Tokyo Travel Facts

The Basics

City Name: Tokyo

Where is it located?: Tokyo is eastern Japan close to the north Pacific.

Why do people go there?: Tokyo is the capital of Japan. Perhaps one of the most expensive destinations in Asia, Tokyo is the land of sumo, sushi and kimono, a land where the delicate kimono clad lady fights against drunken salary men for a seat on the subway.

How do travelers get there?: Most people enter Japan through either Tokyo’s Narita or Osaka’s Kansai International (KIX) airports.

Currency: Yen

City Code: 3

Other phone tips: In Japan, when you are in a public transportation such as the subway, train or bus, you should turn off or put your cell phone in a silent mode.

Population: 13 million

Languages: Japanese 99%, others 1%

Travel Information

Neighborhoods: Shinkuju-Ku, Shibuya-Ku

Attractions: Imperial Palace, Ginza, Shinjuku

Accommodations: Tokyo Hostels

Tourist Office: Japan Tourist_Office

Off-the-beaten-path: Tsukiji Central Fish Market

Health Issues: No major Health Issues for Japan.

Tips for Visiting

When to go: Go to Japan when you’re rich! Kidding aside, you can visit most of the year, althought the summer can be hot.

Common Phrases: ohaiyo = good morning; konnichi-wa=good day; hai= yes; ie= no; oyasumi nasai= good night; ai shiteru=I love you; domo arigato gozaimasu=thank you very much; onigaishimasu or kudosai=please

City Specific Events: Hari-kuyo: February

How to get around?: Tokyo has really bad traffic to the point where the only transport you should use in the subway.

Good to know: Tokyo (and Japan) is very expensive, with budget backpackers barely getting by on $80 to $100 per day.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Tokyo is the Narita International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Tokyo travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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