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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!
famous for its many electronics shops. from where you can walk to the market in about 15 minutes. Alternatively. A major redevelopment of Akihabara Station and surroundings is nearing its completion. national holidays and some Wednesdays (see "English Links" below) Admission: Free Hours: Akihabara # 3 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Akihabara (short: Akiba) is a district in central Tokyo. From Shinjuku Station Take the Oedo Subway Line directly from Shinjuku Station to Tsukiji Shijo Station. it can be reached in a five minute walk from Tsukiji Station on the Hibiya Subway Line.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. typically 5:00 to 14:00 Wholesale Area: open to visitors after 9:00am Tuna Auction: open to visitors from 5:00am to 6:15am (restricted to 140 visitors/day) Closed: Sundays. The one way trip takes 20 minutes and costs 260 yen. The closest JR station is Shimbashi. giving Akihabara a . Orientation in Tokyo Hours and Fees Outer Market: varies by shop. In recent years. From Tokyo Station Take the Marunouchi Subway Line from Tokyo to Ginza (3 minutes) and transfer to the Hibiya Subway Line to get to Tsukiji Station (3 minutes). it has also gained fame as a center of the gaming. manga and animation culture. The fare is 160 yen.
Animation and Games The character of Akihabara has constantly changed over the decades and continues to do so. and manga kissaten ("comics cafes"). as the number of stores offering video games. while many smaller shops can be found in the narrow side streets. such as Ishimaru Denki. In addition to conventional stores. various other animation related establishments have appeared in the area. manga and animation related goods has notably increased.new face. 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. Electronics Hundreds of electronics shops of various sizes can be found around Akihabara Station and along Chuo Dori (Chuo Avenue). cameras. . televisions. mobile phones and home appliances to second-hand goods and electronic junk. several stores also feature a selection of products for overseas use and offer duty free shopping to foreign tourists on purchases of over 10. A few major stores. However. where customers can read comics. A recent development is the emergence of Akihabara as a center of Japanese animation culture. They offer everything from the newest computers. Manga. where waitresses are dressed up like anime characters. watch DVDs and surf the internet.000Yen (passport required). such as cosplay ("costume play") cafes. Sofmap and Laox operate multiple branch stores mainly along the main roads.
Akihabara has been serving as the terminal station of the Tsukuba Express since August 2005. The stores are numbered from 1 to 14 plus the main store and the Kakuta branch. which specialize in used computers. Akihabara UDX (opened in spring 2006) and Yodobashi Akiba Building (opened in autumn 2005). . including the Main Store. Ishimaru Denki Open daily 10:00 to 20:00 Operating ten stores across Akihabara. DVDs. the Tsukuba Express connects central Tokyo with Tsukuba City in western Ibaraki Prefecture. Sundays 11:00 to 20:00 Sofmap operates as many as 16 shops in the Akihabara area including multiple branches. Number One branch and Ekimae branch for electronic equipment. A duty free floor can be found in store number one. Sofmap Open daily 11:00 to 21:00. Furthermore. games and anime related goods. A brand new railway line. 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).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.
Computer branch. served by the JR Yamanote Line. Duty Free Akihabara branch and Watch & Camera Branch.Labi Akihabara Open daily 9:30 to 20:00 Akky operates three duty free shops in the area around Akihabara Station: Akky Main Store. Akky II and Akky III. Yamada Denki . including cameras. Unlike most other electronic shops. pc accessories. the Tsukuba Express and the Hibiya Subway Line. Akihabara Crossfield Consisting of the newly built Akihabara Dai Building and the Akihabara UDX Building. Some branches have longer opening hours. and household electronics. DVD players and software.Laox Open daily 10:00 to 20:00. Products on sale include a variety of electronic equipment for overseas use. Yodobashi Camera Open daily 9:30 to 22:00 The Shinjuku based discount electronic store giant Yodobashi Camera opened its huge Akihabara branch in September 2005. convention halls and showrooms. in the new Yodobashi Akiba Building. the Gakkikan branch for music instruments and three Asobit City branches for hobby and game related products. From Tokyo Station 3 minutes and 130 Yen by JR Yamanote Line or JR Keihin-Tohoku Line. It specializes in personal computers. providing office and conference space. this complex next to Akihabara Station aims to become a new "global center for the IT Industry". Yamada Denki . Orientation in Tokyo . JR Keihin-Tohoku Line. televisions. it is located on the east side of Akihabara Station. computers. JR Sobu Line. including the Main Store. From Shinjuku Station Take the orange colored JR Chuo Line (rapid service) from Shinjuku to Ochanomizu Station (10 minutes) and transfer to the yellow colored JR Sobu Line (local service) for one more station to Akihabara (2 minutes). How to get there Akihabara Station is a busy station on the Yamanote Line loop. Operating eight stores in Akihabara. The one way fare is 160 Yen.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.
Koishikawa Korakuen attempts to reproduce famous landscapes from China and Japan in miniature.Koishikawa Korakuen # 38 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Koishikawa Korakuen is one of Tokyo's oldest and most beautiful Japanese landscape gardens. 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. during the plum festival in late February and when the beautiful weeping cherry tree near the garden's entrance is in full bloom. stones. 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 . using a pond. plants and a man made hill. 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. Like most traditional Japanese gardens.
who make several public appearances on a balcony. The stone bridge in front is called Meganebashi (Eyeglass Bridge) for its looks. visitors are able to enter the inner palace grounds and see the members of the Imperial Family. During the rest of the year. with an English pamphlet and audio guide provided. a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the center of Tokyo. afterwards. The bridge in the back was formerly a wooden bridge with two levels. In 1888 construction of a new Imperial Palace was completed. The palace was once destroyed during World War Two. and rebuilt in the same style. Only on January 2 (New Year's Greeting) and December 23 (Emperor's Birthday). . guided tours of the palace are offered in Japanese. Reservations can be made over the internet (see links below). the shogunate was overthrown. two bridges that form an entrance to the inner palace grounds. From Kokyo Gaien. the large plaza in front of the Imperial Palace. and the country's capital and Imperial Residence were moved fromKyoto to Tokyo. Nijubashi Bridge The palace buildings and inner gardens are not open to the public.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. from which the name Nijubashi (Double Bridge) is derived. Edo Castle used to be the seat of the Tokugawa shogun who ruled Japan from 1603 until 1867. It is the residence of Japan's Imperial Family. Tours must be reserved in advance with the Imperial Household Agency. In 1868. visitors can view the Nijubashi. a short walk from Tokyo Station.
is one of Tokyo's most attractive landscape gardens. which change water level with the tides. Guided tour through the Imperial Palace grounds How to get there The Imperial Palace is a 10 minute walk from Tokyo Station. next to the futuristic Shiodome district. Furthermore. the garden of a feudal lord's residence during the Edo Period. former duck hunting grounds. 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 . How to get there Hama Rikyu can be accessed by boat from Asakusa and Odaiba.The Imperial Palace East Gardens are open to the public throughout the year except on Mondays. Seawater ponds. # Hama Rikyu 34 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Hama Rikyu. it is a 10-15 minute walk from JR Shimbashi Station or Shiodome Station on the Oedo Subway Line and Yurikamome elevated train. More information is available on the East Gardens page. forested areas and a teahouse are some of the park's attractions. Fridays and special occasions. the contrast between the traditional gardens with Shiodome's skyscrapers in the background is spectacular. Alternatively. It is located alongside Tokyo Bay.
after which the district was eventually named. restaurants. night clubs and cafes. 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). One square meter of land in the district's center is worth over ten million yen. . Chuo Dori street on a weekend afternoon From 1612 to 1800. 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. making it one of the most expensive real estate in Japan. Most shops in the Ginza district are open everyday of the week. The Ginza evolved as an upmarket shopping district following the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake. boutiques. today's Ginza district was the site of a silver coin mint (Ginza means "silver mint" inJapanese). featuring numerous department stores. art galleries. A visit is most pleasant on a weekend afternoon. when the central Chuo Dori street gets closed to traffic and become a large pedestrian zone.The Ginza is Tokyo's most famous upmarket shopping. dining and entertainment district.
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Police Museum 10:00 to 18:00 Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday) Admission: Free English: None (a free informative English booklet is available. the four floor Police Museum is operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department and is free of charge.restaurants and cafes. the clock tower of the Ginza Wako building is the symbol of the Ginza. The new theater is scheduled to open in spring 2013. audio sets. The theater is now being torn down and rebuilt at the base of a new skyscraper. Department Stores . cameras. The facade and interior of the new theater will resemble the previous structure. however) Located just outside of the Ginza area to the north. are displayed to the public in the showrooms in this building. standing at the northwest corner of the district's centrally located Ginza 4-Chome junction of Chuo and Harumi Dori. including DVD recorders. computers and Play Station products. mobile phones.Ginza Wako Shops: 10:30 to 18:00 Restaurants: 10:30 to 21:00 (some variation between restaurants) Built in 1932. Inside the building. televisions. displays such as historical uniforms and equipment can be easily understood. There are also a few shops. Sony Building Showroom and shops: 11:00 to 19:00 Restaurants: typically 11:30 to 21:30 The newest products by Sony. jewelry and luxury items are sold. Kabukiza Theater Undergoing reconstruction and closed to the public until 2013 Kabuki pieces were performed in this theater until April 2010. Although there are no English explanations.
Matsuzakaya has a history that reaches back to the year 1611. Matsuya Shops: 10:00 to 20:00 Restaurants: typically 11:00 to 20:00 The Ginza store of the Matsuya department store chain offers fashion. foods and restaurants on ten floors. a travel agency and an exhibition hall on its eleven floors. wines. . accessories. Mitsukoshi's history reaches back to the year 1673. a pet shop. Printemps 11:00 to 20:30 (until 19:30 on Sundays) The Ginza store of the Paris based Printemps department store chain offers fashion. Printemps Ginza was opened in the year 1984. Matsuzakaya 10:30 to 19:30 (some lower floors open until 20:00) The Ginza store of the Nagoya based Matsuzakaya department store chain offers goods and services on ten floors.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. household goods. foods.
How to get there The most convenient stations for accessing the Ginza district are Ginza Station on the Hibiya. but the name commonly refers just to the large entertainment.Hankyu Yurakucho Hankyu: 11:00 to 20:30 (until 20:00 on Sundays) Mosaic Ginza Hankyu: 10:30 to 21:00 Osaka based Hankyu operates the "Yurakucho Hankyu". a conventional department store in the Yurakucho Marion Building and "Mosaic Ginza Hankyu". JR KeihinTohoku Line and Yurakucho Subway Line. Handling more than two million passengers each day. 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. Clothing stores are located from the basement to the fourth floor. a collection of fashion and lifestyle stores. the building is occupied by the Ginza branch of the popular Tokyu Hands department store. while the top three floors are taken up by 13 restaurants. Marunouchi and Ginza Subway Lines and Yurakucho Station on the JR Yamanote Line. Shibuya) Shinjuku # 1 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Shinjuku is one of the 23 wards of Tokyo. Shinjuku Station is Japan's busiest railwaystation. business and shopping area around Shinjuku Station. . From the fifth floor to the ninth floor. Western Tokyo (Shinjuku. served by six railway companies and about a dozen railway and subway lines.
subterranean malls and electronic shops surround Shinjuku Station on all four sides. Furthermore. West of the station is Shinjuku' skyscraper district. 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. including several premier hotels and the Metropolitan Government Office. home to many of Tokyo's tallest buildings. while department stores. The view from the southern tower is considered slightly more interesting. January 2-3 and occasional inspection days. except if a public holiday falls on the closure day. as well as observatories on the 45th floor of each tower. Admission is free. where the pleasant Southern Terrace is located. including the recently redeveloped south. except December 29-31. in which case the observatory is closed the following day. the north observatory is closed on the 2nd and 4th Monday and the south observatory on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. Northeast of the station lies Kabukicho. Open daily 9:30 to 23:00 (south observatory until 17:30). .including the JR Yamanote Line. Redevelopment there is still ongoing. Japan's largest and wildest red light district. whose observation decks are open to the public for free.
Hyatt Regency and Park Hyatt (featured in Lost in Translation). . restaurants from 11:00 to 22:00. and especially so on Fridays and Saturdays. 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. restaurants until 23:00. Several of the other skyscrapers have some shops on their ground floors and restaurants with great views of the city on their top floors. a narrow pedestrian street between the Keio and Odakyu department stores. love hotels and a wide variety of red light establishments for both sexes and sexual orientations. restaurants from 11:00 to 22:00. which also operates a suburban railway line from Shinjuku to western Tokyo. The department store belongs to the Odakyu Group. pachinko parlors. Japan's largest red light district features countless restaurants. Kabukicho Named after a kabuki theater. whose construction plans have never been realized. including a food department in the basement and several restaurants on the restaurant floor. Lumine Lumine is owned by JR East and located next and above Shinjuku Station's South and East Exits. which also operates a suburban railway line from Shinjuku to Odawara (Odakyu is an abbreviation for "Odawara Express").Shinjuku Skyscraper District Among the skyscrapers are the Tocho (see above) and some of Tokyo's leading hotels. including the Keio Plaza. Open daily from 10:00 to 20:00. Open daily from 11:00 to 22:00. bars. restaurants until 22:30. The complex also includes "Mosaic Dori". Mylord Mylord offers seven floors of shopping and three restaurant floors. Department Stores: Odakyu Odakyu Department Store consists of 16 floors. The restaurants in the skyscrapers tend to be open from around 11:00 to 23:00. Hilton. The department store belongs to the Keio Group. Open daily from 10:00 to 20:00. Open daily from 11:00 to 21:00. Mylord is affiliated with the Odakyu Group. Some restaurants close for a few hours between lunch and dinner. including a wonderful food department in the basement and restaurant floors. Kabuki-cho comes to life daily after 18:00. Keio Keio Department Store consists of 11 floors. Explore with caution and beware of exorbitant cover fees.
Parks: . also known as "Times Square". Isetan With a history of more than 100 years Isetan is a veteran among Shinjuku's department stores. including a food department in the basement and a restaurant floor. Yodobashi's main store is located near the west exit of Shinjuku Station. including a food department in the basement and three restaurant floors. the Shinjuku branch of Takashimaya consists of 15 floors. A Tokyu Hands branch and Kinokuniya book store with a large foreign language section are located in the same building complex. restaurants from 11:00 to 23:00. cafes and an Italian restaurant. 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 11:00 to 22:00 (Tower Records and restaurant until 23:00). Open daily from 10:00 to 21:00. Flags is a ten-floor shopping complex featuring a Tower Records music store. The Shinjuku store is Isetan's flagship and consists of ten floors. Electronics Stores: Yodobashi Camera Yodobashi Camera is one of Japan's leading discount electronics retailers. Bic's main store is located in Ikebukuro. Open daily from 10:00 to 20:00.Takashimaya Opened in 1996. while a smaller branch is located near the station's east exit. Open daily from 11:00 to 22:00 (from 10:00 on weekends and holidays). Bic Camera Bic Camera is another of Japan's leading discount electronics retailers. an Oshman's sports goods store. restaurants from 11:00 to 23:00. but it also operates two branches next to Shinjuku Station. Flags Located next to the South Exit of Shinjuku Station. Open daily from 9:30 to 22:00. Lumine Est from 10:30 to 21:30. a Gap and various other shops. and especially strong on camera equipment.
Open from 9:00 to 16:30.Shinjuku Gyoen Shinjuku Gyoen is one of Tokyo's largest and most pleasant parks and bestcherry blossom viewing spots. free admission. 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. From Ueno Station By JR Yamanote Line it takes 25 minutes and costs 190 Yen to get from Ueno to Shinjuku. How to get there Shinjuku Station is Japan's busiest railway station. including theJR Yamanote Line. served by about a dozen railway lines. Always open. Orientation in Tokyo . From Tokyo Station The frequently departing. and then the JR Chuo Line from Kanda to Shinjuku. There are no closure days during the cherry blossom season (late March to late April) and the Chrysanthemum Exhibition (first half of November). A slightly faster alternative is taking the JR Yamanote or JR Keihin-Tohoku Line from Ueno to Kanda Station. Admission is 200 Yen. It was opened to the public in 1949. orange trains on the JR Chuo Line (Rapid Service) take less than 15 minutes and cost 190 Yen from Tokyo Station to Shinjuku Station. after it had served as a garden for the Imperial Family since 1903. Closed on Mondays (Tuesday is Monday is a national holiday) from December 29 to January 3.
Below is a map and list of some of Shibuya's other major attractions: . A prominent landmark of Shibuya is the large intersection in front of the station (Hachiko Exit). two competing corporations. Shibuya is one of Tokyo's most colorful and busy districts and birthplace to many of Japan's fashion and entertainment trends. which is heavily decorated by neon advertisements and giant video screens and gets crossed by amazingly large crowds of pedestrians each time the traffic light turns green.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. but often refers to just the popular shopping and entertainment area around Shibuya Station.
whose predecessor used to monopolize the production and sale of tobacco and salt in Japan.Points of Interest: Hachiko Statue A statue of a loyal dog named Hachiko. According to a famous story. Introducing the history of tobacco and salt in Japan and throughout the world. Tobacco and Salt Museum Open 10:00 to 18:00. This museum by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) introduces various aspects of electric energy. Admission: 100 yen. and continued to do so for years even after his master had passed away. Information in English is limited. . The museum is operated by Japan Tobacco (JT). Electric Power Museum (Denryokukan) Open daily 10:00 to 18:00. It is one of Tokyo's most popular meeting points. Closed Mondays and from December 29 to January 3 (if Monday is anational holiday the museum is open Monday and closed Tuesday). Closed Wednesdays (or following day if Wednesday falls on anational holiday) and during New Year. Information in English is limited. Admission: free. such as the process of power generation and the role of electricity in society and everyday life. the dog waited for his master every day in front of Shibuya Station.
It was named after Parcodepartment store (parco is Italian for park) and the fact that the street leads to Yoyogi Park.NHK Studiopark (more details) Please see the NHK Studiopark page for details on hours and admission. Famous Streets: Center Gai The birthplace of many Japanese fashion trends.000 yen). Bunkamura.000 yen) or an overnight "stay" (usually around 10. is a popular shopping street leading from the Marui department store to Yoyogi Park. "culture village". Center Gai is a busy pedestrian zone lined by stores. NHK Studiopark is a part of the NHK Broadcasting Center. which offer couples a private room for a 2-3 hour "rest" during the day (usually around 5. game centers. including the production of a live program on most days. It gives visitors a chance to look behind the scenes of television broadcasting. boutiques. lit. the stadium hosted the olympic swimming competitions. Bunkamura Located directly next to the Tokyu department store (main store). two cinemas. which is open to the public. Koen Dori Koen Dori. a theater. night clubs and restaurants. a museum with constantly changing exhibitions. National Yoyogi Stadium Built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics by renown architect Tange Kenzo. . consists of a concert hall. It is now also being used for ice skating and volleyball competitions. lit. "Park Street". Love Hotel Hill This area of Shibuya has a high concentration of love hotels. concerts and various other events. and a few shops and restaurants.
Shibuya 109 is a trend setting fashion complex for young women with more than one hundred boutiques on ten floors. Shibuya Station store open daily 10:00 to 21:00 (Sundays and holidays until 20:00. Shibuya Mark City is a small city within the city. interior. hobby. crafts. Shibuya Mark City Opening hours vary by shop. The Shibuya branch of the Seibu department store chain consists of nine floors. approximately 100 meter long pedestrian street with stairs leading up the slope to the Parco department store. restaurants until 22:30). and Saturdays until 21:00). Fridays. Tokyu Affiliated Shopping: Tokyu Main store open daily 11:00 to 20:00 (upper floors until 19:00. It consists of a wide range of stores and restaurants. Usually pronounced "Shibuya ichi maru kyu". Promoted as "Creative Life Store". It is lined by boutiques. the Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu. restaurants until 22:30). featuring mainly fashion goods and some fashion boutiques. a bus terminal and the terminal station of the Keio Inokashira Line. typically 10:00 to 21:00. identifying the complex as part of the Tokyu Group. Closed New Year's Day. Tokyu Hands Open daily from 10:00 to 20:30. outdoors to stationery and more. . Seibu Affiliated Shopping: Seibu Open 10:00 to 20:00 (Thursdays. while the Shibuya Station branch with twelve floors sits on top of the station. located just next to JR Shibuya Station. the complex's name can also be read as "Shibuya to kyu".Spain Slope Spain Slope (Supeinzaka) is a narrow. and was nicknamed for resembling a Spanish street scene. office space. cafes 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. Tokyu Hands has everything from doit-yourself. Restaurants 11:00 to 23:00. Shibuya 109 Open daily 10:00 to 21:00 (restaurants from 11:00 to 22:30). The Shibuya store spans eight floors. Restaurants can be found on the top and bottom floors.
Loft Open from 10:00 to 21:00 (until 20:00 on Sundays and public holidays). JR Shonan Shinjuku Line. The Loft Shibuya branch consists of seven floors. Orientation in Tokyo Harajuku # 4 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Harajuku Station . Loft is Seibu's answer to Tokyu Hands. Zero Gate and more. but with a slightly less strong emphasis on do-it-yourself. Tokyu Den-Entoshi Line. Fukutoshin Subway Line. also offering a large array of products related to interior. JR Saikyo Line. Part 3. hobby. Parco is a shopping complex with an emphasis on fashion. The complex consists of numerous buildings in the Shibuya area: Part 1. Hanzomon Subway Line. Part 2. How to get there Shibuya Station is one of Tokyo's busiest stations. Parco Open 10:00 to 21:00 (some annex buildings from 11:00). crafts and gifts. Tokyu Toyoko Line. Ginza Subway Line. You can get there by JR Yamanote Line. Keio Inokashira Line and the Narita Express. Quattro. Restaurants: 11:00 to midnight.
etc. dressed up in crazy costumes to resemble anime characters. a broad. which is between Shinjuku and Shibuya on the Yamanote Line. The focal point of Harajuku's teenage culture is Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) and its side streets. Meiji Jingu. but also offers shopping for adults and some historic sights. Beautiful ukiyo-e paintings are exhibited in the small Ota Memorial Museum of Art. cafes and restaurants for a more adult clientele. Harajuku is not only about teenage culture and shopping. tree lined avenue sometimes referred to as Tokyo's Champs-Elysees. In order to experience the teenage culture at its most extreme. 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. A variety of fashion styles on display at Harajuku on a Sunday Just south of Takeshita Dori and over twice its length is Omotesando. is located just west of the railway tracks in a large green oasis shared with the spacious Yoyogi Park. The stylish Omotesando Hills complex was opened in 2006 and targets fashion conscious urbanites in their 30s and 40s. used clothes stores.Harajuku refers to the area around Tokyo's Harajuku Station. fashion boutiques. Here you can find famous brand name shops. visit Harajuku on a Sunday. which are lined by many trendy shops. punk musicians. It is the center of Japan's most extreme teenage cultures and fashion styles. crepe stands and fast food outlets geared towards the fashion and trend conscious teens. one of Tokyo's major shrines. while Kiddy Land has hundreds of unique toys for kids of all ages.
Numerous stores. boutiques. Omotesando is a one kilometer long. This area generally caters to an older and wealthier clientele than Takeshita Dori. The symbol of Harajuku and birthplace of many of Japan's fashion trends. Shopping . serving as the main approach to Meiji Shrine. stand along the avenue. it becomes extremely busy and crowded on the weekends. Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) is a narrow. boutiques. cafes and fast food outlets targeting Tokyo's teenagers. tree lined avenue. cafes and restaurants. Interesting shops and restaurants can also be found along some of the side streets. roughly 400 meter long street lined by shops. Referred to as Tokyo's Champs-Elysees.Famous Streets Takeshita Dori Shops along Takeshita Dori tend to be open daily from 11:00 to 20:00. including several leading fashion brand shops. Because of the street's popularity. Omotesando Shops along Omotesando tend to be open daily from 11:00 to 20:00.
Opened in 2006. cafes. consisting of seven floors of fashion boutiques and shops. Travelers who pass by the store front are sure to notice the building. Apartments are located above the shops. lamps. LaForet Harajuku Open daily from 11:00 to 20:00 LaForet Harajuku is a trend setting shopping complex. such as kimono. The LaForet Museum on the top floor hosts various events and exhibitions.100 Yen Shop Open daily from 10:00 to 21:00 This is one of the largest 100 Yen Shops in central Tokyo. tableware. Daiso Harajuku . furnitureand samurai related goods. female audience. including clothing. very popular among foreign travelers in search of typical Japanese souvenirs. The building was designed by the renowned architect Ando Tadao and has intriguing design elements. Omotesando Hills consists of six floors (three are underground) of about 100 upmarket shops. Oriental Bazaar 10:00 to 19:00 Closed: Thursdays This is one of Tokyo's largest souvenir shops. It is located only a few steps from Harajuku Station alongTakeshita Dori. .Omotesando Hills Shops: 11:00 to 21:00 (Sun until 20:00) Restaurants: 11:00 to 23:00 (Sun until 22:00). restaurants and beauty salons. stretching along about one quarter of the avenue. food and stationary on multiple floors at 105 yen per item. The shopping complex is Omotesando's most prominent establishment. dolls. kitchenware. The shop spans three floors and has a red and green facade that mimics traditional Japanese architecture. mainly geared towards a young. offering a wide array of goods.
Major toy brands like Disney. Kiddy Land has a fantastic selection of toys and other products to amuse kids. dense forest that can be explored on walking paths. who defeated the Russian fleet in the Russo-Japanese War in1905. Empress Shoken. Togo Shrine Closed: No closing days Admission: Free Togo Shrine is a Shinto shrine dedicated to Admiral Togo. 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. The majority of the shrine grounds are composed of a beautiful. 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. which are designed as a stack of trunks rather than conventional floors. It is one of many famous brand names that have opened a store along Omotesando. Emperor Meiji was a popular emperor who reigned from 1867 to 1912. . but a similarly sized temporary building is being used just around the corner. Barbie and Hello Kitty are on sale alongside new characters and creations. The store's original six floor shop directly along Omotesando is currently undergoing renovations.Kiddy Land Operating at a temporary location until 2012 during renovations 11:00 to 21:00 (from 10:30 on weekend and national holidays) One of Tokyo's most famous and popular toy stores. but it was discontinued in December of 2009. Other Attractions Meiji Shrine Sunrise to sunset Closed: No closing days Admission: Free Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu) is a Shinto shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort.
Nezu Museum 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30) Closed: Mondays (or next day if Monday is a national holiday). 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. 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. Exhibits are changed every month.000 pieces of art. ponds and forested areas. New Year Admission: Typically 700 yen. New Year Admission: 1000 yen (or 1200 yen for special exhibition) The Nezu Museum has a collection of East Asian artwork that includes various objects from Japan. It gives visitors a chance to look behind the scenes of television broadcasting. Yoyogi Koen (Yoyogi Park) is one of Tokyo's largest and most pleasant city parks. featuring wide lawns. NHK Studiopark (more details) Please see the NHK Studiopark page for details on hours and admission. . NHK Studiopark is a part of the NHK Broadcasting Center. Ota Memorial Museum of Art 10:30 to 17:30 Closed: Mondays (or next day if Monday is a national holiday). It is a great place for jogging. picnicking and other outdoor activities. Yoyogi Park 5:00 to 20:00 (until 17:00 during the winter) Facilities are typically open from 9:00 to 17:00. which is open to the public. Ota Seizo. which comprises of more than 10. including the production of a live program on most days. China and Korea.
The spacious shrine grounds offer walking paths that are great for a relaxing stroll. which is served by the Chiyoda and Fukutoshin Subway Lines. Empress Shoken. The shrine was completed and dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and the Empress Shoken in 1920. During the Meiji Period. the stadium hosted the olympic swimming competitions. Ginza and Hanzomon Subway Lines. Only a short walk from Harajuku Station is the subway station Meijijingu-mae Station. The shrine was destroyed during the Second World War but was rebuilt shortly thereafter. 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.National Yoyogi Stadium Built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics by renowned architect Tange Kenzo. Japan modernized and westernized herself to join the world's major powers by the time Emperor Meiji passed away in 1912. two stations south of Shinjuku and one station north of Shibuya (130 yen from either station). Meiji Shrine and the adjacent Yoyogi Park make up a large forested area within the densely built-up city. concerts and various other events. At the eastern end of Omotesando isOmotesando Station. Meiji Shrine # 11 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited A torii gate along the forested approach to Meiji Shrine Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu) is a shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort. . Emperor Meiji was the first emperor of modern Japan. eight years after the passing of the emperor and six years after the passing of the empress. which is served by the Chiyoda. It is now also being used for ice skating and volleyball competitions. How to get there Harajuku Station is a station on the JR Yamanote Line. Located just beside the JR Yamanote Line's busy Harajuku Station.
Entry into the shrine grounds is marked by a massive torii gate. after which the sights and sounds of the busy city are replaced by a tranquil forest. traditional Shinto weddings can often be seen taking place there. buying charms and amulets or writing out one's wish on an ema. The garden becomes particularly popular during the middle of June when the irises are in bloom. is named after a military commander who dug it around 400 years ago. During the rest of the year. more than any other shrine or temple in the country. . such as making offerings at the main hall. Visitors to the shrine can take part in typical Shinto activities. In the first days of the New Year. Kiyomasa's Well. At the northern end of the shrine grounds visitors will come across the Meiji Jingu Treasure House. Meiji Jingu's buildings also have an air of tranquility distinct from the surrounding city. A large area of the southern section of the shrine grounds is taken up by the Inner 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. which was constructed one year after the shrine was opened. including the carriage which the emperor rode to the formal declaration of the Meiji Constitution in 1889. Meiji Jingu is one of the Japan's most popular shrines. A small well located within the garden. The well was visited by the Emperor and Empress while they were alive and has become a popular spiritual "power spot". The Treasure House displays many interesting personal belongings of the Emperor and Empress. At the middle of the forest. There is also a Museum Annex Building just to the east of the main shrine buildings that displays temporary exhibitions. which requires an entrance fee to enter. The approximately 100.The offering hall of Meiji Jingu The main complex of shrine buildings is located a ten minute walk from both the southern entrance near Harajuku Station and the northern entrance near Yoyogi Station. the shrine regularly welcomes more than three million visitors for the year's first prayers (hatsumode).
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. Closed: No closing days Admission: 500 yen Northern Tokyo (Ueno. Ikebukuro) Asakusa # 6 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited . Asakusa. Orientation in Tokyo Hours and Fees Meiji Shrine Hours: Sunrise to sunset Closed: No closing days Admission: Free Meiji Jingu Treasure House and Annex Hours: 9:00 to 16:30 (until 16:00 from November to March) Admission ends 30 minutes before closing time. Extended hours during the middle of June.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.
The temple is approached via the Nakamise. lit. local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries. "low city". Asakusa can be easily explored on foot. Large parts of Asakusa were destroyed in the air raids of World War Two. set foot in Asakusa. modern types of entertainment. In the late 1800s and early 1900s. when the district was still located outside the city limits. During the Edo Period. a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional.Asakusa is the center of Tokyo's shitamachi. including movies. . a very popular Buddhist temple. Asakusa used to be Tokyo's leading entertainment district. "man powered vehicle"). Shorter and longer courses are also available. A 30 minute tour for two persons costs around 8000 Yen. one of Tokyo's few districts. which have preserved a certain atmosphere of the old Tokyo. Asakusa was the site of kabuki theaters and a large red light district. Alternatively. lit. you can consider a guided tour on a rickshaw (jinrikisha. the same cannot be said for Asakusa'sentertainment district. Sensoji temple grounds Dempoin Dori (Dempoin Street) For many centuries. built in the 7th century. While the area around the rebuilt Sensoji has regained its former popularity after the war. Asakusa's main attraction is Sensoji.
Temples and Shrines: Kaminarimon (Kaminari Gate) Always open. was built during the Edo Period and survived the air raids of 1945. the Sanja Matsuri. is one of Tokyo's most spectacular and popular. Built in the 7th century. it is the symbol of Asakusa. Kaminarimon is the first of two large entrance gates leading to Sensoji Temple. Sensoji Temple (more details) Main building open 6:00 to 17:00 (Oct to Mar from 6:30). It is held every year on a weekend (Friday to Sunday) in mid May. Admission free. Sensoji ("Senso" is an alternative reading for Asakusa and "ji" means temple) is Tokyo's most famous and popular temple. The shrine's festival. Asakusa Shrine Always open. First built more than 1000 years ago. Asakusa Shrine. Admission free. . also known as Sanja-sama. The Nakamise shopping street leads from Kaminarimon to the temple grounds. it is also one of its oldest. Admission free. although the current buildings are postwar reconstructions.
Shin-Nakamise Shopping Street Opening hours depend on the individual shops. It is a covered shopping arcade lined by various shops and restaurants. Many shops sell fashion for ladies and kids. Unfortunately. Items on sale include tableware. Rox Department Store Daily 10:30 to 21:00 (supermarket is open 24 hours.Dempoin Temple Not open to the public! Dempoin is a temple just next to Sensoji. Many are closed on Sundays and public holidays. There is a 24h supermarket in the basement of the main building. kitchen utensils and appliances. Tobu Asakusa Station & Matsuya Department Store Matsuya department store is open daily from 10:00 to 19:30. cannot be done anymore. including trains to Nikko. known for its beautiful garden. furniture. Visiting the garden by appointment. The Nakamise shopping street stretches over approximately 250 meters from Kaminarimon to the main grounds of Sensoji Temple. It is lined by more than 50 shops. Rox is a shopping and entertainment complex consisting of a main building (Rox) and three annex buildings (Rox2G. Shopping: Nakamise Shopping Street (more details) Opening hours depend on the individual shops. as it used to be possible. sample food made of wax and plastic. Rox3 and Rox Dome). signs. Typically daily from 9:00 to 19:00. the temple and garden are not open to the public. Tobu Asakusa Station is the terminal station of Tobu trains heading into the suburbs and prefectures north of Tokyo. Other Attractions: . Shin-Nakamise or New Nakamise Shopping Street runs perpendicular to the Nakamise Shopping Street. restaurants from 11:00 to 22:00). Kappabashi Shopping Street (more details) Most shops open from 9:00 to 17:00. Typically daily from 10:00 to 20:00. which offer local specialties and the usual array of tourist souvenirs. Kappabashi is an almost one kilometer long street lined by shops catering to restaurant businesses. either. lanterns and uniforms. The station building also houses a Matsuya department store that spans eight floors.
including Japanese taiko drums. Asahi Beer Tower Restaurants open daily from 11:30 to 22:00. direct ships from Asakusa to Odaiba. which sells Japanese drums and festival goods. However. are exhibited in this small museum. Demonstrations by craftsmen are held on weekends. 460 yen. where you can transfer to a ship to Odaiba. Rokku used to be Tokyo's leading entertainment district before the war. Visitors can play several of the drums. silverware. Asakusa . cinemas and pachinko parlors. Rokku offers attractions such as rakugo theaters. carousel and Space Shot. In spring it becomes a popular cherry blossom viewing spot. including a small Ferris wheel. completed in 1989 and host the headquarters of Asahi Breweries. Today. Hanayashiki Amusement Park Open 10:00 to 18:00 (longer hours during holidays). hosting Japan's first cinema and more. the miniature amusement park offers numerous attractions. Admission: 900 yen plus separate fees for rides.Odaiba: 20 minutes. the district has not regained its former popularity after the war. Admission free. Hanayashiki has a history of more than 150 years.Hinode: 40 minutes. Admission: 300 yen Drums from around the world. roller coaster. such as scissors. Tuesdays. embroidery and more.Hama Rikyu: 35 minutes. several restaurants can be found in the complex.Odaiba by direct ship: 55 minutes. there are less frequent. furniture. This riverside park stretches along both sides of Sumida River for several hundred meters. Edo Shitamachi Traditional Crafts Museum Open daily 10:00 to 20:00. The Asahi Beer Tower and Asahi Super Dry Hall with its characteristic Flamme d'Or were. 760 yen. In addition. Taikokan (Drum Museum) Open from 10:00 to 17:00. Asakusa . 1020 yen (includes 300 yen admission to the garden). Hinode . . 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. combs. The museum is located in a floor above the Miyamoto Unosuke Nishi Asakusa store. Closed on Mondays. Originally opened as a flower park. Furthermore. Rokku Entertainment District Opening hours depend on the individual businesses. Sumida Park Always open. Admission free. Asakusa . Located just a few steps from Sensoji. This small museum introduces the many traditional arts and crafts of the old Tokyo (formerly known as Edo). while on the last Saturday of July it becomes the site of the Sumida River Firework Festival.Sumida River Cruise Daily from 10:00 to 17:00. New Year and Obon.
gifts from China on the occasion of normalization of diplomatic relations. From Shinjuku Station Take the orange JR Chuo Line to Kanda Station (10 minutes. In 1972. the National Museum for Western Art and the Tokyo Metropolitan Fine Art Gallery. From Narita Airport Check our airport page for details. It was opened to the public in 1873. He played a central role in realizing the Meiji Restoration of 1868. . the National Science Museum. the Shitamachi Museum. which dates back to 1882. Orientation in Tokyo Ueno Park Ueno Park is a large public park just next to Ueno Station. leaving the zoo without its most popular attraction. It is well worth paying the 200 yen admission fee in order to enter the inner shrine area and main building. the zoo's last panda bear died in 2008. From Tokyo Station Take the JR Yamanote Line to Kanda Station (2 minutes. it became the home of panda bears. However. Shinobazu Pond is a large pond in Ueno Park. 160 Yen). Ueno Park is home to Japan's first zoological garden. namely the Tokyo National Museum. and offers its visitors a large variety of attractions. the founder of the Edo shogunate. Ueno Park is famous for its many museums. an important personality of the late Edo and early Meiji Period. 130 Yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes. the Orient Museum. # 7 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Saigo Takamori Toshogu Shrine is a shrine dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu. 160 Yen). Asakusa Subway Line.How to get there Asakusa is served by the Ginza Subway Line. 160 Yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes. which ruled Japan from 1603 to 1867. At the park's south entrance stands a statue of Saigo Takamori. A temple for the goddess of Benten stands on the island in the middle of the pond. Tsukuba Express and Tobu Railways. especially art museums.
. Ueno Park is famous for its more than 1000 cherry trees. "low town"). During the cherry blossom season. Sensoji Temple # 16 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited Sensoji (also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple) is a Buddhist temple located in Asakusa. Easiest access is provided by the station's "Park Exit". the center of the shitamachi (lit. Ueno Park becomes one of the country's most popular and crowded spots for hanami (cherry blossom viewing) parties. Tokyo National Museum How to get there Ueno Park is just next to Ueno Station.Temple of Benten Toshogu Shrine Last but not least.
called Nakamise. Besides typical Japanese souvenirs such as yukata and folding fans. bottom: Ningyoyaki . The freshly renovated main hall in December 2010 When approaching the temple.The legend says that in the year 628. Osenbei (rice crackers) Folding Fans Yukata and T-shirts from left to right: Kibidango . out of the Sumida River. Consequently. two brothers fished a statue of Kannon. A shopping street of over 200 meters. leads from the outer gate to the temple's second gate. Sensoji was built there for the goddess of Kannon. the Hozomon.Skewered kibi-balls covered with soybean powder. it always returned to them.small cake with red bean paste filling. various traditional local snacks from the Asakusa area are sold along the Nakamise. The shopping street has a history of several centuries. Kibidango Shop . the outer gate of the Sensoji and symbol of Asakusa. the goddess of mercy. making it Tokyo's oldest temple. The temple was completed in 645.deep fried manju (soft cake with red bean paste filling). top: Agemanju . visitors first enter through the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate). and even though they put the statue back into the river.
Various events are held throughout the year in the Sensoji Temple area.July: Hozuki are ground cherries. a traditional game that resembles badminton. From Shinjuku Station Take the orange JR Chuo Line to Kanda Station (10 minutes.December: Hagoita is the wooden paddle used in Hanetsuki. built in the year 1649 by Tokugawa Iemitsu can be found close by the temple's main building. Click here to read more about Hanetsuki and the Hagoita Market. Asakusa Samba Carnival . 160 yen). Inside the main hall How to get there Sensoji Temple is a few steps from Asakusa Station. Some of them are: y y y y y Sanja Matsuri (more details) . 160 yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes. Hozuki-ichi (Hozuki Market) .August Tokyo Jidai Matsuri .May: one of Tokyo's three major festivals. served by the Ginza Subway Line. From Narita Airport Check our airport page for details.Beyond the Hozomon main gate stands the temple's main building and a five storied pagoda. Asakusa Subway Line and Tobu Railways. a typical summer plant in Japan. 160 yen). Hagoita-ichi (Hagoita Market) . TheAsakusa Shrine. 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: . From Tokyo Station Take the JR Yamanote Line to Kanda Station (2 minutes. 130 yen) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes.November: a festival commemorating the history of Tokyo and the Edo culture.
It is recommended to combine a visit to Tokyo Tower with a visit to Zojoji Temple. 820 yen (to intermediate floor only) Odaiba # 12 sights in Tokyo of 53 most visited . 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. Mount Fuji can be seen in the distance. It was completed in the year 1958 as a symbol for Japan's rebirth as a major economic power. The 634 meter tall new landmark is scheduled to open to the public in spring 2012. Minato) Tokyo Tower With 333 meters.Southern Tokyo (Shinagawa. 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. just next to the tower. An wax museum and several more attractions can be found on the ground floors of the tower. and the world's tallest self-supporting steel tower. Orientation in Tokyo Hours and Fees Hours: 9:00 to 22:00 Closed: No closing days Admission: 1420 yen (to top floor). Separate entrance fees apply. Construction is currently ongoing on the Tokyo Sky Tree. and serves as a television and radio broadcast antenna and tourist attraction. the Eiffel Tower of Paris. 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. Tokyo Tower is 13 meters taller than its model. an almost twice as tall new broadcast antenna in northern Tokyo. Under good weather conditions.
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. one of Japan's private. that Odaiba developed into one of Tokyo's most interestingtourist spots and the highly popular shopping and entertainment district. It was not until the second half of the 1990s. if Monday falls on apublic holiday). Most attractions are closed on Mondays (closed the following Tuesday instead. literally meaning "fort". but development was critically slowed down after the burst of the "bubble economy" in the early 1990s. Attractions: Among the attractions of Odaiba are several shopping and entertainment centers. Admission is free except for the observatory deck (500 yen).Rainbow Bridge from Odaiba Introduction: Daiba. Further development of the area is still underway. a spectacular redevelopment of the islands into a futuristic business district was started. You can see some exhibitions on popular programs. During the extravagant 1980s. Open 10:00 to 20:00. which were constructed in the end of the Edo Period (1603-1868) for the city's protection against attacks from the sea. theme parks. nationwide TV stations. refers to some of the man made islands in the Bay of Tokyo. Fuji TV Building This is the headquarters of Fuji Television. . which it is today. museums and the futuristic architecture and city planning.
Oedo Onsen Monogatari Opened in March 2003. which are fed by actual hot spring water from a depth of 1400 meters. which reproduces the atmosphere of the Edo Period (1603-1868). three floors packed with the newest arcade games and more.Decks Tokyo Beach Decks is a shopping mall featuring various stores. except to Tokyo Joypolis (500 yen). Open daily 11:00 to 21:00 (some stores and restaurants remain open until 22:00 or 23:00). restaurants open until 23:00 or later). information technology. . last entry 7am). and holidays 11:00 to 22:30). robots (starring Asimo among others). including the Yotei Maru ocean liner. An overnight stay supplement of 1. Sundays. Closed Mondays and from Dec 28 to Jan 1. cafes and a 13 screen cinema complex. restaurants. The observation deck also offers nice view of the bay area and as far as Mount Fuji on clear days. You can enjoy various types of baths. highly interactive and bilingual science museum includes exhibits about environmental issues. are moored in front of the museum. the admission is 1. Two actual ships. If you enter between 5am and 7am. There are nice views of the Rainbow Bridge from the wooden deck in front of Aquacity and neighboring Decks. Museum admission: 700 yen. Admission is 500 yen (400 yen in combination with a Yurikamome day pass). National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation This well done. Open daily from 11am to 9am (no entry between 2am and 5am. Admission is 2827 yen (1987 yen if you enter after 6pm). Open daily 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30). boutiques. Combined admission to the museum and Yotei Maru is 1000 yen. restaurants. Closed Mondays (closed on Tuesday instead if Monday is a public holiday). Admission is free. Admission: 600 yen. biology and space exploration. The observation deck is open from 15:00 to 21:00 (Saturdays. cafes. 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). Once a month Oedo onsen closes early at 11pm for maintenance (admission until 9pm). boutiques. Open daily 11:00 to 21:00 (food court until 21:00.567 Yen. this is a hot spring theme park. the Museum of Maritime Science displays seafaring related exhibits from the past and future. Museum of Maritime Science Housed in a cruise ship shaped building. Open daily 10:00 to 17:00 (weekends and holidays until 18:00). Aquacity Odaiba Aquacity is a shopping mall featuring various stores.575 yen applies if you stay after 2am. Telecom Center The Telecom Center is a major hub on the information highway with several large satellite antennas on its observation deck.
Admission: 900 Yen. Shops are open daily 11:00 to 21:00. Admission is free except Risupia (500 yen). a Ferris Wheel and Zepp Tokyo. Ferris Wheel Part of Palette Town. Admission is free. 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. On display are the newest cameras. Entry to Risupia is by numbered ticket which are limited during times of high visitation. a large concert venue. Historic cars are exhibited in the "History Garage". Closed on Mondays. targeting a mainly female audience.Palette Town This shopping and entertainment complex consists of Venus Fort. Mega Web Part of Palette Town. Shops are open daily 11:00 to 21:00. and days preceding holidays during the spring and summer season. computers. except for "Ride One" (300 Yen per ride) and "E-com Ride" (200 Yen per ride). Open 10:00 to 18:00 (entry to Risupia until 17:00). TV screens. There are occasional closing days. kids. Venus Fort Part of Palette Town. Restaurants until 23:00. sports. home appliances and more. Toyota City Showcase and History Garage open 11:00 to 21:00. Sun Walk. See more details on each attraction below. test drive a real car ("Ride One") or ride an automatic. Mega Web is a Toyota showroom. A Japanese or recognized international driving permit is required for "Ride One" drivers. this 115 meter tall ferris wheel is one of the world's largest and offers nice views of the bay area. Venus Fort Family Previously called Sun Walk. pets and books. cafes and restaurants. Saturdays. of which Panasonic is part of. except if Monday is a public holiday. Operating daily from 10:00 to 22:00 (until 24:00 on Fridays. Nintendo games. Open daily. Venus Fort Family is another shopping mall on the floor below Venus Town. It features more than one hundred boutiques. electric vehicle ("E-com Ride"). It consists of a relatively small number of spacious stores specializing in interior. "E-com Ride" and "Kid's Hybrid Ride One" until 20:00 ("Kid's Hybrid Ride One open until 18:00 on weekdays"). Restaurants until 23:00. . shops. Most shops and attractions are open from 11:00 to 21:00 and restaurants until 23:00. Venus Fort is a shopping mall in the style of a 18th century South European town. "Ride One". where you can view and touch Toyota's newest models and car accessories. Mega Web.
The Yurikamome uses the Rainbow Bridge to get to Odaiba and offers spectacular views of the harbor and the Tokyo waterfront area. A ride from Shimbashi to Daiba takes 15 minutes and costs 310 yen.Tokyo Big Sight Also known as Tokyo International Exhibition Center. elevated train with rubber tires. broad pedestrian walks and parks. Public Parks Most of Odaiba's attractions are connected with each other by pleasant. If you ride the Yurikamome more than twice. A wide array of events are held at the Big Sight throughout the year. Among the more noteworthy parks is the Odaiba Kaihin Park near the Rainbow Bridge. It includes a man made sand beach. How to get there Access to Odaiba can be an attraction by itself. a one day pass for 800 yen is likely to come cheaper than single tickets. Sit or stand at the very front of the train for the most . as the views of the Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo's harbor and waterfront area from the Yurikamome elevated train or boat are quite spectacular. Hours and admission fees depend on the specific events. Tokyo Big Sight is Japan's largest exhibition and convention center and one of the bay islands' boldest architectural creations. By Yurikamome The Yurikamome is an un-manned. which connects Shimbashi Station on the JR Yamanote Line with all of Odaiba's attractions and Toyosu Station on the Yurakucho Subway Line.
via Hama Rikyu) and infrequent service from Hinode Pier to the Maritime Museum (25 minutes. 760 yen. Note that the Japan Rail Pass. also known as Suijo Bus. Forbreakfast. We have categorized them into rice dishes. Please note that some dishes may fit into multiple categories. Popular Dishes Japanese cuisine offers a great variety of dishes and regional specialties. rice has been the most important food in Japanese cuisine. Some trains on the JR Saikyo Line continue to run on the Rinkai Line and provide direct connections between Shibuya. yoshoku dishes and other dishes. as well as a small number of direct trips from Asakusa to Odaiba (1 hour. . soya bean dishes. riceremains one of the most important ingredients in Japan today. noodle dishes. two hourly connections between Hinode Pier and Asakusa (40 minutes. The ride from Shinjuku to Tokyo Teleport Station on Odaiba takes 25 minutes and costs 480 yen. nabe dishes. Seishun 18 Kippu and similar JR tickets are not valid on the Rinkai Line between Osaki and Shin-Kiba. Despite changes in eating patterns over the last few decades and slowly decreasing rice consumption in recent years. Rice Dishes For over 2000 years. which connects Osaki Station on the JR Yamanote Line with Shin-Kiba Station on the JR Keiyo Line.impressive views. seafood dishes. operates frequent boats between Hinode Pier and Odaiba Seaside Park from 10:00 to 17:45 (until 17:15 on weekdays). 1. To access the bridge. 400 yen). but are listed only once. By Rinkai Line This is an underground railway line. and can be found in numerous dishes. The walk across takes about 30 minutes and offers nice views of the waterfront area. 400 yen). even though the line is served by JR trains. Rice Bowl A bowl of plain cooked rice is served with most Japanese meals. On Foot It is possible to cross the Rainbow Bridge on foot. it is sometimes mixed with a raw egg and soya sauce (tamago kake gohan) or enjoyed with natto or other toppings. By Boat Tokyo Water Cruise. Some of the most popular Japanese and Japanized dishes are listed below.520 yen). Shinjuku and Odaiba. There are also boats between Hinode Pier and Palette Town and Tokyo Big Sight (25-35 minutes. get off at Shibaura-futo Station on the Yurikamome. The 20 minute boat ride costs 460 yen and offers nice views of the Rainbow Bridge and waterfront area.
boiled. watery. Rice balls are a popular and inexpensive snack available at convenience stores. raw. Sashimi more information Sashimi is raw seafood. for example. A large number of fish can be enjoyed raw if they are fresh and prepared correctly. for example. lakes and rivers are used in the Japanese cuisine. Onigiri Onigiri are rice balls made of cooked rice and usually wrapped in nori seaweed. for example an umeboshi (pickled Japanese plum). Seafood Dishes Hundreds of different fish. seas. grilled. cooked rice that is prepared with sushi vinegar. katsuobushi (dried bonito shavings).Sushi more information Sushi can be defined as a dish which contains sushi rice. Domburi more information A bowl of cooked rice with some other food put on top of the rice. Kare Raisu Kare Raisu (Curry Rice) is cooked rice with a curry sauce. Fried Rice Fried rice or chahan has been originally introduced from China. It is a suitable dish for using left over rice. negi (Japanese leek) and small pieces of carrot and pork are mixed into the rice when stir fried. Curry is not a native Japanese spice. . They are prepared and eaten in many different ways. and many inexpensive Kare Raisu restaurants can be found especially in and around train stations. shellfish and other seafood from the oceans. A variety of additional ingredients such as peas. It is a suitable dish for using left over rice. They are slightly salted and often contain some additional food in the center. Kayu Kayu is rice gruel. Kare Raisu is a very popular dish. 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. salmon or tarako (cod roe) added to it. Some of the most popular toppings are tempura (tendon). deep fried or steamed. dried. Most types of sashimi are enjoyed with soya sauce and wasabi. soft cooked rice that resembles oatmeal. It can be served with additional toppings such as tonkatsu. tuna or salmon. but has been used in Japan for over a century. There are various kinds of sushi dishes. egg and chicken (oyakodon). Chazuke Chazuke is a bowl of cooked rice with green tea and other ingredients. egg.
Somen Like Udon noodles. Some special nabe dishes are: Oden A nabe dish prepared with various fish cakes. seafood and/or meat. boiled eggs. They can be served cold or hot and with various toppings. konyaku and kombu seaweed. There are many regional and personal varieties. Typical ingredients arevegetables such as negi (Japanese leek) and hakusai (Chinese cabbage). Ramen is one of the many popular dishes that were originally introduced from China but have become completely Japanized over time. Somen are usually eaten cold and are considered a summer speciality. . somen are Japanese noodles made of wheat flour. Yakisoba Yakisoba are fried or deep fried Chinese style noodles served withvegetables. Udon more information Udon noodles are native Japanese noodles made of wheat flour. Noodle Dishes There are various traditional Japanese noodle dishes as well as some dishes which were introduced to Japan and subsequently Japanized. Soba more information Soba noodles are native Japanese noodles made of buckwheat flour or a mixture of buckwheat and wheat flour. but they are much thinner than Udon and Soba. usually at the table. meat and ginger.Yakizakana Yakizakana means grilled fish. Many of them enjoy a very high popularity. boiled over many hours in a soya sauce based soup. Many varieties of fish are enjoyed in this way. various mushrooms. daikon. Nabe Dishes Nabe dishes or hot pot dishes are prepared in a hot pot. Ramen more information Ramen are Chinese style noodles prepared in a soup with various toppings. and they are especially popular in the cold winter months. Soba are about as thick as spaghetti. Udon are thicker than soba and can also be served either hot or cold and with various toppings.
vegetables. the sumo district in Tokyo.Sukiyaki A nabe dish prepared with thinly sliced meat. Chanko Nabe Chanko nabe is traditionally the staple diet of sumo wrestlers. tofuand shirataki (konyaku noodles). Soya Bean Dishes Tofu. The following are some of the most popular soya bean based dishes: Yudofu Yudofu are tofu pieces boiled in a clear. Nikujaga more information Nikujaga is a popular dish of home style cooking made of meat (niku) and potatoes (jagaimo). Tonkatsu Tonkatsu are deep fried pork cutlets. Shabu-Shabu Shabu-shabu is Japanese style meat fondue. Thinly sliced meat. miso and many other important ingredients of Japanese cooking are made of soya beans. mushrooms and tofu is dipped into a hot soup and then into ponzu vinegar or a sesame sauce before being eaten. mushrooms. There are many varieties of chanko nabe. Tonkatsu is usually served with shredded cabbage or on top of cooked rice (katsudon) or with Japanese style curry rice (katsu kare). mild soup and dipped into a soya based sauce before being eaten. Nowadays there are a variety of Japanese meat dishes. The pieces of food are dipped into a raw egg before eaten. Yakitori more information Yakitori are grilled chicken pieces on skewers. A few chanko nabe restaurants can be found around Ryogoku. . along withvegetables. natto. Meat Dishes Meat has been eaten in Japan in larger amounts only since the second half of the 19th century. Most parts of the chicken can be used for yakitori.
Tempura was introduced to Japan by the Portuguese in the 16th century. Yoshoku Dishes A large number of Western dishes have been introduced to Japan over the centuries.Agedashi Tofu Agedashi Tofu are deep fried tofu pieces that are dipped into a soya based sauce before being eaten. Many of them have become completely Japanized. wrapped in a thin omelet. thinly sliced beef and onions in a demi-glace sauce served over or along side cooked rice. like kare raisu. and these dishes are now called Yoshoku dishes. Miso Soup A bowl of miso soup often accompanies breakfast. . It is made by dissolving miso paste in hot water and adding additional ingredients such as wakame seaweed and small pieces of tofu. and come in many varieties depending on the filling. mushrooms and other pieces of food coated with tempura batter and deep fried. it is also eaten with a spoon. and. Omuraisu Omuraisu (abbreviation for omelet rice) is cooked rice. but without a bun. Hayashi Raisu Hayashi rice is Japanese style hashed beef stew. It resembles kare raisu. and usually served with a gravy sauce or tomato ketchup. The most common filling is a mix of minced meat and mashed potatoes. Some of the most popular ones are: Korokke more information Korokke has its origins in the croquettes which were introduced to Japan in the 19th century. vegetables. It is typically served on a plate and usually with a demi-glace sauce. Korokke are breaded and deep fried. Other Dishes Tempura more information Tempura is seafood. lunch and dinner. but has become one of Japan's most famous dishes internationally. Hamubagu Hamubagu is a Japanese style hamburger steak.
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.
2008. Prepaid cards don't give you any discounts. Shinjuku and Shibuya. Ikebukuro and Wakoshi. Shinjuku-sanchome. providing a new direct connection from the suburbs into central Tokyo and an alternative to the busy Yamanote Line section between Ikebukuro. as you do not always need to buy a ticket before riding a train. Tokyo Metro started operating the new Fukutoshin Line between Shibuya.Tokunai Pass (730 yen) Unlimited use of JR trains in the central Tokyo area on one calendar day. Elsewhere on the site is a guide devoted to Suica and PASMO. On June 14. Suica and PASMO Suica and PASMO are prepaid IC cards. 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. including JR trains. Sundays. while Toei operates the other four. The Japan Rail Pass is valid only on JR trains. It can only be used on Saturdays. It runs nine of the metropolis' thirteen subway lines. but they make the process of taking trains easier. subways and other non-JR trains. The Fukutoshin Line provides through service with the Tobu Tojo Line and Seibu Ikebukuro Line at its northern end. 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 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). Two train categories run on the Fukutoshin Line: local trains stop at all stations. that can be used interchangeably on most trains and buses in Greater Tokyo. and is scheduled to provide through service with the Tokyu Toyoko Line at Shibuya . public holidaysand certain holiday seasons.
they are best used in combination with the Toei subway lines and the urban JR lines. While the nine Tokyo Metro lines provide access to many of Tokyo's city centers and tourist attractions. they alone do not provide the perfect solution for getting around Tokyo.Station from the year 2012. Simplified Network Map of Tokyo Metro: (move cursor over subway line name to highlight a single line) . Instead. especially the JR Yamanote Line.
Toyo Rapid Railway and JR Chuo Line Chiyoda Line: to JR Joban Line and Odakyu Railway Yurakucho Line: to Tobu Tojo Line and Seibu Ikebukuro Line Hanzomon Line: to Tokyu Denentoshi Line and Tobu Isesaki Line Nanboku Line: to Tokyu Toyoko Line and Saitama Rapid Railway Fukutoshin Line: to Tobu Tojo Line and Seibu Ikebukuro Line .To provide more convenient connections between the suburbs and the city center. 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.
It is located in the middle of the large Shinjuku business. Suica and Pasmo prepaid cards can be used on Tokyo Metro. JR Yamanote Line The Yamanote Line is Tokyo's most important train line. It is a circular line which connects Tokyo's major city centers. The main entrance to Meiji Shrine is located next to Harajuku Station. Even though a single train on the Yamanote Line is roughly 200 meters long. because subways are not operated by JR. However. Many suburban train lines commence at Shinjuku Station. The north entrance of the Meiji Shrine can be accessed from Yoyogi Station. there are departures about every two to four minutes in each direction. Below are more details about the stations of the Yamanote Line starting and ending at Shinjuku in their actual. Harajuku is a shopping and entertainment district for young people. the Japan Rail Pass is not valid on subways. Shinjuku Yoyogi Harajuku Shibuya . A trip around the whole circle takes approximately one hour.Tokyo Metro fares range from 160 to 300 yen depending on how far you travel. Several suburban train lines commence at Shibuya Station. A day pass valid on both Tokyo Metro and Toei subway lines is available for 1000 yen. counter-clockwise order: Shinjuku Station is Japan's busiest train station. especially teenagers. 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. entertainment and shopping district. A one day pass for unlimited use of Tokyo Metro on one calendar day is available for 710 yen. Shibuya is a large shopping and business district particularly popular among the younger generations.
Shiodome Shiosite and Hama Rikyu Gardens. Hamamatsucho is the closest JR station to the Tokyo Tower andZojoji Temple. The Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen trains stop at Shinagawa Station. a large shopping area for electronics. 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 Imperial Palace and the Imperial Palace East Gardens. which connects central Tokyo with the domestic Haneda Airport. TheUeno Park and the Ameyoko shopping street are located next to the station.Shinagawa is the closest JR station to Sengakuji Temple. It is also the terminal station of the Tokyo Monorail. Shimbashi Yurakucho Tokyo Kanda Akihabara Okachimachi Ueno Akihabara Station is located just next to Akihabara Electric Town. Tokyo Station is the terminal station of all shinkansen lines. Uguisudani Nippori . It is located in the prestigious Marunouchi business district. Shimbashi is a large business area and the closest JR station to the Tsukiji Fish Market.Ebisu Meguro Gotanda Osaki Shinagawa Tamachi Hamamatsucho Closest station to Yebisu Garden Place. The shinkansen trains to northern Japan stop at Ueno Station. The Ameyoko shopping street starts at Okachimachi Station. Many suburban train lines commence at Ueno Station. Many suburban train lines pass through or commence at Tokyo Station.
Kyoto City Bus In Tokyo. . buses serve as a secondary means of public transportation. Rikugien Garden is just south of Komagome Station. Several suburban train lines commence at Ikebukuro Station. complementing the train and subway networks.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. Osaka and some other large cities. buses are the main means of public transportation. Mejiro Takadanobaba Shin-Okubo Shinjuku Local Buses This page is about local and short-distance buses in Japan and how to use them. In cities with less dense train networks like Kyoto.
View our suggested itineraries to see the sample budgets applied to specific itineraries. the countryside and national parks.000 Yen .000 Yen Two Travelers 5. and there are different systems of ticketing depending on the company.20. there are a few exceptions to the above outlined system. One US dollar is roughly 100 Yen. i. 5) If you do not have the exact fare. Click here for the current Yen exchange rates.9. Major cities are. 3) A display above the driver shows the next stop and the fares for that stop in yen.12.000 . match the number on your ticket with the number and fare on the display. and visit our page about package tours. 4) When your stop is approaching. by introducing some sample budgets.000 Yen over 20. In many cities or city centers. for example in central Kyoto. Travel Budget This page is meant to give you a rough idea of the cost of individual travel in Japan.500 . A number is printed on the ticket. 6) When getting off. How to use a bus Using buses in Japan can be intimidating to foreign tourists because there are usually few English displays or announcements.500 Yen 9.500 . use the changing machine to get small coins. furthermore. press one of the buttons on the wall to signal the driver that you wish to get off at the next stop.6.000 Yen 6. The most prominent exception are the Tokyo Metropolitan Buses. Sample daily budgets Not including cost for transportation.Buses also serve smaller towns. 2) When entering. you always pay the same price regardless of how far you travel. put your ticket and the exact fare into the box next to the driver. where you are supposed to enter through the front door. This means that you do not have to worry about steps 2) and 3) in the above description. and exit through the rear door. Of course. To determine your fare. pay a flat fare when entering. a flat fare applies.e.000 Yen over 12. Single Traveler Low Budget Medium Budget High Budget 2. linked by highway and long distance buses. which you will later use to determine your fare. followed by notes about exceptions: 1) Enter the bus through the back door (or front door if there is only one door). Below is a description of the most common system.000 . pick up a ticket from a small machine.
you will have to live from convenience store food (bread. you typically pay 20.000 to 50.Accommodation: Check our accommodation page for more information on different accommodation types and corresponding price ranges. you will find rooms in cheap business hotels and inexpensive.000 Yen per double room and night At this level. For a room in a high class Western style hotel.000 and 30. Low budget: 1.000 .10. you can get rooms in good business hotels and inexpensive Western style hotels.000 Yen per double room and night Starting around 7000 Yen per person. typically charge between 1500 and 3500 Yen per night and person. Breakfasts buffets in first-class hotels typically cost between 2000 and 3000 Yen.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. Medium budget: 3.000 Yen per day Hotel breakfasts and breakfast buffets will usually cost you more than 1000 Yen.7. High budget: above 1.700 Yen per day Inexpensive lunch boxes are available in convenience stores and stands in railway stations . Some tour packages (for individual travelers) include accommodation at quality Western style hotels at this price level. Breakfast: Low budget: 200 . Furthermore. nofrills minshukuand ryokan. rice balls.) or visit fast food restaurants like McDonald's or Mister Donut which offer inexpensive breakfasts.000 Yen per single room and night 5. found in most cities and regions of Japan.500 Yen per night and person Dormitories and youth hostels.500 Yen per day At this level. etc. Medium budget: 500 . High budget: over 126.96.36.1990 .000 Yen per room and night.000 Yen per single room and night over 10.500 . A stay at a ryokan with two meals included typically costs between 10.000 Yen per person and night. Lunch: Low budget: 400 . booking services likeHostelworld offer great deals.
plus restaurants which offer lunch set special.2. so called teishoku. Medium budget: 700 .500 Yen per day Japan offers many free attractions.000 Yen per day With 3000 Yen per person you will be able to have a good dinner at a wide range ofrestaurants. Medium budget: 700 .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. including the restaurants found in department stores where meals typically cost between 1000 and 2000 Yen. High budget: above 1. not including alcoholic drinks. domburior hamburger.1. steaks. curry. Calculate 5000 Yen upwards per person for a dinner at upper class restaurants specializing in sushi. kaiseki ryori. High budget: above 2. Various fast food restaurants. sukiyaki. specializing in noodles. etc.200 Yen per day A lunch at most conventional restaurants cost typically between 1000 and 3000 Yen. At this level. Admission to large theme parks typically cost around 5000 . High budget: above 1. Most museums and castles charge about 200-1000 Yen per person. Dinner: Low budget: 400 . Other options are again cheap fast food restaurants.and business districts. for around 1000 Yen. Medium budget: 500 . you will be able to enjoy a nice dinner at a wide range of fast food and conventional restaurants.700 Yen per day Convenience stores sell various.000 Yen per day Conventional restaurants are generally more expensive in the evening than during lunch time. French cuisine. also offer relatively filling meals for 700 Yen or less.000 Yen per day Some museums and attractions (usually outstanding ones or tourist traps) charge between 1000 and 3000 Yen per person. as there are no lunch specials.1.000 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). A few museums charge no admission on one day of the week or month. Sightseeing: Low budget: 0 . inexpensive ready-to-eat meals. Most shrines and some temples do not charge admission fees.
regular tickets and prepaid cards Day passes are available for most major Japanese cities. Rental outlets are usually found around the train station. Transportation: Low budget: Highway buses. roughly corresponds to the cost of a single return trip from Tokyo to Kyoto by shinkansen. many others require you to do a lot of traveling before they pay off. The cost for a 7 day Japan Rail Pass. Day passes. domestic flights can be as economical as a rail pass. do not provide any discounts over regular tickets. Bicycles A rental bicycle can be a convenient and economical way of exploring small to medium sized cities. Thereby you can walk in between sights and minimize subway and bus travel. but they are more convenient to use. if you take advantage of the various discount offers. regular tickets are not rarely cheaper than day passes. try to concentrate on just one part of the city instead of zigzagging around town. city districts or rural towns. Prepaid cards. 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. such as Suica and Icoca. for example. All budgets: Travelers of all budgets should consider purchasing a Japan Rail Pass or a regional rail pass. rban Transportation Cost on urban transportation can generally be reduced by planning out your route wisely. Basic mamachari type bicycle are usually the only type of bicycle available. Budget Travel . While some day passes are good deals. especially if plan your route wisely.Sightseeing . Rates vary widely but are typically a few hundred yen per hour or 500 to 1000 yen per day. Over long distances.Yen per day. On each day. Two and three week passes are even more cost-effective. As a result.
temples.While Japan has plenty of enjoyable sightseeing attractions that are free. quality meals throughout the country. Akihabara and Ginza. observation deck of the Tokyo Government Office and people watching and window shopping in bustlingShinjuku. as it is easy to find a wide selection of cheap. Minshuku and ryokan usually include both dinner and breakfast. consider making lunch your main meal of the day. . Sensoji Temple. 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. Harajuku. Budget Travel . consider hotel and tour packages that include meals with the stay. Free Sightseeing Below is a list of popular sightseeing spots and activities that do not cost admission: Tokyo Tsukiji Market. 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. Imperial Palace and East Gardens. Many restaurants offer inexpensive set menus (teishoku) for around 1000 yen during the lunch hours. and business hotels. hotels tend to have various meal plans. Finally.castles and gardens charge an admission of at least a few hundred yen. making it a great way to check out places that may otherwise be outside of your budget. manga kissa and capsule hotels often include a complementary light breakfast. Shibuya. Yet there are a variety of discounts that can decrease your sightseeing expenses a little bit. most museums. Meiji Shrine. while lunch boxes (bento) are available for around 500 yen or less. Higher class restaurants also have less expensive lunch options.
alcohol and prepared foods. bakery items. The cost of a meal rarely exceeds 1000 yen per person. Convenience stores offer a selection of fresh sandwiches and rice balls (onigiri). the quality of many food items is surprisingly high. soba. alcohol and other drinks.udon. Thanks to the fierce competition between convenience store chains. but progressively increase until closing and may end up as high as 50 to 70 percent. sweets. Hanamaru Udon. lunch boxes. Family Restaurants Family restaurants are another type of restaurant that are a modest step up from fast food establishments. Many supermarkets also discount fruits and vegetables that are either blemished. seafood. resulting in inexpensive meals always being close at hand. snacks. yet still offer a quality selection of inexpensive meals. noodles. drinks. . Among these chains are the Yoshinoya. meat. Supermarkets Japanese supermarkets are comparable to those found in Western countries and offer much of the same items including fresh fruits and vegetables. overripe or otherwise not fit for sale at full price. and can be found virtually anywhere in Japan. but expect them to be more expensive than back home.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. while Saizeriya is popular for its cheap and filling Italian food and Bamiyan for its Chinese dishes. curry or boxed meals (bento). and the Hokka Hokka Tei and Hotto Motto lunch box chains. While easily found in the suburbs and smaller towns. Royal Host and Denny's offer a wide variety of Western and Japanese dishes. Sukiya. Imported foods are also widely available. Discounts start off at a modest 10 to 20 percent. canned and dry foods. Chains such as Gusto. Low budget conveyor belt sushi chains could also be listed under this category. Fast Food Japan has a lot of international fast food chains such as McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Chicken. Coco's. and Matsuya gyudon chains. (normally priced) supermarkets are rare in the centers of large cities. sushi. Note that many supermarkets begin to mark down their unsold lunch items around 14:00 and their other prepared foods from around 19:00. Coco Curry House. as well as many Japanese chains that specialize in one type of dish such as gyudon. ramen.
Alcoholic Drinks Explore Japan's unique lineup of alcoholic drinks that are cheaper than beer. Kaiten-zushi tends to be less expensive than usual sushi-ya. such as gyoza and fried rice. are usually also available at a ramen-ya. Korokke and other deep fried dishes are also available at many tonkatsu-ya. 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. sweet potatoes. There are usually a few kinds of plates (differing in color or pattern). Every ramen-ya has developed its own soup. 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. Gyudon-ya Gyudon-ya specialize in gyudon (beef domburi). Customers are usually y y y y y y y . such as imitation beer (happoshu and 3rd genre beer). There is usually at least one kare-ya and one ramen-ya inside or around any major railway station. Ramen-ya Ramen-ya specialize in ramen dishes. Okonomiyaki-ya Okonomiyaki-ya specialize in okonomiyaki and sometimes monjayaki. The menu often changes slightly with the seasons. shochu (distilled spirit made from rice. wheat or sugar cane) or chuhai (shochu based cocktails with various flavors). with hiyashi (cold) noodles popular in summer and nabeyaki (hot) udon popular in winter. Kare-ya Kare-ya are restaurants that specialize in curry rice (kare raisu) dishes. customers can sit either at a normal table or at a counter (sushi bar).Business Districts and Train Stations Especially during lunch hours the competition is fierce among restaurants in large business districts. each being associated with a certain price of typically 100 to 500 yen. Tonkatsu-ya Tonkatsu-ya serve tonkatsu. the number of plates is counted to determine the cost. In most sushi-ya. Restaurants A large number of restaurant types can be found in Japan. the most crucial ingredient for a restaurant's success. Several other dishes of Chinese origin. behind which the sushi chef is working. Most noodle dishes come either cooled with a dipping sauce or in a hot soup and with different toppings. where the sushi dishes are presented to the customers on a conveyor belt. Chinese style noodles served in a soup with various toppings. Soba-ya Soba-ya specialize in soba and udon noodle dishes. deep fried breaded pork cutlets. Kaiten-zushi Kaiten-zushi are sushi restaurants. Gyudon-ya tend to be inexpensive fast food style restaurants. 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. y Sushi-ya Sushi-ya are restaurants which specialize in sushi. Alcoholic drinks tend to be cheapest at liquor stores. convenience stores and supermarkets. Large business districts and busy railway stations also usually offer a wide range of small fast food restaurants where you can easily have a full meal for under 1000 yen. In the end.
They are particularly popular among salarymen after work. y y .y y y y preparing their okonomiyaki by themselves on a hot plate which is built into the table. Teishoku-ya Teishoku-ya are restaurants that sell teishoku (set menus). y Izakaya Izakaya are drinking places that offer a variety of small dishes. they are also popular places to go as a late night snack after drinking. such as tendon (tempura domburi) and assorted tempura. A set menu usually consists of a main dish such as a fried fish. It is probably the most popular restaurant type among the Japanese people. salads and finger food. a bowl of cooked rice and small side dishes. Unagi-ya Unagi-ya specialize in unagi (fresh water eel) dishes such as unajuu and unadon (unagidomburi). Family Restaurant and Shokudo Family restaurants (famiresu) offer a variety of Western. rather than ordering and eating individually. and the difference to family restaurants is small. Chinese and Japanese dishes in order to please all family members. Along with ramen-ya. Yakitori-ya Yakitori-ya specialize in yakitori. Izakaya tend to be informal. They tend to be expensive and are not very numerous. Sukiyaki-ya Sukiyaki-ya specialize in sukiyaki and shabu-shabu. 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. Teishoku-ya are especially numerous in business areas and popular during lunch time. and the people at one table usually share all dishes. grilled chicken skewers. the term is not commonly used anymore. such as robata (grilled food). however. Tempura-ya Tempura-ya specialize in tempura dishes. Shokudo also offer a variety of dishes.
Many Italian restaurants have Japanese flavored pasta dishes on their menus besides conventional dishes. Many of them serve slightly Japanized Chinese dishes. Ethnic Cuisine In Japan. as well as American style fast food enjoys a great popularity among the Japanese. where small pieces of meat are cooked on a grill at the table. . Hamburger Fast Food There are many hamburger fast food restaurants across Japan. but also various Japanese chain stores such as Mos Burger and Lotteria. Indonesian and Vietnamese food. Italian Restaurants Italian cuisine is very popular across Japan. Chinese and Italian cooking. ethnic cuisine means South East Asian food. while others offer more authentic Chinese food.Family Restaurant Foreign Cuisine Many restaurants in Japan specialize in a foreign cuisine. The dishes served at yoshoku-ya are heavily Japanized Western dishes. such as omuraisu and hayashiraisu. Especially Korean. 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. such as Thai. Yoshoku-ya Yoshoku-ya specialize in yoshoku ryori (Western Food). such as cakes and ice cream. y Yakiniku-ya Yakiniku-ya specialize in Korean style barbecue. Chinese Restaurants There are many Chinese restaurants in Japan. They include major American chain stores such as McDonald's.
such as Seven Eleven. coffee. Yatai and Rotensho Yatai are movable food stalls that can be found along busy streets. Kaiseki Ryori and Ryotei Kaiseki Ryori may be called "Japanese haute cuisine". The stores also sell all kinds of hot and cold beverages including soda. Dishes commonly offered at yatai include oden and ramen. Goods offered Convenience stores primarily sell food including a large range of meals. sport . can be heated up by the store staff. Lawson and Family Mart. snacks and sweets. Rotensho are food stands that are temporarily constructed for festivals and other large events.Okonomiyaki. water. takoyaki and yakisoba are just a few of the many dishes commonly sold at rotensho.000 convenience stores. which emphasizes concepts such as simplicity and elegance. can be found across Japan. They sometimes include seating space inside a tent.y y besides beverages. obento (lunch boxes). Strong competition between the major operators. Most convenience stores are open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. bread. instant ramen. such as onigiri. sandwiches. Coffee chain stores such as Starbucks are also quite numerous. chips. nikuman and oden. candy. known as konbini. tea. It is a refined cooking style related to thetea ceremony. 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. Karaage Rotensho Convenience Stores More than 40. such asonigiri (rice balls). It can be enjoyed at special kaiseki ryori restaurants or at ryotei. Some cold foods. microwave meals and hot foods like fried chicken.
The selection changes frequently and often varies by season as well. such as the sale of post cards and stamps. it is possible to drop off or pick up deliveries (takuhaibin). blank CDs and tapes. If not the ATM. chuhai. can be paid at convenience stores. umbrellas. Some stores. theme parks. cell phone and insurance bills. A limited range of postal services. y y y y y Below is a sample layout of a typical Japanese convenience store: Supermarkets . Services offered Convenience stores also offer a wide range of services. cosmetics. nihonshu. including utility. Bill Payment: Many bills. except at 7-Eleven. 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. Many convenience stores also sell alcoholic beverages including beer. batteries. highway buses and othertravel services can be purchased at the multi-purpose terminal. particularly outside of the city centers.drinks. newspapers. it is usually the copy machine which serves as the store's multi-purpose terminal. Digital Camera Prints: You can get prints of digital pictures by inserting your camera's memory card into the multi-purpose terminal. Depending on the store. magazines and comics. the prints will be ready instantly or can be picked up later. Ticket Reservations: Tickets for sport events. Foreign credit and debit cards are usually not recognized by the ATMs found in convenience stores. milk and vitamin drinks. juice. concerts. Copier/Fax: A copy machine and fax is available at most convenience stores. happoshu. such as parcels or luggage. shochu and wine. have a toilet. is also available. Other goods available include body care products. Delivery Services: At many stores.
Also see our page about convenience stores. or wheat spirits. Kirin. Happoshu Happoshu (lit. bread. fresh seafood. Drinking parties. The packages and portions in Japanese supermarkets are usually smaller than comparable packages sold in Europe or North America in particular. They offer all kinds of goods such as fresh fruits and vegetables. snacks. meat. this beer-like beverage contains no malt. Beautiful food departments are usually located in the basement floors of most department stores. "sparkling alcohol".Modern Japanese supermarkets are organized much in the same way as their Western counterparts. . alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages and household articles. Alcoholic Beverages Drinking plays an important role in Japanese society. Some of the most popular ones are: Beer Beer is the most popular alcoholic drink in Japan. dairy products. A visit to such a food department is a highly recommended experience. they are rarely cheaper. The leading breweries are Asahi. lighter taste. which gives it a different. typically held at restaurants and izakaya. nevertheless. also known as low-malt beer) is a relatively recent invention by Japanese brewing companies. are a common activity that are used to strengthen both social and business ties. soya. on the other hand. tofu. instead using pea. The art of brewing beer was imported in the early Meiji Period from Germany as a development project for the northern island of Hokkaido. but it is made with less malt. dried and canned food. ready-to-eat meals. happoshu is taxed differently than beer and is consequently sold at a lower price. Suntory and Sapporo. Also due to the lower malt content. Also the cashier system is well organized and efficient. It has a similar flavor and alcohol content as beer. A large variety of alcoholic beverages can be found in Japan. In order to counter tax changes that reclassified the malt content of beer and subsequently raised the price of happoshu. can be relatively inexpensive. Traditional Japanese foodstuffs. pickled. Third beer "Third beer" (also known as "Shin Janru" or "New Genre") is the most recent development in the Japanese beer industry. The goods are usually beautifully presented and of excellent quality.
Awamori is the Okinawan version of shochu. Chuhai Chuhai (the name is derived from "shochu highball") are fruitflavored alcoholic drinks with an alcohol content that ranges between 5-8 percent. It is usually served mixed with water and ice. and sparkling wines from France. especially among women. Shochu. grapefruit. Recent ones include winter pear. the United States and Australia are widely available. The most famous wine producing region within Japan is Yamanashi Prefecture. fruit juice and sparkling water. mixed with soda. there are countless local rice wines (jizake). and it is usually filtered although unfiltered nihonshu (nigorizake) is also popular. water and white koji mold as the main ingredients. peach. The alcohol content of nihonshu is typically about 10-20%. and mikan (mandarin orange). It is commonly made from rice. juice-like flavor and aroma can appeal to those who normally dislike alcohol. or as an umeshu sawa (umeshu sour). In addition there are many seasonal flavors that come and go. While imported red. They are usually shochu based. 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. and shochu or nihonshu. Wine Wine is gaining popularity in Japan. Commonly made at home.Rice Wine (nihonshu or sake) Commonly called sake outside of Japan. sugar. or oolong tea. and are available in cans anywhere alcohol is sold. Awamori Shochu is a distilled spirit with an alcohol content usually between 20-40 percent. fruity. Besides major brands. lime. Italy. It is usually served on the rocks. sweet potatoes. Its sweet. it is also easily found anywhere alcohol is sold. nihonshu or sake (note that "sake" is also the general Japanese term for alcohol) is brewed using rice. pineapple. and nashi (Japanese pear). Plum wine (umeshu) Umeshu is made of Japanese plums (ume). . wheat and/or sugar cane. Common flavors include lemon. It is drunk either hot or cold. ume. there also exists a sizable and increasing domestic wine industry. white.
the same as for purchasing tobacco products. Gin and vodka based drinks are also commonly available at bars. for example in restaurants that serve kaiseki ryori (Japanese haute cuisine). liquor stores (sakaya) and at vending machines (although machines in public shut off after 11PM). Likewise. a foreigner requires to present his/her Alien Registration Card. and then take at least one drink before putting the glass down. The machines found in convenience stores. debit and ATM cards. which are issued outside of Japan. Telephone and utilities bills can be paid at banks. be aware that most Japanese ATMs do not accept foreign credit cards. While it is considered bad manners to become obviously drunk in some formal restaurants. while at CDs it is usually only possible to withdraw money. ATMs Many automatic teller machines (ATMs) in Japan do not accept credit. In order to open an account at a Japanese bank. for example. rather than serving yourself. but the number of 24h ATMs is increasing. but avoid using "chin chin" when making a toast. the document any foreigner needs to apply for when staying in Japan for more than 90 days. At ATMs one can pay withdraw. . hold it up for the person while they pour. which is usually "kampai". An inkan (personal stamp) or signature is also needed. As a traveler in Japan. since in Japanese this expression refers to the male genitalia. if someone wants to serve you. These customs apply to everyone in your party even if they are not drinking alcohol. you should drink to make room in your glass if it is full. Only theinternational ATMs found in post offices and in a few major department stores and airports accept foreign credit and debit cards. Most ATMs and CDs are unavailable on weekends and during the night. deposit and transfer money and pay bills. Japanese banks offer automatic teller machines (ATM) and cash dispensers (CD). post offices and at some convenience stores. and replenish them before they are empty. Drinking Manners When drinking alcoholic beverages. the same is not true for other types of restaurants such as izakaya. as long as you do not bother other guests. The legal drinking age is 20 years old. ATMs. Alcoholic beverages are sold in supermarkets. and izakaya. convenience stores. Other toasts are acceptable.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. department stores. restaurants. it is customary to serve one another. 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. Banks Japanese banks are usually open Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 15:00. are often available around the clock. You should periodically check your friends' glasses.
suspecting a fraud. Tsuwano Post Office Taketomi Post Office In addition to the ATMs at post offices and 7-Eleven convenience stores. however. Plus. Remember your card's secret 4-digit PIN. ensure the following at home before leaving for Japan: y y y y Make sure that your credit or debit card can be used abroad. These ATMs allow you to withdraw cash by credit and debit cards issued outside of Japan. Cell Phones in Japan . Maestro. Postal ATM operating hours then decrease proportionally to the size of the post office.000 post offices and over 10. Shinjuku Office. 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). from major post offices (typically 7:00 to 23:00.000 7Elevenconvenience stores across the country. American Express and JCB cards and provide an English user menu. shorter hours on weekends. In case of post offices. international ATMs can be found at international airports. ATMs at 7-Eleven stores are available 24 hours per day on every day of the year. including theTokyo Central Office. Cirrus. in major department stores and in Citibank and Shinsei Bank branches. shorter hours on weekends) to medium sized offices (typically 8:00 to 20:00. In order to use international ATMs. Mastercard.The big exception are the ATMs found at the over 20. Shibuya Office and the central offices of Osaka. Notify your bank that you are going to use your card overseas. only the central offices of major cities offer a 24 hour/7 days a week ATM service. Inquire what fees and daily and/or monthly limits are associated with international withdrawals. including Visa. closed on weekends). since many banks will block a card which is suddenly used abroad. possibly closed on Sundays) to minor offices (typically 9:00 and 16:00.
and they are constantly getting new features such as internet browsers. Mobile phones are everywhere. and before that J-phone). Low call rates. while Softbank has about 15 million subscribers. gps/navigation and music players. there is no GSM network. Most importantly. 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. televisions. however the number of compatible phones is increasing. Do Japanese phones work outside of Japan? . You can rent OR buy a Japan cell phone BEFORE your departure! Click above link. Do foreign phones work in Japan? Due to different technologies.Mobile phone display racks at an electronics store. There are two things that are required for your telephone to work: 1. Free shipping. Compatibility with the Japanese mobile phone network . and Softbank (formerly Vodafone. 2. cameras. games. so GSM phones do not work. Mobile phones Japan is a leader in mobile phone technology and usage with about 75% of the population owning one. Alternatively.With an international roaming plan (from your home service provider) you use your own phone and number. with a rental SIM card (from a Japanese provider) you use your own phone with a Japanese phone number and lower rates. Docomo is the most popular company with about 50 million subscribers. Au is next with about 30 million subscribers. Rentafone Japan We provide a cheap and convenient cell phone rental service for shortterm visitors to Japan. mobile phones from your home country may not work in Japan. au by KDDI. Check the cost-comparison link on our home page. The biggest mobile phone companies in Japan are NTT Docomo. Free incoming calls. electronic wallets/train passes.The only foreign phones that work in Japan are some 3G models. International roaming plan or rental SIM card . but are charged international roaming rates which tend to be expensive. Contact your service provider for details concerning your particular phone.
This means that a person with a handset and service provided by a Japanese mobile phone carrier can roam when travelling outside of Japan. but the display phones are non-working plastic samples. and typically requires a picture ID and a credit card. 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. All of the companies at the airports have same day rentals. Some stores will accept foreign passports along with a hotel address as verification. 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.Many phones that are sold in Japan can operate on 3G and GSM networks (only in certain countries) with the appropriate international roaming plans. and is typically valid for 60 days from activation. Prepaid Phones Due to past criminal abuse of prepaid phones. a Japanese Passport. but . Typical proof can be in the form of a Japanese driver's license. depending on what features your phone supports. Japanese carriers do not unlock handsets. while some companies offer discounts for advanced reservations. Prepaid phones start around 5000 yen. etc. You can return the phones at the airport or through the maildepending on the company. 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. With most companies. How to get a mobile phone: Rental Phones Renting is the most economical way for the average traveler to get a phone. internet. which is used for outgoing calls. or an alien registration card. Credit. Many companies have kiosks at the airports. There are phones to suit every style. Also. Credit can be bought at cell phone stores and convenience stores. while other companies will mail a phone to your hotel or to your home. Phone numbers remain active as long as you have valid credit in your account. phone sellers must now verify the identity and place of residence of their buyers. must be purchased in advance. Japanese phones are designed at a hardware and software level to work with only a particular network. although while overseas some of their advanced functions will likely not work. incoming calls are free). email.
visit the shopping and entertainment attractions and view the futuristic architecture and landscape design around Odaiba and Tokyo Big Sight. for a . Then. a futuristic entertainment and shopping district on a man made island. Then. Explore centrally locatedSensoji Temple and the surrounding streets. Afterwards. Suggested schedules Two full days are required in order to gain a superficial feel for Japan's capital. There. Tokyo is the best place to experience modern. a nice landscape garden at the Tokyo Bay waterfront. an elevated train across the Rainbow Bridge onto a man made island in Tokyo Bay. take the boat on the Sumida River from Asakusa to Hama Rikyu. Shinjuku In Shinjuku. Shibuya. Shinjuku Start the day with a visit to the Imperial Palace and its East Gardens. urban Japan. All the latest and most advanced phones are available with subscription plans and the selection of handsets is huge. Alternatively. Futuristic Tokyo From Shimbashi Station take the Yurikamome. Full day schedules: From Asakusa to Odaiba: Old and new Tokyo Start in Asakusa. Half day schedules: Old Tokyo Visit the excellent Edo-Tokyo Museum about Tokyo's history. From Hama Rikyu it is just a few steps to the elegant skyscrapers of Shiodome. visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office. Tokyo's tallest building. consists of two separate theme parks: Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Imperial Palace. just 15 minutes by train from Tokyo Station. 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. visit nearbyMeiji Shrine and take the Yamanote Line to Shinjuku. 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. At least one week to get to know it more intimately. Subscription plans are only available to residents and require an alien registration card and a Japanese bank account. Spend the evening there. 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. where a touch of the old Tokyo is surviving.will expire after three months to a year without use. where you can hop onto the Yurikamome elevated train over the rainbow bridge to Odaiba. In the afternoon. Phones may be free or subsidized although that typically requires a 2 year service contract.
Nikko Nikko. is the site of the famous Nikko Toshogu Shrine. but an overnight stay at a ryokan with hot spring is recommended. Then take a look at Japan's busiest train station and surrounding department stores. good views of Mount Fuji. Shibuya. Harajuku. a spacious city park. but if you also wish to visit Nikko's beautiful national park. which have disappeared in Tokyo itself due to earthquakes. Kawagoe Kawagoe. two hours north of Tokyo. Hakone can be visited in a one day trip. take a break in the Shinjuku Gyoen. located in a spacious wooded park just next to Harajuku Station. only half an hour south of Tokyo.free bird's eye view of the city. visit Meiji Shrine. two hours west of Tokyo. Tokyo's most expensive and famous shopping district. Meiji Jingu Shibuya and Harajuku are the most popular shopping and entertainment districts of Tokyo's young generations. For some contrast. 30 minutes from Ikebukuro. is full of historic temples and shrines. . a few historic sites and many hot springs. Ginza Visit Imperial Palace and its East Gardens before exploring Ginza. To escape the crowds. Imperial Palace. at least two days are recommended. one hour south of Tokyo. It makes a good one-day trip from Tokyo. experience the notorious Kabukicho entertainment district. Side trips: Kamakura Kamakura. the mausoleum of one of Japan's most influential personalities. because the city retains some of the architecture and atmosphere of past centuries. The shrines and temples of Nikko can be seen in a one day trip from Tokyo. Yokohama Yokohama is Japan's second most populated city. In the evening. is called "Little Edo" (Edo is the former name of Tokyo). offering beautiful nature. Hakone Hakone is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. It makes a perfect one-day trip from Tokyo. wars and redeveleopment.