Trip to Tokyo (64)

1 Name: Enthusiast : 2006-02-01 06:45 ID:4q+mY4jX

Hi guys,

I am planning to go on a trip to Tokyo by myself, and as I have never been there, i have no idea what to expect. I plan to just go to Tokyo, and maybe Yokohama for a day, and want to stay for a week, or maybe two. Do you think this is enough time? Or too much time? I plan to just go to big tourist attractions or shopping malls, and just experience city life.

Also, I plan to stay at a youth hostel, cuz the other big hotels are just way too expensive. Is it a good idea? Is it also a safe place for a girl to be? Also, the hostels that I am looking at are mostly in Asakusa, and it is a bit far away from Tokyo, so do you think it is not worth the money, because it will be too time-consuming and expensive to ride the bus to the center of the city everyday? Just how long should a bus ride from Asakusa to Tokyo take anyway?

Anyway, thank you for helping me.

2 Name: sage : 2006-02-01 12:55 ID:01qWXQA2

Well Akihabara is don't need anywhere else to go.

3 Name: Enthusiast : 2006-02-01 18:39 ID:Bx/qWIc7


Well I've never been there myself, but everyone I've talked to about it always say one thing: Make sure you have a lot of money.

4 Name: Enthusiast : 2006-02-02 14:26 ID:7n6JpcgH


I was looking at going to Tokyo, and I noticed there's a very cheap youth hostel in Yokohama, right near the landmark tower. Maybe you want to check that out.

5 Name: Enthusiast : 2006-02-03 08:03 ID:auWU2hY5

do you know the name of that hostel? thanks

6 Name: Enthusiast : 2006-02-03 12:40 ID:Heaven

7 Name: Enthusiast : 2006-02-05 11:33 ID:Heaven

Doesn't really matter where you stay, transportation is expensive anyway. Asakusa is basically on the edge of Tokyo, Yokohama is a little farther but you can get to Shibuya in 30-40 minutes by train.

As for what to see... well, I guess the usual places would be Shibuya, Shinjuku, Harajuku, Asakusa, Imperial Palace, Akihabara, Roppongi, Tsukiji, Odaiba, Ginza, plus in Yokohama there's Chinatown, Minato Mirai etc. You can probably cram it into a week, or take your time.

Oh, and everything is super expensive, it's normal to be carrying large amounts of cash because credit cards/ATMs are a hassle. Don't worry, it's very safe, except maybe for Roppongi, a girl I know had her bag stolen there - that's probably the worst you should expect.

Bonus points if you go in March in time to see the cherry blossoms.

8 Name: Enthusiast : 2006-02-09 19:17 ID:pfrpaYqB

Akihabaraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!! :D

9 Name: Enthusiast : 2006-02-10 05:27 ID:HK1ju2RG

If you're only going for a week, blow off Tokyo for at least one day and head out to Kyoto. Tokyo's just a big city. Kyoto's drenched in traditional Japanese coolness.

10 Name: 4nd : 2006-02-15 06:45 ID:z3jqJtYF

If you use NARITA airport,
Kyoto is too far to go from Tokyo.
I think it seems good to go "NARITASAN"temple
that is near from airport.
Im living near there now.

Im sorry of my bad English.

11 Name: Enthusiast : 2006-02-17 18:49 ID:/PmX25jA

My Jap friends told me that Tokyo it's a safe place, so don't worry and enjoy your trip ^^

12 Name: Enthusiast : 2006-02-22 18:27 ID:JtvOFM4t

From Tokyo to Kyoto,you will pay about 100 dollers and 2.5 hour by shinkansen express.
but you should go to Kyoto.
There are a lot of very wonderful place in Kyoto.
and you will be able to see Fuji moutain from window of shinkansen.

13 Name: Enthusiast : 2006-02-23 22:19 ID:A+YJnYBx

Altogether, I've spent about two months in Japan over the last year and, being a student, I think I can help you out as regards enjoying Tokyo on a budget.

If you've only got a week and you're strapped for cash, there's not too much reason to leave Tokyo. It's a huge and amazing place, and you can very easily spend days and days wandering around, window shopping and enjoying the general ambience. Strolling through Shibuya and Harajuku on a sunny Sunday is about the best way to introduce yourself to the place, and it doesn't cost a penny to do. The east side of Shinjuku is a little seedier (if one of those pushy 16-year-old guys with the impeccable hair and the monstrously expensive suits tries to "recruit" you, take it as a compliment!), but just as interesting. Akihabara has been mentioned a number of times, and if you've got anything in common with the average *chan user then it'll be more fun than any amusement park; Animate and Gamers are great fun to look around if you're an anime fan, and there are more places to buy and play games than you can ever hope to count. Odaiba is great too, but it's more fun with a significant other (if you're there with someone special, make sure you ride the big ferris wheel just after sundown, it's expensive but it's worth it).

Contrary to what people have said upthread, NOT everything is super-expensive. Certain things are, but you can eat very cheaply if you know what you're doing (basic ramen, soba, udon and curry places, along with surprisingly good convenience store food, will keep you well fed for under $10 a day, and a hearty dinner at a good restaurant can be had very easily for under $20). You can get the train from Asakusa to Shinjuku for Y160 each way - if you think that's expensive then I'd like to move to your country right away because it sure as hell isn't expensive by British standards. As far as shopping goes, some things are horribly expensive (new games, DVDs, CDs, "vintage" clothing), but others can be so cheap it just isn't funny (used games, consoles, PC bits, books). Accomodation can be a big financial drain, but if things get really tight and you're feeling hardcore, you can get a private booth in a manga cafe overnight for about $20 (maybe less, I'm not sure) - in a decent place like Manboo, this buys you comfy chair (comfy enough to sleep in) use of your own PC, TV and PS2, and gives you unrestricted access to a shower and a dizzying array of comics and games.

Regarding money, credit cards are accepted almost universally in the big cities, but if you whip out your plastic beyond a 50-mile radius of the centre of Tokyo it'll be met with a blank stare, so carry cash in the country. As for ATMs, bank and convenience store ATMs can be a pain in the ass, but the Post Office has been unfailingly reliable for me. Find out where the nearest Post Office to your hostel is, and load up there every couple of days.

If you get sick of the city and want a good, cheap day-trip, I highly recommend Kamakura. Like Kyoto, Nikko and so forth, it has a wealth of historical sites and architecture which are an absolute joy to behold. If you go there at any time of the year other than Golden Week, the outlying temples are all but deserted, and it's wonderfully peaceful. It's a very rural-feeling place as well, which is quite welcome after a week in Tokyo. You can get there on the train (Yokosuka line) for Y900 each way, which beats the ever-loving shit out of the haemmoragingly expensive Shinkansen fare you'd have to shell out for a similar day-trip to Kyoto (about $250 for the round trip).

Alternatively, get the train up to Mitake (it's on the Ome line, a branch of the Chuo line that runs west out of Tokyo), and get the funicular railway up Mitake-san. Then strap on your walking boots for the magnificent hike from there to the peak of Odake-san. Tons of wildlife and lots of amazing views (even on a normal, hazy day, you can see most of the western side of the Tokyo sprawl, which is the only way to truly appreciate how BIG it is). Bring a couple of convenience store onigiri for lunch and you've got yourself a grand day out for about $25.

Any questions, just ask away. I might post a few more random thoughts later.

14 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2006-03-05 16:46 ID:I7tMnjBx

>>13 Whoa really intresting, thanks ^^
I'm going to go to Japan this July, so I'm very intrested in those "random thoughts"...
But what about English in Japan? I don't know Japanese at all @__@

15 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2006-03-06 19:28 ID:A+YJnYBx


Not knowing Japanese will be a slight handicap, but there's plenty you'll be able to do without needing to say a word. You'd be shocked at just how many things you can buy by putting coins in a machine - lots of cheap restaurants use a vending machine system rather than having staff handle your money, similarly with a lot of tourist attractions that require tickets, and even in the middle of nowhere I've never had to interact with a human being to buy a train ticket. That said, I would recommend learning all the katakana (the Japanese letters used to transcribe foreign, usually English, words). You should be able to commit them to memory in a couple of hours, especially with the help of something like Slime Forest Adventure (, and they'll come in very useful. Even without any Japanese vocabulary, knowing katakana will let you read a good few menu items at non-english-friendly restaurants and any number of useful signs. It's equally useful to familiarise yourself with the most basic Kanji, so you'll never find yourself standing outside a public toilet looking confused because you can't tell which door is which.

If you don't have a local person on hand to help you out, you're going to want a good guide book. I've been using Lonely Planet's Japan guide, and it's served me very well indeed. They do a more specialised Tokyo guide as well, which I imagine would be even better if you're not venturing far beyond the city.

If you're going in July, be prepared for it to be very hot. Like, regularly topping 37C. Maybe you're from Arizona or something and this isn't a problem, but if you're a northern european like me you might find it pretty draining.

Clothes shopping: buy clothes in Tokyo. Seriously. If you want cool clothes that none of your friends have ever seen before, Japanese labels can't be beat. Running from the northern end of Shibuya up into Harajuku is a rich seam of fashion gold, where anybody with (nearly) any budget will be able to find something awesome. I'm a big fan of Beams, Beams T, Graniph and Mono Comme Ca, so if you're male I recommend going out of your way for them. If you're not, LaForet, F*ret and Shibuya 109 will either cause your credit card to spontaneously combust, or provide you with an entertaining freak show free of charge.

When you're travelling around Tokyo, JR (or any other surface railway) is usually cheaper than the subway, and using the subway is usually cheaper than using a combination of the two.

You don't need to tip for anything.

A lot of people recommend getting a Japan rail pass. It's very good for what it is, but you have to travel a hell of a lot to get your money's worth out of it. If, say, you want to see the whole country in three weeks, it's a good idea. If you want to make a couple of middle-distance excursions and use it to commute the rest of the time, it's not. Getting the Shinkansen without one is very expensive, though, so consider other means of transportation - Tokyo to Kyoto is far cheaper if you take an overnight bus, and you can get to many places faster and cheaper than the train by renting a car.

Another alternative to the rail pass is the Seishun 18 ticket. It won't get you onto Shinkansens or express trains, but it'll give you five days (any five days you like, not necessarily consecutive) of unlimited travel on JR local and rapid services at certain times of the year. Not the ideal choice if you're short on time, since it'll take you a while to get anywhere, but it's a fraction of the price of a rail pass - Y10,000 compared to Y30,000 for a 7-day rail pass - and it'll get you anywhere if you don't mind the leisurely pace. Bring a book, look out the window, it'll be nice.

I can't think of anything else right now.

16 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2006-04-02 15:56 ID:OlL4/vw0


17 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2006-04-16 03:53 ID:Heaven

k`s house Tokyo,it is 1of the best hotel in kyoto

18 Name: sage : 2006-05-23 16:26 ID:NFTnq6VC

When you (non-japanese) speak to Japanese,Japanese may avoid to help you. But don't be mad,they don't have oppotunity to use English there,so some people can't speak English well. However,most of japanese are very kind,so they'll help you.

19 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2006-05-23 16:28 ID:NFTnq6VC

:o sage didn't work. lol it works on 2ch japanese board though. I must learn more about 4ch. :P
anyway,I hope you'll visit Japan & enjoy!!

20 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2006-05-23 16:55 ID:Heaven

sage goes in "link" field, just like 2ch, >>19.

21 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2006-05-23 16:57 ID:Heaven

oh. Thanks Heaven!!

22 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2006-05-28 05:42 ID:6w35q8H/

I've personally heard that the Japaneese are among the most racist people on the planet, especially towards Black folks. Is this true?

23 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2006-05-30 13:00 ID:Heaven


Yes, of course a sweeping generalization about the entire population of a country is completely true!

24 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2006-05-30 14:30 ID:w0rkdLTs

That's not true.
Black people and white people are basically the same gaijins.

Who they discriminate against is non-Japanese Asian people.
Japan being the wealthiest nation in Asia for some 100 years, they tend to think they are the ruler of Asia the rest of Asian people should follow.

25 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2006-05-30 19:33 ID:wrt33+yF

Well, you've probably heard this a billion times.

First of all, Japanese people are generally bad at english conversation. It's not their fault since most of the TV-shows and movies making its way to the land of the rising sun are dubbed. Fear not, however, there is hope.

First of all, I'd get a good point-and-speak book. The one I'd REALLY recommend, which saved my ass countless of times, is the JAPAN - English Edition. The name is a bit hard to look up, so try to find the author Toshiya Enomoto. There's a VERY large mall at the Shinjuku station in Tokyo, I don't remember the name for it though, and there's a very large book-store in it. They stock english-languaged books and you're bound to find JAPAN - English edition there. This book was actually recommended to me by a Brit I met purely coincidentally while riding the subway to Shinjuku.

Secondly, although it seems you found yourself a hostel, I'd recommend looking into New Koyo Inn. This place has most likely been brought up already, but if not... it is THE place to live in when you're staying in Tokyo. The fee is insane, it's somewhere around 20 bucks a night for a, albeit small, bedroom with a traditional japanese fuku and tatame-mats. The floor was just big enough to hold three of me, and the walls are thin as paper, but overall it's a comfortable place.

Also, they have hours where you're free to use the bath... do it, it's a great experience (but don't miss out the larger public bath-houses though, they're awesome). Just don't do my mistake and think you can't pour cold water into the tub. For five days I pained myself through hours of boiling-hot bathing until one of the regulars asked me if it was too hot. Sufficient to say, it's a lot nicer to sit in water that doesn't scald you.

Thirdly, plan your trip. Seriously. I was in Tokyo for nine days and I mostly went around town visiting parks, gardens and the fish-market... that is all fine and dandy if you like that, but consider Akihabara. A trip there could either take several days or a few hours, depending on your interests and ability to comprehend japanese. If you have the time and money, I'd really recommend a visit to Kyoto, it's awesome, but sadly the farther you get from Tokyo, the worse the english becomes.

Oh, and one thing... try not to ask people for directions unless you REALLY need it. It's customary to help people who request it, and you can, even if you don't intend so, really put the stress on someone if they don't know where you're going. I had people calling up friends on their cell-phone, desperate to show that they knew directions.

Tokyo is NOT an easy city to find your way in, but it is tons better now than a couple of years back. The subways all have signs both in Japanese and English and one can easily figure out where to change trains and so forth...

Anyway, hope your trip will be fun and exciting, I know mine was. :)

26 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2006-05-30 20:22 ID:wrt33+yF

Oh, and one more thing.

Don't panic.

It's frightening how useful that advice is.

27 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2006-05-31 20:06 ID:A+YJnYBx


And always know where your towel is.

No, seriously. Lots of bathrooms don't give you any means to dry your hands. It's pretty annoying.

28 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2006-06-01 00:45 ID:XUaYiVf0

The shop in shinjuku is kinokuniya.
It is biggest in japan.

29 Name: Nihon!!JJYYs87i : 2006-06-01 05:53 ID:vT0xoufu

Hey why would you just stay in tokyo!?!
Tokyo is something that way to similar to places around here in America you gotta check out other citys in japan or it isn't any fun! You should goto a traditional japanese style hotel with the hotspring its very cool and soothing to the soul. While there you just can't stay in tokyo it's may be the most talk about but it isn't the best city to goto if you want to see scenery and see how japan really is like. And you need to ride the bullet train!

30 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2006-06-01 12:03 ID:3JbdBO+E

That book store in Takamaya? -- Uhh not true. ;;
Here is my list of reccomended visits:

Akihabara (Tokyo) - given you are on 4-ch I am guessing you are into electroics/video games/anime which would be all Akihabara is composed of. Make sure you get to the main Akihabara street (it has Sega GIGO, Sega Club, Hey Entertainment, Taito in terms of arcades and trillions of computer/game/anime stores).

31 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2006-06-11 16:17 ID:Heaven


Awesome advice. Thank you.

32 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2006-06-21 08:07 ID:Heaven

Would you recommend I go to Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo Disney Sea?
I’m going at the end of July

33 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2006-06-21 16:25 ID:Dk6izc/I


there are more bigger shop in tokyo now

34 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2006-06-27 14:02 ID:6o7SR85c


No. Tokyo Disneyland is exactly the same as the one in California. Disney Sea is very slightly more worthwhile because it's not a direct copy of somewhere you've probably already been, but it's not very exciting.

If you want a good theme park near Tokyo, go to Tobu Zoo on a weekday. I went on a Friday in April, and my girlfriend and I basically had the park to ourselves. It's quite a small park, but it's a lovely place to be and has a far more relaxed atmosphere than Disneyland. It's also got a few really great rides, not least of which is the mighty "Regina", a real old-school wooden coaster which is worth the admission price on its own. And it's also a zoo, obviously.

35 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2006-07-15 11:28 ID:Heaven

thank you :D

36 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2006-12-31 18:47 ID:kxSv/MKU

[it will be too time-consuming and expensive to ride the bus to the center of the city everyday?]

dont worry about that. the train access is perfect there, and it wont take so long from asakusa to the center. also, trains come every 5min

37 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2007-01-07 19:55 ID:I+bU6XUa

i hear that you have to bring your own toilet paper as well, as alot of public toilets do not have toilet paper >~<

38 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2007-01-14 03:28 ID:Heaven

oh :o yes,almost every toilets have toilet paper!!!

Is Japan Expensive for Tourists?

this is a good site

39 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2007-01-15 12:49 ID:Heaven

hello! everyone,i find a good site

40 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2007-01-20 15:27 ID:Heaven

41 Name: pen : 2007-01-28 18:32 ID:hB1tdhYX

see, this thread is relevant to my interests, as im going there next summer, and i don't want to fuck up my trip.

42 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2007-02-11 17:10 ID:Heaven

44 Name: Black_Gacktist : 2007-06-27 08:29 ID:KC6BZunC

Agreed Akihabara should be the only thing in ur mind!!! ^_^ All jokes aside just visit as much as you can Japan is very exciting.

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47 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2007-10-12 05:07 ID:LLJqGc2C

The problem with youth hostels is that you need a nightly reservation and if it's full your out of luck and will need to find a hotel so have backup plans if you don't have reservations. Many will let you leave your luggage at the hostel but you may need to either carry or use a train station locker if they don't. Most are dorms and you can't return to your "room" till a certain time. You can easily spend $10-15 a day on train tickes going around the city. If you stick to the Yamanote-sen (green train) that circles tokyo you will tend to not get so lost and there's lots to do at the major stops. Check out Harajuku (on a Sunday), Shibuya, Shinjuku, Akihabara, Ueno, and Ginza areas. Need to use subways to get to Odaiba, Roppongi, Asakusa areas.

Buy or check out from the library a travel book so you are not cold turkey when you land at Narita. Narita to Tokyo station is an hour by express train or direct bus and will cost $30. There is a slower regular train that is $10. Narita is far away from the heart of the city. Do a little research online like at the Japan National Tourist Organization travel site, Japan Rail, Tokyo Q, and others.

You can also spend and easy $10/meal too so it's not a cheap city. Learn some japanese menu items so you can order something. A fall back id that many restaurants have plastic models of their menu in the window so you can point.

It would help to pick up a phrase book so that you can buy a train ticket, ask for directions, order food, buy something, etc.

It will be scarey to be lost so do research for where you want to go. There is a JNTO travel office where they speak english and will give you good directions. The first time I was in Shinjuku station I was lost inside the station and it can be like that so be prepared. Japan is very foreign even if you see a few english words. There is a homeless problem in Japan too and a lot are at Tokyo Station.

48 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2007-10-14 02:17 ID:ocrkHQPU

If you're spending $10/meal then you haven't discovered ramen yet.

49 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2007-10-18 00:57 ID:3SjQLncc

How much is a good hot bowl of ramen ? I'm not talking about those bricks you cook for 3mins.

50 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2007-10-18 16:12 ID:zLsSHQY8

Im Japanese.

The word "ramen" you said is like this?

51 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2007-10-18 16:17 ID:zLsSHQY8

if so,ramen is $6 or so.

52 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2007-10-20 11:15 ID:5r/49uJp

Not OP, but: this is a reassuring thread as I took three years of Japanese and still was a little worried I wouldn't be up to par.

Also, I never thought about going during the cherry blossom season, that's an awesome idea.

and >>29 is right - Tokyo is very Westernized, you should probably check out more than just it.

53 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2007-10-20 22:38 ID:F6WYeYrx

lol at people going to japan to try to find authentic "japanese-ness".

If you're interested in history, definitely visit the historical sites, but don't think BIC Camera store isn't Japanese, or that incredibly ugly post-war architecture either. I fucking love that architecture, it's so fugly, and clashes with everything next to it.

54 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2007-10-21 13:54 ID:FTnoRsb9

remember that japanese men have a very hard time accepting that all girls are not sex toys,
expect to take part in some kind of sex act involving excremates at the youth hostel you're visiting

55 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2007-10-26 04:59 ID:x2pBgrxP

If going to Harajuku, it's very worth it to plan to spend a lot of time - and find out where your favorite labels' shops are BEFORE you even go to Japan! Sumire's Tokyo Gothic & Lolita Shopping Guide ( is good if that's what you're going for.

Also, Akihabara. I did not spend enough time there. You should! Explore. The place is a jungle - it's one of the most labyrinthine areas of Tokyo. It's also a paradise for nerds like us. :3

Oh, and convenience store food there is much better than convenience store food here in the US, and is a good way to eat inexpensively.

Hostels seem to be okay-enough places, yeah. Then again, I was with my family, so I never had the experience of staying at a place alone.

57 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2008-02-01 15:54 ID:69aX5GYM

go its cool

58 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2008-02-04 01:38 ID:1G+F0Jxk


59 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2008-02-06 14:30 ID:Heaven

Can someone tell me how canned oden became an otaku food staple? Is it because you can have a meal without talking to a human?

60 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2008-05-14 16:54 ID:Heaven

62 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2008-10-26 11:27 ID:vi/u7Oua

cool :D

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