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Tsukiji Fish Market

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19 sights in Tokyo

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"Turret trucks" transporting goods around the market

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

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

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

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

Tuna Auction

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

Wholesale Area

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

Outer Market

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

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

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

Akihabara has been serving as the terminal station of the Tsukuba Express since August 2005. A duty free floor can be found in store number one. The stores are numbered from 1 to 14 plus the main store and the Kakuta branch.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. the Pasokon branch for PCs and the Game One and Soft One to Three branches for CDs. Furthermore. . which specialize in used computers. A brand new railway line. Number One branch and Ekimae branch for electronic equipment. 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. 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). Ishimaru Denki Open daily 10:00 to 20:00 Operating ten stores across Akihabara. DVDs. including the Main Store. games and anime related goods. Sofmap Open daily 11:00 to 21:00.

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

Koishikawa Korakuen # 38 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Koishikawa Korakuen is one of Tokyo's oldest and most beautiful Japanese landscape gardens. Koishikawa Korakuen is attractive during all seasons of the year. Like most traditional Japanese gardens. but particularly so in the second half of November. 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. 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 . when the fall colors appear. It was built by close relatives of the Tokugawa Shogun in the early Edo Period. stones. during the plum festival in late February and when the beautiful weeping cherry tree near the garden's entrance is in full bloom. using a pond. Koishikawa Korakuen attempts to reproduce famous landscapes from China and Japan in miniature. plants and a man made hill.

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

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

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. today's Ginza district was the site of a silver coin mint (Ginza means "silver mint" inJapanese). Most shops in the Ginza district are open everyday of the week. night clubs and cafes. making it one of the most expensive real estate in Japan.The Ginza is Tokyo's most famous upmarket shopping. restaurants. 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). dining and entertainment district. after which the district was eventually named. art galleries. featuring numerous department stores. . A visit is most pleasant on a weekend afternoon. The Ginza evolved as an upmarket shopping district following the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake. One square meter of land in the district's center is worth over ten million yen. boutiques. Chuo Dori street on a weekend afternoon From 1612 to 1800. when the central Chuo Dori street gets closed to traffic and become a large pedestrian zone.

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The facade and interior of the new theater will resemble the previous structure. Kabukiza Theater Undergoing reconstruction and closed to the public until 2013 Kabuki pieces were performed in this theater until April 2010. 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. Although there are no English explanations.Ginza Wako Shops: 10:30 to 18:00 Restaurants: 10:30 to 21:00 (some variation between restaurants) Built in 1932. however) Located just outside of the Ginza area to the north. jewelry and luxury items are sold. cameras. mobile phones. displays such as historical uniforms and equipment can be easily understood. computers and Play Station products. televisions. the clock tower of the Ginza Wako building is the symbol of the Ginza. Inside the building. The theater is now being torn down and rebuilt at the base of a new skyscraper. Sony Building Showroom and shops: 11:00 to 19:00 Restaurants: typically 11:30 to 21:30 The newest products by Sony. are displayed to the public in the showrooms in this building. including DVD recorders. audio sets.restaurants and cafes. the four floor Police Museum is operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department and is free of charge. standing at the northwest corner of the district's centrally located Ginza 4-Chome junction of Chuo and Harumi Dori. The new theater is scheduled to open in spring 2013. There are also a few shops. Department Stores .

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shibuya # 2 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Shibuya is one of the twenty-three city wards of Tokyo. two competing corporations. Shibuya is one of Tokyo's most colorful and busy districts and birthplace to many of Japan's fashion and entertainment trends. 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. 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). Most of the area's large department and fashion stores belong to either Tokyuor Seibu. but often refers to just the popular shopping and entertainment area around Shibuya Station.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. . but it was discontinued in December of 2009. Togo Shrine Closed: No closing days Admission: Free Togo Shrine is a Shinto shrine dedicated to Admiral Togo. but a similarly sized temporary building is being used just around the corner. Empress Shoken. Barbie and Hello Kitty are on sale alongside new characters and creations. 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. The public store makes up five of the building's ten floors. which are designed as a stack of trunks rather than conventional floors. The store's original six floor shop directly along Omotesando is currently undergoing renovations. 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 majority of the shrine grounds are composed of a beautiful. who defeated the Russian fleet in the Russo-Japanese War in1905.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. Major toy brands like Disney. Kiddy Land has a fantastic selection of toys and other products to amuse kids. It is one of many famous brand names that have opened a store along Omotesando. Emperor Meiji was a popular emperor who reigned from 1867 to 1912.

featuring wide lawns. which is open to the public. It is a great place for jogging. Exhibits are changed every month.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.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 (more details) Please see the NHK Studiopark page for details on hours and admission. China and Korea. 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. may vary according to exhibition The small and elegant Ota Memorial Museum of Art exhibits selected ukiyo-e paintings and prints from the vast collection of the late Mr. Ota Seizo. ponds and forested areas. It gives visitors a chance to look behind the scenes of television broadcasting. picnicking and other outdoor activities. Ota Memorial Museum of Art 10:30 to 17:30 Closed: Mondays (or next day if Monday is a national holiday). including the production of a live program on most days. NHK Studiopark is a part of the NHK Broadcasting Center. which comprises of more than 10. Yoyogi Koen (Yoyogi Park) is one of Tokyo's largest and most pleasant city parks. New Year Admission: Typically 700 yen.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From Narita Airport Check our airport page for details.July: Hozuki are ground cherries. Click here to read more about Hanetsuki and the Hagoita Market. 160 yen). 160 yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes. Inside the main hall How to get there Sensoji Temple is a few steps from Asakusa Station.Beyond the Hozomon main gate stands the temple's main building and a five storied pagoda. a traditional game that resembles badminton. Various events are held throughout the year in the Sensoji Temple area.May: one of Tokyo's three major festivals. From Tokyo Station Take the JR Yamanote Line to Kanda Station (2 minutes. built in the year 1649 by Tokugawa Iemitsu can be found close by the temple's main building. TheAsakusa Shrine. From Shinjuku Station Take the orange JR Chuo Line to Kanda Station (10 minutes. 160 yen). Some of them are: y y y y y Sanja Matsuri (more details) . Hozuki-ichi (Hozuki Market) . served by the Ginza Subway Line.August Tokyo Jidai Matsuri . a typical summer plant in Japan. Asakusa Subway Line and Tobu Railways. Hagoita-ichi (Hagoita Market) . Asakusa Samba Carnival . 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: .November: a festival commemorating the history of Tokyo and the Edo culture. 130 yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes.December: Hagoita is the wooden paddle used in Hanetsuki.

Construction is currently ongoing on the Tokyo Sky Tree. and the world's tallest self-supporting steel tower. Separate entrance fees apply. 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. 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. It is recommended to combine a visit to Tokyo Tower with a visit to Zojoji Temple. Under good weather conditions. and serves as a television and radio broadcast antenna and tourist attraction. It was completed in the year 1958 as a symbol for Japan's rebirth as a major economic power. Orientation in Tokyo Hours and Fees Hours: 9:00 to 22:00 Closed: No closing days Admission: 1420 yen (to top floor). an almost twice as tall new broadcast antenna in northern Tokyo. one of Tokyo's major temples. You can also walk there from Hamamatsucho Station on the JR Yamanote and JR Keihin-Tohoku Line in about 15 minutes. 820 yen (to intermediate floor only) Odaiba # 12 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited .Southern Tokyo (Shinagawa. just next to the tower. The 634 meter tall new landmark is scheduled to open to the public in spring 2012. 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. Minato) Tokyo Tower With 333 meters. Mount Fuji can be seen in the distance. the Eiffel Tower of Paris.

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

and holidays 11:00 to 22:30). the food theme park "Daiba Little Hong Kong" and "Tokyo Joypolis".567 Yen. Museum admission: 700 yen. Two actual ships.Decks Tokyo Beach Decks is a shopping mall featuring various stores. There are nice views of the Rainbow Bridge from the wooden deck in front of Aquacity and neighboring Decks. Closed Mondays and from Dec 28 to Jan 1. Open daily 10:00 to 17:00 (weekends and holidays until 18:00). Admission is 500 yen (400 yen in combination with a Yurikamome day pass). which are fed by actual hot spring water from a depth of 1400 meters. the admission is 1. information technology. cafes and a 13 screen cinema complex. Once a month Oedo onsen closes early at 11pm for maintenance (admission until 9pm). Aquacity Odaiba Aquacity is a shopping mall featuring various stores. Museum of Maritime Science Housed in a cruise ship shaped building. robots (starring Asimo among others). Telecom Center The Telecom Center is a major hub on the information highway with several large satellite antennas on its observation deck. Open daily 11:00 to 21:00 (food court until 21:00.575 yen applies if you stay after 2am. You can enjoy various types of baths. An overnight stay supplement of 1. boutiques. including the Yotei Maru ocean liner. boutiques. restaurants open until 23:00 or later). which reproduces the atmosphere of the Edo Period (1603-1868). Admission is free. Open daily 11:00 to 21:00 (some stores and restaurants remain open until 22:00 or 23:00). are moored in front of the museum. except to Tokyo Joypolis (500 yen). Combined admission to the museum and Yotei Maru is 1000 yen. Closed Tuesdays and from Dec 28 to Jan 1 (Open Tuesdays during the summer holidays or if Tuesday is a public holiday). Closed Mondays (closed on Tuesday instead if Monday is a public holiday). restaurants. National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation This well done. this is a hot spring theme park. the Museum of Maritime Science displays seafaring related exhibits from the past and future. Admission is 2827 yen (1987 yen if you enter after 6pm). Open daily from 11am to 9am (no entry between 2am and 5am. . three floors packed with the newest arcade games and more. Oedo Onsen Monogatari Opened in March 2003. cafes. highly interactive and bilingual science museum includes exhibits about environmental issues. biology and space exploration. Sundays. restaurants. If you enter between 5am and 7am. Admission: 600 yen. Open daily 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30). last entry 7am). The observation deck is open from 15:00 to 21:00 (Saturdays. The observation deck also offers nice view of the bay area and as far as Mount Fuji on clear days.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Transportation
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.

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

Station from the year 2012. they alone do not provide the perfect solution for getting around Tokyo. Instead. Simplified Network Map of Tokyo Metro: (move cursor over subway line name to highlight a single line) . 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. especially the JR Yamanote 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 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.

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

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

Rikugien Garden is just south of Komagome Station. . 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. complementing the train and subway networks. buses are the main means of public transportation. Several suburban train lines commence at Ikebukuro Station. 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. Osaka and some other large cities. Kyoto City Bus In Tokyo.

and visit our page about package tours. the countryside and national parks. 3) A display above the driver shows the next stop and the fares for that stop in yen. there are a few exceptions to the above outlined system.000 Yen over 12. 2) When entering. by introducing some sample budgets. you always pay the same price regardless of how far you travel. pick up a ticket from a small machine.000 Yen . Of course. Single Traveler Low Budget Medium Budget High Budget 2. match the number on your ticket with the number and fare on the display.000 .000 Yen over 20. Sample daily budgets Not including cost for transportation. put your ticket and the exact fare into the box next to the driver.e. use the changing machine to get small coins.20.000 Yen Two Travelers 5. i. How to use a bus Using buses in Japan can be intimidating to foreign tourists because there are usually few English displays or announcements. View our suggested itineraries to see the sample budgets applied to specific itineraries. followed by notes about exceptions: 1) Enter the bus through the back door (or front door if there is only one door). The most prominent exception are the Tokyo Metropolitan Buses.12. A number is printed on the ticket. 6) When getting off. This means that you do not have to worry about steps 2) and 3) in the above description. press one of the buttons on the wall to signal the driver that you wish to get off at the next stop. 4) When your stop is approaching.Buses also serve smaller towns.500 . Travel Budget This page is meant to give you a rough idea of the cost of individual travel in Japan. In many cities or city centers.9. which you will later use to determine your fare.500 Yen 9. One US dollar is roughly 100 Yen.000 Yen 6. and there are different systems of ticketing depending on the company. 5) If you do not have the exact fare. for example in central Kyoto. Click here for the current Yen exchange rates. Major cities are.6. and exit through the rear door. furthermore. linked by highway and long distance buses.500 .000 . Below is a description of the most common system. pay a flat fare when entering. To determine your fare. a flat fare applies. where you are supposed to enter through the front door.

Accommodation: Check our accommodation page for more information on different accommodation types and corresponding price ranges.10. Low budget: 1. you will have to live from convenience store food (bread. Some tour packages (for individual travelers) include accommodation at quality Western style hotels at this price level. For a room in a high class Western style hotel.7. nofrills minshukuand ryokan. Breakfast: Low budget: 200 .000 Yen per single room and night 5.000 Yen per double room and night At this level.3.000 Yen per double room and night Starting around 7000 Yen per person. High budget: above 1.700 Yen per day Inexpensive lunch boxes are available in convenience stores and stands in railway stations .000 Yen per room and night. High budget: over 7.500 .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.000 Yen per person and night.000 Yen per single room and night over 10.000 to 50. found in most cities and regions of Japan. you typically pay 20.000 and 30. A stay at a ryokan with two meals included typically costs between 10.500 . etc.500 Yen per night and person Dormitories and youth hostels.1. rice balls. Breakfasts buffets in first-class hotels typically cost between 2000 and 3000 Yen. you can get rooms in good business hotels and inexpensive Western style hotels.) or visit fast food restaurants like McDonald's or Mister Donut which offer inexpensive breakfasts. Medium budget: 500 . booking services likeHostelworld offer great deals.500 Yen per day At this level.000 . typically charge between 1500 and 3500 Yen per night and person. you will find rooms in cheap business hotels and inexpensive.000 Yen per day Hotel breakfasts and breakfast buffets will usually cost you more than 1000 Yen. Furthermore. Lunch: Low budget: 400 . Medium budget: 3.

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

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

manga kissa and capsule hotels often include a complementary light breakfast. Sensoji Temple. 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. quality meals throughout the country. and business hotels. Harajuku. as it is easy to find a wide selection of cheap. while lunch boxes (bento) are available for around 500 yen or less. Shibuya. Minshuku and ryokan usually include both dinner and breakfast. . Akihabara and Ginza.Food Convenience stores are the budget traveler's friends It is not necessary to starve yourself to save money when traveling in Japan. Finally. making it a great way to check out places that may otherwise be outside of your budget. most museums. Free Sightseeing Below is a list of popular sightseeing spots and activities that do not cost admission: Tokyo Tsukiji Market. Also when shopping around for accommodation.While Japan has plenty of enjoyable sightseeing attractions that are free. Imperial Palace and East Gardens. consider hotel and tour packages that include meals with the stay.castles and gardens charge an admission of at least a few hundred yen. Many restaurants offer inexpensive set menus (teishoku) for around 1000 yen during the lunch hours. Budget Travel . Meiji Shrine. Higher class restaurants also have less expensive lunch options. temples. consider making lunch your main meal of the day. Yet there are a variety of discounts that can decrease your sightseeing expenses a little bit. hotels tend to have various meal plans. observation deck of the Tokyo Government Office and people watching and window shopping in bustlingShinjuku.

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

Kare-ya Kare-ya are restaurants that specialize in curry rice (kare raisu) dishes. are usually also available at a ramen-ya. Okonomiyaki-ya Okonomiyaki-ya specialize in okonomiyaki and sometimes monjayaki. Chinese style noodles served in a soup with various toppings. Customers are usually y y y y y y y . Several other dishes of Chinese origin. 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. Kaiten-zushi tends to be less expensive than usual sushi-ya. Soba-ya Soba-ya specialize in soba and udon noodle dishes. customers can sit either at a normal table or at a counter (sushi bar). Alcoholic Drinks Explore Japan's unique lineup of alcoholic drinks that are cheaper than beer. shochu (distilled spirit made from rice. wheat or sugar cane) or chuhai (shochu based cocktails with various flavors). behind which the sushi chef is working. Restaurants A large number of restaurant types can be found in Japan. such as gyoza and fried rice. deep fried breaded pork cutlets. 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. convenience stores and supermarkets. 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. Korokke and other deep fried dishes are also available at many tonkatsu-ya. with hiyashi (cold) noodles popular in summer and nabeyaki (hot) udon popular in winter. There are usually a few kinds of plates (differing in color or pattern). The menu often changes slightly with the seasons. Alcoholic drinks tend to be cheapest at liquor stores. where the sushi dishes are presented to the customers on a conveyor belt.Business Districts and Train Stations Especially during lunch hours the competition is fierce among restaurants in large business districts. Tonkatsu-ya Tonkatsu-ya serve tonkatsu. the number of plates is counted to determine the cost. y Sushi-ya Sushi-ya are restaurants which specialize in sushi. Gyudon-ya Gyudon-ya specialize in gyudon (beef domburi). 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. such as imitation beer (happoshu and 3rd genre beer). In the end. Ramen-ya Ramen-ya specialize in ramen dishes. sweet potatoes. each being associated with a certain price of typically 100 to 500 yen. Gyudon-ya tend to be inexpensive fast food style restaurants. Kaiten-zushi Kaiten-zushi are sushi restaurants. Every ramen-ya has developed its own soup. the most crucial ingredient for a restaurant's success. Most noodle dishes come either cooled with a dipping sauce or in a hot soup and with different toppings. In most sushi-ya. There is usually at least one kare-ya and one ramen-ya inside or around any major railway station.

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

The dishes served at yoshoku-ya are heavily Japanized Western dishes. while others offer more authentic Chinese food. Ethnic Cuisine In Japan. such as omuraisu and hayashiraisu. y Yakiniku-ya Yakiniku-ya specialize in Korean style barbecue.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. ethnic cuisine means South East Asian food. Chinese Restaurants There are many Chinese restaurants in Japan. Hamburger Fast Food There are many hamburger fast food restaurants across Japan. Italian Restaurants Italian cuisine is very popular across Japan. 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. but also various Japanese chain stores such as Mos Burger and Lotteria. Many Italian restaurants have Japanese flavored pasta dishes on their menus besides conventional dishes. as well as American style fast food enjoys a great popularity among the Japanese. 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. such as cakes and ice cream. Many of them serve slightly Japanized Chinese dishes. Indonesian and Vietnamese food. . such as Thai. Chinese and Italian cooking.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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