Japan is one of my dream destinations ever since I was a child. A lot of us grew up watching Doraemon, Dragon Ball Z, Samurai X, Mojacko, Gundam and many more. This country has a lot to offer from animes, yummy foodies, urban lifestyle, insta-worthy places, culture, and yes the good traits of its people. While others say that Europe (Schengen visa) is your passport to the world, Japan is your passport to Asia.
Just last April 2018, I booked a ticket to Japan without any plans or itinerary on hand. I believe that adventure is my bestfriend! I forgot that I need to process a visa and it has a 5-day working process here in the Philippines. Gladly, after 2 days of processing, my visa came and I made a quick itinerary a day before my flight.
So here it goes:
Day 0 : NAIA to Narita Airport
8:00 PM - NAIA - Tax: Php 1,620 12:40 AM - Departure
Day 1 : Tokyo Station, Shibuya
06:10 AM - Arrival at Narita Airport Terminal 3 07:30 AM - Go to Terminal 2 for Tokyo Speed Wifi - 1st floor QL Liner Counter - Php 2,499 (for 3 days with pocketalk)
08:00 AM - Buy a Suica or Pasmo Card - Basement of Terminal 2 - Php 241.75 + the amount you wish to charge it with - Buy N'EX train ticket - can be purchased at the counter machines of Narita Airport - ¥ 4,000 / Php 1, 960 (roundtrip) 08:30 AM - Departure from Narita Airport going to Tokyo Station - 1 hr and 15 minutes Recommended App: TOKYO SUBWAY 10:00 AM - Arrival at Tokyo station - Character Street - Opening hours: 10:00 to 20:30 12:00 NN - Brunch 02:00 PM - Check-in at Airbnb 📍 located at Higashi-Koenji 04:30 PM - Hachiko Statue 📍 Shibuya Station ⇒ Hachiko Exit (JR Yamanote Line) - Shibuya Crossing
- Tsutaya Starbucks (a view from the 2nd floor, Starbucks, Tsutaya Bldg.) 07:00 PM - Ichiran Ramen 📍Iwamoto Building B1F 1-22-7 Jinnan Sibuya-ku Tokyo-to 150-0041 - 3 minutes walk from Tsutaya (a must try!) 08:00 PM - Koreatown 📍 Shin-Okubo Station (JR Yamanote Line)
Day 2 : Asakusa, Harajuku
06:30 AM - Sensoji Temple 📍 Asakusa Station - Main hall: 6:00 to 17:00 (from 6:30 from October to March) Temple grounds: Always open - Free entrance (big arms don't care oops) cute vendos everywhereeee! 11:00 AM - Meiji Shrine and Yoyogi Park 📍 Meiji-jingumae (Harajuku) ⇒ West Exit (JR Yamanote Line) 12:30 PM - Lunch at Red Rock Cafe (this is where Jimin and Jungkook filmed their "GCF in Tokyo" 📍 3-25-12 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture (this is definitely for the beef lovers!) 01:30 PM - Stroll around Tokyu Plaza (my fave place ever!) 02:00 PM - BT21 (Line Friends Store) because I'm a fan! - My separate post for my BT21 Invasion 03:00 PM - Takeshita Dori - its like Myeongdong in Korea, you can find cute japanese- style dresses, foooodies and many more 06:00 PM - Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building 📍 Tocho-mae Station (Oedo Subway Line) - North Observatory: 9:30 to 23:00 South Observatory: 9:30 to 17:30 (until 23:00 when North Observatory is closed) *Admission ends 30 minutes before closing time *The South Deck will be closed from September 1, 2018 to spring 2019 for renovations - Free entrance (aaaah Tokyo, you look so peaceful!I love you!)
Day 3 : Airport
08:00 AM - Memorizing everything in this place 09:00 AM - NE'X for 2 hours (Shinjuku to Narita Airport) 01:00 PM - Departure from Narita Airport :( I will definitely seeeee you again Japan!
This video sums up our adventure in Japan. Also, this was inspired by G.C.F in Tokyo of Jungkook and Jimin of BTS.