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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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Tokyo Videos

In a capsule hotel

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

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Tokyo Pocket Guide

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Tokyo City Reviews

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    Anonymous

    You can't really cover Tokyo in one review, it is after all a metropolis consisting of several cities with dozens of neighbourhoods with individual histories. It is, however, definitely worth taking the time to explore.

    Insider Tip:Asakusa is boring. Skip the the Sky Tree and Sensouji and look for something more authentic

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    Anonymous

    Review of Tokyo

    Tokyo is Awesome. Has lots of things to do. There are limitless things to do and see. Fish market, Asakusa, Shibuya, Akihabara, etc!

    Insider Tip:Go off the beaten path a little bit if you can. People at stations almost always know English. Also, seeing Fuji from Tokyo is apparently only like 28 minutes by bus.

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    Anonymous

    Go There and Do Not Regret

    No matter what kind of person you are, Tokyo can accept you, just as it does for 13 million in the city and 30+ million around it. If you are here for relaxation, there is the Fuji Mountain and the parks and museums. If you are here for shopping, malls and shops are everywhere, from old to new, cheap to expensive. If you are here to enjoy Japanese culture, maybe the traditional is not as good as Kyoto, but still excellent. Running out of limit, so go ENJOY TOKYO by YOURSELF!!!

    Insider Tip:1. Do not frighten over transportation. If you are not traveling to many places in one day, buy a Suica or Pasmo - saves so much trouble. 2. Keep a small notebook for your trip - details of the places, access/info, your thoughts, clippings, etc. It is a great way to savor your trip for later. 3. Learn a few Japanese phrases, as body language will do most of the work for English speakers. 4. Shopping is great here, especially if you can get a tax refund plus their sale season. Lucky Bags are RECOMMENDED.

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    nikki5024

    Tokyo, Japan

    I loved Japan! Before I went I was a little apprehensive to go as it was the first stop on my 3month solo trip. I found Tokyo to not only be full of interesting and exciting things to see and do but also relatively easy to find my way around! Something that I also found was that I felt completely safe and welcome in the city despite its vast size and that I spoke zero Japanese before I went there (still only speak about 3 words)!

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    Anonymous

    Awesome City

    Tokyo has got everything you could think of and probably a lot more besides. It's a massive city with so much to offer from historical sites, religious temples, museums, shopping, design, the arts, managa, anime and a million other things! I spent 8 days here and I feel like I only scratched the surface. Although i did feel slightly overwhelmed by all of the crowds in certain places like Shibuya and Shinjuku. The transport system is great too, although it takes a while to get your head around it

    Insider Tip:Go to golden gai and get pissed in their selection of random bars!

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