Welcome to TOKYO
WELCOME TO TOKYO
Welcome to the best city in the world. Well, we would say that, after all, it's our home. We want you to love being in Tokyo as much as we do.
That's why we've put together this guide that will not only help you find your way around, but also show you what we think are some of the highlights. We hope it gives you a taste of what it feels like to be a local in Tokyo.
Any new discoveries, great finds or just a top tip, please feel free to give us your thoughts.
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In The Know
You will have to pay a cover charge at most bars.
From the middle of June to the middle of July is Japan's rainy season. Please bring a rain coat with you for protection.
There is no tipping custom in Japan. But in the hotel, a 10%-15% service charge is added.
RESPECT FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE
The Japanese revere elderly people and use polite words when addressing them. Please be mindful of this.
DID YOU KNOW?
Our Emperor is called "Tenno" in Japanese. The first Tenno was Jinmu Tenno, and the 125th Emperor, Akihito Tenno, has recently ascended to the throne.
Depending on the ward (district of Tokyo), there are many public non-smoking areas that you need to be aware of, especially around stations. If you smoke in these areas you will be fined.
There are many firework festivals in Japan during the summer. Please ask the Concierge for when and where they will take place.
Because of our unrivalled local knowledge we can help you find the experiences that will enrich your stay. So please speak to any of the Concierge team about what we can do to make sure you get the most from your trip.
Why don't you experience Japanese unique event at Tsukiji Market which is the biggest and most famous fish market in the world. You should not miss Tuna Auction, where huge tuna are unloaded from docks and laid out bidding. But be warned, the auction begins from 5 am. If you don't feel like early morning, go straight to Uogashi-Yokocho, a nearby street lined with lots of small fish restaurant for the freshest breakfast sushi imaginable. Daiwa Sushi is one I would recommend in particular. After fabulous breakfast, visit the Hama-Rikyu Gardens. It is surrounded by a moat of sea water from Tokyo Bay. Let's try cup of Maccha Green Tea at the Nakashima tea house located in the middle of a tidal pond.
From Hama-Rikyu Gardens, you can take a Sumida River Boat for Asakusa and TOKYO SKYTREE® where is an excellent place to get a feel of what traditional and modern Japan, was like. If you are fortune enough to be visiting in the Spring, you will be treated to a stunning view of cherry blossom along the way. Once there, I suggest you taking a tour with a Jinrikisha which is a small, two wheeled rickshaw pulled by one person. The main draw in Asakusa is the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo, Sensoji Temple. From the entrance of Sensoji Temple, Kaminari-mon Gate to Main Hall, there is a shopping street that you can buy some traditional goods, such as Kimono and folding fan. For lunch, try rice bowl covered with Japanese yam at Asakusa Mugitoro.
Visit Ginza where is Tokyo's upmarket entertainment district. There are many stores such as department stores, boutiques, and so on. If you love shopping, Ginza is absolutely the best place for you. From one extreme to another is Kabuki, one of the most unique experiences in World Theater. Accompanied by traditional Japanese instruments the actors use an old-fashioned language which is difficult to understand, even for us. The Kabuki-za is the theater which is specialized for Kabuki and located in central of Ginza. You can enjoy an atmosphere at gallery and shops in Kabuki-za, even if you don't watch Kabuki. For dinner, Rangetsu which you can try typical Japanese cuisine is my recommendation. Suki-Shabu-Shabu is amazingly good taste there.
[ DIRECTORY ]
- ■DISCOVER TOKYO
[A] Tokyo Tower
[B] Imperial Palace
[C] Shiba Koen
[D] Hinode Pier
[F] Roppongi Hills
- ■WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK
[E] Ginza Kyubei
[G] Chanko Kirishima
- ■WHERE TO SHOP
[A] Yodobashi Camera
[B] Antique Mall Ginza
[C] Sony Building
[D] Ginza Namiki Street
[E] Odaiba Venus Fort
For a great view of the city you should visit the Tokyo Tower. Located in Shiba park and based on the Ei ffel tower in Paris, it's the world's tallest self-supporting steel tower. On a clear day you can see the Imperial Palace, Odaiba, Shinjuku Metropolitan and even Mt. Fuji. [A]
Surrounded by moats and high walls the Imperial Palace in Tokyo is the official residence of Japan's Imperial family. You cannot go inside, but you can still enjoy walking around the Imperial Palace's East Gardens. [B]
Half a Day
One hour south of Tokyo is the coastal town of Kamakura. It's an old town full of temples, shrines and other historical monuments. The second largest statue of Buddha in Japan can also be found here.
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WALKS & TRIPS
[C] SHIBA KOEN
1.6km from the hotel is Shiba Koen park. Walk there and enjoy the views of Tokyo Tower on the way. Once there you will feel a great sense of peace. Next to the park is an old temple called Zojoji that is also worth exploring.
[D] HINODE PIER
Hinode Pier is about three quarters of a kilometre from the hotel. Walk on the Bay Side to enjoy views of Rainbow Bridge. If you want something more strenuous, a jogging map is available at the Concierge desk.
A city within a city 3km from the hotel, the Shiodome is an area full of futuristic buildings. Enjoy a hot sandwich and something to drink at Naturalbeat. When you come back to Tokyo Bay, take the Yurikamome Line from Shiodome station.
WHERE THE CROWDS GO
TOKYO DISNEY RESORT
1-1 Maihama, Urayasu-shi, Chiba
One of the most popular attractions in Japan, Tokyo Disneyland resort is split into two: Disneyland and Disney Sea, which is the only one of its kind in the world. The Concierge can purchase tickets ahead of your visit.
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[F] ROPPONGI HILLS
Minato-Ku Roppongi Tokyo
A large shopping complex that includes restaurants, shops and museums. It gets very crowded in the evenings. Go in the morning.
EAT LIKE A LOCAL
4-4-13, Shiba-koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo
+81 3 3436 1028
An Edo-era building where you can enjoy Tofu based cuisine. The building is over 200 years old and used to be a Japanese wine cellar. It had good views of the Tokyo Tower.
1-13-11, Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
+81 3 5771 0170
Japanese (Modern Japanese)
Simple, well prepared Japanese standards, including grilled chicken, in a livery atmosphere. When US ex-president, George Bush, came to Tokyo, Japanese prime minister apparently brought him here for his hospitality.
1-3-4, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
+81 3 3841 0010
Japanese (Sukiyaki / beef pot)
It is one of the oldest restaurant specialized for Sukiyaki. It is located in just 30 seconds from the Kaminarimon Gate in Asakusa. It has been serving the top quality Wagyu beef since 1880. Sukiyaki is one of the most popular hot pot dished in Japan. Thinly sliced beef with some vegetables are prepared by cooking and stewing with sweet and salty flavor sauce.
2-5-11-11F Ginza, Minato-ku, Tokyo
+81 3 5159 2575
Japanese (Traditional Kyoto dish)
The restaurant is in the excellent location of Ginza and overlooking the city. The indoor main dining has colored stained glass of the best part which gives the luxurious Japanese style beauty with traditional Kyoto dish and TEPPANYAKI in the scenery. It is the restaurant which can enjoy splendid Japanese tradition and modernism.
[D] Kondoh (Tempura)
5-5-13-9F, Ginza Chuo-ku, Tokyo
+81 3 5568 0923
Japanese (Tempura) The Edomae Tempura filed in light sesame oil uses staple ingredients such as shrimp and vegetables. Try sweet potato or zucchini with Yuba, it is an original recipe of Kondoh.
[E] Ginza Kyubei
7-6, Ginza8-chome, chuo-ku, Tokyo
+81 3 3571 6523
Sushi is a very simple, unique Japanese cuisine. You will enjoy fresh seafood of the season direct from Tsukiji fish market.
3-17-3, Tsukishima, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
+81 3 3533 0951
Located in the old district of Tokyo, Okame serves monja-yaki, food baked on an iron plate. After dinner, explore the district, taking in Monja Street where a lot of Moja-Yaki restaurants stand side by side.
[G] Chanko Kirishima
2-13-7, Ryogoku, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
+81 3 3632 8710
Japanese (Chanko / sumo wrestlers stew)
This restaurant serves chanko, a pot dish of mixed meat and vegetables and has great views of Ryogoku-Kokugikan. Order the "Sumo Croquette". The size of the dish is something to behold.
FIND WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR
6-10-7, Higashi Ueno, Taito-ku Tokyo
There are over 400 shops in this market and you can get some groceries, sports goods, clothes, jewelry and a lot more.
[A] Yodobashi Camera
1-1, Kanda Hanaoka-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
This is one of the biggest electronic store in Japan. You can find almost every kind of home appliance, musical equipment, portable devices and much more.
1-13-1, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
The largest antique mall in Asia with about 300 antique stores. You will find antique furniture, Kimonos and other traditional garments here. In between shopping, revive yourself at one of the mall's many delightful cafes.
[C] Sony Building
5-3-1, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
A Ginza landmark, the Sony Building features a variety of shops, showrooms and restaurants. Among these are the main showroom floors (an expansive Sony shop where you can purchase international models of various Sony products), and Maxim's de Paris where you can enjoy a fine French meal. The products are Duty Free, so if you wish to not pay tax please remember your passport.
KEY SHOPPING AREAS
Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
This street is fully lined with international luxury brands such as Gucci, Hermes and Louis Vuitton. Take a rest at Pierre Marcolini for some delicious ice cream.
1-3-15, Aomi Kotoh-ku, Tokyo
VenusFort is a shopping mall designed to resemble a medieval European village. The Sky Feature Program displays a fantastical sky xpanding overhead, creating a magical atmosphere. In addition to always keeping English speaking staff on duty, it provides an abundance of services including tax-free stores (40 stores) and accepting China UnionPay Cards at all shops in the mall (except wagon stands).
2-3-1, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
It is said that Nakamise Street is one of the oldest shopping streets in Japan. Various traditional Japanese products are sold here. From hand crafted Japanese dolls and origami paper, glassware and pottery, folk art products and postcards with scenery of Asakusa in Edo Period (1603-1868), to classic Japanese food and confectionary using a variety of ingredients. There is something for all traditional interests.
5-9-13, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Oriental Bazaar is a souvenir shop in the Harajuku/Omotesando area. From reasonably priced Japanese Kimonos and miscellaneous goods, to high quality Japanese traditional furniture and antiques, you can get almost everything related to Japan here. Open from 10am to 7pm, they are only closed on Thursdays.
Taxi fare & Time from Hotel
|Haneda Airport||20 min.||¥6,000 -|
|Narita International Airport||60 min.||¥25,000 -|
|Shinagawa||15 min.||¥1,400 -|
|Tokyo||15 min.||¥1,400 -|
|Marunouchi||20 min.||¥1,400 -|
|Shiodome||10 min.||¥710 -|
|Shimbashi||10 min.||¥800 -|
|Toranomon||10 min.||¥980 -|
|Roppongi||15 min.||¥1,600 -|
|Akihabara||30 min.||¥2,600 -|