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Anyone been on holiday to Tokyo?

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FelicityFoxworth Tue 07-Aug-18 08:36:30

And if so, did you love it? Must sees? Where to stay?

We are considering it next year for ten days. Would want to stay in a really nice hotel. Fairly central to loads of stuff I suppose but not directly in the middle of all the action!

Thoughts on it as a holiday with a 12 year old boy? He's obsessed with all things Japanese is some decent shopping would be good too.


sonjadog Tue 07-Aug-18 08:57:06

I've been to Tokyo. Tbh, it was nice for a few days and then I´d had enough. I went to Kyoto as well, which I preferred and recommend. Tokyo is very busy, crowded. There is a lot of technological stuff to do and shop for, but apart from that I found it limited. If you are going for ten days, I would maybe do 5 days Tokyo, 5 days Kyoto, unless you really are shopping and technology enthusiasts who love crowded cities.

Glitteryfrog Tue 07-Aug-18 09:12:05

We travelled around Japan for 10 days.
Ten days in Tokyo might be a bit much, the bullet trains are brilliant and you can travel about really easily. Japanese culture is respectful and lovely.
I want to go back.

amusedbush Tue 07-Aug-18 09:19:27

Following as we are going next year. Two weeks - Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Nara. I've wanted to go since I was a teenager and I'm beside myself with excitement!

birdladyfromhomealone Tue 07-Aug-18 09:58:24

We went at Xmas in the snow it was lovely. went to Disney for the day. Dont miss out on the bullet train

EnormousDormouse Tue 07-Aug-18 10:15:42

Loved it. I agree with the other posters who say tour around. Bullet trains are great (DP especially liked smoking at 200mph in the little smoking pod bits!)

Kyoto was stunning (we hit cherry blossom time). We also went to Fuji, Takayama, Hiroshima.
We stayed at some traditional ryokans but at Toyoko Inns (mid range business hotel brand) which was recommended as a good budget choice.
In Tokyo we stayed in Ueno which seems to be an ideal location, and v easy to pop in to see the pandas at Ueno zoo.

serbska Tue 07-Aug-18 10:18:20


Was the absolute best holiday ever. Loved it so much more than I thought I would.

Basically got the lonely planet Tokyo guide and picked lot of areas out of there to check out.

LuckyTwiglet Tue 07-Aug-18 10:26:14

YES!!!!! My all time favourite holiday and one I hope to repeat sometime over the next couple of years. Do it, you will not regret. When I went I stayed in Tokyo and surroundings for ten days and there was more than enough to do. There are plenty of day trips you can do within Tokyo and surroundings and so many areas in Tokyo to experience. If your son is really interested in Japanese pop culture then no need to rush through the tourist itinerary and tick off loads of cities / locations in my opinion.

cakesonatrain Tue 07-Aug-18 10:27:04

Our honeymoon was 10 days in Tokyo, and it wasn't long enough! We stayed in Shinjuku, near the station. Was fantastic.
Some stuff we did:
Tokyo tower, sushi breakfast at the fish market, drinks at the Park Hyatt (hotel in Lost in Translation), Ghibli museum, checking out the shops in Harajuku, the Imperial Palace, the temple in Asakusa, the museum in Ueno park, the Meiji shrine, Mori art centre in Roppongi, and loads of wandering around and eating an awful lot of delicious food.

FelicityFoxworth Tue 07-Aug-18 10:47:12

Wow all sounds great,

I want to visit these places but I think I want to stay in one place and not change hotel.. would rather travel out a bit. I do t particularly love busy cities but as a base, it might work?

Oh I love the idea of going during cherry blossom season

We'd dismissed it as my husband said he reckoned it'd be around 8k for the three of us but I had a quick look and I think less than half that in a really nice hotel. We could stretch to maybe 3k spending money - IF we start planning now. Is that enough to do all we might want to?

FelicityFoxworth Tue 07-Aug-18 10:48:33

Loved Lost In Translation! Might re watch

NotBuiltForThisWorld Tue 07-Aug-18 10:52:42

I went a decade or so ago. There's a brilliant travel company in Bristol who help put things together. We did Tokyo, Kyoto and one of the islands with a hire car. We had a guide on the first day which was invaluable as NOTHING is in English and no one spoke English and the signs are not easy to decipher. Remember the phrase "yaki soba" and you won't starve even when faced with incomprehensible menu. It means "stir fry". Some restaurants have plastic models of food but no he if it'll be hot from the oven or cold from the fridge. Yodabashi was an amazing tech store and Jangara Ramen a brill ramen chain.

FelicityFoxworth Tue 07-Aug-18 11:01:30

Ah I do like yasai Yaki soba!

How would I fare as a vegetarian in japan?

cakesonatrain Tue 07-Aug-18 11:12:10

Vegetarian food is easy to come by.
I had forgotten about the plastic models of food! Some of them are stunning.
There's a delicious pancake dish you get to cook for yourself - you choose your fillings and they bring it to you and you cook it on a hotplate. We had it twice in a little sitting-on-the-floor place in Asakusa.
And shabu shabu for the meat eaters, where you get a pan of water on a hotplate and cook your own meat, veggies and noodles.
Ah, we would go back tomorrow, just for the food. And the lovely friendly people who see you puzzling over a map and offer help. And the fact that we saw one piece of litter on the ground, once!

thornyhousewife Tue 07-Aug-18 11:16:51

If you can wait till 2020 then the studio Ghibli theme park will be open, but it will also be the Olympics..

FelicityFoxworth Tue 07-Aug-18 11:40:32

Ooh that's sounds delicious cakesonatrain

bionicnemonic Tue 07-Aug-18 13:05:15

Hijacked thread alert! I hope you don’t mind! Are people going on escorted trips (I’ve never done that and assume a company plans it do you know your itinerary?) or planning it themselves? I’m not very good with that kind of thing! Is there a company you could recommend that will help but doesn’t charge a huge amount?! Thank you

cakesonatrain Tue 07-Aug-18 13:11:12

Okonomiyaki is the pancake thingy.

We just had guide books and wandered/took the train wherever we fancied.

amusedbush Tue 07-Aug-18 13:24:40


We are doing it ourselves. Return flights to Tokyo, get a JR Pass and use the bullet trains to travel around to different cities. Back to Disneyland in Tokyo for the last couple of nights and fly home.

parklives Tue 07-Aug-18 13:38:32

Amazing place, truly an experience.
Just factor in jet lag and make sure you go when the whether is pleasant (spring/autumn).

sonjadog Tue 07-Aug-18 13:46:59

You can do it yourself. It´s easy to get around. If I remember correctly, the rail pass needs to be bought before you get there. Or maybe it was much cheaper, so something like that.

BerylThePeril44 Tue 07-Aug-18 14:00:50

We've just booked for next Spring. Very excited. 11 nights. Booked 5 in Tokyo so far. Not entirely sure what to do next. Kyoto?

EnormousDormouse Tue 07-Aug-18 15:51:10

We organised ourselves through I think a company called Japan Experience was recommended by some. I think we got the JR pass through them, and we paid them a few pounds to have access to a 24 hour English speaking helpline. This was v useful when we found ourselves at a random station halfway to Fuji with no English signage grin

EnormousDormouse Tue 07-Aug-18 15:52:11

'we organised it ourselves THOUGH a company called Japan Experience was recommended...'

Storm4star Tue 07-Aug-18 16:45:43

I personally didn’t like Kyoto. Yes it was nice to see the famous sites but it was overly crowded and way too “touristy” for me. I preferred places like Nagano and Hakone as side trips.

Don’t worry about language OP, all the train announcements are in English, most restaurants have English menus etc. I’ve been 7 times so Have covered a fair few places.

Take your DS to Akihabara, he will love it! That’s where all the gaming and manga/anime stuff is. Sky tree is nice. Mount Takao is a nice day trip. Kawagoe for “old Japan”. Odaiba is a man made island, fun to visit and take the train over the rainbow bridge. Nagano has an amazing monkey park. Hakone for hot springs. Ueno park and zoo. Boat trip on the river. Trip to Fuji. Kamakura. Edo Tokyo museum. The list is endless. Honestly I spend a month at a time in Tokyo and with some side day trips I never run out of things to do. I don’t get people who say they’ve “done” Tokyo in 5 days.

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