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Tsukiji Fish Market

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19 sights in Tokyo

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"Turret trucks" transporting goods around the market

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

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

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

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

Tuna Auction

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

Wholesale Area

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

Outer Market

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

it has also gained fame as a center of the gaming. from where you can walk to the market in about 15 minutes. A major redevelopment of Akihabara Station and surroundings is nearing its completion. giving Akihabara a . typically 5:00 to 14:00 Wholesale Area: open to visitors after 9:00am Tuna Auction: open to visitors from 5:00am to 6:15am (restricted to 140 visitors/day) Closed: Sundays. From Shinjuku Station Take the Oedo Subway Line directly from Shinjuku Station to Tsukiji Shijo Station. national holidays and some Wednesdays (see "English Links" below) Admission: Free Hours: Akihabara # 3 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Akihabara (short: Akiba) is a district in central Tokyo. Alternatively. The one way trip takes 20 minutes and costs 260 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. The closest JR station is Shimbashi. 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. The fare is 160 yen. From Tokyo Station Take the Marunouchi Subway Line from Tokyo to Ginza (3 minutes) and transfer to the Hibiya Subway Line to get to Tsukiji Station (3 minutes). manga and animation culture. In recent years. famous for its many electronics shops.

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

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

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

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. Orientation in Tokyo Hours and Fees Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30) Closed: December 29 to January 1 Admission: 300 yen . when the fall colors appear. 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. during the plum festival in late February and when the beautiful weeping cherry tree near the garden's entrance is in full bloom.Koishikawa Korakuen # 38 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Koishikawa Korakuen is one of Tokyo's oldest and most beautiful Japanese landscape gardens. Like most traditional Japanese gardens. using a pond. stones.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

after it had served as a garden for the Imperial Family since 1903. served by about a dozen railway lines. 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. How to get there Shinjuku Station is Japan's busiest railway station. From Tokyo Station The frequently departing.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). Open from 9:00 to 16:30. Admission is 200 Yen. It was opened to the public in 1949. Always open. and then the JR Chuo Line from Kanda to Shinjuku. free admission. Closed on Mondays (Tuesday is Monday is a national holiday) from December 29 to January 3. Orientation in Tokyo . From Ueno Station By JR Yamanote Line it takes 25 minutes and costs 190 Yen to get from Ueno to Shinjuku. A slightly faster alternative is taking the JR Yamanote or JR Keihin-Tohoku Line from Ueno to Kanda Station. including theJR Yamanote Line.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

. Empress Shoken. dense forest that can be explored on walking paths. The store's original six floor shop directly along Omotesando is currently undergoing renovations. Barbie and Hello Kitty are on sale alongside new characters and creations. who defeated the Russian fleet in the Russo-Japanese War in1905. Major toy brands like Disney. 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. which are designed as a stack of trunks rather than conventional floors. 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. It is one of many famous brand names that have opened a store along Omotesando. Emperor Meiji was a popular emperor who reigned from 1867 to 1912. but it was discontinued in December of 2009. The majority of the shrine grounds are composed of a beautiful. but a similarly sized temporary building is being used just around the corner.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 Togo Antique Market was held around the shrine on the first Sunday of each month. Kiddy Land has a fantastic selection of toys and other products to amuse kids. 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.

Ota Memorial Museum of Art 10:30 to 17:30 Closed: Mondays (or next day if Monday is a national holiday). NHK Studiopark is a part of the NHK Broadcasting Center. 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. China and Korea. Yoyogi Koen (Yoyogi Park) is one of Tokyo's largest and most pleasant city parks. Exhibits are changed every month. NHK Studiopark (more details) Please see the NHK Studiopark page for details on hours and admission. Yoyogi Park 5:00 to 20:00 (until 17:00 during the winter) Facilities are typically open from 9:00 to 17:00. ponds and forested areas. New Year Admission: Typically 700 yen. 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. which comprises of more than 10.000 pieces of art. picnicking and other outdoor activities. . which is open to the public. Ota Seizo.Nezu Museum 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30) Closed: Mondays (or next day if Monday is a national holiday). including the production of a live program on most days. It gives visitors a chance to look behind the scenes of television broadcasting. featuring wide lawns. It is a great place for jogging. The museum building and exhibition rooms have a simple and elegant design and there is a large traditional Japanese garden outside the building that can be explored.

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

which requires an entrance fee to enter. 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). Meiji Jingu's buildings also have an air of tranquility distinct from the surrounding city. which was constructed one year after the shrine was opened. is named after a military commander who dug it around 400 years ago. .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 Treasure House displays many interesting personal belongings of the Emperor and Empress. During the rest of the year. Meiji Jingu is one of the Japan's most popular shrines. There is also a Museum Annex Building just to the east of the main shrine buildings that displays temporary exhibitions. Kiyomasa's Well. The garden becomes particularly popular during the middle of June when the irises are in bloom. more than any other shrine or temple in the country. such as making offerings at the main hall. The approximately 100.The offering hall of Meiji Jingu The main complex of shrine buildings is located a ten minute walk from both the southern entrance near Harajuku Station and the northern entrance near Yoyogi Station. Visitors to the shrine can take part in typical Shinto activities. A small well located within the garden. after which the sights and sounds of the busy city are replaced by a tranquil forest. Entry into the shrine grounds is marked by a massive torii gate. The well was visited by the Emperor and Empress while they were alive and has become a popular spiritual "power spot". At the northern end of the shrine grounds visitors will come across the Meiji Jingu Treasure House. At the middle of the forest. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

followed by notes about exceptions: 1) Enter the bus through the back door (or front door if there is only one door).e. Of course. In many cities or city centers. which you will later use to determine your fare.000 Yen . you always pay the same price regardless of how far you travel.000 Yen over 12. and exit through the rear door.000 Yen 6. Single Traveler Low Budget Medium Budget High Budget 2. press one of the buttons on the wall to signal the driver that you wish to get off at the next stop. Below is a description of the most common system. One US dollar is roughly 100 Yen.6. This means that you do not have to worry about steps 2) and 3) in the above description. View our suggested itineraries to see the sample budgets applied to specific itineraries. where you are supposed to enter through the front door. To determine your fare. Major cities are. pick up a ticket from a small machine.12. i. match the number on your ticket with the number and fare on the display. and there are different systems of ticketing depending on the company. Travel Budget This page is meant to give you a rough idea of the cost of individual travel in Japan. Sample daily budgets Not including cost for transportation.20. pay a flat fare when entering. use the changing machine to get small coins. 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 Yen 9. there are a few exceptions to the above outlined system. furthermore.500 . a flat fare applies. The most prominent exception are the Tokyo Metropolitan Buses. 5) If you do not have the exact fare. for example in central Kyoto.9.000 .500 .Buses also serve smaller towns. the countryside and national parks.000 Yen Two Travelers 5. Click here for the current Yen exchange rates. and visit our page about package tours. linked by highway and long distance buses. 4) When your stop is approaching. 6) When getting off. A number is printed on the ticket.000 Yen over 20. by introducing some sample budgets. 3) A display above the driver shows the next stop and the fares for that stop in yen.000 . 2) When entering. put your ticket and the exact fare into the box next to the driver.

000 Yen per single room and night 5. etc. Lunch: Low budget: 400 .3.000 Yen per person and night.500 Yen per day At this level. you typically pay 20.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. High budget: over 7. you will have to live from convenience store food (bread.500 . Medium budget: 500 .000 Yen per single room and night over 10. you can get rooms in good business hotels and inexpensive Western style hotels.) or visit fast food restaurants like McDonald's or Mister Donut which offer inexpensive breakfasts.500 Yen per night and person Dormitories and youth hostels.700 Yen per day Inexpensive lunch boxes are available in convenience stores and stands in railway stations . Medium budget: 3. found in most cities and regions of Japan. For a room in a high class Western style hotel.000 Yen per day Many coffee shops and some restaurants in shopping areas and around train stations offer breakfast sets for around 500 to 1000 Yen. Breakfasts buffets in first-class hotels typically cost between 2000 and 3000 Yen. typically charge between 1500 and 3500 Yen per night and person.1.10. High budget: above 1.000 Yen per double room and night Starting around 7000 Yen per person. booking services likeHostelworld offer great deals.500 . A stay at a ryokan with two meals included typically costs between 10.000 Yen per room and night.000 to 50.000 and 30. rice balls. Furthermore. Breakfast: Low budget: 200 .000 Yen per day Hotel breakfasts and breakfast buffets will usually cost you more than 1000 Yen. nofrills minshukuand ryokan.000 Yen per double room and night At this level.7. Low budget: 1.000 . Some tour packages (for individual travelers) include accommodation at quality Western style hotels at this price level.

High budget: above 2. sukiyaki. Calculate 5000 Yen upwards per person for a dinner at upper class restaurants specializing in sushi. not including alcoholic drinks. for around 1000 Yen. as there are no lunch specials. Other options are again cheap fast food restaurants.000 Yen per day Some museums and attractions (usually outstanding ones or tourist traps) charge between 1000 and 3000 Yen per person. domburior hamburger.200 Yen per day A lunch at most conventional restaurants cost typically between 1000 and 3000 Yen. At this level.500 Yen per day Japan offers many free attractions. Most museums and castles charge about 200-1000 Yen per person.and business districts. Medium budget: 700 .1.200 Yen per day At this level you will have an even larger range of inexpensive restaurants such as the above mentioned fast food places. Admission to large theme parks typically cost around 5000 . Dinner: Low budget: 400 . A few museums charge no admission on one day of the week or month. Sightseeing: Low budget: 0 . so called teishoku. High budget: above 1. Various fast food restaurants. Medium budget: 500 . etc. Medium budget: 700 .2.000 Yen per day Conventional restaurants are generally more expensive in the evening than during lunch time.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). plus restaurants which offer lunch set special. including the restaurants found in department stores where meals typically cost between 1000 and 2000 Yen. you will be able to enjoy a nice dinner at a wide range of fast food and conventional restaurants.700 Yen per day Convenience stores sell various. kaiseki ryori. Most shrines and some temples do not charge admission fees. inexpensive ready-to-eat meals.1.000 Yen per day With 3000 Yen per person you will be able to have a good dinner at a wide range ofrestaurants. French cuisine. specializing in noodles. curry. steaks. also offer relatively filling meals for 700 Yen or less. High budget: above 1.

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

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

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

Kaiten-zushi Kaiten-zushi are sushi restaurants. Gyudon-ya Gyudon-ya specialize in gyudon (beef domburi). are usually also available at a ramen-ya. Gyudon-ya tend to be inexpensive fast food style restaurants. such as imitation beer (happoshu and 3rd genre beer). There is usually at least one kare-ya and one ramen-ya inside or around any major railway station. In most sushi-ya. Soba-ya Soba-ya specialize in soba and udon noodle dishes. Ramen-ya Ramen-ya specialize in ramen dishes. The menu often changes slightly with the seasons. resulting in competitive prices for filling set meals (around 1000 yen) or lunch boxes (around 500 yen) the latter of which are sometimes sold at temporarily erected stands. Several other dishes of Chinese origin. sweet potatoes. y Sushi-ya Sushi-ya are restaurants which specialize in sushi. Kaiten-zushi tends to be less expensive than usual sushi-ya. Okonomiyaki-ya Okonomiyaki-ya specialize in okonomiyaki and sometimes monjayaki. Alcoholic Drinks Explore Japan's unique lineup of alcoholic drinks that are cheaper than beer. Restaurants A large number of restaurant types can be found in Japan. customers can sit either at a normal table or at a counter (sushi bar).Business Districts and Train Stations Especially during lunch hours the competition is fierce among restaurants in large business districts. the number of plates is counted to determine the cost. Chinese style noodles served in a soup with various toppings. Below is an attempt to introduce some of the most popular restaurant types in categorized form: Specialized Japanese Restaurants Many restaurants in Japan specialize in just one type of food. Customers are usually y y y y y y y . such as gyoza and fried rice. 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. Korokke and other deep fried dishes are also available at many tonkatsu-ya. deep fried breaded pork cutlets. Every ramen-ya has developed its own soup. the most crucial ingredient for a restaurant's success. where the sushi dishes are presented to the customers on a conveyor belt. In the end. with hiyashi (cold) noodles popular in summer and nabeyaki (hot) udon popular in winter. each being associated with a certain price of typically 100 to 500 yen. wheat or sugar cane) or chuhai (shochu based cocktails with various flavors). 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. shochu (distilled spirit made from rice. Alcoholic drinks tend to be cheapest at liquor stores. behind which the sushi chef is working. Kare-ya Kare-ya are restaurants that specialize in curry rice (kare raisu) dishes. convenience stores and supermarkets. Most noodle dishes come either cooled with a dipping sauce or in a hot soup and with different toppings. Tonkatsu-ya Tonkatsu-ya serve tonkatsu. There are usually a few kinds of plates (differing in color or pattern).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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