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i have been a lurker of this thread prior to my leaving. it helped me alot.
i was in tokyo for 10 days, and it was so amazing! i didn't wanna leave.
i just wanna share my experience in tokyo:
1. if u plan to stay within tokyo, get the suica card and not the jr pass. mas cheaper *** and it makes sense if u will b in tokyo only. it can be used in jr, subway and metro. i saw that u can purchase with it too in some vending machines and stores.
2. do not be scared of their train system. it is confusing at first but u get the hang of it. its color coded and number coded too. if in doubt, ask someone in the train station counter. they are very helpful. theyll even leave the counter to help u get to your platform
3. rush hour in tokyo is bet 7-10 am so trains are packed like crazy. they even have someone to push u in the train so that u can get in the train
4. everything is accessible because the trains punctual and efficient.
5. Just follow the signs in the train station because its in english too.
here are some things i wanna share from my trip:
1. Disneyland is big! i mean i've been to HK but this one is huge! there are more rides, shows and parades. i got to see the easter parade and the light/electric parade(omg) i thought i wouldn't love it that much because i've been to HK but if u can, spare time to go there too and not just disneysea. My highlights are: the 2 parades,cinderella's castle,splash mountain and big mountain. fire works in HK is way better than here.
2. Disneysea is amazing! if i have to choose, i will choose this one. the rides are amazing but nothing compares to the shows here! they are just beautiful.my highlights are: tower of terror, indiana jones, journey to the center of the earth for the rides and disney magic in the sky, legend of mythica,fantasmic and mystic rhythms, mermaid theater(ariel's show) for the shows.
3. get a fastpass while lining up for a ride. get there early and go to any of the rides above since those are the most popular. better to go there on weekdays and not a holiday.
4. if you are saving on food, u can bring snack food and drinks in disney. they didnt tell us to throw them away when they checked our bags. u can go to ikspiari mall (gateway station-right beside maihama station) or maihama station for food, they have newsday(parang 7eleven).
5.Both are just amazing but if u have to choose, better choose disneysea. the rides and shows are geared towards teens and adults. some of the rides and shows in disneyland are found in HKdisney.
6. if u get there late, u can get the after6 pass. cheaper than the day pass.
some of the other places i went to:
1. puroland-located in tama. its quite far from central tokyo but ive always been a hello kitty fan and so i went there. i was very disappointed. i felt like i was robbed of my 3000yen. but the good thing was that it was my birthday so i got a card and gift. yun nalang ang naging saving grace.
2.tama zoo- located in tama but u have to ride a local train to get there. its a very big zoo.animals are healthier and happier here i think compared to ueno zoo. get the package at the train station. 1000 yen for the train ride both ways and the zoo entrance. the elephant here was such an entertainer!
3. ueno zoo- the pandas are here. but i think the animals are sad and not fat ..if i have to choose, better go to tama zoo, but then again, its far.
4. odaiba- we went there to see Gundam. and its huge! it lights up and smoke comes out during its presentation. there is a schedule. im not sure what but we saw it 2x, 3pm and 7pm. the latter was better because they have a showcase. since we were there, we went to all the malls and other attraction in the island. the liberty statue, the takoyaki museum and waited for the rainbow bridge to light up(parang christmas lights). they have the outlet stores there but feeling ko ang price d naman outlet eh unlike tungchung sa HK..
get the all day pass of 800yen because its cheaper than using your suica card. u use anpther train line kasi whn going to odaiba.its a whole day thing when u go there.
5. Mt. Fuji- we joined a tour since it was cheaper. we rode a bus going there and the bullet train on the way back. going there took almost 2 hours and going home was about 45mins . Mt. fuji is so beautiful!! if you are in tokyo, spare money to join a tour because its worth seeing Mt.Fuji. i was glad when we got there, it was a clear day and when we left, it started to rain.
6. Tokyo dome- the ferris wheel is huge as well as the roller coaster. but both were closed when we were there because an accident happened
7. Tsukiji Market- to those sushi lovers, this is the place to be. Sushi dai is the place to have sushi. opens from 4am-2pm. the line is crazy. we got there at 5 and haba na ng line. we got served at 830. loved the tuna and salmon sushi. melts in your mouth. make sure u go the market and better take the metro. when u get out of the station, walk towards the waterfront and u will see a long line. u will not miss it.
there are just endless places i went to while i was there. i just loved the place. a mixture of old and new.
1. tokyo area (maunouchi/tokyo/ginza)- this is where u will find the imperial palace. Ang ganda! even the trees are trimmed to look nice . shopping for high end products are in ginza.
2. Akihabara- all techie, anime and manga. lights all around, pachenko, girls in maid costumes and toys!
3. ueno- this is where u will find the red light district as well. nandito yung mga filipina entertainers(nasa names ng mga clubs )u can also buy the cheap but original perfumes as well as dry fruits and butingtings.
4. shibuya- i went there for hachiko and shopping. take the hachiko exit and u will find the hachiko statue. pang youth yung shopping dito. u get to see a lot of young people here.
5. harajuku- go to the takeshita dori lane. nandun lahat ng youth clothes. marion crepes, angels crepes, chef puck's resto and flagship stores ng ibang international brands like f21.u can walk to mejie shrine from here as well as yoyogi park.
6.shinjuku- the metropolitan government office is here where u can go up for free and u can view tokyo. its a major train interchange, so it can be confusing at times. magkalapit lang ang shinjuku, harajuku and shibuya.if u are fit, u can probably walk from shinjuku down to shibuya
7.tokyo tower-i didnot go there because i was staying at a hotel where i can view tokyo's skyline already.
8. tokyo skytree- same reason as tokyo tower and i heard fully book na for the next 4 months
tokyo is just so amazing. i can't wait to go back but not soon. airfare and being in tokyo is expensive but totally worth it. if u can go there, you should.
these are the food i love while i was there:
1. takoyaki-ang sarap!
2. mejie milk in 7eleven
3. mejie crisp in 7 eleven
4. the fried rice and beef thing in one of the little resto we found in shinjuku.its right beside sunroute shinjuku
6. tully's coffee-stonger than starbucks or any coffee ive tried.
8. fried noodles in one of the park events we passed by for only 200yen
i also tried the usual
1.mcdonalds-saltier i think
2. KFC- chicken is ok but no gravy, fries are like mcdo but krushers are amazing!
3. starbucks-coffee are lil stronger than here
4.burger king- same
hi klondike, thanks for the tips
tanong ko lang, yung suica ba can be used going to disneyland, and puroland? im getting a 2 day pass from tokyo metro, cost around 980yen. I read suica card costs 2000yen, or it is just more convinient dahil di ka na bibili ng card palagi?
thanks in advance.
btw heres my itinerary
Day 1 - Ginza Area
Day 2 - Shibuya, Shinjuku, Meiji
Day 3 - Tsukiji, Akihabara, Roponggi, Tokyo Tower
Day 4 - Disney Sea
Day 5 - Puroland
Day 6 - Mt Fuji
Day 7 - Asakusa, Odaiba, Tokyo Tree
Day 8 - Going Back to Manila
paki check naman kung oks na yung itenerary ko.
nasa Ginza pala ang biggest store ng Uniqlo!
suica card can be used for all the trains in tokyo. i think its better to get that than just metro pass so that u will have more transportation options.
980 yen will not last long if u use metro only since its more expensive than jr trains. again, suica can be used in all trains. meron silang mga package and we got the 5000yen package.super sulit talaga. we just loaded it with 1000 yen the day before we left kasi it went below 1000yen and we had more places to go to. u can return the card and get a refund for the remaining balance minus processing fee of 250yen. nagkaroon kami ng extra money to shop at the airport.
day1-unless u plan to shop in ginza, dont spend the whole day there
day2-u can include harajuku there, nandoon mga flagship stores.magkasunod lang sila shinjuku, harajuku, shibuya.harajuku to shibuya can be a 15 minute walk.
day3-better go to akihabara at night, its more fun with all the lights.
day4-u can use your metro card here but its a long ride pa rin and quite expensive. but disneysea is worth it. u need to have a disney monorail ticket kasi disneysea is not beside maihama station, u can only get to disneysea via disney monorail. u cant use other cards.
day5-puroland is halfday.mahal train ticket there and multiple transfers. so thats why mas better suica card, para d ka ma worry whn u have to transfer train lines.
day6-check weather for mount fuji
day7-u can do the odaiba later in the day kasi mas nice c gundam and the bridge.u can see tokyo tower and tokyo tree from there.
day8-change your card for refund so u can have extra money.
uniqlo is celebrating its 10th year. theyre collaborating with hello kitty, kitson, mickey mouse, barbie and snoopy to release special shirts with them.its affordable too!
hi! suica card can be used to disneyland and disney sea monorail. we used that during our time
We went to Japan to see the Snow Festival!
Spent 3 days at Hokkaido and then 4 days at Tokyo and I must say ang mahal!
If you haven't been to Disneyland yet -- and you still have time, I'd strongly suggest you check it out na rin. They have a 2 days park ticket that will allow you to cover both parks.
Via Hakone ba ito? If so, merong Romance Car sila dun.. it's faster and a lot more comfy.. but make sure you don't miss your time slot. Coz if you do, you'll have to buy another ticket.Day 6 - Mt Fuji
And yeah, check the weather first before getting the ticket.
14- Arrival 12nn
o Check in Osaka
o Free Day
17- Morning Bus to Tokyo
o Arrive Tokyo
o Night Bus to Osaka
22- Depart 5pm
going this august. do i have a good itinerary? thanks
Heres a list of stylish & complete hotel rooms with affordable rates.
- Price Range: 2k- 8k
- Location: Kyoto
- Nishi Hongan-ji Temple and Higashi Hongan-ji Temple are both about a 10-minute walk away. JR Kyoto Train Station is half a mile away. Kiyomizu Temple and Yasaka Shrine are both 2 miles away.
- Offering non-smoking Japanese-style accommodations with futon beds, Nagomi Ryokan Yuu is a 5-minute walk from Gojo subway station's Exit 8. A free-use kitchen is available, and hotel-wide free Wi-Fi is provided.
- A free-use internet terminal is provided in the lounge. Guests can try on a kimono or experience a tea ceremony, for a fee. Both Japanese and Western breakfasts are offered.
- Book here
Ikoi No Le
- Price Range: 2k- 6k
- Location: Kyoto
- The hostel is a 10-minute walk to Higashi Hongan-ji Temple and Nishi Hongan-ji Temple. Gojo subway station is a 3-minute walk away. Nijo Castle and Sanjusangen-do Temple are about 1.5 miles away. Rental bicycles are available.
- Featuring kimono and tea ceremony experiences, the completely non-smoking Ikoi No Ie is half a mile from JR Kyoto Train Station. It offers Japanese rooms with tatami (woven-straw) floors and traditional futon beds.
- Book here
Hotel Hokke Club Kyoto
- Price Range: 8k
- Location: Kyoto
- Higashi Hongan-ji Temple is less than half a mile from the hotel, about a 10-minute walk. Nishi Hongan-ji Temple is one mile away. Kiyomizu-dera Temple is about 2 miles from the hotel.
- Right across the street from JR Kyoto Train Station, Hotel Hokke Kyoto offers air conditioned rooms with a fridge and an attached bathtub. Massages are available, and the hotel has a Japanese restaurant and a cafe.
- Iroha Karuta serves Japanese dishes for breakfast and dinner. Ogawa Coffee offers light meals and hot drinks all day.
- Book here
Best Western Hotel Kyoto
- Price Range: 5k- 6k
- Location: Kyoto
- Best Western Hotel Kyoto is a 5-minute walk from Shiyakushomae Station and the Kamogawa River. It offers modern accommodations with 2 restaurants and rooms with free wired internet.
- Restaurant Hikozaemon serves local grill specialties, while Italian dishes can be enjoyed at Chaplin Cafe. Drinks can be purchased from the vending machine.
- Kyoto Best Western Hotel is located near shops and restaurants, a 10-minute walk from Nishiki Market. Yasaka Shrine is a 15-minute walk away.
- Book here
Ginza Nikko Hotel
- Price Range: 5k- 9k
- Location: Tokyo
- JR Shinbashi Train Station is 1000 ft away, offering Yamanote Line access to Tokyo and Akihabara. Hibiya-koen Park is a 5-minute walk away, and Hama-Rikyu Garden is half a mile away. Nearby Ginza Station has direct subway access to the Ueno, Shibuya and Roppongi areas.
- Dark wood and bright color highlights are featured in the air conditioned rooms at Ginza Nikko Hotel. Satellite channels and pay-per-view movies are ready to be enjoyed on the flat-screen TV, and a coffee/tea maker is included.
- Featuring relaxed lighting and pink tablecloths, Maison Sereine serves coffee and light meals all day.
- Book here
Click here for complete list of hotels.
hi. planning to return to japan sana by november.
any suggested hotels at ueno po near the jr station? we stayed before at ueno touganeya but baka may mas accessible hotels pa than that? tia.
Hotel New Ueno. I haven't actually stayed there but I passed by it a few times when walking back to Iriya last December. It looked decent from the outside.