Home >> Japan Travel >> Itinerary for a short Tokyo Getaway (June 2007)

In June 2007, I went for a short 5-days getaway to Tokyo.  This was my itinerary:

Day 1: Asakusa, Akasaka, Shibuya, Harajuku -> Click here for details

  • Asakusa Kannon Temple

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    Hie Shrine (Akasaka Mitsuke)

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    Shibuya Station

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    Shibuya 109

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    Harajuku Station

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    Snoopy Town (Harajuku)

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    Takeshita Dori (Harajuku)

Day 2: Tsukiji Market, Tokyo Disneysea -> Click here for details

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    Tsukiji Market

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    Tokyo Disneysea

Day 3: Imperial Palace, Anime/Manga Shopping, Tokyo Dome, Tokyo Tower -> Click here for details

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    Imperial Palace

    pokemon centre

    Pokemon Centre

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    Jump Shop (Tokyo Dome)

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    Tokyo Dome

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    Tokyo Tower

Day 4: Akihabara, Tokyo Bay Cruise, Odaiba -> Click here for details

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    Tokyo Bay Cruise

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    Aqua City (Odaiba)

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    Palette Town (Odaiba)

Day 5: Flight home

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Supposed to be a stay-home mom, but hates staying home. Definition of parenting is bringing the boys out for 'experiential learning' in Singapore, Japan and wherever else in the world her husband can afford to pay for.


  1. This is fabulous thank you! We are travelling to Japan with the family (for the 2nd time) in December and looking for some different activities. Reading in more detail and I will let you know our experiences. Lovely to find your great blog. xxx

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Have a lovely time in Japan! I will be going Japan again in December too! Really looking forward to it, despite the fact that I have been there more than 10 times. There is still so much I have yet to explore.

  2. WL says:


    We are going to Tokyo during March holidays with 2 sets of parents (still relatively ok to walk), 3 kids (6yo x 2, 22 months) and SIL

    I have been to Tokyo n Fuji many years ago. We have visited other parts of Japan (Hokkaido, Kyoto/osaka/kansai region, Kyushu, Okinawa) but never with parents, usually by ourselves or with another family. We have also done 3 times self drive in Hokkaido, kyushu and Okinawa although we don’t speak much Japanese. (Thanks for ur blog which we based our Okinawa trip on!)

    Based on the above context, I would like to ask for ur advise for our 6 days Tokyo trip :

    1. We are thinking of doing a self drive from narita to Fuji on the day we touch down at 8/9am, instead of going to shinjuku/odawara due to our many bags and people. But I read that u advised against it…. May I understand why?

    2. would it be advisable to stay 2 nights in Kawaguchiko instead of hakone? We plan to visit the Fuji safari but haven’t planned what other sightseeing to do.

    3. Is the premium outlet on the way back from Fuji to Tokyo? Would u recommend it?

    4. Thereafter we plan to return the car upon coming back to Tokyo on day 3, and that leaves us about 3 days for Tokyo. What sights are a must see for first timers in Tokyo based on ur 5 days itinerary above? I’m kind of worried about the transport system. I know we can definitely manage if it’s just us n the kids. But now with such a big group…. Do u have any advise?

    Wonder if we are still able to eat at the small eateries 🙁

    Thanks so much in advance for your help, I hope won’t take up too much of your time.

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Wow.. that’s quite an entourage you’ve got there. :p

      1. Regarding why I generally recommend going to Tokyo first before heading out to Mount Fuji area:

      a) If you pick up the car from Narita and later return it to Tokyo, there will be a drop off fee. And generally one-way rentals like these are more expensive that round-trip rentals from a single outlet. If you go Tokyo first, you can pick up and drop off the car at the same outlet in Tokyo.

      b) Your luggage. If you have a lot of luggage, you may not be able to fit into 2 cars. If you go to Tokyo first, you can repack your luggage and only bring a small bag for the side-trip to Mount Fuji and leave all the large luggage cases in Tokyo. (Check that your Tokyo hotel has luggage holding service.) With less luggage, you can probably fit comfortably into 2 cars.

      2. If you self-drive from Tokyo, yes you can spend 2 nights at Kawaguchiko. Hakone is better for people using public transport because it is well connected to Tokyo by rail whereas Kawaguchiko is a pain to get to by rail. But with a car, it makes no difference whether you decide to stay Kawaguchiko or Hakone.

      3. It depends on how much you all enjoy shopping? I am more of a sightseeing person than a shopping person, so I don’t usually like to spend too much time at outlet malls, especially at scenic areas such as Mount Fuji area. Anyway Gotemba Premium Outlet is not along the way from Kawaguchiko to Tokyo.

      4. With the number of people you have, I would say to plan for less. Maybe just plan to visit one place a day and minimise transfers on the trains. Only take the trains during non-peak hours. For e.g. if I have 3 days, I would do 1 day Asakusa + Sky Tree, 1 day Odaiba, 1 day Disney or Ueno.

      Eateries is the last thing you need to worry about in Tokyo. If one is too small for your group, just go to the next one. There are eateries everywhere and they are almost always good.

  3. Millicent says:

    Hi, thank u so much for sharing so much with us! You are a super traveler and a super mom! I can’t even handle my luggage and u can handle kids and luggages 🙂

    I was just in Tokyo for 2 weeks last year and now another opportunity has risen for me to visit Tokyo for another 1 week end June later this year. In July continuing from the end June week, I have another week to go anywhere from Tokyo. Having been able to spend so much time in Tokyo I a foodie, want to visit somewhere that is nice with good food, no rush . Do you know of any nice places worth me staying there for a week? I have been to Kyoto, Osaka Etc. Was originally going to fly to Hokkaido for a week but am thinking twice because it’s seems like fly and train and city hopping everyday could be too much for a 7 day trip.

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Oh, if I were you I would definitely go to Hokkaido. July is the best time to go Hokkaido! The flower fields would be blooming, melons and cherries will be in season and summer is the best time for seafood such as uni! If I had a week, I would spend 3 nights in Sapporo and 3 nights in Furano.

  4. Vanessa says:

    Dear BumblebeeMum,
    Enjoyed reading your post, a lot of useful tips shared!
    We are planning a 6D5N trip to Narita-Kyoto&Osaka-Tokyo-Narita in October, and we wish to cover Hakone as well. Our group size is 4 adults and 2 children (6 &4 y/o). Is it advisable to do the traveling using hired car if we look into cost-effectiveness and time taken?
    Best regards,

    • bumblebeemum says:

      6D 5N sounds like too little time to cover Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Hakone. With that time, I would only do a Tokyo + Hakone / Mount Fuji trip. For Hakone / Mount Fuji, a rental car will be more cost effective compared to train. You do not need a car for Tokyo.

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