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1. Posted by mishaelove (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

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My best friend and I (2xF) will be travelling to Tokyo, Japan for a week at the beginning of November and would like some help with the following:

  • Could anyone recommend some "must do" signtseeing experiences?
  • Can anyone recommend any cheap, clean, SAFE backpackers/hostels?
  • Are there many english speaking people in Tokyo?
  • Is the transport easy to navigate?

[ Edit: Edited on 29-Sep-2009, at 21:05 by mishaelove ]

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 5812 posts) 7y

I don't know that I'd pick anything as a must-see in Tokyo. This depends entirely on what kinds of things you want to see. Probably just visiting some of the different areas is something I'd say you should do. Akihabara is good for electronics and even if you don't like all the tech, you will still be amazed at the lights and craziness. Shibuya is famous for being a hangout for young and crazily dressed people. Shinjuku is another busy shopping area. There are all sorts of distinct areas throughout Tokyo though. Have a read through the Tokyo guide to see what might appeal to you.

There aren't really that many people who speak English, so be prepared to order food by pointing and be sure to carry a map with you that has both Japanese and English writing on it. Despite this language barrier, Tokyo is actually really quite accommodating. People go out of their way to help you even if they don't understand a word of what you are saying. It's one of the safest places I've travelled to. It wouldn't hurt to learn a few phrases in Japanese before you go too.

The transport is pretty straightforward once you get the hang of it. Again, be sure to have a subway map with both English and Japanese on it though, since that will help a lot in identifying stations. There are English signs at stations and some effort is made to cater to English speakers. We struggled a little on the first day in Tokyo, but after that found it quite easy. And although it can be crowded, I found it a felt very safe as well.

I'm sure you'll love it. It's a great city!

3. Posted by SA-Tokyo (Budding Member 30 posts) 7y

Hi, You're planning to visit Japan.
I'm happy to hear that.

I reccomend this hostel.
I heard this hostel is clean from my Korean friend.
& Asakusa area is very popular for tourists from abroad.

Sakura-Hostel
http://www.sakura-hostel.co.jp/

Next time , I reccomend some places.

&&&& I have to say that Not many Japanese can speak English.
But some of them can understand what you said.
Please try , they are kind people:)

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 7y

I stayed at the Tokyo International youth hostel and it was pretty good.

I used the Yamanote line quite a lot to get around Tokyo - it does a loop round the city and connects many of the main districts, such as Shibuya and Shinjuku.

5. Posted by layla1915 (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

hello. my boyfriend and i have been spontanious and booked a week in tokyo,we would really love to see so many things including mt fuji, as we have limited time& on a budget could anyone please recomend things to see and places to stay? we would love to travel around a bit if possible.:) also thankyou for all your post's and recomendationts to other people, as we have been finding them very helpful

6. Posted by Peter (Admin 5812 posts) 7y

Quoting layla1915

hello. my boyfriend and i have been spontanious and booked a week in tokyo,we would really love to see so many things including mt fuji, as we have limited time& on a budget could anyone please recomend things to see and places to stay? we would love to travel around a bit if possible.:) also thankyou for all your post's and recomendationts to other people, as we have been finding them very helpful

If you're on a budget then the best way to save money will be by *not* travelling around too much. Considering you're only there for a week (and assuming you haven't been to Tokyo before), I'd suggest that you could easily entertain yourself enough in Tokyo alone and you will have several hundred dollars extra in your pocket to spend while you're there.

If you do really want to see some other parts, then the JR Rail Pass is a good option. Important: you need to buy it before you go!! A 7 day pass costs 28,300 Yen, which is about US$300 per person. You can travel as much as you like then in the 7 days. There are also some passes covering specific locations like the JR East Rail Pass which may very well cover enough for you. Not exactly sure on the price and coverage for that, you'll have to look it up.

Have a read of the Japan guide's Getting Around section. There's some great information in there.

7. Posted by layla1915 (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

thankyou soooooo much. no havent been before but have always wanted too, your help is much appreciated.we were looking ar the mt fuji -bullet train tour.do you recomend it?we were thinking of doing a couple of tours like that.. do you suggest any others? and then proberly just look around tokyo. thank you again:)

8. Posted by Peter (Admin 5812 posts) 7y

We didn't go to Mt Fuji when we were there, but I'm sure it would be good. Instead we spent a couple of nights in Nikko. You can do that quite easily as a day trip as well. The temples there are absolutely stunning and you feel like you're in the middle of nature which is quite a change from Tokyo :) Other than that I'm not sure what other options there are, but I think you probably have plenty to see inside Tokyo already anyway.

9. Posted by layla1915 (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

thank you:)

10. Posted by SA-Tokyo (Budding Member 30 posts) 7y

Nikko & Hakone are easy to go from Tokyo.
If you go to Hakone in winter season , you can see Mt. Fuji depends on weather.
If you are lucky , you can see Mt.Fuji in Hakone anytime not only winter season.
I wanna say that best season to see Mt. Fuji is winter :)

You can check many informations about Hakone & Nikko.

  • Please check this page about Hakone area

http://www.hakonenavi.jp/english/index.html

P.S. After you reached Hakone-Yumoto station , if you ask "Hakone carry service " ,
you're free from your big luggages because they carry your luggages to your Hotel instead of you.
After you enjoyed Hakone area , and then you check in Hotel , you can find your luggages in your hotel.
It is useful service.
It cost from 700JPY to 1000JPY depends on luggage's size.
Hakone Carry service Tell +81+(0)460-86-4140

  • Please check this page about Nikko area

http://www.tobu.co.jp/foreign/

If you wanna save money for accomodations , you had better stay cheap hostel in Tokyo ,
&&& you had better stay good "Ryokan" in Hakone or Nikko.
"Ryokan" means Japnese traditional style hotel .
Usually they provide breakfast & dinner , & almost rooms have "tatami mat" && have big public Spa(bath).

Nikko & Hakone are traditional sight seeing spots for Japanese not only tourists from overseas.
So it is a little difficult to find cheap restaurant around there,
so you had better have nice meal in "Ryokan" ,
I think.