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Tsukiji Fish Market
19 sights in Tokyo
of 53 most visited
"Turret trucks" transporting goods around the market
Notice From December 1, 2010 to January 22, 2011, the busiest time of the year at Tsukiji Fish Market, tourists will not be allowed to watch the morning tuna auctions to ensure a smooth and accident free course of business. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation! Important Notice New rules for visiting Tsukiji Market are in effect as of May 10, 2010: y y The number of visitors to the tuna auction is restricted to 140 per day. Visitors are prohibited from entering the market's wholesale area before 9am.
Please read the following page for more details. Tsukiji Central Wholesale Market is a large market for fish, fruits and vegetables in central Tokyo. It is the most famous of over ten wholesale markets that handle the distribution of fish, meat, produce and flowers in metropolitan Tokyo. Tsukiji Market is best known as one of the world's largest fish markets, handling over 2,000 tons of marine products per day. The sight of the many kinds of fresh fish and other seafood and the busy atmosphere of scooters, trucks, sellers and buyers hurrying around, make Tsukiji Market a major tourist attractions. In fact, the numbers of visitors have increased so much over recent years, that they have become a problem to the course of business, as the aging market's infrastructure was not anticipated to serve as a tourist spot.
Tsukiji Market consists of an inner market where most of the wholesale business and the famous tuna auctions are taking place, and an outer market whose retail shops and restaurants carter to the public. A few restaurants are also found in the inner market. In order to avoid interference with business, different rules should be followed when visiting the different areas of the market: A basic map of Tsukiji Market:
Visiting the tuna auction The number of visitors to the tuna auction is limited to 140 per day, the maximum number which the market's infrastructure can accommodate. Tourists, who wish to see the auction, have to apply at the Osakana Fukyu Center (Fish Information Center) at the Kachidoki Gate, starting from 4:30am on a first-come, first-serve basis. A first group of 70 visitors will be admitted to the auction between 5:00 and 5:40, while a second group of 70 visitors will be admitted between 5:40 and 6:15. Expect that the maximum number of visitors is likely to be exceeded on busy days, and that some later arriving visitors may not be able to see the auction. Successful applicants will be able to view the auction from a designated visitor area. It is not allowed to view the auction from anywhere else or to use flash photography or to interfere with the business action in any other way.
Visiting the wholesale area The wholesale area consists of hundreds of small stands in a large, crowded hall, where buyers and sellers hurry along narrow lanes with their carts and trucks. It is an exciting area for tourists to view and photograph the fish and the action, but it is also an area where tourists are likely to interfere with the professionals working there. Consequently, in order to prevent accidents and interference with business, tourists are not allowed into the wholesale area before 9am, when the peak of the business activities take place. Even when visiting after 9am, tourists are asked to refrain from bringing any luggage into the market and to be constantly alert of what is happening around them to avoid blocking traffic.
Visiting other areas of the market Instead of visiting the inner market, tourists are encouraged to visit Tsukiji's outer market, which is located just adjacent to the inner market and caters to the public. The outer market consists of a few blocks of small retail shops and restaurants crowded along narrow lanes. Here you can find all sorts offood related goods, knives and fresh seafood and produce for sale in smaller (than wholesale) portions. A visit to Tsukiji Market is best combined with a fresh sushi breakfast or lunch at one of the local restaurants. There are restaurants both in the inner and outer market area, which are typically open from 5:00 in the morning to around noon or early afternoon.
A few more general rules for visiting Tsukiji Market Since Tsukiji Market is a site where serious business is conducted, it is important for visitors not to interfere with the action by adhering to the following additional rules: Do not enter areas restricted to authorized personnel! Do not obstruct traffic! Do not bring large bags or suitcases into the market!
The one way trip takes 20 minutes and costs 260 yen. from where you can walk to the market in about 15 minutes. The fare is 160 yen. Orientation in Tokyo Hours and Fees Outer Market: varies by shop. 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. 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. famous for its many electronics shops. it can be reached in a five minute walk from Tsukiji Station on the Hibiya Subway Line. it has also gained fame as a center of the gaming. Alternatively. From Tokyo Station Take the Marunouchi Subway Line from Tokyo to Ginza (3 minutes) and transfer to the Hibiya Subway Line to get to Tsukiji Station (3 minutes). manga and animation culture. From Shinjuku Station Take the Oedo Subway Line directly from Shinjuku Station to Tsukiji Shijo Station.Do not enter the market in high heeled shoes or sandals! Do not bring small children or pets! Do not smoke in the market! Do not touch anything! Visitor area for viewing the tuna auction How to get there Tsukiji Market is just above Tsukiji Shijo Station on the Oedo Subway Line. In recent years. The closest JR station is Shimbashi. A major redevelopment of Akihabara Station and surroundings is nearing its completion.
such as cosplay ("costume play") cafes. as the number of stores offering video games. while many smaller shops can be found in the narrow side streets. watch DVDs and surf the internet. and manga kissaten ("comics cafes"). Animation and Games The character of Akihabara has constantly changed over the decades and continues to do so. where customers can read comics. cameras. manga and animation related goods has notably increased. Electronics Hundreds of electronics shops of various sizes can be found around Akihabara Station and along Chuo Dori (Chuo Avenue). several stores also feature a selection of products for overseas use and offer duty free shopping to foreign tourists on purchases of over 10. In addition to conventional stores. However. various other animation related establishments have appeared in the area. Note that some of the electronic appliances on sale are only suited for use in Japan due to voltage and other technical differences and limited warranty. mobile phones and home appliances to second-hand goods and electronic junk. They offer everything from the newest computers. such as Ishimaru Denki. Manga. televisions.new face. A few major stores. Sofmap and Laox operate multiple branch stores mainly along the main roads. A recent development is the emergence of Akihabara as a center of Japanese animation culture. . where waitresses are dressed up like anime characters.000Yen (passport required).
the Tsukuba Express connects central Tokyo with Tsukuba City in western Ibaraki Prefecture. A duty free floor can be found in store number one. Sofmap Open daily 11:00 to 21:00. Ishimaru Denki Open daily 10:00 to 20:00 Operating ten stores across Akihabara. The stores are numbered from 1 to 14 plus the main store and the Kakuta branch. Furthermore. . Akihabara UDX (opened in spring 2006) and Yodobashi Akiba Building (opened in autumn 2005). which specialize in used computers. Akihabara has been serving as the terminal station of the Tsukuba Express since August 2005. Number One branch and Ekimae branch for electronic equipment. A brand new railway line.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. Sundays 11:00 to 20:00 Sofmap operates as many as 16 shops in the Akihabara area including multiple branches. the Pasokon branch for PCs and the Game One and Soft One to Three branches for CDs. games and anime related goods. DVDs. including the Main Store. The result are several new buildings such as the Akihabara Dai Building(opened in spring 2005).
Akihabara Crossfield Consisting of the newly built Akihabara Dai Building and the Akihabara UDX Building. Yamada Denki . the Gakkikan branch for music instruments and three Asobit City branches for hobby and game related products. The one way fare is 160 Yen. JR Sobu Line. providing office and conference space. Some branches have longer opening hours. served by the JR Yamanote Line. computers.Labi Akihabara Open daily 10:00 to 22:00 Yamada Denki operates a "LABI" store just across the street from the Akihabara Electric Town exit of JR Akihabara Station. Yamada Denki . the Tsukuba Express and the Hibiya Subway Line. DVD players and software. televisions. It specializes in personal computers. How to get there Akihabara Station is a busy station on the Yamanote Line loop. Products on sale include a variety of electronic equipment for overseas use. 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.Labi Akihabara Open daily 9:30 to 20:00 Akky operates three duty free shops in the area around Akihabara Station: Akky Main Store. 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). including cameras. and household electronics. including the Main Store. Computer branch. JR Keihin-Tohoku Line. it is located on the east side of Akihabara Station. Unlike most other electronic shops. Operating eight stores in Akihabara.Laox Open daily 10:00 to 20:00. From Tokyo Station 3 minutes and 130 Yen by JR Yamanote Line or JR Keihin-Tohoku Line. this complex next to Akihabara Station aims to become a new "global center for the IT Industry". convention halls and showrooms. Duty Free Akihabara branch and Watch & Camera Branch. Akky II and Akky III. pc accessories. Orientation in Tokyo . in the new Yodobashi Akiba Building.
but particularly so in the second half of November. It was built by close relatives of the Tokugawa Shogun in the early Edo Period.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. when the fall colors appear. plants and a man made hill. using a pond. during the plum festival in late February and when the beautiful weeping cherry tree near the garden's entrance is in full bloom. stones. 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. Koishikawa Korakuen attempts to reproduce famous landscapes from China and Japan in miniature. 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 . Koishikawa Korakuen is attractive during all seasons of the year.
a short walk from Tokyo Station. Edo Castle used to be the seat of the Tokugawa shogun who ruled Japan from 1603 until 1867. Reservations can be made over the internet (see links below). During the rest of the year. and the country's capital and Imperial Residence were moved fromKyoto to Tokyo. visitors can view the Nijubashi. The stone bridge in front is called Meganebashi (Eyeglass Bridge) for its looks. visitors are able to enter the inner palace grounds and see the members of the Imperial Family. It is the residence of Japan's Imperial Family. From Kokyo Gaien. Nijubashi Bridge The palace buildings and inner gardens are not open to the public. afterwards. The bridge in the back was formerly a wooden bridge with two levels. from which the name Nijubashi (Double Bridge) is derived.Tokyo Imperial Palace # 13 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Moats and walls surround the imperial palace The current Imperial Palace (Kokyo) is located on the former site of Edo Castle. In 1888 construction of a new Imperial Palace was completed. who make several public appearances on a balcony. guided tours of the palace are offered in Japanese. In 1868. . and rebuilt in the same style. two bridges that form an entrance to the inner palace grounds. Only on January 2 (New Year's Greeting) and December 23 (Emperor's Birthday). the shogunate was overthrown. a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the center of Tokyo. with an English pamphlet and audio guide provided. Tours must be reserved in advance with the Imperial Household Agency. the large plaza in front of the Imperial Palace. The palace was once destroyed during World War Two.
How to get there Hama Rikyu can be accessed by boat from Asakusa and Odaiba. it is a 10-15 minute walk from JR Shimbashi Station or Shiodome Station on the Oedo Subway Line and Yurikamome elevated train. It is located alongside Tokyo Bay. is one of Tokyo's most attractive landscape gardens. former duck hunting grounds. Alternatively. Orientation in Tokyo Hours and Fees Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30) Closed: December 29 to January 1 Admission: 300 yen Ginza # 5 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited . Fridays and special occasions. More information is available on the East Gardens page. next to the futuristic Shiodome district. which change water level with the tides. Furthermore.The Imperial Palace East Gardens are open to the public throughout the year except on Mondays. Seawater ponds. forested areas and a teahouse are some of the park's attractions. # Hama Rikyu 34 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Hama Rikyu. the garden of a feudal lord's residence during the Edo Period. Guided tour through the Imperial Palace grounds How to get there The Imperial Palace is a 10 minute walk from Tokyo Station. the contrast between the traditional gardens with Shiodome's skyscrapers in the background is spectacular.
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). after which the district was eventually named. boutiques. The Ginza evolved as an upmarket shopping district following the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake. It is where you can find the infamous $10 cups of coffee and where virtually every leading brand name in fashion and cosmetics has a presence. One square meter of land in the district's center is worth over ten million yen. dining and entertainment district. today's Ginza district was the site of a silver coin mint (Ginza means "silver mint" inJapanese). . restaurants. Chuo Dori street on a weekend afternoon From 1612 to 1800. art galleries. Most shops in the Ginza district are open everyday of the week. featuring numerous department stores. A visit is most pleasant on a weekend afternoon. when the central Chuo Dori street gets closed to traffic and become a large pedestrian zone. night clubs and cafes.The Ginza is Tokyo's most famous upmarket shopping. making it one of the most expensive real estate in Japan.
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The facade and interior of the new theater will resemble the previous structure. the four floor Police Museum is operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department and is free of charge. cameras. Sony Building Showroom and shops: 11:00 to 19:00 Restaurants: typically 11:30 to 21:30 The newest products by Sony. Inside the building. Kabukiza Theater Undergoing reconstruction and closed to the public until 2013 Kabuki pieces were performed in this theater until April 2010.Ginza Wako Shops: 10:30 to 18:00 Restaurants: 10:30 to 21:00 (some variation between restaurants) Built in 1932. Although there are no English explanations. mobile phones. There are also a few shops. standing at the northwest corner of the district's centrally located Ginza 4-Chome junction of Chuo and Harumi Dori. Department Stores . the clock tower of the Ginza Wako building is the symbol of the Ginza. including DVD recorders. The new theater is scheduled to open in spring 2013. however) Located just outside of the Ginza area to the north. 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. audio sets. displays such as historical uniforms and equipment can be easily understood.restaurants and cafes. televisions. are displayed to the public in the showrooms in this building. jewelry and luxury items are sold. computers and Play Station products.
foods and restaurants on ten floors. 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. household goods. Printemps Ginza was opened in the year 1984. accessories. wines. Matsuzakaya has a history that reaches back to the year 1611. Printemps 11:00 to 20:30 (until 19:30 on Sundays) The Ginza store of the Paris based Printemps department store chain offers fashion. Matsuya Shops: 10:00 to 20:00 Restaurants: typically 11:00 to 20:00 The Ginza store of the Matsuya department store chain offers fashion. foods. Mitsukoshi's history reaches back to the year 1673. . a travel agency and an exhibition hall on its eleven floors.Mitsukoshi Shops: 10:00 to 20:00 Restaurants: typically 11:00 to 23:00 The Ginza store of the Mitsukoshi department store chain was opened in 1930 and offers goods and services on twelve floors. a pet shop.
From the fifth floor to the ninth floor. a collection of fashion and lifestyle stores. JR KeihinTohoku Line and Yurakucho Subway Line. but the name commonly refers just to the large entertainment. the building is occupied by the Ginza branch of the popular Tokyu Hands department store. . Shibuya) Shinjuku # 1 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Shinjuku is one of the 23 wards of Tokyo. How to get there The most convenient stations for accessing the Ginza district are Ginza Station on the Hibiya. Marunouchi and Ginza Subway Lines and Yurakucho Station on the JR Yamanote Line. a conventional department store in the Yurakucho Marion Building and "Mosaic Ginza Hankyu". Shinjuku Station is Japan's busiest railwaystation.Hankyu Yurakucho Hankyu: 11:00 to 20:30 (until 20:00 on Sundays) Mosaic Ginza Hankyu: 10:30 to 21:00 Osaka based Hankyu operates the "Yurakucho Hankyu". Marronnier Gate Daily 11:00 to 21:00 (restaurants operate until 23:00) The 12 floor Marronnier Gate shopping mall was opened in 2007 close to Yurakucho Station. Handling more than two million passengers each day. while the top three floors are taken up by 13 restaurants. Clothing stores are located from the basement to the fourth floor. served by six railway companies and about a dozen railway and subway lines. Western Tokyo (Shinjuku. business and shopping area around Shinjuku Station.
January 2-3 and occasional inspection days. Redevelopment there is still ongoing. while department stores. where the pleasant Southern Terrace is located. as well as observatories on the 45th floor of each tower. . Japan's largest and wildest red light district. except December 29-31. in which case the observatory is closed the following day. Furthermore. except if a public holiday falls on the closure day. The view from the southern tower is considered slightly more interesting. Points of Interest: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office (Tocho) The 243 meter tall twin towers and surrounding buildings contain the offices and the assembly hall of the metropolitan government of Tokyo. subterranean malls and electronic shops surround Shinjuku Station on all four sides. home to many of Tokyo's tallest buildings. West of the station is Shinjuku' skyscraper district. the north observatory is closed on the 2nd and 4th Monday and the south observatory on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. whose observation decks are open to the public for free. Open daily 9:30 to 23:00 (south observatory until 17:30). including several premier hotels and the Metropolitan Government Office. Admission is free. Northeast of the station lies Kabukicho.including the JR Yamanote Line. including the recently redeveloped south.
Several of the other skyscrapers have some shops on their ground floors and restaurants with great views of the city on their top floors. The department store belongs to the Keio Group. including a wonderful food department in the basement and restaurant 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. 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. which also operates a suburban railway line from Shinjuku to western Tokyo.Shinjuku Skyscraper District Among the skyscrapers are the Tocho (see above) and some of Tokyo's leading hotels. Open daily from 11:00 to 21:00. bars. Kabuki-cho comes to life daily after 18:00. restaurants from 11:00 to 22:00. pachinko parlors. . Kabukicho Named after a kabuki theater. Mylord is affiliated with the Odakyu Group. a narrow pedestrian street between the Keio and Odakyu department stores. The department store belongs to the Odakyu Group. including the Keio Plaza. The restaurants in the skyscrapers tend to be open from around 11:00 to 23:00. love hotels and a wide variety of red light establishments for both sexes and sexual orientations. Some restaurants close for a few hours between lunch and dinner. restaurants until 22:30. restaurants until 23:00. Hilton. The complex also includes "Mosaic Dori". which also operates a suburban railway line from Shinjuku to Odawara (Odakyu is an abbreviation for "Odawara Express"). Mylord Mylord offers seven floors of shopping and three restaurant floors. whose construction plans have never been realized. Japan's largest red light district features countless restaurants. Open daily from 11:00 to 22:00. Open daily from 10:00 to 20:00. Hyatt Regency and Park Hyatt (featured in Lost in Translation). Open daily from 10:00 to 20:00. Department Stores: Odakyu Odakyu Department Store consists of 16 floors. including a food department in the basement and several restaurants on the restaurant floor. Keio Keio Department Store consists of 11 floors. Explore with caution and beware of exorbitant cover fees. and especially so on Fridays and Saturdays.
A Tokyu Hands branch and Kinokuniya book store with a large foreign language section are located in the same building complex.Takashimaya Opened in 1996. Isetan With a history of more than 100 years Isetan is a veteran among Shinjuku's department stores. a Gap and various other shops. an Oshman's sports goods store. Open daily from 11:00 to 22:00 (from 10:00 on weekends and holidays). Bic Camera Bic Camera is another of Japan's leading discount electronics retailers. Parks: . but it also operates two branches next to Shinjuku Station. Open daily from 9:30 to 22:00. cafes and an Italian restaurant. Electronics Stores: Yodobashi Camera Yodobashi Camera is one of Japan's leading discount electronics retailers. Open daily from 11:00 to 22:00 (Tower Records and restaurant until 23:00). Flags Located next to the South Exit of Shinjuku Station. Yodobashi's main store is located near the west exit of Shinjuku Station. including a food department in the basement and three restaurant floors. also known as "Times Square". Flags is a ten-floor shopping complex featuring a Tower Records music store. The Shinjuku store is Isetan's flagship and consists of ten floors. restaurants from 11:00 to 23:00. including a food department in the basement and a restaurant floor. and especially strong on camera equipment. Open daily from 10:00 to 20:00. Open daily from 10:00 to 21:00. Lumine Est from 10:30 to 21:30. while a smaller branch is located near the station's east exit. 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 branch of Takashimaya consists of 15 floors. Bic's main store is located in Ikebukuro. restaurants from 11:00 to 23:00.
How to get there Shinjuku Station is Japan's busiest railway station. served by about a dozen railway lines. From Ueno Station By JR Yamanote Line it takes 25 minutes and costs 190 Yen to get from Ueno to Shinjuku. 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. It was opened to the public in 1949. and then the JR Chuo Line from Kanda to Shinjuku. 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. Orientation in Tokyo . Admission is 200 Yen. Always open. There are no closure days during the cherry blossom season (late March to late April) and the Chrysanthemum Exhibition (first half of November). including theJR Yamanote Line. orange trains on the JR Chuo Line (Rapid Service) take less than 15 minutes and cost 190 Yen from Tokyo Station to Shinjuku Station. after it had served as a garden for the Imperial Family since 1903. Open from 9:00 to 16:30. Closed on Mondays (Tuesday is Monday is a national holiday) from December 29 to January 3. A slightly faster alternative is taking the JR Yamanote or JR Keihin-Tohoku Line from Ueno to Kanda Station. free admission.
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.Shibuya # 2 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Shibuya is one of the twenty-three city wards of Tokyo. but often refers to just the popular shopping and entertainment area around Shibuya Station. Most of the area's large department and fashion stores belong to either Tokyuor Seibu. A prominent landmark of Shibuya is the large intersection in front of the station (Hachiko Exit). Below is a map and list of some of Shibuya's other major attractions: . Shibuya is one of Tokyo's most colorful and busy districts and birthplace to many of Japan's fashion and entertainment trends. two competing corporations.
The museum is operated by Japan Tobacco (JT). Electric Power Museum (Denryokukan) Open daily 10:00 to 18:00. such as the process of power generation and the role of electricity in society and everyday life. Tobacco and Salt Museum Open 10:00 to 18:00. whose predecessor used to monopolize the production and sale of tobacco and salt in Japan. Admission: free. . the dog waited for his master every day in front of Shibuya Station. It is one of Tokyo's most popular meeting points. Introducing the history of tobacco and salt in Japan and throughout the world. This museum by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) introduces various aspects of electric energy. Admission: 100 yen. and continued to do so for years even after his master had passed away. Information in English is limited.Points of Interest: Hachiko Statue A statue of a loyal dog named Hachiko. According to a famous story. Closed Mondays and from December 29 to January 3 (if Monday is anational holiday the museum is open Monday and closed Tuesday). Information in English is limited. Closed Wednesdays (or following day if Wednesday falls on anational holiday) and during New Year.
Center Gai is a busy pedestrian zone lined by stores. two cinemas. . 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). lit. concerts and various other events. Koen Dori Koen Dori. "Park Street". Bunkamura. and a few shops and restaurants. a museum with constantly changing exhibitions. game centers.000 yen) or an overnight "stay" (usually around 10. is a popular shopping street leading from the Marui department store to Yoyogi Park. It gives visitors a chance to look behind the scenes of television broadcasting. a theater. It is now also being used for ice skating and volleyball competitions. the stadium hosted the olympic swimming competitions. which is open to the public. lit. NHK Studiopark is a part of the NHK Broadcasting Center.000 yen). consists of a concert hall.NHK Studiopark (more details) Please see the NHK Studiopark page for details on hours and admission. Love Hotel Hill This area of Shibuya has a high concentration of love hotels. which offer couples a private room for a 2-3 hour "rest" during the day (usually around 5. night clubs and restaurants. boutiques. including the production of a live program on most days. It was named after Parcodepartment store (parco is Italian for park) and the fact that the street leads to Yoyogi Park. "culture village". Famous Streets: Center Gai The birthplace of many Japanese fashion trends.
interior. restaurants until 22:30). located just next to JR Shibuya Station. a bus terminal and the terminal station of the Keio Inokashira Line. the Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu. Tokyu Hands has everything from doit-yourself. It is lined by boutiques. Closed New Year's Day. Restaurants can be found on the top and bottom floors. restaurants until 22:30). approximately 100 meter long pedestrian street with stairs leading up the slope to the Parco department store. Seibu Affiliated Shopping: Seibu Open 10:00 to 20:00 (Thursdays. outdoors to stationery and more. Shibuya Mark City is a small city within the city. and was nicknamed for resembling a Spanish street scene. Shibuya Station store open daily 10:00 to 21:00 (Sundays and holidays until 20:00. Shibuya 109 is a trend setting fashion complex for young women with more than one hundred boutiques on ten floors. cafes and restaurants. It consists of a wide range of stores and restaurants. Tokyu Affiliated Shopping: Tokyu Main store open daily 11:00 to 20:00 (upper floors until 19:00. featuring mainly fashion goods and some fashion boutiques. typically 10:00 to 21:00. Tokyu Hands Open daily from 10:00 to 20:30.Spain Slope Spain Slope (Supeinzaka) is a narrow. . Restaurants 11:00 to 23:00. The Shibuya store spans eight floors. Promoted as "Creative Life Store". while the Shibuya Station branch with twelve floors sits on top of the station. office space. Usually pronounced "Shibuya ichi maru kyu". and Saturdays until 21:00). crafts. The Shibuya branch of the Seibu department store chain consists of nine floors. There are two Tokyu department stores in Shibuya: the main store with ten floors is located a 5-10 minute walk northwest of the station. identifying the complex as part of the Tokyu Group. hobby. Fridays. Shibuya 109 Open daily 10:00 to 21:00 (restaurants from 11:00 to 22:30). the complex's name can also be read as "Shibuya to kyu". Shibuya Mark City Opening hours vary by shop.
crafts and gifts. Restaurants: 11:00 to midnight. Tokyu Den-Entoshi Line. Part 2. JR Shonan Shinjuku Line. Fukutoshin Subway Line.Loft Open from 10:00 to 21:00 (until 20:00 on Sundays and public holidays). The complex consists of numerous buildings in the Shibuya area: Part 1. You can get there by JR Yamanote Line. hobby. Parco Open 10:00 to 21:00 (some annex buildings from 11:00). Tokyu Toyoko Line. How to get there Shibuya Station is one of Tokyo's busiest stations. Ginza Subway Line. Part 3. Keio Inokashira Line and the Narita Express. Zero Gate and more. Parco is a shopping complex with an emphasis on fashion. Quattro. The Loft Shibuya branch consists of seven floors. JR Saikyo Line. Orientation in Tokyo Harajuku # 4 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Harajuku Station . Loft is Seibu's answer to Tokyu Hands. but with a slightly less strong emphasis on do-it-yourself. Hanzomon Subway Line. also offering a large array of products related to interior.
crepe stands and fast food outlets geared towards the fashion and trend conscious teens. which are lined by many trendy shops. Harajuku is not only about teenage culture and shopping. which is between Shinjuku and Shibuya on the Yamanote Line. a broad. dressed up in crazy costumes to resemble anime characters. . Meiji Jingu. is located just west of the railway tracks in a large green oasis shared with the spacious Yoyogi Park. one of Tokyo's major shrines. The stylish Omotesando Hills complex was opened in 2006 and targets fashion conscious urbanites in their 30s and 40s. fashion boutiques. The focal point of Harajuku's teenage culture is Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) and its side streets. punk musicians. tree lined avenue sometimes referred to as Tokyo's Champs-Elysees. but also offers shopping for adults and some historic sights. and the Nezu Museum has an impressive collection of various Asian art as well as a traditional Japanese garden. cafes and restaurants for a more adult clientele. etc.Harajuku refers to the area around Tokyo's Harajuku Station. Here you can find famous brand name shops. used clothes stores. In order to experience the teenage culture at its most extreme. while Kiddy Land has hundreds of unique toys for kids of all ages. when many young people gather around Harajuku Station and engage in cosplay ("costume play"). Beautiful ukiyo-e paintings are exhibited in the small Ota Memorial Museum of Art. A variety of fashion styles on display at Harajuku on a Sunday Just south of Takeshita Dori and over twice its length is Omotesando. visit Harajuku on a Sunday. It is the center of Japan's most extreme teenage cultures and fashion styles.
cafes and fast food outlets targeting Tokyo's teenagers.Famous Streets Takeshita Dori Shops along Takeshita Dori tend to be open daily from 11:00 to 20:00. Referred to as Tokyo's Champs-Elysees. boutiques. serving as the main approach to Meiji Shrine. it becomes extremely busy and crowded on the weekends. cafes and restaurants. boutiques. The symbol of Harajuku and birthplace of many of Japan's fashion trends. Shopping . This area generally caters to an older and wealthier clientele than Takeshita Dori. including several leading fashion brand shops. Numerous stores. Because of the street's popularity. roughly 400 meter long street lined by shops. Interesting shops and restaurants can also be found along some of the side streets. Omotesando is a one kilometer long. tree lined avenue. stand along the avenue. Omotesando Shops along Omotesando tend to be open daily from 11:00 to 20:00. Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) is a narrow.
furnitureand samurai related goods. cafes.Omotesando Hills Shops: 11:00 to 21:00 (Sun until 20:00) Restaurants: 11:00 to 23:00 (Sun until 22:00). kitchenware. restaurants and beauty salons. The shop spans three floors and has a red and green facade that mimics traditional Japanese architecture. offering a wide array of goods. . lamps. mainly geared towards a young. Opened in 2006. tableware. The LaForet Museum on the top floor hosts various events and exhibitions. food and stationary on multiple floors at 105 yen per item. It is located only a few steps from Harajuku Station alongTakeshita Dori. very popular among foreign travelers in search of typical Japanese souvenirs. Oriental Bazaar 10:00 to 19:00 Closed: Thursdays This is one of Tokyo's largest souvenir shops. The building was designed by the renowned architect Ando Tadao and has intriguing design elements. such as kimono. stretching along about one quarter of the avenue.100 Yen Shop Open daily from 10:00 to 21:00 This is one of the largest 100 Yen Shops in central Tokyo. dolls. Travelers who pass by the store front are sure to notice the building. consisting of seven floors of fashion boutiques and shops. LaForet Harajuku Open daily from 11:00 to 20:00 LaForet Harajuku is a trend setting shopping complex. Omotesando Hills consists of six floors (three are underground) of about 100 upmarket shops. including clothing. Apartments are located above the shops. The shopping complex is Omotesando's most prominent establishment. female audience. Daiso Harajuku .
It is one of many famous brand names that have opened a store along Omotesando. which are designed as a stack of trunks rather than conventional floors. . The majority of the shrine grounds are composed of a beautiful. Emperor Meiji was a popular emperor who reigned from 1867 to 1912. who defeated the Russian fleet in the Russo-Japanese War in1905. Major toy brands like Disney. Barbie and Hello Kitty are on sale alongside new characters and creations. Louis Vuitton Open daily from 11:00 to 20:00 The Louis Vuitton Omotesando store was opened in autumn 2002 as the company's largest store. The Togo Antique Market was held around the shrine on the first Sunday of each month. but a similarly sized temporary building is being used just around the corner. 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. 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. Kiddy Land has a fantastic selection of toys and other products to amuse kids.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. but it was discontinued in December of 2009. 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.
picnicking and other outdoor activities. NHK Studiopark (more details) Please see the NHK Studiopark page for details on hours and admission. which comprises of more than 10. NHK Studiopark is a part of the NHK Broadcasting Center. Exhibits are changed every month. .000 pieces of art. It is a great place for jogging. ponds and forested areas. which is open to the public. may vary according to exhibition The small and elegant Ota Memorial Museum of Art exhibits selected ukiyo-e paintings and prints from the vast collection of the late Mr. Ota Seizo. It gives visitors a chance to look behind the scenes of television broadcasting. featuring wide lawns. including the production of a live program on most days.Nezu Museum 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30) Closed: Mondays (or next day if Monday is a national holiday). New Year Admission: Typically 700 yen. Ota Memorial Museum of Art 10:30 to 17:30 Closed: Mondays (or next day if Monday is a national holiday). Yoyogi Park 5:00 to 20:00 (until 17:00 during the winter) Facilities are typically open from 9:00 to 17:00. 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. 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. Yoyogi Koen (Yoyogi Park) is one of Tokyo's largest and most pleasant city parks. China and Korea.
Emperor Meiji was the first emperor of modern Japan. It is now also being used for ice skating and volleyball competitions. Meiji Shrine # 11 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited A torii gate along the forested approach to Meiji Shrine Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu) is a shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort.National Yoyogi Stadium Built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics by renowned architect Tange Kenzo. Located just beside the JR Yamanote Line's busy Harajuku Station. Japan modernized and westernized herself to join the world's major powers by the time Emperor Meiji passed away in 1912. Empress Shoken. the stadium hosted the olympic swimming competitions. which is served by the Chiyoda. . How to get there Harajuku Station is a station on the JR Yamanote Line. The shrine was completed and dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and the Empress Shoken in 1920. Meiji Shrine and the adjacent Yoyogi Park make up a large forested area within the densely built-up city. At the eastern end of Omotesando isOmotesando Station. concerts and various other events. Only a short walk from Harajuku Station is the subway station Meijijingu-mae Station. Ginza and Hanzomon Subway Lines. The spacious shrine grounds offer walking paths that are great for a relaxing stroll. The shrine was destroyed during the Second World War but was rebuilt shortly thereafter. During the Meiji Period. eight years after the passing of the emperor and six years after the passing of the empress. He was born in 1852 and ascended to the throne in 1867 at the peak of the Meiji Restoration when Japan's feudal era came to an end and the emperor was restored to power. which is served by the Chiyoda and Fukutoshin Subway Lines. two stations south of Shinjuku and one station north of Shibuya (130 yen from either station).
is named after a military commander who dug it around 400 years ago. after which the sights and sounds of the busy city are replaced by a tranquil forest. The approximately 100. which requires an entrance fee to enter. Visitors to the shrine can take part in typical Shinto activities. 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. Meiji Jingu's buildings also have an air of tranquility distinct from the surrounding city. The garden becomes particularly popular during the middle of June when the irises are in bloom.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. Entry into the shrine grounds is marked by a massive torii gate. At the northern end of the shrine grounds visitors will come across the Meiji Jingu Treasure House. The Treasure House displays many interesting personal belongings of the Emperor and Empress.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. At the middle of the forest. such as making offerings at the main hall. In the first days of the New Year. . traditional Shinto weddings can often be seen taking place there. Meiji Jingu is one of the Japan's most popular shrines. including the carriage which the emperor rode to the formal declaration of the Meiji Constitution in 1889. During the rest of the year. There is also a Museum Annex Building just to the east of the main shrine buildings that displays temporary exhibitions. The well was visited by the Emperor and Empress while they were alive and has become a popular spiritual "power spot". the shrine regularly welcomes more than three million visitors for the year's first prayers (hatsumode). Kiyomasa's Well. more than any other shrine or temple in the country. A small well located within the garden. which was constructed one year after the shrine was opened.
The Meiji Jingu Treasure House How to get there The approach to Meiji Shrine starts a few steps from Harajuku Station on the JR Yamanote Line or Meiji-jingu-mae Station on the Chiyoda and Fukutoshin Subway Lines. Ikebukuro) Asakusa # 6 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited . Orientation in Tokyo Hours and Fees Meiji Shrine Hours: Sunrise to sunset Closed: No closing days Admission: Free Meiji Jingu Treasure House and Annex Hours: 9:00 to 16:30 (until 16:00 from November to March) Admission ends 30 minutes before closing time. Closed: No closing days Admission: 500 yen Northern Tokyo (Ueno. 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. Extended hours during the middle of June. Asakusa.
"man powered vehicle"). set foot in Asakusa. you can consider a guided tour on a rickshaw (jinrikisha. modern types of entertainment. built in the 7th century. the same cannot be said for Asakusa'sentertainment district. including movies. which have preserved a certain atmosphere of the old Tokyo. a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional. Sensoji temple grounds Dempoin Dori (Dempoin Street) For many centuries. local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries. lit. Asakusa used to be Tokyo's leading entertainment district. Asakusa was the site of kabuki theaters and a large red light district. While the area around the rebuilt Sensoji has regained its former popularity after the war. Asakusa's main attraction is Sensoji. During the Edo Period. . Asakusa can be easily explored on foot. one of Tokyo's few districts. a very popular Buddhist temple. lit. Large parts of Asakusa were destroyed in the air raids of World War Two.Asakusa is the center of Tokyo's shitamachi. In the late 1800s and early 1900s. when the district was still located outside the city limits. Shorter and longer courses are also available. A 30 minute tour for two persons costs around 8000 Yen. Alternatively. The temple is approached via the Nakamise. "low city".
Asakusa Shrine. was built during the Edo Period and survived the air raids of 1945. Admission free.Temples and Shrines: Kaminarimon (Kaminari Gate) Always open. the Sanja Matsuri. The shrine's festival. Kaminarimon is the first of two large entrance gates leading to Sensoji Temple. is one of Tokyo's most spectacular and popular. It is held every year on a weekend (Friday to Sunday) in mid May. Built in the 7th century. it is also one of its oldest. The Nakamise shopping street leads from Kaminarimon to the temple grounds. it is the symbol of Asakusa. First built more than 1000 years ago. . 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). Admission free. Asakusa Shrine Always open. Sensoji ("Senso" is an alternative reading for Asakusa and "ji" means temple) is Tokyo's most famous and popular temple. Admission free. also known as Sanja-sama.
The Nakamise shopping street stretches over approximately 250 meters from Kaminarimon to the main grounds of Sensoji Temple. known for its beautiful garden. sample food made of wax and plastic. It is a covered shopping arcade lined by various shops and restaurants. signs. including trains to Nikko. There is a 24h supermarket in the basement of the main building. Typically daily from 10:00 to 20:00. Shopping: Nakamise Shopping Street (more details) Opening hours depend on the individual shops. Visiting the garden by appointment. Kappabashi Shopping Street (more details) Most shops open from 9:00 to 17:00. Many shops sell fashion for ladies and kids. restaurants from 11:00 to 22:00). Many are closed on Sundays and public holidays. Shin-Nakamise Shopping Street Opening hours depend on the individual shops. lanterns and uniforms. Rox3 and Rox Dome). The station building also houses a Matsuya department store that spans eight floors. Rox Department Store Daily 10:30 to 21:00 (supermarket is open 24 hours. Shin-Nakamise or New Nakamise Shopping Street runs perpendicular to the Nakamise Shopping Street. Items on sale include tableware. Tobu Asakusa Station & Matsuya Department Store Matsuya department store is open daily from 10:00 to 19:30. which offer local specialties and the usual array of tourist souvenirs. kitchen utensils and appliances. Tobu Asakusa Station is the terminal station of Tobu trains heading into the suburbs and prefectures north of Tokyo. Other Attractions: . furniture. Kappabashi is an almost one kilometer long street lined by shops catering to restaurant businesses. either. Rox is a shopping and entertainment complex consisting of a main building (Rox) and three annex buildings (Rox2G. It is lined by more than 50 shops. cannot be done anymore. as it used to be possible. Typically daily from 9:00 to 19:00.Dempoin Temple Not open to the public! Dempoin is a temple just next to Sensoji. the temple and garden are not open to the public. Unfortunately.
Asakusa .Hinode: 40 minutes. Originally opened as a flower park. several restaurants can be found in the complex. Asahi Beer Tower Restaurants open daily from 11:30 to 22:00. Rokku Entertainment District Opening hours depend on the individual businesses. . Located just a few steps from Sensoji. while on the last Saturday of July it becomes the site of the Sumida River Firework Festival. New Year and Obon. direct ships from Asakusa to Odaiba. Closed on Mondays. such as scissors. completed in 1989 and host the headquarters of Asahi Breweries. The museum is located in a floor above the Miyamoto Unosuke Nishi Asakusa store. silverware. Asakusa .Sumida River Cruise Daily from 10:00 to 17:00. 460 yen. However. This riverside park stretches along both sides of Sumida River for several hundred meters. Hanayashiki Amusement Park Open 10:00 to 18:00 (longer hours during holidays). In spring it becomes a popular cherry blossom viewing spot. Asakusa . Furthermore. In addition. where you can transfer to a ship to Odaiba. Today. the miniature amusement park offers numerous attractions. Edo Shitamachi Traditional Crafts Museum Open daily 10:00 to 20:00. the district has not regained its former popularity after the war. furniture. hosting Japan's first cinema and more.Odaiba by direct ship: 55 minutes. 760 yen. there are less frequent. cinemas and pachinko parlors. Admission free. roller coaster. Demonstrations by craftsmen are held on weekends.Hama Rikyu: 35 minutes. Admission: 900 yen plus separate fees for rides. Sumida Park Always open. Admission free. are exhibited in this small museum. Taikokan (Drum Museum) Open from 10:00 to 17:00. Rokku used to be Tokyo's leading entertainment district before the war. embroidery and more. combs. which sells Japanese drums and festival goods. Hanayashiki has a history of more than 150 years. Rokku offers attractions such as rakugo theaters. 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. Hinode .Odaiba: 20 minutes. including Japanese taiko drums. including a small Ferris wheel. 1020 yen (includes 300 yen admission to the garden). Tuesdays. The Asahi Beer Tower and Asahi Super Dry Hall with its characteristic Flamme d'Or were. This small museum introduces the many traditional arts and crafts of the old Tokyo (formerly known as Edo). Visitors can play several of the drums. Admission: 300 yen Drums from around the world. carousel and Space Shot.
namely the Tokyo National Museum. He played a central role in realizing the Meiji Restoration of 1868. 160 Yen). the Shitamachi Museum. At the park's south entrance stands a statue of Saigo Takamori. Tsukuba Express and Tobu Railways. Asakusa Subway Line. It is well worth paying the 200 yen admission fee in order to enter the inner shrine area and main building. the founder of the Edo shogunate. However. From Narita Airport Check our airport page for details. From Tokyo Station Take the JR Yamanote Line to Kanda Station (2 minutes. the National Science Museum. 130 Yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes. gifts from China on the occasion of normalization of diplomatic relations. and offers its visitors a large variety of attractions. Ueno Park is home to Japan's first zoological garden. which dates back to 1882. the Orient Museum. In 1972. A temple for the goddess of Benten stands on the island in the middle of the pond. Shinobazu Pond is a large pond in Ueno Park. Orientation in Tokyo Ueno Park Ueno Park is a large public park just next to Ueno Station. the National Museum for Western Art and the Tokyo Metropolitan Fine Art Gallery. leaving the zoo without its most popular attraction. # 7 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Saigo Takamori Toshogu Shrine is a shrine dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu. It was opened to the public in 1873. which ruled Japan from 1603 to 1867. the zoo's last panda bear died in 2008. especially art museums. 160 Yen). 160 Yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes. Ueno Park is famous for its many museums.How to get there Asakusa is served by the Ginza Subway Line. an important personality of the late Edo and early Meiji Period. . it became the home of panda bears. From Shinjuku Station Take the orange JR Chuo Line to Kanda Station (10 minutes.
Temple of Benten Toshogu Shrine Last but not least. During the cherry blossom season. Sensoji Temple # 16 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Sensoji (also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple) is a Buddhist temple located in Asakusa. Ueno Park becomes one of the country's most popular and crowded spots for hanami (cherry blossom viewing) parties. Easiest access is provided by the station's "Park Exit". "low town"). . Ueno Park is famous for its more than 1000 cherry trees. the center of the shitamachi (lit. Tokyo National Museum How to get there Ueno Park is just next to Ueno Station.
Skewered kibi-balls covered with soybean powder. the Hozomon. Besides typical Japanese souvenirs such as yukata and folding fans. the outer gate of the Sensoji and symbol of Asakusa. Sensoji was built there for the goddess of Kannon. two brothers fished a statue of Kannon.The legend says that in the year 628. it always returned to them. called Nakamise.small cake with red bean paste filling. the goddess of mercy. leads from the outer gate to the temple's second gate. bottom: Ningyoyaki . The temple was completed in 645. visitors first enter through the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate). The freshly renovated main hall in December 2010 When approaching the temple. A shopping street of over 200 meters. top: Agemanju . making it Tokyo's oldest temple. Consequently. and even though they put the statue back into the river. The shopping street has a history of several centuries.deep fried manju (soft cake with red bean paste filling). various traditional local snacks from the Asakusa area are sold along the Nakamise. out of the Sumida River. Kibidango Shop . Osenbei (rice crackers) Folding Fans Yukata and T-shirts from left to right: Kibidango .
Orientation in Tokyo Hours and Fees Main hall: 6:00 to 17:00 (from 6:30 from October to March) Temple grounds: Always open Closed: No closed days Admission: Free Hours: . 160 yen).July: Hozuki are ground cherries. Various events are held throughout the year in the Sensoji Temple area. 160 yen).December: Hagoita is the wooden paddle used in Hanetsuki. From Shinjuku Station Take the orange JR Chuo Line to Kanda Station (10 minutes. Hozuki-ichi (Hozuki Market) . built in the year 1649 by Tokugawa Iemitsu can be found close by the temple's main building. Some of them are: y y y y y Sanja Matsuri (more details) . 130 yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes. From Narita Airport Check our airport page for details. TheAsakusa Shrine. Inside the main hall How to get there Sensoji Temple is a few steps from Asakusa Station.August Tokyo Jidai Matsuri .Beyond the Hozomon main gate stands the temple's main building and a five storied pagoda. Click here to read more about Hanetsuki and the Hagoita Market.May: one of Tokyo's three major festivals. From Tokyo Station Take the JR Yamanote Line to Kanda Station (2 minutes. Asakusa Samba Carnival . 160 yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes. Hagoita-ichi (Hagoita Market) .November: a festival commemorating the history of Tokyo and the Edo culture. served by the Ginza Subway Line. a traditional game that resembles badminton. Asakusa Subway Line and Tobu Railways. a typical summer plant in Japan.
Mount Fuji can be seen in the distance. It is recommended to combine a visit to Tokyo Tower with a visit to Zojoji Temple. 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. Minato) Tokyo Tower With 333 meters. 820 yen (to intermediate floor only) Odaiba # 12 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited . Separate entrance fees apply. an almost twice as tall new broadcast antenna in northern Tokyo. The 634 meter tall new landmark is scheduled to open to the public in spring 2012. just next to the tower. Orientation in Tokyo Hours and Fees Hours: 9:00 to 22:00 Closed: No closing days Admission: 1420 yen (to top floor). the Eiffel Tower of Paris. You can also walk there from Hamamatsucho Station on the JR Yamanote and JR Keihin-Tohoku Line in about 15 minutes.Southern Tokyo (Shinagawa. one of Tokyo's major temples. Construction is currently ongoing on the Tokyo Sky Tree. An wax museum and several more attractions can be found on the ground floors of the tower. and serves as a television and radio broadcast antenna and tourist attraction. It was completed in the year 1958 as a symbol for Japan's rebirth as a major economic power. and the world's tallest self-supporting steel tower. Under good weather conditions. Tokyo Tower is 13 meters taller than its model. 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.
one of Japan's private. . but development was critically slowed down after the burst of the "bubble economy" in the early 1990s. Further development of the area is still underway. During the extravagant 1980s. literally meaning "fort". that Odaiba developed into one of Tokyo's most interestingtourist spots and the highly popular shopping and entertainment district. Open 10:00 to 20:00. theme parks. which it is today. a spectacular redevelopment of the islands into a futuristic business district was started. nationwide TV stations. buy Fuji TV goods at the souvenir shop and access the futuristic looking building's observatory deck. Attractions: Among the attractions of Odaiba are several shopping and entertainment centers. It was not until the second half of the 1990s. Most attractions are closed on Mondays (closed the following Tuesday instead. refers to some of the man made islands in the Bay of Tokyo. Fuji TV Building This is the headquarters of Fuji Television. Even access to Odaiba can be considered an attraction (see "How to get there"). if Monday falls on apublic holiday). museums and the futuristic architecture and city planning. which were constructed in the end of the Edo Period (1603-1868) for the city's protection against attacks from the sea. You can see some exhibitions on popular programs. Admission is free except for the observatory deck (500 yen).Rainbow Bridge from Odaiba Introduction: Daiba.
the admission is 1. Open daily 11:00 to 21:00 (food court until 21:00. Closed Mondays and from Dec 28 to Jan 1. and holidays 11:00 to 22:30). Sundays. are moored in front of the museum. Two actual ships. information technology. including the Yotei Maru ocean liner. restaurants.567 Yen. restaurants open until 23:00 or later). three floors packed with the newest arcade games and more. biology and space exploration. this is a hot spring theme park. Museum admission: 700 yen. The observation deck is open from 15:00 to 21:00 (Saturdays. Open daily 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30). You can enjoy various types of baths. Admission is free. the food theme park "Daiba Little Hong Kong" and "Tokyo Joypolis". The observation deck also offers nice view of the bay area and as far as Mount Fuji on clear days. Admission is 2827 yen (1987 yen if you enter after 6pm). which reproduces the atmosphere of the Edo Period (1603-1868).Decks Tokyo Beach Decks is a shopping mall featuring various stores. Open daily 10:00 to 17:00 (weekends and holidays until 18:00). If you enter between 5am and 7am. the Museum of Maritime Science displays seafaring related exhibits from the past and future. highly interactive and bilingual science museum includes exhibits about environmental issues. There are nice views of the Rainbow Bridge from the wooden deck in front of Aquacity and neighboring Decks. Museum of Maritime Science Housed in a cruise ship shaped building. Open daily from 11am to 9am (no entry between 2am and 5am. boutiques. Once a month Oedo onsen closes early at 11pm for maintenance (admission until 9pm). last entry 7am). . An overnight stay supplement of 1. Admission is 500 yen (400 yen in combination with a Yurikamome day pass). Aquacity Odaiba Aquacity is a shopping mall featuring various stores. which are fed by actual hot spring water from a depth of 1400 meters. robots (starring Asimo among others). Telecom Center The Telecom Center is a major hub on the information highway with several large satellite antennas on its observation deck. Admission: 600 yen. National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation This well done.575 yen applies if you stay after 2am. cafes. Oedo Onsen Monogatari Opened in March 2003. except to Tokyo Joypolis (500 yen). boutiques. cafes and a 13 screen cinema complex. restaurants. Closed Tuesdays and from Dec 28 to Jan 1 (Open Tuesdays during the summer holidays or if Tuesday is a public holiday). Closed Mondays (closed on Tuesday instead if Monday is a public holiday). Combined admission to the museum and Yotei Maru is 1000 yen. Open daily 11:00 to 21:00 (some stores and restaurants remain open until 22:00 or 23:00).
See more details on each attraction below. It features more than one hundred boutiques. Shops are open daily 11:00 to 21:00. Venus Fort Family Previously called Sun Walk. It consists of a relatively small number of spacious stores specializing in interior. Venus Fort Part of Palette Town. Admission is free except Risupia (500 yen). shops. of which Panasonic is part of. electric vehicle ("E-com Ride"). where you can view and touch Toyota's newest models and car accessories. kids. Mega Web Part of Palette Town. except for "Ride One" (300 Yen per ride) and "E-com Ride" (200 Yen per ride). Entry to Risupia is by numbered ticket which are limited during times of high visitation. sports. Open daily. cafes and restaurants. a Ferris Wheel and Zepp Tokyo. Venus Fort Family is another shopping mall on the floor below Venus Town. There are occasional closing days. a large concert venue. computers. except if Monday is a public holiday. Panasonic Center The Panasonic Center is a showroom for the latest products and technologies by the Matsushita Group. Admission is free. A Japanese or recognized international driving permit is required for "Ride One" drivers. test drive a real car ("Ride One") or ride an automatic. On display are the newest cameras. Sun Walk. Restaurants until 23:00. Ferris Wheel Part of Palette Town. "Ride One". pets and books. Mega Web is a Toyota showroom. Shops are open daily 11:00 to 21:00. TV screens. Mega Web.Palette Town This shopping and entertainment complex consists of Venus Fort. and days preceding holidays during the spring and summer season. home appliances and more. Venus Fort is a shopping mall in the style of a 18th century South European town. Open 10:00 to 18:00 (entry to Risupia until 17:00). Most shops and attractions are open from 11:00 to 21:00 and restaurants until 23:00. Universal Design Showcase open until 19:00. targeting a mainly female audience. Restaurants until 23:00. Closed on Mondays. Toyota City Showcase and History Garage open 11:00 to 21:00. Historic cars are exhibited in the "History Garage". Nintendo games. . "E-com Ride" and "Kid's Hybrid Ride One" until 20:00 ("Kid's Hybrid Ride One open until 18:00 on weekdays"). Admission: 900 Yen. this 115 meter tall ferris wheel is one of the world's largest and offers nice views of the bay area. Saturdays. Operating daily from 10:00 to 22:00 (until 24:00 on Fridays.
a one day pass for 800 yen is likely to come cheaper than single tickets. The Yurikamome uses the Rainbow Bridge to get to Odaiba and offers spectacular views of the harbor and the Tokyo waterfront area. It includes a man made sand beach. broad pedestrian walks and parks. If you ride the Yurikamome more than twice. A wide array of events are held at the Big Sight throughout the year. Sit or stand at the very front of the train for the most . elevated train with rubber tires.Tokyo Big Sight Also known as Tokyo International Exhibition Center. which connects Shimbashi Station on the JR Yamanote Line with all of Odaiba's attractions and Toyosu Station on the Yurakucho Subway Line. Tokyo Big Sight is Japan's largest exhibition and convention center and one of the bay islands' boldest architectural creations. A ride from Shimbashi to Daiba takes 15 minutes and costs 310 yen. Public Parks Most of Odaiba's attractions are connected with each other by pleasant. as the views of the Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo's harbor and waterfront area from the Yurikamome elevated train or boat are quite spectacular. By Yurikamome The Yurikamome is an un-manned. Hours and admission fees depend on the specific events. 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.
Seishun 18 Kippu and similar JR tickets are not valid on the Rinkai Line between Osaki and Shin-Kiba. By Rinkai Line This is an underground railway line. 760 yen. Some trains on the JR Saikyo Line continue to run on the Rinkai Line and provide direct connections between Shibuya. Despite changes in eating patterns over the last few decades and slowly decreasing rice consumption in recent years. 400 yen). and can be found in numerous dishes. operates frequent boats between Hinode Pier and Odaiba Seaside Park from 10:00 to 17:45 (until 17:15 on weekdays). even though the line is served by JR trains. 1. yoshoku dishes and other dishes. rice has been the most important food in Japanese cuisine.520 yen). By Boat Tokyo Water Cruise. We have categorized them into rice dishes. get off at Shibaura-futo Station on the Yurikamome. also known as Suijo Bus. noodle dishes. Note that the Japan Rail Pass. . Please note that some dishes may fit into multiple categories. On Foot It is possible to cross the Rainbow Bridge on foot. but are listed only once. Rice Bowl A bowl of plain cooked rice is served with most Japanese meals. as well as a small number of direct trips from Asakusa to Odaiba (1 hour. The walk across takes about 30 minutes and offers nice views of the waterfront area. which connects Osaki Station on the JR Yamanote Line with Shin-Kiba Station on the JR Keiyo Line. seafood dishes. soya bean dishes. The 20 minute boat ride costs 460 yen and offers nice views of the Rainbow Bridge and waterfront area. To access the bridge. Forbreakfast. it is sometimes mixed with a raw egg and soya sauce (tamago kake gohan) or enjoyed with natto or other toppings. nabe dishes. Rice Dishes For over 2000 years. 400 yen). Shinjuku and Odaiba.impressive views. 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. Some of the most popular Japanese and Japanized dishes are listed below. riceremains one of the most important ingredients in Japan today. There are also boats between Hinode Pier and Palette Town and Tokyo Big Sight (25-35 minutes. two hourly connections between Hinode Pier and Asakusa (40 minutes. via Hama Rikyu) and infrequent service from Hinode Pier to the Maritime Museum (25 minutes.
Rice balls are a popular and inexpensive snack available at convenience stores. watery. and many inexpensive Kare Raisu restaurants can be found especially in and around train stations. egg and chicken (oyakodon). Most types of sashimi are enjoyed with soya sauce and wasabi. A large number of fish can be enjoyed raw if they are fresh and prepared correctly. There are various kinds of sushi dishes. Kayu Kayu is rice gruel. but has been used in Japan for over a century. katsuobushi (dried bonito shavings). It is a suitable dish for using left over rice. Domburi more information A bowl of cooked rice with some other food put on top of the rice. They are slightly salted and often contain some additional food in the center. shellfish and other seafood from the oceans. It is a suitable dish for using left over rice. negi (Japanese leek) and small pieces of carrot and pork are mixed into the rice when stir fried. Onigiri Onigiri are rice balls made of cooked rice and usually wrapped in nori seaweed. salmon or tarako (cod roe) added to it. Fried Rice Fried rice or chahan has been originally introduced from China. Kare Raisu Kare Raisu (Curry Rice) is cooked rice with a curry sauce. Chazuke Chazuke is a bowl of cooked rice with green tea and other ingredients. cooked rice that is prepared with sushi vinegar. dried. It can be served with additional toppings such as tonkatsu. tuna or salmon. soft cooked rice that resembles oatmeal. lakes and rivers are used in the Japanese cuisine. Kare Raisu is a very popular dish.Sushi more information Sushi can be defined as a dish which contains sushi rice. Curry is not a native Japanese spice. Seafood Dishes Hundreds of different fish. raw. grilled. boiled. egg. They are prepared and eaten in many different ways. for example. seas. deep fried or steamed. A variety of additional ingredients such as peas. tonkatsu (katsudon) and beef (gyudon). for example. for example an umeboshi (pickled Japanese plum). It is a suitable dish for using left over rice and is often served to sick people because it can be digested easily. . Some of the most popular toppings are tempura (tendon). Sashimi more information Sashimi is raw seafood.
. seafood and/or meat. Udon more information Udon noodles are native Japanese noodles made of wheat flour. somen are Japanese noodles made of wheat flour. Ramen more information Ramen are Chinese style noodles prepared in a soup with various toppings.Yakizakana Yakizakana means grilled fish. Ramen is one of the many popular dishes that were originally introduced from China but have become completely Japanized over time. Typical ingredients arevegetables such as negi (Japanese leek) and hakusai (Chinese cabbage). various mushrooms. but they are much thinner than Udon and Soba. Somen are usually eaten cold and are considered a summer speciality. Many of them enjoy a very high popularity. Soba are about as thick as spaghetti. konyaku and kombu seaweed. usually at the table. Somen Like Udon noodles. boiled eggs. daikon. There are many regional and personal varieties. Udon are thicker than soba and can also be served either hot or cold and with various toppings. Many varieties of fish are enjoyed in this way. Nabe Dishes Nabe dishes or hot pot dishes are prepared in a hot pot. meat and ginger. Noodle Dishes There are various traditional Japanese noodle dishes as well as some dishes which were introduced to Japan and subsequently Japanized. They can be served cold or hot and with various toppings. Some special nabe dishes are: Oden A nabe dish prepared with various fish cakes. and they are especially popular in the cold winter months. Soba more information Soba noodles are native Japanese noodles made of buckwheat flour or a mixture of buckwheat and wheat flour. boiled over many hours in a soya sauce based soup. Yakisoba Yakisoba are fried or deep fried Chinese style noodles served withvegetables.
vegetables. the sumo district in Tokyo. Most parts of the chicken can be used for yakitori. There are many varieties of chanko nabe. Soya Bean Dishes Tofu. Shabu-Shabu Shabu-shabu is Japanese style meat fondue.Sukiyaki A nabe dish prepared with thinly sliced meat. mild soup and dipped into a soya based sauce before being eaten. natto. Yakitori more information Yakitori are grilled chicken pieces on skewers. Tonkatsu Tonkatsu are deep fried pork cutlets. A few chanko nabe restaurants can be found around Ryogoku. The following are some of the most popular soya bean based dishes: Yudofu Yudofu are tofu pieces boiled in a clear. Chanko Nabe Chanko nabe is traditionally the staple diet of sumo wrestlers. along withvegetables. mushrooms. Meat Dishes Meat has been eaten in Japan in larger amounts only since the second half of the 19th century. 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). Nikujaga more information Nikujaga is a popular dish of home style cooking made of meat (niku) and potatoes (jagaimo). mushrooms and tofu is dipped into a hot soup and then into ponzu vinegar or a sesame sauce before being eaten. Nowadays there are a variety of Japanese meat dishes. The pieces of food are dipped into a raw egg before eaten. Thinly sliced meat. tofuand shirataki (konyaku noodles).
and usually served with a gravy sauce or tomato ketchup. The most common filling is a mix of minced meat and mashed potatoes. Many of them have become completely Japanized. vegetables. thinly sliced beef and onions in a demi-glace sauce served over or along side cooked rice. Omuraisu Omuraisu (abbreviation for omelet rice) is cooked rice. Other Dishes Tempura more information Tempura is seafood. It resembles kare raisu. it is also eaten with a spoon. Hamubagu Hamubagu is a Japanese style hamburger steak. It is made by dissolving miso paste in hot water and adding additional ingredients such as wakame seaweed and small pieces of tofu. and come in many varieties depending on the filling. like kare raisu. but without a bun. Tempura was introduced to Japan by the Portuguese in the 16th century. It is typically served on a plate and usually with a demi-glace sauce. 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. wrapped in a thin omelet. and. but has become one of Japan's most famous dishes internationally. Hayashi Raisu Hayashi rice is Japanese style hashed beef stew. mushrooms and other pieces of food coated with tempura batter and deep fried. Korokke are breaded and deep fried. lunch and dinner. Yoshoku Dishes A large number of Western dishes have been introduced to Japan over the centuries. Miso Soup A bowl of miso soup often accompanies breakfast. .Agedashi Tofu Agedashi Tofu are deep fried tofu pieces that are dipped into a soya based sauce before being eaten.
Okonomiyaki more information Okonomiyaki is a mix between pizza and pancake. Various ingredients such as seafood, vegetables and meat can be mixed with the dough and placed on the okonomiyaki as topping.
Monjayaki Monjayaki is a Kanto region specialty that is similar to Okonomiyaki, however, the dough used is much more liquid than the okonomiyaki dough.
Gyoza more information Gyoza are dumplings with a filling usually made of minced vegetables and ground meat. Gyoza were introduced to Japan from China. In Japan gyoza are usually prepared by frying them.
Chawanmushi Chawanmushi is savory steamed egg custard that usually contains pieces of chicken, shrimp, fish cake and a ginko nut mixed inside.
Tsukemono Tsukemono are Japanese pickles. There are many variety of pickles, and a small dish of tsukemono is usually served with Japanese meals.
How to get to Tokyo By Air - Tokyo has two airports: the international Narita Airport is located 60 km outside of central Tokyo, while the domestic Haneda Airport is located more centrally. By Shinkansen - Most shinkansen (bullet train) lines lead to Tokyo. The trip from Osaka/Kyoto takes about three hours. There are also direct bullet trains to/from Kyushu, Nagano, Niigata and various destinations in the Tohoku Region.
Basic Orientation Tokyo is covered by a dense network of train, subway and bus lines, which are operated by about a dozen different companies. The train lines operated by JR East and the subway lines are most convenient for moving around central Tokyo. Tokyo's most prominent train line is the JR Yamanote Line, a circle line which connects Tokyo's multiple city centers. The city's 13 subway lines are operated by two companies and run largely inside the Yamanote circle and the areas around Ginza and Shitamachi. Most of the countless suburban train lines commence at one of the six major stations of the Yamanote Line (Tokyo, Ueno, Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, Shibuya and Shinagawa).
Major JR train lines in Central Tokyo The map below shows Tokyo's major railway stations and the five JR lines that are most relevant to people who travel within central Tokyo.
Yamanote Line Circle line that connects all major city centers. Keihin-Tohoku Line Runs parallel to the Yamanote Line on the eastern half of the circle. Chuo/Sobu Line Runs across the Yamanote circle (local slow service). Chuo Line (Rapid) Runs across the Yamanote circle (rapid service). Connects Tokyo and Shinjuku. Saikyo/Rinkai Line Rapid service parallel to the Yamanote Line on the western half of the circle. Connects to Daiba. Shinkansen Tokaido Shinkansen trains stop at Tokyo and Shinagawa, while bullet trains to the north stop at Tokyo and Ueno.
Subways Tokyo's subway network is operated by two companies, the Toei Subways with four lines, and Tokyo Metro (formerly known as Eidan Subways) with nine lines. Together, they densely cover central Tokyo, especially the area inside the Yamanote circle and the areas around Ginza and Shitamachi. Note, that at their terminal stations, the trains of some subway lines continue to operate on the tracks of different companies on suburban train lines. For example, the Chiyoda Subway Line is directly connected with the suburban Odakyu Line at Yoyogi-Uehara Station, and some trains on the Hibiya Subway Line continue to run on the tracks of the Tokyu Toyoko Line at Nakameguro Station.
Other railway companies Besides JR East and the two subway companies, most other railway companies connect Tokyo with the metropolis' outer regions and surrounding prefectures. Their lines typically start at one of the stations of the JR Yamanote Line. Many of the private railway companies also operate department stores usually at their train lines' major stations.
Tokyu Railways Serving southwestern Tokyo and Kanagawa. Tobu Railways Serving Saitama and Tochigi. Connection to Nikko. Seibu Railways Serving the Tokyo Tama Region and Saitama. Keio Railways Serving the Tokyo Tama Region. Odakyu Railways Serving Kanagawa. Connection to Hakone. Keisei Railways Serving Chiba. Connection to Narita Airport. Keikyu Railways Serving Haneda Airport and Kanagawa. Tsukuba Express Connecting Akihabara with Tsukuba City, Ibaraki.
Special Tickets A whole variety of day passes is available for the Tokyo area. Day passes are sold at train stations and vending machines and are valid from the first train in the morning until the last train in the evening. Tokyo Free Kippu (1580 yen) Unlimited use of all subway lines (Toei and Tokyo Metro) and JR trains in the central Tokyo area on one calendar day. It is also valid on buses and streetcars operated by Toei. Toei and Tokyo Metro One-Day Economy Pass (1000 yen) Unlimited use of all subway lines (Toei and Tokyo Metro) on one calendar day. Tokyo Metro Open Ticket (1-day: 600 or 710 yen; 2-day: 980 yen) Unlimited use of the nine Tokyo Metro subway lines, but not the four Toei subway lines. A regular one day pass costs 710 yen, while a tourist version is available for 600 yen (one day) and 980 yen (two consecutive days). The tourist version is only available at Narita Airport. Toei One-Day Economy Pass (700 yen) Unlimited use of the four Toei subway lines, buses and streetcars on one calendar day. It is not valid on the nine Tokyo Metro subway lines.
subways and other non-JR trains. Tokyo Metro started operating the new Fukutoshin Line between Shibuya. Suica and PASMO Suica and PASMO are prepaid IC cards. including JR trains. public holidaysand certain holiday seasons. Elsewhere on the site is a guide devoted to Suica and PASMO. It can only be used on Saturdays.Tokunai Pass (730 yen) Unlimited use of JR trains in the central Tokyo area on one calendar day. 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). Shinjuku and Shibuya. while Toei operates the other four. Prepaid cards don't give you any discounts. and is scheduled to provide through service with the Tokyu Toyoko Line at Shibuya . but they make the process of taking trains easier. Ikebukuro and Wakoshi. The Japan Rail Pass is valid only on JR trains. It runs nine of the metropolis' thirteen subway lines. 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. 2008. Sundays. On June 14. Two train categories run on the Fukutoshin Line: local trains stop at all stations. Shinjuku-sanchome. The Fukutoshin Line provides through service with the Tobu Tojo Line and Seibu Ikebukuro Line at its northern end. that can be used interchangeably on most trains and buses in Greater Tokyo. Elsewhere on the site is a guide devoted to the Holiday Pass. It cannot be used on subways or any other non-JR train Tokyo Metro Tokyo Metro (formerly known as Eidan) is one of Tokyo's two subway operators. Holiday Pass (2300 yen) Unlimited use of local and rapid JR trains in the greater Tokyo area (including Yokohama andKamakura) on one calendar day.
Instead. they alone do not provide the perfect solution for getting around Tokyo. Simplified Network Map of Tokyo Metro: (move cursor over subway line name to highlight a single line) . While the nine Tokyo Metro lines provide access to many of Tokyo's city centers and tourist attractions. they are best used in combination with the Toei subway lines and the urban JR lines. especially the JR Yamanote Line.Station from the year 2012.
To provide more convenient connections between the suburbs and the city center. Toyo Rapid Railway and JR Chuo Line Chiyoda Line: to JR Joban Line and Odakyu Railway Yurakucho Line: to Tobu Tojo Line and Seibu Ikebukuro Line Hanzomon Line: to Tokyu Denentoshi Line and Tobu Isesaki Line Nanboku Line: to Tokyu Toyoko Line and Saitama Rapid Railway Fukutoshin Line: to Tobu Tojo Line and Seibu Ikebukuro Line . 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.
especially teenagers. Shinjuku Yoyogi Harajuku Shibuya . Even though a single train on the Yamanote Line is roughly 200 meters long.Tokyo Metro fares range from 160 to 300 yen depending on how far you travel. However. The north entrance of the Meiji Shrine can be accessed from Yoyogi Station. Many suburban train lines commence at Shinjuku Station. JR Yamanote Line The Yamanote Line is Tokyo's most important train line. the Japan Rail Pass is not valid on subways. It is a circular line which connects Tokyo's major city centers. A trip around the whole circle takes approximately one hour. It is located in the middle of the large Shinjuku business. Harajuku is a shopping and entertainment district for young people. because subways are not operated by JR. Shibuya is a large shopping and business district particularly popular among the younger generations. Suica and Pasmo prepaid cards can be used on Tokyo Metro. A one day pass for unlimited use of Tokyo Metro on one calendar day is available for 710 yen. The main entrance to Meiji Shrine is located next to Harajuku Station. but note that special passes for visitors are sold at Narita Airport for only 600 yen for a 1-day version and 980 yen for a 2day version. A day pass valid on both Tokyo Metro and Toei subway lines is available for 1000 yen. Below are more details about the stations of the Yamanote Line starting and ending at Shinjuku in their actual. counter-clockwise order: Shinjuku Station is Japan's busiest train station. entertainment and shopping district. there are departures about every two to four minutes in each direction. Several suburban train lines commence at Shibuya Station.
TheUeno Park and the Ameyoko shopping street are located next to the station. Shiodome Shiosite and Hama Rikyu Gardens. Many suburban train lines pass through or commence at Tokyo Station.Shinagawa is the closest JR station to Sengakuji Temple. Many suburban train lines commence at Ueno Station. It is located in the prestigious Marunouchi business district. The Ameyoko shopping street starts at Okachimachi Station. Uguisudani Nippori . the Imperial Palace and the Imperial Palace East Gardens. The Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen trains stop at Shinagawa Station. Hamamatsucho is the closest JR station to the Tokyo Tower andZojoji Temple. It is also the terminal station of the Tokyo Monorail. Yurakucho Station is the closest JR station to the Sakuradamon entrance gate of the Imperial Palace and to the famous Ginzashopping and entertainment district. which connects central Tokyo with the domestic Haneda Airport. Shimbashi is a large business area and the closest JR station to the Tsukiji Fish Market. Tokyo Station is the terminal station of all shinkansen lines. Shimbashi Yurakucho Tokyo Kanda Akihabara Okachimachi Ueno Akihabara Station is located just next to Akihabara Electric Town. The shinkansen trains to northern Japan stop at Ueno Station.Ebisu Meguro Gotanda Osaki Shinagawa Tamachi Hamamatsucho Closest station to Yebisu Garden Place. a large shopping area for electronics.
buses are the main means of public transportation. Mejiro Takadanobaba Shin-Okubo Shinjuku Local Buses This page is about local and short-distance buses in Japan and how to use them. Kyoto City Bus In Tokyo. Osaka and some other large cities. Visit our highway bus page for more information on long distance bus travel. complementing the train and subway networks. . Several suburban train lines commence at Ikebukuro Station.Nishi-Nippori Tabata Komagome Sugamo Otsuka Ikebukuro Ikebukuro is one of Tokyo's largest shopping and entertainment districts. In cities with less dense train networks like Kyoto. Rikugien Garden is just south of Komagome Station. buses serve as a secondary means of public transportation.
and there are different systems of ticketing depending on the company. match the number on your ticket with the number and fare on the display. One US dollar is roughly 100 Yen.000 . the countryside and national parks. 5) If you do not have the exact fare. To determine your fare.000 Yen . Travel Budget This page is meant to give you a rough idea of the cost of individual travel in Japan.12. use the changing machine to get small coins.000 .000 Yen Two Travelers 5. 6) When getting off.20. and visit our page about package tours.9. for example in central Kyoto. Single Traveler Low Budget Medium Budget High Budget 2. Sample daily budgets Not including cost for transportation. In many cities or city centers. followed by notes about exceptions: 1) Enter the bus through the back door (or front door if there is only one door). pay a flat fare when entering.500 Yen 9. which you will later use to determine your fare. there are a few exceptions to the above outlined system.000 Yen 6. Below is a description of the most common system. Major cities are. a flat fare applies. pick up a ticket from a small machine. A number is printed on the ticket. by introducing some sample budgets. Click here for the current Yen exchange rates.000 Yen over 12. and exit through the rear door. where you are supposed to enter through the front door.e. furthermore.500 . 2) When entering. you always pay the same price regardless of how far you travel. Of course. The most prominent exception are the Tokyo Metropolitan Buses. press one of the buttons on the wall to signal the driver that you wish to get off at the next stop. put your ticket and the exact fare into the box next to the driver.500 .Buses also serve smaller towns. i. This means that you do not have to worry about steps 2) and 3) in the above description. 4) When your stop is approaching. How to use a bus Using buses in Japan can be intimidating to foreign tourists because there are usually few English displays or announcements. 3) A display above the driver shows the next stop and the fares for that stop in yen.000 Yen over 20. linked by highway and long distance buses.6. View our suggested itineraries to see the sample budgets applied to specific itineraries.
500 . A stay at a ryokan with two meals included typically costs between 10. Furthermore.000 Yen per double room and night At this level.000 Yen per single room and night over 10.3.500 Yen per night and person Dormitories and youth hostels. nofrills minshukuand ryokan. you can get rooms in good business hotels and inexpensive Western style hotels.000 Yen per double room and night Starting around 7000 Yen per person.000 .000 Yen per day Hotel breakfasts and breakfast buffets will usually cost you more than 1000 Yen.) or visit fast food restaurants like McDonald's or Mister Donut which offer inexpensive breakfasts. booking services likeHostelworld offer great deals.000 to 50.000 Yen per person and night. Medium budget: 500 . rice balls.000 Yen per room and night.7. you will have to live from convenience store food (bread. you will find rooms in cheap business hotels and inexpensive. found in most cities and regions of Japan.000 and 30. Breakfast: Low budget: 200 . Medium budget: 3.10.700 Yen per day Inexpensive lunch boxes are available in convenience stores and stands in railway stations .Accommodation: Check our accommodation page for more information on different accommodation types and corresponding price ranges. Lunch: Low budget: 400 . etc.500 Yen per day At this level. Breakfasts buffets in first-class hotels typically cost between 2000 and 3000 Yen.000 Yen per single room and night 5.000 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.500 . you typically pay 20. typically charge between 1500 and 3500 Yen per night and person. Some tour packages (for individual travelers) include accommodation at quality Western style hotels at this price level.1. For a room in a high class Western style hotel. High budget: over 7. High budget: above 1. Low budget: 1.
not including alcoholic drinks. domburior hamburger. including the restaurants found in department stores where meals typically cost between 1000 and 2000 Yen. High budget: above 1. Most museums and castles charge about 200-1000 Yen per person.1. so called teishoku. steaks. A few museums charge no admission on one day of the week or month. sukiyaki.200 Yen per day At this level you will have an even larger range of inexpensive restaurants such as the above mentioned fast food places.000 Yen per day With 3000 Yen per person you will be able to have a good dinner at a wide range ofrestaurants.000 Yen per day Conventional restaurants are generally more expensive in the evening than during lunch time. specializing in noodles. Sightseeing: Low budget: 0 .2. for around 1000 Yen. inexpensive ready-to-eat meals. French cuisine. High budget: above 1.700 Yen per day Convenience stores sell various. Medium budget: 500 .1. kaiseki ryori.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). High budget: above 2. curry. At this level. plus restaurants which offer lunch set special. Various fast food restaurants. as there are no lunch specials. Admission to large theme parks typically cost around 5000 .500 Yen per day Japan offers many free attractions. Other options are again cheap fast food restaurants. Dinner: Low budget: 400 . Medium budget: 700 .and business districts.000 Yen per day Some museums and attractions (usually outstanding ones or tourist traps) charge between 1000 and 3000 Yen per person. Medium budget: 700 . also offer relatively filling meals for 700 Yen or less. Calculate 5000 Yen upwards per person for a dinner at upper class restaurants specializing in sushi.200 Yen per day A lunch at most conventional restaurants cost typically between 1000 and 3000 Yen. etc. you will be able to enjoy a nice dinner at a wide range of fast food and conventional restaurants. Most shrines and some temples do not charge admission fees.
Budget Travel . Prepaid cards. As a result. On each day. roughly corresponds to the cost of a single return trip from Tokyo to Kyoto by shinkansen. especially if plan your route wisely.Sightseeing . Day passes. many others require you to do a lot of traveling before they pay off. While some day passes are good deals. if you take advantage of the various discount offers. try to concentrate on just one part of the city instead of zigzagging around town. for example. Rates vary widely but are typically a few hundred yen per hour or 500 to 1000 yen per day. regular tickets and prepaid cards Day passes are available for most major Japanese cities. 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. Two and three week passes are even more cost-effective. but they are more convenient to use. city districts or rural towns. Transportation: Low budget: Highway buses. Bicycles A rental bicycle can be a convenient and economical way of exploring small to medium sized cities. Rental outlets are usually found around the train station. regular tickets are not rarely cheaper than day passes. rban Transportation Cost on urban transportation can generally be reduced by planning out your route wisely. All budgets: Travelers of all budgets should consider purchasing a Japan Rail Pass or a regional rail pass. Over long distances. such as Suica and Icoca. Thereby you can walk in between sights and minimize subway and bus travel.Yen per day. do not provide any discounts over regular tickets. The cost for a 7 day Japan Rail Pass. domestic flights can be as economical as a rail pass. Basic mamachari type bicycle are usually the only type of bicycle available.
castles and gardens charge an admission of at least a few hundred yen.While Japan has plenty of enjoyable sightseeing attractions that are free. Meiji Shrine. 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. Imperial Palace and East Gardens. Free Sightseeing Below is a list of popular sightseeing spots and activities that do not cost admission: Tokyo Tsukiji Market. Higher class restaurants also have less expensive lunch options. manga kissa and capsule hotels often include a complementary light breakfast. temples. Many restaurants offer inexpensive set menus (teishoku) for around 1000 yen during the lunch hours. making it a great way to check out places that may otherwise be outside of your budget.Food Convenience stores are the budget traveler's friends It is not necessary to starve yourself to save money when traveling in Japan. Yet there are a variety of discounts that can decrease your sightseeing expenses a little bit. and business hotels. Minshuku and ryokan usually include both dinner and breakfast. consider making lunch your main meal of the day. observation deck of the Tokyo Government Office and people watching and window shopping in bustlingShinjuku. Finally. Also when shopping around for accommodation. most museums. . Harajuku. Sensoji Temple. while lunch boxes (bento) are available for around 500 yen or less. Akihabara and Ginza. Shibuya. consider hotel and tour packages that include meals with the stay. quality meals throughout the country. Budget Travel . hotels tend to have various meal plans. as it is easy to find a wide selection of cheap.
lunch boxes. and Matsuya gyudon chains. Supermarkets Japanese supermarkets are comparable to those found in Western countries and offer much of the same items including fresh fruits and vegetables. while Saizeriya is popular for its cheap and filling Italian food and Bamiyan for its Chinese dishes. drinks. Convenience stores offer a selection of fresh sandwiches and rice balls (onigiri). sushi. meat. While easily found in the suburbs and smaller towns. canned and dry foods. Chains such as Gusto. Coco Curry House. soba. as well as many Japanese chains that specialize in one type of dish such as gyudon. but expect them to be more expensive than back home. Many supermarkets also discount fruits and vegetables that are either blemished. sweets.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. (normally priced) supermarkets are rare in the centers of large cities. Imported foods are also widely available. and the Hokka Hokka Tei and Hotto Motto lunch box chains. noodles. Royal Host and Denny's offer a wide variety of Western and Japanese dishes. resulting in inexpensive meals always being close at hand. alcohol and prepared foods. bakery items. The cost of a meal rarely exceeds 1000 yen per person. Note that many supermarkets begin to mark down their unsold lunch items around 14:00 and their other prepared foods from around 19:00. snacks. and can be found virtually anywhere in Japan. but progressively increase until closing and may end up as high as 50 to 70 percent. Sukiya. Among these chains are the Yoshinoya. yet still offer a quality selection of inexpensive meals. Discounts start off at a modest 10 to 20 percent. Thanks to the fierce competition between convenience store chains. Low budget conveyor belt sushi chains could also be listed under this category. curry or boxed meals (bento).udon. Fast Food Japan has a lot of international fast food chains such as McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Chicken. ramen. Hanamaru Udon. Family Restaurants Family restaurants are another type of restaurant that are a modest step up from fast food establishments. seafood. the quality of many food items is surprisingly high. Coco's. alcohol and other drinks. . overripe or otherwise not fit for sale at full price.
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. Kaiten-zushi tends to be less expensive than usual sushi-ya. Tonkatsu-ya Tonkatsu-ya serve tonkatsu. Every ramen-ya has developed its own soup. where the sushi dishes are presented to the customers on a conveyor belt. with hiyashi (cold) noodles popular in summer and nabeyaki (hot) udon popular in winter. y Sushi-ya Sushi-ya are restaurants which specialize in sushi. the most crucial ingredient for a restaurant's success. convenience stores and supermarkets. There is usually at least one kare-ya and one ramen-ya inside or around any major railway station. such as gyoza and fried rice.Business Districts and Train Stations Especially during lunch hours the competition is fierce among restaurants in large business districts. Restaurants A large number of restaurant types can be found in Japan. 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. Several other dishes of Chinese origin. The menu often changes slightly with the seasons. Ramen-ya Ramen-ya specialize in ramen dishes. Alcoholic drinks tend to be cheapest at liquor stores. deep fried breaded pork cutlets. behind which the sushi chef is working. such as imitation beer (happoshu and 3rd genre beer). sweet potatoes. There are usually a few kinds of plates (differing in color or pattern). Korokke and other deep fried dishes are also available at many tonkatsu-ya. shochu (distilled spirit made from rice. Chinese style noodles served in a soup with various toppings. Kaiten-zushi Kaiten-zushi are sushi restaurants. In the end. Large business districts and busy railway stations also usually offer a wide range of small fast food restaurants where you can easily have a full meal for under 1000 yen. Most noodle dishes come either cooled with a dipping sauce or in a hot soup and with different toppings. the number of plates is counted to determine the cost. wheat or sugar cane) or chuhai (shochu based cocktails with various flavors). Gyudon-ya Gyudon-ya specialize in gyudon (beef domburi). each being associated with a certain price of typically 100 to 500 yen. 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. Kare-ya Kare-ya are restaurants that specialize in curry rice (kare raisu) dishes. Customers are usually y y y y y y y . are usually also available at a ramen-ya. Soba-ya Soba-ya specialize in soba and udon noodle dishes. customers can sit either at a normal table or at a counter (sushi bar). Alcoholic Drinks Explore Japan's unique lineup of alcoholic drinks that are cheaper than beer. In most sushi-ya. Okonomiyaki-ya Okonomiyaki-ya specialize in okonomiyaki and sometimes monjayaki. Gyudon-ya tend to be inexpensive fast food style restaurants.
Unagi-ya Unagi-ya specialize in unagi (fresh water eel) dishes such as unajuu and unadon (unagidomburi). Shokudo also offer a variety of dishes. the term is not commonly used anymore. grilled chicken skewers. they are also popular places to go as a late night snack after drinking. Tempura-ya Tempura-ya specialize in tempura dishes. y y . Teishoku-ya are especially numerous in business areas and popular during lunch time. A set menu usually consists of a main dish such as a fried fish. Sukiyaki-ya Sukiyaki-ya specialize in sukiyaki and shabu-shabu. They tend to be expensive and are not very numerous. Family Restaurant and Shokudo Family restaurants (famiresu) offer a variety of Western. and the people at one table usually share all dishes. Along with ramen-ya. Izakaya tend to be informal. rather than ordering and eating individually. Yakitori-ya Yakitori-ya specialize in yakitori. such as robata (grilled food). such as tendon (tempura domburi) and assorted tempura. 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. however.y y y y preparing their okonomiyaki by themselves on a hot plate which is built into the table. It is probably the most popular restaurant type among the Japanese people. Teishoku-ya Teishoku-ya are restaurants that sell teishoku (set menus). salads and finger food. a bowl of cooked rice and small side dishes. They are particularly popular among salarymen after work. Chinese and Japanese dishes in order to please all family members. y Izakaya Izakaya are drinking places that offer a variety of small dishes. and the difference to family restaurants is small.
Chinese and Italian cooking. Chinese Restaurants There are many Chinese restaurants in Japan. ethnic cuisine means South East Asian food. They include major American chain stores such as McDonald's. where small pieces of meat are cooked on a grill at the table. but also various Japanese chain stores such as Mos Burger and Lotteria. such as omuraisu and hayashiraisu. Other popular Korean dishes such as bibimba are also usually available at a yakiniku-ya. 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. y Yakiniku-ya Yakiniku-ya specialize in Korean style barbecue. Ethnic Cuisine In Japan. Italian Restaurants Italian cuisine is very popular across Japan. such as cakes and ice cream. The dishes served at yoshoku-ya are heavily Japanized Western dishes. Many of them serve slightly Japanized Chinese dishes. such as Thai. Many Italian restaurants have Japanese flavored pasta dishes on their menus besides conventional dishes. Hamburger Fast Food There are many hamburger fast food restaurants across Japan.Family Restaurant Foreign Cuisine Many restaurants in Japan specialize in a foreign cuisine. . while others offer more authentic Chinese food. Yoshoku-ya Yoshoku-ya specialize in yoshoku ryori (Western Food). Especially Korean. Indonesian and Vietnamese food. as well as American style fast food enjoys a great popularity among the Japanese.
It is a refined cooking style related to thetea ceremony. Yatai and Rotensho Yatai are movable food stalls that can be found along busy streets. candy. nikuman and oden. water. instant ramen. Karaage Rotensho Convenience Stores More than 40. It can be enjoyed at special kaiseki ryori restaurants or at ryotei. Most convenience stores are open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Coffee chain stores such as Starbucks are also quite numerous.000 convenience stores. Strong competition between the major operators. microwave meals and hot foods like fried chicken. can be heated up by the store staff. Lawson and Family Mart. The stores also sell all kinds of hot and cold beverages including soda. Some cold foods. constantly produces new innovative products and services and makes Japanese convenience stores truly convenient. They sometimes include seating space inside a tent. bread. can be found across Japan. sandwiches. sport . such as Seven Eleven. obento (lunch boxes). coffee. Dishes commonly offered at yatai include oden and ramen. snacks and sweets. takoyaki and yakisoba are just a few of the many dishes commonly sold at rotensho. chips.Okonomiyaki.y y besides beverages. Goods offered Convenience stores primarily sell food including a large range of meals. tea. known as konbini. such asonigiri (rice balls). such as onigiri. Rotensho are food stands that are temporarily constructed for festivals and other large events. expensive and exclusive Japanese restaurants for business banquets and similar events. which emphasizes concepts such as simplicity and elegance. Kaiseki Ryori and Ryotei Kaiseki Ryori may be called "Japanese haute cuisine".
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. Copier/Fax: A copy machine and fax is available at most convenience stores. If not the ATM. y y y y y Below is a sample layout of a typical Japanese convenience store: Supermarkets . happoshu. such as parcels or luggage. Ticket Reservations: Tickets for sport events. Other goods available include body care products. A limited range of postal services.drinks. magazines and comics. Services offered Convenience stores also offer a wide range of services. it is possible to drop off or pick up deliveries (takuhaibin). the prints will be ready instantly or can be picked up later. juice. batteries. Bill Payment: Many bills. chuhai. newspapers. particularly outside of the city centers. highway buses and othertravel services can be purchased at the multi-purpose terminal. cosmetics. such as the sale of post cards and stamps. concerts. is also available. can be paid at convenience stores. theme parks. Foreign credit and debit cards are usually not recognized by the ATMs found in convenience stores. Digital Camera Prints: You can get prints of digital pictures by inserting your camera's memory card into the multi-purpose terminal. nihonshu. Many convenience stores also sell alcoholic beverages including beer. Delivery Services: At many stores. shochu and wine. it is usually the copy machine which serves as the store's multi-purpose terminal. have a toilet. blank CDs and tapes. umbrellas. milk and vitamin drinks. The selection changes frequently and often varies by season as well. Depending on the store. Some stores. except at 7-Eleven. cell phone and insurance bills. including utility.
Kirin. but it is made with less malt. Also see our page about convenience stores. lighter taste. The art of brewing beer was imported in the early Meiji Period from Germany as a development project for the northern island of Hokkaido. pickled. "sparkling alcohol". tofu. Drinking parties. this beer-like beverage contains no malt. A visit to such a food department is a highly recommended experience. In order to counter tax changes that reclassified the malt content of beer and subsequently raised the price of happoshu. The leading breweries are Asahi. The packages and portions in Japanese supermarkets are usually smaller than comparable packages sold in Europe or North America in particular.Modern Japanese supermarkets are organized much in the same way as their Western counterparts. They offer all kinds of goods such as fresh fruits and vegetables. soya. The goods are usually beautifully presented and of excellent quality. are a common activity that are used to strengthen both social and business ties. fresh seafood. Happoshu Happoshu (lit. can be relatively inexpensive. alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages and household articles. Suntory and Sapporo. they are rarely cheaper. which gives it a different. dried and canned food. ready-to-eat meals. bread. instead using pea. meat. A large variety of alcoholic beverages can be found in Japan. or wheat spirits. Also due to the lower malt content. Alcoholic Beverages Drinking plays an important role in Japanese society. It has a similar flavor and alcohol content as beer. Third beer "Third beer" (also known as "Shin Janru" or "New Genre") is the most recent development in the Japanese beer industry. Some of the most popular ones are: Beer Beer is the most popular alcoholic drink in Japan. . snacks. also known as low-malt beer) is a relatively recent invention by Japanese brewing companies. dairy products. nevertheless. typically held at restaurants and izakaya. Traditional Japanese foodstuffs. Also the cashier system is well organized and efficient. on the other hand. Beautiful food departments are usually located in the basement floors of most department stores. happoshu is taxed differently than beer and is consequently sold at a lower price.
there also exists a sizable and increasing domestic wine industry. peach. Common flavors include lemon. . Commonly made at home. white. the United States and Australia are widely available. They are usually shochu based. sweet potatoes. Wine Wine is gaining popularity in Japan. or oolong tea. and shochu or nihonshu. Italy. Recent ones include winter pear.Rice Wine (nihonshu or sake) Commonly called sake outside of Japan. Awamori is the Okinawan version of shochu. wheat and/or sugar cane. grapefruit. It is usually served mixed with water and ice. Shochu. It differs in that it is made from longgrained thai-style rice instead of short-grained Japanese-style rice and uses a black koji mold indigenous to Okinawa. Besides major brands. and are available in cans anywhere alcohol is sold. Awamori Shochu is a distilled spirit with an alcohol content usually between 20-40 percent. there are countless local rice wines (jizake). Chuhai Chuhai (the name is derived from "shochu highball") are fruitflavored alcoholic drinks with an alcohol content that ranges between 5-8 percent. lime. It is drunk either hot or cold. nihonshu or sake (note that "sake" is also the general Japanese term for alcohol) is brewed using rice. The alcohol content of nihonshu is typically about 10-20%. fruity. and sparkling wines from France. or as an umeshu sawa (umeshu sour). The most famous wine producing region within Japan is Yamanashi Prefecture. and mikan (mandarin orange). While imported red. and nashi (Japanese pear). It is commonly made from rice. pineapple. water and white koji mold as the main ingredients. sugar. fruit juice and sparkling water. especially among women. ume. In addition there are many seasonal flavors that come and go. mixed with soda. and it is usually filtered although unfiltered nihonshu (nigorizake) is also popular. Plum wine (umeshu) Umeshu is made of Japanese plums (ume). It is usually served on the rocks. it is also easily found anywhere alcohol is sold. Its sweet. juice-like flavor and aroma can appeal to those who normally dislike alcohol.
but avoid using "chin chin" when making a toast. These customs apply to everyone in your party even if they are not drinking alcohol. 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. The legal drinking age is 20 years old. convenience stores. While it is considered bad manners to become obviously drunk in some formal restaurants. Telephone and utilities bills can be paid at banks. for example in restaurants that serve kaiseki ryori (Japanese haute cuisine). as long as you do not bother other guests. debit and ATM cards. a foreigner requires to present his/her Alien Registration Card. Other toasts are acceptable. restaurants. The machines found in convenience stores. deposit and transfer money and pay bills. for example. the same is not true for other types of restaurants such as izakaya. rather than serving yourself. An inkan (personal stamp) or signature is also needed. Japanese banks offer automatic teller machines (ATM) and cash dispensers (CD). but the number of 24h ATMs is increasing. and then take at least one drink before putting the glass down. In order to open an account at a Japanese bank. Only theinternational ATMs found in post offices and in a few major department stores and airports accept foreign credit and debit cards. the same as for purchasing tobacco products. be aware that most Japanese ATMs do not accept foreign credit cards. Banks Japanese banks are usually open Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 15:00. which is usually "kampai". department stores. Alcoholic beverages are sold in supermarkets. . hold it up for the person while they pour. Drinking Manners When drinking alcoholic beverages. which are issued outside of Japan. liquor stores (sakaya) and at vending machines (although machines in public shut off after 11PM). As a traveler in Japan. if someone wants to serve you. the document any foreigner needs to apply for when staying in Japan for more than 90 days. ATMs Many automatic teller machines (ATMs) in Japan do not accept credit. are often available around the clock. while at CDs it is usually only possible to withdraw money. Gin and vodka based drinks are also commonly available at bars. post offices and at some convenience stores. and izakaya.Other liquors Whisky is perhaps the most popular other western liquor in Japan and is often served on the rocks or mixed with water and ice. At ATMs one can pay withdraw. you should drink to make room in your glass if it is full. it is customary to serve one another. ATMs. and replenish them before they are empty. You should periodically check your friends' glasses. Likewise. since in Japanese this expression refers to the male genitalia. Most ATMs and CDs are unavailable on weekends and during the night.
Kyoto and a few other major cities (note that even these ATMs are unavailable on Sundays and public holidays for four hours between 20:00 and midnight). Notify your bank that you are going to use your card overseas. American Express and JCB cards and provide an English user menu. however. shorter hours on weekends) to medium sized offices (typically 8:00 to 20:00. possibly closed on Sundays) to minor offices (typically 9:00 and 16:00. Shinjuku Office. from major post offices (typically 7:00 to 23:00. Mastercard. suspecting a fraud. Remember your card's secret 4-digit PIN. ATMs at 7-Eleven stores are available 24 hours per day on every day of the year. These ATMs allow you to withdraw cash by credit and debit cards issued outside of Japan. In order to use international ATMs. Inquire what fees and daily and/or monthly limits are associated with international withdrawals.000 7Elevenconvenience stores across the country. Tsuwano Post Office Taketomi Post Office In addition to the ATMs at post offices and 7-Eleven convenience stores.000 post offices and over 10. 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. international ATMs can be found at international airports. In case of post offices. shorter hours on weekends. Cell Phones in Japan . Cirrus. Postal ATM operating hours then decrease proportionally to the size of the post office. closed on weekends). including theTokyo Central Office. Plus. since many banks will block a card which is suddenly used abroad.The big exception are the ATMs found at the over 20. Maestro. only the central offices of major cities offer a 24 hour/7 days a week ATM service. in major department stores and in Citibank and Shinsei Bank branches. Shibuya Office and the central offices of Osaka. including Visa.
electronic wallets/train passes. games. and they are constantly getting new features such as internet browsers.Mobile phone display racks at an electronics store.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. 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. so GSM phones do not work. Check the cost-comparison link on our home page. Free incoming calls. au by KDDI. Most importantly. Mobile phones are everywhere. Do Japanese phones work outside of Japan? . Compatibility with the Japanese mobile phone network . There are two things that are required for your telephone to work: 1. Alternatively. Contact your service provider for details concerning your particular phone. and before that J-phone). while Softbank has about 15 million subscribers. Do foreign phones work in Japan? Due to different technologies. The biggest mobile phone companies in Japan are NTT Docomo. there is no GSM network. Low call rates. Free shipping.With an international roaming plan (from your home service provider) you use your own phone and number. and Softbank (formerly Vodafone. Au is next with about 30 million subscribers. 2. televisions. International roaming plan or rental SIM card . mobile phones from your home country may not work in Japan. Mobile phones Japan is a leader in mobile phone technology and usage with about 75% of the population owning one. gps/navigation and music players. but are charged international roaming rates which tend to be expensive. however the number of compatible phones is increasing. You can rent OR buy a Japan cell phone BEFORE your departure! Click above link. Docomo is the most popular company with about 50 million subscribers. cameras. Rentafone Japan We provide a cheap and convenient cell phone rental service for shortterm visitors to Japan.
Japanese phones are designed at a hardware and software level to work with only a particular network. must be purchased in advance. Credit can be bought at cell phone stores and convenience stores. How to get a mobile phone: Rental Phones Renting is the most economical way for the average traveler to get a phone. 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. All of the companies at the airports have same day rentals. Prepaid Phones Due to past criminal abuse of prepaid phones. Phone numbers remain active as long as you have valid credit in your account. and typically requires a picture ID and a credit card. incoming calls are free). This means that a person with a handset and service provided by a Japanese mobile phone carrier can roam when travelling outside of Japan. 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. Typical proof can be in the form of a Japanese driver's license. incoming calls are free and outgoing calling rates are comparable to those of rental phones. Japanese carriers do not unlock handsets. Credit. etc. which is used for outgoing calls. Prepaid phones start around 5000 yen. and is typically valid for 60 days from activation. Many companies have kiosks at the airports. although while overseas some of their advanced functions will likely not work. but the display phones are non-working plastic samples.Many phones that are sold in Japan can operate on 3G and GSM networks (only in certain countries) with the appropriate international roaming plans. internet. Also. depending on what features your phone supports. but . phone sellers must now verify the identity and place of residence of their buyers. There are phones to suit every style. You can return the phones at the airport or through the maildepending on the company. while other companies will mail a phone to your hotel or to your home. Some stores will accept foreign passports along with a hotel address as verification. The fees for rental phones vary and usually consist of the rental fee (typically 250-1000 yen per day) plus a usage fee (typically 70-200 yen per minute domestic outgoing. email. With most companies. while some companies offer discounts for advanced reservations. or an alien registration card. a Japanese Passport.
explore the nearby Asakusa area around Sensoji Temple where a touch of the old Tokyo can still be experienced. In the afternoon. 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. Phones may be free or subsidized although that typically requires a 2 year service contract. At least one week to get to know it more intimately. an elevated train across the Rainbow Bridge onto a man made island in Tokyo Bay. visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office. Afterwards. visit the shopping and entertainment attractions and view the futuristic architecture and landscape design around Odaiba and Tokyo Big Sight. Half day schedules: Old Tokyo Visit the excellent Edo-Tokyo Museum about Tokyo's history. Explore centrally locatedSensoji Temple and the surrounding streets. Shinjuku Start the day with a visit to the Imperial Palace and its East Gardens. Futuristic Tokyo From Shimbashi Station take the Yurikamome. a futuristic entertainment and shopping district on a man made island. Tokyo Disney Resort Tokyo Disney Resort. for a . Spend the evening there. Shinjuku In Shinjuku. consists of two separate theme parks: Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Alternatively. take the boat on the Sumida River from Asakusa to Hama Rikyu. Shibuya. a nice landscape garden at the Tokyo Bay waterfront. where you can hop onto the Yurikamome elevated train over the rainbow bridge to Odaiba.will expire after three months to a year without use. All the latest and most advanced phones are available with subscription plans and the selection of handsets is huge. Suggested schedules Two full days are required in order to gain a superficial feel for Japan's capital. visit nearbyMeiji Shrine and take the Yamanote Line to Shinjuku. 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. the phone may be purchased at full price in which case service is available on a month-to-month contract. There. urban Japan. where a touch of the old Tokyo is surviving. Subscription plans are only available to residents and require an alien registration card and a Japanese bank account. Tokyo is the best place to experience modern. From Hama Rikyu it is just a few steps to the elegant skyscrapers of Shiodome. Tokyo's tallest building. Then. Then. just 15 minutes by train from Tokyo Station. Imperial Palace. Full day schedules: From Asakusa to Odaiba: Old and new Tokyo Start in Asakusa.
one hour south of Tokyo. experience the notorious Kabukicho entertainment district. Hakone Hakone is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. two hours north of Tokyo. because the city retains some of the architecture and atmosphere of past centuries. Shibuya. Then take a look at Japan's busiest train station and surrounding department stores. . is full of historic temples and shrines. Ginza Visit Imperial Palace and its East Gardens before exploring Ginza. It makes a good one-day trip from Tokyo. but an overnight stay at a ryokan with hot spring is recommended. take a break in the Shinjuku Gyoen. a spacious city park. is the site of the famous Nikko Toshogu Shrine. only half an hour south of Tokyo. offering beautiful nature. two hours west of Tokyo. good views of Mount Fuji. For some contrast. Hakone can be visited in a one day trip. Kawagoe Kawagoe. visit Meiji Shrine. Nikko Nikko. Meiji Jingu Shibuya and Harajuku are the most popular shopping and entertainment districts of Tokyo's young generations. at least two days are recommended. but if you also wish to visit Nikko's beautiful national park. The shrines and temples of Nikko can be seen in a one day trip from Tokyo. is called "Little Edo" (Edo is the former name of Tokyo). the mausoleum of one of Japan's most influential personalities.free bird's eye view of the city. which have disappeared in Tokyo itself due to earthquakes. Harajuku. 30 minutes from Ikebukuro. Side trips: Kamakura Kamakura. It makes a perfect one-day trip from Tokyo. In the evening. Yokohama Yokohama is Japan's second most populated city. a few historic sites and many hot springs. Tokyo's most expensive and famous shopping district. wars and redeveleopment. Imperial Palace. To escape the crowds. located in a spacious wooded park just next to Harajuku Station.