Only 3 days in one of the biggest city of the world left me bewildered. I had to prioritize.
1- Mount Fuji
2- Japanese cuisine & good addresses
- Tsukiji Fish Market
3- Visits in Tokyo
- Hyatt Regency in Shinjuku
- Keio Hotel in Shinjuku
Alone on Friday, I decided to go to Fuji Mont. It was a marathon to find the proper trains and companies. With the help of locals you can definitely find out the best transportation.
1- Mount Fuji
Transportation from Tokyo (Shinjuku) to Mount Fuji (Kawaguchiko):
As I was not aware of the 2 ways of transportation so I took the train.
Train: From the main station named Shinjuku, go directly to the railway station counter. And tell them you want to go to Fuji Mont. It is the easiest way and will save your time.
They will give you different tickets to be used with different companies. If I well remember it will cost around USD 30 to arrive to the station called Kawaguchiko.
- Budget: Around USD 30
- Transit Time: About 2 hours
What to do in Kawaguchiko:
1- Buy your return ticket before they are sold out. The bus was a nice way to go back to Shinjuku. (Tokyo)
- Budget: USD 20
- Transit time: 2,5 hours (some traffic)
2- Get a map: There are different spots, you just have to take different buses, everything is very well indicated.
From Kawaguchiko, you can enjoy nice views, the lake Kawaguchi & peace. Note that going on Fuji Mont is not recommended in only one day. If you plan to hike you might stay one night at least.
I felt a bit spoiled when I realized the clouds will stay around its top all the day. Was a beautiful sunny day, unfortunately clouds were stuck.
3- Japanese cuisine & good addresses
First diner in Tokyo, near Shinjuku Station, very convenient
- Sushi Tokyo Ten
Omakase japenese style restaurant. No need to order, the chef is preparing fresh sushi and japanese specialities based on fresh ingredients received the same day.
The quality, taste & quantity were perfect. We had pleasure to discover each dishes and flavours.
Highly recommended for a first time in Tokyo. Better to book a table as this restaurant is often fully booked.
- Budget: USD 70 / person
- Adresse : Japon, 〒151-0051 Tokyo, 渋谷区Sendagaya, ５−24−55
- Phone number : +81 3-6274-8540
- Seiko tempura in Asakusa,
Another typical & yummy restaurant
Genuine & tiny restaurant in Asakusa. Very tasty, made in front of your eyes by a passionate chef.
- Budget: I can’t remember, was reasonnable for the quality and experience
- Address: 1 Chome-14-8 Asakusa, Taitō, Tokyo 111-0032, Japon
- Tsukiji: Fish Market
Early morning explore the empty streets of the Tsukiji fish Market. Fresh & Yummy from the early morning selection, enjoy plenty of fishes, seashells & crustaceans.
Huge pieces of sushi, perfectly cut. The best I Ever tried
The thuna can be bought more than Eur 60,000.
Following the rules of the ancestral technique called « Ikejime ». This traditional method highlights the taste of the fish and its quality.
Ikejime, Is a method of slaughtering fish to maintain the quality of its meat. The technique originated in Japan. It involves the insertion of a spike quickly and directly introduce in their hindbrain, causing immediate brain death. This method is considered as the fastest and most human to kill fish.
3- Visites in Tokyo
Buddhist temple in Asakusa Area, it is the oldest temple of the capitale built for bodhisattva Kannon in 645 ap. J.-C.
- Address 2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taitō, Tokyo 111-0032, Japon
- entrance Fee: None
Try the destiny game 🙂
- Tokyo Skytree
- Streets around Shinjuku
- Ginza Quarter
Perfect for shopping and dinner,
On Saturday afternoon they close the street so we could chill and sit on the chair in the middle of the road.
- Kōkyo or Tokyo imperial Palace is the primary residence of the Japanese Emperor
- Shibuya Crossing
The famous Hachiko crossing, it looks quite small on my picture actually
- If you can avoid to arrive let at night at the airport, the taxis fee are around USD 100 to get to the city center. There are bus and trains during the day time.
- Enjoy the fish Market early morning.
- Tokyo a vast city, commuting takes time, you should focus on a specific part of Tokyo and be organize.