A first-time visitor’s guide to Tokyo (GMA News Online)

Encountered lots of local tourists during the Golden Week

(This feature was published in GMA News Online last June 16, 2015)

Move over, Hong Kong! There’s now a new “it destination” for Filipinos: Japan. With more affordable direct flights by budget carriers and the ease of getting a Japanese visa, locals finally find it accessible to visit the Land of the Rising Sun.

I recently organized a family trip to Tokyo and managed to take care of everything—from visa application to flights and accommodations—for all 15 of us. I am no travel agent nor am I affiliated with a travel agency, but I was able to execute our trip with minimal fuss and stress thanks to technology and a lot of research.

Pick a place

What’s on your bucket list? There are a lot of must-see places in Japan, so it’s best to narrow down your list of must-visit spots and decide where to book a flight.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is in Osaka, while Disneyland and DisneySea are in Tokyo, and Kyoto has a collection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In our case, Tokyo was the top choice since we were traveling with kids who looked forward to visiting the world-class theme parks.

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