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Tokyo
東京
—  Metropolis  —
東京都 · Tokyo Metropolis
From top left: Shinjuku, Tokyo Tower, Rainbow Bridge, Shibuya, National Diet Building

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Location of the Tokyo within Japan
Tokyo is located in Japan
Tokyo
Location of the Tokyo within Japan
Coordinates: 35°42′2″N 139°42′54″E / 35.70056°N 139.715°E / 35.70056; 139.715
Country  Japan
Region Kantō
Island Honshū
Divisions 23 special wards, 26 cities, 1 district, & 4 subprefectures
Government
 - Type Metropolis
 - Governor Shintarō Ishihara
 - Capital Shinjuku 
Area (ranked 45th)
 - Total 2,187.08 km2 (844.4 sq mi)
Population (1st)[1]
 - Total 12,790,000
 Density 5,847/km2 (15,143.7/sq mi)
 - 23 Wards 8,653,000
  (January 1, 2009)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
ISO 3166-2 JP-13
Flower Somei-Yoshino cherry blossom
Tree Ginkgo tree (Ginkgo biloba)
Bird Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)
Website metro.tokyo.jp(English)
Tokyo (東京 Tōkyō; "Eastern Capital"?), officially Tokyo Metropolis (東京都 Tōkyō-to?),[2] is the capital and largest city of Japan, and is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan. It is located on the eastern side of the main island Honshū. Tokyo's government also administers the twenty-three special wards of Tokyo, each governed as a city, that cover the area that was once the city of Tokyo in the eastern part of the prefecture.
The population of the special wards is over 8 million people, with the total population of the prefecture exceeding 12 million. The prefecture is the center of the Greater Tokyo Area, the world's most populous metropolitan area with 35 to 39 million people (depending on definition) and the world's largest metropolitan economy with a GDP of US$1.479 trillion at purchasing power parity in 2008.[3]
Tokyo was described by Saskia Sassen as one of the three "command centers" for the world economy, along with New York City and London.[4] This city is considered an alpha+ world city, listed by the GaWC's 2008 inventory[5] and ranked fourth among global cities by Foreign Policy's 2008 Global Cities Index. In 2009 Tokyo was named the world's most expensive city for expatriate employees, according to the Mercer and Economist Intelligence Unit cost-of-living surveys [6] and named the third Most Liveable City and the World’s Most Livable Megalopolis by the magazine Monocle.[7]
Tokyo is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, and the home of the Japanese Imperial Family.

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Etymology

Tokyo was originally known as Edo, meaning estuary.[8] Its name was changed to Tokyo (Tōkyō: (east) + kyō (capital)) when it became the imperial capital in 1868.[8] During the early Meiji period, the city was also called "Tōkei", an alternative pronunciation for the same Chinese characters representing "Tokyo". Some surviving official English documents use the spelling "Tokei";[9]. However, this pronunciation is now obsolete.[10]

History

Tokyo was originally a small fishing village named Edo. In 1457, Ōta Dōkan built Edo Castle. In 1590, Tokugawa Ieyasu made Edo his base and when he became shogun in 1603, the town became the center of his nationwide military government. During the subsequent Edo period, Edo grew into one of the largest cities in the world with a population topping one million by the 18th century.[11]
It became the de facto capital of Japan[12] even while the emperor lived in Kyoto, the imperial capital. After about 263 years, the shogunate was overthrown under the banner of restoring imperial rule. In 1869, the 17-year-old Emperor Meiji moved to Edo. Tokyo was already the nation's political and cultural center,[13] and the emperor's residence made it a de facto imperial capital as well with the former Edo Castle becoming the Imperial Palace. The city of Tokyo was established, and continued to be the capital until it was abolished as a municipality in 1943 and merged with the "Metropolitan Prefecture" of Tokyo.
Central Tokyo, like Osaka, has been designed since about 1900 to be centered around major train stations in a high-density fashion[citation needed], so suburban railways were built relatively cheaply at street level and with their own right-of-way. This differs from many cities in the United States that are low-density and automobile-centric. Though expressways have been built in Tokyo, the basic design has not changed.
Tokyo went on to suffer two major catastrophes in the 20th century, but it recovered from both. One was the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake, which left 140,000 dead or missing,[14] and the other was World War II. The bombing of Tokyo in 1944 and 1945, with 75,000 to 200,000 killed and half of the city destroyed, were almost as devastating as the atomic bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined.[15]
Ginza during the allied occupation period
After the war, Tokyo was completely rebuilt, and showcased to the world during the 1964 Summer Olympics. The 1970s brought new high-rise developments such as Sunshine 60, a new and controversial[16] airport at Narita in 1978 (some distance outside city limits), and a population increase to about 11 million (in the metropolitan area).
Tokyo's subway and commuter rail network became one of the busiest in the world[17] as more and more people moved to the area. In the 1980s, real estate prices skyrocketed during a real estate and debt bubble. The bubble burst in the early 1990s, and many companies, banks, and individuals were caught with mortgage backed debts while real estate was shrinking in value. A major recession followed, making the 1990s Japan's "lost decade"[18] from which it is now slowly recovering.
Tokyo still sees new urban developments on large lots of less profitable land. Recent projects include Ebisu Garden Place, Tennozu Isle, Shiodome, Roppongi Hills, Shinagawa (now also a Shinkansen station), and the Marunouchi side of Tokyo Station. Buildings of significance are demolished for more up-to-date shopping facilities such as Omotesando Hills.
Land reclamation projects in Tokyo have also been going on for centuries. The most prominent is the Odaiba area, now a major shopping and entertainment center. Various plans have been proposed[19] for transferring national government functions from Tokyo to secondary capitals in other regions of Japan, in order to slow down rapid development in Tokyo and revitalize economically lagging areas of the country. These plans have been controversial[20] within Japan and have yet to be realized.

Geography and administrative divisions

The mainland portion of Tokyo lies northwest of Tokyo Bay and measures about 90 km east to west and 25 km north to south. Chiba Prefecture borders it to the east, Yamanashi to the west, Kanagawa to the south, and Saitama to the north. Mainland Tokyo is further subdivided into the special wards (occupying the eastern half) and the Tama area (多摩地域) stretching westwards.
Also within the administrative boundaries of Tokyo Metropolis are two island chains in the Pacific Ocean directly south: the Izu Islands, and the Ogasawara Islands, which stretch more than 1,000 km away from the mainland. Because of these islands and mountainous regions to the west, Tokyo's overall population density figures far underrepresent the real figures for urban and suburban regions of Tokyo.
Under Japanese law, Tokyo is designated as a to (), translated as metropolis.[21] Its administrative structure is similar to that of Japan's other prefectures. Within Tokyo lie dozens of smaller entities, most of them conventionally[citation needed] referred to as cities. It includes twenty-three special wards (特別 -ku) which until 1943 comprised the city of Tokyo but are now separate, self-governing municipalities, each with a mayor and a council, and having the status of a city.
In addition to these 23 municipalities, Tokyo also encompasses 26 more cities ( -shi), five towns ( -chō or machi), and eight villages ( -son or -mura), each of which has a local government. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is headed by a publicly elected governor and metropolitan assembly. Its headquarters are in the ward of Shinjuku. They govern all of Tokyo, including lakes, rivers, dams, farms, remote islands, and national parks in addition to its neon jungles, skyscrapers and crowded subways.

Special wards

A Map of Tokyo's 23 Special wards.
The special wards (tokubetsu-ku) of Tokyo comprise the area formerly incorporated as Tokyo City. On July 1, 1943, Tokyo City was merged with Tokyo Prefecture (東京府 Tōkyō-fu?) forming the current "metropolitan prefecture". As a result, unlike other city wards in Japan, these wards are not part of any larger incorporated city. Each ward is a municipality with its own elected mayor and assembly like the other cities of Japan. The wards differ from other cities in having a unique administrative relationship with the prefectural government. Certain municipal functions, such as waterworks, sewerage, and fire-fighting, are handled by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. To pay for the added administrative costs, the prefecture collects municipal taxes, which would usually be levied by the city.[22] The special wards of Tokyo are as follows:
The "three core wards" of Tokyo are Chiyoda, Chūō and Minato.[23]

Western Tokyo

A Map of cities in western part of Tokyo.
To the west of the special wards, Tokyo Metropolis consists of cities, towns and villages that enjoy the same legal status as those elsewhere in Japan.
While serving as "bed towns" for those working in central Tokyo, some of these also have a local commercial and industrial base. Collectively, these are often known as the Tama Area or Western Tokyo.

Cities

Shinjuku at night.
Satellite photo of Tokyo taken by NASA's Landsat 7
Mainland portion of Tokyo
Twenty-six cities lie within the western part of Tokyo:
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has designated Hachiōji, Tachikawa, Machida, Ōme and Tama New Town as regional centers of the Tama area,[24] as part of their plans to disperse urban functions away from central Tokyo.

Districts, towns and villages

The far west is occupied by the district (gun) of Nishitama. Much of this area is mountainous and unsuitable for urbanization. The highest mountain in Tokyo, Mount Kumotori, is 2,017 m high; other mountains in Tokyo include Takasu (1737 m), Odake (1266 m), and Mitake (929 m). Lake Okutama, on the Tama River near Yamanashi Prefecture, is Tokyo's largest lake.

Islands

Tokyo has numerous outlying islands, which extend as far as 1850 km from central Tokyo. Because of the islands' distance from the administrative headquarters of the metropolitan government in Shinjuku, local offices administer them.
The Izu Islands are a group of volcanic islands and form part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. The islands in order from closest to Tokyo are Izu Ōshima, Toshima, Niijima, Shikinejima, Kozushima, Miyakejima, Mikurajima, Hachijojima, and Aogashima. Izu Ōshima and Hachijojima are towns. The remaining islands are six villages, with Niijima and Shikinejima forming one village.
The Ogasawara Islands include, from north to south, Chichi-jima, Nishinoshima, Haha-jima, Kita Iwo Jima, Iwo Jima, and Minami Iwo Jima. Ogasawara also administers two tiny outlying islands: Minami Torishima, the easternmost point in Japan and at 1,850 km the most distant island from central Tokyo, and Okino Torishima, the southernmost point in Japan. The last island is contested by the People's Republic of China as being only uninhabited rocks. The Iwo chain and the outlying islands have no permanent population, but host Japanese Self-Defense Forces personnel. Local populations are only found on Chichi-jima and Haha-jima. The islands form the village of Ogasawara.

National parks

There are several national parks within Tokyo, among them:

Demographics

Population of Tokyo[1]
By area1
Tokyo
Special wards
Tama Area
Islands
12.79 million
8.653 million
4.109 million
28,000
By age²
Juveniles (age 0-14)
Working (age 15-64)
Retired (age 65+)
1.461 million (11.8%)
8.546 million (69.3%)
2.332 million (18.9%)
By hours³
Day
Night
14.978 million
12.416 million
By nationality
Foreign residents
364,6534
1 Estimates as of October 1, 2007.
² as of January 1, 2007.
³ as of 2005 National Census.
4 as of January 1, 2006.
As of October 2007, the official intercensal estimate showed 12.79 million people in Tokyo with 8.653 million living within Tokyo's 23 wards.[1] During the daytime, the population swells by over 2.5 million as workers and students commute from adjacent areas. This effect is even more pronounced in the three central wards of Chiyoda, Chūō, and Minato, whose collective population as of the 2005 National Census was 326,000 at night, but 2.4 million during the day.[1]
The entire prefecture had 12,790,000 residents in October 2007 (8,653,000 in 23 wards), with an increase of over 3 million in the day. Tokyo is at its highest population ever, while that of the 23 wards peak official count was 8,893,094 in the 1965 Census, with the count dipping below 8 million in the 1995 Census.[citation needed] People continue to move back into the core city as land prices have fallen dramatically.[citation needed]
As of 2005, the most common foreign nationalities found in Tokyo are Chinese (123,661), Korean (106,697), Filipino (31,077), American (18,848), British (7,696), Brazilian (5,300) and French (3,000).[25]
The 1889 Census[citation needed] recorded 1,389,600 people in Tokyo City, Japan's largest city at the time.

Climate and seismology

Tokyo
Climate chart (explanation)
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4
 
 
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15
 
 
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average max. and min. temperatures in °C
precipitation totals in mm
source: Climate-Charts.com
Tokyo lies in the humid subtropical climate zone (Koppen climate classification Cfa),[26] with hot humid summers and generally mild winters with cool spells. Annual rainfall averages 1,380 mm (55 inches), with a wetter summer and a drier winter. Snowfall is sporadic, but does occur almost annually.[27]
Tokyo is an example of an urban heat island; the city's population is a significant contributor to its climate.[28][29] Tokyo has been cited as a "convincing example of the relationship between urban growth and climate".[citation needed] Tokyo also often sees typhoons each year, though few are strong. The last one to hit was Fitow in 2007.[28]
Tokyo was hit by powerful earthquakes in 1703, 1782, 1812, 1855 and 1923.[30][31] The 1923 earthquake, with an estimated magnitude of 8.3, killed 142,000 people.
Climate data for Tokyo, Japan (1971-2000)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 9.8
(50)
10.0
(50)
12.9
(55)
18.4
(65)
22.7
(73)
25.2
(77)
29.0
(84)
30.8
(87)
26.8
(80)
21.6
(71)
16.7
(62)
12.3
(54)
19.7
(67)
Daily mean °C (°F) 5.8
(42)
6.1
(43)
8.9
(48)
14.4
(58)
18.7
(66)
21.8
(71)
25.4
(78)
27.1
(81)
23.5
(74)
18.2
(65)
13.0
(55)
8.4
(47)
15.9
(61)
Average low °C (°F) 2.1
(36)
2.4
(36)
5.1
(41)
10.5
(51)
15.1
(59)
18.9
(66)
22.5
(73)
24.2
(76)
20.7
(69)
15.0
(59)
9.5
(49)
4.6
(40)
12.5
(55)
Precipitation mm (inches) 48.6
(1.91)
60.2
(2.37)
114.5
(4.51)
130.3
(5.13)
128.0
(5.04)
164.9
(6.49)
161.5
(6.36)
155.1
(6.11)
208.5
(8.21)
163.1
(6.42)
92.5
(3.64)
39.6
(1.56)
1,466.7
(57.74)
Snowfall cm (inches) 6
(2.4)
6
(2.4)
1
(0.4)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
13
(5.1)
Sunshine hours 180.5 161.1 159.2 164.9 180.9 120.1 147.5 177.5 112.9 129.9 141.4 171.1 1,847.2
% Humidity 50 51 57 62 66 73 75 72 72 66 60 53 63
Avg. rainy days 9 11 17 16 16 20 20 17 20 17 12 9 184
Source: [32] 2009-06-08

Environment

Global warming

Tokyo has enacted a measure to cut greenhouse gases. Governor Shintaro Ishihara created Japan's first emissions cap system, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emission by a total of 25 percent by 2020 from the 2000 level.[33]

Heat island phenomenon

In Tokyo, particularly in the special wards, the problem of the heat island phenomenon is serious. According to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government,[34] the annual mean temperature has increased by about 3°C over the past 100 years.

Economy

Tokyo is one of the three world finance "command centers", along with New York and London. Tokyo has the largest metropolitan economy in the world. According to a study conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Tokyo urban area (35.2 million people) had a total GDP of US$1.479 trillion in 2008 (at purchasing power parity), ranking again as the largest urban agglomeration GDP in the world.[3] As of 2008, 47 of the companies listed on the Global 500 are based in Tokyo, almost twice that of the second-placed city (Paris).[35]
Tokyo Stock Exchange, the second largest in the world by market capitalization
Tokyo is a major international finance center,[36] houses the headquarters of several of the world's largest investment banks and insurance companies, and serves as a hub for Japan's transportation, publishing, and broadcasting industries. During the centralized growth of Japan's economy following World War II, many large firms moved their headquarters from cities such as Osaka (the historical commercial capital) to Tokyo, in an attempt to take advantage of better access to the government. This trend has begun to slow due to ongoing population growth in Tokyo and the high cost of living there.
The Big Mac Index shows that workers in Tokyo earn the highest salary in the world.[citation needed]
Tokyo was rated by the Economist Intelligence Unit as the most expensive (highest cost-of-living) city in the world for 14 years in a row ending in 2006.[37] This analysis is for living a corporate executive lifestyle, with items like a detached house and several automobiles.[citation needed]
The Tokyo Stock Exchange is Japan's largest stock exchange, and second largest in the world by market capitalization and fourth largest by share turnover. In 1990 at the end of the Japanese asset price bubble, it accounted for more than 60% of the world stock market value.[38]
Japan Airlines headquarters in Shinagawa
Tokyo had 8,460 ha (20,900 acres) of agricultural land as of 2003,[39] according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, placing it last among the nation's prefectures. The farmland is concentrated in Western Tokyo. Perishables such as vegetables, fruits, and flowers can be conveniently shipped to the markets in the eastern part of the prefecture. Japanese leaf spinach and spinach are the most important vegetables; as of 2000, Tokyo supplied 32.5% of the Japanese leaf spinach sold at its central produce market.
With 36% of its area covered by forest, Tokyo has extensive growths of cryptomeria and Japanese cypress, especially in the mountainous western communities of Akiruno, Ōme, Okutama, Hachiōji, Hinode, and Hinohara. Decreases in the price of lumber, increases in the cost of production, and advancing old age among the forestry population have resulted in a decline in Tokyo's output. In addition, pollen, especially from cryptomeria, is a major allergen for the nearby population centers.
Tokyo Bay was once a major source of fish. Presently, most of Tokyo's fish production comes from the outer islands, such as Izu Ōshima and Hachijōjima. Skipjack tuna, nori, and aji are among the ocean products.
Tourism in Tokyo is also a contributor to the economy.

Transportation

Tokyo, as the center of the Greater Tokyo Area, is Japan's largest domestic and international hub for rail, ground, and air transportation. Public transportation within Tokyo is dominated by an extensive network of clean and efficient[40] trains and subways run by a variety of operators, with buses, monorails and trams playing a secondary feeder role.
Within Ōta, one of the 23 special wards, Tokyo International Airport ("Haneda") offers mainly domestic flights. Outside Tokyo, Narita International Airport, in Chiba Prefecture, is the major gateway for international travelers to Japan. All Nippon, Air Japan and Delta Air Lines have a hub at the airport.
Various islands governed by Tokyo have their own airports. Hachijōjima (Hachijojima Airport), Miyakejima (Miyakejima Airport), and Izu Ōshima (Oshima Airport) have service to Tokyo International and other airports.
Map of Tokyo Subway system
Rail is the primary mode of transportation in Tokyo, which has the most extensive urban railway network in the world and an equally extensive network of surface lines. JR East operates Tokyo's largest railway network, including the Yamanote Line loop that circles the center of downtown Tokyo. Two organizations operate the subway network: the private Tokyo Metro and the governmental Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation. The metropolitan government and private carriers operate bus routes. Local, regional, and national services are available, with major terminals at the giant railroad stations, including Tokyo and Shinjuku.
Expressways link the capital to other points in the Greater Tokyo area, the Kantō region, and the islands of Kyūshū and Shikoku.
Other transportation includes taxis operating in the special wards and the cities and towns. Also long-distance ferries serve the islands of Tokyo and carry passengers and cargo to domestic and foreign ports.

Education

University of Tokyo, Yasuda Auditorium
Tokyo has many universities, junior colleges, and vocational schools. Many of Japan's most prestigious universities are in Tokyo, including University of Tokyo, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Waseda University, and Keio University.[41] Some of the biggest national universities located in Tokyo are:
There is only one non-national public university: Tokyo Metropolitan University.
There are also a few universities well-known for classes conducted in English and for the teaching of the Japanese language. They include:
For an extensive list, see List of universities in Tokyo.
Publicly run kindergartens, elementary schools (years 1 through 6), and junior high schools (7 through 9) are operated by local wards or municipal offices. Public high schools in Tokyo are run by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education and are called "Metropolitan High Schools". Regardless, Tokyo has many private schools from kindergarten through high school.[42]

Culture

Tokyo has many museums. In Ueno Park there are four national museums: Tokyo National Museum, the country's largest museum and specializing in traditional Japanese art; the National Museum of Western Art; and the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art, with its collections of Japanese modern art as well as over 40,000 Japanese and foreign films.[43] Also in Ueno Park are the National Museum of Science and the public zoo. Other museums include the Nezu Art Museum in Aoyama; the Edo-Tokyo Museum in Sumida across the Sumida River from the center of Tokyo; and the National Diet Library, National Archives, and the National Museum of Modern Art, which are located near the Imperial Palace.
Tokyo has many theaters for the performing arts as well. These include national and private theaters for traditional forms of Japanese drama (like noh and kabuki) as well as modern dramas. Symphony orchestras and other musical organizations perform modern and traditional music. Tokyo also hosts modern Japanese and international pop and rock music at venues ranging in size from intimate clubs to internationally known arenas like the Nippon Budokan.
Many different festivals occur throughout Tokyo. Major events include the Sannō at Hie Shrine, the Sanja at Asakusa Shrine, and the biennial Kanda Festivals. The last features a parade with elaborately decorated floats and thousands of people. Annually on the last Saturday of July, an enormous fireworks display over the Sumida River attracts over a million viewers. Once cherry blossoms, or sakura, bloom in spring, many residents gather in Ueno Park, Inokashira Park, and the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden for picnics under the blossoms.
Harajuku, a neighborhood in Shibuya, is known internationally for its youth style and fashion.[44]
Cuisine in Tokyo is internationally acclaimed. In November 2007, Michelin released their guide for fine dining in Tokyo, garnering 191 stars in total, or about twice as many as its nearest competitor, Paris. Eight establishments were awarded the maximum of three stars (Paris has 10), 25 received two stars, and 117 earned one star. Of the eight top-rated restaurants, three offer traditional Japanese fine dining, two are sushi houses and three serve French cuisine.[45]

Sports

Ryōgoku Kokugikan sumo wrestling arena
Tokyo, with a diverse array of sports, is home to two professional baseball clubs, the Yomiuri Giants (Tokyo Dome) and Tokyo Yakult Swallows (Meiji-Jingu Stadium) . .The Japan Sumo Association is also headquartered in Tokyo at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan sumo arena where three official sumo tournaments are held annually (in January, May, and September).^ January February March April May June July August September October November December .
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Football (soccer) clubs in Tokyo include F.C. Tokyo and Tokyo Verdy 1969, both of which play at Ajinomoto Stadium in Chōfu.
Tokyo hosted the 1964 Summer Olympics. National Stadium, also known as Olympic Stadium, Tokyo is host to a number of international sporting events. With a number of world-class sports venues, Tokyo often hosts national and international sporting events such as tennis tournaments, swim meets, marathons, American football exhibition games, judo, karate, etc. Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, in Sendagaya, Shibuya, is a large sports complex that includes swimming pools, training rooms, and a large indoor arena.
Tokyo Dome, the home stadium for the Yomiuri Giants

Popular media

Fuji TV headquarters
As the largest population center in Japan and the location of the country's largest broadcasters and studios, Tokyo is frequently the setting for many Japanese movies, television shows, animated series (anime), web comics, and comic books (manga). In the kaiju (monster movie) genre, landmarks of Tokyo are routinely destroyed by giant monsters such as Godzilla.
Some Hollywood directors have turned to Tokyo as a filming location for movies set in Tokyo. Well-known examples from the postwar era include Tokyo Joe, My Geisha, and the James Bond film You Only Live Twice; well-known contemporary examples include Kill Bill, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and Lost in Translation.
Japanese films that use Tokyo as their setting include:

Cityscape

Architecture in Tokyo has largely been shaped by Tokyo's history. Twice in recent history has the metropolis been left in ruins: first in the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake and later after extensive firebombing in World War II.[46] Because of this, Tokyo's current urban landscape is one of modern and contemporary architecture, and older buildings are scarce.[46]
Tokyo also contains numerous parks and gardens.
Panoramic view of Shinjuku and Mount Fuji taken from Bunkyo Civic Center.
Panoramic view of Tokyo Imperial Palace as seen from Marunouchi.

Sister relationships

Tokyo has eleven sister cities/states:[47]
In addition, Tokyo has a "partnership" agreement with London, United Kingdom.[47]

See also

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From Wikitravel

The dystopian bulk of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Shinjuku
The dystopian bulk of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Shinjuku
Tokyo is a huge city with several district articles containing sightseeing, restaurant, nightlife and accommodation listings — consider printing them all.
Tōkyō (東京) [1] is the capital of Japan. .At over 12 million people in the official metropolitan area alone, Tokyo is the core of the most populated urban area in the world, Greater Tokyo (which has a population of 35 million people).^ In fact, Greater Tokyo is the world's largest city with a population of over 35 million people.
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^ Tokyo Metropolitan Government Official website.

^ Tokyo offers its visitors a great choice of accommodation, ranging from some of the world's most luxurious hotels to business hotels to cheap budget hotels and apartments.
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.This huge, wealthy and fascinating metropolis brings high-tech visions of the future side by side with glimpses of old Japan, and has something for everyone.^ Half of them said something along the lines of "Japan has the most high-end, expensive [insert food/beverage item] in the world; therefore, it is the greatest city in the world".
  • 50 reasons why Tokyo is the greatest city in the world | CNNGo.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.cnngo.com [Source type: General]

^ Dai ichi Hotel Tokyo, located in Tokyo, Japan, offers a glimpse of Old World Europe within ten blocks of the Ginza shopping district.
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Districts

.Huge and varied in its geography, with over 2,000 square kilometers to explore, Tokyo prefecture (東京都 Tōkyō-to) spans not just the city, but rugged mountains to the west and subtropical islands to the south.^ The Crowne Plaza Metropolitan Tokyo is located in Tokyo, Japan, one kilometer from Sunshine City and four kilometers from Shinjuku.
  • Tokyo Japan Hotels - Cheap Tokyo Hotel Rates 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.hotel-rates.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Best Western Shinjuku Astina Hotel Tokyo The Best Western Shinjuku Astina Hotel Tokyo is located across from Shinjuku city hall and just a fi...
  • Tokyo Japan Hotels - Cheap Tokyo Japan Hotels, Discount Tokyo Japan Hotels, Online Hotel Booking & Hotel Reservation in Tokyo Japan at Priceline 19 September 2009 21:25 UTC hotel.priceline.com.sg [Source type: News]

^ Less than one kilometer from Higashi Ginza Subway Station 20 kilometers from Tokyo City Air Terminal 80 kilometers from Tokyo/Narita International...
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This article concentrates on the 23 central wards (区 ku) near the bay, while the western cities and the islands are covered in a separate article.
Map of Tokyo, Yamanote line in Green, Chuo line in Orange
Map of Tokyo, Yamanote line in Green, Chuo line in Orange
.The geography of central Tokyo is defined by the JR Yamanote Line (see Get around).^ Kachidoki Sta., Municipal Subway "Toei Oedo Line": 20-minutes walk or 7 minutes by bus -JR Yurakucho Sta., JR Yamanote or Keihin Tohoku Line: 20 minutes by bus .

^ Harajuku Station on the Yamanote Line in the Shibuya ward of Tokyo, Japan is known internationally for its youth style and fashion.
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^ The special wards of Tokyo are as follows: The term "central Tokyo" today may refer to the 23 special wards, the centres of Shinjuku, Minato, Chiyoda and Chūō connected and enclosed by the Yamanote Line, or to the three centrally located wards of Chiyoda, Chūō and Minato.
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.The center of Tokyo — the former area reserved for the Shogun and his samurai — lies within the loop, while the Edo-era downtown (下町 shitamachi) is to the north and east.^ The Greater Tokyo Area, centered on Tokyo but also including Chiba, Kanagawa, and Saitama, is the most populous metropolitan area in the world with a population of over 35 million people.
  • Tokyo Guide: List of Things to Do in Tokyo, Japan - Hotels in Tokyo, Trips, Restaurants and Reviews - TripWiser: Social Trip Planner for Family Trips and Road Trips 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.tripwiser.com [Source type: General]

^ Tokyo was already the nation's political and cultural center, and the emperor's residence made it a de facto imperial capital as well with the former Edo Castle becoming the Imperial Palace.
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^ The mainland portion of Tokyo lies northwest of Tokyo Bay and measures about 90 km east to west and 25 km north to south.
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.Sprawling around in all directions and blending seamlessly into Yokohama, Kawasaki and Chiba are Tokyo's suburbs.^ You'll want to walk around the city, feeding off the incredible energy, rubbernecking at the skyscrapers and marveling at the sheer "Tokyoness" of it all.
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^ Sakura Ryokan offers convenient access to all the major tourist attractions in Tokyo and its suburbs -- Asakusa, Ueno,...
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  • Chiyoda, the seat of Japanese power (both political and economical) that includes the Imperial Palace, the Ministries near Kasumigaseki, the Parliament in Nagatacho, the corporate headquarters of Marunouchi, and the electronics mecca of Akihabara
  • Chuo district, including the famed department stores of the Ginza and the fish markets of Tsukiji
  • Minato, including the business centers of Akasaka and Shinbashi and the neighbouring nightclub district of Roppongi, the port district (at least in name) which includes the artificial island of Odaiba, the skyscrapers of Shiodome
  • Shinjuku, home to luxury hotels, giant camera stores, futuristic skyscrapers, hundreds of shops and restaurants, and Kabukicho, Tokyo's wildest nightlife and red-light district
  • Shibuya, the fashionable shopping district which also encompasses the teenybopper haven of Harajuku (also home to the Meiji Shrine) and the nightlife of Ebisu
  • Shinagawa, a major train hub and business center
  • Toshima including Ikebukuro, another giant train hub
  • Meguro, a residential area with a few nice parks and museums

Old Tokyo (Shitamachi)

  • Sumida, home of the Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo's main sumo arena (Ryogoku Kokugikan), both in Ryogoku
  • Taito and Bunkyo, the heart of Old Tokyo featuring the temples of Asakusa and many museums of Ueno
  • Koto, famous for Kameido Tenjin and former woodland in Kiba, but now known for its many new public apartment complexes
  • Arakawa, home to Tokyo's last original tram line
  • Adachi, where one can visit one of Kanto's Three Great Temples: Nishi-arai Daishi
  • Katsushika, known for the charming Showa-era atmosphere of Shibamata
  • Kita, gateway to Saitama
  • Edogawa, a quiet eastern suburb
  • Itabashi, a quiet northern suburb
  • Nakano, home to the otaku paradise known as Nakano Broadway
  • Nerima, containing some of the 23 wards' last remaining farmland
  • Ota, half industrial complex, half upscale residential area
  • Setagaya, an upscale residential area that houses the student drinking spot of Shimokitazawa
  • Suginami, typical Tokyo suburb stretching along the Chuo Line

Understand

.Over 400 years old, the city of Tokyo grew from the modest fishing village of Edo (江戸).^ Tokyo is a city that bustles with events and celebrations throughout the year.
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.The former seat of the Tokugawa Shogunate, the Imperial family moved to the city after the Meiji Restoration in 1868. The metropolitan center of the country, Tokyo is the destination for business, education, modern culture, and government.^ Tokyo is also one of the world's leading business destinations with several internationally renowned companies having corporate offices there.
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^ The hotel is located in the center of Tokyo in the Akasaka business.
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^ Tokyo Metropolitan - Comprehensive background of Tokyo city covering topics such as environment, residents, health and welfare.
  • Tokyo Hotels - Cheap Accommodation Deals in Tokyo 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.hotelclub.net [Source type: News]

(That's not to say that rivals such as Osaka won't dispute those claims.)
Shinjuku at night
Shinjuku at night
.Tokyo is vast: it's best thought of not as a single city, but a constellation of cities that have grown together.^ Best Western Shinjuku Astina Hotel Tokyo The Best Western Shinjuku Astina Hotel Tokyo is located across from Shinjuku city hall and just a fi...
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^ What fascinated me about Tokyo were its exotic buildings, absolutely clean roads and not a single sense of being in the World's most populated city!
  • 50 reasons why Tokyo is the greatest city in the world | CNNGo.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.cnngo.com [Source type: General]

.Tokyo's districts vary wildly by character, from the electronic blare of Akihabara to the Imperial gardens and shrines of Chiyoda, from the hyperactive youth culture mecca of Shibuya to the pottery shops and temple markets of Asakusa.^ Asakusa This area in the northern part of Tokyo is famous for its temples, shopping and entertainment district.
  • Japan, Tokyo, Hakone, Hiroshima, Kyoto. Over 100,000 photographs and images of every aspect of Japanese culture on-line for the news media. This includes Japan ( Nippon, Nipon, Japon) photos, photo's, foto, fotos, foto's images, pictures of akihabara,Fran 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.tokyo1.org [Source type: General]

^ Large temple in the Asakusa district.

^ The city is famous for its modern skyscrapers, luxurious hotels, world-class shopping malls, bullet trains, nightlife, as well as for its fascinating temples and shrines, gardens, and imperial palaces.
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.If you don't like what you see, hop on the train and head to the next station, and you will find something entirely different.^ It looks exactly like something you'd see on a postcard.
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^ If you get a good bartender that knows what he/she is doing these don't even taste like you're drinking alcohol but they sneak up on you and WHAM!!!
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^ In terms of sheer variety, Tokyo is the best place in the world to try sake, and it’s likely that you’ll be able to find most of it at Kuri in Ginza.
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The sheer size and frenetic pace of Tokyo can intimidate the first-time visitor. Much of the city is a jungle of concrete and wires, with a mass of neon and blaring loudspeakers. At rush hour, crowds jostle in packed trains and masses of humanity sweep through enormous and bewilderingly complex stations. .Don't get too hung up on ticking tourist sights off your list: for most visitors, the biggest part of the Tokyo experience is just wandering around at random and absorbing the vibe, poking your head into shops selling weird and wonderful things, sampling restaurants where you can't recognize a single thing on the menu (or on your plate), and finding unexpected oases of calm in the tranquil grounds of a neighbourhood Shinto shrine.^ Tokyo offers its visitors a great choice of accommodation, ranging from some of the world's most luxurious hotels to business hotels to cheap budget hotels and apartments.
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^ Please use the hotel search form on the left to find our great low prices for available Tokyo hotels and motels, or browse our Tokyo hotel list to choose your favorite lodging.
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^ Tokyo Tourist Resource Visit the Tokyo Imperial Place to enjoy the beautiful gardens and experience Japan's history.
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.It's all perfectly safe, and the locals will go to sometimes extraordinary lengths to help you if you just ask.^ You just cant go wrong with it.
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^ If you need to make travel reservations just click on our Travel Reservations hotels and rental cars for domestic travel or make all your international travel arrangements.
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^ The people are so eager to help, friendly and will even go out of their way in showing you where you have to go if they cannot express it in english.
  • Tokyo Guide: List of Things to Do in Tokyo, Japan - Hotels in Tokyo, Trips, Restaurants and Reviews - TripWiser: Social Trip Planner for Family Trips and Road Trips 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.tripwiser.com [Source type: General]

Language

.It's easier than ever for English speakers to navigate their way around Tokyo without speaking any Japanese.^ English Speaking Staff : Since the staff is large (800), it includes some English speakers and also a few French speakers.
  • Medical Resources in the Tokyo and Surrounding Area 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC japan.usembassy.gov [Source type: Academic]

^ Other Hopsitals & Clinics in Tokyo with some English speaking staff available .
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^ Tokyo Adventist Hospital(Tokyo Eisei Byoin) http://www.tokyoeisei.com Tel: 03-3392-6151(Operators speak English.
  • Medical Resources in the Tokyo and Surrounding Area 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC japan.usembassy.gov [Source type: Academic]

Signs at subway and train stations include the station names in romaji (Romanized characters). .It can be helpful to know some tips for ordering in restaurants, shopping in stores, and asking for directions.^ The region of Ginza is a costly area of shopping and also comprises of some awesome restaurants and eating places with some bars and night clubs.
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.Learning the katakana script is not difficult and most words written with it can be understood by English speakers so it can be useful even for people with no Japanese vocabulary.^ Food names are all written in Japanese but all restaurants have plastic food displays so even if you cannot read and understand Japanese you will certainly know what you are getting.
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^ The people are so eager to help, friendly and will even go out of their way in showing you where you have to go if they cannot express it in english.
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^ It is one of the most important periods for the Japanese people in which there is praying for the repose of the souls of one's ancestors.
  • Tokyo Events 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC tokyo-tokyo.com [Source type: General]

.If you plan on asking for directions to Tokyo destinations, it especially helps to carry the name of the destination written in Japanese characters.^ Food names are all written in Japanese but all restaurants have plastic food displays so even if you cannot read and understand Japanese you will certainly know what you are getting.
  • Tokyo Guide: List of Things to Do in Tokyo, Japan - Hotels in Tokyo, Trips, Restaurants and Reviews - TripWiser: Social Trip Planner for Family Trips and Road Trips 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.tripwiser.com [Source type: General]

^ Hotels in Tokyo can be expensive but there are still places where you can find affordable Tokyo accommodations if you plan your vacation ahead of time.
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^ It helps when you are in your regular bar though, you can always ask for the drink to be made extra strong!!!
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Expenses

The cost of living in Tokyo is not as astronomical as it once was. .Deflation and market pressures have helped to make costs in Tokyo comparable to most other large cities.^ Tokyos shopping is unparalleled in any other city.
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^ Tokyo has the largest metropolitan gross domestic product in the world for a city, and it held the title of the world's most expensive city for over a decade from 1992 through 2005.
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^ Tokyo is the most populous prefecture and city in the country.
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.Visitors from San Francisco, New York, London, Paris, Sydney and Toronto will not find it any more expensive than back home.^ Tokyo, the capital city of Japan, is regarded as one the four major global cities along with London, Paris, and New York City.
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.Travelers should budget a similar amount of money for their stay in Tokyo as they would for any other great city in Europe, North America or Australia.^ Tokyos shopping is unparalleled in any other city.
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^ The wards differ from other cities in that certain governmental functions are handled by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
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^ Whether you're traveling to Tokyo for business or pleasure, you can easily find a suitable accommodation as per your need and budget.
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Locals will know the bargains, but experienced cheapskates from anywhere in the world can get by with a little ingenuity.
Cherry blossom picnic, Yoyogi Park
Cherry blossom picnic, Yoyogi Park
Tokyo is classified as lying in the humid subtropical climate zone and has four distinct seasons. Summers are usually hot and humid with a temperature range of about 20-30 °C, though it can sometimes climb into the high thirties. Winters are usually mild, with temperatures generally ranging from 0-10 °C, though occasional cold spells can send temperatures plummeting below zero at night. Snow is rare, but on those rare occasions (once every few years) when Tokyo is hit by a snowstorm, much of the train network grinds to a halt. The famous cherry blossoms bloom in March-April and parks, most famously Ueno, fill up with blue tarps and sozzled salarymen.
Luggage delivery
.Send your bags into town before you arrive—Tokyo is crowded.^ Hotels in Tokyo can be expensive but there are still places where you can find affordable Tokyo accommodations if you plan your vacation ahead of time.
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^ Whether you're traveling to Tokyo for business or pleasure, you can easily find a suitable accommodation as per your need and budget.
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Lugging even a moderately sized suitcase through the subways and up stairs can be difficult, particularly during rush hour. Delivery services (takkyuubin) deliver luggage dependably and quickly to nearly any address. You can send almost any shape or size of luggage, even bicycles, from and to the airport. .One exception: if you have bottles of alcohol in your luggage, you'll have to carry those yourself even if the airline allowed them in your in checked baggage.^ If you get a good bartender that knows what he/she is doing these don't even taste like you're drinking alcohol but they sneak up on you and WHAM!!!
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^ Drink a couple of those and have a couple shots of tequlia and maybe a shot or two of whisky and you have got your self a good night!!
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^ Also, your emphasis should not be on "Long Island Iced Tea" IF you drink any alcoholic bevy you should not drive yourself home.
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At airports and major train stations, look for a sign that says "Baggage Delivery" or something similar. The most common company is called Kuroneko-Yamato, which has an easy-to-spot black-on-yellow logo of a mother cat carrying her kitten. Other companies include Nittsu and Sagawa. .Japan Post, the national postal service, also offers luggage delivery called "Yu-Pack". Fees are based upon distance, expect to pay around ¥2000 within the greater Tokyo area.^ PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITALS (information provided by TELL ) Tokyo Area Psychiatric Inpatient Facility Contact Information (Based on Interviews conducted in 2003 and 2005) .
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^ Cost : If covered by National Health Insurance (which can be purchased retroactive to the day of admission), patient is expected to pay a deposit of 100,000 upon admission and the cost per month is approx.
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^ Luxury hotels are plentiful in Tokyo but the lowest rates are around three to four hundred dollars depending on the level of luxury and the location within Tokyo Japan.
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Usually, the delivery is performed the following day, in a specified time range.
This works the same way on departure. .Most hotels and many convenience stores will take care of the pick-up for you, but you should check delivery times in advance, so that your luggage can arrive in time for your flight.^ Be careful, they will kick your butt if you drink to many.
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^ Small room Narrowed crridor House keeping department is really crab None of the hotel representative was present to escort and show you your room.
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^ Wow...this drink will creep up on your ass, so be careful!
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.Most services require that you send your luggage to the airport two days prior to your departure. You can pick up your luggage in the airport lobby.^ No matter what you do, if you have a do not disturbed sign up (which is bilingual), you will be disturbed two maybe three times in one day.
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This makes getting to the airport a breeze. This service can also be used for intercity travel.
.In Japan, all roads, rails, shipping lanes and planes lead to Tokyo.^ The impressive multi-functional hotel features 3,679 guestrooms and is conveniently situated in the critical hub of all Tokyo’s major air and rail systems.
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By plane

.Tokyo has two large airports: Narita for international flights, and Haneda for (mostly) domestic flights.^ Airport Clinic Tel: 0476-32-8877 New Tokyo International Airport, Terminal 1 B1F .
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^ Nippon Medical School New Tokyo International Airport Clinic Tel: 0476-34-6119 New Tokyo International Airport, Terminal 2 B1F .
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^ Drug Store Oomori Tel: 0476-32-5910/5911 New Tokyo International Airport, Terminal 1 4F .
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Narita Airport

See also: Narita
.Tokyo's main international gateway is Narita Airport (成田空港) (IATA: NRT) [2], located in the town of Narita nearly 70 kilometers northeast of Tokyo and covered in a separate article.^ Located on the southern gateway of Tokyo, the three-star hotel has immediate access to the bustling Shinagawa Station.
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^ Good hotel great staff good location if you don't want to be smack in the heart of Tokyo and its easy to get there fron Narita airport by train or limo bus.
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^ Airport Clinic Tel: 0476-32-8877 New Tokyo International Airport, Terminal 1 B1F .
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A brief summary of options for getting there and away:
  • Easiest: Limousine bus direct to major hotels, ~120 minutes (subject to traffic), ¥3000
  • Fastest: Narita Express to Tokyo Station, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Yokohama, 55 minutes, ¥2940 (Japan Rail Pass valid)
  • Cheapest: Keisei Limited Express train to Nippori/Ueno, ~80 minutes, ¥1000
  • Most expensive: Taxi to the city, more than ¥30,000

Haneda Airport

.Haneda Airport (羽田空港 IATA: HND) [3], officially known as Tokyo International Airport, in Ota is the busiest airport in all Asia despite being (almost) entirely limited to domestic traffic.^ Airport Clinic Tel: 0476-32-8877 New Tokyo International Airport, Terminal 1 B1F .
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^ Nippon Medical School New Tokyo International Airport Clinic Tel: 0476-34-6119 New Tokyo International Airport, Terminal 2 B1F .
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^ Nearest major airport : Narita International Airport Haneda Airport Directions : Airport Limousine Bus from Narita International Airport to the hotel is available(surcharge).
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Terminal 1 houses the JAL group including Skymark and Skynet, while Terminal 2 is home to ANA and affiliate Air Do. .Shuttle services to Hong Kong, Seoul-Gimpo and Shanghai-Hongqiao use the small separate International Terminal, which is connected to the main domestic terminals by a free shuttle bus that runs every 5 minutes.^ Easy access from the airport (direct shuttle bus), two minutes to the JR line to access the city, and also the bullet train to travel to Nagoya/Kyoto/Osaka direction.
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^ A small bay of microwaves are also availble for use in the Main lobby.
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.The easiest and most scenic way from Haneda to the city is the Tokyo Monorail [4] with a station in each terminal running to Hamamatsucho (16 min, ¥470), from where you can connect to almost anywhere in Tokyo on the JR Yamanote line.^ Tokyo with more than 35 million people is the largest city in Japan and ranks tops as one of the most populace cities globally.
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^ Easy access from the airport (direct shuttle bus), two minutes to the JR line to access the city, and also the bullet train to travel to Nagoya/Kyoto/Osaka direction.
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^ Kyoto 2 hours and 40 minutes from Tokyo, Kyoto is one of the most beautiful cities in Japan.
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The other, slightly cheaper alternative is the private Keikyu (京急) line, which has a single station between the terminals and runs to Shinagawa (19 min, ¥400) and Yokohama (27 min, ¥470). .Some Keikyu trains from Haneda continue on to the Toei Asakusa Line, providing one-seat rides to Nihonbashi (38 min, ¥590) and Asakusa (45 min, ¥640).^ Then after 3 long islands, put on your seat belt, chew some winter fresh gum, and pop like 3 altoids and be ready for the swervest ride home.
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.Trains also continue all the way to Narita Airport, but for airport to airport transfers the Limousine Bus will be faster.^ Easy access from the airport (direct shuttle bus), two minutes to the JR line to access the city, and also the bullet train to travel to Nagoya/Kyoto/Osaka direction.
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^ Good hotel great staff good location if you don't want to be smack in the heart of Tokyo and its easy to get there fron Narita airport by train or limo bus.
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^ Nearest major airport : Narita International Airport Haneda Airport Directions : Airport Limousine Bus from Narita International Airport to the hotel is available(surcharge).
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.Note that there is no JR service to or from Haneda, and the "Airport Terminal 2" station that pops up in some route search engines refers to terminal 2 at Narita Airport, not Haneda!^ Nearest major airport : Narita International Airport Haneda Airport Directions : Airport Limousine Bus from Narita International Airport to the hotel is available(surcharge).
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^ I thought we had room service available, but there was no menu in our room (at least not in English).
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.Expect to pay anywhere from ¥4,000 to ¥10,000 for a taxi to central Tokyo.^ If not covered, patient is expected to pay a deposit of 400,000 yen and cost per month is approx.
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Chōfu Airfield

Chōfu Airfield (調布飛行場 Chōfu hikōjō) serves only some turboprop flights to the Izu Islands south of Tokyo. .The nearest railway station is Nishi-Chōfu on the Keiō Line, a 15-minute walk away.^ Minute walk from JR Shinagawa Station.
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^ We were continuing our trip with bullet train to Nagoya, and that stations was just a couple of minutes away.
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^ In fact the hotel is just 7minutes walking distance away from JR Shinbashi Station, exit G...
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Alternatively, you can take a bus from Chofu or Mitaka stations.
Tokyo Station
Tokyo Station
.There is a frequent intercity Shinkansen service to and from Tokyo Station (東京駅 Tōkyō-eki) in Chiyoda, from where you can easily connect pretty much anywhere in the city on the JR Yamanote or Metro Marunouchi lines.^ Easy access from the airport (direct shuttle bus), two minutes to the JR line to access the city, and also the bullet train to travel to Nagoya/Kyoto/Osaka direction.
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^ Whether you're traveling to Tokyo for business or pleasure, you can easily find a suitable accommodation as per your need and budget.
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For all northbound trains, you can also hop on at Ueno, while all westbound trains stop at Shinagawa.
For non-Shinkansen services, Shibuya and Shinjuku stations offer local connections to the west. Ueno and Ikebukuro stations connect you to the northern suburbs and neighboring prefectures.
  • The Shinkansen Tour [5]. Deeply discounted bullet train and accommodation packages exclusively for foreigners. Bullet train services into Tokyo run from Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka.

By car or thumb

.While you can drive into the city, it's really not recommended as the city can be congested, signs may be confusing and parking fees are astronomical.^ Long island ice teas will knock you into happiness real quick!
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Hitchhiking into Tokyo is pretty easy, but hitchhiking out is considerably more difficult. It's definitely possible for determined cheapskates though, see Hitchhiking in Japan for a detailed list of tested escape routes from the city.

By bus

.Highway bus services link Tokyo to other cities, resort areas and the surrounding prefectures.^ Tokyos shopping is unparalleled in any other city.
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^ Feel the air of the city surrounded by luxury shopping district and close to subway, which provides easy access to the areas around, the ...
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^ Located in the city of Tokyo, the Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku offers modern amenities, beautiful rooms and quality services to make your ...
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There are JR and private bus companies. Bus service may be cheaper, but the train is probably more convenient. If you have a JR pass, then you should generally stick with the trains.
.Long-distance buses use a number of terminals scattered throughout the city, but the main JR depot is at Tokyo Station's Yaesu-minamiguchi (八重洲南口) exit, while Keio and some other private companies use the Shinjuku Highway Bus Terminal (新宿高速バスターミナル), opposite Yodobashi Camera near the West Exit.^ Easy access from the airport (direct shuttle bus), two minutes to the JR line to access the city, and also the bullet train to travel to Nagoya/Kyoto/Osaka direction.
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^ Nishi Shinjuku Located thirty-nine floors above the city, Park Hyatt Tokyo, designed primarily as a private urba...
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^ Tokyo JR station, I could not recommend the Hotel Monterey Ginza Tokyo ...
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  • The JR Bus Group [6]. .A major operator of bus services to and from Tokyo.^ Hato Bus - Join the sightseeing tours and see all the major attractions in Tokyo.
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    .Seat reservations for JR Buses can be made at JR Bus counters in Tokyo and Shinjuku stations, and in JR train stations at the same "Midori-no-Madoguchi" ticket windows used to reserve seats on trains.^ Customer Review The room was small which is typical in Tokyo how ever it located across the road to the train station which is on the yamonite loop which ...
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    ^ Easy access from the airport (direct shuttle bus), two minutes to the JR line to access the city, and also the bullet train to travel to Nagoya/Kyoto/Osaka direction.
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    ^ Tokyo JR station, I could not recommend the Hotel Monterey Ginza Tokyo ...
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    .Moreover, the Japan Rail Pass is valid on all bus runs between Tokyo and Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka.
  • Willer Express [7].^ Japan - Fukuoka - Kobe - Nagoya - Tokyo - Osaka - Hiroshima - Kyoto - Yokohama - View hotels in Japan Tokyo is the capital city of Japan and is one of the greatest mega cities of the world.
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    ^ The impressive multi-functional hotel features 3,679 guestrooms and is conveniently situated in the critical hub of all Tokyo’s major air and rail systems.
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    ^ Easy access from the airport (direct shuttle bus), two minutes to the JR line to access the city, and also the bullet train to travel to Nagoya/Kyoto/Osaka direction.
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    A company that has nightly bus services to and from Tokyo. Its bus services link many cities in Japan. Online booking available in English.

By boat

.One of the great ports of the world, Tokyo also has domestic ferry services to other points in Japan.^ Tokyo is also one of the world's leading business destinations with several internationally renowned companies having corporate offices there.
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^ Japan - Fukuoka - Kobe - Nagoya - Tokyo - Osaka - Hiroshima - Kyoto - Yokohama - View hotels in Japan Tokyo is the capital city of Japan and is one of the greatest mega cities of the world.
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^ Tokyo offers its visitors a great choice of accommodation, ranging from some of the world's most luxurious hotels to business hotels to cheap budget hotels and apartments.
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.However, none of the regular international ferries to Japan call at Tokyo.^ International dialing codes to Japan – Tokyo .
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.The main long-distance ferry terminal is Ariake Ferry Terminal [8], located on an artificial island adjacent to Odaiba in Tokyo Bay.^ Hotel Sunroute Ariake is going to open on June 25, 2009 ideally located in Ariake of Tokyo...
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^ The hotel is located in the Tokyo Bay area, a waterfront city, a fairly new developed area...
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^ Tokyo Bay Ariake...
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The nearest station is Kokusai-Tenjijo-Seimon on the Yurikamome line, but it's still a bit of a hike. .You can also take a direct bus from Shin-Kiba station on the Metro Yurakucho line.^ Easy access from the airport (direct shuttle bus), two minutes to the JR line to access the city, and also the bullet train to travel to Nagoya/Kyoto/Osaka direction.
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The main services from this terminal are:
  • Tokyo-Tomakomai (Hokkaido): Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen, 03-3528-0718. This ferry has no passenger facilities, so it can only be used if you have a car; fares for a car and driver start at ¥25,820.
  • Tokyo-Tokushima-Kitakyushu: Ocean Tokyu Ferry, 03-5148-0109. Tokyo-Kitakyushu passenger fares are ¥14,000 for second class, ¥26,600 for first class.
Ferries to the Izu and Ogasawara Islands leave from Takeshiba Terminal (竹芝客船ターミナル), adjacent to Takeshiba station on the Yurikamome line. .Cruise liners tend to use the Harumi Terminal (晴海客船ターミナル), best accessible on bus 都05(To-05) from Tokyo station Marunouchi South Exit or 東12(Tou-12) from Tokyo station Yaesu exit.^ Yaesu Terminal Hotel Tokyo .
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International ferries and cargo ferries that also take passengers can leave from other terminals too, enquire with your shipping company.
Subway lines with transfer stations labeled.
Subway lines with transfer stations labeled.

By train and subway

.Tokyo has the most extensive mass transit system in the world.^ Tokyo offers its visitors a great choice of accommodation, ranging from some of the world's most luxurious hotels to business hotels to cheap budget hotels and apartments.
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It is clean, safe and efficient - and confusing. .The confusion arises from the fact that several distinct railway systems operate within Tokyo - the JR East network, the two subway networks, and various private lines - and different route maps show different systems.^ Tokyo Crime Map - Showing Crime in Tokyo, Japan - Crime Statistics - Crime Alerts - Crime Stops Here Select City .
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Avoid rush hours if possible; trains get overcrowded very easily.
The defining rail line in Tokyo is the JR Yamanote Line (山手線), which runs in a loop around central Tokyo; being inside the Yamanote loop is synonymous with being in the core of Tokyo. Almost all inter-regional JR lines and private lines start at a station on the Yamanote. JR's lines are color-coded, and the Yamanote is green. The JR Chuo (中央線, orange) and Sobu (総武線, yellow) lines run side-by-side, bisecting the Yamanote loop from Shinjuku on the west to Tokyo on the east. JR's other commuter lines, the Saikyo and Keihin-Tohoku, run off the rim of the Yamanote loop to the north and south. JR East has a good English information line, 050-2016-1603 or 03-3423-0111.
Tokyo has an extensive subway network with frequent trains, and these are primarily useful for getting around within the Yamanote loop. The Tokyo Metro [9] runs nine lines: Ginza, Marunouchi, Hibiya, Tozai, Chiyoda, Yurakucho, Hanzomon, Namboku and Fukutoshin lines. Toei [10] operates the Asakusa, Mita, Shinjuku, and Oedo lines. .In addition, there is a largely underground Rinkai Line, a private line which is operated by Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit [11] (web-site only in Japanese) or TWR, that passes through the island of Odaiba.^ Expensive but you only need 1 or 2 :) Long island iced tea posted by Ed @ 11:31AM, 6/14/06 .
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A number of private commuter lines radiate from the Yamanote loop out into the outlying wards and suburbs, and almost all connect through directly to subway lines within the loop. .The private lines are useful for day trips outside the city, and are slightly cheaper than JR. Among these, the most important to visitors is arguably the Yurikamome [12] which offers great views on the way to the island of Odaiba.^ Tokyo offers its visitors a great choice of accommodation, ranging from some of the world's most luxurious hotels to business hotels to cheap budget hotels and apartments.
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^ Coca Cola is way cheaper than top shelf and don't forget the lemon.
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Fares and hours

A Yamanote Line train.
A Yamanote Line train.
Most tickets and passes are sold from automated vending machines. Keep in mind that JR trains are free with a Japan Rail Pass [13].
.Prepaid fare cards are convenient and highly recommended because they allow you to ride trains without having to read the sometimes Japanese-only fare maps to determine your fare.^ Remember, if you tip your bartender well they come out even stronger the next time!
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^ These drinks are not only tasty, but they make you feel good after only having two.
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^ Be careful, they will kick your butt if you drink to many.
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.There are two brands of prepaid fare cards, JR East's Suica, and PASMO, offered by private (non-JR) lines.^ Easy access from the airport (direct shuttle bus), two minutes to the JR line to access the city, and also the bullet train to travel to Nagoya/Kyoto/Osaka direction.
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.Functionally they are completely interchangeable and can be used on just about every subway, train and bus line in Tokyo (with the noted exception of JR's Shinkansen and limited express trains).^ Easy access from the airport (direct shuttle bus), two minutes to the JR line to access the city, and also the bullet train to travel to Nagoya/Kyoto/Osaka direction.
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.The fare cards are rechargeable "smart cards": you simply tap your card on the touch pad next to the turnstile as you go in, and do the same when going through to exit.^ If you have reserved a hotel room through Agoda, and then show us that you could book the same room, for the same dates, at a lower rate, that is viewable and bookable on another website, within 48 hours of booking your room with us, we will either match that rate or beat it.
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^ Goes straight to the head, make sure you keep sight of your girlfriends as you're going out because this drink is POTENT; fun drink if your friends are with you.
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^ Remember, if you tip your bartender well they come out even stronger the next time!
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There is an initial ¥500 deposit that you must pay when purchasing a fare card, but up to ¥20,000 in value can be stored on each card.
The older Passnet cards are not accepted anymore. If you still own some of these, you can exchange them for a PASMO or Suica card.
.There are also some special tickets that allow unlimited travel, but most are unlikely to be useful to tourists unless you're planning to spend half your day on the train.^ Hotels in Tokyo can be expensive but there are still places where you can find affordable Tokyo accommodations if you plan your vacation ahead of time.
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^ The bottom line is that you can't make out the individual flavors of each liquor in this drink so there's no sense in using top-shelf when making it.
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^ Goes straight to the head, make sure you keep sight of your girlfriends as you're going out because this drink is POTENT; fun drink if your friends are with you.
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  • The Tokunai Pass (都区内パス) is a one-day pass good for travel on JR lines anywhere in the 23 wards of Tokyo (including the entire Yamanote Line and many stations surrounding it).^ Easy access from the airport (direct shuttle bus), two minutes to the JR line to access the city, and also the bullet train to travel to Nagoya/Kyoto/Osaka direction.
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    ^ Still, NOT too many know how to make a GOOD one...
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    .It costs ¥730, making it economical if you plan to make five or more train hops in one day.^ No matter what you do, if you have a do not disturbed sign up (which is bilingual), you will be disturbed two maybe three times in one day.
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    A variant is the Tokunai Free Kippu (都区内フリーきっぷ), which also includes a round-trip into Tokyo from stations in the surrounding prefectures. .The Monorail And Tokunai Free Kippu, which is good for two days and includes a round-trip from Haneda Airport to central Tokyo, is also sold for ¥2,000.
  • The Tokyo Free Kippu (東京フリーきっぷ) covers all JR, subway and city bus lines within the 23 wards.^ All you need is two or three of these and you are feeling good my friend.
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    ^ Easy access from the airport (direct shuttle bus), two minutes to the JR line to access the city, and also the bullet train to travel to Nagoya/Kyoto/Osaka direction.
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    ^ Good hotel great staff good location if you don't want to be smack in the heart of Tokyo and its easy to get there fron Narita airport by train or limo bus.
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    .It costs ¥1,580 for one day, and covers a number of areas that are not served by JR, such as Roppongi and Odaiba.
  • The Holiday Pass (ホリデーパス) covers the entire JR network in the Tokyo metropolitan area, including Chiba, Kanagawa, Saitama and west Tokyo.^ Akasaka Minato Akihabara Nihonbashi Asakusa Odaiba Chiyoda Omotesando Ebisu Roppongi Sightseeing in Tokyo .
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    It costs ¥2,300 for one day, and is only available on weekends, national holidays and during summer vacation (July 20 through August 31).
Who is making announcements in English?
In Tokyo, whichever train you take--namely, JR East, Tokyo Metro, Toei Subway, Tobu Railway, Seibu Railway, Odakyu Electric Railway, and Keisei Electric Railway--you will hear English announcements in a similar voice. Actually, they are all announced by the same voice actor, Christelle Ciari.[14]
.In a Japanese interview she said, "Most railway companies I worked for did not give me any instruction on how to pronounce the station names in English.^ Was a little upset to find out that even the hotel restaurants did not have English on their menus nor any pictures showing how the food would look like.
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So I decided to read them in the original Japanese accent because I personally thought it was more natural and easier to comprehend for non-native speakers of English. The only exception was JR East, which instructed me to announce the station names in an American accent."
Therefore, you will hear "Shibuya" on Tokyo Metro while you will hear "Sheebooyah" on JR trains.
.If you're paying a la carte, subway and train fares are based on distance, ranging from ¥110 to ¥310 for hops within central Tokyo.^ Whether you're traveling to Tokyo for business or pleasure, you can easily find a suitable accommodation as per your need and budget.
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As a general rule of thumb, Tokyo Metro lines are cheapest, Toei lines are most expensive, and JR lines fall somewhere in the middle (but are usually cheaper than Metro for short trips, i.e. no more than 4 stations). .Many of the private lines interoperate with the subways, which can occasionally make a single ride seem unreasonably expensive as you are in essence transferring to another line and fare system, even though you're still on the same train.^ If you get a good bartender that knows what he/she is doing these don't even taste like you're drinking alcohol but they sneak up on you and WHAM!!!
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^ Goes straight to the head, make sure you keep sight of your girlfriends as you're going out because this drink is POTENT; fun drink if your friends are with you.
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^ In a bar, even the seediest of bartenders wouldn't serve a single individual that many and one that would needs a new line of work...ASAP. This drink would put on a island!!!
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E.g. changing between .Metro subway line and Tokyu private line amounts to paying the sum of each fare: minimum fare Metro ¥160 + minimum fare Tokyu ¥120 = ¥280. In addition, several patterns of transfer are listed as "Transfer Discount", and the most famous one is ¥70 discount, that applies to a transfer between Tokyo Metro and Toei subway lines.^ Kyoto 2 hours and 40 minutes from Tokyo, Kyoto is one of the most beautiful cities in Japan.
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When using Suica or PASMO, you can get all transfer discounts automatically.
It pays to check your route beforehand. .The Tokyo Transfer Guide [15] by the Tokyo Metro and Toei subway companies, is an online service that allows you to plan subway and train travel from point A to point B, based on time, cost, and transfers.^ Entertainment in Tokyo Japan, Tokyo Travel Guide Japan, Japan Travel Guide .
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^ Tokyo Japan, Tokyo Travel Guide, Tokyo Museums .
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^ Home Hotels Reviews Community Travel Guide Travel Insurance Contact us My Booking Add Your Hotel FAQ Worldwide Hotels » Asia » Japan » Tokyo Hotels .
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.This guide provides information for Tokyo only, and there are other sites which additionally cover the whole country, see the Japan page.^ Sightseeing/Attractions Tip : Please spend atleast days to see the Tokyo only.
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^ Entertainment in Tokyo Japan, Tokyo Travel Guide Japan, Japan Travel Guide .
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^ Tokyo Japan, Tokyo Travel Guide, Tokyo Museums .
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.Some major stations have terminals providing information similar to the Tokyo Transfer Guide.^ The hotel provides easy access to Tokyo Metro stations, government agencies and financial institutions.
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^ Home Hotels Reviews Community Travel Guide Contact us My Booking Add Your Hotel FAQ Travel Information » Japan » Tokyo Check Availability .
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.If you can't figure out how much it is to the destination, you can buy the cheapest ticket and pay the difference at the Fare Adjustment Machine (norikoshi) at the end.^ I really enjoy the taste of 1800 and figured there can't be too much of a difference.
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^ The taste is so good that you really don't understand how much alcohol there is.
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.Most vending machines will let you buy a single ticket that covers a transfer between JR, subway and private lines, all the way to your destination, but working out how to do this may be a challenge if you are not familiar with the system.^ Remember, if you tip your bartender well they come out even stronger the next time!
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^ You only need 2 to get your night started and after that you dont care how many you have.
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^ Goes straight to the head, make sure you keep sight of your girlfriends as you're going out because this drink is POTENT; fun drink if your friends are with you.
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When transferring between systems, whether paying with tickets or smart cards, use the orange transfer gates to exit. .Otherwise, you'll be charged full fare for both separate parts of your trip, instead of the cheaper transfer fare.^ However, it seems JavaScript is either disabled or not supported by your browser and instead of mapping page we'll display 30 recent crime records.
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.Most train lines in Tokyo run from around 5:00AM to 1:00AM During peak hours they run about once every three minutes; even during off-peak hours it's less than ten minutes between trains.^ Tokyo with more than 35 million people is the largest city in Japan and ranks tops as one of the most populace cities globally.
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^ The remaining thirteen (13) were paroled between 1954 and 1956, less than eight years in prison for their crimes against millions of people.
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^ Luxury hotels are plentiful in Tokyo but the lowest rates are around three to four hundred dollars depending on the level of luxury and the location within Tokyo Japan.
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The only night when regular passenger services run overnight is for the New Year's Holiday on select lines.
.For additional information for train travel in Japan generally, refer to the By rail section in the Japan article.^ Home Hotels Reviews Community Travel Guide Contact us My Booking Add Your Hotel FAQ Travel Information » Japan » Tokyo Check Availability .
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By taxi

Taxis are very pricey, but may be a value for groups of three or more. Also, if you miss your last train, you may not have another choice.
Fares generally start at ¥710 for the first two kilometers and can add up rapidly. A 20% night surcharge is tacked on from 22:00-5:00 (10 PM to 5 AM). .As a rule of thumb, a daytime trip across the city from Tokyo station to Shinjuku station will cost approximately ¥3000, while a daytime trip from Tokyo station to Haneda Airport costs around ¥6200. These examples are based on standard routing and traffic conditions, so your actual fare may vary in relation to the estimated fare.^ Easy access to/from airport, as well around Tokyo.
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Do not count on your taxi driver speaking English--or knowing more than the best-known locations, though most taxis have GPS "car navi" systems installed. .The best and easiest thing to do is to prepare a map marked with where you want to go, and point it out on the map to the taxi driver.^ Goes straight to the head, make sure you keep sight of your girlfriends as you're going out because this drink is POTENT; fun drink if your friends are with you.
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^ I agree with the majority that you want to go with Top Shelf.
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If you are staying at a hotel, they will provide a map. .If possible, get a business card, or print out the address in Japanese of any specific places you wish to go.^ Goes straight to the head, make sure you keep sight of your girlfriends as you're going out because this drink is POTENT; fun drink if your friends are with you.
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.However, because in Japan streets are often unmarked, if the taxi driver does not have GPS he may not be able to do more than take you to the general vicinity of where you want to go.^ Tokyo with more than 35 million people is the largest city in Japan and ranks tops as one of the most populace cities globally.
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^ Whether you are going for business or for pleasure, Tokyo Japan has something for everyone.
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^ I am going to get the ingredients tonight , no more than three of them.
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Also, note that taxis can get caught in traffic jams. No tips are expected or given.
Taxi rear left passenger doors are operated by the driver and open and close automatically. Don't open or close them yourself.

By car

Tokyo is a gigantic warren of narrow streets with no names, with slow-moving traffic and extremely limited and expensive parking. .In this city with such an excellent mass transit system, you would need a good reason to want to drive around instead.^ The reason is the cheaper cola's have almost twice the cola flavor & half the carbonation, great for mixed drinks since you want the cola flavor & not the carbonation.
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^ All you need is two or three of these and you are feeling good my friend.
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^ This drink is very good but i must warn you this isn't a drink you would want to be drinking all night..
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.While renting a car can make sense in Japan in some contexts (e.g., visiting a rural onsen resort), in general it is neither convenient nor economical to rent a car to get around metro Tokyo.^ Tokyo Tourist Resource Visit the Tokyo Imperial Place to enjoy the beautiful gardens and experience Japan's history.
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^ Luxury hotels are plentiful in Tokyo but the lowest rates are around three to four hundred dollars depending on the level of luxury and the location within Tokyo Japan.
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^ Hotels Flights Packages Activities Cars beta Research Deals Home > Hotels > Destinations > Asia > Japan > Tokyo Hotels .
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.Taxis are much more convenient if your budget allows it; walking or public transportation is much less expensive and given the difficulties of navigation and finding parking in popular areas, probably easier too.^ Moving from a much more expensive hotel in the same area, I was fully prepared for the smaller room and lack of amenities, but it was a shame that the small window was also opaque, making the room seem quite dark.
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^ Whether you're traveling to Tokyo for business or pleasure, you can easily find a suitable accommodation as per your need and budget.
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If you do decide to plunge in and drive around by car, the main expressway serving Tokyo is the Shuto Expressway, abbreviated to Shutoko (首都高) [16]. The C1 Loop Line forms a circle around central Tokyo, similar in fashion to how the Yamanote Line does it by rail. .But whereas the Yamanote Line charges ¥130-250 for a single trip, driving a car onto the Shutoko in Tokyo entitles you to pay a nominal entry fee of ¥700 every time you enter the system, with additional tolls (¥300 or ¥500) collected at various other locations.^ Hotels in Tokyo can be expensive but there are still places where you can find affordable Tokyo accommodations if you plan your vacation ahead of time.
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Street racing over the Tokyo Expressway at night became popular in the 80's and 90's. Although less popular now, it still occurs on an infrequent basis. If you decide to plunge into the Shutoko system at night, obey speed limits and exercise caution, especially on the C1 Loop Line and the Bayshore Line (aka Wangan Line) where the street racers often concentrate their driving. Street racers sometimes hang out at parking and service areas, especially the Daikoku Parking Area at the intersection of the Bayshore Line and the K5 Daikoku Line in Yokohama.

By bus

The few areas within Tokyo that aren't easily accessible by train are served by various bus companies. Buses operating within 23 wards of Tokyo have a fixed fare regardless of distance (¥200 on Toei buses [17] and ¥210 on other private bus companies), which is paid upon boarding from the front door. The fares are not transferable; however most buses do accept Suica or PASMO fare cards (see above). Compared to the trains, the buses run much less frequently, carry fewer passengers, and are much slower. .This makes them amenable to the elderly residents of Tokyo, but rather inconvenient for travelers, who will also have to deal with lack of information in English and sometimes very well hidden bus stops.^ Home Hotels Reviews Community Travel Guide Contact us My Booking Add Your Hotel FAQ Travel Information » Japan » Tokyo Check Availability .
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.Bus routes can be fairly complicated and are often not listed in detail at the bus stops; signs on the buses themselves often list only two or three main stops in addition to the origin and destination.^ No matter what you do, if you have a do not disturbed sign up (which is bilingual), you will be disturbed two maybe three times in one day.
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Inside the bus the next stop is usually announced several times, sometimes by a taped voice and sometimes by a mumbling driver. Recently taped announcements in English are used on some lines, but are still rare. .Nevertheless, north-south routes are useful in the western side of the city since train lines (Odakyu, Keio, Chuo, and Seibu) tend to run east-west.^ Easy access from the airport (direct shuttle bus), two minutes to the JR line to access the city, and also the bullet train to travel to Nagoya/Kyoto/Osaka direction.
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By ferry

The Tokyo Cruise Ship Company operates a series of Water Bus [18] ferries along the Sumida River and in Tokyo Bay, connecting Asakusa, Hinode, Harumi and Odaiba. The ferries feature a recorded tour announced in English as well as Japanese and a trip on one makes for a relaxing, leisurely way to see the waterfront areas of Tokyo. Of particular note is the super-futuristic Himiko ferry [19] designed by anime and manga creator Leiji Matsumoto , which runs on the Asakusa-Odaiba Direct Line. .You might want to arrive well before the departure time just in case tickets on the Himiko sell out!^ Use any type of liquer you want just make sure to do as listed above, you will get it right.
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^ Remember, if you tip your bartender well they come out even stronger the next time!
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^ I can't think of having any thing else everytime im out partying....just the right drink to have a good time!!!
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By bicycle

.Bicycles are very commonly used for local transport, but amenities like bicycle lanes are rare, drivers pay little heed to bikes and traffic can be very heavy on weekdays, so if you use a bicycle, do not be afraid to cycle on the sidewalk (everyone does).^ No need for Top Shelf use what you like posted by Outa Rehab Forever @ 05:49PM, 5/20/06 .
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^ I use captain morgan's spiced rum instead of light rum i like it better, and if you have patron instead of jose cuervo tequilla..use it.
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Keep in mind, however, that parts of Tokyo are surprisingly hilly, and it's a sweaty job pedaling around in the summer heat. Central Tokyo can still be covered fairly comfortably by bike on the weekends. .Tokyo Great Cycling Tour [20] offers a one day guided tour for biking around major tourist spots in Tokyo, like Marunouchi, Nihonbashi, Tsukiji, Odaiba, Tokyo tower, Imperial palace and so on.^ Annex Double Spacious 20 sqm room with one double bed has beautiful view of Tokyo.
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By foot

In this large city with such an efficient public transportation system, walking to get from point A to point B would seem a bit stupid at first glance. However, as the city is extremely safe even at night, walking in Tokyo can be a very pleasant experience. In some areas, walking can be much shorter than taking the subway and walking the transit (the whole Akasaka/Nagatacho/Roppongi area in the center is for instance very easily covered on foot). .If you have the time, Shinjuku to Shibuya via Omotesando takes roughly one hour, Tokyo Station to Shinjuku would be a half a day walk, and the whole Yamanote line Grand Tour takes a long day.^ Tokyo Hostels are mostly limited to Youth Hostels so finding one can be difficult, unless you dont mind sharing.
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^ Hotels in Tokyo can be expensive but there are still places where you can find affordable Tokyo accommodations if you plan your vacation ahead of time.
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^ Tokyo tours & Tokyo day trips from Viator Sponsored Links .
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Sensoji Temple, Asakusa
Sensoji Temple, Asakusa
Koishikawa Korakuen Park, Bunkyo
Koishikawa Korakuen Park, Bunkyo
.Tokyo has a vast array of sights, but the first items on the agenda of most visitors are the temples of Asakusa, the gardens of the Imperial Palace (in Chiyoda) and the Meiji Shrine (in Harajuku).^ Tokyo Tourist Resource Visit the Tokyo Imperial Place to enjoy the beautiful gardens and experience Japan's history.
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Tokyo has many commercial centres for shopping, eating and simply wandering around for experiencing the modern Japanese urban phenomenon. Each of these areas have unique characteristics, such as dazzling Shinjuku, youthful Shibuya and upmarket Ginza. .These areas are bustling throughout the day, but they really come into life in the evenings.^ Remember, if you tip your bartender well they come out even stronger the next time!
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If you're looking for a viewing platform, the Tokyo Tower is the best known but a rather overpriced, not to say uninspiring, choice. The highest spot in Tokyo is the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building (in effect, Tokyo's City Hall) in Shinjuku. Its twin towers have viewing platforms that are absolutely free, and offer a great view over Tokyo and beyond. .However, the best option would probably be from the World Trade Center Building (10:00-20:00, or 21:00 in July and August, 620 yen) at JR Hamamatsucho station which, although not as high, offers stunning views of Tokyo Tower and the waterfront due to its excellent location, especially at dusk.^ Annex Double Spacious 20 sqm room with one double bed has beautiful view of Tokyo.
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^ Hotels About Agoda Rewards Special Offers 24/7 Help You are here : Home → World → Asia → Japan → Tokyo → Shinagawa Prince Hotel .
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A recent addition to the viewing platforms around Tokyo is Tokyo City View in Roppongi Hills, Roppongi -- admission is a steep ¥1500, but includes admission to the Mori Art Museum. .Another good option, if you don't mind traffic noise and smell, is the Rainbow Bridge at Odaiba, whose pedestrian walkways are free.^ If you get a good bartender that knows what he/she is doing these don't even taste like you're drinking alcohol but they sneak up on you and WHAM!!!
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^ The taste is so good that you really don't understand how much alcohol there is.
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The night-time view across Tokyo Bay is impressive but the walkways close at 8:00PM.
The city is dotted with museums, large and small, which center on every possible interest from pens to antique clocks to traditional and modern arts. Many of the largest museums are clustered around Ueno. At ¥500 to ¥1,000 or more, entrance fees can add up quickly, but the GRUTT Pass [21] allows access to 56 of them for a flat ¥2000 fee. The pass can be purchased from any participating museum and is valid for two months.
.Riding SKY BUS TOKYO[22], an open-top double-decker operated by Hinomaru Limousine (every hour between 10PM and 6PM), is a good option to take a quick tour around the city center.^ Tokyo with more than 35 million people is the largest city in Japan and ranks tops as one of the most populace cities globally.
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.The 45 minutes bus ride will take you around the Imperial Palace via Ginza and Marunouchi district, showing the highlight of Tokyo's shopping and business center.^ Iidabashi, Chioda-ku Conveniently situated in the heart of Tokyo's central business district, overlooking vast Imperia...
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^ The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo is an island of calm amid the swirl of a fast-paced business district.
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^ Whether you are going for business or for pleasure, Tokyo Japan has something for everyone.
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The fare is ¥1,500 for adults of 12 years old and over, and ¥700 for children between 4 and 11 years old. You can borrow a multi-language voice guide system free of charge upon purchasing a ticket, subject to stock availability.
Rollercoaster at Tokyo Dome City, Bunkyo
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Rollercoaster at Tokyo Dome City, Bunkyo
  • Eat a sushi breakfast at the Tsukiji Fish Market.
  • Take a boat ride on the Sumida River from Asakusa.
  • Lose yourself in the dazzling neon jungle outside major train stations in the evenings.^ Advance Tour Application Required Tokyo activities - Tsukiji Central Fish Market , experience the lively fish auctions and fresh sushi Tokyo Disneyland - For the family Like more ideas?
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    .Shibuya and east Shinjuku at night can make Times Square or Piccadilly Circus look rural in comparison — it has to be seen to be believed.
  • Enjoy a soak in a local "sento" or public bath.^ I would have 5 in one night at the club, now I just enjoy 1 or 2 at our local sports bar and I'm good.
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    .Or one of the onsen theme parks such as LaQua at the Tokyo Dome (Bunkyo) or Oedo Onsen Monogatari in Odaiba.
  • Go to an amusement park such as Tokyo Disney Resort, which consists of Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea which are the world's most visited and second most visited theme parks respectively, or the more Japanese Sanrio Puroland (in Tama), home to more Hello Kitties than you can imagine.
  • Check out the hip and young crowd at Harajuku's Takeshita-Dori (Takeshita Street) or the more grown up Omotesando.
  • In the spring, take a boatride in Kichijoji's lovely Inokashira Park, and afterwards visit the Ghibli Studios Museum (well-known for their amazing movies, like Spirited Away, and Princess Mononoke), but you will need to buy tickets for these in advance at a Lawson convenience store.
  • Take the Yurikamome elevated train across the bay bridge from Shimbashi station to the bayside Odaiba district, and go on the giant ferris wheel — the largest in the world until recently.
  • Watch a baseball game, namely the Yomiuri Giants at the Tokyo Dome, or the Tokyo Yakult Swallows at Jingu Stadium.^ Hotel name Check-in Check-out Rooms 1 .
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    ^ And after that you dont need much more.
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    ^ Tokyo Hostels are mostly limited to Youth Hostels so finding one can be difficult, unless you dont mind sharing.
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    Nearby Chiba hosts the Chiba Lotte Marines.
  • Take a stroll through the Imperial Palace's East Gardens (open to the public daily at 9AM, except Fridays and Mondays).
  • Have a picnic in a park during the cherry blossom (Sakura). Unfortunately Sakura only lasts for about a week in Spring.

Learn

The curious can study traditional culture such as tea ceremony, calligraphy, or martial arts such as Karate, Judo, Aikido and Kendo. .There are also many language schools to help you work on your Japanese.^ Hotels in Tokyo can be expensive but there are still places where you can find affordable Tokyo accommodations if you plan your vacation ahead of time.
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^ Be careful, they will kick your butt if you drink to many.
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^ It helps when you are in your regular bar though, you can always ask for the drink to be made extra strong!!!
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Several universities in Tokyo cater to international students at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  • Keio University (慶應義塾大学 Keiō Gijuku Daigaku), [23]. Japan's top private university (unless you ask a Waseda student). Established in the samurai days of yore and has a stuffier rep than Waseda, with alumni including former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi. Main campus in Mita.
  • Sophia University (上智大学 Jōchi Daigaku), [24]. A prestigious private, Jesuit university well-known for its foreign language curriculae and large foreign student population. Main campus in Yotsuya.
  • Tokyo Institute of Technology (東京工業大学 Tōkyō Kōgyo Daigaku), [25]. Tokyo's top technical university. Main campus in Ookayama.
  • University of Tokyo (東京大学 Tōkyō Daigaku), [26]. Japan's uncontested number one university, especially strong in law, medicine and literature. For locals, passing the entrance exams is fiendishly difficult, but exchange students can enter much more easily. Five campuses are scattered around the city, but the main campus is in Hongo.
  • Waseda University (早稲田大学 Waseda Daigaku), [27]. Japan's top private university (unless you ask a Keio student), famous as a den of artists and partiers. Former prime minister Yasuo Fukuda is an alum. Main campus in Waseda.

Work

Teaching English (or to a lesser extent, other foreign languages) is still the easiest way to work in Tokyo, but the city also offers more work options than other areas of the country: everything from restaurant work to IT. Certain nationalities are eligible for working holiday visas: for others, work permits can be very hard to come by without a job offer from a Japanese company. Consult your local Japanese consulate/embassy as far in advance as possible.
Kitsch-o-rama at the Nakamise arcade, Asakusa
Kitsch-o-rama at the Nakamise arcade, Asakusa
If it is for sale anywhere in the world, you can probably buy it in Tokyo. .Tokyo is one of the fashion and cosmetic centers in the Eastern world, up there with Seoul.^ Nishi-Ikebukuro The Crowne Plaza Metropolitan Tokyo is at the centre of one of the world's busiest and most prosp...
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Items to look for include electronics, funky fashions, antique furniture and kimono, and specialty items like Hello Kitty goods, anime and comics, and their associated paraphernalia. Tokyo has the some of the largest electronic industries in the world, such as Sony, Panasonic, and Toshiba etc.
Cash payment is the norm. .Although credit cards are more and more widely accepted, they are far less widespread than in most other developed countries.^ Homemade sweet and sour mix is far better than the store bought stuff and I recommend adding just a little more than a splash of coke at the top.
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.Most Japanese ATMs do not accept foreign cards, but post office, 7-11 and Citibank ones do and usually have English menus as well.^ Nishi-Shinjuku The Keio Plaza is one of the Japanese capital's most accommodating residences with everything you...
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The crime rate is very low, so don't be afraid of carrying around wads of cash as the Japanese do. See Buy under Japan. for general caveats regarding electronics and media compatibility.
There are numerous convenience stores throughout Tokyo, which are open around the clock, and sell not only food and magazines, but also daily necessities such as underwear and toiletries. Supermarkets are usually open until 10 PM, while drugstores and department stores usually close at 9 PM.

Anime and manga

Akihabara, Tokyo's Electric Town, is now also the unquestioned center of its otaku community, and the stores along Chuo-dori are packed to the rafters with anime (animation) and manga (comics). Another popular district for all things manga/anime is the Nakano ward and its Broadway Shopping arkade. Check out the mandarake shop for loads of used and rare mangas.
In recent years there has been an "otaku boom" in Akihabara. A lot of attention in particular was paid to the town thanks to the popular Japanese drama "Densha Otoko", a love story about an otaku who saves a woman who a train and their subsequent courtship.
Akihabara is known for its many live performances, some of which has drawn negative attention due to extremist performers.

Antiques

Serious collectors should head for the Antique Mall in Ginza or the Antique Market in Omotesando, which despite the rustic names are collections of small very specialist shops (samurai armor, ukiyo-e paintings, etc) with head-spinning prices. Mere mortals can venture over to Nishi-Ogikubo, where you can pick up scrolls of calligraphy and such for a few thousand yen.
The Antique Festival (全国古民具骨董祭り) [28] is held over the weekend about 5-6 times a year at the Tokyo Ryutsu Center, on the Tokyo Monorail line, and is well worth a visit.

Books

Jinbocho is to used books what Akihabara is to electronics. It's clustered around the Jinbocho subway stop. The Blue Parrot is another shop located at Takadanobaba on the Yamanote line, just two stops north of Shinjuku.

Cameras and electronics

Ever since Sony and Nikon became synonymous with high-tech quality, Tokyo has been a favored place for buying electronics and cameras. Though the lines have blurred since the PC revolution, each has its traditional territory and stores: Akihabara has the electronics stores, including a large number of duty-free shops specializing in export models, and Shinjuku has the camera stores. Unfortunately, local model electronics are not cheap, but the export models are similar to what you'll pay back home. It's also surprisingly difficult to find certain things e.g. games machines.

Fashion

Shibuya and neighboring Harajuku are the best-known shopping areas for funky, youthful clothes and accessories. Note that, almost without exception, clothes are sized for the petite Japanese frame.
.Department stores and exclusive boutiques stock every fashion label imaginable, but for global labels prices in Tokyo are typically higher than anywhere else in the world.^ See the most respected selection of boutique and luxury hotels in Tokyo and make online reservations with exclusive hotel rates and luxury packages.
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The famous Ginza and Ikebukuro's giant Seibu and Tobu department stores (the largest in the world) are good hunting grounds. Recently, Roppongi Hills has emerged as a popular area for high-end shopping, with many major global brands. Other department stores in Tokyo are Mitsukoshi, Sogo, Marui (OIOI), and Takashimaya. Mitsukoshi is Japan's biggest department store chain. Its anchor store is in Nihonbashi. Marui Men store in Shinjuku has eight floors of high-end fashion for men only.

Kitchenware

The district for this is Kappabashi Street near Asakusa, also known as “Kitchen Town.” The street is lined with stores selling all kinds of kitchen wares — this is where the restaurants of Tokyo get their supplies. It's also a great place to find cheap Japanese ceramics, not to mention plastic food!

Music

Ochanomizu is to the guitar what Jinbocho is to used books. There, you’ll find what must be the world’s densest collection of guitar shops. Plenty of other musical instruments (though not traditional Japanese ones) are also available.

Souvenirs

.For touristy Japanese knickknacks, the best places to shop are Nakamise in Asakusa and the Oriental Bazaar in Omotesando, which stock all the kitschy things like kanji-emblazoned T-shirts, foreigner-sized kimonos, ninja outfits for kids and ersatz samurai swords that can be surprisingly difficult to find elsewhere.^ Top shelf is best...dont use Iced Tea mix, the point is, all the liquor together tastes like tea...which does, and the Coke gives color.
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Both also have a selection of serious antiques for the connoisseur, but see also Antiques above.

Street markets

Bustling open-air bazaars in the Asian style are rare in Tokyo, except for Ueno's Ameyoko, a legacy of the postwar occupation. Yanaka Ginza in the Shitamachi Taito district, a very nice example of a neighborhood shopping street, makes for an interesting afternoon browse.
There are often small flea and antique markets in operation on the weekend at major (and minor) shrines in and around Tokyo.
Red lanterns beckoning customers in Tsukishima
Red lanterns beckoning customers in Tsukishima
The sheer quantity and variety of food in Tokyo will amaze you. Department stores have food halls, typically in the basement, with food which surpasses top delicatessans in other world cities. Tokyo has a huge amount of restaurants, so see the main Japan guide for the types of food you will encounter and some popular chains. Menus are often posted outside, so you can check the prices. Some shops have the famous plastic food in their front windows. Don't hesitate to drag the waiting staff out to the front to point at what you want. Always carry cash. Many restaurants will not accept credit cards.
Tokyo has literally tens of thousands of restaurants representing more or less every cuisine in the world, but it also offers a few unique local specialties. Nigirizushi (fish pressed onto rice), known around the world around simply as "sushi," in fact originates from Tokyo. Another is monjayaki (もんじゃ焼き), a gooey, cabbage-filled version of okonomiyaki that uses a very thin batter to achieve a sticky, caramelized consistency. It is originally from the Tsukishima area of Chuo and today there are many restaurants near Asakusa offering monjayaki.
  • Hot Pepper Available in various editions, by region, around Tokyo, this free magazine offers a guide to local restaurants in Japanese but provides pictures and maps to the restaurants. Some restaurants even offer coupons. Most restaurants within this magazine are on the mid-range to high end scale.
Stand-and-eat (tachigui) noodle shop with ticket vending machine
Stand-and-eat (tachigui) noodle shop with ticket vending machine
.Go to a convenience store (konbini), there is one on every second corner.^ I get at least one every time we go out...
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Really, the options may surprise you. .You can get rice balls (onigiri), bread-rolls, salads, prepared foods (like nikuman and oden), and drinks (both hot and cold) for ¥100-150, bento lunch boxes for around ¥500 and sandwiches for ¥250-350. At some convenience stores, microwaves are available to heat up your food for no additional cost.^ No matter what you mix it with (top shelf only though) this drink will sit you on your butt whether you want it to or not.
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^ Wow...this drink will creep up on your ass, so be careful!
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^ If you get a good bartender that knows what he/she is doing these don't even taste like you're drinking alcohol but they sneak up on you and WHAM!!!
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Supermarkets (suupaa) are usually cheaper and offer a wider choice, but more difficult to find. (Try Asakusa and the sidestreets of Ueno's Ameyoko market for local--not big chain--supermarkets.)
Also, look for bentō shops like Hokka-Hokka-Tei which sell take-out lunch boxes. They range in quality and cost, but most offer good, basic food at a reasonable price. This is what students and office workers often eat.
Noodle shops, curry shops, and bakeries are often the best option for people eating on the cheap. They are everywhere. .The noodle bars on every corner are great for filling up and are very cheap at ¥200-1000. You buy your meal ticket from a vending machine at the door with pictures of the dishes and hand it to the serving staff.^ No matter which bar you go to: drink three of these and every waitress looks stunning.
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^ It helps when you are in your regular bar though, you can always ask for the drink to be made extra strong!!!
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.The one question you will typically have to answer for the counterman is whether you want soba (thin brown buckwheat) or udon (thick white wheat) noodles.^ No matter what you mix it with (top shelf only though) this drink will sit you on your butt whether you want it to or not.
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Some offer standing room only with a counter to place your bowl, while others have limited counter seating. During peak times, you need to be quick as others will be waiting.
.Fast food is available just about everywhere, including many American chains like McDonald's, Wendy's, and KFC. But if you are visiting Japan from overseas, and wish to sample Japanese fast food, why not try MOS Burger, Freshness Burger, Lotteria, or First Kitchen?^ While you're sitting, have as many as you like and they won't hit you.
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If you're looking for something more Japanese, try one of the local fast food giants, Matsuya, Yoshinoya or Ootoya. For under ¥500, you can get a giant bowl of meat, rice, and vegetables, sometimes with egg thrown in for good measure. .Drinking water or hot ocha (Japanese green tea) is usually available at no extra cost.^ The ice mixture is more like a dessert than a drink and its much stronger since no ice is watering it down.
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Raw fish enthusiasts are urged to try kaitenzushi (conveyor belt sushi), where the prices are very reasonable. Prices are depending on the color of the plate, so be sure to check before they start to pile up.
Many of the larger train and subway stations have fast, cheap eateries. Around most stations, there will be ample choices of places to eat, including chain coffeeshops (which often serve sandwiches, baked goods, and pasta dishes), yakitori places, and even Italian restaurants.

Mid-range

By tradition the basement of almost any department store, including Mitsukoshi, Matsuzakaya, or Isetan, is devoted to the depachika (デパ地下), a huge array of small shops selling all kinds of prepared take-out food. You can assemble a delicious if slightly pricey picnic here — or, if you're feeling really cheap, just go around eating free samples! The very largest department stores are Tobu and Seibu in Ikebukuro, but Shibuya, Ginza and in fact any major Tokyo district will have their fair share. Shinjuku Station is home to several famous department stores, such as the Keio and Odakyu department stores. Many stores begin discounting their selections at about 7PM each night. Look for signs and stickers indicating specific yen value or percentage discounts. You will often see half-price stickers which read 半値 (hanne). This discounting is also common at supermarkets located at the smaller stations, although the quality may be a notch or two down from the department stores, it's still perfectly edible.
.The ubiquitous izakaya, a cross between a pub and a casual restaurant, invariably serve a good range of Japanese dishes and can be good places to fill up without breaking the bank: in most, an evening of eating and drinking won't cost more than around ¥3000 per person.^ For very casual parties, this drink fits perfectly into those big plastic solo cup (more commonly used for keggers) - fill it up with ice, throw the 5 shots in, and top off whatever space is left with cola.
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^ If you get a good bartender that knows what he/she is doing these don't even taste like you're drinking alcohol but they sneak up on you and WHAM!!!
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^ Makes a good make-up drink posted by Educator @ 01:23PM, 2/10/07 .
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See Drink for details.

Splurge

.Tokyo has the world's highest number of Michelin-starred restaurants priced to match, but one splurge is worthwhile even if you're on a limited burget: the best sushi in town, if not the world, can be found in Tsukiji, fresh from the famous fish market.^ If you get a good bartender that knows what he/she is doing these don't even taste like you're drinking alcohol but they sneak up on you and WHAM!!!
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^ Well you're right about the recipe, however i under poured my liquors one night and was very busy.
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^ Even if you use cheap liquor, just squeeze in some fresh lemon and its ok.
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Figure on ¥3000 for a set meal, which is a bargain compared to how much sushi of similar caliber would cost elsewhere, even in Tokyo. A sushi breakfast in Tsukiji, after exploring the fish market, is a great option for the jet-lagged traveler's first morning in Tokyo. .Arrive on or before the first train to avoid waiting up to two hours for a place at the sushi bar.^ Placed them with neighbor after a wait of four hours and twenty -five phone calls.
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For upmarket Japanese eats, Ginza is guaranteed to burn a hole in your wallet, with Akasaka and Roppongi Hills close behind. You can limit the damage considerably by eating fixed lunch sets instead of dinner, as this is when restaurants cater to people paying their own meals instead of using the company expense account.
Propaganda, a bar in Roppongi
Propaganda, a bar in Roppongi
The party never stops in Tokyo (at least in the karaoke bars), and you will find good little bars and restaurants everywhere.
The most Japanese way to spend a night out would be at Japanese-style watering holes called izakaya (居酒屋), which offer food and drink in a convivial, pub-like atmosphere (see Japan for details). .Cheaper chain izakaya like Tsubohachi (つぼ八) and Shirokiya (白木屋) usually have picture menus, so ordering is simple, even if you don't know Japanese - but don't be surprised if some places have Japanese only touchscreen ordering systems.^ If you get a good bartender that knows what he/she is doing these don't even taste like you're drinking alcohol but they sneak up on you and WHAM!!!
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^ PARTIAL memories and a slight hang over :) I don't know where the energy comes from when I drink it since I am always tired, it's like 94 octane unleaded.
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^ Even if you use cheap liquor, just squeeze in some fresh lemon and its ok.
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Visiting clubs and western-style night spots can get expensive, with clubs and live houses enforcing weekend cover charges in the ¥2000-5000 bracket (usually including a drink coupon or two). .For a splurge on a beverage or two, Western Shinjuku's Park Hyatt Tokyo houses the New York Bar on level 52. Providing stunning views day and night across Tokyo, it was also the setting for the movie Lost in Translation.^ Park Hyatt Tokyo .
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Cocktails here start around ¥1400 - single malt whiskies are upwards of ¥2000.
.If you're new in town, Roppongi has establishments which specialize in serving foreigners - but it's also overflowing with foreigners, hostesses, and 'patrons' who will continually hassle you to visit their gentlemen's clubs, where drinks cost ¥5000 and up.^ If you get a good bartender that knows what he/she is doing these don't even taste like you're drinking alcohol but they sneak up on you and WHAM!!!
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^ Mix it up at least midshelf and you will have one bomb ass drink!
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^ Goes straight to the head, make sure you keep sight of your girlfriends as you're going out because this drink is POTENT; fun drink if your friends are with you.
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Many Japanese and foreigners avoid this area, preferring the clubs and bars in Shibuya instead, or trendy Ginza, Ebisu, or Shinjuku.
The Hub [29], a chain of British-style pubs, has branches in Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Roppongi (as well as near most major stations) and is reasonably priced, but is often used by gaijins and Japanese who want a bit of "action". Other British/Irish pubs can be found in Roppongi, Shinjuku and Shibuya. Expect to pay around 1000 yen a pint, although happy hours can reduce this by a few hundred yen.
In Shibuya, the bar area behind 109 (not 109-2) and next to Dogenzaka ("Love Hotel Hill") has a large number of clubs. Unlike those in Roppongi and Shibuya's Gas Panic, these clubs have entrance fees, but clubs without entrance fees often hassle you all night to buy drinks which ends up just as expensive and without people who are actually there to enjoy the music. Shinjuku is home to Kabukicho, Japan's largest red-light district. Also in Shinjuku is the gay bar district of Shinjuku-nichome. A little further from the city center are Shimokitazawa, Koenji and Nakano, full of good bars, restaurants and "live houses" offering underground/indie music popular with students and 20/30-somethings.

Sleep

There are thousands of hotels in the Tokyo area, ranging from cheap to very expensive. They are distributed throughout the city, with some of the high end and the low end almost everywhere. Many Western-style hotels, especially those affiliated with American hotel chains, have English-speaking staff.

Budget

Much of Tokyo's budget accommodation can be found in the Taito area, especially Asakusa and Ueno. But if you are not afraid of being a little bit off-center, you may have a look to the surroundings: Yokohama, etc.
Do note that most of the cheap accommodations in the Taito area (near JR Minami-senjuu) have curfew times around 10PM to 11PM, so be sure to check that in advance if it bothers you. One hotel that does not have a curfew is Kangaroo Hotel [30], rooms starting at ¥3200. There's also Economy Hotel Hoteiya [31], rooms starting at ¥2500. A list of economy hotels in Tokyo is [32].
Capsule hotels are generally the cheapest option. .They may be reluctant to play host to foreigners as there are quite a few rules of behavior which may be difficult to explain; see the Japan article for the full scoop.^ I have had Long islands on quite a few occasions (and quite a few each time may I add) but in the morning I have never had a hang over with the long island.
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Most capsule hotels are men-only. Asakusa Riverside [33] and Akihabara Capsule Inn [34] are among the very few to have women-only floors.
24-hour comic book library/internet cafes have become common around Tokyo. .This is one of the cheapest ways to crash if you miss your last train and need to wait for the early morning transit service to get started.^ Either way, after one you will be feeling mighty fine.
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^ You only need 2 to get your night started and after that you dont care how many you have.
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No bed, but you have a comfy chair and a PC and/or DVDs if you can't sleep. .Later in the evening, karaoke boxes often offer discounted prices for the whole night, they usually have a couch you can sleep on.^ Remember, if you tip your bartender well they come out even stronger the next time!
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^ If you get a good bartender that knows what he/she is doing these don't even taste like you're drinking alcohol but they sneak up on you and WHAM!!!
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Most of these cyber cafes charge ¥1500–2500 for 8 hours.
One of the cheapest ways to stay can be also a youth hostel, prices start at ¥1200, e.g. in the Shinjuku area.

Mid-range

There is a wide range of choices in hotels while at Tokyo, most of the hotels are rated 3 stars or more. Tokyo is among most of the other cities when it comes to hotels because their services and hotel locations are the best of the best. .Some hotels one should try are The B Akasaka Hotel, Peninsula Hotel, Tokyo Dome Hotel, Century Southern Tower Hotel, Shiba Park Hotel, Court Yard by MariottTokyo Ginza Hotel, Intercontinental Tokyo Bay Hotel, ANA Hotel, Mitsui Garden Hotel, Mets Shibuya Hotel.^ The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo 19.5 Park Hyatt Tokyo 19.5 The Peninsula Tokyo 19.0 Conrad Tokyo 18.5 Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel 18.5 Claska 18.5 Grand Hyatt Tokyo 18.0 Akasaka Granbell Hotel 18.0 Park Hotel Tokyo 18.0 The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo See more lists .
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.Of these hotels,they all have great city views.^ My wife and all her friends are self proclaimed experts on LIITs and they all say that these are the best ever.
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^ Top 10 Home Top 10 Destinations Top 10 Best Service Top 10 Beach Hotels View All .
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Most interestingly, Tokyo Dome hotel has an attraction right outside of it . .Tourists can check in and have a whole day of fun at the amusement park and mall; best thing is, they can come back to their room anytime and relax after such an adventrous evening!^ Remember, if you tip your bartender well they come out even stronger the next time!
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Keep an eye out for what is called a business hotel. The rooms are usually tiny, but they are conveniently located near stations and rates start from around ¥6000. Staff may speak minimal English, but it's not too hard to figure out. These are the best options for solo travelers. Affordable chains found throughout Tokyo include Tokyu Stay [35], which offers free internet access and breakfast, and Sunroute [36].
Tokyo has some self-proclaimed ryokan (Japanese inns) that cater largely to foreign tourists, mostly concentrated around Ueno and Asakusa. While not as opulent as the real thing, they offer a sample of Japanese home life at affordable rates.
Japan's infamous love hotels can be a reasonable (and interesting) option in Tokyo. Shibuya's Dogenzaka ("Love Hotel Hill") offers the widest selection in the city. .If you're really going to spend the night, be sure to check in for a "stay" rather than a "rest". Be warned that some love hotels (at least around Shinjuku) have a 'No Japanese, no stay' policy, presumably to avoid confusion over billing; others lock you into your room until you pay into a slot by the door to leave.^ I LOVE YOU. No fuh real though...
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^ No matter what you mix it with (top shelf only though) this drink will sit you on your butt whether you want it to or not.
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^ Long island ice teas will knock you into happiness real quick!
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.If you plan to stay more than one week, you can try weekly-mansion [37] or [38].^ Instead of Cola, use strawberry daiquiri mix (use more of the mix than you would the cola).
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These are flats you can rent for short periods of time for reasonable prices. .Rates are around ¥5000 per day for one person or a little more for two people.^ My husband's favorite drink - but while dining in Portland Oregon recently, one Long Island Ice Tea per person was their restaurant's limit.
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Sometimes you can find deals for as low as ¥4000 per day (look for お得なプラン otoku-na puran). However everything is done in Japanese and it helps greatly to know someone in Japan who can speak your language. Gaijin houses (guest houses for foreigners) can also offer good prices.

Splurge

You can spend a fortune on accommodation in Tokyo. Most of the high-end international chains are well represented. .Particular concentrations of luxury hotels can be found in western Shinjuku (including the Park Hyatt Tokyo, featured in Lost in Translation), around Tokyo station (best here are the Seiyo Ginza and Four Seasons Marunouchi), and in Akasaka.^ The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo 19.5 Park Hyatt Tokyo 19.5 The Peninsula Tokyo 19.0 Conrad Tokyo 18.5 Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel 18.5 Claska 18.5 Grand Hyatt Tokyo 18.0 Akasaka Granbell Hotel 18.0 Park Hotel Tokyo 18.0 The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo See more lists .
  • Luxury & Boutique Hotels in Tokyo | Tablet Hotels 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.tablethotels.com [Source type: News]

^ See the most respected selection of boutique and luxury hotels in Tokyo and make online reservations with exclusive hotel rates and luxury packages.
  • Luxury & Boutique Hotels in Tokyo | Tablet Hotels 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.tablethotels.com [Source type: News]

^ Only the best of luxury and boutique hotels in Japan Tokyo become Tablet Hotels - the most reliable seal of approval in the hotel industry.
  • Luxury & Boutique Hotels in Tokyo | Tablet Hotels 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.tablethotels.com [Source type: News]

.Beware of hotels marketing themselves as being located at "Tokyo Bay". At best, this means you'll be in or near the Tokyo/Odaiba/Odaiba district, built on reclaimed land half an hour away from the city center; at worst, you'll end up somewhere on the coast of the adjacent prefecture of Chiba, which is handy for visiting Tokyo Disneyland but quite inconvenient for touring Tokyo itself.^ Two of these and a few shots, and you'll be quite alright.
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^ It'll cost you about $80-$100 bucks for all the bottles but well worth it, it'll last you quite a while.
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Contact

Good connections are available at Internet cafes everywhere. Expect to pay ¥400-¥500 per hour. "Gera Gera" is a popular chain. Paid WiFi service is also taking off in Tokyo with reasonable coverage - at a price. WiFi services are probably not convenient for those just visiting.
If you bring your own computer with a WLAN card, it is possible to find wireless connections in fast food outlets like McDonald's or Mos Burger. .You also have a good chance to find a connection in one of the numerous coffee shops.^ You only get one chance at life take what you can, enjoy what you can, cause you may not get the chance tomorrow.
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Just look for a wireless connection sign in the front window or computers within the shop. Note that free wireless is not nearly as prevalent in Japan as it is in the West.

Stay safe

Tokyo is probably one of the safest big cities you will ever visit, and Japan in general is one of the safest places to visit in the world. Street crime is extremely rare, even late at night, and continues to decrease. However, "little crime" does not mean "no crime", and common sense should still be applied as anywhere in the world.
Small police stations, or Koban, can be found every few blocks. .If you get lost or need assistance, by all means go to them; it's their job to help you!^ All you need is two or three of these and you are feeling good my friend.
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^ After 2 or 3 I need help getting to the door to leave, laughing all the way!
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They may, however, have difficulties with English, so some knowledge of the Japanese language helps.
Take the usual precautions against pickpockets in crowded areas and trains. Also be aware that theft is more likely to occur in hangouts and bars popular with travellers and non-residents.
The red-light and nightlife districts can be a bit seedy, but are rarely dangerous. Note some small, back-street drinking establishments in red-light districts have been known to charge extortionate prices. Similar problems exist in the seedier upscale clubs in Roppongi.
Still in a jam? Call Tokyo English Life Line [39], tel. 03-5774-0992, daily 9PM-11PM
.If you make it as far out as the Izu Islands, note that visitors to Miyakejima Island are currently required to carry a gas mask, due to volcanic gases.^ The bottom line is that you can't make out the individual flavors of each liquor in this drink so there's no sense in using top-shelf when making it.
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^ Goes straight to the head, make sure you keep sight of your girlfriends as you're going out because this drink is POTENT; fun drink if your friends are with you.
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Those in poor health are advised against travelling to the island.

Get out

From Tokyo, the entire surrounding Kanto region is your oyster. Particularly popular destinations nearby include:
  • Hakone — for hot springs and views of Mount Fuji
  • Kamakura — home to dozens of small temples and one Big Buddha
  • Nikko — grandiose shrine and burial site of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu
  • Tokyo Disney Resort — with Tokyo Disneyland (just like the ones everywhere else) and Tokyo Disney Sea (an only-in-Japan theme park which includes some unique rides and some imported rides from Disney parks outside of Japan)
  • Yokohama — Japan's second-largest city and a suburb of Tokyo
The Tokyo area also has some less-famous destinations that are easy day trips from central Tokyo:
  • Ashikaga — historical hometown of a famous shogun clan
  • Hachioji — a refreshing climb up Mt. Takao through a forest to a shrine and beer garden
  • Kawasaki — home to the Nihon Minka-En park with 24 ancient farmhouses (more interesting than it sounds), not to mention the annual Festival of the Iron Penis (Kanamara Matsuri)
  • Kinugawa — home to Edo Wonderland, a kitschy theme park recreating 1800's Japan
  • Fujino — a small town popular with locals and foreigners alike interested in the arts. Beautiful scenery and very refreshing after the bustle of Tokyo.
And don't forget the islands to the south of Tokyo:
  • Izu Islands — easily accessible seaside and hotspring getaways
  • Ogasawara Islands — 1000 km away from big-city bustle, for whale watching, diving and those who want to get away from it all
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From LoveToKnow 1911

.TOKYO (or ToKIO, formerly called Yedo), the capital of the empire of Japan, situated in 35° 41' N. and 139° 45' E., at the head of the bay of the same name on the south-east coast of the main island.^ Tokyo, Japan Tokyo is the capital of Japan The native name of Japan is Nippon .
  • Sunrise and Sunset for Japan – Tokyo – coming days 19 September 2009 21:25 UTC www.timeanddate.com [Source type: News]

^ Japan and of Tokyo prefecture, E central Honshu, at the head of Tokyo Bay.
  • Tokyo - Facts from the Encyclopedia - Yahoo! Education 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC education.yahoo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Tokyo Facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles about Tokyo 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.encyclopedia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Tokyo is not the capital of Japan .
  • Tokyo@Everything2.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.everything2.com [Source type: Original source]

.The city stands on the banks of the river Sumida, which, although pretty wide, is unnavigable by vessels of large tonnage owing to its shallowness.^ The city stands on the banks of the river Sumida, which, although pretty wide, is unnavigable by vessels of large tonnage owing to its shallowness.

^ Some 40,000 refugees died in one location at the Honjo Military Clothing Depot on the banks of the Sumida River.
  • Tokyo - encyclopedia article - Citizendium 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.citizendium.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Lowland Tokyo, that part of the city covering the flats on both sides of the river Sumida, is intersected by a system of canals.

.Yokohama, with which Tokyo is connected by 18 m.^ Yokohama , with which Tokyo is connected by 18 m.

of railway, is practically the port of the capital. .Tokyo is the centre from which several railways radiate.^ Tokyo is the centre from which several railways radiate.

^ Tokyo consists of numerous districts, each with it’s own distinct flavour and flair, usually centred around the main railway/subway stations.
  • Cheap Tokyo Hotels at Wotif.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.wotif.com [Source type: News]

.The trains of the Tokai - do line, starting from the Shimbashi station, run westwards to Kobe, thence to Shimonoseki, at the western end of the main island, a distance of 700 m.^ The lines start at Umeda and Nishikujo Stations.
  • Osaka Travel: Access, Orientation and Transportation 17 September 2009 2:37 UTC www.japan-guide.com [Source type: News]

^ The line starts at Yodoyabashi Station.
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^ The trains of the Tokai - do line, starting from the Shimbashi station, run westwards to Kobe, thence to Shimonoseki, at the western end of the main island, a distance of 700 m.

.The Uyeno station is the starting-point for trains to Aomori, a town 460 m.^ The Uyeno station is the starting-point for trains to Aomori, a town 460 m.

^ So the day started when i met Christie and Chris at their station, and from there we rode the train into Shinjuku station (around about 30 minut...
  • Shinjuku Hotels: Find Shinjuku Hotel Reviews and Rates - TravelPod 16 September 2009 10:26 UTC www.travelpod.com [Source type: General]

^ The trains of the Tokai - do line, starting from the Shimbashi station, run westwards to Kobe, thence to Shimonoseki, at the western end of the main island, a distance of 700 m.

away, at the northern extremity of the island. .In 1907 a central station was designed to be built south of the imperial palace.^ The Hotel Okura is centrally located in the heart of Tokyo, close to Tokyo's government offices, the business districts, Tokyo Tower, the Imperial Palace, Ginza shopping area and Roppongi area.
  • Tokyo Hotels, Japan - Cheap Tokyo Motels, Lodging - Guide to Hotels in Tokyo from Budget to Luxury 5 Stars. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC tokyo.morehotel.net [Source type: General]

^ Fragments of Memories from a long walk taking us from Shinjuku in the west, through Yotsuya, the Imperial Palace, Tokyo station, and finally, Ueno.
  • Archives: Japan: Tokyo - yoda.zoy.org 19 September 2009 21:25 UTC yoda.zoy.org [Source type: General]

^ After 1868 it has been the residence for emperors of Japan, despite the new Imperial Palace was built 1968.
  • Hanami Web - Tokyo 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.hanamiweb.com [Source type: General]

.The climate is mild and healthy, and for the greater part of the year very pleasant, the seasons of spring and autumn being more especially delightful.^ The seasons in Tokyo are extreme, so the best time to travel to Tokyo is during the milder months of autumn or spring.
  • Tokyo Travel Guide - Japan - Tokyo City Guide 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.wordtravels.com [Source type: News]

^ You Can Enjoy The Seasonal Beauty Of The Japanese Garden And Traditional Japanese Restaurant With More Than 177 Years Of History.shinagawa Is...
  • Cheap hotels in Tokyo Japan | Discount Tokyo hotels 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.internethotels.com [Source type: General]

.The area of Tokyo is about 30 sq.^ Fires in the Honjo and Fukagawa districts of Tokyo surrounded over 30,000 people who took refuge in a large open area.
  • Tokyo Earthquake 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.eas.slu.edu [Source type: General]

^ About 35 million people live in the Greater Tokyo area.
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^ Clean streets, fashion and food Tokyo has a massive area of roughly 1,359 square miles and is home to about 10% of Japan’s population.
  • Tokyo - Top 29: Best Cities To Live In - 2009 Edition - AskMen.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.askmen.com [Source type: General]

m. .Topographically it may be divided into two parts, upland and lowland (Yamanote and Shitamachi).^ Topographically it may be divided into two parts, upland and lowland (Yamanote and Shitamachi).

^ The city's 13 subway lines are operated by two companies and run largely inside the Yamanote circle and the areas around Ginza and Shitamachi.

There are hills varying in height from 50 to 130 ft. in the upland district; that is to say, the outskirts of the city from north to west. .Lowland Tokyo, that part of the city covering the flats on both sides of the river Sumida, is intersected by a system of canals.^ Both in its parts and in the sum of them Tokyo!
  • Tokyo! reviews at Metacritic.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.metacritic.com [Source type: General]

^ The city, which lies on the Kanto plain, is intersected by the Sumida River and has an extensive network of canals.
  • Tokyo - Facts from the Encyclopedia - Yahoo! Education 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC education.yahoo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Katsushika , in the Northeast of Tokyo, more downbeat and traditionnal The South part of Adachi CULTURE OF TOKYO Tokyo is vast: it's best thought of not as a single city, but a constellation of cities that have grown together.
  • Discover Tokyo: Popular Travel Destinations in Magical Japan 19 September 2009 21:25 UTC www.magicaljourneys.com [Source type: General]

.The bridges over the Sumida, and those which span the canals, have always been distinctive features of Tokyo.^ The bridges over the Sumida, and those which span the canals, have always been distinctive features of Tokyo.

^ The largest bridges are those named Azuma, Umaya, Ryogoku, Shin-o and Eitai over the Sumida.

^ Lowland Tokyo, that part of the city covering the flats on both sides of the river Sumida, is intersected by a system of canals.

.The Nihon-bashi (Bridge of Japan), in the district of the same name, is by far the most famous.^ The Nihon-bashi (Bridge of Japan), in the district of the same name, is by far the most famous.

^ Tokyo, Asakusa, Azumabashi Home of Senso-ji temple, Asakusa shrine and the Azumabashi bridge, the most famous historic views of Tokyo.
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^ Shinjuku, Tokyo The heart of Tokyo, Japan, and probably one of the most famous cities in the world.
  • Tokyo and Japan in real-life pictures ::: Japan travel photo guide 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.photopassjapan.com [Source type: General]

.It is the point from which all distances in Japan are measured.^ It is the point from which all distances in Japan are measured.

^ Orientation If you look at a map, the center of Tokyo is the Imperial Palace , and in fact all distances in Japan are measured from nearby Nihonbashi Bridge .
  • Tokyo@Everything2.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.everything2.com [Source type: Original source]

^ You could say all roads lead to Nihonbashi as all distances to and from Tokyo are measured from here.
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.The largest bridges are those named Azuma, Umaya, Ryogoku, Shin-o and Eitai over the Sumida.^ The largest bridges are those named Azuma, Umaya, Ryogoku, Shin-o and Eitai over the Sumida.

^ The bridges over the Sumida, and those which span the canals, have always been distinctive features of Tokyo.

.The streets were formerly narrow and irregular, but the principal thoroughfares have been widened under the Street Improvement Act of 1888. Electric tramcars run throughout the city carrying passengers at a uniform rate of 4 sen, which means that it is possible to travel some 10 in.^ Electric tramcars run throughout the city carrying passengers at a uniform rate of 4 sen, which means that it is possible to travel some 10 in.

^ The streets were formerly narrow and irregular, but the principal thoroughfares have been widened under the Street Improvement Act of 1888.

^ They are distributed throughout the city, with some of the high end and the low end almost everywhere.
  • Tokyo Travel Guide - Tokyo Interactive Map - iGuide 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC iguide.travel [Source type: News]

for one penny. .The jinrikisha, drawn by one man or sometimes two men, which were formerly the chief means of passenger conveyance, have notably decreased in number since the introduction of the trams.^ The man is driven outside by two earthquakes, only one of them actual.
  • Movie Review - 'Tokyo!' - Getting To Know Tokyo, One Story At A Time : NPR 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.npr.org [Source type: General]

^ A set lunch is a fixed-price meal that usually includes an appetizer or soup, main dish with one or two side dishes, and sometimes dessert.

^ Number of Foreigners treated per year: One or two foreigners admitted on average per year.
  • Medical Resources in the Tokyo and Surrounding Area 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC japan.usembassy.gov [Source type: Academic]

.Tokyo has often experienced earthquakes, and more than once has suffered from severe shocks, which have hitherto prevented the erection of very large buildings.^ The chef isn't afraid of spices, using more red pepper and garlic than is usual for Tokyo.
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^ Nara was the capital long before Kyoto, and today preserves its main sights much more attractively than Kyoto within the large Nara Park.

^ Although Tokyo’s parks are not as large as those in some major American or European cities, they are numerous and often contain exquisite Japanese gardens.
  • Tokyo (Japan) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.britannica.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

The numerous residences of the daimyos were the chief characteristics of the old town, especially in the Kojimachi-ku. .Many of these have been demolished and government offices erected on their sites; others have given place to new streets and houses.^ The materials are nothing new, but by sexing up the language used to describe thermals and fleece, and offering them in several different styles and many different colors, they've infiltrated the closets of every other Japanese person on the street.
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^ At Omotesando station the other day, I encountered this dutiful post office employee selling blank new years postcards in front of the cool bathroom sign.
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^ Other developments, which include railway stations, office buildings, shops, and stores, have been constucted in Shinjuku, Shimbashi, Shibuya, Ikebukuro, and other places.
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.Nearly in the centre of Kojimachi-ku, on an eminence, surrounded by moats, stood the castle of Yedo, formerly the residence of the shoguns, which was burnt down in 1873. The imperial palace was subsequently erected on this site.^ When the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu established a government there in the early 17th century, the area started to develop, spreading out around his residence, Edo Castle.
  • Japan National Tourism Organization | Find a Location | Tokyo | Tokyo 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.jnto.go.jp [Source type: News]

^ Proceed to the historic Imperial Palace, which dates back to the 15th century and is the former site of Edo Castle and the present residence of the Emperor of Japan.
  • Japan Panorama - Discount Travel Vacation Packages By Friendly Planet 19 September 2009 21:25 UTC www.friendlyplanet.com [Source type: General]

^ East of and adjacent to the Imperial Palace is the colourful Marunouchi district, the financial hub and a major centre of Japanese business activity.
  • Tokyo (Japan) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.britannica.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The palace is half European and half Japanese in its style of architecture.^ The tranquil, Japanese style Imperial Palace Gardens can be found one kilometer away,...
  • Tokyo Japan Hotels - Cheap Tokyo Hotel Rates 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.hotel-rates.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Tranquil, Japanese Style Imperial Palace Gardens Can Be Found One Kilometer Away, And The Ginza Shopping Area Lies Two Kilometers From The Hotel....
  • Cheap hotels in Tokyo Japan | Discount Tokyo hotels 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.internethotels.com [Source type: General]

.The Niju-bashi is the main entrance.^ Entrance to the gardens is by Niju-bashi Bridge.
  • Tokyo Hotels - HotelTravel.com HOTEL REVIEWS, DISCOUNTS up to 75% 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.hoteltravel.com [Source type: News]
  • EventGuide Tokyo: Annual Events Overview 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC tokyo.eventguide.com [Source type: General]

^ Entrance to the gardens is by Niju-bashi Bridge, where people start flocking from early in the morning.
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.To the east and south of the palace the neighbourhood has undergone great changes in modern times.^ Nagasaki has a great history and was a key point of contact with outside world prior to modern times.

.It was here, at the Sakurada Gate, that Ii Kamon-no-Kami, prime minister of the shogun's government; was assassinated by the anti-foreign party in 1860. On the site of his residence a little higher up to the right of the gate now stands the war office and the offices of the general staff.^ When the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu established a government there in the early 17th century, the area started to develop, spreading out around his residence, Edo Castle.
  • Japan National Tourism Organization | Find a Location | Tokyo | Tokyo 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.jnto.go.jp [Source type: News]

^ NPR reserves the right to read on the air and/or publish on its Web site or in any medium now known or unknown the e-mails and letters that we receive.
  • Movie Review - 'Tokyo!' - Getting To Know Tokyo, One Story At A Time : NPR 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.npr.org [Source type: General]

^ I also succumbed to a gashapon capsule machine (no doubt the first of many), again for the Capybara, and ended up with a little plushy.
  • Nut and Bee — tokyo 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.nutandbee.com [Source type: General]

In another street, leading from the gate, are the foreign office, the supreme court, the local court and the departments of justice and the navy. .The temporary buildings of the Imperial Diet, which first met in 1890, are also in this part of the capital.^ Left entirely intact were the imperial palace grounds and the surrounding area where the embassies, the diet building, and the newest office buildings stand; this area is the administrative center of the city.
  • Tokyo Facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles about Tokyo 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.encyclopedia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Reynolds, Jonathan M. "Japan's Imperial Diet Building: Debate over Construction of a National Identity."
  • Tokyo - encyclopedia article - Citizendium 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.citizendium.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Cityrama Tokyo Afternoon Tour Tokyo Tower, National Diet Building, Imperial Palace Plaza, Asakusa Kannon Temple, Nakamise Shopping Street & Ginza.

.Adjoining the above-named buildings is the Hibiya Park, modelled on the European style, while retaining the special features of the Japanese gardeners' art.^ Japanese gardens and parks .
  • Tokyo and Japan in real-life pictures ::: Japan travel photo guide 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.photopassjapan.com [Source type: General]

^ You can optionally enter a full or partial name, or special features like restaurants that are open late or open on Sundays.
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^ Although Tokyo’s parks are not as large as those in some major American or European cities, they are numerous and often contain exquisite Japanese gardens.
  • Tokyo (Japan) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.britannica.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

The parks have always afforded to the people their chief means of recreation. The largest and most beautiful are those in Shiba and Uyeno, formerly the mausolea of the shoguns. .In Uyeno, too, are the Imperial Museum, the Imperial Library and the Zoological Gardens.^ Ueno Park is also the site of a science museum, a zoological garden , and two major art museums .
  • Tokyo (Japan) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.britannica.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ "The Nature of the Beast: The Ueno Zoological Gardens and Imperial Modernity in Japan, 1882-1945."
  • Tokyo - encyclopedia article - Citizendium 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.citizendium.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The following are some places associated with "Tokyo" Ginza (district, Tokyo, Japan) Japan Koishikawa Botanical Garden (garden, Japan) National Diet Library (library, Tokyo, Japan) National Museum of Modern Art (museum, Tokyo, Japan) National Museum of Western Art (museum, Tokyo, Japan) National Science Museum (museum, Tokyo, Japan) Tokyo (administrative subdivision, Japan) Tokyo National Museum (museum, Tokyo, Japan) Ueno Zoological Gardens (zoo, Tokyo, Japan) Other .
  • Tokyo (Japan) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.britannica.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The famous temple of Kwannon, the goddess of mercy, is in the Asakusa Park, in which a permanent fair is held; it is a great holiday resort of the citizens.^ Famous for its temples, shrines and The Great Buddha .

^ Tokyo, Asakusa, Azumabashi Home of Senso-ji temple, Asakusa shrine and the Azumabashi bridge, the most famous historic views of Tokyo.
  • Tokyo and Japan pictures by theme ::: Japan travel photo guide 17 September 2009 2:37 UTC www.photopassjapan.com [Source type: General]

^ Hatsu Daishi (the first fair of the year) at Tamagawa Daishi Temple, Setagaya-ku, is held from 1 p.m.
  • Monthly guide to festivals in Japan | The Japan Times Online 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.japantimes.co.jp [Source type: General]

.In Kudanzaka Park is the Yasukuni Temple, popularly known by the name of Shokonsha, and consecrated to the spirits of departed heroes who fell in war.^ Religious folk dances are also held in the neighborhood temples and parks to comfort the spirit of the dead.
  • Tokyo Events 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC tokyo-tokyo.com [Source type: General]

In the same ground is a. museum of arms, containing trophies of the wars with China and Russia.

Administration

.For administrative purposes Tokyo is divided into fifteen districts or Ku, of which Kojimachi, Hongo, Koishikawa, Ushigome, Yotsuya, Akasaka, Azabu and Shiba are situated in the upland portion, while Kanda, Kiobashi, Nihonbashi, Shitaya, Asakusa, Honjo and Fukagawa are in the lowland.^ Tokyo proper consists of an urban area divided into wards, a county area with farms and mountain villages, and the Izu Islands stretching to the S of Tokyo Bay.
  • Tokyo Facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles about Tokyo 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.encyclopedia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Fires in the Honjo and Fukagawa districts of Tokyo surrounded over 30,000 people who took refuge in a large open area.
  • Tokyo Earthquake 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.eas.slu.edu [Source type: General]

^ Tsukasa Law Office, Kojimachi K-118 Building 7F, 3-4 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083.
  • Attorneys in the Greater Tokyo Area 19 September 2009 21:25 UTC japan.usembassy.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Suburban Tokyo is divided into eight districts or Gun, which, with the city proper, collectively form the Tokyo-Fu (prefecture), under the general control of one governor called Fu-Chiji.^ Both bleed into the greater Tokyo area - Yokohama is less than 20 km from central Tokyo - but are very much cities in their own right...
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^ Tokyo proper consists of an urban area divided into wards, a county area with farms and mountain villages, and the Izu Islands stretching to the S of Tokyo Bay.
  • Tokyo Facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles about Tokyo 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.encyclopedia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The area directly around the hotel is called the “shimatamachi”, and is known as a place where one can still enjoy the charms of old Tokyo.
  • Tokyo Hotels: 294 Cheap Tokyo Japan Hotel Deals 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.hotelscombined.com [Source type: General]

.Questions affecting the interests of the whole Fu come before the Fu-kwai, or prefectural assembly, made up of representatives from both Ku and Gun, and a prefectural council, of which „the governor is president; while matters concerning the city alone are discussed by a Shi-kwai, or municipal assembly, and administered by a municipal council, of which the Shicho or mayor is president.^ My mother was slow in coming, and I began to worry that the dead Korean would be gone before she arrived, and that she would not see him, but, eventually, she turned up.

^ The city of Tokyo was established, and continued to be the capital until it was abolished as a municipality in 1943 and merged with the "Metropolitan Prefecture" of Tokyo.
  • Tokyo Guide: List of Things to Do in Tokyo, Japan - Hotels in Tokyo, Trips, Restaurants and Reviews - TripWiser: Social Trip Planner for Family Trips and Road Trips 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.tripwiser.com [Source type: General]

^ NIIGATA Prefecture HIGUCHI, Masaaki Higuchi Masaaki Law Office, 1977-2-601 Ichinocho, Shinshimacho-Dori, Chuo-ku, Niigata-shi, Niigata-ken 951-8051.
  • Attorneys in the Greater Tokyo Area 19 September 2009 21:25 UTC japan.usembassy.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

There is a regular water supply worked by the municipality. The reservoir at Yodobashi is capable of supplying water (from the river Tama) to all parts at a pressure varying from 80 to too ft. .Hydrants are fixed in all the streets for the use of the fire brigade, which has a well disciplined and efficient personnel, and does not lack opportunities for the exhibition of its skill in a town built largely of wood.^ Top shelf is best...dont use Iced Tea mix, the point is, all the liquor together tastes like tea...which does, and the Coke gives color.
  • Long Island Iced Tea recipe 17 September 2009 2:37 UTC www.drinksmixer.com [Source type: General]

^ Home of a beautiful, large Buddhist temple-complex on Narita-san, and a tourist-oriented but cute all the same main street.
  • Tokyo, Japan Pictures : Japan photo guide for the visual traveler 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.photopassjapan.com [Source type: General]
  • Tokyo and Japan pictures by theme ::: Japan travel photo guide 17 September 2009 2:37 UTC www.photopassjapan.com [Source type: General]

The police force is another well-trained and successful service. Both police and fire brigade are under the command of a single Keishi-sokan (inspector-general). The postal arrangements are very satisfactory, frequent deliveries being made with the utmost despatch. The telephone system is extensive, including long-distance wires to Yokohama, Osaka and other large towns. A complete and successful system of education exists. .There are many schools for advanced students devoted to the various branches of science, mechanics and art.^ Art and science museums are located close to the Imperial Palace, and museums of various types are located elsewhere in the city.
  • Tokyo (Japan) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.britannica.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The imperial university of Tokyo, which consists of the colleges of law, medicine, literature, science, engineering and agriculture, is the principal institution of learning in the empire.^ National universities located in Tokyo include Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo Institute of Technology and University of Tokyo.
  • Tokyo Guide: List of Things to Do in Tokyo, Japan - Hotels in Tokyo, Trips, Restaurants and Reviews - TripWiser: Social Trip Planner for Family Trips and Road Trips 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.tripwiser.com [Source type: General]

^ Tokyo has many universities, junior colleges, and vocational schools.
  • Tokyo Guide: List of Things to Do in Tokyo, Japan - Hotels in Tokyo, Trips, Restaurants and Reviews - TripWiser: Social Trip Planner for Family Trips and Road Trips 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.tripwiser.com [Source type: General]

^ Tokyo University, LL.B., 1974; Visiting Scholar, Law School, University of Michigan, 1983; Visiting Scholar, Yale Law School, 1982 - 1983.
  • Attorneys in the Greater Tokyo Area 19 September 2009 21:25 UTC japan.usembassy.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.There are several daily newspapers as well as weekly and monthly publications of all kinds.^ Monitoring and capacity planning; Daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi annual and annual checks and report.

^ Daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi annual and annual checks and reporting.

^ There are several other grilled vegetables, tempura-fried vegetables and organic-vegetable stews, all varying with the season.
  • Tokyo Food Page Restaurant and Market Guides 17 September 2009 2:37 UTC www.bento.com [Source type: General]

.In the lowland part of the city and in the suburbs there are many factories, their number having so much increased in recent years that Tokyo may now be described as an industrial town.^ Tokyo may not be known as a city with much greenery, but it has several noteworthy parks and gardens, which offer residents and visitors an opportunity to get a break from the concrete.
  • Tokyo Hotels, Japan, Tokyo Hotel Reservations, Discount Hotels in Tokyo 19 September 2009 21:25 UTC www.stayxs.com [Source type: General]

^ Heavy Allied bombing during World War II devastated half of Tokyo, destroyed or damaged many famous landmarks, and ruined nearly all of the city's industrial plant.
  • Tokyo Facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles about Tokyo 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.encyclopedia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ After that, part of the Tokyo experience involves just getting out into the city's crowded streets and taking it all in.

Population

.There are no reliable data as to the population of Yedo during the shogunate.^ No Observation Data Available This reporting station is not transmitting data at this time, or there is no reporting station for this location.
  • Intellicast - Tokyo Weather Report in Japan 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.intellicast.com [Source type: News]

.Owing to the influx caused by the periodical visits of the daimyos (feudal lords) with their numerous attendants, it probably exceeded qmillion during the early part of the 19th century.^ Tokyo’s population exceeded one million in the late 19th century, and as Japan’s political, economic, and cultural centre it became one of the world’s most populous cities in the 20th century.
  • Tokyo (Japan) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.britannica.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Urban parks became an increasingly common feature of European and American cities in the 19th century and elicited the interest of visiting Japanese leaders.
  • Tokyo - encyclopedia article - Citizendium 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.citizendium.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Its geography is unique to other cities as it was planned well ahead during its foundation in the 19th century.
  • Tokyo and Japan pictures by theme ::: Japan travel photo guide 17 September 2009 2:37 UTC www.photopassjapan.com [Source type: General]

The population was 857,780 in 1880; 1,207,341 in 1890; 1,339,726 in 18 95; 1 ,497,5 6 5 in 1900, and 1,969,833 in 1905.

History

.No mention is made of Tokyo in Japanese history before the end of the 12th century.^ Art Art History Business Cultural Studies Culture (host country) Economics History Japanese Language Language (host country) Language, Literature, Culture (host country) Literature Political Science Religion Sociology Theater About Tokyo .
  • Study Abroad with CIEE in Tokyo 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.ciee.org [Source type: Academic]

^ Nezu no ya 1-114 Nezu, Bunkyo-ku 03-38230030 Vegan, Organic, Japanese Tokyo vegan restaurant and organic food shop.
  • Tokyo Vegetarian Restaurants -HappyCow- Health Food / Vegan Dining Japan - Page One 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.happycow.net [Source type: General]

^ A powerful typhoon has made landfall near Chiba city, east of the Japanese capital Tokyo, on Friday morning, according to Japan's Meteorological Agency.
  • Tokyo: News & Videos about Tokyo - CNN.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

.It appears to have assumed no importance till about 1457, when Ota Dokwan, a general in the service of Uyesugi Sadamasa, governor of Kamakura, built a castle here.^ In 1457, Ōta Dōkan built Edo Castle.
  • Tokyo Guide: List of Things to Do in Tokyo, Japan - Hotels in Tokyo, Trips, Restaurants and Reviews - TripWiser: Social Trip Planner for Family Trips and Road Trips 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.tripwiser.com [Source type: General]

.About thirty years later the town fell into the hands of Hojo of Odawara, and on his overthrow by Hideyoshi and Iyeyasu, the castle was granted to the latter, who was the founder of the shogun house of Tokugawa.^ In 1590, Tokugawa Ieyasu made Edo his base and when he became shogun in 1603, the town became the center of his nationwide military government.
  • Tokyo Guide: List of Things to Do in Tokyo, Japan - Hotels in Tokyo, Trips, Restaurants and Reviews - TripWiser: Social Trip Planner for Family Trips and Road Trips 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.tripwiser.com [Source type: General]

^ After about 263 years, the shogunate was overthrown under the banner of restoring imperial rule.
  • Tokyo Guide: List of Things to Do in Tokyo, Japan - Hotels in Tokyo, Trips, Restaurants and Reviews - TripWiser: Social Trip Planner for Family Trips and Road Trips 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.tripwiser.com [Source type: General]

^ The castle passed in 1590 to Ieyasu Tokugawa , founder of the Tokugawa line of shoguns, who made Edo the capital of a province and, after formally assuming the title of shogun in 1603, the capital of the shogunate.
  • Tokyo Facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles about Tokyo 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.encyclopedia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

In 1590 Iyeyasu made his formal entry into the castle of Yedo, the extent of which he greatly enlarged. From this date the real importance of Yedo began. .The family of the Tokugawas furnished the shoguns (or tycoons) of Japan for nearly three hundred years, and these resided during that period at Yedo.^ The former seat of the Tokugawa Shogunate, the Imperial family moved to the city after the Meiji Restoration in 1868.

^ Three years ago, Bizel, 32, quit his job as a fashion merchandise agent for a French company in Japan to ...
  • Tokyo: News & Videos about Tokyo - CNN.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Students are expected to travel in Japan, return home to the U.S. or locate alternative housing during this period.
  • Study Abroad with CIEE in Tokyo 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.ciee.org [Source type: Academic]

.At the restoration in 1868 the shogunate was abolished, and the population of Yedo speedily decreased.^ The former seat of the Tokugawa Shogunate, the Imperial family moved to the city after the Meiji Restoration in 1868.

^ With the Meiji Restoration of 1868, which ended the shogunate, the capital was moved to Edo.
  • Tokyo (Japan) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.britannica.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.A fresh vitality was imparted by the transfer of the court from Kioto, and the town then received its present name Tokyo (eastern capital).^ The emperor, restored to power, made Edo his capital, renaming the city Tokyo [eastern capital] as distinguished from Kyoto, since then often called Saikyo [western capital].
  • Tokyo Facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles about Tokyo 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.encyclopedia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It was given its present name meaning ‘Eastern Capital’ from tō ‘east’ and kyō ‘capital’ in 1868 when the capital was transferred from Kyōto, far to the west, to Edo with the fall of the Tokugawa shogunate and the Meiji ‘Enlightened Rule’ Restoration.
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^ Edo was renamed Tokyo ["the eastern capital"] and the new Meiji boy emperor arrived in the fall.
  • Tokyo - encyclopedia article - Citizendium 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.citizendium.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

(G. U.)


Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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Etymology

.From Japanese (, "eastern") + (kyō, "capital").^ The elements of Tō-kyō are old borrowings from Middle Chinese: tō means "east" and kyō means "capital," so together they mean "east(ern) capital."
  • Tokyo Definition | Definition of Tokyo at Dictionary.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC dictionary.reference.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Tokyo (Tōkyō: tō (east) + kyō (capital)) .
  • Tokyo - Japan | Travel To The World's Best Places 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.fecielo.com [Source type: News]

^ The word Tokyo in Japanese means "eastern capital" and this is definitely the feeling on the west side of Tokyo station as this is where the great Imperial Palace is located.
  • JR Tokyo Station 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.3deearts.com [Source type: Original source]

Proper noun

Tokyo
  1. Capital of Japan.

Synonyms

  • Edo, Yedo (spellings of its former name)

Translations

Anagrams


Simple English

Tokyo Metropolis
Japanese: 東京都
Tōkyō-to
[[Image:|250px|Map of Japan with Tokyo highlighted]]
Capital n/a
Region Kantō
Island Honshū
Governor Shintarō Ishihara
Area (rank) 2,187.08 (621.81) km² (45th)
 - % water 1.0%
Population  (January 1, 2009)
 - Population 12,790,000[1] (1st)
 - Density 5,847 /km²
Districts 1
Municipalities 62
ISO 3166-2 JP-13
Website metro.tokyo.jp(English)
Prefectural Symbols
 - Flower Somei-Yoshino cherry blossom
 - Tree Ginkgo tree (Ginkgo biloba)
 - Bird Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)
 - Fish
[[Image:|130px|Tokyo Metropolitan Symbol]]
The Metropolitan Symbol, one of the two official emblems of Tokyo.
Template ■ Discussion

Tokyo (東京) is the capital of Japan and is the largest city in the world. Ten percent (10%) of the Japanese people live in Tokyo, and as many as twenty percent (20%) of the population live around it. As of 2007, the population was 12,790,000. Tokyo is the center of business, trade, and industry of Japan and also of Asia.

Tokyo is in a part of Japan called the Kanto plain. It faces Tokyo bay. Two rivers run through Tokyo. One is the Sumida River which runs from the north to the south, and flows into Tokyo bay. The other is the Tama River which runs from the west to the east. The Tama River is a border between Tokyo and its neighbor city, Kawasaki.

Tokyo means "the Eastern capital" in Japanese. It became the capital of Japan in the middle of 19th century, when its name changed from "Edo" to "Tokyo". Before then, Kyoto was the capital of Japan. The emperor of Japan, Tenno, lived in Kyoto. Edo was the place where the Tokugawa Shoguns lived. The city grew up under the control of the Shoguns. Before then it was a small town on the sea. Edo means "the mouth of a river" in Japanese.

Tokyo was destroyed by fires started by the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923. It was also badly damaged by bombs during World War II. The most famous bombing was on March 10, 1945. Over 1/3 of the city was burned down by fire bomb, and about 100,000 people died. After Japan lost the war, the city was rebuilt.

Tokyo held the Olympic Games in the summer of 1964.

Shibuya Harajuku are 2 places for shopping in Tokyo.

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Special wards of Tokyo

Tokyo has 23 Special wards.

  • Chiyoda
  • Chuou
  • Minato
  • Shinjuku
  • Bunkyo
  • Taito
  • Sumida
  • Koutou
  • Shinagawa
  • Meguro
  • Oota
  • Setagaya
  • Shibuya
  • Nakano
  • Suginami
  • Toshima
  • Kita
  • Arakawa
  • Itabashi
  • Nerima
  • Adachi
  • Katsusika
  • Edogawa

Other cities

  • Akiruno
  • Inagi
  • Oume
  • Kiyose
  • Kunitachi
  • Koganei
  • Kokubunji
  • Kodaira
  • Komae
  • Tachikawa
  • Tama
  • Chofu
  • Nishi-tokyo
  • Hachiouji
  • Hamura
  • Higashi-kurume
  • Higashi-murayama
  • Higashi-yamato
  • Hino
  • Fuchu
  • Fussa
  • Machida
  • Mitaka
  • Musashino
  • Musashi-murayama

Other towns/villages

  • Oshima (Town)
  • Kouzushima (village)
  • Toshima (village)
  • Niijima (village)
  • Ogasawara (village)
  • Okutama (Town)
  • Hinode (Town)
  • Hinohara (village)
  • Mizuho (Town)
  • Aogashima (village)
  • Hachijo (Town)
  • Mikurajima(village)
  • Miyake (village)

Izu & Ogasawara Islands

  • ooshima
  • Niijima
  • Shikinejima
  • Mikurajima
  • Miyakejima
  • Hachijojima
  • Toshima
  • Kouzushima
  • Chichijima
  • Hahajima
  • Okinotorishima(South end of Japan)
  • Minamitorishima(East end of Japan)
  • Ioujima(exactname:Ioutou)

Sister cities

References

  1. (8,653,000 in special wards)

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