Monday, July 28, 2014

Budget Tokyo Trip Itinerary - 4 Days 3 Nights - Sakura season

Tokyo hanami season starts in late March or early April and lasts about a week. The exact dates is different year by year depending on weather. This is the most interesting time to visit Tokyo when the cherry trees (sakura) bloom everyone wants to be outside. Companies, friends and families hold hanami parties under the trees.

There are literally hundreds of sakura viewing spots in Tokyo and during my this short trip to Tokyo, I cover three of the main hanami spots: Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Ueno Park and Showa Kinen Koen. My visit to Tokyo this year is a bit late so I miss the full bloom in Ueno Park. However, full bloom can still be viewed in Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden as usually the cherry trees are late bloomer type. Tokyo is among the most expensive place in the world and my plan below which I did it economically and fun.

Sakura in Shinjuku Gyoen.

Tulip garden and sakura at Showa Kinen Koen.

Nanohara and cherry trees.
Day Morning Afternoon Evening Night
Day 1 (Thur) 1. Arrival 7.00am at Narita International Airport via MH88

2. Taking train to Tokyo city via Keisei Skyliner package

3. Check in at Fukusen Hotel
1. Sushi lunch at Ameyoko, Ueno

2. Ueno Park for hanami viewing/sakura.
1. Ameyoko street market

2. Tea time. Having ramen at Aji No Tokeidai Ramen

3. Harajuku walk

4. Shibuya walk

5. Visit Book Off Shibuya
1. Dinner/supper. Chicken soup ramen at Minami Senju.
Day 2 (Fri) 1. Lunch. Sushi Zanmai lunch set at Akihabara

2. Sakura viewing at Showa Kinen Koen
1. Shopping in Koenji.
1. Dinner. Smart Sushi at Koenji.
Day 3 (Sat) 1. Breakfast. Sanuki Udon Hanamaru at Akihabara.
1. Sakura season at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
1. Shimo-Kitazawa 1. Dinner. Curry Tonkatsu at COCO Ichibanya, Shimo-Kitazawa.

2. Shopping in Shibuya.
Day 4 (Sun) 1. Travel to Shanghai via Japan Airlines


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