I wasn’t planning to blog about the trip but due to popular demand, I’ve decided to share my Tokyo itinerary with the world so you can have as much fun as we did.
FYI, we’re pretty chill travelers. As in, we don’t like filling every second with activities. There are a few things on our daily agenda, but we prefer to explore for ourselves (or drink, a lot). So if you’re hoping to hit all the hot spots, this itinerary is NOT FOR YOU. But if you’re hoping for a nice, relaxing holiday with your buddies, read on!
We landed in Tokyo really late, like 10:30PM and from there we got a pocket wifi from the airport and one of the pink metro cards each before beginning our vacay. First stop, Shibuya.
One thing you gotta know is that the moment we opened the doors to our airbnb, we. were. shook. The place was teeny tiny and while it could fit all 8 of us (including a 4 year old) it was not the most spacious. If you get claustrophobic, maybe don’t try to squeeze in with all your friends or family and get two airbnbs instead because the spaces in Tokyo itself is pretty limited.
The next day, we headed to Tsukiji Fish market and while I don’t eat shashimi, I had the best ice cream of my life! It’s about RM25. But it’s so worth it.
Then, it’s off to Sensoji temple since it’s pretty nearby. To get to the temple, you have to cut through a street of vendors selling food and fashion. You can probably pick up a couple of things here or put on a yukata for an inSTARworthy shot.
We wandered around for a bit and ended up at this very cosy Japanese restaurant (featured in the first video) where we had pancakes. It was super tasteless, but only because we didn’t realize we had to season it. One of the ladies saw our epic fail, came over and taught us how to do it with loud choruses of “holy shit we’re dumb”.
After that, we went back to Shibuya and after paying respects to Hachiko, it was time to party at Hooters! If pretty girls and alcohol are your thing, I must insist: put it on your list of things to do in Tokyo.
At night we visited a pachinko parlor (trust me, they aren’t hard to find – just follow the brightest lights) and upon losing everything, called it a day. But since we were all quite hammered, we wanted some food and chanced upon THE BEST RAMEN (click for the coordinates). Honestly, if I ever go back to Tokyo, it will be for that bowl of deliciousness.
The next day, we checked out and went window shopping at Shibuya 109 before realizing everything was so friggin expensive! After dilly dallying for a little bit, we took the train to Chiba Prefecture. Home to Disney.
We absolutely adored this airbnb. Spacious, homey and it had those sliding doors! There was a departmental store down the road which was open till late so we made use of that and bought up a storm. The next day, Disneyland. And the next, DisneySEA!
After experiencing the magic, we picked up our bags from the lockers at the train station and shuffled off to Shinjuku. Again, the place was cramped and not incredibly comfortable for 8. Imagine a row of bodies sleeping against the wall and the luggage taking up the rest of the space.
We basically wandered around, shopped and drank until it was time for our skii trip! We took the bus to Kawaguchiko late afternoon and arrived at night but I wished I could have had more time here! It’s a peaceful little town and we booked the coolest airbnb!
After spending a day at Fujiten Snow Resort, it was time to unwind with a nice onsen. Yunessun at Hakone was next and also one of the few places that allows you to cover up your tattoos so you may enter. Japan really needs to remove that stick regarding tattoos! Especially since tourism is booming and people wanna experience onsens. I snuck into the naked one though ahaha using my friend’s gf as a body shield. So kids, if you wanna go to Japanese onsens, do not get a tattoo. Hopefully they get rid of this archaic law but anyway…
It was pretty cool. There were fun slides, underground hot springs, and wine baths, etc. The only downside was that it’s smack in the middle of nowhere so you need to stay at the super expensive hotel. We booked two rooms for 7 adults and a child and it was a total of RM3k plus! And it wasn’t even all that nice! Except for the open air onsen which I was not allowed to enter due to my body ink. But there’s a new hotel opening up that looks promising; maybe you can give that a go instead.
We ended our trip at Yokohama, which is basically China Town. The airbnb was so-so, but honestly all we wanted was a place to crash anyway and it’s still an upgrade from the ones in central Tokyo.
So that was my super chill trip to Tokyo with my buddies. Next target? Korea in March 2018. I’ll be sharing the itinerary after the trip – and I promise it would have more pictures and be more detailed than this one – so make sure you follow me: fb | ig | youtube
TIP: Sumimasen is a very useful word, use it to get someone’s attention, to say sorry, to thank someone, to say excuse me. It is like milo 3 in one, but better.
TIP 2: Get RM106 off your Airbnb!
TIP 3: Do not get conned into going down to one of those underground pubs in Shinjuku. As you can see from the last video… It was nothing special. Plus, you have to pay first before going in.
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