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City Guide : TokyoTokyo is the capital and the most populous city of Japan. The capital is the seat of the Japanese government and the residence of the Imperial Family. Located on the south borderline of the country, the central city rises on the northwest of Tokyo Bay. Two island chains (Izu Islands and Ogasawara Islands) expand from the city into the Pacific Ocean. Tokyo is one of the fundamental international finance focuses. The centers of some of the world's biggest investment banks and insurance companies are placed at the city. Tokyo is the transportation, broadcasting and publishing center of the country. With its market capitalization, Tokyo Stock Exchange is the 2nd largest stock market in the world after New York Stock Exchange.
Tourist AttractionsTokyo is dressed in neon lights when viewed from its streets. Tokyo has splendid views with its expressways, rail network, famous temples and national parks.
Asakusa, the part of Taito district in the downtown of Tokyo is renown for the temples within its territory. Sensōji (Asakusa Kannon) at Asakusa is the largest Buddhist temple at the city and is one of the fundamental sights for both residents and foreigners.
There are many national parks at the city. Ueno Park (Ueno-Kōen) at Taito-ku is a place for temples and museums of the city. This park is the most popular location for the blossom viewing (hanami).
Meiji-jingū at Shibuya-ku is the most magnificent shrine at the city. It was constructed in 1920.
Ghibli Museum at Mitaka-shi draws attention by its cartoon architecture at first sight. The exhibits, screenings and gallery inside the museum are alluring.
Tokyo National Museum at Taitō-ku is one of the most splendid museums of the city that you should not miss. You will find a collection of about 69.000 works from the Japanese and Asian art. The museum is a Japanese cultural treasury.
Culture & EntertainmentThe culture of Japan is rich and mostly genuine. Traditional crafts, seated mediation, martial art, Yukata and festivals are all from the Japanese social life.
A great range of authentic crafts are the significant ingredients of the cultural life of the city. Murayama-Oshima Pongee (fancy patterns in knotted silk or cotton clothes), Golden Hachijo (cloth), Edo Art Dolls, Tokyo Silversmithery, Tokyo Silk Cords, Edo Lacquerware, Tokyo Altars, Edo Hair Ornaments, Edo Ivory, Yukata (summer clothe), Edo Faceted Glass, Edo Embroidery, Edo Wood Carving, Tokyo Shamisens (a three-stringed instrument) and many more are from the crafts treasury of the city.
Martial art is another essential of the city culture. Karate, Judo, Kendo and Aikido are examples of this kind of sport. Also, Zazen (seated mediation) is a prevalent way of finding the inner comfort.
Tokyo is the center for performing arts in Japan. Traditional forms of classic Japanese musical dramas such as Noh and Kabuki are being performed in the city theaters.
Tokyo hosts a great deal of festivals throughout the year. Sanno and Sanja Festivals held at Asakusa Shrine are among the ones gathering many people from every part of the city. Kanda Matsuri (May) is held once in every two years. Matsuri is a kind festival organized at most of the Japanese cities. Also, cherry blossoms are pervasive in spring. Hundred thousands of people gather in parks (Ueno Park, Hamarikyu Gardens, Kinuta Park...) under the cherry trees.
In addition to the park amusements, Roppongi is the most famous nightlife district of the city. You can also jump aboard a boat at Asakusa for a river cruise on the Sumida River.
Many sport activities are eligible to perform at the city. Swimming at the beaches at Miura-hanto and Kamakura, relaxation in sento-public bath and onsen-hot spring, baseball, ice hockey, basketball, volleyball and rugby are the main activities that you can do in the city.
Food & DrinkAll kinds of foods for all kinds of budgets via various eateries and top quality restaurants are available in the city. A great range of domestic and international delicacies cover all the needs and fit all the tastes. Dining opportunities do not end in the city.
The local palates are infinite in Tokyo. Sushi is one of the best palates from the traditional cuisine. The best-known Sushi style is nigiri-zushi (rice flavored with sweetened vinegar). Yakitori (barbecued chicken) is another popular palate from the city cuisine. Also, Kaiske Ryori (a menu of one soup and three dishes), Kaiten Zushi (the kind of sushi restaurants at reasonable prices) and Izakaya (a Japanese style tavern of various drinks and foods) are the popular places special to the city culture.
ShoppingDepartment stores (depāto) are ubiquitous sights of the city. Akihabara (the Electrical Town) and Shinjuku districts are the heaven of electronic shopping. Harajuka together with Shibuya are the centers of fashion in the city. These districts are the best and the most renown shopping areas for trendy, funky clothes and accessories. Oriental Bazaar at Harajuku and the Nakamise arcade at Asakusa are the best places for the traditional handicrafts and souvenirs. Street markets are also popular at the city. Ameyoko at Ueno and Yanaka Ginza at Taito are among the main open-air bazaars of the city. Tsukiji Central Fish Market at Chuo-ku is one of the largest fish markets in the world.
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Here are some clues for making that marathon more fun and rewarding.
At the technology center, the secret is to buy the new products that have just appeared on the market, because they are cheaper then in Japan.
The top floors of buildings and the back streets of Tokyo can open the door to discounts and products you were not expecting. Don’t forget to check out the blogs and websites that announce upcoming discounts.
Some stores in Tokyo do not accept credit cards. Be sure to have plenty of cash on you so as not to be caught out by the early closing of the ATM’s.
The currency unit is the Yen, so be careful when calculating cargo fees. Bargaining in the Yen is another problem, so if you’re hunting for bargains, visit the 100 Yen shops.
You can find inexpensive goods in the Oriental Bazaars, generally located in the Shibuya-ku district.
Most important of all is your size. Since the Japanese tend to be smaller, knowing your size will eliminate possible difficulties.
Ticket Sales Offices : Tokyo
|TK Sales Office – Tokyo|
|Address||KDX BLDG. 2F, 2-7-19, HAMAMATSUCHO, MINATO-KU, TOKYO, 105-0013 JAPAN|
Weekdays 09:30-17:00 (inquiry hours)
|TK Airport Office – Tokyo|
|Address||NARITA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT PTB1 S3150, NARITA-SHI, CHIBA 282-0004, JAPAN|
|Phone||(81) (476) 34 8310|
|Fax||(81) (476) 34 8309|
Every day:09:30-17:00 (inquiry hours)
|TK Cargo Office – Tokyo|
|Address||KDX BLDG. 2F, 2-7 19 , HAMAMATSUCHO , MINATO-KU , TOKYO , 105-0013 JAPAN|
|Address||Narita Intl. Airport Cargo Agency Building No1, Room 202A, Narita-Shi, Chiba 282-0021, Japan|
|Phone||+81 476 32 82 39|
Tokyo : Airport Information
Address : NARITA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT PTB1 S3150, NARITA-SHI, CHIBA 282-0004, JAPAN Phone : (81) (476) 34 8310
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