My Izu Islands-hopping plan was simple: 5 days, 5 islands. Kozushima, Shikinejima, Niijima, Toshima, Oshima. Unfortunately, things didn’t exactly turn out as planned.
Here are 5 last-minute Golden Week ideas for those of us who have missed the cheap flights, but still want to make full use of the 10-day holiday!
Missed the cherry blossom season in Tokyo? Never fear! You can still enjoy shibazakura (moss phlox) long after the cherry trees have sprouted leaves.
The newly-opened Poop Museum in Yokohama shows just how fun Japan has made something traditionally seen as gross. Read a firsthand report on a day of UNKO!
Nanaya Gelato boasts the world’s strongest matcha (powdered green tea) flavour with its ice cream range featuring 7 levels of matcha intensity.
Only 80 mins from Tokyo, the Matsuda Cherry Blossom Festival offers the chance to see Kawazuzakura, early-blooming cherry blossoms, as early as February.
Located in one of the centres of nightlife, Roppongi, BURLESQUE Tokyo mixes Japanese underground culture with sexy cabaret and a dash of otaku-ism.
Newly opened in 2017, Ninja Shinjuku is a fun theme restaurant located in west Shinjuku with hidden doors, ninja magic tricks and dishes set on fire.
Located underground in the elegant suburb of Ebisu, LUXIS Aqua Restaurant & Bar is a different kind of themed cafe. I personally rate it a 8/10.
HAGU Cafe in Shinjuku features both hedgehogs and degu. The good thing about it being less known is two-fold: there are less people, and it’s slightly cheaper.