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100 steps to heaven in the metropolis images

100 steps to heaven in the metropolis

There are some great Japanese gardens in central Tokyo.Imperial Palace, Shinjuku Gyoen, Rikugien, Hamarikyu, Koishikawa....These are located within central Tokyo, surrounded by skyscrapers and highways, so they also serve as 'oasis' in the metropolis, for the business people to breathe fresh a…(310 words)

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Zara

My Career Began in Ginza, but I’m Only Just Discovered this Historic Locale images

My Career Began in Ginza, but I’m Only Just Discovered this Historic Locale

I’m good at making faux pas! You might add it as a “forte” on my resume of life. I’m also particularly adept at weight gain, but we will save that story for another story.“Not Shinbashi!” he insisted, “Its Ginza, Ginza, Ginza!” Hiromasa Ezoe, my mentor since entering Recruit Company Limited in …(891 words)

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Japan's Theme Parks images

Japan's Theme Parks

For visitors and long-term residents alike who may be looking for an interesting-and uniquely Japanese-way to spend a day, a good choice is one of Japan`s theme parks. These places offer a range of attractions under one roof (unless they are outdoors of course), and have something for the whole fam…(548 words)

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GoodPeople

Experience Zen images

Experience Zen

People feel different things when they hear the word “Zen.” It can conjure images of rock gardens, meditating monks, or spiritual Nirvana. Zen(禅) has influenced and can be found in many of the things we find around us daily. The meaning of zen varies with different schools of practice, but a good …(227 words)

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Kintaro-man

Peninsula Hotel at Happy Hour images

Peninsula Hotel at Happy Hour

At the top of the Peninsula Hotel is a restaurant with a bar called Peter's. (www.peninsula.com) Between 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., just in time for sunset, you can enjoy an inexpensive sparkling wine (800 Yen) and overlook the city, including a nice view of Tokyo Tower and the sunset over Hibiya Park.(54 words)

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Sweet42.195

My recommend sites for reserve a hotel in Japan images

My recommend sites for reserve a hotel in Japan

You'll make a reservation a hotel on 'expedia.co.jp ' & 'hotels.com' & 'ikyu.com(It's a site for reserve a hotel in japanese, but can translate in English)'.(30 words)

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Kommy

Fancy hotels in Tokyo images

Fancy hotels in Tokyo

Hotel Okura and the Imperial Palace hotel are 2 out of the many, very fancy hotels in Tokyo. The restaurants at either hotels are excellent offering a variety of food. From Chinese, American, French and Italian.(35 words)

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Jules

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Business vs Economy

Serviced apartments in Tokyo tend to be some of the nicest options you could possibly have for housing. Many foreign businessmen choose a serviced apartment over a long term hotel stay, for obvious reasons of comfort, and avoiding the logistics of moving into a new place, dealing with Japanese real…(143 words)

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KurtisW

Serviced Apartments and Share Houses images

Serviced Apartments and Share Houses

For short stays in Tokyo, and indeed for the rest of Japan, hotels are very convenient. However, you should be aware that hotels in Japan typically charge per head, and not per room (there are exceptions), so hotels can become an expensive proposition.The alternative to hotels, are serviced or fu…(254 words)

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StevieB

Just go to the website! images

Just go to the website!

The easiest way would be to go to the hotel's website. The big hotels usually have their sites in English as well. If you see an "English" link on the website, press that. If not, try to look for 予約 on the website. From there it is straightforward. You just have to input the days that you wan…(119 words)

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RieS

Gestures are just as important as phrases images

Gestures are just as important as phrases

If you forget the word for your gratitude, you can briefly look at the face of the person you are grateful for, and then tilt your head down forward. This should always work in any occasion. Depending on your relationship with the person, the angle of the tilt would be different. If your rela…(220 words)

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KazuoN

Upscale hotels, Business hotels, Dormitories, Youth Hostels are diff types of lodgings available in Japan images

Upscale hotels, Business hotels, Dormitories, Youth Hostels are diff types of lodgings available in Japan

Tokyo has many diff types of lodging facilities..It has the upscale 3 star or 5 star hotels like Ritz Carlton and Hyatt etc. Then there are business hotels like Hotel Villa Fontaine, Park Inn etc which are in the range of 7000 JPY - 10000 JPY depending on season etc. Then there are servic…(140 words)

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suku

Fancy Hotel images

Fancy Hotel

Mandarine Hotel In Ginza ~ Best View of Skytree ,Rainbow Bridge, Shinjuku ....All The Restaurants Are Fantastic Too(17 words)

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ShelleySweeney

A Pension by any other name... images

A Pension by any other name...

The Japanese have a type of accomodation that is called a "pension." It is much like a minshuku, another type of hotel, but the pension usually has a Western feel, while a minshuku is usually quite Japanese. In general, pensions are found in the countryside and are much like a bed and breakfast. …(68 words)

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mikekato

Best check with the ward office. images

Best check with the ward office.

Hello from Mido :) Yes... the recycling system is very very confusing here in Japan. On every ward or city, there are garbage recycling rules, and the best way is to check your ward/city office website. Depending on the ward you live, there are even areas where you don't have to recycle muc…(137 words)

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Mido

HOTEL OKURA TOKYO BOOK STORE images

HOTEL OKURA TOKYO BOOK STORE

There is a nice small book shop in Hotel Okura Tokyo. The nearest train station is Kamiyacho of Hibiya Line Metro. I am sorry they do not have much books for all fields; however, If you would like to know Japan and Japanese culture, they have a lot of beautiful and interesting books. Afete…(74 words)

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Suetsumuhana

Edo Tokyo Tatemono-en(architecture museum) images

Edo Tokyo Tatemono-en(architecture museum)

Edo Tokyo Tatemono-en is an outdoor museum to restore an old building of Japan, and to be able to see them freely. You can bring yourself to old time of Japan.Some of builfings are used in "Spirited away", a movie by Gibli, for reference. When you pass the museum to the direction of Mitaka, the …(156 words)

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Kim-san

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

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

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

Snow in the Weather Forecast? Here is a collection of spots for skiing and snowboarding images

Snow in the Weather Forecast? Here is a collection of spots for skiing and snowboarding

A friend of mine had a collection of links and reccommended spots.Madarao Sanpatekku and/or Madarao KogenThese are places in Nagano prefecture. The price is reasonable and they have nice ski slopes, hotel and onsens. Distance is around 300km from Tokyo area. The Itinerary with night bus w…(492 words)

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Biju Paul