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Old 13-03-2017, 12:13 AM   #1
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Tokyo-Osaka-Kyoto Itinerary Advice

Hi everyone, I just briefly done up my itinerary. Need some advice to check whether the itinerary need any further adjustments. Main purpose of the trip is to catch cherry blossom plus sighting seeing. I have been to Tokyo once but not Osaka & Kyoto. Accommodation & flight has been booked. May need some lunch/dinner suggestions for Kyoto. Therefore, need you guys to help advice whether the itinerary below makes sense:


26th March
- Reached Tokyo 6am. Check in to Shinjuku Airbnb straight.
- Shinjuku/Shibuya
- Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatories (night/optional)
- Omoide Yokocho (Memory Lane) 'Piss Alley' (not sure if worth going)


27th Marc
- Disneysea (whole day)


28th March
- Tsukiji Fish Market (for bf only. not catching tuna auction)
- Ueno Park (See cherry blossom)
- Ameya-Yokocho Market
- Asakusa (Lunch & shopping)
- Tokyo station (Dinner & Walk around)


29th March
- Leave for Osaka by shinkansen early morning
- Drop luggage at Airbnb 1pm (Stay near Namba)
- Grab quick lunch at Luke's lobster (Shinsaibashi)
- Shitenno-ji Temple
- Osaka Castle & Nishinomaru Garden
- Kema Sakuranomiya Park (See cherry blossom if have time)
- Namba-Dotonbori-Shinsaibashi (rest of evening)
- Umeda Sky building (optional)


30th March
- Universal Studio
- Namba-Dotonbori-Shinsaibashi (Evening)


31th March
- Leave for Kyoto
- Drop luggage at Airbnb 10am (Stay near Sai-in station)
- Nishiki Market/Shijo Dori
- Nara Park (See deer)
- Todai-ji Temple
- Himeji Castle (Not sure if feasible to put on this day)
- Dinner At Gion/Pontocho alley (Any recommendation???)


1st April
- Philosopher’s Path (See cherry blossom)
- Nanzenji Temple
- Maruyama Park
- Higashiyama Streets
- Kiyomizudera
- Nijo Castle (Take pic only. read there is night illumination starting 6pm)
- Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
- Dinner At Gion/Pontocho alley (Any recommendation???)


*** Not sure of it's too packed on this day. If so, which place/day can I shift to?

2nd April
- Arashiyama (trying to reach by 9am)-->- Sagano Scenic Railway (worth to take?)
- Tenryu-ji Temple
- Togetsukyo Bridge
- Bamboo groves
- Okochi-Sanso Villa
- Fushimi Inari Shrine (probably late afternoon)
- Any dinner/lunch suggestion for this day?


3rd April
- Leave for Tokyo by shinkansen
- check in to Keikyu EX Inn Shinagawa Ekimae Hotel
- Meguro River (See Cherry blossom)
- Yokohama (Chinatown & Minato Mirai 21)


4rd April
- F&E Shinjuku/Shibuya (Morning)
- Leave hotel 2pm catch 6pm flight back to sg


*ps: given the above itinerary, is there any special pass that I need to buy for traveling around osaka and kyoto region? So far I only bought the 7days jr pass which I plan to activate on the 29th March

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Old 13-03-2017, 12:26 AM   #2
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Hi everyone, I just briefly done up my itinerary. Need some advice to check whether the itinerary need any further adjustments. Main purpose of the trip is to catch cherry blossom plus sighting seeing. I have been to Tokyo once but not Osaka & Kyoto. Accommodation & flight has been booked. May need some lunch/dinner suggestions for Kyoto. Therefore, need you guys to help advice whether the itinerary below makes sense:


26th March
- Reached Tokyo 6am. Check in to Shinjuku Airbnb straight.
- Shinjuku/Shibuya
- Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatories (night/optional)
- Omoide Yokocho (Memory Lane) 'Piss Alley' (not sure if worth going)


27th Marc
- Disneysea (whole day)


28th March
- Tsukiji Fish Market (for bf only. not catching tuna auction)
- Ueno Park (See cherry blossom)
- Ameya-Yokocho Market
- Asakusa (Lunch & shopping)
- Tokyo station (Dinner & Walk around)


29th March
- Leave for Osaka by shinkansen early morning
- Drop luggage at Airbnb 1pm (Stay near Namba)
- Grab quick lunch at Luke's lobster (Shinsaibashi)
- Shitenno-ji Temple
- Osaka Castle & Nishinomaru Garden
- Kema Sakuranomiya Park (See cherry blossom if have time)
- Namba-Dotonbori-Shinsaibashi (rest of evening)
- Umeda Sky building (optional)


30th March
- Universal Studio
- Namba-Dotonbori-Shinsaibashi (Evening)


31th March
- Leave for Kyoto
- Drop luggage at Airbnb 10am (Stay near Sai-in station)
- Nishiki Market/Shijo Dori
- Nara Park (See deer)
- Todai-ji Temple
- Himeji Castle (Not sure if feasible to put on this day)
- Dinner At Gion/Pontocho alley (Any recommendation???)


1st April
- Philosopher’s Path (See cherry blossom)
- Nanzenji Temple
- Maruyama Park
- Higashiyama Streets
- Kiyomizudera
- Nijo Castle (Take pic only. read there is night illumination starting 6pm)
- Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
- Dinner At Gion/Pontocho alley (Any recommendation???)


*** Not sure of it's too packed on this day. If so, which place/day can I shift to?

2nd April
- Arashiyama (trying to reach by 9am)-->- Sagano Scenic Railway (worth to take?)
- Tenryu-ji Temple
- Togetsukyo Bridge
- Bamboo groves
- Okochi-Sanso Villa
- Fushimi Inari Shrine (probably late afternoon)
- Any dinner/lunch suggestion for this day?


3rd April
- Leave for Tokyo by shinkansen
- check in to Keikyu EX Inn Shinagawa Ekimae Hotel
- Meguro River (See Cherry blossom)
- Yokohama (Chinatown & Minato Mirai 21)


4rd April
- F&E Shinjuku/Shibuya (Morning)
- Leave hotel 2pm catch 6pm flight back to sg
Himeji seem too ambitious.
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26th March
- Omoide Yokocho (Memory Lane) 'Piss Alley' (not sure if worth going)

28th March
- Tsukiji Fish Market (for bf only. not catching tuna auction)

31th March
- Leave for Kyoto
- Drop luggage at Airbnb 10am (Stay near Sai-in station)
- Nishiki Market/Shijo Dori
- Nara Park (See deer)
- Todai-ji Temple
- Himeji Castle (Not sure if feasible to put on this day)
- Dinner At Gion/Pontocho alley (Any recommendation???)
26th mar omoide yokocho is nothing special or worth purposely visiting. It's just a collection of small eateries so I'd only go if I was already in the area and needed dinner anyway.

28th mar if you're not planning to at least wander the inner/outer markets for a while then IMO don't even bother going to tsukiji. "having breakfast there" is overrated; plenty of better sushi places or other eateries elsewhere.

31st mar impossibly packed. nara itself can take up an entire day.
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Old 13-03-2017, 02:29 AM   #4
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Cpuer & Deodorant,

If I take out himeji castle on the 31st Mar,does the itinerary for the rest of the day looks ok? If not, should I shift certain activities from other day to replace the Himeji part to spread out the activities?

As for the tsukiji mkt, yes I have plan to explore the inner/outer mkt for a while after bf. I remember there was some nice street food and some snacks which I may want to buy back as gifts

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Will you feel bad if you don go Yokohama Chinatown? Go Kamakura/Enoshima during day time and end your evening at MinatoMirai area to take the Cosmo ferris wheel, if you still have any strength left.
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Can consider this for 29th March.

- Leave for himeji by shinkansen early morning, store luggage at train station locker
- Himeji Castle & Kokoen Garden
- Leave for Osaka by shinkansen afternoon
- Drop luggage at Airbnb (Stay near Namba)
- Kema Sakuranomiya Park (See cherry blossom if have time)
- Namba-Dotonbori-Shinsaibashi (rest of evening)
- Umeda Sky building (optional)

I would visit original castle (Himeji Castle) than reconstructed castle (Osaka Castle).
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2nd April
- Arashiyama (trying to reach by 9am)-->- Sagano Scenic Railway (worth to take?)

There are certain departure timing for it, imo skip it since the period you going not autumn, and you have to make return trip to visit the rest places of interest.
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Ya, the scenic route is nicer during autumn..

I took jr to Umahori then start from Kameoka to arashiyama
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Will you feel bad if you don go Yokohama Chinatown? Go Kamakura/Enoshima during day time and end your evening at MinatoMirai area to take the Cosmo ferris wheel, if you still have any strength left.
Hmm... just thought of dropping by Chinatown to check it out only since didn't manage to go on my last trip. But your suggestion above on kamakura/enoshima and evening at Minato Mirai looks like something I could explore. Will go read up more on these places and consider for my itinerary. Thanks for the suggestion
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Can consider this for 29th March.

- Leave for himeji by shinkansen early morning, store luggage at train station locker
- Himeji Castle & Kokoen Garden
- Leave for Osaka by shinkansen afternoon
- Drop luggage at Airbnb (Stay near Namba)
- Kema Sakuranomiya Park (See cherry blossom if have time)
- Namba-Dotonbori-Shinsaibashi (rest of evening)
- Umeda Sky building (optional)

I would visit original castle (Himeji Castle) than reconstructed castle (Osaka Castle).

So your suggestion is to give osaka castle a miss and go for himeji castle only? Will there be issue with luggage storage at train station since I am going during peak season and my luggage is 28 inch. Worried that I may not be able to find empty lockers to put my luggage even if I leave in the morning. Unless they have those luggage service counter at train station.
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Old 13-03-2017, 08:02 PM   #11
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For your consideration.

coin lockers in Himeji Station:
http://locker1.exblog.jp/20279097/
http://locker1.exblog.jp/20277906/

Himeji Station layout map:
http://www.jr-odekake.net/eki/img/premises/0610619.pdf

http://josephrwinter.blogspot.sg/201...i-castles.html

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Osaka and shin-osaka station have luggage storage shop but they don't open till 8.30am i think.

Yokohama Chinatown can skip, not worth the time and trouble.
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Wow Bro! You have the exact same travel route as I originally planned mine. But I didn't have a firm itinerary. Can you share the airbnb link so I can use your itinerary. Thanks man!
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Hmm... just thought of dropping by Chinatown to check it out only since didn't manage to go on my last trip. But your suggestion above on kamakura/enoshima and evening at Minato Mirai looks like something I could explore. Will go read up more on these places and consider for my itinerary. Thanks for the suggestion
Unless u are on a mission to visit every Chinatown in the world, I think, I strongly think you wont miss much by skipping Chinatown(s)
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I strongly recommend Kamakura in the morning. Have lunch there and head to Yokohama Minato Mirai area. There's cup noodles museum if you are interested. If you want to visit Cosmo World, take note of their operating hours. They close on one of the weekdays.

I am not sure how many of you are travelling but the general rule is for popular eateries, do prepare to queue or visit 1-2hrs earlier. Luke Lobster is generally very crowded, even at 3pm! Famous ramen places are also very packed even outside meal times. So if you prefer to sightsee, do prioritize on that or else you might waste valuable time waiting and queuing.
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