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My Husband and I are taking our first trip to Tokyo (we will be there one week) at the end of this month. We have read a bunch of guide books and learned a little Japanese. However, I am looking for some tips. What should we see that might not be listed in our books? Anything we should know in the etiquette department etc? Any info at all would be appreciated. Thanks ahead of time.
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(Ooh.. I envy you!) It might be helpful if you mention what sorts of things you and/or your husband like to see and do. Pop culture or traditional culture? Are you foodies? Nature enthusiasts? Shoppers? Sports fans? Are you looking for something in particular?
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Akihabara, Ueno, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Harajuku, Asakusa are the main points to see.

If you have time (it's a bit late for snow) but maybe you can visit Kusatsu. It's the best hot spring place in all of Japan.
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Have a great trip!!!
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CharlieLola wrote:

My Husband and I are taking our first trip to Tokyo (we will be there one week) at the end of this month. We have read a bunch of guide books and learned a little Japanese. However, I am looking for some tips. What should we see that might not be listed in our books? Anything we should know in the etiquette department etc? Any info at all would be appreciated. Thanks ahead of time.


Yamanote Line.

Only train you'll ever need.

Eigo mondai nai. English will not be a problem (not a big one at least) in Toyko, but if I were you I'd consider seeing other places. There isn't enough to actually see in Tokyo to justify a week.
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I assume you're getting there via Narita airport. If you're going to be in the Tokyo area the whole time, I suggest getting this...

http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/suica-nex/

That Suica card itself is worth it. Just put some yen on it and anytime you take the train somewhere, you just scan the card at the train stations. You don't need to worry about calculating fare. The trains in the Tokyo area say the names of the stations in both English and Japanese, so the train system is actually really easy to get around on. I did this back in 2010 for a week long vacation in Tokyo. It was awesome.

That N'EX ticket gets you from Narita airport into Tokyo itself. It's ~1 hour express train. Narita is a decent bit north of Tokyo, so it can take a while plus be expensive if you use a taxi.

If you need help, the people who work in the JR office in Narita airport actually speak pretty decent English. They can help give you maps of the train system and anything else you need.
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I got a suica to ride the subways since my rail pass didn't work for that, it's a good and practical system (since you can use it in a lot of stores nationwide) but if they get the rail pass it pays for itself in one round trip between Shin-Osaka and Tokyo. Paying full fare on the surface trains isn't all that bad but the Shinkansen regular fare is pretty steep.

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I like Japanese star.

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if you're going to tokyo, shibuya, harajuku, etc.. you can buy a 1-day yamanote line ticket... you can go to those places with only one ticket...

if you love temples, you can go to kamakura.... but it's a lil bit far away, so you have to be patient to get there
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