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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!
Alternatively.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 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). The one way trip takes 20 minutes and costs 260 yen. Orientation in Tokyo Hours and Fees Outer Market: varies by shop. it has also gained fame as a center of the gaming. 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. it can be reached in a five minute walk from Tsukiji Station on the Hibiya Subway Line. giving Akihabara a . from where you can walk to the market in about 15 minutes. From Shinjuku Station Take the Oedo Subway Line directly from Shinjuku Station to Tsukiji Shijo Station. A major redevelopment of Akihabara Station and surroundings is nearing its completion. famous for its many electronics shops. The closest JR station is Shimbashi. 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. manga and animation culture. In recent years. The fare is 160 yen.
Animation and Games The character of Akihabara has constantly changed over the decades and continues to do so. where waitresses are dressed up like anime characters. while many smaller shops can be found in the narrow side streets. where customers can read comics. 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. Manga. Electronics Hundreds of electronics shops of various sizes can be found around Akihabara Station and along Chuo Dori (Chuo Avenue). and manga kissaten ("comics cafes"). various other animation related establishments have appeared in the area. . However. They offer everything from the newest computers.000Yen (passport required). Sofmap and Laox operate multiple branch stores mainly along the main roads. televisions. such as Ishimaru Denki. as the number of stores offering video games. such as cosplay ("costume play") cafes.new face. A recent development is the emergence of Akihabara as a center of Japanese animation culture. In addition to conventional stores. several stores also feature a selection of products for overseas use and offer duty free shopping to foreign tourists on purchases of over 10. mobile phones and home appliances to second-hand goods and electronic junk. watch DVDs and surf the internet. A few major stores. manga and animation related goods has notably increased. cameras.
Number One branch and Ekimae branch for electronic equipment. A brand new railway line. Sundays 11:00 to 20:00 Sofmap operates as many as 16 shops in the Akihabara area including multiple branches. The result are several new buildings such as the Akihabara Dai Building(opened in spring 2005). Akihabara UDX (opened in spring 2006) and Yodobashi Akiba Building (opened in autumn 2005). the Tsukuba Express connects central Tokyo with Tsukuba City in western Ibaraki Prefecture. Furthermore. A duty free floor can be found in store number one. Akihabara has been serving as the terminal station of the Tsukuba Express since August 2005. games and anime related goods. The stores are numbered from 1 to 14 plus the main store and the Kakuta branch. the Pasokon branch for PCs and the Game One and Soft One to Three branches for CDs. . Ishimaru Denki Open daily 10:00 to 20:00 Operating ten stores across Akihabara. Sofmap Open daily 11:00 to 21:00. which specialize in used computers. including the Main Store. DVDs.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.
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. Yamada Denki . pc accessories. 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. Products on sale include a variety of electronic equipment for overseas use. computers. Orientation in Tokyo . televisions. the Tsukuba Express and the Hibiya Subway Line. including the Main Store. Some branches have longer opening hours. DVD players and software. Computer branch. Duty Free Akihabara branch and Watch & Camera Branch. From Tokyo Station 3 minutes and 130 Yen by JR Yamanote Line or JR Keihin-Tohoku Line. and household electronics. It specializes in personal computers. this complex next to Akihabara Station aims to become a new "global center for the IT Industry". Operating eight stores in Akihabara. Yamada Denki . in the new Yodobashi Akiba Building. served by the JR Yamanote Line. Unlike most other electronic shops. convention halls and showrooms. providing office and conference space. How to get there Akihabara Station is a busy station on the Yamanote Line loop.Laox Open daily 10:00 to 20:00.Labi Akihabara Open daily 9:30 to 20:00 Akky operates three duty free shops in the area around Akihabara Station: Akky Main Store. The one way fare is 160 Yen. JR Sobu Line. the Gakkikan branch for music instruments and three Asobit City branches for hobby and game related products. it is located on the east side of Akihabara Station. JR Keihin-Tohoku Line. Akky II and Akky III. including cameras. 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). Akihabara Crossfield Consisting of the newly built Akihabara Dai Building and the Akihabara UDX Building.
Koishikawa Korakuen # 38 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Koishikawa Korakuen is one of Tokyo's oldest and most beautiful Japanese landscape gardens. when the fall colors appear. using a pond. but particularly so in the second half of November. Like most traditional Japanese gardens. Koishikawa Korakuen is attractive during all seasons of the year. 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. during the plum festival in late February and when the beautiful weeping cherry tree near the garden's entrance is in full bloom. It was built by close relatives of the Tokugawa Shogun in the early Edo Period. 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 . stones. plants and a man made hill. Koishikawa Korakuen attempts to reproduce famous landscapes from China and Japan in miniature.
The palace was once destroyed during World War Two. visitors can view the Nijubashi. During the rest of the year. the shogunate was overthrown. two bridges that form an entrance to the inner palace grounds. .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. In 1868. a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the center of Tokyo. The stone bridge in front is called Meganebashi (Eyeglass Bridge) for its looks. guided tours of the palace are offered in Japanese. afterwards. visitors are able to enter the inner palace grounds and see the members of the Imperial Family. Nijubashi Bridge The palace buildings and inner gardens are not open to the public. and rebuilt in the same style. Edo Castle used to be the seat of the Tokugawa shogun who ruled Japan from 1603 until 1867. In 1888 construction of a new Imperial Palace was completed. and the country's capital and Imperial Residence were moved fromKyoto to Tokyo. Only on January 2 (New Year's Greeting) and December 23 (Emperor's Birthday). with an English pamphlet and audio guide provided. who make several public appearances on a balcony. a short walk from Tokyo Station. The bridge in the back was formerly a wooden bridge with two levels. from which the name Nijubashi (Double Bridge) is derived. Reservations can be made over the internet (see links below). Tours must be reserved in advance with the Imperial Household Agency. It is the residence of Japan's Imperial Family. From Kokyo Gaien. the large plaza in front of the Imperial Palace.
former duck hunting grounds. Furthermore. Alternatively. the garden of a feudal lord's residence during the Edo Period. It is located alongside Tokyo Bay. it is a 10-15 minute walk from JR Shimbashi Station or Shiodome Station on the Oedo Subway Line and Yurikamome elevated train. How to get there Hama Rikyu can be accessed by boat from Asakusa and Odaiba. # 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. next to the futuristic Shiodome district.The Imperial Palace East Gardens are open to the public throughout the year except on Mondays. is one of Tokyo's most attractive landscape gardens. Fridays and special occasions. 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. More information is available on the East Gardens page. Seawater ponds. 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 .
featuring numerous department stores. art galleries. night clubs and cafes. restaurants. after which the district was eventually named. making it one of the most expensive real estate in Japan. today's Ginza district was the site of a silver coin mint (Ginza means "silver mint" inJapanese). A visit is most pleasant on a weekend afternoon. Chuo Dori street on a weekend afternoon From 1612 to 1800. 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). 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. One square meter of land in the district's center is worth over ten million yen. when the central Chuo Dori street gets closed to traffic and become a large pedestrian zone. Most shops in the Ginza district are open everyday of the week. boutiques. dining and entertainment district.The Ginza is Tokyo's most famous upmarket shopping. The Ginza evolved as an upmarket shopping district following the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake. .
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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. audio sets. Inside the building. mobile phones. There are also a few shops. Department Stores . the clock tower of the Ginza Wako building is the symbol of the Ginza. jewelry and luxury items are sold. Kabukiza Theater Undergoing reconstruction and closed to the public until 2013 Kabuki pieces were performed in this theater until April 2010. standing at the northwest corner of the district's centrally located Ginza 4-Chome junction of Chuo and Harumi Dori. the four floor Police Museum is operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department and is free of charge. The new theater is scheduled to open in spring 2013. Although there are no English explanations. cameras. are displayed to the public in the showrooms in this building. however) Located just outside of the Ginza area to the north. including DVD recorders. televisions. displays such as historical uniforms and equipment can be easily understood. The facade and interior of the new theater will resemble the previous structure. The theater is now being torn down and rebuilt at the base of a new skyscraper. computers and Play Station products.Ginza Wako Shops: 10:30 to 18:00 Restaurants: 10:30 to 21:00 (some variation between restaurants) Built in 1932.restaurants and cafes. Sony Building Showroom and shops: 11:00 to 19:00 Restaurants: typically 11:30 to 21:30 The newest products by Sony.
foods and restaurants on ten floors. foods. a travel agency and an exhibition hall on its eleven floors. accessories. 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. Matsuzakaya has a history that reaches back to the year 1611. 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 11:00 to 20:30 (until 19:30 on Sundays) The Ginza store of the Paris based Printemps department store chain offers fashion. 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. . a pet shop. Mitsukoshi's history reaches back to the year 1673. wines. household goods.
JR KeihinTohoku Line and Yurakucho Subway Line. while the top three floors are taken up by 13 restaurants. Marunouchi and Ginza Subway Lines and Yurakucho Station on the JR Yamanote Line. the building is occupied by the Ginza branch of the popular Tokyu Hands department store. Shibuya) Shinjuku # 1 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Shinjuku is one of the 23 wards of Tokyo. a collection of fashion and lifestyle stores. a conventional department store in the Yurakucho Marion Building and "Mosaic Ginza Hankyu". business and shopping area around Shinjuku Station. 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. Shinjuku Station is Japan's busiest railwaystation. Western Tokyo (Shinjuku. How to get there The most convenient stations for accessing the Ginza district are Ginza Station on the Hibiya. Handling more than two million passengers each day. . served by six railway companies and about a dozen railway and subway lines.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". Clothing stores are located from the basement to the fourth floor. From the fifth floor to the ninth floor. but the name commonly refers just to the large entertainment.
except if a public holiday falls on the closure day. . January 2-3 and occasional inspection days. Japan's largest and wildest red light district. subterranean malls and electronic shops surround Shinjuku Station on all four sides. while department stores. where the pleasant Southern Terrace is located. The view from the southern tower is considered slightly more interesting. Furthermore. Redevelopment there is still ongoing. whose observation decks are open to the public for free. including the recently redeveloped south. as well as observatories on the 45th floor of each tower.including the JR Yamanote Line. except December 29-31. Northeast of the station lies Kabukicho. 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. Admission is free. including several premier hotels and the Metropolitan Government Office. the north observatory is closed on the 2nd and 4th Monday and the south observatory on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. Open daily 9:30 to 23:00 (south observatory until 17:30). West of the station is Shinjuku' skyscraper district. home to many of Tokyo's tallest buildings. in which case the observatory is closed the following day.
including the Keio Plaza. Open daily from 10:00 to 20:00. restaurants until 23:00. The restaurants in the skyscrapers tend to be open from around 11:00 to 23:00. Kabukicho Named after a kabuki theater. including a food department in the basement and several restaurants on the restaurant floor. including a wonderful food department in the basement and restaurant floors. The department store belongs to the Odakyu Group. bars. 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. Mylord Mylord offers seven floors of shopping and three restaurant floors. Keio Keio Department Store consists of 11 floors. Lumine Lumine is owned by JR East and located next and above Shinjuku Station's South and East Exits. a narrow pedestrian street between the Keio and Odakyu department stores. love hotels and a wide variety of red light establishments for both sexes and sexual orientations. Open daily from 11:00 to 21:00. pachinko parlors. Mylord is affiliated with the Odakyu Group. Hilton. Kabuki-cho comes to life daily after 18:00. The department store belongs to the Keio Group. restaurants from 11:00 to 22:00. Open daily from 10:00 to 20:00. Japan's largest red light district features countless restaurants. Explore with caution and beware of exorbitant cover fees. and especially so on Fridays and Saturdays. restaurants from 11:00 to 22:00. whose construction plans have never been realized. Hyatt Regency and Park Hyatt (featured in Lost in Translation). . which also operates a suburban railway line from Shinjuku to Odawara (Odakyu is an abbreviation for "Odawara Express"). Open daily from 11:00 to 22:00.Shinjuku Skyscraper District Among the skyscrapers are the Tocho (see above) and some of Tokyo's leading hotels. Department Stores: Odakyu Odakyu Department Store consists of 16 floors. which also operates a suburban railway line from Shinjuku to western Tokyo. The complex also includes "Mosaic Dori". restaurants until 22:30. Several of the other skyscrapers have some shops on their ground floors and restaurants with great views of the city on their top floors. Some restaurants close for a few hours between lunch and dinner.
Flags Located next to the South Exit of Shinjuku Station. restaurants from 11:00 to 23:00. Open daily from 10:00 to 21:00. one in the Odakyu Halc Building near the station's west exit and one east of the station near the Isetan department store. Bic's main store is located in Ikebukuro. restaurants from 11:00 to 23:00. cafes and an Italian restaurant. Open daily from 10:00 to 20:00. Isetan With a history of more than 100 years Isetan is a veteran among Shinjuku's department stores. A Tokyu Hands branch and Kinokuniya book store with a large foreign language section are located in the same building complex.Takashimaya Opened in 1996. including a food department in the basement and three restaurant floors. including a food department in the basement and a restaurant floor. Electronics Stores: Yodobashi Camera Yodobashi Camera is one of Japan's leading discount electronics retailers. Bic Camera Bic Camera is another of Japan's leading discount electronics retailers. a Gap and various other shops. Open daily from 9:30 to 22:00. Open daily from 11:00 to 22:00 (from 10:00 on weekends and holidays). the Shinjuku branch of Takashimaya consists of 15 floors. an Oshman's sports goods store. Yodobashi's main store is located near the west exit of Shinjuku Station. Flags is a ten-floor shopping complex featuring a Tower Records music store. while a smaller branch is located near the station's east exit. also known as "Times Square". Open daily from 11:00 to 22:00 (Tower Records and restaurant until 23:00). The Shinjuku store is Isetan's flagship and consists of ten floors. and especially strong on camera equipment. Parks: . Lumine Est from 10:30 to 21:30. but it also operates two branches next 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. including theJR Yamanote Line. free admission. Admission is 200 Yen. Closed on Mondays (Tuesday is Monday is a national holiday) from December 29 to January 3. served by about a dozen railway lines. orange trains on the JR Chuo Line (Rapid Service) take less than 15 minutes and cost 190 Yen from Tokyo Station to Shinjuku Station. and then the JR Chuo Line from Kanda to Shinjuku. How to get there Shinjuku Station is Japan's busiest railway station. Open from 9:00 to 16:30. after it had served as a garden for the Imperial Family since 1903. From Tokyo Station The frequently departing. It was opened to the public in 1949. From Ueno Station By JR Yamanote Line it takes 25 minutes and costs 190 Yen to get from Ueno to Shinjuku. There are no closure days during the cherry blossom season (late March to late April) and the Chrysanthemum Exhibition (first half of November). A slightly faster alternative is taking the JR Yamanote or JR Keihin-Tohoku Line from Ueno to Kanda Station. Orientation in Tokyo .Shinjuku Gyoen Shinjuku Gyoen is one of Tokyo's largest and most pleasant parks and bestcherry blossom viewing spots. Always open.
Below is a map and list of some of Shibuya's other major attractions: . A prominent landmark of Shibuya is the large intersection in front of the station (Hachiko Exit). but often refers to just the popular shopping and entertainment area around Shibuya Station. 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. two competing corporations. Most of the area's large department and fashion stores belong to either Tokyuor Seibu.Shibuya # 2 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Shibuya is one of the twenty-three city wards of Tokyo. Shibuya is one of Tokyo's most colorful and busy districts and birthplace to many of Japan's fashion and entertainment trends.
Closed Mondays and from December 29 to January 3 (if Monday is anational holiday the museum is open Monday and closed Tuesday). Information in English is limited.Points of Interest: Hachiko Statue A statue of a loyal dog named Hachiko. Introducing the history of tobacco and salt in Japan and throughout the world. such as the process of power generation and the role of electricity in society and everyday life. and continued to do so for years even after his master had passed away. Information in English is limited. the dog waited for his master every day in front of Shibuya Station. Admission: 100 yen. It is one of Tokyo's most popular meeting points. whose predecessor used to monopolize the production and sale of tobacco and salt in Japan. Tobacco and Salt Museum Open 10:00 to 18:00. 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: free. Closed Wednesdays (or following day if Wednesday falls on anational holiday) and during New Year. The museum is operated by Japan Tobacco (JT). . According to a famous story.
Famous Streets: Center Gai The birthplace of many Japanese fashion trends. lit. Koen Dori Koen Dori.NHK Studiopark (more details) Please see the NHK Studiopark page for details on hours and admission. It was named after Parcodepartment store (parco is Italian for park) and the fact that the street leads to Yoyogi Park. night clubs and restaurants. is a popular shopping street leading from the Marui department store to Yoyogi Park. National Yoyogi Stadium Built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics by renown architect Tange Kenzo. Love Hotel Hill This area of Shibuya has a high concentration of love hotels. a museum with constantly changing exhibitions. consists of a concert hall.000 yen) or an overnight "stay" (usually around 10. "culture village". It is now also being used for ice skating and volleyball competitions. including the production of a live program on most days. which offer couples a private room for a 2-3 hour "rest" during the day (usually around 5. two cinemas. boutiques. It gives visitors a chance to look behind the scenes of television broadcasting. game centers. concerts and various other events.000 yen). Bunkamura. and a few shops and restaurants. Bunkamura Located directly next to the Tokyu department store (main store). "Park Street". NHK Studiopark is a part of the NHK Broadcasting Center. . lit. the stadium hosted the olympic swimming competitions. Center Gai is a busy pedestrian zone lined by stores. a theater. which is open to the public.
Restaurants can be found on the top and bottom floors. the Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu. and was nicknamed for resembling a Spanish street scene. 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. interior. while the Shibuya Station branch with twelve floors sits on top of the station. and Saturdays until 21:00). . Tokyu Hands has everything from doit-yourself. It consists of a wide range of stores and restaurants. Fridays. a bus terminal and the terminal station of the Keio Inokashira Line. Promoted as "Creative Life Store". Shibuya Station store open daily 10:00 to 21:00 (Sundays and holidays until 20:00. located just next to JR Shibuya Station. It is lined by boutiques. cafes and restaurants. restaurants until 22:30). Restaurants 11:00 to 23:00. identifying the complex as part of the Tokyu Group. Tokyu Affiliated Shopping: Tokyu Main store open daily 11:00 to 20:00 (upper floors until 19:00. the complex's name can also be read as "Shibuya to kyu". Shibuya Mark City Opening hours vary by shop. Usually pronounced "Shibuya ichi maru kyu". office space.Spain Slope Spain Slope (Supeinzaka) is a narrow. Seibu Affiliated Shopping: Seibu Open 10:00 to 20:00 (Thursdays. outdoors to stationery and more. Shibuya 109 Open daily 10:00 to 21:00 (restaurants from 11:00 to 22:30). restaurants until 22:30). The Shibuya store spans eight floors. crafts. Shibuya 109 is a trend setting fashion complex for young women with more than one hundred boutiques on ten floors. Tokyu Hands Open daily from 10:00 to 20:30. featuring mainly fashion goods and some fashion boutiques. approximately 100 meter long pedestrian street with stairs leading up the slope to the Parco department store. typically 10:00 to 21:00. Closed New Year's Day. Shibuya Mark City is a small city within the city. hobby. The Shibuya branch of the Seibu department store chain consists of nine floors.
The complex consists of numerous buildings in the Shibuya area: Part 1. Part 2. Hanzomon Subway Line. Quattro. Restaurants: 11:00 to midnight. crafts and gifts. Tokyu Toyoko Line. Ginza Subway Line. You can get there by JR Yamanote Line. Zero Gate and more. JR Shonan Shinjuku Line. Loft is Seibu's answer to Tokyu Hands. Parco is a shopping complex with an emphasis on fashion.Loft Open from 10:00 to 21:00 (until 20:00 on Sundays and public holidays). JR Saikyo Line. also offering a large array of products related to interior. Orientation in Tokyo Harajuku # 4 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Harajuku Station . How to get there Shibuya Station is one of Tokyo's busiest stations. Parco Open 10:00 to 21:00 (some annex buildings from 11:00). Fukutoshin Subway Line. but with a slightly less strong emphasis on do-it-yourself. Tokyu Den-Entoshi Line. hobby. Part 3. Keio Inokashira Line and the Narita Express. The Loft Shibuya branch consists of seven floors.
while Kiddy Land has hundreds of unique toys for kids of all ages. a broad. which is between Shinjuku and Shibuya on the Yamanote Line. is located just west of the railway tracks in a large green oasis shared with the spacious Yoyogi Park. crepe stands and fast food outlets geared towards the fashion and trend conscious teens. A variety of fashion styles on display at Harajuku on a Sunday Just south of Takeshita Dori and over twice its length is Omotesando. . and the Nezu Museum has an impressive collection of various Asian art as well as a traditional Japanese garden. The stylish Omotesando Hills complex was opened in 2006 and targets fashion conscious urbanites in their 30s and 40s. visit Harajuku on a Sunday. Beautiful ukiyo-e paintings are exhibited in the small Ota Memorial Museum of Art. Harajuku is not only about teenage culture and shopping. Here you can find famous brand name shops. used clothes stores. but also offers shopping for adults and some historic sights. The focal point of Harajuku's teenage culture is Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) and its side streets. when many young people gather around Harajuku Station and engage in cosplay ("costume play"). dressed up in crazy costumes to resemble anime characters. In order to experience the teenage culture at its most extreme. fashion boutiques. one of Tokyo's major shrines. It is the center of Japan's most extreme teenage cultures and fashion styles. Meiji Jingu. punk musicians. tree lined avenue sometimes referred to as Tokyo's Champs-Elysees. etc. which are lined by many trendy shops. cafes and restaurants for a more adult clientele.Harajuku refers to the area around Tokyo's Harajuku Station.
serving as the main approach to Meiji Shrine. Interesting shops and restaurants can also be found along some of the side streets. cafes and fast food outlets targeting Tokyo's teenagers. tree lined avenue. stand along the avenue. it becomes extremely busy and crowded on the weekends. Shopping . boutiques. boutiques. Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) is a narrow. cafes and restaurants.Famous Streets Takeshita Dori Shops along Takeshita Dori tend to be open daily from 11:00 to 20:00. Numerous stores. Omotesando Shops along Omotesando tend to be open daily from 11:00 to 20:00. Omotesando is a one kilometer long. including several leading fashion brand shops. Referred to as Tokyo's Champs-Elysees. Because of the street's popularity. roughly 400 meter long street lined by shops. This area generally caters to an older and wealthier clientele than Takeshita Dori. The symbol of Harajuku and birthplace of many of Japan's fashion trends.
Apartments are located above the shops. tableware. female audience. Travelers who pass by the store front are sure to notice the building. It is located only a few steps from Harajuku Station alongTakeshita Dori.100 Yen Shop Open daily from 10:00 to 21:00 This is one of the largest 100 Yen Shops in central Tokyo. Oriental Bazaar 10:00 to 19:00 Closed: Thursdays This is one of Tokyo's largest souvenir shops. The shopping complex is Omotesando's most prominent establishment. stretching along about one quarter of the avenue. Omotesando Hills consists of six floors (three are underground) of about 100 upmarket shops. kitchenware. The shop spans three floors and has a red and green facade that mimics traditional Japanese architecture. The building was designed by the renowned architect Ando Tadao and has intriguing design elements. furnitureand samurai related goods. The LaForet Museum on the top floor hosts various events and exhibitions. lamps. food and stationary on multiple floors at 105 yen per item. LaForet Harajuku Open daily from 11:00 to 20:00 LaForet Harajuku is a trend setting shopping complex. restaurants and beauty salons. mainly geared towards a young. including clothing. very popular among foreign travelers in search of typical Japanese souvenirs. . such as kimono.Omotesando Hills Shops: 11:00 to 21:00 (Sun until 20:00) Restaurants: 11:00 to 23:00 (Sun until 22:00). dolls. cafes. Opened in 2006. offering a wide array of goods. Daiso Harajuku . consisting of seven floors of fashion boutiques and shops.
Emperor Meiji was a popular emperor who reigned from 1867 to 1912. but a similarly sized temporary building is being used just around the corner. Kiddy Land has a fantastic selection of toys and other products to amuse kids. The store's original six floor shop directly along Omotesando is currently undergoing renovations. It is one of many famous brand names that have opened a store along Omotesando. but it was discontinued in December of 2009. Barbie and Hello Kitty are on sale alongside new characters and creations. dense forest that can be explored on walking paths. . The Togo Antique Market was held around the shrine on the first Sunday of each month. 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. 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. The public store makes up five of the building's ten floors.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. who defeated the Russian fleet in the Russo-Japanese War in1905. which are designed as a stack of trunks rather than conventional floors. Togo Shrine Closed: No closing days Admission: Free Togo Shrine is a Shinto shrine dedicated to Admiral Togo. The majority of the shrine grounds are composed of a beautiful. Empress Shoken. Major toy brands like Disney.
000 pieces of art. Yoyogi Park 5:00 to 20:00 (until 17:00 during the winter) Facilities are typically open from 9:00 to 17:00. NHK Studiopark is a part of the NHK Broadcasting Center. 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. including the production of a live program on most days. It gives visitors a chance to look behind the scenes of television broadcasting. which comprises of more than 10. ponds and forested areas. China and Korea. Ota Memorial Museum of Art 10:30 to 17:30 Closed: Mondays (or next day if Monday is a national holiday). picnicking and other outdoor activities. featuring wide lawns. NHK Studiopark (more details) Please see the NHK Studiopark page for details on hours and admission. Exhibits are changed every month. New Year Admission: Typically 700 yen. It is a great place for jogging. 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. Ota Seizo. Yoyogi Koen (Yoyogi Park) is one of Tokyo's largest and most pleasant city parks.Nezu Museum 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30) Closed: Mondays (or next day if Monday is a national holiday). New Year Admission: 1000 yen (or 1200 yen for special exhibition) The Nezu Museum has a collection of East Asian artwork that includes various objects from Japan. . which is open to the public.
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. which is served by the Chiyoda and Fukutoshin Subway Lines. Empress Shoken. Only a short walk from Harajuku Station is the subway station Meijijingu-mae Station. It is now also being used for ice skating and volleyball competitions. Ginza and Hanzomon Subway Lines. the stadium hosted the olympic swimming competitions. Japan modernized and westernized herself to join the world's major powers by the time Emperor Meiji passed away in 1912. The shrine was destroyed during the Second World War but was rebuilt shortly thereafter. eight years after the passing of the emperor and six years after the passing of the empress. The spacious shrine grounds offer walking paths that are great for a relaxing stroll. which is served by the Chiyoda. During the Meiji Period. How to get there Harajuku Station is a station on the JR Yamanote Line. Emperor Meiji was the first emperor of modern Japan. At the eastern end of Omotesando isOmotesando Station. Located just beside the JR Yamanote Line's busy Harajuku Station. Meiji Shrine and the adjacent Yoyogi Park make up a large forested area within the densely built-up city. two stations south of Shinjuku and one station north of Shibuya (130 yen from either station). The shrine was completed and dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and the Empress Shoken in 1920. 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.National Yoyogi Stadium Built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics by renowned architect Tange Kenzo. concerts and various other events. .
The well was visited by the Emperor and Empress while they were alive and has become a popular spiritual "power spot". more than any other shrine or temple in the country.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. In the first days of the New Year. including the carriage which the emperor rode to the formal declaration of the Meiji Constitution in 1889. A large area of the southern section of the shrine grounds is taken up by the Inner Garden. During the rest of the year. The garden becomes particularly popular during the middle of June when the irises are in bloom. buying charms and amulets or writing out one's wish on an ema. A small well located within the garden. is named after a military commander who dug it around 400 years ago. The approximately 100.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. which requires an entrance fee to enter. which was constructed one year after the shrine was opened. At the northern end of the shrine grounds visitors will come across the Meiji Jingu Treasure House. Kiyomasa's Well. Meiji Jingu's buildings also have an air of tranquility distinct from the surrounding city. the shrine regularly welcomes more than three million visitors for the year's first prayers (hatsumode). Visitors to the shrine can take part in typical Shinto activities. Meiji Jingu is one of the Japan's most popular shrines. after which the sights and sounds of the busy city are replaced by a tranquil forest. At the middle of the forest. Entry into the shrine grounds is marked by a massive torii gate. . traditional Shinto weddings can often be seen taking place there. such as making offerings at the main hall. The Treasure House displays many interesting personal belongings of the Emperor and Empress. There is also a Museum Annex Building just to the east of the main shrine buildings that displays temporary exhibitions.
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday) Admission: 500 yen (both buildings) English: Moderate Inner Garden Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (until 16:30 from November to February) Admission ends 30 minutes before closing time.The Meiji Jingu Treasure House How to get there The approach to Meiji Shrine starts a few steps from Harajuku Station on the JR Yamanote Line or Meiji-jingu-mae Station on the Chiyoda and Fukutoshin Subway Lines. 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. Asakusa. Extended hours during the middle of June. Closed: No closing days Admission: 500 yen Northern Tokyo (Ueno. Ikebukuro) Asakusa # 6 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited .
Alternatively. you can consider a guided tour on a rickshaw (jinrikisha. lit. Shorter and longer courses are also available. the same cannot be said for Asakusa'sentertainment district. including movies. when the district was still located outside the city limits. local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries.Asakusa is the center of Tokyo's shitamachi. Asakusa was the site of kabuki theaters and a large red light district. a very popular Buddhist temple. In the late 1800s and early 1900s. one of Tokyo's few districts. a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional. set foot in Asakusa. Asakusa's main attraction is Sensoji. A 30 minute tour for two persons costs around 8000 Yen. The temple is approached via the Nakamise. While the area around the rebuilt Sensoji has regained its former popularity after the war. Large parts of Asakusa were destroyed in the air raids of World War Two. "man powered vehicle"). During the Edo Period. which have preserved a certain atmosphere of the old Tokyo. . Asakusa can be easily explored on foot. Sensoji temple grounds Dempoin Dori (Dempoin Street) For many centuries. built in the 7th century. "low city". Asakusa used to be Tokyo's leading entertainment district. modern types of entertainment. lit.
. Asakusa Shrine. the Sanja Matsuri. Built in the 7th century. Admission free. it is the symbol of Asakusa. although the current buildings are postwar reconstructions. Admission free. The shrine's festival. also known as Sanja-sama. it is also one of its oldest. It is held every year on a weekend (Friday to Sunday) in mid May. Asakusa Shrine Always open. Sensoji Temple (more details) Main building open 6:00 to 17:00 (Oct to Mar from 6:30). Admission free.Temples and Shrines: Kaminarimon (Kaminari Gate) Always open. was built during the Edo Period and survived the air raids of 1945. Kaminarimon is the first of two large entrance gates leading to Sensoji Temple. The Nakamise shopping street leads from Kaminarimon to the temple grounds. First built more than 1000 years ago. Sensoji ("Senso" is an alternative reading for Asakusa and "ji" means temple) is Tokyo's most famous and popular temple. is one of Tokyo's most spectacular and popular.
Shin-Nakamise or New Nakamise Shopping Street runs perpendicular to the Nakamise Shopping Street. Typically daily from 9:00 to 19:00.Dempoin Temple Not open to the public! Dempoin is a temple just next to Sensoji. either. Items on sale include tableware. known for its beautiful garden. Rox3 and Rox Dome). The Nakamise shopping street stretches over approximately 250 meters from Kaminarimon to the main grounds of Sensoji Temple. which offer local specialties and the usual array of tourist souvenirs. There is a 24h supermarket in the basement of the main building. Shopping: Nakamise Shopping Street (more details) Opening hours depend on the individual shops. Rox is a shopping and entertainment complex consisting of a main building (Rox) and three annex buildings (Rox2G. Visiting the garden by appointment. the temple and garden are not open to the public. Kappabashi Shopping Street (more details) Most shops open from 9:00 to 17:00. Kappabashi is an almost one kilometer long street lined by shops catering to restaurant businesses. Rox Department Store Daily 10:30 to 21:00 (supermarket is open 24 hours. restaurants from 11:00 to 22:00). signs. The station building also houses a Matsuya department store that spans eight floors. furniture. Unfortunately. Other Attractions: . It is a covered shopping arcade lined by various shops and restaurants. Shin-Nakamise Shopping Street Opening hours depend on the individual shops. Tobu Asakusa Station & Matsuya Department Store Matsuya department store is open daily from 10:00 to 19:30. Tobu Asakusa Station is the terminal station of Tobu trains heading into the suburbs and prefectures north of Tokyo. cannot be done anymore. Many are closed on Sundays and public holidays. kitchen utensils and appliances. It is lined by more than 50 shops. Typically daily from 10:00 to 20:00. Many shops sell fashion for ladies and kids. as it used to be possible. lanterns and uniforms. including trains to Nikko. sample food made of wax and plastic.
Edo Shitamachi Traditional Crafts Museum Open daily 10:00 to 20:00. are exhibited in this small museum. Rokku offers attractions such as rakugo theaters. Admission free. cinemas and pachinko parlors. The Asahi Beer Tower and Asahi Super Dry Hall with its characteristic Flamme d'Or were. Rokku used to be Tokyo's leading entertainment district before the war. In addition. combs. 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. In spring it becomes a popular cherry blossom viewing spot. Visitors can play several of the drums. Rokku Entertainment District Opening hours depend on the individual businesses. This riverside park stretches along both sides of Sumida River for several hundred meters. Today. Located just a few steps from Sensoji. Demonstrations by craftsmen are held on weekends. 1020 yen (includes 300 yen admission to the garden). However. Tuesdays. such as scissors. New Year and Obon.Odaiba by direct ship: 55 minutes. Asakusa . silverware. while on the last Saturday of July it becomes the site of the Sumida River Firework Festival. direct ships from Asakusa to Odaiba. the miniature amusement park offers numerous attractions. 760 yen. Admission free.Odaiba: 20 minutes. carousel and Space Shot. Originally opened as a flower park. Taikokan (Drum Museum) Open from 10:00 to 17:00.Sumida River Cruise Daily from 10:00 to 17:00. several restaurants can be found in the complex. Furthermore. Asakusa . Hanayashiki has a history of more than 150 years. 460 yen. Sumida Park Always open. Asakusa . Admission: 900 yen plus separate fees for rides. including a small Ferris wheel. Closed on Mondays. there are less frequent. Hinode .Hinode: 40 minutes. This small museum introduces the many traditional arts and crafts of the old Tokyo (formerly known as Edo). where you can transfer to a ship to Odaiba. Asahi Beer Tower Restaurants open daily from 11:30 to 22:00. the district has not regained its former popularity after the war. Admission: 300 yen Drums from around the world. furniture. . hosting Japan's first cinema and more. The museum is located in a floor above the Miyamoto Unosuke Nishi Asakusa store. including Japanese taiko drums.Hama Rikyu: 35 minutes. roller coaster. which sells Japanese drums and festival goods. completed in 1989 and host the headquarters of Asahi Breweries. embroidery and more. Hanayashiki Amusement Park Open 10:00 to 18:00 (longer hours during holidays).
the National Science Museum. the founder of the Edo shogunate. Ueno Park is home to Japan's first zoological garden. In 1972. the Orient Museum. However. gifts from China on the occasion of normalization of diplomatic relations. 160 Yen). the zoo's last panda bear died in 2008. From Narita Airport Check our airport page for details. He played a central role in realizing the Meiji Restoration of 1868. At the park's south entrance stands a statue of Saigo Takamori. Tsukuba Express and Tobu Railways.How to get there Asakusa is served by the Ginza Subway Line. the National Museum for Western Art and the Tokyo Metropolitan Fine Art Gallery. it became the home of panda bears. It is well worth paying the 200 yen admission fee in order to enter the inner shrine area and main building. 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. 130 Yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes. From Tokyo Station Take the JR Yamanote Line to Kanda Station (2 minutes. From Shinjuku Station Take the orange JR Chuo Line to Kanda Station (10 minutes. which dates back to 1882. Asakusa Subway Line. namely the Tokyo National Museum. A temple for the goddess of Benten stands on the island in the middle of the pond. It was opened to the public in 1873. 160 Yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes. Orientation in Tokyo Ueno Park Ueno Park is a large public park just next to Ueno Station. which ruled Japan from 1603 to 1867. especially art museums. the Shitamachi Museum. Ueno Park is famous for its many museums. an important personality of the late Edo and early Meiji Period. leaving the zoo without its most popular attraction. 160 Yen). and offers its visitors a large variety of attractions.
During the cherry blossom season. Sensoji Temple # 16 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Sensoji (also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple) is a Buddhist temple located in Asakusa. . Ueno Park becomes one of the country's most popular and crowded spots for hanami (cherry blossom viewing) parties. Ueno Park is famous for its more than 1000 cherry trees. Tokyo National Museum How to get there Ueno Park is just next to Ueno Station. the center of the shitamachi (lit.Temple of Benten Toshogu Shrine Last but not least. "low town"). Easiest access is provided by the station's "Park Exit".
it always returned to them. Consequently. bottom: Ningyoyaki .deep fried manju (soft cake with red bean paste filling). The temple was completed in 645. Kibidango Shop . A shopping street of over 200 meters. top: Agemanju . two brothers fished a statue of Kannon. out of the Sumida River. the Hozomon. called Nakamise.Skewered kibi-balls covered with soybean powder. The shopping street has a history of several centuries. the goddess of mercy. The freshly renovated main hall in December 2010 When approaching the temple. making it Tokyo's oldest temple. the outer gate of the Sensoji and symbol of Asakusa.The legend says that in the year 628. Besides typical Japanese souvenirs such as yukata and folding fans. Osenbei (rice crackers) Folding Fans Yukata and T-shirts from left to right: Kibidango .small cake with red bean paste filling. and even though they put the statue back into the river. various traditional local snacks from the Asakusa area are sold along the Nakamise. visitors first enter through the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate). leads from the outer gate to the temple's second gate. Sensoji was built there for the goddess of Kannon.
From Tokyo Station Take the JR Yamanote Line to Kanda Station (2 minutes. TheAsakusa Shrine.December: Hagoita is the wooden paddle used in Hanetsuki. Hagoita-ichi (Hagoita Market) . built in the year 1649 by Tokugawa Iemitsu can be found close by the temple's main building. Hozuki-ichi (Hozuki Market) . From Shinjuku Station Take the orange JR Chuo Line to Kanda Station (10 minutes. 160 yen). served by the Ginza Subway Line. Various events are held throughout the year in the Sensoji Temple area.August Tokyo Jidai Matsuri . Asakusa Samba Carnival . Inside the main hall How to get there Sensoji Temple is a few steps from Asakusa Station. Click here to read more about Hanetsuki and the Hagoita Market. 160 yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes.July: Hozuki are ground cherries.November: a festival commemorating the history of Tokyo and the Edo culture. Some of them are: y y y y y Sanja Matsuri (more details) . 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: . 160 yen).May: one of Tokyo's three major festivals. From Narita Airport Check our airport page for details. a typical summer plant in Japan.Beyond the Hozomon main gate stands the temple's main building and a five storied pagoda. 130 yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes. a traditional game that resembles badminton. Asakusa Subway Line and Tobu Railways.
Tokyo Tower is 13 meters taller than its model. An wax museum and several more attractions can be found on the ground floors of the tower. The 634 meter tall new landmark is scheduled to open to the public in spring 2012. It is recommended to combine a visit to Tokyo Tower with a visit to Zojoji Temple. 820 yen (to intermediate floor only) Odaiba # 12 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited . It was completed in the year 1958 as a symbol for Japan's rebirth as a major economic power. Minato) Tokyo Tower With 333 meters. just next to the tower.Southern Tokyo (Shinagawa. How to get there # 9 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited The closest subway stations to Tokyo Tower are Onarimon Station on the Mita Subway Line and Akabanebashi Station on the Oedo Subway Line. Under good weather conditions. Construction is currently ongoing on the Tokyo Sky Tree. Mount Fuji can be seen in the distance. an almost twice as tall new broadcast antenna in northern Tokyo. one of Tokyo's major temples. 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. and serves as a television and radio broadcast antenna and tourist attraction. Orientation in Tokyo Hours and Fees Hours: 9:00 to 22:00 Closed: No closing days Admission: 1420 yen (to top floor). Separate entrance fees apply. the Eiffel Tower of Paris. and the world's tallest self-supporting steel tower. You can also walk there from Hamamatsucho Station on the JR Yamanote and JR Keihin-Tohoku Line in about 15 minutes.
. Further development of the area is still underway. which it is today. if Monday falls on apublic holiday). Admission is free except for the observatory deck (500 yen). During the extravagant 1980s. Most attractions are closed on Mondays (closed the following Tuesday instead. buy Fuji TV goods at the souvenir shop and access the futuristic looking building's observatory deck. theme parks. literally meaning "fort". a spectacular redevelopment of the islands into a futuristic business district was started. You can see some exhibitions on popular programs. Fuji TV Building This is the headquarters of Fuji Television. nationwide TV stations. Attractions: Among the attractions of Odaiba are several shopping and entertainment centers. Open 10:00 to 20:00. one of Japan's private. but development was critically slowed down after the burst of the "bubble economy" in the early 1990s. Even access to Odaiba can be considered an attraction (see "How to get there"). refers to some of the man made islands in the Bay of Tokyo. which were constructed in the end of the Edo Period (1603-1868) for the city's protection against attacks from the sea.Rainbow Bridge from Odaiba Introduction: Daiba. that Odaiba developed into one of Tokyo's most interestingtourist spots and the highly popular shopping and entertainment district. It was not until the second half of the 1990s. museums and the futuristic architecture and city planning.
three floors packed with the newest arcade games and more. which reproduces the atmosphere of the Edo Period (1603-1868). Admission is 2827 yen (1987 yen if you enter after 6pm). Open daily 11:00 to 21:00 (food court until 21:00. information technology.575 yen applies if you stay after 2am. the Museum of Maritime Science displays seafaring related exhibits from the past and future. cafes and a 13 screen cinema complex. The observation deck is open from 15:00 to 21:00 (Saturdays. Closed Tuesdays and from Dec 28 to Jan 1 (Open Tuesdays during the summer holidays or if Tuesday is a public holiday). Combined admission to the museum and Yotei Maru is 1000 yen.Decks Tokyo Beach Decks is a shopping mall featuring various stores. except to Tokyo Joypolis (500 yen). Open daily from 11am to 9am (no entry between 2am and 5am. Open daily 10:00 to 17:00 (weekends and holidays until 18:00). and holidays 11:00 to 22:30). last entry 7am). Oedo Onsen Monogatari Opened in March 2003. Telecom Center The Telecom Center is a major hub on the information highway with several large satellite antennas on its observation deck. restaurants. cafes. boutiques. National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation This well done. biology and space exploration. If you enter between 5am and 7am. highly interactive and bilingual science museum includes exhibits about environmental issues. the admission is 1. Museum of Maritime Science Housed in a cruise ship shaped building.567 Yen. are moored in front of the museum. Museum admission: 700 yen. Admission: 600 yen. boutiques. Open daily 11:00 to 21:00 (some stores and restaurants remain open until 22:00 or 23:00). You can enjoy various types of baths. The observation deck also offers nice view of the bay area and as far as Mount Fuji on clear days. this is a hot spring theme park. including the Yotei Maru ocean liner. which are fed by actual hot spring water from a depth of 1400 meters. the food theme park "Daiba Little Hong Kong" and "Tokyo Joypolis". Closed Mondays (closed on Tuesday instead if Monday is a public holiday). restaurants. Aquacity Odaiba Aquacity is a shopping mall featuring various stores. robots (starring Asimo among others). Two actual ships. Admission is 500 yen (400 yen in combination with a Yurikamome day pass). An overnight stay supplement of 1. Sundays. Admission is free. Closed Mondays and from Dec 28 to Jan 1. Open daily 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30). restaurants open until 23:00 or later). There are nice views of the Rainbow Bridge from the wooden deck in front of Aquacity and neighboring Decks. Once a month Oedo onsen closes early at 11pm for maintenance (admission until 9pm). .
It features more than one hundred boutiques. Restaurants until 23:00. Mega Web Part of Palette Town. pets and books. Venus Fort Family is another shopping mall on the floor below Venus Town. a Ferris Wheel and Zepp Tokyo. Mega Web. Operating daily from 10:00 to 22:00 (until 24:00 on Fridays. Admission is free except Risupia (500 yen). TV screens. Open 10:00 to 18:00 (entry to Risupia until 17:00). sports. a large concert venue. kids. except for "Ride One" (300 Yen per ride) and "E-com Ride" (200 Yen per ride). "Ride One". computers. home appliances and more. Entry to Risupia is by numbered ticket which are limited during times of high visitation. Toyota City Showcase and History Garage open 11:00 to 21:00.Palette Town This shopping and entertainment complex consists of Venus Fort. Nintendo games. test drive a real car ("Ride One") or ride an automatic. this 115 meter tall ferris wheel is one of the world's largest and offers nice views of the bay area. Most shops and attractions are open from 11:00 to 21:00 and restaurants until 23:00. A Japanese or recognized international driving permit is required for "Ride One" drivers. Mega Web is a Toyota showroom. electric vehicle ("E-com Ride"). Admission is free. except if Monday is a public holiday. Ferris Wheel Part of Palette Town. There are occasional closing days. Admission: 900 Yen. It consists of a relatively small number of spacious stores specializing in interior. cafes and restaurants. shops. Shops are open daily 11:00 to 21:00. Universal Design Showcase open until 19:00. Panasonic Center The Panasonic Center is a showroom for the latest products and technologies by the Matsushita Group. Shops are open daily 11:00 to 21:00. Venus Fort Family Previously called Sun Walk. Saturdays. Restaurants until 23:00. See more details on each attraction below. Open daily. Venus Fort Part of Palette Town. . "E-com Ride" and "Kid's Hybrid Ride One" until 20:00 ("Kid's Hybrid Ride One open until 18:00 on weekdays"). Historic cars are exhibited in the "History Garage". where you can view and touch Toyota's newest models and car accessories. On display are the newest cameras. Venus Fort is a shopping mall in the style of a 18th century South European town. Sun Walk. and days preceding holidays during the spring and summer season. of which Panasonic is part of. targeting a mainly female audience. Closed on Mondays.
A ride from Shimbashi to Daiba takes 15 minutes and costs 310 yen. Tokyo Big Sight is Japan's largest exhibition and convention center and one of the bay islands' boldest architectural creations. a one day pass for 800 yen is likely to come cheaper than single tickets. By Yurikamome The Yurikamome is an un-manned. elevated train with rubber tires. Hours and admission fees depend on the specific events. How to get there Access to Odaiba can be an attraction by itself. as the views of the Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo's harbor and waterfront area from the Yurikamome elevated train or boat are quite spectacular. Sit or stand at the very front of the train for the most . Public Parks Most of Odaiba's attractions are connected with each other by pleasant. Among the more noteworthy parks is the Odaiba Kaihin Park near the Rainbow Bridge. The Yurikamome uses the Rainbow Bridge to get to Odaiba and offers spectacular views of the harbor and the Tokyo waterfront area. If you ride the Yurikamome more than twice. broad pedestrian walks and parks. A wide array of events are held at the Big Sight throughout the year. It includes a man made sand beach. which connects Shimbashi Station on the JR Yamanote Line with all of Odaiba's attractions and Toyosu Station on the Yurakucho Subway Line.Tokyo Big Sight Also known as Tokyo International Exhibition Center.
Popular Dishes Japanese cuisine offers a great variety of dishes and regional specialties. 1. it is sometimes mixed with a raw egg and soya sauce (tamago kake gohan) or enjoyed with natto or other toppings. rice has been the most important food in Japanese cuisine. also known as Suijo Bus. Forbreakfast. Some trains on the JR Saikyo Line continue to run on the Rinkai Line and provide direct connections between Shibuya. yoshoku dishes and other dishes. By Boat Tokyo Water Cruise. which connects Osaki Station on the JR Yamanote Line with Shin-Kiba Station on the JR Keiyo Line. Some of the most popular Japanese and Japanized dishes are listed below. two hourly connections between Hinode Pier and Asakusa (40 minutes. Note that the Japan Rail Pass. On Foot It is possible to cross the Rainbow Bridge on foot. riceremains one of the most important ingredients in Japan today. Rice Bowl A bowl of plain cooked rice is served with most Japanese meals. . There are also boats between Hinode Pier and Palette Town and Tokyo Big Sight (25-35 minutes. even though the line is served by JR trains. as well as a small number of direct trips from Asakusa to Odaiba (1 hour. Rice Dishes For over 2000 years. and can be found in numerous dishes. seafood dishes. get off at Shibaura-futo Station on the Yurikamome. operates frequent boats between Hinode Pier and Odaiba Seaside Park from 10:00 to 17:45 (until 17:15 on weekdays). The 20 minute boat ride costs 460 yen and offers nice views of the Rainbow Bridge and waterfront area. Shinjuku and Odaiba. To access the bridge. 400 yen). nabe dishes. 400 yen). 760 yen. The ride from Shinjuku to Tokyo Teleport Station on Odaiba takes 25 minutes and costs 480 yen.520 yen). via Hama Rikyu) and infrequent service from Hinode Pier to the Maritime Museum (25 minutes. but are listed only once. soya bean dishes. Seishun 18 Kippu and similar JR tickets are not valid on the Rinkai Line between Osaki and Shin-Kiba. Despite changes in eating patterns over the last few decades and slowly decreasing rice consumption in recent years. By Rinkai Line This is an underground railway line. Please note that some dishes may fit into multiple categories. The walk across takes about 30 minutes and offers nice views of the waterfront area. We have categorized them into rice dishes.impressive views. noodle dishes.
Sashimi more information Sashimi is raw seafood. Most types of sashimi are enjoyed with soya sauce and wasabi. Some of the most popular toppings are tempura (tendon). cooked rice that is prepared with sushi vinegar. There are various kinds of sushi dishes. negi (Japanese leek) and small pieces of carrot and pork are mixed into the rice when stir fried. They are slightly salted and often contain some additional food in the center. katsuobushi (dried bonito shavings). egg and chicken (oyakodon). It is a suitable dish for using left over rice. boiled. salmon or tarako (cod roe) added to it. for example. lakes and rivers are used in the Japanese cuisine. and many inexpensive Kare Raisu restaurants can be found especially in and around train stations. grilled. Chazuke Chazuke is a bowl of cooked rice with green tea and other ingredients. tuna or salmon. raw. for example. for example an umeboshi (pickled Japanese plum). It is a suitable dish for using left over rice. Kare Raisu Kare Raisu (Curry Rice) is cooked rice with a curry sauce. but has been used in Japan for over a century. They are prepared and eaten in many different ways. Fried Rice Fried rice or chahan has been originally introduced from China. deep fried or steamed. Kayu Kayu is rice gruel. soft cooked rice that resembles oatmeal. Seafood Dishes Hundreds of different fish. Kare Raisu is a very popular dish. A large number of fish can be enjoyed raw if they are fresh and prepared correctly. watery. seas. shellfish and other seafood from the oceans. Domburi more information A bowl of cooked rice with some other food put on top of the rice. tonkatsu (katsudon) and beef (gyudon). Onigiri Onigiri are rice balls made of cooked rice and usually wrapped in nori seaweed. dried. It can be served with additional toppings such as tonkatsu. .Sushi more information Sushi can be defined as a dish which contains sushi rice. Curry is not a native Japanese spice. It is a suitable dish for using left over rice and is often served to sick people because it can be digested easily. egg. Rice balls are a popular and inexpensive snack available at convenience stores. A variety of additional ingredients such as peas.
boiled eggs. There are many regional and personal varieties. meat and ginger. Somen are usually eaten cold and are considered a summer speciality. konyaku and kombu seaweed. Somen Like Udon noodles. Many varieties of fish are enjoyed in this way. Ramen is one of the many popular dishes that were originally introduced from China but have become completely Japanized over time. boiled over many hours in a soya sauce based soup. Soba more information Soba noodles are native Japanese noodles made of buckwheat flour or a mixture of buckwheat and wheat flour. and they are especially popular in the cold winter months.Yakizakana Yakizakana means grilled fish. daikon. Soba are about as thick as spaghetti. Nabe Dishes Nabe dishes or hot pot dishes are prepared in a hot pot. Ramen more information Ramen are Chinese style noodles prepared in a soup with various toppings. Yakisoba Yakisoba are fried or deep fried Chinese style noodles served withvegetables. 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. Typical ingredients arevegetables such as negi (Japanese leek) and hakusai (Chinese cabbage). various mushrooms. . Udon are thicker than soba and can also be served either hot or cold and with various toppings. somen are Japanese noodles made of wheat flour. usually at the table. Many of them enjoy a very high popularity. Some special nabe dishes are: Oden A nabe dish prepared with various fish cakes. They can be served cold or hot and with various toppings. seafood and/or meat. but they are much thinner than Udon and Soba.
Thinly sliced meat. the sumo district in Tokyo. The following are some of the most popular soya bean based dishes: Yudofu Yudofu are tofu pieces boiled in a clear. natto. Yakitori more information Yakitori are grilled chicken pieces on skewers. mild soup and dipped into a soya based sauce before being eaten. Most parts of the chicken can be used for yakitori. Tonkatsu Tonkatsu are deep fried pork cutlets. mushrooms. Nikujaga more information Nikujaga is a popular dish of home style cooking made of meat (niku) and potatoes (jagaimo). Meat Dishes Meat has been eaten in Japan in larger amounts only since the second half of the 19th century. along withvegetables. . A few chanko nabe restaurants can be found around Ryogoku. vegetables. mushrooms and tofu is dipped into a hot soup and then into ponzu vinegar or a sesame sauce before being eaten. Soya Bean Dishes Tofu. Nowadays there are a variety of Japanese meat dishes. Chanko Nabe Chanko nabe is traditionally the staple diet of sumo wrestlers. Shabu-Shabu Shabu-shabu is Japanese style meat fondue. miso and many other important ingredients of Japanese cooking are made of soya beans. tofuand shirataki (konyaku noodles). Tonkatsu is usually served with shredded cabbage or on top of cooked rice (katsudon) or with Japanese style curry rice (katsu kare). The pieces of food are dipped into a raw egg before eaten.Sukiyaki A nabe dish prepared with thinly sliced meat. There are many varieties of chanko nabe.
Other Dishes Tempura more information Tempura is seafood. and these dishes are now called Yoshoku dishes.Agedashi Tofu Agedashi Tofu are deep fried tofu pieces that are dipped into a soya based sauce before being eaten. but without a bun. and come in many varieties depending on the filling. it is also eaten with a spoon. like kare raisu. Hayashi Raisu Hayashi rice is Japanese style hashed beef stew. Many of them have become completely Japanized. thinly sliced beef and onions in a demi-glace sauce served over or along side cooked rice. It is typically served on a plate and usually with a demi-glace sauce. The most common filling is a mix of minced meat and mashed potatoes. Omuraisu Omuraisu (abbreviation for omelet rice) is cooked rice. It is made by dissolving miso paste in hot water and adding additional ingredients such as wakame seaweed and small pieces of tofu. It resembles kare raisu. Korokke are breaded and deep fried. wrapped in a thin omelet. Yoshoku Dishes A large number of Western dishes have been introduced to Japan over the centuries. 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. Miso Soup A bowl of miso soup often accompanies breakfast. and usually served with a gravy sauce or tomato ketchup. vegetables. and. Tempura was introduced to Japan by the Portuguese in the 16th century. but has become one of Japan's most famous dishes internationally. . lunch and dinner. Hamubagu Hamubagu is a Japanese style hamburger steak. mushrooms and other pieces of food coated with tempura batter and deep fried.
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.
subways and other non-JR trains. Holiday Pass (2300 yen) Unlimited use of local and rapid JR trains in the greater Tokyo area (including Yokohama andKamakura) on one calendar day. and is scheduled to provide through service with the Tokyu Toyoko Line at Shibuya . Shinjuku-sanchome. 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. The Japan Rail Pass is valid only on JR trains.Tokunai Pass (730 yen) Unlimited use of JR trains in the central Tokyo area on one calendar day. including JR trains. The Fukutoshin Line provides through service with the Tobu Tojo Line and Seibu Ikebukuro Line at its northern end. public holidaysand certain holiday seasons. Elsewhere on the site is a guide devoted to the Holiday Pass. as you do not always need to buy a ticket before riding a train. but they make the process of taking trains easier. Elsewhere on the site is a guide devoted to Suica and PASMO. Shinjuku and Shibuya. 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). Tokyo Metro started operating the new Fukutoshin Line between Shibuya. while Toei operates the other four. Ikebukuro and Wakoshi. On June 14. It can only be used on Saturdays. Sundays. 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 runs nine of the metropolis' thirteen subway lines. 2008. 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. Suica and PASMO Suica and PASMO are prepaid IC cards.
Station from the year 2012. they alone do not provide the perfect solution for getting around Tokyo. especially the JR Yamanote Line. Simplified Network Map of Tokyo Metro: (move cursor over subway line name to highlight a single line) . Instead. they are best used in combination with the Toei subway lines and the urban JR lines. While the nine Tokyo Metro lines provide access to many of Tokyo's city centers and tourist attractions.
several Tokyo Metro lines provide through service onto other companies' railway lines rather than terminating at their final stations: y y y y y y y Fares: Hibiya Line: to Tobu Isesaki Line and Tokyu Toyoko Line Tozai Line: to JR Sobu Line. Toyo Rapid Railway and JR Chuo Line Chiyoda Line: to JR Joban Line and Odakyu Railway Yurakucho Line: to Tobu Tojo Line and Seibu Ikebukuro Line Hanzomon Line: to Tokyu Denentoshi Line and Tobu Isesaki Line Nanboku Line: to Tokyu Toyoko Line and Saitama Rapid Railway Fukutoshin Line: to Tobu Tojo Line and Seibu Ikebukuro Line .To provide more convenient connections between the suburbs and the city center.
Several suburban train lines commence at Shibuya Station. 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. especially teenagers. Even though a single train on the Yamanote Line is roughly 200 meters long. the Japan Rail Pass is not valid on subways. A day pass valid on both Tokyo Metro and Toei subway lines is available for 1000 yen. Harajuku is a shopping and entertainment district for young people. A one day pass for unlimited use of Tokyo Metro on one calendar day is available for 710 yen. Shinjuku Yoyogi Harajuku Shibuya . It is located in the middle of the large Shinjuku business. Suica and Pasmo prepaid cards can be used on Tokyo Metro. The north entrance of the Meiji Shrine can be accessed from Yoyogi Station. there are departures about every two to four minutes in each direction. Many suburban train lines commence at Shinjuku Station. because subways are not operated by JR. It is a circular line which connects Tokyo's major city centers. Shibuya is a large shopping and business district particularly popular among the younger generations. The main entrance to Meiji Shrine is located next to Harajuku Station. entertainment and shopping district. counter-clockwise order: Shinjuku Station is Japan's busiest train station. However. JR Yamanote Line The Yamanote Line is Tokyo's most important train line.Tokyo Metro fares range from 160 to 300 yen depending on how far you travel. A trip around the whole circle takes approximately one hour. Below are more details about the stations of the Yamanote Line starting and ending at Shinjuku in their actual.
The Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen trains stop at Shinagawa Station. Many suburban train lines commence at Ueno Station. Shiodome Shiosite and Hama Rikyu Gardens. Shimbashi is a large business area and the closest JR station to the Tsukiji Fish Market. TheUeno Park and the Ameyoko shopping street are located next to the station.Shinagawa is the closest JR station to Sengakuji Temple. Yurakucho Station is the closest JR station to the Sakuradamon entrance gate of the Imperial Palace and to the famous Ginzashopping and entertainment district. Many suburban train lines pass through or commence at Tokyo Station. Hamamatsucho is the closest JR station to the Tokyo Tower andZojoji Temple. Uguisudani Nippori . It is also the terminal station of the Tokyo Monorail. the Imperial Palace and the Imperial Palace East Gardens. The shinkansen trains to northern Japan stop at Ueno Station. Shimbashi Yurakucho Tokyo Kanda Akihabara Okachimachi Ueno Akihabara Station is located just next to Akihabara Electric Town. The Ameyoko shopping street starts at Okachimachi Station. a large shopping area for electronics. It is located in the prestigious Marunouchi business district.Ebisu Meguro Gotanda Osaki Shinagawa Tamachi Hamamatsucho Closest station to Yebisu Garden Place. Tokyo Station is the terminal station of all shinkansen lines. which connects central Tokyo with the domestic Haneda Airport.
buses serve as a secondary means of public transportation. Visit our highway bus page for more information on long distance bus travel. Mejiro Takadanobaba Shin-Okubo Shinjuku Local Buses This page is about local and short-distance buses in Japan and how to use them. Kyoto City Bus In Tokyo. Rikugien Garden is just south of Komagome Station. Several suburban train lines commence at Ikebukuro Station. complementing the train and subway networks. Osaka and some other large cities. buses are the main means of public transportation. . 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.
000 Yen . pick up a ticket from a small machine.500 .000 Yen over 20. and visit our page about package tours. linked by highway and long distance buses. In many cities or city centers. Of course. and exit through the rear door. you always pay the same price regardless of how far you travel.6. i. 4) When your stop is approaching. Major cities are. which you will later use to determine your fare. Single Traveler Low Budget Medium Budget High Budget 2.000 Yen 6. for example in central Kyoto. and there are different systems of ticketing depending on the company.000 . 3) A display above the driver shows the next stop and the fares for that stop in yen.000 Yen Two Travelers 5. To determine your fare. where you are supposed to enter through the front door. pay a flat fare when entering.500 . by introducing some sample budgets. 5) If you do not have the exact fare.20. Below is a description of the most common system. press one of the buttons on the wall to signal the driver that you wish to get off at the next stop.000 Yen over 12. View our suggested itineraries to see the sample budgets applied to specific itineraries.Buses also serve smaller towns.e.12. match the number on your ticket with the number and fare on the display.9. One US dollar is roughly 100 Yen. Click here for the current Yen exchange rates. 6) When getting off. 2) When entering. Sample daily budgets Not including cost for transportation. The most prominent exception are the Tokyo Metropolitan Buses. followed by notes about exceptions: 1) Enter the bus through the back door (or front door if there is only one door). furthermore. use the changing machine to get small coins. This means that you do not have to worry about steps 2) and 3) in the above description.500 Yen 9. put your ticket and the exact fare into the box next to the driver. Travel Budget This page is meant to give you a rough idea of the cost of individual travel in Japan. a flat fare applies. there are a few exceptions to the above outlined system. A number is printed on the ticket. the countryside and national parks.000 . How to use a bus Using buses in Japan can be intimidating to foreign tourists because there are usually few English displays or announcements.
Some tour packages (for individual travelers) include accommodation at quality Western style hotels at this price level. booking services likeHostelworld offer great deals.000 Yen per day Hotel breakfasts and breakfast buffets will usually cost you more than 1000 Yen.1. Breakfasts buffets in first-class hotels typically cost between 2000 and 3000 Yen. Furthermore. A stay at a ryokan with two meals included typically costs between 10. you can get rooms in good business hotels and inexpensive Western style hotels. For a room in a high class Western style hotel.7.500 Yen per night and person Dormitories and youth hostels. Low budget: 1. High budget: over 7.700 Yen per day Inexpensive lunch boxes are available in convenience stores and stands in railway stations . rice balls.000 and 30.000 Yen per person and night.500 Yen per day At this level. High budget: above 1.000 . etc.) or visit fast food restaurants like McDonald's or Mister Donut which offer inexpensive breakfasts.000 Yen per double room and night At this level.10. typically charge between 1500 and 3500 Yen per night and person. Medium budget: 3.000 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. nofrills minshukuand ryokan.000 to 50.500 . Lunch: Low budget: 400 . found in most cities and regions of Japan.000 Yen per double room and night Starting around 7000 Yen per person.3.500 .000 Yen per single room and night 5. Breakfast: Low budget: 200 .Accommodation: Check our accommodation page for more information on different accommodation types and corresponding price ranges. you typically pay 20. Medium budget: 500 . you will have to live from convenience store food (bread.000 Yen per single room and night over 10. you will find rooms in cheap business hotels and inexpensive.000 Yen per room and night.
French cuisine. so called teishoku. not including alcoholic drinks.1. sukiyaki. you will be able to enjoy a nice dinner at a wide range of fast food and conventional restaurants.and business districts.000 Yen per day Conventional restaurants are generally more expensive in the evening than during lunch time. also offer relatively filling meals for 700 Yen or less. Other options are again cheap fast food restaurants.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. Admission to large theme parks typically cost around 5000 . curry.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). including the restaurants found in department stores where meals typically cost between 1000 and 2000 Yen. Medium budget: 700 . kaiseki ryori. for around 1000 Yen. Dinner: Low budget: 400 . Most museums and castles charge about 200-1000 Yen per person.700 Yen per day Convenience stores sell various. Sightseeing: Low budget: 0 .2. Most shrines and some temples do not charge admission fees. domburior hamburger. Calculate 5000 Yen upwards per person for a dinner at upper class restaurants specializing in sushi. High budget: above 1. etc.000 Yen per day Some museums and attractions (usually outstanding ones or tourist traps) charge between 1000 and 3000 Yen per person. Various fast food restaurants. At this level. Medium budget: 500 .000 Yen per day With 3000 Yen per person you will be able to have a good dinner at a wide range ofrestaurants. steaks.1. Medium budget: 700 .500 Yen per day Japan offers many free attractions. inexpensive ready-to-eat meals. as there are no lunch specials. High budget: above 1.200 Yen per day A lunch at most conventional restaurants cost typically between 1000 and 3000 Yen. High budget: above 2. specializing in noodles. plus restaurants which offer lunch set special. A few museums charge no admission on one day of the week or month.
especially if plan your route wisely. Day passes. Budget Travel .Sightseeing . but they are more convenient to use. Rental outlets are usually found around the train station. 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. do not provide any discounts over regular tickets. While some day passes are good deals. rban Transportation Cost on urban transportation can generally be reduced by planning out your route wisely. The cost for a 7 day Japan Rail Pass. Transportation: Low budget: Highway buses. Thereby you can walk in between sights and minimize subway and bus travel. All budgets: Travelers of all budgets should consider purchasing a Japan Rail Pass or a regional rail pass. if you take advantage of the various discount offers. Over long distances. Basic mamachari type bicycle are usually the only type of bicycle available.Yen per day. such as Suica and Icoca. As a result. regular tickets and prepaid cards Day passes are available for most major Japanese cities. domestic flights can be as economical as a rail pass. regular tickets are not rarely cheaper than day passes. Bicycles A rental bicycle can be a convenient and economical way of exploring small to medium sized cities. Rates vary widely but are typically a few hundred yen per hour or 500 to 1000 yen per day. roughly corresponds to the cost of a single return trip from Tokyo to Kyoto by shinkansen. Prepaid cards. try to concentrate on just one part of the city instead of zigzagging around town. city districts or rural towns. Two and three week passes are even more cost-effective. many others require you to do a lot of traveling before they pay off. for example. On each day.
Meiji Shrine.While Japan has plenty of enjoyable sightseeing attractions that are free. as it is easy to find a wide selection of cheap. hotels tend to have various meal plans. manga kissa and capsule hotels often include a complementary light breakfast. Many restaurants offer inexpensive set menus (teishoku) for around 1000 yen during the lunch hours. Finally.Food Convenience stores are the budget traveler's friends It is not necessary to starve yourself to save money when traveling in Japan. Higher class restaurants also have less expensive lunch options. Imperial Palace and East Gardens. most museums. while lunch boxes (bento) are available for around 500 yen or less. consider hotel and tour packages that include meals with the stay. temples. quality meals throughout the country. consider making lunch your main meal of the day.castles and gardens charge an admission of at least a few hundred yen. Yet there are a variety of discounts that can decrease your sightseeing expenses a little bit. Akihabara and Ginza. Free Sightseeing Below is a list of popular sightseeing spots and activities that do not cost admission: Tokyo Tsukiji Market. and business hotels. . Also when shopping around for accommodation. Harajuku. making it a great way to check out places that may otherwise be outside of your budget. Minshuku and ryokan usually include both dinner and breakfast. observation deck of the Tokyo Government Office and people watching and window shopping in bustlingShinjuku. Shibuya. Budget Travel . The extremely budget conscious could thrive on as little as 1500 to 2000 yen per day on food without sacrificing much variety or their health. Sensoji Temple.
Sukiya. drinks. While easily found in the suburbs and smaller towns. sweets. sushi.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. Hanamaru Udon. the quality of many food items is surprisingly high. and the Hokka Hokka Tei and Hotto Motto lunch box chains. alcohol and prepared foods. curry or boxed meals (bento). Coco's. Note that many supermarkets begin to mark down their unsold lunch items around 14:00 and their other prepared foods from around 19:00. The cost of a meal rarely exceeds 1000 yen per person. Imported foods are also widely available. resulting in inexpensive meals always being close at hand. as well as many Japanese chains that specialize in one type of dish such as gyudon. noodles. alcohol and other drinks. but expect them to be more expensive than back home. yet still offer a quality selection of inexpensive meals. bakery items. Thanks to the fierce competition between convenience store chains. seafood. Discounts start off at a modest 10 to 20 percent. Royal Host and Denny's offer a wide variety of Western and Japanese dishes. Chains such as Gusto. Coco Curry House. canned and dry foods. soba. Family Restaurants Family restaurants are another type of restaurant that are a modest step up from fast food establishments. Supermarkets Japanese supermarkets are comparable to those found in Western countries and offer much of the same items including fresh fruits and vegetables. Convenience stores offer a selection of fresh sandwiches and rice balls (onigiri).udon. 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. snacks. (normally priced) supermarkets are rare in the centers of large cities. . Many supermarkets also discount fruits and vegetables that are either blemished. and can be found virtually anywhere in Japan. and Matsuya gyudon chains. lunch boxes. while Saizeriya is popular for its cheap and filling Italian food and Bamiyan for its Chinese dishes. Low budget conveyor belt sushi chains could also be listed under this category. ramen. meat. overripe or otherwise not fit for sale at full price. but progressively increase until closing and may end up as high as 50 to 70 percent.
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. behind which the sushi chef is working. Restaurants A large number of restaurant types can be found in Japan. deep fried breaded pork cutlets. where the sushi dishes are presented to the customers on a conveyor belt. Kaiten-zushi tends to be less expensive than usual sushi-ya. Alcoholic Drinks Explore Japan's unique lineup of alcoholic drinks that are cheaper than beer. each being associated with a certain price of typically 100 to 500 yen. such as gyoza and fried rice. The menu often changes slightly with the seasons. 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. Okonomiyaki-ya Okonomiyaki-ya specialize in okonomiyaki and sometimes monjayaki. Chinese style noodles served in a soup with various toppings. shochu (distilled spirit made from rice. Alcoholic drinks tend to be cheapest at liquor stores. Ramen-ya Ramen-ya specialize in ramen dishes. In the end. 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. Customers are usually y y y y y y y . such as imitation beer (happoshu and 3rd genre beer). Every ramen-ya has developed its own soup. the most crucial ingredient for a restaurant's success. the number of plates is counted to determine the cost. are usually also available at a ramen-ya. Kare-ya Kare-ya are restaurants that specialize in curry rice (kare raisu) dishes. Kaiten-zushi Kaiten-zushi are sushi restaurants. with hiyashi (cold) noodles popular in summer and nabeyaki (hot) udon popular in winter. There is usually at least one kare-ya and one ramen-ya inside or around any major railway station. Soba-ya Soba-ya specialize in soba and udon noodle dishes. Gyudon-ya tend to be inexpensive fast food style restaurants. customers can sit either at a normal table or at a counter (sushi bar). wheat or sugar cane) or chuhai (shochu based cocktails with various flavors). Korokke and other deep fried dishes are also available at many tonkatsu-ya. Tonkatsu-ya Tonkatsu-ya serve tonkatsu. sweet potatoes. Most noodle dishes come either cooled with a dipping sauce or in a hot soup and with different toppings.Business Districts and Train Stations Especially during lunch hours the competition is fierce among restaurants in large business districts. y Sushi-ya Sushi-ya are restaurants which specialize in sushi. Gyudon-ya Gyudon-ya specialize in gyudon (beef domburi). There are usually a few kinds of plates (differing in color or pattern). In most sushi-ya. 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. Several other dishes of Chinese origin. convenience stores and supermarkets.
It is probably the most popular restaurant type among the Japanese people. Unagi-ya Unagi-ya specialize in unagi (fresh water eel) dishes such as unajuu and unadon (unagidomburi). such as robata (grilled food). and the people at one table usually share all dishes. rather than ordering and eating individually. y y . Teishoku-ya Teishoku-ya are restaurants that sell teishoku (set menus). grilled chicken skewers. a bowl of cooked rice and small side dishes. Along with ramen-ya. Teishoku-ya are especially numerous in business areas and popular during lunch time. salads and finger food. A set menu usually consists of a main dish such as a fried fish. Izakaya tend to be informal.y y y y preparing their okonomiyaki by themselves on a hot plate which is built into the table. Sukiyaki-ya Sukiyaki-ya specialize in sukiyaki and shabu-shabu. Tempura-ya Tempura-ya specialize in tempura dishes. and the difference to family restaurants is small. They are particularly popular among salarymen after work. They tend to be expensive and are not very numerous. Shokudo also offer a variety of dishes. Yakitori-ya Yakitori-ya specialize in yakitori. Chinese and Japanese dishes in order to please all family members. Family Restaurant and Shokudo Family restaurants (famiresu) offer a variety of Western. 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. the term is not commonly used anymore. they are also popular places to go as a late night snack after drinking. such as tendon (tempura domburi) and assorted tempura. y Izakaya Izakaya are drinking places that offer a variety of small dishes. however.
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. Italian Restaurants Italian cuisine is very popular across Japan. Indonesian and Vietnamese food. as well as American style fast food enjoys a great popularity among the Japanese. The dishes served at yoshoku-ya are heavily Japanized Western dishes. Other popular Korean dishes such as bibimba are also usually available at a yakiniku-ya. Yoshoku-ya Yoshoku-ya specialize in yoshoku ryori (Western Food). where small pieces of meat are cooked on a grill at the table. while others offer more authentic Chinese food. but also various Japanese chain stores such as Mos Burger and Lotteria. Hamburger Fast Food There are many hamburger fast food restaurants across Japan. y Yakiniku-ya Yakiniku-ya specialize in Korean style barbecue. Chinese and Italian cooking. Many Italian restaurants have Japanese flavored pasta dishes on their menus besides conventional dishes. Ethnic Cuisine In Japan.Family Restaurant Foreign Cuisine Many restaurants in Japan specialize in a foreign cuisine. Especially Korean. They include major American chain stores such as McDonald's. Many of them serve slightly Japanized Chinese dishes. such as Thai. ethnic cuisine means South East Asian food. Chinese Restaurants There are many Chinese restaurants in Japan. such as omuraisu and hayashiraisu. such as cakes and ice cream. .
Karaage Rotensho Convenience Stores More than 40. Rotensho are food stands that are temporarily constructed for festivals and other large events. Yatai and Rotensho Yatai are movable food stalls that can be found along busy streets. can be found across Japan. bread. The stores also sell all kinds of hot and cold beverages including soda. Strong competition between the major operators.000 convenience stores. Kaiseki Ryori and Ryotei Kaiseki Ryori may be called "Japanese haute cuisine". snacks and sweets. candy. microwave meals and hot foods like fried chicken. water. Lawson and Family Mart. expensive and exclusive Japanese restaurants for business banquets and similar events. sport . such asonigiri (rice balls). It is a refined cooking style related to thetea ceremony. sandwiches. Goods offered Convenience stores primarily sell food including a large range of meals. such as Seven Eleven. coffee. can be heated up by the store staff. Coffee chain stores such as Starbucks are also quite numerous. such as onigiri. nikuman and oden. They sometimes include seating space inside a tent. chips. It can be enjoyed at special kaiseki ryori restaurants or at ryotei. tea.y y besides beverages.Okonomiyaki. Some cold foods. which emphasizes concepts such as simplicity and elegance. Dishes commonly offered at yatai include oden and ramen. Most convenience stores are open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. instant ramen. known as konbini. takoyaki and yakisoba are just a few of the many dishes commonly sold at rotensho. constantly produces new innovative products and services and makes Japanese convenience stores truly convenient. obento (lunch boxes).
have a toilet. blank CDs and tapes. can be paid at convenience stores. Many convenience stores also sell alcoholic beverages including beer. it is possible to drop off or pick up deliveries (takuhaibin). Other goods available include body care products. concerts. nihonshu. Delivery Services: At many stores. magazines and comics. batteries. Ticket Reservations: Tickets for sport events. is also available. milk and vitamin drinks. theme parks. Bill Payment: Many bills. A limited range of postal services. except at 7-Eleven.drinks. the prints will be ready instantly or can be picked up later. shochu and wine. such as parcels or luggage. Depending on the store. juice. y y y y y Below is a sample layout of a typical Japanese convenience store: Supermarkets . newspapers. Foreign credit and debit cards are usually not recognized by the ATMs found in convenience stores. Digital Camera Prints: You can get prints of digital pictures by inserting your camera's memory card into the multi-purpose terminal. umbrellas. cosmetics. Copier/Fax: A copy machine and fax is available at most convenience stores. 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. highway buses and othertravel services can be purchased at the multi-purpose terminal. The selection changes frequently and often varies by season as well. Services offered Convenience stores also offer a wide range of services. particularly outside of the city centers. Some stores. including utility. such as the sale of post cards and stamps. chuhai. If not the ATM. it is usually the copy machine which serves as the store's multi-purpose terminal. happoshu. cell phone and insurance bills.
In order to counter tax changes that reclassified the malt content of beer and subsequently raised the price of happoshu. are a common activity that are used to strengthen both social and business ties. dairy products. It has a similar flavor and alcohol content as beer. Happoshu Happoshu (lit. Drinking parties. this beer-like beverage contains no malt. Also see our page about convenience stores. nevertheless. happoshu is taxed differently than beer and is consequently sold at a lower price. Some of the most popular ones are: Beer Beer is the most popular alcoholic drink in Japan. instead using pea. alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages and household articles. but it is made with less malt. soya. They offer all kinds of goods such as fresh fruits and vegetables. they are rarely cheaper. A large variety of alcoholic beverages can be found in Japan. bread. Suntory and Sapporo. pickled. A visit to such a food department is a highly recommended experience. meat. "sparkling alcohol". . tofu. lighter taste. The packages and portions in Japanese supermarkets are usually smaller than comparable packages sold in Europe or North America in particular. fresh seafood. Kirin. snacks. or wheat spirits. Also the cashier system is well organized and efficient. Traditional Japanese foodstuffs. Alcoholic Beverages Drinking plays an important role in Japanese society. which gives it a different. typically held at restaurants and izakaya. Third beer "Third beer" (also known as "Shin Janru" or "New Genre") is the most recent development in the Japanese beer industry. also known as low-malt beer) is a relatively recent invention by Japanese brewing companies. The art of brewing beer was imported in the early Meiji Period from Germany as a development project for the northern island of Hokkaido. can be relatively inexpensive. Also due to the lower malt content.Modern Japanese supermarkets are organized much in the same way as their Western counterparts. dried and canned food. on the other hand. Beautiful food departments are usually located in the basement floors of most department stores. ready-to-eat meals. The leading breweries are Asahi. The goods are usually beautifully presented and of excellent quality.
While imported red. and sparkling wines from France. nihonshu or sake (note that "sake" is also the general Japanese term for alcohol) is brewed using rice. 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. fruit juice and sparkling water. Shochu. there also exists a sizable and increasing domestic wine industry. mixed with soda. water and white koji mold as the main ingredients. peach.Rice Wine (nihonshu or sake) Commonly called sake outside of Japan. It is drunk either hot or cold. grapefruit. it is also easily found anywhere alcohol is sold. Besides major brands. . The alcohol content of nihonshu is typically about 10-20%. ume. Recent ones include winter pear. and mikan (mandarin orange). Its sweet. especially among women. sweet potatoes. pineapple. juice-like flavor and aroma can appeal to those who normally dislike alcohol. Common flavors include lemon. white. The most famous wine producing region within Japan is Yamanashi Prefecture. Commonly made at home. Plum wine (umeshu) Umeshu is made of Japanese plums (ume). wheat and/or sugar cane. They are usually shochu based. Chuhai Chuhai (the name is derived from "shochu highball") are fruitflavored alcoholic drinks with an alcohol content that ranges between 5-8 percent. lime. Wine Wine is gaining popularity in Japan. Italy. and are available in cans anywhere alcohol is sold. and it is usually filtered although unfiltered nihonshu (nigorizake) is also popular. or as an umeshu sawa (umeshu sour). It is usually served on the rocks. there are countless local rice wines (jizake). sugar. It is commonly made from rice. or oolong tea. the United States and Australia are widely available. It is usually served mixed with water and ice. and nashi (Japanese pear). Awamori Shochu is a distilled spirit with an alcohol content usually between 20-40 percent. In addition there are many seasonal flavors that come and go. Awamori is the Okinawan version of shochu. fruity. and shochu or nihonshu.
while at CDs it is usually only possible to withdraw money. Only theinternational ATMs found in post offices and in a few major department stores and airports accept foreign credit and debit cards. but avoid using "chin chin" when making a toast. Most ATMs and CDs are unavailable on weekends and during the night. While it is considered bad manners to become obviously drunk in some formal restaurants. An inkan (personal stamp) or signature is also needed. a foreigner requires to present his/her Alien Registration Card. the same as for purchasing tobacco products. department stores. if someone wants to serve you. which is usually "kampai". In order to open an account at a Japanese bank. As a traveler in Japan. These customs apply to everyone in your party even if they are not drinking alcohol. deposit and transfer money and pay bills. rather than serving yourself. hold it up for the person while they pour. The machines found in convenience stores. are often available around the clock. . Likewise. Japanese banks offer automatic teller machines (ATM) and cash dispensers (CD). convenience stores. the document any foreigner needs to apply for when staying in Japan for more than 90 days. 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. as long as you do not bother other guests. Gin and vodka based drinks are also commonly available at bars. which are issued outside of Japan. and then take at least one drink before putting the glass down. ATMs. and replenish them before they are empty. At ATMs one can pay withdraw. debit and ATM cards. The legal drinking age is 20 years old. restaurants. it is customary to serve one another. the same is not true for other types of restaurants such as izakaya. you should drink to make room in your glass if it is full. since in Japanese this expression refers to the male genitalia. Telephone and utilities bills can be paid at banks. Alcoholic beverages are sold in supermarkets. Drinking Manners When drinking alcoholic beverages. be aware that most Japanese ATMs do not accept foreign credit cards. and izakaya. ATMs Many automatic teller machines (ATMs) in Japan do not accept credit.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. Banks Japanese banks are usually open Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 15:00. post offices and at some convenience stores. for example. You should periodically check your friends' glasses. liquor stores (sakaya) and at vending machines (although machines in public shut off after 11PM). for example in restaurants that serve kaiseki ryori (Japanese haute cuisine). Other toasts are acceptable. but the number of 24h ATMs is increasing.
000 post offices and over 10.The big exception are the ATMs found at the over 20. American Express and JCB cards and provide an English user menu. 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. ATMs at 7-Eleven stores are available 24 hours per day on every day of the year. Shibuya Office and the central offices of Osaka. in major department stores and in Citibank and Shinsei Bank branches. international ATMs can be found at international airports. Tsuwano Post Office Taketomi Post Office In addition to the ATMs at post offices and 7-Eleven convenience stores. suspecting a fraud. Cell Phones in Japan . Notify your bank that you are going to use your card overseas. Mastercard. Remember your card's secret 4-digit PIN. In order to use international ATMs. from major post offices (typically 7:00 to 23:00. including Visa. shorter hours on weekends) to medium sized offices (typically 8:00 to 20:00. Postal ATM operating hours then decrease proportionally to the size of the post office. Maestro. 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). These ATMs allow you to withdraw cash by credit and debit cards issued outside of Japan. only the central offices of major cities offer a 24 hour/7 days a week ATM service. Shinjuku Office. Plus. Cirrus. In case of post offices. including theTokyo Central Office.000 7Elevenconvenience stores across the country. closed on weekends). possibly closed on Sundays) to minor offices (typically 9:00 and 16:00. however. since many banks will block a card which is suddenly used abroad. shorter hours on weekends. Inquire what fees and daily and/or monthly limits are associated with international withdrawals.
Mobile phones Japan is a leader in mobile phone technology and usage with about 75% of the population owning one. Mobile phones are everywhere. au by KDDI. mobile phones from your home country may not work in Japan. The biggest mobile phone companies in Japan are NTT Docomo. There are two things that are required for your telephone to work: 1. Free incoming calls. You can rent OR buy a Japan cell phone BEFORE your departure! Click above link. Compatibility with the Japanese mobile phone network .The only foreign phones that work in Japan are some 3G models. Rentafone Japan We provide a cheap and convenient cell phone rental service for shortterm visitors to Japan. but are charged international roaming rates which tend to be expensive. Docomo is the most popular company with about 50 million subscribers.Mobile phone display racks at an electronics store. Most importantly. there is no GSM network. Au is next with about 30 million subscribers. while Softbank has about 15 million subscribers. Free shipping. and they are constantly getting new features such as internet browsers. games. Check the cost-comparison link on our home page. however the number of compatible phones is increasing. Do foreign phones work in Japan? Due to different technologies. with a rental SIM card (from a Japanese provider) you use your own phone with a Japanese phone number and lower rates. and before that J-phone). electronic wallets/train passes. televisions. gps/navigation and music players. cameras. Do Japanese phones work outside of Japan? . Contact your service provider for details concerning your particular phone. 2. Low call rates. 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. International roaming plan or rental SIM card .With an international roaming plan (from your home service provider) you use your own phone and number. so GSM phones do not work. and Softbank (formerly Vodafone. Alternatively.
although while overseas some of their advanced functions will likely not work. and typically requires a picture ID and a credit card. incoming calls are free and outgoing calling rates are comparable to those of rental phones. but the display phones are non-working plastic samples. You can return the phones at the airport or through the maildepending on the company. internet. 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. Phone numbers remain active as long as you have valid credit in your account. while some companies offer discounts for advanced reservations. The fees for rental phones vary and usually consist of the rental fee (typically 250-1000 yen per day) plus a usage fee (typically 70-200 yen per minute domestic outgoing. which is used for outgoing calls. a Japanese Passport. email. Typical proof can be in the form of a Japanese driver's license. while other companies will mail a phone to your hotel or to your home. must be purchased in advance. Some stores will accept foreign passports along with a hotel address as verification. Generally speaking it is not possible to use a Japanese phone with a foreign service provider due to network differences and because the handsets are locked. Japanese phones are designed at a hardware and software level to work with only a particular network. All of the companies at the airports have same day rentals. With most companies. 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 is typically valid for 60 days from activation. Credit can be bought at cell phone stores and convenience stores. Japanese carriers do not unlock handsets. or an alien registration card. Prepaid phones start around 5000 yen. but .Many phones that are sold in Japan can operate on 3G and GSM networks (only in certain countries) with the appropriate international roaming plans. phone sellers must now verify the identity and place of residence of their buyers. incoming calls are free). Also. Credit. etc. depending on what features your phone supports. There are phones to suit every style. Prepaid Phones Due to past criminal abuse of prepaid phones. How to get a mobile phone: Rental Phones Renting is the most economical way for the average traveler to get a phone. Many companies have kiosks at the airports.
Tokyo's tallest building. Tokyo is the best place to experience modern. a futuristic entertainment and shopping district on a man made island. Alternatively. just 15 minutes by train from Tokyo Station. Shinjuku In Shinjuku. There. Shinjuku Start the day with a visit to the Imperial Palace and its East Gardens. Explore centrally locatedSensoji Temple and the surrounding streets. a nice landscape garden at the Tokyo Bay waterfront. Suggested schedules Two full days are required in order to gain a superficial feel for Japan's capital. Imperial Palace. for a . urban Japan. an elevated train across the Rainbow Bridge onto a man made island in Tokyo Bay. Then. 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. the phone may be purchased at full price in which case service is available on a month-to-month contract. Subscription plans are only available to residents and require an alien registration card and a Japanese bank account. Half day schedules: Old Tokyo Visit the excellent Edo-Tokyo Museum about Tokyo's history. From Hama Rikyu it is just a few steps to the elegant skyscrapers of Shiodome. visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office. Shibuya. 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 nearbyMeiji Shrine and take the Yamanote Line to Shinjuku. All the latest and most advanced phones are available with subscription plans and the selection of handsets is huge. Then. Full day schedules: From Asakusa to Odaiba: Old and new Tokyo Start in Asakusa. where you can hop onto the Yurikamome elevated train over the rainbow bridge to Odaiba. Phones may be free or subsidized although that typically requires a 2 year service contract.will expire after three months to a year without use. explore the nearby Asakusa area around Sensoji Temple where a touch of the old Tokyo can still be experienced. Spend the evening there. Tokyo Disney Resort Tokyo Disney Resort. consists of two separate theme parks: Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. visit the shopping and entertainment attractions and view the futuristic architecture and landscape design around Odaiba and Tokyo Big Sight. Afterwards. Futuristic Tokyo From Shimbashi Station take the Yurikamome. At least one week to get to know it more intimately. take the boat on the Sumida River from Asakusa to Hama Rikyu. In the afternoon.
experience the notorious Kabukicho entertainment district. two hours west of Tokyo. In the evening. at least two days are recommended. It makes a perfect one-day trip from Tokyo. is the site of the famous Nikko Toshogu Shrine. the mausoleum of one of Japan's most influential personalities. The shrines and temples of Nikko can be seen in a one day trip from Tokyo. because the city retains some of the architecture and atmosphere of past centuries. For some contrast. which have disappeared in Tokyo itself due to earthquakes. but an overnight stay at a ryokan with hot spring is recommended. a spacious city park. Side trips: Kamakura Kamakura. a few historic sites and many hot springs. Then take a look at Japan's busiest train station and surrounding department stores. offering beautiful nature. Tokyo's most expensive and famous shopping district. take a break in the Shinjuku Gyoen. Imperial Palace. two hours north of Tokyo. Hakone can be visited in a one day trip. Ginza Visit Imperial Palace and its East Gardens before exploring Ginza. Hakone Hakone is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Meiji Jingu Shibuya and Harajuku are the most popular shopping and entertainment districts of Tokyo's young generations. Nikko Nikko. located in a spacious wooded park just next to Harajuku Station. Shibuya. is full of historic temples and shrines. Kawagoe Kawagoe. 30 minutes from Ikebukuro. Harajuku. is called "Little Edo" (Edo is the former name of Tokyo). It makes a good one-day trip from Tokyo. one hour south of Tokyo. . wars and redeveleopment. only half an hour south of Tokyo. To escape the crowds. visit Meiji Shrine.free bird's eye view of the city. Yokohama Yokohama is Japan's second most populated city. but if you also wish to visit Nikko's beautiful national park. good views of Mount Fuji.
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