This is the second time am I visiting Tokyo. Took roughly
1800 pictures in two days. The first time I visited Tokyo I learned a
big lesson. Never contact your relatives when you are on a sight seeing
tour with very limited time. I ended up spending all my time with my
cousin gossiping and having dinner. This time I was on my own and was
able to see Tokyo the way I wanted to. I reserved a hotel at Ginza
because my focus this time was to explore the Ginza strip specially at
night which is one of the most expensive real estates in the world.
I stayed at Ginza Monterey Hotel. The price was around 165 dollars
per night with broadband connection. The reasons I stayed at this
hotel....1) Located at the heart on Ginza 2) Newly built 3) Had
broadband connection 4) Did not want to spend too much money on hotel
since I was traveling alone.
Tokyo is about 60 km from Narita Airport. There are several ways you
can go to the city from airport like by taking the Airport Bus service,
Narita Express train or taxi. I took Airport Limo Bus so that I can see
Tokyo from the bus.
It is always good to take Organized Tour on your first day and then
explore on your own the following day. The "Organized Day Tour" will
give an idea about the city and then you can go back to the places you
liked the most. I picked up some brochures for Day Tour from Narrita
Airport's Tourist Information booth and chose the one that fit my
interest. I was primarily interested in Tokyo Tower, Imperial Garden and
ride along the Sumida River. This tour covered all these and much more.
One good thing about the organized tour is that you get to see the
things you would not see if you were sight seeing alone. The Organized
tour dont pick up from all the hotel so you have to go pick up hotel
close to where you are staying. You also need to make reservation over
the phone for pick up location.
Its good to say at well know hotel. Airport Shuttle Bus normally
stops at the popular hotels.
City Tour -> pick up locations are normally from well known hotels.
Tokyo from Tokyo Tower
With 333 meters,
Tokyo Tower is 13 meters taller than its model, the Eiffel Tower of Paris,
and the world's tallest self-supporting steel tower. It was completed in
the year 1958 as a symbol for Japan's rebirth as a major economic power,
and serves as a television and radio broadcast antenna and tourist
Visitors can ascend to the main observatory at 150 meters and the
special observatory at 250 meters to get a bird's eye view of
Under good weather conditions,
can be seen in the distance. A ride to the top floor, the special
observatory, costs roughly 1500
I took the following pictures of Tokyo from Tokyo Tower. I was lucky
enough to see Mout Fuji from the tower as well.