Both Haneda and Narita airports have been firm fixtures in Japan’s capital city for decades, and their air traffic combined make Tokyo the third-busiest airport system in the world after New York and London. If you’re planning your first trip to Japan, you might be worried about choosing the “wrong” airport. Which Tokyo airport is the best? And should you factor in where you’re staying, or where you’re flying from?
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Tokyo is still a major city – and as with any densely populated area, there are scams in operation. Being aware of common scams to look out for will go some way towards ensuring that your lack of experience is not taken advantage of on your Tokyo trip.
Tokyo is the biggest metropolitan area in the world, and there is no end of things to do, experience and enjoy. Along with the famous must-sees, try to slip a few of the lesser known attractions into your itinerary. Not only will you skip the crowds and long admissions lines, but you’ll get a unique glimpse of the city that most travelers don’t get to see. These will inevitably be some of your most awesome memories of your time in Tokyo.
Whether you’re a strict planner and list-maker, or you like to go with the flow, you’ll likely still want to know which accommodation to choose in Tokyo. Tokyo has an incredible wealth of options for every kind of traveler and is very well connected no matter where you choose to stay. Every district offers a different perspective and set of amenities, though. By choosing the right accommodation in the right district, you can ensure you plan your perfect trip.
Here, you are transported into another dimension and sucked into what can only be described as a whirling vortex of intense energy, creativity, and borderline madness. It is the heart of Japan’s unparalleled fashion and art scene and inspires designers, artists, and visionaries the world over. Putting such a place into words is like describing a totally new color or explaining the difference between left and right to someone over the phone. I guess what I’m trying to say is that you’ll just have to experience Harajuku for yourself to really understand the one of a kind charm of this dynamic wonderland that is truly unlike anything you’ve come across in your entire life.
Shinagawa (品川) is one of the busiest hubs in south of Tokyo. It has a train station that connects many lines. It even has direct connections to Haneda (via Keikyu Railways) and Narita Airports (Narita Express).
Kanda-Jimbocho (神田神保町) is Tokyo’s hotbed for publishing houses, used-book stores, and is an academic center attracting many young scholars. It’s just a few minutes’ walk northeast of the Imperial Palace. If you’re using the JR Yamanote Line or JR Chuo, get off at Kanda Station.
Sugamo (巣鴨), affectionately referred to as the Harajuku for Grandmas, is a shopping district that takes the intense, high-strung energy of Harajuku and dials it down to a more mellow, senior-friendly level. Young ones and the young once can head over to Sugamo for a laid back day of visiting a temple, shopping for classic, comfy clothes, munching on sweets, and capping the day off by purchasing a customary pair of red underwear.
From being known to be on the outer edge of the Edo Castle in the eponymous Edo Period, to being on the outer edge of the Shinjuku Ward today, Kagurazaka brings together the nostalgic charm of the past and the exciting energy of the present.