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Tokyo Side Trip – 5 Days Itinerary in Hakone, Kamakura & Enoshima (with cost breakdown)

I visited Japan for the very first time in 2008.  We dedicated our first visit to Tokyo and that was enough to keep us busy.  When I went back to Japan for the second time, I went to Tokyo again, but this time, adding other cities that are not too far away from Tokyo on the itinerary, such as Kamakura, Enoshima, and Hakone.  These three places are along the same route on the Odakyu Line, which means that you don’t have to spend too much time travelling from one place to another. To get an estimate of how much this 5 days 5 nights trip might cost you, refer to the costing section at the end of the post. Continue reading

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Hakone Japan Kamakura / Enoshima

Hakone Trip – Best of Itinerary @ Japan

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Hakone (箱根) is a great place for an easy day trip from Tokyo, being just an hour 40 minutes away.   Hakone has a lot to offer – onsen, lakes, forests, unique museums and the vicinity to Mount Fuji makes it a popular place among the Japanese and foreigners.   We did a 3 days 2 night trip in Hakone,  and also made en-route stops in sea-side towns of Kamakura and Enoshima.     Continue reading

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Shopping @ Gotemba Premium Outlet @ Japan

Gotemba Outlet Japan 3
Gotemba Premium Outlet is located in Shizuoka Prefecture, 1.5 hours away from Tokyo by either bus or train.  If you are in the Hakone area, Gotemba Premium Outlet is also a favorite destination for shopping just an hour away.  We went to the outlet by bus – thinking that it might be a bit difficult to find the Odakyu Line “Romance Car” in the vast Shinjuku West Station.  In reality, finding the bus stop going to Gotemba took us a while too.    Continue reading

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Review: Fuji Hakone Guest House @ Japan

Fuji Hakone Guest House
We stayed for 3 nights at Fuji Hakone Guest House during our Hakone trip.  The guest house is perfectly located just a few minutes walk away from the bus stop and a supermarket.  It was easy for us to go around Hakone and really convenient when we needed some snacks.  The ATM in the supermarket can come in handy if you ever run out of cash.  The few attractions that we went in Hakone didn’t take credit cards so be cash-ready if you are in Hakone for a few days.   Continue reading

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