2.5 days & 2 nights in Tokyo
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Oct 8, 2012 4:50 AM Last Post By: leeseylou7
Oct 3, 2012 6:54 AM
2.5 days & 2 nights in TokyoHi everyone,
I'm doing my first trip to Japan and quite excited. I'm there for work around Fuji but then I have Monday - Wednesday in Tokyo in a couple of weeks (October).
I need some advice on some fantastic hostels, which area is best to stay, and what I MUST see in those two and a half days/two nights that I'm there. I fly out of Narita to Beijing on the Wednesday afternoon.
Preferably hostels which are close to the key areas/convenient, are very clean and safe, and any that have organised tours of the town which you can tag along to.
Appreciate any advice!
Edited by: leeseylou7
Oct 3, 2012 9:48 AM
1Preferably hostels which are close to the key areas/convenient,
Unless you are looking specifically for places outside of Tokyo, most likely anything you find by searching for "hostel + Tokyo" will be central, i.e. somewhere around the Yamanote line circle plus minus 2 km or so. Tokyo consists of several "centers" which are usually visited, so wherever you are staying you will need to take public transport to get to the other sites/centers anyway at some point. Most hostels are located in the Asakusa area, which is a rather quiet part of Tokyo. You might want to search for a hostel that is not too far from a train/subway station.
If you want to go out in the evening and stay up late, you probably want to look into another area as public transport stops around midnight taxis can be expensive. Shinjuku, Shibuya and Roppongi are the most famous nightlife centers, but accommodation tends to be more expensive in these areas. Your best bet of finding budget accommodation here would be around Shinjuku, e.g. Ace Inn or the Yoyogi YH (either a long walk from the interesting part of Shinjuku).
are very clean and safe,
This should not be an issue in Japan.
and any that have organised tours of the town which you can tag along to.
Tours or no tours is a personal thing (I am not fond of tours), however IMO for Tokyo tours make less sense than elsewhere as there are no classical sights to see and as public transport is cheap and quick. The best thing is just walking around looking at people, architecture, shops,...
If you enjoy tours, IMO more useful than a classical sightseeing (bus) tour could be to find a local to show you around, for instance via Tokyo Free Guide or some Japan forums.
Oct 4, 2012 6:30 AM
2A lot depends on your interests.
For some cheaper places to stay, you might look at
Many cheaper places are in Taito-ku, and everything is connected by subway so it is easy to get around.
And if you have never stayed in one before, I recommend you spend at least a night in a Japanese Inn or ryokan. There are some inexpensive ones in Tokyo, like the Kimi, the Tama, the Taito and the Tokyo Ryokan.
The newest item is the Sky Tree, which offers a great view (if the weather cooperates, but October is often good), and while not cheap you won't find anything else like it. You can then skip other places like Tokyo Tower. But if you want a good free view, try the Metro Gov't Bldg in Shinjuku or Roppongi Hills.
Odaiba at night is a great place to see, as well as Love Hotel Hill in Dogenzaka. The most famous temple is in Asakusa, Sensoji. You can look at
for other ideas.
You can also spend half a day and see Kamakura; it has some of Japan's best traditional cultural sites like the Great Buddha.
Oct 8, 2012 2:31 AM
Oct 8, 2012 3:29 AM
You are now way outside the official climbing season (ended August 31), so climbing to the summit can be quite dangerous unless you are an experienced mountain climber and have the relevant equipment. Snow came quite early to Mt Fuji this year (Sept 11). For normal tourists you would be recommended not to attempt it.
Climbing Mt Fuji
Oct 8, 2012 4:50 AM
5Have had a read of those links and also a few other sites, looks true - too dangerous to go which is a shame, as I'm due back in Japan again next year - at the same time! I much prefer a quiet mountain, hence I did Everest BC and Gokyo last December - cold but empty trails. The dates I was looking at were 15 - 16 October, but unless I can find a guide or at least one hut open, I will pass and stay in Tokyo.
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