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March 1, 2020

Nightlife in/around Katsushika City, Tokyo?

I’m spending 5 nights at a hostel in Katsushika City, in Tokyo! I’ve read that this area is really quaint and quiet, with lots of temples and such, and not very much nightlife. Does anybody have some good recommendations for bars or restaurants I should go to that are somewhat close via the train? All the places I wanna go to are an hour away, so I’m gonna find a night to go to a few of them. In the mean time, what can I do at night around Katsushika?
posted by gucci mane around Tokyo, Japan at 11:50 PM - 13 answers has best

August 11, 2019

Desserts, noodles, spa in Tokyo

I would love recommendations for any of the following! Desserts, ramen/udon, or spa/massage treatments! [more inside]
posted by bookworm4125 around Tokyo, Japan at 2:19 PM - 8 answers has best

April 5, 2019

Tokyo plans needed for visit during nation-wide abdication holiday.

My pre-booked vacation to Tokyo ended up falling in the middle of the upcoming abdication/coronation holiday at the end of April / beginning of May. So now I'm looking for tips on what this means for a novice visitor. [more inside]
posted by booksarelame around Tokyo, Japan at 4:16 PM - 7 answers has best

December 10, 2018

Things to do near Tokyo in late January

I will have 2.5 free days during the end of January in Tokyo after a snowboarding trip in Hokkaido (Niseko) and I'm looking for recommendations on any new and interesting things in the Tokyo area. Also seeking advice on a day trip like Kamakura during the winter time. [more inside]
posted by xtine around Tokyo, Japan at 10:27 AM - 12 answers has best

April 3, 2018

Will I have time to shop at Narita?

I'm flying from the US to Singapore via Narita and I have a four hour layover in Tokyo. Will I have time to do some shopping? [more inside]
posted by pyjammy around Tokyo, Japan at 7:34 AM - 5 answers

March 26, 2018

What to read before visiting Tokyo?

I am visiting Tokyo for the first time, and am looking for something besides a guidebook (fiction or nonfiction) that will provide an interesting layer of interpretation as I move about the city. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 around Tokyo, Japan at 5:59 AM - 15 answers

May 25, 2016

Tokyo hotel recommendation?

Please help me find a hotel in Tokyo! (details within) [more inside]
posted by bluecore around Tokyo, Japan at 5:54 PM - 13 answers

March 7, 2016

15 days in Japan next month -- best suggestions?

I'll be in Japan (arrive Tokyo) for 2 weeks in early-mid April. I'm really into: hot springs, local food and drink (esp fermented), hiking & mountaineering, live music, herbal medicine & botany, artisanal crafts. [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai around Tokyo, Japan at 11:38 AM - 11 answers

March 6, 2016

What are these fabric squares that I bought in Tokyo?

I bought printed hemmed fabric squares in Japan that I thought were furoshiki, the gift-wrapping fabrics. But they feel too stiff and seem too small for this purpose. What are they really? Tea towels, maybe? (Links to photos in the "more inside") [more inside]
posted by cadge around Tokyo, Japan at 5:24 PM - 4 answers

One day in Tokyo, onsen, mochi and taxi advice needed please!

I will have one day in Tokyo during the week next week and what I'd most like to do is go to a nice onsen to refresh myself after the long plan ride. Then I want to eat some delicious mochi and wander around someplace interesting. I will arrive at Ueno station from Narita in the morning and need to be back to Ueno in the late afternoon. [more inside]
posted by hazyjane around Tokyo, Japan at 5:23 AM - 9 answers has best

January 29, 2016

Snowy Tokyo Day Trip?

Our family will be in Tokyo during the first week of February, and we thought this might be a good time for the kids (ages 7 and 2) to see snow for the first time. If we hopped on a train in Tokyo in the morning, is there a good place we could hop off and--without too much additional transportation--end up somewhere where we could slide down a hill on something, toss a few snowballs, and make a snowperson? Ideally we’d like to make it back to Tokyo the same day, but will consider staying overnight. [more inside]
posted by ultrogonic around Tokyo, Japan at 2:13 AM - 4 answers

November 23, 2015

Headed to Tokyo around New Year, what's closed and what can't I miss?

I am going on vacation! To Tokyo! I will be there from Christmas to a few days after the new year, and I've seen a lot of people saying their office is closed for that week. As a first timer and tourist, what can I expect to be disrupted by the New Year's holidays? Transit? Restaurants? Museums? Is there anything going on I positively must see?
posted by bensherman around Tokyo, Japan at 12:07 PM - 6 answers has best

September 27, 2015

What's interesting in Tokyo these days?

I'm going to be spending a week in Tokyo Oct 23-30, and my plan is mainly to eat delicious food and wander around. I lived there for 2 years 1997-99 so I've pretty much seen all the major tourist stuff. Current locals, what are your favorite things to do or eat? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects around Tokyo, Japan at 3:35 PM - 7 answers

June 17, 2015

A week in Tokyo: Baby and Toddler edition

For my 40th birthday coming up I've asked for a trip to Tokyo with the family for a week. We previously spent 3 days in Kyoto and loved it, staying at the Hotel Granvia. I'm planning the Tokyo trip and looking for options for accommodation and things to do/see with the kids. [more inside]
posted by Admira around Tokyo, Japan at 10:07 PM - 10 answers

June 15, 2015

Converting from UK to Japanese power?

I'm travelling from the UK to Japan in November, and have just realised that the mains supply stuff we are taking with us (phone/tablet charger with USB cable, camera battery charger for a Canon dslR) will require voltage conversion, not just an adaptor plug. This confuses me a little bit. Are there any recommended converters I should be looking at that will easily pack into luggage, or should I be looking at getting a Japanese usb charger/camera battery charger off of eBay before we go? [more inside]
posted by mippy around Tokyo, Japan at 8:54 AM - 6 answers has best

June 10, 2015

Tokyo Tatami Tips

Going to Tokyo for 6 nights, for the first time in 15 years, in July. Would like to do a hotel tour of sorts. What's hot, quirky, or interesting in the Tokyo hotel scene now? [more inside]
posted by Xurando around Tokyo, Japan at 5:15 PM - 3 answers

May 23, 2015

Suggesting Subtleties in Shinjuku

Help me find an english speaking guide to Tokyo who is not part of guide company and who will lead me into the warrens and twisted streets off the main drags. [more inside]
posted by Xurando around Tokyo, Japan at 9:38 AM - 3 answers

May 17, 2015

Diet Mt. Dew in Tokyo?

Is there a brick and mortar store in Tokyo that I can walk into and walk out with Diet Mountain Dew?
posted by ftm around Tokyo, Japan at 10:21 AM - 1 answer

March 16, 2015

What to do in Tokyo after work while visiting?

I'm on a business trip in Tokyo for the rest of this week. I'm looking for suggestions on things to do after work hours (i.e., most of the usual sightseeing is out), probably alone. [more inside]
posted by Jacen Solo around Tokyo, Japan at 7:48 AM - 14 answers

February 13, 2015

Help securing tickets to the Ghibli Museum - difficulty, not in Japan

We're trying to secure tickets to the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, but our international agent has no availability within our time scales. Is there a service like TaskRabbit in Japan where we could ask someone to check locally if these are available? [more inside]
posted by apcmwh around Tokyo, Japan at 10:07 AM - 5 answers