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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!
In recent years.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. Orientation in Tokyo Hours and Fees Outer Market: varies by shop. from where you can walk to the market in about 15 minutes. The closest JR station is Shimbashi. A major redevelopment of Akihabara Station and surroundings is nearing its completion. Alternatively. typically 5:00 to 14:00 Wholesale Area: open to visitors after 9:00am Tuna Auction: open to visitors from 5:00am to 6:15am (restricted to 140 visitors/day) Closed: Sundays. The one way trip takes 20 minutes and costs 260 yen. 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. famous for its many electronics shops. it can be reached in a five minute walk from Tsukiji Station on the Hibiya Subway Line. manga and animation culture. From Shinjuku Station Take the Oedo Subway Line directly from Shinjuku Station to Tsukiji Shijo Station. The fare is 160 yen. giving Akihabara a . 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.
such as Ishimaru Denki. several stores also feature a selection of products for overseas use and offer duty free shopping to foreign tourists on purchases of over 10. televisions.new face. Animation and Games The character of Akihabara has constantly changed over the decades and continues to do so. In addition to conventional stores. . A few major stores. manga and animation related goods has notably increased. mobile phones and home appliances to second-hand goods and electronic junk. as the number of stores offering video games. such as cosplay ("costume play") cafes. However. watch DVDs and surf the internet. cameras. where waitresses are dressed up like anime characters. while many smaller shops can be found in the narrow side streets. Sofmap and Laox operate multiple branch stores mainly along the main roads. various other animation related establishments have appeared in the area. Electronics Hundreds of electronics shops of various sizes can be found around Akihabara Station and along Chuo Dori (Chuo Avenue). where customers can read comics.000Yen (passport required). and manga kissaten ("comics cafes"). They offer everything from the newest computers. Manga. Note that some of the electronic appliances on sale are only suited for use in Japan due to voltage and other technical differences and limited warranty. A recent development is the emergence of Akihabara as a center of Japanese animation culture.
the Pasokon branch for PCs and the Game One and Soft One to Three branches for CDs. Sofmap Open daily 11:00 to 21:00. Sundays 11:00 to 20:00 Sofmap operates as many as 16 shops in the Akihabara area including multiple branches. DVDs. Akihabara UDX (opened in spring 2006) and Yodobashi Akiba Building (opened in autumn 2005). Ishimaru Denki Open daily 10:00 to 20:00 Operating ten stores across Akihabara. which specialize in used computers. The stores are numbered from 1 to 14 plus the main store and the Kakuta branch. A duty free floor can be found in store number one.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. games and anime related goods. Number One branch and Ekimae branch for electronic equipment. the Tsukuba Express connects central Tokyo with Tsukuba City in western Ibaraki Prefecture. A brand new railway line. . The result are several new buildings such as the Akihabara Dai Building(opened in spring 2005). Furthermore. including the Main Store. Akihabara has been serving as the terminal station of the Tsukuba Express since August 2005.
JR Sobu Line. Yamada Denki . Duty Free Akihabara branch and Watch & Camera Branch. Akky II and Akky III. the Gakkikan branch for music instruments and three Asobit City branches for hobby and game related products. It specializes in personal computers. How to get there Akihabara Station is a busy station on the Yamanote Line loop. Computer branch. it is located on the east side of Akihabara Station. pc accessories.Labi Akihabara Open daily 10:00 to 22:00 Yamada Denki operates a "LABI" store just across the street from the Akihabara Electric Town exit of JR Akihabara Station.Laox Open daily 10:00 to 20:00.Labi Akihabara Open daily 9:30 to 20:00 Akky operates three duty free shops in the area around Akihabara Station: Akky Main Store. in the new Yodobashi Akiba Building. Unlike most other electronic shops. Some branches have longer opening hours. including cameras. providing office and conference space. computers. and household electronics. Yodobashi Camera Open daily 9:30 to 22:00 The Shinjuku based discount electronic store giant Yodobashi Camera opened its huge Akihabara branch in September 2005. Yamada Denki . JR Keihin-Tohoku Line. this complex next to Akihabara Station aims to become a new "global center for the IT Industry". Products on sale include a variety of electronic equipment for overseas use. the Tsukuba Express and the Hibiya Subway Line. The one way fare is 160 Yen. including the Main Store. Akihabara Crossfield Consisting of the newly built Akihabara Dai Building and the Akihabara UDX Building. Orientation in Tokyo . televisions. Operating eight stores in Akihabara. 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). DVD players and software. From Tokyo Station 3 minutes and 130 Yen by JR Yamanote Line or JR Keihin-Tohoku Line. served by the JR Yamanote Line. convention halls and showrooms.
It was built by close relatives of the Tokugawa Shogun in the early Edo Period. Like most traditional Japanese gardens.Koishikawa Korakuen # 38 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Koishikawa Korakuen is one of Tokyo's oldest and most beautiful Japanese landscape gardens. but particularly so in the second half of November. when the fall colors appear. Koishikawa Korakuen is attractive during all seasons of the year. 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 . stones. using a pond. during the plum festival in late February and when the beautiful weeping cherry tree near the garden's entrance is in full bloom. How to get there Koishikawa Korakuen is a 5-10 minute walk from Iidabashi Station (various JR and subway lines) or a 10 minute walk from Korakuen Station on the Marunouchi and Nanboku Subway Lines. plants and a man made hill. Koishikawa Korakuen attempts to reproduce famous landscapes from China and Japan in miniature.
a short walk from Tokyo Station. The stone bridge in front is called Meganebashi (Eyeglass Bridge) for its looks. the shogunate was overthrown. guided tours of the palace are offered in Japanese. visitors are able to enter the inner palace grounds and see the members of the Imperial Family. The bridge in the back was formerly a wooden bridge with two levels. who make several public appearances on a balcony. During the rest of the year. Reservations can be made over the internet (see links below). The palace was once destroyed during World War Two. a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the center of Tokyo.Tokyo Imperial Palace # 13 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Moats and walls surround the imperial palace The current Imperial Palace (Kokyo) is located on the former site of Edo Castle. In 1888 construction of a new Imperial Palace was completed. Nijubashi Bridge The palace buildings and inner gardens are not open to the public. with an English pamphlet and audio guide provided. two bridges that form an entrance to the inner palace grounds. It is the residence of Japan's Imperial Family. In 1868. and the country's capital and Imperial Residence were moved fromKyoto to Tokyo. . and rebuilt in the same style. Edo Castle used to be the seat of the Tokugawa shogun who ruled Japan from 1603 until 1867. from which the name Nijubashi (Double Bridge) is derived. Tours must be reserved in advance with the Imperial Household Agency. afterwards. visitors can view the Nijubashi. Only on January 2 (New Year's Greeting) and December 23 (Emperor's Birthday). the large plaza in front of the Imperial Palace. From Kokyo Gaien.
Fridays and special occasions. # Hama Rikyu 34 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Hama Rikyu. next to the futuristic Shiodome district. former duck hunting grounds. forested areas and a teahouse are some of the park's attractions. it is a 10-15 minute walk from JR Shimbashi Station or Shiodome Station on the Oedo Subway Line and Yurikamome elevated train. the contrast between the traditional gardens with Shiodome's skyscrapers in the background is spectacular. It is located alongside Tokyo Bay. Furthermore. Alternatively. How to get there Hama Rikyu can be accessed by boat from Asakusa and Odaiba. which change water level with the tides.The Imperial Palace East Gardens are open to the public throughout the year except on Mondays. Seawater ponds. Orientation in Tokyo Hours and Fees Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30) Closed: December 29 to January 1 Admission: 300 yen Ginza # 5 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited . the garden of a feudal lord's residence during the Edo Period. More information is available on the East Gardens page. Guided tour through the Imperial Palace grounds How to get there The Imperial Palace is a 10 minute walk from Tokyo Station. is one of Tokyo's most attractive landscape gardens.
restaurants. making it one of the most expensive real estate in Japan. when the central Chuo Dori street gets closed to traffic and become a large pedestrian zone. featuring numerous department stores. today's Ginza district was the site of a silver coin mint (Ginza means "silver mint" inJapanese). One square meter of land in the district's center is worth over ten million yen.The Ginza is Tokyo's most famous upmarket shopping. 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). art galleries. boutiques. dining and entertainment district. The Ginza evolved as an upmarket shopping district following the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake. after which the district was eventually named. Chuo Dori street on a weekend afternoon From 1612 to 1800. . Most shops in the Ginza district are open everyday of the week. A visit is most pleasant on a weekend afternoon. night clubs and cafes. 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.
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Ginza Wako Shops: 10:30 to 18:00 Restaurants: 10:30 to 21:00 (some variation between restaurants) Built in 1932. Although there are no English explanations. are displayed to the public in the showrooms in this building. jewelry and luxury items are sold. Kabukiza Theater Undergoing reconstruction and closed to the public until 2013 Kabuki pieces were performed in this theater until April 2010. computers and Play Station products. Sony Building Showroom and shops: 11:00 to 19:00 Restaurants: typically 11:30 to 21:30 The newest products by Sony. Inside the building. televisions. displays such as historical uniforms and equipment can be easily understood. There are also a few shops. The new theater is scheduled to open in spring 2013. The facade and interior of the new theater will resemble the previous structure.restaurants and cafes. the clock tower of the Ginza Wako building is the symbol of the Ginza. mobile phones. Department Stores . audio sets. however) Located just outside of the Ginza area to the north. cameras. 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. The theater is now being torn down and rebuilt at the base of a new skyscraper. including DVD recorders. standing at the northwest corner of the district's centrally located Ginza 4-Chome junction of Chuo and Harumi Dori. the four floor Police Museum is operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department and is free of charge.
Printemps Ginza was opened in the year 1984. a pet shop. wines. household goods. 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. Printemps 11:00 to 20:30 (until 19:30 on Sundays) The Ginza store of the Paris based Printemps department store chain offers fashion. accessories. . Matsuzakaya has a history that reaches back to the year 1611.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. Mitsukoshi's history reaches back to the year 1673. foods. a travel agency and an exhibition hall on its eleven 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.
Clothing stores are located from the basement to the fourth floor.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". . a conventional department store in the Yurakucho Marion Building and "Mosaic Ginza Hankyu". business and shopping area around Shinjuku Station. Shinjuku Station is Japan's busiest railwaystation. Marunouchi and Ginza Subway Lines and Yurakucho Station on the JR Yamanote Line. Handling more than two million passengers each day. How to get there The most convenient stations for accessing the Ginza district are Ginza Station on the Hibiya. JR KeihinTohoku Line and Yurakucho Subway Line. 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. From the fifth floor to the ninth floor. Western Tokyo (Shinjuku. the building is occupied by the Ginza branch of the popular Tokyu Hands department store. Shibuya) Shinjuku # 1 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Shinjuku is one of the 23 wards of Tokyo. a collection of fashion and lifestyle stores. but the name commonly refers just to the large entertainment. served by six railway companies and about a dozen railway and subway lines.
subterranean malls and electronic shops surround Shinjuku Station on all four sides. 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. Admission is free. while department stores. January 2-3 and occasional inspection days. as well as observatories on the 45th floor of each tower. Redevelopment there is still ongoing. except December 29-31. Japan's largest and wildest red light district. including the recently redeveloped south.including the JR Yamanote Line. The view from the southern tower is considered slightly more interesting. Furthermore. whose observation decks are open to the public for free. where the pleasant Southern Terrace is located. . in which case the observatory is closed the following day. West of the station is Shinjuku' skyscraper district. Open daily 9:30 to 23:00 (south observatory until 17:30). including several premier hotels and the Metropolitan Government Office. except if a public holiday falls on the closure day. Northeast of the station lies Kabukicho. home to many of Tokyo's tallest buildings. the north observatory is closed on the 2nd and 4th Monday and the south observatory on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.
Kabuki-cho comes to life daily after 18:00. Open daily from 11:00 to 21:00. The department store belongs to the Keio Group. Several of the other skyscrapers have some shops on their ground floors and restaurants with great views of the city on their top floors. Keio Keio Department Store consists of 11 floors. including the Keio Plaza. restaurants until 23:00. Kabukicho Named after a kabuki theater. Lumine is divided into "Lumine 1" west of and "Lumine 2" east of the South Exit and "Lumine Est" (formerly known as "My City") above the East Exit. Open daily from 10:00 to 20:00. pachinko parlors.Shinjuku Skyscraper District Among the skyscrapers are the Tocho (see above) and some of Tokyo's leading hotels. The complex also includes "Mosaic Dori". Lumine Lumine is owned by JR East and located next and above Shinjuku Station's South and East Exits. including a food department in the basement and several restaurants on the restaurant floor. restaurants from 11:00 to 22:00. Hilton. restaurants until 22:30. Mylord Mylord offers seven floors of shopping and three restaurant floors. and especially so on Fridays and Saturdays. Hyatt Regency and Park Hyatt (featured in Lost in Translation). Department Stores: Odakyu Odakyu Department Store consists of 16 floors. which also operates a suburban railway line from Shinjuku to western Tokyo. Open daily from 11:00 to 22:00. including a wonderful food department in the basement and restaurant floors. restaurants from 11:00 to 22:00. Some restaurants close for a few hours between lunch and dinner. bars. a narrow pedestrian street between the Keio and Odakyu department stores. . Japan's largest red light district features countless restaurants. which also operates a suburban railway line from Shinjuku to Odawara (Odakyu is an abbreviation for "Odawara Express"). Open daily from 10:00 to 20:00. Mylord is affiliated with the Odakyu Group. Explore with caution and beware of exorbitant cover fees. love hotels and a wide variety of red light establishments for both sexes and sexual orientations. The department store belongs to the Odakyu Group. whose construction plans have never been realized. The restaurants in the skyscrapers tend to be open from around 11:00 to 23:00.
restaurants from 11:00 to 23:00. Parks: . cafes and an Italian restaurant. and especially strong on camera equipment. but it also operates two branches next to Shinjuku Station. Electronics Stores: Yodobashi Camera Yodobashi Camera is one of Japan's leading discount electronics retailers. Flags is a ten-floor shopping complex featuring a Tower Records music store.Takashimaya Opened in 1996. Lumine Est from 10:30 to 21:30. Isetan With a history of more than 100 years Isetan is a veteran among Shinjuku's department stores. restaurants from 11:00 to 23:00. Flags Located next to the South Exit of Shinjuku Station. Open daily from 10:00 to 20:00. including a food department in the basement and a restaurant floor. a Gap and various other shops. A Tokyu Hands branch and Kinokuniya book store with a large foreign language section are located in the same building complex. Bic's main store is located in Ikebukuro. Bic Camera Bic Camera is another of Japan's leading discount electronics retailers. Open daily from 9:30 to 22:00. The Shinjuku store is Isetan's flagship and consists of ten floors. Yodobashi's main store is located near the west exit of Shinjuku Station. Open daily from 10:00 to 21:00. also known as "Times Square". Open daily from 11:00 to 22:00 (Tower Records and restaurant until 23:00). while a smaller branch is located near the station's east exit. the Shinjuku branch of Takashimaya consists of 15 floors. an Oshman's sports goods store. including a food department in the basement and three restaurant floors. Open daily from 11:00 to 22:00 (from 10:00 on weekends and holidays). one in the Odakyu Halc Building near the station's west exit and one east of the station near the Isetan department store.
Admission is 200 Yen. 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. Open from 9:00 to 16:30. Closed on Mondays (Tuesday is Monday is a national holiday) from December 29 to January 3. It was opened to the public in 1949. A slightly faster alternative is taking the JR Yamanote or JR Keihin-Tohoku Line from Ueno to Kanda Station. There are no closure days during the cherry blossom season (late March to late April) and the Chrysanthemum Exhibition (first half of November). Orientation in Tokyo . orange trains on the JR Chuo Line (Rapid Service) take less than 15 minutes and cost 190 Yen from Tokyo Station to Shinjuku Station. after it had served as a garden for the Imperial Family since 1903. including theJR Yamanote Line. served by about a dozen railway lines. From Ueno Station By JR Yamanote Line it takes 25 minutes and costs 190 Yen to get from Ueno to Shinjuku. How to get there Shinjuku Station is Japan's busiest railway station. From Tokyo Station The frequently departing. free admission. and then the JR Chuo Line from Kanda to Shinjuku. Always open.
Below is a map and list of some of Shibuya's other major attractions: . which is heavily decorated by neon advertisements and giant video screens and gets crossed by amazingly large crowds of pedestrians each time the traffic light turns green. Shibuya is one of Tokyo's most colorful and busy districts and birthplace to many of Japan's fashion and entertainment trends. two competing corporations. but often refers to just the popular shopping and entertainment area around Shibuya Station. Most of the area's large department and fashion stores belong to either Tokyuor Seibu. A prominent landmark of Shibuya is the large intersection in front of the station (Hachiko Exit).Shibuya # 2 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Shibuya is one of the twenty-three city wards of Tokyo.
Electric Power Museum (Denryokukan) Open daily 10:00 to 18:00. and continued to do so for years even after his master had passed away. whose predecessor used to monopolize the production and sale of tobacco and salt in Japan. the dog waited for his master every day in front of Shibuya Station. Tobacco and Salt Museum Open 10:00 to 18:00. Closed Wednesdays (or following day if Wednesday falls on anational holiday) and during New Year. Information in English is limited. Admission: 100 yen. This museum by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) introduces various aspects of electric energy. . It is one of Tokyo's most popular meeting points. Introducing the history of tobacco and salt in Japan and throughout the world.Points of Interest: Hachiko Statue A statue of a loyal dog named Hachiko. The museum is operated by Japan Tobacco (JT). According to a famous story. Admission: free. Information in English is limited. such as the process of power generation and the role of electricity in society and everyday life. Closed Mondays and from December 29 to January 3 (if Monday is anational holiday the museum is open Monday and closed Tuesday).
It was named after Parcodepartment store (parco is Italian for park) and the fact that the street leads to Yoyogi Park. a theater. Love Hotel Hill This area of Shibuya has a high concentration of love hotels. lit. which offer couples a private room for a 2-3 hour "rest" during the day (usually around 5. Bunkamura. It is now also being used for ice skating and volleyball competitions. including the production of a live program on most days.000 yen) or an overnight "stay" (usually around 10. a museum with constantly changing exhibitions. Center Gai is a busy pedestrian zone lined by stores. Bunkamura Located directly next to the Tokyu department store (main store).NHK Studiopark (more details) Please see the NHK Studiopark page for details on hours and admission. the stadium hosted the olympic swimming competitions. Koen Dori Koen Dori. lit. game centers. is a popular shopping street leading from the Marui department store to Yoyogi Park. National Yoyogi Stadium Built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics by renown architect Tange Kenzo. night clubs and restaurants. two cinemas. concerts and various other events. It gives visitors a chance to look behind the scenes of television broadcasting. boutiques. NHK Studiopark is a part of the NHK Broadcasting Center. consists of a concert hall. . and a few shops and restaurants. "Park Street". "culture village". Famous Streets: Center Gai The birthplace of many Japanese fashion trends.000 yen). which is open to the public.
It is lined by boutiques. hobby. The Shibuya store spans eight floors. Restaurants 11:00 to 23:00. Tokyu Hands has everything from doit-yourself. Promoted as "Creative Life Store". Shibuya Station store open daily 10:00 to 21:00 (Sundays and holidays until 20:00. and was nicknamed for resembling a Spanish street scene. Seibu Affiliated Shopping: Seibu Open 10:00 to 20:00 (Thursdays. office space. while the Shibuya Station branch with twelve floors sits on top of the station. It consists of a wide range of stores and restaurants. 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. the complex's name can also be read as "Shibuya to kyu". Shibuya Mark City Opening hours vary by shop. Shibuya 109 Open daily 10:00 to 21:00 (restaurants from 11:00 to 22:30). crafts. restaurants until 22:30). restaurants until 22:30). interior. approximately 100 meter long pedestrian street with stairs leading up the slope to the Parco department store.Spain Slope Spain Slope (Supeinzaka) is a narrow. Closed New Year's Day. outdoors to stationery and more. the Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu. cafes and restaurants. featuring mainly fashion goods and some fashion boutiques. Usually pronounced "Shibuya ichi maru kyu". Tokyu Affiliated Shopping: Tokyu Main store open daily 11:00 to 20:00 (upper floors until 19:00. identifying the complex as part of the Tokyu Group. Restaurants can be found on the top and bottom floors. and Saturdays until 21:00). Shibuya Mark City is a small city within the city. Shibuya 109 is a trend setting fashion complex for young women with more than one hundred boutiques on ten floors. Tokyu Hands Open daily from 10:00 to 20:30. Fridays. . located just next to JR Shibuya Station. a bus terminal and the terminal station of the Keio Inokashira Line. The Shibuya branch of the Seibu department store chain consists of nine floors. typically 10:00 to 21:00.
Restaurants: 11:00 to midnight. crafts and gifts. Keio Inokashira Line and the Narita Express. The complex consists of numerous buildings in the Shibuya area: Part 1. Quattro.Loft Open from 10:00 to 21:00 (until 20:00 on Sundays and public holidays). How to get there Shibuya Station is one of Tokyo's busiest stations. Part 3. The Loft Shibuya branch consists of seven floors. You can get there by JR Yamanote Line. Parco is a shopping complex with an emphasis on fashion. Parco Open 10:00 to 21:00 (some annex buildings from 11:00). Ginza Subway Line. Orientation in Tokyo Harajuku # 4 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Harajuku Station . Tokyu Den-Entoshi Line. JR Saikyo Line. hobby. but with a slightly less strong emphasis on do-it-yourself. Loft is Seibu's answer to Tokyu Hands. Zero Gate and more. Hanzomon Subway Line. Part 2. Fukutoshin Subway Line. Tokyu Toyoko Line. also offering a large array of products related to interior. JR Shonan Shinjuku Line.
The stylish Omotesando Hills complex was opened in 2006 and targets fashion conscious urbanites in their 30s and 40s. which are lined by many trendy shops. cafes and restaurants for a more adult clientele. Harajuku is not only about teenage culture and shopping. which is between Shinjuku and Shibuya on the Yamanote Line. The focal point of Harajuku's teenage culture is Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) and its side streets. tree lined avenue sometimes referred to as Tokyo's Champs-Elysees. is located just west of the railway tracks in a large green oasis shared with the spacious Yoyogi Park. In order to experience the teenage culture at its most extreme. . Here you can find famous brand name shops. visit Harajuku on a Sunday. used clothes stores. crepe stands and fast food outlets geared towards the fashion and trend conscious teens. etc. dressed up in crazy costumes to resemble anime characters. a broad. A variety of fashion styles on display at Harajuku on a Sunday Just south of Takeshita Dori and over twice its length is Omotesando. but also offers shopping for adults and some historic sights. and the Nezu Museum has an impressive collection of various Asian art as well as a traditional Japanese garden. Meiji Jingu. punk musicians. Beautiful ukiyo-e paintings are exhibited in the small Ota Memorial Museum of Art. when many young people gather around Harajuku Station and engage in cosplay ("costume play"). fashion boutiques. while Kiddy Land has hundreds of unique toys for kids of all ages. It is the center of Japan's most extreme teenage cultures and fashion styles. one of Tokyo's major shrines.Harajuku refers to the area around Tokyo's Harajuku Station.
Because of the street's popularity. boutiques. Omotesando Shops along Omotesando tend to be open daily from 11:00 to 20:00. stand along the avenue. The symbol of Harajuku and birthplace of many of Japan's fashion trends. Omotesando is a one kilometer long. Referred to as Tokyo's Champs-Elysees. cafes and fast food outlets targeting Tokyo's teenagers. Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) is a narrow. Numerous stores. tree lined avenue. Shopping . cafes and restaurants.Famous Streets Takeshita Dori Shops along Takeshita Dori tend to be open daily from 11:00 to 20:00. it becomes extremely busy and crowded on the weekends. including several leading fashion brand shops. Interesting shops and restaurants can also be found along some of the side streets. roughly 400 meter long street lined by shops. serving as the main approach to Meiji Shrine. boutiques. This area generally caters to an older and wealthier clientele than Takeshita Dori.
Opened in 2006. offering a wide array of goods.100 Yen Shop Open daily from 10:00 to 21:00 This is one of the largest 100 Yen Shops in central Tokyo. tableware. LaForet Harajuku Open daily from 11:00 to 20:00 LaForet Harajuku is a trend setting shopping complex. The LaForet Museum on the top floor hosts various events and exhibitions. Travelers who pass by the store front are sure to notice the building. Daiso Harajuku . cafes. very popular among foreign travelers in search of typical Japanese souvenirs. Omotesando Hills consists of six floors (three are underground) of about 100 upmarket shops. such as kimono.Omotesando Hills Shops: 11:00 to 21:00 (Sun until 20:00) Restaurants: 11:00 to 23:00 (Sun until 22:00). including clothing. The shopping complex is Omotesando's most prominent establishment. dolls. Oriental Bazaar 10:00 to 19:00 Closed: Thursdays This is one of Tokyo's largest souvenir shops. female audience. restaurants and beauty salons. lamps. kitchenware. . The shop spans three floors and has a red and green facade that mimics traditional Japanese architecture. stretching along about one quarter of the avenue. consisting of seven floors of fashion boutiques and shops. The building was designed by the renowned architect Ando Tadao and has intriguing design elements. mainly geared towards a young. Apartments are located above the shops. It is located only a few steps from Harajuku Station alongTakeshita Dori. furnitureand samurai related goods. food and stationary on multiple floors at 105 yen per item.
Empress Shoken. The store's original six floor shop directly along Omotesando is currently undergoing renovations. Kiddy Land has a fantastic selection of toys and other products to amuse kids. It is one of many famous brand names that have opened a store along Omotesando. Emperor Meiji was a popular emperor who reigned from 1867 to 1912. but it was discontinued in December of 2009. Barbie and Hello Kitty are on sale alongside new characters and creations.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. Louis Vuitton Open daily from 11:00 to 20:00 The Louis Vuitton Omotesando store was opened in autumn 2002 as the company's largest store. The majority of the shrine grounds are composed of a beautiful. Togo Shrine Closed: No closing days Admission: Free Togo Shrine is a Shinto shrine dedicated to Admiral Togo. which are designed as a stack of trunks rather than conventional floors. 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 Togo Antique Market was held around the shrine on the first Sunday of each month. but a similarly sized temporary building is being used just around the corner. The public store makes up five of the building's ten floors. Major toy brands like Disney. who defeated the Russian fleet in the Russo-Japanese War in1905. . dense forest that can be explored on walking paths.
. may vary according to exhibition The small and elegant Ota Memorial Museum of Art exhibits selected ukiyo-e paintings and prints from the vast collection of the late Mr. Ota Memorial Museum of Art 10:30 to 17:30 Closed: Mondays (or next day if Monday is a national holiday). Ota Seizo. Yoyogi Koen (Yoyogi Park) is one of Tokyo's largest and most pleasant city parks. New Year Admission: Typically 700 yen. 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. 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. which is open to the public. which comprises of more than 10. It is a great place for jogging.Nezu Museum 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30) Closed: Mondays (or next day if Monday is a national holiday). NHK Studiopark (more details) Please see the NHK Studiopark page for details on hours and admission. featuring wide lawns. including the production of a live program on most days. It gives visitors a chance to look behind the scenes of television broadcasting. Exhibits are changed every month. China and Korea. picnicking and other outdoor activities. ponds and forested areas. Yoyogi Park 5:00 to 20:00 (until 17:00 during the winter) Facilities are typically open from 9:00 to 17:00.000 pieces of art. NHK Studiopark is a part of the NHK Broadcasting Center.
Emperor Meiji was the first emperor of modern Japan. He was born in 1852 and ascended to the throne in 1867 at the peak of the Meiji Restoration when Japan's feudal era came to an end and the emperor was restored to power. 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. . The shrine was completed and dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and the Empress Shoken in 1920. two stations south of Shinjuku and one station north of Shibuya (130 yen from either station). which is served by the Chiyoda. which is served by the Chiyoda and Fukutoshin Subway Lines. Only a short walk from Harajuku Station is the subway station Meijijingu-mae Station. The shrine was destroyed during the Second World War but was rebuilt shortly thereafter. Meiji Shrine and the adjacent Yoyogi Park make up a large forested area within the densely built-up city. Located just beside the JR Yamanote Line's busy Harajuku Station. Japan modernized and westernized herself to join the world's major powers by the time Emperor Meiji passed away in 1912. The spacious shrine grounds offer walking paths that are great for a relaxing stroll. concerts and various other events.National Yoyogi Stadium Built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics by renowned architect Tange Kenzo. At the eastern end of Omotesando isOmotesando Station. How to get there Harajuku Station is a station on the JR Yamanote Line. Empress Shoken. eight years after the passing of the emperor and six years after the passing of the empress. Ginza and Hanzomon Subway Lines. the stadium hosted the olympic swimming competitions. During the Meiji Period. It is now also being used for ice skating and volleyball competitions.
which requires an entrance fee to enter. A small well located within the garden. The Treasure House displays many interesting personal belongings of the Emperor and Empress. the shrine regularly welcomes more than three million visitors for the year's first prayers (hatsumode). . after which the sights and sounds of the busy city are replaced by a tranquil forest. The garden becomes particularly popular during the middle of June when the irises are in bloom.000 trees that make up Meiji Jingu's forest were planted during the shrine's construction and were donated from regions across the entire country. Meiji Jingu's buildings also have an air of tranquility distinct from the surrounding city. Entry into the shrine grounds is marked by a massive torii gate. The well was visited by the Emperor and Empress while they were alive and has become a popular spiritual "power spot". At the northern end of the shrine grounds visitors will come across the Meiji Jingu Treasure House. more than any other shrine or temple in the country. There is also a Museum Annex Building just to the east of the main shrine buildings that displays temporary exhibitions. is named after a military commander who dug it around 400 years ago. buying charms and amulets or writing out one's wish on an ema. traditional Shinto weddings can often be seen taking place there. which was constructed one year after the shrine was opened. Visitors to the shrine can take part in typical Shinto activities. At the middle of the forest. During the rest of the year. The approximately 100. such as making offerings at the main hall. including the carriage which the emperor rode to the formal declaration of the Meiji Constitution in 1889. Meiji Jingu is one of the Japan's most popular shrines. A large area of the southern section of the shrine grounds is taken up by the Inner Garden. Kiyomasa's Well.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.
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. 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. Extended hours during the middle of June. Asakusa. Ikebukuro) Asakusa # 6 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited . 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.
lit. While the area around the rebuilt Sensoji has regained its former popularity after the war. "low city". Alternatively. The temple is approached via the Nakamise. Asakusa used to be Tokyo's leading entertainment district. one of Tokyo's few districts. Shorter and longer courses are also available. "man powered vehicle"). During the Edo Period. lit.Asakusa is the center of Tokyo's shitamachi. the same cannot be said for Asakusa'sentertainment district. Asakusa was the site of kabuki theaters and a large red light district. A 30 minute tour for two persons costs around 8000 Yen. Large parts of Asakusa were destroyed in the air raids of World War Two. In the late 1800s and early 1900s. a very popular Buddhist temple. set foot in Asakusa. Asakusa's main attraction is Sensoji. local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries. when the district was still located outside the city limits. modern types of entertainment. which have preserved a certain atmosphere of the old Tokyo. a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional. you can consider a guided tour on a rickshaw (jinrikisha. Asakusa can be easily explored on foot. . built in the 7th century. Sensoji temple grounds Dempoin Dori (Dempoin Street) For many centuries. including movies.
The shrine's festival. the Sanja Matsuri. Admission free. The Nakamise shopping street leads from Kaminarimon to the temple grounds. although the current buildings are postwar reconstructions. It is held every year on a weekend (Friday to Sunday) in mid May. Built in the 7th century. also known as Sanja-sama. it is the symbol of Asakusa. was built during the Edo Period and survived the air raids of 1945. is one of Tokyo's most spectacular and popular. Sensoji ("Senso" is an alternative reading for Asakusa and "ji" means temple) is Tokyo's most famous and popular temple. . it is also one of its oldest. Asakusa Shrine Always open. Sensoji Temple (more details) Main building open 6:00 to 17:00 (Oct to Mar from 6:30). Admission free.Temples and Shrines: Kaminarimon (Kaminari Gate) Always open. Kaminarimon is the first of two large entrance gates leading to Sensoji Temple. Asakusa Shrine. Admission free. First built more than 1000 years ago.
Many are closed on Sundays and public holidays.Dempoin Temple Not open to the public! Dempoin is a temple just next to Sensoji. Other Attractions: . Rox is a shopping and entertainment complex consisting of a main building (Rox) and three annex buildings (Rox2G. Tobu Asakusa Station is the terminal station of Tobu trains heading into the suburbs and prefectures north of Tokyo. including trains to Nikko. known for its beautiful garden. Many shops sell fashion for ladies and kids. Kappabashi is an almost one kilometer long street lined by shops catering to restaurant businesses. The Nakamise shopping street stretches over approximately 250 meters from Kaminarimon to the main grounds of Sensoji Temple. Shin-Nakamise Shopping Street Opening hours depend on the individual shops. Rox Department Store Daily 10:30 to 21:00 (supermarket is open 24 hours. which offer local specialties and the usual array of tourist souvenirs. Kappabashi Shopping Street (more details) Most shops open from 9:00 to 17:00. Shopping: Nakamise Shopping Street (more details) Opening hours depend on the individual shops. Shin-Nakamise or New Nakamise Shopping Street runs perpendicular to the Nakamise Shopping Street. furniture. as it used to be possible. It is lined by more than 50 shops. cannot be done anymore. Rox3 and Rox Dome). The station building also houses a Matsuya department store that spans eight floors. Unfortunately. the temple and garden are not open to the public. Items on sale include tableware. signs. kitchen utensils and appliances. There is a 24h supermarket in the basement of the main building. Tobu Asakusa Station & Matsuya Department Store Matsuya department store is open daily from 10:00 to 19:30. restaurants from 11:00 to 22:00). Visiting the garden by appointment. Typically daily from 10:00 to 20:00. sample food made of wax and plastic. Typically daily from 9:00 to 19:00. It is a covered shopping arcade lined by various shops and restaurants. either. lanterns and uniforms.
carousel and Space Shot. completed in 1989 and host the headquarters of Asahi Breweries. the miniature amusement park offers numerous attractions. Admission free. Taikokan (Drum Museum) Open from 10:00 to 17:00. Furthermore. This riverside park stretches along both sides of Sumida River for several hundred meters. 1020 yen (includes 300 yen admission to the garden).Hama Rikyu: 35 minutes. the district has not regained its former popularity after the war. Asahi Beer Tower Restaurants open daily from 11:30 to 22:00. This small museum introduces the many traditional arts and crafts of the old Tokyo (formerly known as Edo). Asakusa . Asakusa . embroidery and more. cinemas and pachinko parlors. several restaurants can be found in the complex. hosting Japan's first cinema and more. Today.Odaiba by direct ship: 55 minutes. where you can transfer to a ship to Odaiba. which sells Japanese drums and festival goods. Admission: 900 yen plus separate fees for rides. Located just a few steps from Sensoji. However. such as scissors. Closed on Mondays. Edo Shitamachi Traditional Crafts Museum Open daily 10:00 to 20:00. In addition. New Year and Obon. Originally opened as a flower park. The museum is located in a floor above the Miyamoto Unosuke Nishi Asakusa store. including Japanese taiko drums. while on the last Saturday of July it becomes the site of the Sumida River Firework Festival. Rokku Entertainment District Opening hours depend on the individual businesses. furniture. including a small Ferris wheel.Odaiba: 20 minutes. are exhibited in this small museum. there are less frequent.Sumida River Cruise Daily from 10:00 to 17:00. Hanayashiki has a history of more than 150 years. Hanayashiki Amusement Park Open 10:00 to 18:00 (longer hours during holidays). combs. direct ships from Asakusa to Odaiba. Asakusa . Admission: 300 yen Drums from around the world. Rokku offers attractions such as rakugo theaters. Admission free. Sumida Park Always open. In spring it becomes a popular cherry blossom viewing spot. 1520 yen (includes supplement fee of 300 yen) Sumida River sightseeing ships operate every 30 to 60 minutes from Asakusa Pier via Hama Rikyu Garden to Hinode Pier. silverware. . The Asahi Beer Tower and Asahi Super Dry Hall with its characteristic Flamme d'Or were. 460 yen. Visitors can play several of the drums.Hinode: 40 minutes. Tuesdays. Rokku used to be Tokyo's leading entertainment district before the war. Hinode . 760 yen. Demonstrations by craftsmen are held on weekends. roller coaster.
Ueno Park is famous for its many museums. # 7 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Saigo Takamori Toshogu Shrine is a shrine dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu. Asakusa Subway Line. From Tokyo Station Take the JR Yamanote Line to Kanda Station (2 minutes. He played a central role in realizing the Meiji Restoration of 1868. especially art museums.How to get there Asakusa is served by the Ginza Subway Line. 160 Yen). which dates back to 1882. From Shinjuku Station Take the orange JR Chuo Line to Kanda Station (10 minutes. It is well worth paying the 200 yen admission fee in order to enter the inner shrine area and main building. A temple for the goddess of Benten stands on the island in the middle of the pond. the National Museum for Western Art and the Tokyo Metropolitan Fine Art Gallery. gifts from China on the occasion of normalization of diplomatic relations. it became the home of panda bears. 160 Yen). In 1972. . an important personality of the late Edo and early Meiji Period. Shinobazu Pond is a large pond in Ueno Park. 130 Yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes. Ueno Park is home to Japan's first zoological garden. leaving the zoo without its most popular attraction. the National Science Museum. and offers its visitors a large variety of attractions. the founder of the Edo shogunate. which ruled Japan from 1603 to 1867. the zoo's last panda bear died in 2008. 160 Yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes. namely the Tokyo National Museum. However. the Shitamachi Museum. From Narita Airport Check our airport page for details. It was opened to the public in 1873. the Orient Museum. Orientation in Tokyo Ueno Park Ueno Park is a large public park just next to Ueno Station. At the park's south entrance stands a statue of Saigo Takamori. Tsukuba Express and Tobu Railways.
the center of the shitamachi (lit. "low town"). Easiest access is provided by the station's "Park Exit". Ueno Park becomes one of the country's most popular and crowded spots for hanami (cherry blossom viewing) parties. During the cherry blossom season. . Tokyo National Museum How to get there Ueno Park is just next to Ueno Station.Temple of Benten Toshogu Shrine Last but not least. Ueno Park is famous for its more than 1000 cherry trees. Sensoji Temple # 16 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Sensoji (also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple) is a Buddhist temple located in Asakusa.
small cake with red bean paste filling. it always returned to them. various traditional local snacks from the Asakusa area are sold along the Nakamise. and even though they put the statue back into the river. The temple was completed in 645. top: Agemanju . bottom: Ningyoyaki .deep fried manju (soft cake with red bean paste filling). making it Tokyo's oldest temple. Besides typical Japanese souvenirs such as yukata and folding fans. Osenbei (rice crackers) Folding Fans Yukata and T-shirts from left to right: Kibidango .Skewered kibi-balls covered with soybean powder. the Hozomon. The freshly renovated main hall in December 2010 When approaching the temple. visitors first enter through the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate). The shopping street has a history of several centuries. Kibidango Shop .The legend says that in the year 628. leads from the outer gate to the temple's second gate. out of the Sumida River. A shopping street of over 200 meters. two brothers fished a statue of Kannon. Sensoji was built there for the goddess of Kannon. the outer gate of the Sensoji and symbol of Asakusa. Consequently. called Nakamise. the goddess of mercy.
Various events are held throughout the year in the Sensoji Temple area.May: one of Tokyo's three major festivals. served by the Ginza Subway Line. From Narita Airport Check our airport page for details. Some of them are: y y y y y Sanja Matsuri (more details) . Asakusa Subway Line and Tobu Railways. built in the year 1649 by Tokugawa Iemitsu can be found close by the temple's main building. From Shinjuku Station Take the orange JR Chuo Line to Kanda Station (10 minutes. 160 yen). 160 yen). From Tokyo Station Take the JR Yamanote Line to Kanda Station (2 minutes. Hozuki-ichi (Hozuki Market) . a traditional game that resembles badminton. 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: . Inside the main hall How to get there Sensoji Temple is a few steps from Asakusa Station. TheAsakusa Shrine. Asakusa Samba Carnival .August Tokyo Jidai Matsuri .Beyond the Hozomon main gate stands the temple's main building and a five storied pagoda.July: Hozuki are ground cherries. a typical summer plant in Japan. 130 yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes. Hagoita-ichi (Hagoita Market) . 160 yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes. Click here to read more about Hanetsuki and the Hagoita Market.December: Hagoita is the wooden paddle used in Hanetsuki.November: a festival commemorating the history of Tokyo and the Edo culture.
and the world's tallest self-supporting steel tower. Under good weather conditions. Separate entrance fees apply. Minato) Tokyo Tower With 333 meters. 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. 820 yen (to intermediate floor only) Odaiba # 12 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited . and serves as a television and radio broadcast antenna and tourist attraction. You can also walk there from Hamamatsucho Station on the JR Yamanote and JR Keihin-Tohoku Line in about 15 minutes. Orientation in Tokyo Hours and Fees Hours: 9:00 to 22:00 Closed: No closing days Admission: 1420 yen (to top floor). Construction is currently ongoing on the Tokyo Sky Tree. It was completed in the year 1958 as a symbol for Japan's rebirth as a major economic power. just next to the tower. an almost twice as tall new broadcast antenna in northern Tokyo. one of Tokyo's major temples. 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. The 634 meter tall new landmark is scheduled to open to the public in spring 2012. Tokyo Tower is 13 meters taller than its model. Mount Fuji can be seen in the distance. the Eiffel Tower of Paris. An wax museum and several more attractions can be found on the ground floors of the tower.Southern Tokyo (Shinagawa. It is recommended to combine a visit to Tokyo Tower with a visit to Zojoji Temple.
You can see some exhibitions on popular programs. buy Fuji TV goods at the souvenir shop and access the futuristic looking building's observatory deck. nationwide TV stations. refers to some of the man made islands in the Bay of Tokyo. During the extravagant 1980s. Attractions: Among the attractions of Odaiba are several shopping and entertainment centers.Rainbow Bridge from Odaiba Introduction: Daiba. Further development of the area is still underway. which it is today. literally meaning "fort". that Odaiba developed into one of Tokyo's most interestingtourist spots and the highly popular shopping and entertainment district. Fuji TV Building This is the headquarters of Fuji Television. museums and the futuristic architecture and city planning. one of Japan's private. theme parks. Even access to Odaiba can be considered an attraction (see "How to get there"). if Monday falls on apublic holiday). It was not until the second half of the 1990s. which were constructed in the end of the Edo Period (1603-1868) for the city's protection against attacks from the sea. Admission is free except for the observatory deck (500 yen). a spectacular redevelopment of the islands into a futuristic business district was started. Open 10:00 to 20:00. . Most attractions are closed on Mondays (closed the following Tuesday instead. but development was critically slowed down after the burst of the "bubble economy" in the early 1990s.
. Aquacity Odaiba Aquacity is a shopping mall featuring various stores. information technology. Once a month Oedo onsen closes early at 11pm for maintenance (admission until 9pm).Decks Tokyo Beach Decks is a shopping mall featuring various stores. boutiques. biology and space exploration. the admission is 1. Combined admission to the museum and Yotei Maru is 1000 yen. Museum of Maritime Science Housed in a cruise ship shaped building. are moored in front of the museum. this is a hot spring theme park. three floors packed with the newest arcade games and more. cafes and a 13 screen cinema complex. the food theme park "Daiba Little Hong Kong" and "Tokyo Joypolis". You can enjoy various types of baths. cafes. The observation deck also offers nice view of the bay area and as far as Mount Fuji on clear days. the Museum of Maritime Science displays seafaring related exhibits from the past and future. Admission is free.575 yen applies if you stay after 2am. Open daily 11:00 to 21:00 (food court until 21:00. There are nice views of the Rainbow Bridge from the wooden deck in front of Aquacity and neighboring Decks.567 Yen. Sundays. which reproduces the atmosphere of the Edo Period (1603-1868). If you enter between 5am and 7am. Museum admission: 700 yen. which are fed by actual hot spring water from a depth of 1400 meters. Open daily 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30). Admission is 2827 yen (1987 yen if you enter after 6pm). Open daily 10:00 to 17:00 (weekends and holidays until 18:00). Telecom Center The Telecom Center is a major hub on the information highway with several large satellite antennas on its observation deck. Open daily 11:00 to 21:00 (some stores and restaurants remain open until 22:00 or 23:00). restaurants. and holidays 11:00 to 22:30). National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation This well done. The observation deck is open from 15:00 to 21:00 (Saturdays. Open daily from 11am to 9am (no entry between 2am and 5am. An overnight stay supplement of 1. last entry 7am). Closed Tuesdays and from Dec 28 to Jan 1 (Open Tuesdays during the summer holidays or if Tuesday is a public holiday). Closed Mondays and from Dec 28 to Jan 1. including the Yotei Maru ocean liner. except to Tokyo Joypolis (500 yen). restaurants open until 23:00 or later). restaurants. highly interactive and bilingual science museum includes exhibits about environmental issues. Admission is 500 yen (400 yen in combination with a Yurikamome day pass). Two actual ships. Admission: 600 yen. Closed Mondays (closed on Tuesday instead if Monday is a public holiday). robots (starring Asimo among others). boutiques. Oedo Onsen Monogatari Opened in March 2003.
On display are the newest cameras. Sun Walk. targeting a mainly female audience. "E-com Ride" and "Kid's Hybrid Ride One" until 20:00 ("Kid's Hybrid Ride One open until 18:00 on weekdays"). It consists of a relatively small number of spacious stores specializing in interior. shops.Palette Town This shopping and entertainment complex consists of Venus Fort. a large concert venue. test drive a real car ("Ride One") or ride an automatic. sports. where you can view and touch Toyota's newest models and car accessories. A Japanese or recognized international driving permit is required for "Ride One" drivers. Admission is free. Shops are open daily 11:00 to 21:00. and days preceding holidays during the spring and summer season. home appliances and more. Nintendo games. electric vehicle ("E-com Ride"). kids. Admission: 900 Yen. Venus Fort is a shopping mall in the style of a 18th century South European town. Venus Fort Family Previously called Sun Walk. Shops are open daily 11:00 to 21:00. Ferris Wheel Part of Palette Town. this 115 meter tall ferris wheel is one of the world's largest and offers nice views of the bay area. Admission is free except Risupia (500 yen). Saturdays. It features more than one hundred boutiques. See more details on each attraction below. cafes and restaurants. Restaurants until 23:00. Restaurants until 23:00. of which Panasonic is part of. TV screens. Toyota City Showcase and History Garage open 11:00 to 21:00. pets and books. Universal Design Showcase open until 19:00. There are occasional closing days. "Ride One". Open 10:00 to 18:00 (entry to Risupia until 17:00). Mega Web Part of Palette Town. . Panasonic Center The Panasonic Center is a showroom for the latest products and technologies by the Matsushita Group. a Ferris Wheel and Zepp Tokyo. Venus Fort Part of Palette Town. Closed on Mondays. Mega Web. Most shops and attractions are open from 11:00 to 21:00 and restaurants until 23:00. Entry to Risupia is by numbered ticket which are limited during times of high visitation. except if Monday is a public holiday. computers. except for "Ride One" (300 Yen per ride) and "E-com Ride" (200 Yen per ride). Operating daily from 10:00 to 22:00 (until 24:00 on Fridays. Mega Web is a Toyota showroom. Open daily. Venus Fort Family is another shopping mall on the floor below Venus Town. Historic cars are exhibited in the "History Garage".
If you ride the Yurikamome more than twice. A ride from Shimbashi to Daiba takes 15 minutes and costs 310 yen.Tokyo Big Sight Also known as Tokyo International Exhibition Center. Tokyo Big Sight is Japan's largest exhibition and convention center and one of the bay islands' boldest architectural creations. elevated train with rubber tires. How to get there Access to Odaiba can be an attraction by itself. Public Parks Most of Odaiba's attractions are connected with each other by pleasant. It includes a man made sand beach. Among the more noteworthy parks is the Odaiba Kaihin Park near the Rainbow Bridge. as the views of the Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo's harbor and waterfront area from the Yurikamome elevated train or boat are quite spectacular. Sit or stand at the very front of the train for the most . which connects Shimbashi Station on the JR Yamanote Line with all of Odaiba's attractions and Toyosu Station on the Yurakucho Subway Line. By Yurikamome The Yurikamome is an un-manned. broad pedestrian walks and parks. The Yurikamome uses the Rainbow Bridge to get to Odaiba and offers spectacular views of the harbor and the Tokyo waterfront area. Hours and admission fees depend on the specific events. a one day pass for 800 yen is likely to come cheaper than single tickets. A wide array of events are held at the Big Sight throughout the year.
and can be found in numerous dishes. Seishun 18 Kippu and similar JR tickets are not valid on the Rinkai Line between Osaki and Shin-Kiba. Note that the Japan Rail Pass. Rice Dishes For over 2000 years. Popular Dishes Japanese cuisine offers a great variety of dishes and regional specialties. also known as Suijo Bus. 1. . The walk across takes about 30 minutes and offers nice views of the waterfront area. rice has been the most important food in Japanese cuisine. The ride from Shinjuku to Tokyo Teleport Station on Odaiba takes 25 minutes and costs 480 yen. Please note that some dishes may fit into multiple categories. Shinjuku and Odaiba. operates frequent boats between Hinode Pier and Odaiba Seaside Park from 10:00 to 17:45 (until 17:15 on weekdays). seafood dishes. The 20 minute boat ride costs 460 yen and offers nice views of the Rainbow Bridge and waterfront area. Rice Bowl A bowl of plain cooked rice is served with most Japanese meals. but are listed only once. nabe dishes.impressive views. as well as a small number of direct trips from Asakusa to Odaiba (1 hour. two hourly connections between Hinode Pier and Asakusa (40 minutes. Forbreakfast. yoshoku dishes and other dishes. By Boat Tokyo Water Cruise. By Rinkai Line This is an underground railway line. On Foot It is possible to cross the Rainbow Bridge on foot. 400 yen). There are also boats between Hinode Pier and Palette Town and Tokyo Big Sight (25-35 minutes. noodle dishes. which connects Osaki Station on the JR Yamanote Line with Shin-Kiba Station on the JR Keiyo Line. via Hama Rikyu) and infrequent service from Hinode Pier to the Maritime Museum (25 minutes. 400 yen). Some of the most popular Japanese and Japanized dishes are listed below. To access the bridge. get off at Shibaura-futo Station on the Yurikamome. Some trains on the JR Saikyo Line continue to run on the Rinkai Line and provide direct connections between Shibuya. even though the line is served by JR trains.520 yen). soya bean dishes. riceremains one of the most important ingredients in Japan today. 760 yen. it is sometimes mixed with a raw egg and soya sauce (tamago kake gohan) or enjoyed with natto or other toppings. We have categorized them into rice dishes. Despite changes in eating patterns over the last few decades and slowly decreasing rice consumption in recent years.
Seafood Dishes Hundreds of different fish. They are prepared and eaten in many different ways. cooked rice that is prepared with sushi vinegar. It can be served with additional toppings such as tonkatsu. lakes and rivers are used in the Japanese cuisine. Kare Raisu is a very popular dish. . Onigiri Onigiri are rice balls made of cooked rice and usually wrapped in nori seaweed. Rice balls are a popular and inexpensive snack available at convenience stores. tuna or salmon. Chazuke Chazuke is a bowl of cooked rice with green tea and other ingredients. Kayu Kayu is rice gruel. seas. grilled. It is a suitable dish for using left over rice. negi (Japanese leek) and small pieces of carrot and pork are mixed into the rice when stir fried. katsuobushi (dried bonito shavings). A variety of additional ingredients such as peas. It is a suitable dish for using left over rice. deep fried or steamed. Domburi more information A bowl of cooked rice with some other food put on top of the rice. watery. Sashimi more information Sashimi is raw seafood. tonkatsu (katsudon) and beef (gyudon). for example. They are slightly salted and often contain some additional food in the center. egg. dried. Kare Raisu Kare Raisu (Curry Rice) is cooked rice with a curry sauce. Most types of sashimi are enjoyed with soya sauce and wasabi. Fried Rice Fried rice or chahan has been originally introduced from China. for example. salmon or tarako (cod roe) added to it. There are various kinds of sushi dishes. but has been used in Japan for over a century. boiled. for example an umeboshi (pickled Japanese plum). and many inexpensive Kare Raisu restaurants can be found especially in and around train stations. soft cooked rice that resembles oatmeal. A large number of fish can be enjoyed raw if they are fresh and prepared correctly. raw. Some of the most popular toppings are tempura (tendon). It is a suitable dish for using left over rice and is often served to sick people because it can be digested easily.Sushi more information Sushi can be defined as a dish which contains sushi rice. shellfish and other seafood from the oceans. egg and chicken (oyakodon). Curry is not a native Japanese spice.
various mushrooms. Typical ingredients arevegetables such as negi (Japanese leek) and hakusai (Chinese cabbage).Yakizakana Yakizakana means grilled fish. and they are especially popular in the cold winter months. There are many regional and personal varieties. Ramen more information Ramen are Chinese style noodles prepared in a soup with various toppings. Ramen is one of the many popular dishes that were originally introduced from China but have become completely Japanized over time. Many varieties of fish are enjoyed in this way. konyaku and kombu seaweed. Many of them enjoy a very high popularity. boiled over many hours in a soya sauce based soup. Udon more information Udon noodles are native Japanese noodles made of wheat flour. Udon are thicker than soba and can also be served either hot or cold and with various toppings. somen are Japanese noodles made of wheat flour. meat and ginger. Noodle Dishes There are various traditional Japanese noodle dishes as well as some dishes which were introduced to Japan and subsequently Japanized. but they are much thinner than Udon and Soba. Somen are usually eaten cold and are considered a summer speciality. usually at the table. boiled eggs. . They can be served cold or hot and with various toppings. daikon. Yakisoba Yakisoba are fried or deep fried Chinese style noodles served withvegetables. Somen Like Udon noodles. seafood and/or meat. Soba more information Soba noodles are native Japanese noodles made of buckwheat flour or a mixture of buckwheat and wheat flour. Some special nabe dishes are: Oden A nabe dish prepared with various fish cakes. Soba are about as thick as spaghetti. Nabe Dishes Nabe dishes or hot pot dishes are prepared in a hot pot.
. Thinly sliced meat. mushrooms. There are many varieties of chanko nabe. Soya Bean Dishes Tofu. vegetables. A few chanko nabe restaurants can be found around Ryogoku. Nikujaga more information Nikujaga is a popular dish of home style cooking made of meat (niku) and potatoes (jagaimo). natto. mild soup and dipped into a soya based sauce before being eaten. 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. mushrooms and tofu is dipped into a hot soup and then into ponzu vinegar or a sesame sauce before being eaten. along withvegetables. the sumo district in Tokyo. The following are some of the most popular soya bean based dishes: Yudofu Yudofu are tofu pieces boiled in a clear. Shabu-Shabu Shabu-shabu is Japanese style meat fondue. Meat Dishes Meat has been eaten in Japan in larger amounts only since the second half of the 19th century. Chanko Nabe Chanko nabe is traditionally the staple diet of sumo wrestlers. Most parts of the chicken can be used for yakitori. tofuand shirataki (konyaku noodles). The pieces of food are dipped into a raw egg before eaten. miso and many other important ingredients of Japanese cooking are made of soya beans.
wrapped in a thin omelet. and usually served with a gravy sauce or tomato ketchup. and these dishes are now called Yoshoku dishes. Korokke are breaded and deep fried. and come in many varieties depending on the filling. Hayashi Raisu Hayashi rice is Japanese style hashed beef stew. Hamubagu Hamubagu is a Japanese style hamburger steak. mushrooms and other pieces of food coated with tempura batter and deep fried. thinly sliced beef and onions in a demi-glace sauce served over or along side cooked rice. it is also eaten with a spoon. and.Agedashi Tofu Agedashi Tofu are deep fried tofu pieces that are dipped into a soya based sauce before being eaten. vegetables. It is typically served on a plate and usually with a demi-glace sauce. 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. Miso Soup A bowl of miso soup often accompanies breakfast. like kare raisu. Many of them have become completely Japanized. Yoshoku Dishes A large number of Western dishes have been introduced to Japan over the centuries. but without a bun. Tempura was introduced to Japan by the Portuguese in the 16th century. The most common filling is a mix of minced meat and mashed potatoes. Omuraisu Omuraisu (abbreviation for omelet rice) is cooked rice. . It resembles kare raisu. but has become one of Japan's most famous dishes internationally. Other Dishes Tempura more information Tempura is seafood. lunch and dinner. It is made by dissolving miso paste in hot water and adding additional ingredients such as wakame seaweed and small pieces of tofu.
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.
but they make the process of taking trains easier. The Japan Rail Pass is valid only on JR trains. as you do not always need to buy a ticket before riding a train. while Toei operates the other four. providing a new direct connection from the suburbs into central Tokyo and an alternative to the busy Yamanote Line section between Ikebukuro. 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). subways and other non-JR trains. Shinjuku and Shibuya. Suica and PASMO Suica and PASMO are prepaid IC cards. including JR trains.Tokunai Pass (730 yen) Unlimited use of JR trains in the central Tokyo area on one calendar day. 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. It can only be used on Saturdays. It runs nine of the metropolis' thirteen subway lines. Two train categories run on the Fukutoshin Line: local trains stop at all stations. and is scheduled to provide through service with the Tokyu Toyoko Line at Shibuya . Sundays. Ikebukuro and Wakoshi. Elsewhere on the site is a guide devoted to Suica and PASMO. Tokyo Metro started operating the new Fukutoshin Line between Shibuya. Shinjuku-sanchome. Elsewhere on the site is a guide devoted to the Holiday Pass. that can be used interchangeably on most trains and buses in Greater Tokyo. It cannot be used on subways or any other non-JR train Tokyo Metro Tokyo Metro (formerly known as Eidan) is one of Tokyo's two subway operators. Prepaid cards don't give you any discounts. public holidaysand certain holiday seasons. On June 14. The Fukutoshin Line provides through service with the Tobu Tojo Line and Seibu Ikebukuro Line at its northern end.
especially the JR Yamanote Line. 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. they are best used in combination with the Toei subway lines and the urban JR lines.Station from the year 2012. Instead.
To provide more convenient connections between the suburbs and the city center. several Tokyo Metro lines provide through service onto other companies' railway lines rather than terminating at their final stations: y y y y y y y Fares: Hibiya Line: to Tobu Isesaki Line and Tokyu Toyoko Line Tozai Line: to JR Sobu Line. Toyo Rapid Railway and JR Chuo Line Chiyoda Line: to JR Joban Line and Odakyu Railway Yurakucho Line: to Tobu Tojo Line and Seibu Ikebukuro Line Hanzomon Line: to Tokyu Denentoshi Line and Tobu Isesaki Line Nanboku Line: to Tokyu Toyoko Line and Saitama Rapid Railway Fukutoshin Line: to Tobu Tojo Line and Seibu Ikebukuro Line .
Shibuya is a large shopping and business district particularly popular among the younger generations. A day pass valid on both Tokyo Metro and Toei subway lines is available for 1000 yen. entertainment and shopping district. JR Yamanote Line The Yamanote Line is Tokyo's most important train line. Even though a single train on the Yamanote Line is roughly 200 meters long. The main entrance to Meiji Shrine is located next to Harajuku Station. there are departures about every two to four minutes in each direction. 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. Many suburban train lines commence at Shinjuku Station. especially teenagers. because subways are not operated by JR. counter-clockwise order: Shinjuku Station is Japan's busiest train station. Several suburban train lines commence at Shibuya Station. Harajuku is a shopping and entertainment district for young people.Tokyo Metro fares range from 160 to 300 yen depending on how far you travel. the Japan Rail Pass is not valid on subways. Shinjuku Yoyogi Harajuku Shibuya . It is located in the middle of the large Shinjuku business. It is a circular line which connects Tokyo's major city centers. but note that special passes for visitors are sold at Narita Airport for only 600 yen for a 1-day version and 980 yen for a 2day version. The north entrance of the Meiji Shrine can be accessed from Yoyogi Station. A trip around the whole circle takes approximately one hour. Suica and Pasmo prepaid cards can be used on Tokyo Metro. However.
Shiodome Shiosite and Hama Rikyu Gardens. It is also the terminal station of the Tokyo Monorail.Shinagawa is the closest JR station to Sengakuji Temple. TheUeno Park and the Ameyoko shopping street are located next to the station. Uguisudani Nippori . The shinkansen trains to northern Japan stop at Ueno Station.Ebisu Meguro Gotanda Osaki Shinagawa Tamachi Hamamatsucho Closest station to Yebisu Garden Place. The Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen trains stop at Shinagawa Station. the Imperial Palace and the Imperial Palace East Gardens. Many suburban train lines commence at Ueno Station. a large shopping area for electronics. Shimbashi Yurakucho Tokyo Kanda Akihabara Okachimachi Ueno Akihabara Station is located just next to Akihabara Electric Town. 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. It is located in the prestigious Marunouchi business district. Many suburban train lines pass through or commence at Tokyo Station. Yurakucho Station is the closest JR station to the Sakuradamon entrance gate of the Imperial Palace and to the famous Ginzashopping and entertainment district. which connects central Tokyo with the domestic Haneda Airport. Hamamatsucho is the closest JR station to the Tokyo Tower andZojoji Temple. The Ameyoko shopping street starts at Okachimachi Station.
Nishi-Nippori Tabata Komagome Sugamo Otsuka Ikebukuro Ikebukuro is one of Tokyo's largest shopping and entertainment districts. Osaka and some other large cities. Kyoto City Bus In Tokyo. . buses serve as a secondary means of public transportation. buses are the main means of public transportation. Mejiro Takadanobaba Shin-Okubo Shinjuku Local Buses This page is about local and short-distance buses in Japan and how to use them. Visit our highway bus page for more information on long distance bus travel. In cities with less dense train networks like Kyoto. Rikugien Garden is just south of Komagome Station. complementing the train and subway networks. Several suburban train lines commence at Ikebukuro Station.
Sample daily budgets Not including cost for transportation. pick up a ticket from a small machine. and visit our page about package tours.500 .000 Yen .Buses also serve smaller towns. How to use a bus Using buses in Japan can be intimidating to foreign tourists because there are usually few English displays or announcements.500 Yen 9. View our suggested itineraries to see the sample budgets applied to specific itineraries.500 .000 Yen over 20. 2) When entering. Click here for the current Yen exchange rates. the countryside and national parks. you always pay the same price regardless of how far you travel. which you will later use to determine your fare. 5) If you do not have the exact fare.e.000 Yen over 12.000 Yen Two Travelers 5. a flat fare applies. linked by highway and long distance buses.000 . This means that you do not have to worry about steps 2) and 3) in the above description. by introducing some sample budgets.000 Yen 6. Of course. use the changing machine to get small coins. 4) When your stop is approaching.20. furthermore. pay a flat fare when entering. Travel Budget This page is meant to give you a rough idea of the cost of individual travel in Japan. Below is a description of the most common system. To determine your fare. and exit through the rear door. i.12.000 . put your ticket and the exact fare into the box next to the driver.9. 3) A display above the driver shows the next stop and the fares for that stop in yen. followed by notes about exceptions: 1) Enter the bus through the back door (or front door if there is only one door). The most prominent exception are the Tokyo Metropolitan Buses. for example in central Kyoto. A number is printed on the ticket. Major cities are. where you are supposed to enter through the front door. there are a few exceptions to the above outlined system.6. Single Traveler Low Budget Medium Budget High Budget 2. and there are different systems of ticketing depending on the company. press one of the buttons on the wall to signal the driver that you wish to get off at the next stop. One US dollar is roughly 100 Yen. In many cities or city centers. 6) When getting off. match the number on your ticket with the number and fare on the display.
7.) or visit fast food restaurants like McDonald's or Mister Donut which offer inexpensive breakfasts. you can get rooms in good business hotels and inexpensive Western style hotels. typically charge between 1500 and 3500 Yen per night and person. booking services likeHostelworld offer great deals. Breakfast: Low budget: 200 .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. nofrills minshukuand ryokan.1. Some tour packages (for individual travelers) include accommodation at quality Western style hotels at this price level. found in most cities and regions of Japan.Accommodation: Check our accommodation page for more information on different accommodation types and corresponding price ranges.500 .000 .000 Yen per day Hotel breakfasts and breakfast buffets will usually cost you more than 1000 Yen. Medium budget: 3.000 and 30.3.000 Yen per double room and night Starting around 7000 Yen per person. Breakfasts buffets in first-class hotels typically cost between 2000 and 3000 Yen.10. Furthermore. you typically pay 20.000 Yen per single room and night over 10.000 Yen per single room and night 5. A stay at a ryokan with two meals included typically costs between 10.000 Yen per person and night.000 Yen per room and night.000 Yen per double room and night At this level. you will have to live from convenience store food (bread. Low budget: 1.700 Yen per day Inexpensive lunch boxes are available in convenience stores and stands in railway stations . etc. you will find rooms in cheap business hotels and inexpensive. High budget: over 7. For a room in a high class Western style hotel. Lunch: Low budget: 400 .000 to 50. High budget: above 1.500 Yen per day At this level.500 Yen per night and person Dormitories and youth hostels. rice balls. Medium budget: 500 .500 .
200 Yen per day A lunch at most conventional restaurants cost typically between 1000 and 3000 Yen. including the restaurants found in department stores where meals typically cost between 1000 and 2000 Yen. Medium budget: 700 . you will be able to enjoy a nice dinner at a wide range of fast food and conventional restaurants.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. High budget: above 1. French cuisine. as there are no lunch specials.2.1. domburior hamburger. Medium budget: 700 . High budget: above 1. also offer relatively filling meals for 700 Yen or less. Sightseeing: Low budget: 0 . so called teishoku. Calculate 5000 Yen upwards per person for a dinner at upper class restaurants specializing in sushi. High budget: above 2. At this level. curry. Most museums and castles charge about 200-1000 Yen per person. Dinner: Low budget: 400 .and business districts. specializing in noodles. inexpensive ready-to-eat meals.1. Admission to large theme parks typically cost around 5000 .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).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: 500 .000 Yen per day Some museums and attractions (usually outstanding ones or tourist traps) charge between 1000 and 3000 Yen per person.000 Yen per day Conventional restaurants are generally more expensive in the evening than during lunch time. etc. A few museums charge no admission on one day of the week or month. steaks. not including alcoholic drinks. Other options are again cheap fast food restaurants. sukiyaki. for around 1000 Yen. kaiseki ryori. Various fast food restaurants. Most shrines and some temples do not charge admission fees.700 Yen per day Convenience stores sell various. plus restaurants which offer lunch set special.500 Yen per day Japan offers many free attractions.
but they are more convenient to use. As a result. Budget Travel . roughly corresponds to the cost of a single return trip from Tokyo to Kyoto by shinkansen. for example. city districts or rural towns. Thereby you can walk in between sights and minimize subway and bus travel. regular tickets and prepaid cards Day passes are available for most major Japanese cities. While some day passes are good deals. regular tickets are not rarely cheaper than day passes. especially if plan your route wisely. such as Suica and Icoca. Two and three week passes are even more cost-effective. rban Transportation Cost on urban transportation can generally be reduced by planning out your route wisely. On each day. do not provide any discounts over regular tickets. Day passes. Bicycles A rental bicycle can be a convenient and economical way of exploring small to medium sized cities. Transportation: Low budget: Highway buses.Sightseeing . Over long distances.Yen per day. Prepaid cards. All budgets: Travelers of all budgets should consider purchasing a Japan Rail Pass or a regional rail pass. try to concentrate on just one part of the city instead of zigzagging around town. Basic mamachari type bicycle are usually the only type of bicycle available. Rates vary widely but are typically a few hundred yen per hour or 500 to 1000 yen per day. The cost for a 7 day Japan Rail Pass. if you take advantage of the various discount offers. many others require you to do a lot of traveling before they pay off. Rental outlets are usually found around the train station. domestic flights can be as economical as a rail pass. 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 restaurants offer inexpensive set menus (teishoku) for around 1000 yen during the lunch hours. making it a great way to check out places that may otherwise be outside of your budget. . Minshuku and ryokan usually include both dinner and breakfast. Akihabara and Ginza. most museums. Finally. Free Sightseeing Below is a list of popular sightseeing spots and activities that do not cost admission: Tokyo Tsukiji Market.castles and gardens charge an admission of at least a few hundred yen. consider hotel and tour packages that include meals with the stay.Food Convenience stores are the budget traveler's friends It is not necessary to starve yourself to save money when traveling in Japan. Also when shopping around for accommodation. while lunch boxes (bento) are available for around 500 yen or less. manga kissa and capsule hotels often include a complementary light breakfast. Imperial Palace and East Gardens. and business hotels. hotels tend to have various meal plans. Higher class restaurants also have less expensive lunch options. Sensoji Temple. temples.While Japan has plenty of enjoyable sightseeing attractions that are free. as it is easy to find a wide selection of cheap. 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. Meiji Shrine. quality meals throughout the country. Shibuya. Harajuku. Yet there are a variety of discounts that can decrease your sightseeing expenses a little bit. consider making lunch your main meal of the day. Budget Travel . observation deck of the Tokyo Government Office and people watching and window shopping in bustlingShinjuku.
sushi. bakery items. sweets. lunch boxes. (normally priced) supermarkets are rare in the centers of large cities. While easily found in the suburbs and smaller towns. seafood. yet still offer a quality selection of inexpensive meals. Family Restaurants Family restaurants are another type of restaurant that are a modest step up from fast food establishments. drinks. meat. Sukiya. while Saizeriya is popular for its cheap and filling Italian food and Bamiyan for its Chinese dishes. curry or boxed meals (bento). Coco Curry House. Low budget conveyor belt sushi chains could also be listed under this category. overripe or otherwise not fit for sale at full price. Convenience stores offer a selection of fresh sandwiches and rice balls (onigiri). Discounts start off at a modest 10 to 20 percent. Many supermarkets also discount fruits and vegetables that are either blemished. and Matsuya gyudon chains. but progressively increase until closing and may end up as high as 50 to 70 percent. Imported foods are also widely available. The cost of a meal rarely exceeds 1000 yen per person. as well as many Japanese chains that specialize in one type of dish such as gyudon. Hanamaru Udon. and can be found virtually anywhere in Japan. Supermarkets Japanese supermarkets are comparable to those found in Western countries and offer much of the same items including fresh fruits and vegetables. Royal Host and Denny's offer a wide variety of Western and Japanese dishes. ramen. Note that many supermarkets begin to mark down their unsold lunch items around 14:00 and their other prepared foods from around 19:00. alcohol and prepared foods. resulting in inexpensive meals always being close at hand. Coco's. the quality of many food items is surprisingly high. but expect them to be more expensive than back home. Among these chains are the Yoshinoya. alcohol and other drinks. Fast Food Japan has a lot of international fast food chains such as McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Chicken.udon. noodles. Chains such as Gusto. and the Hokka Hokka Tei and Hotto Motto lunch box chains. canned and dry foods. snacks. soba. Thanks to the fierce competition between convenience store chains.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. .
Every ramen-ya has developed its own soup. Chinese style noodles served in a soup with various toppings. Tonkatsu-ya Tonkatsu-ya serve tonkatsu. Korokke and other deep fried dishes are also available at many tonkatsu-ya. customers can sit either at a normal table or at a counter (sushi bar). Several other dishes of Chinese origin. the most crucial ingredient for a restaurant's success. the number of plates is counted to determine the cost. Gyudon-ya tend to be inexpensive fast food style restaurants. deep fried breaded pork cutlets. Customers are usually y y y y y y y . Alcoholic drinks tend to be cheapest at liquor stores. 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. behind which the sushi chef is working. There are usually a few kinds of plates (differing in color or pattern). Ramen-ya Ramen-ya specialize in ramen dishes. wheat or sugar cane) or chuhai (shochu based cocktails with various flavors). In the end. Most noodle dishes come either cooled with a dipping sauce or in a hot soup and with different toppings. Soba-ya Soba-ya specialize in soba and udon noodle dishes. sweet potatoes.Business Districts and Train Stations Especially during lunch hours the competition is fierce among restaurants in large business districts. where the sushi dishes are presented to the customers on a conveyor belt. are usually also available at a ramen-ya. each being associated with a certain price of typically 100 to 500 yen. Gyudon-ya Gyudon-ya specialize in gyudon (beef domburi). Restaurants A large number of restaurant types can be found in Japan. such as gyoza and fried rice. 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. Kaiten-zushi tends to be less expensive than usual sushi-ya. Kare-ya Kare-ya are restaurants that specialize in curry rice (kare raisu) dishes. There is usually at least one kare-ya and one ramen-ya inside or around any major railway station. such as imitation beer (happoshu and 3rd genre beer). In most sushi-ya. with hiyashi (cold) noodles popular in summer and nabeyaki (hot) udon popular in winter. Kaiten-zushi Kaiten-zushi are sushi restaurants. Alcoholic Drinks Explore Japan's unique lineup of alcoholic drinks that are cheaper than beer. 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. Okonomiyaki-ya Okonomiyaki-ya specialize in okonomiyaki and sometimes monjayaki. 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. The menu often changes slightly with the seasons. y Sushi-ya Sushi-ya are restaurants which specialize in sushi. convenience stores and supermarkets. shochu (distilled spirit made from rice.
however. Tempura-ya Tempura-ya specialize in tempura dishes. and the people at one table usually share all dishes. salads and finger food. A set menu usually consists of a main dish such as a fried fish.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. 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. and the difference to family restaurants is small. Sukiyaki-ya Sukiyaki-ya specialize in sukiyaki and shabu-shabu. grilled chicken skewers. Shokudo also offer a variety of dishes. such as robata (grilled food). Traditional tonkatsu restaurant Table at an okonomiyaki restaurant General Restaurants The following are some restaurant types that offer a broader range of dishes than specialized stores. they are also popular places to go as a late night snack after drinking. y Izakaya Izakaya are drinking places that offer a variety of small dishes. rather than ordering and eating individually. They tend to be expensive and are not very numerous. the term is not commonly used anymore. such as tendon (tempura domburi) and assorted tempura. a bowl of cooked rice and small side dishes. Family Restaurant and Shokudo Family restaurants (famiresu) offer a variety of Western. Along with ramen-ya. They are particularly popular among salarymen after work. It is probably the most popular restaurant type among the Japanese people. y y . Izakaya tend to be informal. Teishoku-ya Teishoku-ya are restaurants that sell teishoku (set menus). Yakitori-ya Yakitori-ya specialize in yakitori.
Other popular Korean dishes such as bibimba are also usually available at a yakiniku-ya. such as omuraisu and hayashiraisu. Hamburger Fast Food There are many hamburger fast food restaurants across Japan. y y y y y McDonald's Italian restaurant in department store Other Restaurant Types y Kissaten and Coffee Shops Kissaten are coffee shops that offer Western style sweets. The dishes served at yoshoku-ya are heavily Japanized Western dishes. where small pieces of meat are cooked on a grill at the table. Many Italian restaurants have Japanese flavored pasta dishes on their menus besides conventional dishes. Chinese Restaurants There are many Chinese restaurants in Japan. They include major American chain stores such as McDonald's. Ethnic Cuisine In Japan. such as cakes and ice cream. ethnic cuisine means South East Asian food. but also various Japanese chain stores such as Mos Burger and Lotteria. such as Thai. Italian Restaurants Italian cuisine is very popular across Japan. Indonesian and Vietnamese food. Many of them serve slightly Japanized Chinese dishes. y Yakiniku-ya Yakiniku-ya specialize in Korean style barbecue. Especially Korean.Family Restaurant Foreign Cuisine Many restaurants in Japan specialize in a foreign cuisine. while others offer more authentic Chinese food. Chinese and Italian cooking. as well as American style fast food enjoys a great popularity among the Japanese. Yoshoku-ya Yoshoku-ya specialize in yoshoku ryori (Western Food). .
such asonigiri (rice balls). tea. can be heated up by the store staff. candy. Goods offered Convenience stores primarily sell food including a large range of meals. Some cold foods. nikuman and oden. microwave meals and hot foods like fried chicken. takoyaki and yakisoba are just a few of the many dishes commonly sold at rotensho. Strong competition between the major operators. Lawson and Family Mart. Karaage Rotensho Convenience Stores More than 40.Okonomiyaki. sport .000 convenience stores. The stores also sell all kinds of hot and cold beverages including soda. known as konbini. They sometimes include seating space inside a tent. Most convenience stores are open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. bread. constantly produces new innovative products and services and makes Japanese convenience stores truly convenient. Yatai and Rotensho Yatai are movable food stalls that can be found along busy streets. which emphasizes concepts such as simplicity and elegance. instant ramen. sandwiches. Kaiseki Ryori and Ryotei Kaiseki Ryori may be called "Japanese haute cuisine". can be found across Japan. Rotensho are food stands that are temporarily constructed for festivals and other large events. such as Seven Eleven. Coffee chain stores such as Starbucks are also quite numerous. water. coffee. Dishes commonly offered at yatai include oden and ramen. chips. It is a refined cooking style related to thetea ceremony.y y besides beverages. It can be enjoyed at special kaiseki ryori restaurants or at ryotei. obento (lunch boxes). snacks and sweets. expensive and exclusive Japanese restaurants for business banquets and similar events. such as onigiri.
cell phone and insurance bills. A limited range of postal services. Delivery Services: At many stores. such as the sale of post cards and stamps. shochu and wine. the prints will be ready instantly or can be picked up later. Some stores. happoshu. newspapers. theme parks. concerts. highway buses and othertravel services can be purchased at the multi-purpose terminal. many of which can be accessed through automated multi-purpose terminals (the user menu is usually in Japanese only): y ATM: ATMs offer various banking services and often also serve as the above mentioned multi-purpose terminals. is also available. nihonshu. The selection changes frequently and often varies by season as well. it is possible to drop off or pick up deliveries (takuhaibin). Copier/Fax: A copy machine and fax is available at most convenience stores. such as parcels or luggage. umbrellas. Depending on the store.drinks. it is usually the copy machine which serves as the store's multi-purpose terminal. except at 7-Eleven. including utility. Ticket Reservations: Tickets for sport events. Other goods available include body care products. Bill Payment: Many bills. Foreign credit and debit cards are usually not recognized by the ATMs found in convenience stores. have a toilet. Many convenience stores also sell alcoholic beverages including beer. Services offered Convenience stores also offer a wide range of services. chuhai. If not the ATM. particularly outside of the city centers. batteries. Digital Camera Prints: You can get prints of digital pictures by inserting your camera's memory card into the multi-purpose terminal. cosmetics. can be paid at convenience stores. milk and vitamin drinks. y y y y y Below is a sample layout of a typical Japanese convenience store: Supermarkets . blank CDs and tapes. magazines and comics. juice.
dried and canned food. Happoshu Happoshu (lit. fresh seafood. Kirin. meat. Alcoholic Beverages Drinking plays an important role in Japanese society. tofu. instead using pea. lighter taste. typically held at restaurants and izakaya. Traditional Japanese foodstuffs. dairy products. Some of the most popular ones are: Beer Beer is the most popular alcoholic drink in Japan. snacks. Third beer "Third beer" (also known as "Shin Janru" or "New Genre") is the most recent development in the Japanese beer industry.Modern Japanese supermarkets are organized much in the same way as their Western counterparts. It has a similar flavor and alcohol content as beer. soya. . bread. Drinking parties. or wheat spirits. happoshu is taxed differently than beer and is consequently sold at a lower price. The leading breweries are Asahi. Beautiful food departments are usually located in the basement floors of most department stores. A visit to such a food department is a highly recommended experience. ready-to-eat meals. Suntory and Sapporo. pickled. Also see our page about convenience stores. The art of brewing beer was imported in the early Meiji Period from Germany as a development project for the northern island of Hokkaido. can be relatively inexpensive. nevertheless. this beer-like beverage contains no malt. on the other hand. Also due to the lower malt content. but it is made with less malt. In order to counter tax changes that reclassified the malt content of beer and subsequently raised the price of happoshu. They offer all kinds of goods such as fresh fruits and vegetables. which gives it a different. are a common activity that are used to strengthen both social and business ties. they are rarely cheaper. Also the cashier system is well organized and efficient. A large variety of alcoholic beverages can be found in Japan. "sparkling alcohol". also known as low-malt beer) is a relatively recent invention by Japanese brewing companies. alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages and household articles. The goods are usually beautifully presented and of excellent quality. The packages and portions in Japanese supermarkets are usually smaller than comparable packages sold in Europe or North America in particular.
Rice Wine (nihonshu or sake) Commonly called sake outside of Japan. and it is usually filtered although unfiltered nihonshu (nigorizake) is also popular. fruit juice and sparkling water. pineapple. Shochu. and sparkling wines from France. Recent ones include winter pear. They are usually shochu based. It is usually served on the rocks. peach. mixed with soda. fruity. Besides major brands. Plum wine (umeshu) Umeshu is made of Japanese plums (ume). the United States and Australia are widely available. and nashi (Japanese pear). there are countless local rice wines (jizake). or oolong tea. grapefruit. While imported red. wheat and/or sugar cane. Awamori is the Okinawan version of shochu. and mikan (mandarin orange). it is also easily found anywhere alcohol is sold. lime. especially among women. . there also exists a sizable and increasing domestic wine industry. nihonshu or sake (note that "sake" is also the general Japanese term for alcohol) is brewed using rice. It is commonly made from rice. Wine Wine is gaining popularity in Japan. sugar. It is usually served mixed with water and ice. The alcohol content of nihonshu is typically about 10-20%. sweet potatoes. Chuhai Chuhai (the name is derived from "shochu highball") are fruitflavored alcoholic drinks with an alcohol content that ranges between 5-8 percent. and are available in cans anywhere alcohol is sold. Common flavors include lemon. ume. Awamori Shochu is a distilled spirit with an alcohol content usually between 20-40 percent. white. juice-like flavor and aroma can appeal to those who normally dislike alcohol. In addition there are many seasonal flavors that come and go. 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. Its sweet. The most famous wine producing region within Japan is Yamanashi Prefecture. water and white koji mold as the main ingredients. It is drunk either hot or cold. or as an umeshu sawa (umeshu sour). Commonly made at home. Italy. and shochu or nihonshu.
The legal drinking age is 20 years old. restaurants. the document any foreigner needs to apply for when staying in Japan for more than 90 days. ATMs. you should drink to make room in your glass if it is full. debit and ATM cards. for example in restaurants that serve kaiseki ryori (Japanese haute cuisine). ATMs Many automatic teller machines (ATMs) in Japan do not accept credit. The machines found in convenience stores. department stores. but avoid using "chin chin" when making a toast. These customs apply to everyone in your party even if they are not drinking alcohol. are often available around the clock. which is usually "kampai". You should periodically check your friends' glasses. Gin and vodka based drinks are also commonly available at bars. since in Japanese this expression refers to the male genitalia. as long as you do not bother other guests. Drinking Manners When drinking alcoholic beverages. rather than serving yourself. While it is considered bad manners to become obviously drunk in some formal restaurants. the same as for purchasing tobacco products. for example. Japanese banks offer automatic teller machines (ATM) and cash dispensers (CD). if someone wants to serve you. . a foreigner requires to present his/her Alien Registration Card.Other liquors Whisky is perhaps the most popular other western liquor in Japan and is often served on the rocks or mixed with water and ice. Banks Japanese banks are usually open Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 15:00. post offices and at some convenience stores. Alcoholic beverages are sold in supermarkets. deposit and transfer money and pay bills. Likewise. while at CDs it is usually only possible to withdraw money. An inkan (personal stamp) or signature is also needed. which are issued outside of Japan. and replenish them before they are empty. Most ATMs and CDs are unavailable on weekends and during the night. hold it up for the person while they pour. Telephone and utilities bills can be paid at banks. At ATMs one can pay withdraw. but the number of 24h ATMs is increasing. In order to open an account at a Japanese bank. As a traveler in Japan. Other toasts are acceptable. and izakaya. Only theinternational ATMs found in post offices and in a few major department stores and airports accept foreign credit and debit cards. convenience stores. liquor stores (sakaya) and at vending machines (although machines in public shut off after 11PM). and then take at least one drink before putting the glass down. 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. it is customary to serve one another. be aware that most Japanese ATMs do not accept foreign credit cards. the same is not true for other types of restaurants such as izakaya.
only the central offices of major cities offer a 24 hour/7 days a week ATM service. Cirrus. international ATMs can be found at international airports. suspecting a fraud. 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). 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. however.000 post offices and over 10. including theTokyo Central Office. Postal ATM operating hours then decrease proportionally to the size of the post office. including Visa. Remember your card's secret 4-digit PIN. 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. ATMs at 7-Eleven stores are available 24 hours per day on every day of the year. possibly closed on Sundays) to minor offices (typically 9:00 and 16:00.000 7Elevenconvenience stores across the country. In case of post offices. shorter hours on weekends. closed on weekends). shorter hours on weekends) to medium sized offices (typically 8:00 to 20:00. Mastercard. from major post offices (typically 7:00 to 23:00. Notify your bank that you are going to use your card overseas. since many banks will block a card which is suddenly used abroad. American Express and JCB cards and provide an English user menu. Maestro. Shinjuku Office. Inquire what fees and daily and/or monthly limits are associated with international withdrawals. In order to use international ATMs. Cell Phones in Japan . Tsuwano Post Office Taketomi Post Office In addition to the ATMs at post offices and 7-Eleven convenience stores. Plus.The big exception are the ATMs found at the over 20. Shibuya Office and the central offices of Osaka.
Au is next with about 30 million subscribers. Low call rates. Alternatively. gps/navigation and music players. Free shipping. there is no GSM network. electronic wallets/train passes.With an international roaming plan (from your home service provider) you use your own phone and number. The biggest mobile phone companies in Japan are NTT Docomo. Compatibility with the Japanese mobile phone network . while Softbank has about 15 million subscribers. with a rental SIM card (from a Japanese provider) you use your own phone with a Japanese phone number and lower rates. televisions. Free incoming calls.Mobile phone display racks at an electronics store. Mobile phones Japan is a leader in mobile phone technology and usage with about 75% of the population owning one. Most importantly. and they are constantly getting new features such as internet browsers. 2. Mobile phones are everywhere. Rentafone Japan We provide a cheap and convenient cell phone rental service for shortterm visitors to Japan. Do Japanese phones work outside of Japan? . mobile phones from your home country may not work in Japan. and Softbank (formerly Vodafone. au by KDDI. There are two things that are required for your telephone to work: 1. Check the cost-comparison link on our home page. International roaming plan or rental SIM card . Contact your service provider for details concerning your particular phone. 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. however the number of compatible phones is increasing. so GSM phones do not work. games. cameras. You can rent OR buy a Japan cell phone BEFORE your departure! Click above link.The only foreign phones that work in Japan are some 3G models. but are charged international roaming rates which tend to be expensive. Docomo is the most popular company with about 50 million subscribers. Do foreign phones work in Japan? Due to different technologies. and before that J-phone).
which is used for outgoing calls. Prepaid phones start around 5000 yen. Phone numbers remain active as long as you have valid credit in your account. but . How to get a mobile phone: Rental Phones Renting is the most economical way for the average traveler to get a phone. Some stores will accept foreign passports along with a hotel address as verification. while other companies will mail a phone to your hotel or to your home. Typical proof can be in the form of a Japanese driver's license. Credit. This means that a person with a handset and service provided by a Japanese mobile phone carrier can roam when travelling outside of Japan. and is typically valid for 60 days from activation. a Japanese Passport. There are phones to suit every style. Prepaid Phones Due to past criminal abuse of prepaid phones. but the display phones are non-working plastic samples. while some companies offer discounts for advanced reservations. Japanese carriers do not unlock handsets. 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. All of the companies at the airports have same day rentals. Credit can be bought at cell phone stores and convenience stores. must be purchased in advance. email. phone sellers must now verify the identity and place of residence of their buyers. With most companies.Many phones that are sold in Japan can operate on 3G and GSM networks (only in certain countries) with the appropriate international roaming plans. incoming calls are free and outgoing calling rates are comparable to those of rental phones. Japanese phones are designed at a hardware and software level to work with only a particular network. Many companies have kiosks at the airports. incoming calls are free). 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. internet. etc. You can return the phones at the airport or through the maildepending on the company. Also. The fees for rental phones vary and usually consist of the rental fee (typically 250-1000 yen per day) plus a usage fee (typically 70-200 yen per minute domestic outgoing. and typically requires a picture ID and a credit card. depending on what features your phone supports.
visit the shopping and entertainment attractions and view the futuristic architecture and landscape design around Odaiba and Tokyo Big Sight. take the boat on the Sumida River from Asakusa to Hama Rikyu. In the afternoon. Futuristic Tokyo From Shimbashi Station take the Yurikamome. a nice landscape garden at the Tokyo Bay waterfront. There. Phones may be free or subsidized although that typically requires a 2 year service contract. Half day schedules: Old Tokyo Visit the excellent Edo-Tokyo Museum about Tokyo's history. All the latest and most advanced phones are available with subscription plans and the selection of handsets is huge. Then. Spend the evening there. an elevated train across the Rainbow Bridge onto a man made island in Tokyo Bay. Tokyo's tallest building. At least one week to get to know it more intimately. the phone may be purchased at full price in which case service is available on a month-to-month contract. Full day schedules: From Asakusa to Odaiba: Old and new Tokyo Start in Asakusa. Shinjuku Start the day with a visit to the Imperial Palace and its East Gardens. consists of two separate theme parks: Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. 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. Suggested schedules Two full days are required in order to gain a superficial feel for Japan's capital. explore the nearby Asakusa area around Sensoji Temple where a touch of the old Tokyo can still be experienced. From Hama Rikyu it is just a few steps to the elegant skyscrapers of Shiodome. visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office. visit nearbyMeiji Shrine and take the Yamanote Line to Shinjuku. Subscription plans are only available to residents and require an alien registration card and a Japanese bank account. for a . 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. where a touch of the old Tokyo is surviving. Shinjuku In Shinjuku. Imperial Palace. Tokyo Disney Resort Tokyo Disney Resort. where you can hop onto the Yurikamome elevated train over the rainbow bridge to Odaiba. Alternatively. just 15 minutes by train from Tokyo Station. a futuristic entertainment and shopping district on a man made island.will expire after three months to a year without use. urban Japan. Afterwards. Tokyo is the best place to experience modern. Explore centrally locatedSensoji Temple and the surrounding streets. Shibuya. Then.
located in a spacious wooded park just next to Harajuku Station. good views of Mount Fuji. Then take a look at Japan's busiest train station and surrounding department stores. the mausoleum of one of Japan's most influential personalities. is full of historic temples and shrines. one hour south of Tokyo. Harajuku. but an overnight stay at a ryokan with hot spring is recommended. Shibuya. Imperial Palace. In the evening. Tokyo's most expensive and famous shopping district. Nikko Nikko. experience the notorious Kabukicho entertainment district. The shrines and temples of Nikko can be seen in a one day trip from Tokyo. a few historic sites and many hot springs. offering beautiful nature. because the city retains some of the architecture and atmosphere of past centuries. It makes a good one-day trip from Tokyo. only half an hour south of Tokyo.free bird's eye view of the city. 30 minutes from Ikebukuro. It makes a perfect one-day trip from Tokyo. Ginza Visit Imperial Palace and its East Gardens before exploring Ginza. Kawagoe Kawagoe. take a break in the Shinjuku Gyoen. two hours north of Tokyo. Meiji Jingu Shibuya and Harajuku are the most popular shopping and entertainment districts of Tokyo's young generations. wars and redeveleopment. Hakone Hakone is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. For some contrast. To escape the crowds. at least two days are recommended. which have disappeared in Tokyo itself due to earthquakes. two hours west of Tokyo. is called "Little Edo" (Edo is the former name of Tokyo). Side trips: Kamakura Kamakura. Hakone can be visited in a one day trip. . a spacious city park. but if you also wish to visit Nikko's beautiful national park. is the site of the famous Nikko Toshogu Shrine. visit Meiji Shrine. Yokohama Yokohama is Japan's second most populated city.
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