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48 hours in Tokyo with 2 older kids

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48 hours in Tokyo with 2 older kids

Please help. I'm trying to put together a last minute stopover in Tokyo with my two kids, 10 and 14.

1. Any ideas where to stay in Tokyo? Is it possible to find a well-located hotel room for about $200 a night?

2. Also, I was hoping to find a turn-key solution to sightseeing for the one full day that we have -- perhaps a city bus tour hitting some highlights in Tokyo. Any suggestions? My kids would like to go to Ghibli, the animation museum, and the sword museum(?) but given our time (and budget) restraints, neither is a must.

3. We arrive in NRT airport at around 3pm and leave 2 days later at around 5pm. It sounds as though the train is going to be the cheapest way to travel to and from Tokyo. Is this true?

4. I'd like to travel using cash given some posts that I have read about difficulty finding ATMs. Excluding the hotel which I'll pay with credit card, what is a reasonable amount of yen for 3 people to have for 48 hours in Tokyo including transport from and to Narita?

Thank you!!!!

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1. Re: 48 hours in Tokyo with 2 older kids

Note: I'd like to be able to stay in one room at a well-located hotel. When I tried to book online, there's not a lot of flexibility for more than 2 persons. Is this going to be a problem? The 2 kids (10 and 14) and I can fit into a smaller room and even 1 bed if necessary; I don't mind paying for an extra person/child, I just don't want to run into problems at checkin when I'm there. Thanks again!

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2. Re: 48 hours in Tokyo with 2 older kids

ATM's aren't a major issue if you know which ones are international.

Usually Citibank, Post Office & 7-Elevens, see:

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2208.html

Edited: 03 April 2012, 18:44
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3. Re: 48 hours in Tokyo with 2 older kids

also check your cards to see if they are:

Visa, Plus, Mastercard, Maestro, Cirrus, American Express

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4. Re: 48 hours in Tokyo with 2 older kids

1. Shinjuku or Shibuya would be good options. http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2164.html

2. www.japanican.com/tours/tourdetail.aspx…

3. Yes. Train is best from NRT to Tokyo. Your hotel choice will determine which train is best. http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2027.html

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5. Re: 48 hours in Tokyo with 2 older kids

Dave 148,

Thank you for these awesome links!!

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6. Re: 48 hours in Tokyo with 2 older kids

You can check the hotels options in Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Ikebukuro easily:

http://www.jalan.net/en/japan_hotels_ryokan/

http://travel.rakuten.com/

I'm not sure about tour buses, as Tokyo has many locations that could be considered as central and attractions are quite dispersed. See just buildings from the bus might not be that interesting.

I recommend visiting the old and new (Asakusa/Ueno and Shibuya/Harakuju/Omotesando). The specialized swords museum near Odakyu's Sangubashi and Keio's Hatsudai stations is fine, but Tokyo National Museum in Ueno Park has swords and armors as well as other historical artifacts on display.

The animation museum in Suginami is a recent minor addition that may be disappointing. If your kids like Ghibli films, then I strongly suggest going there instead (upon obligatory prior reserved tickets).

Edited: 03 April 2012, 22:26
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7. Re: 48 hours in Tokyo with 2 older kids

Thank you for these great tips! Jane

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8. Re: 48 hours in Tokyo with 2 older kids

also print this metro map for Tokyo train lines:

http://mappery.com/Tokyo-Metro-Map-official

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9. Re: 48 hours in Tokyo with 2 older kids

If kids know Anime/Manga called "ONE PIECE," it is worth to visit the exhibition at Roppongi Hills.

http://onepiece-ten.com/

roppongihills.com/events/…macg_onepiece.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Piece

When you go to Ghibli in Mitaka, I recommend to go to Kichijoji station when you return. Kichijoji is fun place to visit and the town is for local daily shopping area. There is a direct limousine bus to Narita Airport from Kichijoji bus terminal (in front of the station).

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10. Re: 48 hours in Tokyo with 2 older kids

Dear junechan,

Thank you for this advice. Maybe it would be possible to leave luggage at the Kichijoji bus terminal.

Thanks! Jane