Tokyo Journals

Tokyo - 3 days

A September 2004 trip to Tokyo by ariesgirl

Fuku-rogu-kotobuki Photo, Tokyo, Japan More Photos
Quote: Stop over via Narita and have a 3-day visit to Tokyo. It’s quite different from the usual preference, but still nice. Didn't find the glass fair, but other discoveries make the short trip nice.

Tokyo - 3 days

Overview

Ooedo Onsen Story Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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Economical accommodation, Shinjuku Tokyu Hands department store, Tsukiji fish market, OoEdo Onsen Experience, Asakusa temple area . . .Quick Tips: 1. Visit Tsukiji fish market before 7am. Have breakfast there and buy souvenirs there in the shopping alleys outside the wet market. 2. Most rail stations have their own souvenir ink stamp for visitors to use. 3. Visit Oedo Onsen after 6pm; it's about ¥800 cheaper. Best Way To Get Around: From the airport to Nippori or Ueno area of Tokyo via the Keisei line, it is only ¥1,000. It's cheaper than the JR, especially if you haven't got the JR pass on a stopover visitor. Do get a good comprehensive map of the underground ...Read More
Suzuki Ryokan Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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This old Japanese ryokan is very near to the Nippori station of Keisei line and JR. It's 4,000 yen a night(Keisei line from airport to Nippori is 1,000 yen), so the first leg of transportation and accommodation is cheaper than staying in Asakusa Skycourt Youth Hostel or Tokyo International Youth Hostel. Absolutely Japanese tatami style. Sleep on the bedding on tatami. Help them to save electricity though (switch on lights only when needed). Lamps have three steps of lumination. There's a common shared bath/shower and shared toilet. Interesting floor design. No dragging of wheeled suitcases on the floor though. Weak air conditioning. Two female managers (mum and dau...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 8, 2004

Suzuki Ryokan
7-15-23, Yanaka
Tokyo, Japan 110-0001
03 3821 4944

Fuku-rogu-kotobuki

Restaurant

Fuku-rogu-kotobuki Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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Take your shoes off to sit down. I had a window seat. There is a nice view at 14/F.

I had a Tou-fu set meal as my brunch. There are other, more expensive set meals. It tends to promote healthy meals, with Tou-fu targeting female customers. Using a credit card is ok.

This is one of the branches of the Kyoto Fuku-rogu-kotobuki.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 8, 2004

Fuku-rogu-kotobuki
14/F of Shinjuku Takajimaya department store
Tokyo, Japan
(+81) 03 5361 1960

Ooedo Onsen Monogatari Hot Springs

Attraction | "Ooedo Onsen (an Edo-themed hotbath house)3"

Ooedo Onsen Monogatari Hot Springs Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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Edo-period bath house (kind of a Japanese-style spa/theme park) First thing, put the shoes into lockers. After paying the entrance fee, every customer chooses a Japanese bath robe of special patterns in the main area outside the hot-spring baths. So exotic! All clothing has to be left in the main changing/locker room. In the center hall are restaurants, shops, games stalls, and a common room. There are at least two shows a day of performers in Japanese period costumes. On either side are the men's area and women’s area. Some are outdoors. Nice. There is a coin-operated foot massage machines and body-analysing machines. This is scan-my-batch-and-s...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 8, 2004

Ooedo Onsen Monogatari Hot Springs
2−6−3
Koto
03-5500-1126

Asakusa

Story/Tip

Asakasa ra-mon entrance Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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There is a helpful Tourist Information center nearby, just opposite the big, red lantern. Get walking guides and maps for free there. It is my second time in the Asakusa area, originally thinking that there would be a glass fair nearby. Although I missed it, my visit to the area was still nice-there is lots to eat, buy, and see. Of course I also pray for my luck and use the fortune-telling service, too. The temple is a must-see. Many Japanese also visit this temple, so it is not just a tourist spot. There are description leaflets in many languages. Wash your hands first (water and tool provided). Be blessed by the holy smoke from the incense. Draw a fortune stick (¥100each; ...Read More

Tokyu Hands

Story/Tip

Tokyu hands Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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If you are a D.I.Y. lover or an arts-and-crafts lover, you would love this creative department chain store called Tokyu Hands. It has a number of branches in Tokyo. In this Shinjuku branch I visited, there are many departments that have wood, metal, printing, beads, glass, crystal jewellery-making, metal jewellery-making, stationary, business stationary, lighting, items for business use, and more. There are numerous pre-fabricated D.I.Y. items. The things I liked most were the home-baked silvery and craft glass. I haven't seen anything of comparable scale in UK, US, or Hong Kong. It is convenient to walk from the Shinjukuu station. Just follow signs towards Takajimaya and soon you wi...Read More