Tokyo Travel Guide

  • Off The Beaten Path
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  • Off The Beaten Path
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Tokyo Highlights

  • Pro
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    Wild_Orchid says…

     Unique people & culture, orderly and much greener than I had imagined 

  • Con
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    WStat says…

     many nice people, but expensive 

  • In a nutshell
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     Polite, civilised people and efficient service 

Tokyo Things to Do

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  • Asakusa

    As you pass through Hozomon you will see the Five Storey Pagoda to your left. This, like other buildings in the complex, dates originally from 942 but has been many times destroyed by fire and rebuilt. Most recently, fires from the World War Two Tokyo air raids razed it to the ground, and it was rebuilt through donations made by faithful Buddhists...

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  • Ginza

    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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  • Shinjuku

    We spent the last half day of our trip around Japan back in Tokyo, staying in the Shinjuku district. Unfortunately we had some of the worst weather of our trip – driving rain and strong winds. This wasn’t conducive to proper exploration but we did grab our umbrellas and venture out of the hotel to see more of Shinjuku. The area to the west of its...

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Tokyo Hotels

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Tokyo Restaurants

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  • McDonald's

    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

    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

    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 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 Roppongi

    Tokyo is an huge city with a lot of fun nightlife choices, but knowing where anything is and finding a fun and safe group of people to go with can be a little scary to travelers and residents alike. An organized group call Tokyo Pub Crawl (bar hopping) can take care of all the planning and guess work for you. Whether you’re looking to have a...

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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

    There is a special going on right now from Narita Airport to the stops in central Tokyo on the Narita Express …. basically 50% off …. you must buy your tickets from the JR East location at the airport and you must present your foreign passport in order to receive the discounted fare. The discounted fare is ONLY for INBOUND Tokyo locations, it cost...

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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

    The Narita Express, operated by East Japan Railway Company (aka JR East), has direct trains from central Tokyo to the airport for just 2,940 Yen ($40 USD)... similar to the cost of a taxi to the airport in many other cities. You can purchase your tickets at Narita, and just jump on the train that conveniently stops right under the terminal. The...

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Tokyo Shopping

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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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  • 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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  • Nakamise - Asakusa

    This shop has wonderful shoes for each season at a great price! Sports shoes for guys and lots of ladies shoes! All season, they've got great steals for men and women with their bargain bins outside the store! In Autumn/Winter, you can find fashionable knee length boots at 2000 Yen and above! I have bunion issues with my feet, but their shoes are...

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Tokyo Local Customs

  • Etiquettes and Behaviors

    Japanese baseball fans seem to be much more enthusiastic than American baseball fans. I'm sure part of it is the Japanese cultural mindset of blending with others, which causes them to dress the same, sing the same songs, clap together, sit in silence together, and do synchronized waves through the crowd. In America, on the other hand, we like to...

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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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  • People

    Vending machines seem to be in breeding overdrive in Japan. I heard one source say there were over six million and still going strong. I think they would only work in a society that is on the whole very law abiding, like Japan. As a visitor it is the vast range of products that is available that amazes. Whilst soft drinks seems to account for...

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Tokyo Warnings and Dangers

  • 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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  • 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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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

    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

    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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  • 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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Tokyo Sports & Outdoors

  • Baseball

    The World Baseball Classic has been played in 2006, 2009 and 2013, and it is the first international baseball tournament to feature large numbers of Major League Baseball players. Since the elimination of Olympic baseball in 2008 and the Baseball World Cup in 2011, this is baseball's only top-tier world championship tournament that features...

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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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Tokyo Favorites

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  • Foods and Products

    Sometime I wanted to drink something new, but many of Japan drink written in japanese only.To solve the problem is.... just try 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 bubble drink in japan is ..it doesn't...

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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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  • 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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