Arrive in Tokyo
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After the long flight (18hrs) to Tokyo, we were anxious to get off that plane. The airport is very user friendly. The airport is way outside the city and the best way to get into Tokyo City center is via train. It only costs a few dollars and it takes about 45 minutes to get to the main train station. Once there we got into a taxi. The taxi drivers, for the most part, do not speak English, so it would be good to have an address printed in Japanese for them to read. We did not and it was difficult to explain to him where we wanted to go.
The Intercontinental Tokyo Bay was fantastic. A great deal on company web site - $175 per night tax included. The customer service was fantastic as was the room overlooking Tokyo Bay.
Tokyo is a very, very westernized city that is even busier than New York. The subway/train system is downright unbelievable in its vastness and complexity. The subway map of Tokyo looks like a spider web. You can literally get anywhere in Tokyo on the train/subway. Tokyo is pretty much divided up into neighborhoods, each with their own characteristics and cultural feel. From the big City Square surrounded by skyscrapers in Shinjuku to the old Temple in Asakusa. You really need a week to enjoy this city, but we only had two days. Bad planning. I will be back.