"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"
Largest crossing in the world!
Starbucks across the street has a good view
Mori Art Museum (open 10am - 9pm)
Get tickets online?
Dinner: Golden Gai (Izakaya Maze) in Shinjuku district
Omoide Yokocho – Yakitori Alley (food)
Bar Ben Fiddich
Tokyo Day 2
Mar 4, 2020
Tour guide with Aya (9am-5pm)
Tsukiji Fish Market
Asasuka Area AKA “Puppet town”- good food, visit dessert place
Walk around Ginza (good bread place, has kitkat store)
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."
Just follow the signs for Odakyu Railway (or Romance car)
Shinjuku Station to Hakone-Yumoto
Get Hakone free pass
Get off romance car at Hakone-Yumoto and take Hakone Tozan train
Beautiful train up the mountains! Take pics!!!
Get off at Gora Station
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
Open air museum (opens 9am)
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!
Can buy a bus day pass in kyoto for 600 yen
Nushiki Market - eat
Ippudo Ramen- right near Nushiki Market
Eat Yatshuhashi which is sold on the street nearby
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
Ninenzaka - beautiful streets
Roam shirakawa-dori and shijo-dori*
Dessert (Gion Kinana or Gion Tsujiri)
Kyoto Day 2
Mar 7, 2020
Walk across Togetskyo Bridge
Iwatayama Kyoto monkey park
Lunch: Arashiyama Yoshimmura (soba)- first left after crossing Togetsukyo Bridge
Kinkaku-Ji - golden pavilion
Kyoto Day 3 - Day trip to Nara
Mar 8, 2020
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.
Fushimi inari shrine
Feed the deer!!
Kyoto Day 4
Mar 9, 2020
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