We had obtained Multiple entry visas to Japan for the second time, and we promptly planned and carried out our trip. We made sure that our plan was worth every centavo (yen) and that no time was wasted. Our goal is to go as far as possible from Tokyo to the Yamaguchi and Kyushu areas, especially the cities of Hiroshima and Fukuoka. So here’s our free 7 day itinerary in Japan covering Tokyo, Hiroshima, and Fukuoka.
On November 28, our scheduled departure time was 1:40 AM. From Manila, we had to make a connecting flight to Cebu. We then boarded a different aircraft from Cebu to travel to Japan’s Narita International Airport.
Around 7 AM, we reached Narita. Be aware that the time difference between Japan and the Philippines is one hour. In Japan, the immigration office was rather easy to navigate, and the immigration personnel were really kind.
We proceeded to the JAL Pocket Wifi Station in the airport terminal after retrieving our bags. Using the Klook app, we have already booked our pocket wifi in advance.
Next, we went to Skyliner to pick up our tickets for our transportation from Narita to Tokyo downtown. We used the Klook app to book this as well. You can get 5% discount when you use the code “TEAMUYTRAVELS”
By 10:00 AM, we had arrived at the Best Western Fino Hotel Akihabara. But in Japan, the majority of inns and hotels let visitors check in by 2:00 or 3:30 p.m. But the good news is, before checking in, you may leave your bags in the lobby and have a little tour of the city.
Since we are huge fans of anime and manga, we visited Akihabara, the closest tourist destination, and we weren’t let down. We eat at Konbini (convenience shop) and go window shopping
We returned to our hotel at about 3 p.m. and had a little snooze.
By 7 p.m., we had eaten at Saizeriya, a well-known Italian restaurant in Japan, and wandered around Ueno Amekaya, which was only a 5-minute walk from our hotel.
We set aside the second day for a trip to the amusement park because we had children!
We left the hotel at 11:00 AM, our last day in Tokyo. However, we left our bags in the hotel foyer so that we could continue exploring Tokyo on foot.
We visited Tokyo Skytree around midday, and by early afternoon, we stopped by Shibuya, where we once more viewed the Hachiko Statue. The neighborhood still has a lot of visitors, but I saw a lot of new businesses there.
We went to the Roponggi Hills at about 4 p.m. and saw the Christmas lights on Keyakizaka Street, which is a popular route to see the Tokyo Tower lit up during the holiday season.
We returned to our hotel at 6 p.m., got our bags, and made our way straight to Tokyo Station, where the Willer Bus is located.
We use the Willer Bus website to purchase our tickets for the Highway Night Bus as well. At precisely 7:30 p.m., the bus departed.
We reached Koiki-Koen-Mae Station at around 5 a.m., and we boarded the first train going to Hiroshima City proper.
After checking in and leaving our luggage at the Knot Hiroshima, we set off for Miyajima Island around lunchtime.
From Hiroshima, take the train to the island, then take a boat to get there. Glad that our regional JR Pass covers this ferry ride and unlimited Shinkansen ride from Hiroshima to Fukuoka.
At night, We went for a quick stroll down Hiroshima’s crowded, broad Hondori Street.
This was the day we set to visit the Memorial Park and A-bomb Museum in Hiroshima.
We spent around four or five hours in the museum. To have a deeper understanding of Hiroshima’s history, I advise you to prioritize it before seeing the A-dome.
We had dinner at the well-known Okonomiyaki restaurant in the Hondori Street stretch at night.
We checked out at approximately 11 AM, our final day in Hiroshima, and then we went to the station to catch the Shinkansen, or bullet train, to Fukuoka.
The entire trip just took two hours or so.
As soon as we arrived, we headed directly to Nanzoin, the location of the renowned Reclining Buddha.
After checking into the Zonk Hotel that evening, we ate supper at the neighboring Ichiran Ramen (the original Ichiran shop).
By walking three minutes from our hotel to the Don Quijote, we finished our last pasalubong shopping at midnight.
Since our flight was leaving at night, our final day in Japan, we decided to visit Canal City and try our hand at shopping once more.
We also made a quick visit to Ohori Park.
Around six o’clock in the evening, we left the hotel with our bags and headed to the train station.
You have to take a bus shuttle from the Fukuoka Airport Local terminal to the International terminal, so allow one to two hours to get to the airport station.
At the terminal, there is a lengthy line of travelers as well.
Preparing for your upcoming Japan trip, you may like to check some essentials that you can book in advance.