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When in Tokyo with young children...

We have five year old twins and had the pleasure of visiting Tokyo for two days this past winter. We could have spent an entire day in the Shitamachi Museum at the end of Ueno Park. ...more

trains

ask-ask-ask. when stumped on train routes. i believe a lot of japanses speak english and were happy to assist   more

user review | Hotel: Hotel Granvia Kyoto, Kyoto

Great Hotel in a Great Location.

We selected the Hotel Granvia because of the location on top of the Kyoto train station as well as restaurants and other factors. Check-in was smooth. During the four days we were in...more

user review | Hotel: Park Hyatt Tokyo, Shinjuku

The best and the worst!

Three day visit. Reception/check-in: exceptionally well-done. At the same time the concierge went over details about two items we had booked through the hotel before arriving. She then...more

Kaiseki - go in spring or fall

If you go to a traditional ryotei (where you can get kaiseki in private tea houses) avoid winter or the height of summer. Kaiseki is an expensive meal, but the presentation and...more

Go early in the morning

Arrange your schedule so you hit the most popular of your destinations first thing in the morning. The beautiful temples and gardens are much more enjoyable without the throngs of...more

Pick and choose just a few

You can easily spend hours looking around just one of the many shrines / temples in Kyoto. Pick one or two must-sees for your trip and concentrate on seeing those fully. Don't...more

Travel Tip

Two comments about a really incredible hotel in Tokyo. For a truly breathtaking view, get a high room facing the park in the Hyatt Regency Tokyo in the Skinjuku-Ku district. At bedtime...more

inexpensive fresh meals

this is nothing new 2 frequent travelers 2 japan, but this country has best convenience store food. yes! food. real food. if u can find a natural lawson even better. this chain has...more

Eating in

This is really a general tip but I discovered it in Japan because I would always forage for breakfast rolls or the like and bring it back to our hotel room. Most rooms come with two...more

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