Tokyo is probably the first destination you think of when you plan a trip to the land of the rising sun, Japan. Tokyo is a fantastic city with surprises at every corner, hidden gems secluded in back alleys and the heart-thumping never ending night-life! While most will focus their itinerary on the things that are in Tokyo, I’ve decided to extend my travel plans a little further out of the prefecture.
So take a seat, buckle up your seat-belt (a car is recommended for this trip due to the longer travelling distance) while I bring you along my 5 days and 4 nights in Tokyo, along with the activities, restaurants and hotels you must include in your itinerary!
#1 Kawaguchiko Mt. Tenjo Ropeway
To get a better view of the grandiose mountain, take the Kawaguchiko Mt. Tenjo Ropeway up to 1,044 m of a neighboring mountain. Don’t be fooled by the already beautiful scenery outside the station as the hike upwards has more to offer. Walk up the mountain for about 15 minutes and you’ll find yourself in an area that is not known to most tourist, with such a striking view!
#2 Lake Kawaguchi Pleasure Boat
For those who enjoy a relaxing (if you consider having huge gusts of wind in your face comforting) boat ride, just fork out a bit more cash to purchase a package which includes both the Kawaguchiko Mt. Tenjo Ropeway and the Lake Kawaguchi Pleasure Boat.
Personally, I could’ve done without the boat ride if it wasn’t at a discounted price. However, there are some charming traits about this attraction, such as a clear and unblocked view of Mt. Fuji and a mesmerizing sunset in the horizons.
#3 Kawaguchiko Cheesecake Garden
Possibly the Cheesecake Factory of Japan, this stopover served as a well-deserved and delicious break from a whole day of intense posing and photo-taking for that aesthetic gram. With an average cost of SGD$3 per cheesecake, which is really cheap considering its location, the Japanese cheesecake doesn’t disappoint with its creamy and soft texture.
#4 Fuji View Hotel Fujiya Hotel
(I promise this will be the last Mt. Fuji photo) Like what its name implies, this hotel provides you with a stunning view of Mt. Fuji from one of its floors, through a large floor to ceiling window. Moreover the rooms are clean and spacious and the hot spring has a very nice traditional vibes to it.
#5 Sanrio Puroland
Fans of Sanrio have to leave this theme park a spot in their itinerary. Located at Yokohama prefecture, which is about a 45 minutes drive from Tokyo, this cute little theme park is bound to fascinate any Sanrio fanatics and captivate others. There are parades, interesting shows, exciting games, live size figurines for photo-taking and a huge souvenir shop which can keep you there for almost the whole day! (though half a day will be recommended)
#6 Yokohama’s World Porters
I initially included this mall in my itinerary for lunch because it was right beside the Cup Noodles Museum, which is part of my plan for day. Little did I know that it was actually a food haven in disguise. The few restaurants and cafe I highly recommend are Porticello, Kamakura Pasta and Tully’s Coffee.
Click here for the mall’s directory!
#7 Cup Noodles Museum
Cup Noodles Museum is a place which aims to inspire the future generation’s creativity and innovation, with stories of the creator of instant noodles- Momofuku Ando.
Now I know the thought of museums might sound boring to some, but the Cup Noodles Museum offers an interesting DIY experience- instant ramen making from scratch for only ¥500 Moreover, for only a low cost of ¥300, you get to customize your very own cup noodles and design the packaging.
Click here to read a more detailed review of the Cup Noodles Museum!
#8 Fujiko F Fujio Museum
A fan of Doraemon or any one of Fujiko F Fujio’s masterpiece shouldn’t leave this one of their itinerary. Not only is the museum filled with live size figurines for you to snap a picture with, the museum takes you on a memorable experience which showcases the history of the Fujio’s art.
Do note that the tickets are not sold at the door of the museums, but rather at convenient stores such as Lawson. Tickets do run out fast so it is advisable to purchase them days prior to the visit.
Your parents might have told you not to play with your food, but that’s exactly what ZAUO advocates! For only ¥100, you get to catch your own seafood to be cooked on the spot! On top of the large variety of seafood, there are also multiple cooking methods to prepare your meal!
Click here to read more about ZAUO!
#10 HARRY’S Hedgehog Cafe
For SGD$30 per hour, get up close with these cute little prickly animals. Though the price is higher than other pet cafes, I assure you that every moment spent with these hedgehogs is worth it. With a small additional cost and a pinch of courage, you are entitled to feeding them with… mealworms!
Do remember to make a reservation as they are usually fully booked.
Click here to read more about HARRY”S Hedgehog Cafe!
#11 Ninja Akasaka
By far one of the best dining experiences I’ve had in my whole life. Simulating a ninja’s life, the restaurant resides deep underground and can only be accessed through a dark and narrow tunnel where you’ll be assessed for your ninja skills. The interior of the restaurant mimics a ninja town where even the waiters are clad in a ninja warrior’s outfit. Overall, the atmosphere is great and the food is just as good.
Not much to say except how can you not visit Disneyland when you’re in Tokyo??
#13 Tokyo Disneyland Hotel (Character-themed Rooms)
If you’re a Disney fan then you can’t leave out this magical experience of living as a Disney character, be it the ditsy Alice or the glamorous Princess Cinderella. If you’re planning to stay at one of the Disneyland hotels anyway, it’ll certainly be more worth it to spend just a little more to get the full magical package there.
Also, booking in advance is highly recommended as there are limited rooms which run out fast.
#14 Polynesian Terrace Restaurant
Enjoy a Hawaiian themed performance, paired with wondrous dinner courses at the Polynesian Terrace Restaurant. For only a low cost of ¥2000 to ¥5000 (SGD$25-$60), depending on the type of set course you choose, you get to enjoy a spectacular performance while eating. That’s almost the same as getting the performance for free because the food they provide are certainly high quality. The most memorable part of the dinner was when the Disney characters came down from the stage to interact with us and danced around.
If you’re planning to dine here, click here to book a table in advance as the restaurant is always fully booked
#15 Tokyo DisneySea
Tokyo DisneySea is the, or if not one of the best theme parks I’ve ever gone to. Putting aside the magnificent view as shown in the photo above, they have one of the best shows with talented performers, the most thrilling rides and really delicious food that dots every corner of the park. Don’t get me wrong, Disneyland does have its own nostalgic and classic appeal, but if you ask me, if you only have time for one park, it’s certainly Tokyo DisneySea.
To reiterate, this itinerary isn’t focused on Tokyo itself but rather the attractions you can visit around the prefecture so it might be a little confusing if you’re using this post as reference when you plan your itinerary.
If I missed out any must-go attractions or restaurants do leave a comment down below so that I can check them out in my next visit!