Japan Journals

10-day business trip to Japan

A March 2012 trip to Japan by marseilles

Quote: 10 days, 5 cities, 4 hotels in Japan.

Akihabara

Attraction | "Akihabara: Techie Heaven!"

Quote:
Akihabara is techie geek heaven. Four or five streets lined with seven-storey buildings selling nothing but tech-related things. I've been to Hong Kong, with its rows and rows of ground-level camera and cellphone shops. I've been to the electronics malls in Singapore. But none of that prepared me for Akihabara. At Akihabara, each seven-storey building delights a different part of your geek personality. One building might be dedicated to everything anime and manga-related: comics, DVDs, video games, toys, models. A second might be all about cameras. A third might have nothing but second-hand computers.Some of the older buildings are especially for the truest techie: markets with tiny ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 9, 2012

Akihabara
Soto-kanda 1,3 & 4-chome Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo, Japan 101-0021
+81 (0)3 3201 3331 (

Tokyo Prince Hotel

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel | "Decent business hotel beside the Tokyo Tower."

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The Tokyo Prince Hotel is a business hotel that has seen better days. The rooms are tired, and there was a funky smell in my room when I arrived the first night: I'm not sure if it was cigarette smoke or strange-smelling cleaning solutions. The bathroom was okay, but not sparkling clean. There is no WiFi in the hotel; wired Internet is Y1050 per 24 hours.That having been said, there are a few of reasons to choose the Tokyo Prince Hotel the next time you're in Tokyo. The rooms are spacious--the most spacious rooms we stayed in in Japan--and well-insulated. The bathrooms are stocked with the usual supplies, plus bubble bath gel, and the Japanese toilet bowls have all the works. The hotel...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 9, 2012

Tokyo Prince Hotel
3-3-1/ SHIBAKOEN/ MINATO-KU
Tokyo, Japan
813-343-21111

Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto

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Hotel | "Walking distance from the JR Kyoto train station."

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It's just a ten-minute walk from the JR Kyoto station, but if you have luggage with you it might be better to take the free hotel shuttle service or a taxi, because there is an overpass to climb and descend to get to the Kyoto branch of this hotel chain. Like other things in Japan, the hotel was a confusing combination of new and old. The lobby looks new; the elevators, with the mechanical "open doors" and "close doors" push-buttons seemed to be from a different decade. The bedroom door used a modern key-card entry, but the bathroom seemed older, with white 80s tiles. The walls and ceilings looked like they had been painted recently, and the bed and carpet looked relatively new, but the control pa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 29, 2012

Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto
HORIKAWA SHIOKOJI
Kyoto, Japan
81-75-341-1121