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Old 31st May 2012, 6:12 PM   #31
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By the way, I recommend visiting at night. I pass the tower every evening, the lighting is beautiful, and the view over Tokyo at night is simply overwhelming.
I was in Asakusa for Sanja-matsuri and the lighting on the Sky Tree was minimal - very disappointing
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Old 31st May 2012, 6:27 PM   #32
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Also, if you are looking for skyline views of Tokyo a few other options include:-

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office in Shinjuku. Free entry 45th floor.
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3011.html#tocho
Mori Tower Roppongi. 1500 yen + optional 300 yen for Sky Deck.
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3031_hills.html
Sunshine 60 in Sunshine City Ikebukuro. 620 yen.
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3038.html
Tokyo Tower. 820/1420 yen.
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3009.html
World Trade Center at Hamamatsucho station.
http://www.wtcbldg.co.jp/wtcb/index.html

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Old 31st May 2012, 6:39 PM   #33
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And Tokyo Skyline related. Stephen Wiltshire draws it from memory:-


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Old 1st June 2012, 8:32 AM   #34
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I was in Asakusa for Sanja-matsuri and the lighting on the Sky Tree was minimal - very disappointing
Apparently you mixed it up with another structure, for example the Edogawa Tower, or an NTT antenna pole? I pass it every day twice - the horizontal and vertical lighting effects look very nice. I haven't been on the observatory deck, but if I go, I will go definitely by night.





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Old 1st June 2012, 2:53 PM   #35
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Apparently you mixed it up with another structure, for example the Edogawa Tower, or an NTT antenna pole? I pass it every day twice - the horizontal and vertical lighting effects look very nice. I haven't been on the observatory deck, but if I go, I will go definitely by night.


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How much would a trip to japan set someone back?
Sign up for the Jetstar jetmail deals and you should be able to get return from Melbourne for $600 or less.

The rest of your budget depends on where you want to go and if you are travelling solo but in general you can get accommodation from around $50 a night and food can be relatively cheap too if you wish (ie you can eat dinner for $10-$15).

Good pages for travel budgets and travelling on a budget here:-
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2410.html
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2028.html

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Old 1st June 2012, 3:05 PM   #37
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Apparently you mixed it up with another structure, for example the Edogawa Tower, or an NTT antenna pole? I pass it every day twice - the horizontal and vertical lighting effects look very nice. I haven't been on the observatory deck, but if I go, I will go definitely by night.
Nope - 19/20th (Sat/Sun) after the matsuri had a street party and I was staring at the tower until about 11PM - all it had was basic aircraft warning lights.

Might just have been that weekend because of power requirements or something.
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Nope - 19/20th (Sat/Sun) after the matsuri had a street party and I was staring at the tower until about 11PM - all it had was basic aircraft warning lights.
You sure you weren't watching the Edogawa tower?

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Also, if you are looking for skyline views of Tokyo a few other options include:- snip
Thanks for the help Chainy and a777. I am coming over later this month so will probably miss out on the sky tree view. I'm sure there are plenty of other things to see and do. Am certianly looking forward to the culture shock of it all.
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Thanks for the help Chainy and a777. I am coming over later this month so will probably miss out on the sky tree view. I'm sure there are plenty of other things to see and do. Am certianly looking forward to the culture shock of it all.
How long are you going for and what is your itinerary?
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Thanks for the help Chainy and a777. I am coming over later this month so will probably miss out on the sky tree view. I'm sure there are plenty of other things to see and do. Am certianly looking forward to the culture shock of it all.
well, the shock is all yours It's really a matter of how long you want to stay and where you want to go.The difference between the mega cities and the rest of Japan is enormous. Outside of cities like Tokyo, Osaka or Nagoya Japan is very "traditional" and "old fashioned". Visiting Tokyo is a must, but it does not at all represent Japan as such.

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Old 8th June 2012, 3:16 PM   #42
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Also, if you are looking for skyline views of Tokyo a few other options include:-

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office in Shinjuku. Free entry 45th floor.
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3011.html#tocho
Mori Tower Roppongi. 1500 yen + optional 300 yen for Sky Deck.
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3031_hills.html
Sunshine 60 in Sunshine City Ikebukuro. 620 yen.
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3038.html
Tokyo Tower. 820/1420 yen.
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3009.html
World Trade Center at Hamamatsucho station.
http://www.wtcbldg.co.jp/wtcb/index.html

Also there's the bar in this hotel
Park Hyatt Tokyo in Shinjuku
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Rev...ure_Kanto.html


I had an awesome meal in their restaurant, was pricey though..
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There is probably enough in Tokyo for everyone to get a different experience ever day of every trip. I doubt there is a bad time to go. There are a few things I'd like to add that made my trip that little bit more special:

Japanese cities are 3 dimensional. Sounds silly at first but in Australia most of what you need to access is on the ground floor. In Japan the rent is so high that many really good things are on the 3rd to 40th floors. THat includes food, bars and shopping. Look up and be prepared to get in some elevators and climb some stairs.

Get a JR rail pass BEFORE you leave. This is very important to be able to freely move around the country and see it all.

Don't be shy of the subway, there are English signs everywhere and it is very efficient and easy. If a train arrives 2 minutes late you probably need to adjust your watch 2 minutes.

Expect to spend lots of money. As a tourist in particular it is very expensive and you might enjoy it less if you haven't factored in spending a lot and mentally prepared yourself to see your wallet rapidly shrink, if budget is a concern shorten your trip, but don't be a tight ass on the days you are there.

If going as a couple visit one of the pay by the hour hotels A themed one at that. You may find some resistance to non Japanese speaking people using them but it's worth the perseverance to tick that off the bucket list.

The most expensive meal of my life, but also the best, was at a top Tapanyaki beef resturaunt. If you can get a high grade beef, a small helping will be sufficient as it is very rich and salty (and of course pricey). You don't need to spend what I did to get a good meal but it wont be cheap. Chainbolt can you add a few recommendations in here?

I also really enjoyed going to a Sumo championship.

I really benefitted from catching up with a Japanese friend who could show me some things I wouldn't have found otherwise.
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I had an awesome meal in their restaurant, was pricey though..
You're telling me! This was dinner for two!

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I also really enjoyed going to a Sumo championship.
yes, worthwhile to have a look, but

- very expensive and hard to get tickets
- bashos are only running seasonally

Might be difficult or impossible for a tourist with a fixed schedule and a few days stay in Tokyo or one of the other cities where the major bashos run.
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