1. Shortie
    March 19, 2012 @ 10:33 AM

    World tour i was on scheduled to go to Asia including a week in Japan. I did some web searching and addition to most of your list going to Akihabara. It’s the main shopping district for electronics and anime… I heard it a sight to see. Though the tour ended canceling the asia leg. I still want to see Japan one day.

    Enjoy the trip.

  2. Andrea
    March 19, 2012 @ 10:54 AM

    Mt Fuji is something I’ve wanted to do but never really had the time while there to do. List as follows:

    -Harajuku/Yoyogi on a Sunday. Cosplayers and live music abound. Takeshita Dori is a shopping mecca, at least for me. Have a crepe!
    -Ginza Candle – fantastic restaurant in Ginza with some of the best fried chicken I’ve had ever.
    -Ebisu – Biergarten is very nice.
    -Food.Food.Food – Don’t bother with anything westernized, as the food is awesome. Omurice, ramen, okonomiyaki, takoyaki, etc.
    -Ikebukero – really cool at night.
    -Marui – awesome department store and several of them have very nifty cafes in them.
    -Omotesando – The Kiddy Land store has pretty much every toy ever. Floors upon floors. Really nifty!
    -Odaiba – Pallet town has a lot of nice things, including the Ferris Wheel. There is also a shopping area with a pet store and other things (you can pick up a souvenir for Karma!). A lot of people bring their dogs here so it’s pretty cool.
    -A theme izakaya/bar – Try to find one and go. There are several. We went to one in Shibuya that was themed like an elementary school with ‘tests’ and teachers and everything. Food is good, booze is cheap, etc. This has a list of a lot of theme restaurants: http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2008/nov/27/tokyo-theme-restaurants-japan-food I actually knew someone who worked at @home cafe for a while.
    -Akihabara in general. I’d avoid the first few stores off of the train station but further down you can find some awesome deals (and a lot of really nice, rare used games.)
    -Tokyo Station, original side. You probably won’t actually go through Tokyo Station for anything other than passing through, but if you get a chance stop at it and take a look at the Historic Side for picture opportunities. It’s very nice architecturally and fashioned after a European train station.
    -Edo Tokyo Museum – if you like history and are curious about the transition from Edo ->Tokyo, this is a very nice place to visit.

    I could probably go on, but I doubt you have any need to know where the 50+ j-idol shops are throughout Tokyo proper. XD Though, a stop at the AKB48 theater might be cool for the experience, if you can get tickets.

    Oh, and don’t change your money until you hit Narita. And I would highly suggest shipping your luggage from Narita to your hotel upon arrival – it should be there within the day if not the next morning and it’s cheap, like 2000yen (at least it was to Kyoto/Fukuoka, probably cheaper within Tokyo) through Yamamoto Kuroneko. Logo is a black cat, hard to miss. The Narita Express is fine when it comes to luggage but trying to manage the Yamanote or any of the other lines off of the Yamanote with luggage? Yeah, no. Did it going home, never will again. You can also schedule them to pick up your luggage the day before you leave and it will be at the airport for you when you go.

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