Tokyo Japan Travel Guide Itinerary Expenses 6D5N
As I was browsing through our Japan pictures on our last trip there, I suddenly felt this immense feeling of missing the place very much. It has been my 3rd trip to Japan but I still yearn to explore the country because like every tourist who have been there, we barely scratched the surface traveling the country.
This time, we went to the capital city of Tokyo during the autumn season. It was our first time there and first time to experience Autumn! Though we could’ve done multi cities on our first trip (we did Kansai region only) we opted not to because we want to enjoy most of our time in one place rather than spending hours in transport.
Having said that, this is our simple guide and our great enjoyable experience in Tokyo. I hope this will help you in your planning!
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Day 1 (Nov. 21)
5:40AM – Depart Manila NAIA 3
10:50AM – Arrive Narita Airport
12 PM – Check in Airbnb
3PM – Ueno Park
6PM – Dinner at Sushi-Ro
Day 2 (Nov. 22)
8AM – Sensoji Temple
10AM – Tokyo Sky Tree
12PM – Akihabara
6PM – Rikugien Garden
Day 3 (Nov. 23) Mt. Fuji
8AM – Start of Mt. Fuji Day Tour
7PM – Dinner at Ichiran Shinjuku
Day 4 (Nov. 24) Shinjuku
8AM – Shinjuku Gyoen Garden
12PM – Lunch at Tontake
3PM – Akihabara
Day 5 (Nov. 25) Shibuya / Ropponggi Hills
8AM – Yoyogi Park / Meiji Shrine
12PM – Lunch at Shinshuya Tempura
1PM – Shibuya Crossing / Hachiko Statue
4PM – Ropponggi Hills
Day 6 (Nov. 26) Odaiba
8AM – Tour Odaiba and Toyota Mega Web Showroom
Day 7 (Nov. 27)
8AM – Breakfast and check-out
9AM – Go to Airport
1PM – Depart to Manila
When in Japan, connectivity is a must especially for information on transportation and maps! We rented a pocket wifi through KKDAY for 7 days here. Fast, efficient and reliable.
Going to/from Manila / Tokyo
We booked round-trip plane tickets from Manila to Narita (NRT) through Cebu Pacific for 8040.51 per pax all-in including seat reservation fee, check-in baggage and all other fees.
Traveling Around Tokyo
Get a Suica or Pasmo card for use in transportation around Tokyo like trains and buses then follow directions in google maps or hyperdia.com and you’re good to go. The transportation system in Japan is efficient and reliable so you really don’t need to ride taxis as they’re expensive unless you really need to.
We booked an Airbnb room here. It’s located in Bunkyo and very near Nippori station which has a direct line to Narita Airport. The room is simple but comfortable enough for us to sleep at night. The shower is for sharing between other guests but fortunately they seldom use it and they keep it clean.
The neighborhood is quiet and it’s near Yanaka Ginza, a popular traditional shopping street in Tokyo.
We booked the room for 6 nights for a total of P13,134.69 but we only paid P8,154.03 since I have Airbnb credits to use. If you’re not an Airbnb member yet, then sign up here and get free credits!
If you don’t wish to use Airbnb, check out some hostels in Tokyo! Here are some hostels recommended by travelers:
Or you can search for hotels/hostels in Tokyo here in Hotels Combined.
Tokyo is amazing. It’s definitely one of those places that we will return for sure. It’s ancient Japan meets Hi-tech Japan. Many beautiful temples and parks scattered around tall skyscrapers which for me, is the ideal modern city.
Out of Tokyo, we went on a Mt. Fuji Day Tour which highlights our second Japan Trip.
Parks and Gardens
A simple park in Ueno. If you just want to relax, have meaningful conversations and rest your legs after some extreme shopping.
Shinjuku Gyoen Park
Very nice park! We enjoyed taking pictures and people watching here. Lots of photo enthusiasts and models taking their best poses in the colorful autumn background.
It’s a little weird to visit a garden during night time but we went here to see the illuminations and it’s just walking distance from where we are staying so we might as well go. This place is great for photographers who likes to shoot at night. The reflections of the trees in the water is amazing.
Shibuya is most known for the world’s busiest crossing. You’d be amazed that even if you cross this intersection blindfolded, you won’t get bumped by anyone – but don’t do that of course. If you want to take a video and watch the crossing in action, go to the 2nd floor of any nearby buildings. We went to a nearby Starbucks and the place is perfect for this.
Also, don’t forget to visit the statue of Hachiko, the most loyal dog! He is located near the crossing and be disciplined enough to fall in line if there are many people lining up to take a picture with Hachiko.
After some people watching, stroll around Yoyogi park for fresh air and visit Meiji Shrine and offer a prayer or two or make a wish on those wooden tablets called ema.
This place is heaven for every Japanese pop-culture fan. I’m a fan of old anime back from my childhood and young adult years so this is a wonderful place for me too. There are also lots of toys here and I can’t help myself so I bought a Super Saiyan Goku figure and Tomica miniature cars. We went here twice during the trip!
Odaiba is an entertainment hub located on a man-made island in Tokyo Bay. It is home to the giant Gundam robot statue in front of Diver City. It is the most awesome thing you’ll see there!
We also went to the replica of the Statue of Liberty and in the Toyota Mega Web City Showcase. We enjoyed checking out the cars: old, new and futuristic. You can also try the racing simulation which its functions are patterned to a real car.
This was the highlight of our trip! We booked the day tour from Klook for P2766 per person which is reasonable compared to DIYing the trip as I made a computation and it’s almost the same.
Mt. Fuji is one of the most beautiful places in the world that I’ve ever seen. It’s completely stunning. We were very fortunate that Mt. Fuji was not covered with clouds.
Besides Mt. Fuji, we also get to experience how to make our own Matcha green tea taught by a Nihoncha (Japanese Tea) instructor!
For our last stop, we dropped by at a Gotemba premium outlet where you can shop for branded clothing, shoes, toys, etc. Almost all of the outlets are on sale that day because it was Black Friday! I bought a pair of running shoes from ADIDAS and toys from BANDAI. I think we were only allotted around 2 hours for shopping so my advise is focus on a few shops and walk fast!
Book your Mt. Fuji Day Tour here in Klook.
We all know food in Japan is delicious and awesome. I’ve detailed some of our food adventures here in <Osaka> so I wouldn’t get into much detail anymore but rather, I’d just share some of what we had in Tokyo.
For affordable conveyor belt sushi experience, consider Sushi-Ro! They have a wide selection of sushi and it was very delicious! Try the ones with pesto or cheese!
This is one of the godliest Ramen we’ve ever had. The broth is just super delicious. We had this at Shinjuku right after the Mt. Fuji trip. There was a line but it didn’t take long till we get seated. And you should know that when there’s people lining up to eat, the food must be great. We were not disappointed at all! The only thing we regret is we didn’t take home their instant ramen sold in the reception! Next time, we’ll surely buy.
Tonkatsu at Tontake
If you’re craving for Tonkatsu, drop by at Tontake – a small family-run restaurant in Shinjuku serving one of the best tonkatsus out there. You might have a hard time finding it but just trust google maps and your keen eye.
Another great find specializing in Tempura! We ordered one with the noodle soup and one with rice and both are amazing.
Food court at Diver City, Odaiba
Lots of food choices here but one of the standouts is Gindaco Takoyaki!
Here is a summary of our Expenses in Japan per person. Please note that shopping items and souvenirs were not included as this may vary per individual preferences. Some of the items are shared between us like Lunch so that is already the cost per person. I indicated some comments in the Remarks column like the total of the item in JPY. Conversion rate based in xe.com: 1 JPY = .466 PHP
|Roundtrip Cebu Pacific fare (MNL - NRT)||8040.51||All in including tax, fees, advanced seat reservations, check-in baggage|
|Day 1 (Flight to Tokyo, Check-in Airbnb, Ueno)|
|Airbnb room 6 nights||4077.01||Original total is 13134.69 for 6 nights but I have airbnb credits so the new total is 8154.03|
|Global Pocket WiFI for 7 days||597.33||1194.67 Total for 7 days booked through KKDAY|
|Narita to Nippori station||495.54||1030 JPY|
|Suica Card||1443.17||3000 JPY|
|Sushiro Dinner||340.05||1414 JPY total for two|
|Day 2 (Sensoji Temple, Tokyo Skytree, Akihabara, Rikugien Garden)|
|Hakata Furyu Ramen||416.06||1730 JPY total for 2 (2 bowls of ramen)|
|Rikugien garden entrance||144.33|
|Gyoza Dinner||179.21||745 JPY Total|
|Day 3 (Mt. Fuji)|
|Mt. Fuji Day Tour||2766|
|Food during tour at Mt. Fuji||638.44|
|Lunch at Lawson convenience store||103.93||458 Yen divided by 2|
|Ichiran Ramen at Shinjuku||491.12||Ramen plus egg|
|Day 4 (Shinjuku Gyoen Park, Akihabara)|
|Entrance to Gyoen Park||96.28||200 JPY|
|Tonkatsu Lunch at Tontake||385||Pork Tonkatsu - 850 JPY|
Chicken Tonkatsu - 750 JPY
|Okonomiyaki Street food||120.33||500 JPY|
|MOs Burger||207||860 JPY|
|Day 5 (Shibuya - Yoyogi Park, Meiji Shrine, Shibuya crossing, Hachiko statue, Ropponggi Hills)|
|Food and snacks||528.82|
|Starbucks at Shibuya crossing||182.9||Frap - 490JPY, Berry bread - 270JPY|
|Shinshuya Tempura||250.26||1040 JPY|
|Day 6 (Odaiba)|
|Food court lunch||384.99||Ramen - 650 JPY|
Karaage - 370 JPY
Takoyaki - 580 JPY
|Suica Card refund||240.59||500 JPY each card|
P22,718.21 for 6 days in Tokyo… hey, not bad! I actually wouldn’t mind spending more in Tokyo because the city is just that amazing!
In a nutshell, we had an amazing trip to Tokyo and we would like to travel there again in the future. There’s just so much to do, see and eat and 6 days wasn’t enough! Anyway, I hope this will help you in planning your trip and If you are happy about it, kindly share this post! Thanks!
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