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Понедельник, 05 декабря, 2022

Tokyo Tourist Traps | Japan Travel Tips

Here is a Japan travel guide on some of the tourist traps in Tokyo and some places you could avoid in Tokyo. I hope the japan travel tips and advice gives you a heads up before travelling to Japan and makes your trip a smoother one! 🙂

Places mentioned in order:

TOKYO TOWER
Option: Instead of paying to go up the tower, enjoy Tokyo Tower from the surroundings
– Shiba Park (Shiba koen)
– Zozoji Temple

or go up other places for free views of Tokyo
– Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (in Shinjuku)
– Carette Shiodome
– Bunkyo Civic Center
– Carrot Tower (in Sangenjaya)

HARAJUKU TAKESHITADORI
Option: Check out the back streets, hidden paths and traditional places
– Brahms Path
– Harajuku Street (Back streets with vintage shops, second hand shops, hipster hangouts etc)
– Tokyu Plaza Rooftop
– Meiji Shrine
– Yoyogi Park

SKY TREE
Option: Look at sky tree from other view points and take a short 15 minute stroll to Asakusa
– Solamachi 30th Floor
– Asakusa

GOLDEN GAI DRINKING ALLEY
Option: Instead of paying the high table charge, check out local Japanese yokocho (back alleys filled with tiny bars and restaurants)
– Shibuya Nombei Yokocho
– Shinjuku Omoide Yokocho
– Ebisu Yokocho
– Sangenjaya Chitai Yokocho
– Yurakucho Sanchoku Inshokugai

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  • If you go to sky tree during the 2-3 last hours before closing theres practically nobody around. Although you might be missing the ultimate sunset view, the city skyline at night is still beautiful!!

    • I went in late December and arrived early, just before 9.00am. There were only around 20 people there and no queue. It was still slightly dark when we got there but brightened up pretty quickly. I really enjoyed it and also the attached Solamachi shopping centre.

    • It’s just expensive for a view you can get on another building’s rooftop dining/bar, while dining or having a drink. I would personally rather put that 1000 yen per person to better use.

    • I went there on a tuesday I think at around 15 o’clock and had to wait only 10 min.

    • Ya, had chance to visit Sky tree twice. First time it was during day and it had lines, but my visit got scheduled for certain time when I should be at tower and in the end I had 2 hours to walk around and see surrounding and center under Sky Tree. And when time was up I got up within 30 mins which I find was not bad. I had much worse experience in Berlin for Reichstag when I had to stand in line for 3 hours to get my time when I could get inside. Then second time I went during night. Then Sky Tree had no line to wait and I gotta say seeing city at night is unforgettable experience which is really worth it. About price.. for some reason I did found it to be reasonable to pay it to see such object.

  • These are great tips, thank you! I am coming to Japan next week, for at least a month. I would love to collaborate if you are interested!

  • I like when people go to another country and expect the locals to speak English, but when foreigners come they get upset over them for not speaking English!

  • greatest city on earth… I’m from UK went to Tokyo for my honeymoon for 2 weeks but hopefully will go again next year

  • A big tourist trap that I went to was Gonpachi, the restaurant from the movie Kill Bill. It was very overpriced and I saw the most foreigners there than anywhere else in Tokyo.

  • Lady at 10.50 so nice of you to respect the Japanese for not speaking English

  • Those queues! D:The worst part about tourist areas is that they are full of other tourists.

  • Wow a lot of views already. I’ve been to most of the tourist traps (just not the small bar streets in Tokyo). Also been to some of the alternative areas mentioned. Definitely going to have to check out the roof top lounge in Harajuku next time. Definitely agree that Sky Tree wasn’t really worth the wait and price. I didn’t mind the price of Tokyo Tower and the sky walk (where you step on clear platform) was pretty cool.

    I would add that some of the themed restaurants are overpriced and not worth it. I heard Maid Café aren’t that great, but heard the Robot Café is good (except insanely expensive). I went to Kawaii Monster Café in Harajuku and thought that was cute and the food not bad (really pretty looking). There’s also a show with it. Also went to Alcatraz ER theme café and that wasn’t worth it. Another item I recommend are the animal cafes. I’ve been to several owl cafes, a bunny café, cat café, and a hedgehog café. Definitely recommend the Hedgehog café (it’s in Rippongi). I recommend Owl Village café in Harajuku (not the one of the busy main street but the one facing the Harajuku station.

    • Themed restaurants are what they are. They’re basically always going to be super expensive. It’s a shame that Alcatraz ER doesn’t seem to be very good- thematically, it seems like it could really work.

      Robot Restaurant seems to be love it or hate it, and of all things, is probably the closest to a tourist trap. It’s pretty much designed and advertised for foreigners to go to that. Foreigners often mention it (with again, a very positive, or not particularly, review), but I don’t think I’ve ever heard a Japanese person (that wasn’t working at a hostel or something) talk about it. On the other hand, while @home and maidreaming in particular seem to draw foreigners by reputation, I still can’t help but think that maid cafes are designed with Japanese clientele in mind. They’re expensive, but the food is super cute, and if you get the right stuff, more or less filling. I’ve been once, a long time ago… and maybe I’d be up for going again, eventually, haha. I didn’t have sky high expectations- I just wanted the weird experience. Service was excellent, and everything else passable. Price, not that terrible, but beyond my usual means. lol

  • If you think that was crowded at Harajuku when you filmed your walk through, try that on a Sunday around 1pm. You were there when it was maybe at 20%. On a Sunday at 1pm it will be almost impassable. From the west end of the street looking down, it will look like a wall to wall carpet of heads. FYI, makes for an amusing picture.

  • Harajuku STREET is great, not Harajuku itself. Tokyo Disney Sea is the best themepark in the world. Do not go on a weekend as the crowds will be huge.

  • Question: How do you know if someone is a Vegan?

    Answer: Don’t worry they will let you know.

  • The English lady in the end was surprised that not many people speak English in Japan…Did she not carry out any research before going? And it is so nice of her to respect Japanese for not speaking English…

  • 5:16 the shop up the escalator to the right is the Studio Ghibli shop. Highly recommend it for any fans!

  • I’ve lived in Tokyo for 3 years and I feel like I’ve learned so much about Tokyo that I never knew after watching this haha. Awesome job!!

  • Go to the Tokyo Skytree at night. The line is much much shorter and the view of all of the building lights at night is nice.

  • 10:41 This lady is complaining that a lot of Japanese in Japan don’t speak English, and thank gawd they can still understand what “she needs”. Fuqing entitled much.

  • Why would you even comment that people don’t speak English in Japan. That annoys me so much. It’s not hard to learn some of the language before you go and I’ve found that the locals appreciate it.

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