Jejak Jepun 2016 Series ~ Sample Itinerary For 2 Weeks In Japan

My Sample Itinerary For 2 Weeks In Japan From Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia).


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MY ROUTE FOR 14 DAYS




BEFORE THE JOURNEY BEGUN
BEFORE GOING TO AIRPORT CHECKLIST
  1. PASSPORT (AND COPY) : H27096—- | EXPIRY 04 MARCH 2018
  2. MEDICINES
  3. ALL DOCUMENTS ~ TICKETS, SUICA/PASMO/JR PASS AND HOTELS (PRINTED)
  4. CAMERA, CHARGER, PONCHO
  5. MINIMISE CLOTHING ~ WILL BUY SOME IN JAPAN
  6. CALL CARD/BANK CENTER FOR ROAMING ACTIVATION
DAY 1 ~ 24TH NOV 2016 KOTA KINABALU – NARITA TOKYO
KOTA KINABALU – NARITA FLYING BY MALAYSIAN AIRLINE RM1,970 (PLUS INSURANCE AND PREBOOK PREMIUM SEATS – 5A
OUTBOUND ETD  THURSDAY 24 NOV 2016 
MH80 ETD 07:30 AM KOTA KINABALU – ETA 14:00 (2PM) TOKYO NARITA AIRPORT
INBOUND NARITA APT – KOTA KINABALU ON 08 DECEMBER 2016
MH81 ETD 14:55 (2:55 PM)  NARITA – ETA  20:35 (8:35PM) KOTA KINABALU
~ 14:00 (PM) ARRIVE TERMINAL 2 NARITA AIRPORT (CONCOURSE SOUTH 1)
REMINDER
~ MAKE SURE TO CHANGE JR TIX BOUGHT ONLINE TO JR PASS BEFORE EXIT
~ BUY SUICA / PASMO CARD
PASMO is a prepaid IC card that can be used on nearly all railways and bus lines in the greater Tokyo metropolitan area, including Keisei Electric Railway. By charging (prepaying) the card, you can use the same PASMO card over and over again. If you run out of money on the card, you can recharge it in 1,000 yen increments as many times as you need. PASMO also allows travellers to easily pass through automatic ticket gates by simply touching the card to the card reader.
In addition to train and bus fares, the PASMO card can be used to make purchases at vending machines in stations* or at participating merchant stores.*Certain vending machines do not accept PASMO.
SUICA ~ CAN BE USED BY MANY PEOPLE AS LONG ENOUGH MONEY (FOR BOARDING TRANSPORTATION)
TERMINAL 2 INFO
Check-in, departures, and immigration control for arriving passengers is on the second floor, while baggage claim and customs are on the first floor.
HOTEL IN TOKYO
24-26 NOVEMBER
DORMY INN EXPRESS ASAKUSA RIVER VIEW (FREE BREAKFAST N RAMEN AT NIGHT)
111-0033 Tokyo Prefecture
Taito-ku, Hanakawado 1-3-4
Japan 
26 – 30 NOVEMBER
HOTEL SUNROUTE PLAZA SHINJUKU  4 stars (RM2,341)
151-0053 Tokyo Prefecture, Shibuya-ku, Yoyogi 2-3-1, Japan
TRANSPORTATION FROM NARITA TO DORMY IN EXPRESSA ASAKUSA
~ TAKE KEISEI  EXPRESS TO GET TO ASAKUSA
TERMINAL 2 ——(KS41)….51 MINUTES (JPY1,240)…… ASAKUSA
WHERE TO FIND IT 
~ CHECK IN
~ ONSEN (WOMAN IN THE AFTERNOON ONLY)
~ WALK AROUND – SENSOJI TEMPLE
~ NAKAMASI DORI
~ TOKYO SKYTREE
~ FREE RAMEN AT NIGHT
~ RIVER SUMIDA
~ CHECK IZAKAYA
~ STROLL AROUND AT NIGHT TO TAKE PICTURE (LESS CROWDED)
OPTIONAL
DAY 2 – FRIDAY 25TH NOV – DORMY INN EXPRESS ASAKUSA
1~ AKIHABARA ELECTRIC TOWN
~YODOBASHI ELECTRONICS STORE
Note that some of the electronics on sale are only intended for use in Japan due to voltage and other technical differences, Japanese language documentation and limited warranties. However, several stores also feature a selection of international models intended for overseas use, and most also offer tax free shopping to foreign tourists.
~ Sofmap
Hours: 11:00 to 21:00 (some branches have different hours) 
Closed: No closing days
Sofmap operates 12 shops around Akihabara. In addition to their main store, they have many specialty branches that feature a type of item such as Apple products, CDs or games, as well as a number of outlets for used products such as used computers, cameras, CDs and software.
~ Laox
Hours: 10:00 to 19:00 (some branches have different hours) 
Closed: No closing days
Operating three stores in Akihabara, including the Main Store and Pocket Plus One mobile products store that both sell tax free items, as well as the Musicvox branch specializing in musical instruments and Asobitcity branch that carries hobby and game related products.
Yodobashi Camera
Hours: 9:30 to 22:00 
Restaurants: 11:00 to 23:00 
Closed: No closing days
The Shinjuku based discount electronic store giant Yodobashi Camera opened its huge Akihabara branch in September 2005. Unlike most other electronic shops, it is located on the east side of Akihabara Station. This branch offers one stop shopping for computers, games, watches and cameras, and sells tax free and international models.
~ Don Quijote
Hours: 10:00 to 5:00 
Closed: No closing days
Don Quijote is a discount store chain that carries everything from groceries and toys to electronics and high end fashion goods. The Akihabara branch is home to the girl pop group AKB48, who perform daily shows at their theater on the 8th floor of the store (3000 yen). There is also a branch of the @Home Cafe maid cafe on the 5th floor of the store.
~ Super Potato
Hours: 11:00 to 20:00 (from 10:00 on weekends and national holidays) 
Closed: No closing days
Super Potato sells all types of video games and video game consoles, and specializes in retro systems and games. Here you can find practically every game system ever produced along with a huge selection of used game cartridges, discs and game accessories.
~ Mandarake
Hours: 12:00 to 20:00 
Closed: No closing days
Mandarake, the self described “largest manga and anime shop in the world”, operates a large branch in Akihabara. Specializing in pre-owned goods, it is a good place to find rare and collectible manga, figurines, dolls, posters, CDs, toys and other types of manga related goods.
2.  AKIHABARA – EUNO PARK
Akihabara station >> take Yamanote line (4) >> stop at Ueno station.
Dari Ueno station, kena menapak dalam 700-800 meter ke Ueno park.
3. ODAIBA
1. Daikanransha : ferris wheel setinggi 115 meter
2. Fuji TV studio
3. Rainbow bridge : menghubungkan Odaiba dan bandar Tokyo
4. Miraikan : National museum of Emerging science and Innovation
5. DiverCity Tokyo Plaza : Shopping complex, di depannya ada robot Gundam besar gedabak
6. Replika Statue of Liberty
Ueno station >> take Yamanote line to Shibuya >> stop at Ebisu station >> take Shonan saikyo line >> stop at Osaki station >> take Rinkai Line towards Shinkiba >> stop at Tokyo Teleport Station
*** Rinkai line tak termasuk dalam coverage JR pass. Yang ni kena beli tiket di mesin,  harganya 330 yen.
KALAU NAK KE SHIBUYA
Tokyo teleport station >> take Rinkai line towards Osaki >> stop at Osaki station >> take JR Yamanote line >> stop at Shibuya station.
DAY 3- SATURDAY 26TH NOV – HOTEL SUNROUTE PLAZA SHINJUKA
~ CHECK IN – LEAVE LUGGAGE 
~ WALKS AROUND SHINJUKA
~ SURROUNDING PARK AND SHRINE (MEIJI + YOYOGI PARK) + IMPERIAL PALACE ETC
~ SHIBUYA CROSSING (CHILL AT STARBUCK)
~ SHINJUKU GAI
~ ETC
DAY 4 – SUNDAY 27TH NOV –  HOTEL SUNROUTE PLAZA SHINJUKA
~ VISITING PARKS FOR PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION
~ LOOKING FOR “KOYO” (AUTUMN COLORS)
~ GINZA
Rikugien’s main entrance gate is located on the eastern corner of the park about a 5-10 minute walk south of Komagome Station on the JR Yamanote Line or Namboku Subway Line. The more convenient Someimon Gate is not open to the public except during a few weeks in autumn (late November to early December) and spring (late March to early April).
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DAY 5 – MONDAY  28TH NOV –  HOTEL SUNROUTE PLAZA SHINJUKA (SHOPPING)
~Takeshita Street 
1 JingumaeShibuya-kuTokyo  |  神宮前1
~ Harajuku
~ Daiso
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DAY 6  – SUNDAY 29 H NOV –  HOTEL SUNROUTE PLAZA SHINJUKA – MT FUJI DAY TRIP
~ BOOKED AND PAID : Mt. Fuji Golden Tour (With Box Lunch) (2016) JAPANICAN.  
Visit component sites of the Mt. Fuji World Heritage Site including Mt. Fuji’s 5th Station, Oshino Hakkai, Shiraito Falls, and Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine accompanied by an English-speaking guide on this bus tour. This is the only tour taking participants on a trip around the base of Mt. Fuji, which is difficult for independent travelers to do on their own. Look forward to seeing cherry blossoms in spring or colorful foliage in autumn. 
1. Visit must-see spots located around the base of Japan’s tallest peak. Enjoy seeing Mt. Fuji from every angle on this amazing tour! 
2. Be captivated by impressive views! Visit 4 sections of the registered World Heritage Site. 
3. Look forward to admiring cherry blossoms at Fujisan Hongu Sengen Shrine in spring (Late March to Early April) or colorful leaves at Shiraito Falls in autumn (Mid to Late November).
Meeting Point : 
Depart from Check-in Counter on the 3rd floor of Keio Plaza Hotel’s Main Tower in Shinjuku
DAY 7 – TUESDAY  30TH NOV –  TOKYO TO OSAKA
~ CHECKOUT FROM HOTEL
~ SHINKANSEN TO OSAKA. Cover by JR RAIL PASS.  
ETA : 10:03AM
Embarkation : Shin-Osaka. Book 2 days before departure with reserved seat. 
~ CHECK IN  AT FLOOR 7th~ Hotel Keihan Kyobashi 3 stars
534-0024 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Miyakojima-ku, 
Higashinoda-cho 2-1-38, Japan
~ LEAVE LUGGAGE AFTER CHECK IN (or leave bag at Station)
~ DAY TRIP TO NARA
Nara is served by two railway companies, Kintetsu Railways and JR West. The Kintetsu station is an underground station just a few steps from Kofukuji and Nara Park, while the  JR station is a 15-20 minute walk west of Kofukuji and the park. A network of buses, operated by Nara Kotsu, connects the two stations with all sites of interest. All major IC cards are accepted on the trains and buses around Nara.
Osaka (JR Osaka Station) and Nara (JR Nara Station). The one way trip takes 45 minutes and costs 800 yen. The train also stops at Osaka’s Tennoji Station (30 minutes, 470 yen one way). The Japan Rail Pass fully covers the trip. (USE THIS JR RAIL PASS FREE)
~ Nara Park (奈良公園, Nara Kōen) 
~ Kofukuji (興福寺, Kōfukuji)
 FEES ~ 600 yen (National Treasure Museum), 300 yen (Eastern Golden Hall), 800 yen (both)
~ Todaiji (東大寺, Tōdaiji, “Great Eastern Temple”)
Admission: 500 yen (museum only), 800 yen (museum and Daibutsuden Hall)
~ Yoshikien (吉城園) is a pleasant Japanese garden located in central Nara.
250 yen (free for foreign tourists)
~ Kasuga Taisha (春日大社) is Nara’s most celebrated shrine.
FEES – Free (outer area), 500 yen (inner area) 
Taisha is located in the east of Nara Park. It is about a 30 minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station, or a 45 minute walk from JR Nara Station. Alternatively, it can be reached by bus from either station. Get off at the Kasuga Taisha Honden bus stop (190 yen, frequent departures).
~ GO BACK TO OSAKA
~ REST AND SLEEP


DAY 8 – WEDNESDAY  01 DEC – OSAKA – KOBE OR KYOTO
~ DAY TRIP TO KOBE / KYOTO  (I prefer Kyoto ~ Bamboo Grove
NOTE: 
-The main station of Kobe is not JR Kobe but Sannomiya.
-If your destination is Kobe/Sannomiya, then take the rapid express from Osaka. 
By Japan Railways (JR)
Direct, 20 minutes, 410 yen one way, frequent departures
JR special rapid trains require 20 minutes and cost 410 yen for the one way trip from Osaka Station to Kobe’s Sannomiya Station. You can also travel between the two cities by Sanyo Shinkansen in less than 15 minutes, however, the shinkansen stations in both Osaka (Shin-Osaka Station) and Kobe (Shin-Kobe Station) are not centrally located. The one way trip by shinkansen costs 1500 yen for a non-reserved seat.
By Hankyu Railways
Direct, 25 minutes, 320 yen one way, frequent departures
Limited express trains on the Hankyu Kobe Line take 25 minutes and cost 320 yen from Umeda Station to Kobe-Sannomiya Station. Hankyu Umeda Station is located just next to JR Osaka Station.
Umeda Station —> (Jalan kaki) ke Osaka Namba Station —> Sannomiya Station (Kobe) 
By Hanshin Railways
Direct, 30 minutes, 320 yen one way, frequent departures
Hanshin operates direct trains from Osaka’s Umeda Station (30 minutes, 320 yen) and Osaka-Namba Station (45 minutes, 410 yen) to Kobe-Sannomiya Station.
Above fees and schedules are subject to change. 
 ~ KOBE BEEF
~ CITY LOOP BUS
NOTA: Laluan City Loop Bus ni adalah Port Tower, Harbor Land, Minato-Motomaci Sta. Mae, Nankin-Machi, Kyukyoryuchi (Old Foreign Settlement), Sannomiya Centre-Gai, Tor Road, Kitano Ijinkan Street, Shin-Kobe Station, Mint Kobe, Shiyakusho-mae (City Hall), Motomachi Shotengai (shopping street) dan Meriken Park.
~ KOBE MOSQUE
bas City Loop dengan tambang 250 Yen menuju ke Kitano Meister Garden. 
~ KOBE PORT
Kobe Port adalah hentian terkahir bas City Loop sebelum berpath balik ke laluan pertama.
Dari Kobe Port kami berjalan kaki menuju ke stesen Motomachi (JR Line). Itu aje station yang paling dekat dengan Kobe Port. Untuk ke Motomachi Station, melalui China Town.
Naik train di Motomachi Station untuk balik ke Sannomiya Station dengan tambang 120 Yen dan tukar ke Osaka Namba dengan tambang 310 Yen. 
*****IF GO TO KYOTO
Get There and Around
Shinnyodo Temple (koyo/autumn leaves) stands in the same general district as Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion), about a 20 minute walk from Ginkakuji. From Kyoto Station, it can be reached by Kyoto City Bus number 5 in about 35 minutes (230 yen). Get off at the Shinnyodo-mae bus stop from where it is a five minute walk to the temple.
A stroll along the Philosopher’s Path
DAY 9 – THURSDAY  02 DEC –   OSAKA CBD ~ Change Hotel To Marriot Courtyard

~ Dotonbori
~ Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade
~  Osaka Castle
The recommended approach to Osaka Castle is through Otemon Gate at the park’s southwestern corner. The closest station is Tanimachi 4-chrome Station along the Tanimachi Subway Line and Chuo Subway Line.
The closest JR station to Osaka Castle is Osakajokoen Station on the JR Loop Line, a 10 minute, 160 yen ride from JR Osaka Station.
~ Umeda Sky Building
~ Osaka Universal Studio (if time permit)
The entrance gate of the Universal Studios Japan is located a five minute walk from Universal City Station on the JR Yumesaki Line (also referred to as JR Sakurajima Line). From Osaka Station, there are several direct trains per hour (15 minutes, 180 yen) and many more connections that require an easy transfer at Nishikujo Station.
~  Shitennoji Temple and  Gokuraku-jodo Garden
Shitennoji is a short walk from Shitennoji-mae-Yuhigaoka Station on the Tanimachi Subway Line. Alternatively, it can be reached in a ten minute walk north of JR Tennoji Station on the JR Loop Line.
DAY 9 – THURSDAY  03 DEC –   OSAKA – HIROSHIMA – MIYAJIMA
Check out from Marriot Hotel ~ Leave bag or arrange for Takuyabin
~ JR Shin Osaka (Shinkansen Hikari) —-> Hiroshima  Station (JR Sanyo Line) ——> Miyajimaguchi Ferry Terminal ——- JR Ferry  (free with JR Rail Pass)——Miyajima
~ Before going to Miyajima, walks around Hiroshima points of interest :-
  1. Hiroshima Peace Museum (Memorial)
How – Dari Hiroshima station, ambil tram line 2 atau 6, turun di Genbaku Dome Mae Station (Atomic Bomb Dome). Keluar je dari tram terus nampak A-Bomb Dome.
If Time Permit
2. The Motoyasubashi Bridge
3. Hiroshima Hondori Street
4. Lunch
Miyajima Point Of Interest
~ Miyajima Pier – Omotesando
~ The great Torii / Mikasanohama ~ The best time to take photos is at dusk when the great Torii stands out against the golden sky. Shrine
~ Takinokoji – Daisho-in
~ Momijidani Park
~ Mt. Misen ~ Optional (1.30hrs)
There are three hiking trails leading up Misen: the Momijidani Course, the Daisho-in Course and the Omoto Course. Of the three, the Daisho-in Course offers the nicest views and is not as steep as the other two. The Momijidani Course, while the shortest, is also the steepest, leading mostly through the forest. Using any course, it takes 1.5 to 2 hours to reach the summit from town.
The ropeway station is a ten minute walk inland from Itsukushima Shrine or a 20 minute walk from the Miyajima ferry pier. The ride up the mountain takes about 20 minutes and requires a transfer of ropeways along the way.
From the ropeway’s upper station at Shishi-iwa Observatory, it is still about a 30 minute walk up to the summit along a rather steep hiking trail. The Misen Hondo and Reikado buildings are located along the trail, about five minutes before the summit.
~ 5 storied pagoda / Senjyokaku / Toyokuni Shrine (Senjokaku) / Goju-no-to
~ Miyajima Light Cruise (7:15PM)
~ Sleep overnight in Miyajima
RYOSO KAWAGUCHI
Hatsukaichi Miyajimacho469     廿日市市宮島町469
Hatsukaichi, 739-0500     廿日市市
Japan
RM683 Japanese Room with breakfast.

DAY 10 – FRIDAY 04 DEC –   KYOTO BAKPAK HOSTEL
  1. NIJO CASTLE
HOW TO GO  -> Kyoto City Bus  <-
Untuk mendapatkan tiket Kyoto City Bus ni, kami beli di Family Mart bersebelahan dengan stesen Gion Shijo tu. Tanya je kat kaunter Family Mart tu dan kita boleh beli tiket dengan harga 500 Yen untuk sehari, Maksudnya kita boleh naik turun bas ni ke mana saja dalam Kyoto dengan harga 500Yen!!! 
HOW TO USE
The City Bus’s all-day pass is only valid for the City Bus, which are mostly green colored. Other private buses are not spotted often and they usually have red line. To use the Pass for the first time of the day, you put it through the printer beside the driver as you get off to mark the date of use. Then you just show a driver the Pass when using for the second time. Major bus stations have signs noticing an approach of the next bus.USEFUL LINES
Buses of three digits number are normally faster then two digits and sometimes skip minor stations. Besides, RAKU BUS are particularly convenient for tourists to visit popular temples in the city. The following three lines are most frequently used by tourists.
#100 Kyoto Station – Sanjusangen-do Temple – Kiyomizu-dera Temple – Ginkakuji Temple – Nanzenji Temple
#101 Kyoto Station – Nijo-jo Castle – Kinkakuji Temple
#102 Ginkakuji Temple – Kinkakuji Temple
Tiket masuk ke Nijo Castle adalah 600Yen yer, agak mahal di situ. Dan apa yang best lagi, nak beli tiket tak payah ke kaunter tiket, boleh beli di mesin tiket (macam nak beli tiket train tu)…best kan, sangat kagum masa tu. Nak guna mesen tu pun tak susah, ada bahasa Inggeris, so boleh main tekan-tekan je.
~ SHOPPING NEAR HOSTEL Shinkyogoku Street
DAY 11 – SATURDAY 05 DEC –   KYOTO BAKPAK HOSTEL
GO TO FUSHIMI – INARI
Fushimi Inari Shrine is located just outside JR Inari Station, the second station from Kyoto  Station along the JR Nara Line (5 minutes, 140 yen one way from Kyoto Station, not served by rapid trains but we are not paying coz we have the JR pass). The shrine can also be reached in a short walk from Fushimi Inari Station along the Keihan Main Line. 
Fushimi Inari is an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings. The trails lead into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari, which stands at 233 meters and belongs to the shrine grounds. It  is the most important of several thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. Foxes are thought to be Inari’s messengers, resulting in many fox statues across the shrine grounds.
While the primary reason most foreign visitors come to Fushimi Inari Shrine is to explore the mountain trails, the shrine buildings themselves are also attractive and worth a visit. At the shrine’s entrance stands the Romon Gate, which was donated in 1589 by the famous leader Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Behind stands the shrine’s main building (Honden) and various auxiliary buildings. 
At the very back of the shrine’s main grounds is the entrance to the torii gate covered hiking trail, which starts with two dense, parallel rows of gates called Senbon Torii (“thousands of torii gates”). The torii gates along the entire trail are donations by individuals and companies, and you will find the donator’s name and the date of the donation inscribed on the back of each gate. The cost starts around 400,000 yen for a small sized gate and increases to over one million yen for a large gate.
The hike to the summit of the mountain and back takes about 2-3 hours…. Hmmm… my legs starts weakling….TURN BACK….. lols.
*****SAGANO TOROKKO try to get this when you reach Kyoto
The Sagano Scenic Railway is a great way to enjoy the natural beauty of western Kyoto, which is mostly known for the Arashiyama area. Known also as the Sagano Torokko or Sagano Romantic Train, this retrofited old-fashioned stream train takes you beyond Arashiyama for a perfect escape from the busy cities and crowded spots of the rest of Japan.
DAY 12 – SUNDAY 06 DEC –   KYOTO BAKPAK HOSTEL – TOKYO (FREE JR PASS)
Check-out earlier from hostel
Go to  Kyoto Station 
Arrived in Tokyo around 10:40am. Still can use JR PASS to go around. Leave luggage at Tokyo Station (Locker). Take only backpack.
****maybe go to Disneyland
DAY 13 – FRIDAY 07 DEC –  TOKYO TO HOTEL NIKKO NARITA
~ Free N Easy
DAY 14 – SATURDAY 08 DEC – NARITA TO KOTA KINABALU
~ CHECK OUT
REF – X4N— for my ref only
E-TIX 23224397——-
INBOUND NARITA APT – KOTA KINABALU ON 08 DECEMBER 2016
MH81 ETD 14:55 (2:55 PM)  NARITA – ETA  20:35 (8:35PM) KOTA KINABALU

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