Central Tokyo (Chiyoda, Chuo


Tsukiji Fish Market


19 sights in Tokyo

of 53 most visited

"Turret trucks" transporting goods around the market

Notice From December 1, 2010 to January 22, 2011, the busiest time of the year at Tsukiji Fish Market, tourists will not be allowed to watch the morning tuna auctions to ensure a smooth and accident free course of business. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation! Important Notice New rules for visiting Tsukiji Market are in effect as of May 10, 2010: y y The number of visitors to the tuna auction is restricted to 140 per day. Visitors are prohibited from entering the market's wholesale area before 9am.

Please read the following page for more details. Tsukiji Central Wholesale Market is a large market for fish, fruits and vegetables in central Tokyo. It is the most famous of over ten wholesale markets that handle the distribution of fish, meat, produce and flowers in metropolitan Tokyo. Tsukiji Market is best known as one of the world's largest fish markets, handling over 2,000 tons of marine products per day. The sight of the many kinds of fresh fish and other seafood and the busy atmosphere of scooters, trucks, sellers and buyers hurrying around, make Tsukiji Market a major tourist attractions. In fact, the numbers of visitors have increased so much over recent years, that they have become a problem to the course of business, as the aging market's infrastructure was not anticipated to serve as a tourist spot.

Tsukiji Market consists of an inner market where most of the wholesale business and the famous tuna auctions are taking place, and an outer market whose retail shops and restaurants carter to the public. A few restaurants are also found in the inner market. In order to avoid interference with business, different rules should be followed when visiting the different areas of the market: A basic map of Tsukiji Market:

Visiting the tuna auction The number of visitors to the tuna auction is limited to 140 per day, the maximum number which the market's infrastructure can accommodate. Tourists, who wish to see the auction, have to apply at the Osakana Fukyu Center (Fish Information Center) at the Kachidoki Gate, starting from 4:30am on a first-come, first-serve basis. A first group of 70 visitors will be admitted to the auction between 5:00 and 5:40, while a second group of 70 visitors will be admitted between 5:40 and 6:15. Expect that the maximum number of visitors is likely to be exceeded on busy days, and that some later arriving visitors may not be able to see the auction. Successful applicants will be able to view the auction from a designated visitor area. It is not allowed to view the auction from anywhere else or to use flash photography or to interfere with the business action in any other way.

Tuna Auction

Visiting the wholesale area The wholesale area consists of hundreds of small stands in a large, crowded hall, where buyers and sellers hurry along narrow lanes with their carts and trucks. It is an exciting area for tourists to view and photograph the fish and the action, but it is also an area where tourists are likely to interfere with the professionals working there. Consequently, in order to prevent accidents and interference with business, tourists are not allowed into the wholesale area before 9am, when the peak of the business activities take place. Even when visiting after 9am, tourists are asked to refrain from bringing any luggage into the market and to be constantly alert of what is happening around them to avoid blocking traffic.

Wholesale Area

Visiting other areas of the market Instead of visiting the inner market, tourists are encouraged to visit Tsukiji's outer market, which is located just adjacent to the inner market and caters to the public. The outer market consists of a few blocks of small retail shops and restaurants crowded along narrow lanes. Here you can find all sorts offood related goods, knives and fresh seafood and produce for sale in smaller (than wholesale) portions. A visit to Tsukiji Market is best combined with a fresh sushi breakfast or lunch at one of the local restaurants. There are restaurants both in the inner and outer market area, which are typically open from 5:00 in the morning to around noon or early afternoon.

Outer Market

A few more general rules for visiting Tsukiji Market Since Tsukiji Market is a site where serious business is conducted, it is important for visitors not to interfere with the action by adhering to the following additional rules: Do not enter areas restricted to authorized personnel! Do not obstruct traffic! Do not bring large bags or suitcases into the market!

famous for its many electronics shops. Orientation in Tokyo Hours and Fees Outer Market: varies by shop. manga and animation culture. typically 5:00 to 14:00 Wholesale Area: open to visitors after 9:00am Tuna Auction: open to visitors from 5:00am to 6:15am (restricted to 140 visitors/day) Closed: Sundays. from where you can walk to the market in about 15 minutes. it can be reached in a five minute walk from Tsukiji Station on the Hibiya Subway Line. national holidays and some Wednesdays (see "English Links" below) Admission: Free Hours: Akihabara # 3 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Akihabara (short: Akiba) is a district in central Tokyo. From Shinjuku Station Take the Oedo Subway Line directly from Shinjuku Station to Tsukiji Shijo Station. In recent years. it has also gained fame as a center of the gaming. The closest JR station is Shimbashi. giving Akihabara a . A major redevelopment of Akihabara Station and surroundings is nearing its completion. The one way trip takes 20 minutes and costs 260 yen. From Tokyo Station Take the Marunouchi Subway Line from Tokyo to Ginza (3 minutes) and transfer to the Hibiya Subway Line to get to Tsukiji Station (3 minutes).Do not enter the market in high heeled shoes or sandals! Do not bring small children or pets! Do not smoke in the market! Do not touch anything! Visitor area for viewing the tuna auction How to get there Tsukiji Market is just above Tsukiji Shijo Station on the Oedo Subway Line. The fare is 160 yen. Alternatively.

In addition to conventional stores. . televisions. Electronics Hundreds of electronics shops of various sizes can be found around Akihabara Station and along Chuo Dori (Chuo Avenue). various other animation related establishments have appeared in the area. while many smaller shops can be found in the narrow side streets. A few major stores. cameras.000Yen (passport required). where customers can read comics. Sofmap and Laox operate multiple branch stores mainly along the main roads. Note that some of the electronic appliances on sale are only suited for use in Japan due to voltage and other technical differences and limited warranty. such as cosplay ("costume play") cafes. A recent development is the emergence of Akihabara as a center of Japanese animation culture. as the number of stores offering video games. Manga. Animation and Games The character of Akihabara has constantly changed over the decades and continues to do so. mobile phones and home appliances to second-hand goods and electronic junk. However. such as Ishimaru Denki. where waitresses are dressed up like anime characters. manga and animation related goods has notably increased. They offer everything from the newest computers. and manga kissaten ("comics cafes").new face. watch DVDs and surf the internet. several stores also feature a selection of products for overseas use and offer duty free shopping to foreign tourists on purchases of over 10.

Sofmap Open daily 11:00 to 21:00. DVDs. the Pasokon branch for PCs and the Game One and Soft One to Three branches for CDs. . Number One branch and Ekimae branch for electronic equipment. games and anime related goods. The result are several new buildings such as the Akihabara Dai Building(opened in spring 2005). the Tsukuba Express connects central Tokyo with Tsukuba City in western Ibaraki Prefecture. Ishimaru Denki Open daily 10:00 to 20:00 Operating ten stores across Akihabara. which specialize in used computers. A brand new railway line. including the Main Store. The stores are numbered from 1 to 14 plus the main store and the Kakuta branch. A duty free floor can be found in store number one. Akihabara UDX (opened in spring 2006) and Yodobashi Akiba Building (opened in autumn 2005). Akihabara has been serving as the terminal station of the Tsukuba Express since August 2005. Sundays 11:00 to 20:00 Sofmap operates as many as 16 shops in the Akihabara area including multiple branches.Redevelopment of Akihabara A large scale redevelopment of the area north and east of Akihabara Station as well as of the station itself is nearing completion. Furthermore.

the Tsukuba Express and the Hibiya Subway Line. JR Keihin-Tohoku Line. From Tokyo Station 3 minutes and 130 Yen by JR Yamanote Line or JR Keihin-Tohoku Line. The one way fare is 160 Yen. JR Sobu Line. Yamada Denki . the Gakkikan branch for music instruments and three Asobit City branches for hobby and game related products. in the new Yodobashi Akiba Building. Akihabara Crossfield Consisting of the newly built Akihabara Dai Building and the Akihabara UDX Building. this complex next to Akihabara Station aims to become a new "global center for the IT Industry". Akky II and Akky III. DVD players and software. served by the JR Yamanote Line. Products on sale include a variety of electronic equipment for overseas use. Duty Free Akihabara branch and Watch & Camera Branch. Orientation in Tokyo . computers. It specializes in personal computers. Yodobashi Camera Open daily 9:30 to 22:00 The Shinjuku based discount electronic store giant Yodobashi Camera opened its huge Akihabara branch in September 2005.Laox Open daily 10:00 to 20:00.Labi Akihabara Open daily 10:00 to 22:00 Yamada Denki operates a "LABI" store just across the street from the Akihabara Electric Town exit of JR Akihabara Station. Operating eight stores in Akihabara. providing office and conference space. including cameras. and household electronics. How to get there Akihabara Station is a busy station on the Yamanote Line loop.Labi Akihabara Open daily 9:30 to 20:00 Akky operates three duty free shops in the area around Akihabara Station: Akky Main Store. including the Main Store. Unlike most other electronic shops. convention halls and showrooms. Yamada Denki . televisions. it is located on the east side of Akihabara Station. Some branches have longer opening hours. From Shinjuku Station Take the orange colored JR Chuo Line (rapid service) from Shinjuku to Ochanomizu Station (10 minutes) and transfer to the yellow colored JR Sobu Line (local service) for one more station to Akihabara (2 minutes). pc accessories. Computer branch.

Koishikawa Korakuen attempts to reproduce famous landscapes from China and Japan in miniature. Like most traditional Japanese gardens. Koishikawa Korakuen is attractive during all seasons of the year. stones. How to get there Koishikawa Korakuen is a 5-10 minute walk from Iidabashi Station (various JR and subway lines) or a 10 minute walk from Korakuen Station on the Marunouchi and Nanboku Subway Lines. using a pond. It was built by close relatives of the Tokugawa Shogun in the early Edo Period. but particularly so in the second half of November.Koishikawa Korakuen # 38 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Koishikawa Korakuen is one of Tokyo's oldest and most beautiful Japanese landscape gardens. plants and a man made hill. Orientation in Tokyo Hours and Fees Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30) Closed: December 29 to January 1 Admission: 300 yen . during the plum festival in late February and when the beautiful weeping cherry tree near the garden's entrance is in full bloom. when the fall colors appear.

The bridge in the back was formerly a wooden bridge with two levels. two bridges that form an entrance to the inner palace grounds. the large plaza in front of the Imperial Palace. In 1888 construction of a new Imperial Palace was completed. guided tours of the palace are offered in Japanese. . from which the name Nijubashi (Double Bridge) is derived.Tokyo Imperial Palace # 13 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Moats and walls surround the imperial palace The current Imperial Palace (Kokyo) is located on the former site of Edo Castle. It is the residence of Japan's Imperial Family. and rebuilt in the same style. a short walk from Tokyo Station. The stone bridge in front is called Meganebashi (Eyeglass Bridge) for its looks. Edo Castle used to be the seat of the Tokugawa shogun who ruled Japan from 1603 until 1867. a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the center of Tokyo. Reservations can be made over the internet (see links below). Tours must be reserved in advance with the Imperial Household Agency. the shogunate was overthrown. Only on January 2 (New Year's Greeting) and December 23 (Emperor's Birthday). In 1868. and the country's capital and Imperial Residence were moved fromKyoto to Tokyo. During the rest of the year. The palace was once destroyed during World War Two. with an English pamphlet and audio guide provided. visitors are able to enter the inner palace grounds and see the members of the Imperial Family. Nijubashi Bridge The palace buildings and inner gardens are not open to the public. afterwards. visitors can view the Nijubashi. who make several public appearances on a balcony. From Kokyo Gaien.

The Imperial Palace East Gardens are open to the public throughout the year except on Mondays. More information is available on the East Gardens page. it is a 10-15 minute walk from JR Shimbashi Station or Shiodome Station on the Oedo Subway Line and Yurikamome elevated train. # Hama Rikyu 34 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Hama Rikyu. is one of Tokyo's most attractive landscape gardens. How to get there Hama Rikyu can be accessed by boat from Asakusa and Odaiba. It is located alongside Tokyo Bay. Guided tour through the Imperial Palace grounds How to get there The Imperial Palace is a 10 minute walk from Tokyo Station. the contrast between the traditional gardens with Shiodome's skyscrapers in the background is spectacular. Orientation in Tokyo Hours and Fees Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30) Closed: December 29 to January 1 Admission: 300 yen Ginza # 5 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited . the garden of a feudal lord's residence during the Edo Period. Seawater ponds. which change water level with the tides. former duck hunting grounds. Fridays and special occasions. Furthermore. next to the futuristic Shiodome district. forested areas and a teahouse are some of the park's attractions. Alternatively.

The closure takes place from 14:00 to 17:00 on Saturdays and from 12:00 to 17:00 on Sundays (until 18:00 from April through September). restaurants. today's Ginza district was the site of a silver coin mint (Ginza means "silver mint" inJapanese). A visit is most pleasant on a weekend afternoon. It is where you can find the infamous $10 cups of coffee and where virtually every leading brand name in fashion and cosmetics has a presence. making it one of the most expensive real estate in Japan. art galleries. dining and entertainment district. featuring numerous department stores. . after which the district was eventually named.The Ginza is Tokyo's most famous upmarket shopping. when the central Chuo Dori street gets closed to traffic and become a large pedestrian zone. One square meter of land in the district's center is worth over ten million yen. boutiques. Most shops in the Ginza district are open everyday of the week. Chuo Dori street on a weekend afternoon From 1612 to 1800. night clubs and cafes. The Ginza evolved as an upmarket shopping district following the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake.

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jewelry and luxury items are sold. Sony Building Showroom and shops: 11:00 to 19:00 Restaurants: typically 11:30 to 21:30 The newest products by Sony.Ginza Wako Shops: 10:30 to 18:00 Restaurants: 10:30 to 21:00 (some variation between restaurants) Built in 1932. There are also a few shops. The new theater is scheduled to open in spring 2013. displays such as historical uniforms and equipment can be easily understood. however) Located just outside of the Ginza area to the north. the four floor Police Museum is operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department and is free of charge. the clock tower of the Ginza Wako building is the symbol of the Ginza. televisions. standing at the northwest corner of the district's centrally located Ginza 4-Chome junction of Chuo and Harumi Dori. Department Stores . mobile phones. audio sets. The facade and interior of the new theater will resemble the previous structure. The theater is now being torn down and rebuilt at the base of a new skyscraper. including DVD recorders. Police Museum 10:00 to 18:00 Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday) Admission: Free English: None (a free informative English booklet is available. Inside the building. are displayed to the public in the showrooms in this building. Although there are no English explanations. cameras.restaurants and cafes. Kabukiza Theater Undergoing reconstruction and closed to the public until 2013 Kabuki pieces were performed in this theater until April 2010. computers and Play Station products.

accessories. Mitsukoshi's history reaches back to the year 1673. household goods. a travel agency and an exhibition hall on its eleven floors. Printemps 11:00 to 20:30 (until 19:30 on Sundays) The Ginza store of the Paris based Printemps department store chain offers fashion. Matsuya Shops: 10:00 to 20:00 Restaurants: typically 11:00 to 20:00 The Ginza store of the Matsuya department store chain offers fashion. wines. Matsuzakaya 10:30 to 19:30 (some lower floors open until 20:00) The Ginza store of the Nagoya based Matsuzakaya department store chain offers goods and services on ten floors. . foods and restaurants on ten floors. a pet shop. foods. Printemps Ginza was opened in the year 1984. Matsuzakaya has a history that reaches back to the year 1611.Mitsukoshi Shops: 10:00 to 20:00 Restaurants: typically 11:00 to 23:00 The Ginza store of the Mitsukoshi department store chain was opened in 1930 and offers goods and services on twelve floors.

. How to get there The most convenient stations for accessing the Ginza district are Ginza Station on the Hibiya. a collection of fashion and lifestyle stores.Hankyu Yurakucho Hankyu: 11:00 to 20:30 (until 20:00 on Sundays) Mosaic Ginza Hankyu: 10:30 to 21:00 Osaka based Hankyu operates the "Yurakucho Hankyu". Shinjuku Station is Japan's busiest railwaystation. business and shopping area around Shinjuku Station. Marunouchi and Ginza Subway Lines and Yurakucho Station on the JR Yamanote Line. the building is occupied by the Ginza branch of the popular Tokyu Hands department store. served by six railway companies and about a dozen railway and subway lines. Shibuya) Shinjuku # 1 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Shinjuku is one of the 23 wards of Tokyo. a conventional department store in the Yurakucho Marion Building and "Mosaic Ginza Hankyu". but the name commonly refers just to the large entertainment. Marronnier Gate Daily 11:00 to 21:00 (restaurants operate until 23:00) The 12 floor Marronnier Gate shopping mall was opened in 2007 close to Yurakucho Station. Clothing stores are located from the basement to the fourth floor. JR KeihinTohoku Line and Yurakucho Subway Line. Handling more than two million passengers each day. Western Tokyo (Shinjuku. while the top three floors are taken up by 13 restaurants. From the fifth floor to the ninth floor.

. whose observation decks are open to the public for free. January 2-3 and occasional inspection days. including the recently redeveloped south. except if a public holiday falls on the closure day. the north observatory is closed on the 2nd and 4th Monday and the south observatory on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. including several premier hotels and the Metropolitan Government Office. Points of Interest: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office (Tocho) The 243 meter tall twin towers and surrounding buildings contain the offices and the assembly hall of the metropolitan government of Tokyo. subterranean malls and electronic shops surround Shinjuku Station on all four sides. as well as observatories on the 45th floor of each tower. Admission is free. except December 29-31. West of the station is Shinjuku' skyscraper district. Japan's largest and wildest red light district. Open daily 9:30 to 23:00 (south observatory until 17:30). The view from the southern tower is considered slightly more interesting. Redevelopment there is still ongoing.including the JR Yamanote Line. in which case the observatory is closed the following day. Furthermore. while department stores. home to many of Tokyo's tallest buildings. where the pleasant Southern Terrace is located. Northeast of the station lies Kabukicho.

which also operates a suburban railway line from Shinjuku to Odawara (Odakyu is an abbreviation for "Odawara Express"). Open daily from 10:00 to 20:00. Explore with caution and beware of exorbitant cover fees. Hilton. restaurants until 22:30. Lumine is divided into "Lumine 1" west of and "Lumine 2" east of the South Exit and "Lumine Est" (formerly known as "My City") above the East Exit. Japan's largest red light district features countless restaurants. including a food department in the basement and several restaurants on the restaurant floor. Several of the other skyscrapers have some shops on their ground floors and restaurants with great views of the city on their top floors. love hotels and a wide variety of red light establishments for both sexes and sexual orientations. Kabuki-cho comes to life daily after 18:00. The restaurants in the skyscrapers tend to be open from around 11:00 to 23:00. Department Stores: Odakyu Odakyu Department Store consists of 16 floors.Shinjuku Skyscraper District Among the skyscrapers are the Tocho (see above) and some of Tokyo's leading hotels. Some restaurants close for a few hours between lunch and dinner. The department store belongs to the Odakyu Group. a narrow pedestrian street between the Keio and Odakyu department stores. Open daily from 10:00 to 20:00. restaurants from 11:00 to 22:00. and especially so on Fridays and Saturdays. bars. Open daily from 11:00 to 21:00. including the Keio Plaza. Kabukicho Named after a kabuki theater. Open daily from 11:00 to 22:00. including a wonderful food department in the basement and restaurant floors. . The department store belongs to the Keio Group. Keio Keio Department Store consists of 11 floors. Mylord is affiliated with the Odakyu Group. Mylord Mylord offers seven floors of shopping and three restaurant floors. pachinko parlors. whose construction plans have never been realized. restaurants until 23:00. The complex also includes "Mosaic Dori". which also operates a suburban railway line from Shinjuku to western Tokyo. Hyatt Regency and Park Hyatt (featured in Lost in Translation). Lumine Lumine is owned by JR East and located next and above Shinjuku Station's South and East Exits. restaurants from 11:00 to 22:00.

restaurants from 11:00 to 23:00. Flags Located next to the South Exit of Shinjuku Station. The Shinjuku store is Isetan's flagship and consists of ten floors. while a smaller branch is located near the station's east exit. but it also operates two branches next to Shinjuku Station. Isetan With a history of more than 100 years Isetan is a veteran among Shinjuku's department stores. restaurants from 11:00 to 23:00. including a food department in the basement and a restaurant floor. Yodobashi's main store is located near the west exit of Shinjuku Station. Lumine Est from 10:30 to 21:30. A Tokyu Hands branch and Kinokuniya book store with a large foreign language section are located in the same building complex. Open daily from 10:00 to 20:00. Flags is a ten-floor shopping complex featuring a Tower Records music store. Open daily from 11:00 to 22:00 (from 10:00 on weekends and holidays). cafes and an Italian restaurant. Bic Camera Bic Camera is another of Japan's leading discount electronics retailers. Parks: . Open daily from 9:30 to 22:00. also known as "Times Square". a Gap and various other shops. and especially strong on camera equipment. an Oshman's sports goods store. Bic's main store is located in Ikebukuro. Open daily from 11:00 to 22:00 (Tower Records and restaurant until 23:00). one in the Odakyu Halc Building near the station's west exit and one east of the station near the Isetan department store. the Shinjuku branch of Takashimaya consists of 15 floors.Takashimaya Opened in 1996. including a food department in the basement and three restaurant floors. Open daily from 10:00 to 21:00. Electronics Stores: Yodobashi Camera Yodobashi Camera is one of Japan's leading discount electronics retailers.

free admission. Orientation in Tokyo . A slightly faster alternative is taking the JR Yamanote or JR Keihin-Tohoku Line from Ueno to Kanda Station. It was opened to the public in 1949. How to get there Shinjuku Station is Japan's busiest railway station. orange trains on the JR Chuo Line (Rapid Service) take less than 15 minutes and cost 190 Yen from Tokyo Station to Shinjuku Station. Admission is 200 Yen. after it had served as a garden for the Imperial Family since 1903. and then the JR Chuo Line from Kanda to Shinjuku. There are no closure days during the cherry blossom season (late March to late April) and the Chrysanthemum Exhibition (first half of November). Always open. including theJR Yamanote Line. From Ueno Station By JR Yamanote Line it takes 25 minutes and costs 190 Yen to get from Ueno to Shinjuku. Open from 9:00 to 16:30.Shinjuku Gyoen Shinjuku Gyoen is one of Tokyo's largest and most pleasant parks and bestcherry blossom viewing spots. Closed on Mondays (Tuesday is Monday is a national holiday) from December 29 to January 3. From Tokyo Station The frequently departing. Central Park Kumano Shrine (Kumano Jinja) and the cardboard box houses of a sizable number of homeless people are located in this public park directly behind the Tokyo Metropolitan Government twin towers. served by about a dozen railway lines.

A prominent landmark of Shibuya is the large intersection in front of the station (Hachiko Exit). Below is a map and list of some of Shibuya's other major attractions: . but often refers to just the popular shopping and entertainment area around Shibuya Station. two competing corporations. Shibuya is one of Tokyo's most colorful and busy districts and birthplace to many of Japan's fashion and entertainment trends. Most of the area's large department and fashion stores belong to either Tokyuor Seibu.Shibuya # 2 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Shibuya is one of the twenty-three city wards of Tokyo. which is heavily decorated by neon advertisements and giant video screens and gets crossed by amazingly large crowds of pedestrians each time the traffic light turns green.

Electric Power Museum (Denryokukan) Open daily 10:00 to 18:00. the dog waited for his master every day in front of Shibuya Station. Admission: free. Tobacco and Salt Museum Open 10:00 to 18:00. Admission: 100 yen. such as the process of power generation and the role of electricity in society and everyday life. whose predecessor used to monopolize the production and sale of tobacco and salt in Japan. According to a famous story. Closed Wednesdays (or following day if Wednesday falls on anational holiday) and during New Year. This museum by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) introduces various aspects of electric energy. Closed Mondays and from December 29 to January 3 (if Monday is anational holiday the museum is open Monday and closed Tuesday). Information in English is limited. The museum is operated by Japan Tobacco (JT). and continued to do so for years even after his master had passed away. It is one of Tokyo's most popular meeting points. . Information in English is limited.Points of Interest: Hachiko Statue A statue of a loyal dog named Hachiko. Introducing the history of tobacco and salt in Japan and throughout the world.

Koen Dori Koen Dori. boutiques. consists of a concert hall. which offer couples a private room for a 2-3 hour "rest" during the day (usually around 5. is a popular shopping street leading from the Marui department store to Yoyogi Park. lit. including the production of a live program on most days. National Yoyogi Stadium Built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics by renown architect Tange Kenzo. a museum with constantly changing exhibitions. It was named after Parcodepartment store (parco is Italian for park) and the fact that the street leads to Yoyogi Park. Love Hotel Hill This area of Shibuya has a high concentration of love hotels. . Center Gai is a busy pedestrian zone lined by stores. two cinemas. the stadium hosted the olympic swimming competitions. It gives visitors a chance to look behind the scenes of television broadcasting. a theater. night clubs and restaurants. Bunkamura Located directly next to the Tokyu department store (main store). "Park Street". which is open to the public. It is now also being used for ice skating and volleyball competitions. and a few shops and restaurants. Bunkamura. NHK Studiopark is a part of the NHK Broadcasting Center.000 yen) or an overnight "stay" (usually around 10. game centers. Famous Streets: Center Gai The birthplace of many Japanese fashion trends.000 yen).NHK Studiopark (more details) Please see the NHK Studiopark page for details on hours and admission. lit. concerts and various other events. "culture village".

office space. Usually pronounced "Shibuya ichi maru kyu". restaurants until 22:30). The Shibuya branch of the Seibu department store chain consists of nine floors. There are two Tokyu department stores in Shibuya: the main store with ten floors is located a 5-10 minute walk northwest of the station. hobby. typically 10:00 to 21:00. featuring mainly fashion goods and some fashion boutiques. Tokyu Affiliated Shopping: Tokyu Main store open daily 11:00 to 20:00 (upper floors until 19:00. Shibuya 109 is a trend setting fashion complex for young women with more than one hundred boutiques on ten floors. Shibuya Mark City Opening hours vary by shop. identifying the complex as part of the Tokyu Group. . Shibuya Mark City is a small city within the city. located just next to JR Shibuya Station. interior. It is lined by boutiques. Shibuya Station store open daily 10:00 to 21:00 (Sundays and holidays until 20:00. It consists of a wide range of stores and restaurants. while the Shibuya Station branch with twelve floors sits on top of the station. outdoors to stationery and more. Tokyu Hands Open daily from 10:00 to 20:30. and was nicknamed for resembling a Spanish street scene. approximately 100 meter long pedestrian street with stairs leading up the slope to the Parco department store. restaurants until 22:30). Closed New Year's Day. Seibu Affiliated Shopping: Seibu Open 10:00 to 20:00 (Thursdays. the complex's name can also be read as "Shibuya to kyu". Restaurants 11:00 to 23:00. Promoted as "Creative Life Store". Restaurants can be found on the top and bottom floors. a bus terminal and the terminal station of the Keio Inokashira Line. Tokyu Hands has everything from doit-yourself. the Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu.Spain Slope Spain Slope (Supeinzaka) is a narrow. crafts. Fridays. and Saturdays until 21:00). The Shibuya store spans eight floors. cafes and restaurants. Shibuya 109 Open daily 10:00 to 21:00 (restaurants from 11:00 to 22:30).

hobby. JR Shonan Shinjuku Line. Part 2. Parco Open 10:00 to 21:00 (some annex buildings from 11:00). Fukutoshin Subway Line. Tokyu Den-Entoshi Line. The complex consists of numerous buildings in the Shibuya area: Part 1. Restaurants: 11:00 to midnight. Quattro. crafts and gifts. Parco is a shopping complex with an emphasis on fashion. Loft is Seibu's answer to Tokyu Hands. How to get there Shibuya Station is one of Tokyo's busiest stations. also offering a large array of products related to interior. Ginza Subway Line. Orientation in Tokyo Harajuku # 4 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Harajuku Station . but with a slightly less strong emphasis on do-it-yourself. Hanzomon Subway Line. Zero Gate and more. Part 3. The Loft Shibuya branch consists of seven floors.Loft Open from 10:00 to 21:00 (until 20:00 on Sundays and public holidays). Tokyu Toyoko Line. Keio Inokashira Line and the Narita Express. JR Saikyo Line. You can get there by JR Yamanote Line.

which are lined by many trendy shops. but also offers shopping for adults and some historic sights. . is located just west of the railway tracks in a large green oasis shared with the spacious Yoyogi Park. dressed up in crazy costumes to resemble anime characters. a broad. punk musicians. crepe stands and fast food outlets geared towards the fashion and trend conscious teens. In order to experience the teenage culture at its most extreme. visit Harajuku on a Sunday. one of Tokyo's major shrines. tree lined avenue sometimes referred to as Tokyo's Champs-Elysees. Harajuku is not only about teenage culture and shopping. which is between Shinjuku and Shibuya on the Yamanote Line. etc. Here you can find famous brand name shops. Beautiful ukiyo-e paintings are exhibited in the small Ota Memorial Museum of Art.Harajuku refers to the area around Tokyo's Harajuku Station. The focal point of Harajuku's teenage culture is Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) and its side streets. and the Nezu Museum has an impressive collection of various Asian art as well as a traditional Japanese garden. cafes and restaurants for a more adult clientele. used clothes stores. fashion boutiques. It is the center of Japan's most extreme teenage cultures and fashion styles. A variety of fashion styles on display at Harajuku on a Sunday Just south of Takeshita Dori and over twice its length is Omotesando. Meiji Jingu. The stylish Omotesando Hills complex was opened in 2006 and targets fashion conscious urbanites in their 30s and 40s. while Kiddy Land has hundreds of unique toys for kids of all ages. when many young people gather around Harajuku Station and engage in cosplay ("costume play").

Referred to as Tokyo's Champs-Elysees. Omotesando is a one kilometer long. Because of the street's popularity. it becomes extremely busy and crowded on the weekends. Shopping .Famous Streets Takeshita Dori Shops along Takeshita Dori tend to be open daily from 11:00 to 20:00. boutiques. serving as the main approach to Meiji Shrine. Omotesando Shops along Omotesando tend to be open daily from 11:00 to 20:00. cafes and fast food outlets targeting Tokyo's teenagers. Numerous stores. roughly 400 meter long street lined by shops. cafes and restaurants. This area generally caters to an older and wealthier clientele than Takeshita Dori. The symbol of Harajuku and birthplace of many of Japan's fashion trends. tree lined avenue. Interesting shops and restaurants can also be found along some of the side streets. boutiques. including several leading fashion brand shops. stand along the avenue. Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) is a narrow.

Apartments are located above the shops. consisting of seven floors of fashion boutiques and shops. The building was designed by the renowned architect Ando Tadao and has intriguing design elements. mainly geared towards a young. lamps. The shopping complex is Omotesando's most prominent establishment. offering a wide array of goods. dolls. LaForet Harajuku Open daily from 11:00 to 20:00 LaForet Harajuku is a trend setting shopping complex. cafes. female audience. Daiso Harajuku .Omotesando Hills Shops: 11:00 to 21:00 (Sun until 20:00) Restaurants: 11:00 to 23:00 (Sun until 22:00). The LaForet Museum on the top floor hosts various events and exhibitions. Oriental Bazaar 10:00 to 19:00 Closed: Thursdays This is one of Tokyo's largest souvenir shops. stretching along about one quarter of the avenue. such as kimono. Travelers who pass by the store front are sure to notice the building. Opened in 2006. Omotesando Hills consists of six floors (three are underground) of about 100 upmarket shops. kitchenware. food and stationary on multiple floors at 105 yen per item. very popular among foreign travelers in search of typical Japanese souvenirs. furnitureand samurai related goods. . The shop spans three floors and has a red and green facade that mimics traditional Japanese architecture. It is located only a few steps from Harajuku Station alongTakeshita Dori. tableware.100 Yen Shop Open daily from 10:00 to 21:00 This is one of the largest 100 Yen Shops in central Tokyo. including clothing. restaurants and beauty salons.

The Togo Antique Market was held around the shrine on the first Sunday of each month. Louis Vuitton Open daily from 11:00 to 20:00 The Louis Vuitton Omotesando store was opened in autumn 2002 as the company's largest store. Empress Shoken. Kiddy Land has a fantastic selection of toys and other products to amuse kids.Kiddy Land Operating at a temporary location until 2012 during renovations 11:00 to 21:00 (from 10:30 on weekend and national holidays) One of Tokyo's most famous and popular toy stores. which are designed as a stack of trunks rather than conventional floors. Togo Shrine Closed: No closing days Admission: Free Togo Shrine is a Shinto shrine dedicated to Admiral Togo. The public store makes up five of the building's ten floors. It is one of many famous brand names that have opened a store along Omotesando. but a similarly sized temporary building is being used just around the corner. The majority of the shrine grounds are composed of a beautiful. . who defeated the Russian fleet in the Russo-Japanese War in1905. dense forest that can be explored on walking paths. The store's original six floor shop directly along Omotesando is currently undergoing renovations. Other Attractions Meiji Shrine Sunrise to sunset Closed: No closing days Admission: Free Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu) is a Shinto shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort. Emperor Meiji was a popular emperor who reigned from 1867 to 1912. Barbie and Hello Kitty are on sale alongside new characters and creations. Major toy brands like Disney. but it was discontinued in December of 2009.

It gives visitors a chance to look behind the scenes of television broadcasting. which is open to the public.000 pieces of art. It is a great place for jogging. China and Korea. including the production of a live program on most days. The museum building and exhibition rooms have a simple and elegant design and there is a large traditional Japanese garden outside the building that can be explored. featuring wide lawns. Exhibits are changed every month. NHK Studiopark (more details) Please see the NHK Studiopark page for details on hours and admission. may vary according to exhibition The small and elegant Ota Memorial Museum of Art exhibits selected ukiyo-e paintings and prints from the vast collection of the late Mr.Nezu Museum 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30) Closed: Mondays (or next day if Monday is a national holiday). New Year Admission: 1000 yen (or 1200 yen for special exhibition) The Nezu Museum has a collection of East Asian artwork that includes various objects from Japan. ponds and forested areas. New Year Admission: Typically 700 yen. which comprises of more than 10. picnicking and other outdoor activities. Ota Seizo. NHK Studiopark is a part of the NHK Broadcasting Center. Ota Memorial Museum of Art 10:30 to 17:30 Closed: Mondays (or next day if Monday is a national holiday). Yoyogi Park 5:00 to 20:00 (until 17:00 during the winter) Facilities are typically open from 9:00 to 17:00. . Yoyogi Koen (Yoyogi Park) is one of Tokyo's largest and most pleasant city parks.

How to get there Harajuku Station is a station on the JR Yamanote Line. Japan modernized and westernized herself to join the world's major powers by the time Emperor Meiji passed away in 1912. . The shrine was completed and dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and the Empress Shoken in 1920.National Yoyogi Stadium Built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics by renowned architect Tange Kenzo. eight years after the passing of the emperor and six years after the passing of the empress. Located just beside the JR Yamanote Line's busy Harajuku Station. At the eastern end of Omotesando isOmotesando Station. During the Meiji Period. two stations south of Shinjuku and one station north of Shibuya (130 yen from either station). Ginza and Hanzomon Subway Lines. Meiji Shrine # 11 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited A torii gate along the forested approach to Meiji Shrine Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu) is a shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort. He was born in 1852 and ascended to the throne in 1867 at the peak of the Meiji Restoration when Japan's feudal era came to an end and the emperor was restored to power. Empress Shoken. which is served by the Chiyoda and Fukutoshin Subway Lines. the stadium hosted the olympic swimming competitions. concerts and various other events. It is now also being used for ice skating and volleyball competitions. The spacious shrine grounds offer walking paths that are great for a relaxing stroll. Only a short walk from Harajuku Station is the subway station Meijijingu-mae Station. The shrine was destroyed during the Second World War but was rebuilt shortly thereafter. Meiji Shrine and the adjacent Yoyogi Park make up a large forested area within the densely built-up city. which is served by the Chiyoda. Emperor Meiji was the first emperor of modern Japan.

The well was visited by the Emperor and Empress while they were alive and has become a popular spiritual "power spot". During the rest of the year. . Kiyomasa's Well.The offering hall of Meiji Jingu The main complex of shrine buildings is located a ten minute walk from both the southern entrance near Harajuku Station and the northern entrance near Yoyogi Station. Meiji Jingu's buildings also have an air of tranquility distinct from the surrounding city. A small well located within the garden. which requires an entrance fee to enter. more than any other shrine or temple in the country. There is also a Museum Annex Building just to the east of the main shrine buildings that displays temporary exhibitions. is named after a military commander who dug it around 400 years ago. Meiji Jingu is one of the Japan's most popular shrines. At the middle of the forest. The garden becomes particularly popular during the middle of June when the irises are in bloom. In the first days of the New Year. At the northern end of the shrine grounds visitors will come across the Meiji Jingu Treasure House. including the carriage which the emperor rode to the formal declaration of the Meiji Constitution in 1889. The approximately 100. Visitors to the shrine can take part in typical Shinto activities. the shrine regularly welcomes more than three million visitors for the year's first prayers (hatsumode). which was constructed one year after the shrine was opened. such as making offerings at the main hall. A large area of the southern section of the shrine grounds is taken up by the Inner Garden. after which the sights and sounds of the busy city are replaced by a tranquil forest. Entry into the shrine grounds is marked by a massive torii gate. traditional Shinto weddings can often be seen taking place there. The Treasure House displays many interesting personal belongings of the Emperor and Empress.000 trees that make up Meiji Jingu's forest were planted during the shrine's construction and were donated from regions across the entire country. buying charms and amulets or writing out one's wish on an ema.

Asakusa. Orientation in Tokyo Hours and Fees Meiji Shrine Hours: Sunrise to sunset Closed: No closing days Admission: Free Meiji Jingu Treasure House and Annex Hours: 9:00 to 16:30 (until 16:00 from November to March) Admission ends 30 minutes before closing time. Extended hours during the middle of June. Ikebukuro) Asakusa # 6 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited . Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday) Admission: 500 yen (both buildings) English: Moderate Inner Garden Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (until 16:30 from November to February) Admission ends 30 minutes before closing time.The Meiji Jingu Treasure House How to get there The approach to Meiji Shrine starts a few steps from Harajuku Station on the JR Yamanote Line or Meiji-jingu-mae Station on the Chiyoda and Fukutoshin Subway Lines. Closed: No closing days Admission: 500 yen Northern Tokyo (Ueno.

Large parts of Asakusa were destroyed in the air raids of World War Two. Asakusa can be easily explored on foot. lit. . "low city". a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional. Alternatively. set foot in Asakusa. you can consider a guided tour on a rickshaw (jinrikisha. which have preserved a certain atmosphere of the old Tokyo. one of Tokyo's few districts. While the area around the rebuilt Sensoji has regained its former popularity after the war. including movies. In the late 1800s and early 1900s. Asakusa was the site of kabuki theaters and a large red light district. lit. modern types of entertainment. Shorter and longer courses are also available. Sensoji temple grounds Dempoin Dori (Dempoin Street) For many centuries. "man powered vehicle"). The temple is approached via the Nakamise.Asakusa is the center of Tokyo's shitamachi. the same cannot be said for Asakusa'sentertainment district. built in the 7th century. a very popular Buddhist temple. A 30 minute tour for two persons costs around 8000 Yen. when the district was still located outside the city limits. During the Edo Period. Asakusa's main attraction is Sensoji. local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries. Asakusa used to be Tokyo's leading entertainment district.

Admission free. The shrine's festival. Sensoji ("Senso" is an alternative reading for Asakusa and "ji" means temple) is Tokyo's most famous and popular temple. Sensoji Temple (more details) Main building open 6:00 to 17:00 (Oct to Mar from 6:30). is one of Tokyo's most spectacular and popular. Admission free. also known as Sanja-sama. it is the symbol of Asakusa. The Nakamise shopping street leads from Kaminarimon to the temple grounds. the Sanja Matsuri. It is held every year on a weekend (Friday to Sunday) in mid May. . although the current buildings are postwar reconstructions. Asakusa Shrine Always open. Built in the 7th century. was built during the Edo Period and survived the air raids of 1945. it is also one of its oldest.Temples and Shrines: Kaminarimon (Kaminari Gate) Always open. Asakusa Shrine. First built more than 1000 years ago. Kaminarimon is the first of two large entrance gates leading to Sensoji Temple. Admission free.

Kappabashi Shopping Street (more details) Most shops open from 9:00 to 17:00. Tobu Asakusa Station is the terminal station of Tobu trains heading into the suburbs and prefectures north of Tokyo. either. Shin-Nakamise Shopping Street Opening hours depend on the individual shops. There is a 24h supermarket in the basement of the main building. Shopping: Nakamise Shopping Street (more details) Opening hours depend on the individual shops. Typically daily from 9:00 to 19:00. Rox is a shopping and entertainment complex consisting of a main building (Rox) and three annex buildings (Rox2G. Visiting the garden by appointment. as it used to be possible. Many are closed on Sundays and public holidays. Unfortunately. Typically daily from 10:00 to 20:00. signs. Rox Department Store Daily 10:30 to 21:00 (supermarket is open 24 hours. Shin-Nakamise or New Nakamise Shopping Street runs perpendicular to the Nakamise Shopping Street.Dempoin Temple Not open to the public! Dempoin is a temple just next to Sensoji. Items on sale include tableware. cannot be done anymore. Many shops sell fashion for ladies and kids. sample food made of wax and plastic. which offer local specialties and the usual array of tourist souvenirs. furniture. restaurants from 11:00 to 22:00). Rox3 and Rox Dome). Other Attractions: . known for its beautiful garden. kitchen utensils and appliances. It is lined by more than 50 shops. The station building also houses a Matsuya department store that spans eight floors. Kappabashi is an almost one kilometer long street lined by shops catering to restaurant businesses. The Nakamise shopping street stretches over approximately 250 meters from Kaminarimon to the main grounds of Sensoji Temple. including trains to Nikko. It is a covered shopping arcade lined by various shops and restaurants. lanterns and uniforms. Tobu Asakusa Station & Matsuya Department Store Matsuya department store is open daily from 10:00 to 19:30. the temple and garden are not open to the public.

completed in 1989 and host the headquarters of Asahi Breweries. Hanayashiki has a history of more than 150 years. Tuesdays. New Year and Obon. Admission free. Located just a few steps from Sensoji.Odaiba by direct ship: 55 minutes.Hama Rikyu: 35 minutes. 1520 yen (includes supplement fee of 300 yen) Sumida River sightseeing ships operate every 30 to 60 minutes from Asakusa Pier via Hama Rikyu Garden to Hinode Pier. including a small Ferris wheel. Admission: 900 yen plus separate fees for rides. Asakusa . Closed on Mondays. This riverside park stretches along both sides of Sumida River for several hundred meters. Asakusa . Sumida Park Always open. hosting Japan's first cinema and more. In addition. which sells Japanese drums and festival goods. Demonstrations by craftsmen are held on weekends. furniture. Furthermore. Admission: 300 yen Drums from around the world. 760 yen. Hinode . are exhibited in this small museum. the miniature amusement park offers numerous attractions. the district has not regained its former popularity after the war.Odaiba: 20 minutes. Taikokan (Drum Museum) Open from 10:00 to 17:00. The Asahi Beer Tower and Asahi Super Dry Hall with its characteristic Flamme d'Or were. Asahi Beer Tower Restaurants open daily from 11:30 to 22:00. Today. Rokku Entertainment District Opening hours depend on the individual businesses. The museum is located in a floor above the Miyamoto Unosuke Nishi Asakusa store. there are less frequent. including Japanese taiko drums. several restaurants can be found in the complex.Hinode: 40 minutes. Rokku used to be Tokyo's leading entertainment district before the war. Hanayashiki Amusement Park Open 10:00 to 18:00 (longer hours during holidays). Visitors can play several of the drums. However. 1020 yen (includes 300 yen admission to the garden). Originally opened as a flower park. roller coaster. Rokku offers attractions such as rakugo theaters. combs. direct ships from Asakusa to Odaiba. while on the last Saturday of July it becomes the site of the Sumida River Firework Festival.Sumida River Cruise Daily from 10:00 to 17:00. . Admission free. Edo Shitamachi Traditional Crafts Museum Open daily 10:00 to 20:00. cinemas and pachinko parlors. embroidery and more. 460 yen. silverware. such as scissors. where you can transfer to a ship to Odaiba. Asakusa . carousel and Space Shot. In spring it becomes a popular cherry blossom viewing spot. This small museum introduces the many traditional arts and crafts of the old Tokyo (formerly known as Edo).

From Narita Airport Check our airport page for details. It was opened to the public in 1873. which ruled Japan from 1603 to 1867. the zoo's last panda bear died in 2008. the Shitamachi Museum. . the Orient Museum. In 1972. 160 Yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes. especially art museums. an important personality of the late Edo and early Meiji Period. Tsukuba Express and Tobu Railways. gifts from China on the occasion of normalization of diplomatic relations. 130 Yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes. leaving the zoo without its most popular attraction. the National Science Museum. Shinobazu Pond is a large pond in Ueno Park. Orientation in Tokyo Ueno Park Ueno Park is a large public park just next to Ueno Station. It is well worth paying the 200 yen admission fee in order to enter the inner shrine area and main building. However. He played a central role in realizing the Meiji Restoration of 1868. Asakusa Subway Line. # 7 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Saigo Takamori Toshogu Shrine is a shrine dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu. the founder of the Edo shogunate. and offers its visitors a large variety of attractions. it became the home of panda bears. Ueno Park is home to Japan's first zoological garden.How to get there Asakusa is served by the Ginza Subway Line. Ueno Park is famous for its many museums. A temple for the goddess of Benten stands on the island in the middle of the pond. which dates back to 1882. 160 Yen). At the park's south entrance stands a statue of Saigo Takamori. the National Museum for Western Art and the Tokyo Metropolitan Fine Art Gallery. 160 Yen). From Tokyo Station Take the JR Yamanote Line to Kanda Station (2 minutes. namely the Tokyo National Museum. From Shinjuku Station Take the orange JR Chuo Line to Kanda Station (10 minutes.

. During the cherry blossom season. Ueno Park is famous for its more than 1000 cherry trees. "low town"). Sensoji Temple # 16 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Sensoji (also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple) is a Buddhist temple located in Asakusa. the center of the shitamachi (lit. Ueno Park becomes one of the country's most popular and crowded spots for hanami (cherry blossom viewing) parties. Easiest access is provided by the station's "Park Exit".Temple of Benten Toshogu Shrine Last but not least. Tokyo National Museum How to get there Ueno Park is just next to Ueno Station.

A shopping street of over 200 meters.Skewered kibi-balls covered with soybean powder. it always returned to them. visitors first enter through the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate). and even though they put the statue back into the river. Besides typical Japanese souvenirs such as yukata and folding fans. making it Tokyo's oldest temple. top: Agemanju . the Hozomon. out of the Sumida River. The shopping street has a history of several centuries. leads from the outer gate to the temple's second gate. Consequently. called Nakamise.deep fried manju (soft cake with red bean paste filling).small cake with red bean paste filling. two brothers fished a statue of Kannon. the outer gate of the Sensoji and symbol of Asakusa. The freshly renovated main hall in December 2010 When approaching the temple. Kibidango Shop . bottom: Ningyoyaki . Sensoji was built there for the goddess of Kannon.The legend says that in the year 628. The temple was completed in 645. Osenbei (rice crackers) Folding Fans Yukata and T-shirts from left to right: Kibidango . the goddess of mercy. various traditional local snacks from the Asakusa area are sold along the Nakamise.

a traditional game that resembles badminton. From Tokyo Station Take the JR Yamanote Line to Kanda Station (2 minutes. From Shinjuku Station Take the orange JR Chuo Line to Kanda Station (10 minutes.November: a festival commemorating the history of Tokyo and the Edo culture. Various events are held throughout the year in the Sensoji Temple area.December: Hagoita is the wooden paddle used in Hanetsuki. Hagoita-ichi (Hagoita Market) . Orientation in Tokyo Hours and Fees Main hall: 6:00 to 17:00 (from 6:30 from October to March) Temple grounds: Always open Closed: No closed days Admission: Free Hours: . Asakusa Samba Carnival . served by the Ginza Subway Line. Hozuki-ichi (Hozuki Market) . Inside the main hall How to get there Sensoji Temple is a few steps from Asakusa Station. a typical summer plant in Japan. 160 yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes. Some of them are: y y y y y Sanja Matsuri (more details) . TheAsakusa Shrine. Click here to read more about Hanetsuki and the Hagoita Market.July: Hozuki are ground cherries.May: one of Tokyo's three major festivals. 160 yen). built in the year 1649 by Tokugawa Iemitsu can be found close by the temple's main building. From Narita Airport Check our airport page for details. 130 yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes. Asakusa Subway Line and Tobu Railways.August Tokyo Jidai Matsuri .Beyond the Hozomon main gate stands the temple's main building and a five storied pagoda. 160 yen).

Under good weather conditions. 820 yen (to intermediate floor only) Odaiba # 12 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited . the Eiffel Tower of Paris. It is recommended to combine a visit to Tokyo Tower with a visit to Zojoji Temple. The 634 meter tall new landmark is scheduled to open to the public in spring 2012. Mount Fuji can be seen in the distance. Separate entrance fees apply. Orientation in Tokyo Hours and Fees Hours: 9:00 to 22:00 Closed: No closing days Admission: 1420 yen (to top floor). and serves as a television and radio broadcast antenna and tourist attraction. one of Tokyo's major temples. just next to the tower.Southern Tokyo (Shinagawa. How to get there # 9 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited The closest subway stations to Tokyo Tower are Onarimon Station on the Mita Subway Line and Akabanebashi Station on the Oedo Subway Line. It was completed in the year 1958 as a symbol for Japan's rebirth as a major economic power. You can also walk there from Hamamatsucho Station on the JR Yamanote and JR Keihin-Tohoku Line in about 15 minutes. an almost twice as tall new broadcast antenna in northern Tokyo. Visitors can ascend to the main observatory at 150 meters and the special observatory at 250 meters to get a bird's eye view of Tokyo. Minato) Tokyo Tower With 333 meters. Tokyo Tower is 13 meters taller than its model. An wax museum and several more attractions can be found on the ground floors of the tower. and the world's tallest self-supporting steel tower. Construction is currently ongoing on the Tokyo Sky Tree.

Rainbow Bridge from Odaiba Introduction: Daiba. one of Japan's private. buy Fuji TV goods at the souvenir shop and access the futuristic looking building's observatory deck. Attractions: Among the attractions of Odaiba are several shopping and entertainment centers. During the extravagant 1980s. but development was critically slowed down after the burst of the "bubble economy" in the early 1990s. that Odaiba developed into one of Tokyo's most interestingtourist spots and the highly popular shopping and entertainment district. if Monday falls on apublic holiday). refers to some of the man made islands in the Bay of Tokyo. Open 10:00 to 20:00. which were constructed in the end of the Edo Period (1603-1868) for the city's protection against attacks from the sea. nationwide TV stations. theme parks. a spectacular redevelopment of the islands into a futuristic business district was started. . You can see some exhibitions on popular programs. Admission is free except for the observatory deck (500 yen). Fuji TV Building This is the headquarters of Fuji Television. Further development of the area is still underway. Most attractions are closed on Mondays (closed the following Tuesday instead. literally meaning "fort". Even access to Odaiba can be considered an attraction (see "How to get there"). which it is today. museums and the futuristic architecture and city planning. It was not until the second half of the 1990s.

Open daily 11:00 to 21:00 (food court until 21:00. Open daily 10:00 to 17:00 (weekends and holidays until 18:00). boutiques. highly interactive and bilingual science museum includes exhibits about environmental issues. restaurants open until 23:00 or later). which reproduces the atmosphere of the Edo Period (1603-1868). Museum of Maritime Science Housed in a cruise ship shaped building. Admission is 2827 yen (1987 yen if you enter after 6pm). the food theme park "Daiba Little Hong Kong" and "Tokyo Joypolis". Telecom Center The Telecom Center is a major hub on the information highway with several large satellite antennas on its observation deck. National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation This well done. Oedo Onsen Monogatari Opened in March 2003. robots (starring Asimo among others). Closed Mondays (closed on Tuesday instead if Monday is a public holiday). this is a hot spring theme park. boutiques. three floors packed with the newest arcade games and more. Open daily 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30). . information technology. restaurants. Closed Mondays and from Dec 28 to Jan 1. and holidays 11:00 to 22:30). including the Yotei Maru ocean liner. There are nice views of the Rainbow Bridge from the wooden deck in front of Aquacity and neighboring Decks.575 yen applies if you stay after 2am. cafes. Admission: 600 yen. You can enjoy various types of baths. restaurants. which are fed by actual hot spring water from a depth of 1400 meters. Two actual ships.567 Yen. Admission is free. the Museum of Maritime Science displays seafaring related exhibits from the past and future. the admission is 1. The observation deck also offers nice view of the bay area and as far as Mount Fuji on clear days. The observation deck is open from 15:00 to 21:00 (Saturdays. Closed Tuesdays and from Dec 28 to Jan 1 (Open Tuesdays during the summer holidays or if Tuesday is a public holiday). Combined admission to the museum and Yotei Maru is 1000 yen. An overnight stay supplement of 1. are moored in front of the museum. Once a month Oedo onsen closes early at 11pm for maintenance (admission until 9pm). last entry 7am). Sundays.Decks Tokyo Beach Decks is a shopping mall featuring various stores. except to Tokyo Joypolis (500 yen). Open daily 11:00 to 21:00 (some stores and restaurants remain open until 22:00 or 23:00). cafes and a 13 screen cinema complex. Museum admission: 700 yen. Admission is 500 yen (400 yen in combination with a Yurikamome day pass). Open daily from 11am to 9am (no entry between 2am and 5am. Aquacity Odaiba Aquacity is a shopping mall featuring various stores. If you enter between 5am and 7am. biology and space exploration.

cafes and restaurants. Universal Design Showcase open until 19:00. Closed on Mondays. Mega Web. Panasonic Center The Panasonic Center is a showroom for the latest products and technologies by the Matsushita Group. targeting a mainly female audience.Palette Town This shopping and entertainment complex consists of Venus Fort. Open 10:00 to 18:00 (entry to Risupia until 17:00). of which Panasonic is part of. a large concert venue. Open daily. Mega Web Part of Palette Town. Entry to Risupia is by numbered ticket which are limited during times of high visitation. test drive a real car ("Ride One") or ride an automatic. and days preceding holidays during the spring and summer season. Admission: 900 Yen. Admission is free except Risupia (500 yen). this 115 meter tall ferris wheel is one of the world's largest and offers nice views of the bay area. "E-com Ride" and "Kid's Hybrid Ride One" until 20:00 ("Kid's Hybrid Ride One open until 18:00 on weekdays"). Toyota City Showcase and History Garage open 11:00 to 21:00. Operating daily from 10:00 to 22:00 (until 24:00 on Fridays. "Ride One". Saturdays. except if Monday is a public holiday. where you can view and touch Toyota's newest models and car accessories. Shops are open daily 11:00 to 21:00. kids. Shops are open daily 11:00 to 21:00. There are occasional closing days. Admission is free. It consists of a relatively small number of spacious stores specializing in interior. Most shops and attractions are open from 11:00 to 21:00 and restaurants until 23:00. TV screens. except for "Ride One" (300 Yen per ride) and "E-com Ride" (200 Yen per ride). It features more than one hundred boutiques. Nintendo games. Venus Fort Family Previously called Sun Walk. A Japanese or recognized international driving permit is required for "Ride One" drivers. On display are the newest cameras. See more details on each attraction below. Venus Fort Part of Palette Town. home appliances and more. Venus Fort Family is another shopping mall on the floor below Venus Town. pets and books. Venus Fort is a shopping mall in the style of a 18th century South European town. Mega Web is a Toyota showroom. electric vehicle ("E-com Ride"). computers. Restaurants until 23:00. Historic cars are exhibited in the "History Garage". a Ferris Wheel and Zepp Tokyo. shops. Ferris Wheel Part of Palette Town. . sports. Sun Walk. Restaurants until 23:00.

Among the more noteworthy parks is the Odaiba Kaihin Park near the Rainbow Bridge. Sit or stand at the very front of the train for the most . How to get there Access to Odaiba can be an attraction by itself. A ride from Shimbashi to Daiba takes 15 minutes and costs 310 yen. If you ride the Yurikamome more than twice. a one day pass for 800 yen is likely to come cheaper than single tickets. Hours and admission fees depend on the specific events. By Yurikamome The Yurikamome is an un-manned. elevated train with rubber tires. A wide array of events are held at the Big Sight throughout the year. It includes a man made sand beach. broad pedestrian walks and parks. Tokyo Big Sight is Japan's largest exhibition and convention center and one of the bay islands' boldest architectural creations. The Yurikamome uses the Rainbow Bridge to get to Odaiba and offers spectacular views of the harbor and the Tokyo waterfront area. Public Parks Most of Odaiba's attractions are connected with each other by pleasant. as the views of the Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo's harbor and waterfront area from the Yurikamome elevated train or boat are quite spectacular. which connects Shimbashi Station on the JR Yamanote Line with all of Odaiba's attractions and Toyosu Station on the Yurakucho Subway Line.Tokyo Big Sight Also known as Tokyo International Exhibition Center.

Note that the Japan Rail Pass. it is sometimes mixed with a raw egg and soya sauce (tamago kake gohan) or enjoyed with natto or other toppings. also known as Suijo Bus. By Boat Tokyo Water Cruise. two hourly connections between Hinode Pier and Asakusa (40 minutes. . even though the line is served by JR trains.520 yen). To access the bridge. Shinjuku and Odaiba. rice has been the most important food in Japanese cuisine. but are listed only once. noodle dishes. Despite changes in eating patterns over the last few decades and slowly decreasing rice consumption in recent years. The walk across takes about 30 minutes and offers nice views of the waterfront area. get off at Shibaura-futo Station on the Yurikamome. and can be found in numerous dishes. seafood dishes. 760 yen. 400 yen). On Foot It is possible to cross the Rainbow Bridge on foot. operates frequent boats between Hinode Pier and Odaiba Seaside Park from 10:00 to 17:45 (until 17:15 on weekdays). Please note that some dishes may fit into multiple categories. There are also boats between Hinode Pier and Palette Town and Tokyo Big Sight (25-35 minutes. nabe dishes. which connects Osaki Station on the JR Yamanote Line with Shin-Kiba Station on the JR Keiyo Line. Rice Dishes For over 2000 years. The 20 minute boat ride costs 460 yen and offers nice views of the Rainbow Bridge and waterfront area. Some of the most popular Japanese and Japanized dishes are listed below. We have categorized them into rice dishes. riceremains one of the most important ingredients in Japan today. By Rinkai Line This is an underground railway line. The ride from Shinjuku to Tokyo Teleport Station on Odaiba takes 25 minutes and costs 480 yen. soya bean dishes. 400 yen). 1. Seishun 18 Kippu and similar JR tickets are not valid on the Rinkai Line between Osaki and Shin-Kiba. Rice Bowl A bowl of plain cooked rice is served with most Japanese meals. via Hama Rikyu) and infrequent service from Hinode Pier to the Maritime Museum (25 minutes. Popular Dishes Japanese cuisine offers a great variety of dishes and regional specialties. yoshoku dishes and other dishes.impressive views. Forbreakfast. Some trains on the JR Saikyo Line continue to run on the Rinkai Line and provide direct connections between Shibuya. as well as a small number of direct trips from Asakusa to Odaiba (1 hour.

but has been used in Japan for over a century. boiled. for example an umeboshi (pickled Japanese plum). It is a suitable dish for using left over rice.Sushi more information Sushi can be defined as a dish which contains sushi rice. There are various kinds of sushi dishes. It is a suitable dish for using left over rice. They are prepared and eaten in many different ways. grilled. katsuobushi (dried bonito shavings). A large number of fish can be enjoyed raw if they are fresh and prepared correctly. Rice balls are a popular and inexpensive snack available at convenience stores. Some of the most popular toppings are tempura (tendon). for example. lakes and rivers are used in the Japanese cuisine. A variety of additional ingredients such as peas. They are slightly salted and often contain some additional food in the center. for example. negi (Japanese leek) and small pieces of carrot and pork are mixed into the rice when stir fried. shellfish and other seafood from the oceans. cooked rice that is prepared with sushi vinegar. salmon or tarako (cod roe) added to it. It can be served with additional toppings such as tonkatsu. seas. Curry is not a native Japanese spice. tuna or salmon. Sashimi more information Sashimi is raw seafood. deep fried or steamed. Most types of sashimi are enjoyed with soya sauce and wasabi. dried. tonkatsu (katsudon) and beef (gyudon). Kayu Kayu is rice gruel. Kare Raisu is a very popular dish. Kare Raisu Kare Raisu (Curry Rice) is cooked rice with a curry sauce. It is a suitable dish for using left over rice and is often served to sick people because it can be digested easily. and many inexpensive Kare Raisu restaurants can be found especially in and around train stations. Onigiri Onigiri are rice balls made of cooked rice and usually wrapped in nori seaweed. Chazuke Chazuke is a bowl of cooked rice with green tea and other ingredients. Domburi more information A bowl of cooked rice with some other food put on top of the rice. watery. . Fried Rice Fried rice or chahan has been originally introduced from China. soft cooked rice that resembles oatmeal. Seafood Dishes Hundreds of different fish. egg. egg and chicken (oyakodon). raw.

Nabe Dishes Nabe dishes or hot pot dishes are prepared in a hot pot. Some special nabe dishes are: Oden A nabe dish prepared with various fish cakes. and they are especially popular in the cold winter months.Yakizakana Yakizakana means grilled fish. Noodle Dishes There are various traditional Japanese noodle dishes as well as some dishes which were introduced to Japan and subsequently Japanized. Soba more information Soba noodles are native Japanese noodles made of buckwheat flour or a mixture of buckwheat and wheat flour. Ramen is one of the many popular dishes that were originally introduced from China but have become completely Japanized over time. Udon more information Udon noodles are native Japanese noodles made of wheat flour. somen are Japanese noodles made of wheat flour. seafood and/or meat. boiled over many hours in a soya sauce based soup. Typical ingredients arevegetables such as negi (Japanese leek) and hakusai (Chinese cabbage). Soba are about as thick as spaghetti. . Udon are thicker than soba and can also be served either hot or cold and with various toppings. Yakisoba Yakisoba are fried or deep fried Chinese style noodles served withvegetables. Ramen more information Ramen are Chinese style noodles prepared in a soup with various toppings. meat and ginger. They can be served cold or hot and with various toppings. various mushrooms. There are many regional and personal varieties. Many varieties of fish are enjoyed in this way. usually at the table. konyaku and kombu seaweed. daikon. boiled eggs. Many of them enjoy a very high popularity. Somen are usually eaten cold and are considered a summer speciality. but they are much thinner than Udon and Soba. Somen Like Udon noodles.

Chanko Nabe Chanko nabe is traditionally the staple diet of sumo wrestlers. the sumo district in Tokyo. Shabu-Shabu Shabu-shabu is Japanese style meat fondue. along withvegetables. Yakitori more information Yakitori are grilled chicken pieces on skewers. miso and many other important ingredients of Japanese cooking are made of soya beans. Meat Dishes Meat has been eaten in Japan in larger amounts only since the second half of the 19th century. Tonkatsu is usually served with shredded cabbage or on top of cooked rice (katsudon) or with Japanese style curry rice (katsu kare). vegetables. The pieces of food are dipped into a raw egg before eaten. natto. Nowadays there are a variety of Japanese meat dishes. mushrooms. tofuand shirataki (konyaku noodles). The following are some of the most popular soya bean based dishes: Yudofu Yudofu are tofu pieces boiled in a clear. A few chanko nabe restaurants can be found around Ryogoku. Soya Bean Dishes Tofu. . Thinly sliced meat. mushrooms and tofu is dipped into a hot soup and then into ponzu vinegar or a sesame sauce before being eaten. Tonkatsu Tonkatsu are deep fried pork cutlets. mild soup and dipped into a soya based sauce before being eaten. Most parts of the chicken can be used for yakitori.Sukiyaki A nabe dish prepared with thinly sliced meat. There are many varieties of chanko nabe. Nikujaga more information Nikujaga is a popular dish of home style cooking made of meat (niku) and potatoes (jagaimo).

but has become one of Japan's most famous dishes internationally. Other Dishes Tempura more information Tempura is seafood. Hayashi Raisu Hayashi rice is Japanese style hashed beef stew. Many of them have become completely Japanized. lunch and dinner. Miso Soup A bowl of miso soup often accompanies breakfast. mushrooms and other pieces of food coated with tempura batter and deep fried. . it is also eaten with a spoon.Agedashi Tofu Agedashi Tofu are deep fried tofu pieces that are dipped into a soya based sauce before being eaten. It is typically served on a plate and usually with a demi-glace sauce. Yoshoku Dishes A large number of Western dishes have been introduced to Japan over the centuries. Korokke are breaded and deep fried. wrapped in a thin omelet. and usually served with a gravy sauce or tomato ketchup. like kare raisu. but without a bun. Omuraisu Omuraisu (abbreviation for omelet rice) is cooked rice. thinly sliced beef and onions in a demi-glace sauce served over or along side cooked rice. and come in many varieties depending on the filling. Tempura was introduced to Japan by the Portuguese in the 16th century. It resembles kare raisu. It is made by dissolving miso paste in hot water and adding additional ingredients such as wakame seaweed and small pieces of tofu. The most common filling is a mix of minced meat and mashed potatoes. vegetables. Hamubagu Hamubagu is a Japanese style hamburger steak. and these dishes are now called Yoshoku dishes. and. Some of the most popular ones are: Korokke more information Korokke has its origins in the croquettes which were introduced to Japan in the 19th century.

Okonomiyaki more information Okonomiyaki is a mix between pizza and pancake. Various ingredients such as seafood, vegetables and meat can be mixed with the dough and placed on the okonomiyaki as topping.

Monjayaki Monjayaki is a Kanto region specialty that is similar to Okonomiyaki, however, the dough used is much more liquid than the okonomiyaki dough.

Gyoza more information Gyoza are dumplings with a filling usually made of minced vegetables and ground meat. Gyoza were introduced to Japan from China. In Japan gyoza are usually prepared by frying them.

Chawanmushi Chawanmushi is savory steamed egg custard that usually contains pieces of chicken, shrimp, fish cake and a ginko nut mixed inside.

Tsukemono Tsukemono are Japanese pickles. There are many variety of pickles, and a small dish of tsukemono is usually served with Japanese meals.

How to get to Tokyo By Air - Tokyo has two airports: the international Narita Airport is located 60 km outside of central Tokyo, while the domestic Haneda Airport is located more centrally. By Shinkansen - Most shinkansen (bullet train) lines lead to Tokyo. The trip from Osaka/Kyoto takes about three hours. There are also direct bullet trains to/from Kyushu, Nagano, Niigata and various destinations in the Tohoku Region.

Basic Orientation Tokyo is covered by a dense network of train, subway and bus lines, which are operated by about a dozen different companies. The train lines operated by JR East and the subway lines are most convenient for moving around central Tokyo. Tokyo's most prominent train line is the JR Yamanote Line, a circle line which connects Tokyo's multiple city centers. The city's 13 subway lines are operated by two companies and run largely inside the Yamanote circle and the areas around Ginza and Shitamachi. Most of the countless suburban train lines commence at one of the six major stations of the Yamanote Line (Tokyo, Ueno, Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, Shibuya and Shinagawa).

Major JR train lines in Central Tokyo The map below shows Tokyo's major railway stations and the five JR lines that are most relevant to people who travel within central Tokyo.

Yamanote Line Circle line that connects all major city centers. Keihin-Tohoku Line Runs parallel to the Yamanote Line on the eastern half of the circle. Chuo/Sobu Line Runs across the Yamanote circle (local slow service). Chuo Line (Rapid) Runs across the Yamanote circle (rapid service). Connects Tokyo and Shinjuku. Saikyo/Rinkai Line Rapid service parallel to the Yamanote Line on the western half of the circle. Connects to Daiba. Shinkansen Tokaido Shinkansen trains stop at Tokyo and Shinagawa, while bullet trains to the north stop at Tokyo and Ueno.

Subways Tokyo's subway network is operated by two companies, the Toei Subways with four lines, and Tokyo Metro (formerly known as Eidan Subways) with nine lines. Together, they densely cover central Tokyo, especially the area inside the Yamanote circle and the areas around Ginza and Shitamachi. Note, that at their terminal stations, the trains of some subway lines continue to operate on the tracks of different companies on suburban train lines. For example, the Chiyoda Subway Line is directly connected with the suburban Odakyu Line at Yoyogi-Uehara Station, and some trains on the Hibiya Subway Line continue to run on the tracks of the Tokyu Toyoko Line at Nakameguro Station.

Other railway companies Besides JR East and the two subway companies, most other railway companies connect Tokyo with the metropolis' outer regions and surrounding prefectures. Their lines typically start at one of the stations of the JR Yamanote Line. Many of the private railway companies also operate department stores usually at their train lines' major stations.

Tokyu Railways Serving southwestern Tokyo and Kanagawa. Tobu Railways Serving Saitama and Tochigi. Connection to Nikko. Seibu Railways Serving the Tokyo Tama Region and Saitama. Keio Railways Serving the Tokyo Tama Region. Odakyu Railways Serving Kanagawa. Connection to Hakone. Keisei Railways Serving Chiba. Connection to Narita Airport. Keikyu Railways Serving Haneda Airport and Kanagawa. Tsukuba Express Connecting Akihabara with Tsukuba City, Ibaraki.

Special Tickets A whole variety of day passes is available for the Tokyo area. Day passes are sold at train stations and vending machines and are valid from the first train in the morning until the last train in the evening. Tokyo Free Kippu (1580 yen) Unlimited use of all subway lines (Toei and Tokyo Metro) and JR trains in the central Tokyo area on one calendar day. It is also valid on buses and streetcars operated by Toei. Toei and Tokyo Metro One-Day Economy Pass (1000 yen) Unlimited use of all subway lines (Toei and Tokyo Metro) on one calendar day. Tokyo Metro Open Ticket (1-day: 600 or 710 yen; 2-day: 980 yen) Unlimited use of the nine Tokyo Metro subway lines, but not the four Toei subway lines. A regular one day pass costs 710 yen, while a tourist version is available for 600 yen (one day) and 980 yen (two consecutive days). The tourist version is only available at Narita Airport. Toei One-Day Economy Pass (700 yen) Unlimited use of the four Toei subway lines, buses and streetcars on one calendar day. It is not valid on the nine Tokyo Metro subway lines.

that can be used interchangeably on most trains and buses in Greater Tokyo. Tokyo Metro started operating the new Fukutoshin Line between Shibuya. and is scheduled to provide through service with the Tokyu Toyoko Line at Shibuya . public holidaysand certain holiday seasons. Shinjuku-sanchome.Tokunai Pass (730 yen) Unlimited use of JR trains in the central Tokyo area on one calendar day. including JR trains. as you do not always need to buy a ticket before riding a train. It runs nine of the metropolis' thirteen subway lines. Prepaid cards don't give you any discounts. Sundays. Elsewhere on the site is a guide devoted to the Holiday Pass. but they make the process of taking trains easier. providing a new direct connection from the suburbs into central Tokyo and an alternative to the busy Yamanote Line section between Ikebukuro. Shinjuku and Shibuya. The Japan Rail Pass is valid only on JR trains. It can only be used on Saturdays. while Toei operates the other four. Elsewhere on the site is a guide devoted to Suica and PASMO. The Fukutoshin Line provides through service with the Tobu Tojo Line and Seibu Ikebukuro Line at its northern end. It cannot be used on subways or any other non-JR train Tokyo Metro Tokyo Metro (formerly known as Eidan) is one of Tokyo's two subway operators. Ikebukuro and Wakoshi. Suica and PASMO Suica and PASMO are prepaid IC cards. On June 14. Holiday Pass (2300 yen) Unlimited use of local and rapid JR trains in the greater Tokyo area (including Yokohama andKamakura) on one calendar day. Two train categories run on the Fukutoshin Line: local trains stop at all stations. while express trainsstop only at major stations and do the journey between Ikebukuro and Shibuya in just eleven minutes (stopping only at Shinjuku-sanchome along the way). subways and other non-JR trains. 2008.

Simplified Network Map of Tokyo Metro: (move cursor over subway line name to highlight a single line) .Station from the year 2012. While the nine Tokyo Metro lines provide access to many of Tokyo's city centers and tourist attractions. especially the JR Yamanote Line. Instead. they are best used in combination with the Toei subway lines and the urban JR lines. they alone do not provide the perfect solution for getting around Tokyo.

To provide more convenient connections between the suburbs and the city center. several Tokyo Metro lines provide through service onto other companies' railway lines rather than terminating at their final stations: y y y y y y y Fares: Hibiya Line: to Tobu Isesaki Line and Tokyu Toyoko Line Tozai Line: to JR Sobu Line. Toyo Rapid Railway and JR Chuo Line Chiyoda Line: to JR Joban Line and Odakyu Railway Yurakucho Line: to Tobu Tojo Line and Seibu Ikebukuro Line Hanzomon Line: to Tokyu Denentoshi Line and Tobu Isesaki Line Nanboku Line: to Tokyu Toyoko Line and Saitama Rapid Railway Fukutoshin Line: to Tobu Tojo Line and Seibu Ikebukuro Line .

but note that special passes for visitors are sold at Narita Airport for only 600 yen for a 1-day version and 980 yen for a 2day version. Shibuya is a large shopping and business district particularly popular among the younger generations. Many suburban train lines commence at Shinjuku Station. A trip around the whole circle takes approximately one hour. It is located in the middle of the large Shinjuku business. Several suburban train lines commence at Shibuya Station. there are departures about every two to four minutes in each direction. JR Yamanote Line The Yamanote Line is Tokyo's most important train line. A day pass valid on both Tokyo Metro and Toei subway lines is available for 1000 yen. Suica and Pasmo prepaid cards can be used on Tokyo Metro. It is a circular line which connects Tokyo's major city centers.Tokyo Metro fares range from 160 to 300 yen depending on how far you travel. Even though a single train on the Yamanote Line is roughly 200 meters long. because subways are not operated by JR. The main entrance to Meiji Shrine is located next to Harajuku Station. Shinjuku Yoyogi Harajuku Shibuya . Harajuku is a shopping and entertainment district for young people. entertainment and shopping district. counter-clockwise order: Shinjuku Station is Japan's busiest train station. The north entrance of the Meiji Shrine can be accessed from Yoyogi Station. Below are more details about the stations of the Yamanote Line starting and ending at Shinjuku in their actual. However. A one day pass for unlimited use of Tokyo Metro on one calendar day is available for 710 yen. especially teenagers. the Japan Rail Pass is not valid on subways.

Yurakucho Station is the closest JR station to the Sakuradamon entrance gate of the Imperial Palace and to the famous Ginzashopping and entertainment district.Shinagawa is the closest JR station to Sengakuji Temple. a large shopping area for electronics. Shimbashi Yurakucho Tokyo Kanda Akihabara Okachimachi Ueno Akihabara Station is located just next to Akihabara Electric Town. Tokyo Station is the terminal station of all shinkansen lines. Many suburban train lines pass through or commence at Tokyo Station. the Imperial Palace and the Imperial Palace East Gardens. The Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen trains stop at Shinagawa Station. Hamamatsucho is the closest JR station to the Tokyo Tower andZojoji Temple. Uguisudani Nippori . which connects central Tokyo with the domestic Haneda Airport. It is also the terminal station of the Tokyo Monorail. TheUeno Park and the Ameyoko shopping street are located next to the station. Shimbashi is a large business area and the closest JR station to the Tsukiji Fish Market. The shinkansen trains to northern Japan stop at Ueno Station. Many suburban train lines commence at Ueno Station. Shiodome Shiosite and Hama Rikyu Gardens.Ebisu Meguro Gotanda Osaki Shinagawa Tamachi Hamamatsucho Closest station to Yebisu Garden Place. It is located in the prestigious Marunouchi business district. The Ameyoko shopping street starts at Okachimachi Station.

In cities with less dense train networks like Kyoto. Kyoto City Bus In Tokyo. buses are the main means of public transportation. Several suburban train lines commence at Ikebukuro Station. Visit our highway bus page for more information on long distance bus travel. Osaka and some other large cities. complementing the train and subway networks. buses serve as a secondary means of public transportation. Rikugien Garden is just south of Komagome Station. Mejiro Takadanobaba Shin-Okubo Shinjuku Local Buses This page is about local and short-distance buses in Japan and how to use them.Nishi-Nippori Tabata Komagome Sugamo Otsuka Ikebukuro Ikebukuro is one of Tokyo's largest shopping and entertainment districts. .

and there are different systems of ticketing depending on the company.500 .000 Yen Two Travelers 5. Travel Budget This page is meant to give you a rough idea of the cost of individual travel in Japan. press one of the buttons on the wall to signal the driver that you wish to get off at the next stop. and visit our page about package tours. pick up a ticket from a small machine. Below is a description of the most common system.000 Yen over 12.9. Click here for the current Yen exchange rates. i. 6) When getting off. One US dollar is roughly 100 Yen. you always pay the same price regardless of how far you travel. the countryside and national parks. To determine your fare. for example in central Kyoto. followed by notes about exceptions: 1) Enter the bus through the back door (or front door if there is only one door). The most prominent exception are the Tokyo Metropolitan Buses.000 Yen over 20. Of course. which you will later use to determine your fare. In many cities or city centers. View our suggested itineraries to see the sample budgets applied to specific itineraries. a flat fare applies.000 .000 Yen . where you are supposed to enter through the front door. Major cities are.20. Sample daily budgets Not including cost for transportation.000 . 5) If you do not have the exact fare. A number is printed on the ticket. and exit through the rear door. 3) A display above the driver shows the next stop and the fares for that stop in yen. 2) When entering. use the changing machine to get small coins.500 Yen 9.12.500 . put your ticket and the exact fare into the box next to the driver.000 Yen 6.e. How to use a bus Using buses in Japan can be intimidating to foreign tourists because there are usually few English displays or announcements. This means that you do not have to worry about steps 2) and 3) in the above description. 4) When your stop is approaching. Single Traveler Low Budget Medium Budget High Budget 2. pay a flat fare when entering. by introducing some sample budgets.6. match the number on your ticket with the number and fare on the display. furthermore. there are a few exceptions to the above outlined system.Buses also serve smaller towns. linked by highway and long distance buses.

000 Yen per double room and night At this level.000 Yen per day Hotel breakfasts and breakfast buffets will usually cost you more than 1000 Yen. found in most cities and regions of Japan.000 Yen per single room and night 5. Some tour packages (for individual travelers) include accommodation at quality Western style hotels at this price level. booking services likeHostelworld offer great deals.10.) or visit fast food restaurants like McDonald's or Mister Donut which offer inexpensive breakfasts.500 . Medium budget: 500 .700 Yen per day Inexpensive lunch boxes are available in convenience stores and stands in railway stations .000 to 50.000 Yen per person and night.Accommodation: Check our accommodation page for more information on different accommodation types and corresponding price ranges.000 Yen per double room and night Starting around 7000 Yen per person. Furthermore. Breakfast: Low budget: 200 .000 and 30. For a room in a high class Western style hotel. etc. nofrills minshukuand ryokan. Medium budget: 3.1. you typically pay 20. rice balls.500 Yen per day At this level. High budget: over 7.000 .3.000 Yen per single room and night over 10. Lunch: Low budget: 400 .000 Yen per day Many coffee shops and some restaurants in shopping areas and around train stations offer breakfast sets for around 500 to 1000 Yen. Breakfasts buffets in first-class hotels typically cost between 2000 and 3000 Yen. typically charge between 1500 and 3500 Yen per night and person.000 Yen per room and night. A stay at a ryokan with two meals included typically costs between 10. you can get rooms in good business hotels and inexpensive Western style hotels.7. you will have to live from convenience store food (bread. you will find rooms in cheap business hotels and inexpensive. Low budget: 1. High budget: above 1.500 Yen per night and person Dormitories and youth hostels.500 .

as there are no lunch specials. you will be able to enjoy a nice dinner at a wide range of fast food and conventional restaurants. Medium budget: 700 . Medium budget: 700 . inexpensive ready-to-eat meals.000 Yen per day Some museums and attractions (usually outstanding ones or tourist traps) charge between 1000 and 3000 Yen per person. French cuisine.1. not including alcoholic drinks. Admission to large theme parks typically cost around 5000 . High budget: above 1.000 Yen per day Admission to famous temples costs between 100 to 700 Yen (around 200 Yen in Kamakuraand around 400 Yen in Kyoto and Nara).700 Yen per day Convenience stores sell various. kaiseki ryori. etc.2.200 Yen per day A lunch at most conventional restaurants cost typically between 1000 and 3000 Yen.500 Yen per day Japan offers many free attractions. steaks. Medium budget: 500 . At this level. High budget: above 1.000 Yen per day With 3000 Yen per person you will be able to have a good dinner at a wide range ofrestaurants. High budget: above 2. including the restaurants found in department stores where meals typically cost between 1000 and 2000 Yen. specializing in noodles. Various fast food restaurants. also offer relatively filling meals for 700 Yen or less.200 Yen per day At this level you will have an even larger range of inexpensive restaurants such as the above mentioned fast food places.000 Yen per day Conventional restaurants are generally more expensive in the evening than during lunch time. curry. Most shrines and some temples do not charge admission fees. Calculate 5000 Yen upwards per person for a dinner at upper class restaurants specializing in sushi.1. for around 1000 Yen. A few museums charge no admission on one day of the week or month.and business districts. sukiyaki. so called teishoku. domburior hamburger. Other options are again cheap fast food restaurants. Most museums and castles charge about 200-1000 Yen per person. plus restaurants which offer lunch set special. Dinner: Low budget: 400 . Sightseeing: Low budget: 0 .

regular tickets and prepaid cards Day passes are available for most major Japanese cities. Over long distances. if you take advantage of the various discount offers. for example. While some day passes are good deals. All budgets: Travelers of all budgets should consider purchasing a Japan Rail Pass or a regional rail pass. On each day. Bicycles A rental bicycle can be a convenient and economical way of exploring small to medium sized cities. Day passes. such as Suica and Icoca. Two and three week passes are even more cost-effective. city districts or rural towns. Rental outlets are usually found around the train station. Prepaid cards. Budget Travel .Yen per day. regular tickets are not rarely cheaper than day passes.Sightseeing . As a result. especially if plan your route wisely. Transportation: Low budget: Highway buses. Thereby you can walk in between sights and minimize subway and bus travel. try to concentrate on just one part of the city instead of zigzagging around town. rban Transportation Cost on urban transportation can generally be reduced by planning out your route wisely. The cost for a 7 day Japan Rail Pass. Rates vary widely but are typically a few hundred yen per hour or 500 to 1000 yen per day. but they are more convenient to use. Basic mamachari type bicycle are usually the only type of bicycle available. the Japan Bus Pass and the Seishun 18 Kippu (only available during certain times of the year) are among the cheapest ways of traveling in Japan. roughly corresponds to the cost of a single return trip from Tokyo to Kyoto by shinkansen. do not provide any discounts over regular tickets. domestic flights can be as economical as a rail pass. many others require you to do a lot of traveling before they pay off.

while lunch boxes (bento) are available for around 500 yen or less. Akihabara and Ginza. hotels tend to have various meal plans. Minshuku and ryokan usually include both dinner and breakfast. making it a great way to check out places that may otherwise be outside of your budget. most museums. and business hotels. Harajuku. Yet there are a variety of discounts that can decrease your sightseeing expenses a little bit. quality meals throughout the country. observation deck of the Tokyo Government Office and people watching and window shopping in bustlingShinjuku. as it is easy to find a wide selection of cheap. temples. Finally. consider hotel and tour packages that include meals with the stay. Budget Travel . . Meiji Shrine. Shibuya. The extremely budget conscious could thrive on as little as 1500 to 2000 yen per day on food without sacrificing much variety or their health. Sensoji Temple. manga kissa and capsule hotels often include a complementary light breakfast.While Japan has plenty of enjoyable sightseeing attractions that are free. Also when shopping around for accommodation. Imperial Palace and East Gardens.castles and gardens charge an admission of at least a few hundred yen. consider making lunch your main meal of the day.Food Convenience stores are the budget traveler's friends It is not necessary to starve yourself to save money when traveling in Japan. Many restaurants offer inexpensive set menus (teishoku) for around 1000 yen during the lunch hours. Higher class restaurants also have less expensive lunch options. Free Sightseeing Below is a list of popular sightseeing spots and activities that do not cost admission: Tokyo Tsukiji Market.

bakery items. seafood. lunch boxes. soba. but expect them to be more expensive than back home. and can be found virtually anywhere in Japan. Note that many supermarkets begin to mark down their unsold lunch items around 14:00 and their other prepared foods from around 19:00. Convenience stores offer a selection of fresh sandwiches and rice balls (onigiri). drinks. Royal Host and Denny's offer a wide variety of Western and Japanese dishes. as well as many Japanese chains that specialize in one type of dish such as gyudon. Coco Curry House. Supermarkets Japanese supermarkets are comparable to those found in Western countries and offer much of the same items including fresh fruits and vegetables. Imported foods are also widely available. resulting in inexpensive meals always being close at hand. alcohol and other drinks. Sukiya.udon. the quality of many food items is surprisingly high. (normally priced) supermarkets are rare in the centers of large cities. alcohol and prepared foods. Hanamaru Udon. while Saizeriya is popular for its cheap and filling Italian food and Bamiyan for its Chinese dishes. but progressively increase until closing and may end up as high as 50 to 70 percent. and Matsuya gyudon chains. The cost of a meal rarely exceeds 1000 yen per person.Yoshinoya gyudon chain restaurant Set menu (teishoku) The following are some ways of having an inexpensive meal: Convenience Stores Convenience stores are open 24 hours a day. Low budget conveyor belt sushi chains could also be listed under this category. sweets. Discounts start off at a modest 10 to 20 percent. Coco's. . noodles. While easily found in the suburbs and smaller towns. Fast Food Japan has a lot of international fast food chains such as McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Chicken. yet still offer a quality selection of inexpensive meals. canned and dry foods. and the Hokka Hokka Tei and Hotto Motto lunch box chains. sushi. ramen. Among these chains are the Yoshinoya. Many supermarkets also discount fruits and vegetables that are either blemished. Thanks to the fierce competition between convenience store chains. Family Restaurants Family restaurants are another type of restaurant that are a modest step up from fast food establishments. overripe or otherwise not fit for sale at full price. snacks. curry or boxed meals (bento). Chains such as Gusto. meat.

The menu often changes slightly with the seasons. Kare-ya Kare-ya are restaurants that specialize in curry rice (kare raisu) dishes. wheat or sugar cane) or chuhai (shochu based cocktails with various flavors). Restaurants A large number of restaurant types can be found in Japan. Customers are usually y y y y y y y . There is usually at least one kare-ya and one ramen-ya inside or around any major railway station. Soba-ya Soba-ya specialize in soba and udon noodle dishes. y Sushi-ya Sushi-ya are restaurants which specialize in sushi. Alcoholic drinks tend to be cheapest at liquor stores. resulting in competitive prices for filling set meals (around 1000 yen) or lunch boxes (around 500 yen) the latter of which are sometimes sold at temporarily erected stands. Korokke and other deep fried dishes are also available at many tonkatsu-ya. Every ramen-ya has developed its own soup. Below is an attempt to introduce some of the most popular restaurant types in categorized form: Specialized Japanese Restaurants Many restaurants in Japan specialize in just one type of food. Tonkatsu-ya Tonkatsu-ya serve tonkatsu. customers can sit either at a normal table or at a counter (sushi bar). the most crucial ingredient for a restaurant's success. Customers can freely pick the dishes that they like as they pass in front of them or order dishes which are not available on the belt. deep fried breaded pork cutlets. behind which the sushi chef is working. Most noodle dishes come either cooled with a dipping sauce or in a hot soup and with different toppings. where the sushi dishes are presented to the customers on a conveyor belt. Kaiten-zushi tends to be less expensive than usual sushi-ya. Several other dishes of Chinese origin. shochu (distilled spirit made from rice. convenience stores and supermarkets. Okonomiyaki-ya Okonomiyaki-ya specialize in okonomiyaki and sometimes monjayaki. Chinese style noodles served in a soup with various toppings. In the end. Gyudon-ya Gyudon-ya specialize in gyudon (beef domburi). Ramen-ya Ramen-ya specialize in ramen dishes. the number of plates is counted to determine the cost. such as gyoza and fried rice.Business Districts and Train Stations Especially during lunch hours the competition is fierce among restaurants in large business districts. Alcoholic Drinks Explore Japan's unique lineup of alcoholic drinks that are cheaper than beer. sweet potatoes. with hiyashi (cold) noodles popular in summer and nabeyaki (hot) udon popular in winter. Gyudon-ya tend to be inexpensive fast food style restaurants. such as imitation beer (happoshu and 3rd genre beer). Kaiten-zushi Kaiten-zushi are sushi restaurants. There are usually a few kinds of plates (differing in color or pattern). are usually also available at a ramen-ya. In most sushi-ya. each being associated with a certain price of typically 100 to 500 yen. Large business districts and busy railway stations also usually offer a wide range of small fast food restaurants where you can easily have a full meal for under 1000 yen.

Yakitori-ya Yakitori-ya specialize in yakitori. they are also popular places to go as a late night snack after drinking. Shokudo also offer a variety of dishes. salads and finger food. Izakaya tend to be informal. Tempura-ya Tempura-ya specialize in tempura dishes.y y y y preparing their okonomiyaki by themselves on a hot plate which is built into the table. rather than ordering and eating individually. and the difference to family restaurants is small. They tend to be expensive and are not very numerous. and the people at one table usually share all dishes. Chinese and Japanese dishes in order to please all family members. It is probably the most popular restaurant type among the Japanese people. Teishoku-ya are especially numerous in business areas and popular during lunch time. Family Restaurant and Shokudo Family restaurants (famiresu) offer a variety of Western. They are particularly popular among salarymen after work. the term is not commonly used anymore. such as tendon (tempura domburi) and assorted tempura. Along with ramen-ya. y Izakaya Izakaya are drinking places that offer a variety of small dishes. y y . such as robata (grilled food). a bowl of cooked rice and small side dishes. Sukiyaki-ya Sukiyaki-ya specialize in sukiyaki and shabu-shabu. however. Traditional tonkatsu restaurant Table at an okonomiyaki restaurant General Restaurants The following are some restaurant types that offer a broader range of dishes than specialized stores. grilled chicken skewers. A set menu usually consists of a main dish such as a fried fish. Teishoku-ya Teishoku-ya are restaurants that sell teishoku (set menus). Unagi-ya Unagi-ya specialize in unagi (fresh water eel) dishes such as unajuu and unadon (unagidomburi).

as well as American style fast food enjoys a great popularity among the Japanese. Many of them serve slightly Japanized Chinese dishes.Family Restaurant Foreign Cuisine Many restaurants in Japan specialize in a foreign cuisine. Chinese and Italian cooking. such as omuraisu and hayashiraisu. but also various Japanese chain stores such as Mos Burger and Lotteria. Especially Korean. The dishes served at yoshoku-ya are heavily Japanized Western dishes. such as cakes and ice cream. Chinese Restaurants There are many Chinese restaurants in Japan. Ethnic Cuisine In Japan. . y Yakiniku-ya Yakiniku-ya specialize in Korean style barbecue. y y y y y McDonald's Italian restaurant in department store Other Restaurant Types y Kissaten and Coffee Shops Kissaten are coffee shops that offer Western style sweets. Hamburger Fast Food There are many hamburger fast food restaurants across Japan. such as Thai. where small pieces of meat are cooked on a grill at the table. Yoshoku-ya Yoshoku-ya specialize in yoshoku ryori (Western Food). They include major American chain stores such as McDonald's. Many Italian restaurants have Japanese flavored pasta dishes on their menus besides conventional dishes. Italian Restaurants Italian cuisine is very popular across Japan. ethnic cuisine means South East Asian food. Indonesian and Vietnamese food. while others offer more authentic Chinese food. Other popular Korean dishes such as bibimba are also usually available at a yakiniku-ya.

known as konbini. snacks and sweets. obento (lunch boxes). instant ramen.000 convenience stores. Lawson and Family Mart. tea. nikuman and oden. Rotensho are food stands that are temporarily constructed for festivals and other large events. which emphasizes concepts such as simplicity and elegance. expensive and exclusive Japanese restaurants for business banquets and similar events. It can be enjoyed at special kaiseki ryori restaurants or at ryotei. such as Seven Eleven. Kaiseki Ryori and Ryotei Kaiseki Ryori may be called "Japanese haute cuisine". sandwiches. sport . bread. can be heated up by the store staff. such as onigiri. Dishes commonly offered at yatai include oden and ramen. takoyaki and yakisoba are just a few of the many dishes commonly sold at rotensho. Coffee chain stores such as Starbucks are also quite numerous. water. coffee. such asonigiri (rice balls). It is a refined cooking style related to thetea ceremony. Strong competition between the major operators. The stores also sell all kinds of hot and cold beverages including soda.Okonomiyaki. candy. They sometimes include seating space inside a tent. constantly produces new innovative products and services and makes Japanese convenience stores truly convenient. can be found across Japan.y y besides beverages. Karaage Rotensho Convenience Stores More than 40. Some cold foods. microwave meals and hot foods like fried chicken. Goods offered Convenience stores primarily sell food including a large range of meals. chips. Yatai and Rotensho Yatai are movable food stalls that can be found along busy streets. Most convenience stores are open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

it is usually the copy machine which serves as the store's multi-purpose terminal. chuhai. including utility. Other goods available include body care products. highway buses and othertravel services can be purchased at the multi-purpose terminal. Depending on the store. Delivery Services: At many stores. Services offered Convenience stores also offer a wide range of services. can be paid at convenience stores. nihonshu. Copier/Fax: A copy machine and fax is available at most convenience stores. Many convenience stores also sell alcoholic beverages including beer. Foreign credit and debit cards are usually not recognized by the ATMs found in convenience stores.drinks. it is possible to drop off or pick up deliveries (takuhaibin). many of which can be accessed through automated multi-purpose terminals (the user menu is usually in Japanese only): y ATM: ATMs offer various banking services and often also serve as the above mentioned multi-purpose terminals. the prints will be ready instantly or can be picked up later. shochu and wine. batteries. juice. Bill Payment: Many bills. A limited range of postal services. happoshu. magazines and comics. newspapers. have a toilet. blank CDs and tapes. The selection changes frequently and often varies by season as well. milk and vitamin drinks. is also available. particularly outside of the city centers. such as parcels or luggage. except at 7-Eleven. theme parks. Digital Camera Prints: You can get prints of digital pictures by inserting your camera's memory card into the multi-purpose terminal. y y y y y Below is a sample layout of a typical Japanese convenience store: Supermarkets . umbrellas. such as the sale of post cards and stamps. cell phone and insurance bills. If not the ATM. Some stores. cosmetics. Ticket Reservations: Tickets for sport events. concerts.

Also the cashier system is well organized and efficient. Some of the most popular ones are: Beer Beer is the most popular alcoholic drink in Japan. A visit to such a food department is a highly recommended experience. meat. A large variety of alcoholic beverages can be found in Japan. fresh seafood. Beautiful food departments are usually located in the basement floors of most department stores. Happoshu Happoshu (lit. snacks. lighter taste. dairy products. The leading breweries are Asahi. also known as low-malt beer) is a relatively recent invention by Japanese brewing companies. on the other hand. but it is made with less malt. Also see our page about convenience stores. pickled. Alcoholic Beverages Drinking plays an important role in Japanese society. which gives it a different. Drinking parties. It has a similar flavor and alcohol content as beer. nevertheless. They offer all kinds of goods such as fresh fruits and vegetables. The goods are usually beautifully presented and of excellent quality. Traditional Japanese foodstuffs. soya. alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages and household articles. . this beer-like beverage contains no malt. tofu. Kirin. are a common activity that are used to strengthen both social and business ties. The packages and portions in Japanese supermarkets are usually smaller than comparable packages sold in Europe or North America in particular. Suntory and Sapporo. happoshu is taxed differently than beer and is consequently sold at a lower price. In order to counter tax changes that reclassified the malt content of beer and subsequently raised the price of happoshu. Third beer "Third beer" (also known as "Shin Janru" or "New Genre") is the most recent development in the Japanese beer industry. instead using pea. ready-to-eat meals. bread. "sparkling alcohol". or wheat spirits. typically held at restaurants and izakaya. can be relatively inexpensive. they are rarely cheaper. Also due to the lower malt content. dried and canned food.Modern Japanese supermarkets are organized much in the same way as their Western counterparts. The art of brewing beer was imported in the early Meiji Period from Germany as a development project for the northern island of Hokkaido.

the United States and Australia are widely available. and are available in cans anywhere alcohol is sold. there are countless local rice wines (jizake). peach. sweet potatoes. water and white koji mold as the main ingredients. and mikan (mandarin orange). mixed with soda. Chuhai Chuhai (the name is derived from "shochu highball") are fruitflavored alcoholic drinks with an alcohol content that ranges between 5-8 percent. white. pineapple. it is also easily found anywhere alcohol is sold. It is drunk either hot or cold. or oolong tea. Italy. They are usually shochu based. Plum wine (umeshu) Umeshu is made of Japanese plums (ume). sugar. The most famous wine producing region within Japan is Yamanashi Prefecture. and nashi (Japanese pear). It is usually served on the rocks. lime. Its sweet.Rice Wine (nihonshu or sake) Commonly called sake outside of Japan. Awamori Shochu is a distilled spirit with an alcohol content usually between 20-40 percent. there also exists a sizable and increasing domestic wine industry. and shochu or nihonshu. especially among women. Common flavors include lemon. It is usually served mixed with water and ice. ume. Wine Wine is gaining popularity in Japan. juice-like flavor and aroma can appeal to those who normally dislike alcohol. fruity. Shochu. In addition there are many seasonal flavors that come and go. and it is usually filtered although unfiltered nihonshu (nigorizake) is also popular. Commonly made at home. While imported red. . or as an umeshu sawa (umeshu sour). The alcohol content of nihonshu is typically about 10-20%. Awamori is the Okinawan version of shochu. grapefruit. It is commonly made from rice. and sparkling wines from France. It differs in that it is made from longgrained thai-style rice instead of short-grained Japanese-style rice and uses a black koji mold indigenous to Okinawa. Besides major brands. fruit juice and sparkling water. wheat and/or sugar cane. nihonshu or sake (note that "sake" is also the general Japanese term for alcohol) is brewed using rice. Recent ones include winter pear.

if someone wants to serve you. ATMs Many automatic teller machines (ATMs) in Japan do not accept credit. restaurants.Other liquors Whisky is perhaps the most popular other western liquor in Japan and is often served on the rocks or mixed with water and ice. which are issued outside of Japan. . the document any foreigner needs to apply for when staying in Japan for more than 90 days. Likewise. for example in restaurants that serve kaiseki ryori (Japanese haute cuisine). hold it up for the person while they pour. Most ATMs and CDs are unavailable on weekends and during the night. liquor stores (sakaya) and at vending machines (although machines in public shut off after 11PM). are often available around the clock. as long as you do not bother other guests. it is customary to serve one another. since in Japanese this expression refers to the male genitalia. At ATMs one can pay withdraw. At the beginning of a meal or drinking party you should not start drinking until everybody at the table is served and the glasses are raised for a toast. but the number of 24h ATMs is increasing. rather than serving yourself. you should drink to make room in your glass if it is full. Only theinternational ATMs found in post offices and in a few major department stores and airports accept foreign credit and debit cards. but avoid using "chin chin" when making a toast. An inkan (personal stamp) or signature is also needed. Other toasts are acceptable. Drinking Manners When drinking alcoholic beverages. In order to open an account at a Japanese bank. while at CDs it is usually only possible to withdraw money. the same as for purchasing tobacco products. As a traveler in Japan. department stores. While it is considered bad manners to become obviously drunk in some formal restaurants. Banks Japanese banks are usually open Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 15:00. and izakaya. and then take at least one drink before putting the glass down. for example. post offices and at some convenience stores. Telephone and utilities bills can be paid at banks. The machines found in convenience stores. ATMs. These customs apply to everyone in your party even if they are not drinking alcohol. the same is not true for other types of restaurants such as izakaya. Alcoholic beverages are sold in supermarkets. be aware that most Japanese ATMs do not accept foreign credit cards. debit and ATM cards. Japanese banks offer automatic teller machines (ATM) and cash dispensers (CD). a foreigner requires to present his/her Alien Registration Card. which is usually "kampai". The legal drinking age is 20 years old. deposit and transfer money and pay bills. and replenish them before they are empty. convenience stores. You should periodically check your friends' glasses. Gin and vodka based drinks are also commonly available at bars.

000 7Elevenconvenience stores across the country. Kyoto and a few other major cities (note that even these ATMs are unavailable on Sundays and public holidays for four hours between 20:00 and midnight). international ATMs can be found at international airports.000 post offices and over 10. In case of post offices. Mastercard. Tsuwano Post Office Taketomi Post Office In addition to the ATMs at post offices and 7-Eleven convenience stores. shorter hours on weekends. since many banks will block a card which is suddenly used abroad. Postal ATM operating hours then decrease proportionally to the size of the post office. Maestro.The big exception are the ATMs found at the over 20. Shinjuku Office. In order to use international ATMs. Shibuya Office and the central offices of Osaka. including Visa. however. shorter hours on weekends) to medium sized offices (typically 8:00 to 20:00. ATMs at 7-Eleven stores are available 24 hours per day on every day of the year. only the central offices of major cities offer a 24 hour/7 days a week ATM service. These ATMs allow you to withdraw cash by credit and debit cards issued outside of Japan. Remember your card's secret 4-digit PIN. Notify your bank that you are going to use your card overseas. Cell Phones in Japan . Plus. from major post offices (typically 7:00 to 23:00. in major department stores and in Citibank and Shinsei Bank branches. suspecting a fraud. American Express and JCB cards and provide an English user menu. including theTokyo Central Office. closed on weekends). Inquire what fees and daily and/or monthly limits are associated with international withdrawals. ensure the following at home before leaving for Japan: y y y y Make sure that your credit or debit card can be used abroad. possibly closed on Sundays) to minor offices (typically 9:00 and 16:00. Cirrus.

and they are constantly getting new features such as internet browsers. Free shipping. Au is next with about 30 million subscribers. Docomo is the most popular company with about 50 million subscribers. Do Japanese phones work outside of Japan? . gps/navigation and music players. Mobile phones are everywhere. with a rental SIM card (from a Japanese provider) you use your own phone with a Japanese phone number and lower rates. and before that J-phone). mobile phones from your home country may not work in Japan.The only foreign phones that work in Japan are some 3G models.Mobile phone display racks at an electronics store. International roaming plan or rental SIM card . au by KDDI. electronic wallets/train passes. televisions. Check the cost-comparison link on our home page. Mobile phones Japan is a leader in mobile phone technology and usage with about 75% of the population owning one. There are two things that are required for your telephone to work: 1. Contact your service provider for details concerning your particular phone. but are charged international roaming rates which tend to be expensive. Alternatively. so GSM phones do not work. Free incoming calls. Compatibility with the Japanese mobile phone network . 2. Featured Cell Phone Services Japanese Cellular Service with FREE incoming calls! Cellular Abroad's prepaid cell phone service for Japan is ideal for those who desire an easy way to keep in touch while traveling to Japan. The biggest mobile phone companies in Japan are NTT Docomo. Low call rates. games. Do foreign phones work in Japan? Due to different technologies. Rentafone Japan We provide a cheap and convenient cell phone rental service for shortterm visitors to Japan. there is no GSM network. however the number of compatible phones is increasing. Most importantly. and Softbank (formerly Vodafone. cameras. You can rent OR buy a Japan cell phone BEFORE your departure! Click above link. while Softbank has about 15 million subscribers.With an international roaming plan (from your home service provider) you use your own phone and number.

incoming calls are free). Also. Some stores will accept foreign passports along with a hotel address as verification. There are phones to suit every style. while some companies offer discounts for advanced reservations. phone sellers must now verify the identity and place of residence of their buyers. but the display phones are non-working plastic samples. All of the companies at the airports have same day rentals. email. incoming calls are free and outgoing calling rates are comparable to those of rental phones. Typical proof can be in the form of a Japanese driver's license. Credit. How to get a mobile phone: Rental Phones Renting is the most economical way for the average traveler to get a phone. Phone numbers remain active as long as you have valid credit in your account. etc. The fees for rental phones vary and usually consist of the rental fee (typically 250-1000 yen per day) plus a usage fee (typically 70-200 yen per minute domestic outgoing. which is used for outgoing calls. and typically requires a picture ID and a credit card. but . Many companies have kiosks at the airports. depending on what features your phone supports. Prepaid phones start around 5000 yen. although while overseas some of their advanced functions will likely not work. a Japanese Passport. With most companies. and is typically valid for 60 days from activation. internet.Many phones that are sold in Japan can operate on 3G and GSM networks (only in certain countries) with the appropriate international roaming plans. Generally speaking it is not possible to use a Japanese phone with a foreign service provider due to network differences and because the handsets are locked. Japanese carriers do not unlock handsets. Credit can be bought at cell phone stores and convenience stores. must be purchased in advance. while other companies will mail a phone to your hotel or to your home. Prepaid Phones Due to past criminal abuse of prepaid phones. Japanese phones are designed at a hardware and software level to work with only a particular network. This means that a person with a handset and service provided by a Japanese mobile phone carrier can roam when travelling outside of Japan. or an alien registration card. You can return the phones at the airport or through the maildepending on the company. As a result they are not interchangeable even between Japanese service providers and some of their features are disabled when used off of the network they were intended for.

will expire after three months to a year without use. Then. At least one week to get to know it more intimately. Suggested schedules Two full days are required in order to gain a superficial feel for Japan's capital. Futuristic Tokyo From Shimbashi Station take the Yurikamome. just 15 minutes by train from Tokyo Station. Shinjuku Start the day with a visit to the Imperial Palace and its East Gardens. Half day schedules: Old Tokyo Visit the excellent Edo-Tokyo Museum about Tokyo's history. visit the shopping and entertainment attractions and view the futuristic architecture and landscape design around Odaiba and Tokyo Big Sight. All the latest and most advanced phones are available with subscription plans and the selection of handsets is huge. Subscription plans are only available to residents and require an alien registration card and a Japanese bank account. Imperial Palace. Shibuya. visit nearbyMeiji Shrine and take the Yamanote Line to Shinjuku. Spend the evening there. From Hama Rikyu it is just a few steps to the elegant skyscrapers of Shiodome. urban Japan. explore the nearby Asakusa area around Sensoji Temple where a touch of the old Tokyo can still be experienced. take the Subway Hanzomon Line from Otemachi to Shibuya and experience some of Tokyo's most famous shopping streets on a walk from Shibuya to Harajuku Station. Explore centrally locatedSensoji Temple and the surrounding streets. Phones may be free or subsidized although that typically requires a 2 year service contract. Full day schedules: From Asakusa to Odaiba: Old and new Tokyo Start in Asakusa. a futuristic entertainment and shopping district on a man made island. Subscription Plans With subscription plans you pay for your usage at the end of a monthly billing cycle as opposed to prepaid phones where you buy your usage before you use it. Tokyo's tallest building. Afterwards. visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office. the phone may be purchased at full price in which case service is available on a month-to-month contract. consists of two separate theme parks: Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. In the afternoon. Alternatively. where you can hop onto the Yurikamome elevated train over the rainbow bridge to Odaiba. Tokyo is the best place to experience modern. take the boat on the Sumida River from Asakusa to Hama Rikyu. Tokyo Disney Resort Tokyo Disney Resort. Shinjuku In Shinjuku. Then. for a . an elevated train across the Rainbow Bridge onto a man made island in Tokyo Bay. a nice landscape garden at the Tokyo Bay waterfront. There. where a touch of the old Tokyo is surviving.

Yokohama Yokohama is Japan's second most populated city. a few historic sites and many hot springs. located in a spacious wooded park just next to Harajuku Station. Imperial Palace. but an overnight stay at a ryokan with hot spring is recommended. Meiji Jingu Shibuya and Harajuku are the most popular shopping and entertainment districts of Tokyo's young generations. is full of historic temples and shrines. two hours north of Tokyo. . Hakone Hakone is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. For some contrast. experience the notorious Kabukicho entertainment district. wars and redeveleopment. The shrines and temples of Nikko can be seen in a one day trip from Tokyo. In the evening. Ginza Visit Imperial Palace and its East Gardens before exploring Ginza. which have disappeared in Tokyo itself due to earthquakes. offering beautiful nature. take a break in the Shinjuku Gyoen. the mausoleum of one of Japan's most influential personalities. Hakone can be visited in a one day trip. only half an hour south of Tokyo. Shibuya. 30 minutes from Ikebukuro. Tokyo's most expensive and famous shopping district. Side trips: Kamakura Kamakura. visit Meiji Shrine. but if you also wish to visit Nikko's beautiful national park. Nikko Nikko. Kawagoe Kawagoe. good views of Mount Fuji. It makes a perfect one-day trip from Tokyo.free bird's eye view of the city. To escape the crowds. a spacious city park. Harajuku. is the site of the famous Nikko Toshogu Shrine. one hour south of Tokyo. is called "Little Edo" (Edo is the former name of Tokyo). It makes a good one-day trip from Tokyo. at least two days are recommended. because the city retains some of the architecture and atmosphere of past centuries. Then take a look at Japan's busiest train station and surrounding department stores. two hours west of Tokyo.

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