If someone is picking you up at the airport, make sure that you specify which exit you are actually getting out. From the baggage claims section, there are two exits. One going to the South Exit and the other one is going to the North Exit. The South Exit is mostly for passengers who have pick-ups - friends, family and relatives coming to pick the passengers related to them. The North exit is for passengers heading to the bus stops.
Unique Suggestions: At least inform your relatives to pick you up at the south exit. Not the North Exit.. .
Fun Alternatives: Have a cellular phone ready so you can communicate with your friends or relatives coming to pick you up.
The Edo-Tokyo Museum is not a tourist trap per se -- its permanent exhibits present a somewhat enlightening portait of a growing city from the time the Tokogawa Shogunate made Edo its capital in 1600 until today. It gives reasonable displays about 17th-century life in the city and explains the way the town ways planned -- the effects of which still can be seen today. However, as museums go it's really not that great: mostly reading and replicas. The paucity of real artifacts of the time make one wish that they'd just purchased a book on the subject rather than traveled to this remote corner of town for the information. So my advice would be that its worth a stop if you're in the neighborhood (it's right next door to the suo stadium) but otherwise don't go through the trouble unless there's a special exhibition. In fact, that's what I did, catching a traveling show of Mongolian Art from the 12-14th centuries, which was excellent!
Try to avoid staying in the major hotels. Horror stories abound of being charged top dollar. Besides, the furnishings are generally western so it's not really the Japan experience you are probably looking for.
Avoid restaurants with beautiful rock gardens, quaint Japanese lanterns and manicured paths leading to the genkan (entrance). Yes, I know it is just what you were expecting to see in Tokyo, but be aware that the prices are often tailored to the Japanese 'salary man' whose business is picking up the tab so don't be caught out.
One other thing. Calling home can be expensive from Japan. Be aware of the calling charges before you 'phone home'.
Someone stole a our paperbag full of paid for camera equipment while shopping in the Yokahoma U.S. P.X.
when it was set down for a moment to look at framed pix. I guess this could happen anywhere in the world.
Taxi can cause heart attack to travellers who were not been forewarn of its astronomical fare. I was told that a trip from Narita Airport to Tokyo city can cost as much as S$200. If you try to flag a taxi for a short trip to a few blocks away, the driver would rather not earn your money but give you a rub down for not exercising your legs. When you are in Japan, bring more cash and must be in Japanese Yen. Reason being:1) Not many shops accept credit cards and some accept only Japanese cedit cards.2) Cost of living in Tokyo is extremely high. Just a simple meal (noodle + green tea) at an economical restaurant would easily cost 580 yen.3) Most Japanese do not speak a foreign language and they would get panicky if they encounter one who don't speak Japanese. They accept only Japanese Yen and if you don't have, they would rather not do your business.
Roppongi is a gaijin (foreigner) haunt. Some people like it; others hate it. It is the only place in Tokyo where you will see as many gaijin as you do Japanese. And it's incredibly decadent. I recommend you allot yourself one night to go there, if only just for the experience. While you're there, you can go to the top of Tokyo Tower.
Meant to be the best place for nightlife. Oh dear. Was hassled from the moment we left the subway.
The district seems to consist of a few bars and hundreds of strip bars. Huge numbers of americans line the streets trying to get you to enter their bar with the familiar... 'Just come for a look' that you hear all over the world.
Hated the place, this is NOT Japan.
How to do? One must be extremely quick to assume such a position on beasts such as these. Do not be fooled by their kind eyes, their colorfulness, their plumpness and jolly smile. These animals are imbedded with Weapons of Mass Destruction. Beware!
Fotunately, I never found any traps in here yet but if I can find then surely I will tell you all folks:-}
There are big animals everywhere. They are not as friendly as they look.
Fun Alternatives: Don't say I didn't warn you.
They will stomp your brains out.
Fun Alternatives: This toursit is very brave. So brave the Japanese whose life she saved gave her a Japanese name- Riamu which means thou who are not afraid of yellow ears.
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