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What are some interesting things to do in Tokyo and Kyoto for 8 days?

What are some interesting things to do in Tokyo and Kyoto for 8 days? [more inside]
posted by Average Mario on Sep 13, 2011 - 17 answers

Looking for some shows in Tokyo

Looking to find some punk-ish (or anything, really) shows in Tokyo over the next two days. Where have all of the find-shows-by-mapping sites gone? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Aug 5, 2011 - 5 answers

How Safe Is It To Travel To Tokyo?

My family lives in Tokyo, and I grew up there, but I now go to school in the states. My parents want me to come out to visit next month, but I'm a bit concerned about the radiation. They assure me that any increase in the levels is negligible, but I realize that there are many different types of radiation, and food grown in the Fukushima area is still being served in Tokyo. I just really don't want to be a victim of hindsight, and it seems for every reputable article I can find that indicates the levels are safe, I can find another that begs me to reconsider the first. I don't know what to do. I don't want to be paranoid, but I also don't want the whole family to be at risk if there is an overlooked issue.
posted by howgenerica on Jul 26, 2011 - 22 answers

Welcome to Japan

What should I expect once I arrive in Tokyo? And what shouldn't I miss while I'm in the Kyoto area next weekend? [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Jul 17, 2011 - 12 answers

Japan: Looking for advice on logistics for a paranoid traveller

I will be in Tokyo for 5 days next week. Since I will be arriving at Haneda airport close to 23h00, I will need to make a call to my airport hotel to collect me at the airport. How does one actually make a phone call in Japan? I know this sounds silly but not knowing how to read all those japanese characters is making me anxious. The hotel is situated in the Haneda area and the phone number starts with 03. I searched flickr for some pictures of payphones and this one indicates that it accepts coins and phonecards. I am now worried that due to the lateness of my arrival; no shops selling phonecards will be open. Any advice ?
posted by lahersedor on Jul 10, 2011 - 18 answers

Should I spend two days in in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore or Tokyo?

Should I spend two days in in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore or Tokyo? [more inside]
posted by emily37 on Jun 24, 2011 - 26 answers

Japan: Easiest way to get from Narita airport to Tokyo Station?

Japan: Easiest way to get from Narita airport to Tokyo Station? Or, do I have my train details straight? [more inside]
posted by belau on Jun 17, 2011 - 12 answers

Shinjuku vs Shibuya

I will be in Tokyo for a few days next month and need to decide where I am staying - Shibuya or Shinjuku? [more inside]
posted by Julnyes on Apr 28, 2011 - 10 answers

How good a deal is Japan Rail Pass?

Are there any cheaper alternatives to the Japan Rail Pass? For two adults traveling mainly around Tokyo, as well as a few days in Osaka and one day trip to Nara, for a total of 10 days. *Bonus question - what are the best places in these cities to see contemporary Japanese art?
posted by kickingtheground on Mar 3, 2011 - 20 answers

Help us get off the couch!

Please suggest some fun, affordable places to go and things for my boyfriend and me to do on the weekends! Location-specific ideas would be especially appreciated. We live in Ibaraki prefecture in Japan, about an hour by train from Tokyo. Slightly long list of preferences and details inside. [more inside]
posted by you zombitch on Mar 2, 2011 - 7 answers

When is the best time to travel to Tokyo?

When is the best time to travel to Tokyo? [more inside]
posted by *lostatsea* on Feb 16, 2011 - 10 answers

Again with the going to Japan thing...? Yeesh.

Where should I stay in Tokyo for 2+ months? Any possible alternatives to gaijin houses, or which/where are the best ones? [more inside]
posted by dubitable on Jan 5, 2011 - 10 answers

Where to stay in Tokyo?

You are familiar with Tokyo. You are giving advice to a first-time visitor who is looking to experience some of the best of what the city has to offer. Where would you have them stay? [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Dec 17, 2010 - 18 answers

Design House Tokyo

Where are the best places to go for interesting and innovative Japanese design? [more inside]
posted by MuffinMan on Dec 10, 2010 - 4 answers

Looking for a podiatrist in Tokyo.

Looking for a podiatrist in Tokyo. [more inside]
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo on Oct 13, 2010 - 2 answers

Looking for a 'Wow, that was nice' birthday in Tokyo.

My wife's birthday is next Wednesday, and it seems I've also got the day off. I'm looking for fun things to do in or around Tokyo for a birthday extravaganza. [more inside]
posted by Ghidorah on Oct 11, 2010 - 3 answers

Lugging luggage in Tokyo

Tokyo trains: how inconvenient is it to lug luggage on the train/subway system? [more inside]
posted by Maximian on Sep 15, 2010 - 10 answers

What would be a good gift (from Los Angeles) to bring a Japanese friend in Tokyo?

What would be a good gift (from Los Angeles) to bring a Japanese friend in Tokyo? [more inside]
posted by pnoeric on Aug 23, 2010 - 10 answers

Chinese tattoo - will it be a problem in Tokyo & Hong Kong?

I have 2 chinese characters tattooed onto my left arm. I'm travelling to Tokyo and Hong Kong next year. It will be winter so probably a non-issue, but what would the reaction be if I were to show it? What about public onsen in Japan? Would it cause any problems?
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2010 - 10 answers

Anybody know of therapy/counseling options in Tokyo area?

Can anybody recommend a therapist/counselor in the Tokyo area, preferably for cheap/free, and on the west side of town? [more inside]
posted by segatakai on Aug 5, 2010 - 3 answers

What shouldn't I miss in Tokyo and Kyoto?

Next week, I'm going to be in Tokyo for a few days and then Kyoto for another day or two. What shouldn't I miss? [more inside]
posted by kyrademon on Aug 3, 2010 - 10 answers

Help two lifelong dreamers plan their honeymoon in the future, AKA Tokyo!

[TokyoFilter]: Planning a November honeymoon in Tokyo. Help two non-Japanese speaking USians who have dreamed of visiting Tokyo their entire lives figure out what's worth planning/reserving/paying for and what's not -- arigato in advance! [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Aug 2, 2010 - 22 answers

Gifts from Nara, Japan?

My husband is leaving for Japan today, staying in Nara and spending a bit of time in Tokyo. Any suggestions on interesting gifts for me and/or friends he could bring home (other than your normal Japanese souvenirs)?
posted by blake137 on Jun 4, 2010 - 14 answers

Who can get JR Linear tickets?!

Tokyo: In-laws are in town, planning a mini-break, and if NOT Hakone, then where.... [more inside]
posted by lundman on May 30, 2010 - 8 answers

What do do on a rainy day in Tokyo?

Help me find something fun to do on a rainy day in Tokyo. [more inside]
posted by farce majeure on May 27, 2010 - 19 answers

adventuring out of tokyo

1.5 months in Japan and I'm loving it. Now that I'm used to the neighborhoods, and had a few great mini-travel experiences, I want to push myself and my time here more. Help me plan adventures? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on May 13, 2010 - 7 answers

How to spend 10 hrs in tokyo

I have a 10hr layover in Narita airport on Tuesday, May 11, from 8am to 6pm. Ideas for interesting things to do? 20 and female here if that's a factor.
posted by Xianny on May 5, 2010 - 8 answers

What are my solo dining options in Tokyo?

Alone in Tokyo for the next four days - what are my dining options? This is definitely a volcano related query... [more inside]
posted by aherdofturtles on Apr 18, 2010 - 14 answers

Narita to Shimbashi Station, After 10pm?

Tokyo Travel: I am arriving at Narita at 9:30pm Saturday night, with reservations at a hotel near Shimbashi Station that evening. Is this trip possible? [more inside]
posted by milquetoast on Mar 31, 2010 - 5 answers

Tokyo Breakfast

I need a good breakfast place in Tokyo. [more inside]
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo on Mar 13, 2010 - 3 answers

One evening in Tokyo

Traveling in Tokyo filter: My nephew, who is in the U.S. Air Force, is traveling to his first posting at Misawa AB, in Aomori Prefecture, in Japan. He will arrive at Narita at 2:55 pm local time on March 17, and needs to get to Haneda airport for a 7:55 am flight to Misawa the next morning, March 18. He'll have one afternoon and evening in Tokyo to do a little sightseeing. Suggestions and travel help? [more inside]
posted by toodleydoodley on Mar 12, 2010 - 5 answers

Japan accomodations

I need help for a two week rental of a furnished room for a couple near Shimbashi station or Akihabara in Tokyo. Rental budget is 60000~100000yen for us combined. I've looked at the gaijin guest house links, but they seem to be out of our price range with linen and cleaning fees. Any advice?
posted by ayc200 on Mar 7, 2010 - 7 answers

From Tokyo Big Site to Narita Airport

What is the best way to take Tokyo's railways from the Tokyo Big Sight (Comiket) to Narita Airport? I've gone to this site and this site and looked at several railway maps from the various transportation companies, but I am just getting more confused. I don't mind a long ride, so the fewer transfers the better. I'm leaving on a Saturday evening.
posted by ayc200 on Feb 28, 2010 - 9 answers

residential Tokyo?

How to see "the real Tokyo" (in three days)? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Feb 22, 2010 - 12 answers

Where can two adults and two kids find a bed among a sea of lots of pink flowers?

Affordable hotel in or near Tokyo for 2 adults and 2 young children? Difficulty: We're going to be there during what looks to be peak of the cherry blossom celebrations. Earlier ask.mefi recommendations are booked solid. Bonus: Ideas for us to spend the time in Tokyo (or alternatives)? [more inside]
posted by ydant on Feb 18, 2010 - 13 answers

Japan itinerary and a question about Tokyo music clubs

Japan in 6 days hahaha...need some help with itinerary and a little music question too... [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Feb 10, 2010 - 30 answers

Tokyo/Hiroshima trip advice

I’m going to Japan for the first time in late March and I would appreciate some travel advice. [more inside]
posted by Fiery Jack on Feb 5, 2010 - 17 answers

Identify inscriptions on wood beams in a shogun cemetery?

Can you identify and/or translate the inscriptions on the vertical wooden beams in this picture? Or provide some historical background? [more inside]
posted by Tufa on Feb 4, 2010 - 14 answers

Indie/electro clubs in Japan?

Can anyone recommend good clubs in Japan (especially Tokyo) that play music that would appeal to your typical Pitchfork reader? I'm thinking along the lines of indie electro/pop/rock music, a bit of hip hop in there, and maybe some older favourites.
posted by teem on Jan 12, 2010 - 7 answers

What's it like to work as a foreign hostess in Japan?

What's it like to work as a foreign hostess in Japan? Really. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 2, 2009 - 14 answers

Traveling near Tokyo in December?

Some last minute business brings my girlfriend and I to Tokyo this December, and we'll be spending a week's vacation there as well. We've been to Tokyo before, so what can a couple do out of the city (but nearby) during winter? [more inside]
posted by destrius on Nov 21, 2009 - 7 answers

Visiting Tokyo over the new year.

I'll be visiting Tokyo for the first time over the new year. I arrive on 12/30 and plan to return to the states on 1/06. Looking for suggestions on where to stay and what to do (I understand most shops and attractions will be closed on and around the new year).
posted by aladfar on Nov 9, 2009 - 8 answers

Help me find a winter coat in Tokyo!

I'll be in Tokyo in a few weeks, and I want to buy a new winter coat while I'm there. Budget: $250ish. I'm looking for something fairly simple, classic and durable. I'm not going to have too much time for shopping, so I'd like suggestions of specific shops I could visit, and if possible, links to online stores so that I can have an idea of what to expect. [more inside]
posted by Athelthral on Nov 5, 2009 - 12 answers

Free WiFi in Tokyo and the rest of Japan?

How widespread is free, open WiFi in Japan (Tokyo especially)? [more inside]
posted by teem on Nov 2, 2009 - 11 answers

Best gadget and toys from Tokyo?

I would be visiting Tokyo in three week's time. Can you tell me about any must-buy weird, cool or geeky gadgets that I could get during my time there, and where to get it ? Bonus point if it's easy to figure out even if it's in japanese, or if it has english interface, and not too expensive.
posted by joewandy on Oct 27, 2009 - 19 answers

Translate the Razzleberry Jam?

Can someone translate the Japanese in this song for me: The Razzleberry Jam, the theme song of the Razzleberry frozen yogurt franchise in Tokyo. If you don't already have it, you can download it here: http://razzleberry.jp/ Under Special Download near the bottom. Thanks!
posted by slowcat on Sep 28, 2009 - 2 answers

How do you cook Japanese?

Cooking classes in Tokyo in October. [more inside]
posted by johanze on Sep 23, 2009 - 1 answer

Halloween in Tokyo or elsewhere?

US citizen seeks weekend adventure from Seoul to ?? Tokyo? Elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore on Sep 3, 2009 - 7 answers

'kodomo no shiro' (national children's castle) - good for western children?

Is going to the 'kodomo no shiro' (national children's castle) in Tokyo a worthwhile experience for non-japanese-speaking elementary school-aged children? [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey on Sep 1, 2009 - 1 answer

Cheapest way from Tokyo to Kumamoto?

Last minute Japan travel: after making an error with timing I need to arrange one-way travel from Tokyo to Kumamoto quite quickly. What are the cheapest options? I have looked into flights and trains (for the 17th of August) and both seem expensive (about £200-£250 a ticket). I am in the UK at the moment. Would it be worth waiting until we arrive in Japan? Perhaps trying to get last minute flights at the airport? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Aug 11, 2009 - 17 answers

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