i'm going to tokyo alone in august. have already booked a hotel. is there any definite places i should visit. i'm only there for two nights, but want to make the most of it, will i find it really difficult to get around by myself and how safe is it?, where should i go/not go? thanks
Tokyo is really really safe and you'll have a fabulous time!
For evening outings and a bit of excitement, I suggest you make it to Shibuya and Shinjuku - they're both very popular places (you'll be impressed by the crowds, I guarantee!) and you'll find interesting restaurants, bars, noodle places and all sort of shops...
For sight seeing, make sure you get to Asakusa - it has a famous temple and lots of shops you don't want to miss!
If you have a bit of extra time, the grounds of the Imperial Palace are worth a visit; they're not that exciting but there are nice Japanese gardens that provide lots of excellent photo opportunities!
Hope this helps!
Tokyo is probably the safest city you will ever visit.
I took my partner and kids two years ago (in August) and stayed in the Ueno Park (north east) area.
We walked around through back alleys and side streets to local attractions with no bother at all. It's far safer than any city in the UK.
Getting around is easy - on foot or by tube (avoid rush hour though).
If you take a taxi, you will need directions written down for the driver - they are very polite, but will not speak a word of English.
Japan is very much driven by vending machines - for drinks especially.
Also, the tube takes lots of coins, so you will need stacks of change in your pockets (no girly excuses about not having pockets please!)
1000 Yen notes are also a favourite, so hang onto a few if you can.
How are you getting into town from the airport? There is an express train from Narita, or a slower (cheaper) one that takes about an hour and a half.
Be sure to try the isotonic drink Pocari Sweat - just to say you have!