It's finally time to start planning for that end-of-year trip you've been saving up your leave days for! And where else to go than Tokyo, Japan - one of our all-time favourite destinations? ? Whether it's your first or fifth time visiting the city, Tokyo will always find new ways to surprise you and make you fall a little bit more in love with its eclectic mix of old and new.
But with less than 6 months left till the end of the year, is it still possible to plan a whole week's vacation on an RM3000 budget? ? We say yes! With some careful planning, it won't be too difficult to stretch your budget and still enjoy the best that Tokyo has to offer without feeling the burn on your bank account.
Note: We're excluding flight prices from the RM3000 budget as airlines will begin to roll out their end-of-year ticket deals soon. Keep reading to find out what full-price tickets for the end of the year look like right now so you can plan ahead and grab the best deal possible. ?
Spring and autumn are 2 of the more popular seasons to visit Japan, but the months of November and December are a major peak period as families will be travelling during the school holidays. With the Tokyo Summer Olympics coming up in 2020, you might also have to deal with crowds who will be squeezing in a visit to the land of the rising sun before it gets too
A quick search on Skyscanner for a direct return flight between Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Tokyo (either Narita or Haneda airport) in the months of November, December, or January all started at around RM1,100. With airline offers you might be able to cut this down to RM800 or less, so keep an eye out for those huge discounts! ?
Try to fly to/from Haneda Airport as it's much closer to central Tokyo than Narita. This will save you both money and time on airport transfers! Two airlines that offer direct flights between KLIA and Haneda are AirAsia X (AAX) and All Nippon Airways (ANA). Do note that AAX's direct flight to Haneda lands late at night, so you will have to pay for an extra night at your accommodation before starting your adventure around Tokyo the next day.
Tokyo has its fair share of affordable accommodations to balance out those ticket costs. The cheapest type of accommodations in the city is definitely a capsule hotel, which can start from as low as RM111/night
! However as these capsules are very small or do not have separate prayer room facilities, you may not be able to perform your prayers comfortably in them. Some mid-range hotels cost as low as 270 MYR/night for a 2-person room
and are a more practical option for a week-long stay. The Asakusa Central Hotel
(pictured) is one hotel you can consider as it's not only in one of the most popular neighbourhoods (Asakusa) but is nearby some amazing halal restaurants too!
One of the most popular questions travellers to Tokyo have is whether it's worth it to get a JR pass, Suica card, or Tokyo Subway Pass while they're in the city. While getting a JR pass is a popular choice for visitors to Japan, it may not necessarily be the best option if you're only going to be in one city (Tokyo) for the duration of your trip. Here are the pros and cons of each transport option:
JR Pass (JR Tokyo Wide Pass/any regional JR East Pass)
IC cards (Suica and Pasmo)
- ✅ Pros: Depending on their coverage, JR Passes will include shinkansen or regional transport prices to/from nearby attractions and cities (including Mount Fuji, Aomori, Karuizawa, and Sendai) outside Tokyo. This makes it a perfect choice for day trips!
- ❌ Cons: However within Tokyo itself, the JR Pass is only valid on the JR Yamanote, JR Keihin-Tohoku, JR Saikyo, JR Rapid Chuo, JR Shonan-Shinjuku, and JR Chuo-Sobu lines. While the Yamanote line is a circular loop line that does cover major stops including Tokyo central, Ueno, Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, and Shibuya, if your hotel is not located near any of the stations on the line you will have to pay additional costs to transfer. Popular stations also tend to be quite busy and packed throughout the day - especially during the morning and evening rush hours! - so you might feel uncomfortable fighting through the crowds at the end of the day.
Tokyo Subway Pass
- ✅ Pros: ICs are reloadable cards, meaning that you can top it up as you go along without having to pay any more than you absolutely need to. The card can also be used to pay for purchases at convenience stores or even restaurants, making it one of the most convenient all-inclusive options available. You can also return the cards for a refundable deposit at the end of your trip.
- ❌ Cons: If you're planning a day trip out of Tokyo, your IC card may not be valid and you will have to pay additional booking fees for transport.
- ✅ Pros: The cost of a subway pass is usually 'made up for' after 3-4 regular subway trips, so it's recommended to get the pass if you're going to be taking the subway all over the city. The subway pass will also cover costs for both subway operators within Tokyo which makes it more worth it compared to single-use tickets.
- ❌ Cons: Subway passes are only valid for 24/48/72-hour periods, making them less appealing if you're spending over 72 hours in Tokyo.
For this itinerary, we recommend getting an IC card
as it's the most cost-efficient over a 7-day period and there are no day trips outside of Tokyo planned. ? If you want to include a trip out to Tokyo's surrounds (such as trips to Mount Fuji or Nikko in this 6D5N itinerary!
) you could get the Tokyo Wide Pass (10,000 yen for adults; 5,000 yen for children) which covers unlimited trips within Tokyo too however do note that the pass is only valid for 3 consecutive days.
Day 0 (Getting to Tokyo)Fly from KLIA to Haneda Airport
Check in to the Asakusa Central Hotel
- If you're taking the AAX flight, you'll arrive at Haneda late at night.
- Using the Pasmo card (rechargeable, starting from 1,000 yen up to 20,000 yen), take the Keikyu Line from Haneda International Terminal directly to Asakusa (32 minutes, 614 yen per ticket). If your flight arrives late at night, do note that the last train from Haneda will depart at 12.01am.
- If your flight arrives after midnight, taxis or other private-hire cars will be your only option for getting into central Tokyo as the subway services will be closed until early morning (after 5am). As taxis can be quite costly, we recommend timing your flight so that you have ample time to travel using the train systems!
- Check into the Asakusa Central Hotel and get a good night's rest before you start exploring the city the next day!
- P.S. If you're checking in after 10pm, you'll have to inform the hotel beforehand to ensure that there will be a staff member available for check-in.
Day 1 (Asakusa)Stop by a convenience store for breakfast (30 - 45mins)7-11 Asakusa Kaminarimon-mae outlet (near Asakusa station exit 2)Address:
2-chōme-18-7 Kaminarimon, Taito City, Tōkyō-to 111-0034, Japan
Daily, 24 hours
Visit the iconic Senso-ji Temple and Nakamise shopping street (2 - 3hrs)
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- No trip to Asakusa is complete without a visit to Senso-ji temple. Founded in 628, Senso-ji is the oldest temple in Tokyo. Known as the temple of the Asakusa Kannon to the people all over Japan, it attracts approximately 30 million visitors every year.
- Snapping a pic in front of its bright red gates and the huge Kaminarimon ('Thunder Gate') lantern is practically a tradition for visitors to Tokyo. ? Get creative with your poses so you'll stand out from the other visitors there!
- Right next to Senso-ji is the famous Nakamise shopping street. A walk down the crowded boulevards lined with shops selling traditional crafts and local treats will send you back to a Japan from centuries ago!
- The best part is that many traditional crafts and gifts are sold here as souvenirs at a pretty affordable price. Keychains can start at around 750 yen, and you can find everything from glassware to hanging scrolls on display too.
2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan
Main hall: Daily 6am – 5pm (Opens at 6:30am from October to March)
Temple grounds: Daily, 24 hours
Nakamise Shopping Street
1 Chome-20 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan
Daily, 10am – 5pm
Grab halal authentic Japanese ramen at Naritaya (1 - 1.5hrs)
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- At Naritaya, you’ll be able to choose from three types of ramen: maze-soba (noodles separate from soup), zaru ramen (cold noodles) or the signature Asakusa Ramen. Instead of chashu (thinly sliced pork) which is usually found in ramen, Naritaya uses grilled chicken from a halal-certified supplier!
- Prayer facilities are included in the shop so you can do your prayers after lunch - but do remember to bring your own prayer garments!
Only halal ingredients used. No alcohol used or served in the establishment.
From 600 yen for a regular-size rice bowl, 800 yen for a regular-size ramen bowl
Asakusa 2-7-13, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan 111-0032
11am - 10pm (Mon - Fri), 9am - 9pm (Sat - Sun)
Go window shopping at Kappabashi Kitchen Town (30mins - 1hr)
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Address:3 Chome-18-2 Matsugaya, Taito City, Tokyo 110-0036, Japan
- Enjoy a leisurely stroll from Naritaya down to Kappabashi Pottery Street. Located between Asakusa and Ueno, Kappabashi is the dream destination for anyone looking to add some traditional Japanese pieces to their kitchen back at home. ?
- Whether you're looking for porcelain bowls or handcrafted metal utensils, you'll be able to find them here. Even if you don't plan to buy anything, Kappabashi is an awesome reminder of centuries of Japanese tradition even within a city as ultra-modern as Tokyo. You can easily spend the afternoon admiring the displays and enjoying the laidback tranquillity of the neighbourhood.
Most shops are open daily from 9am – 5pm
WebsiteIndulge in some high culture at the National Museum of Western Art (30mins - 1.5hr)
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National Museum of Western Art
- Another short walk away from Kappabashi Street is the National Museum of Western Art!
- Established in 1959, the NMWA houses pieces from Western artists dating all the way back to the 14th century. More modern artists included here are Renoir, Van Gogh, Picasso, and even Jackson Pollock! Entrance fees here are quite low for the chance to see such masterpieces up close in person, making this a worthwhile visit for just about anybody. ?
- After you've finished the collections, take a leisurely walk through Ueno Park next door if you're still feeling restless - and then head back to Naritaya to try something new for dinner! Or if you want to eat at Ueno before heading back to the hotel, try out Jumbo Doner Kebab nearby where you can get a filling kebab from just 500 yen!
500 yen (Adults), 250 yen (College students), free admission (those younger than 18, or older than 65)
7-7 Ueno-koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0007, Japan
9.30am - 5.30pm (Tues - Thurs), 9.30am - 8pm (Fri - Sat), 9.30am - 9pm (Special extended hours, check their website for specific dates
), Closed on Mondays
WebsiteJumbo Doner Kebab
Uses only halal ingredients, no alcohol used or served in the establishment.
From 500 yen
Ameyoko Center Bld.1F,4-7-8 Ueno Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0005
9am - 12am daily
Day 2 (Shinjuku)See above the skyscrapers at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (30mins - 1hr)Credit: @_hollydaviss on Instagram
- Start your morning with one of the best bird-eye views of Tokyo - at the top of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building's observatory! Shinjuku is known for its towering Skyscraper District, and there’s no better vantage point to see all of it for free. ? Forget spending money at the Tokyo Skytree!
- The observatory consists of 2 towers (the North tower is undergoing renovations from May 2019-Jan 2020, but the South tower remains open to visitors) and was the tallest building in Tokyo until 2007. Depending on the day’s weather, you might even be able to see famous landmarks such as Mount Fuji, Tokyo Skytree, and even the Meiji Shrine from the deck!
- P.S. This spot has been getting more popular amongst visitors, so try to get there early in the morning to enjoy some time to yourself before the crowds arrive!
2 Chome-8-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 163-8001
9.30am – 11pm (last entry 10.30pm) daily, closed on 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, December 29-Jan 3 except Jan 1
WebsiteSee the traditional Hanazono Shrine in the middle of the busy city (30mins - 1hr)Credit: @lorna_mac19 on Instagram
- Hanazono-jinja Shrine is one of the lesser known shrines in Tokyo, but it’s worth a visit to be able to see the simple architecture and bright red shrine gates without having to worry about large crowds. If you're looking for a moment of calm tranquility before continuing with your day (or you just want to check out traditional Japanese shrine culture) this is the stop for you!
- Located in a rare quiet corner of Shinjuku, the shrine was moved to its current location between 1624-44. Non-Shinto visitors are always invited to visit Shinto shrines and are not required to partake in any rituals or ceremonies that are ongoing ☺️
5 Chome-17-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0022
24 hours daily
Recharge with a bowl of ramen at Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka (1 - 1.5hrs)
- Located next to the Shinjuku Gyoen National Gardens, here's where you can order one of the most filling meals you might have on this trip. ? This is one of the more unique ramen eateries in Tokyo as their ramen is served with a bowl of rice, which you have to eat with the remaining broth from your bowl of ramen!
- The serving size is pretty large and the set even includes grilled chicken and yakitori! We recommend visiting this place on an empty stomach, or opting for a smaller portion if possible if you're not feeling too hungry. The eatery also opens fairly late depending on the day of the week, so it's a good option if you're starting your day late and want to have a full meal to begin your adventures.
- P.S. Find more authentic halal Japanese eateries in Tokyo here!
From 1100 yen
: 1 Chome-11-7 Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0022
2pm - 10pm (Mon - Thu), 6pm - 10pm (Fri), 1pm - 10pm (Sat, Sun & P.H.)
Walk off that post-lunch food coma in the Shinjuku Gyoen National Gardens (30mins - 1hr)
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- The sheer size and scale of the gardens are difficult to convey over text. Combining 3 types of gardens to create a beautiful display throughout each season, the National Gardens are a sprawling park where you can find locals and visitors enjoying a leisurely stroll, or simply enjoying the tranquility of the setting throughout the year.
- Children will love the wide open spaces here, and the colourful sights of the blossoms and greenery will definitely leave you speechless in awe. There’s also a greenhouse showcasing more tropical plants, and various rest stops scattered throughout the park for you to take a break.
- Shinjuku is full of amazing activities to keep you busy throughout the day - check out our Muslim-friendly neighbourhood guide to learn more about what you can do here!
500 yen (Adults), 250 yen (Seniors above 65 years old, and students with valid ID), FOC (Children 15 years and under)
11 Naito-machi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0014
1 Oct to 14 Mar: 9am – 4pm daily (gates close 4.30pm)
15 Mar to 30 Jun: 9am – 5.30pm daily (gates close 6pm)
1 Jul to 20 Aug: 9am – 6.30pm daily (gates close 7pm)
21 Aug to 30 Sep: 9am – 5.30pm daily (gates close 6pm)
WebsiteGet a unique peek into the past at Shinjuku's own Fire Museum (1.5 - 2hrs)
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- A museum about the history of firefighting may not sound so exciting, but the Fire Museum is a popular hidden gem amongst families and other travellers! Located in the towering Yotsuya Fire Station lies several floors showcasing old firefighting vehicles from previous eras, and dioramas of old Edo. Best of all - admission is free! It isn't just kids who'll enjoy these exhibits, but history buffs too.
- Families looking to spend some quality time together can also check out the Tokyo Toy Museum which contains both toy displays as well as interactive exhibits and rooms for kids to explore - perfect for young kids in particular! History buffs may also want to look for the Shinjuku Historical Museumin the area - though not as big or well-known as the Edo-Tokyo Museum, this small museum is an underrated wonder of the neighbourhood displaying artefacts dating from 12,000 B.C. to the early post-World War 2 era!
3-chōme-10 Yotsuya, Shinjuku City, Tōkyō-to 160-0004, Japan
9.30am - 5pm (Tue - Sun, and national holidays), Closed on Mondays and between 29 Dec-3 Jan yearly
Tokyo Toy Museum
800 yen (Adults), 500 yen (Seniors 65 years and above, and children above 6 months), 1200 yen (Adult+Child pair tiocket)
4 Chome-20 Yotsuya, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0004
10am – 4pm (Fri-Wed, last admission 3.30pm), closed on Thursdays and special holidays
Website (English-version PDF)
| InstagramShinjuku Historical Museum
300 yen (Adults), 100 yen (Children)
12-16 Yotsuya Saneicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0008
9.30am – 5.30pm (last entry 5pm), closes on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month, and between 29 Dec-3 Jan yearly
End your day with a refreshing bowl of seafood broth at Menya Kaijin (1 - 1.5hrs)
- It's only day 2, but we're thinking you might already want a change from the typical chicken/miso broth. ? If yes, then you’ll have to visit Menya Kaijin and try their seafood ramen! The fish-and-seafood-based broth is clear & really light but still really yummy. Plus it’s also located in the heart of Tokyo, Shinjuku, which is super convenient to get to!
- The restaurant uses only seafood in its broth, and does not use alcohol. Just remember to request for the chicken meatball not to be added to your soup, as the chicken meat is not halal-certified.
- After dinner, head over the huge Don Quijote just across the road to get some shopping done! ?
Seafood options available. Since this is not a halal-certified restaurant, we advise our readers to dine at your own discretion. Also, do let the waiter know in advance that you do not want the chicken ball to be added to your soup!
From 830 yen
3-35-7 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022
11am - 3pm, 4.30pm - 11.30pm (Mon - Fri), 11am - 11.30pm (Sat, PH), 11am - 11pm (Sun)
Day 3 (Harajuku and Shibuya)Pay a visit to the iconic Meiji Shrine located near Yoyogi Park (1 - 1.5hrs)
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- Escape to the famous Meiji Shrine for a small spot of tranquility amidst a busy city.The shrine is dedicated to the spirits of the Emperor Meiji and his royal consort Empress Shoken, and has some of the largest torii gates in Japan.
- The shrine is open to visitors from all faiths and its website has a simple guide for some actions that show respect to the shrine independent of religion. Do avoid taking photos of the main part of the shrine, out of respect. However if you're there in autumn, you can take a picture with the beautiful yellow gingko leaves that line the walk to the shrine!
- The shrine is also next to Yoyogi park - one of Tokyo's busiest and most popular green spaces. If the weather is good, enjoy some time on the grass people-watching or bring along some simple meals for a picnic.
1-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 151-8557, Japan
Dependent on sunrise and sunset, do check their website for monthly timingsWebsiteStart your exploration of Harajuku's trendy streets (3 - 4hrs)
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- After you exit the Meiji Shrine at Harajuku Station, walk through Takeshita-dori which is a shopping haven when it comes to teenage culture and kawaii-type styles. There are also many small eateries selling sweet and savoury crepes (however do note that we are unable to confirm the halal status for these shops, and we advise that you check with the stallowners regarding ingredients and dine at your own discretion).
- Grab a quick photo at the dazzling Tokyo Plaza Omotesando Harajuku, where the mirror-lined escalators create a kaleidoscopic effect.
4 Chome-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
11am - 9pm daily
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- Stop for lunch at Kebab Box J - a kebab store that's been open since 2000! Though the menu itself is pretty standard for a kebab store, it's famous for being one of the rare spots in Harajuku to get a halal meal and you can choose your own sauces for the kebabs too!
- P.S. It's considered rude to eat while walking in Japan, so take this chance to sit and rest up before you continue with your day!
Only halal-certified ingredients used, Muslim-owned.
From 500 yen (small size)
COXY 188 Bldg 1F, 1-8-8 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
10.30am – 9pm
WebsiteHead to Shibuya to see the famous Shibuya Crossing & Hachiko Statue (2 - 3hrs)
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- Take a leisurely walk down Harajuku's alleys and the famous Cat Street until you reach Shibuya. If you're a fan of vintage or secondhand clothing you'll be thrilled to see so many shops selling pre-loved apparel here! ? Some shops can be fairly pricey (especially if it's selling vintage luxury brands such as Prada) but the creative atmosphere and quirky mix of styles and trends across the shops will make it a worthwhile walk.
Shibuya Tsutuya Starbucks outlet
- Once you reach Shibuya, you'll definitely want to visit the iconic Shibuya Crossing. Though the crossing is busy at all hours of the day, if you time your arrival to coincide with the late-afternoon peak hour that's when you'll really get to see the crossing in action.
- One of the popular spots to watch the crossing from is at the Shibuya Tsutuya Starbucks, however, it’s always busy in the daytime. Alternatively, if you’re willing to pay a small fee of 1,000 yen you can try out the brand-new vantage point at the top of Mag’s Park building. The dedicated viewing spot closes irregularly, but it’s worth it to check if it’s open so you can get a shot of the entire crossing without any fuss.
Japan, 〒150-0042 Tōkyō-to, Shibuya City, Udagawachō, 21−6 ＱＦＲＯＮＴ1F
6.30am - 4am daily
Mag's Park Building
1-chōme-23-10 Jinnan, Shibuya City, Tōkyō-to 150-0041, Japan
11am - 11pm daily
Leave Shibuya for halal curry rice in either Shinjuku or Akihabara (1.5 - 2hrs)
Shinjuku Kabukicho outlet
- End day 3 of your trip with a plate of halal curry rice at CoCo Ichibanya Curry House's halal-certified outlets! There are currently 2 outlets that have been certified, located at Shinjuku (just a short train ride away from Shibuya) and Akihabara (which is on the other side of Tokyo, closer to Asakusa).
- You can select how spicy you want the curry to be, and even add on toppings such as corn, sausages, or cheese to suit your tastes! ?
From 710 yen
Japan, 〒160-0021 Tōkyō-to, Shinjuku City, Kabukichō, 1-chōme−19−19番3号 商店街振興組合ビルＢ1
11am - 10.30pm daily
From 710 yen
11am - 10pm daily
Day 4 (Tokyo Disneyland/DisneySea)
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It's finally time to visit one of Tokyo's most beloved and well-known attractions: Tokyo Disney Resort which consists of twin parks Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea! If you have to spend your budget on 1 big-ticket item during this trip, we recommend going to either Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea as the unforgettable experience will be worth it!
- 1-day passes range between 4,800 yen (child) to 7,400 (adult) - to pay a little less, you can consider getting a starlight passport (entry after 3pm on weekends/holidays) or an after-6 passport (entry after 6pm on weekdays) depending on the day of your visit. These late-entry tickets are perfect for those who've been to the park before and want to re-experience some of the magic without paying for a full ticket. ?
- If you really want to visit both parks during your trip, make sure to get the 2-day pass which is more worth it than 2 individual 1-day passes. However do note the 2-day pass is only valid for entry on 2 consecutive days.
- P.S. If you're using a late entry pass, use your extra time in the morning to go visit a
- There are some exciting developments planned for the Tokyo Disney parks in 2020 so keep an eye out for more news and updates if that's when you'll be visiting!
- If you’re visiting Tokyo Disneyland make sure to ride the iconic Splash Mountain and Space Mountain rollercoasters to get your adrenaline racing. If DisneySea is where you’re spending the day, make sure to try out Toy Story Mania! where you’ll be ‘shrunken’ down to the size of a toy, and catch a nautical-themed concert at the Mermaid Lagoon Theatre.
No matter whether you’re going for a more classic Disneyland experience
or trying something new at DisneySea
, we promise that you’ll have the time of your life in the happiest place(s) on earth! ? Read more in our Muslim-friendly guides to find out where you can get Muslim-friendly meals in the park, or how to bring in your own meals from outside (the staff won't bother you about it once you inform them that you have dietary requirements).
1-day Pass - 7,400 yen (Adult), 6,400 yen (Junior), 4,800 yen (Child), 6,700 yen (Senior)
Starlight Passport - 5,400 yen (Adult), 4,700 yen (Junior), 3,500 yen (Child)
After-6 Passport - 4,200 yen (Adult), 4,200 yen (Junior), 4,200 yen (Child)
2-day Pass - 13,200 yen (Adult), 11,600 yen (Junior), 8,600 yen (Child)
1-1 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba 279-0031, Japan (entrance to both parks is via Maihama Station)
8am - 10pm (may change seasonally, do check the official calendar before you visit
Day 5 (Toyosu and Odaiba)Wake up bright and early for the Toyosu Fish Market tuna auction (2 - 2.5hrs)
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- Although the action has shifted from the original Tsukiji site to Toyosu, the early-morning tuna auction is still a unique sight you shouldn't miss. (And it's free of charge! ?)
- The shift of the auction and inner wholesale market from Tsukiji to Toyosu was to accommodate growing tourist demand to watch the auction, and the brand-new Toyosu site is equipped with a dedicated observation deck and 70% more space so you can catch the auction without getting lost in the crowd.
- The auction takes place between 5.30am - 6.30am daily however it's recommended to arrive by 5am or earlier to ensure you can get a good spot at the upper-floor observation windows. This is the prime spot for spectators as you can hear the sounds of the fishmongers yelling underfoot, as well as smell and see everything going on in the market.
- While there are several stalls selling cooked seafood near the market, do note that we are unable to confirm the halal status for these stalls and advise that you dine at your own discretion.
6-chōme-6-２ Toyosu, Koto City, Tōkyō-to 135-0061, Japan (enter via connected walkway through Shijomae station)
5.30am - 6.30am daily (fish auction), 5am - 5pm daily (market opening hours), closed on Sundays and national holidays
Head over to DiverCity Tokyo Plaza for an afternoon of fun (3 - 4hrs)
- Take a leisurely 30-minute walk (or a short train ride) over to DiverCity Tokyo Plaza located on the manmade island of Odaiba. Odaiba is a district known for shopping and entertainment and is home to many modern and futuristic buildings as well as interesting sights like the Rainbow Bridge and a replica of the Statue of Liberty!
- DiverCity Tokyo Plaza is a 7-story shopping mall that's full of retail, dining, and entertainment options. It's also famous for the 197-metres tall life-sized Gundam right outside the mall!
- Tuck into an authentic bowl of halal Japanese soba at Sojibo, an eatery on the 6th floor that sells everything from cold soba topped with vegetables and grated yam, to hot soba with fried shrimp tempura. ? They even have rice bowls topped with egg and chicken!
Halal-certified food, alcoholic drinks served separately in establishment
From 590 yen
6F DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, 1 Chome-1-10 Aomi, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0064, Japan
11am - 11pm daily
Boggle your mind at Odaiba's Tokyo Trick Art Museum (1.5 - 2hrs)
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- Trick art museums are not that uncommon these days, but that doesn’t make this one any less amazing. Located in Decks Tokyo Beach shopping mall, Tokyo Trick Art Museum is divided into several segments with different themes, including a haunted mansion theme and the Japanese Edo Era theme, which is the museum’s highlight.
- There are guides and suggestions provided at each illusion on how you can pose for your photos, but you are encouraged to be creative. Tickets can be purchased from a vending machine at the entrance.
1,000 yen (Adult), 600 yen (Child, 4 - 14 years old), FOC (Children 3 and younger)
Decks Tokyo Beach Seaside mall 4F 1-6-1, Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 135-0091, Japan
11am - 9pm (Last admission 8.30pm)
WebsiteDive into a slice of retro Japan at Daiba Itchome Shotengai theme park (2 - 3hrs)
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- Tokyo has several small niche theme parks, but Daiba Itchome Shotengai may be one of the most unique ones yet. Located in the Odaiba Decks shopping center (on the same floor as the trick art museum!), the theme park is based on pop culture from the Showa era (1920s - 1980s) and includes everything from a display of a 1950s Japanese-style home, and racing arcade games, to pinball machines.
- Do note that there are stalls selling traditional or childhood snacks in the park, however we are unable to confirm the individual halal status of the products there.
entrance is free, but individual games may have a fee (don't worry though - some of the retro games are as cheap as 10 - 100 yen!)
4F SEASIDE MALL, Decks Tokyo Beach, 1-6-1, Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo 135-0091
11am - 9pm daily
WebsiteHead across the rainbow bridge for dinner at Shinagawa (1.5 - 2hrs)
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- Grab a quick look at Odaiba's rainbow bridge as you make your way back to central Tokyo.
- After days of Japanese food, tackle your homesickness head-on with home-cooked Indonesian cuisine at Shinagawa's Cabe Meguro. ? The restaurant serves up your favourite dishes like lontong, nasi goreng, and mie bakso, all below 1,000 yen!
From 750 yen
Japan, 〒141-0021 Tokyo, Shinagawa, Kamiosaki, 3 Chome−5−4, 田中ビル
11.30am - 2.30pm, 5.30pm - 10pm (Mon - Sat), closed on Sundays
Day 6 (Central Tokyo and Ginza)Watch sumo wrestlers' morning practice at Arashio-beya (1.5 - 2hrs)
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- Catch a rare glimpse into the world of Japan's sumo wrestlers by watching their morning practice at the Arashio-beya sumo stable. Entrance into the stable itself is not permitted, but visitors are welcome to watch the wrestlers practice from the street.
- As the area for spectators is quite small, you are advised to come early if possible to get a spot. Practice usually happens every morning but you are advised to call ahead of time the previous day to make sure - a sample script for this is available on their website!
2 Chome-47-2 Nihonbashihamacho, Chuo City, Tokyo 103-0007, Japan
7.30am - 10am daily (Closed in March, Jul, Nov, and during tournament seasons
WebsiteTreat yourself to a bowl of tendon at Halal Tendon Itsuki in the heart of Ginza (1 - 1.5hrs)
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- Just because you're on a budget doesn't mean you can't treat yourself to something special now and then. ? Ginza is one of the pricier neighbourhoods in Tokyo, but the tendon bowls at this restaurant are quite affordable for the area!
- Tempura is fried right in front of you (guaranteeing that it'll still be crunchy and sweet when you bite into it) and their Special Tendon (1,500 yen) even includes snow crab tempura!
Halal-certified (by Japan Halal Foundation)
From 1,000 yen
2F, Ginza-INZ Building, 3-1, Ginza-nishi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
11am - 3pm, 5pm - 11pm (Mon - Fri), 11am - 11pm (Sat - Sun)
WebsiteTake it easy with an afternoon relaxing in the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (2 - 3hrs)
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1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda City, Tōkyō-to 100-8111, Japan (Enter via the Ote-mon Gate/Hirakawa-mon Gate/Kitahanebashi-mon Gate)
9am - 5pm (Mar 1 - Apr 14, last entry 4.30pm)
9am - 6pm (Apr 15 - Aug 31, last entry 5.30pm)
9am - 5pm (Sep 1 - Sep 30, last entry 4.30pm)
9am - 4.30pm (Oct 1 - Oct 31, last entry 4pm)
9am - 4pm (Nov 1 - Feb 28/29, last entry 3.30pm)
Closed on special occasions and holidays - do check their website for more informationPay a visit to the weird and quirky Intermediatheque museum (1 - 1.5hrs)
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- Intermediatheque has by far one of the oddest museum collections in Tokyo, featuring a blend of natural history, scientific curiosities, and artwork. The displays are a peculiar, slightly morbid mix - all in line with the museum's intention to create a space for interdisciplinary learning.
- If you're a fan of the quirky, you'll definitely enjoy the weird and wonderful items in this small but large and airy two-storey space.
- Entrance is free-of-charge, and do note that you are not allowed to take photographs within the museum.
Japan, 〒100-7003 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda City, Marunouchi, 2-chōme−7−2 ＫＩＴＴＥ
11am - 6pm (Sun, Tue - Thu), 11am - 8pm (Fri - Sat), closed on Mondays and national holidays
WebsiteEnd your last day in Tokyo with a bowl of ramen at Ayam-YA OkachimachiCredit: @icazahra on Instagram
- This chain is so popular amongst Muslim travellers to Japan it even has outlets in Kyoto and Osaka! Their yummy chicken-based broth is what steals the show here as it’s packed with flavour and even some local Japanese say it tastes just as exceptional as non-halal ramen too.
- Take your pick between thick, thin or spicy thick soup and choose the size you prefer. You have to order through a machine and the staff will deliver your food to you. If you want a stronger kick in your bowl of noodles, we recommend getting the spicy version! It’s definitely comforting to slurp a bowl of Ayam-YA ramen after a whole day of walking and exploring ? Other than ramen, Ayam-YA also serves rice bowls and chicken kaarage too.
Halal Certified (by Malaysia Halal Corporation)Prices:
From 850 yen
4 Chome-10-1 Taito, Tokyo 110-0016, Japan
Lunch – 11.30am to 3pm daily (last order at 2.30pm)
Dinner – 5pm to 10pm daily (last order at 9.30pm)
Day 7 (Goodbye Tokyo ?)Credit: Umi Chan on Facebook
Total CostsAccommodation (7 nights):
From RM945Transport (Initial 5,000 yen Pasmo top-up):
Food + Attractions:
From RM791 (excluding shopping/souvenirs)
Taxes (10% VAT):
Total cost per adult pax:
Our numbers may be an estimate, but we think it's definitely doable to spend a week in Tokyo under RM3000. Even with a flight costing RM1,100 to RM1,500 you might find yourself spending a total of RM3,100 - RM3,500 - with entrance to Disneyland included! Check out our Tokyo budget tips for more ways to save on costs
when you're visiting the city, as well as where to go to get the best shopping deals
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