"Tokyo - I love this place ! Old, New, & Happening" Top 5 Page for this destination Tokyo by Wild_Orchid
Tokyo Travel Guide: 4,332 reviews and 11,051 photos
My first visit in August 2004
How do I even begin to describe Tokyo? Let me start with my first impressions:
Crowded Train Stations
(clean, tidy, no graffiti to be seen anywhere),
Festivals & Colourful Street Parades,
Trendy Young People
(most that we met were very polite & respectful),
Electronic Gadgets & Cameras,
Impeccably manicured Gardens
I was in Tokyo for a whirlwind 5-day tour. From our base at Shinjuku Washington Hotel, my tour covered the shopping district of Times Square in Shinjuku itself, the nightlife district of Kabukicho, the commercial and up-market district of Ginza, Ropponggi Hills and Nightlife at Roppongi, historical Asakusa & Meiji Shrine & its surroundings, Ueno and the future world of Pallette Town, Odaiba. We also had a day out at Hakone, and overnighted at Narita (see my Narita pages).
...and this is barely scratching the surface.
Due to a special travel offer from MAS, I revisited Tokyo in May 2005, this time with my husband in tow. Instead of a guided tour, we did it all on our own. Pre-preparation through the internet (including VT and its helpful members, especially sweet Ayurin, Tokyo-native stonefree and Tsukuba's own mystery man manueleb) helped tremendously. We managed to cover quite a bit and really had a great time. During this second trip, we stayed at the Century Hyatt Hotel, Shinjuku and took a day trip out to Nikko and DisneySea. By Lake Chuzen, near Nikko, we caught the sight of beautiful pink mountain azaleas in full bloom.
We also spent a day at Narita town and visited the famous Naritansan Temple
Cleanliness is next to Godliness-alternatively known as The Onsen Experience
Enjoying an Onsen spa is a unique experience something no tourist to Japan should miss. The one I visited was in the Odaiba area - I found it charming, albeit a bit crowded. We went on a Sunday and it was filled with local tourists who spend time there bathing in the traditional manner. You would need a good 3-4 hours here in order to fully relax and appreciate your onsen experience.
- Pros:Unique people & culture, orderly and much greener than I had imagined
- Cons:It's really expensive!
- In a nutshell:Words could not describe this place-come and see it for yourself!
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