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Tsukiji Fish Market

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19 sights in Tokyo

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"Turret trucks" transporting goods around the market

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

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

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

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

Tuna Auction

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

Wholesale Area

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

Outer Market

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

from where you can walk to the market in about 15 minutes. giving Akihabara a . From Shinjuku Station Take the Oedo Subway Line directly from Shinjuku Station to Tsukiji Shijo Station.Do not enter the market in high heeled shoes or sandals! Do not bring small children or pets! Do not smoke in the market! Do not touch anything! Visitor area for viewing the tuna auction How to get there Tsukiji Market is just above Tsukiji Shijo Station on the Oedo Subway Line. A major redevelopment of Akihabara Station and surroundings is nearing its completion. The closest JR station is Shimbashi. it has also gained fame as a center of the gaming. famous for its many electronics shops. manga and animation culture. 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). Orientation in Tokyo Hours and Fees Outer Market: varies by shop. 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. In recent years. 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. it can be reached in a five minute walk from Tsukiji Station on the Hibiya Subway Line. Alternatively. The fare is 160 yen. The one way trip takes 20 minutes and costs 260 yen.

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

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

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

Koishikawa Korakuen is attractive during all seasons of the year. Like most traditional Japanese gardens. Koishikawa Korakuen attempts to reproduce famous landscapes from China and Japan in miniature.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. stones. It was built by close relatives of the Tokugawa Shogun in the early Edo Period. using a pond. How to get there Koishikawa Korakuen is a 5-10 minute walk from Iidabashi Station (various JR and subway lines) or a 10 minute walk from Korakuen Station on the Marunouchi and Nanboku Subway Lines. plants and a man made hill. when the fall colors appear. during the plum festival in late February and when the beautiful weeping cherry tree near the garden's entrance is in full bloom. Orientation in Tokyo Hours and Fees Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30) Closed: December 29 to January 1 Admission: 300 yen .

During the rest of the year. the large plaza in front of the Imperial Palace. Reservations can be made over the internet (see links below). afterwards. and the country's capital and Imperial Residence were moved fromKyoto to Tokyo. It is the residence of Japan's Imperial Family. from which the name Nijubashi (Double Bridge) is derived. Nijubashi Bridge The palace buildings and inner gardens are not open to the public. who make several public appearances on a balcony. visitors are able to enter the inner palace grounds and see the members of the Imperial Family. Edo Castle used to be the seat of the Tokugawa shogun who ruled Japan from 1603 until 1867. The palace was once destroyed during World War Two. with an English pamphlet and audio guide provided. In 1888 construction of a new Imperial Palace was completed. . two bridges that form an entrance to the inner palace grounds. In 1868. Tours must be reserved in advance with the Imperial Household Agency. The stone bridge in front is called Meganebashi (Eyeglass Bridge) for its looks. Only on January 2 (New Year's Greeting) and December 23 (Emperor's Birthday). The bridge in the back was formerly a wooden bridge with two levels. a short walk from Tokyo Station.Tokyo Imperial Palace # 13 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Moats and walls surround the imperial palace The current Imperial Palace (Kokyo) is located on the former site of Edo Castle. a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the center of Tokyo. guided tours of the palace are offered in Japanese. From Kokyo Gaien. and rebuilt in the same style. the shogunate was overthrown. visitors can view the Nijubashi.

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

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

Points of Interest .

Ginza Wako Shops: 10:30 to 18:00 Restaurants: 10:30 to 21:00 (some variation between restaurants) Built in 1932. The theater is now being torn down and rebuilt at the base of a new skyscraper. the clock tower of the Ginza Wako building is the symbol of the Ginza. Inside the building. displays such as historical uniforms and equipment can be easily understood. Police Museum 10:00 to 18:00 Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday) Admission: Free English: None (a free informative English booklet is available. jewelry and luxury items are sold. including DVD recorders. are displayed to the public in the showrooms in this building. however) Located just outside of the Ginza area to the north. Although there are no English explanations. Department Stores . televisions. Kabukiza Theater Undergoing reconstruction and closed to the public until 2013 Kabuki pieces were performed in this theater until April 2010. cameras. There are also a few shops. mobile phones. Sony Building Showroom and shops: 11:00 to 19:00 Restaurants: typically 11:30 to 21:30 The newest products by Sony.restaurants and cafes. The facade and interior of the new theater will resemble the previous structure. the four floor Police Museum is operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department and is free of charge. audio sets. computers and Play Station products. The new theater is scheduled to open in spring 2013. standing at the northwest corner of the district's centrally located Ginza 4-Chome junction of Chuo and Harumi Dori.

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

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

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

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

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

after it had served as a garden for the Imperial Family since 1903. orange trains on the JR Chuo Line (Rapid Service) take less than 15 minutes and cost 190 Yen from Tokyo Station to Shinjuku Station. Closed on Mondays (Tuesday is Monday is a national holiday) from December 29 to January 3. Always open. including theJR Yamanote Line. free admission. Orientation in Tokyo . From Ueno Station By JR Yamanote Line it takes 25 minutes and costs 190 Yen to get from Ueno to Shinjuku. Admission is 200 Yen. served by about a dozen railway lines. How to get there Shinjuku Station is Japan's busiest railway station.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. 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. A slightly faster alternative is taking the JR Yamanote or JR Keihin-Tohoku Line from Ueno to Kanda Station. and then the JR Chuo Line from Kanda to Shinjuku. There are no closure days during the cherry blossom season (late March to late April) and the Chrysanthemum Exhibition (first half of November). From Tokyo Station The frequently departing. It was opened to the public in 1949.

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

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

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

. The Shibuya store spans eight floors. Tokyu Affiliated Shopping: Tokyu Main store open daily 11:00 to 20:00 (upper floors until 19:00. outdoors to stationery and more. Restaurants 11:00 to 23:00. Usually pronounced "Shibuya ichi maru kyu". approximately 100 meter long pedestrian street with stairs leading up the slope to the Parco department store. Shibuya Mark City is a small city within the city. It consists of a wide range of stores and restaurants. Shibuya Mark City Opening hours vary by shop. Tokyu Hands has everything from doit-yourself. the Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu.Spain Slope Spain Slope (Supeinzaka) is a narrow. the complex's name can also be read as "Shibuya to kyu". and was nicknamed for resembling a Spanish street scene. Tokyu Hands Open daily from 10:00 to 20:30. interior. office space. a bus terminal and the terminal station of the Keio Inokashira Line. restaurants until 22:30). There are two Tokyu department stores in Shibuya: the main store with ten floors is located a 5-10 minute walk northwest of the station. Restaurants can be found on the top and bottom floors. Shibuya 109 Open daily 10:00 to 21:00 (restaurants from 11:00 to 22:30). It is lined by boutiques. Promoted as "Creative Life Store". identifying the complex as part of the Tokyu Group. featuring mainly fashion goods and some fashion boutiques. Fridays. Closed New Year's Day. typically 10:00 to 21:00. hobby. located just next to JR Shibuya Station. Seibu Affiliated Shopping: Seibu Open 10:00 to 20:00 (Thursdays. Shibuya Station store open daily 10:00 to 21:00 (Sundays and holidays until 20:00. Shibuya 109 is a trend setting fashion complex for young women with more than one hundred boutiques on ten floors. while the Shibuya Station branch with twelve floors sits on top of the station. cafes and restaurants. crafts. The Shibuya branch of the Seibu department store chain consists of nine floors. and Saturdays until 21:00). restaurants until 22:30).

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

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

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

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

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. dense forest that can be explored on walking paths. The majority of the shrine grounds are composed of a beautiful. Kiddy Land has a fantastic selection of toys and other products to amuse kids. Barbie and Hello Kitty are on sale alongside new characters and creations. . Major toy brands like Disney. The public store makes up five of the building's ten floors. The store's original six floor shop directly along Omotesando is currently undergoing renovations. The Togo Antique Market was held around the shrine on the first Sunday of each month. 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. who defeated the Russian fleet in the Russo-Japanese War in1905. 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. Empress Shoken. but a similarly sized temporary building is being used just around the corner. but it was discontinued in December of 2009. 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. 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.

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

Located just beside the JR Yamanote Line's busy Harajuku Station. Meiji Shrine # 11 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited A torii gate along the forested approach to Meiji Shrine Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu) is a shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort. Only a short walk from Harajuku Station is the subway station Meijijingu-mae Station.National Yoyogi Stadium Built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics by renowned architect Tange Kenzo. The spacious shrine grounds offer walking paths that are great for a relaxing stroll. concerts and various other events. which is served by the Chiyoda and Fukutoshin Subway Lines. two stations south of Shinjuku and one station north of Shibuya (130 yen from either station). eight years after the passing of the emperor and six years after the passing of the empress. During the Meiji Period. the stadium hosted the olympic swimming competitions. Empress Shoken. Japan modernized and westernized herself to join the world's major powers by the time Emperor Meiji passed away in 1912. It is now also being used for ice skating and volleyball competitions. He was born in 1852 and ascended to the throne in 1867 at the peak of the Meiji Restoration when Japan's feudal era came to an end and the emperor was restored to power. How to get there Harajuku Station is a station on the JR Yamanote Line. Meiji Shrine and the adjacent Yoyogi Park make up a large forested area within the densely built-up city. Ginza and Hanzomon Subway Lines. The shrine was destroyed during the Second World War but was rebuilt shortly thereafter. The shrine was completed and dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and the Empress Shoken in 1920. Emperor Meiji was the first emperor of modern Japan. which is served by the Chiyoda. . At the eastern end of Omotesando isOmotesando Station.

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

Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday) Admission: 500 yen (both buildings) English: Moderate Inner Garden Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (until 16:30 from November to February) Admission ends 30 minutes before closing time. Asakusa. Ikebukuro) Asakusa # 6 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited . Extended hours during the middle of June.The Meiji Jingu Treasure House How to get there The approach to Meiji Shrine starts a few steps from Harajuku Station on the JR Yamanote Line or Meiji-jingu-mae Station on the Chiyoda and Fukutoshin Subway Lines. Closed: No closing days Admission: 500 yen Northern Tokyo (Ueno. Orientation in Tokyo Hours and Fees Meiji Shrine Hours: Sunrise to sunset Closed: No closing days Admission: Free Meiji Jingu Treasure House and Annex Hours: 9:00 to 16:30 (until 16:00 from November to March) Admission ends 30 minutes before closing time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

this is a hot spring theme park. restaurants. Admission: 600 yen. National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation This well done. boutiques. including the Yotei Maru ocean liner. the admission is 1. If you enter between 5am and 7am. except to Tokyo Joypolis (500 yen). Telecom Center The Telecom Center is a major hub on the information highway with several large satellite antennas on its observation deck. last entry 7am). Open daily 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30). . You can enjoy various types of baths. the food theme park "Daiba Little Hong Kong" and "Tokyo Joypolis". Closed Mondays (closed on Tuesday instead if Monday is a public holiday). cafes and a 13 screen cinema complex. which are fed by actual hot spring water from a depth of 1400 meters. Museum of Maritime Science Housed in a cruise ship shaped building. Open daily from 11am to 9am (no entry between 2am and 5am. which reproduces the atmosphere of the Edo Period (1603-1868). three floors packed with the newest arcade games and more. the Museum of Maritime Science displays seafaring related exhibits from the past and future. Admission is 500 yen (400 yen in combination with a Yurikamome day pass). restaurants. An overnight stay supplement of 1. Closed Tuesdays and from Dec 28 to Jan 1 (Open Tuesdays during the summer holidays or if Tuesday is a public holiday). boutiques. Sundays. robots (starring Asimo among others). The observation deck also offers nice view of the bay area and as far as Mount Fuji on clear days. The observation deck is open from 15:00 to 21:00 (Saturdays. Open daily 11:00 to 21:00 (some stores and restaurants remain open until 22:00 or 23:00). There are nice views of the Rainbow Bridge from the wooden deck in front of Aquacity and neighboring Decks. Open daily 11:00 to 21:00 (food court until 21:00.575 yen applies if you stay after 2am. Admission is free. Two actual ships. cafes. are moored in front of the museum. Aquacity Odaiba Aquacity is a shopping mall featuring various stores. Closed Mondays and from Dec 28 to Jan 1.Decks Tokyo Beach Decks is a shopping mall featuring various stores. and holidays 11:00 to 22:30). Combined admission to the museum and Yotei Maru is 1000 yen. Once a month Oedo onsen closes early at 11pm for maintenance (admission until 9pm). Oedo Onsen Monogatari Opened in March 2003. Admission is 2827 yen (1987 yen if you enter after 6pm). biology and space exploration.567 Yen. restaurants open until 23:00 or later). Museum admission: 700 yen. Open daily 10:00 to 17:00 (weekends and holidays until 18:00). information technology. highly interactive and bilingual science museum includes exhibits about environmental issues.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 .To provide more convenient connections between the suburbs and the city center.

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

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

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

000 Yen . put your ticket and the exact fare into the box next to the driver. which you will later use to determine your fare. 2) When entering. Of course. Below is a description of the most common system.9. you always pay the same price regardless of how far you travel.000 .500 Yen 9. 5) If you do not have the exact fare. 4) When your stop is approaching. In many cities or city centers. 3) A display above the driver shows the next stop and the fares for that stop in yen.500 . This means that you do not have to worry about steps 2) and 3) in the above description. The most prominent exception are the Tokyo Metropolitan Buses. the countryside and national parks. match the number on your ticket with the number and fare on the display.000 Yen over 20. Single Traveler Low Budget Medium Budget High Budget 2. View our suggested itineraries to see the sample budgets applied to specific itineraries. followed by notes about exceptions: 1) Enter the bus through the back door (or front door if there is only one door). pick up a ticket from a small machine. One US dollar is roughly 100 Yen. Major cities are. and exit through the rear door. by introducing some sample budgets.000 Yen Two Travelers 5. use the changing machine to get small coins. To determine your fare. linked by highway and long distance buses. Click here for the current Yen exchange rates. a flat fare applies. 6) When getting off. furthermore.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.12.500 . Travel Budget This page is meant to give you a rough idea of the cost of individual travel in Japan. Sample daily budgets Not including cost for transportation. and there are different systems of ticketing depending on the company. A number is printed on the ticket. press one of the buttons on the wall to signal the driver that you wish to get off at the next stop. i. for example in central Kyoto. there are a few exceptions to the above outlined system.000 .20. and visit our page about package tours.000 Yen 6. where you are supposed to enter through the front door.e.000 Yen over 12. pay a flat fare when entering.6.

rice balls. High budget: above 1. etc.500 Yen per day At this level. typically charge between 1500 and 3500 Yen per night and person. you will have to live from convenience store food (bread.000 Yen per single room and night over 10.000 Yen per day Many coffee shops and some restaurants in shopping areas and around train stations offer breakfast sets for around 500 to 1000 Yen.500 .7.10.000 to 50.3. you typically pay 20. Medium budget: 3. you will find rooms in cheap business hotels and inexpensive.000 Yen per double room and night Starting around 7000 Yen per person. nofrills minshukuand ryokan.700 Yen per day Inexpensive lunch boxes are available in convenience stores and stands in railway stations .000 Yen per double room and night At this level. A stay at a ryokan with two meals included typically costs between 10. found in most cities and regions of Japan. Some tour packages (for individual travelers) include accommodation at quality Western style hotels at this price level.000 Yen per room and night.000 and 30. Lunch: Low budget: 400 . booking services likeHostelworld offer great deals. Low budget: 1.500 Yen per night and person Dormitories and youth hostels.500 . Medium budget: 500 .Accommodation: Check our accommodation page for more information on different accommodation types and corresponding price ranges.000 Yen per single room and night 5. Breakfasts buffets in first-class hotels typically cost between 2000 and 3000 Yen. Furthermore.000 . Breakfast: Low budget: 200 .1. you can get rooms in good business hotels and inexpensive Western style hotels. For a room in a high class Western style hotel.) or visit fast food restaurants like McDonald's or Mister Donut which offer inexpensive breakfasts. High budget: over 7.000 Yen per person and night.000 Yen per day Hotel breakfasts and breakfast buffets will usually cost you more than 1000 Yen.

At this level. High budget: above 2. Medium budget: 700 . steaks. French cuisine.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).200 Yen per day A lunch at most conventional restaurants cost typically between 1000 and 3000 Yen. Medium budget: 500 . A few museums charge no admission on one day of the week or month. as there are no lunch specials. Medium budget: 700 .and business districts. etc.1.500 Yen per day Japan offers many free attractions. sukiyaki.000 Yen per day Conventional restaurants are generally more expensive in the evening than during lunch time. not including alcoholic drinks. High budget: above 1. Calculate 5000 Yen upwards per person for a dinner at upper class restaurants specializing in sushi. High budget: above 1. Other options are again cheap fast food restaurants.000 Yen per day With 3000 Yen per person you will be able to have a good dinner at a wide range ofrestaurants. Dinner: Low budget: 400 .000 Yen per day Some museums and attractions (usually outstanding ones or tourist traps) charge between 1000 and 3000 Yen per person. also offer relatively filling meals for 700 Yen or less. you will be able to enjoy a nice dinner at a wide range of fast food and conventional restaurants. specializing in noodles.1. Sightseeing: Low budget: 0 . curry. Most museums and castles charge about 200-1000 Yen per person.200 Yen per day At this level you will have an even larger range of inexpensive restaurants such as the above mentioned fast food places. domburior hamburger. Various fast food restaurants. Admission to large theme parks typically cost around 5000 . plus restaurants which offer lunch set special. Most shrines and some temples do not charge admission fees. for around 1000 Yen.2. including the restaurants found in department stores where meals typically cost between 1000 and 2000 Yen. inexpensive ready-to-eat meals.700 Yen per day Convenience stores sell various. kaiseki ryori. so called teishoku.

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

quality meals throughout the country. consider making lunch your main meal of the day. consider hotel and tour packages that include meals with the stay. Free Sightseeing Below is a list of popular sightseeing spots and activities that do not cost admission: Tokyo Tsukiji Market. Higher class restaurants also have less expensive lunch options. Budget Travel . Yet there are a variety of discounts that can decrease your sightseeing expenses a little bit. Minshuku and ryokan usually include both dinner and breakfast. most museums. Finally.While Japan has plenty of enjoyable sightseeing attractions that are free. hotels tend to have various meal plans. Sensoji Temple. Harajuku.castles and gardens charge an admission of at least a few hundred yen. temples. . observation deck of the Tokyo Government Office and people watching and window shopping in bustlingShinjuku. The extremely budget conscious could thrive on as little as 1500 to 2000 yen per day on food without sacrificing much variety or their health. Imperial Palace and East Gardens. Shibuya. Also when shopping around for accommodation. manga kissa and capsule hotels often include a complementary light breakfast. making it a great way to check out places that may otherwise be outside of your budget. and business hotels. Meiji Shrine. as it is easy to find a wide selection of cheap. Akihabara and Ginza. Many restaurants offer inexpensive set menus (teishoku) for around 1000 yen during the lunch hours.Food Convenience stores are the budget traveler's friends It is not necessary to starve yourself to save money when traveling in Japan. while lunch boxes (bento) are available for around 500 yen or less.

drinks. sushi. Chains such as Gusto. alcohol and prepared foods. Royal Host and Denny's offer a wide variety of Western and Japanese dishes. ramen. While easily found in the suburbs and smaller towns. curry or boxed meals (bento). resulting in inexpensive meals always being close at hand. (normally priced) supermarkets are rare in the centers of large cities. lunch boxes. Among these chains are the Yoshinoya. yet still offer a quality selection of inexpensive meals. but expect them to be more expensive than back home. The cost of a meal rarely exceeds 1000 yen per person. Imported foods are also widely available. alcohol and other drinks. and the Hokka Hokka Tei and Hotto Motto lunch box chains. Coco Curry House. Supermarkets Japanese supermarkets are comparable to those found in Western countries and offer much of the same items including fresh fruits and vegetables. noodles. as well as many Japanese chains that specialize in one type of dish such as gyudon. while Saizeriya is popular for its cheap and filling Italian food and Bamiyan for its Chinese dishes. Coco's. seafood. and Matsuya gyudon chains. Note that many supermarkets begin to mark down their unsold lunch items around 14:00 and their other prepared foods from around 19:00. Convenience stores offer a selection of fresh sandwiches and rice balls (onigiri). snacks. Sukiya. Hanamaru Udon. bakery items. Thanks to the fierce competition between convenience store chains. canned and dry foods. Fast Food Japan has a lot of international fast food chains such as McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Chicken. sweets. Low budget conveyor belt sushi chains could also be listed under this category. and can be found virtually anywhere in Japan. Discounts start off at a modest 10 to 20 percent. the quality of many food items is surprisingly high. overripe or otherwise not fit for sale at full price. Many supermarkets also discount fruits and vegetables that are either blemished. . meat.Yoshinoya gyudon chain restaurant Set menu (teishoku) The following are some ways of having an inexpensive meal: Convenience Stores Convenience stores are open 24 hours a day. but progressively increase until closing and may end up as high as 50 to 70 percent. Family Restaurants Family restaurants are another type of restaurant that are a modest step up from fast food establishments. soba.udon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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