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post #256 of 306
I really wouldn't mind staying at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo. The Peninsula is sure to be good too.
post #257 of 306
Not my style but the Saiyo in Ginza http://www.seiyo-ginza.com/index.aspx has some of the largest rooms in the city and a very elegant atmosphere.
post #258 of 306
Seiyo Ginza and Imperial have good service and food, but the rooms themselves need upgrading.

I am sure Mandarin and Peninsula are very nice, but for overall convenience I would consider the Ritz or Park Hyatt in Roppongi.
post #259 of 306
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Seiyo Ginza and Imperial have good service and food, but the rooms themselves need upgrading. I am sure Mandarin and Peninsula are very nice, but for overall convenience I would consider the Ritz or Park Hyatt in Roppongi.
I agree - Park Hyatt or Ritz is still far better than Peninsula. Peninsula Tokyo is way too small and always crowded with hideous interior design. I personally don't recommend it.
post #260 of 306
After doing more research I really want to stay at both the Claska and the Ritz. Maybe I'll split my time between the two.
post #261 of 306
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After doing more research I really want to stay at both the Claska and the Ritz. Maybe I'll split my time between the two.

That's a very good choice - you'll get to experience two completely different scenes.
Just make sure you don't order anything at the Ritz Lounge as their cover charge is just ridiculous - JPY5K or something per person.
post #262 of 306
Are there any suburban locales outside of the central Tokyo area that are worth venturing out to? A lot of the tourist literature refers to Shibuya, Shinjuku, Roppongi, Ginza, etc. for obvious reasons, but I thought it might be interesting to spend an afternoon in a more suburban area. You know, to see the "real" Tokyo and everything.

I was thinking of aiming for Saitama and maybe checking out the Hikawa Shrine and the Railway Museum, but really I could just as easily head somewhere else that's more interesting. Can anyone offer any suggestions?
post #263 of 306
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That's a very good choice - you'll get to experience two completely different scenes. Just make sure you don't order anything at the Ritz Lounge as their cover charge is just ridiculous - JPY5K or something per person.
Thanks for the advice. I've booked the Ritz, Claska, 9hour Capsule Hotel, and the Shiraume Ryokan. Should give me some nice variety.
post #264 of 306
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Are there any suburban locales outside of the central Tokyo area that are worth venturing out to? A lot of the tourist literature refers to Shibuya, Shinjuku, Roppongi, Ginza, etc. for obvious reasons, but I thought it might be interesting to spend an afternoon in a more suburban area. You know, to see the "real" Tokyo and everything.

I was thinking of aiming for Saitama and maybe checking out the Hikawa Shrine and the Railway Museum, but really I could just as easily head somewhere else that's more interesting. Can anyone offer any suggestions?

How about try an Osen (hot springs) somewhere. For example, Hakone is relatively nearby and you could easily enjoy a one night stay. Plus, you can experience traditional Japanese accommodation, and the Japanese food is generally better at these places (if you stay high end).
post #265 of 306
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Are there any suburban locales outside of the central Tokyo area that are worth venturing out to? A lot of the tourist literature refers to Shibuya, Shinjuku, Roppongi, Ginza, etc. for obvious reasons, but I thought it might be interesting to spend an afternoon in a more suburban area. You know, to see the "real" Tokyo and everything.

I was thinking of aiming for Saitama and maybe checking out the Hikawa Shrine and the Railway Museum, but really I could just as easily head somewhere else that's more interesting. Can anyone offer any suggestions?

To be honest, the burbs are boring, just like American ones. There are some more interesting places if you go a bit further out you can see oddities like the Ushiku Daibutsu (Ibaraki prefecture), the tallest Buddha statue in the world at 100m (for reference the Statue of Liberty is only 40m). Near the station is a not so bad local winery and beer brewery as well.

+1 to Hakkone and Onsen. Its well worth it.
post #266 of 306
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Are there any suburban locales outside of the central Tokyo area that are worth venturing out to? A lot of the tourist literature refers to Shibuya, Shinjuku, Roppongi, Ginza, etc. for obvious reasons, but I thought it might be interesting to spend an afternoon in a more suburban area. You know, to see the "real" Tokyo and everything.

I was thinking of aiming for Saitama and maybe checking out the Hikawa Shrine and the Railway Museum, but really I could just as easily head somewhere else that's more interesting. Can anyone offer any suggestions?

Look up Nara and Kamakura. Both approx 1 hour away via train.
post #267 of 306
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Look up Nara and Kamakura. Both approx 1 hour away via train.

Not Nara. Nara is an hour from Kyoto, not Tokyo. Kamakura is a good suggestion though.
post #268 of 306
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Thanks for the advice. I've booked the Ritz, Claska, 9hour Capsule Hotel, and the Shiraume Ryokan. Should give me some nice variety.

Glad to hear, you can also find quite a few cool furniture / design goods stores on the same street that Claska is on - Meguro Dori. Worthwhile taking a stroll along the street and check out the local scene. I am sure Claska will help you out and point you in the right direction!
post #269 of 306
Thanks for the advice re: Hakone and Kamakura.

I started looking at ryokans in Hakone and I was taken aback by the prices - seems that $400-$600 a couple/night is about the going rate. Even with a nice dinner that strikes me as a bit hefty considering that the old ryokan are not generally dripping with luxury (by comparison, you can get an amazing room and a nice restaurant dinner in an American city for that kind of coin). However, I think I'll bite the bullet and give it a go.

I hadn't really considered Kamakura before but I will look into it. Thanks again!
post #270 of 306
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Not Nara. Nara is an hour from Kyoto, not Tokyo. Kamakura is a good suggestion though.

Argh. Thanks for the correction - I meant Nikko. I guess Nara made a bigger impression on me.
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