City Overview, Tokyo
Here you can find a large Market, a park and a zoo, as well as the so called 'Motorbike Town'. In this area there are many motorbike and accessory stores. Prices are generally less than in many other countries also. The most famous store is Corin which had about 10 shops in the area including an 8 storey department stores full of motorbikes and gear. To make people want to stay in the shop longer there is a rest area and even a pretty good (and cheap!) curry restaurant in the basement. You can also buy bikes for export. Just about any part you want for any bike is available here. As always it pays to compare prices closely, but you can get some real bargains here.
Explore the different parts of the city. The main neighbourhoods are (I think) Shinjuku, Shibuya, Roppongi, Ikebukuro and Ginza. But actually most of the stations along the Yamanote-sen are worth jumping off at and have a look at, even though they may not be best described as neighbourhoods. I personally loved a place named Kanda that has a lot of bookstores!
Fondest memory: I lived in Tokyo for one year, so I have difficulties finding one special memory. I think it is the sense of total freedom, though, that you can feel when you know there's a huge city waiting for you and you can go anywhere you want. Walking through the Kanda book store district were an absolute favourite, just as strolling around Shibuya or taking a walk from the Ueno station to the Okachimachi station, following the Ueno market along the tracks...
visit Shinjuku, Ginza and Roppongi. These are all centers of nightlife. Shinjuku is where the average Japanese person goes to have fun; there are tons of low-class dives in Kabuki-cho. Ginza is for high-class romping; bring lots of money. Roppongi is the gaijin (foreigner) center; you will find many bars and the premier dance club, Velfarre (sp?). I also like Hiro'o, which also has a ton of gaijin since it's near the embassies, but isn't as decadent as Roppongi. Other important spots are: Toranomon, Asakusa, Akasaka Mitsuke, Akihabara, Odaiba, Kichijoji.
Fondest memory: all-night karaoke, late-night ramen, snacks, izakaya, sashimi
go SHOPPING! Man, shopping in Tokyo is an adventure in itself. The things here are ULTRA-EXPENSIVE but you can't claim to have seen the BEST department stores until you come to Tokyo.
Let's see, their LARGEST department store - TOBU is housed over 29 different floors (yes, of pure blissful shopping!)... and their SECOND LARGEST department store - SEIBU has 22-storeys of pure shopping floors. And mind you, I'm talking about the LARGEST and SECOND LARGEST department stores IN THE WORLD!
Other great places to shop in Tokyo - without burning a hole in your pocket include: Isetan Department Store (in Shinjuku). Kinokuniya Bookstores (fantastic!). Takashimaya Times Square - This is a large shopping complex in Shinjuku. You can find video game arcades, theaters... everything here. Yodobashi Camera Store - One of the BIGGEST discount camera shops in Japan. It is located right in front of Shinjuku station. Oriental Bazaar in Harajyuku - You can buy reasonably priced (compared to most other shops in Tokyo, that is!) traditional Japanese clothing and crafts. They also sell souvenirs. Akihabara - There are over 500 shops here that sell electronic gadgets! The prices are about 30% lower than the regular prices AND you can BARGAIN too. Now, isn't this great news?! Even if you aren't intending to shop here, it's still a FUN place to visit. Check out and marvel at the latest Japanese electronic inventions! Awesome....
Fondest memory: Here's a little trivia for you:
TOBU closed its doors for an entire day when Michael Jackson (back in his hey days when he was the KING of Pop) decided to shop here.
Hm, maybe someday when you and I become reeeeeal famous, who knows... Tobu might just close its doors for us too. :-)
P.S. That's me (dressed in winter garb) attempting to find something that I like here in Tobu. But everything's just soooo expensive here! Or am I just poor?
Click below to find out.
roppongi discos! fishmarket!
to rent a car- the easyness of traffic- although I drove in the nighttime...
Fondest memory: the clean city, one can eat anything anywhere, the friendliness of the people-just unbelievable- atleast for a finn...
nice fullsize taxicabs- chrome and shine, i could have never believed that japs themselves like big cars and hate small economyboxes -just like i do!
Fondest memory: During the week...Rushing away from the small pubs and bars with my drinking friends just before midnight, so we can get the last train back home. But on Friday night, that is not a problem, as you just keep partying until the first train starts on Saturday morning.
go to Shinjuku. Particularly Southern Terrace, where there are Kinko's, Eddie Bauer, Star Bucks Coffee, etc.
Fondest memory: Internet surfing at Kinko's. There is one in Southern Terrace opposite the South Gate of Shinjuku Station.
The others in Tokyo are Toranomon, Uchisaiwaicho, Higashi-Ginza, Kyobashi, Tokyo-Eki, Hibiya, Kayabacho, Awajicho, Kanda, Otemachi, Ikebukuro-Nishiguchi, Nishi-Shinjuku (Tel. 03-3363-3122), Shinjuku Center Buildg, Shinjuku Gyoen, Hilton-Tokyo in Shinjuku, Yotsuya, Totsuya 3-chome, Gaienmae, Shibuya Station East Exit on Meiji-Dori, Osaki Gatecity, Tamachi Station Mita Exit.
Favorite thing: Tokyo is just a dream at night. All the Lights are on, the streetlife still very much alive. It's what you see in the movies, so you won't be disappointed.
Come to the Shinjuku and Harajuku and feel the REAL energy of the young guys
Fondest memory: Tons of shops for accessories, clothes, and... Too many things!