My boyfriend and I are going to Japan in April. It will be my second trip but his first. He is a big japanese animation fan. I would like to plan a day for us to go to the Naruto Bridge. How do I do this?We want to be primarily in Tokyo but see a few other things. So we are open to starting in Tokyo then maybe transitioning to another location, but ultimatley we would have to return to Tokyo for our return flight.I am a little worried about the transportation and where to stay. HELP !!!
Park Hotel Tokyo, Japan
Tel: 81 3 6252 1111
Located on the 25th floor of a skyscraper tower, this hotel, open since 2003, is in Shiodome, a new high-rise district close to Shimbashi and Ginza. The rooms are simple, with modern decor and floor-to-ceiling windows. In the ten-story atrium, there's a lobby bar and a selection of stylish restaurants including Hanasanshou, where superior Japanese food is served, using ingredients from a Kyoto farm. It has far more full-service amenities than other budget hotels in Tokyo: In-room massage is on offer until 2 a.m., and 24-hour room service is available for light meals.
Hotel Villa Fontaine Shiodome, Japan
Tel: 81 3 3569 2220
A rate of 10,000 yen (about $85) for a single has ensured that this 497-room hotel, opened in August 2004, is always busy. Accommodations are simple but a vast improvement on the dreary boxes that pass for rooms in many regular Japanese business hotels. Roomy singles have queen-size beds; Premium Relaxation rooms come with king-size beds, sofa, and desk; "Healing Rooms" overlook the hotel's towering atrium and come with ionizing humidifiers, foot massage machines, and contour pillows. There's free high-speed Internet access throughout. And the hotel is one minute from Shiodome Station.
Ginza Yoshimizu, Japan
Tel: 81 3 3248 4432
For a thoroughly Japanese experience in the center of Tokyo, try this 11-room eco-conscious inn. A rare find, it's located in a skinny nine-story building a short stroll from the department stores of Ginza. Shoes are removed at the door, and from then on there are no phones or refrigerators, and absolutely no televisions. The only sound is likely to be from Japanese musicians practicing in the studio below. Rooms all have shoji paper screens and tatami floors; futon mattresses are rolled out at night in typical Japanese fashion. Everything is organic herefrom the Japanese breakfast to the cotton in the mattresses. Some rooms are en suite, but there are also two shared bathsa classic feature of a Japanese inn. This place is popular among the kabuki actors who perform in the nearby theater.