Saturday, December 21, 2013

Tokyo Notes


There is a public bus "Tokyo Shitamachi Bus" or "Tori Bus" that takes through the most famous tourist places. It is a public bus that cost 200 yen per ride adults.
You can also purchase one-day pass for 500 yen.

Bus runs every 20 minutes.
You can pay when boarding the bus, only coins or 1000yen accepted.

On weekends it has an extended route and goes to additional 3 stations: Tokyo Station, Nihombashi and Akihabara.

Timetable and Bus stops here

Must DOs:

- Eat fresh sushi for breakfast at Tsukiji market (grab a map and navigate yourself to the restaurants, check out the market itself); Have cash ready, not credit cards.
- Various temples in the area
- Robot Cafe show Robot Restaurant (Shinjuku) (do not order with meat - find dinner to eat around the are instead). Arrive earlier, follow instructions. Book tickets online here: 

Where to eat:

  • After arriving to Shibuya - head to Genki sushi (5 min walk from train station);
  • Other good meals: Shabu Shabu beef; fresh sushi in the morning at Tsukiji market. 

To-From Airport

Good Meeting point at NRT (Narita) Airport -  Starbucks next to the entrance to N'Ex (Narita Express).
Narita Express will take you to Shibuya station.

Skyliner (Keisei) is an Airport Express train connecting central Tokyo (Nippori and Ueno) with Narita Airport (min 51 minutes ride).
Fare: 2400 Yen ($23) One way

Fares & Map


Areas to stay

Shibuya Crossing  - the heart of it. Good place to stay and hang out.
(Hachiko Dog statue)  - good place to meet.

Shinjuku - busiest districts in Tokyo. Shopping, good choice of budget hotels. 

Hotels in Tokyo

Stayed At: Tokyo Inn (5 minute walk from Shibuya Crossing)   -
Hotel Tokyu Inn (Tokyo REI hotel) - Located very close to Shibuya Station, 5 min walk. 

Stayed At: APA Hotel Roppongi Itchome Ekimae 
(15 minute walk from Shibuya Crossing or two -three stops bus ride from Shibuya Crossing)
2-3-9 Roppongi


Shinjuku Prince Hotel *** 22k, great view
Ibis Tokyo Shinjuku ***
Kadoya Hotel *** 14k for twin bed room 
Hotel Sunlite Shinjuku ***   9.5k semi-double, 12k twin 
Shinjuku New City Hotel **  $129 at 

Other budget hotels in Tokyo,  Shinjuku:
  • Hotel Tateshina
  • Hotel Vintage Shinjuku - 2 min walk from Seibu Shinjuku Line Shinjuku Station 
  • Listel Shinjuku 
  • Nishi Shinjuku Hotel - JR Shinjuku Station West Exit 
  • Shinjuku Hotel Park Inn - 2 min walk from Subway Shinjuku Gyoen Station 
  • Shinjuku New City Hotel - 4 min walk from Subway Tocho-mae Station 
  • Shinjuku Park Hotel - 3 min walk from JR Shinjuku Station New South Exit

Hotels in Narita (airport hotels)

Approx $60 per night, Japanese breakfast, free bus from and to airport (20 minutes ride) and KIMONO in the room.

Addres: International Garden Hotel Narita, 
241-1, Yoshikura, Narita, Chiba 286-0133, Japan 
Phone: 0476-23-5522

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