Kamakura Day Trip

Kamakura Day Trip

Kamakura is the most popular day trip destination from Tokyo! It is located in the southern part of Kanagawa prefecture, just an hour away from Tokyo. If you don’t have time to visit Kyoto, Kamakura is a great place to feel the ancient part of Japan.

There are many amazing spots to explore in Kamakura, but this itinerary will guide you through some of the most famous spots you don’t want to miss! Here is everything you need to know, including things to do, how to access, where to eat, and where to stay in Kamakura.

If you want to check more about day trip destinations from Tokyo, check out 15 BEST day trips from Tokyo in spring.


Things to Do in Kamakura

Kamakura offers lots of interesting places to see. What I love about Kamakura is it provides different activities and scenery, depending on different season you visit. There are numerous historical temples and shrines, and you will never get bored of exploring! Here are the 10 best spots for day trip in Kamakura.


Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

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Kamakura Day Trip

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is the most historical and important shrine in Kamakura. It was founded over 800 years ago. Since it is located just a 15 minute walk from Kamakura Station, it is one of the most popular shrines in Kamakura. One of the best seasons to visit Tsurugaoka Hachimangu is in the spring. There are approximately 300 cherry blossom trees around the shrine, and it creates such a gorgeous atmosphere.

The easiest way to access to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu is to go to Kamakura Station. If you want to go to Kamakura from Tokyo, take JR Yokosuka Line from Tokyo or Shinagawa Station. It is a direct train to Kamakura Station, and it will take an hour to get there. The price is 920 yen per way. Tsurugaoka Hachimangu is just a 15 minute walk away from Kamakura Station, so it’s a perfect day trip destination in Kamakura.


Hokokuji Temple

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Hokokuji Temple is famous for its garden with over 2,000 dark green bamboo stalks. Since there are many bamboos in the garden, Hokokuji is also known as Bamboo Temple. A few narrow paths allow you to go to a small Japanese style cafe where you can enjoy the fresh matcha tea and the view of bamboo. It is a perfect day trip destination to relax and refresh yourself in such a zen atmosphere in Kamakura. The entrance fee to Hokokuji is 300 yen, and matcha tea is 600 yen each. It’s open from 9am to 4pm everyday except Dec 29th – Jan 3rd.


Meigetsu-in

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Meigetsu-in was founded over 850 years ago. Another name of Meigetsu-in is “Hydrangea Temple” since abundant hydrangeas start blooming in the temple’s garden during June. The best time to visit Meigetsu-in is during June or the autumn, when you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the temple.

I also recommend you visit the Main Hall to see a circular window, which frames the scenery of the beautiful garden. The entrance fee to Meigetsu-in is normally 300 yen, but the price goes up to 500 yen during June (Hydrangeas season). It’s open from 9am to 4pm.

The best way to visit Meigetsu-in is to take JR Yokosuka Line and get off at Kita-Kamakura Station. Once you are at Kita-Kamakura Station, walk about 10 minutes following the signs.


Komachi-dori Street

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Kamakura Day Trip

Komachi-dori is just a one minute walk away from Kamakura Station. Komachi dori is famous for a major shopping street in Kamakura, filled with lots of restaurants and souvenir shops. Since there are lots of great snacks and sweets vendors on the street, one of the main activities at Komachi-dori is to walk around with food in hand! They offer sweets such as crepes, ice cream, rice crackers, takoyaki, etc.

If you are a Ghibli fan, Komachi-dori is also popular for the Ghibli store. You will be welcomed by Totoro at the entrance. At the end of the street, it will lead you to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, so it is a perfect day trip spot to stroll around after visiting the shrine in Kamakura!


Great Buddha at Kōtoku-in

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A historical Great Buddha is located in Kōtoku-in. The buddha is 11.4 meters high and recognized as the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan. You will be amazed by the size, but there is one more surprise! There is a staircase inside the Budda, which takes visitors up to shoulder height.

Kōtoku-in Temple is open from 8am to 5:30pm during April and September. Between October and March, it closes at 5pm. The entrance fee is 200 yen, but it costs additional 20 yen to enter the statue.

The easiest way to go to Kōtoku-in is to take a train “Enoden railway” from Kamakura Station and get off at Hase Station. Once you are at Hase Station, Great Buddha is just 5-10 minute walk away!


Kenchō-ji

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Kenchō-ji is one of the oldest Zen temple in Kamakura. The main attraction of the temple is its beautiful garden, which was designed by Zen master Muso Kokushi. Another attraction are the breathtaking views from the top of the hills. You will follow the path for about 20 minutes, and there is an observation deck where you can see Mount Fuji on a clear day. The admission is 300 yen and its open between 8:30am and 4:30pm.

The easiest way to go to Kenchō-ji is to take JR Yokosuka Line and get off at Kita-Kamakura Station, which is one station before Kamakura Station when coming from Tokyo. From Kita-Kamakura Station, Kenchō-ji is a 15-20 minute walk away. Kita-Kamakura area is a perfect day trip destination from Kamakura Station.


Engaku-ji

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Engaku-ji is the 2nd most important temple in Kamakura. There are 18 temples on the site, and one of the most popular ones is “Sanmon”, the two-storied main gate.

When you are in Engaku-ji, you should definitely visit the teahouse where you can enjoy a cup of matcha tea, sweet sake, and Japanese sweets in a beautiful atmosphere. Engaku-ji is also famous for gorgeous autumn colors. Since the temple entrance is surrounded by many maple trees, it is a perfect spot for photographers. The entrance fee is 300 yen, and it is open from 8am to 5pm.

The easiest way to go to Engaku-ji is to take JR Yokosuka Line and get off at Kita-Kamakura Station. Engaku-ji is located just 5 minute away by walk.


Ōfuna Kannon Temple

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Ofuna Kannon Temple was founded in 1960. When you go into the the temple, you will encounter a gigantic robed woman in white. The outstanding feature of the temple is the 25 meters gigantic statue of the bodhisattva. Japanese people believe the bodhisattva prevent natural disasters, cure the sick, and assist women in childbirth. A lot of Japanese people come to pray to her when they feel sick, lonely, or homesick.

The easiest way to go to Ōfuna Kannon Temple is to take JR Yokosuka Line and get off at Ōfuna Station. The entrance fee is 300 yen.


Hasedera

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Hasedera is built along the slope of a wooded hill. You will be welcomed by a pretty garden with ponds. One of the highlights of Hasedera is an amazing view from the slope on a terrace. Visitors can see breathtaking views of the coastal city of Kamakrua.

Hasedera is also famous for housing a massive wooden statue of Kannon and hundreds of small Jizō statues. It is estimated that some 50,000 Jizō statues have been placed at Hasedera since World War II. Hasedera is open from 8am to 5pm. The entrance fee is 400 yen for adults and 200 yen for children (Age 6 – 11).

The easiest way to go to Hasedera is to take “Enoden” at Kamakura Station and get off at Hase Station. Hasedera is located 5 minute walk away from Hase Station, so it’s another great day trip destination in Kamakura.


Jufuku-ji

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Although Jufuku-ji is not open to the public, the pathway that leads towards the temple is worth seeing it. If you like photographies, it’s an amazing spot to take historical sight of Japan. After reaching the gate, you get to see a beautiful view of the temple itself. It is a perfect spot to just walk around and relax listening to the sounds of nature.

The easiest way to access to Jufuku-ji is to walk north of Kamakura Station. It is about a 10 minute walk from Kamakura Station.


How to go to kamakura

I am listing ways to access to Kamakura from both Tokyo and Osaka. It is a bit complicated to go to Kamakura from Osaka, so I recommend visiting Kamakura when you are in Tokyo.

From Tokyo

The easiest way to access to Kamakura is to take JR Yokosuka Line from Tokyo or Shinagawa Station. It is a direct train to Kamakura Station, and it will take an hour to get there. The price is 920 yen per way.

Kamakura is a perfect day trip destination from Tokyo!

From Osaka

You have to change trains 3 times in order to access Kamakura from Osaka. First, you will take a bullet train from Shin-Osaka to Shin-Yokohama. Then you will take Yokohama City Subway Blue Line to go to Yokohama Station. Once you are at Yokohama Station take JR Yokosuka Line and get off at Kamakura Station. It is a bit complicated to go to Kamakura from Osaka, so I recommend visiting Kamakura when you are in Tokyo.


Where to eat in Kamakura

There are many great restaurants and stylish cafes in Kamakura. Here are some of the most popular restaurants and cafes in Kamakura!

Pacific Ocean Sea Table

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It is a Hawaiian style restaurant with an amazing ocean view. It is a perfect spot to have breakfast or lunch looking over the beautiful blue ocean. The atmosphere is definitely the highlight of the restaurant, but their food is also incredible! One of the menus items you can’t miss is the BBQ beef with rice. Since it gets very crowded at lunch time I recommend you try their breakfast, especially if you want to enjoy an outside seat.

Kaikoan at Hasedera

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Kaikoan is located in Hasedera Temple, and it is famous for the vegetarian menus. The highlight of Kaikoan is its beautiful interior with a scenic view of the ocean and the city of Kamakura. There are English menus so you will feel comfortable even if you don’t speak Japanese.

Café Sakanoshita

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Café Sakanoshita is famous for amazing selections of pancakes. Their pancakes are fluffy and delicious, and the atmosphere is super comfortable! I recommend you a terrace seat, especially if it’s nice outside. The pancake price is usually 1300 – 1500 yen including a drink. One of my favorite pancakes is their matcha pancake!


Special Events in Kamakura

There are several fun festivals you cannot miss! Although my personal recommendation is Bonbori matsuri, I listed top 3 events in Kamakura.


Bonbori matsuri

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Kamakura day trip

Bonbori Matsuri is popular for its lantern festival at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. In early August, bonbori lanterns are lit in the sacred shrine every year. There are approximately 400 lanterns with hand-drawn pictures, calligraphy, and poems with a delicate candle during the festival. Those lanterns are lined up beautifully along the raised cherry tree pathway. The candle lights shining on the stone paths in the night is such a romantic scene of summer in Japan.

Firework Festival

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There is Kamakura Firework festival in summer every year. The show lasts for about an hour and sets off 4,000 fireworks in total. The firework festival occurs at Yuigahama beach, and it is such an attractive spot to watch fireworks while relaxing at the beach. 

Reitaisai

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Reitaisai is held every September. The highlight is to witness the rare art of yabusame and horseback archery. It is also a great occasion to try a variety of Japanese street food while watching traditional Japanese performances. 


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15 BEST Day Trips from Tokyo in Spring

15 BEST Day Trips from Tokyo in Spring

This article introduces you to the 15 BEST day trips from Tokyo.

Are you planning to visit Tokyo this spring? If so, you are at the perfect place! Tokyo is one of the most exciting cities to explore, but people tend to forget about Tokyo’s many different neighborhoods… There are actually lots of cultural and historical gems to explore around Tokyo!

As I am Japanese, I know a lot of incredible sights, especially for spring! Since Tokyo is well organized for transportation, there are numerous perfect day trip destinations around the area. Here are the BEST day trips from Tokyo, which are all less than 2 hours away! I will introduce you to what to see and how to get to each destination. 


Hitachi Seaside Park

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Day trips from Tokyo

Hitachi Seaside Park probably offers the best flower fields in Japan, and it is only one hour northeast of Tokyo by train. Although there are many different kinds of flowers and grasses throughout the four seasons, the most popular ones are nemophila and kochia. If you want to see the field of nemophila (the beautiful blue flowers on the photo), you should visit between the middle of April and the beginning of May.

To access to Hitachi Seaside Park, I recommend you take a train from Tokyo. From any central Tokyo station (Tokyo, Shinagawa, or Ueno Station), take JR Joban line to Katsuta Station. It takes about 85 minutes by an express train, and the price will be 3,800 yen. If you are not in a hurry, take a local train, which takes 2 hours and costs 2,270 yen. Once you are at Katsua station, take a local bus (Ibaraki Kotsu Bus) at East gate No. 2. It usually takes 15 minutes – 20 minutes and the price will be 400 yen per person.


Ashikaga Flower Park

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Ashikaga Flower Park is located 1.5 to 2 hours away from Tokyo, and it is famous for its beautiful wisteria. There are more than 350 wisterias during the spring, and the most famous displays are the 80m wisteria tunnels, which visitors can walk through the colorful flowers. The best time to see wisterias is between the mid-April and the mid-May.

The easiest way to access Ashikaga Flower Park from Tokyo is to take a bullet train. First you will take a Tohoku bullet train and get off at Koyama Station (the 2nd station). Once you are at Koyama Station, you will take JR Ryomo Line to get off at Ashikaga Flower Park (the 6th station). The price is 3,990 yen per way, and it will take 1 hour 40 minutes.


Fuji Shibazakura Festival

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Maybe you have never heard of shibazakura, but it’s definitely worth seeing it especially if you are in Japan in spring! Fuji Shibazakura Festival is famous for approximately 800,000 stalks of shibazakura (Pink Moss) with Mount Fuji in the backdrop. Shibazakura makes the whole field such a delightful pink color, and the color contrast of Mount Fuji is just breathtaking. The best season to visit Fuji Shibazakura Festival is always between mid-April and late-May. For more, check out here.

If you decide to visit there, I recommend you also check out its food fiesta called Mt Fuji Gourmet! They sell different kinds of local food, such as yakisoba, udon, croquettes, dumplings, tempura, pork buns, etc. They also sell different kinds of traditional sweets, so you can’t miss it!

Fuji Shibazakura Fest is held at Fuji Motosuko Resort, which is just an easy day trip from Tokyo. The easiest way to visit is to take a special highway bus called “Chuo Highway Bus” at Shinjuku Station. It will take you directly from Shinjuku to Shibazakura Fest and it’s going to take 1 hour and 50 minutes to get there!


Hakone

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Day Trips from Tokyo

Hakone is famous for its Onsen and amazing views of Mount Fuji, and it is one of the most popular destinations among Japanese people who are looking for a break from the urban city. Plus, it is only an hour hour away from Tokyo so it is a perfect destination for a day trip. Other than hot springs, Hakone offers great spots to visit, such as Hakone Shrine and Odakyu Yamano Hotel.

Hakone Shrine is located at the foot of Mount Hakone along the shores of Lake Ashi. Hakone shrine is especially famous for its huge torii gates, standing peacefully in the lake.

Odakyu Yamano Hotel is just 10 minutes walk from Hakone Shrine. It is famous for 30 varieties of azaleas in the garden, and you can access the garden even if you don’t stay at the hotel. The best month to see azaleas is May.

The easiest way to get to Hakone is to take an express train called “Romancecar” from Shinjuku. The price is 2,080 yen (1,190 yen fare plus an 890-yen limited express fare).


Kamakura

Kamakura is the most popular day trip destination from Tokyo! It is located in the southern part of Kanagawa prefecture, just an hour away from Tokyo. If you don’t have time to visit Kyoto, Kamakura is a great place to feel the ancient part of Japan. There are many amazing spots to explore in Kamakura, but some of the most famous spots you can’t miss are Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Hokokuji Temple, and Giant Buddha at Kōtoku-in.

Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine is the most historical and important shrine in Kamakura. It was founded over 800 years ago. If you are in Kamakura, it’s a must!

Hokokuji Temple is also a great place to visit. Hokokuji Temple is known for its garden with over 2,000 dark green bamboo stalks. There is also a small Japanese style cafe inside the garden where you can enjoy the fresh matcha tea and the view of bamboo.

A historical Giant Buddha is located in Kōtoku-in. The buddha is 11.4 meters high and recognized as the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan.

The easiest way to access to Kamakura is to Take JR Yokosuka Line from Tokyo or Shinagawa Station. It is a direct train to Kamakura Station, and it will take an hour to get there. The price is 920 yen per way.


Enoshima

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If you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo the tropical island, Enoshima, is the place to be! It is not the most beautiful beach in Japan, but it has some of the closest beaches to Tokyo. Enosima is located just outside of Kamakura, and it only takes an hour to get there! Enoshima also offers other sights, such as Enoshima Shrine, Enoshima Iwaya Cave, and many restaurants, so it is a perfect day trip destination from Tokyo.

The easiest and cheapest way to go to Enoshima is to get an “Enoshima・Kamakura Free Pass”. You will take JR Odakyu Line at Shinjuku Station and get off at Fujisawa Station. Once you are at Fujisawa Station, take another train called “Enoden” and get off at Enoshima. You can access to Kamakura from Enoshima by Enoden. Since you can ride “Enoden” multiple times with the free pass, I recommend you visit both Kamakura and Enoshima in one day!


Yokohama

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Day Trips from Tokyo

Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan by population and one of the most popular cities in Japan. It is just less than half an hour south of Tokyo by train. It’s definitely a great day trip destination from Tokyo. Some of the attractions you can’t miss are Minato Mirai, Chinatown, Sankeien Garden, and Ramen Museum.

Minato Mirai is a perfect spot for shopping, but there are also many other things to do, such as an amusement park, museums, parks, and lots of restaurants. The city becomes romantic during the evening with beautiful illuminations as well.

Chinatown is a great spot to eat! Yeah I know there are many Chinatowns around the world, but Yokohama Chinatown is the best and the biggest I’ve ever visited! It is a worth visiting if you are in Yokohama.

To go to Yokohama from Tokyo, take JR Tokaido Main Line Bound for Odawara. It takes just 25 minutes and the price is 470 yen per way.


Chureito-Pagoda

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I am sure you have seen an image of the beautiful and iconic view of Mount Fuji with a bright red pagoda. If you are not familiar, the place is called Chureito Pagoda. It is arguably one of the most iconic views of Japan and the best location for capturing Mount Fuji. The spot is particularly popular during cherry blossoms season when there are lots of trees in full bloom around the Pagoda. I visited Chreito Pagoda in January, but the view was still spectacular even despite the winter weather.

The best way to go to Chureito-Pagoda from Tokyo is to take a train. Take JR Chuo Line at Shinjuku Station and get off at Ōtsuki Station. Once you are at Ōtsuki Station, take another train called “Fuji Kyuko Line” and get off at Shimoyoshida Station. Chureito Pagoda is just 30 minute walk from Shimoyoshida Station. From Shinjuku, it will take about 2 hours to get to Chureito Pagoda, and the Price will be 2,277 yen.


Izu

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Day Trips from Tokyo

Izu is close to my hometown and one of my favorite places in Japan! The reason why I love Izu is because it offers everything we need! Izu has beautiful beaches, gorgeous mountains, relaxing hot springs, and amazing bamboo forests. It is surprisingly less known, but Izu has many beautiful beaches where you can go snorkeling and diving as the water is very clear and rich in marine life. One of the most unique and famous beaches in Izu is Dogashima.

It is just 2 hours away from Tokyo by train. The easiest way to go to Izu is to take a special train called “Odoriko”. You can purchase the ticket at the ticket counter at Tokyo Station. The price is 4,190 yen – 6,260 yen per way.


Nikko

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Nikko is a city located in Tochigi Prefecture, about 2 hours away from Tokyo by train. It is a popular day trip destination from Tokyo for all Japanese and international tourists. Nikko is famous for its temples and shrines, and they are registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nikko is also a perfect spot for hiking as Nikko National Park is surrounded by sacred mountains, such as Mt. Nantai, Mt. Nyoho, and Mt. Taro. One of the most impressive and famous architectures in Nikko is the Toshogu Shrine. Don’t miss it if you are there!

The easiest and cheaper way to go to Nikko is to take “The Tobu Limited Express Spacial Kegon” from Asakusa. You can directly go to Nikko from Asakusa, and the price is 2,700 yen per way. You can also go directly from Shinjuku, but the price is a lot more expensive than going from Asakusa.


Atami

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Located just 50 minutes away from Tokyo by bullet train, Atami is one of Japan’s favorite resort areas. Although Atami is famous for its many  hot springs and ryokan, there are other beautiful places to see, such as Atami Umezono Plum Park, Atami Castle, MOA Museum of Art, and Kinomiya Shrine. Due to being a fishing town, Atami also offers many famous seafood restaurants! It is a perfect day trip destination from Tokyo.

The easiest and quickest way to access to Atami from Tokyo is taking a bullet train. It just takes 50 minutes and the price is 3,670 yen per way.


Sumatakyo

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Day Trips from Tokyo

Sumatakyo is located in Shiozuoka’s Southern Alps mountain range and is famous for its beautiful turquoise blue lake. Although it is famous for the beautiful crystal water, the best part of visiting Sumatakyo is how you travel there. You will take a special local train, and the views from the train are just breathtaking. Also, Sumatakyo offers plenty ryokan with natural hot spring, so it is a perfect spot to unwind and get away from an urban city!

It is a bit complicated to go to Sumatakyo from Tokyo, and it takes 4 hours in total. First you will go to Shizuoka Station by Bullet Train. Once you are at Shizuoka Station, you will take JR Tokaido Line to go to Kanaya Station. After Kanaya Station, take “Ooigawa Honsen” to go to Senzu Station. At Senzu Station you will take a local bus towards “Sumatakyo Onsen”. I recommend you leave Tokyo very early in the morning if you want to visit Sumatakyo 🙂


Kawagoe

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Kawagoe is located in Saitama Prefecture, just about 30 minutes by train from central Tokyo. It is a perfect day trip destination. Kawagoe is famous for its old town with traditional warehouses lined up. You can stroll through the town in a kimono, and it makes you feel like you’ve been back in time to an ancient period. In Kawagoe, you can experience the historical part of Japan and learn more about Japanese culture and historical heritage. There are also many authentic Japanese restaurants if you are hungry!

The easiest way to go to Kawagoe is to take Tobu Tojo Line at Ikebukuro Station. It will take 31 minutes by an express train, and the price is 450 yen. You can also access to Kawagoe from Narita Airport by a direct bus. It takes about 2 hours and the price is 3,200 yen per person. The bus leaves 8 times a day.


Disneyland / Disney Sea

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If you are a Disney fan, you must visit Tokyo Disney Resort!! The Tokyo Disney Resort is a theme park located in Urayasu, Chiba, less than 30 minutes away from Tokyo. Tokyo Disneyland was built in 1983, while Disney Sea was established in 2001. If you don’t have time to visit both theme parks, I would definitely recommend you visit Tokyo Disney Sea! A lot of Disney fans say Tokyo Disney Sea is the best Disney park in the world, and I think that is true. The atmosphere is very unique and romantic, and there are many good restaurants in Disney Sea as well. In my opinion, Disneyland is more for family and Disney Sea is more for couples and friends.

The easiest way to go to Tokyo Disney Resort is to take JR Keiyo Line at Tokyo Station and get off at Maihama Station. It takes 16 minutes and the price is 220 yen. Once you are at Maihama, take Disney Resort Gateway, and it will take you to Disney Resort!


Ghibli Museum

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The Ghibli Museum is a museum of Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli. It is located in Mitaka, a western city of Tokyo. The museum features different kinds of exhibits, including a technology museum, fine arts museum, and children’s museum, so you will definitely enjoy exploring whether you’re a fan of Ghibli or not. One of the most famous must-see items is a life-sized robot from “Castle in the Sky” in the rooftop garden. Other than exhibits, Ghibli Museum also offers a cafe, bookstore, and a theater for exclusive short films by Studio Ghibli!

The easiest way to go to Ghibli Museum is to take JR Chuo Line from Shinjuku Station. You will get off at Mitaka Station. Once you are at Mitaka Station, exit from Mitaka South Exit and walk about 15 minutes.

Note: You must buy tickets beforehand since NO tickets are sold at the Museum. For more, check out here.


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Hitachi Seaside Park Japan: Best Flower Field in Spring

Hitachi Seaside Park Japan: Best Flower Field in Spring

Hitachi Seaside Park probably offers the best flower fields in Japan! Spring is a great season to visit Japan and see all the beautiful flowers. Even if you miss seeing the cherry blossoms in Japan, don’t worry! Japan has many more amazing flowers, and you will find them in Hitachi Seaside Park.

Hitachi Seaside Park is located in Ibaraki Prefecture, one hour northeast of Tokyo. The park is well known for baby blue eyes ( blue nemophila), and they cover the entire hillside. When I visited, I felt like I was walking in the beautiful blue sky. Through this article, you will learn what to see, when to go, and how to access the park. Plus, I will give you information about the park and its surrounding neighborhood to explore.


What to see at Hitachi Seaside Park

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Hitachi Seaside Park is a spacious park with a total space of 350 hectares, and offers a variety of seasonal flowers. Although there are many different kinds of flowers and grasses throughout the four seasons, the most popular ones are nemophila and kochia. Nemophila covers the whole field with blue colors, while kochia has beautiful red colors. You have probably seen the photos over Instagram. They are both very photogenic, so don’t forget to bring your camera!

Hitachi Seaside Park also offers a lot of other attractions, including an amusement park with over 25 rides, cycling, a forest area, an athletics field, BBQ area, and many cafes and restaurants. Please note that most of the rides and activities require extra fees.


When to Go Hitachi Seaside Park

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The best seasons to visit Hitachi Seaside Park are spring and fall. If you want to see the field of nemophila, you should visit between the middle of April and the beginning of May. For those who want to see the red kochia, the best months are from early to mid October. Although kochia is available to see from the beginning of July, the color slowly turns red as the weather gets cooler, so the later in the season you go the better. For more check out here. Since the park tends to be extremely crowded, especially for the nemophila and kochia season, I recommend you avoid weekends!


How to Access Hitachi Seaside Park

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Hitachi Seaside Park is located in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, which is about 130 km away from Tokyo. It is a perfect day trip destination from Tokyo, so I highly recommend visiting if you want to explore the neighborhood northeast of Tokyo! There are 2 ways to visit Hitachi Seaside Park from Tokyo, and I will navigate for you below.

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By train

You need to go to Katsuta station first.

From any central Tokyo station (Tokyo, Shinagawa, or Ueno Station), take JR Joban line to Katsuta Station. It takes about 85 minutes by an express train, and the price will be 3,800 yen. If you are not in a hurry, take a local train, which takes 2 hours and costs 2,270 yen.

Once you are at Katsua station, take a local bus (Ibaraki Kotsu Bus) at East gate No. 2. It usually takes 15 minutes – 20 minutes and the price will be 400 yen per person.

By highway bus

Take the Ibaraki Kotsu Bus “Katsuta・Tokai Line” at Tokyo Station Yaesu South Exit. It will take 2 hours and cost 2,240 yen (NOT covered by the Japan Rail Pass).


Hours & Fees at Hitachi Seaside Park

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Hours

  • 9:30 – 17:00 (March 1st to July 20th, September 1st to October 31st)
  • 9:30 – 18:00 (July 21st to August 31st)
  • 9:30 – 16:30 (November 1st to February 28th)


Fees

  • 450 yen for Adults (Over 16 years old)
  • 210 yen for Seniors (Over 65 years old)
  • Children are FREE (15 years old and under)


Neighborhood of Hitachi Park Japan

There are so many beautiful spots to see in Ibaraki Prefecture. If you have time, I strongly recommend you stay there for a couple of days to explore more of the sights. Here are some of the most popular spots, just outside of Hitachi Seaside Park.

Fukuroda Falls

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This waterfall is ranked as the 3rd most beautiful waterfall in Japan. The waterfall is beautiful every season, but the most popular season is autumn since the colors of the surrounding leaves become gorgeous. Just note that the waterfall may freeze during winter.


Kairakuen

Kairakuen is famous for its more than 3,000 plum trees. Although Kairakuen is most attractive during the plum blossom season, there is also a beautiful bamboo grove, cedar woods, and traditional Japanese style buildings. It is recommended you visit between late February and March to see the plum trees flowering, but you can enjoy exploring throughout the year. The entrance is free, too!


Ushiku Buddha

Ushiku Buddha

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Ushiku Buddha is a huge statue, located in Ushiku, Ibaraki. According to Wikipedia, it is actually “one of the top five tallest statues in the world”. And it was actually recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the tallest Buddhist statue in the world!!! Ushiku buddha is 120m tall, which equals a 38 story building. Visitors can take a lift to the observation deck. When the sky is clear you can see views as far as the Tokyo Skytree.


Mount Tsukuba

Mount Tsukuba is an 877 meter mountain. The beauty of the mountain is widely recognized as one of Japan’s most beautiful mountains, and it is particularly well known for its double peaks. During spring, there are different kinds of plum trees blooming over the mountains, and you will be welcomed by the gorgeous view at the top of the mountain. The trail will usually take between 2 – 3 hours to climb. If you have less time, take a cable car which only takes about 15 minutes to reach the top!


Oarai Isosaki Shrine

Oarai Isosaki Shrine

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Oarai Isosaki Shrine is famous for its torii gate on a rock by the ocean. Although the shrine has three torii gates in total, the most famous one by far is “Kamiiso-no-Torii”. The torii gate faces the Pacific Ocean , and it makes such a breathtaking view. The sound of waves crashing on the rocks also gives you a mysterious yet spiritual atmosphere. The best time to visit the shrine is sunrise! Since it faces east the torii provides a great spot to watch the sunrise. As the sun appears on the horizon, the torii starts glowing red.


I hope this was helpful to plan your trip to Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan! If you have any questions, feel free to comment below. I am sure you will feel welcomed by lots of gorgeous flowers! Ibaraki also has many beautiful sights, so make sure to take time to explore 🙂


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Cool things to do in Tokyo

Cool things to do in Tokyo

Here is the list of cool things to do in Tokyo! As I grew up in Japan I visited Tokyo many times, but I fall in love with it more and more each time I visit. If you want to know more about Tokyo attractions, check out my travel guide here (introducing non touristy things to do in Tokyo) and here (best places to eat in Tokyo).

Tokyo is Japan’s capital city and the world’s most popular metropolis. What I love about Tokyo is that the city offers both modern and ancient neighborhoods. In Tokyo, you will have an unlimited choice of shopping, dining, entertainment, and culture.

Since more than 13.8 million people live in Tokyo, it gets a bit overwhelming for visitors… But don’t worry, this Tokyo travel guide should help you with what to see, where to eat, and where to stay. I listed all top cool things you must do while you are in Tokyo.


Place to Go

Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower is the second tallest structure in Japan and it is the iconic tower of Tokyo.  If you want to enjoy the perfect view of Tokyo Tower, I definitely recommend you visit the Seaside Top Observatory. They offer super reasonable prices, compared to other observatories. The entry fee is 620yen while others, such as Tokyo City View, charges you 1,800yen. In addition to the bargain, this place is not very crowded and there is a large area on top that you can sit down to relax while enjoying the gorgeous view. A 360 degree view of Tokyo definitely helps you better understand the layout of Tokyo, and you can even see Tokyo Skytree as well. My personal recommendation is to get here about an hour before sunset, so you can pick out the best cool spot to get a great shot of Tokyo Tower. It is magical to see as the sunlight slowly disappears leaving a beautiful silhouette of Tokyo Tower.

Shibuya

Shibuya Scramble Crossing
Shibuya

Shibuya is a popular district for young Japanese people, and it is known as one of the most popular fashion centers of Japan. There are many things to do in Shibuya, such as shopping, dining, and going to nightclubs, but I want to list 2 things you cannot miss while you are there.

The first place is Shibuya Scramble Crossing. Shibuya Scramble Crossing is such a cool Tokyo’s iconic intersection. Walking against the surging waves of people is quite an experience in itself. I have countless friends and relatives who have all been impacted by the sight as there is nowhere quite like it. You can also take a picture of the iconic crossing from one of the surrounding cafes.

The second place is Shibuya Hikarie. If you want to take an amazing photo of Shibuya, go to the 11th floor of Shibuya Hikarie. It offers an excellent view of the scramble crossing and of the neighborhood. It is also accessible free of charge (YAY).

Meiji Shrine

Meiji Shrine

Meiji Shrine is located just beside the busy Harajuku Station, however it makes you feel like you are far away from the hustle and bussle of stereotypical Tokyo. Since the area is covered by an evergreen forest, the atmosphere is very fresh and inspiring. It is a nice place to spend some time relaxing while you enjoy the peacefulness of the surrounding nature. Meiji Shrine is open sunrise to sunset, and the admission is free. Some people also use Meiji Shrine for traditional wedding ceremonies. If you are interested, try visiting there on Sunday mornings. It is a great photo opportunity for sure. 

Harajuku

Tokyu Plaza

Harajuku is definitely a center of Japanese youth culture and fashion. If you are looking for kawaii and to experience the fashion capital, this place is for you! What I like about Harajuku is that there are many independent boutiques and stylish cafes. You will definitely find an interesting place to shop or dine, but one of the places you cannot miss in Harajuku is Tokyu Plaza.  There are plenty of shops and places to eat, and it is famous for the impressive entrance… It is such a cool photogenic spot in Tokyo! It also has a great roof-top garden, so it is a nice place to relax and take a break from a long day of shopping.

Shinjuku

Shinjuku
Shinjuku

This is where the heart of Tokyo comes alive. You will find yourself surrounded by karaoke, an assortment of clubs, and restaurants that are open until 2-4 in the morning. If you want to enjoy the nightlife of Tokyo, Shinjuku is the place for you. There are shopping centers, movies theaters, cafes, and even a famous robot restaurant. One of my favorite areas in Shinjuku is Piss Alley. I know that the name is weird things to hear, but it’s such a cool spot in Tokyo! It is a narrow street filled with small shops offering a variety of Japanese food and drinks. There are many different restaurants to choose from, and the menus you find here are unique and authentic at the same time. Even if you choose not to eat, it is worth a visit to experience real local culture and immerse yourself in a part of Tokyo’s history.

If you want to know more about Tokyo’s nightlife, read my article about 7 things to do in Tokyo at night.


Where to Eat

Aoyama Flower Market Teahouse 

Aoyama Flower Market Tea House

If you’re planning on having afternoon tea in Tokyo, this is the place!!!  The atmosphere is amazing, and the food is always fresh and delicious. The interior is nicely decorated with seasonal flowers as if you’re sitting in a beautiful garden.  We ate the warm salad, and it was amazing!(Trust me!) It perfectly matched with the beautiful floral theme, too.  I am usually a coffee person, but I highly recommend foregoing your coffee fix for a day and trying Aoyama Flower Market’s tea! Just keep in mind that you may have to be in line for up to 90 mins, depending on how crowded it is. Lunch is served between 11am and 3pm, and the price you should expect to spend is between 2,000yen and 3,000yen.

Address: 5-1-2 Minamiaoyama, Minato, Tokyo

Luke’s Lobster

It was cold and snowing when I went to Luke’s Lobster, but their lobster rolls made my day better! It is a bit overpriced in my opinion, but the amount of lobster meat is generous.  The bun itself is pretty delicious with a warm, crispy outer layer. Although it was not very crowded when I visited, my friend told me that you have to be in line for more than an hour sometimes…  So be prepared to wait in line or avoid the lunch time or weekend. The price is approximately 950yen to 2,000yen.

Address: 6-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Craftale

Craftale Tokyo
Craftale Tokyo

There are about 234 Michelin Stars restaurants in Tokyo, and Craftale is one of them. However, what differentiates this restaurant is their creativity and cost performance.  Each dish was beautifully plated and contained a surprising combinations of flavors.  Every plate was phenomenal, but my absolute favorite was the steak! They cooked the beef perfectly. Also, the atmosphere is very relaxing and comfortable… you can even see beautiful cherry blossoms from the window in the spring. If you are looking for a cool restaurant in Tokyo, here is the place for you. Just keep in mind that they serve lunch only on the weekend. Since it is a pretty popular restaurant, reservations are recommended. The price you’ll possibly spend there is between 7,000yen and 15,000yen.

Address: 1-16-11 2F, Aobadai,Meguro, Tokyo

Reissure 

Reissure

If you come to this place, you must try their 3D latte art!  You need to pay extra for the 3D latte art (I had a cup of cappuccino (650yen) + 3D latte art (additional 500yen)), but it was definitely worth it. If you want customized latte art, be prepared to show a picture to the server. They will make your latte, based on the picture you have! You can also have lunch there as well. Their food was good but the portion was a bit small. Just keep in mind that they do NOT accept credit card. People usually spend around 1,000yen to 2,000yen in Reissure.

Address: 3-25-7 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Motsuyaki Uchan

Motsuyaki Uchan
Motsuyaki Uchan

Motsuyaki Uchan is located on the street called Piss Alley. The street gives you a glimpse of old Tokyo culture that’s a bit raw and off the tourist track. It is definitely a unique and cool area of Tokyo. The restaurant serves mostly yakitori and other grilled items along with local beer and drinks. The food is excellent and the ambiance is quite attractive. All yakitori is freshly grilled right in front of you, and they are some of the BEST yakitori I have ever had! Eating local food is one of the non touristy things to do in Tokyo. Even if you don’t plan to eat here, check it out for the aesthetics.  It is very photogenic. Just keep in mind that most of the restaurants accept CASH ONLY.

Address: Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo


Where to Stay

There are many cool hotels in Tokyo, especially around Tokyo metropolitan government building, but here are 2 of my favorites located in Toranomon Hills and Ginza.

Andaz Tokyo

Andaz Tokyo

This iconic, 5-star luxury lifestyle hotel is located between Tokyo Tower and the Imperial Palace.  From their 52 story skyscraper, they offer such an amazing view overlooking Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Bay. They also offer easy access to key locations, such as Ginza shopping district, Tokyo Station, and multiple temples.

Our favorite part of our stay was the amazing customer service – the staff are very friendly and go out of their way to offer recommendations and directions to various points of interest.  I have stayed in luxury hotels all over Japan, and I can honestly say that Andaz Tokyo is one of the most luxurious and beautiful properties I have ever stayed at. If you are looking for the best place to stay in Tokyo, you should definitely pay them a visit!

If you want to check out my full review of Andaz Tokyo, click here.

Average rates for a standard room: $451 – $1,303

Address: 1 Chome-23-4 Toranomon, Tokyo

Hyatt Centric Ginza

Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo is conveniently located in the center of Ginza, which allowed us to walk anywhere from countless department stores and restaurants to the famed Tsukiji Fish Market. It’s a very classic, modern, and super trendy hotel from the moment you step through the doors.

Besides the location, the most attractive aspect about this hotel is their artistic interior.  The lobby is very welcoming with natural light and high ceilings.  I fell in love with how they incorporated natural elements with such an artistic atmosphere. If you have plans to come to Tokyo anytime soon, I highly recommend staying at Hyatt Centric Ginza and spend time shopping around the area!

If you want to check out my full review of Hyatt Centric Ginza, click here.

Average rates for a standard room: $353 – $841

6 Chome-6-7 Ginza, Tokyo


Conclusion

I listed all the cool Tokyo attractions, but this travel tips are all based on my personal review and experience. If you are in Tokyo, it is a great way to soak in all kinds of traditional Japanese culture, learn about modern life in the city, and just enjoy exploring. You will find many kawaii cafes, stylish boutiques, and vibrant buildings. There’s seriously no place like Tokyo! There are more places to visit in Tokyo, but I hope this article will help you to organize an unforgettable time in Tokyo. If Tokyo has been on your bucket list, you must visit 🙂


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7 Things to Do in Tokyo at Night

7 Things to Do in Tokyo at Night

By the time sun goes down, maybe you are tired from the hustle and bustle…but trust me, there are MANY things to do in Tokyo at night!  The places I picked are for eating, drinking, shopping, or simply just taking in the night views.  Whether you are jet-lagged or simply can’t sleep from excitement, I have singled-out 7 of the best places to enjoy your Tokyo night.


Night Views in Tokyo

Seaside Top Observatory

If you want to enjoy iconic Tokyo Tower view, this place is for you!! What I like about the Seaside Top Observatory is their super reasonable price. The entry fee is 620yen while other observatories, such as Tokyo City View, charges you 1,800yen (!!!). In addition to the bargain, this place is not very crowded and there is a large area on top that you could sit down to relax while enjoying the gorgeous view.  A 360 degree view of Tokyo definitely helps you better understand the layout of Tokyo. My personal recommendation is to get here about an hour before sunset, so you can reserve the best spot to get a great shot of Tokyo Tower. It is magical to see as the sunlight slowly disappears leaving a beautiful silhouette of Tokyo Tower. 🙂


Ebisu Garden Place

Ebisu Garden Place is a perfect spot for a couple to spend their romantic nights. It is also very photogenic during the upcoming Christmas season.  With trees about 10 meters high decorating the street, and the warm light of the trees surrounding you, it creates a perfect Christmas atmosphere.  You will feel like a celebrity while walking this red carpet, and you will be greeted by a beautiful Chandelier at the end. (I can’t believe I forgot to take a picture!! T_T)



Food and Drink in Tokyo

Omoide Yokocho

If you want to spend a night the way locals do, this is the place for you! This narrow street is a hidden gem.  It is filled with small shops offering a variety of Japanese food and drinks. There are many different restaurants to choose from, and the menus you find here are unique and authentic at the same time.  Even if you choose not to eat, it is worth a visit to experience real local culture and immerse yourself in a part of Tokyo’s history.  I definitely recommend trying “Motsuyaki Uchan”!  They offer different varieties of skewers, and they’re reasonably priced for how delicious they are!!! There is no English menu, so I would suggest going with the chef’s recommendations.  Just keep in mind that it can be really crowded during the rush hours so plan accordingly.


Kabukicho

This is where the heart of Tokyo comes alive. You will find yourself surrounded by karaoke, an assortment of clubs, and restaurants that are open until 2-4 in the morning. Maybe you’ve already heard about Kabukicho, but if you don’t…there are also several “naughty” places behind closed doors. If you are looking for a place like that this is definitely for you. However Kabuki-cho is also a fun place to visit as a family.  There are shopping centers, movies theaters, cafes, and even a famous robot bar. Also Godzilla is lurking from the top of a building, and it is a great spot to take photos!  Some Japanese people (usually older people) say Kabuki-cho is dangerous, but the danger in this area is definitely overstated. Just be sure to choose your entertainment wisely. :O


Shinjuku Golden Gai

This place is just a few blocks away from Omoide Yokocho or Kabukicho.  There are many tiny bars along the street and they typically have intimate seating available for 6 people. In my opinion, Shinjuku Golden Gai is more of a tourist attraction compared to Omoide Yokocho, but it is a great place to meet new people from all over the world. There is definitely something utterly enchanting about having a few drinks there.  Since the bars are so small, people tend to be friendly and curious. Just be aware that some bars ask for a cover charge, so keep an eye out for the places that do not as there are plenty. 😉


Shimbashi

Shimbashi is basically known as the salaryman capital of Tokyo. It is decorated with rustic izakayas (bars) which offer cheaper food and drinks, and it can become rather crowded with local Japanese businessmen during rush hour.  A lot of izakayas may not offer English menus, but if you want to experience authentic Japanese bars then you are in the right place!  I highly recommend exploring during the day.  Some izakayas open early, so you can just relax and sightsee while avoiding the heavy crowds. Also, there are many photogenic places to enjoy taking photos! If you would like to stay around this area, check out here .


Night Shopping in Tokyo

Ginza

Ginza is most famous for their high-end designer shops. There are also a variety of smaller boutiques you can enjoy in a single day, and multiple cafes for when you need a rest.  Even if you don’t plan on spending any money, you will still enjoy the elegant atmosphere. I always enjoy visiting during the night! There are many restaurants to choose from in the malls as well as on the street, each of which are decorated with fascinating neon lighting. Ginza is also perfect for the Christmas season. With each year the popularity of Christmas increases in Japan which encourages decorations for a more exciting atmosphere.  You can visit every year and be impressed each time you go. Just keep in mind that most department stores and shops close around 8PM. If you plan to stay around this area, check out this hotel here.

I hope these places help you to decide your plans in Tokyo at night! You will never want to sleep in this exciting city. Have you been to Tokyo and found some interesting things to do? If so please comment here and share your experience with me! Feel free to message me if you have any questions!

XOXO,

Yoki



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Andaz Hotel Tokyo: Best Place to Stay in Tokyo

Andaz Hotel Tokyo: Best Place to Stay in Tokyo

This article is the hotel review for Andaz Hotel Tokyo.

During my most recent trip to Tokyo, I stayed at Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills, and I would say that is the best place to stay in Tokyo! Growing up in Japan, I visited Tokyo multiple times and stayed at a variety of hotels, but I think I may have found my favorite. This iconic, 5-star luxury lifestyle hotel is located between Tokyo Tower and the Imperial Palace. From their 52 story skyscraper, they offer such an amazing view overlooking Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Bay. They also offer easy access to key locations, such as Ginza shopping district, Tokyo Station, and multiple temples including one I visited below, Zojo-ji.


The Room at Andaz Hotel Tokyo


The room is spacious and very well laid out with amazing views, especially at night. When the city started illuminating the atmosphere became so romantic. Unique wood decor also made us feel at home, and the bed and linen were extremely high quality. The bathroom had both a deep circular tub and a separate shower, and it was much more spacious than other 5-star quality hotels in Tokyo. One of my favorite parts of the room was that Andaz Hotel Tokyo offers snacks and non-alcoholic drinks for free in the room (YAY)!!! They also provide unlimited Wi-Fi with unlimited local calls, and they even provide a Handy smart phone equipped with internet that you can take with you while exploring the city. Nice isn’t it?

There are 10 different kinds of rooms and 3 different kinds of suites. We stayed at the room “2 Twin Beds with Tower View”. The room offered wide windows with a view of the iconic Tokyo Tower. Our beds were two double beds, and it was spacious and comfy to sleep in. If you want a bigger bed for yourself, there are multiple king room available. Standards rate for Andaz Tokyo is $546 per night, but it varies based on which room you choose.


Dining at Andaz Hotel Tokyo


If you want to experience a luxurious morning with delicious food and a gorgeous view, Andaz Hotel Tokyo is definitely the best place to be. The breakfast is served at the 51st floor, The Tavern, and the view is breathtaking. The breakfast buffet provides remarkable selections of Western and Asian cuisine. They offer a vast fruit selection, eggs cooked to order, and even a variety of pastries. You can also choose 2 items from the a la Carte menu. I tried the eggs Benedict on a croissant, and my friend chose blueberry pancakes. Both were delicious and cooked to perfection (and we can be food snobs at times, hehe).

Breakfast is open from 6:30am to 11am. During the evening, Andaz Tavern offers an exciting dining experience featuring local flavors and seasonal ingredients. Their specialty is Japanese Snow Aged Beef, and it’s a must to try!

Every evening between 6-8pm, there are complimentary wines, sake, and small snacks available in Andaz lounge. The atmosphere is quite relaxing, and it was rather soothing after a long day of walking and sightseeing.



AMENITIES at Andaz Hotel Tokyo

  • Swimming Pool
  • Spa
  • Fitness Center
  • Rooftop Bar


Pool facilities are large with additional amenities including a jacuzzi, hot tub, and even a cold pool!  The pool has a beautiful city view, and there’s a fitness center with excellent cardio equipment adjacent to it.  Andaz also houses a Rooftop Bar with amazing views overseeing the city.  They provide an extensive selection of cocktails, sake, champagne and premium spirits. Specializing in cocktails crafted with teas and seasonal fruit, the cocktail they made was one of the best cocktails I’ve ever had! It was a must try!



Neighborhood around Andaz Hotel Tokyo

  • Tokyo Tower
  • Imperial Palace
  • Zojo-ji Temple
  • Shimbashi drinking street
  • Atago Shrine (historical shrine with steep staircase)


I went to Zojo-ji temple, Shimbashi, and Atago shrine. They were all fun to explore!  Although your travel schedule may be jam-packed with sights, Shimbashi is a must see if you want to experience true Japanese night life.  It is relatively close to Andaz Tokyo and within walking distance.


Zojo-ji Temple


Standing next to Tokyo Tower, the temple grounds consist of some impressive structures. Zojoji Temple may not be as well known compared to other temples and shrines, however it is worth a visit! It is a special experience to see the contrast between skyscrapers and wooden ancient building in one scene. Just allow yourself some time to explore around the gardens. It is very peaceful and you may forget that you are in Tokyo! Zojo-ji Temple is about 15 minutes away from Andaz Tokyo.

Andaz Hotel Tokyo


Atago Shrine


Atago Shrine is a historical shrine, established over 400 years ago. In order to get to the shrine, you will have to climb up a steep flight of 86 stairs, which is known as “stone steps to success.” It is such a beautiful and peaceful shrine that visitors can relax, reflect, and meditate. There is also a small teahouse next to the shrine, and it is very inviting. It was late summer when we visited, so we had a shaved ice at the teahouse. It was delicious!



Shimbashi 


Shimbashi is one of our favorite places to drink in Tokyo. There are hundreds of traditional pubs and restaurants, both Japanese and Western, and their price tends to be very reasonable. It is a popular place to drink so it gets always crowded during night. In fact, Shimbashi is known as the salarymen (office workers) capital of Tokyo. The atmosphere is also unique and interesting. Even if you don’t drink or dine, it it fun to just walk around and take some photos!



Overall


Our favorite part of our stay was the amazing customer service – the staff are very friendly and go out of their way to offer recommendations and directions to various points of interest.  I have stayed in luxury hotels all over Japan, and I can honestly say that Andaz Hotel Tokyo is one of the most luxurious and beautiful properties I have ever stayed at. If you are looking for the best place to stay in Tokyo, you should definitely pay them a visit!


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Best Place to Stay in Tokyo

Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo

Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo

Tokyo is always my favorite place to go shopping, and Ginza is no exception.  Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo is conveniently located in the center of Ginza, which allowed us to walk anywhere from countless department stores and restaurants to the famed Tsukiji Market. It’s a very classic, modern, and super trendy hotel from the moment you step through the doors.

 

Classic Interior

Besides the location, the most attractive aspect about this hotel is their artistic interior.  The lobby is very welcoming with natural light and high ceilings.  I fell in love with how they incorporated natural elements with such an artistic atmosphere.

Hyatt Centric Ginza Lobby

Hyatt Centric Ginza Lobby

 

The Room

The hotel offers 8 different types of room which ranges from ¥5,4000-350,000+ (JPY) a night depending on the season. I stayed in the King Bed Room which is around $480+ USD a night.  The rooms are spacious with separate shower/bathtub and toilet. The bed was very comfortable and there were electronically controlled blackout shades which offer privacy.  I particularly liked the high-tech Nespresso machine to make coffee in the morning.

We also had a chance to go to their Namiki Suite, and the room was amazing! They had a spacious kitchen and a dining room, plus their own personal terrace overlooking Namiki-dori Street.

Hyatt Centric Ginza Room

Hyatt Centric Ginza Room

Hyatt Centric Ginza Room

Hyatt Centric Ginza Room

Hyatt Centric Ginza Room

 

Dining

They have an amazing bar called “NAMIKI 667 Bar & Lounge”.  The bar is very inviting and has a wide selection for various cocktails and wines.  They also offer delicious food to enjoy.  It is a great place to unwind or simply enjoy conversation with friends.

Their breakfast buffet was also outstanding.  There were lots of choices, and all foods were well presented, fresh, and excellent quality.  My favorite dish was definitely the egg benedict with croissant. It was one of the best I have had in my life!

Hyatt Centric Ginza Dining

Hyatt Centric Ginza Breakfast

Hyatt Centric Ginza Breakfast

 

 

Attractions

 

Around the hotel

Hyatt Centric Ginza Neighborhood

Hyatt Centric Ginza Neighborhood

Ginza Six

 

Ginza Six

 

Hyatt Centric Ginza Neighborhood

Hyatt Centric Ginza Neighborhood

 

Tsukiji Market

 

Tsukiji

 

Tsukiji Hongan-ji

 

Tsukiji Hongan-ji

Tsukiji Hongan-ji

I loved my stay at Hyatt Centric Ginza! If you have plans to come to Tokyo anytime soon, I highly recommend staying at Hyatt Centric Ginza and spend time shopping around the area!  For any questions about where to go, please leave a comment below!

XOXO,

Yoki

 

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7 Best Places to Eat in Tokyo

7 Best Places to Eat in Tokyo

Tokyo, the world’s most populous metropolis, is also known as the world’s most exciting dining destinations. There are more than 150,000 restaurants in Tokyo, and you will probably wonder where is the best places to eat in Tokyo… But don’t worry! Even if you feel lost in the massive city, I picked the best accessible places to eat in Tokyo. There is so much more to eat than just sushi and ramen. 🙂


Reissure

best places to eat in Tokyo

If you come to this place, you must try their 3D latte art!  You need to pay extra for the 3D latte art (I had a cup of cappuccino (650yen) + 3D latte art (additional 500yen)), but it is definitely worth it.  If you want customized latte art, be prepared to show a picture to the server.  They will make your latte, based on the picture you have!  You can also have lunch there as well! Their food was good but the portion was a bit small.

Note:

  • They accept CASH ONLY!
  • They don’t take reservations.
  • Each person must order 1 drink.
  • Cost: ¥1,000 – ¥2,000

Address:

3-25-7 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo


Luke’s Lobster

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best places to eat in Tokyo
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best places to eat in Tokyo

It was cold and snowing when I went to Luke’s Lobster, but their lobster rolls made my day better!  Although it was not very crowded when I visited, my friend told me that you have to be in line for more than an hour sometimes…  It is a bit overpriced in my opinion, but the amount of lobster meat is generous.  The bun itself is pretty delicious with a warm, crispy outer layer.

Note:

  • Buy it over the counter.
  • There are a few seats outside, but most seem to stand and eat as quick meal.
  • If you are there at popular times, be prepared to wait in line.
  • Cost: ¥950 – ¥2,000

Address:

6-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo


SahSya

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best places to eat in Tokyo
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best places to eat in Tokyo

Although this place is not really known by tourists, this place is popular for Japanese people.  If you want to escape from Tokyo’s craziness and relax, this place might be a good choice for your lunch spot, and the atmosphere might remind you of Kyoto.  Their interior is also amazing with 2 long commuter table facing a small Zen garden.  I had ¥2,800 course lunch, and that includes appetizers, 2 main dishes, and dessert.

Note:

  • The lunch time is between 11:30am – 2:00pm.
  • Besides the lunch course, they have 2 courses; 5,000yen or 8,000yen.
  • They accept reservations and credit cards
  • Cost: ¥2,800 – ¥8,000

Address:

Oak Omotesando 2F, 3-6-1 Kitaaoyama, Minato, Tokyo


Eddy’s Ice Cream

best places to eat in Tokyo

Eddy’s Ice Cream, located in Harajuku is the cutest ice cream I ever found in my life!  The shop is all decorated in pink color, so everywhere is literally a photo spot!  No matter what spot you choose to take your photos, it will look amazing in Eddy’s Ice Cream.  The ice cream is also creamy and delicious. There are two flavors; vanilla and strawberry. I had vanilla, and it was so milky! For your ice cream, you can choose between vanilla, strawberry, or mix, and you can put any toppings you want!

Note:

  • The shop gets super crowded in the afternoon, so I recommend you to visit for the morning or just before closing time, especially if you want to take some photos.
  • They accept CASH ONLY.
  • Cost: ¥900 – ¥1,400

Address:

4-26-28 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo


CRAFTALE

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best places to eat in Tokyo
best places to eat in Tokyo
best places to eat in Tokyo
best places to eat in Tokyo
best places to eat in Tokyo

There are about 234 Michelin Stars restaurants in Tokyo, and Craftale is one of them. However, what differentiates this restaurant is their creativity and cost performance.  Each dish was presented with the beauty of the plating or the surprising combinations of flavors.  Every plate was phenomenal, but my absolute favorite was the steak! They cooked the beef perfectly. Also the atmosphere is very relaxing and comfortable… you can even see beautiful cherry blossoms from the window in spring. I definitely recommend here for the best places to eat in Tokyo 🙂

Note:

  • They’re closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • They serve lunch only in the weekends.
  • Reservation is recommended.
  • They take credit cards.
  • Cost: lunch ¥7,000; dinner ¥10,000

Address:

1-16-11 2F, Aobadai,Meguro, Tokyo


Aoyama Flower Market Tea House

best places to eat in Tokyo
best places to eat in Tokyo

If you’re planning on having afternoon tea in Tokyo, this is the place!  The atmosphere is amazing, and the food is also fresh and delicious.  The interior is nicely decorated with seasonal flowers as if you’re sitting in a beautiful garden.  We ate warm salad, and it was amazing! It perfectly matched with beautiful floral theme.  I am usually a coffee person, but I highly recommended if you love flowers.

Note:

  • You may have to be in line for 20 – 90mins, depending on how crowded it is.
  • Lunch is served between 11:00AM and 3:00pm.
  • They do not serve coffee.
  • They take credit cards.
  • Cost: ¥2,000 yen – ¥3,000yen

Address:

5-1-2 Minamiaoyama, Minato, Tokyo


Shinjuku Omoide Yokochō

best places to eat in Tokyo
best places to eat in Tokyo
best places to eat in Tokyo

Omoide Yokocho is a short alley full of amazing food and drinks. It’s one of the best places to eat and drink in Tokyo.  The street gives you a glimpse of old Tokyo culture that’s a bit raw and off the tourist track.  The restaurants serve mostly yakitoris and other grilled items along with local beers and drinks.  I definitely recommend you stop in and grab some Yakitori at one of the restaurants there.  The food is excellent and the ambiance is also not to be missed.  We ordered a couple of Yakitoris and beers.  All yakitoris are freshly grilled right in front of you, and they are one of the BEST yakitoris I ever had!  Even if you don’t plan to eat here, check it out for the aesthetics.  It is very photogenic 🙂

Note:

  • Most of the restaurants accept CASH ONLY.
  • It will be hard to find this place, but if you follow a map or directions from staff in the train station, you’ll get there.
  • For photo opportunities, I recommend you visit in the morning.
  • Cost: ¥2,000 – ¥4,000

Address:

Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Have you been to any of the places I mentioned? If you have any other suggestions, let me know on the comments below! I’m always looking for best places to eat in Tokyo. You can never get bored of Tokyo, and that’s why I love that city.

If you are planning to go to Tokyo soon, make sure to check out my Tokyo Ultimate Guide as well. I hope you will enjoy it! Safe travels xx


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