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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
Hi Jake, I'm not a seasoned climber myself but I know someone who is. Check out this blog http://i-cjw.com/ and find out all the places this guy recommends. Also check out his photography - it's amazing stuff! over 10 years ago
Hi Liz, Part of this depends on your travel dates. Do you know when you'll be here? I'd like to recommend a local festival or cultural event if there is one on during your stay... but need to know your dates first. Besides that, here's a list of ideas to get you started: 1. Take a stroll round Asakusa - the old part of Tokyo and enjoy Sensoji Temple and Shrine. 2. Find a less central shopping area like Musashi Koyama and join the locals on Saturday or Sunday. It's a lot of fun and you'll also find some great bargains compared to shopping in the more 'touristy' areas. 3. Visit the Imperial Palace and the East gardens for a little bit of history. Right next door is the super funky Marunouchi district for super high end shopping and restaurants. Nice bit of contrast for you : ) 4. Odaiba is the fun zone with a future science museum (the Mirai museum) with some great interactive displays and challenges for kids. Then there's Joypolis, an indoor games center, and Toyota Megaweb if any of your family are into cars. Then head over to Venus Fort for some indoor/outdoor shopping. This mall is famous for being designed inside as if you're actually outside : ) 5. Spend 1 night at a ryokan with an onsen (hot spring) at a nearby district like Kamakura, Hakone, or Karuizawa. Very Japanese and very unique. Love it. That should get you started Liz. Hope it helps : ) about 10 years ago
If you want a funky place to say I'd recommend Hotel Claska - it's close enough to everything and the hotel itself is very very cool : ) http://www.claska.com/en/hotel/ If you want somewhere more central and budget isn't an issue then I love the Ritz Carlton in Tokyo Midtown. It's fabulous! http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Tokyo/Default.htm Hope it helps over 10 years ago