10 great places for exploring in Tokyo you should know
For many years, Tokyo always stands on the top of the busiest cities, the most expensive, the most famous in the world ... If having an opportunity to come here, do not miss the 10 following destinations.
Tsukiji fish market is the largest and busiest area in the world over 220.000 square meters and 1.677 booths. Before entering to the main market area, you have to go through many seafood shops. when entering the main market area, you will see the huge tunas are lined up for checking and selling, then they are hitched and pulled away.
Note, when you come here, you look for a direction board with the words "the way for visitors". This is a safe area so you can watch they auction direct sale fish (a sequence starting at 6:30 daily). A tinkle will be a sign that an auction is initiated.
Address: 5 Chome-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan
Telephone: (+81) 3-3542-1111
Entrance fee: Free
- The market outside: according to the booth, from 5:00am – 02:00pm;
- Sale Area: open to visitors after 9 am;
- Tuna Auctions: open to visitors from 5:25am am to 06:15pm am (limited to 120 passengers / day)
- Closing: Every Sunday, holidays and some Wednesday days. The tuna auction will temporarily stop serving tourists a few weeks into the traditional Lunar New Year (usually from early December to mid-January; 1st December 2014 to 17th January 2015) to ensure job business smoothly for the following year.
How to get there
Tsukiji Fish Market is located near Tsukiji Shijo Station on Oedo subway route. Instead, you can take 5 minutes for walking from Tsukiji Station if traveling by Hibiya subway route. JR Shimbashi Station is the nearest, from there, you can walk to the market in 15 minutes.
- From Tokyo Station
Pick Marunouchi subway route from Tokyo to Ginza (3 minutes) and then moving to the Hibiya subway route to get to the Tsukiji station (3 minutes). Shipping cost is 170 yen.
- From Shinjuku Station
Pick Odeo subway route from Shinjuku Station to go straight to Tsukiji Shijo station. Getting one train route to here will take 20 minutes and cost is 270 yen.
If you come to Tokyo on the occasion of the big sumo tournament (event usually lasts for 15 days in January, May, and September), you can go straight from Tsukiji fish market to Ryogoku Kokugikan - national sumo gymnasiums in Tokyo.
If you are here on the occasion of the tournament does not take place, you try to find sumo training centers sumo (in Tokyo with about 50 centers). But pay attention that the lessons here usually start early and finish at 10am. However, if you have a need, guides can call for booking tour to visit. Remember that to keep silent and not taking pictures with flash.
Address: 1-3-28 Yokoami,Sumida-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Entrance fee: From 2000yen. Free for non-organized event days
Telephone: 03 3623 5111
Opening hours: Ticket office is open from 8:00 am and the competitions start from 9am to until night
How to get there
If taking by the tramcar, starting from the nearest gas station is Ryogoku. If you take the subway, the Edo line's Ryogoku station is the nearest station. Going straight from Tsukiji fish market to the Ryogoku Kokugikan and getting to the national sumo gymnasiums in Tokyo.
This is the most famous Shinto shrine temple in Tokyo. Temple is built to commemorate the Meiji - the last king of the 19th century Japan. Meiji Shrine is simple and pure, no colors or flashy like the other temples of Asia or services for getting money from tourists in the Asakusa Buddhist temple. Entrance with 12m high is located in large garden 200 square meters is made from 1,500-year-old cypress trees.
Before praying, you will stop at public pool to wash hands and mouth. You can write wishes on pieces of paper and hang it on the wall to pray or put some money into the box like some local people and bow 2 times, applause 2 times and bow 1 again .
If you come here on Sunday morning, you will be watching the procession of traditional Japanese wedding.The bride wears white kimono and hooded, the groom wears black solemn. They walk under the red parasols together, the Shinto priests go first the guests follow him.
Address: Meiji Jingu 1-1 Yoyogi-Kamizono-cho,Shibuya-ku,Tokyo 151-8857,Japan
Opening hours: Daily from about 05:00am to 06:00pm
Entrance fee: Free
Telephone: (+81) 3-3379-5511
How to get there
From the "Tokyo" station, by Yamanote Line takes about 20 minutes, then go down station "Harajuku". After coming to the station and checking the ticket finish right (opposite side Omotesando) a little and then go into the main gate of Meiji Jingu Shrine
4. Yoyogi Park
With cramped space and crowded as in Tokyo; Yoyogi Park,where a lot of people or members of the clubs look for to have fun, meet, organize meetings, rehearsals ... This park attracts many talents from actors to the hula dance or hip-hop.
You can also see the girl with the very strange dress style such as long colorful socks, skirts, shoes, and sandals ... or groups dress in Gothic Lolitas style and costume play (as the fans of the comic books and they also follow their favorite characters) ... In general, this is a place where you can express your ego in any way, it has always been encouraged, despite it is so "crazy".
Yoyogi is also the very peaceful area, which is the north and west area of the park. To explore the surroundings, you can rent bicycles, carriages for several hundred yen or enjoy an ice cream or a cup of beer in a tent ...
Address: 2-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-0052, Japan
Opening hours: Always open, no closing day.
Telephone: (+81) 3-3469-6081
Entrance fee: Free
How to get there
Taking 3-minute for walking from Shinjuku station of JR Higashi Nihon to Yoyogi Park. Or 3 minutes for walking from the Jingyu-mae Meiji station of Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, Fuku Toshi Line or Yoyogi-Koen Station of Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line. If traveling by car, go in the direction of Yoyogi Deguchi of route Shuto Kosoku 4 Shinjuku Line
If Yoyogi Park is the most interesting green space of Tokyo, the Shinjuku Gyoen National Park is the most beautiful places Tokyo. There are 3 main gardens, there are English garden, the French garden and Japanese traditional garden (including drinking tea house) and especially with the garden with the name” The mother and child garden”. The most beautiful in the garden is late March and early April, when is cherry blossom season. In this occasion, not only that the majority of Japanese tourists come here from various places to eat and watch the cherry blossoms.
However, if you come here you should consider carrying lunch foods because you can buy a lot of good food at the Tasahimaya store located in the south of Shinjuku Station (about 500 meters from the entrance to the garden). And if you want to shopping, you can go to Tokyu Hands store, where to sell a lot of souvenirs. Next, this is a huge bookstore Kinokuniya. There is a floor to sell books for foreigners, you can buy all kinds of Japanese manga has been translated into English.
Address: 11 Naitomachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0014, Japan
Opening hours: From Tuesday to Sunday (09:00am to 04:30pm)
Telephone: (+81) 3-3350-0151
Entrance fee: 200yen/pax
6. The points have a "view" beautiful
If you want to see all of the smartness of this city, especially in Roppongi Hills with the clothing shops, cinema, gardens, restaurants, coffee shops ... let's start from Louise Bourgeois where has huge spider icon Maman and then, moving to the 52nd floor of the Mori building. With the cost, if 15USD includes admission to the Mori Art Museum (opening from 10am to 10pm) you can see a great space below. Adding 3 USD in order to go up the 54nd floor with the name Sky Deck – the airport of helicopters.
There has always a photographer in here, he'll take for you a memorial photo with Tokyo Tower behind (if you want to get the photo, you will take 15 dollars and if it is not, still okay). Coming to lunch and you feel hungry, entering into Pintokona to enjoy delicious sushi pieces.
If you want to continue to watch Tokyo from above, going to the Tokyo town hall with 2 towers and 2 observatories at 45th floor. Or you can come to TMGO (nearly Washington hotel) or the Park Hyatt Tokyo for eating dinner, sip a glass of wine and watch the streets of Tokyo for free. Enjoying the city at night is fun but you will only see the light but can’t see the mountain.
Before going, you should make an arrangement, TMGO open late until about 11pm, only 4 nights in one month (North Building opens on Tuesday of the first week and the third week in the month, South Building opens on Monday of the second week and fourth week in the month).
7. Shibuya Crossroads
It will be an omission if you miss the famous Shibuya crossroads when coming to Tokyo. This is the destination of a lot of people from students, civil servants, lovers, and passersby ...
When the red light is turned on in this crowded intersection, the vehicles are stopped completely and pedestrians overbrim across intersection like marbles spill from the bag. You can observe this picture most clearly from the window of Starbucks in the Tsutaya building located on the north side of the intersection.
Here is also known for the fashion clothing stores, crowded dining outlets. Therefore, this place always attracts people to visit every time.
8. Eating at Ebisu
Ebisu is a popular eating place in Tokyo with a barbecue, vegetables, soup, sashimi ... and more drinks. Many shops which located in the train station area that people in surroundings can come here easily. Leaving JR Ebisu Station, you will go through the west door by the escalator and cross the main street Komazawa-dori. Then turning left, turning right between Wendy shop and KEC you will immediately see Momotaro (open from 05pm to 06am). The restaurant is famous for the dish" sumibi yakitori 'n wine" (charcoal grilled chicken).
If you want to search for other foods, go to the basement or go to Buri shop (open from 05 pm to 03am), this restaurant is known for sake wine, asparagus rolls pork for 2-3 USD / oblique. Or you can come to Honoji for finding dishes from the menu on the wall hangs available.
No having English menu, but do not worry, you can just say "Osusume" (oh-soo-soo-sewing) for any suggestions and want add more food, let’s say: "Biru, onegaishimasu" (bee-roo oh-neh-guy-shee-mah-soo) means "please give more food." This shop is open from 05:30pm to 11pm except for Sundays and holidays only serves lunch from 11:30am to 02pm.
Smash Hits is a difference and popular karaoke place in Japan because there is a catalog of thick songs in English, with scene and seating for visitors to view although a bit tight, but very warm and friendly.
Opening hours: From Tuesday to Saturday (from 07pm to 03am)
Prices: 35USD including 2 meals for guests.
Or you can go to Jan Ken Pon, there is a live band playing music, singing participation guests will sit in the middle.
Opening hours: Opening from Monday to Saturday (from 07pm to 02:30am) (Friday play to 03am), Sunday and holidays will start from 06pm-1am.
Prices: 22 USD for the male and 20 USD for female.
10. Buying kimono and yukata at Daimaru
Most of the guests will have to go to Tokyo station when leaving Tokyo. However, before making check out procedure, visiting the Daimaru which is located at the Yaesu station entrance. On the tenth floor of Daimaru, having the shop that sells great kimono, Japanese women often come here to buy There are many exhibits and attach rates.
Except for kimono, a shop that sells accessories such as hair comb, socks, shoestrings, wallet, fan ... very nice. You can ask the salesperson to buy yukata - a lighter robe that you usually see in private rooms in small hotels. Men's shirt will have blue and white geometric patterns and women's items are usually printed orchids and bamboo trees.
Address: 〒100-6701 Tokyo, Chiyoda, Marunouchi, 1−9−1, Japan
Opening hours: Daily from 10:00am to 09:00pm
Telephone: (+81) 3-3212-8011
Prices: About 50 - 60 USD including belts
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