A week in Tokyo, what should we do?

posted 2 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Mt Fuji is a bit far for a day trip. Still do-able but you’ll spend more time in transit than anything. I’d skip it and opt for the Fish Market instead, visit the Beer Museum and/or the Robot Museum and maybe one of the many temples or shrines. With New Years coming up, hopefully you won’t be there over the holiday but the closer you get to New Years, the more things start shutting down, so make sure the stuff you want to do is actually open before you set out.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Agreed about Mt Fuji – if it’s a clear day, you’ll be able to see if from the bullet train on the way to Kyoto.

I’m not big into museums etc so I tend just to loiter and take in the city. If I had one day in Tokyo I would: start in Shinjuku (back streets are amazing with loads of restaurants and arcades), walk to Harajuku (people watching!), walk through Yoyogi Park and see the Meiji temple, continue to Shibuya (you have to see Shibuya!). I’d then take a train to see the Rainbow Bridge (“Rainbow Bridgee”) and Pallet Town/Venus Fort (there’s a big ferris wheel there looking across Tokyo Bay). The Toyota Museum is also here. You could see Tokyo Tower on the way home.

I’d finish the day with a cocktail at the New York Grill at the Grand Hyatt in Shinjuku (where Lost In Translation was filmed!). It’s not cheap but the views and experience are worth it. There are also some awesome night clubs etc in Shinjuku, although be careful .. I threw my knee out dancing with a drag queen :/

If you’re looking for a more traditional day, Asakusa has beautiful traditional markets and a massive temple. There’s also lots of quaint shops and restaurants out there.

Tokyo is so big and there’s no real centre. Your best bet is to see as many areas as possible and take it all in!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I personally think Kyoto is too far for a day trip. I’ve done Japan three times now with the shortest being seven days and still managed to see a lot. It depends on your interests. 

With Kyoto you’re looking at 2.5 hours one-way on the bullet train. I’d do an overnight at least if you can. Just to break the trip up a little. 

Akihabara – is there a reason? I didn’t love it. Great for electronics but otherwise it’s just a lot of shops. 

janereaction:  +1 THIS!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

xstitchbride425:  Fair enougb then. 🙂 My partner is a massive electronics nerd so he really enjoyed it. Lots of young and old men – not a lot of women through the streets haha! Crazy cheap compared to Australia for a few things though. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

xstitchbride425:  Sorry I don’t have any advice for you because I’ve never been there. But Tokyo is on our bucket list. I just wanted to check in to say, I’m envious! Have a great time!! The food should be fabulous, too!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Commenting to follow. I’d love to go to Japan.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Maui

Japan resident here. I agree Kyoto is too far for a day trip. If you want to see temples and traditional Japan, Kamakura is much closer. 

Shinjuku, Harajuku, Shibuya, and Asakusa are my favorites.

 

Post # 12
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Busy bee

Just got back from Japan! The fish market was so much better than I imagined so thats a definite on my list (and I dont even eat fish). But make sure to go early, alot of the big tuna etc are gone by 10am. Asakusa is great and only takes a couple hours to explore. I LOVED Shinjuku but go at night! Its fantastic at night, see all the neon lights and walk around golden gai! If you have more time I would do a quick trip of Harajuku and Shibuya as well. Also we enjoyed Akihabara (Fi loves gaming) but you dont need more than a couple hours there.  

Have fun!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I agree, Kyoto is too far for a day trip. Go instead to Kamakura. It is also an ancient capital of Japan, and very close to Tokyo – like an hour by train. The roads are like alleys, so narrow, and there are all sorts of old graveyards and shrines just off to the side of the road randomly – it feels so ancient. Go see the daibutsu (Huge Buddha statue) and walk some of the temple trails (hiking paths that take you through the mountains to different temples).

Or spend an extra day in Nikko. In addition to Nikko Park, where all the temples are (Shoyo-en gardens are gorgeous, don’t miss them – and the see no evil speak no evil etc. monkey carving, and the nemuri neko, or sleeping cat – research all this), Nikko has amazing natural beauty and is great for hiking. Hike the waterfall trail- up in the mountains, over a river – I was followed for a bit by a group of monkeys in the treetops above me. There is a volcanic lake near a plain where a battle occurred where a “river of blood” still flows – sorry, I can’t remember the name. Kirifuri Kogen is a grassy highland on a mountain top nearby, it means “plain of falling mists”. Stay at a ryokan, Japanese style inn, where you sleep on futon on tatami, for the night. There are several in Nikko. Have fun!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

xstitchbride425:  definitely check out Harajuku and Asakusa. I could’ve skipped Shibuya. The fish market is definitely worth checking out. If you want to do a day trip to see a bit of the countryside and (possibly- depending upon weather) glimpse Fuji, I recommend Hakone. 

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