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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

Tokyo Pocket Guide

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Tokyo City Reviews

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    Anonymous

    Tokyo is full of variety stores.

    The place is full of interesting stores. And people are full of passion in cook and living. I would like to visit here again for advance feeling and understanding the Japanese culture.

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    Anonymous

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    Tokyo is a massive city so the use of public transit is key. The railway system in Tokyo is spider-webbed with local and JR trains along with the subway and shinkansen, so it is a bit overwhelming at times. Once you learn how to read the train maps, Tokyo is very easy to get around. Lodging and transit are on the more expensive side but the food pricing more than makes up for it. Very modern city with all kinds of shopping in every corner.

    Insider Tip:JR Pass if you are traveling a lot within Japan is well worth the money.

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    Anonymous

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    Loved Tokyo! Once I got the hang of the metro and maps, everything was really great to great around.

    Insider Tip:I traveled alone and when I needed help, I just asked and everyone was so nice! Five times people actually walked with me to my destination. Incredible city!

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    Anonymous

    Great choice for a great price

    I was finishing my last 2 days in Tokyo and I wanted a place that was close to the JR line so I could get to Narita airport quickly. The Ninja was the perfect spot (2 min from the JR line) and close to shopping and area attractions. The staff was knowledgeable about which train I needed to take to go to certain areas (I went to Disney) and were able to help me with questions I had.

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    jacebes0

    Tokyo is known for being expensive. However, if you eat the right places, you can really stretch your budget yet still have delicious food. The only thing I would warn anyone about is how cute everything is, because you will want to buy everything. Also, I collect a lot of anime merchandise, and I saw that the prices in Japan were much lower than in the U.S., so I ended up spending a lot of money on that. It's so easy and convenient to get around.

    Insider Tip:Watch out for rush hour on weekday mornings for the Sobu line. Get ready to get packed like sardines!

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