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14 hour layover in tokyo!

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1. Posted by markmac (Budding Member 60 posts) 10y

I have a 14 hour layover, and was wondering if anyone has any tips on what to see or do. What is the best transit option into the city? Is there storage at the airport for luggage? anybody want to be a tour guide for the night? I arrive at 1800, saturday july 8th. Thanks for the input!

2. Posted by ghostdog (Full Member 142 posts) 10y

I imagine the airport has storage just check their website. Also I usually see if I can check my luggage early, if you have a milage card or ask nicely the airline may let you. You can take the Narita Express to Shinjuku(the center of Tokyos madness) it takes less than an hour. That is your only feasible option if it is your first time here.

What to see or do....The time of day will dictate where you can go and what to see as will your interests. More details=better info. Being the nice guy that I am I will once again try to answer another vague forum question.

Check out the skyscraper district of Nishi(west) Shinjuku. Or go to Shibuya for youth culture, people watching and shopping. Asasuka for Sensoji temple, Akihabara for electronics or the Imperial Palace near Tokyo Station. Sticking to one sight is probably best as you will likely get lost. I enjoy just walking around and taking the sensory overload in.

[ Edit: Edited at Jun 22, 2006 2:13 AM by ghostdog ]

3. Posted by markmac (Budding Member 60 posts) 10y

Thanks ghostdog! Sorry for the vagueness! I am arriving at 6 pm, and enjoy the madness of a city. It is probably too late for sights, so I was thinking of people watching in a popular area, and going to dinner, maybe a few drinks. I dont speak a word of japanese, is this a major problem? thankx

4. Posted by ghostdog (Full Member 142 posts) 10y

1 day no Japanese, no worries. Pointing and body language are your friends!

I like the evening best in Tokyo-a different vibe than the day time. People watching at night? Definitely Shibuya station at a popular meeting place called Hachiko. Millions of people meeting there everynight. Just go to JR Shibuya station(Hachiko exit).
You will take the limited express Narita express from Narita airport (about 3000 yen 90 min).Just go to the airport info counter(they speak english) and tell them you want to go to Shibuya.

There are heaps of places to eat and drink around Shibuya. You can buy beer at the train station kiosk or combini store and sit outside and watch the madness. If you have time check out Dogenzaka(Love Hotel Hill) a unique Japanese phenomenon. The top floors of department stores have a lot of choices for eating and some night views. Prices vary but expect at least 8000 yen with a few drinks for 2 for a decent meal. I recommend Yakiniku, Shabu shabu or if you are on the cheap-conveyor sushi!

5. Posted by markmac (Budding Member 60 posts) 10y

Thanks ghostdog! Shinjuku looks like the spot! I am on my own, so want to grab a beer and watch the madness go by! Can you recommend a restaurant that I can go solo? I have no knowledge of sushi, but i enjoy it, and when in Japan must sample! My budget is open, but i'm not fabulously rich!

6. Posted by ghostdog (Full Member 142 posts) 10y

Shinjuku is a good bet on your own. I dont know any specific restaurants by name(usually try a new place everytime) but if you are alone you may want to go for the conveyer belt sushi, you can just pick what looks good off of the belt. Do a net search for kaiten sushi you should find some explanation or advice, it is cheap and fun. Or yakitori is also a good cheap bet. There are good food stands around Shinjuku station hachiko exit. Alot of people eat alone in Tokyo so there are many places catering to solo eater and drinkers and these are good places to meet people. Many places have plastic food in the windows or picture menus so you should be able to get something that suits your taste.