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Tokyo Things to Do

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  • Imperial Palace(Kokyo Gaien National...

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    There are about two thousand black pine trees in Kokyo Gaien National Garden. It is quite an astounding landscape in sharp contrast to high-rise buildings behind. It is said when the Edo Government was founded in early 17th century current National Garden area still was a cove beach with full of naturally grown pines. Current black pine trees,...

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  • Ginza

    4 out of 5 stars

    Ginza is a high-end shopping and fashion district, known as one of the most luxurious shopping areas in the world. Some of the big stores here include Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, the Sony showroom. It is also home to Tokyo's most famous live theater, the Kabuki-za theater, which is closed, but expected to reopen in 2013. While Ginza's main...

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  • Harajuku And Omote Sando

    Omotesando is a neighborhood in the Shibuya Ward of Tokyo located between Harajuku and Shibuya crossing, but much closer to Harajuku. The main street, a wide tree-lined boulevard, was created as the primary entrance to Meiji Shrine. Today the area is one of Japan's high end shopping districts, featuring several major huge outlets for major brands....

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  • McDonald's

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Every country has unique items at McDonald's and Japan is no different. We made it a point to visit McD's once during our trip and got to partake in these delicious Japanese items: - Ebi-O-Filet: Similar to a fish filet but made with "ebi" (Japanese for shrimp) pattie - Shaka Shaka: Special seasoning to add to fries - Green Tea McFlurry If you...

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  • Yoshinoya

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Yoshinoya is Japan's most famous and popular beef bowl, or gyu-don, fast food restaurant. It is also cheap and quick, with pretty decent food. This restaurant was established in 1899 in Tokyo and was moved to Tsukiji fish market in 1923. Even in its earliest days, Yoshinoya was famous for the beef bowl. Starting in the 1950s, the restaurant...

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  • Starbucks

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Starbucks has its best Tokyo location in Shibuya on the first and second floor of the Tsutaya music store directly across the street from Shibuya Station. Sure the coffee is good, and they have a few snacks. Even better is that Tsutaya allows you to drink your coffee while browsing music. However, the real draw here is that Starbucks has huge...

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Tokyo Nightlife

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  • Night Out in Roppongi

    Roppongi is an area of Tokyo that really comes alive at night. Catering to a lot of Westerners it seems, since there were tons more concentrated in this area of Tokyo more then any other district that I saw. With that comes the throngs of promoters from the strip clubs and seedy spots that will hound you to enter their establishments. The...

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  • Night Out in Shinjuku

    Golden Gai is a small area of Shinjuku that is known for its tiny bars that date back to the end of World War II. The area has six main alleys, connecting about 200 ramshackle bars and restaurants, most of which are just big enough to seat five to ten customers. While this is a very unique area of modern Tokyo, it is said that most of Tokyo was...

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  • Night Out in Shibuya

    The picture here is of Shibuya crossing, this is a light day at the worlds bussiest intersection. Why should you go there? This is the place where some of Japan's top models wear the latest fashions, or where you will likely find a club that has Japan's next major J-pop group. It is also where CD and DVD collectors can find the best deals from...

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Tokyo Transportation

  • From to the Airport

    We arrive in Narita international airport at 8pm, and having done some research before this trip of how to get to the center inexpensive our best bit and the cheapest way is to take the airport train. Outside the arrival area there are counters for transportations to city center, you may choose which counter you wanna be. There are counters for...

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  • Rail - In and out of Tokyo by Train

    Japan has one of the most extensive and advanced rail systems in the world with numerous private and municipal companies providing service local and long distance, usually at reasonable prices compared to other forms of transportation. One of the most outstanding examples of Japan's trains is the Shinkansen, which literally means "new trunk line."...

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  • Rail - Metro - Subway

    Tokyo has an excellent subway line and is the easiest way to get around. They offer different passes, and is cheaper to have a pass than buy a single ticket. We only here for a day and leave the next day to another place so, we decided to take a day pass. The pass will give you to unlimited ride of metro's in the city. Hop-on hop off the metro...

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Tokyo Shopping

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  • Akihabara

    Kotobukiya is the leader in Japanese character figures and their huge store in Akihabara is a collector's dream! They have floor after floor of gorgeous figures and character items from Japanese anime like Evangelion to American comics and movies, like Batman and Iron Man! The prices are not discounted but for Americans like me, it's cheaper than...

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  • Discount Shops - Groceries

    In the shop, they sell a wide range of products that are classified into different categories that will suit anyone's need. They provide updated information about their products too. What's good on this shop is that, they can process orders even you're a gaikokujin like me. They have an english website too. Souvenirs, Japan Daily Products, Toys,...

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  • Nakamise - Asakusa

    You might expect a street leading to a temple to be pretty dull if you weren't the type to stock up on items of a spiritually uplifting nature. But these small stalls sell all manner of merchandise, ranging from colourful fans, ukiyo-e (woodblock prints), kimono and other robes, Buddhist scrolls, traditional sweets, Godzilla toys, t-shirts, and...

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Tokyo Local Customs

  • Etiquettes and Behaviors

    One thing I noticed in Japan was that the subways were an organized chaos! But it seemed to flow efficently all the same. As you know will probably notice when you get to Tokyo and you are getting on the many stops on the metro, you will notice there are sections of the stairs that point which way people are leaving and departing. For example,...

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  • Tradition

    The Buddhist religion has been observed in Japan since the Sixth Century and possibly earlier. About 70 percent of Japan's population claims to be Buddhist, but many are also Shinto, as the two religions have much overlap in beliefs. Buddhist temples are plentiful around Japan, and are primarily used to store sacred relics rather than as a place of...

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  • Religion

    No matter what religion you practice or who you believe in, it is always important to try and respect someone's beliefs. When I was in Japan, I got to visit a number of shrines. It was very spiritual and I am glad to have set foot in these sacred sites. I am Catholic and my beliefs are centered on what I know. But that didn't mean I couldn't come...

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Tokyo Warnings and Dangers

  • Cash / Money

    A reminder! not all ATM machines in Japan in general and tokyo in particular, accept ATM cards from International Consortiums like Cirrus, Maestro, Discover, Plus, etc. Only the ATM Machines in select 7-11 convenience stores and in airports and major subway and train stations accept the international atm cards with a 400 yen surcharge per...

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  • People to Avoid

    With very few exceptions, if women use common sense they will be safe in Tokyo. Much safer than any US city. Don't walk down dark alleys alone at night, etc. Use a buddy system if you are drinking. If you get "molested" (butt grabbed) on a train make a scene in any language. The grabber will be embarrassed by the attention. In the last month the...

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  • Night Out

    I made a friend on a social network who lived in Fukushima. She had a little store called Heart Farm, and promised me that if I went there she would offer me a job with visa, and that she really wanted to meet me. Well, I saved money for a whole year, sold several things I had and went to Tokyo first. I told my parents and friends in Mexico and...

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Tokyo Tourist Traps

  • Tokyo Tower

    When you are in a crunch time, you don't have to visit the Tokyo Tower. There are many other places to see close to the Tokyo Tower. The line going to the Tokyo Tower just to purchase tickets is very long (two hour approximate time for waiting) then there is another wait to go to the elevator going up and then another time to wait just to go...

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  • Amusement Facilities / Theme Parks

    These shops at the entrance sell all the Disneyland merchandises. You may just keep swiping you plastics (credit cards) because all your friends expect you to bring back some souvenirs. Most of the merchandise that sold in any theme parks are mostly produced some other part of the world (like Taiwan ot China) & fetch a very high premium price....

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  • Dining / Drinking

    Not quite a trap, its all usually authentic enough, but unless you're happy sitting on the floor on your knees for 4 -four- hours where the prize is a terribly tasting green poridge- like tea, well then you might want to settle for the short cermony version (or simply skip it, if you are stretched for time, as there are too many other things that...

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Tokyo What to Pack

  • *General Advices

    like what I've said at my many packing list tips, it is best to bring a large but ultra light luggage with strollers and an extra foldable bag with strollers for your extra hand carry items if you have the temptation to shop at your destination and hence saving on the expense of buying extra bags for the extra luggage spaces for the things you...

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  • Rain Gear

    if you plan to visit Japan and tokyo during the fall season, you better bring umbrellas and rain coats or other rain gear handy as this is also the time of occasional thunderstorms and showers and even in the summer season, they have the occasional thunder storms hence umbrellas are a must and you can buy them at any convenience store if you did...

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  • Knowledge

    Make sure to get a small pocket Japanese-English dictionary if you are travelling in Japan. Most of the people living in the province or the outskirts of Japan don't speak English at all! The map is also a good thing to pack. If you don't have any, it is best to stop at any Information Center. Most of the guides at the Info Center can speak...

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Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

  • Day Trip out of Tokyo

    Hachioji Castle (八王子城) is considered one of the best castles in the Tokyo area. Constructed around 1570, it was used by a feudal samurai lord named Hōjō Ujiteru. In 1590, he took most of his forces from Hachioji and attacked Toyotomi Hideyoshi's forces which had aid siege to the Hōjō clan's Odawara...

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  • Local People and Lives

    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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  • Shrines and Temples

    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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Tokyo Sports & Outdoors

  • Baseball

    Meiji Jingu Stadium, located in Shinjuku, but roughly equidistant between Shinjuku, Tokyo and Shibuya Stations, opened in 1926, and is the second oldest baseball stadium in Japan. Able to host 38,000 spectators, the stadium is the home field of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of the Nippon Professional Baseball League. The Meiji Jingu Stadium is known...

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  • Sumo Wrestling

    Watch rikishi try to toss each other out of the dohyō while wearing nothing but a tiny mawashi, all in an effort to be awarded the prestigious title of yokozuna! Japan has just six Grand Sumo tournaments per year, three of which are held in the Sumo Hall in Ryōgoku, Tokyo (January, May, and September). We attended the May 2013 Grand Sumo...

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  • Football (Soccer)

    We reached the Nissan Stadium 2 hours before kick off and there was nobody about. We eventaully learnt that many Japanese teams play at their smaller ground in April (no idea why). So we rushed over to their stadium Only expensive seats were left but that was good as it allowed us to watch the 2 standing ends sing to each other for 90...

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  • Foods and Products

    1. I would like to drink something new, but many of Japan drink written in japanese only ,I don't know much of the ingredients detail.To solve the problem ..I just tried everything.This one looks nice,it's not really japan drink but it's Schweppes' ,but I saw this taste only in Japan so far.It's blood orange taste and with bubble.One good thing in...

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  • Shrines and Temples

    The lucky charms in Japan can usually only be obtained at the shrines. They are usually categorized by the area of your wish such as “prosperous business”, “successful study”, “well-being of family”, "ward of evil" “fulfillment of love or wish for finding a partner”, etc. The small shrine in Ueno park charges 700 yen per charm whereas the bigger...

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  • Managing Your Luggage

    At Narita International Airport, delivery service counters will send luggage to your hotel the next day or from your hotel to the airport for about ¥2,000 for bags up to 20 kilograms . Coin-operated lockers are located at all major JR stations, such as Tokyo, Shinjuku, and Ueno, as well as at most subway stations. Lockers cost ¥300 to ¥700...

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