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A decent hotel substitute images

A decent hotel substitute

In Tokyo I have used internet cafes that don't even ask for identification. In Okayama many of them require you to have a members card which makes some sort of identification necessary. They charge by time intervals but it depends on the establishment. 10-15 minutes, 30 minutes or hourly rates are …(69 words)

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Kenji

Tokyo Hotel Comic cafe Okayama
Imperial Palace Loop images

Imperial Palace Loop

The Imperial Palace sits at the center of Tokyo, and just next to what has become the business epicenter of Tokyo, and moreover the world. Even though this is a very dense area with buildings and people, the area immediately around the Imperial Palace has been preserved and is well kept to look gre…(197 words)

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KurtisW

Tokyo
Walking a Historical Path images

Walking a Historical Path

Tokyo, as well as Japanese commerce in general, was structured largely along walking routes in the 16th to 18th centuries. Tokyo has done a good job of preserving its classic street structures, so when you walk down a road in downtown Tokyo, of course the shops have grown from small, one-merchant s…(171 words)

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KurtisW

Tokyo City Kyoto
Seven Eleven (24 Hours) or Post Office (8am-8pm) images

Seven Eleven (24 Hours) or Post Office (8am-8pm)

Seven Eleven better if you need money in a pinch anytime of the day, otherwise the Post Office.(18 words)

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Steve

Tokyo Bank Post office
A trip under bridges on Sumida River images

A trip under bridges on Sumida River

Sumida river, on eastern part of main Tokyo, is full of beautiful bridges. One can take a boat ride from traditional town of Asakusa to beautiful Hamarikyu gardens which goes under a series of beautiful bridges. Come of the so called water buses also have an open deck on the top which makes the exp…(100 words)

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Sanjeev Sinha

River Trip Tokyo Asakusa
Spread-out sights images

Spread-out sights

Tokyo's best examples of modern architecture tend to be fairly spread out over the city, so you're better off checking out a building here and there instead of trying to take them all in in a single day (or even a week). Here are a three of my favorites.Tokyo International Forum, Yurakucho Stat…(212 words)

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lrnelson

Tokyo City Shopping Building Camera
Be flexible and plan ahead! images

Be flexible and plan ahead!

Rule number one: plan ahead. It's possible to do Tokyo affordably, but cheap accommodation gets booked up fast. If you want a super-cheap place, be prepared for tiny spaces and locations that are less than ideal.If you're REALLY strapped for cash, you'll either need to stay overnight in a manga…(325 words)

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lrnelson

Tokyo Hotel Kyoto Manga Cherry blossom Japanese inn Camping Capsule hotel Winter
Fujino Art Walk images

Fujino Art Walk

Fujino station, which is a bit far west from Tokyo, is a very cool starting point to some walking courses lined with modern art from local artists. Fujino has actually been considered an "artist town" since the end of WWII, and although is somewhat struggling in the modern day, the public art remai…(126 words)

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KurtisW

Art Tokyo Train
Aritsugu - famous "Hocho" (cooking knives) brand images

Aritsugu - famous "Hocho" (cooking knives) brand

"Aritsugu" is one of the famous Hocho brand in Japan. They have shops at two locations - Kyoto and Tsukiji(Tokyo). Tsukiji's one is set up by Kyoto Aritsugu. I found the below video clip from YouTube which can tell you the atmosphere of the Kyoto Aritsugu shop. They are located in Nishiki Marke…(110 words)

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EmiOnishi

Tokyo Kyoto Tsukiji
Are there any special events for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas in Japan? images

Are there any special events for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas in Japan?

Yes and No. Halloween, for commercial reasons, has become "popular" among Japnese people, but they don't really know what to do or even when it is! Even at supermarkets or 100-yen stores, you can find many kinds of Halloween ornaments, but unless you go to Roppongi or some place where many foreig…(233 words)

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TinaT

Thanksgiving Tokyo Roppongi Osaka Manga Izakaya Anime Karaage (Fried chicken) Shinbashi Strawberry Kobe Labor Thanksgiving Day
ABC Cooking Studio images

ABC Cooking Studio

ABC Cooking Studio is a place where people come to cook a variety of foods in a casual manner. There are 124 studios currently operating in Japan, and as a member, you will be allowed to take classes at any studio of your choice. The classes are done in a small group, ensuring you maximum suppo…(121 words)

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EmiOnishi

Tokyo Etiquette Computer
Check out One day ticket! images

Check out One day ticket!

Almost every train companies offer some sort of one day tickect. Train ride in Tokyo can cost a lot if you get on a lot of different lines to look around. I recommend to look for an information about one day ticket if you plan to spend a day by train. It can save you a lot of money.For example…(82 words)

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EmiOnishi

Tokyo Train Ticket
Craziest Amusement Park in Japan, Fujikyu Highland images

Craziest Amusement Park in Japan, Fujikyu Highland

I was at Fujikyu Highland the other day for a speech and from the window in the hotel I spied this unbelievable drop on their huger roller coaster. Yes, you are right, it actually inclines like that and you could hear the screams of delight all through the day. The park did not seem very crowded on…(125 words)

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Fujikyu Highland Japan Tokyo Park Hotel Bus Onsen Food
Machida images

Machida

Urban amenities yet close to greener areas west of Tokyo Proper (23 wards); good access to Kanagawa also!(17 words)

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Mike's

Tokyo Kanagawa
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Guys

Wear dark-colored suits from fall (October)(6 words)

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Mike's

Tokyo
Looking for a great location outside of Tokyo? Kichijoji is Great! images

Looking for a great location outside of Tokyo? Kichijoji is Great!

Staying for more than a few days in Central Tokyo can be a drain, both on the wallet and the mind. There are other cities that don't sleep, but there are few cities in the world that remain as bustling and wide awake 24-7-365 as Tokyo.While both the Imperial Palace grounds - Kokyo - and Yoyogi…(437 words)

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mikekato

Art Bus City Music Park Shibuya Shinjuku Shopping Tokyo Train
Taxi Prices in Tokyo images

Taxi Prices in Tokyo

Taxi prices in Japan are controlled. In Tokyo, they all start at 710 yen for the first 2 km. The price rises at a defined amount, either by distance or time. If there is no traffic, the factor that will trigger a price rise is distance traveled. In traffic, the factor is time. Either way, the …(159 words)

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mikekato

Tokyo Taxicab
Stay a while in Tokyo images

Stay a while in Tokyo

If you want to be in the city for an extended stay the best option is to check out the serviced apartments. An online search for Tokyo Serviced Apartments turns up a myriad of options.If you're just staying a few days, but don't want to stay in a hotel, check out a vacation rental property. www…(117 words)

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Joe Peters

Tokyo City Hotel Ueno Saitama
Falling leaves, not always falling temperatures images

Falling leaves, not always falling temperatures

Fall in Japan can still be quite warm. Of course, it all depends on where you are. If you are in Tokyo expect dayttime temperatures in the high 60s (F) or even higher in the early part of fall and even into late October. Nights usually drop to the lower 50s, sometimes a bit cooler.Bring along a…(162 words)

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Joe Peters

Tokyo Mountain Uniqlo Trip
20 to 30% extra in the evening images

20 to 30% extra in the evening

Although this does not affect every taxi. Most taxis normally charge 20-30% extra in the evening after the 1st meter (710 for 1st 2 km), I think after 8pm for taxi journeys.(30 words)

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Steve

Tokyo Taxicab
Change from 10,000 Yen not always possible images

Change from 10,000 Yen not always possible

Sometimes, taxi drivers will not be able to provide change from a 10,000 Yen note, so either make sure you have smaller notes (1,000 or 5,000 or the 2,000 Yen note to commemorate the Year 2,000), or most taxis will take credit cards with no problem. (Visa, Mastercard etc)(44 words)

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Steve

Tokyo Taxicab
Go to the Koban (Police Box) images

Go to the Koban (Police Box)

The Police Box policemen will do their best to assist.(10 words)

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Steve

Tokyo Police
The Mandarin Oriental, the ShangriLa, the New York Grill (Shinjuku Hyatt) images

The Mandarin Oriental, the ShangriLa, the New York Grill (Shinjuku Hyatt)

To name a few.I suppose you could go up to them for free for a look. But it is better to go there for lunch or afternoon tea.The view from the toilets at the Mandarin are pretty spectacular by the way.(43 words)

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Steve

Tokyo Shinjuku Tea
Japanese craft beers: Swan Lake, Aqula and Outsider images

Japanese craft beers: Swan Lake, Aqula and Outsider

Swan Lake, based in Niigata has a range of genuinely good beers, which have won awards. The brewery is well worth a visit and there is a bar called Bar Pub Edo, the Yaesu side of Tokyo station devoted to Swan Lake.Aqula from Akita; I have never had a bad beer from there.A particular favouri…(99 words)

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Steve

Tokyo Beer Niigata Lake Akita Yamanashi
You really need an invite from the Stable. images

You really need an invite from the Stable.

Sumo stables are certainly an experience. One stable, which has now closed down, used to have chanko events around the time of the tournaments, where the wrestlers in the evening after fighting would serve chanko to the guests. In addition, it is permissible for men to view the training area. Women…(54 words)

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Steve

Tokyo Sumo
Travel Travails & Coupons images

Travel Travails & Coupons

Actually, travel coupons are few are far between in Tokyo. You can see coupons for hotel discounts if you are signed up for Groupon Japan, or Ponpare (like Groupon), but you'll have to be able to read Japanese or use the Google translate function on your browser to get a fair idea of what the coupo…(180 words)

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Joe Peters

Tokyo Train Hotel Subway
I concur about Roppongi Hills Observatory but don't forget the Big Picture too images

I concur about Roppongi Hills Observatory but don't forget the Big Picture too

Indeed, I second the advice that the Roppongi Hills Observatory - the night view in particular - is to be recommended. But in fact I think you can get a nice view from many other locations in the Roppongi Hills area, whether in the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower (Academy Hills) facilities on 49th floor,…(143 words)

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Mike's

Roppongi Roppongi Hills Building City Hotel Odaiba Tokyo Tram
Sumida River Cruse, and more! images

Sumida River Cruse, and more!

I highly recommend the very inexpensive and wonderful Tokyo "Sea Bus" river cruise. Many great cities in the world have rivers, and Tokyo has the Sumida River. How many bridges, and what can you see? http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3042.html(42 words)

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Yobochusha

Tokyo Sea River Bus
Christmas 2013 in Tokyo images

Christmas 2013 in Tokyo

Highly recommend the Tokyo Union Church in Omotesando for Christmas Eve Candlelight service, and maybe on Christmas day too! I think this year they might also have a special "Blue Christmas" classical concert on Dec 18th, with Ave Maria and other special music. Welcome!http://www.tokyounion.o…(48 words)

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Yobochusha

Tokyo Music Concert Christmas
Recommendations - How to spend your extended stay in Tokyo images

Recommendations - How to spend your extended stay in Tokyo

If you are staying by yourself then suggest to sleep over at a local Capsule hotel. Capsule hotels are unique invention of japan namely for the weary office workers ("salarymen") who travel long distances daily or for those looking for a cheaper and cleaner alternative for a good night`s sleep. If …(292 words)

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Samir Bodhe

Tokyo Train Hotel Ticket Kyoto Onsen Subway Hiking Nara Capsule hotel
Graze the department stores images

Graze the department stores

In the B1 of most department stores there are amazing prepared foods, breads, snacks, bento boxes, great to eat in a hurry OR to take home for a high quality already cooked meat. The Isetan in Shinjuku has one of the best b1 food areas in Tokyo, Also LOVE the one in the new Daimaru building in …(77 words)

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Tokyo Train Shinjuku Building Department store Bento (box meal) Isetan Daimaru
You can move through town quickly! images

You can move through town quickly!

I regularly ride bike and I see it as one of the fastest transportation methods within central Tokyo. You cannot beat bike unless you are going from a railway station to another station.The only catch is that some places are very strict about parking on the street. Just after 30 minutes' stay, …(107 words)

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Tokyo Ticket Transportation Bicycle
Can Coffee images

Can Coffee

Coffee, anywhere and everywhere, to get you through another day in Tokyo. It's very rare however to see someone walking around with a coffee cup with a lid, such as one you may get at a coffee shop. There is no shortage however of coffee in small aluminum cans that can be bought at basically an…(132 words)

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KurtisW

Tokyo Train Coffee
Kyoto images

Kyoto

You can do a day trip to Kyoto from Tokyo. Take the first Shinkansen at 6:00 from Tokyo or Shinagawa to Kyoto, and return with the last Shinkansen leaving Kyoto around 22:30. Here are tips what to do in Kyoto:http://www.fasol.com/2013/08/26/tips-for-kyoto/(43 words)

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Tokyo Kyoto Shinkansen Bullet Train Trip
Quick, filling meals in Tokyo images

Quick, filling meals in Tokyo

Onigiri from department stores, Soba/Udon from stand-up mini-restaurants, Curry (japanese style) shops are some of best alternatives for quick meal. For those looking for a quick meal while working simultaneously, coffee shops (Doutors, Starbucks, Excelsior, Tully) offer sandwiches and wraps.(41 words)

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Samir Bodhe

Tokyo Department store Soba noodles Coffee Udon noodles Onigiri (Rice ball)
Green tea mixed with incense images

Green tea mixed with incense

This is a smell that I will always associate with Kyoto, in particular the little alleyways around Kiyomizu-dera and Kodai-ji, where there are dozens of tiny shops selling trinkets and snacks. The slightly bitter smell of the steaming tea mixes perfectly with incense. It's a smell you can also find…(63 words)

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lrnelson

Tokyo Tea Kyoto Green tea
Keep to the left when standing on the escalators images

Keep to the left when standing on the escalators

You're expected to keep to the left when you are standing on the escalators. And to the right when you are climbing.I say this because I am not good at it when I am in Osaka, where people do the opposite: to the right when standing, to the left when climbing. I end up finding myself standing on…(70 words)

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ToshiA

Tokyo Etiquette Osaka
Nishiazabu Roppngi Area images

Nishiazabu Roppngi Area

My favorite bar in Tokyo is Ohana in Nishiazabu.https://www.facebook.com/nishiazabuohanahttp://ohana.8dori.jp(18 words)

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Lui Nishiazabu

Tokyo
Yayoiken images

Yayoiken

This is one of my favorites. Its kind of a fast food chain but if you are really hungry and a rice eater, this is the place to be! Set menus with -> 1 Dish + Unlimited Rice and Hot unlimited Tea -> priced from 600JPY to 100JPY + . about.http://www.yayoiken.com/menu/index.htmlSure shot a fill…(93 words)

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idivilayil

Tokyo Tea Fast food
Tokyu Store images

Tokyu Store

And yes that's Tokyu, not Tokyo. The Tokyu is a train corporation which extends itself to many different economic areas, such as grocery stores and real estate.The Tokyu store is a high quality grocery store, but not entirely limited to expensive items. It is a typical store with all the regula…(145 words)

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KurtisW

Tokyo Train Soy sauce Beer Wine