14 October 2018 Tokyo, Japan

TOKYO TRAVEL GUIDE 东京之旅

TOKYO TRAVEL GUIDE 东京之旅

My third time in Tokyo, Japan and it is still one of my favourite city! I love the culture, delicious food, beautiful places and not to mention, shopping paradise! This post will be about things to do in Tokyo! At first, I thought to want to include the food/cuisine recommendations as well. But then, I realised my food recommendations are a lot! To fit in one post, that could be very lengthy. Moreover, I thought to want to make a video for it too. Thus, I guess I should just make it a separate post (since I need some time to edit the video as well).

Tokyo, Japan’s busy capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. I always stay here for 3-4 nights then I will travel to other places. Thank god for this time, I stay here for about one week, so I can explore more about this beautiful city.


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  • Tokyo One Piece Tower

Tokyo One Piece Tower is the only indoor theme park for the popular Japanese manga series, One Piece. It opened on March 13, 2015. inside Tokyo Tower. Since its opening, it has undergone a partial renovation and reopened on June 18, 2016.




It offers several games and attractions based on characters of the Straw Hat Crew from One Piece, entertainment shows, merchandise shops and restaurants, and seasonal events and campaigns.

The core concept is that the whole park is an island in the New World called Tongari Island, that the Straw Hat Crew landed on, and they created games and attractions for their fans with the Islanders. The island's leader is Tongari Den Den Mushi who frequently appears as the guide in some attractions and the website.



Tongari means "pointed" or "sharp" in Japanese and it refers to the shape of Tokyo Tower. In 2016, it ranked 7th in TripAdvisor 2016 Traveler's Choice Top 10 Amusement Park in the Japan region. Can't you believe it?


Don't forget to stop by at the store and purchase some merchandises as a souvenir. If you're a huge fan, you might love it a lot!


To be honest, I never watch One Piece anime before, not even an episode. However, my fiance is a huge fan of it and I'm glad that I accompanied him to be here because he was so happy on that day! If you're a fan of it, you better don't miss it during your visit to Tokyo!

How to get there : Akabanebashi Station (Oedo Line), Akabanebashi Exit, 5 mins on foot
Admission : 3,200 yen (Adult), 1,600 yen (Child)


  • Tokyo Tower




Tokyo Tower is a communications and observation tower in the Shiba-Koen district of Minato, Tokyo, Japan. At 332.9 metres, it is the second-tallest structure in Japan. 

The structure is an Eiffel Tower-inspired lattice tower that is painted white and international orange to comply with air safety regulations.




Don't forget to go to the main deck to check out the city view.

We also left a lovely note at the main deck. You can see it in my Japan travel vlog below.

How to get there : Akabanebashi Station (Oedo Line), Akabanebashi Exit, 5 mins walking distance.
Admission : 900 yen (Adult), 400-500 yen (Child)


  • Shibuya



Shibuya literally "Astringent Valley", is a special ward in Tokyo, Japan. A major commercial and business centre, it houses the two busiest railway stations in the world, Shinjuku Station (southern half) and Shibuya Station.

The name "Shibuya" is also used to refer to the shopping district which surrounds Shibuya Station, one of Tokyo's busiest railway stations. This area is known as one of the fashion centres of Japan, particularly for young people, and as a major nightlife area.




Don't forget to visit the popular Shibuya crossing and take a photo in this shopping centre. These are the things that MUST DO in Shibuya.




  • Harajuku



Buzzing Harajuku is renowned for its colourful street art and fashion scene, with quirky vintage clothing stores and cosplay shops along Takeshita Street, and more traditional, upmarket boutiques lining leafy Omotesando Avenue. 

Small bars and trendy cafes fill the surrounding lanes, while cultural hotspots include the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, which hosts cutting-edge temporary exhibitions.


  • Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland was the first Disney park to be built outside the United States, and it opened on 15 April 1983. The park was constructed by WED Enterprises in the same style as the Magic Kingdom in Florida and Disneyland in California. It is owned by The Oriental Land Company, which licenses the theme from The Walt Disney Company. Tokyo Disneyland and its companion park, Tokyo DisneySea, are the only Disney parks not wholly or partly owned by the Walt Disney Company (however, Disney has creative control).

The park has seven themed areas : the World Bazaar; the four traditional Disney lands (Adventureland, Westernland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland) and two mini-lands (Critter Country and Mickey's Toontown). Many of these areas mirror those in the original Disneyland as they are based on American Disney films and fantasies. Fantasyland includes Peter Pan's Flight, Snow White's Scary Adventures, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, based on Disney films and characters. The park is noted for its extensive open spaces, to accommodate the large crowds that visit the park. In 2017, Tokyo Disneyland hosted 16.6 million visitors, making it the world's third-most visited theme park behind the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Park at the Disneyland Resort. If you're a huge fan of Disneyland, you gonna love it!

How to get there : Get off at Maihama Station on JR (Japan Railway) Keiyo Line / Musashino Line. Maihama Station is about 15 minutes by train from Tokyo Station. Shuttle bus service from various locations to Tokyo Disneyland also available.
Admission : 7,400 yen


  • Tokyo DisneySea



Tokyo DisneySea attracted an estimated 13.46 million visitors in 2016, making it the fifth-most-visited theme park in the world. Tokyo DisneySea was the second theme park to open at the Tokyo Disney Resort and the ninth park of the twelve worldwide Disney theme parks to open. 

Tokyo DisneySea was the fastest theme park in the world to reach the milestone of 10 million guests, having done so in 307 days after its grand opening. The previous record-holder was Universal Studios Japan 338 days after its opening.
It was the ONLY DisneySea in the world. So make sure you will visit it during your trip to Tokyo. A lot of you DM and PM me on social media to ask should I recommend you guys to visit Disneyland or DisneySea. Well, if you haven't visited both of them yet, why not visit them both at one time? You can choose one of them for your second visit after this. 


  • Akihabara

Akihabara gained the nickname Akihabara Electric Town shortly after World War II for being a major shopping centre for household electronic goods and the post-war black market. Nowadays, Akihabara is considered by many to be an otaku cultural centre and a shopping district for video games, animemanga, and computer goods. Icons from popular anime and manga are displayed prominently on the shops in the area, and numerous maid cafés are found throughout the district.


Speaking of otaku, although my fiance wasn't one of them. However, he loves Gundam too. Therefore, he also grabs one as a souvenir.


  • Meiji Jingu Shrine

Meiji Shrine located in ShibuyaTokyo, is the Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress ShōkenThe shrine does not contain the emperor's grave, which is located at Fushimi-momoyama, south of Kyoto


Barrels of sake(nihonshu) donated to the Meiji Shrine on the left and photo on the right shown Meiji Shrine Barrels of wine.




Another view of the torii at the entrance to Meiji-jingu.



Prayers left by visitors from all around the world. Feel free to leave one if you want to. You may read some of the prayers note, some of them are so lovely.


How to get there : The entrance to Meiji Shrine South Gate is a three-minute walk from Harajuku Station. Exit Harajuku Station, and turn right. Follow the path for about one minute, until you reach a large concrete bridge that crosses the tracks of the Yamanote Line.


  • Shinjuku



Shinjuku is one of the 23 city wards of Tokyo, but the name commonly refers to just the large entertainment, business and shopping area around Shinjuku Station.


West of the station is Shinjuku's skyscraper district, home to many of Tokyo's tallest buildings, including several premier hotels and the twin towers of the Metropolitan Government Office, whose observation decks are open to the public for free.
Northeast of the station lies Kabukicho, Japan's largest and wildest red light district, while department stores, subterranean malls and electronic shops surround Shinjuku Station on all four sides, including the redeveloped Southern Terrace.


  • Ginza



The Ginza is Tokyo's most famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district, featuring numerous department stores, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, nightclubs and cafes.
If you want to shop for luxury brands, this is the place that you're looking for.

That's all for my Tokyo Travel Guide. Not a detailed and complete one but hopefully you guys can add into your itinerary. Don't forget to stay tuned on my 'what to eat in Tokyo' article. Hopefully, it can be done before my next trip begin.


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14 comments

  1. Tokyo Disneyland is in my wish list. I would refer to this fantastic guide again.

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  2. Wow you have cover most of the place in Tokyo. I did not go to Disneyland.

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    1. There are still many places that I haven't been. :)

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  3. u makes me wanna visit tokyo again... i miss so many places that I unable to visit during my previous trip to tokyo!

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    1. Revisit again! I had visited Tokyo for 3 times!

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  4. enjoy reading this post. the earrings is so cute and pretty!

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  5. wow i love all your photo babe..ur editing improved alot...

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  6. wow this is a very good list. You look so chio at Disneyland!

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  7. Oh wow! Thanks for the info I am planing to go to Tokyo DisneySea soon.

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