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Sumida River Cruise
Ginza
Imperial East Garden
Meiji Shrine
Asakusa Kannon Temple
Tasaki Pearl Gallery
Akihabara
Ginza to Narita Airport
Narita Airport
Narita Airport to Ginza
Streets of Tokyo

 

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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 attraction.

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 Tokyo. Under good weather conditions, Mount Fuji can be seen in the distance. A ride to the top floor, the special observatory, costs roughly 1500 Yen per adult.

I took the following pictures of Tokyo from Tokyo Tower. I was lucky enough to see Mout Fuji from the tower as well.

 

 

Postcard views of Tokyo

Buildings and Mt. Fuji

Ginza Street on Sunday/Tokyo

Night View of Odaiba

Ginza at night

Tokyo Tower Data

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Rainbow Bridge

Yokohama Bay Bridge

Tokyo Tower

Buddhist Pagoda, Kyoto

Mt. Fuji

Tokyo Tower

 

 

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Travel Tips
  1. Charge your battery for your digital camera or camcorder at every opportunity you find (Like at restaurant while having lunch, waiting at bus stop). If you don't, you will run out of your battery at the most beautiful sites of your travel.
  2. Japan uses 110 volt, so can use your electrical appliances from US. I did not have to use any adaptor either.
  3. Tokyo Airport is 60km from Tokyo. Take Airport Limo Bus or Narita Express train to get to Tokyo.
  4. Saw the following American Restaurant Chain: McDonald's, Denny's, Starbuck etc.
  5. 1000 yen =~ 10 dollars. 1000 yen bill is used most of the time.
  6. In general, everything is expensive in Tokyo.
  7. You don't need Japanese Visa if you have American Passport.

 

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