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barefootbeach Dec 10th, 2014 04:05 PM

One night stand in Tokyo: what area/hotel to stay in?
 
Hi,
Af the tail end of a 5 week trip in Asia, we'll be breaking up our return flight to the US by spending 5 nights in Kyoto and regrettably, only one night in Tokyo. So, we basically have one day and I think it'll be visiting the Imperial Palace grounds. I have a free night at the Hyatt in Shinjuku-ku, but I'm thinking it may be better to stay closer to the Imperial Palace area to optimize time. We'd also like to be able to walk around shopping/restaurants a bit. Is the Imperial Palace area a good neighborhood or do you recommend a different area. And, do you have a favorite hotel to stay at? Thanks again for your ideas.

kja Dec 10th, 2014 06:52 PM

Your idea of staying near the Imperial Palace is quite reasonable if you decide to visit the grounds -- either that, or staying near a station that allows easy access to Narita. I can't recommend the hotel in which Is stayed, but I was glad to stay in Ueno near the Keisei train to Narita. I enjoyed the Ueno area a lot; YMMV.

barefootbeach Dec 11th, 2014 04:46 AM

Thank you so much midee and kja for your suggestions. I'll start checking them out.

barefootbeach Dec 11th, 2014 07:12 AM

I've decided on the Palace Hotel….thanks so much for your help. It's going to be a busy day trying to absorb the best of Tokyo.

If anyone has suggestions for what to see/do, I'd love to hear them

LuisJp Dec 18th, 2014 12:50 AM

Your hotel is just in front of Ohtemon, a gate to the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace. Check the opening date at
http://www.kunaicho.go.jp/e-event/higashigyoen02.html

You can also visit inside of the Imperial Palace itself. The reservation is needed.
https://sankan.kunaicho.go.jp/order/index_EN.html

Yasukuni Shirine can be enjoyed even very early in the morning.
http://www.yasukuni.or.jp/english/precinct/index.html

The National Diet offers the tour on weekdays.
http://www.sangiin.go.jp/eng/info/dbt/index.htm

Marunouchi area is now an attractive spot for shopping and restaurants. Most buildings are connected with your hotel with underpasses. No umbrella is needed.
http://www.marunouchi.com/e/shop?type=top

More further places are

Ginza:
http://www.ginza.jp/?lang=en

Akihabara:
http://akiba.or.jp/english/index.html

Edo-Tokyo Museum:
http://www.edo-tokyo-museum.or.jp/english/

Hama Rikyu:
http://www.kensetsu.metro.tokyo.jp/k...hama_rikyu.pdf

Tokyo Tower:
http://www.tokyotower.co.jp/eng/secret/

Zojoji:
http://www.zojoji.or.jp/en/index.html

Tsukiji:
http://www.tsukiji.or.jp/english/index.html

Tokyo Skytree:
http://www.tokyo-skytree.jp/en/

and more...
http://www.gotokyo.org/en/index.html


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