Tokyo Journals

Tokyo-a-go-go!

A November 2005 trip to Tokyo by TLM2008

Tsukiji Fish Market Photo, Tokyo, Japan More Photos
Quote: I loved being lost in translation in Tokyo, Japan!

Tsukiji Fish Market

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Tsukiji Fish Market Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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You've landed in Japan, perhaps after a long journey, such as the 13 hour flight from Toronto to Tokyo and you find yourself annoyingly, irritatingly, wide awake at 4:00 a.m. due to jet lag. What's that sound? It's opportunity knocking. The early rising you've experienced is the perfect time to take advantage of witnessing one of Tokyo's famous and interesting sights the Tsukiji fish market.After navigating our first subway ride through Tokyo, we arrived at the Tsukiji station stop to find our way to the market. This is the site where all the fresh catch is available for purchase. Although it's listed in most guidebooks and websites catering to foreign tourists, it is far from a tourist at...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 12, 2008

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

New York Grill

Attraction | "Park Hyatt Hotel's "New York Bar""

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Ah, the Park Hyatt "New York Bar", renowned for its fabulous city views, its chi-chi clientele and, of course, made infamous in the film "Lost in Translation" since Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansen's characters spend a good chunck of their time hanging out there. Basically I had to see what the fuss was and we toyed with the idea of having a splash out dinner there but instead compromised and decided to have "a drink". Ten thousand yen later we finally departed. That's right! Approximately $100 Canadian dollars for 2 glasses of wine and 1 non-alcoholic cocktail called a "Rainbow Room". On the whole, I was glad I went because my curiosity would have eaten me alive and the views of Tokyo at night w...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 13, 2008

New York Grill
Park Hyatt Hotel, 52F
Tokyo, Japan 160-1055
+81 (0)3 5323 3458

Imperial Palace

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Imperial Palace Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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I trekked off to the Imperial Palace in the morning and was not overly surprised to find that it was a pretty big let-down. You can't even get to within 400 metres of the building, (possibly even more than 400 metres) as it is surrounded by a huge moat. You can appreciate the security given that the royal family actually lives within and the moat itself is something to appreciate but there is only one real location with a good view and it is from a bridge that feels miles away. If you have a zoom lens on your camera you can get a nice picture but you never really get a chance to connect with the Imperial Palace and it ends up being a bit of a tick mark in your check list of things to do in Tokyo. ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 24, 2008

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

Have boxed lunch...will travel Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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Our first foray into Japanese train travel was Tokyo-Takayama and although I was initially very stressed over the prospect of carting luggage through Shinjuku station, I have to say it went pretty well. Most of the information I read in advance of travel to Japan was that luggage on the trains is a real hindrance. Perhaps I was prepared for the worst but I was pleasantly surprised throughout all our travels that our luggage was really not an issue at all. Our first train, the Chuo express to Tokyo station, was packed but we managed and all the other train travellers seemed to take the presence of our big bags in stride. Maybe the Japanese are too polite to display their annoyances like we in North ...Read More