Tokyo

Tokyo Dome, Last Minute Shopping, Food Hall Lunch

September 16, 2011
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On our last day in Tokyo we have about half a day before we have to leave for the airport for a 7pm flight back to Los Angeles. The hotel has allowed us a (slightly) late checkout at 2pm, so we set out to do a little last minute shopping and sightseeing. The first goal […]

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Tokyo’s Ameyoko Market and Yakitori with the Local Crew

August 31, 2011
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We all hope for unscripted moments when we travel, don’t we? It’s those precious minutes when you actually get to interact with someone who lives in the place you have traveled halfway around the world to visit, someone who isn’t paid to interact with you (like a hotel employee, tour guide or waiter). These experiences seem fewer and […]

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Tokyo’s Ramen Jiro, A Delicious Happy Accident

August 15, 2011
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Our trip back to Tokyo from Kyoto was easy and quick. We bought bento boxes in the station for lunch on the 10 am train and had an uneventful and fast ride back to Tokyo. When we arrived back at the Hilton around 1:15, our room was not ready. This was especially frustrating because clearly the hotel was not […]

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A Visit to Senso-ji Temple in Tokyo

June 5, 2011
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After ourtwo breakfasts at Tsukiji market, we took the subway to the Asukasa neighborhood. We stopped in the tourism office, where we picked up a local map and were asked where we were from which was duly recorded. They said they had not had many foreign visitors lately, though today had been a big one with 13 […]

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A Tale of Two Breakfasts in Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market

May 31, 2011
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Monday in Tokyo Despite waking up in the wee hours of the morning, we got a later than expected start. Walking to Shinjuku station during the morning rush hour is like fish swimming upstream against the crush of people headed for work in the surrounding office buildings. Inside the station, where we planned to find the JR office and […]

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Tokyo’s Harajuku Girls and Rockabilly Boys

May 24, 2011
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On our first Sunday in Tokyo, we took the metro to Harajuku station. We’d heard on Sundays that people (mostly girls) like to get dressed up in cosplay and various Lolita type costumes and that a nearby street, Takashita Dori (photo at top) might be fun to walk around. We were completely unprepared for what we found. The area […]

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Tokyo Restaurants; Hitsumabushi and Tsunahachi

May 18, 2011
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Hitsumabushi (unagi/grilled eel) The Hitsumabushi restaurant on the 12th floor of the Ginza branch of Tokyu Hands department is the main branch of a well-known Nagoya eel restaurant. They are famous for their special Nagoya-style tamari sauce on unagi (eel) which has been grilled over bincho charcoal. At lunch time there was a full house […]

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Half Day Tour of Tokyo-Can We Learn to Love the Bus and Follow the Leader?

May 9, 2011
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Sunday in Tokyo- The 1/2 Day Tour As part of our airline package we had a half day tour of Tokyo. I contacted the travel agency before we left, looking for details about what was included in the tour and they automatically booked the tour for us for the day after we arrived, without asking. Fortunately, […]

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