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Take Your Time in Tokyo

A May 2005 trip to Tokyo by Elginah

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Quote: Starting on May 16, 2005, we spent 5 nights in Japan's capital.

Hotel New Otani

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Hotel New Otani Photo, Tokyo, Japan
We ended up paying about $180/night via, which was quite reasonable considering the rates quoted on the hotel's website.We took the subway's Marunuochi line to Akasaka station. There's a map at the station with yellow exits that leads you to points in the surrounding area. It’s a 5-minute walk to the tower side of the New Otani. The hotel consists of two parts, the Main and the Tower. I’m not sure if there’s any real distinction, perhaps tourists in Tower and business travelers in Main?If you enter via the Tower, the lobby is on the third floor. The first few floors are occupied by office workers, and there’s also an office block extension. We checked in at the Tower and were dis...Read More

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Hotel New Otani
4-1 Kioicho, Chiyodaku, 102
Tokyo, Japan
3265 1111

We'd finally made it to Japan. Now, here's a country that has intrigued me from a distance and managed to keep a double arms-length distance until now. The very act of going through passport control and fetching luggage to enter is Japan. A thousand misconceptions, assumptions, and hopes filled my mind as we tried to find an ATM. A simple enough task and one we obviously took for granted - even after noting cautions from other travellers. It doesn't take long to sink into the 'there's-no-crime-here' comfort zone which made it a lot easier to withdraw wads of cash to have handy. In so doing, we averted a second night spent looking for the post office or Citibank ATM signs. We took the tra...Read More