chef Ishiyama was warm and welcoming, and explained every piece I was going to eat during the two-hour ordeal. This was a real treat, since many sushi chefs don't speak English; it can be intimidating if you don't speak the language. It was far and away the most expensive meal I had in Japan, but worth every single penny yen.

That wasn't my only sushi journey, though. I was also able to get a reservation at Isana Sushi Bar, a slightly more casual sushi spot I kept seeing pop up during my research. Chef Junichi Onuki was another near-fluent English-speaking chef, and the fish here was high-quality without being too pricey. I ended up chatting with a family from California who was also visiting, and we got into a long conversation about — you guessed it — sushi. Chef Onuki chimed in, as well, and it made for a really memorable start to my trip.

Where to get noodles in Tokyo

Let's talk about ramen for a second. Of course, Tokyo is full to the brim with ramen shops, similar to (but better than) Ippudo locations all over the U.S. But the real treat here is tsukemen . It's a Japanese specialty where the cold noodles are served in a bowl separate from the warm broth. You dip the cold noodles in the broth and then you reach ramen Nirvana. It's all part of the experience. The best tsukemen I had was at Fuunji, followed closely by Rokurinsha on Ramen Street in Tokyo Station. You'll inevitably end up waiting in line for each for about an hour or so, but since it's Japan, everything is efficient and moves quickly.

Oh, and did I mention that you'll order using a vending machine?

I also knew I needed to dive into a bowl of udon, and Shin Udon seemed like the place to go (coincidentally, it was right around the corner from Fuunji). It was a few minutes away from the Park Hyatt in an unassuming little room. They even line people up on another street as to not block the tiny little entrance. If you're staying anywhere in Shinjuku — and even if you're not — add this to your list.

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The best restaurants in Tokyo

Now, you'll think I've lost my mind for what I'm about to tell you, but believe me when I say I ate the best pizza I've had in my life in Tokyo ; I'm a native New Yorker and have traveled multiple times to various cities around Italy, but the pizza at Seirinkan blew all the other slices out of the water. It was as close to perfect as you can get. I found this place through chef David Chang's "Ugly Delicious" show on Netflix , and he said the same thing: You'll think he's crazy, but it really is the best pizza in the world. If you don't believe me, go see for yourself. If you do believe me, well, bring your stretchy pants. I'd definitely recommend making a reservation, too. I got mine through the concierge at the Conrad hotel , and you can probably use a similar strategy, or call the Amex Platinum concierge.

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If you thought my culinary extravaganza was over, you'd be wrong.

I kept seeing these delicious-looking wagyu beef sandwiches pop up on social media and knew I needed to taste one for myself. I ultimately landed on a shop called Wagyumafia and it did not disappoint. Granted, it was also probably the most expensive sandwich I have ever and will ever order (it cost about $30), but how can you say no to a fried wagyu sandwich? You can't.

You know you're in a good spot when everyone in the restaurant is Japanese. Enter: Tempura Kondo. This restaurant, tucked away on the fifth floor of a building in Ginza, turns out some of the best fried food I've ever had. Just follow the people getting in the elevator and you'll know you're in the right place. Those two Michelin stars aren't for nothing.

Fluffy pancakes are also a must in Japan, and trust me, I had more than my fair share. In Tokyo, I went to Bills Ginza and A Happy Pancake; I inhaled my pancakes in minutes. Of the two, I would choose Bills — the quality of the food was better, and the overall vibe of the restaurant was more relaxed and fun. Safe to say I stayed pretty carbohydrated during my trip.

And if you don't stock up on snacks (hello, matcha Kit Kats!) and a daily chicken katsu sandwich at 7/11 , Lawson or FamilyMart, you're doing it wrong.

Like I said: Tokyo is an eating extravaganza.

Related: 10 things no one tells you about Tokyo

What to see and do in Tokyo

You could spend your entire life in Tokyo and still never run out of things to see and do. It's just that massive. Assuming you're just visiting for a few days, however, and not relocating there, these are the things you should prioritize.

Yes, you keep seeing it on Instagram , but there's a reason: It's called teamLab Borderless, and it's cooler in real life than it is on your phone. I was skeptical about it at first, thinking it was just another "Instagram pop-up," but this interactive light museum and installation can take hours to properly explore. The most popular exhibit (see below) had a pretty long line — about 20 minutes or so — when I was there, but it was absolutely incredible.

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You should definitely make it a point to visit the famed Tsukiji Market when in Tokyo. While the inner market — the place where the tuna auction took place — moved to Toyosu Market, you can still visit the outer market at Tsukiji to eat all the fish your heart desires without shelling out the big bucks. I had an oyster the size of my face for about $2; a giant octopus skewer; and a tuna, salmon and sea urchin situation that was unlike anything else I've ever eaten. All of this cost me less than $20.

Another favorite locale was Ameyoko Ueno market. Visiting markets while you're traveling is a great way to get a feel for the people and the culture, and at Ameyoko, you'll find cheap shopping, authentic cuisine and approachable residents who can introduce you to Tokyo.

No trip to Tokyo is complete without a quick trip to Shibuya Crossing, the busiest intersection in the world. The surrounding area has great shopping (Tower Records), so you definitely want to take a few minutes to cross the street and feel the heartbeat of the city. I've also heard the Starbucks at the corner has the best aerial views, but I didn't have time to make the trip there.

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You'll also want to visit the Harajuku area, the center of Japanese youth culture and fashion. Take a walk down colorful Takeshita Street — just be prepared for a sensory overload in the best way possible. If you're a cotton candy fan, stop at Totti Candy Factory.

Steps away from Harajuku, you'll find Meiji Jingu, a beautiful Shinto shrine. It's dedicated to the spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken. I'm not a religious person at all, but it was a deeply spiritual experience. I really liked writing down my wishes in an envelope and putting them away in a box. It all felt very "Eat, Pray, Love." The shrine is located in Yoyogi Park, which is a gorgeous, sprawling green park in the middle of Shibuya. I went early before the crowds, and it was the definition of Japanese Zen.

In Asakusa, you'll find Sensō-ji, a Buddhist temple and the oldest in Tokyo. Everything I'd ever dreamt about Japan came to life here. Be sure to bathe in some of the smoke from the incense, since it's said to have healing powers.

My favorite shopping was in Shinjuku. I kept seeing the name Komehyo pop up during my research, and decided to make a trip to the store's flagship in this neighborhood . I ended up getting a bag I've had my eye on for years, and it cost me less than half of what it would have cost at home. And thrift stores are a thing in Japan. They resemble actual department stores, and have enough luxury goods to make your head spin — and since it's Japan, everything is in pristine condition.

If you're even remotely a fan of the Grateful Dead, you need to visit Chi Chi's. It's a little off the beaten path in the Setagaya City neighborhood, but is a well-known destination for Deadheads. Chi Chi and Merry, the owners, were so warm and welcoming, and we ended up talking for an hour about music, travel, Japan and food. The best things in life, if you ask me. All the shirts are handmade, and you could easily spend an entire day there browsing and chatting with Chi Chi and Merry. Merry even let me take a picture with her signed copy of John Mayer's "The Search for Everything" album that she got back when Dead & Company went to visit the shop in April.

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Where to stay in Tokyo

With so many hotels in Tokyo, it can be hard to narrow it all down. Trust me, I know the feeling.

I ended up staying in two hotels during my trip: Both the Conrad and Park Hyatt . While I'm more or less obsessed with the Conrad and can't recommend it highly enough, the Park Hyatt definitely fell below my expectations.

(Photo by Samantha Rosen / The Points Guy)

These are two of the city's most high-end points properties, but I promise there's something for everyone and every budget here.

Take, for example, the wealth of Marriott hotels in the city. There are two Courtyard properties — one in Ginza , the other near Tokyo station — both available from 35,000 points per night. There's also a Westin (rates start at 50,000 points per night) and, one step up from there, a Ritz-Carlton (rates start at 85,000 points per night).

And there are even more properties on the horizon as the capital prepares for the 2020 Summer Olympics. Marriott loyalists can look forward to a forthcoming Edition property; a spring grand opening is expected for the Kimpton Shinjuku for travelers with IHG points; and if you're more interested in earning than redeeming points, Japan's third Four Seasons will appear in time for the games at Tokyo at Otemachi.

You'll want to check out our guide to the best points hotels in Tokyo to find the one that works best for you.

Related: 3 of the best value points hotels in Tokyo

How to get to Tokyo

Naturally, there are a ton of ways to get to Tokyo — it's one of the biggest cities in the world, after all. There are two airports that serve the city: Haneda (HND) and Narita (NRT). Haneda is much closer to the city , but I ended up flying in and out of Narita because of how my flights worked out.

On the way there, I flew in Japan Airlines first class . I'll probably never be over the fact that I can say that and yes, it really was that amazing. I found award availability on Alaska Airlines for 70,000 miles and $18 in taxes and fees.

Coming home, I flew in Air Canada business class with a short layover in Montreal (YUL) — I transferred 75,000 Amex points to Aeroplan , paid about $175 in taxes and fees and voilá! That's how you do it, people.

The details

Getting around.

I'm a big fan of walking, especially in a city I haven't been to before so I can explore every corner.

That said, Tokyo is a massive 845 square miles. You'll inevitably have to take the subway, which is extremely efficient and clean — people wait on lines to get in and out of it. (Take notes, New York City.) I'd definitely recommend getting either a Pasmo or Suica card ahead of time and loading it with money so you don't have to buy individual tickets. Also, you'll need to swipe it (or your individual ticket) as you leave the station, so be sure to keep it accessible.

I loved putting on my headphones and listening to music while Google Maps was on in the background; it told me exactly when I needed to turn, and if I was taking the subway, when the train was leaving and what platform I needed to be at. Efficiency at its finest.

While I felt safe walking around at night, I opted to take a cab home from restaurants that weren't walking distance to my hotel — when traveling alone, I always err on the side of caution. That said, you'll be more than fine taking the subway with a companion, or even by yourself. I just always play it safe.

Uber is available here, although the fleet is fairly small and prices are typically more expensive than taxis. Taking a taxi in Tokyo is an experience — the drivers all wear white gloves, not to mention they open and close the door for you. Beats an Uber any day of the week.

To get to Kyoto, I took the scenic Shinkasen directly from Tokyo Station to Kyoto Station. I'd recommend getting to Tokyo Station early and going to Rokurinsha for ramen; you'll thank me later. The trip took less than three hours, and yes, the bullet train is as fast as you've heard. Added bonus: The ticket cost about $120 each way, and counted toward my Chase Sapphire Reserve $300 travel credit .

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Japanese currency and tipping

In Japan, $1 gets you about 108.55 Japanese yen, so don't panic when you see astronomical numbers while scoping out prices. You'll also want to carry a decent amount of cash on you, since many places don't accept credit cards. Of course, when you do pay with card, you'll want to use one that doesn't charge foreign transaction fees . Just think of what you could be putting that money towards instead (read: food).

The service in Japan was absolutely incredible — I'd even venture to say it's pretty much the ideal location for a solo woman traveler . People (everyone, not just those working in hospitality) go out of their way to help you and make sure you're comfortable. Excellent service and hospitality is so ingrained in the culture that tipping is actually considered rude . Instead, just smile and say thank you.

Bottom line

In case you couldn't tell, I had the absolute best time in Tokyo , and am already itching to go back. There is so much to see and do here that it's difficult to even scratch the surface. But with these tips in mind, you'll begin to understand what the hype is all about — and if my past trip here is any indication, you're going to fall in love with this beautiful city, too.

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The Perfect 4-Day Tokyo Itinerary: Japan Travel Guide

Tokyo is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world. If you’re planning a trip to Japan, it should definitely be on your list! However, if you’ve never been before and don’t know where to start, don’t worry. We’ve put together the perfect 4-day Tokyo itinerary for first-time visitors. From visiting popular tourist spots to sampling delicious Japanese food, this fun-filled guide has it all!

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Find a variety of activities down below if you’re short on time with 4 days in Tokyo.

  • TeamLab Planets

It’s time to start our Tokyo 4-day itinerary with a bang! TeamLab Planets is an unforgettable experience that will tantalize all of your senses. The newest addition is the floating flower garden, which is our favorite! We’ve found the cheapest tickets here!

The Teamlab Planet exhibit will be running until the end of 2023, so you’ll want to check it out sooner rather than later!

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In the afternoon, explore Shibuya where you’ll find plenty of new things to see and do, including some iconic landmarks. Make sure to include the Starbucks Reserve Roastery on your list – it’s unlike any other Starbucks you’ve ever seen!

This Starbucks is the second largest one in existence and the architecture will take your breath away. They serve four floors of deliciousness, with everything from freshly roasted coffee to delectable food items that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. You can even watch them make some of their treats fresh in-house at their Bakery! This is hands down the best Starbucks we have ever been to. With only 4 days in Tokyo, this is a must-visit on our list!

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You can’t visit Tokyo in 4 days without experiencing the Shibuya Crossing. It’s packed with tourists, locals, and shoppers rushing to their next destination. Even if it doesn’t look full right now, once tourism picks up again you’ll see its true potential. You have to experience crossing at least once on your 4-day Tokyo itinerary!

Shibuya is home to the world’s first official Nintendo store– and it’s a next-level fan experience. In addition to being able to find all sorts of merchandise for your favorite characters, you can also check out the Capcom store (which has an impressive Monster Hunter setup) and the coolest Pokemon Center in Japan. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also a YouTube glass tube at the entrance!

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After you explore Shibuya, head over to Miyashita Park, a newly renovated shopping mall that opened in 2020. Here you’ll find modern stores, a long stretch of eateries, and a huge rooftop garden called Shibuya Sky where you can relax and take a break from the hustle and bustle.

From up here at 229 meters above Shibuya, you’ll be able to see stunning 360-degree views of the city.

The view from the grass helipad area is stunning, and we recommend timing your visit for sunset to make it all the more memorable. You can lie back in one of the nets and watch the clouds and planes fly by as the sun sets over the city skyline.

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A trip to Tokyo in 4 days wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Harajuku. It’s one of the most iconic places in Tokyo for its shops, fashion, street food, and sweets – both delicious and unique.

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If you’re looking for fun and excitement, head down to Takeshita Street. You’ll find plenty of hidden gems and interesting stores if you wander off the beaten path a bit. While you’re in the area, we highly recommend that you try Yukatsu at Gyukatsu Motomura Harajuku. It’s so good that it may even have you in tears! Yukatsu is a deep-fried beef cutlet that you cook on the table and it’s even more fun if it’s your first time!

Red Tokyo Tower

Red Tokyo Tower is the perfect place to go on a rainy day, especially if you have kids. With its many games and activities, you’ll be sure to have a great time. And it’s no secret that Japan is known for its excellent tech and games!

Enjoy an otherworldly experience by visiting this place that will make you feel as if you’ve stepped into a spaceship. It’s brand new, having only opened in May 2022, and boasts three floors of pure entertainment. There are lots of fun activities to try with friends like cyber soccer, jumping games, interactive climbing walls, VR experiences, and more.

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  • Tokyo Tower

If you’re already at the Tokyo Tower, make your way to the top and take in the views from above. The interior looks amazing, with all its geometric metal surfaces.

Brace yourself for an exhilarating sensation as you walk across the sheer glass floor with a bottomless view. We did something similar in Dubai and our knees were definitely weak right after!

  • Happy Pancake

Next, head over to Happy Pancake to have the best souffle pancakes in Ginza, Tokyo. Here, you’ll have the most delicious and fluffy cloud-like pancakes you’ve ever had. If it’s one thing that you shouldn’t miss on your Tokyo 4-day itinerary, it’s THIS!

  • Tokyo Art Aquarium

Tokyo Art Aquarium is a new and innovative attraction that is unlike any other. It’s a combination of an art gallery and an aquarium, and it’s one of the best places to visit in Japan. You’ll be amazed at the creativity and innovation on display, so don’t miss out on this truly unique experience!

The Tokyo Art Aquarium used to be only a yearly exhibit that started in 2007. It’s currently in Ginza for an extended period of time. So now’s your chance to see this incredible work of art!

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  • Ninja Restaurant

If you’re ever in Japan and looking for an unforgettable dining experience, we highly recommend the Akasaka ninja restaurant. Even though it’s been around for a while, it’s still one of the best places to eat in the country.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to say you’ve been served food by ninjas in a hidden ninja village.

You’ll have an amazing time here! Not only will you get to enjoy delicious food, but you’ll also get to see some incredible Ninjutsu tricks. And at the end of the evening, the Master Ninja will even grace you with his presence! Be sure to book online in advance so that you don’t miss out on any part of this experience.

  • Pokemon Room

At select MIMARU hotels , you can stay in a Pokemon-themed room and spend an entire night surrounded by these cute little monsters.

This room is so cuddly and everything in it is Pokemon-themed! Not only can you cuddle up with a giant Snorlax at night, but it’s also a lot of fun to watch them!

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Families looking for comfort and convenience will love Mimaru hotels. With new facilities and great room setups, they’re perfect for families with young children. And with locations in Tokyo, you’re sure to find the perfect hotel for your needs for your 4-day Tokyo itinerary.

Day Trip from Tokyo to Edo Wonderland, Disneyland , or DisneySea

For a richer understanding of Japan and its fascinating history, we recommend taking a day trip from Tokyo to Nikko and visiting Edo Wonderland .

Walking around you’ll feel as if you traveled back in time to the Edo period. It’s an incredible feeling.

Tip: If you want to feel like you’re truly part of the experience, rent some costumes and dress up.

The townspeople of Edo Wonderland will give you different reactions based on what you’re wearing.

You can choose to dress up as someone from a different social class, or even become a ninja or Samurai. You’ll also be able to take part in fun activities related to ninjas in the Ninja quarter.

The warmer months are the perfect time to visit Japan for the water festival, where you can throw water at performances and see the procession of an Oiran up close.

Tip: Be prepared to spend a whole day at Edo Wonderland as there are plenty of activities for everyone.

Alternatively, if you choose to forego Edo Wonderland, you can visit Disneyland or the world’s only DisneySea instead which are two of the most popular places to go in Tokyo for theme park lovers! This trip will definitely make your 4 days in Tokyo extremely special.

Tip: Book your tickets here because it’s often cheaper than buying tickets at the door.

  • Sensoji Temple

Your 4 days in Tokyo are incomplete without a visit to SenSoji Temple, one of the most significant temples in Tokyo.

Look for the enormous lanterns at The Gates–you can’t miss them! And be sure to take a peek underneath. Better to be seen with your own eyes 😉

Find some treats at Nakamisa shopping street which is lined with delicious snacks and treats, perfect for sampling and souvenir shopping.

Tip: The Pagoda is more stunningly lit up at night, so we recommend visiting the temple then. It’s also quieter so you can enjoy the ambiance more.

The Ninja Cafe in Asakusa is the perfect place to stop for a quick drink and learn some ninja techniques. You can get dressed up as a ninja, learn how to wield a Katana, and throw shuriken.

This is such a fun and unique activity to add to your 4-day Tokyo itinerary!

Ninjas at Ninja Cafe in Asakusa Tokyo, Japan

If you’re looking for a fun place to eat sushi, Kuro Sushi is a great option. With modern takes on classic sushi trains, you’ll be able to find one of their locations almost anywhere. And with private booths available, you can enjoy your meal in peace. Plus, ordering via tablet makes it easy to have your food delivered right to your booth by a special belt!

The best part is that you can also participate in fun games at the end to win a prize.

If you want to visit the biggest conveyor belt sushi train in the world, go to the one near Skytree in front of Oshiage station. This restaurant can host up to 277 people total with 47 booths on the first story and 33 counter seats on the second.

The space is also filled with ukiyo-e-style illustrations and colorful lanterns, similar to what you would find in the chain’s Harajuku outlet.

Akihabara is the perfect place to end your day and immerse yourself in the bright lights of anime-themed stores, manga shops, new and old arcades, and electronic stores.

If you’re into otaku culture, then this is the place for you! You’ll be in paradise and won’t want to leave. The new tamashi nations store near the station is a must-see too.

If you’re curious about new attractions, take a peek inside Akiba Culture Zone. It’s like all of Akihabara compressed into one space!

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After spending the perfect 4 days in Tokyo, you will have gotten a taste of all the incredible things this city has to offer. From historic temples and traditional activities to modern anime culture and delicious sushi, there’s something for everyone in Tokyo.

We hope this guide has helped you plan the perfect 4-day itinerary for your trip to Tokyo. Enjoy your time in this amazing city!

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FAQ’s

How safe is tokyo.

Tokyo is one of the safest cities in the world. Crime levels are low, and locals are friendly and helpful to tourists.

How much money should I bring to Tokyo?

That depends on your spending habits and how long you plan to stay in Tokyo. Generally speaking, we suggest bringing about 1,000-2,000 USD to cover transportation, meals, and accommodations.

Are there any day trips from Tokyo?

Yes! There are many great day trips from Tokyo such as Mt. Fuji, Nikko, Hakone, and Kamakura. Make sure to plan in advance or book a tour to make the most of your time.

Is 4 days enough to explore Tokyo?

Yes! 4 days is enough time to explore the city, and you can even add on a day trip or two if you have more time. You won’t be able to fit in everything, but with careful planning, you will be able to see many of the top attractions and experience Tokyo’s culture.

What should I wear in Tokyo?

It’s best to dress conservatively, as t-shirts and shorts are considered informal attire. Layers are also advised; temperatures can fluctuate throughout the day. Comfortable walking shoes are a must!

What’s the best way to get around Tokyo?

The best way to get around Tokyo is by taking public transportation. The subway and train systems are efficient and well-connected, making it easy to get from one place to another. You can also opt for a taxi or rideshare service if you need door-to-door service.

What currency is used in Tokyo?

The official currency of Japan is the yen (¥). ATMs are widely available and major credit cards can be used for purchases. To get the best rates, we suggest exchanging money at a bank or airport prior to your trip.

Are there any fun activities to do in Tokyo?

Yes! Tokyo has plenty of exciting activities to keep everyone entertained. From food tours and karaoke bars to sumo wrestling and cat cafes, you’ll find something for everyone. There are also great interactive attractions like TeamLab Planets, where you can participate in fun and unique art-based experiences.

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Top 16 Things to Do Alone in Tokyo – A Solo Traveler’s Guide

  • Kazu Nakazawa
  • Updated August 12, 2023

Things to Do Alone in Tokyo

Ever wondered what it’s like to embark on a solo trip to Tokyo, one of the world’s most vibrant cities? The allure of Tokyo solo travel is undeniable, and this guide is your ticket to an unforgettable adventure.

Discover the best places to visit in Tokyo , tailored specifically for the individual explorer. From the bustling streets to serene temples, this article will unveil unique things to do in Tokyo that will enrich your solo travel experience .

You’ll learn how to craft the perfect itinerary, embracing the freedom and excitement of travelling solo. Whether it’s your first solo trip or you’re a seasoned wanderer, this guide offers insights, tips, and hidden gems that will make your solo trip to Tokyo truly extraordinary.

Going solo in Tokyo is more than just a journey; it’s the ultimate solo experience that this guide aims to capture. Dive in, and let’s explore the wonders of Tokyo together, where the journey is all about you!

Planning Your Trip

Embarking on your first solo trip to Tokyo? This section is designed to guide you through everything you need to know for your Tokyo itinerary. From the best time to visit to budget considerations, safety tips, and more, we’ve got you covered. Let’s dive into the details.

Best Time to Visit Tokyo

Tokyo, as a solo travel destination, offers unique experiences throughout the year. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Spring (March to May) : Ideal for witnessing cherry blossoms, pleasant weather.
  • Summer (June to August) : Hot and humid, great for festivals.
  • Autumn (September to November) : Perfect for enjoying traditional Japanese gardens in fall colors.
  • Winter (December to February) : Cold but clear, excellent for winter sports nearby.

Budget Considerations for Solo Travelers

Traveling to Tokyo as a solo traveler? Here’s how to plan your budget:

  • Accommodation: From budget hostels to luxury hotels in Tokyo, options abound.
  • Food: Explore everything from street food to high-end sushi.
  • Attractions: Many temples and gardens are free, offering a variety of free things to do in Tokyo . However, some attractions may have entrance fees, so it’s wise to plan accordingly.
  • Transportation: Consider a rail pass for unlimited travel.

Safety Tips

Your solo journey to Tokyo will likely be smooth, but it’s always wise to be cautious. Here are some safety tips:

  • Stay Aware: Tokyo is generally safe, but always be mindful of your surroundings.
  • Emergency Numbers: Know the local emergency numbers.
  • Travel Insurance: Consider purchasing travel insurance for peace of mind.

Accommodation Options

Finding the right place to stay is crucial for your trip. Here’s what you need to know about hotels in Tokyo:

  • Hostels: Great for budget travelers and meeting fellow solo travelers.
  • Hotels: Ranging from business hotels to luxury options.
  • Traditional Japanese Inns (Ryokan): Experience authentic Japanese hospitality.

Transportation (including Suica or Pasmo cards)

Navigating Tokyo’s transportation system is easier than you might think. Here’s everything you need to know:

  • Trains and Subways: Efficient and punctual, the backbone of Tokyo’s transportation.
  • Suica or Pasmo Cards: Prepaid cards that make travel hassle-free. Can be used on most trains, subways, and buses.
  • Taxis and Buses: Available but often more expensive.
  • Bicycles: Renting a bike can be a fun way to explore the city.

Ghibli Museum Exploration: Step into a World of Fantasy

Ghibli Museum

You should definitely check out the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo – it’s a place where you can step into a world of fantasy and have an amazing time! As a solo traveler exploring Tokyo, this is a must-visit destination.

The museum is dedicated to the works of Studio Ghibli, the renowned Japanese animation studio that has created iconic films like Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and Howl’s Moving Castle.

Inside the museum, you’ll find yourself surrounded by enchanting exhibits showcasing the artistry and imagination behind these beloved movies. From life-sized replicas of famous film scenes to intricate hand-drawn animations, every corner is filled with wonder and magic.

As you wander through the museum’s labyrinthine halls, you’ll also come across charming displays featuring characters like Totoro and Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service. There are interactive exhibits where you can learn about the animation process or even try your hand at creating your own short film.

The Ghibli Museum offers an escape from reality like no other. It allows you to immerse yourself in a realm of creativity and whimsy, making it perfect for anyone seeking freedom from the ordinary.

Ueno Park Adventure: Embrace the City’s Natural Oasis

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Explore Ueno Park and immerse yourself in the city’s natural oasis. This Ueno Park adventure is perfect for those seeking a taste of freedom in Tokyo.

As you step into the park, be prepared to embrace the tranquility and beauty that surrounds you. Wander through lush gardens, discover serene ponds, and marvel at historical temples.

The park offers a myriad of activities for solo travelers, including peaceful walks, picnics under cherry blossom trees, and even solo dining experiences at one of the many charming cafes scattered throughout the park.

Whether you choose to relax on a bench with a book or explore every nook and cranny of this urban paradise, Ueno Park will provide you with an unforgettable experience in the heart of Tokyo’s bustling metropolis.

Tokyo Skytree Viewing: Enjoy a Panoramic Cityscape

Beautiful Tokyo Skytree

When visiting the Tokyo Skytree, be sure to take in the breathtaking panoramic cityscape.

As you ascend to the observation deck, prepare yourself for a mesmerizing view that stretches as far as the eye can see. The Tokyo city view from this vantage point is simply awe-inspiring.

Feel liberated as you stand alone, soaking in the grandeur of Japan’s capital city. The towering skyscrapers, bustling streets, and neon lights create a symphony of colors and energy that is truly captivating.

And if you’re feeling peckish after all that sightseeing, why not indulge in a solo dining experience at one of the many restaurants located within the Skytree complex? Treat yourself to delicious cuisine while enjoying an uninterrupted view of this vibrant metropolis.

It’s moments like these that remind us of our freedom to explore and embrace new experiences.

Tokyo Tower Visit: Marvel at an Architectural Icon

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Marvel at the architectural icon that is Tokyo Tower and admires its impressive structure. Standing tall at 333 meters, this beacon of Japan’s capital city offers an unforgettable experience for solo travelers like yourself.

As you ascend to the observation deck, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of Tokyo’s sprawling metropolis. Take in the sights of iconic landmarks such as Mt. Fuji, the Imperial Palace, and the bustling Shibuya Crossing.

After taking your fill of stunning vistas, venture down to the vibrant base of Tokyo Tower, where you can explore a variety of shops and restaurants. Whether it’s indulging in a delectable meal or simply enjoying a cup of coffee alone, dining solo in this bustling hub is an experience not to be missed.

Include Tokyo Tower on your one-trip itinerary and discover why it remains one of Tokyo’s best attractions for those seeking freedom and adventure.

Shibuya Scramble Crossing Experience: Feel the Pulse of Tokyo

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Step into the bustling heart of Shibuya scramble crossing and let the vibrant energy of Tokyo’s busiest intersection engulf you. As you stand at the center, surrounded by towering buildings and neon lights, you’ll feel an undeniable sense of freedom and excitement. This is your guide to Tokyo, and today, you’re exploring one of its most iconic spots.

Shibuya Crossing is not just a place to cross the street; it’s an experience in itself. The sea of people flowing in every direction creates a symphony of movement that captures the essence of this dynamic city. Take a moment to appreciate the sheer scale of it all – thousands of individuals coming together in perfect harmony.

Immerse yourself in this sensory overload as you navigate through the crowds, discovering hidden gems along the way. From trendy boutiques to quirky cafes, there’s always something new waiting to be explored around Shibuya Crossing.

Soak up the atmosphere and embrace your freedom as you spend a day in Tokyo’s beating heart. Let Shibuya Crossing be your gateway to unforgettable adventures and unforgettable memories.

Asakusa Sensoji Temple Discovery: Journey through Spiritual Tradition

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Now that you’ve experienced the vibrant energy of Shibuya Crossing, it’s time to embark on a different kind of journey through Tokyo. Get ready to discover the spiritual heart of the city at Asakusa Sensoji Temple.

As you step into this ancient temple, you’ll be transported back in time, surrounded by centuries-old traditions and rituals. Take a moment to soak in the peaceful atmosphere and let your senses be awakened by the scent of incense and the soft sound of prayers.

Follow the path toward the main hall, where you’ll find yourself in awe of its magnificent architecture and intricate details. Explore the surrounding shops filled with traditional souvenirs and street food stalls offering delicious treats.

Immerse yourself in this journey through spiritual tradition as you witness devotees seeking blessings or simply finding solace amidst their busy lives. Asakusa Sensoji Temple is not just a place to visit; it’s an opportunity to connect with something greater than yourself, leaving you feeling refreshed and inspired.

Meiji Shrine Reflection: Find Tranquility in Heritage

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When entering the serene grounds of the Meiji Shrine, you’ll be enveloped in a sense of tranquility and surrounded by a rich cultural heritage. This sacred place, nestled amidst the bustling city of Tokyo, offers a perfect escape from the chaos of everyday life.

As you walk through the towering Torii gate, you’ll feel a sense of peace wash over you. The sprawling gardens, with their lush greenery and carefully manicured landscapes, invite you to take a moment for self-reflection. The towering trees provide shade and solitude as you explore the peaceful pathways.

In this haven of tranquility, you can reconnect with yourself and find solace in Japan’s ancient customs and traditions. Whether it’s taking part in a traditional Shinto ceremony or simply sitting quietly on one of the benches scattered throughout the shrine grounds, Meiji Shrine offers an opportunity to find inner peace and connect with the country’s vibrant heritage.

Tsukiji Outer Market Feast: Indulge in Sushi and Seafood

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Indulge in a feast of sushi and seafood at Tsukiji Outer Market, where you can savor the freshest catches of the day. Tokyo offers countless opportunities for solo adventures, and exploring the bustling market is one of them.

As you wander through the narrow alleys, your senses will be tantalized by the aroma of grilled fish and the vibrant colors of fresh produce. Feel free to take your time and sample various delicacies from different stalls – from melt-in-your-mouth tuna sushi to succulent grilled scallops.

The market is a food lover’s paradise, offering an authentic experience that will leave you craving for more. So embrace your freedom and embark on this culinary journey at Tsukiji Outer Market – it’s a must-do for any solo traveler seeking delicious delights in Tokyo.

Tokyo Imperial Palace Exploration: Wander through History

Imperial Palace

Feel free to wander through the Tokyo Imperial Palace and explore its rich history. Step into a world of emperors and ancient traditions as you walk through the grand gates and lush gardens.

The Imperial Palace is not just a magnificent structure, but a living testament to Japan’s storied past. As you wander through its vast grounds, you’ll come across historic buildings like the Main Gate, Inner Moat, and Nijubashi Bridge – each one holding secrets from centuries ago.

Take in the serene beauty of the East Gardens or visit the Imperial Household Agency Building for a glimpse into daily life at the palace.

Whether you’re a history enthusiast or simply seeking an escape from bustling Tokyo, this exploration will leave you feeling enlightened and inspired by Japan’s remarkable heritage.

Takeshita Harajuku Shopping: Unleash Your Fashion Flair

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Unleash your fashion flair by exploring Takeshita Harajuku for trendy and unique clothing options. This vibrant street in Tokyo is a paradise for fashion enthusiasts who desire to express their individuality.

As you step onto Takeshita Street, be prepared to immerse yourself in a world of colorful boutiques, quirky accessories, and cutting-edge designs. The energy is palpable as you weave through the bustling crowds, discovering hidden gems at every turn.

From edgy streetwear to kawaii fashion, Takeshita Harajuku shopping offers something for everyone’s style preferences. Don’t be afraid to mix and match bold patterns or experiment with unconventional pieces – here, freedom of expression is celebrated.

From edgy streetwear to kawaii fashion, Takeshita Harajuku shopping offers something for everyone’s style preferences. Don’t be afraid to mix and match bold patterns or experiment with unconventional pieces – here, freedom of expression is celebrated. If you’re looking to discover more, feel free to explore Harajuku’s top attractions and find inspiration for your next fashion adventure

Sumida River Boat Ride: Experience Scenic Waterway Wonders

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As you hop aboard a boat on the Sumida River, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the scenic wonders of this beautiful waterway. Tokyo offers countless adventures for those who seek solitude and freedom, and a Sumida River boat ride is one of them.

If you’re looking for more ways to explore the area, check out these Sumida travel itinerary ideas for a comprehensive guide to the local attractions.

Picture yourself cruising along the calm waters, surrounded by breathtaking views of Tokyo’s iconic landmarks.

Feel the wind against your face as you pass under historic bridges, marvel at the towering skyscrapers that line the riverbanks, and soak in the tranquility of being alone in this bustling city.

The Sumida River boat ride is not just a means of transportation; it’s an immersive experience that allows you to connect with Tokyo’s history, culture, and natural beauty.

Yanaka Ginza: A Solo Explorer’s Paradise in Traditional Tokyo

Yanaka Ginza

When you explore Yanaka Ginza, you’ll find a hidden paradise filled with traditional charm and unique experiences.

As a solo explorer in Tokyo, this quaint neighborhood offers a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Take a leisurely stroll down the narrow streets lined with old wooden houses and discover artisan shops selling handmade crafts and local delicacies.

Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of traditional Tokyo as you visit ancient temples like Tenno-ji Temple or Nezu Shrine.

Indulge your taste buds at cozy cafes that serve authentic Japanese tea or savor mouthwatering street food from local vendors.

Don’t forget to browse through antique stores for one-of-a-kind souvenirs to commemorate your solo adventure.

Yanaka Ginza is truly a haven for those seeking freedom to explore on their own terms.

Tokyo Disney Resort Fun: Dive into Magic and Adventure

Tokyo Disney Resort

Now that you’ve explored the traditional charm of Yanaka Ginza, it’s time to dive into a world of magic and adventure at Tokyo Disney Resort. Get ready for an experience that will leave you feeling like a kid again!

From the moment you step foot inside the resort, you’ll be surrounded by a vibrant atmosphere filled with excitement and joy. Whether you choose to visit Disneyland or DisneySea, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Embark on thrilling rides that will get your heart racing, meet your favorite Disney characters up close and personal, and indulge in delicious treats from around the world. The Tokyo Disney Resort is truly a place where dreams come true.

So grab your Mickey ears and get ready to have the time of your life! Let yourself be swept away by the enchantment and wonder that awaits at Tokyo Disney Resort.

It’s time to let go, have fun, and dive into a world of magic and adventure.

Akihabara Electric Town Exploration: Geek Out in Technology’s Heartland

Akihabara Electric Town

If you’re a tech enthusiast, you’ll be in geek heaven as you explore Akihabara Electric Town in Tokyo. Alone or with fellow technology lovers, this vibrant district is the ultimate destination for all things tech-related. From towering electronics stores to retro gaming arcades, Akihabara has it all.

Immerse yourself in the latest gadgets and gizmos at Yodobashi Camera, where you can find everything from smartphones to drones. Discover hidden gems in the countless small shops that line the streets, selling unique and rare electronic components. And don’t forget to indulge your inner gamer at one of the many arcades offering classic and modern video games.

Akihabara is not just about shopping; it’s an experience like no other. The pulsating energy of this bustling district will make you feel alive and connected to the world of technology. So whether you’re a seasoned techie or have a passing interest, visiting Akihabara Electric Town is an absolute must when exploring Tokyo alone.

Mount Fuji Day Trip: Ascend to a Majestic Natural Summit

Mount Fuji

To fully appreciate the beauty of Mount Fuji, make sure to take a day trip and ascend to its majestic summit. Just a short distance from Tokyo, this iconic volcano beckons adventurers seeking freedom and solitude.

As you embark on your journey alone, be prepared to be captivated by the awe-inspiring views that await you. The ascent may be challenging, but every step is worth it for the breathtaking panorama that unfolds before your eyes.

Feel the crisp mountain air on your face as you stand atop this natural wonder, taking in the vastness of the surrounding landscape. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or crave an escape from bustling city life, a Mount Fuji day trip promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you feeling invigorated and free.

Odaiba District Relaxation: Enjoy Leisure and Entertainment by the Bay

Futuristic Odaiba

The Odaiba district is a great place to unwind and have fun, with its leisure activities and entertainment options by the bay. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful retreat or some exciting entertainment, Odaiba has it all.

Take a stroll along the beautiful waterfront promenade and let the gentle sea breeze relax your mind. The district offers various attractions like shopping malls, theme parks, and even an indoor beach.

If you’re in the mood for some alone time, why not visit one of the many cafes or restaurants that offer stunning views of Tokyo Bay? Grab a book or enjoy the scenery while sipping on a cup of coffee.

Frequently Asked Questions for Solo Travellers in Tokyo, Japan

How can i have fun alone in tokyo.

Having fun alone in Tokyo is easy with numerous activities like exploring the street of Tokyo, visiting museums, and dining at local eateries. A solo trip to Japan offers unique experiences for every traveler.

Is Tokyo good for solo travellers?

Tokyo is excellent for solo travellers, offering a safe environment, vibrant street of Tokyo, and numerous travel tips for a fulfilling solo trip to Japan.

Is Tokyo good for singles?

Tokyo is a great destination for singles, with lively nightlife, social events, and the bustling street of Tokyo, making it a perfect place for solo exploration and meeting new people.

Is Japan good for solo female travelers?

Japan is a safe and welcoming destination for solo female travelers. With respectful culture, travel tips tailored for women, and exciting places like the street of Tokyo, a solo trip to Japan can be enriching and enjoyable.

How can I strike up a conversation with locals during my solo travel in Tokyo?

Tokyo is one of the world’s most vibrant cities, and striking up a conversation with locals can enhance your solo travel experience. Many Tokyo residents understand basic English, so don’t be shy to approach someone. Simple greetings, asking for directions, or complimenting Japanese culture can be great conversation starters. Language exchange meetups are also popular in Tokyo, providing opportunities to interact with locals and other travelers.

What travel information should I know before spending a day in Tokyo?

Before spending a day in Tokyo, it’s essential to have travel information about transportation, weather, local customs, and key attractions. Tokyo’s public transportation is efficient, so consider getting a Suica or Pasmo card for hassle-free travel. Research the weather to dress appropriately, and familiarize yourself with local customs to show respect. Planning your itinerary in advance will help you make the most of your day in Tokyo.

Can You recommend a travel guide for solo travelers experiencing the nightlife in Tokyo?

Tokyo’s nightlife is thrilling for solo travelers , offering a wide range of experiences. A travel guide to Tokyo’s nightlife might include exploring vibrant districts like Shinjuku and Shibuya, where you can find clubs, bars, and themed cafes. Karaoke is a popular activity, and you might even strike up a conversation with fellow enthusiasts. Don’t forget to try local beverages and street food to complete your nightlife experience.

What unique experiences can I enjoy while visiting Tokyo’s cultural sites?

When you visit solo to Tokyo’s cultural sites, you can immerse yourself in traditional Japanese experiences. Participate in a tea ceremony, wear a kimono, visit historic temples like Sensoji, or explore traditional neighborhoods like Yanaka Ginza. Life in Tokyo is a blend of modernity and tradition, and exploring these cultural sites will provide a deeper understanding of Japanese heritage.

How can I make my solo trip to Tokyo one of a kind?

Making your solo trip to Tokyo one of a kind involves embracing unique experiences tailored to your interests. Whether it’s exploring hidden gems, indulging in local cuisine, or participating in traditional activities, Tokyo offers endless opportunities. Don’t hesitate to venture off the beaten path, strike up a conversation with locals, and immerse yourself in the daily life in Tokyo. Personalizing your itinerary and being open to new experiences will make your trip truly unforgettable.

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27 Best Things to Do in Tokyo

By Melinda Joe and Anna Chittenden

27 Best Things to Do in Tokyo for Every Type of Traveler

Deciding the best things to do in Tokyo depends on how much time you have—and for your sake, we hope you have a month. The city’s streets can feel like a game of soccer played at hyper speed, while calmer attractions range from temples, museums , gardens, origami classes, and bohemian sojourns. This city has more than enough going on to put you in a tizzy, so a words of advice: Arrive with a game plan and prepare to get lost along the way, in a good way. Here, the very best things to do in Tokyo.

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Sensoji Tokyo

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Tokyo may not have as many temples as Kyoto, but Senso-ji isn’t the capital city’s most popular just by default. The atmosphere alone here is one for the bucket list. Senso-ji, the temple itself, is at the end of the shopping street, while a recently renovated five-story pagoda stands to the left (ranking in as the second tallest pagoda in Japan). Japanese visitors flutter around a large cauldron in front of the temple where incense burned inside is said to benefit good health. Travelers keen to avoid crowds should arrive early, but even tourists that are remotely interested in Japanese culture will find something to appreciate here.

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This clutch of narrow alleys, a short walk from the north exit of JR Kichijoji station, is stuffed to the gills with hole-in-the wall eateries. A yellow sign marks the entrance to Harmonica Yokocho, which takes its name from the layout of the vendors, slotted cheek-to-jowl along the passageways like the reeds in a harmonica. The atmospheric network of lanes started out as a post-war flea market in the 1940s, but the area underwent a transformation in the 90s when bustling bars and restaurants made their entrance onto the scene. It has a laid-back and hyper-local feel, especially during the daytime, when you’ll find fishmongers and traditional sweets makers plying their trades.

Tokyo Skytree

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Topping off at 2,080 feet, the Tokyo Skytree is the tallest tower (that's tower, not building) in the world. From the broadcast tower’s 360-degree observation decks, the whole city—its striking skyscrapers and neon intersections—looks like a magical circuit board. It’s a major tourist attraction and a ticket isn’t cheap (up to ¥3,400, or $25, for combo tickets), but even if you don’t pay to go inside, there’s no denying that the Tokyo Skytree brought the skyline to a whole new level. Depending on where you’re staying, it can be an out-of-the-way trip to eastern Tokyo (luckily, a train station gets you right near the entrance). Families with children will enjoy the experience—especially the speedy elevator rides—as will anyone that loves a jaw-dropping view.

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Sleek design, a DJ booth, and craft beer on tap: The newly refurbished Koganeyu functions as a lively standing bar and community events space, but the main reason to visit this 89-year-old establishment is to immerse yourself in Tokyo’s sento (public sauna) culture. A crowdfunded renovation has transformed the space into a contemporary sento with four pools, a sauna, and an outdoor bath. Bathing areas for men and women are separated by a 2.2-meter partial wall, while a mural depicting Mount Fuji stretches across both areas like a scroll. You can purchase tickets from the vending machine at the entrance; a 90-minute bathing session costs about $3.50 for adults, $2.70 for students, and $1.30 for children. After emerging from the baths, relax with a glass of craft beer brewed especially for Koganeyu, or try a homemade ginger highball.

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Copper and wood greet you inside this minimalist sanctuary dedicated to sado, the Japanese “way of tea.” A small retail space filled with glass jars containing 30 varieties of green tea conceals an intimate eight-seat cafe. Founder Shinya Sakurai studied for 14 years to become a master, and his modern take on tea ceremony is meditative and illuminating. As Sakurai prepares the infusions behind an L-shaped wooden counter, a continuous stream of water flows from a copper tap—a symbol of purification. Gyokuro, a luxurious variety of green tea grown in the shade, is the specialty here. Sakurai travels the country to select the leaves, which he roasts daily in-house. The tasting flight for ¥4,800 (about $35) is the best introduction to the range of teas on offer.

Shibuya Crossing

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Anyone remotely impressed that Tokyo is the most populated city in the world should visit the world’s busiest intersection at Shibuya Crossing. Massive video screens flashing advertisements tower above every corner as black-suited salarymen, wide-eyed tourists, and bag-toting shoppers wait and cross in concert. The feeling is oddly soothing, a reminder that whatever our disparate paths in life, they all have a tendency to cross at one time or another. The best time to go is at dusk, one of the scramble’s peak times and in its most flattering light. The Shibuya Scramble Square tower above Shibuya station offers a birds’ eye view of the famous crossing, along with panoramic vistas of the city from the Shibuya Sky rooftop observatory, perched 230 meters above street level.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden Tokyo

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Fancy a stroll in a Japanese garden? Get that and more at Shinjuku Gyoen. In addition to native, traditional gardens, the 144-acre park pockets French Formal and English Landscape gardens, all of which are worth the modest entrance fee. Landmarks are stunning and impossible to forget, like a Taiwan Pavilion perched along a serene pond. Formerly an imperial garden, it became a national garden after World War II—so you can trust that this precious plot is always beautifully maintained. Don’t miss cherry blossom season.

Kappabashi Street Tokyo Shopping

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Kappabashi Street, a district in between Ueno and Asakusa, isn’t so much a food destination as it is a food adjacent destination: While it’s devoted to the restaurant industry, fresh food isn’t why folks come. Instead, the street is a chef’s dream of restaurant supply stores that are known best for sampuru , replicas of food dishes that are part of a century-old craft—and are up for grabs. And, because it’s more trade-focused than tourist-focused, the prices can be somewhat economical. Have any curious cooks in the family? This district is their souvenir heaven.

Shaved ice Azuki to Kouri Tokyo

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The clean-lined, slate-grey interior of this kakigori ice specialist sets off the ebullient shaved ice creations of pâtissier Miho Horio. Formerly of two-Michelin-starred restaurant Florilege, Horio is one of the young chefs elevating the sweet treat to new heights of refinement. She carefully adjusts the blade of her ice machine to shave blocks of ice—made with spring water from Nikko, north of Tokyo—into fluffy, feathery flakes. Shaping the shavings into a delicate mound, she adds fresh fruit and toppings such as homemade syrups, compotes, and foams. Her signature parfait showcases sweet azuki red beans—the classic kakigori topping for which the café is named—paired with cream and flecks of meringue. Seasonal offerings include salted cherry blossoms with fresh strawberries in spring, and blood orange dusted with grated Amazonian cacao in early summer.

Yoyogi Park Tokyo

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Yoyogi Park is one of the most amusing parks in Tokyo. Its 134 acres sprawl right in Shibuya, a short skip from Harajuku , and bustle with picnics and performers. The northern side is lush, with clean walkways along expansive, grassy lawns where locals and tourists spread under the shade of Japanese Zelkova trees, and gather around a large pond. Spot impromptu badminton team swinging racquets, a drum circle tapping away at the bongo, or amateur dancers following along to the beat.

Yayoi Kusama Museum Tokyo

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In a suburban part of Shinjuku, a smooth white building rises five stories high—a museum completely devoted to the works of Yayoi Kusama . The building looks slim, but it houses a bulk of the larger-than-life and avant-garde artist’s pieces, including an installation of her “infinity room” series (an Instagram sensation which, in the past, drew hundreds of thousands of visitors in stateside exhibitions) to polka-dotted paintings and sculptures. The museum changes its exhibition two times a year, and as it’s still relatively new, it’s only cracked the surface of the prolific artist’s work.

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The traditional technique of mending pottery with lacquer sprinkled with gold dust, kintsugi is an art form unto itself. The practice, which dates back to the 15th century, is alive and well at Kuge Crafts, a ceramics studio in the quiet Shin-Koenji neighborhood of western Tokyo. Run by a family of artisans—Yoshiichiro and Yoshiko Kuge, together with their son, Shu—the atelier transforms broken cups and dishes into singular works of art and offers two-hour kintsugi lessons (¥8,000, or about $59) for learners of all levels. The workshop will provide all the materials; you can bring your own damaged vessel for repair or ask them to prepare a piece for you to work on.

Sumo Stadium Tokyo

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Only three of six official grand sumo tournaments happen in Tokyo, all at Ryogoku Kokugikan. The stadium houses over 11,000 eager fans under its green, pavilion-style roof. Official tournaments last just over two weeks each, which means Ryogoku Kokugikan sometimes hosts other events (boxing, for example). But sumo is the arena’s feature attraction, and if you’re hoping to see sumo in Tokyo, this is where to find it. Tamari seats, which are those immediately surrounding the ring, are the most coveted—and virtually impossible to score. But the next series of rows, box seats, are as close as you can get. Box seats are top-dollar, but little more than rows of tatami mats lined with red square cushions (with no backs) sold in groups of four—so cozy up, and pay up (¥380,00, or about $279, for a box). There are proper stadium seats along the second-floor mezzanine, but the thrill of witnessing this traditional Japanese sport up close is all about getting comfortable with the floor.

The Bellwood Tokyo

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Modeled after an early 20th-century Japanese coffee house, this swanky watering hole is fitted with modern-retro touches like a stained glass panel bearing the bar’s name, bookended by images of Mount Fuji and a martini under the moon. The main space is great for after-work drinks or late-night tipples, but the bar recently opened a glass-encased private room to host a series of food-and-cocktail pairing experiments. Witty twists on classic cocktails are prepared with flair. Start light with the Kome Tonic, made with rice-based shochu, then explore the seasonal menu: Tango Mule made with gin and Fernet Branca laced with roasted mate, or the Okushibu Fashioned with bourbon, kinako soy powder and a hint of bitter mugmort.

Nihon Minkaen Japan Openair Folk House Museum

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Though only 20 minutes by train from central Tokyo, the Nihon Minka-En Japan Open-Air Folk House Museum, located in a suburb of neighboring Kawasaki City, feels a world—and several centuries—away. The sprawling grounds are home to 25 marvelously preserved Edo-era homes relocated from all over the Japanese countryside, spanning an array of styles from farmhouses to samurai houses and includes a shrine, water mill and kabuki stage. Don’t miss the traditional indigo dyeing workshop in the middle of the park houses a small shop where you can find indigo-dyed everything, from socks and sweaters to handkerchiefs and masks.

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Don't expect your average cup of joe at Koffee Mameya Kakeru, housed in a renovated warehouse in the Shirakawa coffee district in eastern Tokyo. Beyond the sleek glass facade, the interior designed by art director Tomohiro Kato and architect Yosuke Hayashi features a massive oak structure built around the artfully arranged coffee shelves. A rectangular wooden frame encases a three-sided stone counter built around three black tables where the baristas display their skills. Coffee maestro and founder Eiichi Kumimoto launched Koffee Mameya Kakeru to go deep into the world of the brew and push the boundaries of the drink's potential. The menu showcases seasonal varieties, but the omakase-style coffee tasting courses (including a range of cold and milk brews, mocktails, and lattes) take center stage, offering a fascinating journey through the diverse flavors and artistry of coffee. Coffee cocktail champion Akira Zushi dazzles with flair bartending skills and innovative cocktails like the milk brew blended with hop-accented jasmine tea and lemon, finished with a spritz of prickly ash water.

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Oedo Antique Market is a marvelous outdoor fair held near Tokyo Station twice a month, with stalls selling wonderful antique and vintage wares. Hundreds of independent stallholders set up shop to sell their one-of-a-kind objects. There isn’t a huge number of antique or vintage homeware shops in Tokyo—so if you’re looking for old, interesting, and unique Japanese items for your home, this is the place to come. The items on sale at Oedo are completely one-off and unique. You’d be hard pressed to find a permanent shop in Tokyo that has the choice and style that you’ll find here. For first dibs, come earlier in the day.

Former Asakura Residence Tokyo

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Built in 1919, the former residence of government official Torajiro Asakura is a marvelously preserved example of traditional Japanese architecture tucked into Tokyo’s bustling Daikanyama district. For ¥100 (about 73 cents), you can wander through the building’s stately wooden corridors, tatami-floored rooms, and beautifully manicured grounds. The suginoma (cedar rooms) on the west side of the structure offer postcard-perfect views of the Japanese garden—particularly in the autumn, when the maple trees blaze with color. One of the city’s best-kept secrets, the property is an oasis of calm. It’s the perfect place to escape the crowds for an hour or two and contemplate the passing of time.

Nakameguro Tokyo Neighborhood

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It’s okay to visit the artsy neighborhood, Nakameguro, just to see its seasonal appeal as one of the most picture-perfect spots for cherry blossoms in spring. However, stick around these charming streets and you’ll find a hip collection of independent cafes and boutiques that offer a laid-back alternative to the city’s buzzing hubs. Sakura trees hug the Meguro River in Nakameguro’s center, blossoming as they lean over the sloped, canal-like walls surrounding the water. Once you’ve taken a moment to smell the blossoms (and fill your phone with pictures), you’ll find an array of independent boutiques and cafes branching off along narrow streets in either direction. Head to the corner-side Onibus Coffee, which serves single-origin espresso, and stop at SML, a boutique stocking delightful crafts (especially ceramics) made by Japanese artists. 

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A Tokyo mecca for anime- and manga-loving otaku subculture fans, the Nakano Broadway is a multi-story shopping arcade that has become a hub for niche collectors of all stripes. When it first opened in 1966, the complex epitomized the spirit of future-perfect economic optimism sparked by the Tokyo Olympics. Competition from newer shopping malls emptied its corridors of fancy boutiques in the 80s, before the Broadway reinvented itself as a center for used manga and anime models in the 90s. More than 300 tiny outlets are crammed into the aging edifice’s bottom five floors, offering everything from vintage Godzilla and Astroboy figurines to designer watches and creepy dolls galore.

Isetan Tokyo

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Isetan is Tokyo’s best—and most famous—department store; its history dates back to 1886, when it started as a kimono shop. The sprawling flagship in Shinjuku is spread out over nine floors, each offering something special. There’s a big fashion focus, with local Japanese brands sitting beside international names. Don’t miss a visit to the wonderful food hall on B1, which sells a variety of Japanese snacks and goodies, including beautifully prepared bento boxes for lunch.

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In October 2018, the world’s largest fish market, Tsukiji, shut down after 83 years and re-opened in two distinct parts. At the original location, it’s pretty much business as usual, with street-food stalls serving up everything from seared tuna to uni sandwiches in squid-ink sticky buns. Just down the road at Toyosu Market , meanwhile, you can taste fresh raw fish in a series of sushi bars and peek in on the auctions (formerly held at Tsukiji) and live fish sales from a second-story viewing station. You can also tour a large green space on the rooftop, which affords views of the Tokyo skyline.

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This simple but stylish Wakayama-based sake brewpub in Tokyo makes clever use of a corner space in Kabutocho, the recently hip neighborhood near the Tokyo Stock Exchange building. As the name suggests, the bar specializes in doburoku, a rustic style of unfiltered and lightly fermented sake characterized by its thick texture. Previously outlawed for taxation reasons, the traditional brew is making a comeback, appearing on menus at Tokyo's trendiest restaurants and bars. Large windows, pale wood fixtures, and a curved counter surrounding a small open kitchen give the bar an open and airy feel. The menu lists dry-hopped and aged doburoku, varieties made with ground adzuki red beans or black beans, and a few seasonal styles flavored with fruits or herbs. But the best place to start is with the original, plain doburoku, a thick and yogurty brew with a touch of fruity fizz. Brewer Heiwa Shuzo's excellent craft beers are served on tap (we love the golden ale infused with fragrant sansho prickly ash peppercorns), and the bar offers a nice selection of the brewery's clear, award-winning sake.

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This serene museum in the Aoyama district, redesigned by celebrated architect Kengo Kuma, is a contemporary temple for traditional art. A long, covered outdoor path alongside bamboo-clad walls serves as a minimalist entrance, but once inside, double-height interiors and glass walls stretch over 40,000 square feet while keeping the experience intimate. And while the museum mixes contemporary design and traditional art on the inside—over 7,400 pieces—the outside counts, too: The property is home to a stunning private garden that’s worth the visit all on its own. The bulk of the museum’s art was once the private collection of Nezu Kaichirō, the president of Japan’s Tobu Railway. Since the midcentury, the collection grew and now comprises over 7,400 pieces.

Bohemian Tokyo in Shimokitazawa Shopping Store

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Only one express stop away from the brighter-than-bright energy of Shibuya, Shimokita (what locals call Shimokitazawa) is like turning down the volume and switching to an acoustic track. It might embrace its bohemian style—with vintage stores on seemingly every block—but it doesn’t lose that unmistakable, sophisticated Japanese style in the process. Sift through secondhand shops, sip coffee, and repeat.

MonzenNakacho Tokyo

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The old-school neighborhood of Monzen-Nakacho—known as “Mon-Naka” among locals—has retained its colorful, salt-of-the-earth shitamachi (downtown) atmosphere since the Edo era (1603-1868). Two main draws are the stately Tomioka Hachiman Shrine and the Fukagawa Fududo temple, where you can hear the sounds of drumming and chanting from the temple’s fire ceremony, held five times a day. These days, hipster coffee shops and natural wine boîtes nestle against traditional shops selling pickles, Japanese confections, and old-timey delicacies like tsukudani—bits of seafood long-simmered in soy sauce and sugar. It’s a terrific place to spend a lazy afternoon wandering the cobbled streets and alleyways en route to the Museum of Contemporary Art in neighboring Kiba. But at night, the neighborhood comes alive with an array of reasonably priced eating and drinking spots.

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With the first iteration of Borderless in Odaiba, the art collective Teamlab created an endlessly Instagrammable, sumptuous and surreal museum dedicated to multi-sensory digital art. Opened in 2018, the facility, which set the world record for the most visited museum dedicated to a single artist, closed its doors in 2022. However, Borderless 2.0 is set to relocate to a permanent location in the soon-to-open Azabudai Hills mixed-use complex in central Tokyo in early 2024. Boderless consists of installations that feature constantly morphing patterns and designs that seem to flow seamlessly from room to room in a maze-like space. Updated versions of some of the museum’s previous works will be on display, as well as several new installations: a room filled with hundreds of multicolored lights that run along tracks continuously and a series of interactive “light sculptures,” to name a few.

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July 19, 2023

Tokyo for one: Embracing solo travel in Japan's vibrant

Hey there! I'm Arezki. Thirty-three years young, jazz vocalist by night, and an ardent fan of all things Japan. I'm thrilled to bring you along on my journey through Tokyo - a city that's more than just my home; it's my greatest passion.

To me, Tokyo is not just about the towering skyscrapers or the must-see tourist stops. It's about the hidden gems you stumble upon when you least expect it. The comforting aroma wafting from a small ramen shop tucked in an alley, the seductive rhythm of jazz flowing from an unassuming basement bar, and the quiet beauty of a centuries-old shrine nestled in the heart of the city - these are the soul of Tokyo.

Solo travel in this city, guided by the wonders of Google Maps alongside the helpful Tabimori travel app and the popular Gurunavi restaurant app, is an experience like no other. There's a unique thrill to navigating the vibrant streets of Tokyo at your own pace, immersing yourself in the mesmerizing fusion of the ultramodern and the traditional. Picture the dazzling skyscrapers standing beside centuries-old temples, the bustling rhythm of city life intermingled with serene moments of tranquility, all woven together by an energy that's distinctly Tokyo.

So, are you ready to embark on this exhilarating journey? I'm here to join you, sharing my passion for Tokyo and igniting your own wanderlust. My wish is for you to become as captivated by this city as I am, eagerly anticipating the moment you step foot on its bustling streets. Together, with the assistance of Google Maps, Tabimori, and Gurunavi, we can navigate Tokyo's vast wonders, discover hidden gems, indulge in mouthwatering culinary experiences, and craft a captivating narrative that unravels the authentic story of this incredible city.

Why a solo trip to Tokyo is a life-changer

First off, Tokyo is one of the safest cities in the world. Day or night, you can explore the safe city without worry in your mind. Lost in translation? Not a problem. The Japanese are gracious and eager to help, even when we're playing an amusing game of charades due to language barriers.

There's no need to rush or compromise when you're on your own. Want to spend the entire afternoon observing people at the Shibuya crossing? Go for it! Feel like wandering around a less-known part of the city, away from the usual hotspots? Why not! Tokyo caters to all sorts of interests; when you're alone, the itinerary is yours to control.

And let's not forget the joy of cultural immersion. With no distractions, you're free to soak in the tiny details, the nuances that make Tokyo so unique. The way locals bow slightly when passing each other on the street, the rhythm of a tea ceremony, the solemnity of a Shinto shrine amidst the city's hustle - it's a cultural tapestry that unfolds more vividly when you're fully present.

It's in these moments, these interactions, that you might feel a deeper connection with Tokyo and its people. Tokyo isn't just a city to be toured; it's a city to be lived. Each street, each person, and each food joint becomes a chapter of your very own Tokyo story. And as a guide and a long-time solo wanderer myself, I assure you this is a story worth living.

Things not to miss for solo travelers in Tokyo

First off, Tokyo is one of the safest cities in the world. Day or night, you can explore the safe city without a worry in your mind. Lost in translation? Not a problem. The Japanese are gracious and eager to help, even when we're playing an amusing game of charades due to language barriers.

Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo, Japan

Ah, the Tokyo Skytree - now there's a sight that's hard to miss on a solo trip to Tokyo. Rising into the heavens from the busy city below, it's like a beacon, drawing in solo travelers and adventurers from around the globe. Starting your journey from Tokyo Station, hop on the public transport that Japan is so famously efficient for. Solo travel is a breeze in this country. Trains, buses, or the subway - all perfect allies for the solo explorer.

As you approach the Skytree, it's impossible to ignore the adrenaline rush. You're about to ascend into the clouds, to see Tokyo City View from a stunning 634 meters above ground! It's one of the best attractions the city has to offer, and something every traveler should experience when visiting Tokyo.

Once you're up there, please take a moment to soak it all in. Tokyo is one of the world's busiest cities, spread out before your eyes. But from this vantage point, everything feels serene, almost peaceful. You stand alone in Tokyo, yet somehow connected to the vibrant life happening below. The Skytree isn't just about the view either. If you're lucky, you can catch a glimpse of other cities on the horizon. These could be your next day trips, further adventures awaiting in the Land of the Rising Sun.

When night descends upon the city, the Skytree takes on a new persona. The neon lights, the buzz, the radiant energy - it's a completely different experience. The nighttime panorama is a breathtaking spectacle, a must-see for anyone visiting Tokyo.

There's something incredibly liberating about exploring the Tokyo Skytree alone. You're not just a tourist; you're an adventurer, experiencing Japan on your own terms. Whether you've visited Tokyo before or it's your first solo trip, the Skytree is a testament to the city's ability to surprise and delight at every turn. So, get those walking shoes on. The Skytree awaits!

2. Explore Akihabara

Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo, Japan

On a solo trip, exploring Akihabara is an unforgettable experience. Why, you ask? Well, let me tell you. Akihabara isn't just a part of Tokyo; it's a whole universe encapsulating the sheer energy and distinctiveness of the culture of Japan.

Google Maps in hand, a solo traveler like you can weave through Akihabara's busy city streets, brimming with colorful anime shops, towering electronics stores, and lively game arcades. You'll feel the city's pulse, its unabashed love for the quirky, the high-tech, the traditional.

Feeling hungry after all that walking? You're in the right place. Akihabara is a wonderland for food enthusiasts. Whether it's ramen shops tucked away in back alleys, bustling izakaya serving up delicious Japanese tapas, or even vending-machine cafes, Akihabara offers plenty of opportunities to eat your way through the Japanese culinary scene.

Visiting Tokyo alone is a breeze, thanks to the city's reputation as one of the safest in the world. So, you can throw any safety concerns out of the window and enjoy exploring Akihabara at your own pace. Day or night, Akihabara is always ready to welcome you with open arms.

A solo trip to Tokyo wouldn't be complete without an adventure in Akihabara. It's more than a travel destination; it's a journey into the heart of Japanese pop culture.

Here, you'll find your senses sparked by a vivid whirl of unique experiences. From anime to tech, Akihabara is a full-throttle taste of Japan that will etch itself in your memory. In Akihabara, you're not just visiting Tokyo; you're living it, one thrilling street at a time. So, come on, let's hit those bustling streets.

Pink blossoms in Ueno Park, Tokyo

3. Stroll through Ueno Park

Solo travel to Tokyo is not complete without a leisurely stroll through Ueno Park, a sprawling green space that provides a refreshing contrast to the city's busy skyline. Easily accessible by public transportation, the park is just a short walk from Ueno subway station.

As you step out of the station and into the park, you're immediately embraced by a tranquil atmosphere that invites quiet reflection, or simply a leisurely walk along its winding paths.

In spring, Ueno Park truly comes alive as the cherry blossoms burst into bloom. This spectacle offers a unique opportunity for solo travelers to experience one of Japan's most iconic natural events.

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Visitors can participate in "hanami" or flower-viewing, while comfortably seated under the clouds of pink and white blossoms. Whether you're capturing the blooms in a photograph or just taking a moment to marvel at their beauty, it's an experience that connects you with Japanese tradition.

In between exploring the park's many museums and zoo, or after a long walk by the lotus-covered pond, make sure to try the local Japanese food available in the park. Various stalls offer traditional snacks, like yakitori and takoyaki, perfect for a quick bite on your solo trip.

Experiencing Tokyo alone offers a freedom to truly savor these flavors at your own pace, completing the authentic Ueno Park experience. Whether you're there for the cherry blossoms, Japanese food, or simply the refreshing ambiance, a day in Ueno Park is a day well spent.

Visitors at teamLab, Tokyo, Japan

4. Experience teamLab in Toranomon-Azabudai

For solo travelers looking to experience Tokyo's vibrant digital arts scene, a visit to teamLab in its new location at Toranomon-Azabudai is a must (reopening in Autumn 2023).

This interactive museum merges technology, design, and art in a dazzling display of neon lights and digital landscapes that's sure to captivate. The installations' complexity and beauty defy conventional art norms, making it a unique destination on your Tokyo trip.

Navigating through teamLab's digital universe is a walking adventure unlike any other. Each room presents a new dimension of light, color, and motion, inviting visitors to interact and engage with the art in unexpected ways. One moment you're wading through a virtual waterfall, the next you're watching neon butterflies flutter around you. And despite the visual intensity of the exhibits, the experience never feels overwhelming. Even during peak hours, the space is well managed, allowing you to appreciate the digital masterpieces at your own pace.

The staff at teamLab are accustomed to welcoming visitors from around the globe and many of them speak English. They are there to help guide you through this immersive experience, ensuring that you make the most of your solo trip to this amazing city. TeamLab isn't just a place to see art - it's a place to experience it. As you explore Tokyo alone, diving into this digital realm offers a taste of the city's creative energy and its commitment to pushing boundaries.

Tuna rolls at Tsukiji Outer Market, Tokyo, Japan

5. Eat sushi at Tsukiji Outer Market

For travelers visiting Tokyo, a trip to the Tsukiji Outer Market is an essential gastronomic adventure. Accessible from major train stations like Shinjuku Station and Tokyo Station, this iconic market is steeped in Japanese history and brimming with culinary treasures. Whether you're in Tokyo for an extended period or a short visit, Tsukiji is a place you wouldn't want to miss.

Navigating Tsukiji Outer Market opens you up to a variety of dining options. From food stalls to established sushi houses, the market houses many restaurants, each offering a unique take on traditional sushi.

Even as a solo traveler, you're not the odd one out. Many establishments cater to single diners, allowing you to sit at the sushi counter and watch as the chefs artfully craft each piece.

Plus, it's a great opportunity to pick up a few Japanese words related to sushi and dining etiquette. Most restaurant staff are familiar with common English phrases, but they certainly appreciate the effort!

If you're eager to delve deeper into Tsukiji's bustling food scene, consider joining one of the many food tours available. These guided walks offer a curated experience, and you may even end up making friends with other travelers. But remember, even on a solo trip, visiting Tsukiji Outer Market is all about the sushi experience. So, grab a seat, enjoy the atmosphere, and savor each bite as you become a part of Tokyo's vibrant food culture.

Senso-ji Temple at sunset in Tokyo

6. Visit the Senso-ji Temple

As a solo traveler exploring Japan's capital city, one of the must-visit landmarks is Sensoji Temple. Easy to reach via Tokyo's reliable public transportation from major stations like Tokyo Station or Shinjuku Station, this temple stands as a historical beacon in the bustling metropolis.

But why is it a must-see? Beyond its impressive architecture and spiritual resonance, Sensoji provides a tangible link to Tokyo's past. Built in the 7th century, it serves as a testament to the city's enduring traditions amidst rapid modernization.

As you wander through the Thunder Gate (Kaminarimon), with its massive paper lantern, and up to the main hall, you're retracing steps walked by countless others over centuries. Even during a Tokyo solo trip, this sense of connection to a shared history is palpable.

Moreover, Sensoji Temple's location in Asakusa district presents additional layers of exploration. The vibrant Nakamise Shopping Street leads up to the temple, lined with stalls selling traditional snacks and handicrafts, allowing you to delve into the cultural fabric of Tokyo. The street, especially outside peak hours, is a delight for those strolling alone, offering an unhurried opportunity to savor the experiences.

Finally, Sensoji Temple is not just a place of worship but also a venue for various festivals and events throughout the year. Depending on when you visit, you might encounter lively processions, traditional music, or beautifully illuminated night-time displays. Alone in Tokyo, you have the liberty to immerse yourself fully in these experiences, soaking up the vibrant energy while also making space for quiet reflection. Therefore, a visit to Sensoji Temple offers an essential, multi-faceted perspective on Tokyo, making it a truly must-see for solo travelers.

7. Shopping in Harajuku

Any solo trip to Tokyo would not be complete without dedicating a day to the stylish, high-energy district of Harajuku. Known as the city's youth fashion hub, Harajuku pulses with a unique vibrancy that sets it apart in Japan's capital. Walking the district's main street, Takeshita, you'll find an array of eclectic shops and boutiques, showcasing everything from vintage clothing to the latest trends.

Exploring Harajuku alone affords the freedom to go at your own pace. Immerse yourself in the sensory delight of the bustling streets, dotted with an array of stores offering a diverse range of fashion items and quirky accessories. The district's flamboyant street style is well-known, and there's no better place to observe or even participate in this colorful cultural expression than here. Don't forget to browse the numerous thrift stores, where you can find unique vintage items that make for excellent souvenirs.

While Harajuku is primarily known for its shopping, it also boasts a number of exciting restaurants serving both local and international cuisine. As a solo traveler, you have the chance to indulge in a variety of Japanese food experiences. Be it a crepe from one of the many street vendors, a meal at a traditional noodle shop, or a unique treat from a themed cafe, Harajuku offers a culinary adventure just as vibrant as its shopping. A day in Harajuku, immersed in its energetic atmosphere, is a must-do for any solo traveler in Tokyo.

View of Harajuku, a shopping district in Tokyo

8. Explore Kagurazaka

For lone-travelers looking to discover a quieter, yet equally enchanting side of Tokyo, Kagurazaka is a delightful destination. Tucked away from the capital's bustling epicenters, this charming neighborhood promises an enriching first solo trip. With its narrow cobblestone streets lined with traditional shops and hidden alleyways, Kagurazaka offers a glimpse into Tokyo's past with a touch of cosmopolitan flair.

One of the highlights of Kagurazaka is its impressive culinary scene. The area is famous for its high concentration of traditional Japanese restaurants, many of which have been serving Tokyo's food enthusiasts for generations.

As a solo traveler, dining in Kagurazaka is an experience, not just a meal. Whether you're sitting at a counter enjoying sushi prepared by skilled chefs or trying a dish from a local izakaya, each encounter adds a new dimension to your Tokyo solo journey.

But Kagurazaka offers more than just food. Its history as a geisha district can be felt in the area's quaint charm, while the mix of French cafes and patisseries reflect a modern, international influence. A walk around Kagurazaka reveals a delightful fusion of old and new, where traditional wooden houses stand next to chic boutiques and trendy galleries. As you navigate the area's sloping lanes and hidden stairways alone, you'll discover a Tokyo that's equally vibrant but notably more tranquil, making Kagurazaka a must-visit for any solo traveler.

Ghibli Museum, Tokyo, Japan

9. Visit Ghibli Museum

A trip to Tokyo remains incomplete for any film or art enthusiast without a visit to the Ghibli Museum. Nestled in the verdant environs of Mitaka, this museum serves as a vibrant homage to Studio Ghibli, Japan's famed animation studio. For solo travelers, a journey here provides a deeper understanding of the meticulous craft and rich storytelling that's made Ghibli's films globally adored.

Navigating the museum alone offers a unique perspective. You can immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Hayao Miyazaki, the genius behind classics such as "Spirited Away" and "My Neighbor Totoro," at your own pace.

Take your time exploring the exhibit rooms, which showcase the painstakingly detailed process of animation, or marvel at the larger-than-life robotic soldier from "Castle in the Sky" in the rooftop garden, an iconic sight even during peak hour.

Moreover, the Ghibli Museum offers more than just a visual experience. Enjoy the exclusive short films in the Saturn Theatre that can only be seen here, or eat at the Straw Hat Cafe, which serves a variety of Japanese and Western dishes. Each aspect of the museum is carefully designed to offer a delightful and immersive experience, making it a must-visit for any solo traveler. Whether you're a die-hard Ghibli fan or new to their work, a visit here allows you to appreciate the artistry that has helped shape the landscape of Japanese animation. Alone in Tokyo, you can lose yourself in Ghibli's magical worlds and carry the memories back home.

Tourists at Tokyo Disneyland, Japan

10. Spend a day at Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea

Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are must-visit destinations for any solo trip to Tokyo if you have a day to spare. Easily reachable via public transport from Tokyo Station or Shinjuku Station, these unique amusement parks offer a wealth of experiences that are just as enjoyable when exploring Tokyo alone.

Tokyo Disneyland, the first Disney park outside of the United States, offers timeless attractions and parades. Alternatively, Tokyo DisneySea provides a unique experience with mature themes and the possibility of spotting Mount Fuji on a clear day. Traveling solo affords you the liberty to enjoy the parks at your own pace and preference.

Whether you're a Disney aficionado or a newcomer, these parks deliver a unique blend of fantasy and culture. Their attention to detail and welcoming atmosphere make them amazing additions to any Tokyo solo itinerary.

Traditional bath in Japan

11. Bathe in a Sento

For curious travelers looking to experience a deep-rooted aspect of Japanese culture while alone in Tokyo, a visit to a local sento, or public bathhouse, is an absolute must. Like many parts of Japan, Tokyo is rich with these bathhouses, offering a unique experience beyond just a typical soak.

Bathing in a sento provides a window into everyday Japanese life that's often missed by visitors. It's a time-honored tradition that has persisted through the centuries, offering a place for locals to unwind, cleanse, and socialize. For a solo traveler, a visit to a sento can be an authentic experience that delves into the rhythm of Tokyo's local life.

Finally, visiting a sento can be an unexpected way to meet new friends and connect with the locals. It's not uncommon to strike up conversations in the changing room or lounge areas, offering you insights into the culture of Japan and the city of Tokyo from a local perspective. Immersing yourself in such a quintessentially Japanese tradition is a fantastic way to enrich your solo journey in Tokyo.

Tourists and locals exploring Shimokitazawa, Tokyo

12. Explore Shimokitazawa

When traveling alone in Tokyo, the vibrant neighborhood of Shimokitazawa is an essential stop. Known for its vintage fashion, indie music scene, and a myriad of cozy cafés, this locale offers a distinctive Tokyo experience that departs from the hustle of the city's busier districts. One of Shimokitazawa's biggest draws is its unique blend of shops and boutiques. Spend a day getting lost in the labyrinthine streets, browsing second-hand clothing stores, vinyl record shops, and artisanal craft outlets.

The district provides lone travelers an immersive way to experience Tokyo's hip, creative side.

Moreover, Shimokitazawa stands as testament to Tokyo's reputation as a very safe city. Even when exploring alone, travelers can comfortably meander through the neighborhood's winding streets day or night. Coupled with the district's relaxed ambiance, it's an area that allows for unhurried exploration. Taking in Shimokitazawa at your own pace truly underscores the beauty of solo travel in Japan.

13. Tea Ceremony in Hamarikyu Gardens

Travelers enjoying a traditional tea ceremony

Navigating Tokyo solo opens doors to some of the city's unique cultural experiences, like the tranquil tea ceremony at Hamarikyu Gardens. Nestled amidst the high rises of this bustling city, these gardens are a serene sanctuary that invites travelers to immerse themselves in an important Japanese tradition.

Attending a tea ceremony offers an authentic glimpse into the culture of Japan, featuring the precise, thoughtful preparation of matcha. Each movement in this ceremony is a display of grace and mindfulness, making it a truly personal and reflective experience.

Being a solo traveler in Tokyo allows you to absorb this ceremonial tranquility at your own pace, making it even more memorable. Hamarikyu Gardens combines natural beauty with a calming atmosphere, perfect for travelers seeking respite from the city's pace. The idyllic setting, complete with a traditional teahouse and meticulously maintained garden landscapes, presents an opportunity to connect with Japan's cultural heritage while enjoying peace and quiet. For solo travel, participating in a tea ceremony at Hamarikyu Gardens is a Tokyo alone experience not to be missed.

14. Walk along the Yanesen

Exploring different neighborhoods in Tokyo

Stepping out in Tokyo solo opens up endless opportunities for exploration, and one such adventure is a leisurely walk along the Yanasen.

This quaint and historic area, tucked away from the city's hustle and bustle, is a treasure trove of traditional architecture, inviting cafes, and unique artisanal shops, making it a delightful discovery for any solo traveler in Tokyo.

Start your exploration at the grand Meiji Shrine and then gradually lose yourself in the winding lanes of Yanasen. This peaceful stroll can be both a journey back in time and a chance to witness the contemporary Japanese lifestyle. An optional stop could be the Mori Art Museum, a small gallery featuring rotating exhibitions that focus on traditional and contemporary art from Japan.

Finally, reward yourself with an unmatched panoramic view of the city from the Tokyo City View Sky Deck. Though there's an additional cost for the Sky Deck, the breathtaking view is absolutely worth it. From this vantage point, Tokyo's breathtaking skyline unfurls beneath you, offering a moment of solitude and reflection on your solo journey.

Walking along the Yanasen, you're not just exploring Tokyo alone, you're fully immersing yourself in the city's vibrant tapestry.

Gotokuji Temple, Tokyo, Japan

15. Visit the Gotokuji Temple

Navigating Tokyo solo is a voyage of self-discovery, and a visit to the Gotokuji Temple is an experience that will make this journey truly unforgettable. Known as the birthplace of the "maneki-neko" or the "beckoning cat", this lesser-known temple offers a distinct charm away from the city's high-paced attractions.

Gotokuji Temple is an example of how Tokyo's rich history coexists harmoniously with its urban vibrancy. As you wander through the temple grounds, you'll encounter an array of charming maneki-neko figures, each believed to bring good fortune and prosperity. These welcoming cats, lined neatly in their hundreds, create a uniquely captivating sight that is perfect for introspective solo exploration.

Surrounding the temple are many parks where you can enjoy a serene stroll or relax with a good book. Exploring these parks gives you a taste of the tranquil side of Tokyo, further enhancing your solo trip. With its enchanting allure and peaceful surroundings, Gotokuji Temple is a must-visit for any solo traveler seeking to fully experience the unique, hidden gems of Tokyo alone.

Stylish shopping district in Tokyo, Japan

16. Visit Daikanyama

On a solo travel mission through Tokyo, make sure you carve out some time to visit Daikanyama. This serene and stylish district, often overshadowed by its glitzier neighbors, is an undiscovered gem for solo travelers, offering a gentler, calmer side of Tokyo life.

Packed with boutiques, cafes, and bookstores, Daikanyama is a haven for the culturally inclined. Meandering down its tree-lined streets alone, you'll stumble upon a world of hidden wonders, from one-of-a-kind fashion finds to artisanal coffee roasters.

What's more, Daikanyama's atmosphere embraces solo visitors. You'll feel perfectly at ease dining alone in its eateries, savoring local delicacies at your own pace, or delving into a good book at Daikanyama T-Site, an iconic bookstore, making it a must-visit locale on your Tokyo solo trip.

So, when in Japan, take the road less traveled and lose yourself in Daikanyama's charm. Alone in Tokyo, yet surrounded by the city's quiet vibrancy, you'll discover that even in the heart of the bustling metropolis, there are pockets of peace to be found.

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17. Visit the Yanaka Ginza shopping street

If you're exploring Tokyo solo and want a taste of the city's nostalgic charm, a visit to Yanaka Ginza is a must. This famous shopping street, located in Tokyo's traditional "shitamachi" or downtown area, offers a contrast to the futuristic vibe of the city's more famous districts. It's a fascinating destination that rewards the independent traveler with a genuine feel of old Tokyo.

As you stroll down the shopping street, you'll find an array of shops selling traditional goods, vintage items, and local snacks. Each storefront has its own unique appeal, with proprietors who are often more than willing to chat and share stories. Walking through this friendly neighborhood alone allows you to move at your own pace, taking time to explore the nooks and crannies that pique your interest.

Alone in Tokyo, you'll discover that the seemingly simple activity of walking through Yanaka Ginza is an experience in itself. This area provides a window into everyday life in Tokyo, far removed from the bustling tourist spots.

As a solo traveler, Yanaka Ginza offers an authentic, vibrant, and deeply personal Tokyo experience that lingers long after the trip is over.

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18. Check out Nakano Broadway

Tokyo solo travel opens up avenues for unique experiences, and one such place to explore is Nakano Broadway. A multi-story shopping complex known for its wide array of anime, manga, and collectibles, Nakano Broadway is a haven for pop culture enthusiasts and an intriguing visit even for those less familiar with these aspects of Japanese culture.

Nakano Broadway is conveniently accessible via Tokyo's efficient train stations. Once you step off the train, the vibrant energy of the place draws you in. As you navigate the bustling corridors and labyrinth of shops, you'll encounter a diverse selection of goods from vintage toys to high-quality art prints.

Whether you're a die-hard collector or just interested in the eclectic mix of Japanese pop culture, exploring this place alone means you can take your time and truly indulge in your interests.

A trip to Nakano Broadway wouldn't be complete without sampling the local food. The complex is home to numerous eateries where you can taste a variety of Japanese dishes, from savory ramen bowls to delicate mochi sweets. This immersion in Japanese cuisine adds another dimension to your solo journey in Tokyo. A visit to Nakano Broadway is truly a feast for the senses, providing an authentic and engaging Tokyo alone experience.

19. Hiking in Mt. Takao

Solo traveler hiking in Tokyo

For those embarking on a Tokyo solo journey, climbing Mt. Takao is an opportunity you wouldn't want to miss. This picturesque mountain, located just outside the city's bustling center, offers an invigorating combination of natural beauty, physical challenge, and cultural enrichment - a unique escapade for any solo traveler in Tokyo.

Reaching Mt. Takao is a breeze with Japan's reliable public transportation system. Once there, various trails cater to all levels of fitness and hiking experience, making the mountain accessible to everyone. As you ascend, lush forests, tranquil streams, and occasional glimpses of wildlife offer a refreshing contrast to Tokyo's urban landscape.

Climbing Mt. Takao alone allows you to connect with nature at your own pace and take in the breathtaking vistas unfolding with each step.

As you descend, the satisfaction of conquering the mountain and the lingering tranquility of the natural and cultural exploration make for a memorable Tokyo-alone adventure.

Your visit solo to Mt. Takao can also include a rich cultural experience. The mountain is home to the ancient Yakuoin Temple, a serene place of worship where you can immerse yourself in Japanese spiritual traditions.

Embarking on your first solo trip to Tokyo Japan, is not just about exploring new places; it's about stepping out of your comfort zone and immersing yourself in a vibrant culture that is unlike any other. From the serenity of the Meiji Shrine to the electric energy of the Shibuya Scramble, each location offers a unique snapshot of the city's dynamic character. With every step, whether you're strolling in bustling streets or serene gardens, you'll realize that being alone in Tokyo only adds to the richness of your experience.

Navigating Tokyo solo can seem daunting at first, but with tools like Google Translate, Google Maps, and the city's efficient public transportation system, you'll find your way around quite smoothly. It's also worth noting that Tokyo is a very safe city, making it a comfortable destination for solo travel. Remember to have a reliable mode of payment, like debit cards, which are widely accepted, ensuring your solo adventures are never hindered. Tokyo's food scene is another adventure on its own, with eateries ranging from quaint sushi joints to Michelin-starred restaurants where you can indulge in exquisite Japanese cuisine.

Tokyo is a city that never stops evolving, and exploring it alone lets you engage with its rhythm at your own pace. Each visit feels like a new discovery, with unexplored corners waiting for your return. As your solo travel journey comes to a close, you'll leave not only with unforgettable memories but with a newfound appreciation for this amazing city. Whether it's your first time or a return visit, you'll find that being alone in Tokyo always offers something new and exciting. It's more than just a trip - it's a journey of self-discovery and an adventure that's worth every step.

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Tokyo is every bit as enthrallingly diverse as the films make out. One minute it’s slick skyscrapers, neon gaming arcades and frenetic crowds; the next it’s old temples and alleyways stuffed with smoky izakayas (pubs). You’ll never fit it all in one trip, but you can get a grasp of the highlights in just a few days – and for solo travellers, Tokyo is a blast.

What’s the vibe.

Tokyo is a dream for solo travellers, from ramen bars to kaiten (conveyor-belt) sushi restaurants and capsule hotels. No one will think twice about you dining, sightseeing, shopping or staying at a hotel alone. The city is safe, too; even at night you shouldn’t be worried about exploring, especially in busier hubs.

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With so much to see and do, you’ll want to maximise your time in Tokyo

Interested in historic Tokyo? See sprawling Meiji Jingu shrine in the west or ornate Senso-ji temple in the east. In the centre, the Imperial Palace has grounds that are perfect for a stroll; in Ueno there are treasure-laden museums, surrounded by serene park greenery and ponds. Other must-visit areas are Ginza, for high-end shopping and omakase (chef’s-choice) sushi bars, and Akihabara for geeky electronics purchases and gaming arcades.

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Where to stay in Tokyo as a solo traveller

Japan is known for traditional inns, or ryokans, but they aren’t major in Tokyo. Expect large modern hotels geared towards business and leisure travellers. The boutique-hotel scene is beginning to grow and there are some excellent, if pricey options. Pod – or capsule – hotels (beds rented for the night), can be great for solo travellers. Just be aware – with limited space and privacy they aren’t usually practical for much longer than two nights. Which neighbourhood is for you? We recommend these areas.

Check into one of the best boutique boltholes in Tokyo

This district in the west is a shopper’s paradise, with its department stores and fashion boutiques. It is extremely well-connected and within walking distance of must-see Meiji Jingu shrine. Book Manhattan-loft-style Trunk Hotel , one of Tokyo’s finest boutique check-ins.

To experience the best of Tokyo’s nightlife, stay in Shinjuku

The city’s biggest transport hub is home to some of its best nightlife: late-night restaurants, karaoke and cheap bars pouring draft beer. Considering a day trip to Hakone or Mount Fuji? Most trains depart from here – and many of Tokyo’s best-value addresses are in the neighbourhood .

Stay in Asakusa to see a different side of Tokyo

Fancy a sleepier corner of Tokyo? This traditional central-west neighbourhood is home to the city’s most famous temple, Senso-ji. You’ll also find old arcades, small joints serving onigiri (rice balls) as well as shabu shabu (hotpot) – and some fine places to lay your head .

The Hoshinoya Tokyo is perfect for travellers wanting to experience Japanese culture

Chiyoda has some of the Japanese capital’s most luxurious hotels , including Aman Tokyo, the Hoshinoya and Tokyo Station. There’s high-end shopping nearby in Ginza, and the leafy Imperial Palace has grounds to explore. Look for excellent examples of Tokyo’s early 20th-century architecture as well.

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There’s almost nothing you can’t do in Tokyo – but aim to include these essential experiences.

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Sampling sushi is a must when in Tokyo

There are two kinds of sushi: amazingly affordable and amazingly expensive. For quality, wallet-friendly fare, visit a kaiten (conveyor-belt) bar: plates are colour-coded according to price so you can keep an eye on your total. If you want expensive gourmet, book an omakase (chef’s choice) sushi bar well in advance. Top-rated places purvey the finest-quality spreads in Japan.

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Head to Kabukicho for a night hopping between karaoke bars

Karaoke is a national sport in Japan – in Tokyo, office workers practise in their lunch hours. To get the full experience, visit nightlife-hub Kabukicho where packed karaoke bars give the area a real atmosphere. Dine and drink at an izakaya (pub) or okonomiyaki (pancake) restaurant before belting out hits until late.

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Soak up panoramic views when you head up to the top of the Tokyo Skytree

At a head-spinning 634m (2,080ft), this is the tallest of Tokyo’s many impressive skyscrapers. Admire the view from floor 450 – on clear days you can see all the way to Mount Fuji – then descend to the base for some of the city’s best high-quality souvenir-shopping.

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Tempura is one dish to try when in Tokyo

You’ll find amazing sushi and ramen, but there’s a lot more to the city’s culinary scene. Many restaurants will specialise in one dish – say, tempura (deep-fried foods), yakitori (grilled skewers), okonomiyaki (savoury pancakes) or udon (thick noodles). At an izakaya , a traditional Japanese pub, you can usually try a bit of everything.

Solo travellers can tuck in at a restaurant, but Tokyo has plenty of takeaway options, too

Solo dining is very common in Japan, but if you feel uncomfortable, Tokyo has some of the world’s best readymade takeaways – from grocery stores, department-store food halls ( depachika ) and conbini (convenience stores). Meals are washed down with beer, sake or shochu (rice-spirit) cocktails.

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Tokyo has an excellent metro network, but be sure not to miss the last train – cross-city distances can be vast, and taxis are very expensive.

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This Tokyo itinerary should be perfect for travelers who will be in Tokyo for 7 days . For 3 days, 4 days, 5 days or 6 days trip, just cherry-pick on what you want to do from this  7 day Tokyo itinerary . I was fortunate enough to visit Tokyo 5 times on 5 separate trips, during spring, early summer and autumn. Each season is beautiful but my favorite is spring time. I was totally blown away by the beauty of Tokyo’s cherry blossoms! If your schedule is flexible, I strongly suggest you to visit Japan during cherry blossoms typically between the last week of March up to the first week of April. The cherry blossoms period really takes the beauty of Tokyo to the next level and is highly worthy of the premium “peak season” price tag.

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For first time visitors to Japan, I have to warn you that Japan is very addictive! You will always find something interesting to do when you return regardless of the season. This Tokyo itinerary is actually a combination of my previous trips. There are countless of things to in Tokyo and it is best to spend a full week to fully appreciate the beauty of the city. I shall be posting a more detailed itinerary per activity in this Tokyo travel blog in my succeeding blog posts.

How to Maximize This Tokyo Itinerary 

With over 100 different train/subway lines spanning across the 20+ district wards in Tokyo, navigating around the city can be quite overwhelming especially for first timers. But don’t worry! I’m sharing with you some of my Tokyo travel tips on how you can avoid getting lost and how you can maximize your precious vacation time .

  • My #1 tip for you is to rent a Japan pocket wifi .  In Japan, free wifi is hard to find and Google Maps can only be accessed when you’re online. Subways and trains in Tokyo are highly sophisticated and you will need real-time train schedule most of the time to get on the right train. During my first trip to Japan, I made a huge mistake of not booking a pocket wifi which led me to get lost in back alleys without street names. I also missed a number of destinations in my itinerary as a result. Since then, I’ve always pre-booked my pocket wifi before arriving in Japan and have never looked back. I’ve personally used Pupuru Pocket Wifi  at least 5 times in my past trips in Japan and can highly recommend them for their consistent reliable service and for their blazing fast wifi speed . You can check out the rates and book your Pupuru pocket wifi here .

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  • Get a Suica reloadable transport card and load up for seamless commute. Buying individual train tickets for your everyday commute in Tokyo can a huge time waster. Save time with a Suica card which you can use from subways, trains to buses. You can even use your Suica card to buy groceries from convenience stores.
  • Check if your hotel is located in a strategic location . By picking a highly convenient hotel in prime locations in Tokyo like Shinjuku or Ginza, you will not only save some money from transport expenses but you will save a lot of time! Less commute time means more time to explore the beauty of Japan. 🙂 Check out Asiatravelbug’s Where to Stay in Tokyo Guide to learn the best areas to stay in Tokyo and recommended hotels for tourists.

Tokyo Itinerary Day 1: Airport Arrival, Airport Transfer and Hotel Check-In

  • Transferred from Haneda Airport to Shinjuku using Airport Limousine Bus.

Spacious Standard Twin Room of Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku | tokyo itinerary hotel

  • Went to Chidorigafuchi and Yasukini Shrine for “hanami” cherry blossom viewing. Had a simple yet unforgettable yakitori dinner under an illuminated cherry blossom tree. For visitors arriving during the non-cherry blossom season, I suggest for you to use this time to purchase a Suica or Pasmo rechargeable transport card and get yourself familiarized with the area within your hotel’s vicinity. You can also use this time to explore the bustling nightlife in Shinjuku or Ginza as an alternative to Chidorigafuchi and Yasukuni Shrine.

Street Food Dinner at Yasukini Shrine | Tokyo Itinerary Day 1

Tokyo Itinerary Day 2: Tokyo Park and Temple Hopping – Shinjuku, Asakusa, Ueno

  • Purchased Hakone Free Pass from Odakyu Sightseeing Center at Shinjuku Station West Exit.

shinjuku gyoen hanami | shinjuku | best area to stay in tokyo

  • Strolled around Sumida Park overlooking Sumida River and Tokyo Skytree.
  • Walked around charming Tokyo’s old neighborhood Asakusa . Saw locals praying in Sensoji Temple . Shopped for souvenirs and bought Japanese snacks while strolling along Nakamise shopping street . Didn’t try the human powered rickshaws but was able to get some good photo snaps.
  • Went 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.

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Tokyo Itinerary Day 3: Mount Fuji and Hakone Day Trip from Tokyo

  •  Took a bus from Shinjuku Station to Gotemba Bus Interchange . Saw Mount Fuji several times on the bus while on the way to Gotemba.

Mount Fuji View from Heiwa Park in Gotemba During Spring

  • Picked out a random restaurant for lunch near Gora Station which ended up to be a very great choice! Had some mouth-watering tempura.
  • Used Hakone Free Pass for the Hakone Cable Car (tram ride), Hakone Ropeway (cable car) and Lake Ashi pirate ship cruise. Enjoyed eating the creamiest strawberries in Owakudani while overlooking Mount Fuji.
  • Returned to Shinjuku from Odawara Station via regular train. This is a very long 2-hour ride but I enjoyed people watching inside the train during rush hour. My pocket wifi connection helped me kill time.

Mount Fuji View Just Outside Heiwa Park in Gotemba | Tokyo Itinerary

Alternatively, if your are with kids or with the elderly, you can always take a  hassle-free Mount Fuji day tour from Tokyo without the need to chase trains and buses by yourself. 🙂

  • Mt. Fuji Cruising, Yakiniku Lunch and Gotemba Outlets Shopping!  – This tour is best for shoppers who would like to combine outlet shopping and Hakone tour in one day. You also get to enjoy a Yakiniku buffet! Weather permitting, you can see Mount Fuji from Moto Hakone Port in Hakone Lake Ashi and right in front of Gotemba Premium Outlets. Book here .
  • Mt. Fuji Tour with Hakone and Lake Ashi Cruise – This is a highly popular classic Mount Fuji day trip from Tokyo combining Mount Fuji 5th Station and Hakone with western style lunch! Weather permitting, you can see Mount Fuji from Mount Fuji 5th Station, Hakone Lake Ashi Cruise and Hakone Ropeway. Unlike other similar tours, what’s great about this particular tour is they allow booking 1 to 2 days prior to the trip allowing you to better forecast the weather. Book here .

Tokyo Itinerary Day 4: Central Tokyo – Tsukiji, East Gardens of Imperial Palace, Ginza

  • Explored Tsukiji Fish Market in the morning with free guide service from Travelers & Locals Japan . Saw what a real wasabi vegetable looks like for the first time!
  • Walked to Ginza from Tsukiji and had a fantastic ramen lunch at Ippudo .
  • Practiced the art of doing nothing in the East Gardens of Imperial Palace .
  • Strolled along Marunochi , the prime CBD area in the middle to Tokyo. Marunochi looks like a mini version of New York’s 5 th avenue.
  • Went back to Ginza and watched the buildings come glistening at night. Bought green tea kit kats, grean teas and other cheap souvenirs from Don Quijote store located at the edge of Ginza.

Ginza at Night | Tokyo Itinerary Day 4

Tokyo Itinerary Day 5: West Tokyo – Shinjuku, Shibuya, Harajuku

  • Headed to the viewing deck of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku for free. It was a hazy day so Mount Fuji did not show up.
  • Went to Shibuya to take a picture of Hachiko dog statue and to see the famous Shibuya crossing scramble.
  • Walked towards Harajuku from Shibuya via the “Cat” street. Didn’t see any cats but saw a hamster instead!
  • Breathed-in a lot of fresh air in the massive Meiji Shrine , a forest in the heart of Tokyo. Watched local street performers do some balloon tricks in Yoyogi Park .
  • Shopped for some Japanese snacks to take home from Shinjuku’s Takashimaya store .

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Tokyo Itinerary Day 6: Bizarre and Futuristic Tokyo – Akibahara, Odaiba

  • Met up with Akihabara tour guide and explored the bizarre and geeky side of Tokyo . Surprised to see that robotic dogs are cheaper than real dogs. Went to a maze of 1990s game shops and reminisced childhood memories.
  • Headed to see the Gundam Statue in Odaiba . Saw Mount Fuji by chance while walking along the Odaiba elevated platform. Passed by futuristic buildings which felt like a scene in Jetsons cartoons. Capped off the last full day in Tokyo watching the beautiful Rainbow Bridge come to light.

Akihabara Maid Cafe Promoters | tokyo itinerary

Tokyo Itinerary Day 7: See you again Tokyo!

  • Checked out from hotel.
  • Took the Airport Limousine Bus from Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku to Haneda Airport.

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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.   Read on the rest of this Tokyo travel blog to learn how much you should budget for your Tokyo trip , where to stay , how to get around and why you need a pocket wifi .

Tokyo Travel Budget 

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. During my two trips to Tokyo, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the consumer prices in the city are not expensive as expected. I find the day-to-day expenses in Tokyo to be fairly reasonable with prices similar to Singapore except for public transportation. It is definitely possible to travel in Tokyo comfortably without breaking the bank.

Local Fast Food Prices in Tokyo Starting at USD 5 | Tokyo Itinerary Food Budget

We spent around USD 135 per person per day in Tokyo staying in well-located 3.5 star to 4.5 star hotels and eating well.  The budget includes staying in a hotel at USD 200/night on twin occupancy, eating out in chain mid-range and local fast food restaurants, a 3-hour paid walking tour in Akihabara, a day trip to see Mount Fuji with Hakone Free Pass and, our pocket wifi rental for the whole stay. There are plenty of free things to do in Tokyo so you do not need to worry about a lot of entrance fees. Here’s the breakdown of our Tokyo budget from our 7 Days Tokyo Itinerary .

  • Hotel for 6 nights – USD 1,250 for two (inclusive of Saturday hotel surcharge)
  • Food – USD 360 for two
  • Transportation including Haneda airport bus transfers – USD 110 for two
  • Activities including Hakone Free Pass – USD 170 for two
  • Pupuru Pocket Wifi *tried and tested by Asiatravelbug 5x – MUST HAVE*  – USD 55 for two
  • Total Expense for 7 Days – USD 1,945 for two / USD 972 per person
  • Daily Expense for 7 Days – USD 278 for two / USD 138 per person

Is it possible to travel in Tokyo for USD 100 per day?

Yes, it is possible. If you stay in a well-located hotel at USD 150/night on double occupancy, you can easily replicate the above itinerary at ~USD 100 per person per day. Agoda actually unloads the less-publicised “economy rooms” of   Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku starting at USD 150/night. These rooms are more compact but cheaper. You can check live rates of the hotel’s economy rooms here . But if your budget is a bit flexible, I do suggest for you you to book the standard twin rooms of Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku from Booking.com  for bigger space.

Best Area to Stay in Tokyo

Given that taxis are pretty expensive in Tokyo, it is recommended for visitors to stay in hotels within close walking distance to major train stations in JR Yamanote line. The Yamanote line is a circular train route that covers major districts and sights in Tokyo with stops in Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ginza (Yarakucho), Tokyo Station, Akihabara, and Ueno.

Tokyo in a Nutshell | Photo Credit: eerkmans | tokyo itinerary map

For me, the best areas to stay in Tokyo are around Shinjuku , Ginza and Tokyo Station . Tokyo Station is just north of Ginza where regional buses and trains depart. I have personally stayed in 3 different hotels in Tokyo which I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to family and friends. Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku in Shinjuku, Park Hotel Tokyo  in Shiodome at the edge of Ginza and Hotel Nikko Tokyo in Odaiba. Twin rooms of these hotels average at USD 200 per night. It is important to distinguish twin rooms and double rooms in Tokyo. Double rooms comprise a single double-sized bed, are smaller than twin rooms but can be up to 30% cheaper.

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For first time Tokyo travelers, I would highly recommend Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku since Shinjuku is very well connected and highly convenient for day trips. Nearby hotels in West Shinjuku include Keio Plaza Hotel Shinjuku  and Century Southern Tower Tokyo  with rates starting from USD 250 per night. Other cheaper options in Shinjuku are Citadines chain hotels with rates as low as USD 150 per night. If you do not mind staying in Kabukicho red light district, Citadines Central Shinjuku Hotel (formerly Best Western Astina Shinjuku) is cheap with a great location just under 10 minutes walk away from the main Shinjuku Station. A bit farther to the east of Shinjuku Station is Citadines Shinjuku Hotel  but should be a great choice for travelers looking for a room that can fit 3 adults.

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Ginza / Tokyo Station

For people wanting to be in Ginza and near Tokyo Station, Millennium Mitsui Garden Tokyo Hotel Ginza  is a very great choice and is highly recommended by Asiatravelbug. This hotel sits right smack in the heart of Ginza nearby shops and reasonably-priced restaurants, with modern rooms and an unbeatable location just on top of Higashi Ginza subway station. Other nearby hotels in Ginza include  Mercure Hotel Tokyo Ginza , Hotel Monterey Ginza , Solaria Nishitetsu Ginza  and  Mitsui Garden Hotel Premier Ginza with rates ranging between USD 150 to USD 250 per night.

where to stay in tokyo - millennium mitsui ginza

For families coming to Tokyo with main intention of visiting theme parks, hotels in Odaiba can fit to your liking with plenty of spacious family rooms available. Although Odaiba is a bit far from central Tokyo, the area is within close proximity to theme parks and science museums. Hotel Nikko Tokyo and Grand Pacific Le Daiba are strategically located in Odaiba with direct access to monorail and have free shuttles going to Tokyo Disneyland. Depending on the season, you can get spacious non-weekend rooms in these 4-5 star hotels for USD 200/night or less.

Spacious 40 Sqm Ocean View Twin Room at Hotel Nikko Tokyo, Odaiba | tokyo itinerary hotel

Food in Tokyo

I find the day-to-day meal prices in Tokyo to be fairly reasonable and eating out is not as expensive as you think! Our USD 30 per person per day food budget proved to be quite enough with us alternating between mid-range restaurants and local fast food. You can find good beef rice bowls for USD 4 in Matsuya (local fast food), katsudon lunch sets for USD 7 in Hamakatsu (mid-range) and a really good ramen bowl in Ippudo (mid-range) for USD 8. Add approximately 20%-30% for dinners from lunch prices except for fast food. These restaurants have great food, fantastic service and are frequented by local salarymen. Plus there are no tips and no service charge!

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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)! Street foods like a plate of yakisoba, 3 pieces of yakitori, 6 pieces of takoyaki balls, or 5 pieces of chicken karaage will cost you around USD 5 per order. 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.

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Transportation in Tokyo

While it is true that a 15-minute taxi ride in Tokyo can cost you close to USD 30, central Tokyo is actually well covered by trains and subways. You will be surprised to know that I did not take a single taxi ride in my two trips in Tokyo. As long as you don’t have any mobility issues and your hotel is located close to a train station, you will hardly find a need to take a taxi. 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. Flag down of taxi starts at 710 yen (~USD 7).

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Do I need to get the JR Pass?

Whether you need a JR Pass or not ultimately depends on your itinerary in Japan.

  • Tokyo only – If you will be staying in Tokyo only, you don’t need a JR Pass. I recommend that you get a reloadable Suica or Pasmo card instead. I only spent a total of USD 55 in airport bus transfers, train and subway fares for a week in Tokyo. This is definitely cheaper than the 7-day JR Pass which costs about USD 250 / person . Suica and Pasmo cards in Tokyo are similar to the Octopus cards in Hong Kong which can be used in subways, trains, convenience stores or even taxis. Suica cards can be purchased in JR train ticket stations and Pasmo cards in subway stations. Deposit of 500 yen (~USD 5) per card is required. These two cards function similarly and can be used interchangeably between subways, trains and monorails. So you just need to take your pick on which card to purchase.

Pasmo and Suica Reloadable Transit Cards | Tokyo Itinerary Transporation

  • Round trip bullet train between Tokyo to Kyoto and/or Osaka + Round trip NEX train airport transfer between Tokyo and Narita Airport, all completed within 7 days  – Yes, I recommend a  7-day JR Pass  in this case. You’ll save at least USD 30 / person and you get to use Tokyo’s JR Yamanote line for free! You can purchase your JR Pass online  here .

Shinkansen Bullet Train in Japan

  • One-way bullet train between Tokyo to Kyoto / Osaka  – You don’t need a JR pass if you’ll be  arriving in Tokyo and departing at Kansai Airport or vice versa, with only Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Nara in your itinerary. By  buying just a one-way bullet train ticket , you automatically save at least USD 100 / person instead of getting the 7-day JR Pass. You can purchase the one-way bullet train ticket at any JR ticket station once you arrive in Japan. However, for first timers, you may want to book your ticket from an online travel concierge like Voyagin to melt all your worries away! They will be happy to purchase the ticket for you and ship it to your hotel, book your seat reservation ahead and provide answers to all bullet train questions you might have. You can buy your  one-way bullet train ticket from Tokyo to Kyoto here , and from Tokyo to Osaka here .

One Way Shinkansen Bullet Train Ticket From Tokyo to Kyoto with Reserved Seat

Pocket Wifi in Japan

A few days prior to my Tokyo trip, I was preparing the travel apps on my phone when I realized that Google doesn’t allow offline maps in Japan. My trip involves a do-it-your-self day trip to see Mount Fuji and will need access to Google Maps to navigate my way in case I get lost.  I was left with no choice but to book a Japan pocket wifi rental online . Having been to Japan before, I can say that it is fairly easy to get lost in Japan as smaller streets do not have street signs and navigating major train stations can get very complicated. What is more surprising is that free wifi is not widely available even in Tokyo unless you intentionally go inside a major train station or drop by 7-11 to find a wifi hotspot.

Pocket Wifi Delivered by Wifi Rental Company to My Hotel | tokyo itinerary wifi

Renting a pocket wifi in Japan is definitely one of the best travel decisions I have made. I was able to access Google Maps, check train schedules and look up for nearby restaurants while I’m on the go. I got more efficient. Most importantly, my pocket wifi afforded me a great peace of mind knowing that I have a functioning Google Maps on my phone to save me in case I get lost! The rental price isn’t bad either at USD 70 for a week  of unlimited wifi , sharable up to 10 users in your traveling group. Renting a pocket wifi in Japan is highly recommended by Asiatravelbug. Make sure to book one online before you go!

Other Japan Travel Tips:

  • Afraid to get lost in Japan?  A pocket wifi can be your travel best friend. Asiatravelbug strongly suggests first time visitors to rent a pocket wifi. Check out  5 reasons why you need a  Pocket Wifi Japan Rental   in your trip to Tokyo.   Free public WiFi is RARE in Japan!  
  • Unsure where to stay in Tokyo first time? No problem!  We’ve done all the grunt research work for you! Check out the  7 best tourist districts in Tokyo  in our  Where to Stay in Tokyo First Time  blog and save yourself weeks of research.
  • Want to see Mount Fuji?  Mount Fuji only shows up 80 days a year! Increase your chances of seeing Mount Fuji by checking out our  How to See Mount Fuji  blog. Other readers have reported to see Mount Fuji following Asiatravelbug’s guide. 🙂

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About the Author

Tiffy, a.k.a. asiatravelbug, is a travel planning freak, formerly an Asia Pacific finance manager and currently a digital marketing ninja. Traveling has kept her sane from all the hustles and bustles of corporate life. Despite being a nervous flyer with plane jolts sending chills down her spine, Tiffy’s wanderlust has led her to visit Japan for 10 times (and counting). Her favorite cities are Kyoto and Tokyo and would choose to visit Japan over Paris in a heartbeat!

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Hi Tiffy. I am just back from a 6 day tour of Tokyo Osaka and Kyoto. I definitely agree with you regarding the best places to stay in Tokyo. I stayed in Ginza and Akhibara and both were awesome. In Osaka I stayed very close to Shin-osaka station which was again a good choice. All 6 days were amazing in this wonderful land of the rising sun.

Hello Shuchi! Thank you very much for leaving a message here after your wonderful trip to Japan.

I’m glad that you found my blogs about the best places to stay in Tokyo and the best areas to stay in Osaka to be helpful.

Cheers to more travels to Japan! Tiffy 🙂

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Thanks for the blog which helps me a lot from planning a family trip to Tokyo, Japan next year January 22 to 30. I am wondering which district should I pick to stay in? The date definitely not cherry blossom season, therefore I will “knockoff” the cherry park off my list… Therefore can you recommend some hotspot for us to have fun at Japan? Thanks…

Hello Gernard!

Thanks for your kind words. Shinjuku is definitely a great place to stay in Tokyo regardless of the season. From there, it’s highly convenient to shop, to dine, to get to Tokyo tourist sites via the JR Yamanote line and to go on day trip excursions just like a day trip to Mt. Fuji.

I’m sure you’ll have fun in Tokyo. Wishing you a happy trip with your family! 🙂 Tiffy

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Thanks so much for the tips! It made our trip to Japan a lot more fun!

Happy to have helped Sheryl!

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Is it also possible to do a day-trip from Shinjuku to and back :

1. Mt Fuji – Lake Kawaguchiko 2. Hakone Ropeway

Hakone seem to have valcono warning – Ok to go up?

Thanks again !

Hello Gary!

Personally, I think it would be tight to squeeze in both Lake Kawaguchiko and Hakone in one day because these areas are far apart. I would recommend one day trip per one area only.

Currently, the Hakone ropeway is closed due to volcanic activity. In this case, unless you plan to stay in a ryokan in Hakone, I think it would be best for you to head to Lake Kawaguchiko on a good cloudless day. There are lots of activities in Kawaguchiko too like Kachi Kachi ropeway which has more stunning views compared to Hakone ropeway in my personal opinion. If you’re looking for a Hakone pirate ship equivalent, you can take a cruise at Lake Kawaguchi and be able to see a closer view of Mt Fuji on a clear day.

Hope this helps you Gary! Tiffy

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There is so much useful information in this post, thank you! I just came back from a trip to Japan, and my Suica was definitely the best investment I made. I saved so much time when taking trains and metro’s, but I was also happy to see you can use it at basically any convenience store! Thanks for the useful information!

I’m very happy to know that you found the Suica card to be extremely helpful in your Japan trip. Yes, I agree with you that it’s a huge timesaver and it’s highly convenient to use even at konbini stores without the need to use cash.

I’m sure you will be back to Japan. Cheers! Tiffy 🙂

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Thank you so much for your web site. I am planning my trip and will use this as my guide. Those wi-fi eggs are awesome. I used them in Korea and Taiwan and can’t live without them when traveling. I’ve always wanted to visit Tokyo and will finally have my chance later this year.

Thank you Eddie for your kind words. I agree with you 100% that wi-fi eggs (a.k.a. pocket wifis) work wonders for travelers! I just returned from a recent Europe trip and rented a pocket wifi similar to how I do it in Japan. You just get to travel more and accomplish more things in less time when you have a pocket wifi with while you on the road! Now we can say bye-bye to the old ways of traveling without pocket wifi. 🙂

In Japan, I highly recommend Pupuru pocket wifi . Not only do they provide highly reliable pocket wifi devices, but they provide excellent service based on my personal experience in my past 5 Japan trips. The pocket wifis in Japan are pretty advanced too, maybe similar to how it is in South Korea, and are like 5 years ahead in terms of speed and battery life compared to the pocket wifi I used in Europe a few weeks back.

I’m very happy to know that you will finally be going to Japan later this year. I’m sure you will be back for more in the future! 😉

Cheers and happy travel planning! Tiffy 🙂

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What is a WiFi egg and where do I get one?

Hello Anna!

A Wifi egg is a portable wifi device that allows you to connect to the internet to while on the go. Renting one comes highly recommended in Japan due to its highly complex transport network so you ensure you get on the right subway or train in a very “precise” manner. Subways and trains are so complex in Japan to the point that even on the same platform, the trains may go to different direction or skip some stations. I once rode a subway a few minutes earlier than what’s recommended on Google maps, and ended up a few stations away from my target destination since it skipped my intended station.

I’ve just returned from a recent trip last week and used Pupuru pocket wifi for the 6th time as my preferred wifi egg. I strongly recommend Pupuru for their consistent service and highly reliable pocket wifi. You can check out my Pupuru review here . Should you decide to rent one, you can do purchase from Pupuru’s website .

Hope this helps and wishing you a safe trip to Japan! Tiffy 🙂

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Thank you so much for making this blog. It has definitely made my planning a lot easier. My friend and I are going to Japan May 15-22 for my graduation. I don’t think it’s enough of time, but can’t complain though! I have a question for you though, Have you been to a sumo wrestling match before? If so, do you recommend buying a tour beforehand or going to Ryogoku early in the am to buy tickets? P.S. it’s too late to buy normal tickets online, so the only way to go see the sumo wrestling is through a tour.

Thanks, Tammi

Hello Tammi!

Congratulations on your graduation and I’m happy to hear that you’ll celebrate it with a trip to Japan! 🙂

I’ve never been to a sumo wrestling match before so I’m so sorry if I cannot provide you with more details. But what you said looks very interesting and I might try it in the future. I’m excited to hear how it goes if ever your visit to a sumo wrestling match pushes through in the next few weeks.

In case you wish to purchase tickets in advance, you may wish to consider getting services from Voyagin. They are a local Tokyo travel company that can buy Tokyo sumo tournament tickets on your behalf. I’ve used them for a different travel service before in Tokyo and had a great time.

Hope this helps and have a safe trip Tammi! Tiffy 🙂

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Read your blog and found them to be very useful, I’ll make sure to do some of them. I have a question though in case you know the answer. I am planning to use my ATM card with 6 digits passcode but I heard that convenience stores have only 4 digits passcode, is this true? I actually asked the Citibank CR here in HK, he doesnt’ have a clue but asked his colleague who has been to Japan and said that he was able to use it. Just in case you haven’t heard, Sumitomo Bank (SMB) bought Citibank and what I read from different sites, they accept Citibank ATM’s but again my issue is the number of passcodes.

I think that’s it.

Maria (from Hong Kong)

Hello Maria,

I have previously tried withdrawing from ATM from the airport and did not encounter any passcode digit limitation. However, I apologize if I’m unable to answer your question since its bank specific.

Perhaps, to be sure, you can withdraw from ATM once your land at the airport. Or better yet, exchange yen in your local country and bring some yen. In my country, I’m able to get better yen exchange rates from local money changer. 🙂

Have a safe trip! Tiffy 🙂

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Hi Tiffy! Thanks so much for all the advice! I’m a fresh grad planning her solo grad trip to Japan and while I’m aiming for the last week of November this year, I don’t mind postponing. The main thing for me is that I want to be in Japan during Autumn season and be able to enjoy both the red leaves and cool weather. The time I want to stay in Japan is 5 days, 4 nights, flying back home on day 5.

Could you give me some advice on which attractions are available in Tokyo, and whether there is enough time to take a short trip within these 5 days to visit other nearby prefectures? I love nature, so I definitely want to visit Nara Park, but I’m not sure if I can fit that in. I’ll be primarily staying in capsule hotels/dorms, so cost of stay shouldn’t be too big an issue. Thanks so much!

Hello Cheryl!

You are very welcome! Tokyo for 5 days is just about fine for an quick autumn trip. You can perhaps have a 1 day trip to nearby Hakone or Lake Kawaguchiko to see Mount Fuji.

Nara is out of the way when you’re in Tokyo. To get there, you have to be in either Kyoto or Osaka. I suggest that you reserve your visit to Nara in your future trip if you’ll be arriving in Osaka instead of Tokyo.

Although not as scenic as the ones in Kyoto, Tokyo has good autumn colors too. I enjoyed my autumn stroll last year at Meiji Jingu Gaien and Hibiya Park. Beyond these two areas, there are a number of autumn sights in Tokyo – you just need to take your pick depending on your schedule.

I suggest you to check accommodation availability before booking your flight for your last minute Tokyo getaway.

Hope this helps. Tiffy 🙂

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Hi Tiffy, Thanks for such detailed Japan travel guide. Impressive. I just need another favor. Planning a 5 days trip to Tokyo. Please advise if going to Osaka Universal Studio is good. Or I should just visit Tokyo’s attraction. I am planning to stay at Hotel Sakura Hatagaya as it is among the hotels that serve halal food. Appreciate for your kind reply. Thank you.

Squeezing in Osaka in your 5 day Tokyo itinerary is technically doable given that these two areas are just 3 hour bullet train away from each other. However, it is not practical and not recommended. With this, it maybe more practical to combine Tokyo and Mount Fuji for a 5 day trip.

You can save Osaka USJ for your next trip and combine it to enjoy the beauty of Kyoto.

Hope this helps you decide. Tiffy 🙂

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I would like to know what are the best months to travel to Japan?

We are planning a trip to Japan in 2018, and I would like to know what months are the best to visit. I’m concern about the weather, the high season prices, and hotel availability.

Please advise.

Thank you, Sa

The best months to be in Japan are during cherry blossoms (usually 1st week of April) and autumn (usually last 2 weeks of November).

Prices are really high during cherry blossoms period across Japan and in Osaka/Kyoto during autumn period.

If you are on a budget and still want to see beautiful colors, try to visit Tokyo at the tail end of autumn which is during the last week of November. During this time, the accommodation rates in Tokyo are very reasonable (often cost half than that in Osaka/Kyoto) but you will still have to chance to see some autumn colors. Also, you will have better chances of seeing Mount Fuji at this time of the year.

May is also a very good time to be in Japan particularly starting mid-May after Japan’s Golden week. Days are long, the aircon-like weather is very pleasant and accommodation rates are not as expensive as peak season travel.

Hope this helps you decide! Tiffy 🙂

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My wife and l (both 70+) are going on a organised 11 day tour in late March 2018 of Japan which uses Shinkansen (Bullet Trains) and buses. The tour starts in Tokyo (only 1.5 days) and finishes in Osaka, and we’d like to return to Tokyo to see more for about 3 more days, then fly back to New Zealand. We haven’t as yet organised any tickets to get back to Tokyo (Ginza / Tokyo Station area) 1) Should we purchase a 7 day Rail pass or fly ? 2) If we purchase a 7 day rail pass can we use it on the Tokyo subway plus get to Narite Airport when we leave ?

Thanks for leaving a message. I’m happy to hear that you and your wife that you’ll be touring around Japan next year.

Late March towards early April is a wonderful time to be in Japan to see the beautiful cherry blossoms!

To answer your question: 1) It’s way better to travel via shinkansen bullet train from Osaka to Tokyo since you will eliminate the need to get to the airport and wait for your flight. Taking a bullet train in Japan is fairly easy. Just buy your ticket and your reserved seat at the JR Ticket Station. And be at the designated shinkansen bullet train platform 15-30 minutes prior to your scheduled train ride. Osaka to Tokyo via shinkansen bullet train is just about 2.5 hours. The bullet train station in Osaka is located in Shin-Osaka Station.

2) The cost for a 7-day JR pass is ~JPY 29,000 which you don’t need. The 7-day JR pass is only worth it if you are going on a round trip bullet train journey between Tokyo and Osaka/Kyoto plus a round trip NEX train airport transfer between Tokyo and Narita. Buying separate tickets will come out cheaper and will save you a lot of money. 🙂 a. Shin-Osaka Station to Tokyo Station via Shinkansen Bullet Train – ~JPY 14,500 with reserved seat (take either Nozomi or Hikari train) b. Tokyo Station to Narita via NEX train – ~JPY 3,000 c. Local train/subway in Tokyo – ~JPY 3,000 for 3 days (get the rechargeable Suica card for convenience). The cost of local train/subway within Tokyo is almost negligible if you compare it to cost of regional travel or the JR pass. If you plan well, local train/subway rides within Tokyo will only cost about JPY 1,000 per day. d. Approximate total cost for above is just JPY 20,500. Meaning you will save JPY 8,500 per person or JPY 17,000 for two by not getting the JR pass. I suggest that you use this money for short taxi rides instead to make yourselves more comfortable (like getting to Shin-Osaka Station if you have luggage with you).

Hope this helps. Happy Japan travel planning! Tiffy 🙂

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We had a fantastic trip and love Japan, and want to thank you for your advice regarding getting from Osaka to Tokyo

Thanks David for your kind words. I’m ecstatic to know that my blog has enabled you to travel better in Japan!

Cheers to more travel in Japan beyond Tokyo and Osaka in the future! Tiffy 🙂

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I am from Jakarta planning a trip to Tokyo Osaka and Kyoto with my husband and 22 year daughter on 14 – 22 September, fly in to Haneda on 15th morning and fly out from Narita on 22nd afternoon. The must see places are Mount Fuji, Disneysea and Universal Studio. Could you please suggest how to plan our itinerary?

Hi Remmy! Thanks for leaving a message. An 8 day trip sounds right for your Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto travel plan. I would suggest that you base your self for 4 nights in Tokyo and 3 nights in Osaka.

1. 3 nights Tokyo – Pick up the places you want to visit from my Tokyo itinerary. To get to see Mount Fuji, check out my Mt. Fuji Guide . 2. 2 to 3 nights Osaka – If you plan to visit Osaka only, 2 nights will be sufficient. If you plan to visit Kyoto or Nara, stay in Kansai for at least 3 nights. 3. 1 to 2 nights Tokyo – Continue your Tokyo plans and do last minute shopping.

Here are my suggested areas to stay and hotels: 1. Ginza, Tokyo – I’ve personally stayed at Millennium Mitsui Garden Ginza (4.5 Star) and Tokyu Stay Ginza (3.5 Star) and can highly recommend them both. 2. Namba, Osaka – Fraser Residence Nankai (4 star) or Holiday Inn Osaka Namba (3.5 star)

Hope this helps plan you trip! Tiffy 🙂

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Hi, we are planning to visit Japan May 14- May 19. Arrive Haneda airport 430pm.

Initial plan would like to go Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto. Debating whether should stay in Osaka or Kyoto 1-2 days and whether should go straight from airport(arrive late afternoon) to either Osaka or Kyoto hotel. How many hours to travel fr airport to Osaka/Kyoto? or Tokyo to Osaka/Kyoto?

Or may be stay in Tokyo, take day trip to Osaka/Kyoto?

The hotels you recommended seemed to be over booked with no availability. Thinking about Ginza area, please advise how to find hotel like close to train station. We have 3 people traveling, I guess we have to book 2 double bed, am I right?

My advise is to stay at least overnight in Tokyo rather than going straight to Osaka/Kyoto, otherwise your journey will be tiring especially if coming from a long flight. The bullet train station isn’t in Haneda but rather in Tokyo Station. To get to Tokyo Station, you have to take the airport limousine bus from Haneda Airport for about 30-45 minutes.

Between Osaka or Kyoto, just choose one to base yourself. You can easily do day trips since Osaka and Kyoto are just 1-hour train ride away from each other. Base in Osaka if you love food and nightlife. Base in Kyoto if you love culture and nature.

To make your trip to Kansai region meaningful, at the minimum you should stay either in Kyoto or Osaka for at least 2 to 3 nights.

Most of the rooms in Japan cater to occupancy for 2 adults. Triple occupancy is rather limited. Rooms with 2 double beds are rare in Japan. For three people, I recommend that you book a triple occupancy room which typically provides additional single bed for the third person. Another reason why you find your choices to be limited on your travel dates is that you’re booking less than a month away from your travel. Ideally, I recommend tourists to book at least 2 months in advance. Anyway, here are my suggested hotels which offer triple occupancy.

Ginza, Tokyo: Millennium Mitsui Garden Tokyo Ginza Kyoto: Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Osaka: Fraser Residence Nankai

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Hi Tiffy! Thanks so much for your post and tips. Def helped me alot. I’m thinking of staying max 2 days in the city, Shinjuku in Tokyo, taking up your recommendation! I have total 6 days in Tokyo and intend to spend 4 days at both Hakone and Fuji 5 Lake. Too many? Are Hakone and Fuji Five Lakes very far apart? Is it better to head to Hakone or Fuji 5 Lakes first? Should I head straight to the other one or head back to Tokyo first? Please advice on the transportation from Hakone to Fuji 5 Lakes or vice versa, thanks!

Hello Jasmine!

You may want to check out the 3 Day Fuji Hakone Pass which costs JPY 8000 round trip from Shinjuku. Here is the sample itinerary from Odakyu for the Fuji Hakone Pass. Given the duration limitations of this pass, I think 3 days will be enough to explore Kawaguchiko and Hakone areas.

Yes, Fuji Five Lakes and Hakone are quite far apart and it will take at least 2.5 hours with a non direct transportation. From Kawaguchiko, you need to take bus to Gotemba Premium Outlets and take another bus to Gora Station in Hakone. This should be ok for millennials but could be tiring if you are with parents or with seniors.

Here’s my suggestion. If you have seniors with you, I suggest to pick either Hakone or Kawaguchiko. If there are no seniors, you may consider the 3 Day Fuji Hakone Pass without the need to head back to Tokyo in between Hakone and Kawaguchiko.

Also, just bring a backpack or small carry on luggage for 2-day clothing needs. Check with your Tokyo hotel if they can store your main luggage for you.

Kawaguchiko and Hakone are great areas to stay in ryokans (Japanese style inns) which I highly recommend for a deeper Japanese cultural experience. Here’s where I stayed before. Kawaguchiko: Shuhokaku Kogetsu – All rooms have perfect view of Mount Fuji on a clear day. Great service. Hakone: Ichinoyu Honkan Ryokan – 400-year old ryokan with great dinner. Rooms face a rushing river. Great for those who feel adventurous and are a bit on a budget.

Hope this helps! Tiffy 🙂

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Just wanted to drop a line to say how refreshing it is to see someone talking about how do-able Tokyo is on a budget! I’ve lived here 8 years now and have discovered a few tricks myself. I just wanted to let you know that taxi’s are actually much more reasonable now! They lowered the minimum rate so it begins at 410 yen from January of 2017. Why I hope you and your readers will find this important: Tokyo stations are not known for their accessibility as they often have no elevators or even escalators, but travelers with disabilities (or in my case a screaming toddler…) can now consider taxis. I’ve used them in times of desperation and to give an example, from Ikebukuro to Shinjuku it was around 3000 yen total. Not the cheapest option, but for those that have no other, it is a step in the right direction. Of course, it would be ideal if they just made all the stations easily accessible! 🙂

Thanks and Happy Writing!

–Amanda

Hello Amanda!

Thank you for sharing the great news! This will definitely help the other readers as well.

I just tried plugging in a sample route between Tokyo Station and Ginza in taxifarefinder.com and see that the fares are about 20% cheaper than before. Fantastic!

Cheers to more affordable cab rides in Tokyo! Tiffy 🙂

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Thank you for giving me such ideas and overview for me to plan my trip to Japan, accommodation should be no issue because staying at brother house..just to maximize where should i go and must do in Japan…

No problems Syahril! I’m happy to have helped. I’m sure you will enjoy Tokyo as much as I did.

Have a safe flight and trip! Tiffy 🙂

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Your sharing on visiting Tokyo is very useful and of great help for me. Unfortunately I have already booked my 7 days stay in Hamamatsucho from 9 to 15 May 17 before reading your articles. Anyway, your 7 days itinerary is useful and will be my reference. My enquiries if u dont mind to share: 1. Arrival at Haneda almost midnite.. Monorail/train may be not available after midnite. What will be the best option to reach Hamamatsucho. 2. Mobile Wifi will be provided for free by the Hotel. Is it ok to fully rely on this or I need to rent another pocket wifi suggested by you as a backup.

Yr feedback us appreciated. Tq

Thanks for your kind words. Please see my feedback below.

1. Since you’re arriving Haneda at midnight. The best way to get to Hamamatsucho is via taxi. It will cost between JPY 7000 to JPY 8000 as per taxiautofare.com .

2. Pocket wifis are not created equal. There are cheaper varieties which have slower speeds and shorter battery. However, I’m unable to tell whether the free mobile wifi provided by the hotel is good or not. For extra peace of mind and if you have budget, you may want to consider Pupuru pocket wifi as back up. 🙂

Hope this helps and have a safe trip to Tokyo! Tiffy 🙂

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Aloha Tiffy:

Ur blog is sucha blessing and so informative. Planning a Japan trip is getting overwhelming and im glad to have stumbled upon such precious info.

My family and I will be visiting Japan for the first time from May 21-June 3. We fly into Haneda airport and plan to stay in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka 4d each. The breakdown is listed below:

May 21-25 Arrive Haneda, stay Shinjuku May 24-25 Break away from group to stay at ryokan in Hakone overnight, but will rtn to Shinjuku to reunite with family May 25-29 Kyoto May 29 -June 2 Osaka June 2-3 Back to Tokyo staying Shibuya June 3 Midnight flight from Haneda back to Hawaii

Wanted to do a day trip to Nara, should we go from Kyoto or Osaka?

Main concern is transportation. Coming from Hawaii where the the bus system is simple and always on “Hawaiian time”, I am so very confused about the trains and subways. I was told the JR pass is the most cost efficient means of transportation. JR 7d pass vs 14d pass? After reading ur blog I also am aware of the suica card. Please give your recs on the most cost effective means of transportation. Also my mom has back problems. If purchasing the JR pass, would the “green car” seats be way more comfy vs the “ordinary”? There is quite a significant price difference, but comfort and time are of value for us.

If you have any other recommendations for Mahalo in advance 🙂 I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Aloha Lauren! Thanks for your lovely message.

Please find my answers to your questions below.

1) The value of the 7 day JR pass is more or less the same as (a) a round trip NEX train fare between Tokyo and Narita, plus (b) a round trip Shinkansen train fare between Tokyo and Osaka/Kyoto. All of which have to be consumed within 7 days. So this pass is a great fit for those who will arrive in Narita Airport and go to Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka on a round trip basis within 7 days.

2) In your case, since the gap of your round trip between Tokyo and Osaka is 9 days, the 7 day JR pass won’t be value for money since you can only use one leg of the shinkansen trip from Tokyo to Kyoto/Osaka. The 14 day JR pass is more expensive than individual shinaknsen roundtrip ticket between Tokyo and Osaka/Kyoto.

3) For commuting within each city, you will need to use different train lines owned by different companies to get from point A to B and not just the government owned JR lines. Yes, the Suica card is the best way to get around within each city in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. You can get this from Haneda Airport. The local train fares are very minimal compared to shinkansen fares. When I stay in just one city, let’s say Tokyo, I only spend about JPY 1000 (~USD 10) more or less per day per person.

4) I recommend that you get shinkansen bullet tickets separately which I did myself before. Once you arrive at Haneda Airport, you can purchase individual shinkansen tickets in advance and book your seats ahead from the JR ticket office.

5) To get to Hakone, it will be more convenient to take the romance car train or bus from Shinjuku rather than take the shinkansen from Tokyo Station. Or better yet, you may opt for Hakone Free Pass if you plan to do some sightseeing in Hakone.

6) The regular seats in shinkansen are similar to premium economy seats in airlines, with even bigger leg room. I have not tried the green car seats since I personally find the regular ones to be comfortable enough. However, if you don’t mind the price difference, then I think your mother would be happy with the green car. 🙂

7) Nara is a little bit closer to Osaka than Kyoto, but I think the time difference doesn’t really matter as it’s very minimal. Just take the Kintentsu line from either Kyoto Station or Osaka-Namba Station to get to Nara.

8) Other tips: To avoid getting lost, I recommend you to get Pupuru pocket wifi so you can access Google maps and Hyperdia on the go. Hakone is a bit mountainous so I recommend the Au pocket wifi (unlimited plan) from Pupuru .

Hope my answers help. I’m sure you and your mother will enjoy Japan!

Have a happy trip. Tiffy 🙂

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Hi Tiffy, Thanks for your tips and advice. Will take note all of it. Just want to ask a few question. -Which part of Tokyo would you recommend if I would like to find various choices of food with reasonable prices? -Is there any activities to do at Fuji 5 lakes? And what would your recommendations of transportation to get there?

Thanks for your message. Please find my answers below. 1) For more affordable restaurants and eateries, I recommend Shinjuku or Shibuya. 2) I’ve been to Lake Kawaguchiko in Fuji 5 lakes. Although there are less things to do Lake Kawaguchiko vs Hakone, I actually enjoyed Lake Kawaguchiko more because of (a) Better chances of seeing Mount Fuji, (b) better view of Mount Fuji on a cloudless day and (c) more relaxed travel pace since there are less activities. 3) Buses are available from Tokyo Station / Shinjuku Station that heads to Kawaguchiko Station. I understand that there is a train route from Shinjuku but it involves some train transfers. 4) In Kawaguchiko, you can buy the retro bus pass to get around. However, the buses can get crowded at times. Here are sample itineraries . I particularly enjoyed the Kachi Kachi Ropeway and Kawaguchi Cruise as it offers great view of Mount Fuji on a clear day. 5) Alternatively, if you want hassle free travel and want to see more sights in a day, you can always consider 1-day bus tours to Mt. Fuji departing from Shinjuku.

Hope this helps Mr T!

Enjoy Japan. Tiffy 🙂

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I’m from Kuwait and Japan is my dream land and I’m planning to visit it as soon as i can , i adore everything belongs to this country. Thank you so much for sharing with us these wonderful experiments, saving our time for researches.

Hello Anfal!

Thanks for leaving a comment.

My mother once told me that I spend more time in travel planning than my actual vacation in Japan. Anyhow, I’m so happy that my blog has helped and saved you a lot of time from trip research.

Enjoy Japan! Tiffy 🙂

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Aloha Tiffy!

I will arrive at 10:05pm at Haneda. Do you know if the Airport Limosuine is available to take me to my hotel; Hotel Sunroute Shinjuku? Or does the hotel offer pickup services?

Thank you for your help, Kelly

The last bus from Haneda International Airport for Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku departs at 10:40pm. If you’re landing at 10:05pm, there is a risk that you might not make it to the 10:40pm bus.

But don’t worry, there is a more frequent bus to Shinjuku Station West Exit which runs until 2:20am. Check out the schedule here . I’ve taken the bus to Shinjuku Station West Exit myself before and it’s an easy less than 5 minute walk to Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku.

Hotels in central Tokyo typically do not offer complimentary pick up services since cost of private transfer is high.

Hope this helps and have a safe flight! Tiffy 🙂

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hye,,i will having a solo trip to Tokyo around December…tanx for the info..its really help

You’re welcome Nabila. Happy to have helped!

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Hi tiffy! We r going to japan on 30may-7jun for the first time and since i bring along my 4.5yo boy, i decided just to explore Tokyo via Haneda airport. I need your help here for our ittinerary:

31may : arrive in the morning, check-in Keio plaza hotel and explore shinjuku around? Shinjuku gyoenpark 01jun : ueno, asakusa, akihabara 02jun : shibuya, ginza, odaiba 03jun : mt fuji day trip 04jun : tokyo tower and tokyo skytree 05jun : Disneyland 06jun : Disneysea 07jun : flight back home in the morning

What do you think about that rough ittinerary? Please suggest if you think need a correction.. and did i miss something important to visit?? And for this kind of trip i just need a Suica card, right? How about food for kids, do you have any recommendation? And lastly, thank youuu.. im waiting for your reply. Love, daisy.

Hello Daisy!

Thanks for your message and I’m happy to see that you chose to arrive in Haneda instead of Narita. Haneda Airport will definitely save you a lot of time, money and effort!

Your rough itinerary looks good more or less and you’ve got major tourist sites covered, but here’s my feedback.

31may : Check In and explore Shinjuku. If on cloudless day, walk from Keio Plaza Hotel to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatory to get glimpse of Mt Fuji. Shinjuku Gyoen Park is ok but but it closes early at 4-4:30pm. It can also be a bit of walk from Keio. So I recommend you to go to Shinjuku Gyoen Park on this day only if you’re not jet lagged.

01jun : Combine Ueno, Asakusa and Tokyo Skytree since these are near each other in northern part of Tokyo. Actually, Akihabara is near too but 4 sights in 1 day can be too much especially if traveling with a child. Also, Akihabara is best fit for adults rather than small children in my opinion. If you really want to go to Akihabara, this can be done in another day.

02jun : Ginza, Tokyo Tower, Odaiba 03jun : mt fuji day trip

04jun : Shibuya (Shibuya Crossing, Hachiko, Meiji Jingu Shrine, etc) and Akihabara (optional)

05jun : Disneyland 06jun : Disneysea 07jun : flight back home in the morning

Yes, Suica card is sufficient for your itinerary.

Fast food type of restaurants like Yoshinoya mostly have bar type of seats. For kid friendly eateries with normal seating, I suggest mid-range restaurants. Restaurants can get packed so I suggest to get there as early as possible like 11am for lunch and 6pm for dinner.

Hope this helps. Happy travel planning! Tiffy 🙂

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Hi Tiffy, I will be going to Tokyo for the first time and my flight will land at Haneda Airport at 6am in the morning. It seems that the the first limousine bus leaves Haneda Airport at 11.20 am . Is there any other cheaper alternative transport that will bring me to Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku?

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Hi Tiffy, Many thanks for all of the information you have put up on your site; I’ve found it all extremely informative! I will travel to Japan in July this year, and will definitely be using the tips and notes you have written about. All the best, Rob.

Thanks Rob. I’m so happy to have helped!

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hi Tiffy, first of all your blog has been a great help for beginner like me to get prepared to before i visit tokyo, i m planning to travel in march 26- April 1st for 1 week with my husband and 2 kids aged 5 and 8. they want to experience snow so i was thinking about nagano and wants to put up a night there and i would like to visit mt fuji too please advise on the itinerary and regarding jpass i m not sure which one i need 3 day or 7 day? thank you in advance sanji

I’m so excited for your first trip to Tokyo. Actually, the period you mentioned is start of the lovely cherry blossom spring season in Japan. So, I’m not sure whether you will still be able to see snow in Nagano during your travel period. I would suggest that you focus your efforts in visiting parks with cherry blossoms rather than searching for snow at this time of the year.

I’ve not been to Nagano yet. However, since the shinkansen bullet train cost between Tokyo and Nagano will be JPY 8,000 per way, I do not suggest you to get the 7-Day JR Pass which will costs about JPY 29,000. It looks like the JR East Nagano Niigata Pass maybe a better option for you costing only JPY 17,000 if purchased outside Japan.

In case you would like to have a day trip to Mount Fuji, I suggest that you plan your day trip according to the weather forecast. Please feel free to check out my How to See Mount Fuji blog post. I just got back from Lake Kawaguchiko a few weeks ago and had a great time. I was able to see Mount Fuji and getting to Lake Kawaguchi is easier than getting into Hakone from Tokyo Station. Just take a bus either from Shinjuku or Tokyo Station.

Hope this helps and happy travel planning! Tiffy 🙂

Hello Tiffy,

Thank you so much for sharing your blog. It is very helpful and full of information. But I would like to ask for your best advise and suggestion with my Tokyo trip below. I already booked a Tokyo trip for my family (2A/3Teenager) and am really struggling to come up with ideal itinerary being a first timer as well going to Tokyo.

Will be staying in BnB near Higashi-Shinjuku station.

Mar 12 – arriving in Haneda Airport – Buy Suica card in the airport? your suggestion how much load to purchase ? – Buy ticket for Limousine bus to transfer to city?

March 13 – Tokyo (Shibuya,Akihabara) am open to your suggestion. March 14 – Mt. Fuji tour March 15 – Fuji Q- Highland ? do you think this is worth the trip? March 16 – Tokyo(open to your suggestion) March 17 – Departure.

Thanks in advance.

Hi Ms Traveller!

Thank you for your kind words. Please see my comments below.

1. Yes, you can buy Suica card from Haneda airport. There are ticket machines right after the arrival lobby. In case you’re unable to find it, you can always ask for help or instructions from the tourist center located at the arrival lobby. 2. Yes, you can buy the Airport Limousine Bus tickets for transfer to Shinjuku Station from Haneda Airport. The Airport Limousine bus ticketing area is likewise located in the arrival hall. Take the elevator to go downstairs for the bus bay. 3. Suggest that you group the nearby areas such as Shibuya (Hachiko, Shibuya Scramble, Ometosando), Yoyogi (Meiji Jingu Park) and Shinjuku. 4. For visit to Mt Fuji and Fuji Q Highland, I think it will be more efficient to have an overnight stay in Lake Kawaguchi area or take a one day tour that covers both Lake Kawaguchiko and Fuji Q Highland. The round trip transit between Tokyo and Mount Fuji area will already be at least 4 hours without traffic. I’ve seen Fuji Q Highland from a distance and it has a beautiful backdrop of Mount Fuji on a clear day, though I cannot comment about the rides. Recommended ryokan hotel in Lake Kawaguchiko: Shuhokaku Kogetsu (upper mid range) or New Century Fuji Kawaguchiko (budget-mid range). For a total Japanese ryokan experience, get the full board package with dinner and breakfast. I’ve personally stayed at Shuhokaku Kogetsu and can recommend it. This ryokan hotel provides perfect symmetrical view of Mount Fuji right from your room window given a clear day. The views from New Century aren’t that bad either as 3/4 of Mount Fuji can seen right across the hotel (again, on a clear day).

Recommended Mount Fuji day trip covering Lake Kawaguchi and Fuji Q Highland: 1-Day Bus Tour to Mt. Fuji and Meet Ninja from Tokyo . I strongly suggest that you check out the weather forecast before booking.

5. For another day in Tokyo, I suggest you to visit Asakusa, Ueno and Akihabara areas which are just a few train stops from each other. Then you can probably spend the afternoon or night time at Ginza.

Have a safe winter trip! Tiffy 🙂

I plan on traveling to Japan for 7 days during winter break/new years. I will be going with a couple friends. We arrive in Tokyo and are planning things from there. I think we want to travel to Kyoto for 2-3 days. If we do that, do you think the JR Rail pass is worth the cost? Also, any specific things you suggest seeing during the winter season?

For simplification purposes, the 7 Day JR Pass will break even if you will take the train rides below, at the minimum, in a span of 7 days. 1. Round trip NEX train between Narita and Tokyo AND 2. Round trip Shinkansen between Tokyo and Kyoto/Osaka

I’ve been to Japan for spring, early summer and autumn but I’ve never been to Japan for winter yet. But from what I heard, night winter illuminations within Tokyo are beautiful. Just google it up. Also, you may want to stay in a ryokan in Hakone as pitstop between Tokyo and Kyoto. Dipping in a hot spring onsen should feel really good during winter time. I stayed at Ichinoyu Honkan in Hakone before on my way between Kyoto and Tokyo. It’s one of the affordable ryokans in Hakone and some rooms have private onsen bath. Dinner there is great too. I would recommend this for adventurous friends wishing to have a Japanese ryokan experience without breaking the bank.

Once you’re back from your vacation and if you have time, I would love to hear about your winter experience!

Wishing you a wonderful Japan winter vacation! Tiffy 🙂

Hi there! I saw that you took bus from Shinjuku to Gotemba bus interchange and was at the premium outlets before u started making your way to hakone. May I ask if your purchased your hakone free pass at odawara station and if so, how did you travel from the premium outlets to odawara station?

I purchased the Hakone Free Pass from Shinjuku Station and made an add-on for the bus from Shinjuku to Gotemba Bus Interchange. The add-on fare for this bus is a little less than JPY 1000. I purchased the bus ticket at Shinjuku Station too at the same time when I purchased the Hakone Free Pass.

Thanks. Tiffy 🙂

I am planning to go to Japan next September and we would like to visit Toyko, Kyoto and Osaka for around 2 weeks including some side trips to Nikko and Ise-Shima. Should I use JR Pass go straight from Norita airport to visit Kyoto and Osaka first then on the day 7 go to Toyko so I can make most out of my JR Pass? I am still researching for my visit but want to know where to start. Thank you in advance for your help. Diana

Hello Diana,

I understand from your message that you’re wishing to purchase a 7 day JR pass within your 2 week trip.

The 7 day JR pass will break even if you use it for below commutes at the minimum. 1. Round trip NEX between Narita to Tokyo 2. Round trip Shinkansen between Tokyo and Osaka or Kyoto

You have to depart from Tokyo to get to Nikko and from Kansai/Nagoya to get to Ise-Shima.

7 days is just about right to visit the Golden Route – Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. I’m afraid that cramming in Nikko and Ise-Shima within that 7 day time frame will make you spend more time on the train rather than enable you to enjoy the beauty of Japan.

You may wish to identify all destinations which you plan to go to Japan and see if the 2 Week JR Pass will be value for money.

Hey Tiffy 🙂

This page is amazing, I’m learning so much and helping me and my partner plan our trip We are leaving in the last week of October for 2 weeks until mid November so we are there for Halloween. We have an Itinerary planned, a rough one. I’ve seen your 7 day Itenary, do you have any 2 week ones?

Thanks Alistar for your kind words. I go to Japan one week at a time. 🙂

If you want an introduction to Japan, you can always combine my Tokyo itinerary with my Kansai itinerary (Osaka, Kyoto, Nara) to make a 2 week itinerary. I would imagine it something like this.

Tokyo – 3 days Day Trips from Tokyo (Nikko, Mount Fuji/Hakone) – 2 days Osaka – 1.5 day Kyoto – 3.5 days Nara and Uji – 1 day Free Time – 1 day (Himeji, Kobe or any daytrips from Osaka) Departure/Arrival – 2 days

Hi there! We are planning on going to Tokyo Disneyland/Disney Sea on Nov 1-3 and stay in the Hilton Tokyo Bay. We will be staying in Tokyo until Nov 7. Should we stay in the same hotel the entire trip? We are planning to visit Odaiba, Ueno, and Ginza. Thanks for your help!

Though staying in the same hotel requires less hassle, personally, I would transfer to hotels in Tokyo Downtown if I were in your place even if it means I would need to allocate half day for the transfer.

Based on your target areas, I would recommend you to stay in Ginza. From Ginza, you can easily access Tokyo Station, Akihabara, Asakusa, Ueno and Odaiba. Also, shopping in Ginza is also great with plenty of mid range shopping (like H&M, GU, Uniqlo) in Chuo dori.

Hi Tiffy! I was wondering if purchasing a one-way ticket on the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto can be done a day or two in advance? Appreciate the help!

Hi Annemarie,

Yes, you can purchase and reserve your seat a few days in advance if you’re purchasing a one-way Shinkansen ticket from Tokyo to Kyoto.

Or better yet, you can make the purchase and reservation in advance at the JR ticket station in the airport where you will arrive.

Hi Tiff, what tickets should I consider pre booking? I am from Australia and staying in Tokyo for 8 nights after 3 weeks touring around Japan. Your blog is so much better than anything else I have been reading. Thanks, Lyn

Thanks for your kind words. If you are planning to use JR Pass to travel around Japan, you should pre-purchase this outside of Japan prior to your arrival.

For day tours from Tokyo, online travel agents typically require 1 week in advance booking. However, there are other certain tour companies which offer Mount Fuji day trips with at least one day advance booking.

I hope I answered your question. Tiffy 🙂

I plan to visit japan by 1st December – 9th December 2016. Do i still able to see beautiful maple view? I quite concern whether early December is consider winter or autumn in japan..

My rough plan is arrive Osaka , stay in Osaka for 2 days , Kyoto 3 days then go to Tokyo then go b Osaka .Any suggestion ? Do i need to stay in Osaka for 2 days ? Should i concentrate Osaka , Nara , Kyoto only ? This is my first time to japan. I feel wasted if not visit Tokyo but by buying 7 days JR pass , i not sure worth it or not.

Can i buy JR pass separately ( buy JR west pass for 4 days then buy JR pass just from Kyoto to Tokyo , in Tokyo i just use subway?) Will it more cost saving?

First week of December is the tail end of autumn and beginning of winter in Kyoto. Depending on the progression of leaves which vary every year, you can probably see small patches of autumn trees during the first few days of December. The trees will most probably be not in their peak during the first week of December.

I suggest you to pick one location in Kansai as your home base so it will be either Osaka or Kyoto. Pick Osaka if you love shopping and pick Kyoto if you like nature and history. Depending where you stay, Kyoto can be reached from Osaka in 40 minutes to 1 hour time from Osaka.

The 7 Day JR pass will only be break even if you use a round trip NEX train between Narita and Tokyo and a round trip Shinkansen ride between Tokyo and Osaka/Kyoto. Since you will be arriving in Kansai and will only be using a round trip Shinkansen ride between Tokyo and Osaka/Kyoto, booking single Shinkansen train tickets will come out a little bit cheaper. The JR Pass can only be used in JR lines and not in private railways/metro. In Japan, you will always use a combination of JR train and private subways when getting around. You will use private railways majority of the time in Kansai.

Hope this clarifies. Tiffy 🙂

Hi, I saw ur blog and it was a very details plan. But I still have lots of uncertainty for the planning. As I will only stay at Tokyo most of the time. I’m planning my 1st ever trip to Tokyo from 29/03/2017 to 04/04/2017 with my wife and my mum to see cheery blossoms . Below are some questions which hope you can help me. 1) I’m not sure of which airport to choose as I don’t wish to waste too much of travelling time and also changing of train line as it will be tedious for an elderly. 2) I also heard of the hotel ( Hotel Sunroute Plaza) you had mentioned and wish to get that hotel but will I be able to get a room for 3 adults during this periods? 3) How should i plan my trips for those days? The places of interest that i wish to visit are as follow : i) Meiji shrine ii) Mount Fuji iii) Guandam store iv) Imperial Palace v) Tokyo skytree or Tokyo Tower (which is better) Cause it our 1st time travel there so I don’t wish to spend lots of time as what you save the others for the next trip. So how should i plan those places of interest? Thanx in advance

That’s a great time to see the cherry blossoms. I was in Japan during the same period you mentioned and was able to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom on 2 separate trips. 1) I’ve always landed in Haneda which is just 30 minutes away from Ginza and about an hour away from Shinjuku. Given the small price difference, I strongly suggest to go for Haneda instead of Narita to save time and money and for more convenience. 2) I know Hotel Sunroute Shinjuku offers rooms for 3 adults but these room types are limited. It’s best to contact the hotel directly. 3) It’s cherry blossom season and you should not be missing out Shijuku Gyoen park. I suggest that you take a short taxi from Sunroute to get there since you will be traveling with your mom. And you’re three in your travel group so taking a taxi won’t be too much expensive for short rides. 4) Since this is cherry blossom season, I suggest you to prioritize parks over other tourist areas. Ueno Park and Imperial Palace East Gardens provide good cherry blossom viewing. These parks can take up half of your day each during spring season. In terms of viewing deck, Tokyo Skytree seems to be better, higher and much well located. After Skytree, you can go to the nearby Asakusa. Meiji Jingu Shrine is located in Shibuya and its best to pair this with an activity in Shinjuku. 5) For convenience to go to see Mount Fuji, I suggest you to join day tours so your mother will not need to do too much walking. Check the weather forecast before you book. One Day Bus Tour from Tokyo.

Yes, there’s always a next time for Japan. Don’t rush too much. The main target to see are the parks. Buy bento boxes, buy blue picnic sheets and enjoy your lunch under cherry blossom trees! Tiffy 🙂

Hi, may I know your Day 2 and Day 3 are using same Hakone Free Pass which cost JPY 5,140?

I purchased the 2-Day Hakone Free Pass and the price you mentioned is correct.

Also, I purchased an add-on bus fare from Shinjuku to Gotemba Bus Interchange in order to get to Heiwa Park and Gotemba Premium Outlets. This add-on bus fare is a little less than JPY 1000 which I purchased at the same time as the Hakone Free Pass. There are free regular shuttle buses between Gotemba Bus Interchange and Gotemba Premium Outlets.

From Tokyo, can you recommend the cheapest and convenient mode of transportation going to OSAKA? We’re planning to visit Japan next year and we’ll be having 4 nights stay in tokyo and another 4 nights in osaka.

That will be our 1st time visiting Japan. Hope to hear from you.

Thanks in advance, May

The most efficient way from Tokyo to Osaka is via Shinkansen bullet train. For a more economical ride, try the Willer bus.

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Hi there! The view of Mount Fuji from the aeroplane, which route is that from? To be able to see Fuji from top is awesome!

The route is to and from Haneda Airport. If you’re coming from south (i.e. South East Asia), you should seat on the left side of the plane. On your departure, seat on the right side.

Hope this helps! I hope you get to see Mount Fuji. Tiffy 🙂

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Your blog is very informative and will make our Japan travels easier- thanks very much!

You mentioned in one of your replies “If it will be your first time in Japan and if you will be there for less than a week, I suggest that you spend your time in Tokyo only.” Our original plan was to spend 2 nights in Tokyo and 3 nights in Kyoto; we have decided to follow your advice and spend our 6 days and 5 five nights in Tokyo. We will be traveling the 3rd week of July, flying into Narita and flying out of Haneda. We don’t have a specific itinerary and have not booked any hotels yet. We are not sure which would be easier to travel from airport to hotel and hotel to airport, via train or bus?

We will follow your suggestions- rent a pocket WiFi, register with Travels & Locals Japan and purchase a reloadable transport card. However, my wife has celiac disease (gluten allergy) and so we need to buy gluten-free food. We found a restaurant online named Littlebird Cafe in Uehara, Shibuya-ku.We will go there to buy food and snacks to bring while we are exploring Tokyo.

Any suggestions for itineraries and less expensive hotels in this area will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Jason

Thanks for your kind words. Appreciate it!

There are loads of things to do in Tokyo and it can easily fill up your 6 days vacation. You can also do day trips from Tokyo to see Hakone, Mount Fuji or Nikko.

I checked the location of Littlebird Cafe Uehara in Google Maps and it looks like it’s located in a residential neighborhood at the back of Yoyogi Park. Since the area is not that commercial, I’m afraid to tell that there are no hotels within the immediate vicinity of Yoyogi-Hachiman Station which is the station near the restaurant. However, this station is just a one-stop 8 minute ride from Shinjuku Station via Odakyu line. With this, I suggest you to stay in Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku .

If your hotel has an Airport Limousine bus stop like Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku, taking the Airport Limousine Bus will be more comfortable as you won’t need to figure out the right exit from huge Shinjuku Station with your luggages in tow. However, you have to check the timetable of Airport Limousine Bus as it only operates during specific times of the day. Alternatively, you can take the NEX train from Narita to Shinjuku Station.

To go to Haneda Airport from Shinjuku Station, the Airport Limousine Bus is highly recommended since there is no direct train to Haneda Airport from Shinjuku.

Hope this helps and I wish you and your wife a pleasant trip to Tokyo this July! Tiffy 🙂

Thank you Tiffy!

We did indeed book a room for our stay at the Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku as per your suggestion, we will be taking the Airport Limousine Bus both directions as well.

I have seen two options for Pocket WiFi on Pupuru’s website, 10GB for 400JPY/day and unlimited for 800JPY/day. As I will be using my outdated iPhone 4 mostly for Google maps and the occasional email, I’m thinking just to get the 10GB version. What is your opinion of this option?

Here is our idea of an itinerary, what do you think?

Day 1: Arrival, take the Airport Limousine Bus to our hotel and explore the immediate area. Travel to Littlebird for dinner and to purchase food/snacks for the remainder of our trip.

Day 2: Asakusa, Ueno and Akihabara

Day 3: Mount Fuji and Hakone day trip

Day 4: Tsukiji, Ginza, Sengakuji and Odaiba

Day 5: Shinjuku, Shibuya and Harajuku

Day 6: Check out from hotel, Airport Limousine Bus to Haneda and departure until next time.

Thanks for all your help!

Regards, Jason

Happy to hear that you were able to get a room at Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku.

If you’re going to use Pupuru pocket wifi as a secondary wifi connection, the 10 GB version should be fine for use of 2 people in a week’s time.

I think you’ve got a well-organized itinerary with nearby places grouped together.

After you book your Pupuru pocket wifi , I can see that you’re all set and good to go!

I wish you a happy trip! I’m sure you’ll have a blast in Tokyo. Tiffy 🙂

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Is it possible to take one day trip to kyoto from tokyo? And how about the JP pass is it worthit to buy? We will arrive at narita airport and our hotel is in tokyo station and we are planning to go to mt fuji.

Technically, it is possible to do a long day trip from Tokyo to Kyoto since the bullet train journey is just 2-3 hours. However, it is hard to justify the cost of the round trip bullet train ride between Tokyo and Kyoto which costs about USD 260 for a day trip. I suggest at least 2 – 3 days stay in Kyoto if you really want to appreciate Kyoto’s beauty and make most out of your bullet train fare. Alternatively, you can skip Kyoto this time and save it for your next trip to Japan so you can enjoy more time in Tokyo.

The JR pass will pay off if you use it on a round trip bullet train ride between Kyoto/Osaka and Tokyo and if use it for a round trip NEX train ride between Narita and Tokyo within 7 days. So in your case, it will pay off for a little bit (about USD 20) but not really big savings. Do take note that there are no JR trains in Kyoto and you have to take either bus or subways not covered by JR pass to get around.

I hope this helps. Tiffy 🙂

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Will the Hakone Free Pass cover the travel to Shinjuku station or do we have to pay for another transpo fee from Odawara station going back to shinjuku?

Yes, the Hakone Free Pass covers commuter train transportation between Odawara and Shinjuku stations. Your point of departure of your Hakone Free Pass ticket should be from Shinjuku Station though. If you would like to have a more comfortable seat, you can upgrade for a small fee to take advantage of the Romance Car when you purchase your Hakone Free Pass.

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Hi Tiffy, this is a very great article and it helps me a lot in deciding which area should I stay in Tokyo. But I still have some things bothering in my mind and it will be delightful if you could help me decide.. first of all, here’s my situation, I will be traveling to Japan arriving in Narita, Tokyo and then I plan to go to Kyoto and Osaka and will depart home from Kansai, Osaka. 1) Do you think I need to buy JR Pass for that? 2) Can I buy Suica/Pasmo card at the Narita airport? 3) Can I use Suica/Pasmo card in other cities as well?

Thanks a lot!

Hello Danny!

You’re very welcome and I’m happy to have helped. Please find my answers to your questions below.

1) There is no need to buy a JR Pass since you’ll only be needing a one way bullet train from Tokyo to Osaka/Kyoto. You will only get the value of the 7-Day JR Pass if you’ll be using it for a round trip bullet train ride between Tokyo and Osaka/Kyoto plus airport train transfer between Tokyo and Narita Airport. 2) Yes, the Suica card is available for purchase at the JR East Ticket Service Center at Narita Airport. 3) Yes, you can use the Suica card in other cities (i.e. Osaka and Kyoto) aside from Tokyo. I just came back from Osaka and used my Suica card for subways, JR trains and buses and it worked without a hitch!

I suggest you to purchase Suica card instead of Pasmo since it is more universal.

Hope this helps. Have a safe trip! Tiffy 🙂

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Thanks so much Tiffy for your inputs! Definitely helpful =) Will check out the 2 hotels you recommended. I noticed that one is in Gora and one in Hakone Yumoto area..which area do you think is more convenient if we plan to do the hakone loop and visit Hakone Open Air Museum? =)

Hi Dulce! You’re very much welcome. Gora is located in a more central location and is much closer to Hakone Open Air Museum. Also, if outlet shopping is your thing, you can take a direct bus from Gora Station to Gotemba Premium Outlets. The view of Mount Fuji from Gotemba Premium Outlets is very nice on a cloudless day.

I hope this helps. Have a fun trip! Tiffy 🙂

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Hi Tiffy! I am thoroughly enjoying reading your blog! I have jumped from one article to another, eager to know more about Japan. We are planning to go there this year (my husband and I with our kids aged 17 and 12, staying in the Ueno district). Your site has been an invaluable asset in my research. Here is our tentative itinerary: Day 1 – arrival, Asakusa Day 2 – Ryogoku district to watch sumo wrestlers training, Ueno Park and nearby museums Day 3 – Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo, Meiji Jingu Gaien, Harajuku, Odaiba for Gundam Day 4 – Gotemba Shopping Outlets Day 5 – back to Manila Is this doable? Can I add some more to day 3? I’d really appreciate your thoughts.

Another question for you: you took the bus to Gotemba but took the train going back. Is there any particular reason for this? Advantage / disadvantage of bus vs train for that route?

Thank you so much!

Hi Giselle!

Thanks for sharing your itinerary. It looks doable to me for your family with teens.

For Odaiba though, it looks more fitting to be included in your Day 2 itinerary as you explore the eastern part of Tokyo. The places you’ll visit for Day 3 are located in the western part of the city so Odaiba will be out of the way. Apart from the Gundam Statue, Odaiba provides great view of rainbow bridge at night.

For Day 4 you can include Hakone like what I did. However, it’s going to be a long day. I recommend the Hakone Free Pass for convenience.

Gotemba and Hakone are two different areas but are adjacent to each other. The Hakone Free Pass allows you to go to Gotemba for a minimal add-on fee via bus, hence I took the bus on this leg. The bus requires advance seat reservation. On the return trip, I exited from Hakone (not Gotemba) and took the commuter train back to Shinjuku from Odawara Station which doesn’t need advance seat reservation.

I hope this helps. I’m sure your family will have a blast! Tiffy 🙂

Thank you so much for your input, Tiffy! More power to your blog!

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Kudos for the very informative blog here

Thanks so much Leizi!

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Hi asiatravelbug, thank you so much for blogging your trip and answering every question that your reader asked. i read every single one and really appreciate your effort and dedication. My husband and I are going to Tokyo for 7 days. We will stay in Tokyo and explore Tokyo alone and wont go to other part of Japan. Do you recommend us to get the JR pass online prior to our travel or buy the Suica card from JR train stations in Japan? thank you so much!

Since you’ll be in Tokyo only, there is no need to purchase the 7-Day JR Pass which can set you back for close of USD 250+ per person. Just reinvest this money for better located hotels. 🙂 The JR Pass will only be worth the money for fast paced regional travel in Japan, utilizing regional JR trains.

I spent only ~USD 55 for a week in Tokyo using JR and other subway lines before, excluding airport transfers and Hakone Free Pass. Therefore, I suggest you to just purchase the Suica card instead.

Hope this helps! Have a safe trip. -Tiffy 🙂

So happy to have come across your site! It’s so helpful =) One of the best I’ve read!!!! Keep it up. =)

We are planning to go to Tokyo this July 11-16. We are a group of 18 pax..10 adults and 8 kids ranging from 2 to 10 years old. Basically 5 families. It’s a bit tricky planning for a trip with a lot of kids. Would like to seek for your advise for a family friendly itinerary to make sure the trip would be enjoyable and not stressful! hehe Have yet to finalize our hotel accommodations! We would like to combine a few days in Tokyo and a few days in Hakone. Would love to experience the modern and rural part of Japan. Here’s the initial draft of the itinerary:

Day 1 Travel from Cebu to Narita Day 2 – Ueno (zoo), Asakusa (Sensoji Shrine and souvenir shopping) Day 3 – Tokyo Toy Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bldg. Observatories, Meiji Shrine -Take romancecar from shinjuku to hakone yumoto station for 2 nights stay Day 4 Hakone loop, mt fuji Day 5 Hakone Open Air Museum Take romancecar from Hakone Yumoto station to Shinjuku Day 6 Travel from Narita to Cebu

Questions: 1. What do you think of the itinerary? Do you think the route is efficient enough and the destinations family friendly with some rest in between (maybe in the coaster)? Should we instead go to tokyo Tower and Jodo shu Temple? 2. Are there lots of stops if we take the airport limousine bus from narita airport to hotel? deciding whether to rent private coach or take the airport limousine bus. We will be arriving in 2 batches. 3. How do you usually book your hotel accommodations in Tokyo especially if I would need 5 rooms with special inquiries since we have many children? Need to make the bed is big enough to fit an adult and a child. Options are Hotel Blossoms, Hotel Sunroute and Keio (in order). We will skip Disneysea/Disneyland already. 4. Do you have recommended family friendly restaurants in tokyo and hakone? 5. Which ryokan do you recommend in hakone that’s family friendly with an option to reserve the onsen for private use? 6. You think it’s feasible to travel from Hakone to narita airport? or it’s too much? Better to go back to shinjuku for a night before heading to narita airport the following day?

Would love to hear from you soon!

Thanks, Dulce

Thanks for your kind words and I’m excited for your family’s vacation in Tokyo! Please find my answers below.

1. I think your itinerary looks good with just enough activities but not too fast paced. If you have spare time on your fifth day, you might want to go to Odaiba instead of Tokyo Tower or Zozoji Temple. The kids may want to see the Gundam Statue and other interesting museums in Odaiba. However, Odaiba is a bit far from Shinjuku so I recommend it only if you have spare time of at least half day.

2. The airport limousine bus typically stops in nearby hotels in ONE specific district (i.e. Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ginza, etc.). The stops are pretty quick to drop off and pick up passengers so it should not be a big concern if you decide to take the airport limousine bus.

3. Different hotels have different child policies so it is best to email or call the hotels directly if you have special inquiries. Based on my experience, hotels in Japan are very prompt in responding to emails.

4. Regarding restaurants, I recommend Hamakatsu in Shinjuku. It’s a tonkatsu place but I’m not sure if they serve kiddie meals though.

5. Most of the ryokans in Hakone are geared towards couples. For families, I recommend Tenseien (mid range) or Setsugetsuka (upper mid range). These are Japanese Style hotels though and not traditional ryokan. Both hotels offer colorful Yukatas and onsens for private use.

6. I think it is better to stay in Shinjuku on your last night to break the transit time and to buy last minute souvenirs.

I hope my answers help you decide. I’m sure your group will have a lot of fun in Tokyo! – Tiffy 🙂

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I love your Travel Blog! I will share this to my friends who are planning to go to Tokyo.

Thanks Hiro! 🙂

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Hi Ms Tiffy, Me, my husband, and our 18yr old and 16 yr old sons are planning to visit tokyo on march 27-april 3. Would it be cheaper if we book our daytours there than book it here in the Philippines? It is going to be our first time and we used to have packaged trips before and we would like to experiment if we can do this japan tour by just booking our plane fares and hotels except the tours. I find your blog so helpful and kinda gave me a confidence to go w/o travel agency booking. Thanks Ms Tiffy!

It’s great to hear that your family will be back to Japan for another vacation!

Most of the travel agencies in Manila specialize in group tours to Japan instead of day tours. After a quick google search of Tokyo day tours offered by Manila travel agencies, I can say that it will be more wiser and cheaper to book day tours online via Viator.com . I’ve personally used Viator for day trips in the US and Canada before and had great experiences. I’m actually planning to use Viator for a day trip out of Tokyo when I return to Japan for a short vacation this year. I hope this helps.

Happy travel planning! Tiffy 🙂

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Me and my friends are going to Japan this April. We are planning to start in Osaka and end in Tokyo. Any suggestions that you can share, planning to stay about 2-3 nights in Osaka and Tokyo but still wondering where to go and what to visit between the 2 cities. We do want to go to Mount Fuji but not sure if better to stay in Hakone for 1 night or just do a day trip to Mt Fuji then go to Tokyo? Also I want to ask you about how safe is the Travels and Locals Japan , since I am interested in contacting them. Thanks Eil

Since you’ll be starting in Osaka, I strongly suggest you to go to Kyoto which is just around 30 minutes away. April is a great time to be in Japan and if you’ll be there during the first week of April, you’ll be able to see beautiful cherry blossoms. You have to book your accommodation now if you have not done so, otherwise you might run out of rooms to stay.

I’ve personally been to Hakone as a day trip from Tokyo. I enjoyed it but it felt a bit rushed since we combined our Hakone trip with Gotemba Premium Outlets. If I will do it again, I will stay in Hakone for at least one night and enjoy a stay in a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) .

I’ve personally used Travelers and Locals Japan and they are safe based on my personal experience.

I hope this helps and happy travel planning! – Tiffy 🙂

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Hi Tiffy, This is my 1st time reading blogs about travelling and i’m surprise that your blog is very helpful and interesting. I am visiting japan for the 1st time and i have no idea what to do or what to expect there. i have about 2 weeks from 9 April 16 to 23 April 16 (free & easy kind), i am planning to visit Toyko, Osaka and Kyoto. Hope you can guide me through it about hotels, places of interest and how to move with trains on a budget. Thank you very much.

Happy to hear that you’ll be in Japan for two weeks for your vacation! I suggest you to have 1 week in Tokyo and 1 week in Osaka-Kyoto.

For places of interest in Osaka and Kyoto, please feel free to check out my Kyoto and Osaka travel blog .

For hotels: 1) Tokyo – Kindly check out Where to Stay in Tokyo blog. Regardless of the hotel you choose, I strongly recommend 1st time travelers to stay within walking distance to the JR Yamanote line loop. 2) Osaka – I stayed at Swissotel Nankai Namba Osaka Hotel before and I recommend it for it’s central location. It’s just on top of Namba station and very near Dotonbori. For a more affordable alternative, try Namba Oriental Hotel . 3) Kyoto – I stayed at Hotel Monterey Kyoto before but I would suggest readers to stay in a more livelier area like the area of Royal Park Hotel Kyoto .

For regional transportation, it’s faster to take shinkansen between Tokyo and Osaka/Kyoto. For a budget option, you can try taking Willer overnight bus which departs from Tokyo Station.

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Thank you so much for sharing your Tokyo experience. You really are heaven sent!

My friends and I are planning our first Tokyo trip which is scheduled on 20-27 February. We were considering joining a tour because we’re worried that we might have a hard time if we go free and easy. But after coming across your blog, it gave us confident that yes, we can do this!

I would like to ask about this hotel that we booked thru booking.com – Hotel Monterey Hanzomon at Chiyoda,Tokyo. This is one of the more affordable hotels with triple sharing rooms and the reviews are good. May I ask if you have heard about this hotel?

Again, super thank for your sharings! We are now so looking forward to this trip.

You’re very much welcome and I’m happy to have helped!

I’ve heard of Hotel Monterey chain and have actually stayed in one of their hotels in Kyoto. They’re a good budget to mid-range hotel chain and their rooms are quite clean based on my personal experience staying in their Kyoto hotel. They provide great value for the price you pay if you’re on a budget.

I’ve not been to Hanzomon area but based on what I see in Google Maps, the area is in the non-touristy side of Imperial Palace. The other opposite side of Imperial Palace to the east is where you can find Tokyo Station and Ginza where much of the “action” happens. Imperial Palace by itself is massive. However, the good news is that Hanzomon Station is just a few minutes walk from Hotel Monterey Hanzomon. From Hanzomon Station, you’ll be able to reach major sites in central Tokyo within 30 minute radius in 1 to 2 train transfers. If you are able to manage your expectations and are prepared to make a couple of train transfers, you should be fine staying at Hotel Monterey Hanzomon.

The train stations and subway systems in Tokyo are highly sophisticated and can be a bit overwhelming to first time travelers. I do suggest that you book a pocket wifi in advance so you’ll have constant wifi access and have real-time train schedules while on the go. You can check out why you need a pocket wifi in my Pupuru pocket wifi review blog.

I hope this helps Chinky. Wishing you and your friends a great Tokyo trip! Tiffy 🙂

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Hi Asiantravelbug,

I love your blog! My family with 3 kids will be traveling to Tokyo for the first time in March 2016. We plan to stay in Hakone for onsen for one day and head to Narita aiport from Hakone the next day. Our flight will be in the evening 6 pm. What do you suggest to 1. Hotels 2. Restaurants 3. How do you we get back to Narita aiport from Hakone?

I appreciate your suggestions..

Hi Natalie!

Sorry for the delay in my reply but I hope my response will still be helpful as you do your trip planning in Hakone.

1. Ryokan in Hakone – I’m also planning to have 1-2 nights stay in Hakone next year. Personally, I’m leaning towards staying in Ryokan Setsugetsuka and Ryokan Ichinoyu Honkan . I think Setsugetsuka best fits your case as it offers spacious Japanese style rooms yet with modern convenience, and its located right smack in Gora station which is the central part of Hakone. 2. Restaurants – If you stay in a ryokan, the breakfast and dinner usually comes with the price you pay. For lunch, you can find lots of restaurants in Gora Station or Hakone Yumoto Station. 3. Hakone to Narita Airport – There is no direct train from Hakone to Narita Airport. However, from Hakone Yumoto in Hakone, you can take the Romance Car to Shinjuku, then transfer to a NEX train heading towards Narita Aiport. You can check out more details from HakoneNavi .

I hope this helps! I wish your family a fun trip to Japan! – Tiffy 🙂

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My partner and I are traveling to Tokyo March 10-14 and are excited to see the city for the first time. We are looking for a hip hotel in a great location that is gay friendly (around $300/night). Do you have any suggestions for us?

I think staying in Shibuya best fits your case. You may want to check out these two hotels in Shibuya with good location. 1) Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel – traditional luxury hotel in Shibuya within your budget range 2) Shibuya Grandbell Hotel – mid range boutique hotel with hip feel, around USD 200/night

I hope this helps! -Tiffy 🙂

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Hi! I’m planning a day trip that involves going go the Heiwa Peace Park and Gotemba Premium Outlets. Main intent (apart from shopping) is to see Mount Fuji.

Some questions please– – If I were to just view Mt Fuji, would you suggest I got to both places, or going to the outlet would suffice? – If I were to go to both, how do I go there and what’s the logical chronological order (ie., from the bus interchange, walk to Heiwa Park > return to the bus interchange > ride the shuttle to Gotemba outlet?) – where can I see the schedules of the shuttle to Gotemba outlet from the bus interchange?

Thanks in advance! Really LOVE your blog 🙂

Hello Dins!

I’m very happy to hear from you!

1. Heiwa Peace Park and Gotemba Premium Outlets provide different view points of Mount Fuji on a clear day. Heiwa Peace Park is elevated so it offers you a full view of Mount Fuji. Gotemba Premium Outlets offer a closer view to Mount Fuji. Both have a great views of Mount Fuji on a clear day and I suggest you to visit both. If you are to combine Gotemba and Hakone loop in one full day, I suggest that you better time yourself because it’s going to be a long day trip from Tokyo. I spent only 30 mins in Gotemba Premium Outlets with primary intention of seeing Mount Fuji from there. 2. Yes, your itinerary looks fine -> from the Gotemba bus interchange, walk to Heiwa Park > return to the bus interchange > ride the shuttle to Gotemba outlet. Alternatively, you can take a very short taxi from Gotemba Bus Interchange to Heiwa Peace Park in case you don’t know the walking direction. 3. I checked my photos and there’s a small sign in Gotemba Bus Interchange showing the regular shuttle schedule to Gotemba Premium Outlets. It’s in Japanese but you will be able to decipher the numbers. It says the shuttle departs Gotemba Bus Interchange to Gotemba Premium Outlets every 20 minutes, from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

I hope this helps! Have a safe trip. Tiffy 🙂

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Thank you for creating such a well written blog on all of Japan! It’s coming in very handy for an upcoming trip 🙂 keep up the good work.

Thank you very much Michael! Glad to have helped.

– Tiffy 🙂

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Hello Ms. Tiffy Your blog was so helpful, it was fun gathering tips from reading your blog. Me and my parent are about to have a 4day trip in Tokyo.

Is Ueno, taito-ku area a nice place to be a base for our tour?

Hello Zandia!

Thanks for your kind words. Ueno is within the Yamanote line loop so it should be easy to go to major Tokyo tourist sites even if its not that central. You might need additional commute time if you are going to western parts of the city like Shinjuku or Shibuya or if you’re going to Hakone where the buses/trains start from Shinjuku Station. But with the vast network of trains and railways in Japan, you should be fine staying in Ueno.

Depending on the location of your hotel, you might be able to walk to Ueno Park which is massive yet lovely! There are also affordable eateries and shops in Ameyoko Shopping Street just beside Ueno Station.

I hope this helps! I wish you and your family a happy trip to Tokyo! – Tiffy 🙂

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I have 7 days in Japan with my partner. Would like to experience ryokan in Hakone, will be staying over for a day in Hakone while visiting mt fuji as well. Any ryokan with private bath in Hakone you would recommend?

Was thinking of going straight after flight from narita airport. Or do you still suggest staying in Tokyo for a rest first before heading to Hakone. The deciding factor is actually me wanting to have a night stay in Hakone.

Thanks for the comprehensive guide and recommendations. – osm

Thanks for your kind words!

From what I know, getting to Hakone from Narita Airport will require a bit of train transfers. With this, I do suggest that you have a one night first in Tokyo (preferably in Shinjuku) for rest before heading to Hakone. Hakone Free Pass tickets are available for purchase in Shinjuku Station where buses and trains depart for Hakone.

I find the vicinity of Gora Station in Hakone to be charming and plan to stay in a hotel/ryokan there the next time I fly to Tokyo. Personally, I’m leaning towards Gora Tensui or Setsugetsuka . Although these aren’t your traditional ryokans, they offer Japanese Style rooms with private bathrooms or open air baths. Finding a reasonably priced traditional ryokan with a private bath can be a bit of challenge in Hakone due to the historical communal bath culture in Japan. However, you can always check out Gora Tensui or Setsugetsuka online and see if they will suit your liking. With these modern ryokans, you get the best of both worlds – a place to experience Japanese culture plus you get the convenience of a usual modern accommodation.

I hope this helps and I wish you and your partner a safe & happy trip to Japan! Tiffy 🙂

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I am from Kuala Lumpur planning a trip to tokyo with my wife and 7 year daughter. I am looking to spend 5 or 6 nights stay in tokyo. Looking to travel by airasia departing on Nov 26 and returning on Dec 1 or 2. The must see is places are Mount Fuji and Disneyland. Could you suggest how to plan our itinerary. Whether to stay all the night at 1 hotel at Shinjuku or 2 night at Disney Hotel/2 nights at Mount Fuji Hotel and 2 night at Shinjuku.

In your case, I suggest that you make one hotel in Shinjuku as your base in Tokyo. From there, you can just make day trips to see Mount Fuji and go to Disneyland. Switching between 2-3 hotels for a 1 week stay in Tokyo can be stressful and can eat up your previous travel time. You need to allot at least half day for each switch in hotel.

I suggest you to stay in Keio Plaza Hotel Shinjuku which is a Disney Good Neighbour Hotel. They have regular direct shuttles between the hotel and Tokyo Disney. The Disney shuttles are complimentary for their hotel guests but you have to book seats in advance.

There are also numerous Mt Fuji group day tours originating from Keio Plaza Hotel Shinjuku . Alternatively, you can do it DIY using Hakone Free Pass which can be purchased from Shinjuku Station West Exit just a few minutes walk away from Keio Plaza Hotel.

I hope this helps and I wish your family a great Tokyo trip! – Tiffy 🙂

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Hi there! First off I’d like to say thank you for all the invaluable tips here! It made my research so much easier! My husband and i will be going to Tokyo for the 1st time on Feb next year (for our anniversary) and being the OC planner that i am, i’m trying to read up as much as i can. You’re blog has been really helpful! I just want to ask if my IT below is doable. I based it mostly on yours and a few other places we might be interested in going (we both love to visit museums & i just have to go to Miraikan! Hehehe) Here it is: Day 1: Feb 4 Arrival (i will try my best to book at ur recommended hotel in Shinjuko–Hotel Sunroute), explore area Day2: Sengakuji (My husband insists on going to that 47Ronin site), Odaiba, Harajuko, Shibuya Day3: Tsukiji, Asakusa, Ginza (& akihabara optional if there’s still time) Day4: Ueno (a day at the museums) Day5: Disney Sea Day6: Feb 9 departure back to phils AS much as i want to visit mt Fuji up close, i feel that i don’t have anywhere to place it to in my IT. There’s just so much to see in Tokyo alone! I hope to hear from you soon. Thanks so much again and God bless!

Cheers, Jade

Thank you for your kind words! Your itinerary is generally good but your day 2 seems to be a bit of a stretch. I suggest you to club together nearby areas in your itinerary like below.

Day1 (Th) : Feb 4 Arrival, check in at Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku or similar hotel, explore Shinjuku Day2 (F) : Asakusa, Ueno, Akihabara (These areas are near each other, you can drop by Akihabara late in the afternoon or early evening.) Day3 (Sat) : Tsukiji, Ginza, Odaiba (You can insert Sengakuji before you go to Odaiba. It’s a bit out of way but doable.) Day4 (Sun) : Shinjuku, Shibuya, Harajuku (see Sunday Cosplayers) (side note: Meiji Shrine closes early in the afternoon at 4pm during winter) Day5 (Mon) : Disney Sea Day6 (T) : Feb 9 departure back to phils

I super agree with you that there’s so much to do in Tokyo alone. Save Mt. Fuji for your next trip. At least you’ll have a very good reason to return to Tokyo!

I hope this helps and I wish you happy travel planning! Tiffy 🙂

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Hi, thank you for your blog, it is very helpful.

However i want to ask about your day-3 trip. Is it possible to do all the activity in one day?

What transport you used from Shinjuku to Gotemba and how long it takes? How about transport from Gotemba to Gora?

I am a little bit confused 🙂 Please help me…

From Shinjuku to Gotemba Bus Interchange: I topped up my Hakone Free Pass with a one way bus ride from Shinjuku Station to Gotemba Bus Interchange. The additional cost is more or less 1000 yen if I remember it correctly. It will take 2.5 hours bus ride to reach Gotemba Bus Interchange from Shinjuku Station. You can get more info here .

Heiwa Peace Park is about 15 to 20 minutes good walk from Gotemba Bus Interchange.

From Gotemba Bus Interchange, you can catch the free shuttle going to Gotemba Premium Outlet.

From Gotemba Premium Outlet to Gora Station: I rode the Kanko Shisetsu Meguri bus from Gotemba Premium Outlet to Gora Station. There is no need to pay additional for this bus ride if you have the Hakone Free Pass. I checked my Gotemba Premium Outlet pictures and the Kanko Shisetsu Meguri bus is located in bus bay #3 of the outlet and the buses depart almost every hour to Gora Station from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. You can take bus S or M. This map might be able to help you.

I went there in 2014 and I’m not sure if the bus frequency has changed though. I suggest you to revalidate the bus frequency when you buy your Hakone Free Pass from Odakyu Sightseeing Service Center at Shinjuku Station West Exit. The Odakyu staffs are very helpful. I remember I was able to request for printed bus timetables when I purchased the Hakone Free Pass.

Also, I strongly suggest that you get a pocket wifi so that you’ll be able to access Google maps while on the go and avoid getting lost in your DIY trip. I got mine from Pupuru pocket wifi and I highly recommend them. Please feel free to check out my Pupuru pocket wifi review .

Have a safe trip and I wish that you’ll be able to see Mount Fuji! – Tiffy 🙂

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hi tiffy, thank you so much for putting up a very comprehensive travel blog- clearly written and very helpful guide. would like to know the difference between subway and train in tokyo? where can we use the suica card and where do we reload?

Thank you and regards,

Hi Yolanda,

In Philippine context, the JR train is equivalent to PNR train while the subways are similar to MRT line (although our rail lines here are elevated monorails rather than underground). You can use Suica card interchangeably between JR and subways in Tokyo. The Suica card is available to purchase in major JR stations (Shinjuku, Tokyo) or at the airport. You can find more details here .

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Hello there! Firstly, would like to say i really like how you plan your itinerary in japan. I would like to ask what are the places that i can plan an itinerary of 7 days for family of 4, where they can learn more about the culture lifestyle differences in japan and at the same time shopping,entertainment etc.

Regards Nora

If you plan to see more of cultural differences in Tokyo, I suggest that these be included in your itinerary. 1) Asakusa – Here, you can see Japanese human-powered rickshaws and Sensoji temple. Asakusa is like a little slice of Kyoto in the heart to Tokyo. There is a pedestrian shopping street going towards Sensoji temple where you can buy souvenirs. 2) Akihabara – This is the bizarre side of Tokyo where there’s concentration of maid cafes. There are also a lot of anime/otaku and electronic shops around. Drop by Don Quijote, the big bargain store, for cheap shopping. I recommend Akihabara for adults. 3) Shibuya / Harajuku – Check out Meiji Jingu shrine and do some shopping afterwards in Shibuya or Harajuku areas. Majority of the stores in Shibuya area can be found in any other city though.

The best way to discover the culture of Japan is depth is by touring with a local. I suggest Travelers and Locals Japan . They might be able to match with you with a local who may be willing to tour you around in exchange for a chance to practice their English.

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Plan to stay in ryokan. Do you advice to stay at mt Fuji area for 2 nites?

In my past trip to Tokyo, I did a day trip to Hakone and Gotemba. Although I enjoyed it very much and saw Mount Fuji, I felt that my day trip was a bit rushed.

If I would redo my trip again and if I have time, I would definitely stay in a Ryokan in Hakone for 1-2 nights especially if the weather is good before heading back to Tokyo. The Hakone Free Pass is good for 2-3 days anyway depending on the plan you choose.

I would love to hear your Ryokan stories after your trip! Let me know how it went. 🙂

I hope my suggestion helps. Have a happy trip! -Tiffy 🙂

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This is literally the best info I found to help plan my trip. Everything is well written out and amps me up for my first visit to Japan. Thanks for writing!

Thanks Moses for your kind words! Happy to have helped!

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Hi, tiffy. 1. Is suica allowed in Toei subway and tokyo metro? 2. for you, which one is more efficient to use and saving money, suica or ichini josha-ken? 3. and can you please tell me where to purchase this cards?

Thank you so much

1. Suica is a reloadable, universal mass transit transport card in Tokyo. Yes, it can be used for Tokyo Toei subway, Tokyo Metro and JR lines. You can even use it to purchase stuffs from convenience stores like Family Mart. 2. In Tokyo, you have to transfer between various train lines operated by different train companies (i.e. JR, Tokyo Metro, Toei subway) to get from point A to point B. Purchasing an Ichini Josha-ken card will restrict you to either Tokyo Metro or Toei subway. I suggest you to purchase Suica card since it is more convenient and you just pay what you use. 3. You can purchase Suica card from JR train stations.

I hope this helps! Tiffy 🙂

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My husband and I are going to Japan next month to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. We have covered almost everything from plane ticket, hotel accommodation to renting a Pupuru pocket wifi. However, we are having a hard time time figuring out Japan’s mode of transportation. We don’t know which card (JR pass, Suica or other cards) is more fitting for our 8 days stay in Japan (fly in Osaka and fly out Tokyo). We will be arriving in Kansai Airport and we will be staying in Osaka for three days and we will travel to Tokyo and stay there for five days. We will leave Japan via Narita Airport.

Before we stumbled upon your blog, we have already contacted one of the agencies here in the Philippines that sell JR Pass, according to the staff that I have talked to it is not practical for us to avail JR Pass given our itinerary. I didn’t understand why but I’m still thankful that he was honest to us.

I hope you can give us a tip and suggestion what we should avail and where and how much we can avail them. As well, please let me know if we should take the Shinkansen Bullet Train going to Tokyo from Osaka or is there an alternative cheaper way going to Tokyo.

Thank you so much in advance!

Cheers, Jean

Thanks for dropping by my blog!

Your travel agency is correct that a 7 day JR pass will not be worth it in your case. To keep it simple, you will only get the return of your money if you take a round trip Shinkansen ride between Tokyo and Kyoto / Osaka and take a NEX airport transfer.

Just take a one way shinkansen bullet train ride from Osaka to Tokyo. It will cost approximately ~14,000 yen one way. You can purchase the ticket from JR train ticket stations.

I suggest these transportation cards to make your trip more convenient. Icoca and Suica cards can be refunded within the region of purchase with a minimal service fee. You pay what you use. These cards can be purchased in any JR ticket station. 1. Icoca – this is a prepaid reloadable card which you can use in JR trains, metro subways and buses in Kansai region (Osaka, Kyoto). This can also be used in JR trains in Tokyo. You can purchase Icoca in any JR station in Kansai region. There’s a JR ticket station right next to Kansai Airport. 2. Suica – this functions similarly to Icoca card but in Tokyo and enables you to ride JR trains, metro subways, monorails, etc. in Tokyo conveniently. From my understanding, this card can also be used in Kansai region. However, the Suica card can only be purchased in JR stations when you are in Greater Tokyo area. 3. NEX – this is the airport train from Tokyo to Narita.

To put it in local context in the Philippines, JR trains are equivalent to PNR trains (our PNR trains are actually second hand JR trains from Japan). While the monorails and metro subways are similar to LRT and MRT lines.

I hope this helps and I wish you and your husband a great Japan trip! I’m sure you will be back. -Tiffy 🙂

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Firstly, I want to say that your wealth of information on your blog is greatly appreciated especially for someone like me and my wife who is planning to visit Japan by ourselves for the first time. I have a question regarding the Suica card which is a prepard reloadable card and you use what you paid for. If you load your card with US$200 and at the end of your trip, there is a balance of US$50, can you get your refund back from the region of purchase or do you totally forfeit that amount?

We’re planning to fly into Narita and will have 2 big luggages that we’re planning to leave behind at the airport and pack a hand luggage during our stay in Tokyo. I understand that the airport has luggage storage spaces for rental that are small, medium and large. Which of these sizes are suitable for luggage size of about 30in. and where is the luggage rental place located at Narita?

Thanks in advance!

Happy to have helped! The Suica card can be refunded and you’ll be able to get your balance less 220 yen (US$2) return processing fee. You can find more details of the return process here . In case you’re not able to return it, the card is valid for 10 years and you’ll still be able to use your balance on your return trip. I still have my Suica card with me and I did not return it deliberately. I’m saving mine for future use. 🙂

I’m so sorry I won’t be able to tell the dimension of the large coin lockers located at Narita Airport as I haven’t tried it myself. I tried to look for answers but it seems that there is very limited information online about the airport locker dimension. To be sure, you may wish to contact Narita Airport using this link .

If you are able to find the answer, I will appreciate if you can share it here to help other readers who may be looking for similar information.

I hope above information helps and I wish you a happy first trip to Japan! I’m sure you will be back. -Tiffy 🙂

Hi,Tiffy. i am wondering ; 1. which transport card is cheaper and convenient (for a first-timer visitor like me), is it suica/pasmo or ichinichi joshaken? 2. can you please tell me how can i get to odaiba from shinjuku st.? 3. can you please suggest the correct itinerary for me to save time, for the mean time, i have already arranged my itinerary as followings; 19th july Tokyo: arrived at hotel (sunroute plaza shinjuku) on 7pm, go to shibuya 20th Tokyo: harajuku,meiji shrine, tokyo tower, imperial palace 21st Tokyo: Tsukiji fish market, asakusa, akihabara 22nd Tokyo: Disneyland 23rd osaka 24th osaka 25th kyoto 26th kyoto 27th kyoto 28th Tokyo: Gotemba 29th Tokyo: Odaiba 30th home is my itinerary correct? i still miss places like ginza, on what date should i go.

thanks! regards, Lenny

Please find my answers below. 1) Since you will have a round trip train ride between Tokyo and Kansai region, you might want to explore purchasing a 7 day JR pass. You can use Suica card to navigate Tokyo for the remaining days. Suica is a prepaid reloadable card which you can use interchangeably in Tokyo subways and JR trains. You can even use Suica in convenience stores.

2) For train schedules and directions, I suggest Hyperdia. Also, Google search is pretty accurate in train directions, try typing in Odaiba to Shinjuku. 🙂

3) Your itinerary actually looks doable. For 19th, you may want to explore Shinjuku area and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building instead of Shibuya. You will be going to Shibuya on the 20th anyways. Ginza is 5-10 minutes walk from Tsukiji Fish Market so you can squeeze it before you head to Asakusa. Alternatively, you can squeeze in Ginza right after Imperial Palace since these two areas are near to each other. For 28th, you can combine Gotemba and Hakone Free Pass. I suggest you to monitor the weather and cloud factor in Shizuoka to identify the best day to see Mount Fuji. The weather forecast starts to get much accurate 2 days before.

I hope above information helps! Tiffy 🙂

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Hi Tiffy, Would like to check with you, how did you book the day trip to Mount Fuji? I checked some of the websites but the cost is high. Any recommdations on how to go about the booking?

Thanks! Regards, queenie

Hi Queenie!

We purchased Hakone Free Pass from Shinjuku Station West Exit. The two day pass costs JPY 5,140 which is a great value for money comparing to Mount Fuji group bus tours.

Since we decided to go to Gotemba first before heading to Hakone, we topped up the Hakone Free Pass by about JPY 1,000 so we can ride the highway bus straight to Gotemba bus interchange. There are buses from Gotemba bus interchange connecting to Gotemba Premium Outlets and Hakone.

Gotemba Premium Outlets and Heiwa Park provide a great view of Mount Fuji on a bright cloudless day. 🙂

I hope this helps. Have a safe trip! -Tiffy 🙂

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Im a 21 year old Male, Considering visiting Tokyo after reading you Blog on (where to stay in Tokyo for first time ) .

I’m totally confused because i will be travelling myself and i thought about staying in SHINJUKI as you recommend it for first time visitors looks like a lovely place to stay.

Then you went onto talk about SHIBUYA as it mostly a younger crowed of people.

Can you please help me and tell me where you think is the best place to stay?

Somewhere easy access to trains, nice restaurants, attractions and mid range hotels ?

As a 21 year old traveler, I think you might like Shibuya better. 🙂

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I will be travelling with my husband, sons 8 and 11 to Tokyo in June. Was trying to book a hotel room big enough to accommodate 4 of us in Shinjuku. After searching online, realized that most of the hotels do not have family room. 🙁 Chance upon your blog that you stayed in Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku, both beds look big, was it a Twin room? you think 1 bed is big enough for 1 adult & 1 child?

Regards, Sharon

The twin rooms in Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku are spacious and the beds are actually big for Japanese standards based on my experience. I think one bed can fit one adult and one small child but I’m not sure if the hotel will allow two children in the twin room. You may want to check this with hotel directly on their child policy. Here’s the information which the hotel provided when I stayed there last year. > Standard Twin room 23.1㎡ / 121x 203 cm width bed

You may want to explore their triple rooms for bigger space. From what I know, their triple rooms come with 2 beds plus a sofa bed.

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Thanks for your posts on your Tokyo itinerary. It makes my planning easier. My family and I will be going to Tokyo soon. I particularly notice that you mentioned “free guide service from Travelers & Locals Japan” in your central Tokyo tour. To quell my curiosity, may I ask if the service is really free? Can anyone avail of its service? Thanks.

Happy to hear that you found my Japan blog posts useful. 🙂

Regarding Travelers and Locals Japan , yes, using their service is absolutely free without any tips. There is a no tip culture in Japan which we should respect. But of course, we have to exercise basic courtesy like treating you volunteer guide a meal if your meeting crosses over lunch or dinner.

Anyone who can speak English fluently can avail their service.

The people whom you will be meeting are not professional tour guides, but normal local people who are willing to tour around tourists for a chance to practice their English. If you are interested to learn local Japanese insider tips on where to eat, where to go, where to shop affordably, rather than historical commentaries, Travelers and Locals Japan will be a great experience for you.

Since a pre-arrangement has to be made by Travelers and Locals Japan with the volunteer guide, you have to send your request at least 2 weeks to 1 month in advance.

I hope I answered your question and I wish you and your family a safe trip to Tokyo! -Tiffy 🙂

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Hi Tiffy, I’ll be travelling to Tokyo from aug3 to 11 with my wife and son 21, daughter 17, and we are practically making your blog our travel bible! Im a planning freak and would like every detailed planned. 🙂 Have already booked a condo unit in Shinjuku that would fit 4 of us and been on google map downloading all the transportation directions. There is one question on my mind though, what is the cheapest mode of transportation from Narita to Shinjuku East? we don’t mind the time travel difference. we will be arriving around noon.

Hi Rene! Sorry for the delay in my reply and thank you for your kind words. It’s great to hear from a fellow planning freak like me.

The most comfortable way from Narita to Shinjuku is via the Airport Limousine Bus or the NEX train. The cost per way is about 3000+ yen. In my past 2 trips in Tokyo, I’ve always used Airport Limousine Bus (from Haneda) which I can personally vouch to be very convenient and highly reliable with on-the-dot timing.

To answer your question on cheapest way to transfer between Narita Airport and Shinjuku, you can try Keisei Limited Express train or Access Narita Bus . It will cost you around 1000 yen per way during day time if you take any of these two cheap options. You need to make some station transfers before you get to Shinjuku.

> The Access Narita bus arrives in Tokyo Station. From Tokyo Station, take the JR Chuo line to Shinjuku Station (~200 yen). > The Keisei Limited Express train stops in Nippori Station and Ueno Station in Tokyo. Get off from Nippori station and transfer to JR Yamanote line to Shinjuku Station (~200 yen).

To get to your condo, exit from Shinjuku East Exit. Depending on how far your condo is from Shinjuku Station, you can walk or you can take a short cab.

I have to warn you that Tokyo Station and Shinjuku Station are two massive stations in Tokyo city center. Imagine Tokyo Station like the size of SM Megamall in Manila. You have to be prepared to do a lot of walking and allot time to find the right train platform. I suggest you to rent a pocket wifi to be able to check the live train schedules in google or hyperdia. You may want to check out my pocket wifi in Japan review blog.

I hope this helps! I wish you a fun family adventure in Japan this August!

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I and my wife will be having our holiday to Japan and this will be the first time. We decided to enjoy Tokyo for 8 days. I am planning to book a place through AirBnB, Shimoochiai, Shinjuku area. Is this a good place for going around Tokyo? Also, the travel will be from May 1st. Do you think we able to see the glimpse of cherry blossom at that time?

Regards, Oward

Hi Oward! Thanks for your message and I apologize for the delay in my reply.

I’ve never been to Shimoochiai but I did a quick google maps search. It’s a residential area 15 minutes away from Shinjuku Station requiring a train transfer. If you get substantial savings of 30% or more than the average hotel room in Shinjuku by staying in AirBNB in Shimoochiai, then it could make sense to stay there financial wise. If the savings are just 10-20%, I would personally choose to stay within walking distance to Shinjuku station where all the action (food + transporation + shopping) is right by your door step.

I have been to Tokyo last year during first week of April when the cherry blossoms are its peak and during middle of May. Unfortunately, all cherry blossoms, azaleas, tulips were gone in Tokyo during middle of May last year.

In your case, you may want to try to check Shinjuku Gyoen Park for the tail end of late blooming variety of cherry blossoms. But chances are slim since the blooms tend to only last for 1-2 weeks from its peak date. My understanding is the the regular varieties in Shinjuku Gyoen have peaked by this time.

Alternatively, you can check out these floral blooms during first week of May. 1. Azaleas within Tokyo – Bunkyo Azalea Festival 2. Pink Moss in Mount Fuji area – Fuji Shibasakura Festival

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Thanks for the useful info! We will be visiting Japan to approx. 6 days (0.5 free days on date of arrival and departure, 5 full days in between) Would you spending all this time in Tokyo or visiting Kyoto as part of our trip? If so, how much time is ideal for each place?

Hi TT, thank you for your message and I’m sorry for the delay in my reply.

If it will be your first time in Japan and if you will be there for less than a week, I suggest that you spend your time in Tokyo only. 4 full days in Tokyo and 1 full day to see Hakone-Mount Fuji should be ok.

Based on my experience, you need one full week to enjoy Kyoto, Osaka and Nara in Kansai region or probably 1.5 weeks if you will be staying during spring or autumn foliage season.

I hope this helps!

Thanks! Tiffy

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Thank you for sharing such an comprehensive detail of your travels in Japan!

I just wanted to ask a quick question of your experience with Tralocal? What was the process in finding a Japanese native to assist you with your travels and was there any surchages or fees involved? Did you find the experience satisfactory?

Warm regards

Hi Ying! I’m happy that you found this post helpful.

I’ve got the chance to try a paid guide service from a separate company and a free guide service from Tralocal in Japan. Both experiences are actually good. I got practical travel and shopping tips from Japanese locals which you don’t typically see in guidebooks. I actually saved a lot of money from their shopping tips. 🙂

The Japanese volunteers of Tralocal are typical Japanese locals and not professional guides. It’s actually a give and take service. The locals help you with practical Japan travel information and help you navigate in exchange for the opportunity to practice their English with you.

If you are expecting the local to know deep history of places, it is possible for you not to get that information. But if you’re happy with practical travel advice, soaking in local culture and meeting new people, Tralocal should be a great experience.

I didn’t pay for any guide fee to Tralocal, it’s a free service and no tips. There is a no tipping culture in Japan, unlike similar service in US or Europe where you are expected to give tips to free city tour guides. However, you have to exercise basic courtesy even though this is not expected (ie. paying for the meal of the Japanese local during meal time, transportation of Japanese local if you will be venturing far).

To avail Tralocal’s service, just register here ahead of your arrival date. It’s best to request 2 weeks to 1 month ahead. If a Japanese local is available for your travel dates, you will receive a confirmation email.

I hope my answer helps and I wish you happy travel planning! -Tiffy

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What a wonderful guide and tips. Thanks for sharing 🙂

Thanks for your kind words Mung! Happy to have helped!

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What a comprehensive guide! Love those extra tips, thanks for sharing 🙂

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That is seriously an awesome itinerary! I’ve only been to Tokyo on a 48 hour stopover and I was left wanting more. When I head back next year I’ll be sure to remember this post that I plan on bookmarking right now.

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Hello Tiffy, May you share some details about day 3 itinerary? First of all, thank you for sharing!! 1) What is the purpose of Hakone Free Pass that you got from Odakyu Sightseeing Center? How much is the price per person? 2) At what time you took the Gotemba Bus Interchange to Mt fuji and how long it takes? 3) How to get to Heiwa Park? At what station we need to get down from the interchange bus once arrive Heiwa Park? 4) How to get to the Gotemba Premium Outlets? Is it walking distance from Heiwa Park? 5) May you tell more about the way to get to the cable car ride, private ship cruise and Owakudani? Are all these place next to each others? 6) May you tell me the train route to get back to Shinjuku from Odawara? Or is there any 1-way-straight bullet train available to Shinjuku without interchange needed?

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where did you book online for your pocket wifi? Hindi ba available na dun na lang mismo sa airport bibili?

Hi Gary! I rented my pocket wifi from Pupuru which you can book online here . I had mine delivered straight to my hotel. I have used Pupuru twice in separate occasions and I’m satisfied with their service so far – long battery life, easy delivery & return and extensive coverage even in Mount Fuji area. You can have the pocket wifi delivered by Pupuru to the airport with a minimal surcharge.

If you are looking to purchase a local sim card for mobile data connection, please be aware that prepaid sim cards in Japan are heavily regulated and it is not easy to get one as a tourist. Renting a pocket wifi is a more practical choice to stay connected in Japan while on the go.

I will be blogging about my Pupuru pocket wifi experience soon. 🙂

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So. The next two days are very rainy days. For reasons beyond my control I haven't got a decent coat. Don't ask!

Happy to travel, but really need to do or see something covered?? I guess I may be stuck with shopping malls... 😪

I did manage to get a late ticket for teamlab borderless which will be good. But any other ideas please.

Sorry for needing to be spoonfed. x

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Lots of museums = https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3054.html

Getting to and from them will be hard work tomorrow...

happy traveller tokyo

Why don't you buy an umbrella? Maybe APA will lend you one.

They did have a load by the door in a holder. That's a good shout. Thanks.

Is there a cluster of museums??

I've had a great day, been so many places and just got back with sore walking feet.

Pick the ones based on your interests - check their website for transit directions.

If you’re interested in Japanese swords and armours, visit Tokyo National Museum .

https://www.cpplus.jp

Language exchange and party.

https://www.welcometokyoevents.com

You can go watch Kabuki:

https://www.kabukiweb.net/theatres/kabukiza/

Thank you. https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Profile/Global715255

I Did in fact go to the Museum station and went to a couple of them today.

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