Tuesday, April 18, 2023

[7D6N Tokyo Itinerary] Cherry Blossom and Mount Fuji

If visiting Japan at the peak of cherry blossom season is on your bucketlist then this is the post for you! 

Prior to Covid, I had an ambitious weekend itinerary planned to fly in and fly out of Tokyo to see their sakura season at its peak. Then of course lockdown happened and that plan was put on hold until 2023. Revenge travel applied here as I picked up on my original plan to travel during cherry blossom season and extended it to include Mount Fuji spotting as well.

Here's my 7D6N itinerary rundown: 

Day 1 - Getting to Tokyo

230pm - departure from KLIA2 onboard Airasia X
1030pm - arrival at Haneda International Airport (Terminal 3).
1130pm - Airport transfer to accommodation in Shinjuku
1230am - Checked in
Accommodation: Book and Bed Shinjuku

Day 2 - Gotokuji temple, Gyukatsu and Nakano Sakura street

8am - Gotokuji temple
10am - back to Shinjuku station to collect Fujikyu train tickets
11am - Gyukatsu Motomura for lunch
12pm - Nakano-dori Street (2km of sakura trees)
2pm - Nakano Broadway 
3pm - Back to hostel for dessert and coffee
5pm - Omoide Yokocho street (photography)
530pm - Tokyo Plaza Harajuku
630pm - Dominica Sapporo Soup Curry for dinner
730pm - Shopping at Don Quijote Shinjuku
8pm - back to hostel to rest and pack for Fujiyoshida

Accommodation: Book and Bed Shinjuku

Day 3 - Fujiyoshida 

630am - Check out
7am - Buy onigiri from bento shop at station 
730am - board train from Shinjuku JR Station
910am - disembark at Shimoyoshida station 
930am - leave backpack at hostel 
945am - breakfast at Fabcafe Fuji 
1145am - explore Fujiyoshida 
12pm - Fujisan Simomiya Omuro Sengen Jinja and Nyoraiji Temple
2pm - Check into hostel
5pm - Explore Fujiyoshida
6pm - Buy dinner from 7-Eleven 
7pm - Back to hostel for dinner and rest 
*due to the persistent rain, I was unable to see and do much 

Accommodation: Hostel Saruya

Day 4 - Chureito Pagoda, Oshino Hakkai 

7am - photograph the famous Fujiyoshida street (no Mount Fuji)
8am - Head up to Chureito Pagoda
9am - breakfast at Fabcafe Fuji
10am - chill in hostel (raining again) 
12pm - lunch at Fujisan station
1pm - Head to Oshino Hakkai by bus
130pm - Arrive in Oshino Hakkai 
3pm - Head back to Fujiyoshida by bus
330pm - rest and relax in hostel
5pm - more exploring of Fujiyoshida
6pm - Chureito Pagoda round 2
7pm - dinner in hostel and rest

Accommodation: Hostel Saruya

Day 5 - Mount Fuji and Sakura spotting, Shibuya Sky

6am - Fujiyoshida street to photograph Mount Fuji
7am - Head up to Chureito Pagoda
8am - Gekkouji station
9am - Check out of Hostel Saruya 
955am - Board bus back to Tokyo 
1pm - Disembark at Shibuya Mark City
2pm - Check in at Shibuya Granbell Hotel 
3pm - Starbucks Shibuya Scramble
4pm - Shibuya Sky 
7pm - dinner at Suage Soup Curry
8pm - Meguro River for cherry blossom viewing
10pm - back to hotel

Accommodation: Shibuya Granbell Hotel

Day 6 - Nakameguro Starbucks and Teamlabs Planet

6am - Sakura-dori, Shibuya
7am - Nakameguro Starbucks Reserve Roastery 
9am - Don Quijote 
10am - Omnibus Coffee
12pm - Lunch and rest in hotel
230pm - Ginza exploration and Uniqlo Flagship
530pm - head to Odaiba 
6pm - Dinner at UZU vegan ramen
730pm - Teamlabs 
9pm - back to hotel 

Accommodation: Shibuya Granbell Hotel

Day 7 - Don Quijote and Chidorigafuchi Park

7am - Don Quijote shopping
9am - packing luggage in hotel
11am - check out, leave luggage at hotel 
12pm - lunch at Gyukatsu Kyoto Katsugyu Harajuku
1pm - Hokkaido Dosanko Plaza
2pm - Chidorigafuchi Park
4pm - tea break at Oiwake Dango Honpo Shinjuku
7pm - take limousine bus from Shibuya to Haneda
8pm - dinner at airport
11pm - depart from Japan 

As the objective of this trip was cherry blossom and mount fuji chasing, a lot of my plans revolved around getting to a location early to beat the crowd for photographs and to get some peace and quiet moments. But like always, itineraries are but a guide to show you the possibility of it. You can always tweak it to suit your own interest. 

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