My Week-Long Summer Trip to Japan

A trip full of new impressions and memories

By Elena Lisina    - 5 min read

This summer was my seventh trip to Japan. I don't particularly enjoy summer but I chose this season so I could climb Mt. Fuji, or Fuji-san as I prefer to call the mountain. My trip was only seven days and to make the most of it, I researched as much as I could catch as many events as the weather would permit me. I'm glad to say that I pretty much achieved everything on my program.

Day 1

Arriving in Tokyo, I visited the absolutely amazing Art Aquarium 2019 exhibition. I’d never seen such beautiful aquarium art before and afterwards, I visited Tokyo Tower for the first time. Two exciting events for the day after a long flight were enough.

New illumination of Tokyo Tower
New illumination of Tokyo Tower

Day 2

I travelled by train to Fujisawa and visited Enoshima. I was impressed that such a small island contained so much - it really was a ‘little Japan’ full of shrines and temples, shops and restaurants, flowers and nature, rocky coasts and ocean! I then rode the Enoden train to Hase and enjoyed walking along the streets after hours.

The Enoden retro-train
The Enoden retro-train

Day 3

I headed off to Fujinomiya by train. Before climbing Fuji-san the following day, I visited the Fujisan World Heritage Centre and Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha. I explored both places during the day and later in the evening enjoyed them lit up.

Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha

Day 4

Based on much research, I thought I could reach the summit of Fujisan in one day if started early enough. Well, it didn't quite turn out that way and since I wasn't prepared to stay overnight on the mountain, I returned after reaching 3400m. I was very happy with the experience though. It really was unforgettable!

To stand above the clouds is exciting!
To stand above the clouds is exciting!

Day 5

I returned to Tokyo by the Yakisoba express bus. Central Tokyo traffic slowed the ride but it was still convenient and fast enough. I escaped the day's heat in Ryogoku at the Edo Tokyo Museum and the Sumida Hokusai Museum. Next up was the absolutely amazing Wano Akari exhibition of light objects in an old house that itself was worth visiting. In the evening I enjoyed the Kagurazaka Awa Odori Festival.

The great joy of the Kagurazaka Matsuri
The great joy of the Kagurazaka Matsuri

Day 6

In the morning I bought a one-act ticket to see a kabuki play at the Kabukiza theatre and then visited the Digital Art Museum TeamLab Borderless in Odaiba. The museum was overwhelmingly fantastic and I was extremely happy to eventually find the exit! Afterwards I checked out a TOYOTA automobile exhibition and was particularly impressed by the cars of the future. I then hurried along to attend the Sumidagawa Hanabi fireworks festival and though I didn’t catch a panoramic view of the fireworks, I was much impressed with the images of people enjoying the event together. I felt that a priceless experience…

TOYOTA of the future
TOYOTA of the future

Day 7

A hot Sunday and my last day, I decided to spend it under the shelter of trees, but first went to Ueno Park to see blooming lotus flowers. From there I walked to Nezu Jinja and then by train to Gotokuji Station. I enjoyed the small town atmosphere of the area around the station before arriving at Gotokuji temple to see the Maneki Neko. My final destination was Shinjuku Gyoen where the large trees there sheltered me from the sun.

Hundreds of Maneki Neko at Gotokuji Temple
Hundreds of Maneki Neko at Gotokuji Temple

A seven day visit doesn't seem long but with proper planning, it is easy to see and experience so much. The trip may have been short but the memories will last a long, long time.

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Elena Lisina

Elena Lisina @shiroi.tenshi

I love Japan very much! I like small towns of Japan where I can watch people doing their business and talk to them carefully. They're always friendly. I like Japanese gardens where I can just sit or walk and take my time. Also I like Shinto Jinja as being there I feel in peace. I like to watch sunsets and then to dine in some small local places. I like to soak into onsen after a long day of wandering. I like Japanese crafts very much as all items are made with great taste and skill. Nihon wo daisuki desuyo! My photos from Japan I also place here: https://gurushots.com/f10384/photos Matane!

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Sleiman Azizi 2 weeks ago
There's an impressive amount of sightseeing here. Wow.
Sleiman Azizi 2 weeks ago
You most certainly did!
Kim B 2 weeks ago
You packed so much into 7 days - amazing! I've really enjoyed reading about the things you saw during your trip.
Kim B 2 weeks ago
Of course! It's a long journey, so it's nice when you can optimize the time as much as possible while you're here!