What is a visit to Tokyo without dropping by or seeing the most famous symbol of Japan, Mt. Fuji? Probably not complete. If you’re on the lookout for a place to shop (within the budget) and at the same time a spot for sight-seeing, we totally recommend a trip to Gotemba Premium Outlets in Hakone.
Most (if not all) my favourite brands are there, let me drop some names: Adidas, Balenciaga, Cath Kidston, Chloe, Dior, Disney, Francfranc, Furla, Gelato Pique, Harrods, Havaianas, Isetan, Jill Stuart, Kate Spade New York, Lowrys Farm, Moussy, Nike, Nikon, Petit Bateau, Saint Laurent, Sly, Snidel, Tory Burch, Valentino and many more. -Ashley
Tokyo is definitely a top place to visit for tourists. No one can deny its charm. But, there are many buts. What if it’s too expensive? So much “what ifs”. Today is a great day to debunk all those Japan myths and start planning about this dream already.
1. Making Your Itinerary / Where to go? What to do?
We’ve made a couple of ready-to-print itineraries here at OurKawaii.Tokyo that you can just follow, alter or use as an itinerary inspiration. (Click here)
I just want to share our travel itinerary when my friend Abbey visited me here in Japan. We roamed around Tokyo during her visit! : )
If you are a creative person / an artist, maybe you will love our list of places. We would leave at around 9-10AM from Saitama to go to Tokyo. Most of the stores are still closed by 10/11AM so if you want to go temple-hopping, do it in the morning.
Arrive from airport
Rent wifi from Narita Airport (there are a lot, you just have to ask around: “Sumimasen, wifi rentaru / poketto wifi wa doko ni arimasu ka?”)
Keisei Skyliner -> Ueno
Leave bags inside rental locker (located inside the station)
Extra: Akihabara is just a station away. You can also walk from Ueno to Akihabara. : )
You can also rent meido-san / cosplay costumes here haha.
KINOKUNIYA bookstore in Shinjuku. Go to 7th floor for the English books. They do have the rare ones! : )
Sekaido = heaven for those who love hoarding art materials (like Abbey lolol)
Takeshita Street (first-timers might get overwhelmed because there are lots of stores to shop from!!)
Recommend shops: WEGO, TUTUANA, MOMO Wonderrocket, etc.
Recommended cafe: Nescafe Cafe (Abbey and I are both fans of cafes with superb interior design. We did some brainstorming here haha)
To go to Shibuya, you can either take Yamanote Line (1 stop away) or just walk from Harajuku to Shibuya. Abbey and I love enjoy walking (double purpose: sight-seeing and burn fats / get tummy space for more eating lolol)
I brought Abbey to Shibuya Crossing (forgot to see Hachiko though haha), LoFT (a paradise for notebook / pen / stationery / things-we-don’t-need lovers like us), and other places that I’ve forgotten. Woops!
Just roam around this area and discover homey cafes on your own. We loved
Extra: Nakano / Kichijoji
Asakusa for more traditional Japanese kawaii
If you can’t get enough of Harajuku, you can go back to Harajuku like what we did haha.
Extra: Tokyo Skytree (this is just near Asakusa, but you have to take the Tobu Skytree Line)
There are also a lot of rental lockers in Asakusa (though you must come early to reserve yours, as there are many tourists going to this area). I also suggest that if you are going to take the train from Shinjuku (like Narita Express / NEX) to the airport, you might consider leaving your stuff there first before you spend your last day to explore in Asakusa / elsewhere. If your flight is later in the evening, you can spend a short time around Asakusa and then go back to Shinjuku again. Please be mindful of your time, so that you won’t be late for your flight! : )
If you are looking for a snack stores to buy / hoard greentea KitKat & #OnlyInJapan omiyage / pasalubong for your friends, look for an Okashi no Machioka stall. They sell these chocolates / snacks cheaper than the ones in convenience stores. Okashi no Machioka has a branch in Shinjuku, Asakusa, and Nakano Broadway (and so much more). : )