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16 things you didn’t know about Tokyo

After many hours of travel, we arrived at Narita Airport. We stayed 11 days in Tokyo and still the time was not enough to enjoy every aspect of this amazing city. One of the things I will always remember about Tokyo was, of course, the food. Believe me, if you are a Sushi lover, you just arrive at the right place.

It’s been a long time since I didn’t feel the excitement of visiting a new city. Tokyo was like going to Disneyland and I could truly say, that I felt like a kid again. Everything was new, different and unbelievable. Coming from a South American country, and traveling so far to ended up on the other side of the world, was really a dream come true.

Here are the things I didn’t know and perhaps you also didn’t know about Tokyo

 

1. Most Cafes in Tokyo do not have free Internet

You can save money buying coffee from a vending machine. I loved waking up every morning and grabbing a coffee from these machines. After you get one, this coffee starts warming up in your hand, so be careful.

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2. Lunch time goes really fast

We found these machines everywhere and you can order lunch through them. A lunch meal that includes soup and a big bowl of rice can cost between 500 and 700 Yen. You can easily pay in the machine, get a ticket, choose a soup and in no more than 2 minutes you will get your delicious lunch. In Tokyo is also common “standing up eating”. This could sound uncomfortable, but it’s not. Believe me, a big bowl of beef with rice or soba noodles are totally worth it.

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3. Working people are always well dressed, but you will also find interesting characters

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Yes…we saw Steve Wozniak (Apple co-founder) in Akihabara, the mecca of electronics.

4. Japanese have TGIF every day

“After office” with friends is very popular in Tokyo. During dinner time, most restaurants and bars were full of working people.

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5. Japanese love taking pictures

I noticed that Japanese people like to take photos. Not all of them of course, but during my time in the city I could see many people taking pictures of the temples, parks, streets or some other interesting thing.

6. You will see many people wearing surgical masks

Please don’t be a tourist and try to imitate them. They wear masks for some reason

7. Most people doesn’t speak English, but they will understand you

Don’t be afraid of getting lost in translation. Somehow you will survive in Tokyo without speaking Japanese. Most restaurants Menus have pictures so it’s easy to order anything

8. You will see “Schoolgirls” in Akihabara

9. Taxis in Tokyo are expensive, so you better download the Metro map

10. Do not speak loud on trains

People are quiet and respectful of others. Most of the time people will be looking at their phones or listening to music. I guess Tokyo was not that different after all.

11. Some things may be very expensive

Food may not be cheap. A regular combo could cost 850Yen (7.29 Euros) and more. Going to the movies may cost 1800 Yen (16 Euros). Even fast food would be more expensive than eating sushi.

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12. Tokyo has the best sushi in the World!

A meal at “Uoido Sushi” for two will cost 3500 Yen (30 Euros) and the Beer 450 Yen (3.86 Euros). The ramen soup is unbelievable!

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13. Toilets in Japan are from another world

Ok, I know this is weird, but how cool are these toilets?.

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14. It is safe to drink tap water in Tokyo

15. The places where we spent most of the time were:

  • Shinjuku
  • Akihabara
  • Yoyogi Park
  • Shibuya

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“Shibuya Crossing”, the busiest intersection in the world

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“Sensoji Temple” in Asakusa

16. Public Transport in Tokyo is awesome!

There are two types of cards: JR Pass (Suica) and Tokyo Metro (Pasmo). We bought the Pasmo card for 1,500 Yen. Which gave us 4 or 5 RIDES (1000 YEN APPROX – 250 every ride, depending on the distance). A Single Ticket cost around 200 – 250 YEN (1.53 €– 1.91 €). Best of all, with this card you can also buy on vending machines.

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Useful Words in Japanese

Irrasemase! (Welcome)

Ojayó gozaimazu (Good Morning)

Arigato gozaimas (Thank you)

KANPAI! (Cheers)

 

Have you been to Tokyo? What other things should people know before going to Tokyo?. Share your tips!

Author: Fiorella

Fiorella is the author of Chica On The Road. She is a Peruvian girl, who loves to travel. She lived in Bolivia, Italy, Australia, United States, Canada, Germany, and Southeast Asia. She created this travel blog to inspire others to travel more and share travel tips. She is now learning Italian and still traveling.

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4 thoughts on “16 things you didn’t know about Tokyo

  1. This looks like another planet to me 🙂 I never knew most of these, so I read it with great interest. I don’t think I would know how to use a toilet or take a metro though… 🙂

    1. It’s really fun Jurga. The first time I visited Japan, I felt like a child again. You want to see and try everything.
      Using the Metro was not that difficult. I don’t speak Japanese so I just looked at the numbers and colors 🙂

  2. That suica machine brings back so many memories! This post made me smile. Just love Tokyo so much. BTW they wear masks when they have a cold to avoid spreading the germs! Typically polite and thoughtful Japanese!

    1. I know what you mean Caroline. I also love Tokyo, especially Japanese food.
      I’m glad you like this post 🙂

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