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Hi folks,

I will be in Tokyo for 5 full days come end november.  Can the well travelled here help me with suggestions for places for shopping & people watching & eating?  Also what is the best mode for mobile communications? As for getting around Tokyo, is there a "Hong Kong Octopus card" equivalent?  Will be staying at Hotel Metropolitan in Ikebukuro district all 5 days.

Shopping:
1. Akihabara
2. Shijuku

Eating:
1. Gyu An (Kobe beef)
2. ? (Good ramen places)
3. Sushi/Sashimi

Sight seeing:
1. Tsukiji market
2. Harajuku

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Re: Revisiting Tokyo after 10 years, where to go shopping & eating?
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2011, 09:31 »
If you like ramen, try the collection of ramen shops under the arches near Shinagawa JR Station.

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Re: Revisiting Tokyo after 10 years, where to go shopping & eating?
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2011, 09:38 »
If you like ramen, try the collection of ramen shops under the arches near Shinagawa JR Station.

Hey hey hey... Me and e missus were there a couple of years ago. Is it those ramen shops where u pay via a vending machine then u proceed inside?  Not bad at all but there was a ramen shop just a few meters from there, not e vending machine type. It was so so good we went there 2 nites in a row. The gyoza are damn addictive  :P

For sashimi go eat e freshest at Tsukiji market, a very interesting place I will never forget. I am not a fan of raw stuff but my missus love e sashimi there
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Re: Revisiting Tokyo after 10 years, where to go shopping & eating?
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2011, 11:49 »
I've been to Tokyo many many times, and Tsukiji market's sushi stores are some of the best sushi I have every tasted before.
There are 2 major stores there that are extremely popular. Just join the queues, even at 7am the queues are already very long.
But in true Japanese style, the queues are very orderly and there are no queue cutters, so it's actually a pretty pleasant wait.

The sushi is not cheap, a set is around 3,500 yen. But the experience is truly amazing if you appreciate sushi. The tuna especially..... once you eat that, you will never again eat the tuna in Singapore.



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Re: Revisiting Tokyo after 10 years, where to go shopping & eating?
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2011, 21:21 »
Feel like going too, by free & easy..........

But a bit apprehensive about communications with d Japanese locals......

Can they understand English?

Will taking a MRT around Tokyo a hassle.......

PLs advice , thnx ;)
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Re: Revisiting Tokyo after 10 years, where to go shopping & eating?
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2011, 21:45 »
I stayed in Tokyo for 1 whole month without knowing a single word of Japanese.
It's a cosmopolitan city and they're very used to tourists. So you'll get by with sign language, simple English words and menus with pictures.

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Re: Revisiting Tokyo after 10 years, where to go shopping & eating?
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2011, 13:30 »
What do you guys do in the matter of mobile communication?

Rent a mobile phone ans SIM card at the airport?

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Re: Revisiting Tokyo after 10 years, where to go shopping & eating?
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2011, 13:58 »
What airlines are you taking? If ANA, you can get a a free rental of mobile phone/SIM card at their counter. (just need to pay for the call charges)
You just need to book online then pick it up at the airport. At the end of the trip, just drop it off at the airport.

I think some other airlines offer something similar, just need to ask.

Something like this:
http://www.softbank-rental.jp/en/phones/local.php

Or this:
http://www.gomobile.co.jp/rates_in.html

You can also get a mobile phone with pre-paid card. There are many such counters in Narita Airport where you can find such providers.
If not, you can also get it in Tokyo itself, but a bit more difficult because of language. The chances of the people being able to speak English diminishes the further away you move from the airport.