Travel Guide to Japan: The Land of the Rising Sun

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor July 9th, 2015 Posted in Asia, Destination, DIY Travel, Travel Blog 6 Comments

Japan is one of the popular tourist destinations in Asia with loads of quirky things, modern buildings and natural beauty to explore. Here’s my Travel Guide to Japan.

Considered as one of the more expensive and modern cities in Asia. The country has a lot to offer whether you are into history or anime or anything in between. This is the Japan organized Tour we had during the Spring of 2015. We are lucky to see the lovely cherry blossoms in full bloom. Truly, Japan is the Land of the Rising Sun.

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Travel Tips:

Our tour guide gives us paper every day containing our contact details, her mobile number, the address of our hotel. This comes in handy because if we get lost, we can show that piece of paper to the locals and then they can call our tour guide to pick us up.

Trip Highlights:  

Osaka

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Universal Studios

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Port Dining Rico Rico in Universal Port  (Restaurant Buffet)
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Other Highlights:
Umeda Sky Building (Also Known as Floating Garden), Osaka Castle.

Kyoto

Check out some of the cool and cheap tours you could do in Kyoto.

Kiyomizu-Dera Temple
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Other Highlights:
Heian Shrine and Iroha Ryokan

Atami, Shizuoka

Mount Fuji

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At Mt. Fuji 5th Level

Other Highlights:
Gotemba Shopping Outlet

Tokyo

Check out some of the cool and cheap tours you could do in Tokyo.

Sanrio Puroland
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Odaiba’s Diver City Tokyo Plaza
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Akihabara Electric Town

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Tokyo Tower
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Tokyo Disney Sea

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Statue of Liberty, Odaiba
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Shibuya
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Other Highlights:
Asakusa Kannon Temple, Nakamise Shopping Street, Ueno Ameyoko Shopping District, Ginza Street, Yokohama Minato Mirai & Motomachi Chukagai

Related Article: Looking for affordable accommodation in Japan? Check out our Ultimate List of Best Hostels in Japan.

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EXTRA TIP: If you’d like to travel by train around Japan then you should get a Japan Rail PassJapan 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.

You can order your Japan Rail Pass online. You will receive an Exchange Order (delivery in Japan available), which then needs to be exchanged and activated in Japan for the actual JR Pass. All foreign nationals who visit Japan for tourist reasons can purchase and can also easily choose between Standard and Green Pass (first class).

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 Visa Requirements:

Duly accomplished and signed APPLICATION FORM (A4 Size).

  1. Original Passport – 6 MONTHS VALID.
  2. Color Picture with WHITE BACKGROUND, 4.5cm x 4.5cm.
  3. Latest Income Tax Return.
  4. Original Bank Certificate.
  5. NSO Authenticated Birth Certificate (Issued Within The Year).
  6. NSO Marriage Contract (Issue Within The Year)
  7. Daily Schedule in Japan.

For Employee:

  1. Original Employment Certificate.
  2. Approved Leave of Absences.

For Businessman:

  1. A copy of Business Permit from SEC or DTI.
  2. A copy of Business Permit of Mayor’s Permit.

For Students:

  1. Original Affidavit of Support of Parents/Guardian.
  2. Photocopy of School I.D.

For Retiree:

  1. Photocopy of Senior Citizen Card or Retirement Documents.
  2. Original Copy of Marriage (If Travelling with Spouse).
  3. Affidavit of Support if a senior is dependent.

*NOTE: Additional Requirements:

  1. Exemption of Birth Certificate and Marriage Contract (if the applicant has his/her old or valid passport with a used Japanese Visa.
  2. If Birth Certificate from NSO is unreadable, or if there is no record in NSO, together with “Certificate of Non-Record” from NSO Headquarter, submit:
  1. If Birth Certificate is LATE REGISTRATION (NSO), submit:

*Birth Certificate from Local Civil Registrar

*Baptismal Certificate

*School Record (form 137)

*School Yearbook (if applicable)

Daily Budget:
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Itinerary Details:

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DAY 1:  Arrival to Kansai Airport, We meet and greet our very friendly tour guide then proceed to our hotel — Bellevue Garden Hotel.

Check out some of the cool and cheap tours you could do in Kansai.

DAY 2:  Kansai-Universal Studios-Osaka, after breakfast we proceed to Universal Studios Japan. Our tour allotted one day for Universal Studios. Lunch inside the theme park we had dinner at Port Dining Rico Rico Universal Port this place serves the best-sautéed beef well all their food taste good. We stayed at Osaka Dai-Ichi Hotel for 2 Days

DAY 3: Osaka-Kyoto City-Osaka, We visited Kiyomizu-Dera Temple. You don’t need to bring a lot of food when you’re going to visit this place. They have lots of free taste like mochi and other sweet delicacies. Was able to take a good photo of my wife with cherry blossoms as her background.

Day 4: Bullet train from Shin-Osaka to Shizuoka station took us only 2 ½ hours, but the tour guide told us if by land it would take us about 6-7 hours. We were instructed to prepare for an overnight bag because we cannot carry our big luggage inside the train and it will be sent via Van/ Truck. We had lunch at Kameya (Udon & Tempura Set Menu). Then proceed to Gotemba Shopping Outlet after that we went to Mount Fuji and went up to the 5th level, and we were not able to see the beauty of Mt. Fuji because it was so foggy and snowing. Check-in at Resorpia Atami Hotel.

Day 5: Atami-Sanrio-Tokyo, Half-day at Sanrio Puroland where the lovely world of Hello Kitty awaits. Lunch outside the theme park then we were able to shop at Daiso where all products are 10 Yen. We also visited Asakusa Kannon Temple if you will go to that place, please don’t forget to buy the infamous melonpans which we were not able to get because of the long queue. Then we proceed to Diver City Tokyo Plaza, where you can find the famous Gundam statue. Had dinner at Oven its an American Buffet alfresco dining with a great view of the Statue of Liberty and the Rainbow Bridge. Check-in at Shin Takanawa Hotel.

Day 6: (FREE DAY) A college friend who now resides in Tokyo with his Wife and Kids accompany us in our free day. We went to Akihabara Electric Town, Ueno Ameyoko Shopping District, Ginza Street, Yokohama Minato Mirai, Shibuya, Tokyo Tower and Motomachi Chukagai. Our tour guide was impressed because we cover a lot of tourist attraction on our free day. Check-in at Shin Takanawa Hotel.

Day 7: Tokyo Disney Sea Resort, 1-day unlimited pass then check in at Narita Hotel

Day 8: Fly back to Manila.

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About the Contributor:

Name: Alvin L. Caparros

Name of the Country: Japan

Date/s of your Travel: April 8 – 15, 2015

City / Places Visited and Number of Days:

  • Day 1 to 3: Osaka City
  • Day 4 & 5: Atami, Shizuoka
  • Day 5 & 7: Tokyo

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6 thoughts on “Travel Guide to Japan: The Land of the Rising Sun

  1. Hi, my family is planning to visit Japan on Last week of Dec’17. First time. May i know what airport to choose. Pls help to suggest itinerary for 6D/5N What airline to take, we are looking for low budget airfare. Where to stay, budget accomodation Hope to hear from you Thanks

  2. We are 3 and planning to go to japan this december 2017. Please give me some advice, ideas and itenerary because its our first time travelling to japan. Thank you.

  3. Excuse me, you say that you cannot carry your big luggage inside the train and it will be sent via Van/ Truck when you ride shinkansen from osaka to tokyo. May I know how much the weight limit that can you bring with shinkansen? Or it’s depend on the size of our luggage? Thank you 🙂

  4. Me and my husband hav a plan to visit tokyo in May 2017. We will stay for 5 days 4 nights. Most of the time we will stay in tokyo. We still try to find the best schedule and cheap daily.tour for our trip. Kindly suggest the itinerary for us with limited budget. Several place we want to go is to mount fuji, gotemba outlet, cat cafe, hatchiko statue, harajuku, tsukiji fish market, etc. Where else you suggest?. Kindly also inform the estimate expenses.
    Thanks before,
    Damayanti

  5. Our family of 5 is planning to visit Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and other nearby areas this May 2017. May you kindly suggest an itinerary for 8D/7N? We also plan to visit Tokyo. Would a day trip be enough or this would be too tiring? Kindly also provide an estimate of expenses.

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