A Trip to Tokyo
Post on 13-Jul-2015
Tokyo officiallyTokyo Metropolis(Tky-to)is one of the 47prefecturesofJapan. It is located on the eastern side of the main islandHonshand includes theIzu IslandsandOgasawara Islands. Tokyo Metropolis was formed in 1943 from the merger of the former Tokyo Prefecture (Tokyo-fu) and thecity of Tokyo. Tokyo is thecapital of Japan, the center of theGreater Tokyo Area, and thelargest metropolitan areaof Japan. It is the seat of theJapanese governmentand theImperial Palace, and the home of theJapanese Imperial Family.The Tokyo Metropolitan government administers the twenty-threespecial wards of Tokyo, each governed as a city, that cover the area that was the city of Tokyo as well as 39municipalitiesin the western part of the prefecture and the two outlying island chains. The population of the special wards is over 8 million people, with the total population of the prefecture exceeding 13 million. The prefecture is part of theworld's most populous metropolitan areawith 35 to 39 million people (depending on definition) and theworld's largest metropolitan economywith a GDP of US$1.479 trillion atpurchasing power parityin 2008.Tokyo was described bySaskia Sassenas one of the three "command centers" for theworld economy, along withNew York CityandLondon.This city is considered analpha+ world city, listed by the GaWC's 2008 inventoryand ranked third among global cities byForeign Policy's 2010Global Cities Index.In 2009 Tokyo was named theworld's most expensive cityfor expatriate employees, according to theMercerandEconomist Intelligence Unitcost-of-living surveysand named the third Most Liveable City and the Worlds Most Livable Megalopolis by the magazine
Photo of Tokyo in map of Japan
A Photo View of Tokyo
Flight choosen by me to go to tokyo
Amritsar28 Sep, 07:20 AMTokyo29 Sep, 08:00 AM121hr10minTokyo05 Oct, 09:40 AMAmritsar06 Oct, 09:00 AM226hr50min Rs.70,527 (Incl. of taxes & fee)Rs.55,600 Fare+Rs.14,927 Taxes & Fee
Weather conditions in Tokyo
Average high C (F)9.8(49.6)10.0(50)12.9(55.2)18.4(65.1)22.7(72.9)25.2(77.4)29.0(84.2)30.8(87.4)26.8(80.2)21.6(70.9)16.7(62.1)12.3(54.1)19.7(67.5)
Daily mean C (F)5.8(42.4)6.1(43)8.9(48)14.4(57.9)18.7(65.7)21.8(71.2)25.4(77.7)27.1(80.8)23.5(74.3)18.2(64.8)13.0(55.4)8.4(47.1)15.9(60.6)
Average low C (F)2.1(35.8)2.4(36.3)5.1(41.2)10.5(50.9)15.1(59.2)18.9(66)22.5(72.5)24.2(75.6)20.7(69.3)15.0(59)9.5(49.1)4.6(40.3)12.5(54.5)
Avg. precipitation days( 1.0 mm)22.214.171.1240.19.611.910.48.211.39.16.23.8100.5
Avg. snowy days126.96.36.1990000000.79.1
Source #1: Japan Meteorological Agency
Econmomy of Tokyo
Tokyo Stock Exchange, the second largest in the world by market capitalizationTokyo is one of the three world finance "command centers", along withNew York CityandLondon. Tokyo has thelargest metropolitan economy in the world. According to a study conducted byPricewaterhouseCoopers, the Tokyourban area(35.2 million people) had a total GDP of US$1.479 trillion in 2008 (atpurchasing power parity), which topped the list.As of 2009, 51 of the companies listed on theGlobal 500are based in Tokyo, almost twice that of the second-placed city (Paris).Tokyo is a major international finance center,houses the headquarters of several of the world's largestinvestment banksandinsurancecompanies, and serves as a hub for Japan'stransportation,publishing, andbroadcastingindustries. During the centralized growth of Japan's economy followingWorld War II, many large firms moved their headquarters from cities such asOsaka(the historical commercial capital) to Tokyo, in an attempt to take advantage of better access to the government. This trend has begun to slow due to ongoing population growth in Tokyo and the high cost of living there.Tokyo was rated by theEconomist Intelligence Unitas the most expensive (highestcost-of-living) city in the world for 14 years in a row ending in 2006.This analysis is for living a corporate executive lifestyle, with items like a detached house and several automobiles.TheTokyo Stock Exchangeis Japan's largeststock exchange, and second largest in the world bymarket capitalizationand fourth largest by share turnover. In 1990 at the end of theJapanese asset price bubble, it accounted for more than 60% of the world stock market value.Tokyo had 8,460ha (20,900acres) of agricultural land as of 2003,according to theMinistry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, placing it last among the nation's prefectures. The farmland is concentrated in Western Tokyo. Perishables such as vegetables, fruits, and flowers can be conveniently shipped to the markets in the eastern part of the prefecture.Japanese leaf spinachandspinachare the most important vegetables; as of 2000, Tokyo supplied 32.5% of the Japanese leaf spinach sold at its central produce market.With 36% of its area covered by forest, Tokyo has extensive growths ofcryptomeriaandJapanese cypress, especially in the mountainous western communities of Akiruno, me, Okutama, Hachiji, Hinode, and Hinohara. Decreases in the price of lumber, increases in the cost of production, and advancing old age among the forestry population have resulted in a decline in Tokyo's output. In addition, pollen, especially from cryptomeria, is a major allergen for the nearby population centers.Tokyo Bay was once a major source of fish. Presently, most of Tokyo's fish production comes from the outer islands, such as Izu shima and Hachijjima.Skipjack tuna,nori, andajiare among the ocean products.Tourism in Tokyois also a contributor to the economy.
Transportation in Tokyo
Tokyo, as the center of theGreater Tokyo Area, is Japan's largest domestic and international hub for rail, ground, and air transportation. Public transportation within Tokyo is dominated by an extensive network of clean and efficienttrains and subways run by a variety of operators, with buses, monorails and trams playing a secondary feeder role.Withinta, one of the 23 special wards,Tokyo International Airport("Haneda") offers mainly domestic flights. Outside Tokyo,Narita International Airport, inChiba Prefecture, is the major gateway for international travelers to Japan andJapan Airlines,All Nippon Airways,Air JapanandDelta Air Linesall have a hub at this airport.Various islands governed by Tokyo have their own airports.Hachijjima(Hachijojima Airport),Miyakejima(Miyakejima Airport), andIzu shima(Oshima Airport) have service to Tokyo International and other airports.Rail is the primary mode of transportation in Tokyo, which has the most extensive urban railway network in the world and an equally extensive network of surface lines.JR Eastoperates Tokyo's largest railway network, including theYamanote Lineloop that circles the center of downtown Tokyo. Two organizations operate the subway network: the privateTokyo Metroand the governmentalTokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation. The metropolitan government and private carriers operate bus routes. Local, regional, and national services are available, with major terminals at the giant railroad stations, includingTokyo,Shinagawa, andShinjuku.Expressways link the capital to other points in the Greater Tokyo area, the Kant region, and the islands ofKyshandShikoku.Other transportation includes taxis operating in the special wards and the cities and towns. Also long-distance ferries serve the islands of Tokyo and carry passengers and cargo to domestic and foreign ports.
Hotel choosen Most Economist: APA KEISEI NARITA Star
APA KEISEI NARITAStar Rating:
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Car parking (Payable to hotel, if applicable)
Hotel Category: First Class Modern Hotel
Location:The hotel is located just a few minutes walk from East Exit of Keisei Narita Train Station. From Narita International Airport, it is only two stops by Keisei line train (7 minutes)
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Car parking (Payable to hotel, if applicable)
Earliest check-in at 14:00
Very small sized lobby
Hotel Category: First Class Modern Hotel
Location:The hotel is located just a few minutes walk from East Exit of Keisei Narita Train Station. From Narita International Airport, it is only two stops by Keisei line train (7 minutes) and the regular complimentary shuttle bus services are also operated between the hotel and Airport terminals (about 30 minutes). From central Tokyo, it takes about 65 minutes by Keisei Line from Keisei Ueno Station or 70 minutes by JR line from JR Tokyo Terminal.
Lobby:The lobby is medium in size, with some sitting places and decorated in modern style.
Exterior:It is a 15 storied modern white building.
Restaurant:There is a Japanese restaurant on the ground floor where the daily hot buffet breakfast is served. The restaurant is also opened for lunch and dinner, featuring casual Japanese dishes.
General:A good value hotel near the middle of Narita town, offering guests a good chance to walk around the town. The hotel also offers complimentary entrance to their public bath which is located on the 2nd floor for relaxation. (03/10 YT).
Rooms:All twin rooms are medium and singles are small in size. They are all furnished in simple modern style with the facilities such as 26 inches LCD television, direct dial phone, air-conditioning and the complimentary high speed internet access etc.The bathrooms are also small and kept clean and in excellent condition.
Other Details1 kms to city centre10 kms to the nearest airport (narita)Close to the station (keisei narita st)1 minute walk to the nearest bus stop
Check-in/out InfoCheck-in time is 12PM, Check-out time is 12PM.Early check-in or late check-out is subject to availability and may be chargeable by the hotel. After booking you will be sent an email confirmation with hotel phone number. You can contact the hotel directly for early check-in or late check-out
10 most attractive places near to TokyoAkihabaraAkihabara (short: Akiba) is a district in centralTokyo, famous for its many electronics shops. In recent years, it has also gained fame as a center of the gaming,mangaand animation culture. A major redevelopment of Akihabara Station and surroundings is nearing its completion, giving Akihabara a new face.
Hundreds of electronics shops of various sizes can be found around Akihabara Station and along Chuo Dori (Chuo Avenue). They offer everything from the newest computers, cameras, televisions, mobile phones and home appliances to second-hand goods and electronic junk.A few major stores, such asIshimaru Denki,SofmapandLaoxoperate multiple branch stores mainly along the main roads, while many smaller shops can be found in the narrow side streets.Note that some of the electronic appliances on sale are only suited for use in Japan due tovoltage and other technical differencesand limited warranty. However, several stores also feature a selection of products for overseas use and offer duty free shopping to foreign tourists on purchases of over 10,000Yen(passport required).Koishikawa Korakuen
Koishikawa Korakuen is one ofTokyo's oldest and most beautiful Japaneselandscape gardens. It was built by close relatives of the Tokugawa Shogun in the earlyEdo Period.Like most traditionalJapanese gardens, Koishikawa Korakuen attempts to reproduce famous landscapes from China and Japan in miniature, using a pond, stones, plants and a man made hill.Koishikawa Korakuen is attractive during all seasons of the year, but particularly so in the second half of November, when thefall colorsappear, during theplum festivalin late February and when the beautiful weepingcherry treenear the garden's entrance is in full bloom.
Tokyo Imperial Palace
d by moats and massive stone walls in the center ofTokyo, a short walk fromTokyo Station. It is the residence of Japan'sImperial Family.EdoCastle used to be the seat of theTokugawashogunwho ruledJapanfrom1603 until 1867. In1868, the shogunate was overthrown, and the country's capital and Imperial Residence were moved fromKyototoTokyo. In 1888 construction of a new Imperial Palace was completed. The palace was once destroyed duringWorld War Two, and rebuilt in the same style, afterwards.From Kokyo Gaien, the large plaza in front of the Imperial Palace, visitors can view the Nijubashi, two bridges that form an entrance to the inner palace grounds. The stone bridge in front is called Meganebashi (Eyeglass Bridge) for its looks. The bridge in the back was formerly a wooden bridge with two levels, from which the name Nijubashi (Double Bridge) is derived.
Shinjuku is one of the 23 wards ofTokyo, but the name commonly refers just to the large entertainment, business and shopping area around Shinjuku Station.Handling more than two million passengers each day, Shinjuku Station is Japan's busiestrailwaystation, served by six railway companies and about a dozen railway and subway lines, including theJR Yamanote Line.West of the station is Shinjuku'skyscraper district, home to many ofTokyo's tallest buildings, including several premier hotels and theMetropolitan Government Office, whose observation decks are open to the public for free.Northeast of the station liesKabukicho, Japan's largest and wildest red light district, while department stores, subterranean malls and electronic shops surround Shinjuku Station on all four sides, including the recently redeveloped south, where the pleasant Southern Terrace is located. Redevelopment there is still ongoing.Shibuya
Shibuya is one of the twenty-three city wards ofTokyo, but often refers to just the popular shopping and entertainment area around Shibuya Station.Shibuya is one ofTokyo's most colorful and busy districts and birthplace to many of Japan's fashion and entertainment trends. Most of the area's large department and fashion stores belong to eitherTokyuorSeibu, two competing corporations.A prominent landmark of Shibuya is the large intersection in front of the station (Hachiko Exit), which is heavily decorated by neon advertisements and giant video screens and gets crossed by amazingly large crowds of pedestrians each time the traffic light turns green.Sensoji Temple
Sensoji (also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple) is a Buddhisttemplelocated inAsakusa, the center of the shitamachi (lit. "low town").The legend says that in the year628, two brothers fished a statue ofKannon, the goddess of mercy, out of the Sumida River, and even though they put the statue back into the river, it always returned to them. Consequently, Sensoji was built there for the goddess of Kannon. Thetemplewas completed in 645, making itTokyo's oldest temple.Daiba
Daiba, literally meaning "fort", refers to some of the man made islands in the Bay of Tokyo, which were constructed in the end of theEdo Period(1603-1868) for the city's protection against attacks from the sea.During the extravagant 1980s, a spectacular redevelopment of the islands into a futuristic business district was started, but development was critically slowed down after the burst of the "bubble economy" in the early 1990s.It was not until the second half of the 1990s, that Odaiba developed into one ofTokyo's most interestingtourist spotsand the highly popular shopping and entertainment district, which it is today. Further development of the area is still underway.
The Tokyo Motor Show
The Tokyo Motor Show, one of the world's top motor shows, is held every two years atMakuhari Messeconvention center inChiba Prefecture. The show is a venue to introduce new cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles for the total motor vehicle experience.The 42nd Tokyo Motor Show is expected to be held in autumn 2011.The Tokyo Motor Show features the latest production vehicles of domestic and international brands, including many concept cars. Many of the featured vehicles have their world debut here, and that, combined with the show's demonstrations and hands on events, offers visitors a chance to see and experience some of the latest in vehicle engineering, passenger safety and green technology.Attractions:Among the attractions of Odaiba are several shopping and entertainment centers, theme parks, museums and the futuristic architecture and city planning. Even access to Odaiba can be considered an attraction (see "How to get there").The Tokyo Game Show
the Tokyo Game Show is an annual trade show for video game developers held atMakuhari Messeconvention center outside ofTokyoinChiba Prefecture. Held since 1996, it is one of the world's biggest game shows, which companies use as a venue to launch new products and show off their latest innovations and technology.The Tokyo Game Show is held over four days, of which only the last two are open to the general public. The first two days are business days attended only by invited members of the industry and the media. The2011 Tokyo Game Showis scheduled to be open to the general public in mid September 2011.Throughout the trade show you can see the latest game debuts and trailers, as well as try out the newest demos from their favorite developers such as Sony, Microsoft, Konami and Squaresoft.Although Nintendo does not attend the Tokyo Game Show (until 2001 they held their own trade show, and since then debut their new products at the E3 trade show in Los Angeles), they are well represented by the many game developers that create games for Nintendo platforms.
Kamakura is a coastal town inKanagawa Prefecture, less than an hour south ofTokyo.Kamakura became the political center of Japan, whenMinamoto Yoritomochose the city as the seat for his new military government in1192. The Kamakura government continued to rule Japan for over a century, first under the Minamotoshogunand then under the Hojo regents.After the decline of the Kamakura government in the 14th century and the establishment of its successor, theMuromachi or Ashikaga governmentinKyoto, Kamakura remained the political center of Eastern Japan for some time before losing its position to other cities.Today, Kamakura is a small city and a very popular tourist destination. Sometimes called the Kyoto of Eastern Japan, Kamakura offers numeroustemples,shrinesand otherhistoricalmonuments. In addition, Kamakura's sand beaches attract large crowds during the summer months.SHOPPING POINTSYellowhat Automotive Parts
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Cuisines of TokyoRice Bowl
A bowl of plain cooked rice is served with most Japanese meals. Forbreakfast, it is sometimes mixed with a raw egg andsoya sauce(tamago kake gohan) or enjoyed withnattoor other toppings.
A bowl of cooked rice with some other food put on top of the rice. Some of the most popular toppings aretempura(tendon), egg and chicken (oyakodon), tonkatsu (katsudon) and beef (gyudon)
Kare Raisu (Curry Rice) is cooked rice with a curry sauce. It can be served with additional toppings such as tonkatsu. Curry is not a native Japanese spice, but has been used in Japan for over a century. Kare Raisu is a very popular dish, and many inexpensive Kare Raisurestaurantscan be found especially in and aroundtrain stations.
Nabe DishesNabe dishes or hot pot dishes are prepared in a hot pot, usually at the table. Typical ingredients arevegetablessuch as negi (Japanese leek) and hakusai (Chinese cabbage), variousmushrooms, seafood and/or meat. There are many regional and personal varieties, and they are especially popular in the cold winter months. Some special nabe dishes are:OdenA nabe dish prepared with various fish cakes, daikon, boiled eggs, konyaku andkombu seaweed, boiled over many hours in asoya saucebased soup
Chanko NabeChanko nabe is traditionally the staple diet ofsumo wrestlers. There are many varieties of chanko nabe. A few chanko naberestaurantscan be found aroundRyogoku, the sumo district inTokyo Japaneese fruits
Figs in Japan are usually peeled and eaten raw, but they are also popular in their dried form or are processed into jams. Figs are in season during late summer and early fall.
Figs made their way to Japan from the Mediterranean in the early 1600s via China, when the fruit was also known as "foreigner's kaki". The vast majority of figs in Japan are of the Masui Dauphine variety, which is a relatively large type of fig and is named after Mr. Masui who cultivated the fruit in the early 1900s.
Yuzu are sour, lemon sized fruits that have a distinctively Japanese fragrance. While yuzu have little pulp, their juice is often used in seasoning and their rind is used as a garnish. Another interesting use of yuzu traditionally occurs on the winter solstice, when they are placed into hot baths for fragrance and various health benefits.
Yuzu were introduced to Japan from China during theAsuka Period(538-710). Today they are mostly grown on the island ofShikoku, with half of the domestic production coming fromKochi Prefecture. Yuzu are in season during the winter.
Although nashi are quite similar to Western pears, there are a number of significant differences. Compared to the Western pear, nashi are larger, crispier and have a similar but lighter taste and a rougher skin. Furthermore, they are spherical rather than "pear-shaped".
Nashi are in season during the late summer and autumn and are generally eaten peeled. They have been cultivated by the Japanese since pre-historical times. Western pears are also available in the country, and are known asyonashi(Western pears).
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