Tokyo東京都

Tokyo (東京, Tōkyō, "Eastern Capital") (Japanese: [toːkʲoː] ( ), English /ˈtoʊki.oʊ/), officially Tokyo Metropolis (東京都, Tōkyō-to), is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan. Tokyo is the capital of Japan, the center of the Greater Tokyo Area, and the most populous metropolitan area in the world. It is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, and the home of the Japanese Imperial Family. Tokyo is in the Kantō region on the southeastern side of the main island Honshu and includes the Izu Islands and Ogasawara Islands. Tokyo Metropolis was formed in 1943 from the merger of the former Tokyo Prefecture (東京府, Tōkyō-fu) and the city of Tokyo (東京市, Tōkyō-shi).

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The Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park images

The Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park

I recommend to join "Tokyo earthquake simulation seventy-two hours tour" at the facility in Odaiba waterfront area.http://www.ktr.mlit.go.jp/showa/tokyorinkai/english/72h/1f.htm(29 words)

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Hakuhinkan toy park images

Hakuhinkan toy park

I recommend Hakuhinkan Toy Park in GInza, which many pop stars like Michael Jackson visited for shopping.http://www.hakuhinkan.co.jp/guide_en.html(25 words)

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Try McDonald's and Starubucks images

Try McDonald's and Starubucks

I've seen some McDonald's equipped with free AC outlets. The one in Yoyogi has a counter with ac outlets per seat. Also some Starbucks have free ACs. Newer Shinkansen (bullet train) also has AC outlets per seat so you can use your laptop all throughout your journey to Kyoto!(49 words)

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Going wild in Tokyo images

Going wild in Tokyo

Ueno Zoo is by far the most well known zoo in Tokyo. It is especially well known for its most popular animal, the Giant Panda. But possibly the best zoo in Tokyo is the Tama Zoo, in the foothills west of Tokyo. The zoo is spread out over a huge area, so wear good shoes. One of the highlights is…(107 words)

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Lost without Translation images

Lost without Translation

Don't worry, in most places in Tokyo, you're not far from someplace easy to navigate. Try asking anyone you meet. Some people may say they can't speak English, but they should be able to direct you to the nearest train station, or "eki." If not, ask for the nearest "koban." The police boxes are…(96 words)

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Dagashi-ya images

Dagashi-ya

The most interesting places to get snacks in Japan are at dagashi-ya, which means, literally cheap snack store. Dagashi are mostly very inexpensive candies and other snack items that have been around for many years, especially in the mid-Showa post-war period. While the prices have gone up since …(101 words)

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Taking the bus in Tokyo images

Taking the bus in Tokyo

With so many buses and bus stations, how can anyone get around Tokyo by bus? Although you can get fairly near anywhere by trains, sometimes the bus is the best way to get around. Sometimes a bus takes a much more direct route between two spots. One clue is if you think two places are pretty clos…(142 words)

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Just a tad to remember images

Just a tad to remember

Soy sauce, or shoyu, is one of Japan's most important condiments. It is used more in Kanto (around Tokyo) than in Kansai (around Osaka), but it is used throughout Japan. it is usually on the table in most restaurants and in every home. The most important thing to remember when using soy sauce is…(108 words)

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1.UENO 2.TAMA images

1.UENO 2.TAMA

I recommend both ueno zoo and tama zoo.http://www.tokyo-zoo.net/english/index.htmlFor travelers you maybe like to see zoo and something(e.g. Japanese museum)Ueno zoo is very close to other spot like TOKYO METROPOLITAN ART MUSEUMhttp://www.tobikan.jp/access/english.html yanesenht…(98 words)

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In a morning train bound to Shinjuku, or Shibuya Station ! images

In a morning train bound to Shinjuku, or Shibuya Station !

I would definitely recommend you to try taking morning trains which are destined to Shinjuku, or Shibuya station to arrive in between 8:30AM to 9:00AM, at which most of Japanese companies start working, then staffs and employees are most likely to take ones around this time to be able to be at offi…(199 words)

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Used: "Good Day Books" in Gotanda/ New: "MARUZEN" in Otemachi images

Used: "Good Day Books" in Gotanda/ New: "MARUZEN" in Otemachi

If you would like to buy a used English book, I recommend "Good Day Books" in Gotanda which is 15 minutes from Tokyo station on the Yamanote line. This book shop has various kinds of books. Check the map:http://www.gooddaybooks.com/contents/home/new_location?language=englishIf you would like …(92 words)

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Hakone about 1.5 hours from Shinjuku station images

Hakone about 1.5 hours from Shinjuku station

I recommend that you go to Hakone that has been known for hot springs since the beginning of the Edo period. You can also enjoy lots of kinds of Japanese traditional hotels and restaurants.How to get to Hakone?1.5 hours from shinjuku station by train (Odakyu line)Here is the link about Hako…(57 words)

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Hama-rikyu Garden images

Hama-rikyu Garden

I recommend the Hama-rikyu Gardens founded in the Edo period. The place is like an oasis in Tokyo. You can relax under the numerous trees in the garden and still see the surrounding skyscrapers. It's a mix of old and modern Tokyo!How to get to this park? 7 minutes walk from Tsukijishijo station…(74 words)

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The wooded South of Tokyo images

The wooded South of Tokyo

South of Tokyo, in Kanagawa prefecture, lies a quiet wood called Kiyokawa-mura. The rivers run through the steep and forested hills of this district, and it is very popular for both camping and barbecues. There are many options for simply camping, but another popular option is renting out a cottage…(128 words)

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Spend a day at the Mitsui Outlet Park Yokohama Bayside! images

Spend a day at the Mitsui Outlet Park Yokohama Bayside!

Our favorite family shopping spot is the Mitsui Outlet Park Yokohama Bayside, which is about an hour away from Tokyo. Here, there are stores of all varieties, from sports goods to fancy clothes to delicious food. Although it can get crowded during the weekend, the atmosphere is great with the famil…(106 words)

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A coin-operated vending machine with collectors' items! images

A coin-operated vending machine with collectors' items!

“Gacha Gachas” are coin-operated vending machines with capsules containing items from manga, anime and other popular icons – these may be key-chains, cellphone straps or a figure. They remind me of the bubblegum machines in the USA, since people insert coins, turn the crank and out comes a capsule.…(104 words)

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Yurindo has a great selection of English books images

Yurindo has a great selection of English books

I go to Yurindo to purchase or pick up an English book. Although you cannot compare the selection to a Barnes and Noble, it has a range of classics to recent books from fiction to nonfiction. I often go to the “osusume” or the recommendation section to find books that I may want to read. If you are…(76 words)

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A "date-megane" will change your look images

A "date-megane" will change your look

The latest trend among young people in Tokyo is to wear “date-megane” or glasses without lens. It is a small accessory that completely changes your look! Both men and women do this and these glasses are sold everywhere in Tokyo for reasonable prices!(43 words)

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Tullys or Starbucks images

Tullys or Starbucks

Some Tullys or Starbucks coffee shops provide AC power. They do have WiFi also but normally you have to subsribe to Japanese telecom subscribers to use.(26 words)

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JP (Japan Post) or Citibank ATM normally accept foreign cards images

JP (Japan Post) or Citibank ATM normally accept foreign cards

JP (Japan Post) or Citibank ATM normally accept debit and credit cards issued overseas. JP ATM can be found even in rural Japan.(23 words)

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Asiantiger

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left or right?

In Tokyo (the Kanto area, generally speaking), people stand on the left side of the escalator, however, in Oaska (the Kansai area), most tend to stand on the right side of the escalator.(33 words)

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Streamers Coffee images

Streamers Coffee

Streamers Coffee has two locations in the Tokyo area: Harajuku and Shibuya. Streamers has a really friendly staff, trendy atmosphere, and delicious coffee served in large mugs. Bonus: They rock at latte art. http://streamercoffee.com/(36 words)

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Call TELL! images

Call TELL!

If you want an immediate counseling in English, it would be best to call the Tokyo English LIfe Line (TELL) for a free and anonymous phone call for any types of issues or information needed. They are open to calls from 9am to 11pm daily. Their telephone number is 03-5774-0992. If you want to me…(83 words)

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Church services in English images

Church services in English

St. Paul International Lutheran Church near Iidabashi station in Tokyo has English services and Sunday School for children too. Friendly people and services just like back home, you will find many nationalities and Japanese who attend regularly. Communion is held every Sunday. You can find infor…(52 words)

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Where are ATMs that accept my foreign issued bank card in Tokyo? images

Where are ATMs that accept my foreign issued bank card in Tokyo?

Japanese post offices in most major Japanese cities accept foreign-issued bank cards and credit cards.(15 words)

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Tokyo Jogging Routes images

Tokyo Jogging Routes

I love running around the Jingu-Gaien Loop (1.3 km) that circles around the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery, baseball fields, and soccer fields. The loop is wide enough that it never becomes too crowded. I also really enjoy running through Yoyogi Park. The park is large enough that you can run on …(69 words)

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What can you tell me about the Yokosuka Line? images

What can you tell me about the Yokosuka Line?

The Yokosuka Line is one of the most widely used train networks for traveling directly south of Tokyo -- it stops at both Yokohama and Kamakura, which are two popular destinations for foreign tourists and Japanese alike. For people living in Tokyo, the Yokosuka line is also very convenient, for it …(61 words)

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Oedo Antique Market images

Oedo Antique Market

I love going to the outdoor Oedo Antique Market at the Tokyo International Forum. It's open on the first and third Sunday of every month. You can find many different items like traditional Japanese clothing and shoes, antique Japanese armor, art, toys, collectibles, jewelry, and other treasures. Th…(65 words)

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Full-announce plan in English. images

Full-announce plan in English.

I think you'll get a fun time for 'hato-bus tour in English'. It departure from nearby Tokyo Station or Hamamatu-cyo Station every day. it has full-day or half- day plan in English announce. You can choice a few plan around Tokyo or another area.(http://www.hatobus.com/jp/)(49 words)

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Lunch time to 2 PM at nearby YURAKU-CHO Station images

Lunch time to 2 PM at nearby YURAKU-CHO Station

In Kokusai-forum open square nearby YURAKU-CHO Station in Tokyo, you can get a lunch at food-truck on every day lunch time to 2 PM. It changes every day, you can get a another lunch that is various international foods.(38 words)

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Amusement Parks images

Amusement Parks

Tokyo Disneyland is fun and popular but if you want to have an experience of a unique retro amusement park in Tokyo, I recommend Asakusa Hanayashiki without hesitation. It is the oldest amusement park in Japan (originally opened in 1853) It is extremely small, but there is a ton of stuff packed …(55 words)

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Church in Tokyo images

Church in Tokyo

Franciscan Chapel Center (address: 4-2-37 Roppongi, Minato-Ku, phone: 03-3401-2141/2142) is the English-speaking Roman Catholic parish of the Archdiocese of Tokyo.(22 words)

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Credit Cards images

Credit Cards

If you lose your wallet while traveling in Tokyo, I would recommend searching thoroughly, and waiting a few days for a report before cancelling your cards. One time, I lost my bag with my wallet and cancelled all my cards for fear of fraudulent use. However, after making a report to the local polic…(132 words)

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Futsal in Shibuya images

Futsal in Shibuya

There are several good futsal courts in Tokyo. Due to lack of land in the city center the ones with best access are often found on rooftops. One of the more spectacular options is Adidas' court on top of the Tokyu building right at Shibuya station, perfect for a breezy late night summer activity. S…(105 words)

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An Intimate Live Music Experience images

An Intimate Live Music Experience

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of live music establishments in Tokyo. Everything from small basement live houses(that's what they are called in Japanese) for any imaginable independent sub-genre, to large concert halls for the classical maestros. A personal favourite for viewing a beloved ar…(88 words)

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YMCA images

YMCA

You could always organize futsal games and the like in one of Tokyo's many parks, but the logistics of getting to parks or the riverside can be somewhat difficult. The solution of course is to seek futsal courts within the downtown areas of Tokyo which everyone can access easily. Not to mention hav…(123 words)

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Ping Pong and beer images

Ping Pong and beer

Table tennis is quite often played at leisure while drinking, much like billiards and darts. EST Shibuya Takkyuu Club is located close to Shibuya station on the 9th floor of an entertainment center. Open until 4:30AM (Mon-Thu) and 5:30AM (Fri-Sun) it makes for a fun hide-out if you have missed the …(72 words)

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Tokyo Metropolitan Gym images

Tokyo Metropolitan Gym

Tokyo Metropolitan Gym has one of the biggest pools in Tokyo area, and I'd recommend it for any athletic swimmers. It has 50-meter and 25-meter pools. Also, It's conveniently located near Sendagaya-station on JR Chuo line.http://www.tef.or.jp/tmg/en_pool_top.jsp(46 words)

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Denny's here is better than those in the U.S. images

Denny's here is better than those in the U.S.

I like Denny's, and in my opinion, they are better than Denny's restaurants in the U.S. At least, it serves nicer lunch and dinner menus. On the other hand, they don't serve breakfast outside of morning hours.http://www.dennys.co.jp/(43 words)

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Department stores in Japan images

Department stores in Japan

Out of the many in Tokyo, I would recommend Matsuzakaya. This place has everything from food, clothing and accessory stores. If you get lost or want to know where a specific store is, there is an information desk on the first floor so you will never get lost. Every time I want to find out where wha…(67 words)

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