I leave Bangkok for Japan next week but still feel a bit nervous even after reading the helpful advice on this website.
Im travelling alone, which area in Tokyo do all the backpackers stay and what should i do in 7 days when i fly in and out of Tokyo.
Many thanks for any help.
I know you already read my blog on Japan (as you commented on it), so I won't repeat that information. I also just today received the following email in my inbox from Air Canada on things to do in Tokyo, that you might want to read.
For me, my favorite things in Tokyo included the Tsukiji fish market in the morning. It's a wild place. Watch yourself when you walk around, you wouldn't want to be bowled over by one of the rampaging fishmongers!
A full day can be spent in the area around Shinjuku, including a visit to the Municipal Building to the west of Shinjuku station for free views of the city.
the Akasaka and Roppongi area have a lot of restaurants and bars and hip places to hang out. As well, the area around Harajuku is famous for Japanese kids and their wild fashion sense.
I took a trip out to the port area as well (taking the tram from Shiodome station). There is a science and technology museum there which is interesting, as well as some nice shopping areas with amusement rides and the big Toyota facility where you can test drive cars (on a closed course - 300 yen if I recall).
If you want to spend some of your time out of Tokyo and you like temples you could get the Shinkansen to Kyoto which takes about 3 hours.
I travelled round Japan on my own and I don't think you have anything to be nervous about. You'll probably find people are very curious about someone travelling alone and will often approach you and ask questions!
Let me know if you need any more info.
Good suggestions so far... if Kyoto is too expensive for you, you could try an overnight stay in Nikko... it's really beautiful this time of year with the changing leaves and all, and it has some nice traditional temples hidden in the woodlands. A day trip away from Tokyo, so it's cheaper and easier.
For a pretty good view of Tokyo, check out...
Asakusa: Traditional but touristy
Harajuku: Crazy fashion
Akihabara: Electronicsc and geeks
Shibuya: Busiest intersection in the world
Shinjuku: the 'red light' district, Kabukicho
Ginza: Big clean streets, designer fashion
Odaiba: Kind of multicultual Japan
Living in Japan and spent 4 days in Tokyo recently it was fantastic. This is such a safe country, touch wood, no fears about travelling alone - Tokyo Ryokan in Asakusa district is cheap and 'authentic' futon living and really helpful owner, Fusako with fantastic English and good sightseeing/eating suggestions, but it is quite quiet may not meet too many folk. www.tokyoryokan.com
If you want a raw experience of hot spring bathing go to the springs near the temple in Asakusa - its been my best onsening so far in Japan, ramshackle communal bathing and lovely old wrinkled helpful ladies, not a tourist spot! The temple also has English translated fortune papers so check out what the gods hold in store for you.
Near Roppongi Hills a nice block of 5 contemporary art galleries called Complex - worth a peek, down the hill from Roppongi but tricky to find so ask someone, and weird dog pet shop over the road.
Gorgeous bar The Albatross in Shinjuku with few foreign faces about, tricky to find but make the effort and check out the roof terrace http://metropolis.co.jp/tokyo/624/bars.asp
Most of all wander wander wander - I was cautious about Tokyo as don't like monstrous cities and alot of folk I spoke to were negative about it, but I loved it truely.
Thanks so much for all your advice.
Im in Tokyo now and allthough the first day was daunting, especially the metro system! I love it so much that today I rang the airline and changed my flight so Im here for an extra week Iv just wandered about and figured it out on my own today. Im staying Asakusa and am just loving it!
Thanks fishgill, Ill definately check out the Onsen especially as its so close to where Im staying.
Oh and I did the fortune paper at the temple yesterday (before I read the post( and got a really bad one