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Tokyo in ten days

A March 2005 trip to Tokyo by chaseshishorse

Shinjuku Photo, Tokyo, Japan More Photos
Quote: What I learned/found out/discovered about Tokyo during a ten-day visit - where you should look for cherry blossoms, what you should bring, and why you shouldn't eat outside.

Tokyo in ten days

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Overview

Shinjuku Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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Tokyo is full of juxtapositions: tranquil shrines surrounded by trees next to frenetic shopping districts packed with disaffected, costumed teenagers pouting for tourist cameras; the ornate façade of Japan’s largest Kabuki theatre reflected in the curve of clean, modern glass across the street; tiny women in silken kimonos riding escalators in department stores; business men in suits frantically tapping their feet on dance video games. You could spend weeks here and still find new things every day.Places worth going twice:Asakusa - Shopping streets around a Buddhist templeShibuya - Shopping streets, hold the temple, throw in the coolest department store in th...Read More

Guess T House

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Hotel

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It is just a few blocks from Azabu Juban station on the Toei Oedo and Namboku lines. The office is on the fourth floor (walk-up), but you can call once you get to the subway station to warn them that you're coming. The Azabu Juban station serves two lines, so there are several exits. You can get to the Guess T House from both 1 and 7--we always found 1 easier, although the hostel's website recommends 7. They have"themed" rooms (with such well-known themes as "funky," which means weird tribal knickknacks).Advantages: It is the cheapest place by far that we found in the city--it cost us about $300 each for 10 nights. It is clean and very safe (I walked around the neighborhood at night alone ...Read More

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Guess T House
402 Place Bo Azabu, 2-13-7 Azabu-Juban, Minato-Ku
Tokyo, Japan 106-0045
+81-3-5442-1383

10 weird and/or cool things

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Story/Tip

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1. If you eat outside, people will assume you have no home and they will stare. For real.2. Ordering beef and winter vegetables results in a bowl of things entirely unlike beef and winter vegetables and more like tentacles and decorative hand soap in clear broth, plus a hard-boiled egg. The lesson? Go to places with pictures you can point at. Pointing and grunting equals the international language. 3. Most subway stations have stamps at a table somewhere inside the main turnstile from the street entrance. They’re usually about the size of a coaster and have the station’s name along, with cartoon subway cars or images of local landmarks. If you have a sketchbook with you, look for ...Read More