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Private Tokyo Custom Half-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle
"This is a private tour by a chartered vehicle. Using this service you can charter your vehicle Limousine Van or Bus which is most suitable for your group and visit many attractive sightseeing spots. You don't have to hurry for any other tourist. This tour is only for your group!Tour route is flexible and can be arranged upon your request.Recomme Empress Shoken.- The Imperial PalaceThe Imperial Palace has been the home of Japan's Imperial Family since 1888. It is built on the same location Edo Castle.- AsakusaWhen approaching the temple visitors first enter through the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate) the outer gate of the Sensoji and one of the most popular sights of traditional Tokyo."
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Private Tokyo Custom Full-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle
"The ultimate tour of Tokyo! You can see all of the interesting places in Tokyo area. The capital Tokyo has the beautiful contrast between metropolitan skyscrapers and traditional culturre!Tour route can be arranged upon your request.R visitors first enter through the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate) the outer gate of the Sensoji and one of the most popular sights of traditional Tokyo.Option: (We will be able to arrange an custom-made itinerary for you. Please inform us at least 2 weeks in advance. )- Edo Tokyo MuseumPreserves the historical heritage of Edo-Tokyo displaying the original town with their lifestyle and culture of all eras. (Closed on every Mondays)- Tokyo Sky TreeThe tallest tower in the world (634m) has just opened on May 22 2012. The landscape from the top is outstanding.- Odaiba areaRainbow Bridge
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1-Day Tokyo Bus Tour
"During your 8.5-hour tour in an air-conditioned coach you will have the chance to experience a great number of must-see landmarks in Tokyo such as the Imperial Palace Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa Tsukiji Fish Market and a Tokyo Bay Cruise. A fluent English-speaking tour assistant will escort you and the coach also has an audio guide in English Spanish
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Getting Around Tips (27)

Finding an Address in Tokyo

Favorite thing This is not my favorite thing about Tokyo, in fact it is my least favorite thing. When I work in Tokyo, I often find myself having to go to a building in some remote part of town. Often, since the company had to pay, I would take a taxi. Taxi's are great, but sometimes they don't even know where they are going.

Case in point, if you ever get the urge to stay at the Best Western in Ikebukuro, don't give the taxi driver the address for the hotel. He won't be able to find it either. Instead, get plenty of landmarks from the hotel before you get there. This is true of many places.

The reason for this is this, Roads are easy to find, although they may be twenty miles long. The buildings aren't numbered in order, instead, they are numbered in the order they are built. So building 2112 can be twenty miles away from 2113 on the same street.

The landmark suggestion works well, as long as they are unique. If someone tells you to keep going until you see a McDonalds, or a Mos Burger, you may be in trouble, as they are probably on every block. Best bet, get detailed instructions with a lot of landmarks, and when in doubt, ask a local. If you can find a police officer that speaks english... well you are just plain lucky, but if you do, they will often be the best person to ask for directions.

Fondest memory The other way to find a building is to find the local mail agent. This is harder than it looks too. I was made the mail agent for my building. Basically, I got to distribute the mail after it arrived separated, but in bulk from the mail man. It is a worthless and evil job, but is has the one perk of knowing where everything around you is. If you can find the person with the mail, you can get anywhere in that area.

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kdoc13
May 24, 2004

Dedicated to my VTFriend andal13 (erased by HQ)

Favorite thing Doing science is rewarding...After many years of intense work I've learnt how to travel in time. My interest in plastic arts, and Andrea's suggestion decided my first destination. I wanted to see the Sistina Chapel before Mr. Buonarotti started his marvelous "decoration". Figure 1 shows the naked ceiling where few hours later Michelangelo would start to work. The picture was taken by one of his associate in April 1508. Few moments later I went back to Tokyo Station Marunouchi North Exit because I had a train to catch.

Fondest memory The Sistine's affair made me lost a bullet train but no problems, there is a train departing every 15 minutes with a precision that could help to set one's watch.

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manuelEB
Sep 26, 2003

Beating rush hour hell...

Favorite thing
First dont get caught in rush hour on a Tokyo train.....avoid this as much as you can..:)...

But if you do get on....well here are a few tips to get a sit......

Stand near seated junior high or high school students, whose uniforms are a clear signal they will be only on for a short distance and likely to vacate their seats soon...

Look at people who are sleeping, specially those who sit upright with their eyes lightly close are more likely to get off early...

Also women who touch up their makeup are preapring to get off.....

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cheesecake17
Feb 14, 2006

Funny street names

Favorite thing The Japanese language throws up some unfortunate translations at times.

A good example of this is the Tokyo equilvalent of London's Carnaby Street - Takeshita street.

It is virtually impossible to see a sign to such a place without trying surpress a silly schoolboy-like smile.

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sourbugger
Jul 30, 2003
 
 
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Think twice (provided you 've the capacity)

Favorite thing Tokyo, as every big city in Japan, enjoyes a very well developed public transportation system. Why then have we this colorful carnaval of taxies around stations? Good question!!! My guess is that the Japanes society see in punctuality an important matter. Sometimes you get into the taxi to get on time. One just rides for few blocks. When time and weather permited it, people prefers to walk. But do not get upset for the price!!!!

Fondest memory 650 yen for just few blocks could be a high price but that day your punctuality (your sense of responsability) wins at least 3000 ratings, from at least three different IP adress. Click. Click.

The sense of discipline is also important. see how those taxies just queue waiting for customers. This world is not for the agressive drivers but for the patientes. Patience will turn into agrresivity once they get their customer. Like in every country and big city, taxi drivers are SOBber when they drive.

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manuelEB
Sep 30, 2003

Use a backpack not a wheelie bag

Favorite thing These are the things that we have to consider in this question:
1. wheelie bags vs. back pack in Japan - remember, it's Japan- not other places.
2. staircases
3. crowded trains
4. airport and around the country of Japan

Japan has many staircases. If you look at the tunnel routes of the shinkansen, it is crazy. You get lost inside the tunnel just figuring out where to exit! You don't read and write in Japanese. That's even adding to your challenge of carrying a wheelie! Because of those staircases, you will end up carrying your wheelie because you can't wheel anyway because of those staircases!

Having a backpack is easier! The train stations are always crowded in Tokyo! The people move fast and if you have a wheelie, you will be dragging it through the crowd!!!

Check out the pictures I took how the train station look like in Tokyo. It has so many branches under the tunnel. To get out from the tunnel, you have to go through stairs! Just imagine wheeling through the stairs! By the time you have snaked in through the crowd to get out, you will be catching your breath once you see the light coming from that shinkansen/train!

Fondest memory I just love the food and shopping in Tokyo!

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joiwatani
Aug 02, 2008

Backpack is more convenient than a wheeler luggage

Favorite thing Backpack is better. There are many stairs in Japan because the train in Tokyo are underground - so you have to climb the stairs to get up to the level of the roads. Also, once you are in the shinkansen or train, it is more convenient for a traveller to have a backpack -easier to get in and out of the train. You have to be quick and fast in catching trains so to have a wheelie bag is not even an option - for me.

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joiwatani
Jul 13, 2008

Yanaka5 Nezu Capel

Favorite thing Japanese Old town still you can see in Tokyo!!

If you have a time, pls try to visit Japanese old town, Yanaka where you can go there by subway, senndagi or nezu or you can also go there by JR, "Nippori station".

It is very good for a walk.

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Jan 02, 2007
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"Tragedy in Japan"
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"Tokyo - I love this place ! Old, New, & Happening"
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Sumida River Line

Favorite thing Take the Sumida River Line and cruise from Odaiba to Asakusa, you'll see its 12 unique bridges. To get Odaiba you must get first Shimbashi Station, by JR lines(Yamanote line,Tokaido line, Yokosuka line, Keihin Tohoku line) and subways(Ginza line, Asakusa line). Once in Shimbashi transfer to Yurikamome line and get Daiba Station.

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Rebecca_jp
Aug 29, 2002

Use a backpack not a wheelie bag

Favorite thing These are the things that we have to consider in this question:
1. wheelie bags vs. back pack in Japan - remember, it's Japan- not other places.
2. staircases
3. crowded trains
4. airport and around the country of Japan

Japan has many staircases. If you look at the tunnel routes of the shinkansen, it is crazy. You get lost inside the tunnel just figuring out where to exit! You don't read and write in Japanese. That's even adding to your challenge of carrying a wheelie! Because of those staircases, you will end up carrying your wheelie because you can't wheel anyway because of those staircases!

Having a backpack is easier! The train stations are always crowded in Tokyo! The people move fast and if you have a wheelie, you will be dragging it through the crowd!!!

Check out the pictures I took how the train station look like in Tokyo. It has so many branches under the tunnel. To get out from the tunnel, you have to go through stairs! Just imagine wheeling through the stairs! By the time you have snaked in through the crowd to get out, you will be catching your breath once you see the light coming from that shinkansen/train!

Fondest memory I just love the food and shopping in Tokyo!

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joiwatani
Aug 02, 2008

The rush

Favorite thing Rush time can be notoriously crowded, but much more so in the morning.

What you'll find is that the commute home tends to be a lot more spaced out, in fact the last train home at night is often quite full.

It may be best to avoid the morning rush, if you don't like such things, but the evening rush is much more manageable.

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salisbury3933
Nov 20, 2007

Takeshita Street

Favorite thing I have been racking my brains, trying to work out how to include Takeshita Street into a tip - I could describe the bustling street of vendors, but all I can remember are the psychedelic clothes and tie-dye.

I could write about the sheer number of bodies moving around, but that could be anywhere in Tokyo.

In the end, I simply need to admit that the name appeals to my peurile, juvenile Scottish sense of humour.

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saracen
Oct 13, 2006

Things to Do Near Tokyo

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Imperial Palace(Kokyo Gaien National Garden)

This is a photo of one the guardhouses that surround the palace grounds. These used to be used to keep the imperial family in splendid isolation maintaining a aurora of deity. Today the grounds are...
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Chidorigafuchi

Chidorigafuchi is a section of Second Moat of former Edo Castle characterized by its width exceeding 100 meters, so much so it looks more like a dike pond. The moat is best known as one of the most...
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Kitanomaru Park and Budokan

Originally built as the stadium for Martial Arts Events for 1964 Olympics, the stadium is often the very reason Tokyo tourists visit this park. Budokan is better known as the venue for the concerts...
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Science Museum (Kagaku-gijutsu-kan)

Science Museum, also known as Kagaku-gijutsu-kan (literally the museum of science and technology) is one of the most popular hands-on science and technology museums targeted for children. It is...
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National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Crafts Gallery

Also known as Kogeikan, this detached gallery of National Museum of Modern Art, about 400 meters west of the main building is one of the rare architectural properties in Tokyo which survived the...
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Wadakura Fountain Park

Wadakura Fountain Park is located at the far corner of Kokyo Gaien National Garden and east of Imperial Palace East Gardens. It is noted for the fountain show which has the fixed pattern according to...
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