Tokyo, Japan, easy travel, new edition, complete information, ready to travel, updated 2023

Tokyo, Japan, easy travel, new edition, complete information, ready to travel, updated 2023
Photo Street Under Cloudy Sky,Tokyo, Japan by Aleksandar (pexels.com)
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Tokyo, Japan, is one destination many people love and often return to visit repeatedly. Without getting bored at all, Tokyo is the capital of Japan. Located in the middle of the country in the Kanto region on the island of Honshu, the main island of Japan, and has an official name, Greater Tokyo

Photo: Japanese Alley, Tokyo by Emil Karlsson (unsplash.com)
Photo: Japanese Alley, Tokyo by Emil Karlsson (unsplash.com)

Steps to travel to Japan without VISA

Travel to Japan 2023, we come with a free visa. From October 11, 2022, Thai people can travel to Japan without a visa. Like before, Let’s see the information that we need to know better.

  • Tourists from Thailand are able to visit Japan with a visa exemption and can stay up to 15 days
  • Document showing a certificate of 3 doses of COVID vaccination as certified by the Health Organization or a negative COVID test certificate. For those who have not completed three doses of vaccination as prescribed, bring the RT-PCR test results within 72 hours with you. You can use the Doctor Ready app.
  • Fill out the documents for entering the country. Online registration is available at the Visit Japan website. Click here.

Required Documents Prepare before going to Japan

  • Passport (validity more than six months)
  • Complete three vaccination documents
  • Accommodation booking documents, return air tickets for immigration. Query
  • Immigration documents You can now fill out online.

Overview of Tokyo

Photo tokyo summer , Japan by Ryo Yoshitake (unsplash.com)
Photo tokyo summer , Japan by Ryo Yoshitake (unsplash.com)

Tokyo is the capital of Japan. It is the largest city in the world. With an urban population of over 38.5 million, it is one of Japan’s 47 prefectures. And is part of the Kanto region on the southeastern coast of Honshu. Which is the main island of Japan

Tokyo started as a small fishing village called Edo before becoming a political center and main castle town in the 17th century. Woto to Edo by changing the name of Tokyo, which means “Eastern Capital.”

Today, Tokyo is a major financial, technological, and cultural center. It is a world leader in the arts, media, fashion, and entertainment industries and boasts an excellent collection of museums, temples, and gardens. And the extensive rail system makes it possible to make day trips. To nearby provinces

Seasons in Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan It’s said that there are all seasons. So who wants to travel during the season? Let’s see which month I should reserve tickets for.

  • April – May: Spring (temperature range: 2° – 24°C)
  • June – August: Summer (temperature range: 16° – 30°C)
  • September – November: Autumn (temperature range: 7° – 27°C)
  • December – March: Winter (temperature range: -6° – 20°C)
Photo: River channel in park ,Tokyo by Ryutaro (pexels.com)
Photo: River channel in park ,Tokyo by Ryutaro (pexels.com)

Travel to Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan, has two airports: Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (HND) and Narita International Airport (NRT). Most international flights land at Narita Airport. But some international flights also pass through Haneda.

From Narita International Airport (NRT)

By train

KEISEI SKYLINER: The Keisei Skyliner will take you to Nippori Station in about 40 minutes and to Ueno in about 50 minutes. From there we can take a connecting train to the accommodation. You can pre-purchase Keisei Skyliner tickets through Klook, and we can also purchase Keisei Skyliner along with Tokyo Subway tickets.

How to buy tickets for the Keisei Skyliner
  • Follow the arrow sign Train symbol
  • Go down the escalator and look for the Skyliner & Keisei Information Center sign.
  • You can walk in to buy train tickets at the information center on B1 floor.
  • Buy a round-trip Keisei Skyliner train ticket with a Subway 72 Hours ticket (we recommend buying this, as it is very worthwhile. The first few days are a bit lost. Using a charter ticket like this is comfortable, the price is about 5,580 yen or 1,450 baht).
Photo: Keisei Skyliner
Photo: Keisei Skyliner

By bus

LIMOUSINE BUS: We can take a limousine bus to Tokyo Station or major hotels and Many places in central Tokyo. You can book online in advance through Klook.

By car

Private/Shared Transfers: This is one of the most convenient ways to get from Narita Airport to the hotel. But it’s also one of the most expensive. This service can be pre-booked online through Klook, providing airport transfers from Narita to hotels in downtown Tokyo.

TAXI: This will be the most expensive option. It costs at least around 30,000 yen to get to your hotel in central Tokyo.

Where can I exchange currency?

The unit of currency in Japan is the Japanese Yen (JPY).

Banks/post offices: Banks and post offices are one of Japan’s most trusted places to exchange foreign currency.

ATM Machines: This is the most common way to get JPY in Japan using our ATM card that can be used overseas. ATMs in Tokyo are numerous in the Subway area and along 7-11.

Photo: SMBC , Japan by MIKI Yoshihito (flickr.com)
Photo: SMBC , Japan by MIKI Yoshihito (flickr.com)

Neighborhoods in Tokyo

Tokyo is quite large. And some areas are popular to stay in quite a variety of areas. If friends want to choose a hotel or accommodation suitable for themselves, try making your travel plans first. To see which area most of us travel to, which style we like, and then choose a hotel in that area

Shinjuku

Shinjuku is one of the 23 wards of Tokyo. But this name often refers to large entertainment venues: Shopping and the dining area around Shinjuku Station, the busiest train station in the world. The city of lights that never sleeps For those who like the hustle and bustle, there are many places to shop and eat. This is another good option, but Shinjuku is crowded with a lot of traffic and high accommodation prices.

You can find accommodation in Shinjuku via Booking.com or Agoda.

Photo: Shinjuku, Japan by Jezael (unsplash.com)
Photo: Shinjuku, Japan by Jezael (unsplash.com)

Shibuya

Shibuya is another excellent shopping district in Tokyo. Gives a similar feel to Shinjuku. It is also a central transportation hub with many shops, restaurants, and cafes. Outside Shibuya Station is the Shibuya Crossing. This crosswalk is often referred to as the busiest intersection in the world. On the square beside the crossing is a statue of Hachiko, one of the world’s most famous dogs.

You can find accommodation in Shibuya on Booking.com or Agoda.

Harajuku

Harajuku is located between Shibuya and Shinjuku Stations on Tokyo’s Yamanote Line. Harajuku means the surrounding area. Harajuku Station This is the heart of Tokyo’s kawaii culture. Known for its quirky fashion boutiques. Trendy restaurants and Japanese teenagers dressed in strange outfits.

Popular neighborhoods in Harajuku include Takeshita Dori and Omotesando. Takeshita-Dori is where you can find the culture of cuteness. At the same time, Omotesando is a tree-lined street, often called the Champs Elysees of Tokyo. It is full of high-end shops and boutiques that cater to the mature crowd. Next to Harajuku Station are Yoyogi Park and Meiji Shrine. Yoyogi Park is a peaceful park with lots of trees. Meiji Jingu Shrine is a Shinto shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shogen.

You can find accommodation in Harajuku on Booking.com or Agoda.

Photo Takeshita Harajuku by Elton Sa (unsplash.com)

Ginza

Ginza is suitable for people who like a luxury, love to eat, and shop for famous brands because this is an upscale area with many luxury hotels, famous brands, and high-end restaurants.

You can find accommodation in Ginza at Booking.com or Agoda.

Photo: Ginza, Tokyo by Jason P (flickr.com)
Photo: Ginza, Tokyo by Jason P (flickr.com)

Tokyo Station

Tokyo Station is north of Ginza, the city’s central transportation hub. If you plan to travel by Shinkansen to Nagoya, Kyoto, or Osaka, this is the most convenient place.

You can find accommodation in Tokyo Station on Booking.com or Agoda.

Photo: Tokyo Station by Kuniaki Makihara (flickr.com)
Photo: Tokyo Station by Kuniaki Makihara (flickr.com)

Akihabara

Akihabara is another famous neighborhood in Tokyo. This is the heart of otaku culture. (Superfans) and where we will find a building full of arcade games. Electrical appliances, maid cafes, and many anime shops.

You can find accommodation in Akihabara on Booking.com or Agoda.

Photo: Akihabara by Japón Entre (flickr.com)
Photo: Akihabara by Japón Entre (flickr.com)

Ueno

If you want to stay in Tokyo’s more traditional neighborhoods, Ueno might be ideal. While this area isn’t as exciting as Harajuku, Akihabara, or Shinjuku, it does keep us close to some of Tokyo’s top cultural attractions. In Tokyo, such as the Tokyo National Museum and Ueno Park Plus, accommodation in Ueno is also cheaper, for we stay in Ueno almost every time because it’s close to the Keisei Sky Liner station and the subway.

You can find accommodation in Ueno on Booking.com or Agoda.

Photo: Ueno Station by Nakaharu Line (unsplash.com)
Photo: Ueno Station by Nakaharu Line (unsplash.com)

Asakusa

Directly east of Ueno is Asakusa, a similarly traditional area known for its temples and other historic sites, such as Sensoji, the oldest temple in Tokyo and one of the oldest temples in Tokyo. With the most visitors as well

You can find accommodation in Asakusa on Booking.com or Agoda.

Photo: Kaminarimon, Asakusa by Guillermo (unsplash.com)
Photo: Kaminarimon, Asakusa by Guillermo (unsplash.com)

Roppongi

Roppongi is another famous area. It is an upscale Tokyo neighborhood popular with ex-pats and ex-pats alike, with great museums, restaurants, shopping centers, and bars. So who’s late for a night out? You can stay in this area.

You can find accommodation in Roppongi on Booking.com or Agoda.

Photo: Roppongi by redlegsfan21 (flickr.com)
Photo: Roppongi by redlegsfan21 (flickr.com)

Odaiba

Odaiba is Tokyo’s future entertainment district. It is built on an artificial island in Tokyo Bay. It is also known for its many family-friendly attractions, such as its interactive museum. Digital exhibition and shopping center There are two popular attractions in Odaiba: the teamLab Borderless Digital Museum and the Unicorn Gundam robot in front of Divercity Tokyo Plaza.

You can find accommodation in Odaiba on Booking.com or Agoda.

Photo: Tokyo Olympics, Odaiba by Erik Zunder (unsplash.com)
Photo: Tokyo Olympics, Odaiba by Erik Zunder (unsplash.com)

Tourist spots in Tokyo

Below are just a few of the top attractions in Tokyo. We’ve handpicked the most popular ones. For those who go for the first time, Try to keep the list below.

1. Meiji Shrine

Meiji Jingu, or the Shrine, is one of Japan’s most important shrines. On the first day of the new year, Over 3 million devotees visit the shrine to offer their first prayers.

Meiji Jingu Shrine is a Shinto shrine dedicated to the spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort. Empress Shogen It was built in 1920, eight years after the death of Emperor Meiji, the first emperor of modern Japan.

Nearest subway station: Harajuku Station
Admission: Free

2. Sensoji

Like Meiji Shrine, Senso-ji is one of Tokyo’s most famous religious sites. Built in 645, it is the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo and is dedicated to the goddess of mercy, Kannon.

Senso-ji is located in Asakusa, about a minute away from Asakusa Station. It is known for its outer gate, Kaminarimon, which is recognized as a symbol of both Asakusa and Tokyo. Between Kaminarimon and Senso-ji, many shops sell various snacks and souvenirs.

Nearest subway station: Asakusa Station
Admission: Free

3. Tsukiji Outer Market

Tsukiji Outer Market is the most famous fish market in Tokyo. And is one of the most popular tourist attractions. Located about a 15-minute walk from Ginza Station, it became famous for its tuna auctions that used to be held at the inner market. The tuna auction has moved to Toyosu Market, but Tsukiji Outer Market remains open and bustling.

Nearest subway station: Tsukiji or Tsukijishijo Station
Admission: Free

4. teamLab Planets

This is a multimedia exhibition by art collective teamLab located in Odaiba, consisting of multiple rooms with interactive digital displays spread over 100,000 square meters.

teamLab presents another multimedia exhibition near Toyosu Market called Planets. Similar to Borderless, this place is highly recommended. It’s called an experience-oriented attraction. Many spots can be booked in advance online through Klook.

Nearest subway station: Shin-Toyosu Station

5. Tokyo Sky Tree

Tokyo sky tree is a TV tower currently the tallest in Japan, standing at 634 meters. Two observation decks (at 350 and 450 meters) offer spectacular views of Tokyo. Tickets can be booked in advance online through Klook.

Nearest subway station: Oshiage Station

Photo: Tokyo Skytree
Photo: Tokyo Skytree

6. Tokyo Disney Resort

There are two types of Tokyo Disney Resort: Tokyo Disneyland Park. And the Tokyo Disney Sea theme park. The theme park is trendy. Tickets can be purchased online in advance. However, it is recommended that you should buy online first. Because the queue is quite long, tickets can be booked in advance online through Klook.

Photo: Tokyo Disney Resort by Don Sullivan (flickr.com)
Photo: Tokyo Disney Resort by Don Sullivan (flickr.com)

Where can I go on a day trip from Tokyo?

If traveling in Tokyo to your heart’s content but there is still time left, where can we go, Like a day trip near Tokyo? Let’s see.

1. Tokyo Disney Resort

There may be “Tokyo” in the name, but Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are not in Tokyo. But in Urayasu City in Chiba prefecture, about an hour east of central Tokyo.

There are two types of Tokyo Disney Resort: Tokyo Disneyland Park. And the Tokyo Disney Sea theme park. The theme park is trendy. Tickets can be purchased online in advance. However, it is recommended that you should buy online first. Because the queue is quite long, Tickets can be booked in advance online through Klook.

2. Kawagoe

Kawagoe is an atmospheric castle town in Saitama Prefecture—less than an hour northwest of Tokyo. Nicknamed “Little Edo,” it is famous for its well-preserved warehouses and traditional buildings reminiscent of the history of the Edo period.

Many of the old buildings on the city’s main street, Kurazukuri, have been converted into restaurants, shops, and teahouses, so one of the best things you can do in Kawagoe is eat along the river. Way and soak up the atmosphere of the city.

How to get there: Take a train to Kawagoe Station. Take a local bus to Kurazukuri Street—an average travel time of about 50 minutes.

3. Kamakura

Located in Kanagawa Prefecture, Kamakura is one of the most popular day trips you can take from Tokyo. Nicknamed “Kyoto of the East of Japan” for its many impressive cultural attractions

There are exciting temples and shrines. But the biggest attraction is the Great Buddha of Kamakura. It is an 11.4-meter-tall bronze Buddha statue located at Kotoku-in Temple.

In addition to temples and shrines, Kamakura is famous for its hiking trails. So we can appreciate both culture and nature at once.

How to get there: Take a train to Kamakura Station.
Average travel time: about 1 hour

4. Hakone

Getting to Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture It’s similar to going to Lake Kawaguchiko because it is an onsen town where you can see a beautiful view of Mt. Fuji.

Hakone is located about two hours southwest of Tokyo and is known for its onsen resorts, temples, shrines, and hiking trails. And several art museums. So much to see and do

One of the most popular things to do in Hakone is soaking in an onsen. Ride a pirate ship across Lake Ashinoko and ride the ropeway to Owakudani, an area with hot springs erupting from volcanoes.

How to get there: Take the train to the station. Hakone-Yumoto
Average travel time: about 2 hour

5. Lake Kawaguchiko

Lake Kawaguchiko is the most accessible Fuji lake on a day trip from Tokyo. It is located in Yamanashi Prefecture. It is an onsen town with amazing views of Mount Fuji.

There are a variety of activities here, such as riding the Mt. Fuji Panoramic Ropeway, soaking in an onsen, or visiting the Fuji-Q Highland theme park.

How to get there: Take an express bus from Shinjuku Bus Terminal to Kawaguchiko Station.
Average travel time: about 1 hour 45 minutes

Photo: Kawaguchiko Lake by louie maristaza (flickr.com)
Photo: Kawaguchiko Lake by louie maristaza (flickr.com)

How to get around in Tokyo

Photo: Tokyo Metro Train by Joseph Chan (unsplash.com)
Photo: Tokyo Metro Train by Joseph Chan (unsplash.com)

Tokyo is big but has an extensive and efficient subway system. So travel anywhere can go by subway.

If you plan to take the train a lot, It is advisable to buy a ticket. Tokyo Subway 72 Hours and Suica IC Card

Tokyo subway tickets

Suppose you plan to use Tokyo’s local subways a lot (e.g., several times a day). In that case, a Tokyo Subway Ticket will be handy, giving unlimited rides on the Toei and Tokyo Metro Lines for 24 hours. 48 hours or 72 hours

We can look at the Tokyo subway map. Click here to see which lines we can use the ticket on, Toei and Tokyo Metro.

Tokyo subway tickets can be purchased at the airport. (Narita and Haneda) or at subway stations But it might be more convenient if we book online in advance through Klook.

But for those who plan to go on a day trip out of town or move to another city in Japan. It is recommended that you buy an IC card as well.

Suica / Pasmo IC card

The IC Card is a prepaid card, similar to Seoul’s T-money card or Hong Kong’s Octopus card. But it saves us the hassle of buying one-way tickets every time.

The Pasmo IC Card is the same as the Suica IC Card. The only difference is the company offering the Suica IC Card is Toei and Tokyo Metro, while JR operates the Pasmo IC Card, but both offer the same benefits. So accepting either card is fine. Click on the link for more information about Japan IC Cards.

If you want to buy a Suica IC Card, you can do so in advance through Klook.

Photo: The cards can be used interchangeably by JR East (japanstation.com)
Photo: The cards can be used interchangeably by JR East (japanstation.com)

travel tips japan

1. Internet

The internet is essential when traveling. We can choose to use a SIM card or a pocket wifi device. You can book online in advance through Klook. A 4G SIM card or a 4G pocket wifi device can be rented.

2. Navigate with Google Maps

Finding a way to get around is as easy as using Google Maps. Just search for the destination. The app will give you the best travel recommendations.

3. Travel Insurance

Another important thing in traveling is travel insurance. Before traveling, choose an attractive package or company.

4. Bring a suitable power adapter.

Japan has Type A or Type B power plugs, so bring the appropriate power adapter for your device. The voltage is 100V, and the standard frequency is 50/60Hz.

Photo: plug by ConvertKit (unsplash.com)
Photo: plug by ConvertKit (unsplash.com)

Summarize

Traveling in Japan is said to be easy and quite comprehensive, but there will be some very large stations. multiple exit entrance may have to look at the numbers Or observe carefully, you will get lost somehow, it’s the color of the journey. Have fun with your trip everyone.

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