Omotesando is Tokyo's version of Paris' Champs-Élysées shopping district. Omotesando Hills provides access to over 50 of the world's most famous fashion brands, more than a dozen restaurants and cafes, and even a Ben & Jerry (expect an hour-long wait). Further down the street are the opulent storefronts of Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Prada. Smack in the middle of Omotesando, the Oriental Bazaar sells some of the highest-quality furniture and souvenirs available in Japan under one roof, albeit with a price. Visit Omotesando on Sundays for some of the city's most entertaining people-watching, with anime fans strolling around dressed in characters. Next to sprawling Yoyogi Park, enjoy a moment of reflection at Meiji Jingu Shinto shrine.
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The best way to get around Tokyo is by subway or train. The system is incredibly efficient. The only downside to the subway and train system is that it shuts down nightly between midnight and 1 a.m. and doesn't start again until 5 or 6 a.m. Be careful when staying out late as Japan's subways and trains are known to stop half-way through their routes, leaving travelers stranded and facing an expensive cab ride. Check to see if you qualify for a Japan Rail Pass (http://www.japanrailpass.net/eng/en001.html) before you depart for Japan. There are two classes: "Green" and "Ordinary" (Green indicates a first-class experience). Passes can be purchased for 7, 14, and 21 days.
Nearby Airports
  • Narita International Airport-NRT
  • Haneda International Airport-HND
Airport Taxis
  • $200 from Narita International Airport
  • $30 from Haneda International Airport
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