Day 5 13 March 2016
We planned to head up to Mt Fuji Viewing, we took an early bus at 7am from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko station. Bus terminal located infront of Yodobashi Camera (West Store) Shinjuku Station West Exit.
Just walked in and Q to buy the tickets or alternative you can make reservation online and pay at express bus terminal with cash, 1750 yen per adult. Almost 2 hours ride, we arrived at the kuwaguchiko station and we buy tickets for the bus to kachi kachi ropeway. It will be a sightseeing bus stop 11. We bought the kachi kachi ropeway ride up for 720 yen per pax for roundtrip. It is like their cable car.
Nice scenery viewing, able to see Mt Fuji if it is a clear sky. Unfortunately, we are not so lucky for this trip. It is quite cloudy and we couldn’t view the Mt Fuji. We head back to kawaguchigo station via bus again and take bus to gotemba from the station for 1,510 yen, pay upon boarding. The ride from kawaguchigo station to gotemba outlet is about 1 hr 40 mins. Premium Outlets is offering free coupons for extra savings in addition to the normal 25% to 65% discount prices. Present your passport at the Information Center
Gotemba is pretty big and have 2 section east and west wing. Is crowded during lunch time. But I recommend to visit this sushi shop at the corner. The Q was too long, we should have rush to Q first before we shop around. We didn’t able to join the Q as we only have less than 3 hours to spend at the outlet as we are taking the 4pm bus back to Shinjuku. We simply buy some hotdog bun and Chinese stall food to fill our stomach. Nevertheless, I try walking into the shop and ask if I can take away, WOW, they allow and I don’t have to join the Q to be seated. But only can take away their sushi, sashimi and soup are not allow. But at least I get to try. Their serving in japan is always overflowing.
We manage to take the bus from Gotemba directly to Shinjuku, by waiting at the bus area. The day sky was not clear, if it is clear we could have got a chance to see Mt fuji from gotemba another 2 hours ride back.
Back to Shinjuku, we plan to look for this tempura shop. Searching high and low with the google map, it keep says we arrive the destination, but we couldn’t find the shop. And finally, we decided to open on of the sliding door where we spotted the lanterns hanging outside which resemble the one we saw in google image.
Address: 3-31-8, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022
Their tempura is so different, maybe is different flour. But they cook and serve on the spot. Im not a fan of tempura, but what brings me here is to try the tempura egg for 150 yen each. It is crispy outside that coated with the flour while egg yolk is only half cooked, with the yolk flowing out. Yummy!
Day 6 14 March 2016
Is Disney day, so we head out early and during our transit we are at the wrong platform, because I have been checking for the train name but after time has passed, I suspect we are at the wrong platform. So I approach and ask an aunt at the stall she told us the platform is at downstairs, quite a long walk down though.
Japan has Disneyland and Disneysea, many recommend to Disneysea as it is the one and only available. But I decided to visit Disneyland because I don’t really dare to take rides and I am not so adventures. Disneyland will be fine. Upon arrival, it starts to rain, so we went into the gift shop before we enter to the entrance of Disneyland to buy raincoat. We only get to take 1 photo with the mickey mascot and we had our lunch inside.
And it rains the wholeday, and fireworks at night was call off. Now than I realize as I blog, how rocky this trip means to me. It was so cold in wet weather and my leggings are soak up with rain water for the whole day. The rain persist the whole day and announcement made at 8pm that the fireworks will be cancelled for the night. Return back to our hotel, just opposite we head in for some dinner. The clam is so good and the scallop. Had a wet and tired day, we had our dinner in a warm and cosy place with satisfying food to fill our stomach.
Day 7 15 March 2016
Day 8 16 March 2016
We had our last breakfast at Sarabeth in shinjuku and they have menu in english. I bought palblo before we head back to our hotel to check out.
Tips: You may wish to consider which hotel preferred with reference to the airport limousinebus.
We get the desk front people to book the airport transfer bus to pickup from the our hotel to airport. We have our lunch at the airport and reminded, you may buy cookies and biscuit in the airport if you are coming back from narita. All cookies are tax free inside. It is cheaper!
My 8 days Japan Loots are as of the above.
Tavel Insurance Claims
Ive made three claim submission for my trip.
- My dad was previously hospitalize and he feel that he want to cancel the trip as he just recovered and do not wish to travel with us to cold places. So, I notified the airline upon check in and make the travel claim refund when return.
- My mum visited the dentist, however was not allow to claim.
- My medicial bill and medicine that i visit the eye specialist clinic in osaka.
I manage to have successful claim for item 1 & 3. The process is not tedious with Explorer Travel Insurance aka the great eastern. But the slow response and processing time is super inefficient. It take more than 5 days for them to reply my email. The whole claim process took almost 2 months.