🇯🇵 Tokyo Travel Guide 🇯🇵 | Travel better in JAPAN!


You’re joining me in a very special city. Let’s
start with my preconceptions: I expected Japan’s capital, and home to the world’s largest
urban population to be over the top and really in your face, with neon lights and anime at
every turn and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. The streets are lined with towering, multi-storey
buildings, each filled with mind bending department stores and arcades, offices to some of the
world’s biggest brands and restaurants serving the best food you’ll ever taste. But despite all the apparent madness and chaos,
spend a few days in Tokyo and it just makes sense. Here, efficiency is an art form. Japanese
attention to detail is legendary, and it runs through everything, from food to public transport
and urban planning. And yes, even the toilets. This trip was an educational and weirdly enlightening
experience. I’ve been lucky to visit a lot of amazing places making these videos, but
Tokyo is in a league of its own. So Tokyo, it’s big, it’s busy and it’s
brilliant. As ever, let’s start with the airports. Flying from the UK you’ll come into one
of Tokyo’s two major international airports, Haneda or Narita. Of course, you don’t
need me to tell you that Tokyo is a really long way away, direct flights from Europe
will take a whopping 12 hours for the nine and a half thousand kilometre journey. So you’ve got Haneda airport which is roughly
13 miles south of the city, and then you’ve got 50 miles east. Fortunately, both are really
easy to get to noisy noisy Tokyo. Here’s what you need to know. From Haneda you have three main options, the
airport limousine bus, a taxi or the monorail. The airport limousine takes between 30 and
45 minutes, stopping at most major hotels in the centre of town, with prices increasing
for the night service between midnight and 5am. A taxi should take about half an hour depending
on traffic, with prices depending where you’re being dropped off. There’s also a 20% extra
charge between 10pm and 5am. However the quickest option is the airport’s
dedicated monorail. It’ll get you into Hamamatsucho station in 13 minutes and from here you can
connect to the circular Yamanote metro line to reach other parts of the city. The monorail runs between 9 and 7 on weekdays
and then 9 to 5 on weekends and public holidays. That’s Haneda! Here’s what you need to
know about Narita. Narita is a whopping 50 miles east of Tokyo,
so all of your transport options are going to take a while. The Airport Limousine bus
and taxis runs from Narita but both will take anywhere between 90 minutes to 2 hours to
reach central Tokyo. Instead, take the JR Narita Express. It’ll whisk into town in
a little under an hour, and with this being Japan, the trains are on time and super efficient. A word of warning about getting home; if you’re
flight’s on a Sunday, make sure you check the train times because there’s a reduced
service. Check your departure time, and then allow plenty of extra time to get to the airport. I cannot stress enough how huge Tokyo is,
so if you were planning on doing most of your sightseeing by foot, I’d give that a serious
rethink. You’re going to need to use the metro, so here’s what you need to know. The metro can be pretty daunting at first
glance: for starters, just looking at the map alone could prove a little overwhelming
to even the most seasoned traveller; AND to make things really complicated, it’s run by
two separate companies – Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway which can require two separate
fares depending on which lines you use. It’s not all bad though – we’ve found
easy solutions to travel better on the metro. The first thing to do is get yourself a tourist
travel card. This means you won’t have to worry about which line you’re using as your
card will cover them all. They’re available at the Tokyo Metro information centres in
Ueno, Ginza, Shinjuku and Omotesando stations, as well as both airports and some hotels.
You’ll need proof that you’re a tourist so make sure you have your passport with you. Otherwise, single tickets are available at
vending machines at every metro station. They have an English language option and you can
search by station to make sure you purchase the appropriate ticket. They only accept credit
cards when buying day passes, so make sure you have enough cash if you’re buying a
single. As well as making sure you have the right
ticket type, there’s a few things you’re gonna need to know before venturing on the metro. No smoking and giving up priority seats are a
given, however did you know you shouldn’t use your mobile? Ok, Texting and wifi is fine,
but definitely no phone calls. It can get very crowded so many services provide
women only carriages during rush hour. …and speaking of rush hour… Avoid using the metro between 8 and 9 in the
morning and 5 and 6 in the evening when it’s busiest. Another thing, don’t be fooled
by the abundance of vending machines; you either eat there, or you take it with you
but definitely do not eat on the carriage. As for navigation, good old City Mapper has
been a godsend as ever. Why? Because I kid you not, the metro stations are absolutely mahoosive. The great
thing is, City Mapper tells you exactly where you need to get off and at what stop and at
what exit. So that’s the metro, next taxis. They’re
absolutely everywhere in Tokyo. They start at ¥710 and have a surcharge after 10pm,
so watch out for that. Taxi doors are automatic and will open and close by themselves, which
can be really surprising for the first time you use a taxi here in Tokyo. It’s also worth
mentioning that your driver is unlikely to speak English, so try to have addresses printed
in Japanese for them. So that’s the transport covered. Next up
is my favourite: the food! Take it from me, the food in Tokyo doesn’t
just rival any other city, it completely surpasses them. In 2017, for the 10th year running,
Tokyo was voted the most Michelin stars of any other city on the planet. That’s more
than London, Paris and New York combined. And it’s not just the fancy high-end restaurants
either. Just about all the food I had in Tokyo was of exceptional quality, right down to
a quick bite in a department store. The quality of the ingredients and the attention to detail
in the preparation is unlike any other city I’ve visited. So to learn more about how to eat like a local,
I met up with tour guide and translator Ayako Furuya in Harajuku. While waiting for our food to arrive, I got
a quick lesson in how to correctly use chopsticks, a vital skill for anyone visiting Japan. Like that? Ok, so it practice. Ok, because I can’t use them. So. I’m sorry, I’m left handed, but, so,
please hold your one stick with your, so, two fingers. So like that? Yes like holding a pen. Yes. And add another chopstick like a pen too. Yep. So, please move… This side, like this side. Please move only upper part. Yes! With chopsticks fully mastered it was on to
our main course of soba noodles. So we ordered different types of soba noodles.
So yours is hot broth, hot soup. Smells lovely! Yes, and so this is duck meat. And mine is very cold one. Ok. It’s very special for you, maybe! And with
sesame sauce, like this. This is dipping sauce. Oh ok. While Aya’s choice of cold noodles wasn’t
tempting me, it’s a popular choice in summer. My dish of hot noodles with duck meat was
delicious, and as Aya pointed out, make sure to slurp loudly as a sign of appreciation. So you kind of slurp them? Oh yes, yes, thank you for asking. In Japan,
when people eat noodles, so making sound, they’re always making sound. So it’s a sign
of it’s delicious. Oh lovely! So please try to slurp noodles. Make as much noise as possible! Yes! Ok. That’s perfect! Oh that’s really tasty. So huge thanks to Aya, we’ll catch up with
her later to learn some basic Japanese, but now we’re going to take a look at some of
the different districts of Tokyo. Tokyo’s big, we’ve already established
that. It’s made up of 23 wards, where each ward is then divided into a smaller district,
and then each one is different from the last. Now, there’s no way I’ve got enough time
in this video to talk you through them all, so I’m just gonna go through some of my
favourites. Akihabara is best known for it’s electric
town, a mecca for local otaku, video game lovers and anime fans the world over. To the north-east of Akihabara is Asakusa,
a district of Taito. It’s most known among travellers for the giant Sensoji temple, Tokyo’s
oldest and an absolute beauty. Ginza is the place to go if you have some
serious cash to burn – with up-market shopping malls and flagship department stores, not
to mention boutiques, art galleries and high-end restaurants, you’ll have no problem spending
a small fortune. A short walk from Ginza is the legendary Tsukiji
Fish Market. In my opinion this is THE place in Tokyo to go for sushi and fresh fish. However,
a note of warning; the market is due to be relocated in Autumn 2018 so do check online
before planning your visit. Shibuya is home of the iconic Shibuya Crossing,
and is an important centre of youth culture and fashion. Harajuku is a district of Shibuya and extreme
cultural Mecca, not only to the youngest and trendiest of Japan’s residents, but the rest
of the world. Shinjuku is Tokyo at its finest and is the
largest of the districts that make up the city proper. There are: skyscrapers, neon
lights, giant Godzilla statues, labyrinthine department stores, businesses, cat cafes,
a massive park, arcades, a VR theme park and the concentrated craziness of the Robot Restaurant,
Shinjuku has it all. And my top tip is to head to Memory Lane for the best Yakitori
in town. So those are my favourites. Next up, time
to learn some Japanese. Communication can be a big concern for tourists
heading to Japan. The language is very different to those in Europe and Japanese script is
indecipherable for us westerners. Confusingly, there are several different versions of written
Japanese, with the most common being traditional Hiragana and the Chinese-influenced Kanji. Signs have translations into English and romaji,
which is Japanese written with familiar Roman characters. The great thing about romaji is
that it’s phonetic; say it how you see it making sure to pronounce all the vowels and
keep your intonation flat. For example; Shin-ju-ku, Na-ri-ta, Shin-zo
A-be and Eda-ma-me beans. Now of course, English isn’t widely spoken
and learning a little Japanese will go a long way, with locals always appreciating the effort.
After touring Harajuku, we sat down with Aya again, to get to grips with some Japanese
basics. It’s terrible! So I thought maybe we could
start with some basics. How do I say hello? It’s konnichiwa. Konnichiwa Another one, I’ve been bumping into a lot
of people and I don’t know how to say sorry or pardon or excuse me! Ah that’s a very useful one we can use!
It’s just say sumimasen Sumimasen. Ok! How do I tell someone my name is Dan? Ah so, Watashi wa Dan desu. What about yes and no. Yes is hai. Hai. Hai. Hai. No is Īe. Īe. Īe. Īe. So when in a restaurant, how do I ask for
the receipt or the bill? Ah so, we say okaikei. okaikei. Okaikei. Also in the restaurant, how do I ask for a
table for two? Ah so, just say futari. Sorry what was that again? Futari. Futari. Futari means two people. Oh futari. Oh ok! How do I say thank you? It’s very easy. It’s arigatō. Arigatō. Ok, you were saying earlier there was like
a bit on the end. Arigatō… …gozaimasu. Gozaimasu. Arigatō gozaimasu. What does that
mean? So the longer phrase is more polite expression,
like the difference between thank you and thank you very much. Oh ok! So shall we talk about bowing? Yes! Ok, so there’s varying degrees? Yes, the meaning is totally different from
degrees. So I shall so you an example. Should I stand as well? Yes. So in business situations, when two people
meet, we bow shallowly like this, 30 degrees. 30 degrees. Yes. So, nice to meet you. Nice to meet you too! So, 60 degrees, middle one. So when we express
thanks to someone, so like thank you very much. Thank you! Yes. Thank you very much! And there was a third one? Yes, the third one is a very serious one.
It’s 90 degrees. 90 degrees. Yes. Ok. So, can you imagine, in which situation people
use this bow? Probably when you’ve done something really
wrong? So you’re like “I’m so sorry!” Yes! To apologise. Ok. Yes, like “I’m very sorry!” Aya, thank you so much for showing us the
ropes in Tokyo. If you’d like to book a walking tour with her, visit her website here.
Next, money. Currency here is the Japanese yen where £1
buys between 140 and 150. Now, despite Tokyo’s love of everything futuristic and technological,
it’s still a heavily cash reliant city, favouring coins and notes over your credit
and debit cards, this has proven to be a bit tricky. My advice? Once you’ve checked the
exchanged rate, worked out your budget, bring the whole lot in cash. You need to know that ATMs can be found at
post offices, 7-Eleven stores and JP Post Banks, though they generally close at 9pm
or earlier and may not be available at weekends or national holidays – so plan ahead. Fortunately,
some convenience stores and shopping centres are available 24/7. Now, at the risk of sounding stingy, I love
Japan because you just don’t have to tip, it’s not done here which is fantastic. Why?
Because leaving a tip is seen as being charitable rather than generous, and it’s just massively
insulting. So don’t do it! One of the great things about Tokyo is its
distinct lack of street crime. so don’t worry about taking your spending money around
with you. This includes your spending money. Obviously don’t be stupid with it, and take
more care in areas such as the Kabukicho red light district in Shinjuku, but in general
there’s far less to worry about here than almost any other city on Earth. In fact, Tokyo
placed first in The Economist’s Safe City Index in 2017. And is Tokyo expensive? In a word, yes. However
for those of us used to prices in London, Paris or New York, then Tokyo shouldn’t
hold too many surprises. Here’s a look at our costs during our stay. My stay at the beautiful Heathrow Hilton T4
before my flight was £215. Flights should cost around £650 return from
London to Tokyo. Worldwide travel insurance with Holiday Extras
was £16. Our 3 bedroom apartment in Shinjuku was £205
per night. Entry to the crazy robot restaurant was 8000
yen per person. Entry to the Shinjuku VR Zone with four games
was 4000 yen each. And weekday entry to cat cafe was 1000 yen
for 60 minutes. If you want to check conversion rates, go
to xe.com or download the app. As my time in Tokyo comes to an end, don’t
forget to subscribe as we have loads more exciting travel content to come. So that’s it for Tokyo, it’s been awesome.
I cannot lie, it’s busy, it’s brash, it’s noisy, it’s super loud but it’s also colourful,
vibrant, really really humble. The people are wonderful, they are so friendly and so
polite. But as always with these trips, I’ve gotta hone in on the food, it’s spectacular!
Get yourselves here, get some ramen and just have an amazing time exploring Tokyo, do it!

100 Replies to “🇯🇵 Tokyo Travel Guide 🇯🇵 | Travel better in JAPAN!

  1. ok so….. I LOVED IT
    I'm going abroad for a year (20192020) and i stumbled along this video by chance, and somehow you gave me a huge overview of everything that i wanted to know !!!!!

  2. Someone else who does travel videos said that after you go to Tokyo, you will compare EVERY CITY YOU GO TO, to TOKYO. After spending 2 years there in the Air Force, I did this, Of course, it was years before that statement was made, but yes! I have been there since, and if I ever had a job that actually gave me real VACATION. I would be going back. again, and again, and again. It is THAT good.

  3. I made a short video on my trip to Tokyo last month too! 🙂 Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmODqw2pfvw

  4. I’m planning on going to Japan, what’s the best time of the year and besides Tokyo and Kyoto is it worth going anywhere else in Japan? Thanks

  5. I've been to this place. Such good people, helpful always. Check these must visit places https://youtu.be/N-rIC6l4pxU

  6. also, what kind of person goes to japan without even knowing how to say hello and thank you. this is actually making me cringe this video isnt even instructional at all this is just basic knowledge dude.

  7. Another travel video with no information about prices. Everything is just so wonderful and great….in the videos…then you find out…oh…I can not afford a hotel or a restaurant! Tokyo is extremely expensive.

  8. I remember when I used to live in Japan when I was little I don’t know much Japanese because I was little

  9. Your content is amazing. We cant wait to visit come november 2019. Also, what kind of camera did you use? We are trying to find something better then the gopro. Thanks

  10. Japan was always on top of my bucket list and is fascinating me since I am a child. During my travels around the world I now had the chance to finally visit this beautiful country. Please feel free to check out my story and videos in my channel :).

  11. あのようよなダウアエアジャカジャパンああははやぱーあおじゃいじゃやた2わいあは

  12. Planing to travel next summer useful video but i need a lot more research.. hotels look super expensive on booking.com

  13. Great video! Could you please tell me about the JR Narita Express: is this one only for transportation from Narita to Tokyo (round trip)? or are you referring to the JR pass.

  14. Japen join the force .Iran and the team. Yemen… and have fun. You win. This round 3 war +1 for you. No -1

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  16. Can’t wait, but rip me cus im only 13 years old, my dream is to go in japan tokyo and just speak japanease with everybody and go to some anime events, but i really do hate those from my class, cus when they are hearing the word japan they are just like saying this “Ching Chang Chung Chi Chi Chung” and it’s pretty much annoying even if im not a japanease person i really do respect Japan

    (Not only beacuse of i watch Anime)

  17. Very peaceful country..They have their own peaceful culture….Japan is simply the best..Everything is clean,Everything is in order..The Japanese people are the best,friendly,very helpful ,polite…People who care about others..Japan is a good example to the whole world..How lucky it would be to live in a country like this…
    Love this country & people…I've been Japan 2018 for 7 days…if i have a opportunity I'd like to visit there again and again …
    Thank you for uploading this beautiful video…
    Do more videos…like to see more places in beautiful Japan..

  18. how much can i spend to the all travel for 2 weeks, a from Africa Uganda, can any one help me ?rent a cheap hostel, food

  19. Haneda Airport you can also use the keikyu airport line which runs from Haneda Airport to Shinagawa and on the Asakusa subway line

  20. Narita Airport there is also the Keisei skyliner which runs from Narita Airport to Nippori and Ueno

  21. I'm heading to Tokyo as soon as I have enough saved. I'm super excited, and I think I know enough Japanese to make my way around

  22. So beautiful video!! Thank you so much for sharing 😭
    I also started a new channel because I would like many people to know about "Japan"  If you are interested in it, please check it out😊
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC23SG4XKkSrbhz-bZ2f5Mfw?view_as=subscriber

  23. Japan must stop supplying " Fukushima radiation poisoned foods" to tourists in Japan! . . Stop this exporting of radioactive foods to other countries! .. This is crazy!

  24. As you well know via medias, All of the areas in Japan already contaminated with Nuclear(Radiation things) … please do not go Japan and do not eat something… it is very dangerous. Most of food products in Japan have been manufacuted from Fukushima cause there is more cheap then other areas.. Japan goverment is hiding it against other countries. Tokyo Olympics must be canceled immediately! Please save people to share this post so everyone can see it!

  25. Thank you for coming to Japan and making such a wonderful video!
    This video gives me motivation to learn English.
    Please come to Japan again😍💓

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