March to April is the time that people floods over to Japan for the short but beautiful and scenic Hanami; the cherry blossom viewing in spring. Besides spring, autumn is also the season that is crowded with people for its Momiji; autumn red leaves.
Right, I just came back from Tokyo not too long ago, but my heart and soul are still left in Japan. Sigh, how to get over this?! And now, my Instagram and facebook timeline are now filled friends with momiji in Japan where the maple trees are all turning red now. So beautiful!!! Guess the only way to get rid of this lovesick towards Japan is … plan another trip to Japan again!!!!!
Here is the summary about my trip. Will try to upload more about the details and daily activities on the places I have visited (as soon as I can. I have yet to finish my travel tale last year. Ops).
Tokyo + Kawaguchiko + Yokohama + Kamakura + Enoshima
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
In KL/ Tokyo Tokyo Tokyo Kawaguchiko Kawaguchiko/ Gotemba/
Konbini Konbini Breakfast @ Hotel
Tsukiji Honganji Temple 築地本願寺
Takeshita Street (surface only)
Meiji Jingu 明治神宮
> Travel to Kawaguchiko by Highway bus (journey approx. 105mins)
“En Soleil” Excurssion Ship
Lunch Shabu Shabu Tajimaya
Houtou Fudou Hot Dogs @ Kawaguchiko Station
Smoothie & Ice Cream @ Farmers Blend
Nakamise Shopping Street
Tokyo Skytree 東京スカイツリー
JR Station KITTE
Tokyo Tower (didn’t ride up)
Kachi Kachi Yama Ropeway
Natural Living Center
Tea: Blueberry & Vanilla Ice Cream
Dropped by Konohana Art Museum Station for maple tree
Shopped along the street near Konanso
> Checked in Hotel Fujikawaguchiko Konanso
> Travel to Gotemba Premium Outlet by bus (journey approx. 95mins)
Shopping in Gotemba Premium Outlet
>travel back to Shinjuku by Odakyu Highway Bus
Dinner こんにちわTokyo! Food court Ichiran Ramen
Dinner @ Hotel Izakaya Hakata Mangetsu
Arrived @ Haneda International Airport Tokyo Solamachi
Piss Alley/ Memory Lane
Kabukicho Shinjuku Ofuro/ Hot Spring Bath Nishishinjuku
Supper Konbini Ooedo Shinjuku
Stay Nishishinjuku Hotel Mystays Nishishinjuku Hotel Mystays Nishishinjuku Hotel Mystays Hotel Fujikawaguchiko Konanso 湖南荘 Nishishinjuku Hotel Mystays
Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9
Kamakura/ Enoshima/ Shinjuku Tokyo/ KL
Konbini Breakfast @ Hotel Breakfast @ Hotel Breakfast @ Hotel
> Travel to Yokohama
> Travel to Kamakura by Odakyu Line + Enoden Croquant chou zakuzaku ザクザク
BAKE cheese tart
Lunch Cape Cod Cook Off Snack all the way towards Daibutsu Unagi Don
Kirin Beer Factory
Late Lunch: Miraku 味楽
Akarenga Soko (Red Brick Warehouse)
> Travel back to Shibuya
Sadaharu Aoki @ Hikarie ShinQ
Disneysea Kotokuin Temple (Daibutsu)
Late Lunch: Hanamizuki (花みずき)
> Took Airport Limousine Bus to Haneda International Airport
Dinner Hakata Ramen @ Shinjuku Konbini Ooedo Shinjuku
Kabukicho Shinjuku Don-Quijote Shinjuku GOODBYE TOKYO :(
Supper Matsuya Stay Super Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho Super Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho Super Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho
Exchange rate back then: 1000yen = Rm 33
Here is the breakdown ofspending of my trip, exclude shopping of course. For a 9-days-8-nights trip in Japan, we spent about Rm 4500 per pax. We even get to experience the most shiawase stay in the onsen hotel included the luxury half board dining.
Highlights of my trip
1. Super fresh and amai seafood in Tsukiji Market
Look at those otoro and uni.
So fresh, succulent, and relatively cheap (if compared with Malaysia lar). Just eat them all! Regretted for not getting more but our tummies were left no rooms.
2. Visit the Tsukiji Honganji Temple
It has a very distinctive ambience and exterior that is not seen in other Japanese temples.
3. The must do at Asakusa
4. Hop up to the tallest building in Japan and catch the sunset
Tokyo Skytree, the tallest building in Japan; standing high at 634 meters and has a large shopping complex and an aquarium at its base.
Was lucky to catch the sunset too! We were here at the right time.
5. Be in the human traffic at Shibuya Crossing
6. Check out the beautiful JR station at night
7. Slurp up the best ramen in this 24 hours ramen house
8. Dating with Fuji-san
Mesmerize the amazing Mount Fuji here at Kawaguchiko
9. Eat Hōtō when in Kawaguchiko
10. Picture with the cute kokia balls and continued dating with Fuji-san.
Kokia is known as Bassia scoparia; it was green in color and turns red in autumn.
11. Momiji fever
12. Splurge on the most shiawase stay in an onsen hotel
Sometimes, there is something you just need to splurge on. That will be the experience that worth spending on.
I chose to stay in Fujikawaguchiko Onsen Konanso. Went for the hot spring bath and foot bath and get pampered with the most shiawase kaiseki course dinner and breakfast.
I got the best deal at HotelsCombined. It is a great platform to compare the hotel prices among all the vendors.
13. Ride on the “En Soleil” Excurssion Ship to tour around the lake
If the weather is good, you might get the view of Fuji-san. But he decided not to date me today and hide himself within the fog. Sigh…
14. Shop till you drop in Gotemba Premium Outlet
15. Learn more about Kirin beer at Kirin Beer Brewery
And drink ‘em up in 20 minutes time.
16. Mesmerize the romantic Yokohama’s night
17. Be a kid in Tokyo Disneysea
This is the land for everyone. This is the place not just for youngsters and children. But adults and elderly too because my parents also love having fun in here!!!
18. Going zen in Kamakura
19. Walk over to Enoshima
On the 600meters long bridge. We had too little time for all, so we did not discover really a lot on Enoshima. Will be back for sure.
20. Eat all the desserts here!!!
Be it cheese cake, ice cream, waffles, cream puff, pastries… eat them all! Well, this is pretty impossible because there are too many to try!
For more travel tales and details, stay tune ya. I will update slowly (if there is time) 🙂 .