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Tsukiji Fish Market
19 sights in Tokyo
of 53 most visited
"Turret trucks" transporting goods around the market
Notice From December 1, 2010 to January 22, 2011, the busiest time of the year at Tsukiji Fish Market, tourists will not be allowed to watch the morning tuna auctions to ensure a smooth and accident free course of business. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation! Important Notice New rules for visiting Tsukiji Market are in effect as of May 10, 2010: y y The number of visitors to the tuna auction is restricted to 140 per day. Visitors are prohibited from entering the market's wholesale area before 9am.
Please read the following page for more details. Tsukiji Central Wholesale Market is a large market for fish, fruits and vegetables in central Tokyo. It is the most famous of over ten wholesale markets that handle the distribution of fish, meat, produce and flowers in metropolitan Tokyo. Tsukiji Market is best known as one of the world's largest fish markets, handling over 2,000 tons of marine products per day. The sight of the many kinds of fresh fish and other seafood and the busy atmosphere of scooters, trucks, sellers and buyers hurrying around, make Tsukiji Market a major tourist attractions. In fact, the numbers of visitors have increased so much over recent years, that they have become a problem to the course of business, as the aging market's infrastructure was not anticipated to serve as a tourist spot.
Tsukiji Market consists of an inner market where most of the wholesale business and the famous tuna auctions are taking place, and an outer market whose retail shops and restaurants carter to the public. A few restaurants are also found in the inner market. In order to avoid interference with business, different rules should be followed when visiting the different areas of the market: A basic map of Tsukiji Market:
Visiting the tuna auction The number of visitors to the tuna auction is limited to 140 per day, the maximum number which the market's infrastructure can accommodate. Tourists, who wish to see the auction, have to apply at the Osakana Fukyu Center (Fish Information Center) at the Kachidoki Gate, starting from 4:30am on a first-come, first-serve basis. A first group of 70 visitors will be admitted to the auction between 5:00 and 5:40, while a second group of 70 visitors will be admitted between 5:40 and 6:15. Expect that the maximum number of visitors is likely to be exceeded on busy days, and that some later arriving visitors may not be able to see the auction. Successful applicants will be able to view the auction from a designated visitor area. It is not allowed to view the auction from anywhere else or to use flash photography or to interfere with the business action in any other way.
Visiting the wholesale area The wholesale area consists of hundreds of small stands in a large, crowded hall, where buyers and sellers hurry along narrow lanes with their carts and trucks. It is an exciting area for tourists to view and photograph the fish and the action, but it is also an area where tourists are likely to interfere with the professionals working there. Consequently, in order to prevent accidents and interference with business, tourists are not allowed into the wholesale area before 9am, when the peak of the business activities take place. Even when visiting after 9am, tourists are asked to refrain from bringing any luggage into the market and to be constantly alert of what is happening around them to avoid blocking traffic.
Visiting other areas of the market Instead of visiting the inner market, tourists are encouraged to visit Tsukiji's outer market, which is located just adjacent to the inner market and caters to the public. The outer market consists of a few blocks of small retail shops and restaurants crowded along narrow lanes. Here you can find all sorts offood related goods, knives and fresh seafood and produce for sale in smaller (than wholesale) portions. A visit to Tsukiji Market is best combined with a fresh sushi breakfast or lunch at one of the local restaurants. There are restaurants both in the inner and outer market area, which are typically open from 5:00 in the morning to around noon or early afternoon.
A few more general rules for visiting Tsukiji Market Since Tsukiji Market is a site where serious business is conducted, it is important for visitors not to interfere with the action by adhering to the following additional rules: Do not enter areas restricted to authorized personnel! Do not obstruct traffic! Do not bring large bags or suitcases into the market!
The closest JR station is Shimbashi. manga and animation culture. Alternatively. From Shinjuku Station Take the Oedo Subway Line directly from Shinjuku Station to Tsukiji Shijo Station. Orientation in Tokyo Hours and Fees Outer Market: varies by shop. A major redevelopment of Akihabara Station and surroundings is nearing its completion. giving Akihabara a . The fare is 160 yen. In recent years. famous for its many electronics shops. it has also gained fame as a center of the gaming. from where you can walk to the market in about 15 minutes. 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. it can be reached in a five minute walk from Tsukiji Station on the Hibiya Subway Line. The one way trip takes 20 minutes and costs 260 yen. From Tokyo Station Take the Marunouchi Subway Line from Tokyo to Ginza (3 minutes) and transfer to the Hibiya Subway Line to get to Tsukiji Station (3 minutes).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. 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.
new face. where waitresses are dressed up like anime characters. In addition to conventional stores. However. Electronics Hundreds of electronics shops of various sizes can be found around Akihabara Station and along Chuo Dori (Chuo Avenue). several stores also feature a selection of products for overseas use and offer duty free shopping to foreign tourists on purchases of over 10. and manga kissaten ("comics cafes"). They offer everything from the newest computers. Manga. such as cosplay ("costume play") cafes. while many smaller shops can be found in the narrow side streets. manga and animation related goods has notably increased. A recent development is the emergence of Akihabara as a center of Japanese animation culture. . various other animation related establishments have appeared in the area. A few major stores. televisions. Sofmap and Laox operate multiple branch stores mainly along the main roads. watch DVDs and surf the internet. as the number of stores offering video games. cameras. mobile phones and home appliances to second-hand goods and electronic junk. 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.000Yen (passport required). where customers can read comics. such as Ishimaru Denki. Animation and Games The character of Akihabara has constantly changed over the decades and continues to do so.
. DVDs. A duty free floor can be found in store number one. Akihabara UDX (opened in spring 2006) and Yodobashi Akiba Building (opened in autumn 2005). Ishimaru Denki Open daily 10:00 to 20:00 Operating ten stores across Akihabara. A brand new railway line. including the Main Store. which specialize in used computers. Sofmap Open daily 11:00 to 21:00. Akihabara has been serving as the terminal station of the Tsukuba Express since August 2005. the Pasokon branch for PCs and the Game One and Soft One to Three branches for CDs. The result are several new buildings such as the Akihabara Dai Building(opened in spring 2005). The stores are numbered from 1 to 14 plus the main store and the Kakuta branch. the Tsukuba Express connects central Tokyo with Tsukuba City in western Ibaraki Prefecture.Redevelopment of Akihabara A large scale redevelopment of the area north and east of Akihabara Station as well as of the station itself is nearing completion. Sundays 11:00 to 20:00 Sofmap operates as many as 16 shops in the Akihabara area including multiple branches. Number One branch and Ekimae branch for electronic equipment. Furthermore. games and anime related goods.
From Tokyo Station 3 minutes and 130 Yen by JR Yamanote Line or JR Keihin-Tohoku Line. Operating eight stores in Akihabara. JR Sobu Line. JR Keihin-Tohoku Line. in the new Yodobashi Akiba Building. including cameras. Products on sale include a variety of electronic equipment for overseas use. The one way fare is 160 Yen. the Tsukuba Express and the Hibiya Subway Line. computers.Labi Akihabara Open daily 9:30 to 20:00 Akky operates three duty free shops in the area around Akihabara Station: Akky Main Store. and household electronics. convention halls and showrooms. pc accessories. Some branches have longer opening hours. Orientation in Tokyo . Computer branch. It specializes in personal computers. this complex next to Akihabara Station aims to become a new "global center for the IT Industry". 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). Unlike most other electronic shops. the Gakkikan branch for music instruments and three Asobit City branches for hobby and game related products.Labi Akihabara Open daily 10:00 to 22:00 Yamada Denki operates a "LABI" store just across the street from the Akihabara Electric Town exit of JR Akihabara Station. televisions. served by the JR Yamanote Line. DVD players and software. Akihabara Crossfield Consisting of the newly built Akihabara Dai Building and the Akihabara UDX Building.Laox Open daily 10:00 to 20:00. Duty Free Akihabara branch and Watch & Camera Branch. How to get there Akihabara Station is a busy station on the Yamanote Line loop. including the Main Store. Yamada Denki . providing office and conference space. it is located on the east side of Akihabara Station. Yamada Denki . Akky II and Akky III. 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.
Koishikawa Korakuen attempts to reproduce famous landscapes from China and Japan in miniature. It was built by close relatives of the Tokugawa Shogun in the early Edo Period. Koishikawa Korakuen is attractive during all seasons of the year. 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. plants and a man made hill. using a pond. but particularly so in the second half of November. 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 . Like most traditional Japanese gardens. stones. How to get there Koishikawa Korakuen is a 5-10 minute walk from Iidabashi Station (various JR and subway lines) or a 10 minute walk from Korakuen Station on the Marunouchi and Nanboku Subway Lines.Koishikawa Korakuen # 38 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Koishikawa Korakuen is one of Tokyo's oldest and most beautiful Japanese landscape gardens.
a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the center of Tokyo. The bridge in the back was formerly a wooden bridge with two levels. from which the name Nijubashi (Double Bridge) is derived. It is the residence of Japan's Imperial Family. and rebuilt in the same style. 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. In 1868. . with an English pamphlet and audio guide provided. and the country's capital and Imperial Residence were moved fromKyoto to Tokyo. guided tours of the palace are offered in Japanese. Tours must be reserved in advance with the Imperial Household Agency. the large plaza in front of the Imperial Palace. The palace was once destroyed during World War Two. a short walk from Tokyo Station. From Kokyo Gaien. two bridges that form an entrance to the inner palace grounds. the shogunate was overthrown. Edo Castle used to be the seat of the Tokugawa shogun who ruled Japan from 1603 until 1867. afterwards. The stone bridge in front is called Meganebashi (Eyeglass Bridge) for its looks. During the rest of the year.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. Only on January 2 (New Year's Greeting) and December 23 (Emperor's Birthday). In 1888 construction of a new Imperial Palace was completed. visitors can view the Nijubashi. Nijubashi Bridge The palace buildings and inner gardens are not open to the public. Reservations can be made over the internet (see links below).
which change water level with the tides. Fridays and special occasions. It is located alongside Tokyo Bay. Alternatively. forested areas and a teahouse are some of the park's attractions. former duck hunting grounds. How to get there Hama Rikyu can be accessed by boat from Asakusa and Odaiba. Furthermore. next to the futuristic Shiodome district. More information is available on the East Gardens page. # Hama Rikyu 34 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Hama Rikyu. the garden of a feudal lord's residence during the Edo Period. the contrast between the traditional gardens with Shiodome's skyscrapers in the background is spectacular. Seawater ponds. is one of Tokyo's most attractive landscape gardens.The Imperial Palace East Gardens are open to the public throughout the year except on Mondays. it is a 10-15 minute walk from JR Shimbashi Station or Shiodome Station on the Oedo Subway Line and Yurikamome elevated train. Guided tour through the Imperial Palace grounds How to get there The Imperial Palace is a 10 minute walk from Tokyo Station. 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 .
One square meter of land in the district's center is worth over ten million yen. featuring numerous department stores. art galleries. night clubs and cafes. It is where you can find the infamous $10 cups of coffee and where virtually every leading brand name in fashion and cosmetics has a presence. 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.The Ginza is Tokyo's most famous upmarket shopping. restaurants. A visit is most pleasant on a weekend afternoon. boutiques. 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. The Ginza evolved as an upmarket shopping district following the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake. after which the district was eventually named. today's Ginza district was the site of a silver coin mint (Ginza means "silver mint" inJapanese). Chuo Dori street on a weekend afternoon From 1612 to 1800. dining and entertainment district. .
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however) Located just outside of the Ginza area to the north.Ginza Wako Shops: 10:30 to 18:00 Restaurants: 10:30 to 21:00 (some variation between restaurants) Built in 1932. Sony Building Showroom and shops: 11:00 to 19:00 Restaurants: typically 11:30 to 21:30 The newest products by Sony. computers and Play Station products. The new theater is scheduled to open in spring 2013. the four floor Police Museum is operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department and is free of charge. There are also a few shops. 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. mobile phones. televisions. are displayed to the public in the showrooms in this building. audio sets. Kabukiza Theater Undergoing reconstruction and closed to the public until 2013 Kabuki pieces were performed in this theater until April 2010. cameras. Inside the building. the clock tower of the Ginza Wako building is the symbol of the Ginza. Department Stores . standing at the northwest corner of the district's centrally located Ginza 4-Chome junction of Chuo and Harumi Dori. jewelry and luxury items are sold. Although there are no English explanations.restaurants and cafes. displays such as historical uniforms and equipment can be easily understood. including DVD recorders. The theater is now being torn down and rebuilt at the base of a new skyscraper. The facade and interior of the new theater will resemble the previous structure.
wines. a pet shop. accessories. Printemps 11:00 to 20:30 (until 19:30 on Sundays) The Ginza store of the Paris based Printemps department store chain offers fashion. foods. foods and restaurants on ten floors. Matsuzakaya 10:30 to 19:30 (some lower floors open until 20:00) The Ginza store of the Nagoya based Matsuzakaya department store chain offers goods and services on ten floors. a travel agency and an exhibition hall on its eleven floors. Printemps Ginza was opened in the year 1984. 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. . Matsuzakaya has a history that reaches back to the year 1611. Mitsukoshi's history reaches back to the year 1673. 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.
Shinjuku Station is Japan's busiest railwaystation. a conventional department store in the Yurakucho Marion Building and "Mosaic Ginza Hankyu". Handling more than two million passengers each day. served by six railway companies and about a dozen railway and subway lines. but the name commonly refers just to the large entertainment. business and shopping area around Shinjuku Station. Clothing stores are located from the basement to the fourth floor. . Marronnier Gate Daily 11:00 to 21:00 (restaurants operate until 23:00) The 12 floor Marronnier Gate shopping mall was opened in 2007 close to Yurakucho Station. Shibuya) Shinjuku # 1 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Shinjuku is one of the 23 wards of Tokyo. JR KeihinTohoku Line and Yurakucho Subway Line. the building is occupied by the Ginza branch of the popular Tokyu Hands department store. How to get there The most convenient stations for accessing the Ginza district are Ginza Station on the Hibiya. Western Tokyo (Shinjuku.Hankyu Yurakucho Hankyu: 11:00 to 20:30 (until 20:00 on Sundays) Mosaic Ginza Hankyu: 10:30 to 21:00 Osaka based Hankyu operates the "Yurakucho Hankyu". a collection of fashion and lifestyle stores. Marunouchi and Ginza Subway Lines and Yurakucho Station on the JR Yamanote Line. while the top three floors are taken up by 13 restaurants. From the fifth floor to the ninth floor.
January 2-3 and occasional inspection days. Open daily 9:30 to 23:00 (south observatory until 17:30). while department stores. except December 29-31. whose observation decks are open to the public for free. the north observatory is closed on the 2nd and 4th Monday and the south observatory on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. Japan's largest and wildest red light district. Admission is free. The view from the southern tower is considered slightly more interesting. where the pleasant Southern Terrace is located. 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. home to many of Tokyo's tallest buildings. including the recently redeveloped south. . including several premier hotels and the Metropolitan Government Office. in which case the observatory is closed the following day. Furthermore. West of the station is Shinjuku' skyscraper district. Northeast of the station lies Kabukicho. as well as observatories on the 45th floor of each tower. Redevelopment there is still ongoing. subterranean malls and electronic shops surround Shinjuku Station on all four sides. except if a public holiday falls on the closure day.including the JR Yamanote Line.
including a food department in the basement and several restaurants on the restaurant floor. Open daily from 10:00 to 20:00. which also operates a suburban railway line from Shinjuku to Odawara (Odakyu is an abbreviation for "Odawara Express"). The restaurants in the skyscrapers tend to be open from around 11:00 to 23:00. . Open daily from 11:00 to 22:00. restaurants from 11:00 to 22:00. Explore with caution and beware of exorbitant cover fees. Mylord Mylord offers seven floors of shopping and three restaurant floors. The department store belongs to the Keio Group. The department store belongs to the Odakyu Group. restaurants until 23:00. bars. restaurants until 22:30. Lumine Lumine is owned by JR East and located next and above Shinjuku Station's South and East Exits. including a wonderful food department in the basement and restaurant 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. Several of the other skyscrapers have some shops on their ground floors and restaurants with great views of the city on their top floors. including the Keio Plaza. The complex also includes "Mosaic Dori". Hyatt Regency and Park Hyatt (featured in Lost in Translation). which also operates a suburban railway line from Shinjuku to western Tokyo.Shinjuku Skyscraper District Among the skyscrapers are the Tocho (see above) and some of Tokyo's leading hotels. Keio Keio Department Store consists of 11 floors. Kabukicho Named after a kabuki theater. Open daily from 10:00 to 20:00. Some restaurants close for a few hours between lunch and dinner. and especially so on Fridays and Saturdays. Mylord is affiliated with the Odakyu Group. restaurants from 11:00 to 22:00. whose construction plans have never been realized. Kabuki-cho comes to life daily after 18:00. Japan's largest red light district features countless restaurants. Lumine is divided into "Lumine 1" west of and "Lumine 2" east of the South Exit and "Lumine Est" (formerly known as "My City") above the East Exit. Department Stores: Odakyu Odakyu Department Store consists of 16 floors. pachinko parlors. Hilton. a narrow pedestrian street between the Keio and Odakyu department stores.
A Tokyu Hands branch and Kinokuniya book store with a large foreign language section are located in the same building complex. Flags is a ten-floor shopping complex featuring a Tower Records music store. Yodobashi's main store is located near the west exit of Shinjuku Station. Bic's main store is located in Ikebukuro. restaurants from 11:00 to 23:00. one in the Odakyu Halc Building near the station's west exit and one east of the station near the Isetan department store. Open daily from 9:30 to 22:00.Takashimaya Opened in 1996. restaurants from 11:00 to 23:00. Lumine Est from 10:30 to 21:30. Isetan With a history of more than 100 years Isetan is a veteran among Shinjuku's department stores. Bic Camera Bic Camera is another of Japan's leading discount electronics retailers. Parks: . a Gap and various other shops. Open daily from 11:00 to 22:00 (Tower Records and restaurant until 23:00). Open daily from 10:00 to 21:00. Flags Located next to the South Exit of Shinjuku Station. an Oshman's sports goods store. the Shinjuku branch of Takashimaya consists of 15 floors. also known as "Times Square". including a food department in the basement and three restaurant floors. The Shinjuku store is Isetan's flagship and consists of ten floors. including a food department in the basement and a restaurant floor. Open daily from 10:00 to 20:00. Open daily from 11:00 to 22:00 (from 10:00 on weekends and holidays). and especially strong on camera equipment. but it also operates two branches next to Shinjuku Station. cafes and an Italian restaurant. while a smaller branch is located near the station's east exit. Electronics Stores: Yodobashi Camera Yodobashi Camera is one of Japan's leading discount electronics retailers.
From Tokyo Station The frequently departing.Shinjuku Gyoen Shinjuku Gyoen is one of Tokyo's largest and most pleasant parks and bestcherry blossom viewing spots. Central Park Kumano Shrine (Kumano Jinja) and the cardboard box houses of a sizable number of homeless people are located in this public park directly behind the Tokyo Metropolitan Government twin towers. orange trains on the JR Chuo Line (Rapid Service) take less than 15 minutes and cost 190 Yen from Tokyo Station to Shinjuku Station. including theJR Yamanote Line. served by about a dozen railway lines. A slightly faster alternative is taking the JR Yamanote or JR Keihin-Tohoku Line from Ueno to Kanda Station. after it had served as a garden for the Imperial Family since 1903. Admission is 200 Yen. It was opened to the public in 1949. Orientation in Tokyo . From Ueno Station By JR Yamanote Line it takes 25 minutes and costs 190 Yen to get from Ueno 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). Closed on Mondays (Tuesday is Monday is a national holiday) from December 29 to January 3. Open from 9:00 to 16:30. free admission. Always open. and then the JR Chuo Line from Kanda to Shinjuku. How to get there Shinjuku Station is Japan's busiest railway station.
Shibuya is one of Tokyo's most colorful and busy districts and birthplace to many of Japan's fashion and entertainment trends. Below is a map and list of some of Shibuya's other major attractions: .Shibuya # 2 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Shibuya is one of the twenty-three city wards of Tokyo. Most of the area's large department and fashion stores belong to either Tokyuor Seibu. 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. but often refers to just the popular shopping and entertainment area around Shibuya Station. two competing corporations. A prominent landmark of Shibuya is the large intersection in front of the station (Hachiko Exit).
Information in English is limited. Information in English is limited. Admission: free. The museum is operated by Japan Tobacco (JT). whose predecessor used to monopolize the production and sale of tobacco and salt in Japan. the dog waited for his master every day in front of Shibuya Station. It is one of Tokyo's most popular meeting points. Admission: 100 yen. Tobacco and Salt Museum Open 10:00 to 18:00. Closed Mondays and from December 29 to January 3 (if Monday is anational holiday the museum is open Monday and closed Tuesday).Points of Interest: Hachiko Statue A statue of a loyal dog named Hachiko. This museum by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) introduces various aspects of electric energy. According to a famous story. . and continued to do so for years even after his master had passed away. Electric Power Museum (Denryokukan) Open daily 10:00 to 18:00. such as the process of power generation and the role of electricity in society and everyday life. Introducing the history of tobacco and salt in Japan and throughout the world. Closed Wednesdays (or following day if Wednesday falls on anational holiday) and during New Year.
the stadium hosted the olympic swimming competitions. two cinemas. night clubs and restaurants. concerts and various other events. It gives visitors a chance to look behind the scenes of television broadcasting. consists of a concert hall. National Yoyogi Stadium Built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics by renown architect Tange Kenzo. Famous Streets: Center Gai The birthplace of many Japanese fashion trends.000 yen) or an overnight "stay" (usually around 10. and a few shops and restaurants. a theater. game centers. Bunkamura Located directly next to the Tokyu department store (main store). NHK Studiopark is a part of the NHK Broadcasting Center.000 yen). "Park Street". It is now also being used for ice skating and volleyball competitions. is a popular shopping street leading from the Marui department store to Yoyogi Park. boutiques. Center Gai is a busy pedestrian zone lined by stores. lit. a museum with constantly changing exhibitions. Bunkamura. . "culture village". lit. which is open to the public. including the production of a live program on most days. Love Hotel Hill This area of Shibuya has a high concentration of love hotels. which offer couples a private room for a 2-3 hour "rest" during the day (usually around 5.NHK Studiopark (more details) Please see the NHK Studiopark page for details on hours and admission. Koen Dori Koen Dori. It was named after Parcodepartment store (parco is Italian for park) and the fact that the street leads to Yoyogi Park.
Shibuya Mark City Opening hours vary by shop.Spain Slope Spain Slope (Supeinzaka) is a narrow. Restaurants 11:00 to 23:00. The Shibuya store spans eight floors. Tokyu Affiliated Shopping: Tokyu Main store open daily 11:00 to 20:00 (upper floors until 19:00. the complex's name can also be read as "Shibuya to kyu". while the Shibuya Station branch with twelve floors sits on top of the station. It consists of a wide range of stores and restaurants. There are two Tokyu department stores in Shibuya: the main store with ten floors is located a 5-10 minute walk northwest of the station. approximately 100 meter long pedestrian street with stairs leading up the slope to the Parco department store. restaurants until 22:30). Promoted as "Creative Life Store". Tokyu Hands Open daily from 10:00 to 20:30. Shibuya Station store open daily 10:00 to 21:00 (Sundays and holidays until 20:00. . hobby. the Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu. typically 10:00 to 21:00. interior. Seibu Affiliated Shopping: Seibu Open 10:00 to 20:00 (Thursdays. and was nicknamed for resembling a Spanish street scene. Shibuya Mark City is a small city within the city. restaurants until 22:30). Usually pronounced "Shibuya ichi maru kyu". featuring mainly fashion goods and some fashion boutiques. Tokyu Hands has everything from doit-yourself. Fridays. Closed New Year's Day. a bus terminal and the terminal station of the Keio Inokashira Line. Shibuya 109 is a trend setting fashion complex for young women with more than one hundred boutiques on ten floors. office space. cafes and restaurants. crafts. and Saturdays until 21:00). It is lined by boutiques. Shibuya 109 Open daily 10:00 to 21:00 (restaurants from 11:00 to 22:30). The Shibuya branch of the Seibu department store chain consists of nine floors. Restaurants can be found on the top and bottom floors. outdoors to stationery and more. identifying the complex as part of the Tokyu Group. located just next to JR Shibuya Station.
You can get there by JR Yamanote Line. also offering a large array of products related to interior. crafts and gifts. but with a slightly less strong emphasis on do-it-yourself. hobby. JR Shonan Shinjuku Line. Part 3. Parco is a shopping complex with an emphasis on fashion. Hanzomon Subway Line. Keio Inokashira Line and the Narita Express. The Loft Shibuya branch consists of seven floors. Restaurants: 11:00 to midnight. Tokyu Den-Entoshi Line. Loft is Seibu's answer to Tokyu Hands. How to get there Shibuya Station is one of Tokyo's busiest stations. Fukutoshin Subway Line. Part 2. The complex consists of numerous buildings in the Shibuya area: Part 1. Orientation in Tokyo Harajuku # 4 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Harajuku Station . Tokyu Toyoko Line. Ginza Subway Line. Zero Gate and more. Parco Open 10:00 to 21:00 (some annex buildings from 11:00).Loft Open from 10:00 to 21:00 (until 20:00 on Sundays and public holidays). Quattro. JR Saikyo Line.
visit Harajuku on a Sunday. punk musicians. which are lined by many trendy shops. Meiji Jingu. dressed up in crazy costumes to resemble anime characters. when many young people gather around Harajuku Station and engage in cosplay ("costume play"). and the Nezu Museum has an impressive collection of various Asian art as well as a traditional Japanese garden. cafes and restaurants for a more adult clientele. fashion boutiques. crepe stands and fast food outlets geared towards the fashion and trend conscious teens. . but also offers shopping for adults and some historic sights. The stylish Omotesando Hills complex was opened in 2006 and targets fashion conscious urbanites in their 30s and 40s.Harajuku refers to the area around Tokyo's Harajuku Station. one of Tokyo's major shrines. which is between Shinjuku and Shibuya on the Yamanote Line. is located just west of the railway tracks in a large green oasis shared with the spacious Yoyogi Park. etc. used clothes stores. Harajuku is not only about teenage culture and shopping. The focal point of Harajuku's teenage culture is Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) and its side streets. a broad. while Kiddy Land has hundreds of unique toys for kids of all ages. In order to experience the teenage culture at its most extreme. tree lined avenue sometimes referred to as Tokyo's Champs-Elysees. Here you can find famous brand name shops. 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. Beautiful ukiyo-e paintings are exhibited in the small Ota Memorial Museum of Art.
This area generally caters to an older and wealthier clientele than Takeshita Dori. it becomes extremely busy and crowded on the weekends. boutiques. cafes and restaurants. cafes and fast food outlets targeting Tokyo's teenagers. tree lined avenue. stand along the avenue. The symbol of Harajuku and birthplace of many of Japan's fashion trends. roughly 400 meter long street lined by shops. serving as the main approach to Meiji Shrine. Interesting shops and restaurants can also be found along some of the side streets. Omotesando Shops along Omotesando tend to be open daily from 11:00 to 20:00. Because of the street's popularity.Famous Streets Takeshita Dori Shops along Takeshita Dori tend to be open daily from 11:00 to 20:00. Shopping . including several leading fashion brand shops. boutiques. Numerous stores. Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) is a narrow. Omotesando is a one kilometer long. Referred to as Tokyo's Champs-Elysees.
Omotesando Hills consists of six floors (three are underground) of about 100 upmarket shops. female audience. Travelers who pass by the store front are sure to notice the building.100 Yen Shop Open daily from 10:00 to 21:00 This is one of the largest 100 Yen Shops in central Tokyo. The shopping complex is Omotesando's most prominent establishment. Opened in 2006. The shop spans three floors and has a red and green facade that mimics traditional Japanese architecture. cafes. very popular among foreign travelers in search of typical Japanese souvenirs. such as kimono. It is located only a few steps from Harajuku Station alongTakeshita Dori. furnitureand samurai related goods. stretching along about one quarter of the avenue. offering a wide array of goods. lamps. mainly geared towards a young. consisting of seven floors of fashion boutiques and shops. food and stationary on multiple floors at 105 yen per item. Oriental Bazaar 10:00 to 19:00 Closed: Thursdays This is one of Tokyo's largest souvenir shops. kitchenware. dolls. tableware. Apartments are located above the shops. restaurants and beauty salons.Omotesando Hills Shops: 11:00 to 21:00 (Sun until 20:00) Restaurants: 11:00 to 23:00 (Sun until 22:00). . The building was designed by the renowned architect Ando Tadao and has intriguing design elements. LaForet Harajuku Open daily from 11:00 to 20:00 LaForet Harajuku is a trend setting shopping complex. Daiso Harajuku . The LaForet Museum on the top floor hosts various events and exhibitions. including clothing.
dense forest that can be explored on walking paths. Barbie and Hello Kitty are on sale alongside new characters and creations. Louis Vuitton Open daily from 11:00 to 20:00 The Louis Vuitton Omotesando store was opened in autumn 2002 as the company's largest store. It is one of many famous brand names that have opened a store along Omotesando. Empress Shoken. The majority of the shrine grounds are composed of a beautiful.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. Emperor Meiji was a popular emperor who reigned from 1867 to 1912. Major toy brands like Disney. . which are designed as a stack of trunks rather than conventional floors. who defeated the Russian fleet in the Russo-Japanese War in1905. 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. Togo Shrine Closed: No closing days Admission: Free Togo Shrine is a Shinto shrine dedicated to Admiral Togo. but it was discontinued in December of 2009. The store's original six floor shop directly along Omotesando is currently undergoing renovations. The public store makes up five of the building's ten floors. The Togo Antique Market was held around the shrine on the first Sunday of each month. but a similarly sized temporary building is being used just around the corner. Kiddy Land has a fantastic selection of toys and other products to amuse kids.
Ota Memorial Museum of Art 10:30 to 17:30 Closed: Mondays (or next day if Monday is a national holiday). NHK Studiopark is a part of the NHK Broadcasting Center. Exhibits are changed every month. It gives visitors a chance to look behind the scenes of television broadcasting. NHK Studiopark (more details) Please see the NHK Studiopark page for details on hours and admission. which comprises of more than 10. China and Korea. which is open to the public. . Yoyogi Park 5:00 to 20:00 (until 17:00 during the winter) Facilities are typically open from 9:00 to 17:00. featuring wide lawns. New Year Admission: Typically 700 yen. including the production of a live program on most days. 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. It is a great place for jogging. 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 Seizo.Nezu Museum 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30) Closed: Mondays (or next day if Monday is a national holiday).000 pieces of art. ponds and forested areas. 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. Yoyogi Koen (Yoyogi Park) is one of Tokyo's largest and most pleasant city parks. picnicking and other outdoor activities.
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. It is now also being used for ice skating and volleyball competitions. The shrine was completed and dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and the Empress Shoken in 1920. concerts and various other events. two stations south of Shinjuku and one station north of Shibuya (130 yen from either station). the stadium hosted the olympic swimming competitions. Japan modernized and westernized herself to join the world's major powers by the time Emperor Meiji passed away in 1912. which is served by the Chiyoda and Fukutoshin Subway Lines. Empress Shoken. The spacious shrine grounds offer walking paths that are great for a relaxing stroll. How to get there Harajuku Station is a station on the JR Yamanote Line. Meiji Shrine # 11 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited A torii gate along the forested approach to Meiji Shrine Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu) is a shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort. Meiji Shrine and the adjacent Yoyogi Park make up a large forested area within the densely built-up city. . which is served by the Chiyoda. Emperor Meiji was the first emperor of modern Japan. Only a short walk from Harajuku Station is the subway station Meijijingu-mae Station. eight years after the passing of the emperor and six years after the passing of the empress.National Yoyogi Stadium Built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics by renowned architect Tange Kenzo. The shrine was destroyed during the Second World War but was rebuilt shortly thereafter. Located just beside the JR Yamanote Line's busy Harajuku Station. Ginza and Hanzomon Subway Lines. During the Meiji Period. At the eastern end of Omotesando isOmotesando Station.
In the first days of the New Year. A large area of the southern section of the shrine grounds is taken up by the Inner Garden. which requires an entrance fee to enter. the shrine regularly welcomes more than three million visitors for the year's first prayers (hatsumode). Kiyomasa's Well. buying charms and amulets or writing out one's wish on an ema. such as making offerings at the main hall. including the carriage which the emperor rode to the formal declaration of the Meiji Constitution in 1889. which was constructed one year after the shrine was opened. Entry into the shrine grounds is marked by a massive torii gate. At the northern end of the shrine grounds visitors will come across the Meiji Jingu Treasure House.The 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. more than any other shrine or temple in the country. During the rest of the year. Meiji Jingu's buildings also have an air of tranquility distinct from the surrounding city. traditional Shinto weddings can often be seen taking place there. . At the middle of the forest. The garden becomes particularly popular during the middle of June when the irises are in bloom. The approximately 100. after which the sights and sounds of the busy city are replaced by a tranquil forest. There is also a Museum Annex Building just to the east of the main shrine buildings that displays temporary exhibitions. Visitors to the shrine can take part in typical Shinto activities. 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. The Treasure House displays many interesting personal belongings of the Emperor and Empress. Meiji Jingu is one of the Japan's most popular shrines. 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.
Asakusa. Closed: No closing days Admission: 500 yen Northern Tokyo (Ueno. Ikebukuro) Asakusa # 6 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited . Orientation in Tokyo Hours and Fees Meiji Shrine Hours: Sunrise to sunset Closed: No closing days Admission: Free Meiji Jingu Treasure House and Annex Hours: 9:00 to 16:30 (until 16:00 from November to March) Admission ends 30 minutes before closing time.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: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday) Admission: 500 yen (both buildings) English: Moderate Inner Garden Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (until 16:30 from November to February) Admission ends 30 minutes before closing time. Extended hours during the middle of June.
Large parts of Asakusa were destroyed in the air raids of World War Two. the same cannot be said for Asakusa'sentertainment district. Sensoji temple grounds Dempoin Dori (Dempoin Street) For many centuries. lit. including movies. "low city". While the area around the rebuilt Sensoji has regained its former popularity after the war. During the Edo Period. local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries. Shorter and longer courses are also available. a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional. modern types of entertainment. Asakusa can be easily explored on foot. Asakusa used to be Tokyo's leading entertainment district. when the district was still located outside the city limits. "man powered vehicle"). .Asakusa is the center of Tokyo's shitamachi. The temple is approached via the Nakamise. built in the 7th century. In the late 1800s and early 1900s. one of Tokyo's few districts. Asakusa was the site of kabuki theaters and a large red light district. set foot in Asakusa. Alternatively. you can consider a guided tour on a rickshaw (jinrikisha. A 30 minute tour for two persons costs around 8000 Yen. which have preserved a certain atmosphere of the old Tokyo. lit. a very popular Buddhist temple. Asakusa's main attraction is Sensoji.
The shrine's festival. Asakusa Shrine Always open. was built during the Edo Period and survived the air raids of 1945. Admission free. First built more than 1000 years ago. it is the symbol of Asakusa. also known as Sanja-sama. Sensoji Temple (more details) Main building open 6:00 to 17:00 (Oct to Mar from 6:30). Built in the 7th century. although the current buildings are postwar reconstructions.Temples and Shrines: Kaminarimon (Kaminari Gate) Always open. Kaminarimon is the first of two large entrance gates leading to Sensoji Temple. The Nakamise shopping street leads from Kaminarimon to the temple grounds. Admission free. Sensoji ("Senso" is an alternative reading for Asakusa and "ji" means temple) is Tokyo's most famous and popular temple. is one of Tokyo's most spectacular and popular. . it is also one of its oldest. Asakusa Shrine. Admission free. the Sanja Matsuri. It is held every year on a weekend (Friday to Sunday) in mid May.
cannot be done anymore. Tobu Asakusa Station & Matsuya Department Store Matsuya department store is open daily from 10:00 to 19:30. The station building also houses a Matsuya department store that spans eight floors. Shopping: Nakamise Shopping Street (more details) Opening hours depend on the individual shops. Many shops sell fashion for ladies and kids. There is a 24h supermarket in the basement of the main building. Rox3 and Rox Dome). which offer local specialties and the usual array of tourist souvenirs. The Nakamise shopping street stretches over approximately 250 meters from Kaminarimon to the main grounds of Sensoji Temple. including trains to Nikko. kitchen utensils and appliances. Rox Department Store Daily 10:30 to 21:00 (supermarket is open 24 hours. Kappabashi is an almost one kilometer long street lined by shops catering to restaurant businesses. Many are closed on Sundays and public holidays. known for its beautiful garden. furniture. Shin-Nakamise Shopping Street Opening hours depend on the individual shops. signs. It is lined by more than 50 shops. Kappabashi Shopping Street (more details) Most shops open from 9:00 to 17:00. either. Tobu Asakusa Station is the terminal station of Tobu trains heading into the suburbs and prefectures north of Tokyo. lanterns and uniforms. Unfortunately. Rox is a shopping and entertainment complex consisting of a main building (Rox) and three annex buildings (Rox2G. the temple and garden are not open to the public. Other Attractions: . as it used to be possible. Typically daily from 9:00 to 19:00.Dempoin Temple Not open to the public! Dempoin is a temple just next to Sensoji. Visiting the garden by appointment. Shin-Nakamise or New Nakamise Shopping Street runs perpendicular to the Nakamise Shopping Street. Items on sale include tableware. Typically daily from 10:00 to 20:00. restaurants from 11:00 to 22:00). It is a covered shopping arcade lined by various shops and restaurants. sample food made of wax and plastic.
1020 yen (includes 300 yen admission to the garden). New Year and Obon. 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 Park Always open. where you can transfer to a ship to Odaiba. roller coaster. Rokku used to be Tokyo's leading entertainment district before the war. Located just a few steps from Sensoji. carousel and Space Shot. Rokku Entertainment District Opening hours depend on the individual businesses. combs. Asakusa . there are less frequent. Admission: 900 yen plus separate fees for rides. furniture. the district has not regained its former popularity after the war. Originally opened as a flower park. Tuesdays. In spring it becomes a popular cherry blossom viewing spot. Closed on Mondays. The Asahi Beer Tower and Asahi Super Dry Hall with its characteristic Flamme d'Or were. Taikokan (Drum Museum) Open from 10:00 to 17:00. Asakusa .Odaiba by direct ship: 55 minutes. while on the last Saturday of July it becomes the site of the Sumida River Firework Festival. Admission free. Asahi Beer Tower Restaurants open daily from 11:30 to 22:00. 760 yen.Hinode: 40 minutes. Furthermore. Rokku offers attractions such as rakugo theaters.Sumida River Cruise Daily from 10:00 to 17:00. The museum is located in a floor above the Miyamoto Unosuke Nishi Asakusa store. direct ships from Asakusa to Odaiba. However. which sells Japanese drums and festival goods. silverware. Admission: 300 yen Drums from around the world. Hanayashiki Amusement Park Open 10:00 to 18:00 (longer hours during holidays). several restaurants can be found in the complex. In addition. Admission free. including Japanese taiko drums. are exhibited in this small museum. Hinode . Hanayashiki has a history of more than 150 years. cinemas and pachinko parlors.Hama Rikyu: 35 minutes. Asakusa . . Demonstrations by craftsmen are held on weekends. completed in 1989 and host the headquarters of Asahi Breweries. hosting Japan's first cinema and more. This small museum introduces the many traditional arts and crafts of the old Tokyo (formerly known as Edo). such as scissors. Edo Shitamachi Traditional Crafts Museum Open daily 10:00 to 20:00. 460 yen. Visitors can play several of the drums.Odaiba: 20 minutes. Today. the miniature amusement park offers numerous attractions. embroidery and more. This riverside park stretches along both sides of Sumida River for several hundred meters. including a small Ferris wheel.
160 Yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes. the National Museum for Western Art and the Tokyo Metropolitan Fine Art Gallery. the Orient Museum. From Narita Airport Check our airport page for details. At the park's south entrance stands a statue of Saigo Takamori. Ueno Park is home to Japan's first zoological garden. especially art museums. gifts from China on the occasion of normalization of diplomatic relations. which dates back to 1882. 130 Yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes. However. namely the Tokyo National Museum. A temple for the goddess of Benten stands on the island in the middle of the pond. 160 Yen). Ueno Park is famous for its many museums. From Shinjuku Station Take the orange JR Chuo Line to Kanda Station (10 minutes. leaving the zoo without its most popular attraction. the National Science Museum.How to get there Asakusa is served by the Ginza Subway Line. He played a central role in realizing the Meiji Restoration of 1868. From Tokyo Station Take the JR Yamanote Line to Kanda Station (2 minutes. It is well worth paying the 200 yen admission fee in order to enter the inner shrine area and main building. the Shitamachi Museum. which ruled Japan from 1603 to 1867. the zoo's last panda bear died in 2008. an important personality of the late Edo and early Meiji Period. . it became the home of panda bears. Orientation in Tokyo Ueno Park Ueno Park is a large public park just next to Ueno Station. Tsukuba Express and Tobu Railways. and offers its visitors a large variety of attractions. In 1972. the founder of the Edo shogunate. It was opened to the public in 1873. Asakusa Subway Line. 160 Yen). Shinobazu Pond is a large pond in Ueno Park. # 7 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Saigo Takamori Toshogu Shrine is a shrine dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu.
the center of the shitamachi (lit. During the cherry blossom season. Easiest access is provided by the station's "Park Exit". . Ueno Park becomes one of the country's most popular and crowded spots for hanami (cherry blossom viewing) parties. "low town").Temple of Benten Toshogu Shrine Last but not least. Ueno Park is famous for its more than 1000 cherry trees. Sensoji Temple # 16 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Sensoji (also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple) is a Buddhist temple located in Asakusa. Tokyo National Museum How to get there Ueno Park is just next to Ueno Station.
The freshly renovated main hall in December 2010 When approaching the temple. out of the Sumida River. The shopping street has a history of several centuries.small cake with red bean paste filling. the outer gate of the Sensoji and symbol of Asakusa. A shopping street of over 200 meters. Sensoji was built there for the goddess of Kannon. various traditional local snacks from the Asakusa area are sold along the Nakamise. leads from the outer gate to the temple's second gate.deep fried manju (soft cake with red bean paste filling). Consequently. the goddess of mercy. making it Tokyo's oldest temple. bottom: Ningyoyaki . called Nakamise. it always returned to them. two brothers fished a statue of Kannon. and even though they put the statue back into the river. The temple was completed in 645. Osenbei (rice crackers) Folding Fans Yukata and T-shirts from left to right: Kibidango . visitors first enter through the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate). Kibidango Shop .Skewered kibi-balls covered with soybean powder. top: Agemanju . Besides typical Japanese souvenirs such as yukata and folding fans. the Hozomon.The legend says that in the year 628.
November: a festival commemorating the history of Tokyo and the Edo culture. 160 yen). Various events are held throughout the year in the Sensoji Temple area. 160 yen). Asakusa Subway Line and Tobu Railways. Inside the main hall How to get there Sensoji Temple is a few steps from Asakusa Station. Asakusa Samba Carnival . a typical summer plant in Japan. TheAsakusa Shrine.May: one of Tokyo's three major festivals. 130 yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes. 160 yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes. From Shinjuku Station Take the orange JR Chuo Line to Kanda Station (10 minutes. 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: .Beyond the Hozomon main gate stands the temple's main building and a five storied pagoda. Hozuki-ichi (Hozuki Market) . From Tokyo Station Take the JR Yamanote Line to Kanda Station (2 minutes. From Narita Airport Check our airport page for details. Click here to read more about Hanetsuki and the Hagoita Market. a traditional game that resembles badminton. built in the year 1649 by Tokugawa Iemitsu can be found close by the temple's main building.December: Hagoita is the wooden paddle used in Hanetsuki. served by the Ginza Subway Line.July: Hozuki are ground cherries.August Tokyo Jidai Matsuri . Some of them are: y y y y y Sanja Matsuri (more details) . Hagoita-ichi (Hagoita Market) .
Under good weather conditions.Southern Tokyo (Shinagawa. It was completed in the year 1958 as a symbol for Japan's rebirth as a major economic power. Tokyo Tower is 13 meters taller than its model. The 634 meter tall new landmark is scheduled to open to the public in spring 2012. just next to the tower. an almost twice as tall new broadcast antenna in northern Tokyo. It is recommended to combine a visit to Tokyo Tower with a visit to Zojoji Temple. Visitors can ascend to the main observatory at 150 meters and the special observatory at 250 meters to get a bird's eye view of Tokyo. 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. You can also walk there from Hamamatsucho Station on the JR Yamanote and JR Keihin-Tohoku Line in about 15 minutes. one of Tokyo's major temples. and serves as a television and radio broadcast antenna and tourist attraction. Construction is currently ongoing on the Tokyo Sky Tree. Mount Fuji can be seen in the distance. and the world's tallest self-supporting steel tower. Minato) Tokyo Tower With 333 meters. 820 yen (to intermediate floor only) Odaiba # 12 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited . An wax museum and several more attractions can be found on the ground floors of the tower. Separate entrance fees apply. Orientation in Tokyo Hours and Fees Hours: 9:00 to 22:00 Closed: No closing days Admission: 1420 yen (to top floor). the Eiffel Tower of Paris.
. Attractions: Among the attractions of Odaiba are several shopping and entertainment centers. which were constructed in the end of the Edo Period (1603-1868) for the city's protection against attacks from the sea. but development was critically slowed down after the burst of the "bubble economy" in the early 1990s. theme parks. museums and the futuristic architecture and city planning. Open 10:00 to 20:00. which it is today. Further development of the area is still underway. It was not until the second half of the 1990s. one of Japan's private. if Monday falls on apublic holiday). You can see some exhibitions on popular programs. During the extravagant 1980s.Rainbow Bridge from Odaiba Introduction: Daiba. literally meaning "fort". a spectacular redevelopment of the islands into a futuristic business district was started. that Odaiba developed into one of Tokyo's most interestingtourist spots and the highly popular shopping and entertainment district. refers to some of the man made islands in the Bay of Tokyo. Most attractions are closed on Mondays (closed the following Tuesday instead. Even access to Odaiba can be considered an attraction (see "How to get there"). buy Fuji TV goods at the souvenir shop and access the futuristic looking building's observatory deck. Admission is free except for the observatory deck (500 yen). Fuji TV Building This is the headquarters of Fuji Television. nationwide TV stations.
Decks Tokyo Beach Decks is a shopping mall featuring various stores. Combined admission to the museum and Yotei Maru is 1000 yen. Telecom Center The Telecom Center is a major hub on the information highway with several large satellite antennas on its observation deck. robots (starring Asimo among others). Admission is 2827 yen (1987 yen if you enter after 6pm). There are nice views of the Rainbow Bridge from the wooden deck in front of Aquacity and neighboring Decks. restaurants. Aquacity Odaiba Aquacity is a shopping mall featuring various stores. Once a month Oedo onsen closes early at 11pm for maintenance (admission until 9pm). Open daily from 11am to 9am (no entry between 2am and 5am. Open daily 11:00 to 21:00 (food court until 21:00. the food theme park "Daiba Little Hong Kong" and "Tokyo Joypolis". Closed Tuesdays and from Dec 28 to Jan 1 (Open Tuesdays during the summer holidays or if Tuesday is a public holiday). except to Tokyo Joypolis (500 yen). including the Yotei Maru ocean liner. National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation This well done.567 Yen. information technology. boutiques. . Museum of Maritime Science Housed in a cruise ship shaped building. Closed Mondays and from Dec 28 to Jan 1. which are fed by actual hot spring water from a depth of 1400 meters. Open daily 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30). and holidays 11:00 to 22:30). An overnight stay supplement of 1. highly interactive and bilingual science museum includes exhibits about environmental issues. Open daily 10:00 to 17:00 (weekends and holidays until 18:00). restaurants. which reproduces the atmosphere of the Edo Period (1603-1868). Closed Mondays (closed on Tuesday instead if Monday is a public holiday). The observation deck also offers nice view of the bay area and as far as Mount Fuji on clear days. restaurants open until 23:00 or later). last entry 7am). cafes and a 13 screen cinema complex. biology and space exploration. Sundays. Admission is 500 yen (400 yen in combination with a Yurikamome day pass). You can enjoy various types of baths. Admission is free. Oedo Onsen Monogatari Opened in March 2003. Museum admission: 700 yen. the admission is 1. Two actual ships. Admission: 600 yen. this is a hot spring theme park. three floors packed with the newest arcade games and more. boutiques. the Museum of Maritime Science displays seafaring related exhibits from the past and future. If you enter between 5am and 7am.575 yen applies if you stay after 2am. cafes. are moored in front of the museum. 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).
targeting a mainly female audience. Most shops and attractions are open from 11:00 to 21:00 and restaurants until 23:00. Nintendo games. Venus Fort Family is another shopping mall on the floor below Venus Town. There are occasional closing days. . Shops are open daily 11:00 to 21:00. Ferris Wheel Part of Palette Town. shops. Mega Web is a Toyota showroom. Venus Fort is a shopping mall in the style of a 18th century South European town.Palette Town This shopping and entertainment complex consists of Venus Fort. A Japanese or recognized international driving permit is required for "Ride One" drivers. except if Monday is a public holiday. "Ride One". Mega Web. except for "Ride One" (300 Yen per ride) and "E-com Ride" (200 Yen per ride). Restaurants until 23:00. Open 10:00 to 18:00 (entry to Risupia until 17:00). Admission: 900 Yen. Venus Fort Part of Palette Town. It consists of a relatively small number of spacious stores specializing in interior. Shops are open daily 11:00 to 21:00. "E-com Ride" and "Kid's Hybrid Ride One" until 20:00 ("Kid's Hybrid Ride One open until 18:00 on weekdays"). On display are the newest cameras. kids. pets and books. Sun Walk. Saturdays. a large concert venue. this 115 meter tall ferris wheel is one of the world's largest and offers nice views of the bay area. Admission is free. Venus Fort Family Previously called Sun Walk. Closed on Mondays. Toyota City Showcase and History Garage open 11:00 to 21:00. and days preceding holidays during the spring and summer season. TV screens. a Ferris Wheel and Zepp Tokyo. home appliances and more. computers. Universal Design Showcase open until 19:00. Panasonic Center The Panasonic Center is a showroom for the latest products and technologies by the Matsushita Group. electric vehicle ("E-com Ride"). where you can view and touch Toyota's newest models and car accessories. Historic cars are exhibited in the "History Garage". of which Panasonic is part of. sports. cafes and restaurants. Restaurants until 23:00. Admission is free except Risupia (500 yen). Operating daily from 10:00 to 22:00 (until 24:00 on Fridays. Entry to Risupia is by numbered ticket which are limited during times of high visitation. Mega Web Part of Palette Town. test drive a real car ("Ride One") or ride an automatic. It features more than one hundred boutiques. See more details on each attraction below. Open daily.
a one day pass for 800 yen is likely to come cheaper than single tickets. How to get there Access to Odaiba can be an attraction by itself. Hours and admission fees depend on the specific events. broad pedestrian walks and parks. as the views of the Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo's harbor and waterfront area from the Yurikamome elevated train or boat are quite spectacular. It includes a man made sand beach. A 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. which connects Shimbashi Station on the JR Yamanote Line with all of Odaiba's attractions and Toyosu Station on the Yurakucho Subway Line. If you ride the Yurikamome more than twice. The Yurikamome uses the Rainbow Bridge to get to Odaiba and offers spectacular views of the harbor and the Tokyo waterfront area. Sit or stand at the very front of the train for the most . Tokyo Big Sight is Japan's largest exhibition and convention center and one of the bay islands' boldest architectural creations. Among the more noteworthy parks is the Odaiba Kaihin Park near the Rainbow Bridge. By Yurikamome The Yurikamome is an un-manned. A ride from Shimbashi to Daiba takes 15 minutes and costs 310 yen. elevated train with rubber tires.Tokyo Big Sight Also known as Tokyo International Exhibition Center.
even though the line is served by JR trains. as well as a small number of direct trips from Asakusa to Odaiba (1 hour. 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. By Boat Tokyo Water Cruise. also known as Suijo Bus. seafood dishes. Shinjuku and Odaiba. Despite changes in eating patterns over the last few decades and slowly decreasing rice consumption in recent years. To access the bridge. There are also boats between Hinode Pier and Palette Town and Tokyo Big Sight (25-35 minutes. and can be found in numerous dishes. Please note that some dishes may fit into multiple categories. but are listed only once.520 yen). Some trains on the JR Saikyo Line continue to run on the Rinkai Line and provide direct connections between Shibuya. which connects Osaki Station on the JR Yamanote Line with Shin-Kiba Station on the JR Keiyo Line. get off at Shibaura-futo Station on the Yurikamome. 400 yen). 1. We have categorized them into rice dishes. The walk across takes about 30 minutes and offers nice views of the waterfront area. yoshoku dishes and other dishes. Rice Bowl A bowl of plain cooked rice is served with most Japanese meals. Forbreakfast. operates frequent boats between Hinode Pier and Odaiba Seaside Park from 10:00 to 17:45 (until 17:15 on weekdays). Some of the most popular Japanese and Japanized dishes are listed below. By Rinkai Line This is an underground railway line. Seishun 18 Kippu and similar JR tickets are not valid on the Rinkai Line between Osaki and Shin-Kiba. nabe dishes. two hourly connections between Hinode Pier and Asakusa (40 minutes. . soya bean dishes. 760 yen. it is sometimes mixed with a raw egg and soya sauce (tamago kake gohan) or enjoyed with natto or other toppings. noodle dishes.impressive views. Note that the Japan Rail Pass. Popular Dishes Japanese cuisine offers a great variety of dishes and regional specialties. 400 yen). The ride from Shinjuku to Tokyo Teleport Station on Odaiba takes 25 minutes and costs 480 yen. via Hama Rikyu) and infrequent service from Hinode Pier to the Maritime Museum (25 minutes. Rice Dishes For over 2000 years. riceremains one of the most important ingredients in Japan today. rice has been the most important food in Japanese cuisine.
Curry is not a native Japanese spice. dried. Domburi more information A bowl of cooked rice with some other food put on top of the rice. . egg and chicken (oyakodon). Chazuke Chazuke is a bowl of cooked rice with green tea and other ingredients. A variety of additional ingredients such as peas. Fried Rice Fried rice or chahan has been originally introduced from China. Most types of sashimi are enjoyed with soya sauce and wasabi. seas. deep fried or steamed. for example. Sashimi more information Sashimi is raw seafood. for example an umeboshi (pickled Japanese plum). raw. It is a suitable dish for using left over rice.Sushi more information Sushi can be defined as a dish which contains sushi rice. lakes and rivers are used in the Japanese cuisine. It is a suitable dish for using left over rice. katsuobushi (dried bonito shavings). Seafood Dishes Hundreds of different fish. cooked rice that is prepared with sushi vinegar. boiled. They are prepared and eaten in many different ways. but has been used in Japan for over a century. Some of the most popular toppings are tempura (tendon). watery. A large number of fish can be enjoyed raw if they are fresh and prepared correctly. tuna or salmon. Kare Raisu Kare Raisu (Curry Rice) is cooked rice with a curry sauce. Kayu Kayu is rice gruel. Kare Raisu is a very popular dish. There are various kinds of sushi dishes. Onigiri Onigiri are rice balls made of cooked rice and usually wrapped in nori seaweed. soft cooked rice that resembles oatmeal. grilled. Rice balls are a popular and inexpensive snack available at convenience stores. shellfish and other seafood from the oceans. tonkatsu (katsudon) and beef (gyudon). It is a suitable dish for using left over rice and is often served to sick people because it can be digested easily. It can be served with additional toppings such as tonkatsu. They are slightly salted and often contain some additional food in the center. negi (Japanese leek) and small pieces of carrot and pork are mixed into the rice when stir fried. salmon or tarako (cod roe) added to it. for example. and many inexpensive Kare Raisu restaurants can be found especially in and around train stations. egg.
Yakisoba Yakisoba are fried or deep fried Chinese style noodles served withvegetables. Soba more information Soba noodles are native Japanese noodles made of buckwheat flour or a mixture of buckwheat and wheat flour. and they are especially popular in the cold winter months. Ramen is one of the many popular dishes that were originally introduced from China but have become completely Japanized over time. daikon. Noodle Dishes There are various traditional Japanese noodle dishes as well as some dishes which were introduced to Japan and subsequently Japanized. Ramen more information Ramen are Chinese style noodles prepared in a soup with various toppings. konyaku and kombu seaweed. Somen are usually eaten cold and are considered a summer speciality. Udon are thicker than soba and can also be served either hot or cold and with various toppings. There are many regional and personal varieties. Some special nabe dishes are: Oden A nabe dish prepared with various fish cakes. Udon more information Udon noodles are native Japanese noodles made of wheat flour. boiled eggs. Many varieties of fish are enjoyed in this way. somen are Japanese noodles made of wheat flour. various mushrooms. Many of them enjoy a very high popularity. but they are much thinner than Udon and Soba. Somen Like Udon noodles. boiled over many hours in a soya sauce based soup. seafood and/or meat. They can be served cold or hot and with various toppings. Nabe Dishes Nabe dishes or hot pot dishes are prepared in a hot pot. meat and ginger. usually at the table. Soba are about as thick as spaghetti. Typical ingredients arevegetables such as negi (Japanese leek) and hakusai (Chinese cabbage).Yakizakana Yakizakana means grilled fish. .
mild soup and dipped into a soya based sauce before being eaten. Tonkatsu is usually served with shredded cabbage or on top of cooked rice (katsudon) or with Japanese style curry rice (katsu kare). tofuand shirataki (konyaku noodles). Nikujaga more information Nikujaga is a popular dish of home style cooking made of meat (niku) and potatoes (jagaimo). Chanko Nabe Chanko nabe is traditionally the staple diet of sumo wrestlers.Sukiyaki A nabe dish prepared with thinly sliced meat. A few chanko nabe restaurants can be found around Ryogoku. Most parts of the chicken can be used for yakitori. Tonkatsu Tonkatsu are deep fried pork cutlets. Meat Dishes Meat has been eaten in Japan in larger amounts only since the second half of the 19th century. The pieces of food are dipped into a raw egg before eaten. There are many varieties of chanko nabe. Yakitori more information Yakitori are grilled chicken pieces on skewers. miso and many other important ingredients of Japanese cooking are made of soya beans. mushrooms. Soya Bean Dishes Tofu. . vegetables. natto. the sumo district in Tokyo. mushrooms and tofu is dipped into a hot soup and then into ponzu vinegar or a sesame sauce before being eaten. along withvegetables. Nowadays there are a variety of Japanese meat dishes. Shabu-Shabu Shabu-shabu is Japanese style meat fondue. Thinly sliced meat. The following are some of the most popular soya bean based dishes: Yudofu Yudofu are tofu pieces boiled in a clear.
Miso Soup A bowl of miso soup often accompanies breakfast. Omuraisu Omuraisu (abbreviation for omelet rice) is cooked rice. It resembles kare raisu. Many of them have become completely Japanized. and. . thinly sliced beef and onions in a demi-glace sauce served over or along side cooked rice. and come in many varieties depending on the filling. but without a bun. vegetables. like kare raisu.Agedashi Tofu Agedashi Tofu are deep fried tofu pieces that are dipped into a soya based sauce before being eaten. Korokke are breaded and deep fried. Yoshoku Dishes A large number of Western dishes have been introduced to Japan over the centuries. Hamubagu Hamubagu is a Japanese style hamburger steak. Hayashi Raisu Hayashi rice is Japanese style hashed beef stew. Other Dishes Tempura more information Tempura is seafood. The most common filling is a mix of minced meat and mashed potatoes. it is also eaten with a spoon. and these dishes are now called Yoshoku dishes. Tempura was introduced to Japan by the Portuguese in the 16th century. It is typically served on a plate and usually with a demi-glace sauce. lunch and dinner. It is made by dissolving miso paste in hot water and adding additional ingredients such as wakame seaweed and small pieces of tofu. and usually served with a gravy sauce or tomato ketchup. wrapped in a thin omelet. mushrooms and other pieces of food coated with tempura batter and deep fried. but has become one of Japan's most famous dishes internationally. 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.
Okonomiyaki more information Okonomiyaki is a mix between pizza and pancake. Various ingredients such as seafood, vegetables and meat can be mixed with the dough and placed on the okonomiyaki as topping.
Monjayaki Monjayaki is a Kanto region specialty that is similar to Okonomiyaki, however, the dough used is much more liquid than the okonomiyaki dough.
Gyoza more information Gyoza are dumplings with a filling usually made of minced vegetables and ground meat. Gyoza were introduced to Japan from China. In Japan gyoza are usually prepared by frying them.
Chawanmushi Chawanmushi is savory steamed egg custard that usually contains pieces of chicken, shrimp, fish cake and a ginko nut mixed inside.
Tsukemono Tsukemono are Japanese pickles. There are many variety of pickles, and a small dish of tsukemono is usually served with Japanese meals.
How to get to Tokyo By Air - Tokyo has two airports: the international Narita Airport is located 60 km outside of central Tokyo, while the domestic Haneda Airport is located more centrally. By Shinkansen - Most shinkansen (bullet train) lines lead to Tokyo. The trip from Osaka/Kyoto takes about three hours. There are also direct bullet trains to/from Kyushu, Nagano, Niigata and various destinations in the Tohoku Region.
Basic Orientation Tokyo is covered by a dense network of train, subway and bus lines, which are operated by about a dozen different companies. The train lines operated by JR East and the subway lines are most convenient for moving around central Tokyo. Tokyo's most prominent train line is the JR Yamanote Line, a circle line which connects Tokyo's multiple city centers. The city's 13 subway lines are operated by two companies and run largely inside the Yamanote circle and the areas around Ginza and Shitamachi. Most of the countless suburban train lines commence at one of the six major stations of the Yamanote Line (Tokyo, Ueno, Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, Shibuya and Shinagawa).
Major JR train lines in Central Tokyo The map below shows Tokyo's major railway stations and the five JR lines that are most relevant to people who travel within central Tokyo.
Yamanote Line Circle line that connects all major city centers. Keihin-Tohoku Line Runs parallel to the Yamanote Line on the eastern half of the circle. Chuo/Sobu Line Runs across the Yamanote circle (local slow service). Chuo Line (Rapid) Runs across the Yamanote circle (rapid service). Connects Tokyo and Shinjuku. Saikyo/Rinkai Line Rapid service parallel to the Yamanote Line on the western half of the circle. Connects to Daiba. Shinkansen Tokaido Shinkansen trains stop at Tokyo and Shinagawa, while bullet trains to the north stop at Tokyo and Ueno.
Subways Tokyo's subway network is operated by two companies, the Toei Subways with four lines, and Tokyo Metro (formerly known as Eidan Subways) with nine lines. Together, they densely cover central Tokyo, especially the area inside the Yamanote circle and the areas around Ginza and Shitamachi. Note, that at their terminal stations, the trains of some subway lines continue to operate on the tracks of different companies on suburban train lines. For example, the Chiyoda Subway Line is directly connected with the suburban Odakyu Line at Yoyogi-Uehara Station, and some trains on the Hibiya Subway Line continue to run on the tracks of the Tokyu Toyoko Line at Nakameguro Station.
Other railway companies Besides JR East and the two subway companies, most other railway companies connect Tokyo with the metropolis' outer regions and surrounding prefectures. Their lines typically start at one of the stations of the JR Yamanote Line. Many of the private railway companies also operate department stores usually at their train lines' major stations.
Tokyu Railways Serving southwestern Tokyo and Kanagawa. Tobu Railways Serving Saitama and Tochigi. Connection to Nikko. Seibu Railways Serving the Tokyo Tama Region and Saitama. Keio Railways Serving the Tokyo Tama Region. Odakyu Railways Serving Kanagawa. Connection to Hakone. Keisei Railways Serving Chiba. Connection to Narita Airport. Keikyu Railways Serving Haneda Airport and Kanagawa. Tsukuba Express Connecting Akihabara with Tsukuba City, Ibaraki.
Special Tickets A whole variety of day passes is available for the Tokyo area. Day passes are sold at train stations and vending machines and are valid from the first train in the morning until the last train in the evening. Tokyo Free Kippu (1580 yen) Unlimited use of all subway lines (Toei and Tokyo Metro) and JR trains in the central Tokyo area on one calendar day. It is also valid on buses and streetcars operated by Toei. Toei and Tokyo Metro One-Day Economy Pass (1000 yen) Unlimited use of all subway lines (Toei and Tokyo Metro) on one calendar day. Tokyo Metro Open Ticket (1-day: 600 or 710 yen; 2-day: 980 yen) Unlimited use of the nine Tokyo Metro subway lines, but not the four Toei subway lines. A regular one day pass costs 710 yen, while a tourist version is available for 600 yen (one day) and 980 yen (two consecutive days). The tourist version is only available at Narita Airport. Toei One-Day Economy Pass (700 yen) Unlimited use of the four Toei subway lines, buses and streetcars on one calendar day. It is not valid on the nine Tokyo Metro subway lines.
that can be used interchangeably on most trains and buses in Greater Tokyo. Prepaid cards don't give you any discounts. The Japan Rail Pass is valid only on JR trains. The Fukutoshin Line provides through service with the Tobu Tojo Line and Seibu Ikebukuro Line at its northern end. Tokyo Metro started operating the new Fukutoshin Line between Shibuya. It can only be used on Saturdays. Elsewhere on the site is a guide devoted to the Holiday Pass. Holiday Pass (2300 yen) Unlimited use of local and rapid JR trains in the greater Tokyo area (including Yokohama andKamakura) on one calendar day. while Toei operates the other four. providing a new direct connection from the suburbs into central Tokyo and an alternative to the busy Yamanote Line section between Ikebukuro.Tokunai Pass (730 yen) Unlimited use of JR trains in the central Tokyo area on one calendar day. It cannot be used on subways or any other non-JR train Tokyo Metro Tokyo Metro (formerly known as Eidan) is one of Tokyo's two subway operators. Shinjuku and Shibuya. 2008. It runs nine of the metropolis' thirteen subway lines. as you do not always need to buy a ticket before riding a train. Shinjuku-sanchome. but they make the process of taking trains easier. public holidaysand certain holiday seasons. Elsewhere on the site is a guide devoted to Suica and PASMO. On June 14. including JR trains. Sundays. 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). and is scheduled to provide through service with the Tokyu Toyoko Line at Shibuya . Ikebukuro and Wakoshi. Suica and PASMO Suica and PASMO are prepaid IC cards. Two train categories run on the Fukutoshin Line: local trains stop at all stations. subways and other non-JR trains.
While the nine Tokyo Metro lines provide access to many of Tokyo's city centers and tourist attractions. Instead. they alone do not provide the perfect solution for getting around Tokyo. Simplified Network Map of Tokyo Metro: (move cursor over subway line name to highlight a single line) . especially the JR Yamanote Line. they are best used in combination with the Toei subway lines and the urban JR lines.Station from the year 2012.
To provide more convenient connections between the suburbs and the city center. Toyo Rapid Railway and JR Chuo Line Chiyoda Line: to JR Joban Line and Odakyu Railway Yurakucho Line: to Tobu Tojo Line and Seibu Ikebukuro Line Hanzomon Line: to Tokyu Denentoshi Line and Tobu Isesaki Line Nanboku Line: to Tokyu Toyoko Line and Saitama Rapid Railway Fukutoshin Line: to Tobu Tojo Line and Seibu Ikebukuro Line . several Tokyo Metro lines provide through service onto other companies' railway lines rather than terminating at their final stations: y y y y y y y Fares: Hibiya Line: to Tobu Isesaki Line and Tokyu Toyoko Line Tozai Line: to JR Sobu Line.
Shinjuku Yoyogi Harajuku Shibuya . Harajuku is a shopping and entertainment district for young people. However. It is located in the middle of the large Shinjuku business. because subways are not operated by JR. The main entrance to Meiji Shrine is located next to Harajuku Station.Tokyo Metro fares range from 160 to 300 yen depending on how far you travel. Below are more details about the stations of the Yamanote Line starting and ending at Shinjuku in their actual. 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. A day pass valid on both Tokyo Metro and Toei subway lines is available for 1000 yen. entertainment and shopping district. A trip around the whole circle takes approximately one hour. Many suburban train lines commence at Shinjuku Station. especially teenagers. It is a circular line which connects Tokyo's major city centers. the Japan Rail Pass is not valid on subways. The north entrance of the Meiji Shrine can be accessed from Yoyogi Station. A one day pass for unlimited use of Tokyo Metro on one calendar day is available for 710 yen. there are departures about every two to four minutes in each direction. Suica and Pasmo prepaid cards can be used on Tokyo Metro. Shibuya is a large shopping and business district particularly popular among the younger generations. Several suburban train lines commence at Shibuya Station. but note that special passes for visitors are sold at Narita Airport for only 600 yen for a 1-day version and 980 yen for a 2day version. counter-clockwise order: Shinjuku Station is Japan's busiest train station.
Many suburban train lines pass through or commence at Tokyo Station.Shinagawa is the closest JR station to Sengakuji Temple. It is also the terminal station of the Tokyo Monorail. TheUeno Park and the Ameyoko shopping street are located next to the station. Hamamatsucho is the closest JR station to the Tokyo Tower andZojoji Temple. which connects central Tokyo with the domestic Haneda Airport. the Imperial Palace and the Imperial Palace East Gardens. Shimbashi is a large business area and the closest JR station to the Tsukiji Fish Market. Many suburban train lines commence at Ueno Station. Shimbashi Yurakucho Tokyo Kanda Akihabara Okachimachi Ueno Akihabara Station is located just next to Akihabara Electric Town. Yurakucho Station is the closest JR station to the Sakuradamon entrance gate of the Imperial Palace and to the famous Ginzashopping and entertainment district. The shinkansen trains to northern Japan stop at Ueno Station. The Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen trains stop at Shinagawa Station. Uguisudani Nippori . 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. Tokyo Station is the terminal station of all shinkansen lines. Shiodome Shiosite and Hama Rikyu Gardens.
Osaka and some other large cities. 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.Nishi-Nippori Tabata Komagome Sugamo Otsuka Ikebukuro Ikebukuro is one of Tokyo's largest shopping and entertainment districts. Visit our highway bus page for more information on long distance bus travel. Rikugien Garden is just south of Komagome Station. buses are the main means of public transportation. In cities with less dense train networks like Kyoto. complementing the train and subway networks. Several suburban train lines commence at Ikebukuro Station. buses serve as a secondary means of public transportation. .
by introducing some sample budgets.500 .6.000 Yen . Single Traveler Low Budget Medium Budget High Budget 2. Below is a description of the most common system. To determine your fare. you always pay the same price regardless of how far you travel. i.000 .500 . Of course. pay a flat fare when entering. and visit our page about package tours. How to use a bus Using buses in Japan can be intimidating to foreign tourists because there are usually few English displays or announcements. Click here for the current Yen exchange rates. followed by notes about exceptions: 1) Enter the bus through the back door (or front door if there is only one door).Buses also serve smaller towns. linked by highway and long distance buses. 5) If you do not have the exact fare.500 Yen 9. where you are supposed to enter through the front door.000 Yen over 20. 2) When entering. press one of the buttons on the wall to signal the driver that you wish to get off at the next stop. use the changing machine to get small coins. A number is printed on the ticket. In many cities or city centers.20. there are a few exceptions to the above outlined system. The most prominent exception are the Tokyo Metropolitan Buses. 4) When your stop is approaching.9. 3) A display above the driver shows the next stop and the fares for that stop in yen. and exit through the rear door. One US dollar is roughly 100 Yen. which you will later use to determine your fare. for example in central Kyoto.000 Yen over 12. Sample daily budgets Not including cost for transportation.000 Yen 6. This means that you do not have to worry about steps 2) and 3) in the above description.000 Yen Two Travelers 5. 6) When getting off. Travel Budget This page is meant to give you a rough idea of the cost of individual travel in Japan.e. Major cities are. and there are different systems of ticketing depending on the company. View our suggested itineraries to see the sample budgets applied to specific itineraries. the countryside and national parks.000 . a flat fare applies. furthermore. pick up a ticket from a small machine.12. match the number on your ticket with the number and fare on the display. put your ticket and the exact fare into the box next to the driver.
Breakfast: Low budget: 200 . Medium budget: 500 .Accommodation: Check our accommodation page for more information on different accommodation types and corresponding price ranges.10.000 Yen per day Hotel breakfasts and breakfast buffets will usually cost you more than 1000 Yen. typically charge between 1500 and 3500 Yen per night and person.000 Yen per double room and night At this level.000 to 50. Medium budget: 3. A stay at a ryokan with two meals included typically costs between 10.500 Yen per day At this level. High budget: above 1.000 and 30.000 Yen per room and night. you typically pay 20.000 Yen per person and night. Low budget: 1. For a room in a high class Western style hotel. High budget: over 7. Furthermore.500 .000 .) or visit fast food restaurants like McDonald's or Mister Donut which offer inexpensive breakfasts. Breakfasts buffets in first-class hotels typically cost between 2000 and 3000 Yen. you will have to live from convenience store food (bread.1.3.000 Yen per single room and night 5.500 Yen per night and person Dormitories and youth hostels. booking services likeHostelworld offer great deals.7. etc.000 Yen per double room and night Starting around 7000 Yen per person. Lunch: Low budget: 400 . you can get rooms in good business hotels and inexpensive Western style hotels. nofrills minshukuand ryokan. you will find rooms in cheap business hotels and inexpensive. Some tour packages (for individual travelers) include accommodation at quality Western style hotels at this price level. found in most cities and regions of Japan.000 Yen per single room and night over 10.500 .000 Yen per day Many coffee shops and some restaurants in shopping areas and around train stations offer breakfast sets for around 500 to 1000 Yen. rice balls.700 Yen per day Inexpensive lunch boxes are available in convenience stores and stands in railway stations .
and business districts. Most shrines and some temples do not charge admission fees. you will be able to enjoy a nice dinner at a wide range of fast food and conventional restaurants. A few museums charge no admission on one day of the week or month. not including alcoholic drinks. At this level. French cuisine. High budget: above 2. Medium budget: 500 .500 Yen per day Japan offers many free attractions. for around 1000 Yen.000 Yen per day Conventional restaurants are generally more expensive in the evening than during lunch time.000 Yen per day With 3000 Yen per person you will be able to have a good dinner at a wide range ofrestaurants. inexpensive ready-to-eat meals.2. High budget: above 1. including the restaurants found in department stores where meals typically cost between 1000 and 2000 Yen. Other options are again cheap fast food restaurants. Admission to large theme parks typically cost around 5000 . so called teishoku. as there are no lunch specials. steaks. Medium budget: 700 . Most museums and castles charge about 200-1000 Yen per person.1. curry.1. Dinner: Low budget: 400 . Medium budget: 700 .200 Yen per day A lunch at most conventional restaurants cost typically between 1000 and 3000 Yen.000 Yen per day Some museums and attractions (usually outstanding ones or tourist traps) charge between 1000 and 3000 Yen per person. Various fast food restaurants. also offer relatively filling meals for 700 Yen or less. plus restaurants which offer lunch set special. Sightseeing: Low budget: 0 .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. kaiseki ryori. sukiyaki. High budget: above 1. specializing in noodles.700 Yen per day Convenience stores sell various. Calculate 5000 Yen upwards per person for a dinner at upper class restaurants specializing in sushi.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). etc.
for example. such as Suica and Icoca. regular tickets are not rarely cheaper than day passes. As a result. especially if plan your route wisely. Budget Travel . On each day. Transportation: Low budget: Highway buses. Over long distances.Yen per day. Rates vary widely but are typically a few hundred yen per hour or 500 to 1000 yen per day. domestic flights can be as economical as a rail pass. the Japan Bus Pass and the Seishun 18 Kippu (only available during certain times of the year) are among the cheapest ways of traveling in Japan. Day passes. Prepaid cards. roughly corresponds to the cost of a single return trip from Tokyo to Kyoto by shinkansen. but they are more convenient to use. Two and three week passes are even more cost-effective. many others require you to do a lot of traveling before they pay off. if you take advantage of the various discount offers. The cost for a 7 day Japan Rail Pass. Thereby you can walk in between sights and minimize subway and bus travel. Basic mamachari type bicycle are usually the only type of bicycle available. While some day passes are good deals. city districts or rural towns. regular tickets and prepaid cards Day passes are available for most major Japanese cities. Bicycles A rental bicycle can be a convenient and economical way of exploring small to medium sized cities.Sightseeing . All budgets: Travelers of all budgets should consider purchasing a Japan Rail Pass or a regional rail pass. try to concentrate on just one part of the city instead of zigzagging around town. rban Transportation Cost on urban transportation can generally be reduced by planning out your route wisely. Rental outlets are usually found around the train station. do not provide any discounts over regular tickets.
. hotels tend to have various meal plans. 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. observation deck of the Tokyo Government Office and people watching and window shopping in bustlingShinjuku. Akihabara and Ginza. Many restaurants offer inexpensive set menus (teishoku) for around 1000 yen during the lunch hours.castles and gardens charge an admission of at least a few hundred yen. as it is easy to find a wide selection of cheap. temples. consider making lunch your main meal of the day. Free Sightseeing Below is a list of popular sightseeing spots and activities that do not cost admission: Tokyo Tsukiji Market. quality meals throughout the country.While Japan has plenty of enjoyable sightseeing attractions that are free. and business hotels. consider hotel and tour packages that include meals with the stay. Sensoji Temple. Finally. Budget Travel . Meiji Shrine. making it a great way to check out places that may otherwise be outside of your budget. Minshuku and ryokan usually include both dinner and breakfast. Yet there are a variety of discounts that can decrease your sightseeing expenses a little bit. most museums. Shibuya. Harajuku. manga kissa and capsule hotels often include a complementary light breakfast. Also when shopping around for accommodation.Food Convenience stores are the budget traveler's friends It is not necessary to starve yourself to save money when traveling in Japan. Higher class restaurants also have less expensive lunch options. while lunch boxes (bento) are available for around 500 yen or less.
ramen.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. The cost of a meal rarely exceeds 1000 yen per person. Note that many supermarkets begin to mark down their unsold lunch items around 14:00 and their other prepared foods from around 19:00. Sukiya. Coco's. as well as many Japanese chains that specialize in one type of dish such as gyudon. but expect them to be more expensive than back home. Thanks to the fierce competition between convenience store chains. resulting in inexpensive meals always being close at hand. Coco Curry House. . Many supermarkets also discount fruits and vegetables that are either blemished. Fast Food Japan has a lot of international fast food chains such as McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Chicken. (normally priced) supermarkets are rare in the centers of large cities. yet still offer a quality selection of inexpensive meals. and can be found virtually anywhere in Japan. overripe or otherwise not fit for sale at full price. 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. Low budget conveyor belt sushi chains could also be listed under this category. alcohol and other drinks. Discounts start off at a modest 10 to 20 percent.udon. seafood. meat. canned and dry foods. Convenience stores offer a selection of fresh sandwiches and rice balls (onigiri). bakery items. curry or boxed meals (bento). sweets. Supermarkets Japanese supermarkets are comparable to those found in Western countries and offer much of the same items including fresh fruits and vegetables. Royal Host and Denny's offer a wide variety of Western and Japanese dishes. while Saizeriya is popular for its cheap and filling Italian food and Bamiyan for its Chinese dishes. Chains such as Gusto. While easily found in the suburbs and smaller towns. Hanamaru Udon. sushi. the quality of many food items is surprisingly high. and the Hokka Hokka Tei and Hotto Motto lunch box chains. noodles. drinks. soba. alcohol and prepared foods. Among these chains are the Yoshinoya. Imported foods are also widely available. snacks. lunch boxes. and Matsuya gyudon chains.
In most sushi-ya. the number of plates is counted to determine the cost. Gyudon-ya Gyudon-ya specialize in gyudon (beef domburi). 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. Alcoholic Drinks Explore Japan's unique lineup of alcoholic drinks that are cheaper than beer. wheat or sugar cane) or chuhai (shochu based cocktails with various flavors). In the end. 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. Restaurants A large number of restaurant types can be found in Japan. Kare-ya Kare-ya are restaurants that specialize in curry rice (kare raisu) dishes. Several other dishes of Chinese origin. Chinese style noodles served in a soup with various toppings. where the sushi dishes are presented to the customers on a conveyor belt. There is usually at least one kare-ya and one ramen-ya inside or around any major railway station. Most noodle dishes come either cooled with a dipping sauce or in a hot soup and with different toppings. such as imitation beer (happoshu and 3rd genre beer). each being associated with a certain price of typically 100 to 500 yen. The menu often changes slightly with the seasons. customers can sit either at a normal table or at a counter (sushi bar). y Sushi-ya Sushi-ya are restaurants which specialize in sushi. Okonomiyaki-ya Okonomiyaki-ya specialize in okonomiyaki and sometimes monjayaki. 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. are usually also available at a ramen-ya. Kaiten-zushi Kaiten-zushi are sushi restaurants. Customers are usually y y y y y y y . Korokke and other deep fried dishes are also available at many tonkatsu-ya. convenience stores and supermarkets. deep fried breaded pork cutlets. sweet potatoes. such as gyoza and fried rice. with hiyashi (cold) noodles popular in summer and nabeyaki (hot) udon popular in winter. Every ramen-ya has developed its own soup. the most crucial ingredient for a restaurant's success. Tonkatsu-ya Tonkatsu-ya serve tonkatsu. behind which the sushi chef is working. Gyudon-ya tend to be inexpensive fast food style restaurants. Kaiten-zushi tends to be less expensive than usual sushi-ya. Soba-ya Soba-ya specialize in soba and udon noodle dishes.Business Districts and Train Stations Especially during lunch hours the competition is fierce among restaurants in large business districts. There are usually a few kinds of plates (differing in color or pattern). 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. Alcoholic drinks tend to be cheapest at liquor stores. shochu (distilled spirit made from rice. Ramen-ya Ramen-ya specialize in ramen dishes.
y Izakaya Izakaya are drinking places that offer a variety of small dishes. Chinese and Japanese dishes in order to please all family members. It is probably the most popular restaurant type among the Japanese people. the term is not commonly used anymore. a bowl of cooked rice and small side dishes. y y . Along with ramen-ya. and the people at one table usually share all dishes. salads and finger food. A set menu usually consists of a main dish such as a fried fish. rather than ordering and eating individually. They are particularly popular among salarymen after work. Teishoku-ya Teishoku-ya are restaurants that sell teishoku (set menus). Unagi-ya Unagi-ya specialize in unagi (fresh water eel) dishes such as unajuu and unadon (unagidomburi). such as tendon (tempura domburi) and assorted tempura. Tempura-ya Tempura-ya specialize in tempura dishes. grilled chicken skewers. and the difference to family restaurants is small. They tend to be expensive and are not very numerous. such as robata (grilled food). Shokudo also offer a variety of dishes. they are also popular places to go as a late night snack after drinking. however. Family Restaurant and Shokudo Family restaurants (famiresu) offer a variety of Western. Sukiyaki-ya Sukiyaki-ya specialize in sukiyaki and shabu-shabu. Teishoku-ya are especially numerous in business areas and popular during lunch time.y y y y preparing their okonomiyaki by themselves on a hot plate which is built into the table. Yakitori-ya Yakitori-ya specialize in yakitori. 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. Izakaya tend to be informal.
Especially Korean. Chinese Restaurants There are many Chinese restaurants in Japan. Chinese and Italian cooking. such as cakes and ice cream. Italian Restaurants Italian cuisine is very popular across Japan. The dishes served at yoshoku-ya are heavily Japanized Western dishes. where small pieces of meat are cooked on a grill at the table. Yoshoku-ya Yoshoku-ya specialize in yoshoku ryori (Western Food). while others offer more authentic Chinese food. Ethnic Cuisine In Japan. y Yakiniku-ya Yakiniku-ya specialize in Korean style barbecue. as well as American style fast food enjoys a great popularity among the Japanese.Family Restaurant Foreign Cuisine Many restaurants in Japan specialize in a foreign cuisine. such as omuraisu and hayashiraisu. Many Italian restaurants have Japanese flavored pasta dishes on their menus besides conventional dishes. but also various Japanese chain stores such as Mos Burger and Lotteria. Other popular Korean dishes such as bibimba are also usually available at a yakiniku-ya. y y y y y McDonald's Italian restaurant in department store Other Restaurant Types y Kissaten and Coffee Shops Kissaten are coffee shops that offer Western style sweets. . They include major American chain stores such as McDonald's. ethnic cuisine means South East Asian food. Hamburger Fast Food There are many hamburger fast food restaurants across Japan. such as Thai. Many of them serve slightly Japanized Chinese dishes. Indonesian and Vietnamese food.
Yatai and Rotensho Yatai are movable food stalls that can be found along busy streets. which emphasizes concepts such as simplicity and elegance. takoyaki and yakisoba are just a few of the many dishes commonly sold at rotensho. such as onigiri. chips. coffee. instant ramen.y y besides beverages. sport . known as konbini. bread. sandwiches. candy. microwave meals and hot foods like fried chicken.000 convenience stores. Rotensho are food stands that are temporarily constructed for festivals and other large events. Lawson and Family Mart. such as Seven Eleven. water. It can be enjoyed at special kaiseki ryori restaurants or at ryotei. obento (lunch boxes). Most convenience stores are open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. can be heated up by the store staff. expensive and exclusive Japanese restaurants for business banquets and similar events. constantly produces new innovative products and services and makes Japanese convenience stores truly convenient. Kaiseki Ryori and Ryotei Kaiseki Ryori may be called "Japanese haute cuisine". Dishes commonly offered at yatai include oden and ramen. The stores also sell all kinds of hot and cold beverages including soda. It is a refined cooking style related to thetea ceremony. such asonigiri (rice balls). Coffee chain stores such as Starbucks are also quite numerous. Karaage Rotensho Convenience Stores More than 40. Goods offered Convenience stores primarily sell food including a large range of meals. nikuman and oden. snacks and sweets. Strong competition between the major operators. They sometimes include seating space inside a tent. can be found across Japan. Some cold foods. tea.Okonomiyaki.
cell phone and insurance bills. Other goods available include body care products. magazines and comics. Many convenience stores also sell alcoholic beverages including beer. it is usually the copy machine which serves as the store's multi-purpose terminal. including utility. Some stores. have a toilet. blank CDs and tapes. can be paid at convenience stores. shochu and wine. Digital Camera Prints: You can get prints of digital pictures by inserting your camera's memory card into the multi-purpose terminal. many of which can be accessed through automated multi-purpose terminals (the user menu is usually in Japanese only): y ATM: ATMs offer various banking services and often also serve as the above mentioned multi-purpose terminals. cosmetics. particularly outside of the city centers. is also available. newspapers. Services offered Convenience stores also offer a wide range of services. theme parks. Depending on the store.drinks. Delivery Services: At many stores. Copier/Fax: A copy machine and fax is available at most convenience stores. the prints will be ready instantly or can be picked up later. Bill Payment: Many bills. chuhai. umbrellas. The selection changes frequently and often varies by season as well. concerts. such as the sale of post cards and stamps. A limited range of postal services. Ticket Reservations: Tickets for sport events. nihonshu. Foreign credit and debit cards are usually not recognized by the ATMs found in convenience stores. batteries. happoshu. such as parcels or luggage. y y y y y Below is a sample layout of a typical Japanese convenience store: Supermarkets . highway buses and othertravel services can be purchased at the multi-purpose terminal. it is possible to drop off or pick up deliveries (takuhaibin). milk and vitamin drinks. juice. If not the ATM. except at 7-Eleven.
instead using pea. they are rarely cheaper. A large variety of alcoholic beverages can be found in Japan. Third beer "Third beer" (also known as "Shin Janru" or "New Genre") is the most recent development in the Japanese beer industry. can be relatively inexpensive. on the other hand. The goods are usually beautifully presented and of excellent quality. Suntory and Sapporo. nevertheless. this beer-like beverage contains no malt. Traditional Japanese foodstuffs. Some of the most popular ones are: Beer Beer is the most popular alcoholic drink in Japan. "sparkling alcohol". snacks. Also due to the lower malt content. typically held at restaurants and izakaya. are a common activity that are used to strengthen both social and business ties. fresh seafood. Beautiful food departments are usually located in the basement floors of most department stores. also known as low-malt beer) is a relatively recent invention by Japanese brewing companies. but it is made with less malt. happoshu is taxed differently than beer and is consequently sold at a lower price. ready-to-eat meals. soya. In order to counter tax changes that reclassified the malt content of beer and subsequently raised the price of happoshu. Alcoholic Beverages Drinking plays an important role in Japanese society. They offer all kinds of goods such as fresh fruits and vegetables. tofu. lighter taste. alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages and household articles. which gives it a different. The leading breweries are Asahi. pickled.Modern Japanese supermarkets are organized much in the same way as their Western counterparts. Also the cashier system is well organized and efficient. The packages and portions in Japanese supermarkets are usually smaller than comparable packages sold in Europe or North America in particular. dried and canned food. Also see our page about convenience stores. Drinking parties. Happoshu Happoshu (lit. It has a similar flavor and alcohol content as beer. . or wheat spirits. The art of brewing beer was imported in the early Meiji Period from Germany as a development project for the northern island of Hokkaido. dairy products. A visit to such a food department is a highly recommended experience. Kirin. meat. bread.
Recent ones include winter pear. lime. Plum wine (umeshu) Umeshu is made of Japanese plums (ume). grapefruit. It is drunk either hot or cold. . Awamori is the Okinawan version of shochu. especially among women. or as an umeshu sawa (umeshu sour). mixed with soda. ume. The most famous wine producing region within Japan is Yamanashi Prefecture. it is also easily found anywhere alcohol is sold. Commonly made at home. and mikan (mandarin orange). white. there are countless local rice wines (jizake). juice-like flavor and aroma can appeal to those who normally dislike alcohol. wheat and/or sugar cane. and sparkling wines from France. the United States and Australia are widely available. In addition there are many seasonal flavors that come and go. and it is usually filtered although unfiltered nihonshu (nigorizake) is also popular. and nashi (Japanese pear). It is usually served mixed with water and ice. It is commonly made from rice. sweet potatoes. Chuhai Chuhai (the name is derived from "shochu highball") are fruitflavored alcoholic drinks with an alcohol content that ranges between 5-8 percent. Besides major brands. The alcohol content of nihonshu is typically about 10-20%. While imported red. 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. Wine Wine is gaining popularity in Japan. Italy. sugar. or oolong tea. They are usually shochu based. nihonshu or sake (note that "sake" is also the general Japanese term for alcohol) is brewed using rice. and shochu or nihonshu. It is usually served on the rocks. Shochu. and are available in cans anywhere alcohol is sold. Common flavors include lemon. Awamori Shochu is a distilled spirit with an alcohol content usually between 20-40 percent. peach. water and white koji mold as the main ingredients. Its sweet. pineapple.Rice Wine (nihonshu or sake) Commonly called sake outside of Japan. fruity. fruit juice and sparkling water. there also exists a sizable and increasing domestic wine industry.
Only theinternational ATMs found in post offices and in a few major department stores and airports accept foreign credit and debit cards. but the number of 24h ATMs is increasing. be aware that most Japanese ATMs do not accept foreign credit cards. You should periodically check your friends' glasses. Japanese banks offer automatic teller machines (ATM) and cash dispensers (CD). debit and ATM cards. the same as for purchasing tobacco products. Likewise. The machines found in convenience stores. At ATMs one can pay withdraw. Telephone and utilities bills can be paid at banks. but avoid using "chin chin" when making a toast. Gin and vodka based drinks are also commonly available at bars. ATMs Many automatic teller machines (ATMs) in Japan do not accept credit. which is usually "kampai". . the same is not true for other types of restaurants such as izakaya. While it is considered bad manners to become obviously drunk in some formal restaurants. rather than serving yourself. ATMs. Banks Japanese banks are usually open Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 15:00. you should drink to make room in your glass if it is full. for example. These customs apply to everyone in your party even if they are not drinking alcohol. a foreigner requires to present his/her Alien Registration Card. the document any foreigner needs to apply for when staying in Japan for more than 90 days. if someone wants to serve you. for example in restaurants that serve kaiseki ryori (Japanese haute cuisine). and izakaya. As a traveler in Japan. hold it up for the person while they pour. convenience stores. liquor stores (sakaya) and at vending machines (although machines in public shut off after 11PM). In order to open an account at a Japanese bank. as long as you do not bother other guests. Other toasts are acceptable. Alcoholic beverages are sold in supermarkets. since in Japanese this expression refers to the male genitalia. and then take at least one drink before putting the glass down. post offices and at some convenience stores. Most ATMs and CDs are unavailable on weekends and during the night.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. restaurants. Drinking Manners When drinking alcoholic beverages. are often available around the clock. 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. deposit and transfer money and pay bills. The legal drinking age is 20 years old. An inkan (personal stamp) or signature is also needed. while at CDs it is usually only possible to withdraw money. it is customary to serve one another. and replenish them before they are empty. which are issued outside of Japan. department stores.
international ATMs can be found at international airports. shorter hours on weekends) to medium sized offices (typically 8:00 to 20:00. Mastercard. ATMs at 7-Eleven stores are available 24 hours per day on every day of the year. In case of post offices. ensure the following at home before leaving for Japan: y y y y Make sure that your credit or debit card can be used abroad. since many banks will block a card which is suddenly used abroad. Remember your card's secret 4-digit PIN. Plus. however. 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). including Visa. Shinjuku Office. These ATMs allow you to withdraw cash by credit and debit cards issued outside of Japan. Maestro. only the central offices of major cities offer a 24 hour/7 days a week ATM service. suspecting a fraud. American Express and JCB cards and provide an English user menu. including theTokyo Central Office. from major post offices (typically 7:00 to 23:00. Tsuwano Post Office Taketomi Post Office In addition to the ATMs at post offices and 7-Eleven convenience stores. shorter hours on weekends. Postal ATM operating hours then decrease proportionally to the size of the post office. closed on weekends). Shibuya Office and the central offices of Osaka.The big exception are the ATMs found at the over 20. Cell Phones in Japan . Inquire what fees and daily and/or monthly limits are associated with international withdrawals.000 7Elevenconvenience stores across the country.000 post offices and over 10. 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. Cirrus. In order to use international ATMs. in major department stores and in Citibank and Shinsei Bank branches.
Rentafone Japan We provide a cheap and convenient cell phone rental service for shortterm visitors to Japan.With an international roaming plan (from your home service provider) you use your own phone and number. Low call rates. Do Japanese phones work outside of Japan? . Mobile phones are everywhere. Au is next with about 30 million subscribers. gps/navigation and music players. electronic wallets/train passes. Do foreign phones work in Japan? Due to different technologies. 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. and before that J-phone). however the number of compatible phones is increasing. cameras. Alternatively. Contact your service provider for details concerning your particular phone. Most importantly. There are two things that are required for your telephone to work: 1. Free shipping. mobile phones from your home country may not work in Japan. International roaming plan or rental SIM card . Mobile phones Japan is a leader in mobile phone technology and usage with about 75% of the population owning one. games. Docomo is the most popular company with about 50 million subscribers. with a rental SIM card (from a Japanese provider) you use your own phone with a Japanese phone number and lower rates. and they are constantly getting new features such as internet browsers. au by KDDI. but are charged international roaming rates which tend to be expensive. televisions.The only foreign phones that work in Japan are some 3G models. You can rent OR buy a Japan cell phone BEFORE your departure! Click above link. 2. Check the cost-comparison link on our home page. while Softbank has about 15 million subscribers. The biggest mobile phone companies in Japan are NTT Docomo.Mobile phone display racks at an electronics store. so GSM phones do not work. there is no GSM network. and Softbank (formerly Vodafone. Compatibility with the Japanese mobile phone network . Free incoming calls.
depending on what features your phone supports. but . 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. while other companies will mail a phone to your hotel or to your home. email. although while overseas some of their advanced functions will likely not work. etc. Some stores will accept foreign passports along with a hotel address as verification. internet. a Japanese Passport. Japanese phones are designed at a hardware and software level to work with only a particular network. incoming calls are free). or an alien registration card. There are phones to suit every style.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. 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. but the display phones are non-working plastic samples. With most companies. must be purchased in advance. As a result they are not interchangeable even between Japanese service providers and some of their features are disabled when used off of the network they were intended for. incoming calls are free and outgoing calling rates are comparable to those of rental phones. Typical proof can be in the form of a Japanese driver's license. Credit can be bought at cell phone stores and convenience stores. How to get a mobile phone: Rental Phones Renting is the most economical way for the average traveler to get a phone. and is typically valid for 60 days from activation. Credit. phone sellers must now verify the identity and place of residence of their buyers. Also. and typically requires a picture ID and a credit card. which is used for outgoing calls. All of the companies at the airports have same day rentals. This means that a person with a handset and service provided by a Japanese mobile phone carrier can roam when travelling outside of Japan. You can return the phones at the airport or through the maildepending on the company. while some companies offer discounts for advanced reservations. Prepaid Phones Due to past criminal abuse of prepaid phones. Phone numbers remain active as long as you have valid credit in your account. Many companies have kiosks at the airports. Prepaid phones start around 5000 yen.
All the latest and most advanced phones are available with subscription plans and the selection of handsets is huge.will expire after three months to a year without use. Spend the evening there. for a . Half day schedules: Old Tokyo Visit the excellent Edo-Tokyo Museum about Tokyo's history. Full day schedules: From Asakusa to Odaiba: Old and new Tokyo Start in Asakusa. visit the shopping and entertainment attractions and view the futuristic architecture and landscape design around Odaiba and Tokyo Big Sight. Tokyo's tallest building. Phones may be free or subsidized although that typically requires a 2 year service contract. Futuristic Tokyo From Shimbashi Station take the Yurikamome. a futuristic entertainment and shopping district on a man made island. an elevated train across the Rainbow Bridge onto a man made island in Tokyo Bay. Alternatively. Explore centrally locatedSensoji Temple and the surrounding streets. 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. consists of two separate theme parks: Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. take the boat on the Sumida River from Asakusa to Hama Rikyu. Tokyo is the best place to experience modern. At least one week to get to know it more intimately. visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office. There. just 15 minutes by train from Tokyo Station. Then. From Hama Rikyu it is just a few steps to the elegant skyscrapers of Shiodome. Suggested schedules Two full days are required in order to gain a superficial feel for Japan's capital. urban Japan. visit nearbyMeiji Shrine and take the Yamanote Line to Shinjuku. Imperial Palace. where you can hop onto the Yurikamome elevated train over the rainbow bridge to Odaiba. Shibuya. Shinjuku Start the day with a visit to the Imperial Palace and its East Gardens. Shinjuku In Shinjuku. Then. Afterwards. where a touch of the old Tokyo is surviving. a nice landscape garden at the Tokyo Bay waterfront. Subscription plans are only available to residents and require an alien registration card and a Japanese bank account. explore the nearby Asakusa area around Sensoji Temple where a touch of the old Tokyo can still be experienced. the phone may be purchased at full price in which case service is available on a month-to-month contract. In the afternoon. Tokyo Disney Resort Tokyo Disney Resort. 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.
Meiji Jingu Shibuya and Harajuku are the most popular shopping and entertainment districts of Tokyo's young generations. at least two days are recommended. a spacious city park. two hours north of Tokyo. one hour south of Tokyo. only half an hour south of Tokyo. but if you also wish to visit Nikko's beautiful national park. In the evening. is full of historic temples and shrines. is called "Little Edo" (Edo is the former name of Tokyo). is the site of the famous Nikko Toshogu Shrine. Harajuku. Side trips: Kamakura Kamakura. . The shrines and temples of Nikko can be seen in a one day trip from Tokyo. Hakone can be visited in a one day trip. offering beautiful nature. because the city retains some of the architecture and atmosphere of past centuries. Kawagoe Kawagoe. It makes a perfect one-day trip from Tokyo. Hakone Hakone is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. For some contrast. which have disappeared in Tokyo itself due to earthquakes. Yokohama Yokohama is Japan's second most populated city. Imperial Palace. Shibuya. Tokyo's most expensive and famous shopping district. 30 minutes from Ikebukuro. Nikko Nikko.free bird's eye view of the city. but an overnight stay at a ryokan with hot spring is recommended. a few historic sites and many hot springs. Then take a look at Japan's busiest train station and surrounding department stores. Ginza Visit Imperial Palace and its East Gardens before exploring Ginza. visit Meiji Shrine. To escape the crowds. It makes a good one-day trip from Tokyo. two hours west of Tokyo. the mausoleum of one of Japan's most influential personalities. take a break in the Shinjuku Gyoen. wars and redeveleopment. experience the notorious Kabukicho entertainment district. located in a spacious wooded park just next to Harajuku Station. good views of Mount Fuji.
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