Winter in Japan: Itinerary
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Winter in Japan: Itinerary

Konnichiwa! 🙂 Want a winter wonderland adventure? Visit Japan during winter which is from December to mid-March. I went to Tokyo in January and boy was it cold! The temperature ranged from -4 to 7 °C! Be sure to pack your coats, scarves and gloves to keep you warm. During the evenings, I highly recommend that you use a heating pad which you can purchase at most convenient stores (they serve as great hand warmers).

Here's my hand warmer (this is a spare one I got from my Korea trip :) )
This hand warmer is a spare one I got from my Korea trip 🙂

Here is a detailed itinerary of my winter trip in Tokyo (January):

Winter itinerary:

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Tokyo Train Station

On my second trip to Tokyo, I made sure to visit the famous Ramen Street at Tokyo train station.

Long line = best ramen, true enough Rokurinsha did not disappoint! No wonder David Chang highly recommended this restaurant!
Long line = best ramen, true enough Rokurinsha did not disappoint! No wonder David Chang highly recommended this restaurant!

 

Rokurinsha's Tsukemen was outstanding! The soup was thick, rich and flavorful. Dip some noodles in the broth and be ready to slurp away! I love ramen but this one is definitely on top of my list - YOU HAVE TO TRY IT!
Rokurinsha’s Tsukemen was outstanding! The soup was thick, rich and flavorful. Dip some noodles in the broth and be ready to slurp away! I love ramen but this one is definitely on top of my list – YOU HAVE TO TRY IT!

 

Akihabara

Tokyo’s famous “Electric Town”! Here you can find all sorts of electronic appliances and devices. Visit the Maid Café or the Gundam Café for a unique dining experience.
Tokyo’s famous “Electric Town”! Here you can find all sorts of electronic appliances and devices.

 

Visit the Maid Café or the Gundam Café for a unique dining experience.

 

Heard about the famous mouthwatering Pablo cheesecake? There’s one right outside Akihabara train station. 🙂

 

For beauty junkees, include a trip to Don Quixote and hoard beauty products at a cheaper price!

 

How cute are these face masks?

 

Tokyo Disneyland

What’s a visit to Tokyo without taking time to go to the happiest place on earth? Tokyo Disneyland is similar to Disney parks found in Florida, California and Hong Kong.
What’s a visit to Tokyo without taking time to go to the happiest place on earth? Tokyo Disneyland is similar to Disney parks found in Florida, California and Hong Kong.

 


I decided to visit this instead of DisneySea since it had a special winter parade with the characters of the hit movie Frozen.
I decided to go to Tokyo Disneyland instead of DisneySea since it had a special winter parade with the characters of the hit movie Frozen and bonus fireworks display to end the night.

 


Gala Yuzawa Snow Resort

Gala Yuzawa is easily accessible via shinkansen, around 1 ½ hours from Tokyo.

 

This is the perfect place to enjoy snow and to try out if you have skiing skills. I wasn’t sure if I had skiing skills so I just settled for the sled and some good rounds of snowball fights. =)

 

Ueno

Ameyoko Market in Ueno is the perfect place for bargain hunters. Look out for the 100 yen store!
Ameyoko Market in Ueno is a must-see for bargain hunters. Look out for the 100 yen store!

 

If you plan to get anime goods, drop by Yamashiroya. The store is easy to spot since it’s near the main Ueno Station south exit. Toys of different genres are sold on all 6 floors!

 

Roppongi

A good friend recommended that I visit Roppongi for its amazing architectural sites. The National Art Center is a remarkable curved glass building. It housed more that 600 paintings and important pieces of modern art.
A good friend recommended that I visit Roppongi for its amazing architectural sites. The National Art Center is a remarkable curved glass building. It housed more than 600 paintings and important pieces of modern art.

 

What an architectural beauty!
What an architectural beauty!

 

I came across 21-21 Design Sight on the way back to the train station. This building was designed by the famous Japanese architect, Tadao Ando.

 

During my visit, works of Frank Gehry were on exhibit.

 

Odaiba

Definitely a must-visit place for Gundam lovers! Here you will find the 1:1 scale statue of Gundam. A Gundam café is also nearby. Best to visit after 6pm as there is a projection mapping light show.
A life-size Gundam statue stands in front of Diver City. Best to visit after 6pm as there is a projection mapping light show. Nearby, treat yourself to a meal at the Gundam café and merchandise shop.

 

DiverCity Tokyo Plaza is my favorite mall to shop for H&M and Forever21 items. They are always on SALE and the place is not crowded. H&M items are half the price than those in Manila!

 

Daiso is one the famous 100 yen stores in Japan. (Php 43) You’ll be surprised to see a lot of things you thought you don’t need, but you’ll end up buying them because they are so cheap! (confessions of a shopaholic 🙂 )

 

End your day in Odaiba with a hearty yakitori dinner at Gonpachi. It's a modern-day Izakaya that serves Western dishes as well.
End your day in Odaiba with a hearty yakitori dinner at Gonpachi. It’s a modern-day Izakaya that serves Western dishes as well.

 

Gaaaaah.. need I say more on how much I love Japan? And how a visit to Tokyo is a must on your bucketlist?

Any travel insider tips about Japan? I’m coming back early next year – my Japan adventure continues! Sayonara! ❤️

 

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