Hi Guys! Today I’m gonna be sharing my Tokyo Travel Diary and Itinerary. I visited in August and I had the best time – so here’s everything I did and saw over my 5 days in Japan’s capital city.
Travel & Accommodation
In August, I flew from Fiji to Japan with Fiji Airways and it took about 9 hours. I took the Tokyo Skyliner* from Narita Airport to Ueno, and I stayed in Sadou Hostel* – it was great! It was super friendly and the staff were so helpful and nice. The rooms and facilities were also really good.
For travel, I had a 14 Day Green JR pass* as well as a pre-bought Suica pass* which covered all of my transport whilst in Tokyo. I also used Uber (if you’d like a discount off of your first ride, use my code 3601nc)* once or twice to travel with my luggage.
Day One: Japanese Crafting and Exploring Ueno
After a late arrival the night before, I got up and headed to the nearest Starbucks to grab some breakfast. My first day was spent in Ueno, the neighbourhood my hostel was in.
My first activity was an Air BnB Experience with Chikako, a local artist (sign up here to get £ off your first stay/experience*). We made a temple stamp book which I used the whole of my time in Japan, and it’s one of my favourite souvenirs! We headed to a coffee shop where we got drinks and started the crafting. After finishing the book, we headed to 2 shrines in Ueno park so I could learn how to visit shrines and temples properly, and to get some stamps!
After visiting the shrines, I walked through the park to the Tokyo National Museum which was really interesting, then to Ueno Zoo. I then spent the evening wandering around Ueno and exploring the city.
I have a post on things to do in Ueno which you can find here. It goes into a bit more detail and gives some tips and tricks!
Day Two: Shibuya, Shinjuku & Harajuku
Today I took the subway to Shibuya to do some serious sightseeing. I left the station and saw the Hachiko statue before going to the Starbucks that overlooks the famous Shibuya crossing.
Then, I walked around Harajuku and Shinjuku. I headed to the Daiso on the main street in Harajuku, Takeshita. Daiso is the best for souvenirs and anything else you may need at a great price! I also stopped to get a mango float at Noa Café before visiting a nearby shrine, Togo-Jinja. It was really calm and nice, especially amongst the crazy crowds of the shopping district.
After seeing the shrine, I headed back to the main street and found Eiswelt Gelato – the cutest ice-cream shop ever! There are a few different types/flavours you can go for. I was torn between the Mint Frog but I got the Strawberry pig. Totally worth the yen!
As I began to walk towards Meji Jingu Shrine, I saw a sign for Ota Memorial Museum of Art. This ended up being one of my favourite museums in Japan, the exhibitions were great! I also stopped off at the Lush store in Harajuku which is a must-see if you’re a fan of the brand! They had walls of bath bombs as well as a conveyor belt with all the different products.
Then I visited Meiji Jingu Shrine which is probably one of the most visited and instagram-med shrines in Tokyo. There are loads of things to see and do in the park, most notably the barrels of sake.
In the evening, I went back to Meiji Jingu to see a baseball game! Baseball is super popular in Japan and I managed to nab some cheap tickets a few weeks before (finding tickets was a nightmare!). I had the absolute best time and I would 100% recommend catching a game if you have the time! I also loved the bright green Swallows Jersey I bought – such a great momento.
Day Three: Sanrio Puroland
Alternative: Tokyo Disneyland or Disneysea.
After a lot of shrines, temples and museums, I headed to the suburbs for a day filled with Hello Kitty goodness! To get to the park, you can take the Keio line from Shinjuku station to Tama-Central which takes about half an hour. From the station, its a short walk to puroland. I bought my ticket online* beforehand but you can also queue and get them on the door.
At Sanrio Puroland, there is one main attraction – the character boat ride. I queued for about 40 minutes. It was reminiscent of it’s a small world except this one had no annoying songs and way better characters. I then explored all the floors. There are lots of themed shops and cafes, as well as several displays (that are crazy detailed). I ate at the rainbow cafe and there were no vegetarian options – the closest thing they had was tomato pasta with a dollop of tuna just on top (so you can avoid eating the fish, but it’s still contaminated). Maybe the other places to eat had better options.
I chose to go here instead of visiting one of the Tokyo Disney’s as I thought it would give me more of an insight into Japanese culture. I really enjoyed my visit, and if you like the characters a lot or have kids then its definitely a place for you!
Day Four: Hakone Day Trip
Alternative: Yokohama, Nikko, Mt. Fuji, Kanazawa.
You can read my ultimate guide to a day trip in Hakone here, it covers everything I did, as well as other options to suit everybody. I love taking a day to get out of the city and spend some time in nature.
I got back from Hakone at about 6 and spent the evening doing a cooking class in my hostel. It cost 500 and was totally worth it! We made Miso soup, sushi rolls and miso-glazed aubergine.
Day Five: Bye Tokyo, Hello Kyoto
I packed up and left my hostel to grab breakfast at Tokyo station before getting the Bullet Train to Kyoto! That travel diary will be coming soon…
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my Tokyo Travel Diary and have found it useful! I really enjoyed my visit to the city, but I think I preferred Kyoto! Watch this space for more posts like this. You can find all my Japan posts by clicking here, and all my travel content here. Have you visited Tokyo? What was your favourite thing to do there? Let me know in the comments below!
Bye for now x
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