What would you do with 8 nights in Tokyo?

With about one week left at work, I’ve finally had time to turn my attention to my final trip in Japan. I actually started planning this trip a long time ago, and planned to include the following:

  • Yayoi Festvial in Nikko
  • Kamakura Daibutsu
  • Ushiku Daibutsu
  • Nokogiri Yama (more big Buddhas)
  • Studio Ghibli Museum
  • Ueno Zoo (pandas!)
  • Yokohama (if there’s time)
  • Harajuku, Shinjuku, Shibuya and maybe a flea market

However, my list now looks more like this:

  • Yayoi Festvial in Nikko – cancelled
  • Kamakura Daibutsu
  • Ushiku Daibutsu – sightseeing in Ibaraki?! Not sure that’s such a good idea at the moment… (mainly because of blackouts)
  • Nokogiri Yama (more big Buddhas) – in Chiba, up a ropeway, right by the sea… Don’t know if I can even go there right now, or if it’s safe.
  • Studio Ghibli Museum
  • Ueno Zoo (pandas!)
  • Yokohama (if there’s time)
  • Harajuku, Shinjuku, Shibuya and maybe a flea market
  • Narita-san
  • Jourenji Tokyo Daibutsu

I’m disappointed to cancel some of my plans – especially as I really really like big Buddhas and was so excited about seeing the Ushiku Daibutsu. I even got a whole bunch of help from the lovely Hiroki of Edgy Japan who wrote this wonderful article and then replied to my email and helped me to figure out the bus schedules to go there. I also really wanted to see the amazing Buddhas at Nokogiri Yama. But I keep picturing myself getting stuck up a mountain alone when another earthquake/aftershock strikes. (>_<)

As for Nikko, I was thinking about still visiting there anyway (even though the festival has been cancelled) but I’m not sure if it’s easy to do so, what with the blackouts and possible train problems. Again, I don’t really want to get stuck or stranded somewhere…

So, what do you think? If you were in my shoes with 8 nights in the Tokyo area (I’m staying in Shinagawa), what would you do? Do you think I’m right to have cancelled the above plans? Could I still make it to Nikko?

I’d appreciate any comments and feedback you’d like to share! Thanks! ありがとう!

Oh and, by the way, I really like big Buddhas… so, if you know of any in the Tokyo area that I might be able to visit, please let me know! 😉

Picture from Wiki.

And, rest assured, even if I can’t see the Ushiku Daibutsu and Nokogiri Yama Buddhas this year, I will be back in the future to see them! I have a LOT of Buddhas to visit in Japan

8 thoughts on “What would you do with 8 nights in Tokyo?

  1. With how beautiful the weather has been, I’d probably take a walk around Tokyo Tower and/or the Imperial Palace.

    Also might walk around Akihabara, not just for the nostalgia but because there’s a lot of interesting gadgets and toys, and weird stuff to take pictures of.


  2. The hanami around Iidabash or Naka-Meguro should be GORGEOUS and worth checking out.

    My personal favorite place in Tokyo is Tokyo Dome City. Just a lot of fun shops, good food, and a nice atmosphere.


  3. In the Ueno area have a look at the small Shitamachi Museum It’s by Shinobazu Pond and close to Ueno station. Downstairs is a reconstruction of the working class area pre 1923 and upstairs has more usual exhibits including some hands on childrens games. When I was there a museum guide explained some exhibits in English to me.

    Also in that area is Kappabashi dori, a street that has shops selling kitchen ware and window displays to the restaurant trade. There are dozens of statues of kappa there. Its between Ueno and Asakusa, and once you cross the large road behind Ueno station you can walk to Asakusa (maybe 2km).

    It’d be a shame to miss Nikko, maybe you could try a guided bus tour through JTB to get there which wouldn’t be hit by blackouts.


    • Ah yes – Kappabashi dori! I should go there! I heard there is “Kappa Temple” too. 🙂

      Hmm… I don’t usually do guided tours. Maybe I’ll just try Nikko and see what happens…


  4. I think you would be fine in Ibaraki. We haven’t been having any blackouts for the last 2 weeks. If you go to Ueno, be sure to head over to the Yanaka area – you can walk from Nippori station through the cemetery (it’s full of sakura trees and very beautiful) then stroll down through Yanaka ginza, head left and walk to Nezu Shrine. It’s a really nice, old school area full of little shrines and quirky cafes! And if you haven’t been up to Nikko and Toshogu shrine, you definitely should! Tobu World Square is really cute and has a new scale model of Skytree. The TV keeps showing programs about beautiful places around Tohoku that should be full of tourists now, but are just empty. It’s such a shame for the local businesses – so you could support them and have a great time, too!


    • Thank you, Kirsty. I think I will try to get to Nikko and Toshogu Shrine. I have made other plans now and might have to leave Ibaraki for next time, I think.

      Thanks for your great suggestions and advice! 🙂


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