Upon landing at the Haneda Airport, you would be transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: FREE AND EASY
PLACES THAT YOU CAN VISIT ON YOUR OWN IN TOKYO, JAPAN.
TOKYO IMPERIAL PALACE
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Surrounded by parks and gardens, the imperial palace offers a brief respite from the constant hustle and bustle of the city center. With all the ancient ruins, multiple galleries and a wealth of gardens, the palace is one of the must-see places if one is in Tokyo.
Although the inner area are unavailable for public viewing majority of the year, there are certain period of time where free organized tours are available, and if you are lucky, you might be able to see the Emperor himself.
Unlike the inner grounds, visitors are able to stroll around the parks and gardens that surround this castle all year round without any charges or registration. The grounds are divided into three main areas, which are the East Gardens, Kitnomaru Koen Park, and the Kokyo Gaien National Gardens. All three areas are surrounded with flowers, trees, a moat and a bridge. The sceneries here are unrivalled like any other.
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Also known as the Asakusa Kannon Temple, this is one of Tokyo’s very vibrant and famous Buddhist temple. Visitors would enter the temple through its outer gate, which is known as Kaminarimon (Thunder gate), and proceed into the temple through the second gate which is known as the Hozomon. Alongside the gates, there is a shopping street of over 200 meters known as Nakamise. Here, one could procure Japanese souvenirs such as folding fans and traditional local snacks.
Within the temple ground, there is a main hall and a five story pagoda. One could witness the Asakusa shrine, which stands only a few dozen meters away from the temple’s main building. The main hall is usually open from 6 am (6.30 am from October to March) to 5 pm every day and the admission is free.
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Tokyo Skytree, with its full height of 634.0 meters, is the second tallest structure in the world at the time of its completion. This structure is a television broadcasting tower and one of Tokyo’s famous landmark. The most important highlight of this tower is the two observation decks that offers amazing view of the Tokyo city. One could gain access into the first observation deck once tickets are purchased. If visitors wish to visit the second observation deck, they could gain access to it after purchasing the ticket on the first deck. Besides this, the Skytree also features a sky restaurant that serves French-Japanese fusion cuisine and also a café at the lower ground.
PISS ALLEY/ MEMORY LANE
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For an authentic Japanese experience, head over to Piss Alley. This is a side of Tokyo that does not involve neon signs or anime costumes. Piss Alley earned its name from its lack of toilet facilities and consequential public urination on the nearby train tracks. It used to be a black market drinking quarter back in 1940. Now, you can find this place bursting to its seams with tiny restaurants/bars, minus all that smell.
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Located in the Shibakoen district of Minato, this 332.9 meters structure is a communication and observation tower and is the second tallest structure in Japan. From the top of this structure, you would be able to have a 360-degree eagle-eyed view of the urban landscape below. If you go during night time, the tower would be all lighted up and that itself is a splendid sight to feast upon. It is definitely a sight to behold and there would be a lot of opportunity to capture this splendid scene; both the tower and the panoramic view of the city center.
DAY 3: MOUNT FUJI AND HAKONE TOUR (DAY TRIP)
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You would be picked up at the Shinjuku Station around 7.30-8.30 am to head over to the Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal. From there, you would be heading towards Mount Fuji via a bus. The bus would head up to the 5th station, which is situated at 2,300 meters above sea level along the Subaru Line. At this height, you would be able to get a stunning view of the Fuji Five Lakes area below. Another observation point can be found at the Komitake Shrine, which is located behind the shops. This point would give you unobstructed views of Fujiyoshida City and Lake Yamanaka.
After lunch, head over to the Lake Ashi, which is actually a crater that was formed through a massive volcanic eruption that took place 3,000 years ago. Here, board on a short 15-minutes cruise to enjoy the picture-perfect body of water, while enjoying the view of Mount Fuji and various other peaks.
From Lake Ashi, you can take a 7-minute ride via the Komagatake Ropeway Line to gain access to Mount Komagatake. This mountain is basically a shrine standing under the gaze of Mount Fuji. This is a 1,357-meter high lava dome created by a volcanic eruption 40,000 years ago. Once there, feel free to enjoy the view from the top of this mountain. You could also take the cableway ride up to the spiritual Hakone Shrine Mototsumiya that is nestled at the mountaintop. After an amazing view, you would depart from Hakone to return to Tokyo by bus.
DAY 4: FULL DAY TOKYO DISNEYLAND TOUR (WITHOUT TRANSFER)
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Tokyo, Disneyland is a theme park that is based on the films produced by Walt Disney. This is the first Disney theme park that was opened outside the United States. Modelled after the ones in California and Florida, Tokyo Disneyland has seven themed lands, which are the World Bazaar, Tomorrow land, Toontown, Fantasyland, Critter Country, Westernland and Adventureland. They also feature seasonal decorations and parades.
Ideally, one would need two whole days to explore every facet of Tokyo Disneyland. So, these are some hacks that you could follow to maximize your time here and enjoy not only the theme parks but also the environment as well.
#1. ARRIVE EARLY
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Try to get to the Disneyland at least 30 minutes before it opens. The park opens at 8 am. So, the earlier you arrive, the better. This is because no matter what time you get there, there will already be a line queuing in front of you.
#2. MUST DO ATTRACTIONS
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It is almost impossible to cover every single attraction. So, if you are on a time crunch, the attractions that should be on your must do list should be the Monster Inc. ride & Go Seek, Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, it’s a small world, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin.
# GET A FAST PASS
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There are certain rides that you would be able to get a fast pass. Fast pass is a system that is free and easy to use. All you have to do is look for the Disney FASTPASS ticketing machine near the attraction that you would want to experience. Then, insert your park ticket and get a FASTPASS ticket printed out with an allocated time to return. Now, all you have to do is to return to the attraction’s FASTPASS entrance within the time period and enjoy the attraction with only a minimal wait. However, you would have to act quickly as these fast passes are limited.
DAY 5: DEPARTURE
Upon check out, you would be transferred to Haneda airport to catch your flight back to Malaysia.
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