My fondest memory of Tokyo? My first date with Shafinah in Ueno was great. We went to an Italian art museum then had a fantastic dinner at this small Italian restaurant. We soon jumped back on the train visited a few sites, had a lot of fun.
There are vending machines at practically each street corner and they dipense everything from fast food and bottled air to magazines and toilet paper (among other things which I won't mention here for obvious reasons - suffice it to say that the rumours are true).
As I mentioned on another tip, there is no name of the place Tokyo. But this.
Tokyo station is the only place that the word just "Tokyo" is used as a name of a place on a map.
some facts: This station is the first rail station in Japan that build in 1914 when the first rail was set in between with Shimbashi.
Begging in downtown Tokyo
During rush hours, can see a solitary standing monk with a traditional straw conical hat and a bowl for a yen or two.
In all the prosperity, yes, there are homeless people. You can see them at Ueno train station or other train stations in the evening when card boards are set up between pillars to book a place to sleep overnight.
There are a lot of things a Westerner needs to know about riding the subway in Tokyo. Where to begin? First of all, if you are non-Asian looking, people on the subway will automatically be nervous about you. You are disturbing their chi (a mystical energy, sense of calmness, etc.) Just try to fit in, don't talk to the people on the train (unless you are with someone, preferably a local).
Seating. If you are western and sitting on a seat while Japanese are standing, you will probably get a lot of strange looks (unless you are female, then it is somewhat ok.) Western men are just expected to stand. And if you give up your seat to an old lady who is standing, don't be surprised if a Japanese man jumps into it before the lady can. It is just the culture.
Porn, don't be surprised to see people reading what appears to you to be pornography on a subway. Many of the magazines feature full nudity or sex in them, even comics. It is considered rude to look over someones shoulder at them, and the fact that you are western and looking will make people uncomfortable too.
The most important rule, never touch a Japanese person, especially women or schoolgirls. You are cruising for a beating that way. There are many Japanese perverts on the subway who already touch the women inappropriately, don't be that person. Plus, as a westerner, the locals already think you are going to rape or kill them in the back of their minds. It is just their overall impression of Americans, and they are afraid of them for the most part.
Play by the rules and everything will be ok on the subway.