Everything About Tokyo

Everything About Tokyo (as discussed by this Group)

A. Landed in Japan
A1. How to Travel from Narita Airport to City, Options
1. Narita Express (Train). Most comfortable. About 3,000 Yen one way. Round-trip promotion, 4,070 Yen for 2 ways http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/pass/nex_round.html
2. Airport Limo Bus. Most convenient if you are staying at/near the hotel where the bus is stopping. About 3,000 Yen one way. Round-trip 4,500 Yen. https://www.limousinebus.co.jp/en/information/visitor_tickets/multi/index.html
3. Keisei Skyliner to Ueno, Nippori 2,520 Yen. http://www.keisei.co.jp/keisei/tetudou/skyliner/us/index.php
4. Keisei Skyaccess 1,270 Yen, Main line 1,050 Yen http://www.keisei.co.jp/keisei/tetudou/ … index.html. Note : Many members prefer taking the Skyaccess/Main line to Nippori and from there change to JR Yamanote line to Shinjuku, Ikebukaru etc.
5. Access Narita (Bus). Cheapest 1,000 Yen. http://accessnarita.jp/en/home//. Keisei Tokyo Shuttle (Bus). Cheapest. 1,000 Yen. http://www.keiseibus.co.jp/en/kousoku/nrt16.html They are “code-sharing”.
6. Willer Express Bus. to Osaki Station. 1,200 Yen. http://willerexpress.com/en/airport-shu … a-shuttle/
7. Airport Transfer. About 20,000 Yen for a 5 seater with driver. http://www.airporttransfer.jp/narita/fare-narita.html

A2. How to Travel from Haneda Airport to City
1. Airport Limo Bus. Most convenient if you are staying at/near the hotel where the bus is stopping. About 1000 yen. https://www.limousinebus.co.jp/en/areas/#haneda
2. Keikyu Line. Train to Shinagawa & change to JR Yamanote line. http://www.haneda-tokyo-access.com/en/
3. Monorail. To Hamamatsucho & change to other trains. http://www.tokyo-monorail.co.jp/english/

A3. Travellers arriving late at Haneda Airport
1. Spend the night at airport capsule hotel https://first-cabin.jp/en/hotels/15
2. Midnight Limo Bus https://www.limousinebus.co.jp/en/guide/accessbus.html Midnight Keikyu Bus http://hnd-bus.com/airport/nightmorningbus/
3. Or simply sleep/rest at airport.
http://www.haneda-airport.jp/inter/en/p … ation.html
http://www.haneda-airport.jp/inter/en/p … ounge.html

B. Accommodation
Which area in Tokyo to stay ? http://asiatravelbug.com/blog/where-to- … ea-family/
a) Hotels/Hostels stayed & recommended by posters
Keio Plaza Shinjuku http://www.keioplaza.com/
Hilton Shinjuku http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/japan/ … index.html
Sunroute Plaze Shinjuku http://en.sunrouteplazashinjuku.jp/
Khaosan Hostels http://khaosan-tokyo.com/en/
Capsule Hotels : a) Ladies : 510 Shibuya http://www.capsule510.jp/ladies510/http://jpninfo.com/22727, b) First Cabin Akihabara http://www.first-cabin.jp.e.jr.hp.trans … ationlist/, c) Nine hours Narita Airport https://ninehours.co.jp/

b) Hotel Booking websites
Japanican https://www.japanican.com/en/
Rakuten https://travel.rakuten.com/
Guesthouses. https://www.japaneseguesthouses.com/
Japan Hotel Search JNTO : http://www.jnto.go.jp/ja-search/eng/index.php
Others sites include Booking, Agoda, Jalan

C. Travelling within Central Tokyo
Central Tokyo is mainly covered by JR (Yamanote line, Chuo Line) and Subway (9 Tokyo Metro lines and 4 Toei lines). A single trip ticket starts from about 150 Yen (to around 300 Yen); and you can get it from the ticket machines at the station. However, if you intend to take trains/subways frequently, you can consider getting one of these passes.
Tokyo 24/48/72 hours Subway ticket (unlimited travel on 9 Tokyo Metro & 4 Toei Lines) http://www.tokyometro.jp/en/ticket/value/travel/#anc02
Store-valued IC Card that can be used on JR trains and subways. There is no savings on using IC Card. It’s more for convenience (no need to buy ticket on every ride). Just tap your IC card when you enter the gates and exit. SUICA. http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/pass/suica.html PASMO http://www.pasmo.co.jp/en/
Do not get the 7 days JR Rail pass (29,110 Yen) if you are just travelling around Central Tokyo, as the daily transport cost is only about 1,000 Yen.
To find out what trains/routes to take, you can refer to the following website/applications
Hyperdia Shinkansen/JR Train Planner http://www.hyperdia.com/en/
Tokyo Metro Mobile Apps http://www.tokyometro.jp/en/tips/connec … index.html
Taxi is easily available. You can estimate the fare using https://www.taxifarefinder.com/ Uber is not popular.

D. What to Do in Tokyo ?
D1. Recommended Itinenaries
5 Days in Tokyo by Logan Page https://pagesoftravel.wordpress.com/201 … kyo-japan/
7 Days in Tokyo by Tiffany Cu http://asiatravelbug.com/blog/tokyo-iti … an-travel/

D2. Places in Tokyo recommended by Posters
1. Odaiba. Attractions include : a) Lego Discovery Centre b) Gundam Front Odaiba c)Fuji TV d) Museum of Science & Innovation e) Toyota Mega Web in Odaiba f) Teamlab Borderless https://borderless.teamlab.art/
2. Ghibli Musuem (Hayao Miyazaki) http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/en/ 
3. Fish market Toyosu https://trulytokyo.com/toyosu-fish-market-guide-tokyo/ https://www.shijou.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/english/toyosu/index.html
4. Ameyokocho Street market near Ueno http://www.japanvisitor.com/tokyo/tokyo … es/ameyoko
5. Oedo Onsen http://daiba.ooedoonsen.jp/en/
6. Anime attactions in Tokyo : Akihabara,  Nakano Broadway http://www.dannychoo.com/en/post/25749/ … adway.html
7. Sub-urban areas. Shimo-kitazawa http://www.tofugu.com/travel/shimokitazawa-tokyo/ Kichijoji http://www.dannychoo.com/en/post/26829/Kichijoji.html
8. Cherry Blossom Spots >> Ueno Park, Shinjuku Gyoen, Chidorigafuchi, Meguro River
9. Autumn Leaves Spots >> Koishikawa Korakuen, Meiji-jingu Gaien Park, Showa Kinen Park Tachikawa, Mt Takao

D3. Theme Parks
1. FujiQ Highland https://www.fujiq.jp/en/
2. Disneyland, Disneysea. Application TDR Wait Time Check https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta … aittimetdr Crowd http://www15.plala.or.jp/gcap/disney/
3. Sanrio Puroland (Hello Kitty) https://www.puroland.jp/
4. Tokyo one-piece tower (new theme park) https://onepiecetower.tokyo/

D4. Specialty Cafes/Restaurants
Cat Cafes http://en.rocketnews24.com/2014/02/22/a … cat-cafes/
Kawaii Monster Cafe http://kawaiimonster.jp/
Moomin Cafe http://benelic.com/moomin_cafe/tokyo_dome.php
Robot Restaurant http://www.shinjuku-robot.com/pc/
Jamie & Sarah’s review of theme restaurants in Tokyo https://medium.com/jamie-sarah/tokyo-s- … .ntzdrauom
D5. Department Store/Shopping Centre
Don Quixote(Donki) http://www.donki.com/index.php
Yodobashi http://www.yodobashi.com/index.html
Bic Camera http://www.biccamera.com/bicbic/jsp/w/index.jsp
Tower Records, Tsutaya, and Book Off will have all the music, movies and video games
D6. Culture Courses/activities in Tokyo
Sushi Making http://www.tokyo-sushi-making-tour.com/#!about/c42f
Tsukiji Cooking Class http://tsukiji-cooking.com/
English Cooking Class http://arigatojapan.co.jp/
Getting Sumo tickets https://buysumotickets.com/ Football tickets http://www.jleague.jp/en/ticket/all/sep.html
Hands on experience : http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2424.html (this is Japan wide, not just Tokyo)

E. Excursion Outside Central Tokyo
E1. Local Landed Tour Groups
You can join one of these reputable local travel agencies, which conduct single or multiple day trips.
JTB Tours https://www.jtb.co.jp/sunrise_tours/tours/index_en.asp
Yokoso https://www.yokosojapan-tour.com/
H.I.S. / No.1 Travel http://www.no1-travel.com/
Hato Bus https://www.hatobus.com/
E2. Short Excursions from Tokyo
Kamakura & Enoshima 
Kawagoe http://www.koedo.or.jp/foreign/english/
Nikko http://www.nikko-japan.org/
Saitama Railway Museum http://www.railway-museum.jp/en/
Hitachi Seaside Park https://hitachikaihin.jp/en.html
Ashikaga Flower Park https://www.ashikaga.co.jp/english/
Mount Takao https://japan-magazine.jnto.go.jp/en/special_keio.html

E3. Mount Fuji
There are many places where you can see Mount Fuji (Fuji-san).
(Fuji Subaru Line) 5th Station http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6922.html. Closest to the summit. Many climbers would start their climb here during the climbing season, from early Jul to early Sep.
Hakone. http://taiken.co/single/the-ultimate-gu … ing-hakone
Lake Kawaguchiko http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6906.html,
Fuji-Q Highland https://www.fujiq.jp/en/attraction/
Gotemba Premium Outlet http://www.premiumoutlets.co.jp/en/gotemba/
Mishima Skywalk http://mishima-skywalk.jp/
Train assess to Fuji Lakes, Hakone area. http://jprail.com/destinations/chubu-ar … agoya.html
Highway bus to Lake Kawaguchiko, 5th station. http://highway-buses.jp/fuji/
Retro bus around Lake Kawaguchiko http://bus-en.fujikyu.co.jp/heritage-tour/detail/id/1/
Climbing Mount Fuji. Season – Jul, Aug and early Sep.
Official climb site : http://www.fujisan-climb.jp/en/
Navi page : http://www.fujiyama-navi.jp/fujitozan/route/lang/en/
Q&A : http://www.garyjwolff.com/climbing-mt-fuji.html
Blog by Rajnesh Sharma http://www.rajnesharma.com/hiking-3776-m-up-mount-fuji/
And after climbing Mt Fuji, some places you can go to. https://www.tsunagujapan.com/11-great-p … m-mt-fuji/

F. What to Eat (Affordable food) ?
Matsuya Gyudon http://www.matsuyafoods.co.jp/menu/
Tenya Tendon http://www.tenya.co.jp/
Coco Ichibanya Curry House http://www.ichibanya.co.jp/menu/index.html
Tonkatsu http://www.wako-group.co.jp/en//
Tsurumaru Udon: soba and udon meals http://tokyocheapo.com/food-and-drink/tsurumaru/
Sushi Zanmai: Sushi(Ginza) http://tokyocheapo.com/food-and-drink/c … shizanmai/
Halal food in Tokyo : https://www.tsunagujapan.com/must-try-h … okyo-area/ Part II https://www.tsunagujapan.com/must-try-h … ea-part-2/

G. After Tokyo, Next Osaka/Kyoto ?
G1. How to travel from Tokyo to Osaka
1. Fastest, most convenient but expensive, Nozumi Shinkansen from Tokyo to Shin-Osaka, 14,400 Yen, 2 hours 33 minutes. (Note : JR Pass holder cannot take Nozumi)
2. JR Tokai Flexi Tickets. Tokyo to Shin Osaka round trip 21,800 Yen (Nozomi, non-reserved) https://www.jrtours.co.jp/en/#roundTrip

3. JR Pass holder : Take the Hikari Shinkansen. It’s covered by the JR Pass & you can make seat reservation at no additional charge. However, JR pass costs 29,100 Yen, so do your maths (by using the JR Pass Calculator below) and determine is it’s worthwhile to get the JR Pass.
Japan Railpass http://www.japanrailpass.net/en/about_jrp.html
JR Pass Calculator https://www.japan-guide.com/railpass/

4. Budget Airlines, about 4,000 to 5,000 Yen, 1 hr 10 mins flight time + time and cost of travel to/from airport. Peach http://www.flypeach.com/home.aspx 
5. Night bus. about 4,000 to 5,000 Yen, depart around 8pm arrive 6am. Willer Express, Highway Bus. https://willerexpress.com/en/
Photos posted by Deonelene Matteo on taking the bus https://www.facebook.com/groups/2307368 … 189873625/
6. Driving. Please note that car rental companies would charge additional $ if you are returning the car at a different location. http://www2.tocoo.jp/en

H. Others Travel Knowhow
H1. Official Tourist Website
Tokyo : http://www.gotokyo.org/en/
Japan : https://www.japan.travel/en/
Japan Welcome Guide for Muslim traveller http://muslimguide.jnto.go.jp/eng/
Radiation after 3/11 http://www.jnto.go.jp/eq/eng/04_recovery.htm
H2. Festival & Events in Tokyo
Tokyo : http://www.japantimes.co.jp/events/thin … ngs-to-do/
Tokyo : http://www.japan-talk.com/jt/new/japan-calendar
Across Japan http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/festivals/
H3. Spending Budget. Refer to this article. To add Link. 

H4. Others
Visa Requirement to Japan http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/#section3 For Philippines visitors http://www.skyscanner.com.ph/news/begin … pan-pinoys
Weather https://weather.yahoo.co.jp/weather/13/4410.html
How Japanese ladies dress in different seasons https://matcha-jp.com/en/366
Volunteer Guides : https://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/arrange/trav … rvice.html http://tourguide.jp/
Coin Laundry http://www.coin-laundry.co.jp/userp/up0 … roller.jpf
JR Station Locker http://japantravelmate.com/travel-tips- … ge-storage Size : Small (¥300) – approx. 35cm x 43cm x 57cm (13in x 16in x 22in) Medium (¥500) – approx. 57cm x 43cm x 57cm (22in x 16in x 22in) Large (¥700) – approx. 117cm x 43cm x 57cm (44in x 16in x 22in)
Narita Airport Transit Program (if you have a few hours to spare) http://www.narita-transit-program.jp/
Sending luggages via Ta-Q-Bin. Steps : http://www.kuronekoyamato.co.jp/en/tourist/hotel/ Rates : http://www.kuronekoyamato.co.jp/en/send/ta_q_bin/ 
Hanabi, Japan Fireworks http://japan-magazine.jnto.go.jp/en/1506_fireworks.html

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