7 DAYS IN TOKYO: My Travel Guide and Itinerary

January 12, 2018

7 DAYS IN TOKYO: My Travel Guide and Itinerary

WHAT YOU WILL VISIT IN THIS ITINERARY

A UNESCO World Heritage Site: Mount Fuji 

Tokyo Metropolitan Building: Visit this building to see an aerial view of Osaka. Unlike in other places, admission is FREE

Ghibli Museum: If you are a fan of anime, or movies by Studio Ghibli, this is a must visit site

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden: Tokyo's most popular cherry blossom viewing venues

Meiji Jingu Shrine: Shinto shrine dedicated to the Emperor and Empress Meiji

Shibuya Crossing: the busiest intersection in Japan and an iconic place Tokyo is known for

Hachiko Memorial Statue: commemorating the most famous Akita dog, Hachiko, whose story became a legend.

Ginza Architectural Walk

Tsukiji Market

Imperial Palace East Garden tour

Shopping at Daiso and Don Quijote 


WHAT TO BOOK OR BUY IN ADVANCE

1.  Mount Fuji Tour


I purchased my Mount Fuji Tour at viator.com instead of JTB Sunrise Tours or Japanican because viator.com offers it at 10% discount.

2. Ghibli Museum Tickets


You can buy Ghibli Museum tickets online on the 10th of the month at 10:00 AM Japan time of the month before the date you want to visit the museum. This means if you want to buy tickets for March 2018, you can only buy it on February 10, at 10:00 AM Japan time.

Where to buy Ghibli Museum tickets online:

My tip:
a. Go online at exactly 10:00 AM Japan time. Tickets are sold immediately in the next 30 minutes and are usually sold out within the hour.

b. You can only buy a maximum of 6 tickets at a time. So if you're buying more tickets, you should be fast in booking online.

c. Prepare the passport of your group leader. You will need to give details for claiming the tickets at the gate.

d. I noticed that of all the time slots, the 2:00 pm and the 4:00 pm. time slots are the last ones to get sold out.

3. Flytpack Pocket Wifi


It is essential to bring a pocket wifi in Japan so it will be possible to navigate the subways and private railways. Lines change depending on time. If you have a pocket wifi, when you arrive at the station, you can start searching for your destination at google maps and google maps will tell you the next train you can ride to go to your destination. Others use hyperdia.com to navigate the trains but I find it easier to use google maps. Japan trains arrive exactly on time. So it's essential that you do an online google map search again once you arrive at the station to make sure you'll ride the correct train at the correct time.

PRICE: 280 per day x 7 days = 1960 pesos rental fee. Plus 2800 pesos deposit, which they return after you return the unit. I added 550 pesos router insurance just to be safe.  


DAY 1. ARRIVAL IN TOKYO, TOKYO METROPOLITAN BUILDING (MONDAY)


1:30 AM
Leave house

2:00 AM
Park at NAIA Terminal 3 parking

2:30 AM - 4:30 AM
Go to Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3
Check-in
NOTE: Check in counter at Jetstar opens 3 hours before the flight contrary to the email information that it only opens 2 hours before the flight. 
Immigration
Breakfast at Skyview Lounge

4:30 AM
Boarding

5:10 AM - 11:50 AM
Manila to Osaka flight via Cebu Pacific 5J5054

NOTE: Japan is 1 hour ahead of the Philippines so from this point of the itinerary, I'm using Japan time.

10:25 AM-11:25 AM
Arrival at  Narita Airport Terminal 2
After claiming your baggage, buy the PASMO Card for use in the Japanese subway.

This is a reloadable smart card that you can use on several networks like the JR train, subways, private railways and buses. This is the best smart card to use because:
a. It's reloadable. 
This means you load only the amount you need.
b. You don't need to buy train tickets using cash. You can go straight to the gate each time you enter the rail station. 
c. You don't need to buy separate tickets when you change lines from the subway to the private railway. You only need to tap the card at the turnstile when you change lines. 
d. You can use the card to make purchases in stores like 711.
Where to buy the PASMO card at the airport:
https://www.pasmo.co.jp/en/buy/  

Buy tickets to the limousine bus

11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Ride the limousine bus to Keio Plaza hotel

12:30 PM-1:00 PM
Ride the taxi from Keio Plaza hotel to  Hotel Sunroute Higashi Shinjuku 

1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Lunch

2:00 PM
Check in at Hotel Sunroute Higashi Shinjuku

2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Rest

4:00 PM-5:00 PM
Leave the hotel. Take the train to the Tokyo Metropolitan Building: 180 yen

5:00 PM-6:00 PM
Tokyo Metropolitan Building
South observatory is open 9:30 AM-5:30 PM (It is open till 11:00 PM if the North Observatory is closed) Admission ends 30 minutes before closing time

Why visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Building:
To see an aerial view of the city of Tokyo where admission is FREE. 

6:00 PM-7:00 PM
Take the train back to the hotel

7:00 PM
Dinner


DAY 2. MOUNT FUJI, LAKE ASHI AND BULLET TRAIN DAY TRIP FROM TOKYO TOUR (TUESDAY)


Check this out for details:
https://www.viator.com/tours/Tokyo/Mt-Fuji-Lake-Ashi-and-Bullet-Train-Day-Trip-from-Tokyo/d334-2142TYO_F800_F820

Why choose this tour:
I chose the bullet train ride on the return trip to Tokyo from Mount Fuji instead of the bus ride, although cheaper, so we can experience a bullet train ride. The Shinkansen or bullet train is very expensive so this will be enough experience riding it without spending a lot. 

8:25 AM:
Meet up at with the tour group at Keio Plaza Hotel (the nearest meet-up place from our hotel)

8:00 PM:
End of tour at Tokyo station

My tip:
If you plan on doing the Ghibli Museum Tour, do this tour on a Tuesday. Ghibli Museum is closed on Tuesdays.


DAY 3. GHIBLI MUSEUM TOUR (WEDNESDAY) or Shopping at Daiso or Don Quijote for those who do not want to join the tour

9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Take the train to the Mitaka Station: 390 yen

11:00 AM - 12:00
Lunch

1:00 PM-2:00 PM
At the Mitaka station, take the Mitaka bus to the Ghibli Museum: 310 yen roundtrip

2:00 PM-6:00 PM
Ghibli Museum tour

6:00 PM-7:00 PM
Return to the hotel

7:00 PM
Dinner

DAY 4. SHINJUKU GYOEN NATIONAL GARDEN, MEIJI JINGU SHRINE, SHIBUYA CROSSING, HACHIKU MEMORIAL STATUE (THURSDAY)

9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Take the train to the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden: 170 yen

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Shinjuku Gyoen National Park

12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Take the train to the Meiji Jingu shrine: 170 yen

1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Meiji Jingu shrine

3:00 PM-4:00 PM
Walk to Shibuya Crossing
Lunch at Ichiran Ramen or Matsuya

4:00 PM-6:00 PM
Shibuya Crossing
See the Hachiko Memorial Statue

6:00 PM-7:00 PM
Return to the hotel

7:00 PM
Dinner


DAY 5. GINZA AND TSUKIJI MARKET, GINZA ARCHITECTURAL WALK (FRIDAY)


DAY 6. IMPERIAL PALACE EAST GARDEN TOUR (SATURDAY)

12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Leave hotel
Ride the train to Tokyo Station: 200 yen

1:00 PM-3:30 PM
Free walking tour of the Imperial Palace East Garden conducted by Tokyo Free Walking Tour

NOTE: THIS TOUR IS ONLY USUALLY AVAILABLE EVERY SATURDAY. MAKE SURE TO CHECKOUT THEIR CALENDAR OF THE MONTH IN CASE THEY ADDED TOURS. 



DAY 7. RETURN TO MANILA (SUNDAY)
7:30 AM
Check out of Hotel Sunroute Osaka Namba

8:00 AM 
Get taxi in front of the hotel
Ride the taxi to Osaka City Air Terminal to ride the Kate limousine bus to the airport

9:10 AM - 10:00 AM
Ride the Kate limousine bus to Kansai Airport

10:30 AM - 11:30
Check in at the Cebu pacific counter

Dine at Narita irport food court before immigration

Immigration

Map photo
11:40 AM
Boarding

11:45 AM - 3:50 PM
Departure from Osaka via Cebu Pacifice 5J5055

3:50 PM
Arrival in Manila



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