Japan Trip
Mar 1, 2020 Mar 12, 2020
JFK --> LAX --> Tokyo
Mar 1, 2020
9:00 am
JFK Flight to LAX
12:45 pm
Land in LAX
3:30 pm
Leave for Tokyo!!
Tokyo Land
Mar 2, 2020
7:00 pm
Land in Narita, Japan at 7pm local
From Narita, take the Skyliner train
Narita Airport --> Nippori KS02 --> Nippori KS02 (JR Yamanote Line) --> Tokyo
Uber to Hotel
8:30 pm
Grab dinner
Afuri Ramen - local place close to hotel
Open until 11:30 pm
Tokyo Day 1
Mar 3, 2020
Tokyo at night!
Cool architecture
8:30 am
Walk about Ometasando
Pancakes - A Happy PancakeC
Cool drop coffee place: Koffee Mameya
9:30 am
Meiji Shrine
Harajuku Street
Takeshita St
 Le Shiner
Cat St
12:00 pm
Mitsukoshi Department Store Food Courts
WagyuMafia Cutlet Sandwich
Supposed to be amazing!
Omotesando Dori
"It is a nice shopping street, walking down the street to Meiji Shrine, then after walking through the shrine, walking through Harajuku (kids dress up in funky costumes there). You can easily get to Shibuya from Harajuku as well. Oriental Bazaar and Kitty Land good stops for souvenirs (and they are almost next to eachother"
1:30 pm
Shibuya Crossing
Largest crossing in the world!
Starbucks across the street has a good view
3:30 pm
Mori Art Museum (open 10am - 9pm)
Get tickets online?
7:00 pm
Dinner: Golden Gai (Izakaya Maze) in Shinjuku district
Omoide Yokocho – Yakitori Alley (food)
Bar Ben Fiddich
Bar Piano
Tokyo Day 2
Mar 4, 2020
Cherry Blossom
Golden Gai
9:00 am
Tour guide with Aya (9am-5pm)
Tsukiji Fish Market 
Sensoji Temple
Asasuka Area AKA “Puppet town”- good food, visit dessert place 
Walk around Ginza (good bread place, has kitkat store) 
5:00 pm
Kagari Ramen and is in Otemach— near imperial palace
"Most traditional Japanese restaurants only have one type of food. For example, you won't find soba at a yakitori restaurant. Or sushi at a teppanyaki restaurant. You should google the new fish market (it recently moved locations) and see if they still have restaurants there. If so, you should go. It will be the freshest sushi and only require you to wait in line. You can eat sushi anywhere. My kids favorite was and is in Roppongi Hills. It is a Kaiten Sushi place which is just a typical conveyor belt sushi restaurant."
8:30 pm
Dinner: Sushi Nekamaki reservation 8:30pm
9:30 pm
Tokyo Whiskey Library
Tokyo --> Hakone Day 1
Mar 5, 2020
Beautiful Shrine near the water
8:30 am
Shinjuku Terminal: Odakyu Railway (85 minutes, 2280 yen/ticket)
Just follow the signs for Odakyu Railway (or Romance car) 
Shinjuku Station to Hakone-Yumoto 
Get Hakone free pass
10:30 am
Get off romance car at Hakone-Yumoto and take Hakone Tozan train
Beautiful train up the mountains! Take pics!!!
Get off at Gora Station
11:30 am
Take Cable Car 
Take ropeway from Souzan Station to Owakudani (see the Valley of Hell, purchase kuro-tamago (black eggs)
Continue on ropeway to Togendai station (end)
At Togendai station, board sightseeing cruise (pirate ship!!) to Motohakone
From Motohakone, walk to Hakone Jinja Shrine (torri shrine?)
Walk the Ancient Cedar Avenue to Moto-Hakone station (visit Hakone Shrine/Torii gate)
Go back to Motohakone, get on H line bus (stop Kowakien) car from hotel can pick us up call 0460-82-3331
Hakone --> Kyoto
Mar 6, 2020
9:00 am
Open air museum (opens 9am)
11:00 am
Checkout of hotel
Uber to Odawara Station
Go to Odawara, catch the Hikari Shinkansen which goes to Kyoto (covered by JR Pass)
Take the Hikari (H in blue) (faster)
2 -2.5 hour train yippee!
2:00 pm
Can buy a bus day pass in kyoto for 600 yen
Nushiki Market - eat
Ippudo Ramen- right near Nushiki Market 
Kiyomizu-dera temple
Eat Yatshuhashi which is sold on the street nearby
4:00 pm
Gion area - best early evening 
Hanamikoji Street is the main walking street in Gion lined with tea houses and small restaurants
Yasaka Shrine to reach Maruyama Park
Honke Nishio Yatsuhashi Gion - matcha parfaits 
Patisserie Gion Sakai
Tsujiri- sweet shop in Gion
6:00 pm
Ninenzaka - beautiful streets
Roam shirakawa-dori and shijo-dori*
Kamo river
Dessert (Gion Kinana or Gion Tsujiri)
Kyoto Day 2
Mar 7, 2020
11:00 am
Tenryu-ji temple
 Walk across Togetskyo Bridge
Iwatayama Kyoto monkey park 
12:15 pm
Lunch: Arashiyama Yoshimmura (soba)- first left after crossing Togetsukyo Bridge
1:15 pm
Kinkaku-Ji - golden pavilion
Ryoanji temple
Kyoto Day 3 - Day trip to Nara
Mar 8, 2020
9:00 am
JR Inari Station, the second station from Kyoto Station along the JR Nara Line (5 minutes, 140 yen one way from Kyoto Station, not served by rapid trains). The shrine can also be reached in a short walk from Fushimi Inari Station along the Keihan Main Line.
10:30 am
Fushimi inari shrine
11:00 am
Deer park
Feed the deer!!
Kyoto Day 4
Mar 9, 2020
10:00 am
Silver pavilion (food stalls leading up to temple get finger food there)
Philosophers path- starts around silver pavilion
The Philosopher's Path runs between Ginkakuji and the neighborhood of Nanzenji
11:00 am
Shoren-in/chion-in temple
Sanjusangendo Hall
Saiho-ji temple
Tea Ceremony at Maikoya
Kyoto --> Tokyo
Mar 10, 2020
7:00 am
Fushimi Inari shrine at 7am
Famous for orange
10:00 am
Kyoto --> Tokyo
Kyoto station
Nozomi (2h 20m, not covered by JR Pass)
7:00 pm
Flight from Tokyo Airport