Tokyo-to Off The Beaten Path

  • Off The Beaten Path
    by Ewingjr98
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by Ewingjr98
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    The View in late March
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Tokyo-to Off The Beaten Path

  • Day Trip out of Tokyo

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    Koshu Highway, or Route 20, in Hachioji is famous for its street lined on both sides with ginkgo (or ichou) trees, which turn bright yellow in the fall. For one weekend each year in late November (16-17 Nov 2013), the city holds a festival to celebrate the colorful leaves, the changing of the season and the vibrant town of Hachioji. We arrived on...

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  • Shrines and Temples

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    Our wanderings in the side streets off Nakamise Dori led us here, to this tranquil tucked-away shrine devoted to the deity Otanuki-sama (tanuki means raccoon-dog). This deity is thought to protect people and their homes from disasters such as fire and theft and is also, according to a sign I saw here, a god of “the art of public entertainment”. The...

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  • Shinjuku

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    P!ss Alley, or Memory Lane, is one of Tokyo's best street food areas. Though covering a very small area, they somehow packed about 40 restaurants into this alley, plus another 10 or so on the parallel alley to the east. This alley earned its name appropriately, as it was originally a narrow alley with numerous restaurants, but no restrooms, so...

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  • Local People and Lives

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    Don't speak much or any Japanese and looking to meet some friendly Japanese people who do? Com Inn is a cozy, little English conversation cafe in Ebisu, near the Doutor building. Most of the time it serves as both a school for Japanese or as a place where Japanese talk to foreigners to improve their listening and speaking skills. But twice a...

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  • Experience

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    It is common to see the beautiful Mt Fuji from the window of the Bullet train (direction: Kyoto, Osaka). It is particularly a superb experience to see the snow-covered Mt. Fuji in early Spring (April). The first picture is rare: Mt Fuji surrounded by a cloud ring!! The second is Mt Fuji captured from a rice filed near Gotenba (a resort city...

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  • Parks, Yards, Gardens and Squares

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    The Ueno Zoo is just like most every other metropolitan zoo. The calling card for this one though is its Panda Bears. The panda's are pretty cool to look at, and there are a few other animals which I didn't see in the usual American zoo's. The hardest part about going to the zoo is getting there. I was lucky and a co-worker drove me. Ueno is on...

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  • Theatres and Museums

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    The Yebisu Beer Museum is one of those places you can only find in Tokyo. The admission is free, although the beer isn't. It is in the Yebisu Garden Palace, and is a place that commemorates the history, sicence and technology of all thing beer! There is a beer tasting available, but the best bet is to go to the "Beer Station" restaurant nearby and...

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  • Shibuya

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    In a small arboreal area outside the Shibuya train station, you can find a statue to a small dog that epitomizes loyalty and undying love. Little Hachiko used to walk with his master, a Tokyo University professor, to Shibuya station everyday as he went off to work and greeted him every evening as he exited the train station on the way home. Sadly,...

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  • Odaiba & Ariake

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    What greeted me next was quite a surprise (even for a liberal thinker such as myself!) & even though I had mentally prepared for it. A sea of women of all ages and a few girls, were changing out of their yukatas in readiness for the best part-the bathing ritual. Here, I was handed a big towel & a small towel & had brought along a 100 yen coin for...

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  • Ikebukuro

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    The world's biggest car showroom is just under the railway bridge in front of sunshine city. On five floors you can see all Toyotas cars, including some that only seem to be made for the Japanese market. It also includes historical stuff, good exhibitions about Formula 1, safety and loads of interactive exhibits - which are excellent, especially...

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  • Museums

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    John Lennon once said "It's not a waste of time if you had fun." While he may have been refering to some of his heroine trips, he could have equally been describing a couple of hours spent at the John Lennon Museum, adjacent to the Saitama Super Arena in suburban Omiya that opened in 2000. A little hagiographic, the museum is still an good way to...

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  • Ginza

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    I stumbled across this small shop on my way back to Ginza from the fish market. I was drawn in and I couldn't help it - it's so beautiful. It's only like 5 mins walk from all the Ginza glitz and it's a small family-run handmade jewelry business and they make everything in their basement workshop - which you can see from peep-holes in the glass...

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  • Ameya Yokocho (AMEYOKO)

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    At every city that I visit, I always love to drop by at the local markets. This is because I find that shopping and browsing at local markets to be far more interesting than shopping at typically nondescript supermarkets, which are not particularly inspiring replicas of one another, and not too different from what you can find back home. Indeed,...

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  • LaQua

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    LaQua is a whole city unto itself. There is shopping, roller coasters, water rides, shows, restaurants and more. But the best reason to go isn't any of these. It is the spa! Underneath a roller coaster near the Tokyo Dome is this odd little building. It doesn't really look like it belongs there, but is actually part of the Tokyo Dome City...

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  • Tsukiji Market

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    Though not a fishing trip in the usual sense of the word, you will see more fish here than you ever have before. I struggled to find a way to describe it. I have come across the following passage from A Cook's Tour, the fine book by Anthony Bourdain that describes it as well as I have seen (note that even Tony struggles)... "While I had visited...

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  • Sports

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    Unlike any other big city in the world, people talking to some one who sit next to he or she, people smile to each other some one you don't really know, people saying hi to each other, but in Japan almost no one doing this. Not even for the Japanese, amongst the foreigner vs the local, most of the time foreigners has really hard time to know the...

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  • The Suburbs (***AMACHI)

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    In Ningyocho/Suitengu area, the Tokyo Grain Exchange has a beehive of Japanese bees on the 7th floor of their building that you can see for free. You can see them quite close and not be afraid that they will sting you or anything, because it is just outside a large window pane. Kinda cool to think that there is a bunch of bees collecting nectar in...

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  • Kanda & Ochanomizu

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    You know what - I think you should visit the neighbourhood of Kanda! Here are lots of bookstores, both second hand and new ones. This is the place to buy a supply of great Japanese novels translated into English, that you could have a hard time finding in your own country. I recommend Kawabata (my favourite being 'The old capital'), Ariyoshi (e.g...

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  • Imperial Palace

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    When exploring the grounds, though a lot of the area is blocked off due to the palace being closed, there are a lot of nice paths to the side that are more quiet and you can see the real beauty of the gardens.

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  • Tokyo Tower

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    Is it any coincidence that next to what represents a pyramid of sorts (Tokyo Tower ... not really a pyramid but it is triangular) is a Masonic Temple. Who are these guys? Well the Masons have a thing for ruling over people. They won't exactly tell you that but there's enough history to go around to tell us that they have significant influence. From...

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  • Tokyo Stock Exchange

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    Not many people knows you can visit Tokyo's stock exchange market building, for free! It is not a remarcable touristic spot, but you can spend 30 minutes walking by the empty futuristic corridors, while brokers are "playing" from their homes and offices: yes, there's nobody inside, but a few stock controllers and the guys of some specialized TV...

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  • Yebisu Garden Place

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    A great rainy day site in Tokyo that isn't crowded with hordes of tourists is the Museum of Photography, conveniently located near the Sapporo Beer Museum in Yebisu Gardens. I really enjoyed the exhibits, which rotate periodically. The highlight while I was there was an exhibit of the top press photos of 2005, which included some moving shots of...

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  • Tokyo International Forum

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    Tokyo International Forum is located between Otemachi and Ginza, 3 minutes walk from the Yuraku-Cho Station. There are few halls and ball rooms manage to contain at least 20,000 audients. This new giant hall is popular for the international exhibition, world class famous singer concert and international convention.

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  • University Of Tokyo

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    I've never imagined before that the Tokyo University has this big size lake in the middle of its campus. It might be good for the campus couples. :) In fact, the campus per se did not meet my expectation. Many buildings are old, streets are dirty, and I was not allowed to take a look inside the library. Someday, I want to come back and feel the...

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  • Sumida River

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    After visiting Hama Rikyu Gardens (a 10 minute walk S. of Tsukiji Fish Market), you can take about a 40 minute ride on the Sumida River to the pier near Asakusa. Cost: 620 yen (one way). It makes for a nice change in pace and you get to sit down and see the areas along the river. Caution: There are a few low clearances under a few of the bridges if...

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  • JAZZ AT THE BALLOON

    IN ASAKUSA THERE IS A NICE LITTLE JAZZ CLUB ON THE 6TH? FLOOR CALLED THE BALLOON STATION.. .THE NIGHT I WENT THERE WAS A DUET DOING GIUTAR AND VOCALS.. .SOME GREAT JAZZ STANDARS DONE WITH A VOCALIST IN THE GENRE OF A FRANK SINATRA STYLE!!! REALLY NICE ENTERTAINMENT!!!!!

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  • Plenty of Green

    Whilst much of Tokyo prefecture is very crowded and built up, there's plenty of nature out west.It's always a pleasure to get out of urban Tokyo and into a more relaxed setting.

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  • JOHN LENNON MUSEUM

    ACTUALLY THIS PLACE IS IN SAITAMA.. .AT THE SUPER ARENA.... I ONLY WISH THEY WOULD HAVE ALLOWED PICTURES TO BE TAKEN..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IF ONE IS A BEATLES OR ESPECIALLY A JOHN LENNON FAN...THIS PLACE IS A MUST TO SEE AND EXPERIENCE !!!! IT IS PROBABLY THE KINDESS THING THAT YOKO ONO HAS DONE TO HAVE LENDED THE ITEMS OF JOHN'S TO THIS MUSEUM....

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  • Tokyo, Tonga and New Zealand for free!

    Could you be one of the 11 Canadian delegates on the 21st Ship for World Youth, organized by the government of Japan, in partnership with the United Nations?Are you:- Interested in traveling to Japan, Tonga and New-Zealand for free, on a Japanese cruise ship?- Between 18 and 30 years old?- Eager to discover new cultures?- Available from January 14...

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  • Second Hand Fashion in Shimokitazawa

    Shimokitazawa is an area frequented by the college-age crowd. By walking around the densely populated shopping area, you'll notice the crowd here is stylish, but in a manner totally different from the typical fashions you'll find in Shinjuku, Shinbuya, Ginza or Harajuku. Most of the young adults here buy their clothes from the second hand clothing...

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  • Shibamata - Old Downtown Inside Tokyo

    Tokyo is not just skyscrapers and noisy streets. Most travellers have missed the "***amachi" area, which means 'the old downtown'. @Shibamata, can best represents the "***amachi", is inside Katsushika ward. It was set as the background of famous drama "Otoko wa Tsurai yo" - or 'It's tough being a man', starring Kiyoshi Atsumi as Tora-san. This...

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  • A side trip to Sendai

    We took the 2 hour Bullet train trip to Sendai (about $300. US) Miyagi University of EducationBamboo forest in Hiraizumi to see the magnificent Chusonji and Konjikido TemplesOur hotel room at the Royal Park Hotel, Sendai

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  • Tokyo International Forum

    Tokyo International Forum is an important urban landmark in Tokyo, and is a cultural facility offering exhibitions, concerts and other interesting events.It is designed by architect Rafael Vinoly, and is famous for its swooping curves.Access : A short walk from JR Yurakucho Station

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  • Head office of my company

    The head office of my company Nippon Steel is located at central of Tokyo next to JR Tokyo Station.

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  • Yasukuni Shrine

    Yasukuni Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Tokyo, dedicated to the spirits of soldiers and others who died fighting on behalf of the Japanese emperor.Direction : A 5 minute walk from Kudanshita Subway Station.[Back to Tokyo-to]

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  • A temple in Tsukiji

    Tsukiji Hongan-ji, is a temple of Jodo Shinshu Buddhist located in the Tsukiji district of Tokyo.Access : A short walk from Tsukiji Subway Station

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  • Tokyo Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum

    Aside from original document and copies of Edo-Tokyo histrical date and materials, there are exhibits of large scale reproduction models based on painstaking histrical research.Admission fee : JPY600 for an adult3 minute walk from JP Ryogoku Station

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  • Shinbashi Station

    Shinbashi Station, is a major interchange station in Tokyo.Located centrally and a 10-minute walk from Ginza shopping district, directly south of Tokyo station.Shinbashi is the original terminus of Japan's first stretch of railway, the Tokaido Main Line, and is one of Japan's oldest stations.The original Shinbashi Station, opened on October 10,...

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  • Museums at Ueno Park

    Most of the museums in Tokyo are at the Ueno Park, namely the Tokyo National Museum, National Science Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and Ueno no-mori Art Museum. There is even a zoo and an aquarium at Ueno Park. To get here, take the subway (Ginza Line) and alight at the Ueno Station, which is one of the bigger subway stations in Tokyo. The...

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  • Sumida Park

    There is a nice park along the Sumida River called the Sumida Park which locals like to hang out. This park is located near to the Asakusa Shrine and the boat cruise departure point along the Sumida River. The nearest subway station is the Asakusa subway station.

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  • Lake in Tokyo

    If you are looking for a lake in the heart of Tokyo to relax, the best place would be the big lake at the famous Ueno Park(just next to the Ueno sub-way station). The lake is located at a corner portion of the park where there are many small shrines. In fact, there are 2 lakes, one of them for recreational activities such as boating whereas another...

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  • Commercial area of Tokyo

    If you are interested, you can visit the commerical area of Tokyo to see the impressive skyscrapers. This is the Shinbashi and Ginza areas which is near to the Sumida River as it enters into Tokyo Bay. Nearest sub-way stations are the Shinbashi and Ginza stations.

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  • Shrines at Ueno Park

    When you are at Ueno Park, you should visit the lake area as there are several traditional shrines here which the locals come and pray. You need to cross a small road before reaching the lake area of Ueno Park.

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  • National Sumo Stadium

    The National Sumo Stadium for Sumo tournament has been here in Ryogoku next to JR Ryogoku Station since 1945, the current building dates from 1985.During a Sumo tournament many of wrestlers simply walk from their beya just down the street.Sumo tournament, each lasting 15 days, are held in Tokyo in January, May and September at the 10,000 seat...

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  • Hachiko Statue

    In the 1920’s, a professor who lived near JR Shibuya Station kept a small Akita dog, who would come to the station every day to await his master’s return.The professor died in 1925, but the dog continued to show up and wait at the station until his own death 11 years later.The poor dog’s faithfulness was not lost on the Japanese, and they built the...

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