Frommer's Tokyo (Frommer's Complete Guides)

By Beth Reiber

  • Expert advice from an skilled writer. Our Frommer's Tokyo writer was the first US resident appointed a YOKOSO! Japan Ambassador through Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, delivery, and Tourism for her decades writing approximately Japan. she is going to supply invaluable insights and suggestion and may exhibit you the true center of Tokyo.
  • Comprehensive and clear directions for navigating a fast moving and sometimes overwhelming city.
  • The better of each neighborhood, together with swanky retailers within the Ginza district, the Imperial Palace (home of Japan's emperor) within the Hibiya district, sumo wrestling stadiums within the city of Ryogoku, and difficult "lolita" (baby doll) and "cosplay" (anime personality) clothes you will see young ones donning within the Harijuku district.
  • Options for each rate point, from luxury business hotels to cheap, miniscule "capsule hotels," from eating places serving beautiful kaiseki feasts to stand-up noodle homes, from high-end bars and clubs in the Ginza district to chuffed hours and dive bars in Shinjuku and Roppongi.
  • A convenient glossary of daily expressions and menu phrases, and our detailed and imperative jap personality translations that will help you spot institutions' signs.
  • Side trips to Kamakura, Nikko, Mashiko, Yokahama, Mount Fuji, and more.

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