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An October 2003 trip to Tokyo by janfw

Quote: Tokyo has the old and the new. Visits to the Imperial Gardens and Sensoji Temple let you glimpse the old. The new can be found in the Shinjuku area, with its modern buildings and throngs of people. At night you could read by the colorful neon lights on all the buildings.

Hilton Tokyo

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Hotel | "Tokyo Hilton"

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Our room was spacious with a queen-size bed. There was a desk and chair, plus a sofa with a matching upholstered chair, a small table, and a floor lamp. There were two phones and a color TV that had English and multi-language stations. The windows were almost floor to ceiling with two sets of sliding screens (a translucent one and one that kept out the light). You were provided with slippers and a yukata (cotton kimono). Your bed was turned down every night if you wished. They provided a pot to boil water for the green tea which they provided. There were several restaurants in the hotel. Shinjuku Station and many stores within a 10-minute walk or you could ride the free shuttle, which also took...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 7, 2004

Hilton Tokyo
6-6-2 NISHI SHINJUKU
Tokyo, Japan 160-0023
81333445111

Sightseeing

Attraction

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Tokyo City Hall is located in the Shinjuku area. Located on the 45th floor is an observation area. You take a special elevator from the ground floor straight up to the 45th floor. There is no charge, and you get a great view of the city. If its really clear, you can see Mt. Fuji. There is a snack bar on the floor that serves very good pastries. It is open until 9pm. It is best to go during the week when there is either no wait or just a short wait. On the weekend long lines form to go up.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 29, 2004

Sightseeing
2-8-1 Nishi-Shinjuku
Tokyo, Japan

Oriental Bazaar

Attraction | "Shopping at the Oriental Bazaar"

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The building is orange and green and done in Oriental style. There are several floors of handicrafts from all over Japan. There are different shops on each floor. You pay for your purchases in the area where you pick them out.

You will find people from many nations shopping here. You'll hear French, Italian and German besides English. The clerks speak English, so you don't need to worry about a language problem. Even if you don't buy anything, it's a great place to look around. The prices are very good too.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 29, 2004

Oriental Bazaar
5-9-13 Jingu-mae
Tokyo, Japan
+81 (0)3 3400 3933

Tokyo Tower

Attraction

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Tokyo Tower is a smaller version of the Eiffel Tower. It's painted red. It costs around $12US to go to the top level.

The views are good. It is a different perspective of the city than you get from City Hall. You can see Tokyo Bay and the Rainbow Bridge from the Tower as well as the tall buildings of the Shinjuku area.

There is a small glass floor on the one level that gives you a view of the base and street. You can walk across it if you want. The base has lots of small souvenir shops and some snack shops, too. It's within walking distance of a J.R. Train station.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 29, 2004

Tokyo Tower
Shiba Park, Minato
Tokyo 105-0011
+81(0)3 3433 5111

Imperial Palace

Attraction | "Popular Sight-East Garden of Imperial Palace"

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Entrance to the garden is free, but you have to pick up a pass as you enter which must be returned when you leave. The gardens are extensive and contain trees, bushes and flowers as well as rock gardens and ponds. Here you will also find a stone foundation, which is what remains of the central keep of old Edo Castle. There are also several of the old guard houses in the gardens with plaques telling you of their function. There are rest houses in several places in the gardens where you can buy snacks and postcards as well as having restrooms. The gardens are a very peaceful area. You can get a glimpse of the Imperial Palace. You cannot get into the Palace or the grounds right around the pal...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 30, 2004

Imperial Palace
Kokyo Gaien
Tokyo, Japan 100-0002
+81 (3) 3213 1111

Asakusa Kannon Onsen

Attraction | "Asakusa Kannon(Sensoji Temple)"

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This temple has a history that dates back to 628. It was built to honor Kannon, a Buddhist goddess of happiness and mercy. It's the oldest and most popular temple in Tokyo. The original temple burned down in 1945 in a bombing raid, and was rebuilt with donations of the Japanese people.

There are shops and souvenir stands all along the pedestrian lane that leads up to the temple. You also pass through the Kaminarimon Gate and the Hazoman Gate as you walk up to the temple. They have statues in the sides that are interesting. Nearby there is a 5-story pagoda. The Ginza Subway Line will get you close to this temple.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 30, 2004

Asakusa Kannon Onsen
2-7-26 Asakusa
Tokyo, Japan 111-0032
+81 (0)3 3844 4141