A Day in Tokyo


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July 16th 2013
Published: November 2nd 2013
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Day in Tokyo

We had a 15-hour layover in Tokyo (basically all day.) So we decided to go sightseeing in Tokyo. Since we landed at Narita Airport, we took the Narita Express (N'EX) for the one hour ride to Tokyo Station and bought some lockers to fit our luggage (500 yen for a big one and less for 2 smaller sizes, they are located one floor above the Narita Express platforms.)

Then we took the Yamnote line to Hamatsucho and walked to the Tokyo Tower on the walk to the tower, on the walk, you can see Zojo-ji temple (a temple that dates to Muromachi Period (1333-1573)) in Shiba Park. The Tower had nice views of Tokyo and has exhibits about Tokyo, it also has a glass window you can stand on and look down (because the observation deck goes out from the tower.) Tokyo Tower was envisioned as a broadcasting tower for all of Tokyo, because many broadcasting companies were building radio antennas everywhere and city authorities thought that the city was going to run over by antennas, so in 1957, construction of the Tokyo Tower started, it was to be 381 meters in height and look halfway between the eiffel tower and a radio antenna. It was completed in 1958. It is the tallest self-supporting structure in the world and the tallest tower in Tokyo. But in 2012, it lost the title to the Tokyo Skytree (another broadcasting tower which you can also go ontop of.)

We then walked to Onarimon Station on the Mita Line (Tokyo Metro) and took the Mita Line to Otemachi and ate lunch (to get to a place to eat lunch, take exit D1, follow the plaza until you see another plaza on the left side and there will be a building on the right-side with food.) After we ate, we went to the Imperial Gardens. After that we went to Tokyo Station and took the Yamanote Line to Hamasucho and took the Haneda Airport Monorail to Haneda Airport (the monorail website has ideas about things to do.)

Other Day Options:

If you are transferring directely from Narita Airport to Haneda Airport, take the Narita Express to Shingawa Station. Then take the Keikuyu Airport Line to Haneda Airport (do the opposite if you are changing the opposite way.)

To get to the Edo-Tokyo Muesuem, take the Yamnote line from Tokyo Station and change at Akihabara and then take JR Sobu Line to Ryoguku.

Useful links:

Tokyo Subway

Tokyo Subway Map

A Day In Tokyo (Wikipedia)

A Day in Tokyo (Japan Guide)

Bing Maps

Bing Translator

Sucia and N'EX card (is available at Narita Airport Ticket stand)

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