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Tokyo National Museum - A huge complex that has ancient temple treasures, beautiful kimonos that are centuries old, Japanese armour and weapons and numerous other displays reflecting the culture and history of this fascinating country. Ancient relics and figurines dating back to centuries BC and many artifacts from the oriental areas outside of Japan are also housed here.

Senso- ji Temple - Experience the religious heart of Tokyo.This temple was built on the site of a shrine dating back to 645 and is Tokyo's most sacred temple. Thousands of worshipers stream through here to light candles, throw coin offerings and to take in the smoke of holy incense, believed to have healing powers.

Imperial Palace - The original building commenced in 1590, during the Edo period further extentions made it the worlds largest castle. Unfortunately only the inner complex stands today. Walk through the gardens, now public parks, and make a point of taking a look at the Nijubashi gate and enjoying the view from the castles keep (Honmaru). The emperor's huge Samurai guards were once housed in the Hyakunin Basho building nearby.

Disney Sea Aside from the rides. You will feel like going through time and countries like old New York, Arabia, Europe, and even under the sea. Definitely a must go!
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Ueno Zoo Ueno Zoo is not just for kids, but they probably enjoy it more than adults do. The zoo is located in Ueno Park, where there are temples and shrines, museums, flower gardens, cafes and restaurants and plenty of green areas. If you are stuck in the middle of Tokyo at your wits end on how to entertain the kids; well Ueno Park in general and the zoo in particular is a good way to give the kids a fun filled day. You can use the Ueno Keisei line, the subway Ginza line, the subway Chiyoda line or the infamous JR Yamanote line to get to Ueno Park and zoo. From the JR station take the "Park exit". From there it is easy to find your way to the zoo - just follow the signs. The zoo is a little expensive so you may want to bring packed lunches and your own refreshments.
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Lexington Queen There is nothing particularly impressive about "the Lex", in fact it is quite shabby, but for some reason it attracts all the out of town stars that pass through Tokyo. It generally attracts a lot of foreigners, probably because it offers 'nomi-hodai' - these are the most important Japanese words to remember if you like drinking as they mean 'all you can drink'! The Lex's nomi-hodai is very reasonable. It is 3,000 yen for women and 4,000 for men; once you pay at the door you can drink all you want all night. The music is mainly trance or rock, depending on the night. It is not a place to go if you are looking for pop. It often has visiting DJs. The toilets are really small. There are only 3/4 cubicles in the ladies, so expect queues as the night goes on. The VIP area is just off the main area and it is not segmented by dividing walls or doors or glasses or anything, so when the stars are in you can see them as clear as day at an arms length away. I had the pleasure of meeting the Jackass boys and some C class actors there and I missed Enimen and 50 cent by 5 minutes another night. Why they go in there is beyond me, if I had money to burn there are far more appealing and classier joints in Roppongi. Anyway the address for the Lexington Queen is 3rd Goto Bldg, B1, 3-13-14, Roppongi, Minato-Ku. Basically if you swing the next left after TGI's(if TGI's is on your left) on the Gaien Higashi Dori you will find Lex on the right hand side at the next corner.
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For a reasonable pub, head to the HUB!! There are "HUB" bars all over Tokyo and they are always busy because; they provide a Western style bar, with reasonably priced drink, English speaking bar staff, happy hour, a cocktail list to die for, cheap pub grub, a dukebox and a dart board. What more could you want! My favorites are the one in Roppongi, Tokyo and Kawasaki, Yokohama. The one in Roppongi is on the main entertainment strip in Roppongi beside the McDonalds. The one in Kawasaki is right in front of the main entrance of the JR station. There are also HUBs in Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Ueno and other key areas in Tokyo.
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Harajuku, girls? Well Gwen Stefani has finally put Harajuku on the map. This area is a shoppers paradise and a very trendy part of Tokyo. From clothes to condoms - Harajuku has it all. The main road boasts the high designers as well as the all essential brand names and department stores that house well known Western stores. If you go down the pedestrian strip that faces you when you come out the main exit at the JR station you will find traditional retail outlets and plenty of places to pick up souvenirs.
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Tokyo Shopping

Bring on the credit card, where does one begin? Mitsukoshi in Nihonbashi is a good start should you want to browse through a department store for starters. Tokyo Decks combines five levels of shops with restaurants for that breather between purchases and a games centre for the kids.

Japan is well known for electronic wares and Akihabara District has shops that stock an unbelievable selection but don't think that you will be getting huge bargains though, as the prices are relatively high. Have your passport ready to request tax free prices when available.

Always make sure that what you buy is compatible with voltage and your other equipment at home or your wonderful buy will turn out to be a white elephant! T- Zone and Gateway Country are recommended for English computer soft- and hardware. Photographers can get the latest camera equipment in the West Shinjuku area.

Tokyo Activities

Tokyo Disneyland - Chiba. Something for the kid in all of us.

Amazing Square - Heaven for little Johnny, watch him battle it out with space aliens playing hi- tech interactive games. Japan is always on the cutting edge of this technology.

Unesco Village - A dinosaur themed amusement park, big monsters have always been a drawcard for kids. Life- sized, mobile and noisy, these are guaranteed to give the more sensitive kid a few sleepless nights.

Tokyo Restaurants and Bars

Tokyo Restaurants

Otaka-Ginza - near the Sony Bldg. The fish hot- pot is a must for delicious warm winter fare, traditionally ladled from a bubbling pot and serving between 4.30pm and 11pm.

Tsukiji Edogin - Tsukiji. You must have sushi when in Japan and this is one of the best places to get it. Hugely popular, this restaurant has expanded rapidly and is highly recommended, they are open from 11am to 9.30 in the evening.

Benihana - Nihonbashi. Famous for their teppanyaki: you select meat, seafood and veg which is cooked on a griddle while you watch. Open from 11am to 10pm with delicacies such as lobster and abalone this is a must for delicious eating, Japanese style.

Nodaiwa - Tokyo Tower. Bubble bubble boil and trouble..eye of newt- this acclaimed restaurant is open for lunch between 11am & 1.30 and dinner from 5- 8pm and specialises in eel dishes, considered a great delicacy in Japan.

Tokyo Bars & Clubs

Birdland - Roppongi's Square. For a bit of class this is Tokyo's hottest jazz club, situated in the Square Building which houses clubs on all the floors. So if you get tired of the jazz, hey, just move up to the next floor!

Pentax Gallery - Minato-ku. One of the many popular nightclubs in the city where you can party the night away.

Blues Alley Japan - Meguro Station Hotel. A cosy eclectic club where rock, blues and jazz can be enjoyed.

Tokyo children's activities

Tokyo Disneyland - Chiba. Something for the kid in all of us.

Amazing Square - Heaven for little Johnny, watch him battle it out with space aliens playing hi- tech interactive games. Japan is always on the cutting edge of this technology.

Unesco Village - A dinosaur themed amusement park, big monsters have always been a drawcard for kids. Life- sized, mobile and noisy, these are guaranteed to give the more sensitive kid a few sleepless nights.

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