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Need Advice on Japan Trip

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Need Advice on Japan Trip

Hi everyone,

We'll be going to Japan for the 1st time this June (7-18th) & need some advice:

Arriving early morning at Narita Airport.

7-10: Tokyo (staying in Shinjuku, for convenience to Disney?)

10: Plan to visit Disneyland (can this be a day trip?)

11-13: Chiba

13-15: Mt Fuji area (any recommendation? scenic area etc)

15-17: Kyoto (is it convenient from Mt Fuji area to travel to Kyoto?)

17-18: Tokyo (to Haneda Airport)

Is this packing too much activities? We're a family of 2 adults, 2 kids (10 & 6.5 yrs old).

Thank you so much in advance :)

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1. Re: Need Advice on Japan Trip

(can this be a day trip?) Yes

11-13: Chiba. Chiba is usually not a popular tourist destination unless you plan to visit a convention at Makuhari Messes.

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2. Re: Need Advice on Japan Trip

hi Nao,

Thank you for the reply :)

Chiba: we got an offer from my sister in law's parents who owns a countryside house there. So, we were thinking of staying there for 2 nights, & just explore the neighbourhood.

I'm just wondering, if it's a bit out of the way:

Tokyo(shinjuku) --> Disney--> Tokyo--> Chiba, then heading out to Mt Fuji area.

:)

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3. Re: Need Advice on Japan Trip

The Chiba Prefecture is less visited by foreign visitors but it does have some worthwhile destinations. Take a look at the following for some suggestions.

tripadvisor.ca/…30791915

Of all the places I think Mother Farm is specially suitable for a family outing. Children would have a great time being able to have close encounter with animals and all sorts of hands-on farm experiences including fruit u-pick. And during summer times one would have the bonus of beautiful flower fields all around.

For Mt Fuji, if climbing is not your goal consider going to the Fuji Five Lakes area and by staying overnight there you may get lucky and wake up with a magnificent view of the sacred mt. during dawn. Kawaguchi-ko is a convenient base as it has direct bus link with Shinjuku.

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4. Re: Need Advice on Japan Trip

hi William,

Thank you! I'll check out Mother Farm :D

I heard June is typically the rainy season? Will it rain non stop for a few days on end, or it's just intermittent rain?

Mt Fuji: Yes, climbing is not our goal, just want to see it, & be in the countryside, to get away from the busy city & crowds.

btw, is a day trip to Fuji area do-able?

How abt Kyoto? A day trip possible? Or should we stay in Kyoto for at least 2 nights to enjoy it?

Thank you!

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5. Re: Need Advice on Japan Trip

Indeed June is the rainy season in Japan. I couldn’t comment on it as we avoid travelling to Japan during that period. Hopefully some locals can give you a better analysis.

On a tight schedule people do go to Kawaguchi-ko and do a round trip on the Retrobus taking in a couple of sites and then returning to Tokyo on the same day for a been there experience in the Mt Fuji area. But the region has more to offer and really deserves at least a 1 night stay (if not 2) for a more relaxed exploration.

As for Kyoto, it should be on the very top of the list for any visit to Japan and it and its surrounding area can take weeks for an in-depth exploration. So do plan on staying in Kyoto. The other alternative is to stay in Osaka which is a short train ride from Kyoto and you can commute between the 2 cities each day like the locals do. In that sense you will be doing “day trips” to Kyoto but even then plan on at least 2-3 full days if not more.

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6. Re: Need Advice on Japan Trip

William, thank you so much for your invaluable advice!

As, it's our first trip, we have no idea what to expect from each place.

Both my sisters in laws are Japanese, with one whose parents are residing in Chiba, & the other in Osaka, while my brother is residing in Tokyo. hehe..

So, hearing this, perhaps we really should make the trip to Kyoto & visit them in Osaka as well. As, initially we thought if it's too far, & ends up too costly a trip for us. :)

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7. Re: Need Advice on Japan Trip

It’s always the case – so much to see yet so little time!

Hate not mentioning it but you are just in time for a taste of a popular Japanese festive event – the Yokohama port festival which will be held this year from June 8-9 with spectacular evening firework. Full schedule is still pending so keep monitoring the following website for update information if you decide to go.

http://www.kaikosai.com/

Yokohama is another worthwhile side trip from Tokyo and children will love the following places

Cup Noodles Museum

www.cupnoodles-museum.jp/english/index.html

Hara Model Railway Museum

http://www.hara-mrm.com/english/index.html

Anpanman Children’s Museum

http://www.yokohama-anpanman.jp/main.html

Hakkeijima Sea Paradise

http://www.seaparadise.co.jp/english/

Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum

http://www.raumen.co.jp/ramen/

Tin Toy Museum/Toys Club

http://www.toysclub.co.jp/shop/toysclub.html

Yokohama Doll Museum

http://yokohama-doll-museum.com/english.html

Cat Cafe

http://nekocafe-leon.com/

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