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July 20th, 2006

Tokyo: T-2 weeks @ 11:56 pm

I leave for Tokyo Aug 3, arrive Aug 4, and come back Aug 20. Sooooo... what should I bring back for people? Where should I go? (I'm particularly looking at youse, surfofpewter and seshat; I remember a little of what y'all said at the BBQ, but most of it has drained out of my ears.)

I've got Akihabara (of course), Comiket, Ghibli Museum, Parasitology Museum, the Wakamiya Hachiman-gū Shrine (若宮八幡宮) in Kawasaki, the various manga/comic stores, and perhaps the Ueno Science museum to see the stuffed carcass of Hachiko. There's also plans to bum around Shibuya (and maybe Harajuku), going to the flea markets listed here.

Where else, though? And very importantly, where ought I eat?
 
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From:ubika
Date:July 21st, 2006 12:06 pm (UTC)
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have fun m'dear!!!! colour me envious :D
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From:ckd
Date:July 21st, 2006 02:50 pm (UTC)
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To visit: The transportation museum. The aviation museum out by Narita.
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From:moof
Date:July 21st, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC)
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wikitravel says the transportation museum closed in April. :-|
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From:ckd
Date:July 21st, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC)
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So it seems. Bah.

The aviation museum was a bunch of fun, though.
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From:moof
Date:July 21st, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
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Why yes, there is.
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From:ckd
Date:July 21st, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
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Ah, this clearly needs to be on the itinerary.
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From:etoilenoir959
Date:July 21st, 2006 07:24 pm (UTC)
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Just for kicks, how about trying a maid cafe? And I'm not sure if they would let in cameras, but can I see your pictures from the Ghibli Museum please?
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From:seshat
Date:July 22nd, 2006 12:34 am (UTC)

Places to eat and things to see!

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Cafe du Monde is a chain with really yummy beignets (little donut things) and hot chocolate. Also Pepper Lunch, a reasonably priced flat iron steak place. They're all over Japan - just look for the green sign with the yellow logo on it. A list of their Tokyo locations is here - http://www.pepperlunch.com/shop_list/tokyo.html. Click on individual links for maps to the specific ones. Despite the locations being in kanji, if you mouse over them the urls are written in english. ^_^

There's a bakery in the Gotanda JR station on the Yamanote line that's really good, but I think you have to leave the station to get to it.

As far as touristing, you've got most of the interesting plaves covered. There's a cool temple at Asakusa, along with my favorite candy shop and a mochi stand on the shopping arcade leading up to the temple. There's also Nikko, if you're willing to make the daytrip. There's three temples/shrines close to each other, with gorgeous architecture. The famous "see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil" monkeys are out there.

Don't forget to bring a handkerchief and pocket tissue! Tiger balm is also a huge help. I always walk my feet bruised by the second day in Japan.
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From:josienutter
Date:July 25th, 2006 01:46 am (UTC)

Re: Places to eat and things to see!

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The only Cafe du Monde I've seen there is in the train station at Kyoto. The original one is in New Orleans. :)

( http://www.cafedumonde.com )

For shopping, Kiddie Land in Harajuku and Tokyo Hands in Shinjuku (I think) are fun. I'm sure there are more Kiddie Lands around though.

Restaurants I enjoyed around Tokyo:

http://www.ug-gu.co.jp/restaurant/shop/christon-tokyo.htm
http://travel2.nytimes.com/top/features/travel/destinations/asia/japan/tokyo/restaurant_details.html?vid=1083919787455
http://www.gridskipper.com/travel/tokyo/restaurants/tourists-in-chains-at-the-lockup-036126.php
http://www.jpn-miyabi.com/Vol.37/ninjya.html
http://www.capricciosa.co.jp

There is also a chain called Aladdin (Arabian themed) all over the place. We ate at the one in Osaka though... so that was an unexpected exercise in no-English kanji comprehension, heh. :)

And pretty much any izakaya around Shinjuku. We wandered into a lot of those, randomly. Always tasty.

This is the bar we always hit:

http://www.ivebeenthere.co.uk/tips/1163
http://www.rockbarmother.jp
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From:seshat
Date:July 25th, 2006 02:56 pm (UTC)

Re: Places to eat and things to see!

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There used to be at least one other Cafe du Monde, in Ikebukuro, and I hazily recall them being all over the place. The last time I was over there was probably two years ago, however, so it's very possible things have changed.

I second the recommendation for izakaya!
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From:dragynsidhe
Date:July 23rd, 2006 10:29 pm (UTC)
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Okay, ignore my previously-panicky comment.

(Hi!)
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From:josienutter
Date:July 25th, 2006 01:29 am (UTC)
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Have you gotten tickets for the Ghibli Museum yet? We had to order ours a month in advance to get them in time for our trip last time.
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From:moof
Date:July 25th, 2006 01:41 am (UTC)
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the Ghibli museum ticket voucher is snuggling next to my passport.
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From:josienutter
Date:July 25th, 2006 01:47 am (UTC)
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Good, good. :D

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