Tokyo has marked its spot on the map as one of the top destinations for luxury shopping. The city is composed of several shopping districts, each with a charm of its own – kawaii, hip and trendy, traditional, break-the-bank luxury, and, one of the best kinds, designer brands for less.
Here are the 5 best places to shop for new and pre-owned luxury branded goods in Tokyo.
No doubt, Tokyo is an international mecca for fashion. But it is more on the affluent side. And that is the way it is in Tokyo, one of the most expensive cities in the world. Do cheap clothes have any room to survive in this fashion paradise? The answer is yes, if you look hard enough.
Enjoy your bargain-hunting time at the recommended budget shopping places below.
Yen is the currency of Japan. Banknotes are available in 1,000, 2,000 (very rare), 5,000, and 10,000 denominations. Coins come in 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, and 500 yen. Take note that the 1 and 5 yen coins are not accepted by vending machines.
Japan is known as a technologically advanced country. True to its image, even exchanging currency has gone high-tech with the emergence of money exchange machines. You can find these “money vending machines” at airports, hotels, malls, and selected convenience stores.
These machines only accept 13 major currencies: USD, EUR, GBP, AUD, CAD, KRW, HKD, SGD, TWD, CNY, PHP, MYR, and THB. Just feed your cash into the machine and you will receive your yen instantly. The machines’ touch panels provide instructions in Japanese, English, Korean, and Chinese.
It is a quick way to get Japanese yen at any time of the day. However, their exchange rates are not as good as those at forex shops. In Tokyo, currency exchange chains are service providers that offer the best rates in town.
If you bring traveler’s cheques along, just exchange them at a major bank or big hotel. Only a few forex shops in Tokyo accept this type of cheque.
In this article, we have compiled a list of accessible and reliable money changers for you to add more yen to your wallet.
Souvenirs can be something edible. If you don’t think so, a scan through this list may change your mind.
It is simply because instant food and sweets in Japan are so delicious to taste and easy to fit in the luggage. Moreover, the cute and lovely shapes of the sweets are something to be crazy about.
Scroll down to see the recommendations. And check out the prices and store locations for easier access and proper budget preparation.
Fact of life: you can’t be a real foodie and not dream of flying to Tokyo for a full-fledged Japanese food fest – even for just a day.
As far as dreaming goes, you might as well shoot for the stars and aim for a week at least because, seriously, there is so much food to eat, so many restaurants, food markets, and street food stalls to try.
That’s on top of all the beautiful landmarks to see – the wonderful juxtaposition of ancient and modern sights.
Ancient Japanese cuisine didn’t have meat – mostly only rice, soup, veggies, and an eclectic collection of raw and cooked fish recipes.
Since the Japanese know their way around fish all too well, that idea doesn’t sound too terrifying. Chances are high that if you even went on a strict seafood diet on your trip to Tokyo, you wouldn’t even miss meat.
If you’re a serious meat lover though, you don’t have to worry because there’s been meat in Japan since the late 1800’s – and Japanese meat dishes are just glorious.
Enjoy this guide to the best food in Tokyo and the best places to get them.
In the Land of the Rising Sun, Tokyo is the city that never sleeps.
It is the epitome of a modern metropolis. The city is also the cradle of futuristic technology, cutting-edge engineering, state-of-the-art architecture, and trendsetting fashion.
In Tokyo, contrast is a way of life. Innovations and development give space for traditions respectfully. Grand old palaces, sacred shrines, and other historical landmarks play an important role in modern-day Tokyo. Ancient customs and traditions continue to be practiced even by the young generations.
For Tokyo’s millions of visitors, a trip to the city can be dizzying due to the vast number of activities it has to offer.
Enjoy your Tokyo time with our list of top 10 things to do. Take one or take them all, just make sure that your every moment is counted during your entire stay in this wonderful city.
Getting around in Tokyo, a city so modern and futuristic, is not easy for tourists and travelers.
The main challenge with transportation in Tokyo is that it has a dense, sophisticated network of train, subway and bus lines. And those lines are being operated by about a dozen different companies.
The fact that Tokyo is one of the most populous cities in the world also make it complicated for tourists to get around in Tokyo.
That’s why learning about Tokyo’s day passes and pre-paid cards, as well as ways to get around in the city is essential before you arrive in Tokyo.
Tokyo has the third busiest airport system in the world, after London and New York. There are two international airports in the capital of Japan, in which Haneda airport is more centrally located (15 km from central Tokyo) than Narita airport (nearly 70 km).
In this article, we will review about best ways to get from Haneda Airport to Tokyo Station, which is considered to be central Tokyo because it serves as a major transportation hub in the city and operates Japan’s highest number of trains per day (over 3,000).
Take note that if you use train, you may be pushed onto the train by white-gloved ‘pushers’ (oshiya–train station assistant) during rush hours.
If your flight is going to end its journey at Narita Airport, you will have to travel nearly 70 km to get to central Tokyo.
In this article, we will review about the best transport options one can take to reach Tokyo Station, which is considered to be city centre.
There is no better way to engage in a new culture than by dressing like the natives! Wander the streets of Kyoto in elaborate, spectacular kimonos. Take a glimpse of the elegant, flowing silhouette of your shadow as it paints the sidewalk.
Make your pick from the top-rated rental stores below. Leave your day clothes at the store and wrap yourself up in stunning Japanese attire for a one-of-a-kind experience.