Kichijoji

Kichijoji is a nice place to spend a cheap day, just walking around and doing an odd bit of shopping, eating or relaxing in the park.  It’s the most interesting suburban town outside central Tokyo, and has many things to keep all types of people occupied. Budget travel tips Make sure you have a printContinue reading “Kichijoji”

Amemura (America Town)

Amemura (アメリカ村) is a lively, youthful area in Osaka. It’s full of Japan’s take on American culture and therefore makes for great people watching and window shopping. Budget travel tips Save money and walk to Shin Saibashi Shopping Arcade or Dotonbori Street after Amemura. Come with an empty stomach, as there is some cheap and tasty JapanesyContinue reading “Amemura (America Town)”

Gion Geisha District

Want to see a geisha? Your best bet is to go to Gion. If you are lucky you will see one walking around gion. Even if you don’t get to see a geisha (also called geiko), Gion offers an interesting sightseeing area, full of old-style buildings, tea shops and restaurants. Budget travel tips Check outContinue reading “Gion Geisha District”

Tokyo City Walk: Imperial Palace to Shibuya

A nice city walk from the political heart of Tokyo, via the swish neighbourhoods of Akasaka and Roppongi, then ending up in the hip areas of Harajuku and Shibuya. Can be used as a cycling route as well. Walking time: 3-4 hours Go to Sakuradamon station on the Yurakucho line (yellow Metro line) and leave from exit 2.Continue reading “Tokyo City Walk: Imperial Palace to Shibuya”

Harajuku

Harajuku (はらじゅく/原宿), between Shinjuku and Shibuya, is a heartland of youth fashion and activity.  It will provide plenty of splendid culture shock for an visitor, young or old. Budget travel tips Be sure to explore the smaller streets, full of fashion shops and nice cafes.  See the map for a recommended route, but it’s aContinue reading “Harajuku”

Shinjuku

Shinjuku (しんじゅく/新宿) is the business, entertainment and shopping mecca of Tokyo.  A must visit for anyone traveling or living in Japan. Budget travel tips Avoid eating at the expensive department store restaurants, the restaurants elsewhere are much cheaper and offer a better experience. If Shinjuku is a bit hectic, try heading to Koenji or Shimo-Kitazawa.Continue reading “Shinjuku”

Shimo Kitazawa

Shimo Kitazawa (しもきたざわ/下北沢) is a trendy place town with plenty of second-hand shops, bars, record shops, interesting fashions and nice cafes and restaurants.  It’s where all the cool, young people hang out! Budget travel tips The best way to experience Shimo Kitazawa is to walk around randomly and just soak it in.  The streets areContinue reading “Shimo Kitazawa”

Shibuya

Shibuya (しぶや/渋谷) is a busy area in Tokyo famous for youth fashion and the busiest road crossing you will ever see.  It’s one of the main clubbing, shopping and entertainment areas in Tokyo. Budget travel tips If you are tight on time, combine Shibuya with an interesting walk to Harajuku station.  There are plenty ofContinue reading “Shibuya”