Japan-Land of the
Ancient Buddhist Temples and Shinto Shrines! -- Part 1
By Sandy Zimmerman
With over 1,000 years of
history, Japan is steeped in the traditions of its culture. Even when
walking around some sections of ultra-modern Tokyo, you have the feeling
that time stood still. Edo, the original name of Tokyo, was a small
castle town during the time of isolation when Japan was ruled by the
Shogun (1615-1868). The term Torii Gates describes the exotic religious
symbols at the approach and entrance to shrines. They contain 2 vertical
wooden posts with a curved post across the top.
When our guide announced
we were stopping at the Oedo Onsen Monogatari Japanese Bath House
(Greater Tokyo Hot Springs Story), everyone was surprised! Yes, Oedo is
a traditional communal bath of the Edo period, but so much more. This
costumed theme park offers an experience in which you become a part of
the past. In fact, everyone must wear yulkata kimonos in order to enter.
Choose any of 19 beautiful kimonos decorated with Ukiyoe prints
(stylized pictures of geishas, courtesans, Sumo wrestlers, Mt Fuji).
Male and female baths are separated. In Japan, public baths are for
relaxing and enjoying the hot mineral springs, not for scrubbing your
body. Choose indoor or outdoor baths. Oedo combines the traditional bath
experience with a touch of entertainment, shopping, and dining. Try a
Western restaurant or Japanese izakaya pub. You'll see beautiful young
ladies dressed as geishas, men with swords and samari-style haircuts.
It's like a movie set of an ancient Japanese village. Oedo's co-ed
footbaths are a series of wading pools in a romantic setting surrounded
by flowers and trees. Hold the kimono up as you walk in knee-deep water.
Each path is designed with different size stones, which stimulate your
foot's pressure points. Following your bath, relax or nap in the
Relaxation Zone in extra-comfortable lounging chairs. Have an after bath
party for 6-72 people in a Tatami room with mats and low tables. The
Ohiroma Room has 210 Tatami mats. There is a salon for beauty
treatments, foot and body massages. Oedo also offers the Galbanum
healing sauna, Sunaburo sand, and steam baths. This is one of Japan's
largest Onsen hot spring resorts.
Temples, Shrines, and
Tokyo's oldest temple,
the awesome Asakusa Kannon Temple or Sensoji Temple has a main entrance
through Gate of the God of Wind and God of Thunder (Kaminarimon Gate) or
the smaller gate (Nitenmon Gate). We are amazed by the skilled
craftsmanship of its curved roof and decorated building. The red walls
glow in the sunlight. Followers wave incense sticks around themselves
becoming surrounded by smoke. They perform these prayer rituals in front
of large bronze incense burning urns. The main building, Kannon-do was
originally chosen as the site to enshrine a small gold statue of the
Goddess of Mercy caught in a fisherman's net. Check your fortune by
shaking a box until a stick falls out. Each stick has a number and the
clerk finds the corresponding fortune. If you don't like the fortune,
just pay a small donation and keep trying! A beautiful 5-story Pagoda
stands within this temple's courtyard. Sensoji is located in the
colorful downtown old Edo section of Tokyo.
The Meiji Shrine is
dedicated to the spirits of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken
(1853-1912). He was considered the father of modern Japan, during the
time when the power of government switched from feudal system to the
emperor. A simple cedar Torii marks the entrance to the temple's
grounds. Meiji is set within a 175 acre park filled with 100,00 trees.
You walk across an extremely wide gravel path to a larger Torii leading
into the inner gardens. These large gates to the shrine are made from
Japanese cypress and is said to be over 1,700 years old. See the picture
gallery, sports facilities, and treasure museum displaying a private
collection of the Emperor and Empress. The empress spent time in her
beautiful 75-acre Jingo Gvoen (Iris Garden) now blossoming with 100
varieties of irises. A special ring-entering ceremony is performed at the
temple when sumo wrestlers have been promoted to the exalted rank of
Grand Champion. You may catch weddings on weekends the couples wear
Sengakuji Temple is
dedicated to Lord Asano Naganori In Edo castle; Kira Yoshinaka chided
Asano to draw his sword. This act was considered an insult deemed
punishable by self-disembowelment. Asano's 47 Samurai followers avenged
his forced ritual suicide (1702), brought Kira's head to the temple and
placed it on Asano's tomb. They were then sentenced to disembowel
themselves. The museum houses their armor and possessions.
Yasukuni Shrine is
considered new under Japanese standards (1869), yet designed in classic
Shinto-style. View the cherry blossoms or snow from their Torii Gate.
Zojoji Temple is one of
the largest temples of the Jodo sect of Buddhism (600 years old). At the
main gate, Sangedatsumon, General Grant planted the large pine tree,
when he visited Tokyo.
The Imperial Palace,
formerly Edo Castle, is home to the Emperor and Empress of Japan. This
250-acre fortress is surrounded by its original innermost moat, gates,
old guard towers, and was built with 15" thick walls. You are allowed to
visit the East Garden (Higashi Gyoen) or Plaza Double Building depending
upon the time of year. Enter from the picturesque Nijubashi Bridge (Two
Tiered Bridge). The East garden was first designed 300 years ago, as a
garden-within-a-garden. Only on January 2 (New Year's Greeting) and
December 23 (emperor's birthday) visitors are able to enter the inner
palace grounds and see the members of the imperial family who make
several public appearances on a balcony.
To pay respects at Shinto
Shrines, dress appropriately, walk through the Torii Gate, and rinse
your hands and mouth using water from the stone basin. Do not touch the
dipper with your lips directly. Then proceed to the Main Shrine
building. If you wish to show respect in front of the main shrine, bow
twice, then clap your hands twice, and bow again.
Entertainment Hall - see Rakugo (comic storytelling), Manzai (comic
dialogue), Mandan (comic monologue), acrobatics, magic, and mimic
Hana-Yashiki - 150-year-old amusement park.
- Museum of
Traditional Art Crafts - near the Asakusa Temple.
Shopping Center - Adjoins the Asakusa Kannon Temple, a long double row
of 90 shops and stalls selling a variety of goods and souvenirs.
- National Diet
Building - House of Parliament.
- Taiko (drum)
Museum - in the Asakusa Temple district.
- Tokyo Tower -
Modeled after the Eiffel Tower in Paris but 13 meters taller, (333
meters high) this is the world's tallest self-supporting steel tower
(1958). Now functioning as a television/radio broadcast antenna and
half-and-three-quarter-size wooden or porcelain figures perform Bunraku
with the help of puppeteers at the Classic Puppet Theater. Some 300
years ago, storytellers and puppeteers traveled around the country to
entertain the people. These two skilled art forms joined together and
Bunraku was born. Each puppeteer stands in full view of the audience.
Three puppeteers control each principal puppet. One holds the puppet's
back and manipulates the puppet's right arm. The second operator moves
the puppets left arm, while the third moves its legs. Each puppet's
eyes, mouth, and eyebrows move. The Joruri narrator tells a story,
conveys emotion, and reproduces the sound of rain and wind. Shamisen
players change the tempo of music with the action. Their repertoire of
plays was written in the 18th century. Currently there are
four performances each year at the National Theater in Tokyo and Osaka
plus a yearly traveling show.
You can thrill to
classical Kabuki Theatre in the neon-lit Ginza. Originally started by a
female group (1608) but banned as being immoral. Kabuki has been
performed by an all-male troupe to this day. In the beginning, this was
deemed the choice of entertainment for the townspeople, not the upper
classes. But even though noblemen and members of the higher ranks were
not allowed to attend, they did anyway. Kabuki plays are about
historical events, moral conflict, love relationships and are
accompanied by ancient Japanese instruments. Shows include dancing,
singing, costumes, brightly colored makeup, trapdoors, sword fighting,
flying actors, a revolving stage, classical musicians, and a footbridge
leading into the audience.
A different style of
theater than Kabucki, Noh Theatre has been performed for over 700 years.
It is symbolic and rooted in ancient Shinto rites. The actors wear masks
along with beautiful white costumes and perform on a stage under a
Shinto Shrine-style roof. They are also seen at torch-lit temple
ceremonies. Noh were the choice of the upper classes.
The Takarazuka Theatre is
the female's answer to the Kabuki Theatre, an all-female cast presenting
spectacular, romantic musical revues.
If you would like to
experience a traditional Japanese music concert in the United States,
try to attend one of Yukiko Matsuyama's concerts. She plays the Koto, an
instrument, which became popular in the 7th and 8th centuries
for entertaining at court. The Koto has 13 strings and measures 6 feet
long. Yukiko has composed several numbers on her new CD album Tsubomi
(Blossom) and explains, "I composed these songs with love from my heart.
Every moment of our lives is full of possibilities. Choose to make those
moments blossom beautifully. Dream and believe." The other instruments
appearing on the CD- Kaiki drums, keyboards, guitar, bass, drums, and
Foot Bath in Bath House
Geishas - The "Gei"
(performance) "Sha" (people) are professional hostesses. These girls are
trained in the arts of entertaining, playing instruments, ancient dance,
singing, flower arrangement, tea ceremony, calligraphy, conversation,
and serving; this honored status can be traced back to the women who
danced for warriors during the 11th century. Contact the JNTO about
Participate in the
ancient art of the Tea Ceremony (Chanoyu) at several Tokyo hotels. Zen
Buddhism influenced this formal ritual of preparing and drinking tea.
Each step, each hand movement must be learned exactly. Most tea
ceremonies usually take from 30-45 minutes and use Matcha green tea made
of powdered tealeaves.
Dating back to ancient
times, Sumo Wrestling is still popular today. Their largest champion,
Konishi weighed 625 pounds. Mainoumi, the lightest- 359 pounds, did not
meet the height requirements until he had several silicone implants on
his head. He later married a 90-pound model. Visit the Sumo amphitheater
in the nearby town of Ryogoku Kokugikan (National Sumo district) to
attend a bout. The Dohyo-iri (entering ring) ceremony is exciting. This
area is devoted to Sumo champions with shops and restaurants filled with
wood clogs, kimonos, and supplies. At the Sumo museum displays from the
Edo period to the present are found.
Food Theme Parks and
Museums are unique attractions. You can stop for a snack, meal, or
just to learn about their type of food.
Do you like curry? The
Yokohama Curry Museum offers a curry restaurant food court and exhibits
featuring the history of curry, and curry around the world.
The Shin-Yokohama Ramen
Noodle Museum reproduces a scene from old Japan. Sample ramen noodles
from different areas of Japan. Ramen is one of Japan's popular dishes.
The management says, Ramen fans, ramen connoisseurs, and certifiable
ramen maniacs all come to their museum. Ramen consists of Chinese style
noodles served in a soup with various toppings. Every ramen cook has
developed it's own soup. This is a historical theme park and specialty
Ikebukuro Gyoza Stadium
has over 20 Gyoza shops. Prices are reasonable, so you can sample
different types of Gyoza dumplings. You will enjoy walking around the
streets inside the stadium.
Similar to an upgraded
ferry system, just go to any of their ports. You don't need
reservations. The Tokyo Cruise Ship Company (boats are called suijo-bus
in Japanese) offers service to the following:
Tokyo Sea Life Park Line - beach, aquarium, bird sanctuary, ferris wheel, and Tokyo Sea Life
Park. Each ticket comes with a discount coupon for a Ferris wheel ride.
Odaiba Line - Odaiba
district, Seaside Park, restaurants, cafes on the waterfront, amusement
Harbor Cruise Line -night
Museum of Maritime
Science, Shinagawa Aquarium Line - Nature/Science Experience Tour,
Museum of Maritime Science built in an out-of-duty-passenger boat,
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Shinagawa Aquarium -
simulated undersea walk in glass tunnel and dolphin/seal shows. Discount
tickets for Museum of Maritime Science and aquarium are available.
Sumida River Line - Old
Edo, downtown Tokyo- Asakusa, Hamarikyu Gardens, 12 unique bridges.
Zeal Dining Cruises -
lunch, sunset, dinner, and bbq excursions.
Symphony Cruises - serves
Italian and French cuisine, state of the art facilities
Typical gateway entrance
Just one hour from Tokyo
and you are in another world! The ancient town of Kamakura (1192) is
like an open-air museum with 119 temples and 41 shrines. Kamakura was
the former capitol of Japan from 12-14 century. You will need a day to
really see Kamakura. Some places that you should make sure to visit
while in Kamakura are:
- The bronze Great
Buddha (Daibutsu) was cast in 1252 weighs 122 tons and seems to reach
up to the clouds (37 feet). How could this have been built without our
- Hasedera Temple (721) exhibits the largest wood sculpture in Japan, the Goddess of
Mercy. Each of its 11 faces is different. Carved out of one piece of
camphor wood. Stroll around tree lined paths to see low-ceilinged
caves, gardens, revolving library, and several ornate buildings.
Hasedera sits atop a mountain with viewing areas of Sagami Bay.
Hachjimangu Shrine - Shinto shrine, 100-year-old gingko tree.
- Kenchoji Temple - oldest Zen temple in Japan, unpainted wood buildings.
- Zeniarai Eniarai
Benton - small shrine inside several hillside caves. Visitors wash
their coins and bills to be able to gain more wealth.
In Yokamana, there are
two places to visit - Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea. Tokyo
Disneyland is in the Maihama district, which is 30 minutes by train.
Tokyo Disney Sea is next to Tokyo Disneyland and features 7 theme ports
and a gigantic flame spewing volcano.
Places to Stay
Almost everything is
different in Japan; they have their own slant on life! Accommodations
are available in all price ranges, and you can take advantage of their
traditional-style Japanese lodging.
- Ryokan or
Japanese Inn - It will seem as though you are back in the Edo era of
Japan. You sleep on futon bedding in a large room with only a
rice-straw tatami floor covering, low table, and sliding shoji screen
doors. They supply blue and white cotton kimono (yakata) lounging
wear. Many of these Ryokans are hot-springs resorts known as Onsen.
Take communal baths, separate sex bathing. Remove shoes at entrance to
the Ryokan, and wear slippers. You can only walk on tatami mats with
stocking feet or barefoot. Japanese baths are for soaking, not
scrubbing. Chat with friends, family, or strangers while bathing.
Price includes 2 meals and simple breakfast. The maid brings each meal
to your room. There are 65,000 Ryokan accommodations in Japan.
- Minshuku Guest
Homes - you rent a room in a families' home. Price includes 2 meals
dine family style.
- The no frills
business hotels are near train stations.
- Grand Hyatt
Tokyo - Luxury at its finest! 10 world-class restaurants, fitness
center, Nagomi Spa, Business center, Grand club, 13 convention/
meeting rooms. Ultra-modern, new hotel. Next to Roppongi Hills
city-within-a-city entertainment and shopping center.
Places to Eat
Tokyo has more than
300,000 restaurants - ramen, noodle, and dumplings, to the finest
international dining - and 7,000 sushi bars. Although many restaurants
do not have an English speaking staff, plastic food displays and photos
help you make meal choices.
Roppongi, Akasaka, and
parts of Shinjuku are popular nightlife districts. Typical places of
entertainment include karaoke bars, discos, live music places, and bars
with live music.
Tropicana - Brazilian restaurant and bar.
- Blue Note Tokyo - featuring jazz.
- El Cafe Latino -
dancing in pre-Columbian decor, 2 dance floors, Latin music, tropical
- Hard Rock Cafe.
- Lexington Queen - international discotheque, model and celebrity hangout.
- Japan National Tourist Organization - offers free information regarding
restaurants, attractions, hotels (western-style, business, Ryokan Inns,
and Minshuku guest houses), tour itineraries, and tips for budget
travelers. They have a Tokyo Walking Guide with 15 courses. JNTO hopes
you discover both sides of Tokyo - ancient and modern. Booklets are
available for other Japanese cities. Whatever information you need, JNTO
can help find it!
Experience Japanese life
with the people who live it. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government and JNTO
run the Home Visit System. Spend a few hours chatting and having tea.
Apply in person at JNTO's TIC at least one day before your intended
System - at railroad stations or downtown, red question mark with the
- Goodwill Guide
Program - 47,000 bilingual volunteers ready to assist foreign
visitors- housewives, students, and retirees. Free, just pay for their
travel expenses and admissions to tourist facilities, meals.
- Air Canada - All flights via Vancouver, Canada, 888-247-2262.
Airlines - new 777 luxury jets offer daily non-stop flights to
Tokyo's Narita Airport from Los Angeles, along with Chicago,
Dallas/Fort Worth, New York, and San Jose, California.
International coach passengers are served beef tenderloin steak!
Business class meals include -Teriyaki beef appetizer, choice of
filet mignon seasoned with fresh sage in a Port wine demi-glaze,
seafood risotto topped with goat cheese sauce, or lemon thyme
chicken. Japanese dinners- sushi, beef tataki, Hassun dish,
braised duck, and fillet mignon enhanced by garlic soy sauce
with Shiitake mushrooms. First class passengers are served
salmon appetizers, lobster tail and claw salads, and the same
main courses as business class. The flight attendant prepares an
ice cream sundae at your seat. Business and First Class meals
are similar to those in gourmet restaurants, a continuous
serving of extras, and choice of liquor.
information call 800
Airlines - daily flights from Los Angeles, San Francisco,
Chicago, and New York.
Airlines - daily from Los Angeles, 800
U. S. citizens are
required to have a passport. When you arrive a Temporary Visitor's
Visa for a stay of 90 days or less is provided.
Where to Stay
- Ryokan or
Japanese Inn - $120-200 includes 2 meals, (03)
Inn Group - 80 inns for budget travelers, http://members.aol.com/jinngroup.
Guest Homes - family run lodging, $65-90 include 2 meals, served
family style, (03)
- Western-style hotel - $150-300 for 1 person; $250-450 for two
people. 311 member hotels in the Japan Hotel Association, ttp://www.j-hotel.or.jp/
Hyatt Tokyo - (03)
-4333-1234 in Japan, 888-591-1234 from the
hotels - close to train stations. $55-100. No frills.
Call the JNTO for
information about all types of accommodations, in Los Angeles 213-623-1952, in Tokyo (03)
- The train
and subway lines have an interlocking network that covers most
of the city.
Railways (JR) - 6 railway companies covering the entire country
making stops at 15 - minute intervals during peak periods. The
Bullet Trains, Shinkansen, are ultra fast throughout Japan.
Purchase tickets at vending machines at each station, and
approach the green striped windows for different class tickets.
Japan Rail Pass: 7 days- $28.30, first class $37.80. 14
days-$45, first class $61. 21 days-$57.70, first class $79.
Tokyo Free Kippu (ticket) holders make unlimited travel within 1
day in Tokyo on JR, TRTA, and Metropolitan subway- $15. Each of
JR, Metropolitan subway, bus, and TRTA subway offers 1-day open
ticket for unlimited rides within Tokyo for $7. JNTO has
information about transportation within Japan.
information - (03)
Airport Express - airport train to Tokyo and other cities.
Limousine Bus - door to door to most hotels, (03)
Ride - Asakusa, 10 minutes-$20. 30 minutes-$50. 1 hour- $90.
East building, 3f, 1-20-4 Asakusa, Taitoku, (03)
Tropicana - B1 Edge Building, 1-1-1 Nishi Azabu, Minato-ku,
- Blue Note
Tokyo - Raika Building, 6-3-16 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, (03) -5485-0088.
International - $30 admission, includes 3 drinks and karaoke.
5F, Taimei bldg, 3-11-6 Roppongi, Minato-ku, (03)
- El Cafe
Latino - open daily, Win Roppongi Building, 3-15-24 Roppongi,
- Hard Rock
Cafe - Tokyo-Roppongi, Tokyo-Uyeno; 5-4-20 roppongi, minato-ku, (03)
Queen - international discotheque, free drinks all night, except
Thursdays, Admission: Men-$30, Women-$20, includes 1 dish.
Monday & Thursday- Ladies night, free admission, 2 drinks free.
Model and celebrity hangout. Daily, 8-5. B1-f, 3rd Goto Building, 3-13-14, Roppongi, Minato-ku, (03)
Onsen Japanese bath house - foot bath-11:00 am - 10:00 pm,
open-air bath- 11:00 am - Midnight and 5:00 am -8:00 am, indoor
bath- 11:00 am - 8:00 am the next morning.
Entrance fee- 11:00 - 6:00, Adult-$28. Child- 4 yrs up-$15;
After 6:00 pm, discount, adult- $8, child-$15. Fees include
kimonos, bath towels, and use of facilities.
Indoor bathing- 4 hour limit during weekends & holidays,
additional fees will be charged, except if you enter after 6:00
pm. Last entrance at 2:00 am. No tattoos are allowed. After bath
party rooms are available, from 6-72 tatami mats. Relaxation
rooms- nap, body and foot massages, beauty treatments. 2-57 Aomi,
Koto-Ku, Tokyo, (03)
Theatre - plays change monthly, $25-168. Only $5-10 to see one
act. Rent an English audio earphone translation tape for the
whole show only. Matinee- 11:00 -4:00, Evening- 4:30-9:00
4-12-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, (03)
Kabuki Theatre- Eight or nine Kabuki performances per year, each
running about one month. $15-92. English translation audio
earphone tape is available, (03)
Theatre - 1-1-3 Yurakucho Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, http://gojapan.about.com/library/weekly/aa091702.htm
National Theatre - 4-18-1 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, (03)
Ceremony - Japanese garden Happo-en, bonsai trees; Tea Ceremony
(Sadoh) Take part as a guest, observe the ceremony, and enjoy a
bowl of foamy powdered green tea.
Amphitheater - $36-113 January, May and September, http://www.sumo.or.jp/eng/index.html
Kannon Temple, or Sensoji Temple - 6:00 - 5:00, daily, free.
2-3-1 Asakusa Taito-Ku, (03)
Buddha (Daibutsu) - Admission 200 yen (extra 20 yen for entering
inside the statue) 7:00 - 6:00 (April-September) 7:00 - 5:30
- 2-28 Hase
4-chome, Kamakura, Kanagawa 248-0015 (04)-76-22-0703, http://www.kamakuratoday.com/e/sightseeing/daibutsu.html
Temple - 8:00 - 4:30 daily, 3-11-2 Hase, Kamakura city, Kanagawa
Prefecture, (04)-6722-6300, http://www.shaav.com/travel/japan/hasedera.htm.
Jingu Shrint - Open from sunrise to sunset, shrine free.
Treasure Museum: Adult $5 Student $2 children free. Saturday and
Sunday 9:00 - 4:30. Closed every third Friday of the month.
Shrine: Free.1-1 Joyogi Kamizono-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (03)
3379- 5511, http://www.meijijingu.or.jp/, http://www.meijijingu.or.jp/english/.
Temple - Adult $2 Child $1. Hall- 9:00 - 4:00, 2-11-1 Takanawa,
Minato-ku, Tokyo, (03)
Shrine - 24 hours, Inner gardens- 6:00 - 7:00, free. Museum 9:00
- 5:00, $3 adults $2 high school, $1 child. 3-1-1, Kudan Kita,
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, (03)
Temple - free. 4-7-35, Shiba Koen, Minato-ku.
Hana Yashiki - 150-year-old amusement park.10:30 am - 6:00 pm,
2-28-1 Asakusa, (03)
Entertainment Hall -see Rakugo (comic storytelling), Manzai
(comic dialogue), Mandan (comic monologue), acrobatics, magic
and mimic shows. 11:40 am -9:00 pm, daily, (03)
- Museum of
Traditional Art Crafts of Downtown Edo-free, 10 am -8:00 pm,
daily. 111-0032 2-22-13, Asakusa, Taito City, (03)
- Nakamise -
shops next to the Asakusa Kannon Temple. 6:00 am -5:00 pm (6:30
pm, October-March), daily. Between Kaminarimon and Hozomon, (03)
(Drum) Museum -$3 adults; $1.50 child. 10:00 am -5:00 pm, closed
Monday, Tuesday, during Bon, the end and beginning of year.
111-0035 2-1-1, in Unosuke Miyamoto Shop, Nishiasakusa, Taito
Globe - reproductions of Shakespeare plays.
Disneyland, Maihama district 30 minutes by train, Yokohama.
Disney Sea - Next to Tokyo Disneyland, Yokohama.
Food Theme Parks
Gyoza Stadium - 10:00 am - 10:00 pm, $3 adult, $2 child. 3-1-3
Higashi Ikebukuro Sunshine City World, Import Mart 2F Namco
- Shin-Yokohama Ramen Noodle Museum - Admission $3. Or 3 month
pass- $10, 6 month pass- $15. Around $9 per bowl. 11:00 am -
11:00 pm, last admission 10:00 pm. Closed Tuesdays, except for
national holidays. 2-14-21 Shin-Yokohama, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama, (04) 5-471-0503 (Japanese) "Ramen dial": (04) 5-471-0943 (Japanese). 45 minutes from Tokyo, http://www.bento.com/phgal3.html.
Curry Museum - 11:00 am - 10:30 pm. 7-8F, 1-2-3 Isezakicho,
Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken, (04) 5-250-0833.
Cruise Ship Co, Ltd. - (boats are called suijo-bus in Japanese)
Asakusa, Hinode, Odaiba Piers, (03)
Dining Cruises - (03)
Cruises - $30-lunch cruise, 11:50 am; $15-afternoon, 3:00 pm;
$30-sunset, 4:30 pm; $38-dinner, 7:10 pm, Price does not include
meal and cruise -$50-200. Sea Line Tokyo Co., Ltd., 2-7-104,
Kaigan, Minato-ku, Tokyo, (03)
Embassy - Akasaka, Minato-ku, (03)
- Currency -
American money and traveler's checks are not accepted except at
the larger hotels. You have to use credit cards or Yen.
Information - Multi-Lingual - (04)-5671-7209.
National Tourist Organization (JNTO) - Los Angeles: 213-623-1952, New York: 212-757-5640, Chicago: 312-222-0874.
-3201-3331, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. 10th
floor, Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan Bldg, 2-10-1, Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo. The JNTO is also at the Tokyo International Airport,
Narita- Terminal 2- Main, Terminal 1- Branch, 9:00 am - 8:00 pm,
daily. http://www.jnto.go.jp/. Contact the JNTO regarding the
Goodwill Guide Program, to visit Japanese homes, or for all
- Information System - at railroad stations or downtown, (03) -5321-3077 ttp://www.tourism.metro.tokyo.jp/
Clinic - Dr. Ishikawa, Azabu Sakurada Hitsu, 2F. 3-2-7 Azabu
-3479-0081 24 hours: 03-3401-6340.
British Clinic - Dr. Symonds day time only. Daikan Yama Y
Building 2-13-7 Ebisu-Nishi Shibuya-Ku, (03)
Metro Health and Medical Information Center - 24 hour medical
International Medicine Information Center - Tokyo, (03)
Clinic - Dental office, No. 31, Mori Building, 3-4-30 Shiba Koen
- Ambulance - 119, English: (01)-2046-1997.
- POLICE -
110, English: (03)