Who wouldn’t love the vibrant lights and rich history of Tokyo?
Since I was a kid, I have known Japan as one of the ‘must visit’ countries. People are always commenting that it is a clean, well-disciplined and rich country. Now that I live here, I couldn’t agree more, and I must add that it is also a country with glowing skyscrapers, color changing trees, towering mountains, heritage sites and thousands of temples and shrines all over Japan.
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What’s more, Japan’s rise in popularity as a cultural travel destination has, in turn, resulted in an increase in cheap business class flights to Tokyo so that you can fly in style to one of the world’s most stylish destinations!
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As a resident in the Land of The Rising Sun, I can say that traveling in this country is always exciting because you get to see places that are exquisitely made and has a contribution to their history. Aside from their vivid past, Japan is also known for its modern technology. Everything made easy and convenient for their people.
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If you are staying in Tokyo for a few good days, here are some good places for you to visit.
EXTRA TIP: If you’d like to travel by train around Japan then you should get a Japan Rail Pass! Japan Rail Pass is a multi-use discounted ticket, valid for travels on all JR national trains in Japan, including Shinkansen bullet trains and Narita Express. You can select 7, 14 or 21 consecutive validity days.
1. Upon arrival, satisfy your rumbling tummy with Japanese Food!
After sitting on the plane for hours, I highly recommend you to try authentic Japanese cuisine. Traveling around the globe is not just about the places, but also a good chance to try how festive and delectable their cuisine are.
Sushi is made from the small amount of vinegar flavored rice with vegetables, seafood, fish or egg, and sometimes wrapped in nori (seaweed).
I highly recommend Kappa-Sushi, wherein you can get your food of choice from a conveyor-belt sushi counter, or you can also order using the touch screen monitor, and it will be delivered by a model bullet train. Price ranges from ¥100 – 400 per plate, which contains two sushi.
Authentic Japanese Ramen may vary in different regions of Japan. It was introduced by the Chinese and currently categorized according to soup bases such as Shio (Salt), Shoyu (Soy Sauce), Miso (Soybean Paste) or Tonkotsu (Pork Bone).
Most Ramen has toppings like pork, onions, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, egg, seaweed, corn, and naruto or cured fish. Price starts at ¥350 and up. As for Tokyo, you may try Shirakawa Ramen and/or Tokyo Ramen.
2. If you are in Japan, do not miss the chance to visit their observatory towers like Tokyo Tower & Tokyo Skytree.
On the tower’s viewpoint, you will the see the city’s surrounding buildings, and if visibility is good, you can see parks and trees in full bloom during Sakura season.
Tokyo Tower at 333 meters high is accessible via JR Yamanote Line at Hamamatsucho Station. Entrance fee is ¥900 for the main observatory deck, additional ¥700 if you would like to see the special observatory area.
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Tokyo Skytree at 634 meters is the tallest building in Japan and the second tallest structure in the world at the time of its completion in 2012. Entrance fee costs ¥1030 – ¥2060, depending on the type of purchase. The tower is accessible via Tobu Isesaki Line, and get off at Tokyo Skytree Station or previously known as Narihirabashi Station.
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3. Visit one of their historical places.
Despite the innovation and developing technology of this country, they make sure to maintain their culture alive. They preserve all remaining historic sites, and most of it are open to the public, so grab the chance to take a glimpse of their brilliant history.
If you are in Tokyo, as written in TIME’s 1, the famous Meiji Shrine is a must. The 200-acre park is dedicated to the worshipped spirits of Emperor Meiji, the first emperor of modern Japan. You can easily access the shrine via JR Harajuku Station. No entrance fee on this.
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4. Visit Shibuya for two and/or three reasons.
5. If you are getting omiyage / “pasalubong” / take home to your loved ones, get it from the one and only KitKat boutique that offers different flavors that are only available in Japan.
They sell the unique flavors of KitKat, like green tea, apple, orange, cheesecake, ginger, strawberry, raspberry, sweet potato, wasabi and special chili. Each petite box costs ¥400 that contains four packs.
Tokyo’s KitKat Chocolatory is located in Seibu Department Store, from the east exit of JR Ikebukuro Station.
6. For the newest and trendiest gadgets/electronic, Akihabara got your back.
Check for the newest phone, tablet, multimedia player, PlayStation, cameras, accessories, television and home appliances. This place is also manga haven where otaku goods are widely available.
7. For Gundam lovers out there, visit Odaiba to see the world’s largest robot.
It is one of the most popular shopping areas on a man-made island in Tokyo Bay. You can explore three malls like Decks Tokyo Beach (Madam Tussauds is also here), Aquacity and DiverCity Tokyo Plaza where the life-sized Gundam stands. Gundam Front Tokyo is located on the 7th floor of the building with entrance fee required.
After exploring malls, end the day by watching the stunning sunset and Tokyo skyscrapers at Decks Tokyo Beach.
8. Lastly, never miss the opportunity to see the tallest mountain in Japan, Mount Fuji.
Last 2013 of June, World Heritage Committee of UNESCO declared Mount Fuji (富士山) to be a “World Cultural Heritage Site.”
Soaring at 3776 meters, Mount Fuji is a famous tourist spot among Japanese and foreigners. You can visit Lake Kawachugiko for the best view of the mountain. Mostly, the mountain’s top is covered with clouds, consider yourself fortunate if you get a clear view.
If you are into hiking, you can climb this gigantic mountain during their summer season. It is officially open to the public from mid-July to mid-September with several routes available, depending on your preference. You just have to be extra careful and be ready since the temperature at the top can drop below zero.
If you decide to hike this mountain, trails get steeper as you go up while the temperature goes down. Be careful because you might experience ‘altitude sickness.’
Sunrise at the top of Mount Fuji during my birthday
I highly recommend you to have your reservations in advance because thousands of hikers are conquering this mountain every day of the hiking season.
I hope this makes you realize that this country has a lot more to offer and must be on your bucket list!!! See you around Japan and always have safe travels to everyone.
About The Writer:
Aki Ikeda is the blogger behind Life and Misadventures of Aki. A registered nurse who decided to follow her innate love for travel since 2013. She loves traveling, hiking, scrapbooking, reading novels and taking a lot of pictures. She is currently living and exploring Japan.