Living in Kansai for years made me realise that there are so much places visit and it is almost never enough. I made a 5-day itinerary for your future use
Jaws and Jurassic Park were my favourite rides as a kid. The first time I’ve visited is when I was around twelve. I can vividly remember how scorching hot it was. The lines were unforgivable (as usual.) I suggest getting an XPRESS 5 or 7 for The Forbidden Journey. I promise that the extra payment is worth it.
Ahh do I even have to explain?
I’ve been to USJ way too many times than a normal person would do, so I’m confident enough that I could recommend the best places to eat, etc. I honestly do not suggest their turkey leg.. There is a hype going on with those but personally, I think it’s not worth it. I’d really rather seat down and enjoy my meal.
1. The Three Broomsticks / Harry Potter Restaurant – try the chicken and ribs platter and of course butter beer!
2. Straw Hat Crew’s Feast / One Piece Restaurant for their lunch sets
3. Mel’s Drive-In – burgers and cheesy fries!
4. Hello Kitty doughnuts
Day 2: Kyoto Kinkakuji, Kiyomizudera and Fushimi Inari Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera is always one of the must-see temples in Japan because of it’s label as a part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage site. Lots of tourists, usually clad in kimono, go there. I detest huge crowds but I would brave to visit here every single time because it’s just so, so beautiful. Top things to do here are: taste free Japanese delicacies. It’s free but I’m sure once you taste it you will not not buy; wash your hands, drink from the running spring; eat cold soba; and just be completely possessed by how beautiful nature is. It’s kind of unfortunate that they are currently renovating it (as most famous Japanese sites are) because of Tokyo 2020 Olympics. But I definitely recommend you to go and see it for yourself.
Fujinomori if you’re visiting during the rainy season. The temple in Fujinomori is mostly empty but it is a great venue to see some hydrangea garden in June!
The last time I’ve been to Sakuranomiya for Cherry Blossom season was in 2010 and it was beautiful, not an overstatement. I wish to go back this spring!
My favourite shopping street is along Shinsaibashi to Namba area. You can just leave me there for a day and end up with dozens of items in my hand. Japan is really good at marketing items and I always get fooled. Shopaholic anonymous, anyone?