Friday, March 23, 2012

Tokyo Essentials

Executive summary by darmansjah

There's sushi, sake, kimono, alphabet hiragana, kanji, and manga, Yokoso Japan! Like Kuala Lumpur for Malaysia, Tokyo for the Japanese community is densely populated metropolitan city that dominates the country's one million nicknames. Bartasan Wauran traveled for seven and a half hours by plane from Singapore last SQ A380 to Narita, Tokyo, to enjoy the panorama and culture that served the various corners of the city located on the islands of Honshu, Kanto province, southern Japan.
  Views of downtown Tokyo from Tokyo Tower

Before the Meiji Restoration in the city is known as Edo, the political base of feudal government established by the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1603 leyasu. capital of Nippon (Sunrise) with a population of 8,483,050 souls has 47 ku (district), consisting of 26 shi (city), 5 gun (county), and 8 cho (village), including two small islands of Ogasawara and Izu. Over time, the city became the witness of the times in cultural persistence and has many places of historic and interesting place to visit. In all areas of Japan, a visit to Tokyo is a must for tourists who will take a trip to the country this Sakuran. From the results of my exploration in Tokyo in two weeks, there are some important and interesting places that must to be visited.


This region is the largest and busiest train station in Tokyo and located right in the heart of the city. Stretching the daily activities of working people and travelers who want to enjoy the rhythms of local residents appear centered in the region this station. You can start the story 'get lost' from this station. How not, this station has recorded six train services provider that serves tens of rail and subway, so you must be smart to read the billboards pointing the area of ​​this region. Metropolitan government office building visible towering grab a glimpse of the sky and similar to the Petronas Tower. In addition to regional offices, also crowned as the Shinjuku area of ​​the top spot for the shopaholic the world to satisfy the shopping desire. No hearted, there are seven major shopping malls entrenched in the shade of buildings skyscraper gradual more than 10 floors and fenced in city parks. Not only made in Japan has to offer, branded goods were nearly all world class displayed in this area either in the form of local boutiques and shopping malls such as Isetan, Seibu or Takashimaya. Night in Shinjuku are rampant with various colors of large neon light area of ​​Kabukicho, the most famous Redlight district in Tokyo, is ready to lull your dreams dengna various metropolis.
Siangpore Airlines A380 Double Decker


Often dipautkan the Shinjuku district, Shibuya is located west of Tokyo. This area is one of the many shopping centers and entertainment venues in Tokyo. Harajuku structure here is similar to many small alleys filled with shops and outlets middle range. Only, the appearance of this region visitors are not as extreme as in Harajuku are always quirky and weird. They tend to be more conservative and casual style. In addition to the standard brands of the world, the variety of goods made in Japan were also a lot to offer the region. After satisfying your shopping desires can stop by the famous franchise restaurants or enjoy the latest movies in several cinemas located in the region. Do not worry, despite
converted voiced into the Japanese language, you can still enjoy the story through text translation is available in English. Region that is always full of people milling around it and also can find a garden decorated the statue of Hachiko, a dog is known for his loyalty to his employer until his death. Shibuya browse this trip also brought me had stopped at a shop called Indonesia Groceries Store that sells goods from Indonesia, ranging from handicraft products to the Indonesian-style food, such as instant noodles, spices so, until tea, coffee and other . The waiter at this store almost all of them are citizens of Indonesia who are studying.
  Shibuya in the afternoon

  Harajuku night

Tokyo tower

What makes a region located between Shinjuku and Shibuya in Japan is so famous if not 'style super weird' and quirky a birth? Not just a matter of fashion and accessories, even hair style trends Hirajuku also has worldwide. Typical appearance of the artists have become part of the euphoria of this eccentric fashion style. Harajuku is already renowned as a venue for teenage slang Japanese for decades. Exploring on weekends, you will undoubtedly feel the unique sensation brought about by the teenagers who hang out in this area. Their performance was quite daring, even a hit-and-color style trends also seem to be something that is mandatory. Dressed a la hip-hop, punk, goth, cartoon characters to the style of top Japanese style dominates in this region. Want to be like them? You can just select all the attributes according to the chosen style of the many shops of Harajuku style that unfolded side of the road region. When the weekend arrives, a park near the station Hajuku also appear crowded Japanese jocks and traders attribute special Harajuku on the patio. The park is also often used as a musical art show featuring several Japanese bands both beginners or who have become stars.


Not much different from the Shinjuku full of shopping centers and office buildings, better known as the Ginza shopping district in Tokyo's most elite. Walking in this area will bring you the sensation fith Avenue in New York City with a series of world branded outlets that line here, like Louis Vuiton, Chanel and other brands of super expensive. Yurakucho is one of the many shopping centers which popular in this region. Not just a shopping center, other important facilities such as hotels, apartments, restaurant and other important buildings of the all exclusive also exist here. The area which was founded in 1612 in Edo period this does offer a variety of interesting attractions and the presence of more than 4000 restaurant will provide culinary experience that is second to none. Starting from enjoying the free opera-hosted by several art galleries, try The current products of famous technology companies Sony or Nikon's visit to the gallery, Ginza provides a lot of vacation options. After peeking at the Kabuki-za opera Theatre is famous for its kabuki traditional performances l, my self took time to travel to two famous Japanese stationary store Kinokuniya and Tokyu Hands which offers Japanese-style knick-knacks.


Tsukiji Fish Market

You are fond of seafood and other Japanese food made from fish must visiting fish market area is located approximately 500 meters from the Ginza area. Tsukiji Market is touted as Asia's largest fish market, which offers various kinds of fish, good crops of Japan and other nations. Even Indonesia is the sala hsatu supply distributor that supplies of tuna to this place. Hundred types of seafood offered here, from cheap to expensive, depending on the type and severity. Latest technology for cutting large fish used in the market which employs about 60,000 people. Come in the morning around 6-7 o'clock to observe a very interesting fish auction. You can also tour the culinary food stalls that stretched all the way to taste fresh sashimi or other seafood unique to Japan.
  Tsukiji fish market, the world's largest fish market

Tokyo Tower

Action from one of the victims in the French film starring Gerard Krawczyk claim, Taxi2 which was released in 2000, who called the Eiffel Tower as Towa Tokyo, seemed to enliven the assumptions and the nickname of several Japanese citizens about the tower located in Shiba Park, Minato Tokyo this. The city is suffering from so-called syndrome of Paris as most of the city lifestyle is supposedly oriented modernity of this romantic city. Tokyo Tower is often cited as a duplicate of the Eiffel Tower. With a height of 332.5 meters, the tower of orange that looks like a quarter of three currencies with the towers of Paris community pride has become one of the favorite destinations of tourists who visit to Tokyo. From its peak you will be lulled by the panoramic city and at night the tower is very exotic with spot lights which adorn each side of the building. Not only the charm of the landscape of Tokyo, the tower was opened to the public in 1958, it also offers some interesting attractions, including museums Gueines World Record and wax museum featuring various Japanese celebrities and famous Hollywood stars.
Tokyo tower in the night

Zojo-JI Temple

Still around Tokyo Tower, you can visit the Zojoji Temple, a major Buddhist temple in the Jodo sect Kanto district. Built since 1393 and completed in 1598, this temple has become a holy place and private family Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, basically since he moved to Edo (Tokyo) in 1590. Important tombs of the Tokugawa dynasty here. Sangedatsumon with contemporary Tang Dynasty style building that was founded in 1960 became the main gateway to access this sacred region. Unique mystique that you can see from the many various attributes associated with Japanese-style pilgrimage that lay in some parts of the park is full of cool shady trees. Interestingly, in the park there are statues of babies with hats juxtaposed with less of a toy windmill. The statues are called Jizobosatusu or sculpture that is believed to be protective spirit souls of children who had been born dead or die. It is said that spirits of these children are included as the angels of the Buddha. Typically, women who miscarry or give birth to death can be here to dedicate the statue Jizobosatusu spirit child or fetus that had died. Such treatment in infants generally, women also wear baby clothes on this statue. This cultural glimpse something like the ancient Javanese culture who believe that the souls of their infant or fetal death remain eligible for certain facilities from their parents.

Zojoji Temple


Visiting this area you will be lulled by the atmosphere which is completely different from other places in Tokyo. Formerly Asakusa is Tokyo entertainment area for the community's early 20th century. Located in the district of Thuo, one of the favorite tourist area in Tokyo was once a victim of malignancy bomb U.S. troops during World War II was heating up. Same as the old city in Jakarta, Asakusa has breathed the scent of the past century Tokyo as seen from the old buildings are still maintained its sustainability. Visit the Sensoji Temple, one of the oldest temples in Japan and in addition made ​​mesmerized by a large straw sandals that adorned the walls of the temple you can also visit omokuji and find out your fortune with wiggle container bamboo stalks, each of which contains a specific forecast. Visitors also can purchase their luck charms are sold in this temple. Sensoji is often used as a venue for cultural festivals such as the lantern festival and new year festival. Still in Asakusa, I also briefly explore Nakamishe market that sells souvenirs and visit the ancient Tower Breweirs Asahi, Asahi's famous company building Company.


Tower Breweirs Asahi

Nakamishe market 

Sensoji Temple 

Roppongi Hills

Private residential areas new Roppongi Hills was inaugurated in the spring of 2003. Euphoria famous Japanese celebrities who chose this area as their residence of Regional imagery is said to have pushed this into an elite settlement. This area later became the diplomatic area and the domicile of the Japanese high officials. From start-building of skyscrapers, restaurants, shopping malls, cinemas, entertainment venues, art galleries to be made very luxurious with exclusive high, as in Mon Art Museum. The icons of this most interesting region is the Mori Tower, which serve as the central office and several other facilities. After listening to the uniqueness of a work of art shaped spiders are large, I took time to taste the cup of organic tea in a cafe known as Koots. For those of you who like collecting knick-knacks Hard Rock Cafe, this region you can find it.

Roppongi Hills

Mon Art Museum.


Odaiba area is one of the true testament to the success of the Japanese government to build the human resource (HR) was toward the 21st century. An artificial island built in the Edo period, this island is said to function as an advance base defense from enemy attacks. Around the 80-year that area built over Tokyo Bay is refined into the city harbor and expanded into commercial and business area. Offices, apartments, hotels, restaurants, parks, places of entertainment to accompany the growing needs of tourists which continue to rise. This area is also a duplicate Rainbow Bridge same with Golden Gate in the land of Uncle Sam's complete with the Statue of Liberty. If there is a TVRI tower in Jakarta ,in Odaiba then I had a chance to explore Fuji Terebi aka Fuji TV building, with a variety of souvenir shops that mushroomed around the area of this building. Another important spot that I visited is Palette Town, Odaiba entertainment center city and up to Mega Web, the main building have a place to hold various exhibitions Toyota cars.

Rainbow Bridge

Fuji Terebi

Palette Town 

Mega Web 


You may not think, reversed the progress of the city, this area was devastated, first atomic bomb attack on U.S. troops during World War II. When Japan began to rise, Akihabara is one of the oldest areas of the pioneers of the rise of the Japanese economy. Similar Glodok or Manga Dua, that's my first impression in this region. All kinds of electronic goods made ​​in Japan was held like hotcakes. Unfortunately, stigma is wrong about the prices here are much embedded in the hearts of potential buyers. How no, maybe and think because the original electronic items here locally made sure the price is cheap. Apparently not always like that because like in Indonesia, you should be versed in this bargaining to get the price match. Not just new stuff, here are also many shops selling second-hand electronic goods that require skills other than bargaining also requires foresight in examining the condition of the goods.


Ueno Park

Family holiday icons are an important in Tokyo, not only the scenery and cool air that you can enjoy in Ueno Park, some history as well as religious tourist attractions are also found here, including important monuments of the heroes of Japan, the burial site until the temple is a religious icon in Ueno Park. This park was built around 1873 and was the first zoo in Tokyo. Unfortunately, the government bears panda gifts from China which is a favorite zoo died in 2008. Ueno Park is now better reflect the warmth of the family who stetipa always relaxing weekend around here. I was fortunate because the chance to enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms that began to bloom in this vast park. Exhibited a variety of interesting attractions such as dance, music or art, from both local residents and immigrants from China and Peru. Because the atmosphere is friendly no wonder this park is a meeting point for Indonesian students every weekend.

ueno park

Hama-Rikyu Garden

In the plot as the main park of Tokyo, on the mouth of the river Sumida, Chuo Ku, Hama Rikyu Garden is located near Ginza. In Addition to the exotic, That the area has an area of ​​250,165 square meters is also many history and culture of Japan. The park is Officially opened 1 April 1946 this was once the residence of the feudal rulers in Edo, the Shogun Takugawa. Many interesting Attractions That can be seen here since the park has a variety of plants That Will bloom in four seasons there in Japan, including black pine, lily, plum, cherry, olive. I enjoy the beauty and bustle of this area by walking casually as he watched the show painting landscapes, with oma and opa Mostly Participants. Unfortunately I have not Had time to watch a Japanese tea ceremony in a tavern the historic area of ​​this park, Nakajimano Ochaya. Interestingly from this area you can access temapt travel around Tokyo by using a transport boat.

Hama Rikyu Garden
Nakajimano Ochaya

Population + / - 13 million people, most living in suburban areas around Tokyo
Language: Japanese
Currencies: Yen
Calling code: +81

You need a visa to visit Tokyo, Japan, Visa Application Form can be obtained at the website Office of the Embassy of Japan in Indonesia are closed on Saturdays and Sundays and operate from Monday-Friday 8:30 to 12:30 am, 13:30 to 15:00 Tel. +62.21.31924308

When To Visit
It has 4 seasons, Tokyo can actually be visited at any time. However, many tourists flock to this city in March and April because they want to enjoy the beautiful Sakura flowers. However, you are encouraged to avoid visiting the pad during the holidays like New Year or Golden Week (29 April-5 May), because the price of hotels and towering flight and many resorts are filled with visitors. If you want to get the most beautiful weather to be used as background images visit Tokyo in the autumn (September to November), the air is cool and the leaves of trees change color to dark red, certainly charming!

How to Get There
Japan Airlines provides direct flights to Narita, Tokyo. For some flights at certain hours Garuda Indonesia flight to Tokyo via Denpasar ( or

What to Eat
All food in Tokyo, ranging from the cart at the curb until the restaurant with a Michelin Star, has a high standard. Dengna yagn processing technique is simple, quality ingredients processed into various foods such as ramen, onigiri, sushi, up to a delicious fusion dish. With prices ranging from Y800, ranging from the MRT station to the Tsukiji market, you will enjoy the dignity of the culinary traditions of Japan that will make you addicted.


fusion dish

How to Get Around
Tokyo subway is the best means of transportation to get around the city. Operate starting at 5 am, there are 13 lines and 282 subway stations with ticket prices ranging from Y160 each way.

Where to Stay
Budget: Located in Old Tokyo, Aizuya nayam Inn offers lodging and minimalist. Lengakap with air conditioning and heating, with a common bathroom outside, all rooms are equipped with a WiFi connection, a TV and a bed on the tatami carpet. Outside the room there are a variety of facilities to be enjoyed together, such as beverage vending machines, free internet lengakap with the PC, living room, small library, kitchen, common laundry place, and bicycle rentals and DVD.
Aizuya Inn, 2-17-2 Kiyokawa, Taito-ku, Tokyo Tel: +81 3 6276 6308; E.mail: or can log on at

Mid: In accordance with the concept of bed, balance, breakfast, and business, The B Akasaka is a modern boutique hotel is located near metro stations, supermarkets, restaurants and nightlife. Available room type single, twin and double, all equipped with high-speed Internet connection, refrigerator, LCD TVs, and other equipment for your comfort.
The B Akasaka, 7-6-13 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Tel. : +81 3 3566-0811, e.mail: or click / theb-Akasaka / en

Lux: The strategic location in the CBD area Marunochi, and not Hanay enjoy the convenience of city living and the beauty of the room, but Tokyo Station transportation facilities that connect easily from this hotel.
Four Seasons Tokyo at Marunouchi Pacific Century Place 1-11-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoad-ku, Tokyo, Tel: +81 3 5222-7222, E mail: concierge.marunouchi @ or can visit the site Marunouchi

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