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City Guide Tokyo, Japan

Visiting Tokyo

It’s hard to think of a city as fascinating as Tokyo. And calling it a ‘city’ doesn’t do it justice. This is a metropolis that encompasses a collection of mini-cities, each with their own intriguing attributes. You have the bright lights of Shibuya, the eclectic people of Harajuku, the electronic gadgets of Akihabara, the hedonism of Roppongi, and the craziness of Shinjuku. This is one of the world’s great cities with more to offer than most places. And while some parts may not suit everyone’s taste, there isn’t an area that will fail to excite you.

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Tokyo Podcasts

The Old and the New

There are many things that you can only find in Japan, and two of these are types of accommodation - ryokans (traditional Japanese inns) and capsules. To learn more about them, Colm speaks to Kunio Koike of Homeikan, one of Tokyo's few traditional ryokans, and Toshikazu Odaijma of Capsule Inn Akihabara.

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In a capsule hotel

Get a feel of what it's like to stay in a capsule hotel

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Tokyo City Reviews

  • 90%

    N8Slonaker

    Tokyo Was Everything I Thought It'd Be and More

    I was in Tokyo for a total of four days during my seven day trip to Japan and the only thing I have to say is that I absolutely loved everything about Tokyo. When my trip finally came to an end I was definitely bummed out and wish I could have stayed longer. Everything about the city is appealing and something that grew on my fast. Everything to the public transportation to the friendliness of the people to the vast amounts of things to do.

    Insider Tip:The public transportation is amazing, but hopping on the subway a few times a day adds up because each trip is between $1.60 and $3.00 depending on where you are going. I didn't realize till it was too late that they have that metro card available to foreigners where you can get a pass for unlimited rides. I definitely would have saved money if I would have purchased this right when I arrived in Tokyo. Also if you're there when they have the Tokyo Bay Booze cruise (I did it in August) going on DO IT!

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    Anonymous

    Very hot in August

    This's my second time in Tokyo. The weather is very hot in August even I come from Thailand, I still found out that it was very hot and dry. Tokyo suits my and my sister's shopping habits. It's very easy to shop around and eat around. We did not do many sightseeing or going to many popular places. Tokyo Disney Sea performance was worth waiting even there was a bit raining that day. Things are a bit pricey but worth paying.

    Insider Tip:We spent around 120000 yen for 8 days for 2 people. Yakiniku at Shinjuku (Rokkuten) is recommended. We had a wide range of food price from cheap iced cup noodle to pricey Yakiniku. Food in convenient stores was good too. Tokyo metro is always crowded at prime time, we would wait until around 8.30 pm to get a ride. We walked a lot in Tokyo so I would recommend to wear a pair of sneakers or walking shoes.

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    Anonymous

    Yoyogi Park

    recommended the Meiji Shrine, you will feel like you are away from the city. on the way walking to the shrine it is the real traditional believes!

    Insider Tip:the main shrine, its a bit far from the main gate so please come in the morning and dont be rush, please spend time along the way walking to the shrine

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    Anonymous

    Just do it

    I know that many travelers hesitate from visiting Tokyo because it's allegedly very expensive. Well, it isn't. The only things that might be pricey are accommodation and transportation, but once you got these covered the rest is very cheap. This city is an incredible metropolis and there is so much to see and do. It's also very safe which makes being a traveler very easy and relaxing.

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    Anonymous

    Dazzling

    Loved Tokyo. Such an easy train system to get around in. Taking the Yamanote Line was the easiest thing to do. Top place was Harajuku and Shibuya. Harajuku has great shops for young people, particularly girls, and you must try the famous crepes! Shibuya is fantastic at nighttime and again has great shopping and lots of eateries. Akihabara is also entertaining and Asakusa too.

    Insider Tip:Get a Japan Rail Pass if you are visiting many cities in Japan and using the Shinkansen (Bullet Train)! No fussing with tickets and you can make it worth the money if you travel around enough. Try and get a backpackers near the Yamanote Line cause that has the most attractions. Visit KiddyLand Always see Shibuya at night

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