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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!
manga and animation culture. A major redevelopment of Akihabara Station and surroundings is nearing its completion.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. From Shinjuku Station Take the Oedo Subway Line directly from Shinjuku Station to Tsukiji Shijo Station. famous for its many electronics shops. 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. 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). it has also gained fame as a center of the gaming. typically 5:00 to 14:00 Wholesale Area: open to visitors after 9:00am Tuna Auction: open to visitors from 5:00am to 6:15am (restricted to 140 visitors/day) Closed: Sundays. The fare is 160 yen. it can be reached in a five minute walk from Tsukiji Station on the Hibiya Subway Line. from where you can walk to the market in about 15 minutes. Alternatively. giving Akihabara a . Orientation in Tokyo Hours and Fees Outer Market: varies by shop. The closest JR station is Shimbashi. The one way trip takes 20 minutes and costs 260 yen.
000Yen (passport required). where customers can read comics. as the number of stores offering video games. televisions. various other animation related establishments have appeared in the area. Manga. . where waitresses are dressed up like anime characters. Sofmap and Laox operate multiple branch stores mainly along the main roads. They offer everything from the newest computers. watch DVDs and surf the internet. A few major stores. In addition to conventional stores. 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.new face. mobile phones and home appliances to second-hand goods and electronic junk. A recent development is the emergence of Akihabara as a center of Japanese animation culture. cameras. manga and animation related goods has notably increased. while many smaller shops can be found in the narrow side streets. several stores also feature a selection of products for overseas use and offer duty free shopping to foreign tourists on purchases of over 10. such as Ishimaru Denki. such as cosplay ("costume play") cafes. and manga kissaten ("comics cafes"). However. Animation and Games The character of Akihabara has constantly changed over the decades and continues to do so. Electronics Hundreds of electronics shops of various sizes can be found around Akihabara Station and along Chuo Dori (Chuo Avenue).
Ishimaru Denki Open daily 10:00 to 20:00 Operating ten stores across Akihabara. Akihabara has been serving as the terminal station of the Tsukuba Express since August 2005. Furthermore. Sofmap Open daily 11:00 to 21:00. The stores are numbered from 1 to 14 plus the main store and the Kakuta branch. Number One branch and Ekimae branch for electronic equipment. The result are several new buildings such as the Akihabara Dai Building(opened in spring 2005).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. including the Main Store. . A duty free floor can be found in store number one. games and anime related goods. Sundays 11:00 to 20:00 Sofmap operates as many as 16 shops in the Akihabara area including multiple branches. Akihabara UDX (opened in spring 2006) and Yodobashi Akiba Building (opened in autumn 2005). DVDs. the Pasokon branch for PCs and the Game One and Soft One to Three branches for CDs. the Tsukuba Express connects central Tokyo with Tsukuba City in western Ibaraki Prefecture. A brand new railway line. which specialize in used computers.
Operating eight stores in Akihabara. in the new Yodobashi Akiba Building. JR Keihin-Tohoku Line. 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. served by the JR Yamanote Line. Products on sale include a variety of electronic equipment for overseas use. Unlike most other electronic shops. Yamada Denki .Laox Open daily 10:00 to 20:00. Computer branch. Some branches have longer opening hours. How to get there Akihabara Station is a busy station on the Yamanote Line loop. Duty Free Akihabara branch and Watch & Camera Branch. convention halls and showrooms. and household electronics. From Tokyo Station 3 minutes and 130 Yen by JR Yamanote Line or JR Keihin-Tohoku Line. the Gakkikan branch for music instruments and three Asobit City branches for hobby and game related products.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. computers. Yamada Denki . including cameras. this complex next to Akihabara Station aims to become a new "global center for the IT Industry". Akihabara Crossfield Consisting of the newly built Akihabara Dai Building and the Akihabara UDX Building. pc accessories. the Tsukuba Express and the Hibiya Subway Line. DVD players and software. The one way fare is 160 Yen. providing office and conference space. Akky II and Akky III. including the Main Store. Orientation in Tokyo . From Shinjuku Station Take the orange colored JR Chuo Line (rapid service) from Shinjuku to Ochanomizu Station (10 minutes) and transfer to the yellow colored JR Sobu Line (local service) for one more station to Akihabara (2 minutes). it is located on the east side of Akihabara Station. It specializes in personal computers. televisions. JR Sobu Line.
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 . plants and a man made hill. using a pond. but particularly so in the second half of November.Koishikawa Korakuen # 38 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Koishikawa Korakuen is one of Tokyo's oldest and most beautiful Japanese landscape gardens. during the plum festival in late February and when the beautiful weeping cherry tree near the garden's entrance is in full bloom. Like most traditional Japanese gardens. Koishikawa Korakuen is attractive during all seasons of the year. It was built by close relatives of the Tokugawa Shogun in the early Edo Period. when the fall colors appear. stones.
. from which the name Nijubashi (Double Bridge) is derived. and the country's capital and Imperial Residence were moved fromKyoto to Tokyo. During the rest of the year. It is the residence of Japan's Imperial Family. Only on January 2 (New Year's Greeting) and December 23 (Emperor's Birthday). The palace was once destroyed during World War Two. with an English pamphlet and audio guide provided. Reservations can be made over the internet (see links below). guided tours of the palace are offered in Japanese. two bridges that form an entrance to the inner palace grounds. visitors can view the Nijubashi. who make several public appearances on a balcony. the large plaza in front of the Imperial Palace.Tokyo Imperial Palace # 13 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Moats and walls surround the imperial palace The current Imperial Palace (Kokyo) is located on the former site of Edo Castle. and rebuilt in the same style. Tours must be reserved in advance with the Imperial Household Agency. afterwards. the shogunate was overthrown. The bridge in the back was formerly a wooden bridge with two levels. Edo Castle used to be the seat of the Tokugawa shogun who ruled Japan from 1603 until 1867. From Kokyo Gaien. visitors are able to enter the inner palace grounds and see the members of the Imperial Family. a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the center of Tokyo. In 1868. In 1888 construction of a new Imperial Palace was completed. The stone bridge in front is called Meganebashi (Eyeglass Bridge) for its looks. Nijubashi Bridge The palace buildings and inner gardens are not open to the public. a short walk from Tokyo Station.
Alternatively. forested areas and a teahouse are some of the park's attractions. How to get there Hama Rikyu can be accessed by boat from Asakusa and Odaiba. Orientation in Tokyo Hours and Fees Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30) Closed: December 29 to January 1 Admission: 300 yen Ginza # 5 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited . Seawater ponds. next to the futuristic Shiodome district. the contrast between the traditional gardens with Shiodome's skyscrapers in the background is spectacular. Fridays and special occasions. It is located alongside Tokyo Bay. the garden of a feudal lord's residence during the Edo Period. which change water level with the tides. it is a 10-15 minute walk from JR Shimbashi Station or Shiodome Station on the Oedo Subway Line and Yurikamome elevated train. Guided tour through the Imperial Palace grounds How to get there The Imperial Palace is a 10 minute walk from Tokyo Station. former duck hunting grounds.The Imperial Palace East Gardens are open to the public throughout the year except on Mondays. # Hama Rikyu 34 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Hama Rikyu. More information is available on the East Gardens page. is one of Tokyo's most attractive landscape gardens. Furthermore.
today's Ginza district was the site of a silver coin mint (Ginza means "silver mint" inJapanese). The Ginza evolved as an upmarket shopping district following the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake. 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). featuring numerous department stores. when the central Chuo Dori street gets closed to traffic and become a large pedestrian zone. making it one of the most expensive real estate in Japan. after which the district was eventually named. 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. boutiques. night clubs and cafes.The Ginza is Tokyo's most famous upmarket shopping. Most shops in the Ginza district are open everyday of the week. dining and entertainment district. One square meter of land in the district's center is worth over ten million yen. . Chuo Dori street on a weekend afternoon From 1612 to 1800. art galleries. A visit is most pleasant on a weekend afternoon. restaurants.
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There are also a few shops. audio sets. the clock tower of the Ginza Wako building is the symbol of the Ginza. 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. jewelry and luxury items are sold. The new theater is scheduled to open in spring 2013. televisions. cameras. The facade and interior of the new theater will resemble the previous structure. Inside the building. computers and Play Station products. The theater is now being torn down and rebuilt at the base of a new skyscraper. are displayed to the public in the showrooms in this building.Ginza Wako Shops: 10:30 to 18:00 Restaurants: 10:30 to 21:00 (some variation between restaurants) Built in 1932. including DVD recorders. the four floor Police Museum is operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department and is free of charge. mobile phones. Department Stores . displays such as historical uniforms and equipment can be easily understood. Although there are no English explanations. Kabukiza Theater Undergoing reconstruction and closed to the public until 2013 Kabuki pieces were performed in this theater until April 2010. standing at the northwest corner of the district's centrally located Ginza 4-Chome junction of Chuo and Harumi Dori. however) Located just outside of the Ginza area to the north. Sony Building Showroom and shops: 11:00 to 19:00 Restaurants: typically 11:30 to 21:30 The newest products by Sony.restaurants and cafes.
wines. a travel agency and an exhibition hall on its eleven floors. foods. Printemps Ginza was opened in the year 1984. Mitsukoshi's history reaches back to the year 1673. a pet shop. Matsuya Shops: 10:00 to 20:00 Restaurants: typically 11:00 to 20:00 The Ginza store of the Matsuya department store chain offers fashion. foods and restaurants on ten floors.Mitsukoshi Shops: 10:00 to 20:00 Restaurants: typically 11:00 to 23:00 The Ginza store of the Mitsukoshi department store chain was opened in 1930 and offers goods and services on twelve floors. Matsuzakaya 10:30 to 19:30 (some lower floors open until 20:00) The Ginza store of the Nagoya based Matsuzakaya department store chain offers goods and services on ten floors. accessories. Printemps 11:00 to 20:30 (until 19:30 on Sundays) The Ginza store of the Paris based Printemps department store chain offers fashion. . Matsuzakaya has a history that reaches back to the year 1611. household goods.
From the fifth floor to the ninth floor. Clothing stores are located from the basement to the fourth floor. How to get there The most convenient stations for accessing the Ginza district are Ginza Station on the Hibiya. business and shopping area around Shinjuku Station. but the name commonly refers just to the large entertainment. a conventional department store in the Yurakucho Marion Building and "Mosaic Ginza 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. while the top three floors are taken up by 13 restaurants. Marunouchi and Ginza Subway Lines and Yurakucho Station on the JR Yamanote Line. Western Tokyo (Shinjuku. JR KeihinTohoku Line and Yurakucho Subway Line. . served by six railway companies and about a dozen railway and subway lines.Hankyu Yurakucho Hankyu: 11:00 to 20:30 (until 20:00 on Sundays) Mosaic Ginza Hankyu: 10:30 to 21:00 Osaka based Hankyu operates the "Yurakucho Hankyu". the building is occupied by the Ginza branch of the popular Tokyu Hands department store. Handling more than two million passengers each day. Shibuya) Shinjuku # 1 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Shinjuku is one of the 23 wards of Tokyo. Shinjuku Station is Japan's busiest railwaystation. a collection of fashion and lifestyle stores.
whose observation decks are open to the public for free. West of the station is Shinjuku' skyscraper district. The view from the southern tower is considered slightly more interesting. including several premier hotels and the Metropolitan Government Office. including the recently redeveloped south. January 2-3 and occasional inspection days. the north observatory is closed on the 2nd and 4th Monday and the south observatory on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. . home to many of Tokyo's tallest buildings. Open daily 9:30 to 23:00 (south observatory until 17:30). in which case the observatory is closed the following day. 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. Redevelopment there is still ongoing. except if a public holiday falls on the closure day.including the JR Yamanote Line. subterranean malls and electronic shops surround Shinjuku Station on all four sides. as well as observatories on the 45th floor of each tower. Japan's largest and wildest red light district. except December 29-31. Northeast of the station lies Kabukicho. where the pleasant Southern Terrace is located. Admission is free. while department stores. Furthermore.
including a food department in the basement and several restaurants on the restaurant floor. a narrow pedestrian street between the Keio and Odakyu department stores. Open daily from 11:00 to 22:00. The department store belongs to the Keio Group. including the Keio Plaza. love hotels and a wide variety of red light establishments for both sexes and sexual orientations. pachinko parlors. which also operates a suburban railway line from Shinjuku to Odawara (Odakyu is an abbreviation for "Odawara Express"). . bars. Kabukicho Named after a kabuki theater. The complex also includes "Mosaic Dori". Some restaurants close for a few hours between lunch and dinner. Japan's largest red light district features countless restaurants. Mylord Mylord offers seven floors of shopping and three restaurant floors. Open daily from 10:00 to 20:00. Lumine is divided into "Lumine 1" west of and "Lumine 2" east of the South Exit and "Lumine Est" (formerly known as "My City") above the East Exit. Department Stores: Odakyu Odakyu Department Store consists of 16 floors. and especially so on Fridays and Saturdays. The restaurants in the skyscrapers tend to be open from around 11:00 to 23:00. Explore with caution and beware of exorbitant cover fees. restaurants until 22:30. Hyatt Regency and Park Hyatt (featured in Lost in Translation). Mylord is affiliated with the Odakyu Group. which also operates a suburban railway line from Shinjuku to western Tokyo. Keio Keio Department Store consists of 11 floors. restaurants from 11:00 to 22:00. Several of the other skyscrapers have some shops on their ground floors and restaurants with great views of the city on their top floors. Hilton. Lumine Lumine is owned by JR East and located next and above Shinjuku Station's South and East Exits. Open daily from 10:00 to 20:00. including a wonderful food department in the basement and restaurant floors. whose construction plans have never been realized. Open daily from 11:00 to 21:00.Shinjuku Skyscraper District Among the skyscrapers are the Tocho (see above) and some of Tokyo's leading hotels. The department store belongs to the Odakyu Group. restaurants until 23:00. restaurants from 11:00 to 22:00. Kabuki-cho comes to life daily after 18:00.
one in the Odakyu Halc Building near the station's west exit and one east of the station near the Isetan department store. Bic Camera Bic Camera is another of Japan's leading discount electronics retailers. Open daily from 10:00 to 20:00. A Tokyu Hands branch and Kinokuniya book store with a large foreign language section are located in the same building complex. but it also operates two branches next to Shinjuku Station. including a food department in the basement and three restaurant floors. also known as "Times Square". Flags Located next to the South Exit of Shinjuku Station. while a smaller branch is located near the station's east exit. Bic's main store is located in Ikebukuro. the Shinjuku branch of Takashimaya consists of 15 floors. Isetan With a history of more than 100 years Isetan is a veteran among Shinjuku's department stores. restaurants from 11:00 to 23:00. Open daily from 11:00 to 22:00 (Tower Records and restaurant until 23:00). Yodobashi's main store is located near the west exit of Shinjuku Station. Lumine Est from 10:30 to 21:30.Takashimaya Opened in 1996. restaurants from 11:00 to 23:00. including a food department in the basement and a restaurant floor. Open daily from 9:30 to 22:00. Open daily from 11:00 to 22:00 (from 10:00 on weekends and holidays). cafes and an Italian restaurant. an Oshman's sports goods store. and especially strong on camera equipment. The Shinjuku store is Isetan's flagship and consists of ten floors. Open daily from 10:00 to 21:00. a Gap and various other shops. Parks: . Flags is a ten-floor shopping complex featuring a Tower Records music store. Electronics Stores: Yodobashi Camera Yodobashi Camera is one of Japan's leading discount electronics retailers.
There are no closure days during the cherry blossom season (late March to late April) and the Chrysanthemum Exhibition (first half of November). A slightly faster alternative is taking the JR Yamanote or JR Keihin-Tohoku Line from Ueno to Kanda Station. Closed on Mondays (Tuesday is Monday is a national holiday) from December 29 to January 3. From Ueno Station By JR Yamanote Line it takes 25 minutes and costs 190 Yen to get from Ueno to Shinjuku. served by about a dozen railway lines. including theJR Yamanote Line. From Tokyo Station The frequently departing. after it had served as a garden for the Imperial Family since 1903. 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.Shinjuku Gyoen Shinjuku Gyoen is one of Tokyo's largest and most pleasant parks and bestcherry blossom viewing spots. How to get there Shinjuku Station is Japan's busiest railway station. and then the JR Chuo Line from Kanda to Shinjuku. orange trains on the JR Chuo Line (Rapid Service) take less than 15 minutes and cost 190 Yen from Tokyo Station to Shinjuku Station. Admission is 200 Yen. free admission. Orientation in Tokyo . It was opened to the public in 1949. Open from 9:00 to 16:30. Always open.
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. two competing corporations. Shibuya is one of Tokyo's most colorful and busy districts and birthplace to many of Japan's fashion and entertainment trends. which is heavily decorated by neon advertisements and giant video screens and gets crossed by amazingly large crowds of pedestrians each time the traffic light turns green. A prominent landmark of Shibuya is the large intersection in front of the station (Hachiko Exit).Shibuya # 2 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Shibuya is one of the twenty-three city wards of Tokyo. Below is a map and list of some of Shibuya's other major attractions: .
Closed Wednesdays (or following day if Wednesday falls on anational holiday) and during New Year. Information in English is limited. The museum is operated by Japan Tobacco (JT). . This museum by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) introduces various aspects of electric energy. According to a famous story. Electric Power Museum (Denryokukan) Open daily 10:00 to 18:00. Admission: 100 yen. the dog waited for his master every day in front of Shibuya Station. 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. Admission: free. Introducing the history of tobacco and salt in Japan and throughout the world. and continued to do so for years even after his master had passed away. Closed Mondays and from December 29 to January 3 (if Monday is anational holiday the museum is open Monday and closed Tuesday).Points of Interest: Hachiko Statue A statue of a loyal dog named Hachiko. Information in English is limited. whose predecessor used to monopolize the production and sale of tobacco and salt in Japan. It is one of Tokyo's most popular meeting points.
Bunkamura Located directly next to the Tokyu department store (main store). boutiques. It gives visitors a chance to look behind the scenes of television broadcasting. lit. night clubs and restaurants. Bunkamura. Center Gai is a busy pedestrian zone lined by stores. including the production of a live program on most days. a museum with constantly changing exhibitions. consists of a concert hall. It was named after Parcodepartment store (parco is Italian for park) and the fact that the street leads to Yoyogi Park. game centers.NHK Studiopark (more details) Please see the NHK Studiopark page for details on hours and admission.000 yen) or an overnight "stay" (usually around 10. National Yoyogi Stadium Built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics by renown architect Tange Kenzo. which offer couples a private room for a 2-3 hour "rest" during the day (usually around 5. NHK Studiopark is a part of the NHK Broadcasting Center. Famous Streets: Center Gai The birthplace of many Japanese fashion trends. two cinemas. . It is now also being used for ice skating and volleyball competitions. Koen Dori Koen Dori. and a few shops and restaurants. is a popular shopping street leading from the Marui department store to Yoyogi Park.000 yen). concerts and various other events. Love Hotel Hill This area of Shibuya has a high concentration of love hotels. the stadium hosted the olympic swimming competitions. "Park Street". "culture village". which is open to the public. lit. a theater.
while the Shibuya Station branch with twelve floors sits on top of the station. It consists of a wide range of stores and restaurants. Seibu Affiliated Shopping: Seibu Open 10:00 to 20:00 (Thursdays. Tokyu Hands has everything from doit-yourself. Shibuya 109 is a trend setting fashion complex for young women with more than one hundred boutiques on ten floors. featuring mainly fashion goods and some fashion boutiques. Shibuya 109 Open daily 10:00 to 21:00 (restaurants from 11:00 to 22:30). There are two Tokyu department stores in Shibuya: the main store with ten floors is located a 5-10 minute walk northwest of the station. approximately 100 meter long pedestrian street with stairs leading up the slope to the Parco department store. Fridays. Shibuya Mark City is a small city within the city. crafts. Shibuya Mark City Opening hours vary by shop. It is lined by boutiques. Restaurants 11:00 to 23:00. The Shibuya store spans eight floors. Promoted as "Creative Life Store". outdoors to stationery and more. the Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu. office space. Closed New Year's Day. cafes and restaurants. .Spain Slope Spain Slope (Supeinzaka) is a narrow. Shibuya Station store open daily 10:00 to 21:00 (Sundays and holidays until 20:00. restaurants until 22:30). a bus terminal and the terminal station of the Keio Inokashira Line. and was nicknamed for resembling a Spanish street scene. Tokyu Affiliated Shopping: Tokyu Main store open daily 11:00 to 20:00 (upper floors until 19:00. located just next to JR Shibuya Station. The Shibuya branch of the Seibu department store chain consists of nine floors. typically 10:00 to 21:00. and Saturdays until 21:00). Restaurants can be found on the top and bottom floors. Tokyu Hands Open daily from 10:00 to 20:30. identifying the complex as part of the Tokyu Group. interior. Usually pronounced "Shibuya ichi maru kyu". restaurants until 22:30). the complex's name can also be read as "Shibuya to kyu". hobby.
Part 3. Part 2. Orientation in Tokyo Harajuku # 4 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Harajuku Station . Ginza Subway Line. Quattro. Fukutoshin Subway Line.Loft Open from 10:00 to 21:00 (until 20:00 on Sundays and public holidays). but with a slightly less strong emphasis on do-it-yourself. You can get there by JR Yamanote Line. JR Shonan Shinjuku Line. The Loft Shibuya branch consists of seven floors. crafts and gifts. The complex consists of numerous buildings in the Shibuya area: Part 1. Loft is Seibu's answer to Tokyu Hands. hobby. JR Saikyo Line. Zero Gate and more. Parco Open 10:00 to 21:00 (some annex buildings from 11:00). Tokyu Toyoko Line. also offering a large array of products related to interior. Hanzomon Subway Line. Restaurants: 11:00 to midnight. How to get there Shibuya Station is one of Tokyo's busiest stations. Parco is a shopping complex with an emphasis on fashion. Keio Inokashira Line and the Narita Express. Tokyu Den-Entoshi Line.
fashion boutiques. tree lined avenue sometimes referred to as Tokyo's Champs-Elysees. etc. one of Tokyo's major shrines. but also offers shopping for adults and some historic sights. A variety of fashion styles on display at Harajuku on a Sunday Just south of Takeshita Dori and over twice its length is Omotesando.Harajuku refers to the area around Tokyo's Harajuku Station. cafes and restaurants for a more adult clientele. Meiji Jingu. used clothes stores. Here you can find famous brand name shops. and the Nezu Museum has an impressive collection of various Asian art as well as a traditional Japanese garden. punk musicians. which is between Shinjuku and Shibuya on the Yamanote Line. It is the center of Japan's most extreme teenage cultures and fashion styles. a broad. dressed up in crazy costumes to resemble anime characters. . Beautiful ukiyo-e paintings are exhibited in the small Ota Memorial Museum of Art. The focal point of Harajuku's teenage culture is Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) and its side streets. The stylish Omotesando Hills complex was opened in 2006 and targets fashion conscious urbanites in their 30s and 40s. when many young people gather around Harajuku Station and engage in cosplay ("costume play"). while Kiddy Land has hundreds of unique toys for kids of all ages. is located just west of the railway tracks in a large green oasis shared with the spacious Yoyogi Park. Harajuku is not only about teenage culture and shopping. visit Harajuku on a Sunday. crepe stands and fast food outlets geared towards the fashion and trend conscious teens. which are lined by many trendy shops. In order to experience the teenage culture at its most extreme.
it becomes extremely busy and crowded on the weekends. Shopping . Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) is a narrow. Referred to as Tokyo's Champs-Elysees. boutiques. cafes and restaurants. cafes and fast food outlets targeting Tokyo's teenagers. including several leading fashion brand shops. tree lined avenue. Interesting shops and restaurants can also be found along some of the side streets. boutiques. This area generally caters to an older and wealthier clientele than Takeshita Dori. Numerous stores. stand along the avenue.Famous Streets Takeshita Dori Shops along Takeshita Dori tend to be open daily from 11:00 to 20:00. The symbol of Harajuku and birthplace of many of Japan's fashion trends. Omotesando Shops along Omotesando tend to be open daily from 11:00 to 20:00. Omotesando is a one kilometer long. Because of the street's popularity. roughly 400 meter long street lined by shops. serving as the main approach to Meiji Shrine.
lamps. cafes. dolls.Omotesando Hills Shops: 11:00 to 21:00 (Sun until 20:00) Restaurants: 11:00 to 23:00 (Sun until 22:00). Daiso Harajuku . LaForet Harajuku Open daily from 11:00 to 20:00 LaForet Harajuku is a trend setting shopping complex. stretching along about one quarter of the avenue. restaurants and beauty salons. consisting of seven floors of fashion boutiques and shops. Oriental Bazaar 10:00 to 19:00 Closed: Thursdays This is one of Tokyo's largest souvenir shops. furnitureand samurai related goods. tableware. Apartments are located above the shops. female audience. The shopping complex is Omotesando's most prominent establishment. Opened in 2006. food and stationary on multiple floors at 105 yen per item. including clothing. The shop spans three floors and has a red and green facade that mimics traditional Japanese architecture. mainly geared towards a young. very popular among foreign travelers in search of typical Japanese souvenirs. offering a wide array of goods. The LaForet Museum on the top floor hosts various events and exhibitions. It is located only a few steps from Harajuku Station alongTakeshita Dori. The building was designed by the renowned architect Ando Tadao and has intriguing design elements.100 Yen Shop Open daily from 10:00 to 21:00 This is one of the largest 100 Yen Shops in central Tokyo. such as kimono. . kitchenware. Travelers who pass by the store front are sure to notice the building. Omotesando Hills consists of six floors (three are underground) of about 100 upmarket shops.
The public store makes up five of the building's ten floors. 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. Empress Shoken. Emperor Meiji was a popular emperor who reigned from 1867 to 1912. but a similarly sized temporary building is being used just around the corner. The Togo Antique Market was held around the shrine on the first Sunday of each month.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. It is one of many famous brand names that have opened a store along Omotesando. but it was discontinued in December of 2009. . Major toy brands like Disney. Kiddy Land has a fantastic selection of toys and other products to amuse kids. Other Attractions Meiji Shrine Sunrise to sunset Closed: No closing days Admission: Free Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu) is a Shinto shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort. The store's original six floor shop directly along Omotesando is currently undergoing renovations. The majority of the shrine grounds are composed of a beautiful. dense forest that can be explored on walking paths. which are designed as a stack of trunks rather than conventional floors. Togo Shrine Closed: No closing days Admission: Free Togo Shrine is a Shinto shrine dedicated to Admiral Togo. who defeated the Russian fleet in the Russo-Japanese War in1905. Barbie and Hello Kitty are on sale alongside new characters and creations.
may vary according to exhibition The small and elegant Ota Memorial Museum of Art exhibits selected ukiyo-e paintings and prints from the vast collection of the late Mr. which comprises of more than 10.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. 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. It gives visitors a chance to look behind the scenes of television broadcasting. . New Year Admission: 1000 yen (or 1200 yen for special exhibition) The Nezu Museum has a collection of East Asian artwork that includes various objects from Japan.000 pieces of art. China and Korea. Exhibits are changed every month. Yoyogi Park 5:00 to 20:00 (until 17:00 during the winter) Facilities are typically open from 9:00 to 17:00. which is open to the public. NHK Studiopark (more details) Please see the NHK Studiopark page for details on hours and admission. featuring wide lawns. Ota Seizo. It is a great place for jogging. picnicking and other outdoor activities. Yoyogi Koen (Yoyogi Park) is one of Tokyo's largest and most pleasant city parks. ponds and forested areas. NHK Studiopark is a part of the NHK Broadcasting Center. Ota Memorial Museum of Art 10:30 to 17:30 Closed: Mondays (or next day if Monday is a national holiday). including the production of a live program on most days.
two stations south of Shinjuku and one station north of Shibuya (130 yen from either station). The shrine was destroyed during the Second World War but was rebuilt shortly thereafter. Located just beside the JR Yamanote Line's busy Harajuku Station.National Yoyogi Stadium Built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics by renowned architect Tange Kenzo. 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. How to get there Harajuku Station is a station on the JR Yamanote Line. Japan modernized and westernized herself to join the world's major powers by the time Emperor Meiji passed away in 1912. Meiji Shrine # 11 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited A torii gate along the forested approach to Meiji Shrine Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu) is a shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort. 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. Ginza and Hanzomon Subway Lines. Emperor Meiji was the first emperor of modern Japan. which is served by the Chiyoda and Fukutoshin Subway Lines. During the Meiji Period. the stadium hosted the olympic swimming competitions. It is now also being used for ice skating and volleyball competitions. . Empress Shoken. eight years after the passing of the emperor and six years after the passing of the empress. concerts and various other events. The shrine was completed and dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and the Empress Shoken in 1920. Only a short walk from Harajuku Station is the subway station Meijijingu-mae Station. which is served by the Chiyoda. The spacious shrine grounds offer walking paths that are great for a relaxing stroll.
more than any other shrine or temple in the country. A large area of the southern section of the shrine grounds is taken up by the Inner Garden. A small well located within the garden. Visitors to the shrine can take part in typical Shinto activities. The approximately 100. The garden becomes particularly popular during the middle of June when the irises are in bloom. including the carriage which the emperor rode to the formal declaration of the Meiji Constitution in 1889. Meiji Jingu's buildings also have an air of tranquility distinct from the surrounding city. The well was visited by the Emperor and Empress while they were alive and has become a popular spiritual "power spot".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. In the first days of the New Year. 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. There is also a Museum Annex Building just to the east of the main shrine buildings that displays temporary exhibitions. after which the sights and sounds of the busy city are replaced by a tranquil forest. During the rest of the year. is named after a military commander who dug it around 400 years ago. traditional Shinto weddings can often be seen taking place there. the shrine regularly welcomes more than three million visitors for the year's first prayers (hatsumode). The Treasure House displays many interesting personal belongings of the Emperor and Empress. . Kiyomasa's Well. buying charms and amulets or writing out one's wish on an ema. which requires an entrance fee to enter. which was constructed one year after the shrine was opened. At the middle of the forest. such as making offerings at the main hall. Meiji Jingu is one of the Japan's most popular shrines.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.
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. Ikebukuro) Asakusa # 6 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited . Asakusa. Extended hours during the middle of June. Orientation in Tokyo Hours and Fees Meiji Shrine Hours: Sunrise to sunset Closed: No closing days Admission: Free Meiji Jingu Treasure House and Annex Hours: 9:00 to 16:30 (until 16:00 from November to March) Admission ends 30 minutes before closing time.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.
Asakusa's main attraction is Sensoji.Asakusa is the center of Tokyo's shitamachi. While the area around the rebuilt Sensoji has regained its former popularity after the war. you can consider a guided tour on a rickshaw (jinrikisha. lit. Asakusa was the site of kabuki theaters and a large red light district. In the late 1800s and early 1900s. modern types of entertainment. lit. when the district was still located outside the city limits. set foot in Asakusa. . Alternatively. Shorter and longer courses are also available. which have preserved a certain atmosphere of the old Tokyo. Large parts of Asakusa were destroyed in the air raids of World War Two. "man powered vehicle"). During the Edo Period. Asakusa can be easily explored on foot. local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries. Asakusa used to be Tokyo's leading entertainment district. "low city". The temple is approached via the Nakamise. a very popular Buddhist temple. one of Tokyo's few districts. Sensoji temple grounds Dempoin Dori (Dempoin Street) For many centuries. built in the 7th century. a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional. including movies. the same cannot be said for Asakusa'sentertainment district. A 30 minute tour for two persons costs around 8000 Yen.
Temples and Shrines: Kaminarimon (Kaminari Gate) Always open. First built more than 1000 years ago. Built in the 7th century. it is also one of its oldest. The Nakamise shopping street leads from Kaminarimon to the temple grounds. was built during the Edo Period and survived the air raids of 1945. although the current buildings are postwar reconstructions. The shrine's festival. Admission free. Sensoji ("Senso" is an alternative reading for Asakusa and "ji" means temple) is Tokyo's most famous and popular temple. Asakusa Shrine. Asakusa Shrine Always open. also known as Sanja-sama. . Admission free. It is held every year on a weekend (Friday to Sunday) in mid May. the Sanja Matsuri. Kaminarimon is the first of two large entrance gates leading to Sensoji Temple. is one of Tokyo's most spectacular and popular. Sensoji Temple (more details) Main building open 6:00 to 17:00 (Oct to Mar from 6:30). it is the symbol of Asakusa. Admission free.
furniture. Items on sale include tableware. as it used to be possible. Tobu Asakusa Station & Matsuya Department Store Matsuya department store is open daily from 10:00 to 19:30. cannot be done anymore. Unfortunately. Kappabashi Shopping Street (more details) Most shops open from 9:00 to 17:00. The Nakamise shopping street stretches over approximately 250 meters from Kaminarimon to the main grounds of Sensoji Temple. There is a 24h supermarket in the basement of the main building. including trains to Nikko. kitchen utensils and appliances. Shin-Nakamise or New Nakamise Shopping Street runs perpendicular to the Nakamise Shopping Street. Rox Department Store Daily 10:30 to 21:00 (supermarket is open 24 hours. Tobu Asakusa Station is the terminal station of Tobu trains heading into the suburbs and prefectures north of Tokyo. Many shops sell fashion for ladies and kids. Typically daily from 10:00 to 20:00. Kappabashi is an almost one kilometer long street lined by shops catering to restaurant businesses. It is lined by more than 50 shops. Rox is a shopping and entertainment complex consisting of a main building (Rox) and three annex buildings (Rox2G. which offer local specialties and the usual array of tourist souvenirs. The station building also houses a Matsuya department store that spans eight floors. Rox3 and Rox Dome). Typically daily from 9:00 to 19:00. known for its beautiful garden. signs. Shopping: Nakamise Shopping Street (more details) Opening hours depend on the individual shops. It is a covered shopping arcade lined by various shops and restaurants. the temple and garden are not open to the public. either. Many are closed on Sundays and public holidays. lanterns and uniforms.Dempoin Temple Not open to the public! Dempoin is a temple just next to Sensoji. restaurants from 11:00 to 22:00). Shin-Nakamise Shopping Street Opening hours depend on the individual shops. Other Attractions: . Visiting the garden by appointment. sample food made of wax and plastic.
silverware. Located just a few steps from Sensoji. Today. Admission: 300 yen Drums from around the world. In addition. direct ships from Asakusa to Odaiba. Edo Shitamachi Traditional Crafts Museum Open daily 10:00 to 20:00. which sells Japanese drums and festival goods. 760 yen.Hama Rikyu: 35 minutes. Furthermore. including a small Ferris wheel. Rokku used to be Tokyo's leading entertainment district before the war. Asakusa . Hanayashiki has a history of more than 150 years. the district has not regained its former popularity after the war. including Japanese taiko drums. The museum is located in a floor above the Miyamoto Unosuke Nishi Asakusa store. hosting Japan's first cinema and more. Closed on Mondays. In spring it becomes a popular cherry blossom viewing spot. Asakusa .Hinode: 40 minutes. Admission free. Admission: 900 yen plus separate fees for rides. there are less frequent.Odaiba by direct ship: 55 minutes. Rokku offers attractions such as rakugo theaters. The Asahi Beer Tower and Asahi Super Dry Hall with its characteristic Flamme d'Or were. furniture. roller coaster. where you can transfer to a ship to Odaiba. the miniature amusement park offers numerous attractions. Rokku Entertainment District Opening hours depend on the individual businesses. Demonstrations by craftsmen are held on weekends. completed in 1989 and host the headquarters of Asahi Breweries. However. are exhibited in this small museum. Tuesdays. such as scissors. Asahi Beer Tower Restaurants open daily from 11:30 to 22:00. 1020 yen (includes 300 yen admission to the garden). cinemas and pachinko parlors. combs. Sumida Park Always open. Hanayashiki Amusement Park Open 10:00 to 18:00 (longer hours during holidays). carousel and Space Shot. This small museum introduces the many traditional arts and crafts of the old Tokyo (formerly known as Edo). embroidery and more. Taikokan (Drum Museum) Open from 10:00 to 17:00. Hinode .Sumida River Cruise Daily from 10:00 to 17:00. Visitors can play several of the drums. Originally opened as a flower park.Odaiba: 20 minutes. Admission free. while on the last Saturday of July it becomes the site of the Sumida River Firework Festival. Asakusa . several restaurants can be found in the complex. 460 yen. 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. New Year and Obon. . This riverside park stretches along both sides of Sumida River for several hundred meters.
160 Yen).How to get there Asakusa is served by the Ginza Subway Line. gifts from China on the occasion of normalization of diplomatic relations. an important personality of the late Edo and early Meiji Period. the Orient Museum. It was opened to the public in 1873. the National Science Museum. the founder of the Edo shogunate. He played a central role in realizing the Meiji Restoration of 1868. the National Museum for Western Art and the Tokyo Metropolitan Fine Art Gallery. Orientation in Tokyo Ueno Park Ueno Park is a large public park just next to Ueno Station. A temple for the goddess of Benten stands on the island in the middle of the pond. Ueno Park is home to Japan's first zoological garden. and offers its visitors a large variety of attractions. the Shitamachi Museum. From Tokyo Station Take the JR Yamanote Line to Kanda Station (2 minutes. In 1972. 160 Yen). From Shinjuku Station Take the orange JR Chuo Line to Kanda Station (10 minutes. namely the Tokyo National Museum. Asakusa Subway Line. However. # 7 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Saigo Takamori Toshogu Shrine is a shrine dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu. Ueno Park is famous for its many museums. which dates back to 1882. 130 Yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes. Tsukuba Express and Tobu Railways. 160 Yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes. It is well worth paying the 200 yen admission fee in order to enter the inner shrine area and main building. which ruled Japan from 1603 to 1867. . leaving the zoo without its most popular attraction. especially art museums. Shinobazu Pond is a large pond in Ueno Park. the zoo's last panda bear died in 2008. From Narita Airport Check our airport page for details. it became the home of panda bears. At the park's south entrance stands a statue of Saigo Takamori.
Sensoji Temple # 16 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Sensoji (also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple) is a Buddhist temple located in Asakusa.Temple of Benten Toshogu Shrine Last but not least. Ueno Park becomes one of the country's most popular and crowded spots for hanami (cherry blossom viewing) parties. the center of the shitamachi (lit. "low town"). . Ueno Park is famous for its more than 1000 cherry trees. During the cherry blossom season. Easiest access is provided by the station's "Park Exit". Tokyo National Museum How to get there Ueno Park is just next to Ueno Station.
The legend says that in the year 628. bottom: Ningyoyaki . Besides typical Japanese souvenirs such as yukata and folding fans. Sensoji was built there for the goddess of Kannon. leads from the outer gate to the temple's second gate.deep fried manju (soft cake with red bean paste filling). two brothers fished a statue of Kannon. making it Tokyo's oldest temple. top: Agemanju . the Hozomon.Skewered kibi-balls covered with soybean powder. it always returned to them. visitors first enter through the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate).small cake with red bean paste filling. The temple was completed in 645. Consequently. Kibidango Shop . The shopping street has a history of several centuries. and even though they put the statue back into the river. the goddess of mercy. The freshly renovated main hall in December 2010 When approaching the temple. out of the Sumida River. various traditional local snacks from the Asakusa area are sold along the Nakamise. the outer gate of the Sensoji and symbol of Asakusa. Osenbei (rice crackers) Folding Fans Yukata and T-shirts from left to right: Kibidango . called Nakamise. A shopping street of over 200 meters.
160 yen).July: Hozuki are ground cherries. 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) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes. From Narita Airport Check our airport page for details. From Tokyo Station Take the JR Yamanote Line to Kanda Station (2 minutes. served by the Ginza Subway Line.August Tokyo Jidai Matsuri . From Shinjuku Station Take the orange JR Chuo Line to Kanda Station (10 minutes. Asakusa Samba Carnival .May: one of Tokyo's three major festivals. Various events are held throughout the year in the Sensoji Temple area. a typical summer plant in Japan. Hagoita-ichi (Hagoita Market) . Inside the main hall How to get there Sensoji Temple is a few steps from Asakusa Station. built in the year 1649 by Tokugawa Iemitsu can be found close by the temple's main building. TheAsakusa Shrine.December: Hagoita is the wooden paddle used in Hanetsuki. Some of them are: y y y y y Sanja Matsuri (more details) . Asakusa Subway Line and Tobu Railways. Click here to read more about Hanetsuki and the Hagoita Market. 130 yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes.Beyond the Hozomon main gate stands the temple's main building and a five storied pagoda. 160 yen). a traditional game that resembles badminton. Hozuki-ichi (Hozuki Market) .November: a festival commemorating the history of Tokyo and the Edo culture.
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. Under good weather conditions. and the world's tallest self-supporting steel tower. the Eiffel Tower of Paris. It was completed in the year 1958 as a symbol for Japan's rebirth as a major economic power. Minato) Tokyo Tower With 333 meters. and serves as a television and radio broadcast antenna and tourist attraction. It is recommended to combine a visit to Tokyo Tower with a visit to Zojoji Temple. The 634 meter tall new landmark is scheduled to open to the public in spring 2012. Construction is currently ongoing on the Tokyo Sky Tree. just next to the tower. 820 yen (to intermediate floor only) Odaiba # 12 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited . Orientation in Tokyo Hours and Fees Hours: 9:00 to 22:00 Closed: No closing days Admission: 1420 yen (to top floor). one of Tokyo's major temples. Mount Fuji can be seen in the distance. Tokyo Tower is 13 meters taller than its model. An wax museum and several more attractions can be found on the ground floors of the tower. Separate entrance fees apply. You can also walk there from Hamamatsucho Station on the JR Yamanote and JR Keihin-Tohoku Line in about 15 minutes. an almost twice as tall new broadcast antenna in northern Tokyo. How to get there # 9 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited The closest subway stations to Tokyo Tower are Onarimon Station on the Mita Subway Line and Akabanebashi Station on the Oedo Subway Line.Southern Tokyo (Shinagawa.
Even access to Odaiba can be considered an attraction (see "How to get there"). museums and the futuristic architecture and city planning. which it is today. Admission is free except for the observatory deck (500 yen). You can see some exhibitions on popular programs. theme parks. one of Japan's private. During the extravagant 1980s. Most attractions are closed on Mondays (closed the following Tuesday instead.Rainbow Bridge from Odaiba Introduction: Daiba. if Monday falls on apublic holiday). . Attractions: Among the attractions of Odaiba are several shopping and entertainment centers. Open 10:00 to 20:00. literally meaning "fort". Fuji TV Building This is the headquarters of Fuji Television. nationwide TV stations. refers to some of the man made islands in the Bay of Tokyo. It was not until the second half of the 1990s. a spectacular redevelopment of the islands into a futuristic business district was started. but development was critically slowed down after the burst of the "bubble economy" in the early 1990s. buy Fuji TV goods at the souvenir shop and access the futuristic looking building's observatory deck. Further development of the area is still underway. which were constructed in the end of the Edo Period (1603-1868) for the city's protection against attacks from the sea. that Odaiba developed into one of Tokyo's most interestingtourist spots and the highly popular shopping and entertainment district.
Sundays. restaurants. which reproduces the atmosphere of the Edo Period (1603-1868).Decks Tokyo Beach Decks is a shopping mall featuring various stores. cafes and a 13 screen cinema complex. Admission: 600 yen. Telecom Center The Telecom Center is a major hub on the information highway with several large satellite antennas on its observation deck. Aquacity Odaiba Aquacity is a shopping mall featuring various stores.575 yen applies if you stay after 2am. Admission is 500 yen (400 yen in combination with a Yurikamome day pass). The observation deck also offers nice view of the bay area and as far as Mount Fuji on clear days. Oedo Onsen Monogatari Opened in March 2003.567 Yen. which are fed by actual hot spring water from a depth of 1400 meters. Two actual ships. Museum admission: 700 yen. are moored in front of the museum. If you enter between 5am and 7am. information technology. Closed Mondays (closed on Tuesday instead if Monday is a public holiday). Admission is free. Admission is 2827 yen (1987 yen if you enter after 6pm). Museum of Maritime Science Housed in a cruise ship shaped building. The observation deck is open from 15:00 to 21:00 (Saturdays. boutiques. robots (starring Asimo among others). Open daily 11:00 to 21:00 (food court until 21:00. boutiques. highly interactive and bilingual science museum includes exhibits about environmental issues. Open daily from 11am to 9am (no entry between 2am and 5am. and holidays 11:00 to 22:30). Closed Mondays and from Dec 28 to Jan 1. this is a hot spring theme park. cafes. You can enjoy various types of baths. An overnight stay supplement of 1. three floors packed with the newest arcade games and more. . last entry 7am). Open daily 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30). Open daily 11:00 to 21:00 (some stores and restaurants remain open until 22:00 or 23:00). There are nice views of the Rainbow Bridge from the wooden deck in front of Aquacity and neighboring Decks. the admission is 1. Open daily 10:00 to 17:00 (weekends and holidays until 18:00). National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation This well done. biology and space exploration. the Museum of Maritime Science displays seafaring related exhibits from the past and future. the food theme park "Daiba Little Hong Kong" and "Tokyo Joypolis". Closed Tuesdays and from Dec 28 to Jan 1 (Open Tuesdays during the summer holidays or if Tuesday is a public holiday). Combined admission to the museum and Yotei Maru is 1000 yen. restaurants open until 23:00 or later). including the Yotei Maru ocean liner. Once a month Oedo onsen closes early at 11pm for maintenance (admission until 9pm). restaurants. except to Tokyo Joypolis (500 yen).
"Ride One". sports. It consists of a relatively small number of spacious stores specializing in interior. Closed on Mondays. Shops are open daily 11:00 to 21:00. Nintendo games. On display are the newest cameras. pets and books. Mega Web is a Toyota showroom. Venus Fort Part of Palette Town. A Japanese or recognized international driving permit is required for "Ride One" drivers. Operating daily from 10:00 to 22:00 (until 24:00 on Fridays. except for "Ride One" (300 Yen per ride) and "E-com Ride" (200 Yen per ride). Sun Walk. Venus Fort is a shopping mall in the style of a 18th century South European town. shops. of which Panasonic is part of. Open daily. a large concert venue. Venus Fort Family is another shopping mall on the floor below Venus Town. Universal Design Showcase open until 19:00. test drive a real car ("Ride One") or ride an automatic. Panasonic Center The Panasonic Center is a showroom for the latest products and technologies by the Matsushita Group. See more details on each attraction below. a Ferris Wheel and Zepp Tokyo. Restaurants until 23:00. Most shops and attractions are open from 11:00 to 21:00 and restaurants until 23:00. TV screens. targeting a mainly female audience. Shops are open daily 11:00 to 21:00. Historic cars are exhibited in the "History Garage". home appliances and more. "E-com Ride" and "Kid's Hybrid Ride One" until 20:00 ("Kid's Hybrid Ride One open until 18:00 on weekdays"). Saturdays. Admission: 900 Yen. Entry to Risupia is by numbered ticket which are limited during times of high visitation. . Mega Web. except if Monday is a public holiday. cafes and restaurants. Mega Web Part of Palette Town. Open 10:00 to 18:00 (entry to Risupia until 17:00). electric vehicle ("E-com Ride"). Toyota City Showcase and History Garage open 11:00 to 21:00. this 115 meter tall ferris wheel is one of the world's largest and offers nice views of the bay area. computers. There are occasional closing days. Restaurants until 23:00. kids. where you can view and touch Toyota's newest models and car accessories. and days preceding holidays during the spring and summer season. It features more than one hundred boutiques.Palette Town This shopping and entertainment complex consists of Venus Fort. Admission is free except Risupia (500 yen). Ferris Wheel Part of Palette Town. Venus Fort Family Previously called Sun Walk. Admission is free.
Sit or stand at the very front of the train for the most . A wide array of events are held at the Big Sight throughout the year. Tokyo Big Sight is Japan's largest exhibition and convention center and one of the bay islands' boldest architectural creations. The Yurikamome uses the Rainbow Bridge to get to Odaiba and offers spectacular views of the harbor and the Tokyo waterfront area. which connects Shimbashi Station on the JR Yamanote Line with all of Odaiba's attractions and Toyosu Station on the Yurakucho Subway Line. How to get there Access to Odaiba can be an attraction by itself. By Yurikamome The Yurikamome is an un-manned. a one day pass for 800 yen is likely to come cheaper than single tickets. Among the more noteworthy parks is the Odaiba Kaihin Park near the Rainbow Bridge. It includes a man made sand beach. broad pedestrian walks and parks. A ride from Shimbashi to Daiba takes 15 minutes and costs 310 yen. elevated train with rubber tires. Hours and admission fees depend on the specific events.Tokyo Big Sight Also known as Tokyo International Exhibition Center. If you ride the Yurikamome more than twice. as the views of the Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo's harbor and waterfront area from the Yurikamome elevated train or boat are quite spectacular. Public Parks Most of Odaiba's attractions are connected with each other by pleasant.
By Boat Tokyo Water Cruise. operates frequent boats between Hinode Pier and Odaiba Seaside Park from 10:00 to 17:45 (until 17:15 on weekdays). Please note that some dishes may fit into multiple categories. nabe dishes. it is sometimes mixed with a raw egg and soya sauce (tamago kake gohan) or enjoyed with natto or other toppings. Note that the Japan Rail Pass. Some of the most popular Japanese and Japanized dishes are listed below. soya bean dishes. On Foot It is possible to cross the Rainbow Bridge on foot. The 20 minute boat ride costs 460 yen and offers nice views of the Rainbow Bridge and waterfront area. Seishun 18 Kippu and similar JR tickets are not valid on the Rinkai Line between Osaki and Shin-Kiba. rice has been the most important food in Japanese cuisine. Shinjuku and Odaiba. Despite changes in eating patterns over the last few decades and slowly decreasing rice consumption in recent years. There are also boats between Hinode Pier and Palette Town and Tokyo Big Sight (25-35 minutes. riceremains one of the most important ingredients in Japan today. but are listed only once. Forbreakfast. 1. noodle dishes. via Hama Rikyu) and infrequent service from Hinode Pier to the Maritime Museum (25 minutes. even though the line is served by JR trains. 400 yen). The ride from Shinjuku to Tokyo Teleport Station on Odaiba takes 25 minutes and costs 480 yen. which connects Osaki Station on the JR Yamanote Line with Shin-Kiba Station on the JR Keiyo Line. . 760 yen. Rice Dishes For over 2000 years. Some trains on the JR Saikyo Line continue to run on the Rinkai Line and provide direct connections between Shibuya. Rice Bowl A bowl of plain cooked rice is served with most Japanese meals. yoshoku dishes and other dishes. By Rinkai Line This is an underground railway line. To access the bridge. The walk across takes about 30 minutes and offers nice views of the waterfront area.520 yen). 400 yen). Popular Dishes Japanese cuisine offers a great variety of dishes and regional specialties. two hourly connections between Hinode Pier and Asakusa (40 minutes. as well as a small number of direct trips from Asakusa to Odaiba (1 hour. seafood dishes. get off at Shibaura-futo Station on the Yurikamome. also known as Suijo Bus. and can be found in numerous dishes. We have categorized them into rice dishes.impressive views.
They are prepared and eaten in many different ways. Sashimi more information Sashimi is raw seafood. katsuobushi (dried bonito shavings). raw. soft cooked rice that resembles oatmeal. It is a suitable dish for using left over rice and is often served to sick people because it can be digested easily. seas. Seafood Dishes Hundreds of different fish. Rice balls are a popular and inexpensive snack available at convenience stores. Kare Raisu Kare Raisu (Curry Rice) is cooked rice with a curry sauce.Sushi more information Sushi can be defined as a dish which contains sushi rice. Chazuke Chazuke is a bowl of cooked rice with green tea and other ingredients. grilled. . salmon or tarako (cod roe) added to it. They are slightly salted and often contain some additional food in the center. lakes and rivers are used in the Japanese cuisine. dried. Some of the most popular toppings are tempura (tendon). but has been used in Japan for over a century. Fried Rice Fried rice or chahan has been originally introduced from China. egg and chicken (oyakodon). Onigiri Onigiri are rice balls made of cooked rice and usually wrapped in nori seaweed. It is a suitable dish for using left over rice. deep fried or steamed. A large number of fish can be enjoyed raw if they are fresh and prepared correctly. cooked rice that is prepared with sushi vinegar. for example. negi (Japanese leek) and small pieces of carrot and pork are mixed into the rice when stir fried. Domburi more information A bowl of cooked rice with some other food put on top of the rice. Kayu Kayu is rice gruel. Curry is not a native Japanese spice. shellfish and other seafood from the oceans. tonkatsu (katsudon) and beef (gyudon). It is a suitable dish for using left over rice. watery. It can be served with additional toppings such as tonkatsu. Most types of sashimi are enjoyed with soya sauce and wasabi. Kare Raisu is a very popular dish. boiled. for example. for example an umeboshi (pickled Japanese plum). There are various kinds of sushi dishes. and many inexpensive Kare Raisu restaurants can be found especially in and around train stations. egg. A variety of additional ingredients such as peas. tuna or salmon.
Many varieties of fish are enjoyed in this way. Many of them enjoy a very high popularity. Soba more information Soba noodles are native Japanese noodles made of buckwheat flour or a mixture of buckwheat and wheat flour. usually at the table. Some special nabe dishes are: Oden A nabe dish prepared with various fish cakes. They can be served cold or hot and with various toppings. boiled over many hours in a soya sauce based soup. meat and ginger. Somen are usually eaten cold and are considered a summer speciality. boiled eggs. Udon are thicker than soba and can also be served either hot or cold and with various toppings. Somen Like Udon noodles. Nabe Dishes Nabe dishes or hot pot dishes are prepared in a hot pot. various mushrooms. seafood and/or meat.Yakizakana Yakizakana means grilled fish. Ramen more information Ramen are Chinese style noodles prepared in a soup with various toppings. but they are much thinner than Udon and Soba. Ramen is one of the many popular dishes that were originally introduced from China but have become completely Japanized over time. . somen are Japanese noodles made of wheat flour. and they are especially popular in the cold winter months. There are many regional and personal varieties. Yakisoba Yakisoba are fried or deep fried Chinese style noodles served withvegetables. Typical ingredients arevegetables such as negi (Japanese leek) and hakusai (Chinese cabbage). daikon. konyaku and kombu seaweed. Noodle Dishes There are various traditional Japanese noodle dishes as well as some dishes which were introduced to Japan and subsequently Japanized. Soba are about as thick as spaghetti. Udon more information Udon noodles are native Japanese noodles made of wheat flour.
. There are many varieties of chanko nabe. mushrooms. miso and many other important ingredients of Japanese cooking are made of soya beans. natto. Shabu-Shabu Shabu-shabu is Japanese style meat fondue. Soya Bean Dishes Tofu. mushrooms and tofu is dipped into a hot soup and then into ponzu vinegar or a sesame sauce before being eaten. along withvegetables. Thinly sliced meat. A few chanko nabe restaurants can be found around Ryogoku. The pieces of food are dipped into a raw egg before eaten. Meat Dishes Meat has been eaten in Japan in larger amounts only since the second half of the 19th century. vegetables. Tonkatsu is usually served with shredded cabbage or on top of cooked rice (katsudon) or with Japanese style curry rice (katsu kare). Nowadays there are a variety of Japanese meat dishes. Tonkatsu Tonkatsu are deep fried pork cutlets. Yakitori more information Yakitori are grilled chicken pieces on skewers.Sukiyaki A nabe dish prepared with thinly sliced meat. tofuand shirataki (konyaku noodles). Chanko Nabe Chanko nabe is traditionally the staple diet of sumo wrestlers. the sumo district in Tokyo. Nikujaga more information Nikujaga is a popular dish of home style cooking made of meat (niku) and potatoes (jagaimo). mild soup and dipped into a soya based sauce before being eaten. The following are some of the most popular soya bean based dishes: Yudofu Yudofu are tofu pieces boiled in a clear. Most parts of the chicken can be used for yakitori.
. lunch and dinner. but has become one of Japan's most famous dishes internationally. wrapped in a thin omelet. Miso Soup A bowl of miso soup often accompanies breakfast. Many of them have become completely Japanized. Yoshoku Dishes A large number of Western dishes have been introduced to Japan over the centuries. and these dishes are now called Yoshoku dishes. It resembles kare raisu. and come in many varieties depending on the filling. Hayashi Raisu Hayashi rice is Japanese style hashed beef stew. Tempura was introduced to Japan by the Portuguese in the 16th century. it is also eaten with a spoon. It is made by dissolving miso paste in hot water and adding additional ingredients such as wakame seaweed and small pieces of tofu. mushrooms and other pieces of food coated with tempura batter and deep fried. and. Korokke are breaded and deep fried. Hamubagu Hamubagu is a Japanese style hamburger steak. The most common filling is a mix of minced meat and mashed potatoes.Agedashi Tofu Agedashi Tofu are deep fried tofu pieces that are dipped into a soya based sauce before being eaten. like kare raisu. It is typically served on a plate and usually with a demi-glace sauce. and usually served with a gravy sauce or tomato ketchup. 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. vegetables. Other Dishes Tempura more information Tempura is seafood. thinly sliced beef and onions in a demi-glace sauce served over or along side cooked rice. but without a bun. Omuraisu Omuraisu (abbreviation for omelet rice) is cooked rice.
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.
Tokunai Pass (730 yen) Unlimited use of JR trains in the central Tokyo area on one calendar day. while Toei operates the other four. Two train categories run on the Fukutoshin Line: local trains stop at all stations. Sundays. providing a new direct connection from the suburbs into central Tokyo and an alternative to the busy Yamanote Line section between Ikebukuro. Shinjuku-sanchome. Holiday Pass (2300 yen) Unlimited use of local and rapid JR trains in the greater Tokyo area (including Yokohama andKamakura) on one calendar day. 2008. The Japan Rail Pass is valid only on JR trains. subways and other non-JR trains. It cannot be used on subways or any other non-JR train Tokyo Metro Tokyo Metro (formerly known as Eidan) is one of Tokyo's two subway operators. Shinjuku and Shibuya. while express trainsstop only at major stations and do the journey between Ikebukuro and Shibuya in just eleven minutes (stopping only at Shinjuku-sanchome along the way). Suica and PASMO Suica and PASMO are prepaid IC cards. Tokyo Metro started operating the new Fukutoshin Line between Shibuya. including JR trains. The Fukutoshin Line provides through service with the Tobu Tojo Line and Seibu Ikebukuro Line at its northern end. but they make the process of taking trains easier. that can be used interchangeably on most trains and buses in Greater Tokyo. It runs nine of the metropolis' thirteen subway lines. On June 14. and is scheduled to provide through service with the Tokyu Toyoko Line at Shibuya . Ikebukuro and Wakoshi. Elsewhere on the site is a guide devoted to Suica and PASMO. public holidaysand certain holiday seasons. Prepaid cards don't give you any discounts. It can only be used on Saturdays. as you do not always need to buy a ticket before riding a train. Elsewhere on the site is a guide devoted to the Holiday Pass.
Station from the year 2012. especially the JR Yamanote Line. they are best used in combination with the Toei subway lines and the urban JR lines. Simplified Network Map of Tokyo Metro: (move cursor over subway line name to highlight a single line) . they alone do not provide the perfect solution for getting around Tokyo. While the nine Tokyo Metro lines provide access to many of Tokyo's city centers and tourist attractions. Instead.
several Tokyo Metro lines provide through service onto other companies' railway lines rather than terminating at their final stations: y y y y y y y Fares: Hibiya Line: to Tobu Isesaki Line and Tokyu Toyoko Line Tozai Line: to JR Sobu Line.To provide more convenient connections between the suburbs and the city center. Toyo Rapid Railway and JR Chuo Line Chiyoda Line: to JR Joban Line and Odakyu Railway Yurakucho Line: to Tobu Tojo Line and Seibu Ikebukuro Line Hanzomon Line: to Tokyu Denentoshi Line and Tobu Isesaki Line Nanboku Line: to Tokyu Toyoko Line and Saitama Rapid Railway Fukutoshin Line: to Tobu Tojo Line and Seibu Ikebukuro Line .
Many suburban train lines commence at Shinjuku Station.Tokyo Metro fares range from 160 to 300 yen depending on how far you travel. A day pass valid on both Tokyo Metro and Toei subway lines is available for 1000 yen. but note that special passes for visitors are sold at Narita Airport for only 600 yen for a 1-day version and 980 yen for a 2day version. Shinjuku Yoyogi Harajuku Shibuya . The main entrance to Meiji Shrine is located next to Harajuku Station. entertainment and shopping district. Several suburban train lines commence at Shibuya Station. It is located in the middle of the large Shinjuku business. counter-clockwise order: Shinjuku Station is Japan's busiest train station. Harajuku is a shopping and entertainment district for young people. Even though a single train on the Yamanote Line is roughly 200 meters long. there are departures about every two to four minutes in each direction. because subways are not operated by JR. especially teenagers. The north entrance of the Meiji Shrine can be accessed from Yoyogi Station. Below are more details about the stations of the Yamanote Line starting and ending at Shinjuku in their actual. A one day pass for unlimited use of Tokyo Metro on one calendar day is available for 710 yen. Suica and Pasmo prepaid cards can be used on Tokyo Metro. the Japan Rail Pass is not valid on subways. Shibuya is a large shopping and business district particularly popular among the younger generations. JR Yamanote Line The Yamanote Line is Tokyo's most important train line. However. It is a circular line which connects Tokyo's major city centers. A trip around the whole circle takes approximately one hour.
The Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen trains stop at Shinagawa Station. Shimbashi is a large business area and the closest JR station to the Tsukiji Fish Market. Tokyo Station is the terminal station of all shinkansen lines.Ebisu Meguro Gotanda Osaki Shinagawa Tamachi Hamamatsucho Closest station to Yebisu Garden Place. It is located in the prestigious Marunouchi business district. Many suburban train lines pass through or commence at Tokyo Station. It is also the terminal station of the Tokyo Monorail. Many suburban train lines commence at Ueno Station. the Imperial Palace and the Imperial Palace East Gardens. Hamamatsucho is the closest JR station to the Tokyo Tower andZojoji Temple. The Ameyoko shopping street starts at Okachimachi Station. Shiodome Shiosite and Hama Rikyu Gardens. a large shopping area for electronics. TheUeno Park and the Ameyoko shopping street are located next to the station. Shimbashi Yurakucho Tokyo Kanda Akihabara Okachimachi Ueno Akihabara Station is located just next to Akihabara Electric Town.Shinagawa is the closest JR station to Sengakuji Temple. which connects central Tokyo with the domestic Haneda Airport. The shinkansen trains to northern Japan stop at Ueno Station. Yurakucho Station is the closest JR station to the Sakuradamon entrance gate of the Imperial Palace and to the famous Ginzashopping and entertainment district. Uguisudani Nippori .
Nishi-Nippori Tabata Komagome Sugamo Otsuka Ikebukuro Ikebukuro is one of Tokyo's largest shopping and entertainment districts. Osaka and some other large cities. In cities with less dense train networks like Kyoto. buses are the main means of public transportation. buses serve as a secondary means of public transportation. Several suburban train lines commence at Ikebukuro Station. Rikugien Garden is just south of Komagome Station. Mejiro Takadanobaba Shin-Okubo Shinjuku Local Buses This page is about local and short-distance buses in Japan and how to use them. Kyoto City Bus In Tokyo. . Visit our highway bus page for more information on long distance bus travel. complementing the train and subway networks.
and there are different systems of ticketing depending on the company.000 . Travel Budget This page is meant to give you a rough idea of the cost of individual travel in Japan.9. furthermore. Of course. How to use a bus Using buses in Japan can be intimidating to foreign tourists because there are usually few English displays or announcements.500 . Click here for the current Yen exchange rates.e. 2) When entering. which you will later use to determine your fare. The most prominent exception are the Tokyo Metropolitan Buses.500 Yen 9.Buses also serve smaller towns. and visit our page about package tours.000 Yen . This means that you do not have to worry about steps 2) and 3) in the above description. 4) When your stop is approaching. match the number on your ticket with the number and fare on the display. To determine your fare. the countryside and national parks. press one of the buttons on the wall to signal the driver that you wish to get off at the next stop.000 Yen over 20. where you are supposed to enter through the front door. put your ticket and the exact fare into the box next to the driver. 3) A display above the driver shows the next stop and the fares for that stop in yen.000 Yen Two Travelers 5.6.000 Yen over 12. Single Traveler Low Budget Medium Budget High Budget 2. for example in central Kyoto. linked by highway and long distance buses. pick up a ticket from a small machine. and exit through the rear door. there are a few exceptions to the above outlined system. i. 5) If you do not have the exact fare. One US dollar is roughly 100 Yen.000 Yen 6. a flat fare applies.12.20.000 . In many cities or city centers. View our suggested itineraries to see the sample budgets applied to specific itineraries.500 . 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. A number is printed on the ticket. by introducing some sample budgets. you always pay the same price regardless of how far you travel. use the changing machine to get small coins. 6) When getting off. Below is a description of the most common system. Major cities are. Sample daily budgets Not including cost for transportation.
000 .10. Breakfasts buffets in first-class hotels typically cost between 2000 and 3000 Yen. found in most cities and regions of Japan. nofrills minshukuand ryokan. Lunch: Low budget: 400 .Accommodation: Check our accommodation page for more information on different accommodation types and corresponding price ranges.500 Yen per night and person Dormitories and youth hostels.000 Yen per single room and night 5. rice balls. Medium budget: 3. Low budget: 1. you will find rooms in cheap business hotels and inexpensive. A stay at a ryokan with two meals included typically costs between 10.000 Yen per day Hotel breakfasts and breakfast buffets will usually cost you more than 1000 Yen. you can get rooms in good business hotels and inexpensive Western style hotels.7.000 Yen per double room and night Starting around 7000 Yen per person.000 Yen per room and night. etc. Some tour packages (for individual travelers) include accommodation at quality Western style hotels at this price level.000 Yen per double room and night At this level.000 and 30. typically charge between 1500 and 3500 Yen per night and person. Breakfast: Low budget: 200 .) or visit fast food restaurants like McDonald's or Mister Donut which offer inexpensive breakfasts. High budget: above 1. Furthermore.000 Yen per single room and night over 10. Medium budget: 500 .000 to 50.500 . High budget: over 7. you typically pay 20. booking services likeHostelworld offer great deals.1.3.500 Yen per day At this level. For a room in a high class Western style hotel.700 Yen per day Inexpensive lunch boxes are available in convenience stores and stands in railway stations . you will have to live from convenience store food (bread.000 Yen per person and night.500 .000 Yen per day Many coffee shops and some restaurants in shopping areas and around train stations offer breakfast sets for around 500 to 1000 Yen.
High budget: above 1. French cuisine.1. Other options are again cheap fast food restaurants. Most shrines and some temples do not charge admission fees. for around 1000 Yen. curry. as there are no lunch specials. Dinner: Low budget: 400 .700 Yen per day Convenience stores sell various. High budget: above 1. not including alcoholic drinks. Medium budget: 700 . also offer relatively filling meals for 700 Yen or less.and business districts. Various fast food restaurants. Admission to large theme parks typically cost around 5000 . steaks. High budget: above 2. At this level. inexpensive ready-to-eat meals.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. domburior hamburger. plus restaurants which offer lunch set special. specializing in noodles. etc.500 Yen per day Japan offers many free attractions. A few museums charge no admission on one day of the week or month.200 Yen per day A lunch at most conventional restaurants cost typically between 1000 and 3000 Yen.1. you will be able to enjoy a nice dinner at a wide range of fast food and conventional restaurants.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). Most museums and castles charge about 200-1000 Yen per person. Medium budget: 500 .000 Yen per day Conventional restaurants are generally more expensive in the evening than during lunch time.000 Yen per day With 3000 Yen per person you will be able to have a good dinner at a wide range ofrestaurants. Medium budget: 700 . kaiseki ryori.000 Yen per day Some museums and attractions (usually outstanding ones or tourist traps) charge between 1000 and 3000 Yen per person. Sightseeing: Low budget: 0 . so called teishoku.2. sukiyaki. Calculate 5000 Yen upwards per person for a dinner at upper class restaurants specializing in sushi. including the restaurants found in department stores where meals typically cost between 1000 and 2000 Yen.
While some day passes are good deals.Sightseeing . Basic mamachari type bicycle are usually the only type of bicycle available. rban Transportation Cost on urban transportation can generally be reduced by planning out your route wisely. do not provide any discounts over regular tickets. such as Suica and Icoca. regular tickets and prepaid cards Day passes are available for most major Japanese cities. Rates vary widely but are typically a few hundred yen per hour or 500 to 1000 yen per day. but they are more convenient to use. Prepaid cards. for example. All budgets: Travelers of all budgets should consider purchasing a Japan Rail Pass or a regional rail pass.Yen per day. try to concentrate on just one part of the city instead of zigzagging around town. Over long distances. the Japan Bus Pass and the Seishun 18 Kippu (only available during certain times of the year) are among the cheapest ways of traveling in Japan. many others require you to do a lot of traveling before they pay off. Thereby you can walk in between sights and minimize subway and bus travel. regular tickets are not rarely cheaper than day passes. Day passes. Budget Travel . The cost for a 7 day Japan Rail Pass. Bicycles A rental bicycle can be a convenient and economical way of exploring small to medium sized cities. Transportation: Low budget: Highway buses. city districts or rural towns. domestic flights can be as economical as a rail pass. Two and three week passes are even more cost-effective. if you take advantage of the various discount offers. On each day. As a result. Rental outlets are usually found around the train station. roughly corresponds to the cost of a single return trip from Tokyo to Kyoto by shinkansen. especially if plan your route wisely.
Food Convenience stores are the budget traveler's friends It is not necessary to starve yourself to save money when traveling in Japan. Sensoji Temple.castles and gardens charge an admission of at least a few hundred yen. observation deck of the Tokyo Government Office and people watching and window shopping in bustlingShinjuku. quality meals throughout the country. Shibuya. Many restaurants offer inexpensive set menus (teishoku) for around 1000 yen during the lunch hours. . Akihabara and Ginza. temples. Free Sightseeing Below is a list of popular sightseeing spots and activities that do not cost admission: Tokyo Tsukiji Market.While Japan has plenty of enjoyable sightseeing attractions that are free. hotels tend to have various meal plans. consider hotel and tour packages that include meals with the stay. Budget Travel . making it a great way to check out places that may otherwise be outside of your budget. most museums. consider making lunch your main meal of the day. manga kissa and capsule hotels often include a complementary light breakfast. Also when shopping around for accommodation. Minshuku and ryokan usually include both dinner and breakfast. The extremely budget conscious could thrive on as little as 1500 to 2000 yen per day on food without sacrificing much variety or their health. Imperial Palace and East Gardens. Higher class restaurants also have less expensive lunch options. Harajuku. while lunch boxes (bento) are available for around 500 yen or less. as it is easy to find a wide selection of cheap. Yet there are a variety of discounts that can decrease your sightseeing expenses a little bit. and business hotels. Finally. Meiji Shrine.
but expect them to be more expensive than back home. and can be found virtually anywhere in Japan. alcohol and prepared foods. . Supermarkets Japanese supermarkets are comparable to those found in Western countries and offer much of the same items including fresh fruits and vegetables. sushi. Hanamaru Udon. Family Restaurants Family restaurants are another type of restaurant that are a modest step up from fast food establishments. bakery items. overripe or otherwise not fit for sale at full price. seafood. and the Hokka Hokka Tei and Hotto Motto lunch box chains. Sukiya. Fast Food Japan has a lot of international fast food chains such as McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Chicken. drinks. and Matsuya gyudon chains. Chains such as Gusto. Discounts start off at a modest 10 to 20 percent. Imported foods are also widely available. while Saizeriya is popular for its cheap and filling Italian food and Bamiyan for its Chinese dishes. ramen. meat. The cost of a meal rarely exceeds 1000 yen per person. Royal Host and Denny's offer a wide variety of Western and Japanese dishes. Note that many supermarkets begin to mark down their unsold lunch items around 14:00 and their other prepared foods from around 19:00. canned and dry foods. resulting in inexpensive meals always being close at hand. Coco's. the quality of many food items is surprisingly high. Thanks to the fierce competition between convenience store chains. yet still offer a quality selection of inexpensive meals. but progressively increase until closing and may end up as high as 50 to 70 percent. lunch boxes. Low budget conveyor belt sushi chains could also be listed under this category.udon.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. curry or boxed meals (bento). soba. sweets. (normally priced) supermarkets are rare in the centers of large cities. noodles. Coco Curry House. Among these chains are the Yoshinoya. alcohol and other drinks. While easily found in the suburbs and smaller towns. Convenience stores offer a selection of fresh sandwiches and rice balls (onigiri). as well as many Japanese chains that specialize in one type of dish such as gyudon. Many supermarkets also discount fruits and vegetables that are either blemished. snacks.
In the end. such as imitation beer (happoshu and 3rd genre beer). the number of plates is counted to determine the cost. sweet potatoes. In most sushi-ya. The menu often changes slightly with the seasons. Soba-ya Soba-ya specialize in soba and udon noodle dishes. resulting in competitive prices for filling set meals (around 1000 yen) or lunch boxes (around 500 yen) the latter of which are sometimes sold at temporarily erected stands. shochu (distilled spirit made from rice. the most crucial ingredient for a restaurant's success. such as gyoza and fried rice. Ramen-ya Ramen-ya specialize in ramen dishes. Customers can freely pick the dishes that they like as they pass in front of them or order dishes which are not available on the belt. There are usually a few kinds of plates (differing in color or pattern). deep fried breaded pork cutlets. Kare-ya Kare-ya are restaurants that specialize in curry rice (kare raisu) dishes.Business Districts and Train Stations Especially during lunch hours the competition is fierce among restaurants in large business districts. customers can sit either at a normal table or at a counter (sushi bar). convenience stores and supermarkets. 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. where the sushi dishes are presented to the customers on a conveyor belt. Gyudon-ya Gyudon-ya specialize in gyudon (beef domburi). Chinese style noodles served in a soup with various toppings. Kaiten-zushi Kaiten-zushi are sushi restaurants. wheat or sugar cane) or chuhai (shochu based cocktails with various flavors). Every ramen-ya has developed its own soup. Tonkatsu-ya Tonkatsu-ya serve tonkatsu. each being associated with a certain price of typically 100 to 500 yen. Most noodle dishes come either cooled with a dipping sauce or in a hot soup and with different toppings. Kaiten-zushi tends to be less expensive than usual sushi-ya. Customers are usually y y y y y y y . Korokke and other deep fried dishes are also available at many tonkatsu-ya. Below is an attempt to introduce some of the most popular restaurant types in categorized form: Specialized Japanese Restaurants Many restaurants in Japan specialize in just one type of food. are usually also available at a ramen-ya. y Sushi-ya Sushi-ya are restaurants which specialize in sushi. Several other dishes of Chinese origin. Alcoholic Drinks Explore Japan's unique lineup of alcoholic drinks that are cheaper than beer. behind which the sushi chef is working. with hiyashi (cold) noodles popular in summer and nabeyaki (hot) udon popular in winter. Gyudon-ya tend to be inexpensive fast food style restaurants. There is usually at least one kare-ya and one ramen-ya inside or around any major railway station. Okonomiyaki-ya Okonomiyaki-ya specialize in okonomiyaki and sometimes monjayaki. Restaurants A large number of restaurant types can be found in Japan. Alcoholic drinks tend to be cheapest at liquor stores.
grilled chicken skewers. Shokudo also offer a variety of dishes. and the difference to family restaurants is small. such as tendon (tempura domburi) and assorted tempura. It is probably the most popular restaurant type among the Japanese people. a bowl of cooked rice and small side dishes. Sukiyaki-ya Sukiyaki-ya specialize in sukiyaki and shabu-shabu. they are also popular places to go as a late night snack after drinking. They are particularly popular among salarymen after work. 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. Tempura-ya Tempura-ya specialize in tempura dishes. Family Restaurant and Shokudo Family restaurants (famiresu) offer a variety of Western. They tend to be expensive and are not very numerous. y Izakaya Izakaya are drinking places that offer a variety of small dishes. rather than ordering and eating individually. salads and finger food. y y . Along with ramen-ya. Unagi-ya Unagi-ya specialize in unagi (fresh water eel) dishes such as unajuu and unadon (unagidomburi). Teishoku-ya are especially numerous in business areas and popular during lunch time. Izakaya tend to be informal. the term is not commonly used anymore. Yakitori-ya Yakitori-ya specialize in yakitori. Teishoku-ya Teishoku-ya are restaurants that sell teishoku (set menus).y y y y preparing their okonomiyaki by themselves on a hot plate which is built into the table. Chinese and Japanese dishes in order to please all family members. and the people at one table usually share all dishes. A set menu usually consists of a main dish such as a fried fish. such as robata (grilled food).
The dishes served at yoshoku-ya are heavily Japanized Western dishes. Indonesian and Vietnamese food. as well as American style fast food enjoys a great popularity among the Japanese. such as omuraisu and hayashiraisu. Italian Restaurants Italian cuisine is very popular across Japan. Hamburger Fast Food There are many hamburger fast food restaurants across Japan. Chinese Restaurants There are many Chinese restaurants in Japan. Many Italian restaurants have Japanese flavored pasta dishes on their menus besides conventional dishes.Family Restaurant Foreign Cuisine Many restaurants in Japan specialize in a foreign cuisine. where small pieces of meat are cooked on a grill at the table. y Yakiniku-ya Yakiniku-ya specialize in Korean style barbecue. such as Thai. ethnic cuisine means South East Asian food. Other popular Korean dishes such as bibimba are also usually available at a yakiniku-ya. but also various Japanese chain stores such as Mos Burger and Lotteria. 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. Many of them serve slightly Japanized Chinese dishes. Yoshoku-ya Yoshoku-ya specialize in yoshoku ryori (Western Food). Especially Korean. Ethnic Cuisine In Japan. They include major American chain stores such as McDonald's. while others offer more authentic Chinese food. such as cakes and ice cream. . Chinese and Italian cooking.
such as Seven Eleven. sandwiches. Dishes commonly offered at yatai include oden and ramen. Karaage Rotensho Convenience Stores More than 40. known as konbini. Rotensho are food stands that are temporarily constructed for festivals and other large events. constantly produces new innovative products and services and makes Japanese convenience stores truly convenient. bread. takoyaki and yakisoba are just a few of the many dishes commonly sold at rotensho. can be heated up by the store staff. can be found across Japan. microwave meals and hot foods like fried chicken. Some cold foods. instant ramen. which emphasizes concepts such as simplicity and elegance. Most convenience stores are open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. candy. It can be enjoyed at special kaiseki ryori restaurants or at ryotei. such as onigiri. nikuman and oden. tea. coffee. Strong competition between the major operators. The stores also sell all kinds of hot and cold beverages including soda. Lawson and Family Mart. They sometimes include seating space inside a tent. Coffee chain stores such as Starbucks are also quite numerous.Okonomiyaki. chips. such asonigiri (rice balls).y y besides beverages. water. obento (lunch boxes). Goods offered Convenience stores primarily sell food including a large range of meals. expensive and exclusive Japanese restaurants for business banquets and similar events. Kaiseki Ryori and Ryotei Kaiseki Ryori may be called "Japanese haute cuisine". snacks and sweets. 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.000 convenience stores. sport .
Ticket Reservations: Tickets for sport events. Other goods available include body care products. highway buses and othertravel services can be purchased at the multi-purpose terminal. can be paid at convenience stores. newspapers. Delivery Services: At many stores. including utility. is also available. milk and vitamin drinks. blank CDs and tapes. magazines and comics. The selection changes frequently and often varies by season as well. Some stores. cell phone and insurance bills. shochu and wine. batteries. Digital Camera Prints: You can get prints of digital pictures by inserting your camera's memory card into the multi-purpose terminal. have a toilet. Services offered Convenience stores also offer a wide range of services. it is usually the copy machine which serves as the store's multi-purpose terminal. such as parcels or luggage. theme parks. the prints will be ready instantly or can be picked up later. juice. Copier/Fax: A copy machine and fax is available at most convenience stores. chuhai. umbrellas. particularly outside of the city centers. concerts. If not the ATM. such as the sale of post cards and stamps. except at 7-Eleven. Bill Payment: Many bills. Foreign credit and debit cards are usually not recognized by the ATMs found in convenience stores. nihonshu. 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.drinks. Many convenience stores also sell alcoholic beverages including beer. happoshu. it is possible to drop off or pick up deliveries (takuhaibin). Depending on the store. A limited range of postal services. cosmetics. y y y y y Below is a sample layout of a typical Japanese convenience store: Supermarkets .
The packages and portions in Japanese supermarkets are usually smaller than comparable packages sold in Europe or North America in particular. fresh seafood. but it is made with less malt. also known as low-malt beer) is a relatively recent invention by Japanese brewing companies. Traditional Japanese foodstuffs. tofu. Suntory and Sapporo. this beer-like beverage contains no malt. The art of brewing beer was imported in the early Meiji Period from Germany as a development project for the northern island of Hokkaido. A large variety of alcoholic beverages can be found in Japan. It has a similar flavor and alcohol content as beer. instead using pea. Also due to the lower malt content. ready-to-eat meals. on the other hand. They offer all kinds of goods such as fresh fruits and vegetables. lighter taste. . Also the cashier system is well organized and efficient. are a common activity that are used to strengthen both social and business ties. Drinking parties. soya. Kirin. A visit to such a food department is a highly recommended experience. alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages and household articles. can be relatively inexpensive. meat. nevertheless. or wheat spirits. dairy products. In order to counter tax changes that reclassified the malt content of beer and subsequently raised the price of happoshu. Beautiful food departments are usually located in the basement floors of most department stores. bread. Some of the most popular ones are: Beer Beer is the most popular alcoholic drink in Japan. "sparkling alcohol". Third beer "Third beer" (also known as "Shin Janru" or "New Genre") is the most recent development in the Japanese beer industry. they are rarely cheaper. Happoshu Happoshu (lit. pickled. The goods are usually beautifully presented and of excellent quality. which gives it a different.Modern Japanese supermarkets are organized much in the same way as their Western counterparts. Also see our page about convenience stores. The leading breweries are Asahi. Alcoholic Beverages Drinking plays an important role in Japanese society. dried and canned food. snacks. happoshu is taxed differently than beer and is consequently sold at a lower price. typically held at restaurants and izakaya.
it is also easily found anywhere alcohol is sold. Awamori Shochu is a distilled spirit with an alcohol content usually between 20-40 percent. nihonshu or sake (note that "sake" is also the general Japanese term for alcohol) is brewed using rice. white. pineapple. mixed with soda. It is usually served mixed with water and ice. juice-like flavor and aroma can appeal to those who normally dislike alcohol. there also exists a sizable and increasing domestic wine industry. and it is usually filtered although unfiltered nihonshu (nigorizake) is also popular. Wine Wine is gaining popularity in Japan. It is drunk either hot or cold. there are countless local rice wines (jizake). Italy. sweet potatoes. lime. Its sweet. especially among women. Shochu. ume. Common flavors include lemon. Chuhai Chuhai (the name is derived from "shochu highball") are fruitflavored alcoholic drinks with an alcohol content that ranges between 5-8 percent. They are usually shochu based. wheat and/or sugar cane. Besides major brands. and mikan (mandarin orange). It is commonly made from rice. It is usually served on the rocks. grapefruit. The alcohol content of nihonshu is typically about 10-20%. In addition there are many seasonal flavors that come and go. Recent ones include winter pear. and nashi (Japanese pear). The most famous wine producing region within Japan is Yamanashi Prefecture. or as an umeshu sawa (umeshu sour). fruity. sugar. and are available in cans anywhere alcohol is sold. While imported red. or oolong tea. water and white koji mold as the main ingredients.Rice Wine (nihonshu or sake) Commonly called sake outside of Japan. It differs in that it is made from longgrained thai-style rice instead of short-grained Japanese-style rice and uses a black koji mold indigenous to Okinawa. . fruit juice and sparkling water. Awamori is the Okinawan version of shochu. and sparkling wines from France. peach. Commonly made at home. Plum wine (umeshu) Umeshu is made of Japanese plums (ume). the United States and Australia are widely available. and shochu or nihonshu.
liquor stores (sakaya) and at vending machines (although machines in public shut off after 11PM). hold it up for the person while they pour. convenience stores. the same as for purchasing tobacco products. for example in restaurants that serve kaiseki ryori (Japanese haute cuisine). ATMs Many automatic teller machines (ATMs) in Japan do not accept credit. You should periodically check your friends' glasses. Gin and vodka based drinks are also commonly available at bars. The legal drinking age is 20 years old. rather than serving yourself. you should drink to make room in your glass if it is full. ATMs. Alcoholic beverages are sold in supermarkets. Only theinternational ATMs found in post offices and in a few major department stores and airports accept foreign credit and debit cards. In order to open an account at a Japanese bank. as long as you do not bother other guests. and then take at least one drink before putting the glass down. Drinking Manners When drinking alcoholic beverages. Most ATMs and CDs are unavailable on weekends and during the night. since in Japanese this expression refers to the male genitalia. Telephone and utilities bills can be paid at banks. 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. An inkan (personal stamp) or signature is also needed. which are issued outside of Japan. Japanese banks offer automatic teller machines (ATM) and cash dispensers (CD). The machines found in convenience stores. be aware that most Japanese ATMs do not accept foreign credit cards. deposit and transfer money and pay bills. Likewise. it is customary to serve one another.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. are often available around the clock. Banks Japanese banks are usually open Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 15:00. and replenish them before they are empty. At ATMs one can pay withdraw. for example. debit and ATM cards. the document any foreigner needs to apply for when staying in Japan for more than 90 days. while at CDs it is usually only possible to withdraw money. While it is considered bad manners to become obviously drunk in some formal restaurants. but the number of 24h ATMs is increasing. post offices and at some convenience stores. restaurants. These customs apply to everyone in your party even if they are not drinking alcohol. a foreigner requires to present his/her Alien Registration Card. but avoid using "chin chin" when making a toast. . department stores. if someone wants to serve you. As a traveler in Japan. Other toasts are acceptable. and izakaya. the same is not true for other types of restaurants such as izakaya. which is usually "kampai".
since many banks will block a card which is suddenly used abroad. including Visa. closed on weekends). Cirrus. 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). only the central offices of major cities offer a 24 hour/7 days a week ATM service. Cell Phones in Japan . in major department stores and in Citibank and Shinsei Bank branches. These ATMs allow you to withdraw cash by credit and debit cards issued outside of Japan. Remember your card's secret 4-digit PIN. 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. Mastercard. Shibuya Office and the central offices of Osaka. international ATMs can be found at international airports. Shinjuku Office. including theTokyo Central Office. Tsuwano Post Office Taketomi Post Office In addition to the ATMs at post offices and 7-Eleven convenience stores. ATMs at 7-Eleven stores are available 24 hours per day on every day of the year. 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. American Express and JCB cards and provide an English user menu. Postal ATM operating hours then decrease proportionally to the size of the post office.000 7Elevenconvenience stores across the country.000 post offices and over 10. shorter hours on weekends.The big exception are the ATMs found at the over 20. suspecting a fraud. Inquire what fees and daily and/or monthly limits are associated with international withdrawals. from major post offices (typically 7:00 to 23:00. In order to use international ATMs. In case of post offices. Maestro. Plus. Notify your bank that you are going to use your card overseas.
Contact your service provider for details concerning your particular phone. There are two things that are required for your telephone to work: 1. Free incoming calls.Mobile phone display racks at an electronics store. there is no GSM network. Low call rates. Alternatively. You can rent OR buy a Japan cell phone BEFORE your departure! Click above link. while Softbank has about 15 million subscribers. Most importantly. electronic wallets/train passes. The biggest mobile phone companies in Japan are NTT Docomo. televisions. International roaming plan or rental SIM card . Mobile phones are everywhere. au by KDDI. Rentafone Japan We provide a cheap and convenient cell phone rental service for shortterm visitors to Japan. but are charged international roaming rates which tend to be expensive.The only foreign phones that work in Japan are some 3G models. and before that J-phone). Au is next with about 30 million subscribers. so GSM phones do not work. 2. and Softbank (formerly Vodafone. games. with a rental SIM card (from a Japanese provider) you use your own phone with a Japanese phone number and lower rates. gps/navigation and music players. Check the cost-comparison link on our home page. Free shipping. cameras. 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. Do foreign phones work in Japan? Due to different technologies. Mobile phones Japan is a leader in mobile phone technology and usage with about 75% of the population owning one. however the number of compatible phones is increasing.With an international roaming plan (from your home service provider) you use your own phone and number. Compatibility with the Japanese mobile phone network . Docomo is the most popular company with about 50 million subscribers. and they are constantly getting new features such as internet browsers. Do Japanese phones work outside of Japan? . mobile phones from your home country may not work in Japan.
phone sellers must now verify the identity and place of residence of their buyers. a Japanese Passport. Japanese carriers do not unlock handsets. Phone numbers remain active as long as you have valid credit in your account. Some stores will accept foreign passports along with a hotel address as verification.Many phones that are sold in Japan can operate on 3G and GSM networks (only in certain countries) with the appropriate international roaming plans. depending on what features your phone supports. Credit. internet. All of the companies at the airports have same day rentals. email. How to get a mobile phone: Rental Phones Renting is the most economical way for the average traveler to get a phone. incoming calls are free). Typical proof can be in the form of a Japanese driver's license. while some companies offer discounts for advanced reservations. Japanese phones are designed at a hardware and software level to work with only a particular network. but . and typically requires a picture ID and a credit card. Credit can be bought at cell phone stores and convenience stores. Prepaid phones start around 5000 yen. incoming calls are free and outgoing calling rates are comparable to those of rental phones. 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. or an alien registration card. although while overseas some of their advanced functions will likely not work. With most companies. Also. You can return the phones at the airport or through the maildepending on the company. There are phones to suit every style. 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. must be purchased in advance. 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. Many companies have kiosks at the airports. and is typically valid for 60 days from activation. while other companies will mail a phone to your hotel or to your home. Prepaid Phones Due to past criminal abuse of prepaid phones. etc. but the display phones are non-working plastic samples. which is used for outgoing calls. This means that a person with a handset and service provided by a Japanese mobile phone carrier can roam when travelling outside of Japan.
will expire after three months to a year without use. Phones may be free or subsidized although that typically requires a 2 year service contract. 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. an elevated train across the Rainbow Bridge onto a man made island in Tokyo Bay. explore the nearby Asakusa area around Sensoji Temple where a touch of the old Tokyo can still be experienced. In the afternoon. Explore centrally locatedSensoji Temple and the surrounding streets. Alternatively. Suggested schedules Two full days are required in order to gain a superficial feel for Japan's capital. Tokyo Disney Resort Tokyo Disney Resort. Afterwards. a nice landscape garden at the Tokyo Bay waterfront. At least one week to get to know it more intimately. Shinjuku In Shinjuku. urban Japan. visit the shopping and entertainment attractions and view the futuristic architecture and landscape design around Odaiba and Tokyo Big Sight. From Hama Rikyu it is just a few steps to the elegant skyscrapers of Shiodome. for a . Full day schedules: From Asakusa to Odaiba: Old and new Tokyo Start in Asakusa. Half day schedules: Old Tokyo Visit the excellent Edo-Tokyo Museum about Tokyo's history. Shinjuku Start the day with a visit to the Imperial Palace and its East Gardens. just 15 minutes by train from Tokyo Station. Spend the evening there. a futuristic entertainment and shopping district on a man made island. Shibuya. visit nearbyMeiji Shrine and take the Yamanote Line to Shinjuku. Tokyo is the best place to experience modern. Then. visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office. Subscription plans are only available to residents and require an alien registration card and a Japanese bank account. where a touch of the old Tokyo is surviving. Tokyo's tallest building. 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. Futuristic Tokyo From Shimbashi Station take the Yurikamome. the phone may be purchased at full price in which case service is available on a month-to-month contract. where you can hop onto the Yurikamome elevated train over the rainbow bridge to Odaiba. Then. take the boat on the Sumida River from Asakusa to Hama Rikyu. Imperial Palace. All the latest and most advanced phones are available with subscription plans and the selection of handsets is huge. consists of two separate theme parks: Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. There.
experience the notorious Kabukicho entertainment district. Harajuku. wars and redeveleopment. a spacious city park. only half an hour south of Tokyo. a few historic sites and many hot springs. The shrines and temples of Nikko can be seen in a one day trip from Tokyo. To escape the crowds. It makes a perfect one-day trip from Tokyo. take a break in the Shinjuku Gyoen. Yokohama Yokohama is Japan's second most populated city. Nikko Nikko. the mausoleum of one of Japan's most influential personalities. 30 minutes from Ikebukuro. but if you also wish to visit Nikko's beautiful national park. is full of historic temples and shrines. Shibuya.free bird's eye view of the city. visit Meiji Shrine. good views of Mount Fuji. which have disappeared in Tokyo itself due to earthquakes. one hour south of Tokyo. It makes a good one-day trip from Tokyo. Meiji Jingu Shibuya and Harajuku are the most popular shopping and entertainment districts of Tokyo's young generations. Hakone Hakone is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Hakone can be visited in a one day trip. is called "Little Edo" (Edo is the former name of Tokyo). Imperial Palace. Then take a look at Japan's busiest train station and surrounding department stores. but an overnight stay at a ryokan with hot spring is recommended. Side trips: Kamakura Kamakura. Tokyo's most expensive and famous shopping district. is the site of the famous Nikko Toshogu Shrine. two hours north of Tokyo. two hours west of Tokyo. In the evening. Kawagoe Kawagoe. at least two days are recommended. . located in a spacious wooded park just next to Harajuku Station. For some contrast. because the city retains some of the architecture and atmosphere of past centuries. offering beautiful nature. Ginza Visit Imperial Palace and its East Gardens before exploring Ginza.
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