Tokyo Journals

Tokyo - bargain shopping and dining

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A travel journal to Tokyo by becks

Kappabashi Dori Photo, Tokyo, Japan More Photos
Quote: Tokyo is a large and fascinating city with a lot on offer. Consumerism running wild can be seen in Akihabara Electric Town. Fast food can be tasty and cheap. Coffee shops are the flavour of the month and caffeine lovers can take advantage of battle between the brands.

Tokyo - bargain shopping and dining

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Kappabashi Dori Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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For the absolute must-see highlights of Tokyo my Essential Highlights journal which deals with sights that could be seen in three days, or even two if you are in a real rush and moving fast. However, there is much more to see if you have time to linger. Akihabara is the heart of electronic shops in Tokyo and worth a visit just to see the awesome selection available. Here is the absolute latest in technology available to the consumer - often months before it reaches other shores.  Ueno Park is a major attraction and an important part of Tokyo. Some of the museums h...Read More

Yoshinoya

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Yoshinoya Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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The orange signs of Yoshinoya are omnipresent in Tokyo. With close to 800 shops in Japan, Yoshinoa is one of Japan’s most popular fast food outlets. You can find Yoshinoya from worker class areas all the way to posh Ginza. The selection of food is rather limited. The main dish is beef bowl, which consists mainly of slivers of beef with onion served on rice. The medium bowl currently goes for yen 280 (about $ 2) and to the basics you can add pickles, miso soup and salads. You can also add salmon for a "Salmon Set" which includes salmon, beef bowl, soup, salad and pickles. Breakfast sets are also av...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 25, 2002

Yoshinoya
6-1-6 Roppongi
Tokyo, Japan 106-0032
+81 (0)3 5772 6253

Ginza Shopping District

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Attraction | "Hello Kitty"

Ginza Shopping District Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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Officially Hello Kitty was born on 1 November in suburban London, England, weighing the same as three apples. She likes small, cute things, candy, stars, goldfish, etc. Kitty is a cheerful, warm-hearted little girl. Baking cookies is her forte, but what she enjoys most is eating a slice of Mama's apple pie! Kitty and her twin sister Mimmy are the best of friends. Hello Kitty is the brainchild of Sanrio Corporation and thus making her a thoroughbred of Japanese creativity and marketing despite residing in suburban London. Hello Kitty was a runaway success from her creation in 1974 onwards and has spawned over 100 support characters –...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 8, 2002

Ginza Shopping District
Ginza-4-chome Chuo-ku
Tokyo, Japan 104-0061
+82 (0)3 3201 3331

Anime & Manga Shops

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Attraction | "Anime & Manga Shops"

Anime & Manga Shops Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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The Japanese are generally big readers. Traveling on the Tokyo subway at any hour and a large percentage of the commuters will be reading – books are more convenient and easier to read than newspapers in the crowded trains but the reading material of choice for half of Tokyo’s commuters is manga. Manga is basically cartoons and almost everyone of any age in Japan reads them. A closely related genre is anime – short for Japanese animated movies but the characters often spawn their own manga for those places where reading is more appropriate than watching videos. However, the two frequently blend and intertwine. Anime / manga usually have deeper character development than sta...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 8, 2002

Anime & Manga Shops
Main trainstations
Tokyo, Japan

Pokemon Centre

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Attraction

Pokemon Centre Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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On 17 December 1997 millions of mothers around the world claiming watching TV is bad for your health were finally proven to have been correct all along. During Episode No 38 of the hugely popular Pokemon (Pocket Monsters) TV anime show on TV Tokyo, "the heroes are inside a computer when an antivirus program attempts to delete them by firing missiles. Pikachu, the lead Pokemon, jumps forward, and with a blast of yellow light detonates the missiles and saves the group." Next thing Japan knew more than 700 children were hospitalized with epileptic like seizures. Apparently the flashing light strobes from Pikachu’s eyes affected persons susceptible to what is known as "television epilepsy". Repeats o...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 8, 2002

Pokemon Centre
Nihonbashi
Tokyo, Japan

Akihabara

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Attraction | "Akihabara Electric Town"

Akihabara Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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Akihabara is known as "Electric Town" - it is here that the biggest concentration of electronic stores in Tokyo is found. The competition is cut throat and prices generally much lower than elsewhere in Tokyo. Few Tokyoites will consider a major electronic purchase without first visiting Akihabara. It is also the place to go for the latest in anime and video games. In Japan a new model of a kitchen appliance comes on the market at least every year. For televisions, video cameras, video machines and stereos, a model is old after six months. For PC and PC peripherals the lifespan is even shorter and for some cellular phones it can be as short as five weeks! You may find electronic cheap...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 25, 2002

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

Llaox

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Attraction

Llaox Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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Competition in Akihabara is cutthroat but Llaox has managed to be king of the hill for most of the past decade. There are 11 Llaox stores in Akihabara with Duty Free and export models available at the Main Store and the Duty Free Kaikan - both directly opposite the JR Akihabara station. Prices in Llaox are reasonable and you have the guarantee of a big store name behind every purchase. There will be no quibbling and blame on the customer first if you want to exchange a product and service is excellent. I once had a problem with a new stereo and the shop sent a technician to my home that took only one look before unloading a new one from the truck. Personnel at the duty free floors ar...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 25, 2002

Llaox
Akihabara, Chiyodaku - 11 locations here
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Coffee Shops

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Attraction

Tokyo Coffee Shops Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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Japan is one of the world’s largest coffee consumption nations. Traditionally the Japanese prefer their coffee strong. Coffee shops are often a haven to escape from the rat race and a place to linger over a strong and expensive cup of coffee. In an old style coffee shop a cup of coffee will set you back at least yen 700 ($ 6) and the $10 cup is not hard to find. However, such coffee shop may be a specialist in brewing the perfect cup and have the right ambiance to draw regular crowds. Big windows don’t feature - the idea is to leave the crowds behind and to find peace and tranquility. Conversation is often hushed. There are many cheaper options in lesser settings. For the past two d...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 25, 2002

Tokyo Coffee Shops
Throughout Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan

Kappabashi Avenue Shops

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Attraction | "Kappabashi Avenue"

Kappabashi Avenue Shops Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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Kappabashi dori is where you head to in Tokyo if you are planning to open a restaurant. In this street you can literally buy anything you may ever need to set up a restaurant or an advanced kitchen. From a tourist’s perspective, the most interesting stores are those selling the plastic models of food that are often displayed outside restaurants in Tokyo. These models resemble the food available in restaurants to the finest detail - it is hard to work out whether the restaurants first buy the display and then decide how to present the food or the other way round. Both methods are used but to have a special model made of your presentation of course demands a premium. In such a case a ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 25, 2002

Kappabashi Avenue Shops
Kappasbashi Avenue
Tokyo, Japan

100 Yen Shops

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Attraction | "100-yen shops"

100 Yen Shops Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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Tokyo is an expensive city to live and travel in. Even buying souvenirs for the folks back home can set you back a lot more than you were planning on, which is a shame because many people won’t realize how expensive a simple present from Japan actually is. However, in the late 1990s, with recession biting 100-yen shops suddenly hit the market and became hugely popular. Everything in these shops cost a 100-yen (OK 105 yen with tax, but 105 yen shops simply doesn’t have the same ring!). 100-yen is currently about $0.75. These shops mainly aim at the domestic consumer with cheap plastic containers, household cleaners, some cosmetics, paper ware and kitchen utensils. However, sometimes ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 25, 2002

100 Yen Shops
Throughout Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan