Japan Tourist Traps

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Japan Tourist Traps

  • Tokyo Tower

    Tokyo Tourist Traps

    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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  • Gion (Geisha District)

    Kyoto Tourist Traps

    Ok ... sometimes tour books get a bit over excited on some must do's and recommendations ..... In Fodor's they go out of there way to make sure that if your in the Gion section of town to attend the Gion Corner show !!!! it states traditional Japanese show compacted into about 90 minutes from a Tea Ceremony to Geisha dancing to Imperial music show...

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  • castle

    Osaka Tourist Traps

    u will see travel books introducing this place ** but there is really nothing to see here besides sakura ** ** there are so many such kind of similar castles in japan ** during spring time this place will attracts crowds to come for the sakura there are lots of them around the big garden and beautiful ** go during spring time.... to see...

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  • Amusement Facilities / Theme Parks

    Tokyo Tourist Traps

    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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  • Food and Dining

    Kyoto Tourist Traps

    If you are a picky eater, make sure to point the food at the window gallery if you wanted a particular food. Don't choose the food that you don't know how it looks like or taste like. The reason why? You end up wasting your money! I am not a picky eater but still, there are some food that are new to me especially when I am travelling. My stomach...

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  • America Mura

    Osaka Tourist Traps

    I always have a tough time with the "American" quarters that you can find in the major city of Asia. It can be interesting if you're not a "Westerner" but otherwise, why would i be amazed to see McDonalds, US street wear and some clothes shops all over...not for me Bring your teenage kids, have a drink (or many) and read your local newspaper while...

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  • Dining / Drinking

    Tokyo Tourist Traps

    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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  • Toei Movie Village

    Kyoto Tourist Traps

    This place is recommended if you have kids, but my kids were less than enthusiastic about this place. It is quite expensive and many rides and shows cost extra when you get in. The rides were not that good, nor was the 'entertainment'. You could watch a samurai show in action, but it was actually dull. There are souvenirs sold at inflated prices...

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  • Shinjuku Station

    Tokyo Tourist Traps

    Don't bother going to Asakusa to look for overpriced, unimaginative souvenirs. It's crowded and over-hyped!! If you're feeling adventurous, walk along the small lanes and streets and look for mom & pop stores that may have something more interesting. Just look around in Asakusa and take lots of pictures!! Look no where else other than Don Quixote...

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  • Kyoto Tower

    Kyoto Tourist Traps

    You can´t miss Kyoto Tower. It is standing tall above the city, opposite the Kyoto station. I t is built in 1964 and is 131 m high. The observationdeck is 100 m high. The admission fee is like the tower: skyhigh! If you go to the top of Kyoto station there is a free observation deck. And the views from the skywalk in Kyoto station are also great!

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  • Ginza

    Tokyo Tourist Traps

    Ginza, the famous shopping and entertainment district in Japan, full of department stores, expensive boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and theatres. Here you will find the department stores Matsuya and Mitsukoshi. Lots of special stores are behind the main street in places where you might never thought you could find them.

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  • Asakusa

    Tokyo Tourist Traps

    DON'T shop around this area i.e. Asakusa. The souvenirs here are exhorbitantly priced. DON'T shop at major department stores too unless there's a MAJOR sale going on. If you can, refrain from shopping in Tokyo. EVERYTHING COSTS A BOMB HERE! My buddy bought a Max Factor lipstick that would normally costs next-to-nothing in the U.S.A.; but in...

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  • *Day Trip out of Tokyo

    Tokyo Tourist Traps

    I would NOT suggest this TOKYO big buddha for your itinerary. I can't really remember the entrance fees for this one, but in short it's just NOT worth to visit. And it's about 30minutes away from Tokyo city.

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  • Time Zone

    Tokyo Tourist Traps

    Almost every traffic in Tokyo gets too heavy within these time zone.7:00-9:3017:00-19:00I mean almost all. Both railways and roadways including The Metropolitan Expressway. Every train will get difficult for you travellers to ride on because it will be jam-packed. You will feel like as if you are a grain of rice in a sushi roll. A car won't move...

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  • Akihabara

    Tokyo Tourist Traps

    Be forewarned that before you buy any electronic items like phones and music gadgets, be sure to check with the store if they will work in your home country since a lot of items appear to be cheaper compared to prices at home

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  • Rainbow Bridge

    Tokyo Tourist Traps

    Strong winds, clouds of dust, heavy and noisy traffic, endless one way walking without any additional scene......Excellent preparation if you'd like to become a maintenance staff of the Rainbow Bridge!! Why not taking the Yurikamome instead?

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  • Beware of Unlicenced Guides

    In Japan, only licenced guide can have a paid tour guides. Today, largely because of lukewarm measures by the Japanese authorities, use of unlicenced guides are very widespread. In fact most organized tours to Japan use the unlicenced guides to win the price competition. If you truly love Japan and want to enjoy the tour in Japan, stay away from...

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  • Crossin' a street in japan

    I was walking on the street in a warm evening at Tokyo.I looked the road if there were any cars coming because the light was red for pedestrians and there weren't any car so i decided to cross the street.when i was at middle of the way an old japanese lady started to shout at me.she was angry at me for breaking the rules.it was an usual thing in my...

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  • Beware of "Toji-an" inn in Kyoto

    Toji-an is an inn near Toji Temple in Kyoto. I saw a good review here on VT in 2005 when I booked a room to stay. I arrived in Kyoto JR Station after a long ride from Kanto area (East Japan) late in the evening, tired. We walked from the station to Toji-an and as we were entering the wooden house, the noren (the Japanese cloth pinned at the upper...

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  • Not in Japan but at the Airport in...

    Thay have this World Calling Card by AirTel at Delhi Airport that you can call from any public booth. But DO NOT buy those as they Does not work from Japan. You can't just make calls. You can buy Calling card from Airport at Narita.Or just use those coins to make calls.

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  • The rush hour

    During the rush hour, you should not travel in the cosmopolitan cities by a local train, a subway or a bus.It is very difficult to find a right train and to carry your luggage.Normal rush hours are 6am to 9pm and 5pm to 8pm. After or before the rush hour, you can travel easily and conveniently.

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  • Festival Gate OSAKA - a creepy ghost...

    From the outside this place looks amazing. The roller coaster twists and turns OUTSIDE the buildings! I saw it from my hotel window and thought: "WOW, gotta try that one!"Festival Gate turned out to be a ghost town, not an amusement park at all! Everything in there was shut except for a few cafes (and they looked cool tho). Roller coaster was not...

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  • Tokyo's Asakusa

    Good God what a nightmare. This place is just packed wioth people so bad that you can hardly move. In theory, you walk through a line of stalls to go to some shrine in the middle but if you go with friends you are sure to be separated if you take your eyes off of each other for half a second. Children on foot will surely be trampled, and those...

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  • The Gion corner

    This is something that many independent travellers would regard as a real tourist trap. However, it is not fair of me to put it in this section, as I am not so sure of it.The Gion corner in Kyoto is the name of a sort of cultural center where visitors (both Japanese and foreign) sit down for an hour-long show with samples of Japanese culture. There...

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  • Test electronic purchases before flying...

    When I was a kid, my dad bought me a Nintendo entertainment system from a store in Japan. We didn't test out the machine because we assumed that what had come in the box was brand new. After flying home, we discovered that we had been sold a broken machine. We couldn't get a refund for obvious reasons. We couldn't get the system repaired either...

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  • They look like the real thing...

    They look like the real thing to tourists... maiko-san wandering the slopes of Kiyomizu Temple and the Gion area... BUT they are just girls, usually from out of town, who have paid about 100USdollars for the experience of being dressed up as Maiko/Geisha. To see real Maiko/Geisha I suggest hanging around the back streets of Gion just before...

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  • Your Japanese friends could...

    Your Japanese friends could insist you make Print Club Stickers with them! Go for the love hearts girls. Boyz... you will probably just look SILLY! ;)

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  • Gather your thoughts.

    A time to reflect on the past, present or future and also look at historically beauty and feel calm. I don't consider Shrines and Temples to be tourist 'traps', I consider them to be a must see!! Architectually, some of the buildings, structures and statues left in awe!I've been going through some unsettling times recently and psychologically, I...

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  • Japanese practicing their English on...

    This might not be a trap or even a danger per se, but I though that it's worth mentioning that you might run across a Japanese person or two who wants to pracitice their English on you. I'm not talking about somebody who passes by and just says "hello," or somebody who sees you in need of help and assists, I'm talking about people who will stop you...

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  • Sony Center in Tokyo

    This really didn't have much on the floors, some displays, but most not really interactive. The gaming room had games, but they were in Japanese, so hard to figure out. Area to buy Sony products, but the prices were better at Bic Camera or other stores in Tokyo

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  • Kowai Farm

    This is not so much a tourist trap as it is MISLABELED in Lonely planet. I trekked all the way up to morioka and then caught a really expensive bus to see this farm and it's marvelous views of Mt. Iwate. Well, it was a place for little kids. Everything shut down around 5 pm, including the busses out of there, which I unfortunately did not discover...

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  • Yakuza

    As many people consider, Japanese people are harmless and Japan is one of the most crime-free countries in the world.But, as you may have already heard of this, yakuzas do exist. As long as you being a traveller, you don't have to be so scared but I suggest not to have any contact with them. Make an emergency phone call "110" to get help by...

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  • Yokohama tower

    well, nothing is really cheap in Japan, but if you want to spend money in excess, go up some 30 floors on one of the fastest elevators (20$) and buy... a postcard (2$), chokolade(10$), a coffee (in plastic cup) sets you back 5$ go to ground foor and searh for bakeryone of the few good bread purchase stations have a cup of coffee(10$) in...

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  • Travelling without reading Japanese....

    It is difficult to travel through the country without reading some Japanese. Because Japanese is so difficult to read , I found that it was good to have a map with the names of cities in English and in Japanese. That way you can compare the signs and soon you will know how for example Osaka or Nagoya is written.

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  • Though most Japanese write and...

    Though most Japanese write and read English pretty well, not many will use this language as for their pronounciation and the fact that Japanese want to do the honourable thing by - if speaking English - speak it perfect. However, some universities have on their bulletinboards annoncements from English-students that want to exercise their English by...

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  • Take care of trains. Too...

    Take care of trains. Too expensive and too fast. It can kick you!!!Pacific is very cold, but if you like to be a 'Face', just enjoy yourself...

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  • Personally, I couldn't find a...

    Personally, I couldn't find a trap in here but if ever I can find and experience it later or sooner then, you should know for sure;-)

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  • One of the biggest tourist...

    One of the biggest tourist traps has to be Tokyo tower. After being plied into a tiny elevator your taken to a small cramped platform above the smog of Tokyo. Where you're competing with the locals to look down at the high rise towers. The only thing that made the visit interesting was watching Mt. Fuji in the sunset, but even that had i had to get...

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  • Check all the different...

    Check all the different railfairs on the way to Nikko we took an express train which was twice as much as the rapid service but only 30 minutes shorterThe pictures are taken in Nikko. the temples and shrines. The famous see, hear and speak no evil monkeys.

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  • In Odaiba at the Toyota Mega...

    In Odaiba at the Toyota Mega Web. DO NOT, i repeat DO NOT enter the ride called Futureworld or Futurama ... It is a rip off at almost 1000 yen being just a short and dull 'virtual reality' roller coaster ride. Do not be impressed with the cute uniforms the ushers wear and the posters are just bull.Save your money and take the Ferris Wheel instead.

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  • TaxisDo not even go near...

    TaxisDo not even go near them unless you have lots of cash to burn. The meter shoots off like a rocket and you will be in the backseat counting off your last miserable 10yen coin hoping that you can pay the fare.

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  • Not really a Tourist Trap, but...

    Not really a Tourist Trap, but we were really dissappointed with Tokyo Disneyland. If you are wanting to go anticipating a day full of wild rollercoaster rides, etc. - forget it. Half the park seemed to be shops!It was beautiful though, and so perfectly presented.

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  • Be careful when in areas such...

    Be careful when in areas such as Shinjuku. This area has many foriegners that are passing out little cards for clubs. Quite frequently these places will not have the prices for drinks posted and at most places in Japan you don't pay until you are leaving. Make sure to ask and get a reciept for your drinks at places like this to avoid a large unfair...

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  • The only 'trap' I can think of...

    The only 'trap' I can think of is Pachinko--you will not go far in any city without seeing the popular gambling place. But this is a 'trap' no more for a gaijin than a Nihonjin. You will, no doubt, be spending a large amount of money on your trip--why give it away to a machine?

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  • Cherry Blossom season!If you...

    Cherry Blossom season!If you choose to go when the world and his wife are also there, you won't enjoy it as much because of the crowds. In England we have just as beautiful blossoms during Spring. I went to Japan in January/February and everywhere I went had only a few other tourists there, and often I was the only one. The Japanese are rightly...

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