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Where To Go In Tokyo!  
User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7127 posts, RR: 17
Posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2926 times:

As you may know, I'll be there by Friday. I have two weeks to pretty much get as much tourism and sightseeing in as I can.

I wanna know where a lot of you have gone on your trips to Japan's Big Apple.

Some notes before you start telling me where to go:
Hotel in Shinjuku, been to Kichijoji, Akiba, Asakusa, Roppongi (hated it) Shibuya, Harajuku, and Yokohama during my trip last year. I want to see different places this year, but I want to know what to expect, you know?


I already intend on seeing:
Sky Tree, Ikebukuro, Ueno Zoo (if I can get in), A game at the TYODome, Daiba, and if I can, HND.

Where's the spotters location for HND?
Also: Rumor had it that most of the games at the Dome are usually sold out. Is that true?

Any Japanese members on here want to give me advice too? I love seeing ancient stuff too, traditional, unusual,
I have 14 days to burn off, so have at it  

(If you're in Tokyo during this time, let me know too!)

Z


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User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39669 posts, RR: 75
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2923 times:

Check out Kabukichō in the Shinjuku....


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User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7125 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2918 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Thread starter):
Ueno Zoo (if I can get in)

why wouldn't you get in?? It was open when I visited last month. Actually that park has some pretty cool museums too.


User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4670 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2911 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Thread starter):
I have 14 days to burn off, so have at it  

One word, one place, worth at least two days: Kyoto!!!



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User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8021 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2885 times:

If you really have that much time, it's worth getting down to Hiroshima and Osaka at the very least. There's an incredible castle in Himeji, and one of the last remaining original samurai castles that wasn't destroyed in the war is a very interesting multi-transfer train ride away in Matsumoto. Closer to Tokyo, you could have a look at Japanese-style wineries in Yamanashi, or go and visit some of the tea gardens in all along the Shizuoka coast. If you want to see how counterculture Japanese spend their weekends, you can go to the beach resorts on the SW side of the Izu peninsula, or hop on a 25 minute flight from HND down to Ooshima or Hachijojima, islands to the SE of Tokyo. They are known for magic mushrooms, among other things. Plenty to see and do, that's for sure.


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User currently offlineFaddypainter From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2010, 131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2878 times:

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 4):
There's an incredible castle in Himeji

Isn't Himeji castle still undergoing major restoration? At least it was when I visited last year, you could still tour around the inside however. Amazing views from the top.


User currently offlineZentraedi From Japan, joined Jun 2007, 660 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2838 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Thread starter):
I already intend on seeing:
Sky Tree, Ikebukuro, Ueno Zoo (if I can get in), A game at the TYODome, Daiba, and if I can, HND.

I wouldn't bother with Sky Tree. Hear it's still too crowded. Might be better off sticking to Odaiba as a tourist.

Another option is hiking up Mt. Takao.

Quoting PHX787 (Thread starter):
Any Japanese members on here want to give me advice too? I love seeing ancient stuff too, traditional, unusual,
I have 14 days to burn off, so have at it  

Then you need to get out of Tokyo. Try heading up to Nikko, down to Kamakura.
If you're willing to travel further, Osaka and Hiroshima are definitely worth visiting.


User currently offline757MDE From Colombia, joined Sep 2004, 1753 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2800 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Thread starter):
Where's the spotters location for HND?

I don't know about outside, but there's two (three?) great observation terraces in the terminal, with seating places and vending machines and all that (how I love Japan and vending machines everywhere).

I took these two from one of the terraces:


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User currently offlinemt99 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 6565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2792 times:
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Tokio is an amazing experience.

I cant say that the city has many "sights" - but it such an amazing "experience". Parts of Tokyo make Time Square in NY look like a dimly lit village..

Personally, one of my favorite memories of Tokyo was going on Sunday evening to Harajuku and see all the kids dresses up as anime characters!



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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7127 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2785 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 1):
Check out Kabukichō in the Shinjuku....

Hotel is right next to Kabukicho and I spent many a night there  
Quoting aerorobnz (Reply 2):
why wouldn't you get in?? It was open when I visited last month. Actually that park has some pretty cool museums too.

Just the crowds and stuff

Quoting Zentraedi (Reply 6):
Another option is hiking up Mt. Takao.

How long is the hike? when's a good time to hike?

Quoting Zentraedi (Reply 6):
down to Kamakura.

Trying to make plans to go  
Quoting 757MDE (Reply 7):
I don't know about outside, but there's two (three?) great observation terraces in the terminal, with seating places and vending machines and all that (how I love Japan and vending machines everywhere).

Which terminal/monorail station do i get off at?


Thanks guys  



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User currently offline757MDE From Colombia, joined Sep 2004, 1753 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2767 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 9):
Which terminal/monorail station do i get off at?

The pictures were taken from Terminal 2 observation terrace. The light is good there in the afternoon.
There is another observation terrace good in the morning at Terminal 1, so use the monorail stations accordingly (they are called Haneda Airport Terminal 1, Haneda Airport Terminal 2, Haneda Airport International Terminal... pretty straightforward).

I don't know if there's an observation terrace in the international terminal, I think there is but not sure.

[Edited 2012-07-24 15:10:50]


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User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4670 posts, RR: 50
Reply 11, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2749 times:

Quoting 757MDE (Reply 10):
I don't know if there's an observation terrace in the international terminal, I think there is but not sure.

There indeed is!



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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7127 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2729 times:

Quoting JRadier (Reply 11):
There indeed is!

So where's the best place to spot a 787?



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User currently offline757MDE From Colombia, joined Sep 2004, 1753 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2712 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 12):
So where's the best place to spot a 787?

Terminal 2 definitely (you'll see many of ANA's there).

[Edited 2012-07-24 22:43:02]


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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7127 posts, RR: 17
Reply 14, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2694 times:

Quoting 757MDE (Reply 13):
Terminal 2 definitely (you'll see many of ANA's there).

Alright thanks! I'll make sure I stop by there. How often do they depart?



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User currently offline757MDE From Colombia, joined Sep 2004, 1753 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2641 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 14):
Alright thanks! I'll make sure I stop by there. How often do they depart?

I can't really say, but I was there about 5 hours that day and I saw three of them coming and going and one that was parked when I arrived which subsequently departed.

I also saw one two days later but in Osaka Itami. If you are visiting Osaka pay a visit to the Sky park opposite to the terminal!



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User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 7968 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2628 times:

I wonder did PHX787 get a Japan Rail Pass. If you're wanting to visit a lot of sights away from Tokyo a Japan Rail Pass is a must, because otherwise riding trains on the JR system can be a fairly complicated experience if you're not fluent in Japanese. For example, if you want to visit the historic town of Matsumoto, you'll have to get tickets to ride the Super Azusa limited express train from Shinjuku Station in Tokyo to Matsumoto--and I'm not sure if the ticket agent are reasonably fluent in English or the train ticket dispensing machines have English instructions.

User currently offlinegocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4338 posts, RR: 21
Reply 17, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2556 times:

As mentioned, Izu Islands is very nice in the summer with good beaches and surf aswell. Oshima, Nijima, Hachijojima, Kozushima to name a few.

Tis the season to climb Fuji-san or I recommend heading to Aomori and participating in Nebuta Festival from Aug.1-7 but probably very difficult to book hotels since it's "summer break" for school. I will be travelling to Sendai tomorrow morning after I get off from work to pick up my wife and daughter and drive back to Yokohama.


User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7127 posts, RR: 17
Reply 18, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2499 times:

Quoting RayChuang (Reply 16):
I wonder did PHX787 get a Japan Rail Pass. If you're wanting to visit a lot of sights away from Tokyo a Japan Rail Pass is a must, because otherwise riding trains on the JR system can be a fairly complicated experience if you're not fluent in Japanese. For example, if you want to visit the historic town of Matsumoto, you'll have to get tickets to ride the Super Azusa limited express train from Shinjuku Station in Tokyo to Matsumoto--and I'm not sure if the ticket agent are reasonably fluent in English or the train ticket dispensing machines have English instructions.
Quoting gocaps16 (Reply 17):

I would do all of that (I've been to Matsumoto before actually) but I don't think I have much time to venture too far out of Tokyo



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10864 posts, RR: 38
Reply 19, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2472 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 12):
So where's the best place to spot a 787?

The original first 787 JA801A I took to Hiroshima before I flew on the inaugural long haul to Frankfurt 21 January was parked at Gate 64 Terrminal 2. That is Haneda of course. She was brand new at that time and I must say very well taken care of. There is also JA802A doing domestic runs so you might be lucky with the two.

From that same spot you will probably see one or more Pokemon painted 747s aka "Pokemonjets". I got to see two on the tarmac that same day. I think there are 3 total... maybe even 4. They are very colourful and nice looking.

My inaugural to Frankfurt on board another brand new international configured ANA 787 (JA805A) left from the International terminal very late at night from gate 108A. I am sure they displace them during the day putting them at a remote stand. The return flight from Frankfurt lands at HND about 6.20 early morning.

The JAL 787s fly daily from Narita so you might very well see one or two when you are there. Not sure how many they got. There is one flying to Delhi. Not sure about others.

If you hold a good number of Star Alliance FF miles you should not hesitate to book yourself on a day return to where the domestic ANA 787s fly - just for the fun. They probably still do runs to HIJ and back several times a day and it won't take you too many FF miles for a domestic return flight and taxes won't be too outrageous either.

  

[Edited 2012-07-28 10:26:07]


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