Kanda Used Book District
More than 75% of Tokyo's used, old book sellers and collectors have shops located in this district.
There are bookstores where you can buycopies of UKIYOE from 1,000yen. Ask Sakura Hotel staff for more information.
Tokyo Dome, the symbol of Tokyo Dome City, is an all-weather multipurpose stadium where a variety of events are being staged throughout the year, including baseball games,
Next to the dome, is one of the oldest amusement parks in Japan, Korakuen, which recently also opened a spa resort.
The Imperial Palace is a very rare natural setting in the center of Tokyo; a large natural landmark similar to Central Park in New York and Stanley Park in Vancouver.
The current Imperial Palace (皇居, Kōkyo) is located on the former site of Edo Castle, a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the center of Tokyo, a short walk from Tokyo Station. It is the residence of Japan's Imperial Family.
The mecca for shopping for electronic goods. Nowhere else in the world will you find a larger selection of consumer electronic goods. From tiny, state-of-the-art mobile phones to large entertainment systems; a digital consumer goods Super Mall!
Founded in the fourteenth century, Yushima Tenjin is now known as a shrine for learning. Every year during the exam season, many students come over to pray for their success, and leave hopeful messages on ema, small wooden tablets and hang them outside the main hall.
Koishikawa Korakuen is the oldest garden in Tokyo, first laid out in 1629. An astonishingly beautiful park, with a range of walks, bridges, hills and vistas that encourage quiet contemplation. The entrance however, tucked away down a side street, can be difficult to find.
Subways in Tokyo are very convenient and you can go nearly everywhere by them, but at the same time you can easily spent thousands of Yen buying single- tickets.
The same is true for museums and exhibitions since entrance fees usually start around 1,000 yen. Is there a cheaper solution?
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Located roughly 30 minutes north-west of Tokyo on the Tobu Tojo line, Kawagoe city is a trip into Japan's past. A must for those wishing to explore traditional Japan, this historic place was once a bustling castle town but still retains its charm through the surviving streets and wooden buildings. Part of this traditional atmosphere is kept alive by the famous "Bell of Time" that hangs in the town's clock tower. This huge bell rings four times daily, as it has done for 350 years!
Kawagoe is also home to a popular sweetshop street where you can indulge in a selection of traditionally made Japanese sweets and even sample a local beer brewed from sweet potatoes!
Jimbocho stn. → Subway Hanzomon line (3 min.) → Otemachi stn. → Subway Marunouchi line (16 min.) → Ikebukuro stn. →Tobu Railway (34 min.) → Kawagoe stn.
|Tokyo Disney Resort||
The twin theme parks: Disneyland and the more recent DisneySea make up Tokyo Disney resort, located roughly one hour from Ikebukuro station. The first Disney resort to be opened outside of the United States, Tokyo Disneyland is popular nationwide due to its fun seasonal shows and attractions. Tokyo DisneySea (opened in 2001) is an independant water themed variation of the main park with an extensive recreation of Venetian canals that leads into the different "ports of call". These themed areas house the park's rides and attractions. Popular attractions include Journey to the Center of the Earth ride and the "Tower of terror".
Jimbocho stn. → Subway Hanzomon line (6 min.) → Nagata stn. → Subway Yurakucho line (17 min.) → Shinkiba stn. → JR Keiyo line (4 min.) → Maihama stn.(Tokyo Disny Resort)
|Shibuya, Omotesando & Harajuku||
From Shibuya’s 109 building, along Omotesando Hills to Harajuku’s Takeshita doori, this extensive area is without doubt the centre of Tokyo’s fashion and pop-culture. Next Shibuya Station you can find one of the most famous pedestrian crossings in the world, while was featured in many movies such as "Lost in Translation."
Many famous luxury brands have established their flagship stores in the glamourous Aoyama and Omotesando districts. If you prefer exquisite Japanese craftsmanship, the Oriental Bazaar is no doubt the No.1 choice. From fine porcelain to unique hand-woven articles, you name it, they've got it.
However, if you are looking for something more alternative, Harajuku is definitely the place to go. Here is where Tokyo's fashion-conscious generation gathers and the Design Festa Gallery can be found. On Sundays you can take a break from shopping to see amateur bands and dancers in nearby Yoyogi park as well.
Jimbocho stn. → Subway Hanzomon line (11 min.) → Omotesando stn.→ Subway Chiyoda line (1 min.) → Meiji-jingu stn.
Famous for its numerous discount electronics and computer stores, Akihabara is also the origin of "Otaku" culture - manga, anime and all the related merchandise. Whether you are looking for the latest high-tech PCs and mobile phones or memorabilia from your favourite anime, most likely you will be able to find it here.
If Shibuya is the centre for fashion, then Akihabara is the centre for electronics and Otaku culture. Don't forget to bring your passport in orders to get a refund on the sales tax!
Jimbocho stn. → Subway Hanzomon line (1 min.) → Kudanshita stn. → Subway Tozai line (7 min.) → Kayaba-cho stn. → Subway Hibiya line (6 min.) → Akihabara stn.
Home to the busiest station in the world, Shinjuku is one of Tokyo’s must-visit night spots. Dinner, bars or karaoke, whatever you are after, you will be truly spoilt for choice in Shinjuku. By day however, Shinjuku is a great place for a spot of shopping with its fair share of brand-name goods and electronics stores.
The Takashimaya times-square department store is a great place to buy presents and the top floor of the Kinokuniya book store sells foreign language books should you need to stock up before your journey home.
If you have the time, a trip to the top of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building is also highly recommended as the panoramic views of the city are nothing short of spectacular. You can even see Mount Fuji on a clear day!
Jimbocho stn. → Subway Toei Shinjuku line (10 min.) → Shinjuku stn.
"Ameyoko" is a very busy market street located under the Yamanote Line tracks between Okachimachi and Ueno stations. This market street used to be one of the most well-known black markets in Tokyo after World War Two.
"Ameyoko" means "Ameya Yokocho" (candy store alley), as candies were traditionally sold there. Besides, "Ame" can also relate to "America" because a lot of American goods were very popular on the black market.
Nowadays, various products such as clothes, bags, cosmetics, fresh fish, dried foods and spices are available there. Especially towards the end of a year, people will flood to Ameyoko to buy festive foods and products to celebrate the New Year.
"Ameyoko" is a really fun and interesting spot to check out. Opening hours and closing days depend on different stores, but they usually open at around 10:00 and close at around 19:00. Moreover, since many stores will be closed on Wednesdays, so it may be a good idea to go there on the rest of the week.
Jimbocho stn. → Subway Hanzomon line (5 min.) → Mitsukoshimae stn. → Subway Ginza line (7 min.) → Ueno stn.
|Tokyo Dome City||
Built around the Tokyo Dome (the world's largest covered baseball stadium), Tokyo Dome City is a popular entertainment district. In this area you can find many souvenir shops and restaurants and nearby is a large spa and shopping mall complex, LaQua. LaQua also features ride attractions such as the Big-O centre-less ferris wheel and "Thunder dolphin" rollercoaster. Tokyo dome itself is home to baseball games and from time to time is also used as a concert and exhibition venue.
Jimbocho stn. → Subway Hanzomon line (3 min.) → Otemachi stn. → Subway Marunouchi Line (7min.) → Korakuen stn.