Central Tokyo (Chiyoda, Chuo


Tsukiji Fish Market


19 sights in Tokyo

of 53 most visited

"Turret trucks" transporting goods around the market

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

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

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

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

Tuna Auction

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

Wholesale Area

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

Outer Market

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

manga and animation culture. 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. Alternatively. From Tokyo Station Take the Marunouchi Subway Line from Tokyo to Ginza (3 minutes) and transfer to the Hibiya Subway Line to get to Tsukiji Station (3 minutes). From Shinjuku Station Take the Oedo Subway Line directly from Shinjuku Station to Tsukiji Shijo Station. from where you can walk to the market in about 15 minutes. The closest JR station is Shimbashi. giving Akihabara a . it has also gained fame as a center of the gaming. Orientation in Tokyo Hours and Fees Outer Market: varies by shop. it can be reached in a five minute walk from Tsukiji Station on the Hibiya Subway Line. famous for its many electronics shops. In recent years. A major redevelopment of Akihabara Station and surroundings is nearing its completion. The one way trip takes 20 minutes and costs 260 yen. typically 5:00 to 14:00 Wholesale Area: open to visitors after 9:00am Tuna Auction: open to visitors from 5:00am to 6:15am (restricted to 140 visitors/day) Closed: Sundays. The fare is 160 yen.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.

In addition to conventional stores. A recent development is the emergence of Akihabara as a center of Japanese animation culture. cameras. manga and animation related goods has notably increased. as the number of stores offering video games. televisions. They offer everything from the newest computers. various other animation related establishments have appeared in the area. Note that some of the electronic appliances on sale are only suited for use in Japan due to voltage and other technical differences and limited warranty. Manga. Electronics Hundreds of electronics shops of various sizes can be found around Akihabara Station and along Chuo Dori (Chuo Avenue).new face. . mobile phones and home appliances to second-hand goods and electronic junk. while many smaller shops can be found in the narrow side streets. such as cosplay ("costume play") cafes. Animation and Games The character of Akihabara has constantly changed over the decades and continues to do so. where waitresses are dressed up like anime characters. However. several stores also feature a selection of products for overseas use and offer duty free shopping to foreign tourists on purchases of over 10.000Yen (passport required). and manga kissaten ("comics cafes"). Sofmap and Laox operate multiple branch stores mainly along the main roads. watch DVDs and surf the internet. A few major stores. such as Ishimaru Denki. where customers can read comics.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Points of Interest .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.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. 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. Asakusa. Closed: No closing days Admission: 500 yen Northern Tokyo (Ueno. Ikebukuro) Asakusa # 6 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited .

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

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

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

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

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

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". "low town"). Ueno Park becomes one of the country's most popular and crowded spots for hanami (cherry blossom viewing) parties. the center of the shitamachi (lit.Temple of Benten Toshogu Shrine Last but not least. . Ueno Park is famous for its more than 1000 cherry trees. Tokyo National Museum How to get there Ueno Park is just next to Ueno Station. During the cherry blossom season.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

several Tokyo Metro lines provide through service onto other companies' railway lines rather than terminating at their final stations: y y y y y y y Fares: Hibiya Line: to Tobu Isesaki Line and Tokyu Toyoko Line Tozai Line: to JR Sobu Line.To provide more convenient connections between the suburbs and the city center. 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 .

Shibuya is a large shopping and business district particularly popular among the younger generations. Shinjuku Yoyogi Harajuku Shibuya . A day pass valid on both Tokyo Metro and Toei subway lines is available for 1000 yen. 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 one day pass for unlimited use of Tokyo Metro on one calendar day is available for 710 yen. A trip around the whole circle takes approximately one hour. Harajuku is a shopping and entertainment district for young people. 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.Tokyo Metro fares range from 160 to 300 yen depending on how far you travel. because subways are not operated by JR. the Japan Rail Pass is not valid on subways. However. Even though a single train on the Yamanote Line is roughly 200 meters long. entertainment and shopping district. there are departures about every two to four minutes in each direction. 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. Several suburban train lines commence at Shibuya Station. The main entrance to Meiji Shrine is located next to Harajuku Station. Suica and Pasmo prepaid cards can be used on Tokyo Metro. especially teenagers. Many suburban train lines commence at Shinjuku Station. It is located in the middle of the large Shinjuku business.

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

In cities with less dense train networks like Kyoto. Rikugien Garden is just south of Komagome Station. Mejiro Takadanobaba Shin-Okubo Shinjuku Local Buses This page is about local and short-distance buses in Japan and how to use them. buses serve as a secondary means of public transportation. . complementing the train and subway networks.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. Visit our highway bus page for more information on long distance bus travel. buses are the main means of public transportation. Several suburban train lines commence at Ikebukuro Station.

6) When getting off. In many cities or city centers. One US dollar is roughly 100 Yen. 4) When your stop is approaching. Sample daily budgets Not including cost for transportation. there are a few exceptions to the above outlined system. To determine your fare.6. The most prominent exception are the Tokyo Metropolitan Buses. and exit through the rear door. 3) A display above the driver shows the next stop and the fares for that stop in yen. i.000 Yen over 12. furthermore. followed by notes about exceptions: 1) Enter the bus through the back door (or front door if there is only one door). by introducing some sample budgets.000 Yen over 20. This means that you do not have to worry about steps 2) and 3) in the above description. and visit our page about package tours.Buses also serve smaller towns.500 .500 Yen 9. which you will later use to determine your fare. Click here for the current Yen exchange rates. the countryside and national parks. Travel Budget This page is meant to give you a rough idea of the cost of individual travel in Japan.9. and there are different systems of ticketing depending on the company. use the changing machine to get small coins.000 Yen Two Travelers 5.000 Yen . Major cities are. Of course. How to use a bus Using buses in Japan can be intimidating to foreign tourists because there are usually few English displays or announcements.500 . you always pay the same price regardless of how far you travel. 2) When entering. a flat fare applies. 5) If you do not have the exact fare. for example in central Kyoto. put your ticket and the exact fare into the box next to the driver.000 .20. A number is printed on the ticket. where you are supposed to enter through the front door. linked by highway and long distance buses. Single Traveler Low Budget Medium Budget High Budget 2. match the number on your ticket with the number and fare on the display. pay a flat fare when entering.000 Yen 6. View our suggested itineraries to see the sample budgets applied to specific itineraries. press one of the buttons on the wall to signal the driver that you wish to get off at the next stop.e.000 .12. Below is a description of the most common system. pick up a ticket from a small machine.

you typically pay 20.000 .) or visit fast food restaurants like McDonald's or Mister Donut which offer inexpensive breakfasts. Breakfasts buffets in first-class hotels typically cost between 2000 and 3000 Yen.500 . etc.500 Yen per night and person Dormitories and youth hostels.10. rice balls.000 Yen per single room and night 5.000 Yen per double room and night Starting around 7000 Yen per person.1.700 Yen per day Inexpensive lunch boxes are available in convenience stores and stands in railway stations . Breakfast: Low budget: 200 . For a room in a high class Western style hotel. typically charge between 1500 and 3500 Yen per night and person. you can get rooms in good business hotels and inexpensive Western style hotels.7. Some tour packages (for individual travelers) include accommodation at quality Western style hotels at this price level.000 Yen per double room and night At this level. found in most cities and regions of Japan. High budget: over 7.000 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. Medium budget: 3.000 Yen per person and night.Accommodation: Check our accommodation page for more information on different accommodation types and corresponding price ranges. you will find rooms in cheap business hotels and inexpensive.000 and 30.3.000 Yen per room and night.000 Yen per day Hotel breakfasts and breakfast buffets will usually cost you more than 1000 Yen. nofrills minshukuand ryokan.500 . Medium budget: 500 . booking services likeHostelworld offer great deals. Lunch: Low budget: 400 . High budget: above 1. Low budget: 1. A stay at a ryokan with two meals included typically costs between 10.000 to 50. you will have to live from convenience store food (bread.500 Yen per day At this level.000 Yen per single room and night over 10. Furthermore.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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