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Question Tokyo in a day

Discussion in 'Japan' started by dmz, Oct 16, 2018.

  1. dmz

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    We will have one Saturday in Tokyo on the way to the snow in January. What are some peoples recommendations of the 'Must Dos' that can fit in a day.
     
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    Saturday is a good day to head to Harajuku to check out the weird & wonderful world of cosplay.
    You can also see markets & bands around there plus you can check out the Mejii shrine
     
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    Don’t forget the dancing Elvis impersonators just round from Harajuku cosplay area near Yoyogi park entrance.
     
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    I don't know what you are interested in, so it's difficult what is Must Do for you. If you have only one day, and you want to visit some popular tourist destinations in Tokyo effectively, hiring a sightseeing taxi might be good. The taxi will show you around popular tourist destinations and the taxi driver = English speaking guide.
     
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    If it's a clear blue sky day, get over to Shinjuku and go to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government buildings (5 minute walk from the Shinjuku train station west exit). It's free to go up to the observations decks for spectacular views over Tokyo. Think it opens at 9am, good way to start the day.
     
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    They're usually a Sunday thing
     
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    I went to the Edo-Tokyo Museum, at Ryogoku
    at that time there was an exhibition of ukiyo-e, which I like greatly and will travel to see almost anywhere
    there’s also a Sumo museum there
     
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    The Hop on Hop off open top bus does this too. I dare say cheaper.

    Great way to get oriented in any new city, and you learn a wide range of geographical and historic informations related to the locations you drive through.

    However, with just one day in Tokyo, it might not be the best choice of use of time. It can also be rather cold and wet in ski season!

    If your group are all licenced drivers a MariKar go kart tour could be a fun way to see a portion of Tokyo, especially as I don’t see it being allowed to continue forever. If this does appeal don’t forget to take international licences for everyone.
     
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    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    The Museum at Ueno is interesting also
     
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    Really depends on what you are into. All of the above listed + maybe Akihabara electronics district, a walk around Ueno Park, the old black market area opposite Ueno Station, Asakusa Kannon Temple.
     
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    Harajuku station is my must visit in Tokyo; Meiji shrine one side, Takeshita Street the other.
     
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    Not Asakusa on a Saturday though. :eek:
     
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    Ueno Zoo was good, we timed it perfectly to see the Pandas chowing down. From recollection entry was only Y600. A walk around Akihabara is enlightening, particularly that 6 floor 'store' near the station that looks like it sells comics and toys but seems to specialise in varieties of other toys. I enjoyed the Skytree, particularly if you are there at opening and witness the counter staff stand in line and bow to you. Ahhh, I'd love to see Sydney's Centrepoint staff do that! Combine that with Asakusa and the temple and that's a pretty good outing.
     
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    Solid suggestions above.

    Order important for below suggestions:

    Go shopping:
    • BIC camera if you need an upgrade to anything optical
    • likewise Kanda (suburb) if you need anything ski related
    With your new camera, walk across Shibuya crossing because instagram (although maybe not as busy Saturday)

    Eat street food around Shinjuku

    Drink Japanese whisky at said location above.

    Decide you like and find a bottle or two to take home (making full utilisation of duty-free allowance)

    If you still have time, do a nomihodai (japanese for 'all you can drink')
     
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    I think the bus is not too cold even in mid winter. Tokyo is the driest in December and January, so rain / snow is less likely and daily mean temperature is nearly 6 degrees = a lot warmer than the ski resort he is heading to;). And, I recommend the go kart tour, it's fun:).
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  16. Heinz

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    I think the Sky hop bus is a good option. A good one day intro to most cities. I've used the similar thing in Berlin, Paris, Budapest. Go for a loop on the Skytree course above for a start and check out Asakusa, Ueno, Akihabara. That could easily fill your day or you could jump to one of the others.

    Don't know how long it has been around in Tokyo but certainly wasn't back in the 80's when I first started visiting. The subways and local rail in Tokyo are great for getting around if you have a set plan, but the thing with the subways is that you don't get a ground level perspective of where you actually are or going as you are following a schematic map. On a later trip on the 90's I spent a couple of days just walking around various parts an got a better appreciation of where I actually was. The bus will give you a good ground level view.
     
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  18. dmz

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    Thanks heaps! Thats plenty of options. As to what Im in to - I dont really care - whats good and cool that people have liked. I generally like to wing it and avoid tourist buses/taxis but if thats what people recommend then ill look into.
     
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    For me a single day or night in Tokyo is usually made up of eating great food and shopping...and then potentially more food and shopping. I should probably check off some tourist stuff eventually LOL

    However, things I've enjoyed:
    - Ueno Markets
    - Ueno Park and the associated attractions there
    - Akihabara: window shopping, actual shopping, and having your mind blown by the amount of stuff there
    - Bar and food hopping in Shibuya
    - Visiting the sports store district
    - Buying duty free Sake

    Where are you staying @dmz ?
     
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    I’ve done it twice.
    Almost froze to death the first time, even in a ski jacket. The second time I kept having to move out of the sun and away from the heat vent as I was overheating. Both in March. LOL
    But both times were well worth it.
     
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    ^This. I still have arguments with friends to this day on the topic. RER vs metro in Paris. Underground vs Overground/DLR in London and now the subway vs JR lines in Tokyo...

    Trains aside, I find boat rides are a great way to get your bearings in cities where it works (e.g. Paris, London), but I suspect waterways are too far from the action in Tokyo.

    The JR Yamanote line is your friend - you should (more or less) be able to get where you want to go with this alone.
     
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    can you still get a daily unlimited ticket on JR local trains these days.
    When I did my first proper stopover in Tokyo over 10 years ago, we stayed at shinagawa and bought a day pass and just used the yamanote line the whole day
     
  24. Sandy

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    Which Saturday ?

    The Harajuku cosplay on the bridge is pretty much defunct these days. You will see a a few around Takeshita.street, but that's it. These days, you see more cosplay at Akihabara, but less variety.
     
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    However, Tokyo is usually clear and sunny 5-6 days a week in winter. It's the driest time of year.
     
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    Don't know the answer - I seem to remember buying a bunch of 170JPY tix... When in later Sapporo I got a card that's supposed to be good in Tokyo (kitaca?) also and can be used for things like vending machines.

    Next visit, will be sure to test it on the beer vending machines :emoji_beers::cheers:
     
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    You can find cheaper photo gear than in Bic Camera or Yodabashi Camera, by using kakaku.com, and finding a shop.... Saves up to 20%.... Or go to Wink or Outlet Plaza at Akihabara. (find on Google maps)
     
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    You can get a boat ride from Asakusa to Hamarikyu Gardens near Shimbashi station.

    Subway has better access to everything than JR, but it can be more confusing.
     
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    You can use the Yamanote, Keihin Tohoku, Chuo/Sobu and other JR within Tokyo city limits on that day pass.
    There's a similar pass for subway, but make sure get the joint one for both Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway systems.
     
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    Your most cost and time effective option was probably to take one of my Tokyo tours if I was still doing that!!!!!! ;)
     
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    I really like that boat ride, you get a very different perspective of Tokyo from the river.
     
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    If you want old world charm with not many tourists, go to Yanaka , the only area not bombed in ww2.
     
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    @Sandy - for your Japan advice alone it is well worth the $11 a year to subscribe to this forum!
     
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    True. I never did one of these but do remember that your itineraries covered a plenty of ground! Much more than I would ever have contemplated.
     
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    The carts, you must do the carts. Best thing in Tokyo besides nuru massages. If only you could drive a cart to a soapland, stop for a couple hours, then go carting again! That would be a great way to spend a day in Tokyo. ;) :) Depending on who you are traveling with just the carts might be enough.... :) Just make sure you all have International Drivers Licences as without that you cant do them.
     
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    Here is a guide with some of the many possibilities.
    https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2164.html

    Depends on how much you want to try and jam in. If you can decide on a list of things you want to see then getting around on the subway will be the most efficient. If you're not so sure then the hop on bus may be a better option. Or if you just want a relaxed day just pick one region, wander around, get lost, discover things by accident, then find a subway station to get you back home.

    Myself these days I only pass briefly through Tokyo either at the start or end of my trip and just stay in Ueno and happy to relax. A wander through the markets and the park and a cafe/restaurant is about all I need. This year I was sick so wasn't able to ski the last few days so spent a fair bit of time just sitting on a bench in Ueno park by the Shinobazu pond in the sun.
     
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    Ummmm.......

    Do you really know what a "soapland" is? LOL
     
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    This
    We just get a SUICA and see what the day presents
     
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    I think he does given he also mentions nuru massage...
     
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    What!??! It's not an onsen with bubbles?! :whistle:
     
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    Carts are out sadly as we are not all drivers.
     
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    Depachika is good too, especially the biggest ones.
     
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    Maybe consider splitting up for a couple of hours. Really is an exceptional experience you can only do in Tokyo and Osaka to the best of my knowledge.
     
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    I try to avoid things you can do in other countries, like museums and going up towers, or shopping for things you can buy anywhere like shoes or skis. I make a list of things true and unique to Tokyo/Japan. Depends what kind of person you are, but even touristy things in Japan are usually unique, fun and almost never as tacky compared to some tourist traps around the world. eg. MarioKart, Robot restaurant, Maid Cafes, themed sex hotels, Manga, tech districts. Want views? eat at a restaurant high up in Shinjuku and sit by the window. Eat things you have never tried before, but definitely eat at a famous Ramen place too.
     
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    100% take your whole family to a themed sex hotel, fun everyone can enjoy ;)
     
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    But if you buy stuff you can get elsewhere, but at absurdly cheap prices, it adds to the experience in Tokyo.
     
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    Yep, that's what I enjoy about it. Picking up things for myself, and the nephews, at a fraction of the price they cost in Australia. Hobby stuff and Japanese made toys are great value, as is fishing gear and Japanese booze. Bargains to be had for ski and snowboard gear too. I'm sure there are a bunch more categories that could be added to the list.
     
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    If you want super cheap fishing gear, go to Tackleberry!! They have shops in a variety of places.
    You can often get pristine second hand gear for ridiculous prices!!!
     
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    I’ve always wanted to go to the plastic food district.
     
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