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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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Rail - Yamanote (Loop) Line Tips (16)

Taking trains for Newbies

For normal trains, these are slower and normally used for travel within the city. To buy a ticket, follow these steps;

1. Go to the ticket vending machines, and look at the English train map (In smaller stations, train maps are in Japanese only). You can see how much you need to pay for your destination. The price on the top is for adults and the price on the bottom is for children.
2. Put money into the vending machine first and look for the fare box to light up.
3. The default is always single adult fare. You can change this by pressing on a button in a row of buttons showing various combination of 2-adults, 3-adults, 1-adult & 1-child etc. Note, for some strange reason, you can only change this AFTER you put in some money, not before.
4. When the appropraite fare lights up, push the fare button to get your ticket. Note, some vending machines are touch-screens, some are buttons.

The ticket for children will have the Chinese character for "small" printed on it. Using the ticket is the same as our MRT.

Go to the platform showing the train line that you want to take by following the signs. On the platform, there is normally two tracks. Pick the right one by looking at the LCD display on the ceiling. Details are in Japanese but will change to English after a while and then change back. It will usually tell you the destination, time the train will leave and whether the train is a RAPID train or not. RAPID means they by-pass smaller stations and stop at major stations only. On the JR train maps, major stations are usually listed in white against black. Local trains means they stop at all stations along the route.

In case you decide to go further than your station and your fare is short, there are fare adjustment machines near the ticket gates. Put your ticket into the machine and the machine will show you how much money you need to top up with. Put in the money and collect the "new adjusted" ticket to go through the gate.

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teddibare
Oct 29, 2003

Yamanote Line

This is the loopline that goes around Tokyo, and stops at most places of interest. Tokyo station, Ginza, Ikebukuro, Ueno, Shibuya and Shinjuku in particular.

There will be plenty of times when the subway or one of the other lines is a better option, but just about anyone who spends any length of time in Tokyo will spend some time on the Yamanote line.

If you wanted to go the whole way around, it would take about an hour.

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salisbury3933
Jul 28, 2007

Using the main JR line to get around.

The JR Yamanote line (green color) is a loop that goes around the greater Tokyo area. It stops at most major stations such as Tokyo, Shinjuku, Ueno, Harajuku, Shibuya and Shinbashi.

This is the line to take to get to most of the major stations.

If you find that the time it takes to get around the loop is too long, there are subways that cris-cross the Tokyo area. These will bring you to your destination faster sometimes. You must check the JR metro/subway maps for details.

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teddibare
Oct 29, 2003

Yamanote Line

JR rail line, this could become your besat friend if you plan to travel around a lot! It's a circular line all around the city with stops at Tokyo and Ueno stations too as well as many links to the subway. Like to know how many journeys we made on it! JR rail passes are valid but it's usually very busy. The photo was taken at around 22:00 at Ueno station!

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Mar 18, 2003
 
 
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The Rail Pass

The RAIL PASS is a particular ticket which is only sold to in Japan to tourists visiting from other countries. There is a criteria to be met in buying these passes, one of which is that you must be a foreign visitor in Japan for sight-seeing, with a ‘temporary visitor’ entry. Be aware that during peak times, your seat cannot be guaranteed on any particular train. The pass is valid for buses, ferry boats and trains. The validity period is for 7, 14 and 21 days and the pass is valid from the first date it is used.

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keeweechic
Aug 18, 2006

the Main Loop around tokyo

the JR Yamanote line is the main loop of tokyo and you would not get lost here so I would suggest you master it before taking the other JR and other train lines to other areas but remember that tickets are generic here with a base of 130 yen regardless of what JR train you will be using. the JR Yamanote Line is running as a circle and it connects most of Tokyo's major stations and urban centres including the Yûrakuchô area, Shibuya, Shinjuku and Ikebukuro with all but two of its 29 stations connecting with other railway or underground (subway) lines. the JR Yamanote trains run from about 4:30 am to about 1:20 am at intervals of 2.5 minutes at peak time. A complete loop takes 61 to 65 minutes and all trains stop at each station.

Again, like what i said before, the JR Yamanote also acts as a fare zone destination for JR tickets from locations outside Tokyo, permitting travel to any JR station on or within the loop. This refers to stations on the Yamanote Line and the Chûô Line from Sendagaya to Ochanomizu. the color code of the yamanote line is yellow green!

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machomikemd
Oct 26, 2009

In Tokyo you can totally rely...

In Tokyo you can totally rely on the public transportation. The network of commuter trains and subway lines in and around Tokyo is thorough. You can go anywhere. And for the famous crowds during rush hours, well, you get used to it, or you just avoid those hours. (It's fun to try it once though). The Yamanote-sen (see pic) is a trainline that goes round and round in a circle in central Tokyo. It's great to take, especially if you are not so familiar with the city, beacuse sooner or later you will end up where you started. The Yamanote line is marked green on the subway/railway maps.

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Maline
Aug 25, 2002

The JR Yamate line covers main hot spots in Tokyo.

The JR Yamate line covers main important points in the central area of Tokyo. Main Stations are Shinjuku , Shibuya , Ikebukuro , Shinagawa , Ueno , Akihabara , Yurakucho , Tokyo , Ueno. The trains run every 5 minutes,so you do not have to wait long. The Yamate line looks like the underground Circle line in London.

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All squeeze aboard!

If any criticism can be made of the trains in Tokyo, it is the sheer number of passengers they have to cope with. The station at Shinjuku, a major connecting point for local and underground lines, sees three million passengers pass through every day. Shinjuku is one of the main stops on the circular Yamanote line, which encloses central Tokyo in a 30-station loop.

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CliffClaven
Aug 24, 2002

Travelling around Tokyo

Our local station in Tokyo was Hamamatsucho. The first trip we made via train was to Harajuku and was a little intimidating but once you do it once you begin to understand a little of how it works, even if you don't speak Japanese.

I think for most of our trip we went via the Yamanote Line which travels in a circle, so you're less likely to end up somewhere you don't want to be. I can't remember if we went on the underground but when in Tokyo you just have to work it our for yourself as best you can. I know there are a couple of lines which have seperate tickets that are non transferable (or something like that) so we bought mostly one way tickets as we were only in the city for 2 days.

One good thing about the Japanese trains is the fare adjustment machine, if you suspect you have paid the wrong fare into the ticket machine, when you get to your destination station you can use a fare adjustment machine, so you never pay more than is necessary.

Some ticket machines are available in English too which is good. To be honest, the train is probably the cheapest way of getting around the city (besides by foot) so its best to just jump right in and see how you go. We didn't find the trains too crowded and we enjoyed the cutesy music they play in the stations! :-)

Look up the Yamanote line on wikipedia for a better idea.

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clueless83
May 09, 2009

Green JR Line

We had a JR Pass and the main train line we used was the Green Yamanonote line. It stopped at many of the main places to see in Tokyo such as - Tokyo, Harajuku, Shibuya and Shinjuku.

The green line also has a tv display of the next station in English, which was a great help!

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leanne_pearc
Apr 05, 2008

Where's the centre?

Unusually amongs the world's great cities Tokyo doesn't really have a single centre or downtown area, but several. This can be a headache when arriving and trying to get your bearings. Basically everything of interest will be in or near a station on the Yamanote rail line. The most useful ones to know are:

Shinjuku
Ueno
Akihabara
Tokyo Station
Shibuya
Harajuku

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Nov 18, 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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