4, 10 to 21 Days or Extra

I’ve managed to journey to all 7 continents now, and from all of my adventures, one of many nations that I’ll by no means get bored with revisiting a number of occasions can be Japan! (Japan Itinerary)

As a timeless vacation spot, I’m eternally enamored by Japan’s historical traditions which might be completely fused with its vibrant modernity. To not point out the luxurious nature and beautiful delicacies that it has and I’m certain that I’ll nonetheless barely ‘scratch the floor‘ even when I spend my life exploring it in its entirety.

With that mentioned, it does appear formidable to whip up a Japan itinerary — however then once more, not likely! The nation could also be huge nevertheless it’s completely attainable to take advantage of it with no matter time you’ve.

TRIVIA: Japan has 4 major islands: Hokkaido, Honshu (the biggest the place Tokyo is discovered), Kyushu, and Shikoku. These areas are all divided into 47 prefectures which might be grouped into 8 areas (chihō).
As an example, the capital of Tokyo is inside the Tokyo prefecture and below the Kantō area. Whereas the favored cities of Kyoto, Osaka, and Nara every have their very own separate prefecture (below the identical identify) and are all below the Kansai area.

As of this date, I feel I’ve already visited Japan greater than 15 occasions and I nonetheless can’t get sufficient of it! Hopefully, with what information I’ve, I may also help you intend an awesome Japan itinerary journey with ease and pace.

Relaxation assured, the Japan itineraries within the latter part of this publish is completely customizable to suit any variety of days that you simply is perhaps spending.

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Japan Journey Information

» Fast Journey Planning

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» Finest Time to Go to

Actually…? Any time! In any case, Japan is a ‘year-round’ vacation spot. However relying in your desire, beneath are the nation’s seasons…

  • ★ Spring: With little rainfall, clear skies, and delicate temperatures, this is without doubt one of the greatest occasions to go to Japan! And naturally, how may anybody overlook the well-known sakura or cherry blossom season? It normally occurs from late March to early April, so you need to schedule your journey throughout this era if you wish to see every little thing clad in picturesque pink petals.
    • Beware although as a result of that is excessive season, so do count on increased costs and greater crowds. It’s the identical as effectively throughout Golden Week (focus on nationwide holidays) which occurs from late April to the primary week of Could.
  • Summer time: Be ready for top humidity and smoldering warmth (with June being the wet season). If you wish to escape this, head on ever to the mountains or to the northern island of Hokkaido.
  • ★ Autumn: That is yet one more nice time for visiting Japan; in addition to, I personally like it when the timber flip into hotter hues. September although is normally the time when typhoons go to the nation, so it could possibly be greatest to plan your journey someplace from late October to November (it’s additionally the most effective time for seeing the complete autumn colours).
  • Winter: Because the temperatures drop, costs and airfares additionally drop. Take observe although that it might get very chilly; however, supposing you’re not that delicate to the chilly, this is usually a enjoyable time given all of the wonderful ski resorts and festive environment.

Different Japan blooms to be careful for?

See this listing of the most well-liked spring flowers in Japan — when to see them and the place to go!

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» Getting in to Japan

Worldwide guests usually arrive at Tokyo’s Narita Airport (NRT), adopted by Kansai Airport (KIX) which is south of Osaka. To get to any of those factors, I like to recommend shopping by way of Skyscanner to search out the most effective flight offers out of your level of origin. In the event you’re from the Philippines like me, Skyscanner additionally scans by way of the funds airways similar to Air Asia and Cebu Pacific in an effort to discover which of the two has the most affordable charge on the dates you select.

From Narita Airport to Tokyo, you may:

  • Experience an airport limousine shuttle bus that goes to key factors and areas in Tokyo (round 1,000 yen = $10~).
  • Experience the practice. Relying on what district you’re heading to, the value can range. If you wish to head off to Tokyo Station, driving the Narita Specific (that can head over to Tokyo Station) will take 55 minutes and is priced at round 2,900 yen = $28~ — or it comes for FREE if you happen to maintain a Japan Rail Cross (or JR Cross). In any other case, there’s Keisei Skyliner that heads to downtown Tokyo’s Ueno Station.
    • Is it price it to purchase a JR Cross to your Japan itinerary? Learn right here.
  • Experience a taxi, which might be the costliest on the vary of 20,000 to 30,000 yen = $195~ to $295~.
  • Go for a personal switch if you need the utmost comfort and ease, particularly with out having to pull your baggage round. This works greatest if you happen to’re coming along with different individuals with the intention to share the fee and save extra.
    • Uber can be a attainable choice to take, however a non-public switch is normally at a greater value — extra so if you would like an even bigger automotive. In any other case, if you happen to’re coming from Haneda Airport, you may e book by way of this service.

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» Visa for Japan

In the event you’re NOT a citizen of any of Japan’s exempted nations, you might be then required to avail of a visa beforehand. (In the event you’re from the Philippines, you may learn my information on find out how to get a Japan visa in Manila right here.)

  • Examine full visa necessities right here as per your nationality.

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» The place to Keep (Japan Lodging)

To seek for the most effective lodge lodging in Japan at the most effective costs, I recommend cross-checking lodge costs between Agoda and Reserving.com. However if you happen to’re quite inquisitive about renting snug homes or flats, you need to search by way of AirBnB.

In order for you explicit lodge names per district, I prescribe that you simply learn my lists beneath:
Finest Lodges in Tokyo
Finest Lodges in Kyoto
Finest Lodges in Osaka

Finest Lodges in Hiroshima

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» Japan Forex

Japanese yen (JPY / ¥) whereby ¥100 is the same as about USD $1~ / €0.85~ / Php 45~ (that is as of March 2021). Within the occasion that you simply need to trade your cash for JPY, I extremely advise that you simply do NOT trade your cash on the airport for the reason that charges there will not be aggressive.

  • Easy methods to greatest trade your foreign money? Both trade it at a financial institution or at a cash exchanger in your house nation or in Tokyo’s metropolis middle. Higher but, simply withdraw from an ATM together with your debit/bank card — nevertheless, you will need to do one large withdrawal to attenuate charges together with your financial institution. Talking of playing cards, a whole lot of Japan’s institutions settle for bank cards nevertheless it’s at all times advisable to have money readily available as a result of a whole lot of smaller outlets do not settle for worldwide bank cards.

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» Price of Journey in Japan

Lots of people have the misperception that Japan is an costly vacation spot; nevertheless, it’s completely attainable to journey on a funds! Simply take observe that lodging charges usually go up throughout peak season (March to April in Spring and November in Autumn).

To provide you an thought, you need to count on to journey in Japan with a mean each day price of about USD $45~ per particular person on a funds, or not less than $120~ if you wish to expertise extra consolation in actions, excursions, inns, and extra. (Values beneath present low funds to medium funds ranges).

  • Lodges: $25 to $120 USD / day
  • Meals: $12 to $30 USD / day
  • Transport: US$1 per subway trip*

*FREE subway and bullet practice rides if you happen to maintain a Japan Rail Cross

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» Easy methods to Get Round Japan

You can flag down a taxi, an Uber, trip the bus, lease a motorbike or go on foot; however if you wish to be environment friendly and quick, the trains are the best way to go!

Take observe that Tokyo’s practice system is dense and intensive, so it may be very complicated. Nevertheless, all all through my keep in Tokyo, I’ve managed to make it easier by merely utilizing Google Maps (mapping my level A and level B after which trying out the instructions for the subway/practice/bus. — it even has real-time strolling navigation and an offline possibility!)

– Although Google Maps can be utilized offline, if you would like routes or transportation schedules, it gained’t work. So I like to recommend that you simply get a pocket WiFi or a SIM Card to remain linked on-line.
– Tokyo’s trains usually open round 5AM and shut someplace round midnight. In the event you don’t have an IC Card, buying native rail traces and subway tickets can solely be completed with money or cash on the ticket machine. Bank cards are solely relevant when shopping for long-distance bullet practice tickets.
– In the event you’re touring by practice throughout rush hour, be cautious that it might get crowded. In the event you’re a lady, you may trip the carriages which might be designated just for females (that is solely throughout weekdays till 9AM).
– You’ll discover that on escalators in Tokyo, individuals stand on the left aspect in order that those that are in a rush can go on the fitting. However whenever you’re within the Kansai space (Kyoto, Osaka, and so on.) it’s the opposite manner round.
– When driving taxis, the left rear door is operated robotically by the driving force so do NOT attempt to open or shut it by your self.
– There are a number of practice etiquettes that you need to keep in mind when in Japan, quantity certainly one of which is to maintain the noise right down to a minimal.

Talking of which, on the subject of native practice tickets in Tokyo, there are a number of sorts that you would be able to select from however what I might extremely suggest is if you happen to’re solely planning on touring INSIDE Tokyo, purchase the pay as you go IC playing cards (like Suica) that can be utilized in any practice or bus within the metropolis.

NOTE: There’s additionally the choice of shopping for the Tokyo Subway Ticket which provides you with UNLIMITED entry to all subway traces of Toei and Tokyo Metro (however NOT JR traces, which is okay since most key locations in Tokyo is accessible through Toei and Tokyo Metro).
There are alternatives for this for twenty-four hours, 48 hours, and 72 hours. I solely discover this alternative as economical IF, and provided that, you’re going to trip the practice for MULTIPLE occasions in a day or a span of days. But when let’s say, you’re solely going to 1 place or district in a day, then simply use your IC card as per regular.

Then again, if you happen to’re touring outdoors of Tokyo, that’s a distinct matter since I might suggest that you simply take into account shopping for a Japan Rail Cross or JR Cross for limitless rides. To see if shopping for this practice go shall be price it to your Japan itinerary, go and browse my clarification right here.

  • See the entire listing of obtainable practice passes that you would be able to get in Japan right here!

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» Staying Linked in Japan

Japan has one of many quickest web connections on the planet so that you’re assured of nice connections wherever you go. Lodges and most outlets (even comfort shops) provide FREE WiFi connections — however in an effort to keep linked on-line always throughout your Japan journey, I like to recommend getting your personal pocket WiFi or a SIM Card.

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» Security in Japan

Japan is without doubt one of the most secure nations on the planet with very low crime charges. I’ve been touring solo to this nation many occasions now and I’ve by no means felt unsafe even within the late hours of the evening — nevertheless, that is NO excuse to get too complacent. ‘Little crime’ doesn’t imply ‘no crime’, so keep vigilant and be “road good” through the use of your frequent sense always.

However, the Japanese individuals are one of many kindest and most respectful individuals I’ve ever met, so solo vacationers don’t have a lot to fret about on this wonderful nation.

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» Useful Japanese Phrases

Japan could also be one of the vital developed nations on the planet, however a whole lot of the locals don’t converse English. Nevertheless, this could not discourage you from touring to this nation as a result of other than the truth that there are a whole lot of translation apps that can make it easier to perceive and converse Japanese, a whole lot of the locals are additionally making the trouble to study and use the English language.

Anyhow, beneath are some useful Japanese phrases that can make it easier to alongside the best way! And even if you happen to do encounter a Japanese who can converse English, it doesn’t harm to say a phrase or two of their language.

Hiya: Konnichiwa (Kohn-nee-chee-wah)
Thanks (regular): Arigatō. (Ah-REE-gah-tohh)
Thanks (much less formal): Arigatō gozaimas (Ah-REE-gah-tohh goh-zahy-mahs)
Thanks (casual): Dōmo (DOHH-moh)
Sure: Hai (Hai)
No: Iie (E-eh)
Goodbye (long run): Sayōnara (Sah-yohh-nah-rah)
Goodbye (casual): Ja ne (Jahh neh)

Excuse me: Sumimasen (Soo-mee-mah-SEN)
I’m sorry: Gomen nasai (Goh-men-nah-sahy)
Is there somebody right here who speaks English?: Dareka eigo ga hanasemasu ka? (Dah-reh-kah ey-goh gah hah-nah-seh-mahs kah?)
Assist!: Tasukete! (Tahs-keh-teh!)
Cheers!: Kanpai! (Kan-pie!)

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» Different Necessary Ideas

Listed below are another useful journey and etiquette tricks to keep in mind to your Japan itinerary:

  • Automobiles drive on the left in Japan, so be aware when crossing the road. On this identical method, attempt to at all times stroll on the left aspect in order to not stumble upon different individuals.
  • Most eating places require prospects to pay for his or her meals on the money register which is normally by the doorway. (They are going to usually depart the invoice at your desk, so after consuming, take it to the register and pay earlier than leaving).
  • Some institutions and eating places (and all personal properties) have a sunken lobby entrance (genkan) with cabinets of footwear by the door — a transparent signal that you simply’re anticipated to take away your footwear earlier than coming into.
  • If you’re sick (have a chilly, are coughing and so on.), it’s thought of respectful to put on face or surgical masks in public. On that very same observe, don’t blow your nostril in public as it’s thought of uncouth.
  • For extra first-time traveler etiquette ideas in Japan, come try this publish: [coming soon]
  • I guess you don’t need to miss out on the highest Japanese meals dishes and drinks, so right here’s an inventory of belongings you MUST attempt: [coming soon]

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Different F.A.Q.

What’s the tipping coverage in Japan?

There’s NO tipping tradition in Tokyo or Japan usually. If you find yourself giving them one thing, they’ll principally be confused why, and they’ll certainly find yourself giving the cash again to you. Generally, it’s even thought of impolite and insulting if you happen to tip somebody.

What’s the energy socket utilized in Japan?

Japan usually makes use of two plug sorts: kind A (two flat parallel pins) and kind B (two flat parallel pins and a grounding pin on the backside). The nation operates on a 100V voltage and a frequency of fifty/60Hz.

What are the present journey restrictions and quarantine insurance policies in Japan?

 Please examine their newest journey advisories web page for extra particulars.

My passport will expire inside a month. Can I nonetheless journey to Japan?

All guests to Japan should have a passport that’s legitimate for not less than 6 months after the interval of their meant keep (in addition to have 2 clean pages).

Is there any gross sales tax in Japan?

Typically, no so long as you’re a non-resident staying for lower than 6 months.

I need to fly a drone in Japan. What are the restrictions?

If you wish to function a UA/Drone, it’s required to comply with the situations set by the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (extra data right here). You can even contact Japan’s Drone Counseling Service ([email protected]) for extra info.

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Japan Itinerary Information

It may be a frightening job to plan a Japan itinerary as a result of the nation is undeniably full of SO many fascinating locations, picturesque sights, good meals, enjoyable actions, and colourful tradition amongst many others!

For starters, I’ll listing beneath summarized itineraries which might be usually completed for X variety of days, after which it is going to be adopted by a tabbed part that exhibits the issues you are able to do in every space or metropolis in an effort to replenish the journey days that you’ve.

••• 4 DAYS
It’s preferable to simply keep in a single place like Tokyo — particularly if it’s going to be your first time in Japan. Nevertheless, if you happen to quite need to discover the Kansai area, you may keep in Kyoto or combine in Osaka with a aspect journey to Nara. (For different areas that you would be able to discover are: Chubu area, or Niigata, and so on. Ensure to examine the ‘Further Days’ tab beneath for different concepts.)
TIP: In the event you’re solely spending 4 days in simply Tokyo, you don’t really want a Japan Rail Cross. However if you happen to’re exploring Kansai, it may be cost-efficient to get a JR regional go. It actually relies on your most popular itinerary, so you need to learn by way of this text.

••• 7 DAYS
In the event you don’t need to rush your self, you may merely spend 7 days in Tokyo; in any other case, it’s completely attainable to squeeze in Kyoto and/or Osaka too if you happen to’re prepared to do a fast-paced journey. Ideally for this, you’ll spend 4 days in Tokyo and three days in Kyoto and/or Osaka.
TIP: It’s a good suggestion to get a JR Cross for this. However then once more, it actually relies on your most popular stops, so you need to learn by way of this text.

••• 10 DAYS
Doing 5 or 6 days in Tokyo, and 5 or 4 days in Kyoto + Osaka + Nara (Kansai space) can be nice for this variety of days. In the event you don’t thoughts a fast-paced journey, you may even squeeze in a visit to Hiroshima by lessening your days in each Tokyo and Kansai. Both manner, be happy to combine issues up.
TIP: It’s a good suggestion to get a JR Cross for this. Learn by way of this text to see if it’s price it for you.

••• 14 DAYS
Think about doing 5 days in Tokyo, 5 days in Kyoto + Osaka + Nara, 2 days in Hiroshima, and a pair of days in any area you need to your Japan itinerary (examine ‘Further Days’ tab beneath — or spend 7 days in Tokyo and seven days in Kansai Area. In any other case, simply lengthen your days in Tokyo as a result of that metropolis is simply so large with so many issues to do! It’s all as much as you).
TIP: It’s a good suggestion to get a JR Cross for this. Learn by way of this text to see if it’s price it for you.

With this variety of days, you’ve received on a regular basis to take issues straightforward to your Japan itinerary! So be happy to increase the times per space and ensure to examine the ‘Further Days‘ tab to see different locations you may discover. When planning out your route, do be certain that to examine journey occasions and connectivity to keep away from future hassles.
NOTE: On my first journey to Japan I spent about 20 days there as I explored Tokyo (6), Kyoto (3), Osaka (2), Nara (1), Hiroshima (3), Takayama (2), Magome-Tsumago (1), and Kinosaki (2). For this, I solely used a 14-day JR Cross since I spent 6 days in Tokyo and it was cheaper to simply purchase single tickets within the subway.
TIP: A 14-day or 21-day JR Cross is expensive at first sight — nevertheless it may completely make it easier to save up extra relying in your itinerary. Ensure to do some calculations to see if buying single tickets is healthier or not. See this text for more information.

ADDITIONAL TIP: To additional save up on time whenever you’re visiting a number of cities, please take into account reserving a flight out of Japan to the closest worldwide airport in your final day so that you don’t must journey again to Tokyo’s Narita.
So for instance, if you happen to finish your Japan itinerary someplace within the Kansai area (Kyoto, Osaka, and so on.), go and e book a departure flight from Kansai Airport as an alternative. After all, this relies if the ticket will not be costlier in comparison with a roundtrip flight that’s all completed at Tokyo’s Narita Airport. Both manner, if you happen to don’t thoughts the extra journey time and also you’ve received a Japan Rail Cross, it’s completely wonderful to journey again to Narita after your journey.


  • The next Japan itinerary part is in a tabbed format; so, in an effort to see the following day’s contents, simply click on the headings beneath.
  • I’ll primarily spotlight the so-called “Golden Route” that includes Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka adopted by Nara and Hiroshima, after which format them below a 14-day itinerary. In any case, they’re the standard spots which might be visited by the overwhelming majority of first-time vacationers in Japan.
  • Relaxation assured, I will even cowl different areas in Japan below the ‘Further Days‘ tab beneath with the intention to take into account these locations if you happen to occur to have extra days to your journey, or if you happen to merely need to see greater than the standard.

Tokyo Itinerary & Facet Journeys

The way in which I see it, Tokyo is usually a separate nation by itself given how large it’s. That being mentioned, needless to say going from one place to a different inside this city metropolis can usually take half-hour to an hour — or much more! (All the time examine Google Maps to confirm your journey occasions).

  • With that in thoughts, even whether it is humanly attainable to go to ALL of the points of interest listed beneath per day to your Japan itinerary, it’s greatest that you simply don’t as a result of you’ll undoubtedly be working round. Because of this I recommend that you simply pick the highest spots that you simply actually like after which save the remainder for later or for different days (in case you’ve extra days in Tokyo).

Detailed Tokyo Itinerary
High Issues to do in Tokyo (Per District)
Finest Lodges in Tokyo
Finest Cherry Blossom Spots in Tokyo
10 Issues Foreigners Should Know About Japan

◘◘ Day #1 — West of Tokyo

The Tokyo Metropolis consists of 23 particular wards and the town’s high highlights are present in just a few numbers of those wards. For ease of dialogue, I’ll divide Tokyo into two: the west and the east. Beneath are the west’s high points of interest…

SHIBUYA. That is known as a serious nightlife space nevertheless it’s additionally a serious buying and leisure venue particularly due to its sturdy youth presence in vogue and tradition.

  • For points of interest
    • ★ Shibuya Crossing: Present in entrance of Hachiko Exit, that is arguably essentially the most outstanding landmark of the district and essentially the most filmed spot within the space. If you wish to get view of it, go to the QFRONT constructing the place an enormous Starbucks cafe is discovered. It’s greatest to return throughout rush hour to see a powerful sight however be ready for crowds contained in the cafe. However, if you would like extra of a better fowl’s eye view, go to Shibuya Hikarie shopping center’s Sky Foyer on the eleventh Flooring.
    • Hachiko Statue:Hachiko is the identify of an admired Akita breed canine in Japanese tradition again within the 30s who exemplified excellent loyalty to his proprietor even after his proprietor’s demise. As much as at the present time, Hachiko has been remembered for these wonderful traits and that’s why this bronze statue of him that was put up in 1934 in entrance of Shibuya Station stays to be a well-revered level in Japan.
      • ALTERNATIVE: In order for you much less of the gang, there’s an even bigger statue of Hachiko alongside together with his grasp, Professor Ueno, on the grounds of UTokyo or the College of Tokyo.
  • For quirky enjoyable
    • Karaoke: You have to NEVER depart Japan with out attempting a typical Japanese karaoke! In the event you’re not from Asia, karaokes will not be like those that you simply see in Europe or the USA the place the particular person goes on stage and sings in entrance of strangers in a bar as they sing alongside to the music on TV — NO. Asian karaokes are extra private and ‘closed’ so you may unleash your singing powers in a sound-proof room with individuals that you simply really know. After all, these Japanese karaoke rooms are high-tech and are even well-decorated relying on the place you go to (and sure, they’ve English songs — a few of them even have Filipino tracks).
    • Love Resort Hill: That is the place yow will discover the largest focus of affection inns in Tokyo, and although it’s not a typical merchandise on a ‘issues to do in Tokyo’ listing, it may be an amusing factor in itself particularly if you happen to’re touring with your beloved — largely due to how the rooms are delightfully themed. Simply be warned although that some love inns don’t settle for same-sex {couples} and even two foreigners. However, you may ‘relaxation’ in a room for 1-4 hours at round 1,500 yen ($15~) per hour or ‘keep’ in a room in a single day for as little as 7,000 yen ($68~).
  • For nightlife: Two of essentially the most sensible golf equipment would first be the mammoth tremendous membership ageHA with over 4 dance flooring, an outside pool, and an outside dance tent; and second, the laser-filled Womb membership with its identifiable large mirror ball. Higher but, get this Tokyo Nightclub Cross that grants you UNLIMITED entry to the highest 7 nightclubs in Tokyo!
  • For buying
    • ★ Don Quijote, Loft, and/or Tokyu Fingers: These outlets are nice to incorporate in your Japan itinerary if you happen to’re searching for low-cost souvenirs, novelty gadgets, stationaries, and extra!
    • Middle Gai, Koen Dori, Spain Slope, and/or Shibuya 109: The primary 3 are distinct buying streets in Shibuya, whereas Shibuya 109 is a posh that you simply don’t need to miss out on if you wish to do some critical buying!
    • Shimokitazawa: This close by district is a superb ‘bohemian’ spot if you happen to’re searching for classic and second-hand gadgets and garments.
  • For meals
    • Ichiran Ramen: A well-known ramen (noodle soup dish) place that gained reputation worldwide due to its solo sales space type of eating. Relaxation assured, the ramen tastes excellent right here and is price a attempt so jot this down in your Japan itinerary!

HARAJUKU. Famed for its vogue scene, quirky tradition, cosplay outlets, and a lot extra!

  • For points of interest
    • Meiji Shrine: Devoted to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji (1st emperor of Japan) and Empress Shoken, the huge Meiji Shrine is a superb tranquil ‘escape’ from the hectic Harajuku. As a customer, you may partake within the routine Shinto acts: shopping for amulets, writing out your want on an ema (wood plates), and making choices on the corridor. For correct conduct when visiting a shrine, you may learn this information.
      • TIP: If you wish to witness a conventional Japanese Shinto wedding ceremony through which they make a procession to the temple, head right here round 10AM and take a look at your luck!
    • Yoyogi Park: A typical assembly place for Japanese individuals from all ‘walks of life’. Because it’s simply close to the fashionable Harajuku, you’ll usually discover crowds of band members, lolitas, cosplayers, and fashionistas in fascinating clothes (they’re typically concentrated round Jingubashi or the bridge close to Meiji Shrine). Taking images of those individuals in fancy clothes is completely wonderful, nevertheless it’s greatest if you happen to ask for permission first since not all of them are there to please the gang — they’re normally simply there to hang around or do practices, and so on.
  • For buying
    • ★ Takeshita Dori: The birthplace of Japan’s vogue tendencies, it is a slender road that’s full of fascinating outlets and cafes. It’s an especially sought-out place in Tokyo (particularly by fashionistas) so it might get very crowded right here, particularly on weekends. Among the belongings you shouldn’t miss out on to your Japan itinerary? The doorway — take a photograph right here as you see your self mirrored on the display screen.
      • TIP: Wanna do a guided tour? Take this Harajuku half-day tour that can take you thru Takeshita in addition to grant you entry to a number of the district’s high cafes!
    • Cat Avenue: If you wish to stray away from Takeshita Dori’s crowd, that is the following greatest place to be.
    • Omotesando: If Paris has Champs-Elysees, Japan has Omotesando. If Takeshita Dori is extra for low to mid-level customers, Omotesando is extra for the older or wealthier customers.
      • TIP: Drop by Espace Luis Vuitton Tokyo which is discovered on the highest flooring of its constructing to search out a tremendous artwork area — to not point out that the bogs are actually fancy.
    • Daiso Harajuku: That is certainly one of Japan’s well-known 100-yen variety-store outlets that provide inexpensive housewares, toys, stationery, decorations, bento provides, presents, and extra!
    • Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku: It is a multi-story buying middle that lately grew to become much more standard due to its kaleidoscope-like entrance that’s made from dozens of tilted mirrors. Don’t miss out as effectively on its rooftop terrace space on the sixth flooring if you would like views over Harajuku.
  • For quirky enjoyable
    • Maison de Jullieta: Kawaii (cute) tradition is a ‘factor’ among the many Japanese and a kind of kawaii vogue kinds can be the candy lolita look. In Maison de Jullieta in Harajuku, you may costume up as one — full with costume, make-up, and hair association at a value of round 10,000 yen ($97~)!
    • Kawaii Cafe: According to Harajuku’s colourful splash of colours and eccentric environment, there exists the Kawaii Monster-themed cafe! With over 5 individually themed areas, the cafe is sort of a rainbowholic’s paradise the place each nook is full of kawaii ornament and Instagram-worthy scenes.
    • Purikura: Purikura runs like a photograph sales space — however ‘leveled up’ in a Japanese sort of manner and it’s extensively standard amongst females. By these machines, you may take images of your self or your mates in a studio-esque sales space; after which, you’ll be digitally enhanced. By that, I imply robotically Photoshopped in a kawaii method: greater eyes, whiter pores and skin, and narrower face.

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

  • For points of interest
    • Tokyo Metropolitan Authorities Constructing: Towering at 243m, this construction has two towers and every of those has an observatory which guests can go to for FREE in an effort to get a fowl’s eye view of Tokyo. I like to recommend the southern tower because it exhibits a greater ‘aspect’ of Tokyo (closes at 5:30PM), whereas the northern tower is greatest for evening photographs because it closes later into the evening (till 11PM).
    • Shinjuku Gyoen: Finest visited throughout sakura and fall season, this place is only a stone’s throw away from Shinjuku station and it’s certainly one of many metropolis’s largest and most favored parks. Right here, you’ll discover three totally different gardens, a conventional Japanese panorama backyard, a French backyard, and an English panorama backyard.
    • Samurai Museum: As a Japanophile, I’ve additionally been enchanted by the tradition and historical past of the samurai (or bushi) — Japan’s notable navy warriors. Adults can enter for a price of 1,800 yen ($18~) in an effort to see the spectacular displays; however the spotlight of this place might be the experiences that you would be able to attempt: photoshoot with primary samurai gear (500 yen $5), sword battle efficiency with an actor (free), samurai calligraphy lesson (500 yen or $5~), {and professional} photoshoot with full samurai gear (begins at 32,000 yen or $320~).
  • For nightlife
    • Omoide Yokocho: That is generally known as “Piss Alley” however relaxation assured, it isn’t as disgusting because it sounds. Based mostly subsequent to the practice on the west aspect of Shinjuku Station, it is a place that’s nearly much like Yurakucho close to Ginza — besides that Omoide Yokocho options extra diversified tiny eateries that serve ramen (Japanese noodle dish), sushi, kushiyaki (skewered grilled meat), amongst many others. The outlets predominantly solely converse Japanese; however as a foreigner, it’s not arduous to simply level your order to them.
      • TIP: E book right here for a guided tour so that you don’t miss out on something!
    • ★ Golden Gai: Made up of a community of 6 slender alleys linked with even smaller passageways, Golden Gai is a captivating website to go to for a drink. With over 200 tiny bars and eateries, it might undoubtedly offer you a glimpse of Tokyo’s previous. Nevertheless, don’t let the seems to be of those bars idiot you; although they’re small (becoming solely round 5 prospects), the costs will not be precisely low-cost. In any case, they usually serve well-off shoppers similar to celebrities, musicians, artists, and so on. However don’t again out simply but as a result of even when most bars solely welcome their ‘regulars‘, you as a foreigner can nonetheless get to expertise the glory of Golden Gai as a result of there are those that welcome non-regulars — that is greatest signified by the English menus that they might show outdoors their bar. (Take observe that these bars don’t open till round 9 or 10PM).
      • TIP: On your Japan itinerary, e book right here for a guided tour so that you don’t miss out on something!
    • Kabukicho: That is the leisure and red-light district in Shinjuku which is typically known as the “Sleepless City”. In contrast to Amsterdam which options prostitutes on the home windows of their buildings, Kabukicho has a extra subdued assortment because it solely consists of hostess golf equipment, love inns, therapeutic massage parlors, and extra. Until you need to avail these sorts of providers, as a daily vacationer, I simply discover this as an fascinating place to see in Tokyo. Relaxation assured, I felt solely protected strolling round right here because it didn’t really feel seedy. Fact be instructed, one explicit factor about Kabukicho that I greatest favored to see or observe was the pachinko parlors. (Pachinko is an insanely standard sport in Japan that someway resembles pinball and since playing is prohibited there, that is the one manner that locals can ‘gamble’.)
  • For quirky enjoyable
    • ★ Robotic Restaurant: Tokyo, the land of the bizarre (as some would say) lives as much as its identify as a result of it does provide a number of themed eating places like that of The LockUp (prison-like), Zauo (fish to your personal meals), and Alice in Wonderland Restaurant (self-explanatory). However essentially the most entertaining and bizarre-themed restaurant I’ve visited? That may be Robotic Restaurant in Kabukicho space. A construction of glitz, lasers, and robots, my ‘ordeal’ on this restaurant was… undescribable — in a great way!
    • Godzilla: Japan’s well-known large monster and popular culture icon, Godzilla, will be seen right here in Shinjuku atop Toho Cinemas. It’s a pleasant spectacle as a result of he seems to be like he’s taking a peak from the constructing above — seconds away from wreaking utter havoc.
    • Animal Cafes: Loads of individuals would suggest that you simply go to Tokyo’s well-liked animal cafés similar to these of a cat café, owl café, rabbit café, goat café, and so on. (There are many them discovered round Shinjuku similar to Cat Cafe Calico, and so on.). I don’t like them although as a result of I’m uncomfortable with the concept of protecting a number of animals in such a small area with strangers that they’re not that accustomed to — however, I depart it as much as you to determine what you’ll do.

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◘◘ Day #2 — East of Tokyo

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

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

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AKIHABARA. Dubbed because the otaku* cultural middle and tech buying district of Japan, strolling by way of Akihabara’s major road known as Chuo-dori will already offer you an thought of what this district is all about.
*Japanese time period for individuals who have obsessive pursuits generally in the direction of anime and manga. A synonymous phrase in English can be ‘geeks’.

You see, Japan might have a tremendous olden tradition, BUT it has additionally developed an equally wonderful fashionable tradition over the current years, and it’s in Akihabara that you would be able to get a glimpse of this considerably wacky ‘evolution’.

  • For quirky enjoyable
    • Maid cafe: Lots of people in Tokyo like to cosplay — a type of roleplaying the place individuals put on costumes to signify a personality (usually present in animes and mangas). One of many good ol’ favorites of the Japanese on the subject of cosplaying or ‘dressing up’ is waitresses wearing these frilly Victorian maid costumes. According to their ‘character’, they’ll even act as in the event that they’re servants after which deal with others as their masters. Now apply that concept to a café, splash it with small video games, a cutesy demeanor, temporary performances, and picture-taking with prospects and that’s the place you get the famed maid cafes of Japan. An ideal place to attempt in Akihabara can be @House Cafe.
    • ★ Arcades: We’ve tons of online game arcades within the Philippines — HOWEVER, they’re not as insanely wonderful, vibrant, thrilling, and quite a few as what Tokyo has! Probably the most recognized gaming arcades in Tokyo can be Taito Station. (You can additionally do purikura inside these arcades).
    • ★ Go Kart: Come reside on the sting and discover downtown Tokyo in a cool Go Kart when you’re wearing standard cosplay costumes! With this enjoyable driving tour, you may decide to do a one-hour expertise or a complete day affair.
  • For buying
    • Yodabashi: When you have time to go to just one tech gadget retailer within the district, then this 9-story constructing is your greatest guess! In any case, it’s confirmed that their gadgets are normally cheaper than in Europe and even Asia.
    • Mandarake or Tokyo Anime Middle: Mandarake, a big 8-floor advanced that is filled with merchandise associated to anime and manga, is the most effective go-to area if you happen to’re a hardcore otaku or not less than a educated one at that; whereas I imagine {that a} go to to the Tokyo Anime Middle is greatest completed first by individuals who don’t know of the otaku scene in an effort to acquire a greater understanding of it.

SUMIDA. Probably the most noteworthy attraction that you need to go to on this ward must be the next:

  • Tokyo Skytree: At 634m, that is the tallest tower on the planet. It’s primarily a tv and radio broadcast website for the Kanto Area; however for vacationers, you may go to the massive buying advanced, aquarium, and planetarium which might be positioned at its base. And naturally, for sky-high views of the town, Tokyo Skytree has two statement decks and you should purchase your tickets right here.
  • ★ Ryogoku: If you’re interested in Japan’s nationwide sport of sumo (wrestling), then you will need to head to this place which is its so-called historic middle. You will discover right here Tokyo’s sumo stadium (Kokugikan), sumo stables, and different sumo-related points of interest. If you wish to watch official matches, come round January, Could, or September and e book your ticket on-line.
    • Strive chanko nabe in any of the eating places within the neighborhood. That is principally a sizzling pot dish that could be a staple meals of sumo wrestlers.
    • TIP: To order your sumo tickets for Japan’s Tokyo Grand Sumo Match, go to this hyperlink. For the months whereby tournaments will not be held, you may get a close-up have a look at the sumo wrestlers’ morning battle practices through this tour.

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◘◘ Day #3 — Mt. Fuji

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

Because the nation’s tallest peak, it has been thought of one of the vital iconic sights in Japan so it could be a good suggestion to dedicate at the present time to it. There are a number of methods for seeing this energetic volcano in all its glory (together with driving a Tokaido shinkansen from Tokyo to Osaka if you happen to sit on the fitting, 40min earlier than Shin-Fuji Station, or going to Fuji Subaru Line fifth Station) however beneath are the most effective areas for viewing it.

  • Some individuals do one of many locations beneath as a day journey, whereas others as an in a single day journey to additionally expertise staying in a ryokan (conventional Japanese inn). It’s completely as much as you, however naturally, if you happen to’re quick on time, making it a day journey can be sufficient.
  • Clouds usually block the view of Mount Fuji so that you usually have to think about your self fortunate if you happen to get a transparent view of it. It’s mentioned that visibility tends to be higher in the course of the colder seasons of the 12 months than in summer season. In any other case, it’s nice within the early morning or late night hours in comparison with the center of the day.
  • ★ Hakone: (1hr from Tokyo) That is a part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu Nationwide Park and it’s well-known not just for its pure magnificence and lake views of Mt. Fuji but additionally for its sizzling springs (onsen). Different points of interest that you would be able to try listed here are the: large scenic torii gate by the lake, Owakudani (sulfurous vapor rivers), Hakone Shrine (the realm’s most well-known Shinto shrine), Hakone Tozan Railway (scenic mountain railway line), and Hakone Ropeway (nice views over the energetic Owakudani valley).
    • To save lots of up on transportation prices, get a Hakone Free Cross to achieve limitless journey on eight transportation choices together with the Hakone Sightseeing Cruise (Pirate Ship), Hakone Tozan Prepare, Hakone Tozan Bus, Hakone Tozan Cable Automotive, and Hakone Ropeway.
    • For a hassle-free expertise, you may take a Hakone day tour that already features a cease at Mt. Fuji and another fascinating actions like a lake cruise and extra. Or, it’s also possible to do that different Hakone tour.
  • ★ Fuji 5 Lakes: (2hrs from Tokyo) The Fuji 5 Lakes is a area that lies on the northern base of Mount Fuji and amongst them, Lake Kawaguchiko is the simplest to entry with a whole lot of fascinating issues to do. It is a nice inclusion to your Japan itinerary particularly if you happen to additionally need to check out a typical Japanese onsen (provided that it’s a sizzling spring resort city). Don’t overlook to additionally attempt the Kachi Kachi Ropeway for panoramic views of the realm.
    • For a hassle-free expertise, you may take a Mt Fuji day tour to this lake area with the inclusion of Kachi Kachi Ropeway, fruit choosing, and fruit choosing.
    • A distinct possibility is to quite go to Chureito Pagoda (pictured above) which remains to be a part of Fuji 5 Lakes however not discovered inside Lake Kawaguchiko. This spot is a favourite amongst photographers, particularly throughout spring or autumn and it’s straightforward to see why! (This tour consists of this pagoda as a cease).

For different choices and particulars, you may learn my Mt. Fuji tour publish!

  • Kamakura: (1hr from Tokyo) Other than providing nice views over Mt. Fuji, Kamakura can be well-known for its Nice Buddha bronze statue that towers at round 11 meters. In the event you’re into nature, this coastal city additionally has nice climbing trails and seashores. To not point out that it holds quite a few temples and shrines just like the well-known Hasedera Temple and Hachimangu Shrine.
  • Enoshima: (1hr from Tokyo) It is a touristic island that gives quite a lot of points of interest (Enoshima Shrine), seashores, parks, an statement tower, and caves (Iwaya Caves). If I say so myself, doing a Kamakura + Enoshima day tour can be perfect if you wish to try each of those cities.
  • Fuji Shibazakura Pageant: (2hrs from Tokyo) It is a well-known time-limited occasion that’s normally held at Fuji Motosuko Resort from the center of April to late Could. When you have the time, I like to recommend doing a sakura tour of this pageant because it options over 80,000 blooming shibazakura (pink, crimson, and white mountain phlox flowers) over 6 acres of sloping hills. Pair this off with an awesome view of Mt. Fuji and it immediately turns into an Instagrammable spot!

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◘◘ Day #4 — Different Day Journeys Outdoors Tokyo

Beneath are different fascinating day journeys that you will need to see close to Tokyo!

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

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◘◘ Day #5 — …or Extra! (Tokyo Further Days)

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


  • Roppongi Hills
    • Mori Tower: Because the centerpiece of Roppongi, Mori Tower is primarily an workplace constructing; however its decrease flooring are full of greater than 200 outlets and eating places and its high flooring has an statement deck that provides you with a wonderful view of Tokyo that’s open from 10AM to 11PM (1AM on Fridays and Saturdays).
      • To benefit from the picturesque rooftop views on Mori Tower’s 52nd flooring, simply e book an Remark Deck ticket on-line.
      • Beneath Mori Tower, you’ll discover an enormous spider sculpture known as Maman which suggests ‘mom’ in French. That is made by the artist Louise Bourgeois.
      • Tokyo Midtown is yet one more constructing that you would be able to go into if you happen to’re up for extra buying and leisure.
      • Throughout Christmas, head to the realm in Mori Tower that faces Keyakizaka Avenue in Roppongi Hills to see an awesome view of Tokyo Tower being illuminated by the road lights. Whereas if you happen to go to Tokyo Midtown, you’ll discover the Starlight Backyard which has over 280,000 lights which might be magically unfold out on the grounds!
    • ★ Tokyo Tower: At a top of 333 meters, this is sort of a duplicate of the well-known Eiffel Tower. Made after Japan’s post-war rebirth, this was the nation’s tallest tower — till Tokyo Skytree was made in 2012. Regardless of this reality, the tower’s prime location remains to be a splendid place to see a panoramic view of the town. There are 2 observatories right here: the principle one at 150m excessive and the particular one at 250m excessive. The doorway is at 900 yen ($9~) for the principle statement deck and 1,600 ($16~) yen for each decks. To e book your tickets, go right here.
    • Nightlife: Golf equipment and bars in Roppongi is usually a dizzying encounter for a first-timer; so it’s really preferable if you happen to go to this with a neighborhood. In any other case, only a bit of recommendation: keep away from the boys (usually African males) who would attempt to push you into going to their golf equipment! As a rule, these are seedy ones, and in a while, they could even overcharge you. For the most effective golf equipment to go to, I recommend Jumanji55, V2 Tokyo, or Membership Model Tokyo which all have mixture of locals and foreigners. Higher but, get this Tokyo Nightclub Cross that grants you UNLIMITED entry to the highest 7 nightclubs in Tokyo!
  • Hie Shrine: You don’t must journey all the best way to Kyoto to witness a Shinto shrine with a number of iconic crimson torii (conventional Japanese gate) as a result of yow will discover this proper within the coronary heart of Tokyo! (In any other case, there’s additionally the same one known as Nezu Shrine).


  • Marunouchi: Chiyoda is known as the political middle of Tokyo and it’s right here in Marunouchi the place you will notice the aforementioned authorities establishments.
    • Imperial Palace: That is the principle residence of the Emperor of Japan and it’s really a large park surrounded by moats. It accommodates buildings together with the palace, personal residences of the Imperial Household, places of work, museums, and extra.
    • Chidorigafuchi: Positioned simply on the northwest part of the Imperial Palace is that this moat part. This space is extremely really useful throughout sakura season because it is without doubt one of the greatest spots for hanami (cherry blossom viewing). So as to add: they recurrently gentle up the timber at evening throughout that interval after which you may even lease boats there!
    • Tokyo Central Railway Station: That is the busiest railway station in Japan by way of the variety of trains per day and it’s fairly a sight to see! For starters, you’ll immediately discover this constructing due to its crimson brick look — a glance that survived from when it was first opened in 1914.
  • Odaiba: As a man-made island, it was initially constructed to guard the town towards attainable sea assaults; immediately, nevertheless, the island reworked right into a futuristic enterprise and residential space.
    • DiverCity Tokyo Plaza: It is a eating, leisure, and buying advanced which additionally options points of interest associated to the well-known Gundam anime sequence. Fact be instructed, it additionally has a life-size Gundam statue in entrance of its constructing.
    • Fuji TV Space: That is known as such due to how the Fuji TV Constructing (certainly one of Japan’s largest TV stations) towers above every little thing else. As a customer, you possibly can undoubtedly go into Fuji TV’s observatory deck that’s positioned within the round portion of the institution. Different issues to see round right here can be the shopping center of Decks Tokyo Seashore and the scenic Rainbow Bridge (which seems to be dashing at evening, and the place it’s also possible to discover a duplicate of the Statue of Liberty.)
    • Palette City: In the event you’re up for some critical leisure and buying spree actions, I recommend that you simply head on to Palette City! Right here, yow will discover the next venues: Venus Fort (a mall that appears like a European city), Toyota Mega Net (automotive showroom the place you may check drive vehicles), and Leisureland (a big gaming advanced).
      • TeamLab: Yet one more Instagrammable attraction, this interactive museum is well-known for digital and lightweight artwork, and to e book your tickets, simply go right here.
    • The Soho: That is an Instagram-worthy workplace constructing that’s famed for its color-blocked hallways.
    • Oedo Onsen Monogatari: In the event you can’t afford to go to a sizzling springs resort city, that is the following smartest thing to your Japan itinerary! That is principally a sizzling spring theme park that emulates the environment of the Edo Interval. You may take pleasure in varied varieties of indoor and outside baths, eating places, massages, video games, and different leisure whereas carrying a yukata (conventional Japanese put on). To order tickets for this, go right here.
    • Tsukiji Market: Fish is an enormous enterprise in Japan and the Tsukiji Market is a wonderful level for observing this energetic business in addition to tasting its recent produce. Thus far, this market has been divided into two, certainly one of which remains to be discovered close to Tsukiji Shijo Station and the opposite close to Odaiba. In order for you a guided day tour right here, e book an expertise right here.
  • GINZA: Tokyo’s most well-known upmarket buying, eating, and leisure district.
    • Yurakucho: Yurakucho is a hanging but stress-free distinction to the close by upscale Ginza district, primarily due to its traditional-looking eating places which might be constructed beneath the practice tracks of the JR Yamanote Line — known as Gado-shita (which accurately means: beneath the girders). As a customer, I guarantee you that one have a look at Yurakucho will make you’re feeling as if you happen to’ve taken a visit again in time throughout Japan’s early postwar interval! These days, a whole lot of Japanese salarymen have made this location their favourite eating place after work as they flock to izakaya (Japanese-style bars highlighted by their crimson lanterns known as akachochin) and yakitori (grilled skewered hen dishes) eating places.
      • TIP: Profit from this space’s native flavors and consuming spots by doing a ‘Tokyo After 5‘ tour!
    • Chuo Dori: As the principle buying road in Ginza, you’ll discover right here all the most important model outlets, department shops, and eating places attainable. Come nighttime, you’ll undoubtedly be feasting upon its blinding but stunning neon lights. Among the notable buildings right here can be of the Wako (that has the enduring Hattori Clock Tower), Hermes, Dior, and Zara amongst many others.
      • In order for you the most effective ‘festive’ expertise on this road, I recommend strolling by way of right here on weekends from 12PM to 5PM (till 6PM from April to September) as a result of it’s usually closed to vehicle site visitors — an occasion often known as ‘Pedestrians’ Paradise’.
    • Depachika: It is a mixture of the phrases depato (division retailer) and chika (basement). In Japan, a lot of the large department shops similar to that of Mitsukoshi have their basement flooring made into some type of meals market — however really, if I’ve to explain it myself, I’ll name it a ‘meals theme park’ as a result of you may get to have a enjoyable but fast introduction into the VAST number of Japanese meals there — together with sq. watermelons and insanely priced strawberries! Anyhow, the stalls are very beneficiant with giving freely samples too; so if you happen to’re on a funds, you actually don’t have to purchase one thing (although it is going to be respectful to take action, naturally).


  • ★ Disneyland and DisneySea: For some good ol’ enjoyable with your loved ones and/or pals, try Tokyo’s standard Disneyland and DisneySea to your Japan itinerary. You may go to each theme parks nevertheless it’s greatest to dedicate 1 day to every place. In the event you can solely go to one, I personally assume that DisneySea can be an awesome alternative as a result of it’s certainly one of its variety in the entire world!
  • Sanrio Puroland: Enter the kawaii world of Japan’s well-known Sanrio characters comprising Hiya Kitty, Gudetama, Melody, and so many others! It’s primarily geared in the direction of children, however if you happen to’re a Sanrio fan, this theme park is good for individuals of all ages! I’m an enormous fan of Gudetama and I fell in love with this place immediately.
  • Ghibli Museum: That is the animation and artwork museum of Miyazaki Hayao’s Studio Ghibli which is without doubt one of the nation’s most well-known animation studios that produced world-known films like Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and My Neighbor Totoro.

Kyoto Itinerary & Facet Journeys

Kyoto was the capital of Japan — nonetheless, it has retained that former glory with its nice historic worth alongside numerous temples, shrines, gardens, imperial palaces, and conventional wood homes amongst many others.

If I’ll add, that is additionally the town that’s well-known for its formal traditions most particularly that of the geisha (or geiko) who’re Japan’s famed skilled feminine entertainers. For these causes and extra, that is essential to incorporate in your Japan itinerary.

Searching for high sakura areas in Kyoto?

Take a look at this final information to Kyoto cherry blossom spots — from lesser-known areas to the most well-liked ones!

Finest Cherry Blossom Spots in Kyoto
Finest Lodges in Kyoto

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Take observe that it takes round 3 hours by bullet practice (shinkansen) to get to Kyoto from Tokyo. With that mentioned, the ‘issues to do’ for at the present time of your Japan itinerary must be fewer, however relying in your arrival time, it’s nonetheless attainable to do lots. Go and choose from my options beneath…

  • Nijo Citadel: Additionally known as Nijojo, that is the previous residence of the primary shogun (navy dictator) within the Edo Interval throughout his stays in Kyoto. Right this moment, this fortress is split into 3 areas: the Honmaru (major circle of protection), the Ninomaru (secondary circle of protection), and the gardens. What’s nice in regards to the fortress grounds too is that there are over 400 cherry blossom timber so it’s fairly a sight in the course of the spring season. (Admission is 600 yen).
  • Nishiki Market: Often known as “Kyoto’s Kitchen”, it is a lengthy but slender buying road that options over 100 energetic outlets and eating places. It is a great place to go to to your Japan itinerary if you wish to purchase any recent produce or Kyoto specialties. As a market with an extended historical past, that is additionally an awesome place to mingle with the locals.
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace: This nice expanse was the residence of Japan’s Imperial Household till 1868, when the capital was moved to Tokyo. Provided that that is inside the Kyoto Imperial Park, it makes for a leisurely stroll to undergo the area which is filled with ponds, gardens, and weeping cherry timber. (Admission is FREE).
  • Manga Museum: In the event you’re fascinated by Japan’s manga (comics) tradition and historical past, this could possibly be a quaint stopover to your Japan itinerary. Generally there are even artists who arrange displays and provide sketches or portrait drawings of the guests. (Admission is 800 yen).
  • ★ Fushimi-inari: It is a Shinto shrine in Kyoto that you simply completely should NOT miss for. your Japan itinerary! As one of the vital essential shrines in southern Kyoto, it’s extensively standard for its dense crimson torii gates that quantity in hundreds. Principally, it snakes across the trails and the principle buildings up till it results in the forest of Mount Inari (the hike takes about 2 to three hours however you’re free to stroll wherever). Additionally, because the identify states, that is devoted to ‘Inari‘ who’s the Shinto god of rice. Inari’s messengers are mentioned to be foxes and for this reason you’ll discover a whole lot of fox statues across the shrine. (Admission is FREE).
    • For a hassle-free expertise, you are able to do a guided Fushimi-inari tour that features a Sagano Prepare trip and a go to to Arashiyama.
  • Pontocho: It is a eating space that’s full of eating places providing a variety of selections from native to overseas cuisines. Take observe although that almost all institutions open from round 5PM to 11PM solely. In the event you come within the hotter seasons, a lot of the locations construct short-term platforms over the river for open-air eating (known as kawayuka).

TIP: In order for you a hassle-free expertise to your Japan itinerary, you may take a guided Kyoto morning tour or afternoon tour to key locations within the metropolis.

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◘◘ Day #7

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Time to make full use of at the present time in exploring Kyoto’s different essential sights!

For my part, although it’s attainable to do all the sights beneath in at some point, it’s nonetheless a good suggestion to pay heed to the time particularly if you happen to plan to do a Kyoto kimono rental too as a result of it would reduce your hours of exploration (provided that placing on a kimono takes a while).

  • ★ Higashiyama District: Discovered alongside the slopes of Kyoto’s jap mountains is that this preserved historic district which proves to be a good way to expertise the texture of ‘outdated Kyoto’. You’ll undoubtedly discover a whole lot of outlets and eating places that can cater to your fancy!
    • Kiyomizudera: It is a well-known temple in Kyoto that’s listed below the UNESCO World Heritage and it’s best recognized for its wood stage that stretches out to the hillside because it gives nice views over the cherry and maple timber beneath it — so think about how the positioning shall be like throughout spring or autumn! (Admission is 400 yen).
    • Kiyomizu-michi: That is the identify used to consult with the principle road within the district. One explicit store you will need to not miss is Nama-Yatsuhashi which makes the most well-liked Kyoto Sweets.
      • Different streets to take a look at within the district are Sannenzaka / Sanneizaka and Ninenzaka.
  • ★ Kinkaku-ji: Lauded because the ‘Golden Pavilion’, that is — certainly — a construction that’s principally coated in gold leaf. This Zen temple really was the retirement villa of a shogun. Right this moment, you’ll completely take pleasure in its spectacular structure because it overlooks a picturesque pond. Earlier than leaving, don’t overlook to undergo the gardens and take a look at Sekkatei Teahouse to take pleasure in some matcha tea and sweets. (Admission is 400 yen).
  • Ginkakuji: Then again, although that is known as the ‘Silver Pavilion’, it’s not likely in silver — it by no means was. Many believed that it garnered its identify after the constructing was constructed to distinction the Golden Pavilion. Both manner, this stays to be a well-liked spot for a lot of.
  • Thinker’s Path: It is a nice stone path (close to Ginkakuji) that could be a should to go to throughout cherry blossom season. Its identify was derived from Nishida Kitaro, certainly one of Japan’s most well-known philosophers, who used to apply meditation whereas strolling this route.
  • ★ Gion: That is Kyoto’s most well-known geisha district and it’s full of conventional outlets, eating places, and ochaya (teahouses) through which geiko (Kyoto dialect for geisha and maiko [geiko apprentices]) work. Other than the attraction of this place, a whole lot of guests come and go to with the hope of glimpsing a geiko or maiko — nevertheless, not lots of people know that oftentimes, what they’ll witness are vacationers who’re simply dressed up as one(to study extra about this, learn my publish right here).
    • Hanami-koji Avenue and Shirakawa Space: The most well-liked locations inside Gion, so don’t overlook to wander round right here.
    • Gion Nook: Ideally, one of many final experiences in Kyoto is to dine with a maiko or geiko, however since that is usually costly and unique, the following smartest thing you are able to do to make sure that you witness an actual maiko or geisha is to go to Gion Nook. Geared toward overseas guests, this place gives cultural exhibits that introduce conventional Japanese arts such because the tea ceremony, ikebana, bunraku, Kyogen comedian performs, and maiko dances.
    • Shijo Avenue: Bisecting Gion district is a well-liked buying space that sells native souvenirs and presents.
    • Gion Matsuri: That is the pageant of Yasaka Shrine and it’s mentioned to be essentially the most well-known pageant in Japan! Subsequently, if you happen to occur to be in Kyoto within the month of July, you’re in for a deal with as a result of they have fun throughout the entire month (with the spotlight being July 17 as they do a grand procession of floats known as Yamaboko Junko).

TIP: Wanna be a part of a guided tour to the geisha districts to your Japan itinerary? Click on right here!

Kimono rental: Very similar to Tokyo, Kyoto has a whole lot of kimono rental outlets too. In the event you solely have the funds to do one kimono expertise, I extremely suggest doing it within the distinctive environment of Kyoto than in Tokyo’s Asakusa! An alternative choice is to do an oiran (courtesan) rental or photoshoot at Studio Esperanto.

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◘◘ Day #8 — …or Extra!

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Arashiyama is especially standard in the course of the spring and autumn season — nonetheless, it’s a year-round vacation spot due not solely to its shut proximity to Kyoto but additionally to its pure setting! So as to take advantage of your Japan itinerary, don’t overlook to take a look at the next Arashiyama highlights…

  • Bamboo Groves: I’m certain you’ve seen images of this place and it’s well-known for a motive: it actually makes for a pleasant scenic stroll or bicycle trip! In the event you occur to have the funds to lease a kimono on this space as effectively, then it’s a should to take images on this path. To keep away from the gang, I like to recommend coming within the early morning.
  • Togetsukyo Bridge: Translated to ‘Moon Crossing Bridge’, that is an iconic landmark inside Arashiyama attributable to how it’s backdropped by the forested mountains. There’s even a park by the river which is speckled with cherry timber.
  • Monkey Park Iwatayama: The doorway to this park is discovered south of the Togetsukyo Bridge. Be cautious that it’s a little bit of an uphill climb — however which solely spans for about 10 minutes. On this place, you’ll love the truth that there are over 100 monkeys roaming freely within the open space. I significantly liked my expertise right here as I additionally fed the monkeys from a delegated space. So as to add, that is additionally an awesome vantage level for panoramic views over Arashiyama. (Admission is 550 yen).

The middle of the district is kind of compact so I recommend taking your time strolling round. Different locations of curiosity that you would be able to examine are Tenryuji Temple and Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Avenue. (Need a guided Arashiyama tour packaged along with Nara to your Japan itinerary? Take a look at this tour. In any other case, it’s also possible to simply take a half-day tour that can solely give attention to the highest sights inside Arashiyama.)

Or, it’s also possible to do that different Arashiyama tour from Kyoto with a Nara stopover to your Japan itinerary.

In the event you nonetheless have some extra time, there’s an possibility of doing the Sagano Scenic Railway which is a sightseeing exercise on an old style practice. Most individuals normally take a guided tour for this which is partnered along with a tour round Arashiyama. If not, you may simply merely purchase a one-way ticket.

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◘◘ Further or Substitute Actions in Kyoto

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Received some extra time to your Japan itinerary? Take a look at these different locations…

  • ★ Daigoji Temple: A delegated UNESCO World Heritage Website that’s vastly standard particularly throughout autumn or springtime attributable to its picturesque environment. Certain sufficient, with its stunning grounds, landscaped gardens, climbing trails, and a lot extra, it immediately makes for a worthy vacation spot to your Japan itinerary.
  • Toji Temple: That is yet one more certainly one of Kyoto’s many UNESCO World Heritage Websites and what’s notable about this temple is its 5-storied pagoda which is claimed to be the tallest pagoda in Japan.
  • Shojuin Temple: This has risen to reputation amongst younger females in Japan primarily due to its Instagrammable heart-shaped window known as an ‘inome‘ window in its visitor corridor. What’s extra, the temple’s ceiling has stunning items of splendid patterns. (Admission of 400 yen).

Osaka Itinerary (together with Nara)

Osaka has the 2nd largest metropolitan space after Tokyo and as part of the Kansai area, it’s best recognized not just for its grand shogunate fortress but additionally for its nightlife and road meals. Fact be instructed, it is a quintessential cease to your Japan itinerary!

Finest Cherry Blossom Spots in Osaka
Finest Lodges in Osaka

◘◘ Day #9 (Nara)

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On your Japan itinerary, take observe that it solely takes about 1 hour by practice to get to Osaka from Kyoto. After you examine in to your Osaka lodging, enterprise out on a day journey to the close by district of Nara (which solely takes lower than an hour). In the event you’re not up for that, you may interchange this with day #10.

Nara is the primary everlasting capital of Japan, after which it was moved to Nagaoka, later to Kyoto, after which to Tokyo. Right this moment, this district is legendary for its historic treasures and lovely deer park.

  • ★ Nara Park: It is a massive park within the middle of Nara and it’s residence to greater than a thousand wild free-roaming deer. Within the Shinto faith, they’re thought of messengers of gods and Nara made them as a logo of their metropolis. Simply be cautious although as a result of the deers right here will be aggressive (particularly on the subject of meals), however they’re usually calm. If you wish to feed them, deer crackers are offered everywhere in the park at a low price.
    • TIP: Strive bowing right down to the deers and oftentimes, you’ll discover that they bow again! It’s mentioned that again within the olden occasions, the locals bowed right down to them as they have been (like I mentioned) considered messengers of God. For generations, they’ve retained this Japanese customized particularly after they count on some meals.
  • ★ Todaiji Temple: Discovered adjoining to Nara Park, you’ll first enter this temple’s towering Nandaimon Gate with fierce-looking statues that signify the Nio Guardian Kings. That is adopted by the principle corridor, the Daibutsuden (Huge Buddha Corridor) which is the world’s largest wood constructing housing certainly one of japan’s largest bronze statues of Buddha.
  • Horyuji Temple: This is without doubt one of the world’s oldest surviving wood buildings and a delegated UNESCO World Heritage.

TIP: It’s attainable to take a guided tour to Nara from Osaka (with a cease to Arashiyama included in it too). Alternatively, if you wish to give attention to this metropolis solely to your Japan itinerary, it’s also possible to simply take a targeted Nara tour.

If there’s nonetheless time, head on over to the close by Mount Yoshino — much more so if you happen to’re in Japan throughout its sakura season. Moreover, that is considered the nation’s most well-known cherry blossom spot given the 30,000 cherry timber discovered on its slopes! Fact be instructed, Mount Yoshino along with the close by Mount Koya and Kumano have been designated as a cultural UNESCO World Heritage Website since 20014.

Wanna keep an evening or extra? Take a look at these high greatest inns in Nara grouped from funds to luxurious locations to remain.

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◘◘ Day #10+ (Osaka)

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For this a part of your Japan itinerary, t’s time to discover Osaka’s high wonders, particularly…

  • ★ Osaka Citadel: An iconic Japanese fortress that performed a serious position within the unification of the nation in the course of the sixteenth century. These days, nevertheless, the fortress tower is solely fashionable on the within (even that includes an elevator) however its historic options are nonetheless intact. (Admission of 600 yen).
    • Beside it’s the Nishinomaru Backyard with over 600 cherry timber with an admission of 200 yen.
  • Umeda Sky Constructing: It is a spectacular 173-meter tall constructing that consists of two towers which might be linked by a ‘Floating Backyard Observatory’ on the thirty ninth flooring.
    • TIP: Don’t miss out on the cool picture alternatives on the lengthy escalator that results in this observatory! Within the basement of the constructing, you’ll additionally discover a restaurant flooring that emulates the early Showa Interval of Japan.
  • ★ Minami (Namba): That is Osaka’s most well-known leisure district providing the next landmarks…
    • Dotonbori: That is an immensely standard road that runs parallel to the Dotonbori canal. In right here, you’ll discover a wide selection of retailers, eating places, meals stalls, karaoke, and extra! Just be sure you go to right here at evening as a result of it’s when it actually comes alive! One other spot you will need to not miss right here is the well-known Glico Operating Man signal and the big Kani Doraku crab signal.
      • In the event you see an extended line, don’t hesitate to line up too as a result of more often than not it signifies that it’s a fairly good place! (After all, if you happen to don’t thoughts ready).
    • Shinsaibashi Purchasing Arcade: This close by space is Osaka’s premier buying middle that mixes retail shops, boutiques, department shops, and so on.
    • Hozenji Yokocho Alley: This slender path has plenty of fascinating eating places and izakaya (casual Japanese pubs) which might be considerably harking back to Kyoto’s Pontocho alley.
  • Shinsekai: In order for you a much less crowded model of Dotonbori, that is the place to go to to your Japan itinerary. Notable right here is the Tsutenkaku Tower (the image of the district) and the kushikatsu (an Osaka specialty of assorted battered deep-fried meals)

TIP: Wish to save time to your Japan itinerary? Take a guided Osaka strolling tour or a meals tour!

Are you quite searching for a enjoyable and quirky solution to discover Osaka? Then come and be a part of a Go Kart expertise and race by way of the town!

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◘◘ Further or Substitute Actions in Osaka

Received some extra time to your Japan itinerary? Take a look at these different locations…

  • ★ Common Studios Japan: That is the primary Common Studios theme park that has been in-built Asia. Now, if you happen to ask me, out of all of the USJ parks I’ve been to everywhere in the world, this one in Japan blew me away! With over 8 gigantic sections (together with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter), there’s greater than sufficient to maintain you entertained!
  • Hirakata T-SITE: It is a business advanced close to Hirakatashi Station that has stunning structure. Inside it’s the well-known Tsutaya Bookstore which has over 150,000 books and which additionally has develop into a current hit on Instagram for its charming interiors.
  • Osaka Aquarium: That is an unimaginable aquarium that shows over 15 tanks, every representing particular areas of the Pacific Rim. As an example, the central tank that represents the Pacific Ocean is 9 meters deep and is residence to a whale shark which is the principle attraction of the aquarium! (Reserve your tickets right here).

Hiroshima Itinerary & Facet Journeys

That is the town that was largely destroyed again when an atomic bomb was dropped over it throughout World Battle II. Nice efforts have been taken to rebuild the town and immediately, Hiroshima is well-known for its aspirations of tranquility with its Peace Memorial Park and if I have to say so myself, it is a should to your Japan itinerary.

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Finest Lodges in Hiroshima

◘◘ Day #11 (Hiroshima)

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Please take note of in your Japan itinerary that it takes roughly 3 hours to get to Hiroshima from Osaka. As soon as right here, beneath are landmarks that you would be able to embrace in your…

  • ★ Peace Park: This is without doubt one of the key options of the town and at a big scale of over 120,000 sq. meters, this was the business and political middle of Hiroshima earlier than the bombing. After that horrific occasion, the park now holds huge gardens and varied buildings similar to…
    • Peace Memorial Museum: Includes of two buildings that undergo the historical past of the town and the occasions that occurred after the nuclear bomb. After I visited right here, a lot of the displays have been upsetting — and for good motive as a result of they needed to function a reminder of how we should always by no means take peace without any consideration.
    • A-Bomb Dome: That is what stays of the previous Prefectural Industrial Promotion Corridor. When the bomb exploded, this is without doubt one of the few buildings that also stood and stays so immediately. (That is additionally a listed UNESCO World Heritage Website).
    • Cenotaph: That is an arched tomb devoted to the A-Bomb Victims who died. Beneath it’s a stone chest that holds the register of their names that quantity over 220,000. On the anniversary of the bombing, a ceremony is held on the park yearly together with an noticed silence at 8:15AM (the precise time of the bombing).
  • Hiroshima Downtown: It is a bustling downtown space with Hondori Avenue as its major function. As you enterprise about this place, do attempt the town’s specialty which is the Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki — a scrumptious savory pancake containing varied elements.
  • Hiroshima Citadel: This was destroyed by the atomic bomb in 1945 nevertheless it was rebuilt and these days, it holds displays in regards to the fortress’s historical past in addition to Japanese castles usually.

TIP: In the event you don’t intend to remain an evening in Hiroshima, you may take a day tour to this metropolis — which is able to already embrace a visit to Miyajima. (Beginning factors to your Japan itinerary will be from both Kyoto or Osaka).

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◘◘ Day #12 (Miyajima)

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Only a 1-hour trip away by practice and ferry from Hiroshima is the small island of Miyajima. It’s significantly well-known for its large torii gate that seemingly floats on the water throughout excessive tide — making it certainly one of Japan’s greatest views. Most individuals do that as a day journey for his or her Japan itinerary however you possibly can additionally keep in a single day to expertise a ryokan (conventional Japanese inn).

  • ★ Itsukushima Shrine: This centuries-old shrine is understood worldwide for its iconic ‘floating’ torii gate that’s constructed over the water. From the Shinto shrine itself, you’ll discover that it has varied buildings together with a prayer corridor, major corridor, and noh theater stage.
    • In order for you the most effective view, be aware of the timings of the tides throughout your go to. Excessive tide is clearly when it’s most picturesque, however the low tide has its attraction too as a result of then you may stroll as much as the gate and see it up shut.
  • Mount Misen: Rising at 500 meters, it gives spectacular views over the island and even towards Hiroshima. Other than the ropeway, you possibly can additionally take one of many 3 climbing trails that lead as much as the mountain particularly…
    • Momijidani Course: shortest but additionally the steepest and goes principally by way of the forest.
    • Daisho-in Course: gives the nicest views and isn’t as steep as the opposite two.
    • Omoto Course: any of those 3 climbing trails takes about 1 to 2 hours to achieve the summit.
  • Daisho-in Temple: Discovered on the base of Mount Misen. There’s an fascinating Buddha ritual right here whereby as you stroll up the temple steps, you spin the steel wheels with inscribed sutra as it’s believed to have the identical impact as studying them.
  • Omotesando: This buying road is the busiest place in Miyajima the place yow will discover memento outlets, meals stalls, and eating places. Why not do some buying right here whereas doing all your Japan itinerary!

TIP: In the event you don’t intend to remain an evening in Hiroshima, you may take a day tour to this metropolis — which is able to already embrace a visit to Miyajima. (Beginning factors to your Japan itinerary will be from both Kyoto or Osaka).

Different Locations & Journeys

Clearly, there’s extra to Japan apart from the well-known locations of Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, and Hiroshima. So when you’ve got extra days in your Japan itinerary, take into account filling it up with any of the next locations!

TIP: For a whole listing of wonderful excursions and actions to do to your Japan itinerary, see right here! When reserving, use code AILEEN5OFF to get 5% off!

◘◘ Day #13 and Onwards

(My favorites are marked with a ★).


  • ★ Hokkaido: With magnificent unspoiled nature, Hokkaido is a haven for lots of out of doors lovers, most particularly throughout wintertime as it’s a excellent spot for skiers and snowboarders (most particularly the ski resort city of Niseko). Furthermore, the capital of Sapporo holds an annual Snow Pageant the place they function massive snow sculptures. After all, Hokkaido doesn’t disappoint in spring and summer season both with points of interest like Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park, Furano lavender fields, Tenjin Wisteria, Sapporo Lilac Pageant, and extra.
  • ★ Niigata: It is a prefecture inside Chubu or Central Japan and it is without doubt one of the nation’s high culinary and getaway hotspots. I went on a journey spree right here earlier than and I liked my keep! To see an entire itinerary information, see right here.
  • Nagoya: Additionally discovered inside the Chubu area is Nagoya which is understood for its towering fortress. Different notable websites are as follows: Korankei, Metropolis Science Museum, Atsuta Shrine, and Railway Museum. For meals, try Sekai no Yamachan, a well-known izakaya (Japanese pub) within the metropolis that serves flavorful “legendary hen wings”.
  • Kanazawa: That is the capital of the Ishikawa prefecture and it boasts historic points of interest in addition to its ‘Kenrokuen‘ — mentioned to be one of many 3 greatest panorama gardens in Japan.
  • Kiso Valley: Nestled inside Nagano prefecture is that this valley that holds an historical 70km commerce route known as Kisoji which was in a while mixed with different routes forming the 500km lengthy Nakasendo. Right this moment, close by publish cities of Magome, Tsumago, and Narai are flocked by guests not solely to hike by way of the Nakasendo however to additionally revel within the conventional stone paths and wood buildings of those quaint cities. Really an fascinating addition to your Japan itinerary!
  • Matsumoto: One in every of Japan’s best cosmopolitan cities that also have that rural really feel. Relaxation assured, that is the sort of place that may hold you occupied, what with its gorgeous fortress, fascinating districts, and enchanting vistas.
  • ★ Shirakawa-go: There isn’t any scarcity of picturesque conventional villages in Japan and a number of the greatest of all of them can be the UNESCO World Heritage Websites of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama.
  • ★ Takayama: In the event you’re searching for a completely outdated and genuine conventional Japanese village, touring to the town of Takayama in Gifu Prefecture is a should. Fact be instructed, attributable to its well-preserved antiquity, it has earned the title of being Japan’s “Little Kyoto” — a title which I agree with!
    • READ: Issues to do in Takayama
    • Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route: In the event you’re up for unimaginable and distinctive nature actions in Japan, it’s a MUST to go to the gorgeous mountain sightseeing route that’s generally known as the “Roof of Japan”. A crowd favourite as of late is its grand ‘Snow Wall’ that’s open from mid-April to late June! For more information, learn right here.
  • ★ Yamanouchi: It is a municipality in Nagano prefecture that has the beneath notable points of interest…
    • Jigokudani Monkey Park: Have you ever ever seen these lovely images on-line of monkeys bathing in a pure onsen (sizzling spring)? Nicely, that is the place the place yow will discover them! The monkeys are known as Japanese Macaques or ‘Snow Monkeys’ and they’re very accustomed to people so you may watch them play up shut on this park (which is their pure habitat). The park is open all 12 months however if you would like the most effective images of the monkeys, come from January to February when the park is roofed in blinding white snow and the monkeys come bathing within the sizzling spring.
    • Shibu Onsen: An old style sizzling spring city
    • Shiga Kogen Resort: The most important ski resort in Japan.

Wanna see cute and fluffy foxes? Then go and go to the well-known fox village in Miyagi Zao’s metropolis of Shiroishi to your Japan itinerary!
Take a look at this weblog publish to search out out extra:
The Fluffiest Place on Eart: Miyagi Zao Fox Village!

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  • ★ Kinosaki: Positioned about 3 hours away from Kyoto, it is a nice onsen city that has an awesome environment. I stayed right here earlier than for two nights and I liked strolling across the city in my yukata and geta (wood clogs), feeling like a neighborhood! In any case, everybody (locals and foreigners alike) who go to the city nearly at all times wears the identical apparel when going in regards to the place onward to the general public baths.
  • ★ Okinawa: As Japan’s southernmost prefecture, that is usually a alternative vacation spot for locals in the course of the summer season attributable to its considerable marine wildlife, pristine seashores, and delightful coral reefs. Consequently, snorkeling and scuba diving are the highest major actions when on these islands.
  • Himeji: This place is most well-known for its Himeji Citadel which is often thought of to be Japan’s most stunning surviving feudal fortress. Due to this, it’s each a UNESCO World Heritage Website and a nationwide treasure that you will need to see to your Japan itinerary.
  • Kobe: Because the capital of Hyogo prefecture, I assume the very first thing that pops into your thoughts now could be the favored mouth-watering Kobe beef, a well-known native model of wagyu (Japanese beef) meat. Fact be instructed, you may eat Kobe beef in any restaurant round Japan that’s accredited to promote it so that you don’t essentially must go to this place — nevertheless, if you happen to’re a real aficionado, this place is nice to see! Both manner, as a port metropolis, Kobe is well-liked not just for its tasty native beef but additionally for its sake breweries, Mount Rokko, Chinatown, Harborland, and extra.

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Reserving Necessities

TIP: It’s a good suggestion to crosscheck the costs with different standard journey insurance coverage suppliers like World Nomads and HeyMondo (as my reader, you get 5% off)!
Nevertheless, take observe {that a} journey insurance coverage’s affordability usually means lesser protection; so please at all times make sure that you learn the wonderful print in an effort to decipher which journey insurance coverage firm is the fitting match for you and your journey!

Come and take a look at this listing of the high issues to do in Japan which options the most effective actions and excursions to do in Tokyo, Okinawa, and extra!

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There actually is SO a lot to see in Japan! …However I imagine that my journey information right here is already begin. Please be happy to tweak this itinerary and make full use of my further exercise options in an effort to make your journey shorter or longer and higher becoming to your journey type.

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