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Hints For Tokyo In February 2013

Wed Nov 07, 2012 3:21 pm

after long planing I finally did it, I booked my UA island hopper trip consisting of follow routing.

CCS-IAH-LAX-HNL
HNL-GUM with 5 stops
GUM-NRT
NRT-SJC with the new ANA 787 service
SJC-IAH-CCS

I will have 1,5 days in HNL, half a day in GUM and 3,5 days in Tokyo.

Would be great to get some hints from you guys regarding what is a must to do during this short stay in Tokyo.

Thanks a lot
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RE: Hints For Tokyo In February 2013

Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:47 pm

Rent a bike for the day for ¥500. There is a bike rental place located right by Kasuga subway station on the Toei Mita line. They have fancy electric bicycles that can assist you through hills. From there you can circle Tokyo, passing by Tokyo Dome, the Univ. of Tokyo area, Akihabara, Nihombashi, Shinjuku, Harajuku and Shibuya.

If you just want a whirlwind tour of the "touristy" areas of Tokyo, visit the Imperial Palace, Harajuku/Meiji Shrine, Shibuya, Shinjuku/Kabuki-cho, Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo Tower or even Odaiba. If you're interested in anime, maybe you can also visit Akihabara.

Avoid the Roppongi area.
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RE: Hints For Tokyo In February 2013

Wed Nov 07, 2012 5:15 pm

Ohhh I love Tokyo! I will be there starting March 2013 for school. I hope you have fun!


Some notes- Unless you have connections, avoid Kabukicho and the nigerian bars. Other Shinjuku areas are good.
Shibuya is awesome! 109 is good for some girl spotting  
Tower records is a good CD store.
Odaiba is amazing. Love it so much! Fuji TV and Oedo Onsen (don't go there if you have tats, they won't let you in)

Takadanobaba is also nice. Lots of college kids  

Ginza, Akiba, Harajuku/Ometesando, Just take the yamanote line and have fun  

The Sky Tree is also something I highly recommend. You may wait in line for a while, but it is worth it.

Quoting HOONS90 (Reply 1):
Avoid the Roppongi area.

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RE: Hints For Tokyo In February 2013

Sun Nov 11, 2012 1:10 am

thanks for the hints so far, I am really looking forward to visit Japan!

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RE: Hints For Tokyo In February 2013

Mon Nov 12, 2012 11:32 pm

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 2):
Tower records is a good CD store.

Good? I've bought so many limited edition CDs from different branches around Japan. Awesome...

Quoting Avianca (Thread starter):
Would be great to get some hints from you guys regarding what is a must to do during this short stay in Tokyo.

Hi Avianca,

There's much you can do in Japan in three days. You could go train crazy like me but I wouldn't suggest it for a first timer. This tram ride around some of Tokyo's quieter places is on the list for my next visit.

Shinjuku and Shibuya are highly recommended, especially for a night visit, for shopping and the neon canyons. Check out Tokyu Hands and Loft some quirky stuff you never knew you needed. Asakusa is a bit of older Tokyo, but can get rather crowded on weekends. Ueno's Ameyoko Street markets can be a bit of fun in the evening. I enjoyed wandering through the covered arcade at Asagaya on a recent trip, just to see something a bit local.

If you've never been to Japan before I would strongly suggest getting out of the city for one day and going somewhere smaller. On our first trip to Japan I felt something was missing and it wasn't until we travelled out to Nikko for a day that I fell in love with the country (and it's deep love!). Talking to others who have restricted themselves to the large cities they often feel that something was missing from their trip.

Places that we've gone around Tokyo that you might like to consider (in no particular order) are: Kamakura, Kawagoe, Nikko, Mito (not worth it for your trip) and Hakone. The Gunma area looks to have some scenic railway lines and interesting small towns, but my explorations have so far been restricted to Takasaki and Yokokawa. Keep in mind that it will be winter when you go.

Take a look at my First time in Japan? post for some links to more information and photos.
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