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LUXE City Guides - Tokyo - - Front Page -

If you’re on a bud­get in Tokyo, you’re read­ing the wrong guide, Clyde – get your hand on your ha’penny There are four dis­tinct sea­sons: Jun-sep is hot and wet, au­tumn is cle­ment, spring is blossom-rav­ish­ing, and win­ter more bone-chill­ing than Donatella’s face Avoid New Year hols Jan 1-3, Golden Week in May and Obon in Aug when the city pretty much shuts down Narita Air­port to Tokyo: 1 hr / ¥16-26,500 by taxi; 1 hr / ¥3,020 by Narita Ex­press to Tokyo Sta­tion. Avoid the Air­port ‘Limo’; it’s ac­tu­ally an un­bear­ably slow bus If pos­si­ble, try to land at Haneda Air­port – it’s much closer to town: 30 mins / ¥6-11,000 taxi, ¥490 mono­rail The ad­dress sys­tem is ba­si­cally mean­ing­less, so use land­marks or get your concierge to call ahead to your desti­na­tion and ar­range maps if need be Taxis cost no more than in Lon­don and stop any­where. Bear in mind driv­ers (most peo­ple in Tokyo, ac­tu­ally) rarely speak English, so keep concierge on speed-dial The sub­way seems like a ter­ri­fy­ing war­ren at first, but it’s cheap, clean, ef­fi­cient, goes ev­ery­where, is signed in English and fairly sim­ple to get the hang of Un­less you have a Ja­pan-friendly mo­bile (3G or bet­ter), hire one (see Very Use­ful), you’re go­ing to need it Most lo­cal bank ATMS do not ac­cept int’l cards (duh, hello?), Citibank and 7-11 ac­cept all cards 24/7 (bless) + post of­fices take int’l cards 24/7 Mon-sat, till 9pm Sun Cash is still king in many smaller es­tab­lish­ments Do not tip, a smile will do very nicely, thank you No smok­ing... uh, what’s that? In Tokyo build­ings the 1/F is ac­tu­ally the G/F Int’l code for Tokyo is +81 3, pre­fix land­lines with 03 when di­alled lo­cally, mo­biles start with 08 or 07 For info call 104 and ask for an English op­er­a­tor IDD dial 001 010 or 0041 010 Po­lice dial 110, fire and am­bu­lance dial 119

Th­ese four Ja­panese phrases will come in handy...

Kon-nichi-wa : Well, hello, miso happy to meet you Say­onara : It’s been di­vine, but I re­ally must fly Takai neh! : How much? Are you com­pletely in­sane? Domo : Ta, ever so... ...’kay, let’s party

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