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Tokyo. We've all heard of it and we all have an "image" of what Tokyo is like. Depending on who you talk to Tokyo can be an "absolutely fascinating place" or "a crowded concrete jungle". One thing is for sure, Tokyo will excite all your senses and give you an experience like you have never had before. What started off as a small little fishing village hundreds of years ago and quickly became one of the top largest capitol cities in the world, Tokyo is a place with incredibly deep culture, history, food and people.
Yes, Tokyo is absolutely HUGE! However, the train system in Tokyo (well, all of Japan) is beyond amazing. It doesn't really matter if you stay in Shinjuku, Tokyo Station, Shinagawa or wherever... just jump on a close by train and within fifteen minutes to an hour you can get to all the spots around Tokyo. Although Tokyo is very "old" (the few non-destroyed areas after the war), the reconstruction and rail system layout makes Tokyo and incredibly travel friendly city. Think of Tokyo as a "circle", around that circle on the edges are major cities... on that edge a train line called the Yamanote Line loops around stopping at all the major cities, very convenient!
More than "Where", "What kind of place" do you want to stay may be more important. Although most folk immediately consider staying at a Western Hotel, you may want to consider a "Japanese Style" hotel/Inn as these types of places will only enhance your trip even more.
Where to start!? You could possibly live in Tokyo your whole life and never experience all it has to offer and even if you did manage to hit every cool spot, by the time you got done most everything behind you has changed. However, as a visitor/tourist, you want to take in some of the best of the best! Let's start with food as it happens to be one of our favorite past-times. Definitely hit some of the great Japanese restaurants in Tokyo. After you have experienced some of the best food in the world you probably want to experience some Japanese Culture, temples, gardens and festivals. The nightlife can't be missed! If your single, a couple or even a family (the kids will be fine), head on out to Shibuya, Shinjuku or Roppongi at night for some wild times. Sleep well at night because your days will be filled with sightseeing, eating and experiencing all the excitement Tokyo has to offer!
The graphic above is a simplified "Quick Glance" at transportation options. Due to fluctuating schedules & pricing, Times & Costs are subject to change.
Hotels & Lodging
Grand Hyatt Tokyo
Hilton Tokyo Odaiba
Keio Plaza Hotel
Imperial Hotel Tokyo
Hotel Okura Tokyo
The map below gives a great "over-view" of the "main" areas (cities) in Tokyo.
The most popular attraction in Tokyo is Asakusa and the temple at Asakusa.
World famous Shibuya is seen in many Hollywood films and is famous for fashion.
The most visited and probably most famous shrine in Japan, Meiji Shrine.
An extremely interesting museum that displays a variety of historical items about Tokyo.
One of the highest buildings in the world with observation decks to view all Tokyo.
The most beautiful and romantic towers in Japan, world famous in the Tokyo Skyline.
Tsukiji Market is the Mecca of sushi! See how it all works at the Tsukiji Fish Market.
Electronic jungle, Anime and Game heaven. Akihabara's sights and sounds will blow you away.
In the heart of the bustling metropolis of Tokyo, find peace and beauty at Koishikawa Korakuen
The Tokyo Imperial Palace is the residence of Japan's Imperial Family.
Japan's largest and oldest museum in the country.
Tokyo's largest city with high rise buildings, shopping and restaurants galore.
Teen culture and fashion well known internationally for it's "Harajuku Girls".
Odaiba is a popular shopping, entertainment and lodging area on a man made island in Tokyo Bay.
Best known for it's nightlife and Roppongi Hills shopping and entertainment complex.
My top 5 Japanese foods
Roppongi and Tokyo Tower Day walk
Utsunomiya Futaarayama Shrine
Rich Harvest Festival
Nakedness Festival at Sai...
Rich Harvest Festival
Healing Water Festival