Seven days in Japan, that’s all we had back then to visit family-friendly places in Tokyo and Nagoya. These two major cities are populated and considered as major destinations for foreigners like us. We knew that with low budget and limited days we can stay in this country, we had to carefully plan our itinerary and make sure that it would be comfortable to our daughter.
Our entry point was the Chubu International Airport in Nagoya. It is stationed in an island. (Yeah that’s right!) The whole island is the airport and is a train away from the main Nagoya Station. You need to ride a Meitetsu train which costs 870 yen (430 php) and will take 30 minutes travel time.
From Nagoya Station to Tokyo, you may ride a shinkansen or bullet train which costs around 1000 yen (5000 php). It is the fastest transportation to Tokyo which takes 2 hours and 40 minutes travel time.
If you are on tight budget, ride a bus which only cost 5000 yen (2500 php), almost half the price of shinkansen ride. But here’s the catch, your travel time is 6-7 hours. We chose the 2nd option, the bus.
We had 4 days in the bustling city of Tokyo. The city itself is a tourist destination, and even the streets, houses and buildings will amaze you too. Remember that we need to consider that we’re carrying a child on this trip so we cut short the original itinerary and just visited the family-friendly places to go during our DIY tour.
With the height of more than 600 meters, Skytree is the world’s tallest free-standing broadcasting tower. It boasts different restaurants and shops such as Hello Kitty and Pokemon souvenir store.Never leave Tokyo without taking pictures with the Skytree. It is the famous landmark of the city and if you glance upon it, that means you’re in the heart of the Tokyo.
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Odaiba is popular with foreign tourists who want to shop and at the same time, see the Rainbow Bridge and a replica of Statue of Liberty. At night, the whole place will give you the ambience of America. We did our shopping spree here and found great deals on perfume, clothes and accessories. Don’t forget your passport because you can get tax-refund for every 5000 YEN you spend on a store. Isn’t that cool?
It is a temple town and home of Senso-ji Temple. It is also a busy district with lots of souvenir and food stores along Nakamise-dori Street. Before going to this temple, know the tradition and how to bow or pray inside and outside the structures. The temple is jampacked with tourists during weekend and summer season, so wear comfortable clothes and just carry few important things like camera, passport, mobile phone and towel. For souvenir buyes, let me give you some tips. The nearer a store to the temple, the lower the prices of goods.
It is the home of skycrapers and train stations in the west ward of Tokyo where you will find the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. Shinjuku district is a perfect place for tourist to stay because it is close to shopping malls and stations. It is like Makati City in the Philippines, a business district full of busy walking people dressed in corporate attires. Nevertheless, Shinjuku houses the main train and bus stations, and is a great place for accommodation.
Shibuya is just a train stop away from Shinjuku and the best time to visit the place is at night where the building lights and signs are lively. I suppose this is the place for many millennials and fashion gurus for many shopping stores align along its streets such as Shibuya 101, It’s Demo, Uniqlo etc. Shibuya is mainly famous for its major crossing and Hachiko Statue.
It is a vast palace in the middle of the city and one of the high ranking Shinto shrines in Japan.
The best time to visit this place is in the morning when there are only few tourists and you can do soul searching. There are two entrance to the palace.
You may want to know how our Japan visa got approved:
or what souvenirs from Japan you may want to bring for yourself and friends.