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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.
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.
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.
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!
The closest JR station is Shimbashi. giving Akihabara a . Alternatively. famous for its many electronics shops. 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). from where you can walk to the market in about 15 minutes. 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. The fare is 160 yen. Orientation in Tokyo Hours and Fees Outer Market: varies by shop. In recent years. it has also gained fame as a center of the gaming. manga and animation culture. The one way trip takes 20 minutes and costs 260 yen. it can be reached in a five minute walk from Tsukiji Station on the Hibiya Subway Line. A major redevelopment of Akihabara Station and surroundings is nearing its completion.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. From Shinjuku Station Take the Oedo Subway Line directly from Shinjuku Station to Tsukiji Shijo Station. 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.
televisions. various other animation related establishments have appeared in the area. Sofmap and Laox operate multiple branch stores mainly along the main roads.new face. A recent development is the emergence of Akihabara as a center of Japanese animation culture. However. and manga kissaten ("comics cafes"). They offer everything from the newest computers. manga and animation related goods has notably increased. In addition to conventional stores. Electronics Hundreds of electronics shops of various sizes can be found around Akihabara Station and along Chuo Dori (Chuo Avenue). as the number of stores offering video games. A few major stores. watch DVDs and surf the internet. mobile phones and home appliances to second-hand goods and electronic junk. where customers can read comics. while many smaller shops can be found in the narrow side streets. cameras. Animation and Games The character of Akihabara has constantly changed over the decades and continues to do so. such as cosplay ("costume play") cafes. Manga. several stores also feature a selection of products for overseas use and offer duty free shopping to foreign tourists on purchases of over 10. .000Yen (passport required). such as Ishimaru Denki. 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. where waitresses are dressed up like anime characters.
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. Akihabara UDX (opened in spring 2006) and Yodobashi Akiba Building (opened in autumn 2005). Sundays 11:00 to 20:00 Sofmap operates as many as 16 shops in the Akihabara area including multiple branches. The stores are numbered from 1 to 14 plus the main store and the Kakuta branch. A brand new railway line. the Pasokon branch for PCs and the Game One and Soft One to Three branches for CDs. Akihabara has been serving as the terminal station of the Tsukuba Express since August 2005. Number One branch and Ekimae branch for electronic equipment. . DVDs. including the Main Store. Ishimaru Denki Open daily 10:00 to 20:00 Operating ten stores across Akihabara.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. Sofmap Open daily 11:00 to 21:00. A duty free floor can be found in store number one. Furthermore. games and anime related goods. which specialize in used computers.
served by the JR Yamanote Line. Computer branch. 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. televisions.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. Some branches have longer opening hours. Yamada Denki . including cameras. convention halls and showrooms. and household electronics. The one way fare is 160 Yen.Laox Open daily 10:00 to 20:00. It specializes in personal computers. it is located on the east side of Akihabara Station. pc accessories. 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). the Tsukuba Express and the Hibiya Subway Line.Labi Akihabara Open daily 9:30 to 20:00 Akky operates three duty free shops in the area around Akihabara Station: Akky Main Store. Operating eight stores in Akihabara. JR Sobu Line. in the new Yodobashi Akiba Building. Duty Free Akihabara branch and Watch & Camera Branch. computers. providing office and conference space. From Tokyo Station 3 minutes and 130 Yen by JR Yamanote Line or JR Keihin-Tohoku Line. the Gakkikan branch for music instruments and three Asobit City branches for hobby and game related products. Akihabara Crossfield Consisting of the newly built Akihabara Dai Building and the Akihabara UDX Building. Orientation in Tokyo . JR Keihin-Tohoku Line. DVD players and software. Unlike most other electronic shops. this complex next to Akihabara Station aims to become a new "global center for the IT Industry". How to get there Akihabara Station is a busy station on the Yamanote Line loop. including the Main Store. Products on sale include a variety of electronic equipment for overseas use. Yamada Denki . Akky II and Akky III.
stones. Koishikawa Korakuen attempts to reproduce famous landscapes from China and Japan in miniature. Koishikawa Korakuen is attractive during all seasons of the year. when the fall colors appear. Like most traditional Japanese gardens. 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 . using a pond. during the plum festival in late February and when the beautiful weeping cherry tree near the garden's entrance is in full bloom. plants and a man made hill. 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. 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.
Only on January 2 (New Year's Greeting) and December 23 (Emperor's Birthday). and rebuilt in the same style. from which the name Nijubashi (Double Bridge) is derived. visitors can view the Nijubashi. two bridges that form an entrance to the inner palace grounds. Tours must be reserved in advance with the Imperial Household Agency. The bridge in the back was formerly a wooden bridge with two levels. Nijubashi Bridge The palace buildings and inner gardens are not open to the public. In 1868. Reservations can be made over the internet (see links below). . guided tours of the palace are offered in Japanese. The stone bridge in front is called Meganebashi (Eyeglass Bridge) for its looks.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. the shogunate was overthrown. the large plaza in front of the Imperial Palace. Edo Castle used to be the seat of the Tokugawa shogun who ruled Japan from 1603 until 1867. a short walk from Tokyo Station. afterwards. The palace was once destroyed during World War Two. During the rest of the year. with an English pamphlet and audio guide provided. who make several public appearances on a balcony. It is the residence of Japan's Imperial Family. From Kokyo Gaien. In 1888 construction of a new Imperial Palace was completed. visitors are able to enter the inner palace grounds and see the members of the Imperial Family. and the country's capital and Imperial Residence were moved fromKyoto to Tokyo. a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the center of Tokyo.
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 . More information is available on the East Gardens page. Seawater ponds. next to the futuristic Shiodome district. the contrast between the traditional gardens with Shiodome's skyscrapers in the background is spectacular. Guided tour through the Imperial Palace grounds How to get there The Imperial Palace is a 10 minute walk from Tokyo Station. # Hama Rikyu 34 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Hama Rikyu. which change water level with the tides. forested areas and a teahouse are some of the park's attractions. It is located alongside Tokyo Bay. is one of Tokyo's most attractive landscape gardens. Furthermore. How to get there Hama Rikyu can be accessed by boat from Asakusa and Odaiba. the garden of a feudal lord's residence during the Edo Period. Alternatively. former duck hunting grounds. it is a 10-15 minute walk from JR Shimbashi Station or Shiodome Station on the Oedo Subway Line and Yurikamome elevated train. Fridays and special occasions.The Imperial Palace East Gardens are open to the public throughout the year except on Mondays.
after which the district was eventually named. today's Ginza district was the site of a silver coin mint (Ginza means "silver mint" inJapanese). making it one of the most expensive real estate in Japan. boutiques. One square meter of land in the district's center is worth over ten million yen. featuring numerous department stores. 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. The Ginza evolved as an upmarket shopping district following the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake. A visit is most pleasant on a weekend afternoon.The Ginza is Tokyo's most famous upmarket shopping. dining and entertainment district. . 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. Most shops in the Ginza district are open everyday of the week. night clubs and cafes. art galleries. Chuo Dori street on a weekend afternoon From 1612 to 1800. when the central Chuo Dori street gets closed to traffic and become a large pedestrian zone.
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Ginza Wako Shops: 10:30 to 18:00 Restaurants: 10:30 to 21:00 (some variation between restaurants) Built in 1932. The facade and interior of the new theater will resemble the previous structure. are displayed to the public in the showrooms in this building. displays such as historical uniforms and equipment can be easily understood. The theater is now being torn down and rebuilt at the base of a new skyscraper. Department Stores . however) Located just outside of the Ginza area to the north. Sony Building Showroom and shops: 11:00 to 19:00 Restaurants: typically 11:30 to 21:30 The newest products by Sony. cameras. televisions. mobile phones.restaurants and cafes. Kabukiza Theater Undergoing reconstruction and closed to the public until 2013 Kabuki pieces were performed in this theater until April 2010. Although there are no English explanations. standing at the northwest corner of the district's centrally located Ginza 4-Chome junction of Chuo and Harumi Dori. audio sets. computers and Play Station products. including DVD recorders. The new theater is scheduled to open in spring 2013. Inside the building. jewelry and luxury items are sold. the clock tower of the Ginza Wako building is the symbol of the Ginza. 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. the four floor Police Museum is operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department and is free of charge. There are also a few shops.
household goods. 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. Matsuzakaya has a history that reaches back to the year 1611. Printemps 11:00 to 20:30 (until 19:30 on Sundays) The Ginza store of the Paris based Printemps department store chain offers fashion. wines. Mitsukoshi's history reaches back to the year 1673. accessories. 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. Printemps Ginza was opened in the year 1984.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. a pet shop. . a travel agency and an exhibition hall on its eleven floors. foods and restaurants on ten floors. foods.
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.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". Shibuya) Shinjuku # 1 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Shinjuku is one of the 23 wards of Tokyo. served by six railway companies and about a dozen railway and subway lines. . Handling more than two million passengers each day. Marunouchi and Ginza Subway Lines and Yurakucho Station on the JR Yamanote Line. JR KeihinTohoku Line and Yurakucho Subway Line. Western Tokyo (Shinjuku. a collection of fashion and lifestyle stores. Clothing stores are located from the basement to the fourth floor. the building is occupied by the Ginza branch of the popular Tokyu Hands department store. Shinjuku Station is Japan's busiest railwaystation. business and shopping area around Shinjuku Station. How to get there The most convenient stations for accessing the Ginza district are Ginza Station on the Hibiya. From the fifth floor to the ninth floor. a conventional department store in the Yurakucho Marion Building and "Mosaic Ginza Hankyu". but the name commonly refers just to the large entertainment. while the top three floors are taken up by 13 restaurants.
Admission is free. subterranean malls and electronic shops surround Shinjuku Station on all four sides. home to many of Tokyo's tallest buildings. except if a public holiday falls on the closure day. in which case the observatory is closed the following day. Northeast of the station lies Kabukicho. while department stores. Japan's largest and wildest red light district. including several premier hotels and the Metropolitan Government Office. Furthermore. including the recently redeveloped south. except December 29-31. The view from the southern tower is considered slightly more interesting. West of the station is Shinjuku' skyscraper district. where the pleasant Southern Terrace is located. as well as observatories on the 45th floor of each tower. whose observation decks are open to the public for free. Redevelopment there is still ongoing. . 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. the north observatory is closed on the 2nd and 4th Monday and the south observatory on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. January 2-3 and occasional inspection days.including the JR Yamanote Line. Open daily 9:30 to 23:00 (south observatory until 17:30).
which also operates a suburban railway line from Shinjuku to western Tokyo. whose construction plans have never been realized. which also operates a suburban railway line from Shinjuku to Odawara (Odakyu is an abbreviation for "Odawara Express").Shinjuku Skyscraper District Among the skyscrapers are the Tocho (see above) and some of Tokyo's leading hotels. Open daily from 10:00 to 20:00. Mylord Mylord offers seven floors of shopping and three restaurant floors. The department store belongs to the Keio Group. restaurants until 23:00. pachinko parlors. and especially so on Fridays and Saturdays. bars. including a food department in the basement and several restaurants on the restaurant floor. Keio Keio Department Store consists of 11 floors. Kabuki-cho comes to life daily after 18:00. Some restaurants close for a few hours between lunch and dinner. Open daily from 10:00 to 20:00. Mylord is affiliated with the Odakyu Group. Lumine Lumine is owned by JR East and located next and above Shinjuku Station's South and East Exits. Several of the other skyscrapers have some shops on their ground floors and restaurants with great views of the city on their top floors. Hilton. Kabukicho Named after a kabuki theater. The complex also includes "Mosaic Dori". Open daily from 11:00 to 22:00. including the Keio Plaza. including a wonderful food department in the basement and restaurant floors. . Hyatt Regency and Park Hyatt (featured in Lost in Translation). love hotels and a wide variety of red light establishments for both sexes and sexual orientations. Department Stores: Odakyu Odakyu Department Store consists of 16 floors. Japan's largest red light district features countless restaurants. Open daily from 11:00 to 21:00. a narrow pedestrian street between the Keio and Odakyu department stores. The restaurants in the skyscrapers tend to be open from around 11:00 to 23:00. restaurants until 22:30. restaurants from 11:00 to 22:00. The department store belongs to the Odakyu Group. 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. Explore with caution and beware of exorbitant cover fees. restaurants from 11:00 to 22:00.
Bic's main store is located in Ikebukuro.Takashimaya Opened in 1996. Yodobashi's main store is located near the west exit of Shinjuku Station. Bic Camera Bic Camera is another of Japan's leading discount electronics retailers. Electronics Stores: Yodobashi Camera Yodobashi Camera is one of Japan's leading discount electronics retailers. restaurants from 11:00 to 23:00. while a smaller branch is located near the station's east exit. Isetan With a history of more than 100 years Isetan is a veteran among Shinjuku's department stores. Open daily from 10:00 to 20:00. Open daily from 11:00 to 22:00 (from 10:00 on weekends and holidays). Flags is a ten-floor shopping complex featuring a Tower Records music store. the Shinjuku branch of Takashimaya consists of 15 floors. Open daily from 10:00 to 21:00. Parks: . Open daily from 9:30 to 22:00. including a food department in the basement and a restaurant floor. Open daily from 11:00 to 22:00 (Tower Records and restaurant until 23:00). including a food department in the basement and three restaurant floors. 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. an Oshman's sports goods store. a Gap and various other shops. but it also operates two branches next to Shinjuku Station. Flags Located next to the South Exit of Shinjuku Station. The Shinjuku store is Isetan's flagship and consists of ten floors. and especially strong on camera equipment. one in the Odakyu Halc Building near the station's west exit and one east of the station near the Isetan department store. restaurants from 11:00 to 23:00. cafes and an Italian restaurant. also known as "Times Square".
served by about a dozen railway lines. after it had served as a garden for the Imperial Family since 1903. orange trains on the JR Chuo Line (Rapid Service) take less than 15 minutes and cost 190 Yen from Tokyo Station to Shinjuku Station. 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. free admission. There are no closure days during the cherry blossom season (late March to late April) and the Chrysanthemum Exhibition (first half of November). Orientation in Tokyo . It was opened to the public in 1949. Always open. How to get there Shinjuku Station is Japan's busiest railway station. From Ueno Station By JR Yamanote Line it takes 25 minutes and costs 190 Yen to get from Ueno to Shinjuku. including theJR Yamanote Line. and then the JR Chuo Line from Kanda to Shinjuku. Closed on Mondays (Tuesday is Monday is a national holiday) from December 29 to January 3. From Tokyo Station The frequently departing. Admission is 200 Yen. A slightly faster alternative is taking the JR Yamanote or JR Keihin-Tohoku Line from Ueno to Kanda Station. 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.
Below is a map and list of some of Shibuya's other major attractions: .Shibuya # 2 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Shibuya is one of the twenty-three city wards of Tokyo. but often refers to just the popular shopping and entertainment area around Shibuya Station. Shibuya is one of Tokyo's most colorful and busy districts and birthplace to many of Japan's fashion and entertainment trends. 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. A prominent landmark of Shibuya is the large intersection in front of the station (Hachiko Exit). Most of the area's large department and fashion stores belong to either Tokyuor Seibu. two competing corporations.
Tobacco and Salt Museum Open 10:00 to 18:00. Admission: free. According to a famous story. whose predecessor used to monopolize the production and sale of tobacco and salt in Japan. 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. Information in English is limited. Closed Wednesdays (or following day if Wednesday falls on anational holiday) and during New Year. the dog waited for his master every day in front of Shibuya Station. such as the process of power generation and the role of electricity in society and everyday life.Points of Interest: Hachiko Statue A statue of a loyal dog named Hachiko. Closed Mondays and from December 29 to January 3 (if Monday is anational holiday the museum is open Monday and closed Tuesday). It is one of Tokyo's most popular meeting points. Electric Power Museum (Denryokukan) Open daily 10:00 to 18:00. This museum by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) introduces various aspects of electric energy. Admission: 100 yen. Introducing the history of tobacco and salt in Japan and throughout the world. .
concerts and various other events. boutiques. . Center Gai is a busy pedestrian zone lined by stores. a theater. which offer couples a private room for a 2-3 hour "rest" during the day (usually around 5. consists of a concert hall. National Yoyogi Stadium Built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics by renown architect Tange Kenzo. night clubs and restaurants. NHK Studiopark is a part of the NHK Broadcasting Center. Koen Dori Koen Dori.000 yen) or an overnight "stay" (usually around 10. lit. game centers. and a few shops and restaurants. which is open to the public.000 yen). the stadium hosted the olympic swimming competitions. Famous Streets: Center Gai The birthplace of many Japanese fashion trends. Bunkamura. lit. "culture village". It was named after Parcodepartment store (parco is Italian for park) and the fact that the street leads to Yoyogi Park. It gives visitors a chance to look behind the scenes of television broadcasting. It is now also being used for ice skating and volleyball competitions. Bunkamura Located directly next to the Tokyu department store (main store). including the production of a live program on most days.NHK Studiopark (more details) Please see the NHK Studiopark page for details on hours and admission. two cinemas. a museum with constantly changing exhibitions. is a popular shopping street leading from the Marui department store to Yoyogi Park. Love Hotel Hill This area of Shibuya has a high concentration of love hotels. "Park Street".
restaurants until 22:30). Shibuya Mark City is a small city within the city. Tokyu Affiliated Shopping: Tokyu Main store open daily 11:00 to 20:00 (upper floors until 19:00. It consists of a wide range of stores and restaurants. a bus terminal and the terminal station of the Keio Inokashira Line. cafes and restaurants. crafts. Shibuya 109 Open daily 10:00 to 21:00 (restaurants from 11:00 to 22:30). Shibuya Station store open daily 10:00 to 21:00 (Sundays and holidays until 20:00. . Fridays. office space. the complex's name can also be read as "Shibuya to kyu". located just next to JR Shibuya Station. Restaurants can be found on the top and bottom floors. Tokyu Hands Open daily from 10:00 to 20:30. restaurants until 22:30). hobby. The Shibuya store spans eight floors. Seibu Affiliated Shopping: Seibu Open 10:00 to 20:00 (Thursdays. Promoted as "Creative Life Store". and was nicknamed for resembling a Spanish street scene.Spain Slope Spain Slope (Supeinzaka) is a narrow. while the Shibuya Station branch with twelve floors sits on top of the station. The Shibuya branch of the Seibu department store chain consists of nine floors. Restaurants 11:00 to 23:00. the Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu. Shibuya 109 is a trend setting fashion complex for young women with more than one hundred boutiques on ten floors. and Saturdays until 21:00). interior. Tokyu Hands has everything from doit-yourself. identifying the complex as part of the Tokyu Group. Closed New Year's Day. Shibuya Mark City Opening hours vary by shop. It is lined by boutiques. typically 10:00 to 21:00. featuring mainly fashion goods and some fashion boutiques. Usually pronounced "Shibuya ichi maru kyu". outdoors to stationery and more. 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. approximately 100 meter long pedestrian street with stairs leading up the slope to the Parco department store.
also offering a large array of products related to interior. Zero Gate and more. crafts and gifts. JR Shonan Shinjuku Line. Restaurants: 11:00 to midnight. Part 3. hobby. Part 2. The complex consists of numerous buildings in the Shibuya area: Part 1. Quattro. Parco is a shopping complex with an emphasis on fashion. but with a slightly less strong emphasis on do-it-yourself. Hanzomon Subway Line. Fukutoshin Subway Line. Loft is Seibu's answer to Tokyu Hands. Keio Inokashira Line and the Narita Express. Orientation in Tokyo Harajuku # 4 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Harajuku Station . Tokyu Den-Entoshi Line. Tokyu Toyoko Line. Ginza Subway Line.Loft Open from 10:00 to 21:00 (until 20:00 on Sundays and public holidays). Parco Open 10:00 to 21:00 (some annex buildings from 11:00). You can get there by JR Yamanote Line. The Loft Shibuya branch consists of seven floors. JR Saikyo Line. How to get there Shibuya Station is one of Tokyo's busiest stations.
It is the center of Japan's most extreme teenage cultures and fashion styles. which is between Shinjuku and Shibuya on the Yamanote Line. cafes and restaurants for a more adult clientele. tree lined avenue sometimes referred to as Tokyo's Champs-Elysees. punk musicians. A variety of fashion styles on display at Harajuku on a Sunday Just south of Takeshita Dori and over twice its length is Omotesando. crepe stands and fast food outlets geared towards the fashion and trend conscious teens. one of Tokyo's major shrines. a broad. . is located just west of the railway tracks in a large green oasis shared with the spacious Yoyogi Park. used clothes stores. visit Harajuku on a Sunday. Meiji Jingu. The focal point of Harajuku's teenage culture is Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) and its side streets. which are lined by many trendy shops. while Kiddy Land has hundreds of unique toys for kids of all ages. and the Nezu Museum has an impressive collection of various Asian art as well as a traditional Japanese garden. Beautiful ukiyo-e paintings are exhibited in the small Ota Memorial Museum of Art. The stylish Omotesando Hills complex was opened in 2006 and targets fashion conscious urbanites in their 30s and 40s. when many young people gather around Harajuku Station and engage in cosplay ("costume play").Harajuku refers to the area around Tokyo's Harajuku Station. dressed up in crazy costumes to resemble anime characters. Here you can find famous brand name shops. but also offers shopping for adults and some historic sights. fashion boutiques. Harajuku is not only about teenage culture and shopping. etc. In order to experience the teenage culture at its most extreme.
cafes and restaurants. including several leading fashion brand shops. Interesting shops and restaurants can also be found along some of the side streets. it becomes extremely busy and crowded on the weekends. Shopping . boutiques. The symbol of Harajuku and birthplace of many of Japan's fashion trends. Omotesando Shops along Omotesando tend to be open daily from 11:00 to 20:00. Because of the street's popularity. tree lined avenue. cafes and fast food outlets targeting Tokyo's teenagers. Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) is a narrow. Referred to as Tokyo's Champs-Elysees. Omotesando is a one kilometer long. stand along the avenue. roughly 400 meter long street lined by shops.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. Numerous stores. This area generally caters to an older and wealthier clientele than Takeshita Dori.
Opened in 2006. mainly geared towards a young. female audience. . kitchenware. dolls. Apartments are located above the shops. The shopping complex is Omotesando's most prominent establishment. Travelers who pass by the store front are sure to notice the building.Omotesando Hills Shops: 11:00 to 21:00 (Sun until 20:00) Restaurants: 11:00 to 23:00 (Sun until 22:00). It is located only a few steps from Harajuku Station alongTakeshita Dori. Oriental Bazaar 10:00 to 19:00 Closed: Thursdays This is one of Tokyo's largest souvenir shops. consisting of seven floors of fashion boutiques and shops. LaForet Harajuku Open daily from 11:00 to 20:00 LaForet Harajuku is a trend setting shopping complex. furnitureand samurai related goods. lamps. offering a wide array of goods. restaurants and beauty salons. cafes. including clothing. The LaForet Museum on the top floor hosts various events and exhibitions. Omotesando Hills consists of six floors (three are underground) of about 100 upmarket shops. The building was designed by the renowned architect Ando Tadao and has intriguing design elements. stretching along about one quarter of the avenue. The shop spans three floors and has a red and green facade that mimics traditional Japanese architecture.100 Yen Shop Open daily from 10:00 to 21:00 This is one of the largest 100 Yen Shops in central Tokyo. food and stationary on multiple floors at 105 yen per item. tableware. very popular among foreign travelers in search of typical Japanese souvenirs. such as kimono. Daiso Harajuku .
which are designed as a stack of trunks rather than conventional floors. . but it was discontinued in December of 2009. Barbie and Hello Kitty are on sale alongside new characters and creations. The majority of the shrine grounds are composed of a beautiful. Kiddy Land has a fantastic selection of toys and other products to amuse kids. but a similarly sized temporary building is being used just around the corner. 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. The public store makes up five of the building's ten floors. Togo Shrine Closed: No closing days Admission: Free Togo Shrine is a Shinto shrine dedicated to Admiral Togo. 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. Major toy brands like Disney. Empress Shoken. 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.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. It is one of many famous brand names that have opened a store along Omotesando.
Nezu Museum 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30) Closed: Mondays (or next day if Monday is a national holiday). It gives visitors a chance to look behind the scenes of television broadcasting. . which comprises of more than 10. 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. picnicking and other outdoor activities.000 pieces of art. China and Korea. Exhibits are changed every month. 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. Ota Seizo. 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. including the production of a live program on most days. NHK Studiopark (more details) Please see the NHK Studiopark page for details on hours and admission. NHK Studiopark is a part of the NHK Broadcasting Center. Yoyogi Park 5:00 to 20:00 (until 17:00 during the winter) Facilities are typically open from 9:00 to 17:00. featuring wide lawns. It is a great place for jogging. Ota Memorial Museum of Art 10:30 to 17:30 Closed: Mondays (or next day if Monday is a national holiday). Yoyogi Koen (Yoyogi Park) is one of Tokyo's largest and most pleasant city parks. ponds and forested areas. New Year Admission: Typically 700 yen. which is open to the public.
How to get there Harajuku Station is a station on the JR Yamanote Line. which is served by the Chiyoda and Fukutoshin Subway Lines. which is served by the Chiyoda. At the eastern end of Omotesando isOmotesando Station. 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. The shrine was completed and dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and the Empress Shoken in 1920. . 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. two stations south of Shinjuku and one station north of Shibuya (130 yen from either station). Meiji Shrine and the adjacent Yoyogi Park make up a large forested area within the densely built-up city. During the Meiji Period. The shrine was destroyed during the Second World War but was rebuilt shortly thereafter.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. Empress Shoken. Ginza and Hanzomon Subway Lines. 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. the stadium hosted the olympic swimming competitions. Located just beside the JR Yamanote Line's busy Harajuku Station. Japan modernized and westernized herself to join the world's major powers by the time Emperor Meiji passed away in 1912. concerts and various other events. Emperor Meiji was the first emperor of modern Japan. Only a short walk from Harajuku Station is the subway station Meijijingu-mae Station.
At the northern end of the shrine grounds visitors will come across the Meiji Jingu Treasure House. The well was visited by the Emperor and Empress while they were alive and has become a popular spiritual "power spot". Visitors to the shrine can take part in typical Shinto activities.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. . In the first days of the New Year. There is also a Museum Annex Building just to the east of the main shrine buildings that displays temporary exhibitions. The garden becomes particularly popular during the middle of June when the irises are in bloom. such as making offerings at the main hall. At the middle of the forest. Kiyomasa's Well. which was constructed one year after the shrine was opened. after which the sights and sounds of the busy city are replaced by a tranquil forest. more than any other shrine or temple in the country. The Treasure House displays many interesting personal belongings of the Emperor and Empress. is named after a military commander who dug it around 400 years ago. Meiji Jingu's buildings also have an air of tranquility distinct from the surrounding city. which requires an entrance fee to enter. including the carriage which the emperor rode to the formal declaration of the Meiji Constitution in 1889. During the rest of the year. A small well located within the garden. A large area of the southern section of the shrine grounds is taken up by the Inner Garden. traditional Shinto weddings can often be seen taking place there. Entry into the shrine grounds is marked by a massive torii gate. Meiji Jingu is one of the Japan's most popular shrines. buying charms and amulets or writing out one's wish on an ema. The approximately 100.000 trees that make up Meiji Jingu's forest were planted during the shrine's construction and were donated from regions across the entire country. the shrine regularly welcomes more than three million visitors for the year's first prayers (hatsumode).
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. Closed: No closing days Admission: 500 yen Northern Tokyo (Ueno. Asakusa.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. Ikebukuro) Asakusa # 6 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited . Extended hours during the middle of June. 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 temple is approached via the Nakamise. including movies. Asakusa's main attraction is Sensoji. Asakusa used to be Tokyo's leading entertainment district. a very popular Buddhist temple. one of Tokyo's few districts. "man powered vehicle"). "low city". Asakusa can be easily explored on foot. While the area around the rebuilt Sensoji has regained its former popularity after the war. In the late 1800s and early 1900s. Large parts of Asakusa were destroyed in the air raids of World War Two. Alternatively. set foot in Asakusa. During the Edo Period. Shorter and longer courses are also available. when the district was still located outside the city limits. A 30 minute tour for two persons costs around 8000 Yen. built in the 7th century. lit. the same cannot be said for Asakusa'sentertainment district. Asakusa was the site of kabuki theaters and a large red light district. local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries. you can consider a guided tour on a rickshaw (jinrikisha. which have preserved a certain atmosphere of the old Tokyo.Asakusa is the center of Tokyo's shitamachi. . lit. a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional. modern types of entertainment. Sensoji temple grounds Dempoin Dori (Dempoin Street) For many centuries.
is one of Tokyo's most spectacular and popular. The Nakamise shopping street leads from Kaminarimon to the temple grounds. Admission free. Admission free. Asakusa Shrine. Asakusa Shrine Always open.Temples and Shrines: Kaminarimon (Kaminari Gate) Always open. Built in the 7th century. It is held every year on a weekend (Friday to Sunday) in mid May. . although the current buildings are postwar reconstructions. it is also one of its oldest. also known as Sanja-sama. it is the symbol of Asakusa. Sensoji ("Senso" is an alternative reading for Asakusa and "ji" means temple) is Tokyo's most famous and popular temple. The shrine's festival. First built more than 1000 years ago. Kaminarimon is the first of two large entrance gates leading to Sensoji Temple. the Sanja Matsuri. Admission free. was built during the Edo Period and survived the air raids of 1945. Sensoji Temple (more details) Main building open 6:00 to 17:00 (Oct to Mar from 6:30).
There is a 24h supermarket in the basement of the main building.Dempoin Temple Not open to the public! Dempoin is a temple just next to Sensoji. which offer local specialties and the usual array of tourist souvenirs. Tobu Asakusa Station & Matsuya Department Store Matsuya department store is open daily from 10:00 to 19:30. Kappabashi Shopping Street (more details) Most shops open from 9:00 to 17:00. Visiting the garden by appointment. Many shops sell fashion for ladies and kids. Rox is a shopping and entertainment complex consisting of a main building (Rox) and three annex buildings (Rox2G. lanterns and uniforms. restaurants from 11:00 to 22:00). Many are closed on Sundays and public holidays. Shopping: Nakamise Shopping Street (more details) Opening hours depend on the individual shops. Shin-Nakamise or New Nakamise Shopping Street runs perpendicular to the Nakamise Shopping Street. kitchen utensils and appliances. Rox Department Store Daily 10:30 to 21:00 (supermarket is open 24 hours. Kappabashi is an almost one kilometer long street lined by shops catering to restaurant businesses. It is lined by more than 50 shops. The Nakamise shopping street stretches over approximately 250 meters from Kaminarimon to the main grounds of Sensoji Temple. Typically daily from 9:00 to 19:00. It is a covered shopping arcade lined by various shops and restaurants. Unfortunately. known for its beautiful garden. Items on sale include tableware. as it used to be possible. cannot be done anymore. Other Attractions: . Tobu Asakusa Station is the terminal station of Tobu trains heading into the suburbs and prefectures north of Tokyo. the temple and garden are not open to the public. The station building also houses a Matsuya department store that spans eight floors. signs. sample food made of wax and plastic. Shin-Nakamise Shopping Street Opening hours depend on the individual shops. furniture. including trains to Nikko. either. Rox3 and Rox Dome). Typically daily from 10:00 to 20:00.
Odaiba by direct ship: 55 minutes. However. completed in 1989 and host the headquarters of Asahi Breweries. The Asahi Beer Tower and Asahi Super Dry Hall with its characteristic Flamme d'Or were. Hanayashiki has a history of more than 150 years. Located just a few steps from Sensoji. silverware. direct ships from Asakusa to Odaiba. Tuesdays. In spring it becomes a popular cherry blossom viewing spot. Asakusa . 760 yen. the district has not regained its former popularity after the war. Originally opened as a flower park. Asakusa . The museum is located in a floor above the Miyamoto Unosuke Nishi Asakusa store. are exhibited in this small museum. 1020 yen (includes 300 yen admission to the garden). In addition. Admission: 900 yen plus separate fees for rides. carousel and Space Shot. there are less frequent. Rokku offers attractions such as rakugo theaters. Rokku Entertainment District Opening hours depend on the individual businesses.Hinode: 40 minutes. Asakusa . This small museum introduces the many traditional arts and crafts of the old Tokyo (formerly known as Edo).Odaiba: 20 minutes. Today. Admission free.Hama Rikyu: 35 minutes. several restaurants can be found in the complex. Closed on Mondays. This riverside park stretches along both sides of Sumida River for several hundred meters. Rokku used to be Tokyo's leading entertainment district before the war. such as scissors. where you can transfer to a ship to Odaiba. which sells Japanese drums and festival goods. embroidery and more. Edo Shitamachi Traditional Crafts Museum Open daily 10:00 to 20:00. combs. Taikokan (Drum Museum) Open from 10:00 to 17:00.Sumida River Cruise Daily from 10:00 to 17:00. furniture. Visitors can play several of the drums. Asahi Beer Tower Restaurants open daily from 11:30 to 22:00. Sumida Park Always open. roller coaster. Admission: 300 yen Drums from around the world. Hinode . Hanayashiki Amusement Park Open 10:00 to 18:00 (longer hours during holidays). cinemas and pachinko parlors. 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. hosting Japan's first cinema and more. Demonstrations by craftsmen are held on weekends. Furthermore. New Year and Obon. Admission free. including a small Ferris wheel. the miniature amusement park offers numerous attractions. including Japanese taiko drums. while on the last Saturday of July it becomes the site of the Sumida River Firework Festival. 460 yen. .
From Narita Airport Check our airport page for details. It was opened to the public in 1873. 130 Yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes. At the park's south entrance stands a statue of Saigo Takamori. It is well worth paying the 200 yen admission fee in order to enter the inner shrine area and main building. leaving the zoo without its most popular attraction.How to get there Asakusa is served by the Ginza Subway Line. A temple for the goddess of Benten stands on the island in the middle of the pond. Orientation in Tokyo Ueno Park Ueno Park is a large public park just next to Ueno Station. which ruled Japan from 1603 to 1867. it became the home of panda bears. the National Science Museum. namely the Tokyo National Museum. He played a central role in realizing the Meiji Restoration of 1868. gifts from China on the occasion of normalization of diplomatic relations. the zoo's last panda bear died in 2008. Shinobazu Pond is a large pond in Ueno Park. # 7 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Saigo Takamori Toshogu Shrine is a shrine dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu. the Orient Museum. From Shinjuku Station Take the orange JR Chuo Line to Kanda Station (10 minutes. Ueno Park is home to Japan's first zoological garden. Asakusa Subway Line. . and offers its visitors a large variety of attractions. 160 Yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes. However. the National Museum for Western Art and the Tokyo Metropolitan Fine Art Gallery. especially art museums. an important personality of the late Edo and early Meiji Period. Tsukuba Express and Tobu Railways. 160 Yen). In 1972. the founder of the Edo shogunate. 160 Yen). which dates back to 1882. the Shitamachi Museum. Ueno Park is famous for its many museums. From Tokyo Station Take the JR Yamanote Line to Kanda Station (2 minutes.
Easiest access is provided by the station's "Park Exit".Temple of Benten Toshogu Shrine Last but not least. During the cherry blossom season. "low town"). Tokyo National Museum How to get there Ueno Park is just next to Ueno Station. Ueno Park is famous for its more than 1000 cherry trees. . 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. Sensoji Temple # 16 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Sensoji (also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple) is a Buddhist temple located in Asakusa.
Kibidango Shop . called Nakamise. making it Tokyo's oldest temple. two brothers fished a statue of Kannon. the goddess of mercy. the Hozomon. The shopping street has a history of several centuries.small cake with red bean paste filling. visitors first enter through the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate). Sensoji was built there for the goddess of Kannon. it always returned to them. the outer gate of the Sensoji and symbol of Asakusa. leads from the outer gate to the temple's second gate. The temple was completed in 645. The freshly renovated main hall in December 2010 When approaching the temple.The legend says that in the year 628. A shopping street of over 200 meters.deep fried manju (soft cake with red bean paste filling). out of the Sumida River. and even though they put the statue back into the river. bottom: Ningyoyaki .Skewered kibi-balls covered with soybean powder. top: Agemanju . Besides typical Japanese souvenirs such as yukata and folding fans. Osenbei (rice crackers) Folding Fans Yukata and T-shirts from left to right: Kibidango . Consequently. various traditional local snacks from the Asakusa area are sold along the Nakamise.
Asakusa Samba Carnival . 160 yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes.December: Hagoita is the wooden paddle used in Hanetsuki. 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: . Inside the main hall How to get there Sensoji Temple is a few steps from Asakusa Station. From Tokyo Station Take the JR Yamanote Line to Kanda Station (2 minutes. built in the year 1649 by Tokugawa Iemitsu can be found close by the temple's main building. a traditional game that resembles badminton. Click here to read more about Hanetsuki and the Hagoita Market. TheAsakusa Shrine. 160 yen). Hagoita-ichi (Hagoita Market) .July: Hozuki are ground cherries. 130 yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes. Asakusa Subway Line and Tobu Railways. From Narita Airport Check our airport page for details. From Shinjuku Station Take the orange JR Chuo Line to Kanda Station (10 minutes. served by the Ginza Subway Line. 160 yen).November: a festival commemorating the history of Tokyo and the Edo culture.May: one of Tokyo's three major festivals. Various events are held throughout the year in the Sensoji Temple area.Beyond the Hozomon main gate stands the temple's main building and a five storied pagoda. Hozuki-ichi (Hozuki Market) . Some of them are: y y y y y Sanja Matsuri (more details) . a typical summer plant in Japan.August Tokyo Jidai Matsuri .
Construction is currently ongoing on the Tokyo Sky Tree. Under good weather conditions. Minato) Tokyo Tower With 333 meters. It is recommended to combine a visit to Tokyo Tower with a visit to Zojoji Temple. Mount Fuji can be seen in the distance. 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.Southern Tokyo (Shinagawa. 820 yen (to intermediate floor only) Odaiba # 12 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited . and serves as a television and radio broadcast antenna and tourist attraction. Tokyo Tower is 13 meters taller than its model. an almost twice as tall new broadcast antenna in northern Tokyo. one of Tokyo's major temples. The 634 meter tall new landmark is scheduled to open to the public in spring 2012. Separate entrance fees apply. the Eiffel Tower of Paris. You can also walk there from Hamamatsucho Station on the JR Yamanote and JR Keihin-Tohoku Line in about 15 minutes. just next to the tower. and the world's tallest self-supporting steel tower. An wax museum and several more attractions can be found on the ground floors of the tower. 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. Orientation in Tokyo Hours and Fees Hours: 9:00 to 22:00 Closed: No closing days Admission: 1420 yen (to top floor).
but development was critically slowed down after the burst of the "bubble economy" in the early 1990s. During the extravagant 1980s.Rainbow Bridge from Odaiba Introduction: Daiba. It was not until the second half of the 1990s. . which it is today. Even access to Odaiba can be considered an attraction (see "How to get there"). Open 10:00 to 20:00. Attractions: Among the attractions of Odaiba are several shopping and entertainment centers. museums and the futuristic architecture and city planning. buy Fuji TV goods at the souvenir shop and access the futuristic looking building's observatory deck. if Monday falls on apublic holiday). theme parks. a spectacular redevelopment of the islands into a futuristic business district was started. Most attractions are closed on Mondays (closed the following Tuesday instead. Fuji TV Building This is the headquarters of Fuji Television. refers to some of the man made islands in the Bay of Tokyo. nationwide TV stations. which were constructed in the end of the Edo Period (1603-1868) for the city's protection against attacks from the sea. You can see some exhibitions on popular programs. one of Japan's private. Admission is free except for the observatory deck (500 yen). literally meaning "fort". that Odaiba developed into one of Tokyo's most interestingtourist spots and the highly popular shopping and entertainment district. Further development of the area is still underway.
Closed Mondays (closed on Tuesday instead if Monday is a public holiday). There are nice views of the Rainbow Bridge from the wooden deck in front of Aquacity and neighboring Decks. except to Tokyo Joypolis (500 yen). The observation deck also offers nice view of the bay area and as far as Mount Fuji on clear days. and holidays 11:00 to 22:30). Combined admission to the museum and Yotei Maru is 1000 yen. . If you enter between 5am and 7am. robots (starring Asimo among others). last entry 7am). boutiques. Aquacity Odaiba Aquacity is a shopping mall featuring various stores. Two actual ships. Admission is 500 yen (400 yen in combination with a Yurikamome day pass). Once a month Oedo onsen closes early at 11pm for maintenance (admission until 9pm). the food theme park "Daiba Little Hong Kong" and "Tokyo Joypolis". three floors packed with the newest arcade games and more. cafes and a 13 screen cinema complex. An overnight stay supplement of 1. including the Yotei Maru ocean liner. Oedo Onsen Monogatari Opened in March 2003. Open daily 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30). highly interactive and bilingual science museum includes exhibits about environmental issues. Sundays. this is a hot spring theme park. Open daily from 11am to 9am (no entry between 2am and 5am. restaurants. Admission: 600 yen. information technology. Museum of Maritime Science Housed in a cruise ship shaped building. restaurants. The observation deck is open from 15:00 to 21:00 (Saturdays. You can enjoy various types of baths. Open daily 10:00 to 17:00 (weekends and holidays until 18:00).575 yen applies if you stay after 2am. National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation This well done. Open daily 11:00 to 21:00 (food court until 21:00. biology and space exploration. Closed Mondays and from Dec 28 to Jan 1. Admission is free.567 Yen. the admission is 1. Open daily 11:00 to 21:00 (some stores and restaurants remain open until 22:00 or 23:00). Closed Tuesdays and from Dec 28 to Jan 1 (Open Tuesdays during the summer holidays or if Tuesday is a public holiday). Telecom Center The Telecom Center is a major hub on the information highway with several large satellite antennas on its observation deck. cafes. the Museum of Maritime Science displays seafaring related exhibits from the past and future.Decks Tokyo Beach Decks is a shopping mall featuring various stores. which are fed by actual hot spring water from a depth of 1400 meters. Admission is 2827 yen (1987 yen if you enter after 6pm). which reproduces the atmosphere of the Edo Period (1603-1868). boutiques. restaurants open until 23:00 or later). Museum admission: 700 yen. are moored in front of the museum.
Venus Fort is a shopping mall in the style of a 18th century South European town. Restaurants until 23:00. Operating daily from 10:00 to 22:00 (until 24:00 on Fridays. home appliances and more. . Sun Walk. and days preceding holidays during the spring and summer season. Toyota City Showcase and History Garage open 11:00 to 21:00. Saturdays. where you can view and touch Toyota's newest models and car accessories. pets and books. Admission is free except Risupia (500 yen). Venus Fort Family is another shopping mall on the floor below Venus Town. a large concert venue.Palette Town This shopping and entertainment complex consists of Venus Fort. kids. Entry to Risupia is by numbered ticket which are limited during times of high visitation. Most shops and attractions are open from 11:00 to 21:00 and restaurants until 23:00. shops. targeting a mainly female audience. a Ferris Wheel and Zepp Tokyo. Mega Web Part of Palette Town. A Japanese or recognized international driving permit is required for "Ride One" drivers. Panasonic Center The Panasonic Center is a showroom for the latest products and technologies by the Matsushita Group. Restaurants until 23:00. cafes and restaurants. On display are the newest cameras. There are occasional closing days. "Ride One". this 115 meter tall ferris wheel is one of the world's largest and offers nice views of the bay area. Admission: 900 Yen. Nintendo games. electric vehicle ("E-com Ride"). except for "Ride One" (300 Yen per ride) and "E-com Ride" (200 Yen per ride). See more details on each attraction below. Mega Web. Closed on Mondays. "E-com Ride" and "Kid's Hybrid Ride One" until 20:00 ("Kid's Hybrid Ride One open until 18:00 on weekdays"). Open daily. TV screens. It features more than one hundred boutiques. Venus Fort Family Previously called Sun Walk. Ferris Wheel Part of Palette Town. Mega Web is a Toyota showroom. Venus Fort Part of Palette Town. test drive a real car ("Ride One") or ride an automatic. Admission is free. computers. It consists of a relatively small number of spacious stores specializing in interior. Shops are open daily 11:00 to 21:00. except if Monday is a public holiday. Universal Design Showcase open until 19:00. sports. of which Panasonic is part of. Shops are open daily 11:00 to 21:00. Historic cars are exhibited in the "History Garage". Open 10:00 to 18:00 (entry to Risupia until 17:00).
broad pedestrian walks and parks. a one day pass for 800 yen is likely to come cheaper than single tickets. Hours and admission fees depend on the specific events. A ride from Shimbashi to Daiba takes 15 minutes and costs 310 yen. elevated train with rubber tires.Tokyo Big Sight Also known as Tokyo International Exhibition Center. as the views of the Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo's harbor and waterfront area from the Yurikamome elevated train or boat are quite spectacular. 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 . A wide array of events are held at the Big Sight throughout the year. How to get there Access to Odaiba can be an attraction by itself. The Yurikamome uses the Rainbow Bridge to get to Odaiba and offers spectacular views of the harbor and the Tokyo waterfront area. Tokyo Big Sight is Japan's largest exhibition and convention center and one of the bay islands' boldest architectural creations. which connects Shimbashi Station on the JR Yamanote Line with all of Odaiba's attractions and Toyosu Station on the Yurakucho Subway Line. It includes a man made sand beach. If you ride the Yurikamome more than twice. Public Parks Most of Odaiba's attractions are connected with each other by pleasant. By Yurikamome The Yurikamome is an un-manned.
Some trains on the JR Saikyo Line continue to run on the Rinkai Line and provide direct connections between Shibuya. and can be found in numerous dishes. even though the line is served by JR trains. riceremains one of the most important ingredients in Japan today. but are listed only once. which connects Osaki Station on the JR Yamanote Line with Shin-Kiba Station on the JR Keiyo Line. The walk across takes about 30 minutes and offers nice views of the waterfront area. via Hama Rikyu) and infrequent service from Hinode Pier to the Maritime Museum (25 minutes. The 20 minute boat ride costs 460 yen and offers nice views of the Rainbow Bridge and waterfront area. The ride from Shinjuku to Tokyo Teleport Station on Odaiba takes 25 minutes and costs 480 yen. Some of the most popular Japanese and Japanized dishes are listed below. Despite changes in eating patterns over the last few decades and slowly decreasing rice consumption in recent years. Please note that some dishes may fit into multiple categories. We have categorized them into rice dishes. To access the bridge. yoshoku dishes and other dishes. as well as a small number of direct trips from Asakusa to Odaiba (1 hour. nabe dishes. 760 yen. There are also boats between Hinode Pier and Palette Town and Tokyo Big Sight (25-35 minutes. On Foot It is possible to cross the Rainbow Bridge on foot.520 yen). Rice Dishes For over 2000 years. 1. seafood dishes. By Rinkai Line This is an underground railway line. rice has been the most important food in Japanese cuisine.impressive views. By Boat Tokyo Water Cruise. Rice Bowl A bowl of plain cooked rice is served with most Japanese meals. Popular Dishes Japanese cuisine offers a great variety of dishes and regional specialties. operates frequent boats between Hinode Pier and Odaiba Seaside Park from 10:00 to 17:45 (until 17:15 on weekdays). noodle dishes. get off at Shibaura-futo Station on the Yurikamome. also known as Suijo Bus. . 400 yen). Forbreakfast. soya bean dishes. Shinjuku and Odaiba. two hourly connections between Hinode Pier and Asakusa (40 minutes. it is sometimes mixed with a raw egg and soya sauce (tamago kake gohan) or enjoyed with natto or other toppings. 400 yen). Seishun 18 Kippu and similar JR tickets are not valid on the Rinkai Line between Osaki and Shin-Kiba. Note that the Japan Rail Pass.
Seafood Dishes Hundreds of different fish. lakes and rivers are used in the Japanese cuisine. tuna or salmon. deep fried or steamed. katsuobushi (dried bonito shavings). Kare Raisu Kare Raisu (Curry Rice) is cooked rice with a curry sauce. Kare Raisu is a very popular dish. for example. for example. A variety of additional ingredients such as peas. for example an umeboshi (pickled Japanese plum). It is a suitable dish for using left over rice. They are prepared and eaten in many different ways. It is a suitable dish for using left over rice. negi (Japanese leek) and small pieces of carrot and pork are mixed into the rice when stir fried. tonkatsu (katsudon) and beef (gyudon). It is a suitable dish for using left over rice and is often served to sick people because it can be digested easily. but has been used in Japan for over a century. watery.Sushi more information Sushi can be defined as a dish which contains sushi rice. salmon or tarako (cod roe) added to it. A large number of fish can be enjoyed raw if they are fresh and prepared correctly. Kayu Kayu is rice gruel. It can be served with additional toppings such as tonkatsu. boiled. . Chazuke Chazuke is a bowl of cooked rice with green tea and other ingredients. raw. egg. cooked rice that is prepared with sushi vinegar. They are slightly salted and often contain some additional food in the center. and many inexpensive Kare Raisu restaurants can be found especially in and around train stations. dried. Curry is not a native Japanese spice. Fried Rice Fried rice or chahan has been originally introduced from China. Some of the most popular toppings are tempura (tendon). Sashimi more information Sashimi is raw seafood. Domburi more information A bowl of cooked rice with some other food put on top of the rice. Onigiri Onigiri are rice balls made of cooked rice and usually wrapped in nori seaweed. Rice balls are a popular and inexpensive snack available at convenience stores. grilled. Most types of sashimi are enjoyed with soya sauce and wasabi. seas. shellfish and other seafood from the oceans. There are various kinds of sushi dishes. soft cooked rice that resembles oatmeal. egg and chicken (oyakodon).
Typical ingredients arevegetables such as negi (Japanese leek) and hakusai (Chinese cabbage). daikon. Somen Like Udon noodles. seafood and/or meat. Some special nabe dishes are: Oden A nabe dish prepared with various fish cakes. Somen are usually eaten cold and are considered a summer speciality. Ramen is one of the many popular dishes that were originally introduced from China but have become completely Japanized over time. Nabe Dishes Nabe dishes or hot pot dishes are prepared in a hot pot. Yakisoba Yakisoba are fried or deep fried Chinese style noodles served withvegetables. boiled eggs. and they are especially popular in the cold winter months. meat and ginger. Many varieties of fish are enjoyed in this way. Soba more information Soba noodles are native Japanese noodles made of buckwheat flour or a mixture of buckwheat and wheat flour. Ramen more information Ramen are Chinese style noodles prepared in a soup with various toppings. They can be served cold or hot and with various toppings. various mushrooms. but they are much thinner than Udon and Soba.Yakizakana Yakizakana means grilled fish. boiled over many hours in a soya sauce based soup. There are many regional and personal varieties. Many of them enjoy a very high popularity. usually at the table. Udon are thicker than soba and can also be served either hot or cold and with various toppings. . konyaku and kombu seaweed. Soba are about as thick as spaghetti. Noodle Dishes There are various traditional Japanese noodle dishes as well as some dishes which were introduced to Japan and subsequently Japanized. Udon more information Udon noodles are native Japanese noodles made of wheat flour. somen are Japanese noodles made of wheat flour.
. Nikujaga more information Nikujaga is a popular dish of home style cooking made of meat (niku) and potatoes (jagaimo). Tonkatsu Tonkatsu are deep fried pork cutlets. Soya Bean Dishes Tofu. natto. Tonkatsu is usually served with shredded cabbage or on top of cooked rice (katsudon) or with Japanese style curry rice (katsu kare). vegetables. Yakitori more information Yakitori are grilled chicken pieces on skewers. along withvegetables. A few chanko nabe restaurants can be found around Ryogoku.Sukiyaki A nabe dish prepared with thinly sliced meat. Thinly sliced meat. The pieces of food are dipped into a raw egg before eaten. The following are some of the most popular soya bean based dishes: Yudofu Yudofu are tofu pieces boiled in a clear. Nowadays there are a variety of Japanese meat dishes. mushrooms. miso and many other important ingredients of Japanese cooking are made of soya beans. tofuand shirataki (konyaku noodles). Meat Dishes Meat has been eaten in Japan in larger amounts only since the second half of the 19th century. There are many varieties of chanko nabe. Most parts of the chicken can be used for yakitori. mushrooms and tofu is dipped into a hot soup and then into ponzu vinegar or a sesame sauce before being eaten. Chanko Nabe Chanko nabe is traditionally the staple diet of sumo wrestlers. Shabu-Shabu Shabu-shabu is Japanese style meat fondue. the sumo district in Tokyo. mild soup and dipped into a soya based sauce before being eaten.
Miso Soup A bowl of miso soup often accompanies breakfast. mushrooms and other pieces of food coated with tempura batter and deep fried. It resembles kare raisu. vegetables. it is also eaten with a spoon. . Hayashi Raisu Hayashi rice is Japanese style hashed beef stew. but has become one of Japan's most famous dishes internationally. Hamubagu Hamubagu is a Japanese style hamburger steak. Yoshoku Dishes A large number of Western dishes have been introduced to Japan over the centuries. lunch and dinner. Tempura was introduced to Japan by the Portuguese in the 16th century. thinly sliced beef and onions in a demi-glace sauce served over or along side cooked rice. 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. and these dishes are now called Yoshoku dishes. It is typically served on a plate and usually with a demi-glace sauce. Other Dishes Tempura more information Tempura is seafood.Agedashi Tofu Agedashi Tofu are deep fried tofu pieces that are dipped into a soya based sauce before being eaten. and usually served with a gravy sauce or tomato ketchup. and come in many varieties depending on the filling. Omuraisu Omuraisu (abbreviation for omelet rice) is cooked rice. like kare raisu. Many of them have become completely Japanized. The most common filling is a mix of minced meat and mashed potatoes. Korokke are breaded and deep fried. wrapped in a thin omelet. but without a bun. It is made by dissolving miso paste in hot water and adding additional ingredients such as wakame seaweed and small pieces of tofu.
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.
but they make the process of taking trains easier.Tokunai Pass (730 yen) Unlimited use of JR trains in the central Tokyo area on one calendar day. The Japan Rail Pass is valid only on JR trains. 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). Holiday Pass (2300 yen) Unlimited use of local and rapid JR trains in the greater Tokyo area (including Yokohama andKamakura) on one calendar day. Elsewhere on the site is a guide devoted to the Holiday Pass. Two train categories run on the Fukutoshin Line: local trains stop at all stations. that can be used interchangeably on most trains and buses in Greater Tokyo. It runs nine of the metropolis' thirteen subway lines. Ikebukuro and Wakoshi. Shinjuku and Shibuya. Suica and PASMO Suica and PASMO are prepaid IC cards. subways and other non-JR trains. On June 14. providing a new direct connection from the suburbs into central Tokyo and an alternative to the busy Yamanote Line section between Ikebukuro. Prepaid cards don't give you any discounts. as you do not always need to buy a ticket before riding a train. The Fukutoshin Line provides through service with the Tobu Tojo Line and Seibu Ikebukuro Line at its northern end. Shinjuku-sanchome. Tokyo Metro started operating the new Fukutoshin Line between Shibuya. 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. It can only be used on Saturdays. and is scheduled to provide through service with the Tokyu Toyoko Line at Shibuya . Sundays. 2008. Elsewhere on the site is a guide devoted to Suica and PASMO. public holidaysand certain holiday seasons. while Toei operates the other four. including JR trains.
Station from the year 2012. they are best used in combination with the Toei subway lines and the urban JR lines. especially the JR Yamanote Line. Simplified Network Map of Tokyo Metro: (move cursor over subway line name to highlight a single line) . they alone do not provide the perfect solution for getting around Tokyo. Instead. While the nine Tokyo Metro lines provide access to many of Tokyo's city centers and tourist attractions.
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 . 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.To provide more convenient connections between the suburbs and the city center.
A day pass valid on both Tokyo Metro and Toei subway lines is available for 1000 yen. entertainment and shopping district.Tokyo Metro fares range from 160 to 300 yen depending on how far you travel. Several suburban train lines commence at Shibuya Station. the Japan Rail Pass is not valid on subways. Many suburban train lines commence at Shinjuku Station. Harajuku is a shopping and entertainment district for young people. because subways are not operated by JR. Suica and Pasmo prepaid cards can be used on Tokyo Metro. The north entrance of the Meiji Shrine can be accessed from Yoyogi Station. counter-clockwise order: Shinjuku Station is Japan's busiest train station. A trip around the whole circle takes approximately one hour. there are departures about every two to four minutes in each direction. A one day pass for unlimited use of Tokyo Metro on one calendar day is available for 710 yen. It is located in the middle of the large Shinjuku business. The main entrance to Meiji Shrine is located next to Harajuku Station. especially teenagers. JR Yamanote Line The Yamanote Line is Tokyo's most important train line. Shibuya is a large shopping and business district particularly popular among the younger generations. Shinjuku Yoyogi Harajuku Shibuya . 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. Even though a single train on the Yamanote Line is roughly 200 meters long. However. Below are more details about the stations of the Yamanote Line starting and ending at Shinjuku in their actual. It is a circular line which connects Tokyo's major city centers.
It is located in the prestigious Marunouchi business district. Uguisudani Nippori . The Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen trains stop at Shinagawa Station. 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. Many suburban train lines commence at Ueno Station. Shimbashi Yurakucho Tokyo Kanda Akihabara Okachimachi Ueno Akihabara Station is located just next to Akihabara Electric Town.Shinagawa is the closest JR station to Sengakuji Temple. Tokyo Station is the terminal station of all shinkansen lines. The Ameyoko shopping street starts at Okachimachi Station.Ebisu Meguro Gotanda Osaki Shinagawa Tamachi Hamamatsucho Closest station to Yebisu Garden Place. Yurakucho Station is the closest JR station to the Sakuradamon entrance gate of the Imperial Palace and to the famous Ginzashopping and entertainment district. Shiodome Shiosite and Hama Rikyu Gardens. a large shopping area for electronics. Many suburban train lines pass through or commence at Tokyo Station. the Imperial Palace and the Imperial Palace East Gardens. The shinkansen trains to northern Japan stop at Ueno Station. Hamamatsucho is the closest JR station to the Tokyo Tower andZojoji Temple.
buses serve as a secondary means of public transportation. Mejiro Takadanobaba Shin-Okubo Shinjuku Local Buses This page is about local and short-distance buses in Japan and how to use them. . buses are the main means of public transportation. Rikugien Garden is just south of Komagome Station. Visit our highway bus page for more information on long distance bus travel. Kyoto City Bus In Tokyo. In cities with less dense train networks like Kyoto.Nishi-Nippori Tabata Komagome Sugamo Otsuka Ikebukuro Ikebukuro is one of Tokyo's largest shopping and entertainment districts. Several suburban train lines commence at Ikebukuro Station. Osaka and some other large cities. complementing the train and subway networks.
A number is printed on the ticket. 3) A display above the driver shows the next stop and the fares for that stop in yen.000 Yen Two Travelers 5. The most prominent exception are the Tokyo Metropolitan Buses. and visit our page about package tours. by introducing some sample budgets. i. Sample daily budgets Not including cost for transportation. 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. the countryside and national parks. 6) When getting off. Click here for the current Yen exchange rates. match the number on your ticket with the number and fare on the display. for example in central Kyoto.500 . linked by highway and long distance buses. pick up a ticket from a small machine. followed by notes about exceptions: 1) Enter the bus through the back door (or front door if there is only one door). This means that you do not have to worry about steps 2) and 3) in the above description.500 . 5) If you do not have the exact fare.e.000 . there are a few exceptions to the above outlined system. In many cities or city centers. which you will later use to determine your fare. Major cities are. 2) When entering. Below is a description of the most common system. you always pay the same price regardless of how far you travel. Single Traveler Low Budget Medium Budget High Budget 2. pay a flat fare when entering.000 .000 Yen .Buses also serve smaller towns. View our suggested itineraries to see the sample budgets applied to specific itineraries. and exit through the rear door. put your ticket and the exact fare into the box next to the driver. furthermore.6. a flat fare applies.000 Yen over 12. 4) When your stop is approaching. and there are different systems of ticketing depending on the company.000 Yen over 20.500 Yen 9. How to use a bus Using buses in Japan can be intimidating to foreign tourists because there are usually few English displays or announcements.12.9.20. One US dollar is roughly 100 Yen. use the changing machine to get small coins.000 Yen 6. Of course. To determine your fare. where you are supposed to enter through the front door.
High budget: over 7. typically charge between 1500 and 3500 Yen per night and person.500 . Furthermore. Low budget: 1. found in most cities and regions of Japan. you will have to live from convenience store food (bread.500 Yen per day At this level.3. nofrills minshukuand ryokan. Lunch: Low budget: 400 .) or visit fast food restaurants like McDonald's or Mister Donut which offer inexpensive breakfasts.700 Yen per day Inexpensive lunch boxes are available in convenience stores and stands in railway stations .500 Yen per night and person Dormitories and youth hostels. Breakfasts buffets in first-class hotels typically cost between 2000 and 3000 Yen.000 .000 Yen per double room and night Starting around 7000 Yen per person. you can get rooms in good business hotels and inexpensive Western style hotels. you typically pay 20. Breakfast: Low budget: 200 .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.1.000 Yen per single room and night over 10.000 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.7. Medium budget: 500 .000 Yen per single room and night 5.500 .000 Yen per person and night. you will find rooms in cheap business hotels and inexpensive.000 and 30. High budget: above 1. rice balls.Accommodation: Check our accommodation page for more information on different accommodation types and corresponding price ranges. booking services likeHostelworld offer great deals. A stay at a ryokan with two meals included typically costs between 10.000 to 50. Some tour packages (for individual travelers) include accommodation at quality Western style hotels at this price level.000 Yen per room and night. For a room in a high class Western style hotel.10. etc. Medium budget: 3.
Most museums and castles charge about 200-1000 Yen per person. steaks. so called teishoku.2. High budget: above 1.and business districts. At this level.1. as there are no lunch specials.000 Yen per day With 3000 Yen per person you will be able to have a good dinner at a wide range ofrestaurants. domburior hamburger. French cuisine. including the restaurants found in department stores where meals typically cost between 1000 and 2000 Yen. sukiyaki. Medium budget: 700 . Most shrines and some temples do not charge admission fees.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. High budget: above 2. curry. plus restaurants which offer lunch set special. you will be able to enjoy a nice dinner at a wide range of fast food and conventional restaurants. for around 1000 Yen.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). Sightseeing: Low budget: 0 .200 Yen per day A lunch at most conventional restaurants cost typically between 1000 and 3000 Yen.000 Yen per day Some museums and attractions (usually outstanding ones or tourist traps) charge between 1000 and 3000 Yen per person. specializing in noodles. A few museums charge no admission on one day of the week or month. Various fast food restaurants. Medium budget: 500 . Calculate 5000 Yen upwards per person for a dinner at upper class restaurants specializing in sushi. Admission to large theme parks typically cost around 5000 . Medium budget: 700 . High budget: above 1. etc. Other options are again cheap fast food restaurants.000 Yen per day Conventional restaurants are generally more expensive in the evening than during lunch time. not including alcoholic drinks. Dinner: Low budget: 400 . inexpensive ready-to-eat meals. kaiseki ryori. also offer relatively filling meals for 700 Yen or less.500 Yen per day Japan offers many free attractions.700 Yen per day Convenience stores sell various.1.
regular tickets and prepaid cards Day passes are available for most major Japanese cities. roughly corresponds to the cost of a single return trip from Tokyo to Kyoto by shinkansen. Basic mamachari type bicycle are usually the only type of bicycle available. Bicycles A rental bicycle can be a convenient and economical way of exploring small to medium sized cities. do not provide any discounts over regular tickets. many others require you to do a lot of traveling before they pay off. Budget Travel . but they are more convenient to use.Yen per day. regular tickets are not rarely cheaper than day passes. such as Suica and Icoca. Thereby you can walk in between sights and minimize subway and bus travel. domestic flights can be as economical as a rail pass. rban Transportation Cost on urban transportation can generally be reduced by planning out your route wisely. On each day. Prepaid cards. Over long distances. especially if plan your route wisely. Rates vary widely but are typically a few hundred yen per hour or 500 to 1000 yen per day. The cost for a 7 day Japan Rail Pass. All budgets: Travelers of all budgets should consider purchasing a Japan Rail Pass or a regional rail pass. 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. city districts or rural towns. As a result. Day passes. Transportation: Low budget: Highway buses.Sightseeing . While some day passes are good deals. Two and three week passes are even more cost-effective. for example. if you take advantage of the various discount offers. Rental outlets are usually found around the train station. try to concentrate on just one part of the city instead of zigzagging around town.
consider making lunch your main meal of the day. making it a great way to check out places that may otherwise be outside of your budget. and business hotels. Minshuku and ryokan usually include both dinner and breakfast.While Japan has plenty of enjoyable sightseeing attractions that are free. Akihabara and Ginza.castles and gardens charge an admission of at least a few hundred yen. as it is easy to find a wide selection of cheap. Sensoji Temple. Yet there are a variety of discounts that can decrease your sightseeing expenses a little bit. Many restaurants offer inexpensive set menus (teishoku) for around 1000 yen during the lunch hours. Budget Travel . Also when shopping around for accommodation. 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. manga kissa and capsule hotels often include a complementary light breakfast. Harajuku. Higher class restaurants also have less expensive lunch options. most museums. temples. Shibuya. while lunch boxes (bento) are available for around 500 yen or less. Meiji Shrine. Imperial Palace and East Gardens. Finally. quality meals throughout the country. observation deck of the Tokyo Government Office and people watching and window shopping in bustlingShinjuku. hotels tend to have various meal plans. . consider hotel and tour packages that include meals with the stay. Free Sightseeing Below is a list of popular sightseeing spots and activities that do not cost admission: Tokyo Tsukiji Market.Food Convenience stores are the budget traveler's friends It is not necessary to starve yourself to save money when traveling in Japan.
sushi. but progressively increase until closing and may end up as high as 50 to 70 percent. While easily found in the suburbs and smaller towns. The cost of a meal rarely exceeds 1000 yen per person. bakery items. Note that many supermarkets begin to mark down their unsold lunch items around 14:00 and their other prepared foods from around 19:00. alcohol and other drinks. soba. and Matsuya gyudon chains. sweets. Discounts start off at a modest 10 to 20 percent. Fast Food Japan has a lot of international fast food chains such as McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Chicken. Among these chains are the Yoshinoya. Family Restaurants Family restaurants are another type of restaurant that are a modest step up from fast food establishments. Many supermarkets also discount fruits and vegetables that are either blemished. (normally priced) supermarkets are rare in the centers of large cities. Hanamaru Udon. meat. overripe or otherwise not fit for sale at full price. noodles.udon. Supermarkets Japanese supermarkets are comparable to those found in Western countries and offer much of the same items including fresh fruits and vegetables. as well as many Japanese chains that specialize in one type of dish such as gyudon. . Imported foods are also widely available. Royal Host and Denny's offer a wide variety of Western and Japanese dishes. Coco's. Sukiya. alcohol and prepared foods. Chains such as Gusto. but expect them to be more expensive than back home. Convenience stores offer a selection of fresh sandwiches and rice balls (onigiri). curry or boxed meals (bento). seafood. and can be found virtually anywhere in Japan. Coco Curry House. resulting in inexpensive meals always being close at hand. while Saizeriya is popular for its cheap and filling Italian food and Bamiyan for its Chinese dishes. ramen. Low budget conveyor belt sushi chains could also be listed under this category. the quality of many food items is surprisingly high. Thanks to the fierce competition between convenience store chains. snacks.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. drinks. canned and dry foods. lunch boxes. and the Hokka Hokka Tei and Hotto Motto lunch box chains. yet still offer a quality selection of inexpensive meals.
each being associated with a certain price of typically 100 to 500 yen. Several other dishes of Chinese origin.Business Districts and Train Stations Especially during lunch hours the competition is fierce among restaurants in large business districts. Kaiten-zushi tends to be less expensive than usual sushi-ya. Kare-ya Kare-ya are restaurants that specialize in curry rice (kare raisu) dishes. Customers are usually y y y y y y y . Kaiten-zushi Kaiten-zushi are sushi restaurants. where the sushi dishes are presented to the customers on a conveyor belt. customers can sit either at a normal table or at a counter (sushi bar). Alcoholic Drinks Explore Japan's unique lineup of alcoholic drinks that are cheaper than beer. 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. such as gyoza and fried rice. Soba-ya Soba-ya specialize in soba and udon noodle dishes. Ramen-ya Ramen-ya specialize in ramen dishes. 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. 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. Gyudon-ya Gyudon-ya specialize in gyudon (beef domburi). sweet potatoes. Most noodle dishes come either cooled with a dipping sauce or in a hot soup and with different toppings. 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. are usually also available at a ramen-ya. In most sushi-ya. y Sushi-ya Sushi-ya are restaurants which specialize in sushi. Alcoholic drinks tend to be cheapest at liquor stores. Tonkatsu-ya Tonkatsu-ya serve tonkatsu. shochu (distilled spirit made from rice. The menu often changes slightly with the seasons. Restaurants A large number of restaurant types can be found in Japan. Okonomiyaki-ya Okonomiyaki-ya specialize in okonomiyaki and sometimes monjayaki. There is usually at least one kare-ya and one ramen-ya inside or around any major railway station. such as imitation beer (happoshu and 3rd genre beer). with hiyashi (cold) noodles popular in summer and nabeyaki (hot) udon popular in winter. the number of plates is counted to determine the cost. Every ramen-ya has developed its own soup. behind which the sushi chef is working. There are usually a few kinds of plates (differing in color or pattern). Chinese style noodles served in a soup with various toppings. deep fried breaded pork cutlets. Korokke and other deep fried dishes are also available at many tonkatsu-ya. In the end. convenience stores and supermarkets. wheat or sugar cane) or chuhai (shochu based cocktails with various flavors). the most crucial ingredient for a restaurant's success. Gyudon-ya tend to be inexpensive fast food style restaurants.
Chinese and Japanese dishes in order to please all family members. y y . 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.y y y y preparing their okonomiyaki by themselves on a hot plate which is built into the table. grilled chicken skewers. they are also popular places to go as a late night snack after drinking. however. Teishoku-ya are especially numerous in business areas and popular during lunch time. rather than ordering and eating individually. Tempura-ya Tempura-ya specialize in tempura dishes. Shokudo also offer a variety of dishes. Unagi-ya Unagi-ya specialize in unagi (fresh water eel) dishes such as unajuu and unadon (unagidomburi). Sukiyaki-ya Sukiyaki-ya specialize in sukiyaki and shabu-shabu. such as tendon (tempura domburi) and assorted tempura. salads and finger food. the term is not commonly used anymore. y Izakaya Izakaya are drinking places that offer a variety of small dishes. A set menu usually consists of a main dish such as a fried fish. and the difference to family restaurants is small. Family Restaurant and Shokudo Family restaurants (famiresu) offer a variety of Western. a bowl of cooked rice and small side dishes. and the people at one table usually share all dishes. Teishoku-ya Teishoku-ya are restaurants that sell teishoku (set menus). They tend to be expensive and are not very numerous. Yakitori-ya Yakitori-ya specialize in yakitori. It is probably the most popular restaurant type among the Japanese people. They are particularly popular among salarymen after work. such as robata (grilled food). Izakaya tend to be informal. Along with ramen-ya.
but also various Japanese chain stores such as Mos Burger and Lotteria. They include major American chain stores such as McDonald's. Hamburger Fast Food There are many hamburger fast food restaurants across Japan. Many Italian restaurants have Japanese flavored pasta dishes on their menus besides conventional dishes. y Yakiniku-ya Yakiniku-ya specialize in Korean style barbecue. where small pieces of meat are cooked on a grill at the table. ethnic cuisine means South East Asian food. Chinese and Italian cooking. . 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. while others offer more authentic Chinese food. Indonesian and Vietnamese food. as well as American style fast food enjoys a great popularity among the Japanese. Especially Korean. Many of them serve slightly Japanized Chinese dishes. such as Thai. The dishes served at yoshoku-ya are heavily Japanized Western dishes. Yoshoku-ya Yoshoku-ya specialize in yoshoku ryori (Western Food). Italian Restaurants Italian cuisine is very popular across Japan. such as omuraisu and hayashiraisu. Ethnic Cuisine In Japan.Family Restaurant Foreign Cuisine Many restaurants in Japan specialize in a foreign cuisine. Other popular Korean dishes such as bibimba are also usually available at a yakiniku-ya. Chinese Restaurants There are many Chinese restaurants in Japan. such as cakes and ice cream.
sandwiches. candy. coffee.000 convenience stores. such asonigiri (rice balls). can be heated up by the store staff. Yatai and Rotensho Yatai are movable food stalls that can be found along busy streets. They sometimes include seating space inside a tent. microwave meals and hot foods like fried chicken. which emphasizes concepts such as simplicity and elegance. chips. It is a refined cooking style related to thetea ceremony. constantly produces new innovative products and services and makes Japanese convenience stores truly convenient. Coffee chain stores such as Starbucks are also quite numerous. Goods offered Convenience stores primarily sell food including a large range of meals. such as Seven Eleven. such as onigiri. takoyaki and yakisoba are just a few of the many dishes commonly sold at rotensho. Kaiseki Ryori and Ryotei Kaiseki Ryori may be called "Japanese haute cuisine". sport .Okonomiyaki. Most convenience stores are open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. tea. Lawson and Family Mart. The stores also sell all kinds of hot and cold beverages including soda. expensive and exclusive Japanese restaurants for business banquets and similar events. Strong competition between the major operators. nikuman and oden. Dishes commonly offered at yatai include oden and ramen. obento (lunch boxes). can be found across Japan. snacks and sweets. Some cold foods. Rotensho are food stands that are temporarily constructed for festivals and other large events. It can be enjoyed at special kaiseki ryori restaurants or at ryotei. known as konbini. water. instant ramen. Karaage Rotensho Convenience Stores More than 40.y y besides beverages. bread.
nihonshu. blank CDs and tapes. except at 7-Eleven. juice. it is usually the copy machine which serves as the store's multi-purpose terminal. Many convenience stores also sell alcoholic beverages including beer. milk and vitamin drinks. particularly outside of the city centers. theme parks. Depending on the store. The selection changes frequently and often varies by season as well. shochu and wine. such as the sale of post cards and stamps. Bill Payment: Many bills. cell phone and insurance bills. is also available. Other goods available include body care products. umbrellas. If not the ATM. batteries. Services offered Convenience stores also offer a wide range of services. such as parcels or luggage. can be paid at convenience stores. Ticket Reservations: Tickets for sport events. highway buses and othertravel services can be purchased at the multi-purpose terminal. Foreign credit and debit cards are usually not recognized by the ATMs found in convenience stores. y y y y y Below is a sample layout of a typical Japanese convenience store: Supermarkets . newspapers. Digital Camera Prints: You can get prints of digital pictures by inserting your camera's memory card into the multi-purpose terminal. have a toilet. Some stores. cosmetics. Delivery Services: At many stores.drinks. Copier/Fax: A copy machine and fax is available at most convenience stores. the prints will be ready instantly or can be picked up later. magazines and comics. it is possible to drop off or pick up deliveries (takuhaibin). chuhai. A limited range of postal services. happoshu. concerts. including utility. 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.
fresh seafood. but it is made with less malt. dairy products. Happoshu Happoshu (lit. Traditional Japanese foodstuffs. Alcoholic Beverages Drinking plays an important role in Japanese society. alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages and household articles. also known as low-malt beer) is a relatively recent invention by Japanese brewing companies. which gives it a different. nevertheless. lighter taste. Beautiful food departments are usually located in the basement floors of most department stores. Suntory and Sapporo. Drinking parties. 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. pickled. typically held at restaurants and izakaya. this beer-like beverage contains no malt. are a common activity that are used to strengthen both social and business ties. Also due to the lower malt content. The goods are usually beautifully presented and of excellent quality. tofu. on the other hand. can be relatively inexpensive. Third beer "Third beer" (also known as "Shin Janru" or "New Genre") is the most recent development in the Japanese beer industry. The leading breweries are Asahi. The packages and portions in Japanese supermarkets are usually smaller than comparable packages sold in Europe or North America in particular. dried and canned food. Also the cashier system is well organized and efficient. soya. They offer all kinds of goods such as fresh fruits and vegetables. happoshu is taxed differently than beer and is consequently sold at a lower price. meat. bread. The art of brewing beer was imported in the early Meiji Period from Germany as a development project for the northern island of Hokkaido. Also see our page about convenience stores. "sparkling alcohol". snacks. instead using pea. It has a similar flavor and alcohol content as beer. .Modern Japanese supermarkets are organized much in the same way as their Western counterparts. Kirin. or wheat spirits. they are rarely cheaper. A large variety of alcoholic beverages can be found in Japan. ready-to-eat meals. In order to counter tax changes that reclassified the malt content of beer and subsequently raised the price of happoshu.
sugar. there also exists a sizable and increasing domestic wine industry. Common flavors include lemon. While imported red.Rice Wine (nihonshu or sake) Commonly called sake outside of Japan. In addition there are many seasonal flavors that come and go. it is also easily found anywhere alcohol is sold. wheat and/or sugar cane. juice-like flavor and aroma can appeal to those who normally dislike alcohol. grapefruit. Awamori is the Okinawan version of shochu. It is usually served on the rocks. ume. especially among women. or oolong tea. . water and white koji mold as the main ingredients. It is commonly made from rice. and shochu or nihonshu. Awamori Shochu is a distilled spirit with an alcohol content usually between 20-40 percent. and mikan (mandarin orange). Shochu. mixed with soda. Italy. 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. Its sweet. the United States and Australia are widely available. and nashi (Japanese pear). The alcohol content of nihonshu is typically about 10-20%. pineapple. It is usually served mixed with water and ice. Plum wine (umeshu) Umeshu is made of Japanese plums (ume). Besides major brands. Commonly made at home. The most famous wine producing region within Japan is Yamanashi Prefecture. nihonshu or sake (note that "sake" is also the general Japanese term for alcohol) is brewed using rice. Recent ones include winter pear. sweet potatoes. fruity. Wine Wine is gaining popularity in Japan. Chuhai Chuhai (the name is derived from "shochu highball") are fruitflavored alcoholic drinks with an alcohol content that ranges between 5-8 percent. and are available in cans anywhere alcohol is sold. and it is usually filtered although unfiltered nihonshu (nigorizake) is also popular. lime. peach. white. there are countless local rice wines (jizake). fruit juice and sparkling water. or as an umeshu sawa (umeshu sour). It is drunk either hot or cold. They are usually shochu based. and sparkling wines from France.
The machines found in convenience stores. for example. as long as you do not bother other guests. but the number of 24h ATMs is increasing. Only theinternational ATMs found in post offices and in a few major department stores and airports accept foreign credit and debit cards. While it is considered bad manners to become obviously drunk in some formal restaurants. At ATMs one can pay withdraw. while at CDs it is usually only possible to withdraw money. Likewise. Alcoholic beverages are sold in supermarkets. you should drink to make room in your glass if it is full. ATMs Many automatic teller machines (ATMs) in Japan do not accept credit. Gin and vodka based drinks are also commonly available at bars. the same is not true for other types of restaurants such as izakaya. . a foreigner requires to present his/her Alien Registration Card. be aware that most Japanese ATMs do not accept foreign credit cards. the same as for purchasing tobacco products. liquor stores (sakaya) and at vending machines (although machines in public shut off after 11PM). hold it up for the person while they pour. As a traveler in Japan. if someone wants to serve you. restaurants. department stores. Telephone and utilities bills can be paid at banks. You should periodically check your friends' glasses. 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. are often available around the clock. Japanese banks offer automatic teller machines (ATM) and cash dispensers (CD). and izakaya.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. and then take at least one drink before putting the glass down. These customs apply to everyone in your party even if they are not drinking alcohol. Most ATMs and CDs are unavailable on weekends and during the night. it is customary to serve one another. but avoid using "chin chin" when making a toast. debit and ATM cards. In order to open an account at a Japanese bank. deposit and transfer money and pay bills. which are issued outside of Japan. An inkan (personal stamp) or signature is also needed. which is usually "kampai". The legal drinking age is 20 years old. and replenish them before they are empty. Banks Japanese banks are usually open Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 15:00. Other toasts are acceptable. post offices and at some convenience stores. for example in restaurants that serve kaiseki ryori (Japanese haute cuisine). ATMs. Drinking Manners When drinking alcoholic beverages. convenience stores. the document any foreigner needs to apply for when staying in Japan for more than 90 days. rather than serving yourself. since in Japanese this expression refers to the male genitalia.
Tsuwano Post Office Taketomi Post Office In addition to the ATMs at post offices and 7-Eleven convenience stores. Plus. Remember your card's secret 4-digit PIN. possibly closed on Sundays) to minor offices (typically 9:00 and 16:00. In order to use international ATMs. only the central offices of major cities offer a 24 hour/7 days a week ATM service.The big exception are the ATMs found at the over 20. in major department stores and in Citibank and Shinsei Bank branches. Shinjuku Office.000 7Elevenconvenience stores across the country. however. suspecting a fraud. Cell Phones in Japan . Cirrus. ATMs at 7-Eleven stores are available 24 hours per day on every day of the year. international ATMs can be found at international airports. Inquire what fees and daily and/or monthly limits are associated with international withdrawals. including Visa. Postal ATM operating hours then decrease proportionally to the size of the post office. closed on weekends).000 post offices and over 10. including theTokyo Central Office. Shibuya Office and the central offices of Osaka. shorter hours on weekends. shorter hours on weekends) to medium sized offices (typically 8:00 to 20:00. Mastercard. from major post offices (typically 7:00 to 23:00. In case of post offices. Notify your bank that you are going to use your card overseas. These ATMs allow you to withdraw cash by credit and debit cards issued outside of Japan. Maestro. since many banks will block a card which is suddenly used abroad. 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. 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). American Express and JCB cards and provide an English user menu.
Contact your service provider for details concerning your particular phone. 2. cameras. Mobile phones Japan is a leader in mobile phone technology and usage with about 75% of the population owning one. You can rent OR buy a Japan cell phone BEFORE your departure! Click above link. televisions. Rentafone Japan We provide a cheap and convenient cell phone rental service for shortterm visitors to Japan. 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. but are charged international roaming rates which tend to be expensive. Mobile phones are everywhere. Free incoming calls. electronic wallets/train passes.The only foreign phones that work in Japan are some 3G models. Compatibility with the Japanese mobile phone network . Au is next with about 30 million subscribers. Free shipping. games. there is no GSM network. The biggest mobile phone companies in Japan are NTT Docomo.Mobile phone display racks at an electronics store. Docomo is the most popular company with about 50 million subscribers. and before that J-phone). and Softbank (formerly Vodafone. while Softbank has about 15 million subscribers.With an international roaming plan (from your home service provider) you use your own phone and number. mobile phones from your home country may not work in Japan. Alternatively. so GSM phones do not work. Most importantly. Do Japanese phones work outside of Japan? . Do foreign phones work in Japan? Due to different technologies. however the number of compatible phones is increasing. Check the cost-comparison link on our home page. International roaming plan or rental SIM card . au by KDDI. There are two things that are required for your telephone to work: 1. and they are constantly getting new features such as internet browsers. Low call rates. gps/navigation and music players. with a rental SIM card (from a Japanese provider) you use your own phone with a Japanese phone number and lower rates.
Typical proof can be in the form of a Japanese driver's license. incoming calls are free). There are phones to suit every style. while other companies will mail a phone to your hotel or to your home. incoming calls are free and outgoing calling rates are comparable to those of rental phones. Credit. 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. phone sellers must now verify the identity and place of residence of their buyers. while some companies offer discounts for advanced reservations. and is typically valid for 60 days from activation. but the display phones are non-working plastic samples. How to get a mobile phone: Rental Phones Renting is the most economical way for the average traveler to get a phone. a Japanese Passport. Prepaid phones start around 5000 yen. although while overseas some of their advanced functions will likely not work. You can return the phones at the airport or through the maildepending on the company. which is used for outgoing calls. 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. internet. With most companies. must be purchased in advance. Japanese carriers do not unlock handsets. Many companies have kiosks at the airports. This means that a person with a handset and service provided by a Japanese mobile phone carrier can roam when travelling outside of Japan. and typically requires a picture ID and a credit card. Credit can be bought at cell phone stores and convenience stores. 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. but . Prepaid Phones Due to past criminal abuse of prepaid phones. Phone numbers remain active as long as you have valid credit in your account. Also. All of the companies at the airports have same day rentals. Some stores will accept foreign passports along with a hotel address as verification. or an alien registration card. email.Many phones that are sold in Japan can operate on 3G and GSM networks (only in certain countries) with the appropriate international roaming plans. etc. depending on what features your phone supports. Japanese phones are designed at a hardware and software level to work with only a particular network.
explore the nearby Asakusa area around Sensoji Temple where a touch of the old Tokyo can still be experienced. visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office. where you can hop onto the Yurikamome elevated train over the rainbow bridge to Odaiba. Explore centrally locatedSensoji Temple and the surrounding streets. for a . Afterwards. urban Japan. Spend the evening there. take the boat on the Sumida River from Asakusa to Hama Rikyu. All the latest and most advanced phones are available with subscription plans and the selection of handsets is huge. just 15 minutes by train from Tokyo Station. From Hama Rikyu it is just a few steps to the elegant skyscrapers of Shiodome. visit nearbyMeiji Shrine and take the Yamanote Line to Shinjuku. the phone may be purchased at full price in which case service is available on a month-to-month contract. In the afternoon. a nice landscape garden at the Tokyo Bay waterfront. Alternatively. Shinjuku In Shinjuku. an elevated train across the Rainbow Bridge onto a man made island in Tokyo Bay. Then. Futuristic Tokyo From Shimbashi Station take the Yurikamome. There. Phones may be free or subsidized although that typically requires a 2 year service contract. consists of two separate theme parks: Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. 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. visit the shopping and entertainment attractions and view the futuristic architecture and landscape design around Odaiba and Tokyo Big Sight. Shinjuku Start the day with a visit to the Imperial Palace and its East Gardens. At least one week to get to know it more intimately. Shibuya. Tokyo's tallest building. Subscription plans are only available to residents and require an alien registration card and a Japanese bank account. Tokyo is the best place to experience modern. Full day schedules: From Asakusa to Odaiba: Old and new Tokyo Start in Asakusa. Half day schedules: Old Tokyo Visit the excellent Edo-Tokyo Museum about Tokyo's history. where a touch of the old Tokyo is surviving. 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. Then. Suggested schedules Two full days are required in order to gain a superficial feel for Japan's capital.will expire after three months to a year without use. Tokyo Disney Resort Tokyo Disney Resort. a futuristic entertainment and shopping district on a man made island. Imperial Palace.
two hours north of Tokyo. Side trips: Kamakura Kamakura. Ginza Visit Imperial Palace and its East Gardens before exploring Ginza. experience the notorious Kabukicho entertainment district. which have disappeared in Tokyo itself due to earthquakes. wars and redeveleopment. . Kawagoe Kawagoe. Hakone Hakone is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. is full of historic temples and shrines. For some contrast. good views of Mount Fuji. Yokohama Yokohama is Japan's second most populated city. visit Meiji Shrine. To escape the crowds. only half an hour south of Tokyo. but if you also wish to visit Nikko's beautiful national park. Shibuya. offering beautiful nature. located in a spacious wooded park just next to Harajuku Station. two hours west of Tokyo. Tokyo's most expensive and famous shopping district. Harajuku. is called "Little Edo" (Edo is the former name of Tokyo). at least two days are recommended. Imperial Palace. the mausoleum of one of Japan's most influential personalities. It makes a perfect one-day trip from Tokyo. one hour south of Tokyo. but an overnight stay at a ryokan with hot spring is recommended. Nikko Nikko. 30 minutes from Ikebukuro. It makes a good one-day trip from Tokyo. Hakone can be visited in a one day trip. take a break in the Shinjuku Gyoen. Meiji Jingu Shibuya and Harajuku are the most popular shopping and entertainment districts of Tokyo's young generations. is the site of the famous Nikko Toshogu Shrine. The shrines and temples of Nikko can be seen in a one day trip from Tokyo.free bird's eye view of the city. 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. a few historic sites and many hot springs. In the evening. a spacious city park.
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