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In two weeks around Japan by train

Published: Aug, 2020 | Travel Date: May - Jun 2019

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Safe, clean, fast - that's train travel in Japan. For a total of two weeks we explored the country with backpack and train. And we were thrilled: In Japan you can find everything - beautiful natural landscapes for hiking, pulsating big cities, an interesting and extraordinary culture, incredibly friendly people and also a few crazies and curiosities - at least for us Europeans. A visit to Japan is worthwhile for everyone! It's best to buy a Suica card right at the start, because you can use this rechargeable money card to travel by train, subway and bus in Japan. If you also want to take the train more often, you should definitely buy the Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass) from your home country. der-japan-rail-pass.de The train connections can be found on the following page: hyperdia.com

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  • General Information

    To get an overview of Tokyo at the beginning, you can use the Hop on Hop off Bus for one day. So you can get through the whole city, get on and off whenever you want and get an initial orientation.

    Accommodation

    Agora Place Asakusa, 2 Chome, 2-9, Kotobuki

    Very nice and clean hotel. In general, you should book hotels as early as possible, otherwise the prices can get very high.

    Activities and Sights

      Sensoji Temple old five-story pagoda mark, 2 Chome, 3, Asakusa
      Sensoji Temple old five-story pagoda mark, 2 Chome, 3, Asakusa

      Beautiful temple complex. From 9 am to 6 pm there is a market in front of it with many souvenir and food stalls.


      Tokyo Tower, 4 Chome, 2-8, Shibakoen
      Tokyo Tower, 4 Chome, 2-8, Shibakoen

      We didn't find the Skytree that special and didn't go up there either


      Tsukiji Hongan-ji, 3 Chome, 15-1, Tsukiji
      Tsukiji Hongan-ji, 3 Chome, 15-1, Tsukiji


      Tokio: Hop on Hop off Bus Tokyo
      Hop on Hop off Bus Tokyo

      Tickets for the Hop on Hop off bus can be easily booked using the Getyourguide app.


      Zojoji Temple
      Zojoji Temple

      There are large numbers of Jizu statues on the site: small, colorfully decorated stone dolls that can also be found in many other temples in Japan. Most Jizo statues can be found in cemeteries.


      Akihabara Japan Shop, 1 Chome, 21-11, Central
      Akihabara Japan Shop, 1 Chome, 21-11, Central

      It is best to go there in the evening so that you can experience the area with all its lights.


      Ueno Park, 8, Uenokōen, Taito City
      Ueno Park, 8, Uenokōen, Taito City

      When we were there there was a bonsai exhibition.


      Tokyo Imperial Palace, 1-1, Chiyoda, Chiyoda City
      Tokyo Imperial Palace, 1-1, Chiyoda, Chiyoda City

      Unfortunately, the palace can only be viewed from a great distance. Access to the park was blocked.


      Shibuya Crossing, 2 Chome, 2-1, Dogenzaka
      Shibuya Crossing, 2 Chome, 2-1, Dogenzaka

      Shibuya Crossing is a world famous landmark of Tokyo. When it is green, pedestrians flow in all directions - even diagonally - across the street, allegedly up to 15,000 per green phase at peak times. The best view from above is either from the Starbucks window or, even better, from the roof terrace of the "Magnet by Shibuya109" shopping center, which can be found on google maps under the name "Crossing Photo".


      Tokyo Sky Tree, 1 Chome, 1-2, Oshiage
      Tokyo Sky Tree, 1 Chome, 1-2, Oshiage

      We only drove by here on the Hop on Hop off bus


      Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, 2 Chome, 8-1, Nishishinjuku
      Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, 2 Chome, 8-1, Nishishinjuku

      In the Rauthaus there is a free viewing platform with a great view over the city. How to get there: The subway station (Tochōmae Station; accessible with the Ōedo Line) is about 5 minutes walk away. Opening times: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., last entry 30 minutes before closing


      Tokio: Tokyo on foot
      Tokyo on foot

      Simply explore the city on foot every now and then and of course try out various delicacies such as the sushi travel corners from the Family Market or 7 Eleven. (There is also a cheap and delicious coffee here)

    Transportation to next station

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SUMMARY

The two weeks in Japan were a great experience! Of course the trip was exhausting, but we really saw a lot. The culture and the people in Japan are very special and we will certainly travel to Japan again.

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