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Tokyo Things to Do

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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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  • Imperial Palace(Kokyo Gaien National...

    4 out of 5 stars

    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 open for the public.

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  • Mt. Fuji - Day Trip

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I was told October is the best time to visit Japan since you lose the crowds and humidity of summer, and that the weather is cooling down. Upon my arrival in Japan, I was glad to have come during the time of year I did. The weather wasn't bad at all! Hence when we set out to visit Mt. Fuji, I was delighted that the weather was decent. After...

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Tokyo Restaurants

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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 has many outlets in Tokyo, usually small and simple places where you get your food (freshly made) sitting at a bar. Mostly it is Ramen (noodle soup) and a few other dishes as Gyoza (the filling consists usually of ground pork, nira chives, green onion, cabbage, ginger, garlic, soy sauce and sesame oil). Pork and bacon on rice, 390 Yen

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  • Sushizanmai

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    While waiting for the fish market to open at 9am we wandered around the neighborhood near the fish market and found many restaurants serving sushi, the pictures on the front of the restaurant indicated that this place had sushi by the portion rather than a full bowl/plate so we stopped here. We were seated at the counter, in front of a conveyor...

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Tokyo Nightlife

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  • Night Out in Roppongi

    this bar, the funniest name " John Lemon", is just a few mins walk from the big intersection in Roppongi. looks old, the owner said he owns more than 18years. the owner is former professional guitarist. all staff, except the owner, are pretty girls, and they are also musicians. it costs 15,000JPY for each person so kinda expensive. this charge...

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  • Night Out in Shinjuku

    Shinjuku is the busiest area in Tokyo but Shinjuku Nichome is pretty quiet during the week days. However, on weekends, there are so many people walking along the main street NakaDori and saying hi to each other. My regular spot, AiiRO CAFE offer Beer all you can drink from 6pm to 9pm so I will always start my night with my friends here. On the...

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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

    It is a very economical way to get to/from Narita Airport from Tokyo. We chanced upon it while staying at Ueno. Direct with no change required. A little slow but we are not rushing so it is a nice right from end to end without any need to get out and change train. No seat reservation but not a problem.

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  • Rail - Metro - Subway

    Tokyo is a bit complicated for public Transport since there are 2 metro systems and as well some train lines. At metro and at train station ticket machines (first look at the big fare maps above the ticket machines and find out your fare, then you put your money in the machine and then you select!) you can buy tickets crossing the different...

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  • Rail - In and out of Tokyo by Train

    Certainly the easiest way if you want to escape Tokyo for a few days. After staying in Tokyo for three days we went to Nikko for two day. We booked our train ticket through online in advance and pick-up the ticket voucher in Asakusa station. When entering the station they have a separately office where you can purchase a ticket. You can also buy a...

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Tokyo Shopping

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  • Discount Shops - Groceries

    While many restaurants in Japan can be expensive, grocery stores offer a cheaper alternative for those in a hurry or on a budget. Grocery stores have a variety of prepared foods like ready to eat meals, prepared meats and vegetables, snacks, drinks (alcoholic and non alcoholic), and fresh fruits and vegetables. Of course, if you live here or have...

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  • Department Stores

    Seiyu Supermarket is the Walmart of Japan. No really, it's not like Walmart, it is Walmart. Owned by Sam Walton's family in Bentonville, Arkansas. Seiyu has a huge grocery store, certainly the largest I've seen in Tokyo, and it sells almost everything. Fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, rice, beer, ramen, candy, snacks, ice cream, you name it....

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  • Akihabara

    I think this little and historical store is really characteristic. Looks old like the electric town, the are here since 1953! they sell games with duty free and the sell online oversea too. Here their store online https://tokiwamusen.com/ Staff speak in english too They are in front of the JR akihabara station, near the SEGA game center....

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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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  • 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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  • Tradition

    Meji Shrine is a very sought after location for weddings. Dozens of weddings happen here each day with more on weekend days. The weddings are conducted in traditional costumes and are very colorful and ornate.

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Tokyo Warnings and Dangers

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    Tokyo is in a temperate climate including freezing temps and snow in the winter. Be sure to pack for the season as it can be freezing cold in winter and very hot in summer. Spring has very variable weather and you have to be prepared for wild temperature swings.

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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

    In the mountains of Saitama Prefecture, west of Tokyo, is the beautiful town of Chichibu, a city famous for nature and an anime cartoon called Anohana. We visited in the spring, and were fortunate to find the beautiful shibazakura in early bloom at Hitsujiyama Park. Here you can see beautiful fields of pink and white moss phlox in bloom in April...

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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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  • Experience

    It is common to see the beautiful Mt Fuji from the window of the Bullet train (direction: Kyoto, Osaka). It is particularly a superb experience to see the snow-covered Mt. Fuji in early Spring (April). The first picture is rare: Mt Fuji surrounded by a cloud ring!! The second is Mt Fuji captured from a rice filed near Gotenba (a resort city...

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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

    In recent years sumo has seen a resurgence in popularity, so much so that the January 2015 tournament was the first sell-out for around a decade. Tickets can be purchased online (and from overseas), but to get good seats you really need to be ready for the first or second day they are on sale. Tokyo tournaments are at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo...

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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 General

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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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  • How to Survive

    It was hard to find a good category for this tip. It didn't fall under a warning or a danger or anything in particular. So I made this into a general tip. When pulling money from your bank card in Japan, the post offices are your best bet! Especially in Tokyo. It is hard to pull money from an ATM at a Lawsons or a 7-Eleven since these places...

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  • People and Life

    The Love Hotel is a Japanese institution, where harried lovers find alone time away from gossiping office colleagues or crowded multi-generational homes with paper-thin walls. To attract patrons away from traditional hotels, love hotels boast "funky" rooms: costumes for rent, appliances, cool electronics, karaoke and even slot machines! Most...

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