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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Yakitori restaurants in Tokyo images

Yakitori restaurants in Tokyo

I would recommend strongly a restaurant named Torigin. It is a very famous yakitori restaurant in Ginza. They serve the best yakitori I have ever eaten. They not only serve yakitori but also "kamameshi", which is basically Japanese fried rice. It is served in a little iron pot, so stays hot till yo…(75 words)

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Recommendation for where to buy O-kashi in Tokyo images

Recommendation for where to buy O-kashi in Tokyo

There is a very reasonable snack store called "O-kashi no machi". This place sells all the snacks and japanese snacks you could imagine in Japan, for a very reasonable price. You could find "surume ika" which is dried squid or shredded cheese or potato chips and many more.(48 words)

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Jules

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

Go to Sakuragicho or Kannai for music-related performances! images

Go to Sakuragicho or Kannai for music-related performances!

The most popular places in the area for music-related street performances are Sakuragicho and Kannai in Yokohama. Right outside Sakuragicho station, there are many types of music performed, from ballads to acoustic to pop! It may be fun to stop by, listen and perhaps purchase their CD! Kannai i…(82 words)

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DEFINITELY eat at Ginza Isomura! images

DEFINITELY eat at Ginza Isomura!

One of my favorite Japanese restaurants in Japan is called Ginza Isomura; there is one in Ginza and two in Kannai/Bashamichi. They are famous for their kushiage, which are fresh meat, fish or vegetables deep fried on a stick. However, it is not as heavy as you may think! I love going for lunches, b…(115 words)

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Near Omotesando

“The Celler Grill W” (http://www.cardenas.co.jp/shop/restaurants/w-omotesando-the-cellar-grill.html), wine bar, at Omotesando. Very reasonable wines, choosing bottles by yourself. You can buy the bottles and pay 500yen for glass, then drink. It is said the price of bottles is same as retail price a…(117 words)

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Amazing! Simple recipe, but ~~~. images

Amazing! Simple recipe, but ~~~.

"Toritama(酉玉)" (http://toritama.net/s.html) at Shirogane. 10 min walk from Hiroo Station. Booking necessary. Chicken meat is not just one kind meat. The Yakitori master cut and divide into more than 30 parts from chicken meat, and we can enjoy its original taste and texture. "Torigoya(鳥小屋)…(89 words)

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A very good list of Theatres in Tokyo! images

A very good list of Theatres in Tokyo!

Although, I'm not particularly versed on this subject. I did find a nice site with a very good list of theaters and I hope that this will help you out.Be advised that not all the links have English information pages, but the main or major theatres do, so hope you can find what you're looking fo…(63 words)

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DjMarvin

Fresh Fresh Fresh - Farmers Markets in Tokyo images

Fresh Fresh Fresh - Farmers Markets in Tokyo

For those who like fresh fruits and veggies here is a nice link to a site where you can details on and schedules of the various farmers markets around Tokyo.Link: http://tokyostroller.com/blog/roppongi-ark-hills-farmers-market/Happy hunting!(38 words)

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DjMarvin

Tokyo Counseling Services images

Tokyo Counseling Services

I would recommend the Tokyo Counseling Services which offer counseling in both English and Japanese. You can listen to an interview on Tokyo Podcast with Dr. Andrew Grimes who is the director of the clinic. http://www.tokyo-podcast.com/suicide-in-japan/(40 words)

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In front of Sakuragicho station images

In front of Sakuragicho station

If you're lucky, on some weekday nights, there is a man in front of Sakuragicho performing his shamisen. Although he is probably not a professional, this is a a cheap and great way to enjoy street performances in Japan as well as engrossing yourself into the Japanese shamisen culture like a local.(52 words)

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Don't litter! images

Don't litter!

When walking around in Tokyo, you should prevent littering. Many Japanese people hold on to their trash and try to keep the city clean. Japanese also tend to recycle their garbage, which makes it harder to sometimes find the right garbage can. If you have garbage that you really want to throw out, …(68 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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Sakuragicho for live music performances! images

Sakuragicho for live music performances!

I enjoy watching the musical performances in front of Sakuragicho station (in Yokohama which is nearby Tokyo). These performances range from jazz to pop. I find it really entertaining to walk around the Minatomirai area, because there is always a different group performing different styles of music…(83 words)

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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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When accidents happen

When you are in an accident.Things to know are...Was anyone hurt?Did you damage someone else property?Know your insurance before hand. The police in Japan will not help you, they will only do their job. Which is take record of the accident, they won't tell you who's fault is was. That's n…(137 words)

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Hakone Skyline drive images

Hakone Skyline drive

The most thrilling drive near Tokyo is the Hakone Skyline. Not only is the road designed so that cars slide on the mountainous curves, but it also boasts great views of Mt. Fuji. But don't drive too fast, especially when it is foggy and/or the road is wet. It may be the last drive you ever make!(58 words)

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Catholic Mass images

Catholic Mass

St. Ignatius Church in Yotsuya/Kojimachi, adjacent to Sophia University (the Jesuit university), has Mass in English(17 words)

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Catholic service images

Catholic service

St. Ignatius in Yotsuya/Kojimachi(5 words)

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Many stores catering to mountain climbers images

Many stores catering to mountain climbers

Many stores that cater to mountain climbers and hikers usually have items useful in responding to disasters (water purifier bottles for example); the Ogawamachi area of Tokyo, near Ochanomizu/Meiji University/Nikolai-do (Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral), is full of such stores, but ICI Ishii S…(91 words)

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Byou-in images

Byou-in

If in emergency, hop a cab and say "Chikakuno Byou-in" (not "Biyou-in", that is a hairdresser's place); seems most taxis in Tokyo have GPS devices to find a hospital nearby even if the cabbie is a novice and not used to the neighborhood(43 words)

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Kikkoman images

Kikkoman

I believe Kikkoman's customer relations department offers information to foreigners interested in cooking Japanese food - I presume as a soy sauce manufacturer Kikkoman will direct you to cooking schools that use their sauce...(34 words)

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Once a year

There is an "open market" (late October?) for those interested in purchasing a Japanese sword at a building right near the Atago Police Station {across from Japanese Red Cross headquarters}; I don't recall the exact building name [Nihon Token Club Building? Token means "sword & stuff" in Japanese, …(117 words)

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SANJA   AND SAMBA CARNIVAL images

SANJA   AND SAMBA CARNIVAL

MAYThis is  traditional festivals (omatsuri) !AROUD ASAKUSAhttp://www.sanjasama.jp/AUG.SAMBA CARNIVAL. SAMBA IN TOKYO(asakusa)!!http://www.asakusa-samba.org/index.htmlhttp://www.mapple.net/spots/G01300250807.htm(32 words)

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Takarazuka is one of the unique concept musical in Japan images

Takarazuka is one of the unique concept musical in Japan

Takarazuka is the musical companies originally from Takarazuka,Hyogo prefecture.The musical actresses are all woman and it was the first musical review show they introduced here in Japan early 1900's.I think lots of girls wanted to dream about being a takarazuka star once in their life(at lea…(154 words)

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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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Shop and eat at Motomachi! images

Shop and eat at Motomachi!

Motomachi is a popular area among women, because it is a chic and fancy street full of delicious restaurants and brand and non-branded stores. Along the street, you will come across stores such as Zara, Samantha Thavasa, Star Jewelry and so on. My favorite part of Motomachi, however, is the street …(140 words)

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Don't hesitate!

Do not hesitate to ask around! There are so many services around you that are willing to help you get to your destination. I recommend either 1) Go to the information desk at the nearby mall or department store, 2) go to the police station or 3) ask a foreigner (or local) on the street (they may be…(76 words)

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Love heights? SKY TREE AND TOKYO TOWER! images

Love heights? SKY TREE AND TOKYO TOWER!

One of my favorite dates was going to Sky Tree and Tokyo Tower. These are easily accessible places with beautiful views. I recommend you to go to Sky Tree during the day (much better if you go up on a clear day) and enjoy the day view of the surrounding area from a bird's eye point of view. At nigh…(137 words)

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Go to a nearby cellphone store! images

Go to a nearby cellphone store!

When I run out of battery on my cellphones and if I am not carrying along a charger, I often go to a nearby cellphone store and ask them if I can charge my phone. The cellphone store you go to, however, depends on your mobile phone operator (the biggest ones being Docomo, AU and SoftBank). You shou…(83 words)

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Toshima-en fishing area images

Toshima-en fishing area

Located in Nerima, which can be accessed on the subway from Tokyo (either on the Fukutoshin line from Shibuya, or Oedo line from Shinjuku), has a very nice fishing area that caters to all levels.The fishing area is more geared however toward those who want to leisurely fish on the weekend, or w…(130 words)

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Check out governmental facilities! images

Check out governmental facilities!

There are cooking classes offered at governmental facilities in Tokyo and Yokohama. These governmental facilities are called "chiku center (地区センター) and hold events to train sports clubs to hold cooking lessons. Although the majority of these classes will be in Japanese, it is worth giving a t…(156 words)

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In the case of a small car accident images

In the case of a small car accident

If a small car accident, such as bumping into another car, you should both go to the side of the road and discuss the situation. Let's say that person A's car bumped into person B's car. They should both take down the other car's license plate and ther other person's name, phone number and address.…(109 words)

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Kinokuniya Bookstore in Shinjuku images

Kinokuniya Bookstore in Shinjuku

I strongly recommend you should go to the two Kinokuniya book stores in Shinjuku. One is at the south exit and the other at the east exit of Shinjuku JR station. You can see lots of variety of English books there.(41 words)

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Travel Slowly images

Travel Slowly

Shindai Ressha are sleeper trains, which used to be common all over Japan. Now, because most people want to travel quickly and there are so many airports throughout Japan, there are only 6 such trains left. One of the most popular is the JR East train Cassiopeia.Cassiopeia runs from Ueno Stat…(108 words)

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Japan Festivals and when, where and how to enjoy. images

Japan Festivals and when, where and how to enjoy.

Wow, where do I begin, there are many many many festivals in around Tokyo to enjoy in the hot hot days of summer.Matsuri, Samba, Fireworks, Music! You name it Tokyo has it. Since there are so many, I'd like to guide you to this link, which has a nice list and lots of info for you to choose fr…(110 words)

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Bettei

I would like to introduce one of hideaway restaurant, which is called "Bettei". It is located nearby Ebisu sta. just by 5 min walk. They serve fresh vegetable and fishes from Kamakura. And, it's quite reasonable!!(35 words)

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Emyuuu

Conversation clubs images

Conversation clubs

Japanese people are very interested in speaking English. It is quite the phenomenon, as it seems that a huge majority, of people in Tokyo at least, want in some way to make English a part of their lives. Some need it for work, others want it as a tool to be able to handle foreign customers, some li…(164 words)

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Yoyogi Park images

Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi Park in Harajuku near Shibuya almost guaranteed has an event or festival going on during the weekends. Japanese traditional festivals are all well and good, but experiencing more mainstream and modern festivals also provides for a great cultural experience in my opinion.One festival duri…(109 words)

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Kimono for you to wear or for souvenir? images

Kimono for you to wear or for souvenir?

Traditional Kimono is wide range of the price.If you would like to buy traditional Kimono for you to wear, you can go to the department store such as Mitsukoshi Department Store in Nihongobashi or Shinjyuku Takashimaya Department store. The most of Department store have a Kimono shop and the…(150 words)

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