Category: Tokyo

8 Days Japan Itinerary

8 Days Japan Itinerary

Our 8 days Japan Itinerary was full of amazing experiences. It was the schatje’s first trip to Japan and my fourth. 90 percent of what we did was also new to me despite having been there before. It just means that Japan has a lot to offer. I divided the trip into two parts, around Osaka and Tokyo. We also wanted to ride the Shinkansen from Osaka to Tokyo which takes 2.5 hours, also a first for me. It was expensive but definitely an experience. This is the schatje’s second foray into Asia after the Philippines. I thought it was a really nice place to explore for in Asia. We plan to visit at least one other Asian country whenever we go to the Philippines. It was also made possible with the good flight deal we had with Finnair and Cebu Pacific to the Philippines

 

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Harajuku Crepes

 

Harajuku is known not only for having the latest fashion in Japan but also for crepes. On Takeshita Street, you will see a few of these stores. My cousin said that there was a more popular store of Harajuku crepes towards the middle of the street but we tried this one near the station. It’s called Sweetbox.

 

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Airbnb accommodation near Harajuku

Airbnb accommodation near Harajuku

 

I was dreading to book a place in Tokyo since I know it would cost a bit more than other places in Japan. Our accommodations on this trip have been relatively the same on budget – 3000 pesos a night for a triple room. So, 1000 pesos budget per person. I was looking for something around this price range and I was glad I found an airbnb accommodation in Harajuku. I also got a discount since I signed up for a new account and this is actually my first experience booking on airbnb. I inquired about a few places. I also showed my cousin the places I was looking at and coincidentally, she has stayed at one of the place a specific property manager was managing so we went with that one.

 

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Our Winter Japan Trip Itinerary

Our Winter Japan Trip Itinerary

 

When there’s a Japan seat sale at Cebu Pacific, my heart always skips a beat. Usually when I go to a place the second time, it’s not as amazing as the first time. Japan however, does not disappoint. We went to about 7 cities/towns. It was my dream to see Shirakawa-go and I finally did! It was not cheap but I think it was worth it since It would probably be hard to go back during the winter and this is the time Shirakawa-go really shines. I don’t mind coming back to this beautiful country whenever I can afford it or live there if I ever get the chance. Haha.

 

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Japan Travel Budget

Japan Travel Budget

So, how much did I spend on this 7 day trip? Well, Japan’s not cheap but it’s worth it. I would probably need another source of income to make another trip. 😀 This is my Japan Travel Budget.

 

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How to go to Narita Airport from Tokyo

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There are actually several ways you can travel to the airport. Bus, Train and Taxi are the most common. Although I saw on their website that you can travel by helicopter too which would take approximately 20 minutes but with a hefty price tag of 280,000 or about 120,000 pesos.

 

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Yayoiken

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Since I knew we were stopping at Ueno on our way back to our hotel, we decided to have dinner here at Yayoiken. I saw this particular place on the Ueno Wikitravel article under Budget eats. We were convinced on the description – with all the rice you can eat. We were looking for a similar place we ate at in Kyoto. It was kind of hard to find at first since you have to exit the station and cross a bridge but we eventually found it.

 

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Studio Ghibli Museum

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It has long been my dream to visit the Studio Ghibli Museum since I’m such a huge fan of Hayao Miyazaki’s work.

 

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Ueno

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We decided to check out Ueno since we were going to transfer here anyway towards our next destination. It’s one of the major stations probably next to Tokyo and Shinjuku. We ventured out and walked around Ameyayokocho Market.

 

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Ginza

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Ginza is known to be the upscale shopping district of Tokyo. A lot of upscale shopping stores can be found here. This is where I spend the most money shopping in Japan and we only had time for one store which was a good thing.

 

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