Our (my son and I) last out of the country was 2014, when we visited Malaysia and Singapore and we renewed our passport in 2015. Year 2016 came and I was itching to travel.
Last March, I saw my husband’s passport and I told him, "Nasa page 13 ka na, sabay lang tayo nagparenew and wala pa kami stamp”. My passport is really waiting and screaming to be stamped. lol
My husband just laughed at me and because summer vacation was approaching he invited us to join his business trips. Of course, I will just choose one country because like I said, budget is very limited and we don’t want to break the bank.
I chose Japan because it is on my bucket list for a very long time. For some reasons, the trip was rescheduled. Original schedule was first week of April, then they changed it to last week of April and it was moved to last week of May. It was supposed to be an eight days trip, nabawasan pa ng one day because my husband needs to fly to Indonesia.
At some point, I was already losing hope because it was rescheduled for so many times and classes were soon to resume. We had visas and plane tickets and one week before our trip, muntikan na di matuloy. But thank God, everything fell into place.
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Few days before our trip, my husband messaged me na tuloy na trip namin. Yey, so while he was in Bangkok, I was busy packing our stuff and finishing our itinerary. This is it! Sharing with you our trip.
Seven Days in Tokyo, Japan
Day 1 Arrival to Tokyo Japan
We booked an early flight so we can enjoy Tokyo on our first day but it did not happen blame it on the schedule of Airport Limousine Bus. We were in Narita as early as 11:30AM and the next schedule of Airport Limousine Bus is 2:50PM. It was really a long wait but no complain because we were in Japan. I can’t believe na nasa Japan na kami. Hihihi!
Read: Trip to Tokyo Japan
We stayed in Keio Plaza Hotel Tama which has very strategic location because it is near train station, bus station, malls, restaurant, convenience store and of course Sanrio Puroland. Eveyrthing is just few minutes from the hotel.
We’re supposed to visit Shibuya but decided to explore Tama, Tokyo to familiarize ourselves.
Read: Keio Plaza Hotel Tama
Day 2 Sanrio Puroland
Sanrio Puroland is just 5 minutes away from our hotel so I included this in our itinerary. At first my son did not like the idea but when we got there, he already enjoyed it.
Read: Sanrio Puroland
Shibuya Crossing and Hachiko Statue
After our trip in Sanrio Puroland, off we went to Shibuya to witness the famous “Scramble” at Shibuya Crossing. And of course, trip in Shibuya is not complete without visiting Hachiko Statue, one of the the famous dogs in the world.
Read: Shibuya Crossing + Hachiko Statue
Day 3 Tama Zoological Park
My son loves to see different animals and he always watch Nat Geo Wild. 600 yen is the entrance fee and 12 years old below is FREE. The zoo is huge, clean and well maintained. You will notice that the animals are well taken cared of.
Read: Tama Zoological Park
Keio Rail-Land Museum
Just in front of Tama Zoological Park is Keio Rail-Land Museum. A unique theme park for train lovers. It is a nice museum where you can play trains for only 250 yen. There are activities with fee like the train diorama and train ride for 100 yen each.
Read: Keio Rail-Land Museum
Day 4 Takahata Fudoson Temple
Since I wanted to avoid train transfers, I replaced Kidzania Tokyo to Takahata Fudoson Temple. There is no entrance fee for this tourist spot so tipid.
Read: Takahata Fudoson Temple
Showa Kinen Park
We rode train again to Showa Kinen Park because I promised my son that we will ride a boat. So even our feet were aching and tired, we need to pedal our boat, yes my son chose pedal boat, ayaw niya mag row, row row your boat. Waah!
Read: Showa Kinen Park
IKEA is not in my itinerary because I really have no idea that there is an IKEA in Japan. I was so glad when I saw the building on our way to the park because I’ve been meaning to visit IKEA since I was a kid.
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Day 5 Tokyo DisneySea
As promised to my son, we will visit Tokyo DisneySea after my husband’s training. So even the travel time is more than two hours from the hotel and the price is steep, we still push with our plan. It is the most expensive theme park that I have visited in Asia. But like I said, if you have kids in tow, trip in Tokyo Japan is not complete without visiting DisneySea or Disneyland.
Read: Tokyo DisneySea
Day 6 Exploring Tama Area
Though we already have planned itinerary, I’m always open for changes. I’m not very strict that we need to do or follow my itinerary. My itinerary is just my guide because I want everything to be organized.
Since we’re getting old, we canceled our day 6 itinerary and decided to rest. Oh yes, we wanted to sleep and rest our aching feet and legs. I hate to admit, namatay isang kuko ko sa kakalakad so I need to invest in more comfortable shoes. Hehehe!
Read: Exploring Tama Area
We took this chance to buy pasalubong at the nearest grocery and paid a visit at The Daiso.
Read: Pasalubong from Japan
Day 7 Back to Manila
If only we can extend our trip but we have to say goodbye to Tokyo, Japan. We really had a good trip and according to my son, it is our best vacation ever. Hehehe! I’ve learned a lot in Japan and I still have one remaining post in my Japan series. I'll give you an idea what to expect if you will travel to Japan.
Read: Things I Have Learned in Japan
Don’t forget to buy Royce Chocolates in the airport.
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