The Rough Guide to Tokyo

The Rough Guide to Tokyo

Martin Zatko

Language: English

Pages: 304

ISBN: 1409343111

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The Rough Guide to Tokyo is the definitive guide to Japan's hyperactive capital. With clear maps of every neighborhood and detailed coverage of city attractions, this fully updated guidebook will help you discover the best Tokyo has to offer. Detailed practical advice covers great places to eat and drink, inspiring accommodation, and the most exciting places to party.

Dozens of photographs in The Rough Guide to Tokyo illustrate the city's highlights — from the soaring Tokyo Sky Tree to the exciting new contemporary art complex 3331 Arts Chiyoda and the reborn architectural treasure Mitsubishi Ichigokan. Plus, the guide includes all you need to know for great day-trips to, among other places, the onsens of Hakone, the tranquil temples of Kamakura, and Yokohama's Chinatown. Easy-to-use maps and expert advice make The Rough Guide to Tokyo your ultimate travelling companion. Make the most of your trip with The Rough Guide to Tokyo.

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Lakes area, while the Fuji Hakone Pass allows you to combine the Fuji Five Lakes area with a trip around Hakone. INFORMATION Fuji-Yoshida tourist office On the left as you exit Mount Fuji station (daily 9am–5pm; 0555 22 7000, www.city.fujiyoshida.yamanashi.jp), with tons of information, in English. If you’re here to climb Fuji, pick up a free copy of the Mount Fuji Climber’s Guide Map (also available at the Kawaguchi-ko tourist office); there’s similar information on the tourist office website.

essentially pay to have their egos massaged). It’s also true that many Japanese are shy of foreigners, mainly through a fear of being unable to communicate. A few words of Japanese will help enormously, and there are various opportunities for fairly formal contact, such as through the Goodwill Guides. Otherwise, try popping into a local bar, a yakitori joint or suchlike; with everyone crammed in like sardines, and emboldened by alcohol, it’s far easier to strike up a conversation. Whenever

Young Lee for popping by – the Hallowe’en singalong, the Golden Gai night out and the Robot Restaurant visit will live long in the memory, as will a thousand other things. Others to thank include Justin Prescott and the team at Sakura House for their kind assistance with accommodation; Naoko Tabata and the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau team for their help with transport and sightseeing; Toshiko at Andon Ryokan, Nakamura-san at the Ryokan Association and Kylie Clark and the JNTO team for

Impressionist paintings left to the nation by Kawasaki shipping magnate Matsukata Kōjirō. Since then, works by Rubens, Tintoretto, Max Ernst and Jackson Pollock have broadened the scope of this impressive collection. National Science Museum 国立科学博物館, Kokuritsu Kagaku Hakubutsukan ∙ 7-20 Ueno Kōen, Taitō-ku ∙ Tues–Sun 9am–5pm, Fri to 8pm ∙ �600 ∙ 03 5777 8600, www.kahaku.go.jp ∙ Ueno station The National Science Museum offers lots of videos and interactive displays, though sadly very little is

weekend in May, and centred on Asakusa, the Sanja Matsuri is Tokyo’s biggest festival, attracting up to 2 million spectators. The climax comes on the second day, when over one hundred mikoshi (portable shrines) are paraded through the seething crowds, among them the three mikoshi of Asakusa-jinja, each weighing around 1000kg and carried by at least seventy men. There are numerous festivals here throughout the year, including the Samba Carnival at the end of August. East of the Amuse Museum,

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