Must see places in Japan?

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  1. ericb

    ericb Active Member

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    We bought TokyoWidePass btw, 3 days unlimited on JR east trains (except subway?) and train rides going to Otsuki-Kawaguchiko and Utsonomiya-Nikko. HTH
     
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    Will be in tokyo 8 days 7 nights from Dec 29 to Jan 5. 3 adults and 1 11 year old kid. First timers. Got ourselves an airbnb somewhere near Akasaka Excell hotel. Planning to visit the ff.

    Mt fuji (booked Jan 2 via klook)
    tokyo Disney sea (booked Jan 3 via klook)
    tsukiji fish market
    Akihabara
    Ginza
    Imperial palace
    Tokyo sky tree
    Asakusa
    Ueno park
    Shibuya
    Shinjuku gyoen garden
    Shinjuku
    Harajuku
    Odaiba
    Ropongi
    tokyo tower
    Omotesando

    My question is, with all those places that we intend to go to, does getting a suica card be worth it? And is it possible to go to those place considering Jan 2 and 3 are all already set for mt. Fuji and Disney sea which will take the whole day as per klook.

    Thanks in advance
     
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    Scratch Tsukiji Fish Market off the list since they already moved to the new Toyosu fish market about a kilometer away. You have to be more specific in what attractions are you going to see in those places though. A Suica card is a must since you will be travelling by train most of the time to and fro those places.
     
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    imart Well-Known Member

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    tsukiji outer market is very much thriving for food lovers and diners. if you need to see tuna auctions, go to the Toyosu Market. moving the fish auction there doesn't mean the tsukiji area is no longer in business. there's so much to feast there. we even went there twice and advisable to go early like 7-8am to avoid the hungry/touristy crowd.

    google maps is your friend. find 'tsukiji outer market', which is around 0.5 kms by foot from the tsukiji station.
     
  5. jetan

    jetan PhilMUG Addict Member

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    you can get this instead much cheaper since its unlimited.

    https://www.kkday.com/en-ph/product/5989


    you can also get both the SUICA and PASMO cards. i had both of them.
     
  6. onepaks

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    Let me add that Suica/Pasmo cards can also be used for paying for purchases in most establishments like convenience stores, etc. Very handy so you don't have to carry a lot of coins around.
     
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    You can also get the Tokyo metro pass 3 days unlimited. Worth it in your itinerary IMO. Just buy ulit once it expires.

     
  9. ericb

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    If Mt. Fuji is part of the itinerary, I recommend https://www.jreast.co.jp/e/tokyowidepass/ :)
     
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    Where can I buy Japanese denim (Iron Heart, Momotaro, etc.) in Tokyo?
     
  11. 31gna

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    any reco airbnb in Tokyo? This is for a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 kids - 6yrs and 11yrs) with 2 seniors.
    First time to go there :)
     
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    What part of Tokyo will you be going to? It’s advisable to get an AirBnb that is near the metro/train station because it would be easier for you to navigate Tokyo’s numerous districts.
     
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    Disney for sure with the kids :) then perhaps Mt. Fuji, then just going around Tokyo and vicinity - akihabara, shinjuku, etc.
     
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    Dekra PhilMUG Addict Member

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    Problem with Airbnb is that most of these apartments have only 1 bathroom.

    Imagine a big family queuing, by the time all of you are done, ubos na oras nyo
     
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    I stayed in an area called Akasaka. Couple of minutes walk from Akasaka station. We were 3 adults and one 11 year old kid. The area had a lot of restaurants and convenience stores. Its also a 10 minute walk from a branch of Don Quixote. Room was not that big but had all the amenities needed.

    https://abnb.me/SvFjdzqBsT
     
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    speaking of ubos ang oras, I learned about this the hard way during my first visit. in autumn, your daylight at 3-4PM in Japan is like 5-6PM in Manila. Once, my first-timer friend-visitors quipped "bakit 4pm pa lang ang dilim na???".

    I haven't tried airbnb and wouldn't vouch for it for practical reasons but having stayed in an (average) local hotel chain's suite/family room (via upgrade) at Osaka, it was only equipped with 1 T&B despite the 2 bedrooms and 1 tatami room for only 3 of us. If i were only to resolve this, I'd go for 2 hotel rooms (1 family and 1 double for the seniors).
     
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    Yes, almost all hotels have a maximum capacity of 3; beyond that, you need to get another room - that solves the 1 bathroom problem.

    No experience with big suites/penthouses in 5-star hotels abroad so can't comment on that :D
     
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    akasaka ba?

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    i stayed there on my 1st visit back in 2016.
     
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    Dekra PhilMUG Addict Member

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    My preference would be a hotel near/beside a JR Yamanote line station

    So far, these 3 are at the top of my list:
    1. Keikyu Inn EX Shinagawa - room is the most spacious we've tried so far; even has an 'office desk' corner
    2. Daiwa Roynet Tokyo Osaki - room is about average in size
    3. Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku - rooms are really small, by hey, you are in Shinjuku already.

    Try also looking for hotels near Gotanda or Shimbashi JR station
     
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    Thanks much for the feedback everyone! will certainly keep all suggestions in mind.
     

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