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Tokyo on a Budget

A March 2001 trip to Tokyo by Quan

Quote: I went on a limb and ignored my friends' advice to bypass Tokyo, using it only as a base to visit other places. But I found that I liked this vibrant, though very very dense, city.

Tokyo on a Budget

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Overview

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Tokyo never ceases to amaze me by its contrasts. It is a very impersonal city, yet its people remain extremely hospitable. It is one full of vending machines chocked full of about everything that strikes one's fancy, yet maintains an unerring sense of service. It is one where toilet papers are sold in public restrooms, yet tissue papers are passed out for free in front of train stations. It is very crowded, yet it respects personal space. Even at the subway station during rush hour, often passengers would wait for their trains in orderly lines. Riders immediately turn off their cell phones when boarding public transportation, and the bus P/A system often reminds passengers that cell phones bother...Read More

Kimi Ryokan

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Hotel

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Located in the Ikebukuro neighborhood, about a 10 min walk from West Exit of JR line, Ikebukuro Station, Kimi Ryokan is simply the bargain of Tokyo. A room for two costs me about $65 per night, a rate not found anywhere else in Tokyo. Kimi ryokan is the brainchild of a couple of Japanese brothers who, having traveled extensively in Europe, vowed to build a place of accommodation for budget travelers. They succeeded spectacularly. For a very attractive price, you get a room that may be spartan and small (enough to accommodate two single futons and a small table), but spotless (our room had brand new tatami mats still smelling of freshly woven bamboos), and furnished with an air conditioner-a god...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 11, 2001

Kimi Ryokan
36-8, 2-Chome, Ikebukuro,
Tokyo, Japan
(03) 3971-3766

The Westin Tokyo

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Hotel | "Westin Tokyo"

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This is a bit of a departure from the title of this section: Tokyo on a Budget. However, it was such a great place to stay that I thought an exception is called for, and if you read on, I did get it at a great bargain. For those who can dish out about $200 per night, the Westin Hotel, located in a happening neighborhood called Ebisu, is definitely the place to stay. Some critics have even said that the Westin gives the Four Seasons, which spends more than a million dollar on each room of its hotel, a run for its money. The Westin Ebisu is gorgeous, though a bit pretentious, as everything in the lobby is made with marble. Rooms are huge by Japanese standard. It''s a deal of the ce...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 30, 2001

The Westin Tokyo
1-4-1 Mita Meguro-ku
Tokyo, Japan 153-8580
+81-3-5423-7000

Tsukiji Fish Market

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Attraction | "Tsukiji Market"

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Guidebook after guidebook rates the Tsukiji experience as one of the highlights of any visit to Tokyo, and I agree wholeheartedly. To see the best of Tsukiji, it is important to get to the market by 6am at the latest. I thought this sounded impossible, but it turned out that, for those of us who fly into Tokyo from the States, Tsukiji is a natural choice for us jetlagged travelers. In fact, you will find out after waking up at about 3am in the morning that you would actually look forward to arriving at Tsukiji even before 6am. However, as most subways do not run until 5am, there is no reason to trek to Tsukiji in a Tokyo cab, unless you have plenty of money to burn, of course. The Tsukiji ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 11, 2001

Tsukiji Fish Market
Tsukiji Station Stop (subway)
Tokyo, Japan