3 Days 2 Nights to Explore Wonderful Tokyo-Mt. Fuji
Japan is always my favorite country because of its rich and fascinating culture, beautiful nature, delicious food, polite and friendly people. Early this year, I have decided to travel to Japan for the second time and spend a stress-free holiday by visiting Hokkaido. Apart from going to Hokkaido, one of my bucket list must visit destination is Mt. Fuji, the most iconic landmark in Japan which I have missed the chance during my first trip to Japan. Going to Japan and not seeing Mt. Fuji will feel a little like going to Kuala Lumpur and not seeing the Twin Tower. It’s exactly the same feeling! Hence I decided to head my way down to Tokyo from Hokkaido by spending three days exploring Tokyo and visit the legendary Mt. Fuji.
I hope my article can be helpful to you on how to get the best out of your three days in Tokyo+Mt. Fuji with an itinerary packed with things to do! Especially if you are looking for something off-the-path other than Disneyland or Tokyo Tower.
Stop 1: TeamLab Borderless
Time spend: 2 hours
Ticket: Klook/official website/counters
Cost: 3,200yen approximately RM126
When talk about museum, it may sound a bit…boring? Believe me, this is not an ordinary museum! Teamlab Borderless is a digital art museum that uses lights and sounds to transform you into part of the art itself. This is one of the hottest attractions in Odaiba where you can capture stunning photos from this digital exhibit. It is also known as the most Instagrammble place in Tokyo!
Please note that there is another TeamLab exhibition in Toyosu, Tokyo. Don’t get confused as to for which exhibition you are getting tickets! I have provided the link of their website where you can find more details about TeamLab Borderless.
One of the Borderless’ theme called “Forest of Lamps”
One of the most popular spot for photo taking
Stop 2: Odaiba Ōedo-Onsen Monogatari
Time spend: 3 hours
Cost: 2,768yen approximately RM109 (Weekdays) (Price exclude meals and other personal expenses)
The chance to experience an onsen in Japan can be incredibly unforgettable! I choose to visit Oedo-Onsen-Monogatari which is in Odaiba. This onsen is the largest hot spring theme park in Japan.
The inside looks just like the old streets of Edo period. Yukatas (casual version of the kimono) are offered upon entrance and visitors can choose their design and style. The onsen area itself is quite large features both indoor and outdoor hot springs, as well as a food, souvenir shops, massage room, funfair games and more.
The outdoor onsen where you can enjoy foot soak
Enjoy the onsen and immerse yourself in the Edo period
Stop 3: Shibuya/Harajuku
Time spend: 2 hours or more
Cost: 500yen approximately RM20 for Starbuck Coffee
Shibuya, one of the best nightlife destinations in Tokyo famous with the sightseeing spot, the Shibuya scramble crossing. It’s a crowded and busy area, there is a variety of shops, like restaurants, bars and bistros around here. One tip over here, take a sip of delicious coffee at Starbucks Coffee Shibuya Tsutaya. It is the best spot to overlook one of the busiest crossing in the world.
You can also choose to go over to Harajuku, just one stop over from Shibuya. It is definitely one of the best places to shop if you love Japanese fashion. One of the popular shops is Daiso Harajuku. This large 3 story-store is located over here where you can find a variety of household products or cheap souvenirs at only 100 yen!
Shibuya scramble crossing
Harajuku Takeshita Street
Stop 1: Day Tour to Mt. Fuji
Time spend: 8am-7pm
Cost: RM248 (Price exclude meals and other personal expenses)
Travel to Mt. Fuji independently might a bit difficult as we need to plan well on the transportation, direction and guides etc. I chose to book a day tour package to Mt. Fuji all the way from Tokyo. This is the most convenient way to visit Mt. Fuji as the transportation in Hakone is not as develop as in Tokyo.
“Wow…..” The only word I can think of the moment I saw Mt. Fuji. It is not only impressively high but stunningly beautiful! Mt. Fuji is not visible everyday. It tends to be shy and only shows up approximately 80 days a year, it is a mix of luck and planning to increase the chance of seeing the legendary mountain. Hence, I am super lucky enough to see it!
Another attractions I recommend the most is to visit the Oshino Hakkai. It is a beautiful small village in Fuji Five Lake area. I truly enjoy the traditional Japanese village with the magnificent view of Mt. Fuji. The water on the ponds come from the melting snow from the top of Mt. Fuji which making the water look so clear. One more tip over here, you can drink the cool water straight from the source or bring along an empty bottle to fill in the sacred water.
Below is the link where you can find the complete detail of the tour. There are variety of tour package selection, just chose the one you prefer the most.
Stunning and beautiful Mt. Fuji
Oshino Hakkai village
Stop 2: Shinjuku
Time spend: 2 hours or more
Cost: 500yen/more approximately RM20/more for yakatori
As the tour bus pick up and drop off point is at one of the hotels in Shinjuku, hence it is best time to spend the night at Shinjuku. Shinjuku is one of the must-visit areas in Tokyo. There are numbers of entertainments and attractions available in Shinjuku area where you can play, eat and shop till very late night. It’s considered as the biggest red-light district in Tokyo as well.
As I like to do things like the locals and love something rustic, thus I headed over to Omoide Yokocho in Shinjuku. It is a tiny alley packed with numbers of Japanese style small stalls specialize in yakatori (grilled meat on skewers). However, bear in mind you may smell bad after eating as the places are quite smoky and squeezy.
Omoide Yokocho in Shinjuku
Time spend: 3 – 4 hours
Ticket: KLOOK if you want to experience Kimono wear
Cost: RM112.65 (Optional)
If you have some time before heading to airport or before proceeding to next destination, Asakusa is a must visit for best Kimono experience while strolling the historic streets of Japan. The signature Asakusa landmark is Kaminarimon gate. There is a long and famous shopping street called Nakamise-dori selling variety of foods and souvenirs leading to the famous Sensoji Temple.
Here is the link where you can book kimono including Japanese hairstyling.
Nakamise-dori shopping street with Kimono wear
I had so many “Wow” moment and experience new things happening to me in Japan. I was lucky to see this beautiful country the way I did! With a budget of RM500++ (exclude kimono experience), I am able to visit the stunning Mt. Fuji and discover some new and popular attractions in Tokyo. Of course, this exclude the cost of meals, accommodation and other expenses which is flexibly depend on your own planning.
I am grateful and thankful enough to visit Japan and return home safely before the enforcement of MCO due to COVID-19. I believe everyone can’t waiting to travel again. There’s nothing stopping us from dreaming about the trips we’ll be going once this is all over. But before this, let’s us sitting tightly at home and waiting patiently for the day it is safe to travel again.