What to do in Tokyo, Japan

This is the first time I traveled with A380, the biggest commercial airplane in the world. I never been to Japan before. I find Tokyo is a clean city. Their people is friendly and polite too. In fact, I am not surprised being greeted and bow umpteen times when I enter or exit a stores or restaurants. I really applaud the Japanese for being the most patient in their customer service.

Upon arrival to Narita Airport, you may get a cab to the city. Not a good choice because taxi is expensive in Tokyo. Furthermore, the city is about 1 hr distance. Alternatively, do take note of Airport limousine bus to your nearest Hotel area. You may purchase the Limousine & Metro unlimited Pass which valid for 2 days.

There are many location that you can alight. Choose the one nearest to your hotel location. Then, take the cab to your hotel. You can save cost by using their limousine.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. The top floor (45th) was an observatory building. From there, you can see the areas around Shinjuku, including all the buildings, Harajuku and Yoyogi Park. Admission is free. Open from 9.30am to 11pm. To get there, there’s a underpass from Shinjuku station which takes you a 20 mins walk. Just follow the sign to get there.

One of the busiest station, Shinjuku. Serving as the main connecting hub for rail traffic between central Tokyo and its western suburbs on inter-city rail, commuter rail and metro lines. A good way to travel in Tokyo using their subway.

Surrounding the area are popular department stores such as Isetan, Takashimaya, Odakyu, Keio, Mylord and many more.

It is important to learn simple Japanese language or write down the place you want to go in their language especially if you wish to travel using taxis.

Takeshita Street is a pedestrian-only street lined with fashion boutiques, cafes and restaurants in Harajuku in Tokyo, Japan. Most of the businesses are small independent shops that carry an array of styles. Located directly across from the exit of JR Harajuku Station. Experience the teenage culture on sundays when young people gather around Harajuku and engage in cosplay.

Meiji Shrine or Meiji Jingu Shrine is located in Shibuya, Tokyo. Meiji Shrine is a Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken. After the death of Emperor Meiji in 1912 and Empress Shōken in 1914, the Japanese people wished to pay their respects to the two influential Japanese figures and therefore Meiji Shrine was constructed on November 1, 1920. The shrine is located a 10 minutes walk from both the southern entrance near Harajuku Station and northern entrance near Yoyogi Station. No admission fee and it is open 24/7 throughout the year.

Nijubashi Bridge at the Imperial Palace. The palace buildings and inner gardens are not open to public. You may view it from the entrance of the bridge. Getting to Imperial Palace, nearest station, Hibiya Yurakucho Station, Blue line.

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Tokyo Tower, a communications and observation tower located in Shiba Park, Minato, Tokyo, Japan. A replica of Eiffel Tower in Paris, standing appox 333m high. Since its opening in 1958, the Tokyo Tower has been the world’s tallest self-supporting steel tower. The Eiffel Tower in Paris is 320 m high. Guests can visit two observation decks. The 2-story Main Observatory is located at 150 meters (492 ft), while the smaller Special Observatory reaches a height of 250 meters (820 ft). Open from 9am to 10pm daily. Admission: Y1420  (Special), 820 yen (Main). Nearest station, Onarimon Station on the Mita Subway Line and Akabanebashi Station on the Oedo Subway Line

The Kaminarimon (“Thunder Gate”) is the outer of two large entrance gates that ultimately leads to the Sensō-ji located at Asakusa

Asakusa is an old district and the famous Sensō-ji Temple. (“Senso” is an alternative reading for Asakusa and “ji” means temple). There are alot of shop houses selling souvenir and food leading to the temple. Getting there, from Shinjuku Station Take the orange JR Chuo Line to Kanda Station and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa.

DisneySea is also the most expensive theme park ever built, estimated to have cost over U.S. $4 billion. The above photo is taken at one of the seven themed ports of call, Arabian coast. While suitable for all ages, Tokyo DisneySea was designed to specifically also appeal to a more grown up audience.

Open daily from 10am to 10pm,  as the park is so huge it is recommended to get 2 day pass ticket. 1 Day pass cost Y6,200 per adult.  Getting there: A recommended 1hr ride bus to DisneySea or Disneyland from shinjuku bus station cost Y800. Operate every 30 minutes between the JR Highway Bus Terminal near the New South Exit of Shinjuku Station. Alternatively, by train, take the JR Chuo Line from Shinjuku to Tokyo Station (15 minutes) and transfer to the JR Keiyo or JR Musashino Line to Maihama Station (15 minutes). Note that the platforms at Tokyo Station are about a ten minute walk apart from each other. The entire one way trip takes about 40 minutes, costs 380 yen and is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass.

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Hotel I stayed during my trip: Citadines Shinjuku, Tokyo

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