J A P A N , Just ONE word for Japan : SALUTE!
It’s a MUST visit place at least once! Their culture and their people are AMAZING!
What you need to do first is : Buy Shinkansen train ticket from local travel before depart to Japan (374 SGD per adult / 187 SGD per child)
www.japan-guide.com ( Highly recommended website to explore Japan)
Day 1: Taipei – Osaka-Tokyo
Flight from Taiwan to Osaka (100SGD /person/way), then continue Shinkansen to Tokyo (check in at APA hotel Tsukiji)
Here is what you need to do once you arrive at KANSAI. The international arrival terminal is located on the first floor of the building. You need to take the escalator/elevator up to the second floor. You exit the building, and across the street, you will see a train station. There are 2 railway companies serving this station, and the one you want is called JR (Japan Railway). Once you get to the station, look to your left, and you should see a green booth which is the ticket counter. Ask for a combination ticket for the express HARUKA to SHIN-OSAKA station AND SHINAKANSEN to TOKYO.
ARRIVAL at KANSAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
On the first floor, there is an International Tourist Information Centre, so stop by and ask for directions to the train station, etc. Go up to the 2nd floor, exit the building, and across the street to the train station.
TRAIN STATION at KANSAI AIRPORT to SHIN-OSAKA STATION
Go to the JR ticket booth. Buy a ticket for the express train named HARUKA to SHIN-OSAKA & a ticket for a connecting super express SHINKANSEN to TOKYO TOGETHER at the booth. By buying the tickets for the two trains together, not only you will not have to worry about the Shinkansen ticket when you get to SHIN-OSAKA station, you get some discount on the HARUKA ticket. You board the express HARUKA. The trip takes about 45 to 50 minutes.
SHIN-OSAKA STATION to TOKYO STATION
You follow the signs / ask the station staff to the SHINKANSEN platform.
Make sure you board the train headed to TOKYO. There are up to 8 SHINKANSENs per hour, so you don’t have to worry about missing the train. The last SHINKANSEN leaving SHIN-OSAKA STATION is at 9:20 pm. You should be able to make it. If you take the last one, you will arrive in TOKYO at 11:45pm.
Our first meal in Japan 🙂
TOKYO STATION to Tsukiji STATION
YES! It is! so make sure you are in the right train and in a right platform. LOL!!!
Check in at APA Hotel Tsukiji Station South (about 140SGD per night)
A 4-minute walk from Tsukiji train station, this relaxed hotel is also a 6-minute walk from the Tsukiji fish market
APA Hotel from infront
Typical hotel room in Japan, small simple but very clean and neat.
Day 2: Tokyo (Check in At Smile Hotel, ASAGAYA for 100SGD per night)
* 06:00 am walk from hotel to Tsukiji fish market
Tsukiji Market (築地市場, Tsukiji Shijō) is a large wholesale market for fish, fruits and vegetables in central Tokyo. It is the most famous of over ten wholesale markets that handle the distribution of fish, meat, produce and flowers in Tokyo. Tsukiji Market is best known as one of the world’s largest fish markets, handling over 2,000 tons of marine products per day. It is scheduled to move to a new site in Toyosu in November 2016.
We dont have a chance to see the Tuna auction because December 2 – January 18 is the busiest time of the year in Tsukiji market, tourist will not be allowed to watch the morning tuna auction.
Our breakfast at Tsukiji market
Eating place in train station.
*08:30am Take train from Tsukiji to Asagaya (check in at Smile Hotel)
Smile Hotel Tokyo Asagaya 3-37-11 Asagaya Minami
Smile Hotel Tokyo Asagaya is conveniently located just a one-minute walk from JR Asagaya Station. This comfortable hotel offers easy access to central Tokyo, making it a good choice for both tourists and business travelers.
A market just opposite the hotel.
A tons of Japanese snacks with very cheap price if compare to Singapore 😛
Alot of nice food eateries arround hotel
*10:30am Take train from Asagaya to Harajuku
Harajuku, It is the center of Japan’s most extreme teenage cultures and fashion styles, but also offers shopping for adults and some historic sights.Harajuku Station, which is between Shinjuku and Shibuya on the Yamanote Line
- MEIJI SHRINE
During the rest of the year, traditional Shinto weddings can often be seen taking place there.
- YOYOGI PARK
Located just beside Meiji Shrine, Yoyogi park is one of Tokyo‘s largest city parks, featuring wide lawns, ponds and forested areas. It is a great place for jogging, picnicking and other outdoor activities.
Harajuku Station, which is between Shinjuku and Shibuya on the Yamanote Line. It is the center of Japan’s most extreme teenage cultures and fashion styles, but also offers shopping for adults and some historic sights.
*03:00pm Take train from Harajuku to Shibuya
Shibuya is one of Tokyo‘s most colorful and busy districts, packed with shopping, dining and nightclubs serving swarms of visitors that come to the district everyday.
Shibuya is a center for youth fashion and culture, and its streets are the birthplace to many of Japan’s fashion and entertainment trends. Over a dozen major department store branches can be found around the area catering to all types of shoppers. Most of the area’s large department and fashion stores belong to either Tokyu or Seibu, two competing corporations.
A prominent landmark of Shibuya is the large intersection in front of the station’s Hachiko Exit. The intersection is heavily decorated by neon advertisements and giant video screens and gets flooded by pedestrians each time the crossing light turns green, making it a popular photo and movie filming spot.
The most famous and bussiest crossing in Tokyo, Shibuya Crossing.
Hachiko statue outside of Shibuya station.
He is remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner which continued for ten years after his owner’s death.
When you are in Japan, dont forget to try Yoshinoya!!!
Day 3: Tokyo – Snow monkey
- Jigokudani Monkey Park , offers visitors the unique experience of seeing wild monkeys bathing in a natural hot spring. The park is inhabited by Japanese Macaques, which are also known as Snow Monkeys. It is located in the monkey’s natural habitat, in the forests of the Jigokudani valley in Yamanouchi, not far from the onsen towns of Shibu and Yudanaka.
From Tokyo to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park in budget way
- Wake up at 4.30 and catch the earliest train at 5.30 from Asagaya station to Tokyo station.
- From Tokyo station use platform 20 Nagano Shinkansen to Nagano station, earliest train is at 06:24, it will take 90min journey from Tokyo station to Nagano station.
- Arrived at Nagano station , use east exit to bus number 3 (Nagaden) to Kobanyashi Onsen Guchi, bus will come at 8.50 and leaving at 9.10, it will take 40min travel time. (1300 Yen for Adult and 650Yen for child )
Inside the bus.
- Arrived at Kobanyashi Onsen Guchi, continue a relax walk of 45 min to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park (Admission 500Yen for adult and 250Yen for child)
OR option 2
- From Nagano station change to local train to Yudanaka station (1250Yen) 25min journey, From Yudanaka to Kobanyashi Onsen by local bus 250Yen for 15min journey
- Arrived at Kobanyashi Onsen, continue to walk 45min to the park.
Arrived at Kobanyashi onsen
Walk for about 45min
Arrived at Information center, this is the view from information center. Entrance fee is 500Yen per person.
Jigokudani, in which the park is located, means “hell valley” and is a common name for Japanese valleys with volcanic activity. Although its landscape is not as dramatic as some of Japan’s other jigokudani valleys, Yamanouchi‘s Jigokudani does produce a few steaming hot springs. There is a ryokan called Korakukan in the valley, which visitors will pass along the way to the monkey park.
Accustomed to humans, the monkeys can be observed from very close and almost completely ignore their human guests. Naturally, it is prohibited to touch or feed the monkeys.
Back to the bus stop and train station to Tokyo (we use option 2 )
Inside the Train (Yudanaka station)
Shopping arround Nagano Station.
This is soooooo delicious!
Is famous for its many electronics shops.Hundreds of electronics shops, ranging from tiny one man stalls specializing in a particular electronic component to large electronics retailers, line the main Chuo Dori street and the crowded side streets around Akihabara. They offer everything from the newest computers, cameras, televisions, mobile phones, electronics parts and home appliances to second-hand goods and electronic junk.
Our dinner near Hotel
Choose the meal you want, pay and they will served the food, it’s unique and fun!! 😀
Day 4: Tokyo
- Tokyo tower
Standing 333 meters high in the center of Tokyo, Tokyo Tower is the world’s tallest, self-supported steel tower and 13 meters taller than its model, the Eiffel Tower. A symbol of Japan’s post-war rebirth as a major economic power, Tokyo Tower was the country’s tallest structure from its completion in 1958 until 2012 when it was surpassed by the Tokyo Skytree. In addition to being a popular tourist spot, Tokyo Tower serves as a broadcast antenna.
The closest subway stations to Tokyo Tower are Onarimon Station on the Mita Subway Line and Akabanebashi Station on the Oedo Subway Line. You can also walk there from Hamamatsucho Station on the JR Yamanote and JR Keihin-Tohoku Line in about 15 minutes
It’s almost raining when er arrived at Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Tower in a cloudy day
- Diver city / Odaiba
Odaiba is a popular shopping and entertainment district on a man made island in Tokyo Bay. It originated as a set of small man made fort islands (daiba literally means “fort”), which were built towards the end of the Edo Period (1603-1868) to protect Tokyo against possible attacks from the sea and specifically in response to the gunboat diplomacy of Commodore Perry
The Rinkai Line connects Osaki Station on the JR Yamanote Line with Shin-Kiba Station on the JR Keiyo Line, stopping at the Tokyo Teleport and Kokusai Tenjijo underground stations on Odaiba along the way. Some trains on the JR Saikyo Line continue to run on the Rinkai Line and provide direct connections between Shinjuku, Shibuya and Odaiba.
The ride from Shinjuku to Tokyo Teleport Station on Odaiba takes 25 minutes and costs 500 yen. Note that the Japan Rail Pass, Seishun 18 Kippu and similar JR tickets are not valid on the Rinkai Line between Osaki and Shin-Kiba, even though the line is served by JR trains.
Arround Odaiba : Fuji TV building, Decks Tokyo beach, Aquacity, Diver city Tokyo Plaza, Rainbow bridge.
Behind Fuji TV Building
Diver City Mall
Gundam at Diver City
The bento we bought from supermarket
Udon from Foodcourt
Once finished the food, we need to returned the tray and plate back to the counter/ seller
This sandwich is our breakfast almost for everyday 😀
Day 5: Tokyo
- Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo Disneyland is a theme park based on the films produced by Walt Disney. It was opened in 1983 as the first Disney theme park outside of the United States.
Tokyo Disneyland is a five minute walk from JR Maihama Station. It can also be reached in a few steps from the Tokyo Disneyland Station along the Disney Resort Monorail. Entrance ticket is 7400Yen about 93SGD per adult and 6400Yen about 80SGD per child.
The queue for the train
Inside the train
The queue for Disney Sea
Queue for tickets
It’s not cheap, but once you step into Tokyo Disneyland there is no excuse for not ordering this 😀
Very beautiful interior
Waiting for the Parade
Day 6: Tokyo
- Lake Kawaguchiko (Mount Fuji)
is the most easily accessible of the Fuji Five Lakes with train and direct bus connections to Tokyo. Be warned that even though Kawaguchiko is located right at the base of Mount Fuji, the mountain is not always visible because of clouds. Visibility tends to be best in the early mornings (usually before 9am) and in the late afternoons, while clouds often obstruct the view during daytime even on days with fair weather, and especially so during the hazy summer months.
From Tokyo to Lake Kawaguchiko
- From Tokyo station to Shinjuku station
- Exit to Shinjuku bus station
- Use Fujikyu & Keio bus (Keio highway bus station) (bus 1101 KO) to Kawaguchiko station. Earliest bus will be at 07:10 and will take 2 hours journey. Price is 1700Yen per person.
- Arrived at Kawaguchiko station, you can continue using Kawaguchiko bus to Lake Kawaguchi for more spectacular view of Mount Fuji.
Best time to visit is early morning
Bus from Shinjuku station to Kawaguchiko station
View from the bus
Arrive at Kawaguchiko
All food with Mount Fuji shape, so cute and soooo delicious!
From Kawaguchiko station continue with Kawaguchiko bus to Lake Kawaguchi for more spectacular view of Mount Fuji.
Inside the bus
Today is our last day in Tokyo
Snacks we bought fom Tokyo 😀
Very cute instant noodles.
Day 7: Tokyo – Kyoto
Using Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto take 2.5hrs.
Our Bento breakfast
- Arrive at Kyoto and Check in at 9h capsule hotel (about 40SGD per person per night)
588 Teianmaeno-cho, Shijyo, Teramachi-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, 600-8031 Japan.
2 minutes on foot from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station / 5 minutes on foot from Keihan Gion Shijyo Station / 5 minutes from Subway Shijyo Station
One of the reason we visit Kyoto is to stay at 9hours Capsule Hotel, 9Hours mean 1h shower+ 7hr sleep + 1hr rest
This is the best place to experience capsule hotel !
Everything is very clean and neat. No luggage allowed on the rooms.
No shoes allowed.
Everything prepared by the hotel.
Seperate lift for female and male.
The toilet and lockers.
The room and beds
Day 8: Kyoto – Osaka (only 15min using Shinkansen)
Early morning before train to Osaka, we are exploring Kyoto
- Fushimi Inari Temple
Fushimi Inari Shrine is located just outside JR Inari Station, the second station from Kyoto Station along the JR Nara Line (5 minutes, 140 yen one way from Kyoto Station, not served by rapid trains). The shrine can also be reached in a short walk from Fushimi Inari Station along the Keihan Main Line.
Bought a snacks near the temple.
Before continue our train to Osaka we having a Lunch at this eating house near our hotel, no chair, just stand and eat! it’s fun, delicious, cheap and fast! it’s a trend in Japan for ‘standing restaurants’. Chairs take up space, and getting rid of them enables a restaurant to fit more customers into a smaller area. And, unable to sit, customers are unlikely to linger over their food, resulting in rapid customer turnover – and increased profits if your staff can move fast enough to keep pace.
Next we continue to train station to Osaka
Plenty of foods and snacks at all the train station
Inside the train
Arrived and Check in at Best Western Hotel Fino Osaka Shinsaibashi ( About 115SGD per night) 542-0083 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Chuo-ku Shinsaibashi 1-2-19, Japan
Day 9, Day 10 : Osaka
We are too tired , so our day at Osaka we are not visiting any places, we just walking arround hotel at Shinsaibashi area and just enjoy the food and shopping.
One of Osaka’s oldest and busiest shopping destinations which runs about 600 meters in length. Shinsaibashi Suji’s collection of brand name shops, chain stores, independent boutiques and variety of restaurants makes it popular with nearly every kind of shopper. At Dotombori, Shinsaibashi Suji becomes Ebisubashi Suji, though the same shopping atmosphere remains.
Heaven for Sanrio fans.
The crowd is awesome.
Heaven for foods!
Trip is not complete without trying THIS! Takoyaki
At least must try once! 😀
Day 11: Osaka-Taipei
This is our last day at Japan.
BYE J A P A N !!!!