November is one of the best times of the year for sightseeing in Tokyo. The average temperature and weather is:
Japan' s currency is the yen ( ¥ ), and the basic unit is 1 yen. Coinage consists of coins worth 1 yen, 5 yen, 10 yen, 50 yen, 100 yen and 500 yen. Banknotes come in denominations of 1,000 yen, 2,000 yen, 5,000 yen and 10,000 yen.
Japan is located within a single time zone. Japan is nine hours ahead of UTC (Universal Time, Coordinated). Japan does not observe daylight saving time.
The voltage used throughout Japan is uniformly 100V. In Tokyo and eastern Japan, the frequency of electric current is 50Hz (60Hz in western Japan). This is different from most of the world and means that you will need an adapter for sensitive equipments like computers accordingly.
Three-pronged plugs are not common in Japan, so it may be necessary for you to bring an adapter to use your equipments with Japan' s two pronged outlets.
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There are two airports in Tokyo. You are most likely going to arrive either of two.
Narita Airport is 1 hour – 1 hour 30 minutes away from central Tokyo by train.
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Haneda Airport is located near central Tokyo; it takes roughly 30 minutes by train.
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Central Tokyo' s railway network consists of JR, other nine private railway companies and two subway networks (Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway).
If you stay in central Tokyo, you will find yourself using Yamanote Line (JR) and subway quite often. Yamanote Line is a circular line that stops at stations such as Shibuya, Harajuku, Shinjuku, Ueno, which are major tourist attraction areas. Each railway line has its own theme color to distinguish on maps, e.g. Yamanote Line is a yellowish green.
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Generally, you can ask hotel receptionists to call for a taxi. If you are out in town, the best way to catch a taxi is to find a taxi stand around the stations and major sightseeing spots. To recognize whether a taxi running a street is vacant or occupied, you should see a sign on the dashboard. If the sign is in red, the car is vacant. If the sign is green, the car is going on demand. Most of taxi companies charges 410 yen or less for the first one kilometer. You can call a taxi by phone or taxi app.
Odaiba is a popular shopping, food and entertainment district. Odaiba boasts its beautiful coastline of Tokyo Bay and you can feel sea breeze when you walk around the area. During daytime, fantastic buildings with unique constructions namely Fuji TV Building, Telecom Center and Tokyo Big Sight fancy your eyes. During nighttime, you can take in the gorgeous view of the metropolitan city over the bay. Odaiba also gives you variety choices of food. There are restaurants serving Japanese and other countries’ cuisine. You can also find Ramen and BBQ theme parks.
Roppongi area holds many tourist attractions such as galleries, observation decks, and etc. As the area is also home to many embassies, Japanese head offices of foreign companies and expat community, there are many foreigner friendly shops, restaurants and bars. If you are interested in arts, Roppongi is a good choice to visit as there are must-see art galleries such as the National Art Center Tokyo, Suntory Museum, and Mori Art Museum. The area is also known for Tokyo’s most popular nightlife district among foreigners.
Today, Akihabara is most known as a mecca of anime culture and electric products. The town has their own unique atmosphere of mixture of variety of Japanese manga and animation culture.
Akihabara has originally been developed as a town where many electrical stores gathers. There are still many shops opened and you will find whatever electric items you wish in the town. As today’s trend, anime culture has made Akihabara more popular for young generations. At the weekend, you will find many events of idol singers and anime voice actors are held at numbers of anime shops.
Shinjuku Station is the world's busiest railway station, and the surrounding is the large entertainment, business and shopping area. West of the station is the business area and most commonly known that is home to Tokyo Metropolitan Government. The twin tower of the government office have observation decks and they are open to the public for free.
Northeast of the station, it is Kabukicho where features numerous numbers of restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs. If you walk around the area, you will soon encounter a life-size model of Japan' most known monster “Godzilla” looking over the city from a hotel building. Across the Yasukuni Street, there are also some distinguish department stores suitable for souvenir shopping.
Ginza features many luxury brand stores and high-class restaurants. “Kabukiza” which is a main theater for Japanese traditional performance is also located in this area. “Kabuki” is a Japanese Classic Dance-Drama which has long history back to Edo period(samurai period) that is 150 to 400 years ago. Many of the drama titles has been inherited since the Edo period. There are also some new Kabuki titles that fusion contemporary culture such as anime.
Asakusa is a fascinating district that combines new and old. Symbols of Asakusa are Kaminari-mon gate and Sensoji temple. This temple is the oldest temple in Tokyo. There are many small Japanese pubs in the street. One of them is famous as the first bar in Japan.
Across the Sumidagawa River, there stands the Tokyo’s new landmark tower, Tokyo Skytree. Underneath the tower, there is a shopping mall for souvenirs, an aquarium and many more attractions. From Asakusa area, the tower is about 20 minutes’ walk and also 3 minutes by Subway Asakusa Line.