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Tokyo
Most of Tokyo is comprised of impossibly narrow alleys twisting around in nothing resembling a grid. For a foreigner, this can either be intimidating or enticing. Fortunately, Tokyo feels like the safest city of it's size in the world, so you can feel fairly free to wander.

Long-time Tokyo resident Donald Richie has written an excellent book on Tokyo; containing many pearls of wisdom, such as: "Shinjuku at night is New Year's eve anywhere else."

Tokyo is cris-crossed by a sprawling network of subway and rail stations.


Neighborhoods:

Roppongi
Cheap love, fast foreigners, bad vibes.

Akihabara
The world capital of consumer electronics.

Uguisudani
An old Tokyo town of Love Hotels.

Shitamachi
Shitamachi is old Tokyo, a broad part of eastern Tokyo.


Attractions:

Hanami
Watching cherry blossom trees bloom with friends
Tsukiji
More sea creatures for sale in a single place
Yasukuni Jinjya
Controversial Shinto shrine to honor Japanese war dead


Tokyo Links (October 2001)

Sponsored by Nokia, TokyoQ takes a broad look at culture and goings-on around Tokyo.
Sponsored by Casio, Tokyo Watch gives a good overview of a few of the high profile neighborhoods in this town.
Tome Out: Tokyo has good culture listings and background information.
RealTokyo in English and Japanese, keeps up with state of the art culture.

Just In Tokyo (2002)

In 2002 I put together a guidebook to this city Just In Tokyo - now available as a free PDF on the web.

Roppongi:
index.html

Akihabara:
index.html

Uguisudani:
index.html

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