Great view from above for a lot of money, however it is pretty difficult to find the right weather. Days with clear sky are best, but not always give you a view to far away Mt. Fuji. Before going up check the newest photos on instagram to get a hint how much you can see that day.
Directly on the way to Himeji castle and a good place to stop by if you are a fan of the cute kitten character. The food was delicious and you even could take some things with you.
Himeji Castle is really amazing, however, because of this too many tourists are there. Try to go there early!! When I was there around 11 am I already needed to walk in line inside the castle.
A great theme park when you are interested in Edo period. All the staff members are wearing costumes, you can watch a lot of shows (Ninja, Oiran, ...) and even try out some games. Also the food there was pretty good.
Highlight is wearing on of the costumes, just like Kimono, Ninja or samurai outfit. However, this is a bit pricy. I also was told that foreigners are not allowed to use the Japanese wigs there, what made me a bit sad. At least they made my hair a bit.
A great place for One Piece fans. We went there early and were within the first 5 visitors of the day. The attractions are good for adults and children, however I mostly enjoyed the live show. I was suprised you can leave and enter again on the same day through getting a stamp on the exit. So you can have lunch at Mugiwara Café or Sanji's Restaurant and then go back to the indoor-park again.
Went there with a bus tour and it is really impressive to see the pink fields and mount Fuji. However, it is really crowed. Try to avoid weekends and Golden Week when you are planing to go there. They had a lot of food stands with limited dishes which looked really nice.
I like lolita fashion, but there are two problems:
1) Most brands don't fit my larger size
2) The famous brands are too expensive wanting at least 25,000 Yen for a dress.
Bodyline solves both problems, they have a lot clothes in larger sizes and there prices are really cheap, though quality of the dresses is ok, only lace sometimes looks cheap.
It's pretty loud inside the shop with the jpop music. And you can't try the dresses on, the only bad point in my eyes...
I'm a big fan of 100 yen shops and even so there are many around Japan, I always like to drop by this big one in Harajuku. There you can find some things you can't find in the smaller brand shops. Only thing annying: it is always too crowded...
Found these cool paper craft sets last time ♥
Koraku-en Garden is really a very huge and beautiful garden. It took me some time to see everything, such as green tea plants, lakes with koi carps, small mountains, bridges, beautiful flowers and a lot more. I totally understand why it belongs to the most beautiful gardens in Japan.
Also the view to Okayama Castle is nice. If you plan to visit both locations definately get the combi ticket to save some yen.
Inside the castle I could were a Kimono for free and take some photos, which was a great experience. Also the staff working at this corner was very nice.
The café inside Okayama Castle was featured in an episode of Detective Conan, so if you are a fan, stopp by there!