Links and info for the 2013 Trip to Japan:
[box type=”shadow”] Advice from the Australian Govt Smart Traveler site: > LINK [/box]
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Look around a bit in Google maps, and you will see that the main street (Okiei odori) near the hotel seems to have a lot of cafes, restaurants and shops really close by. The end of the Okiei Odori has a Starbucks on the corner, an American style steakhouse (Cowboys Steakhouse) and a McDonalds just around the corner.
The hotel is also right near Kokusai Street, which is a big shopping district, which is at the end of Okiei Odori. It has heaps of different shops,bars and restaurants. (Google map)
Most of the stores are open by 10:00 a.m. and stay open pretty late. Some of the main side streets and shops close around dark because Kokusai has a nightlife separate from the shopping day. It is always busy with clubs, bars, and cheap places to eat until very late on the weekends.
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Shureido Martial Arts Store
> Website: http://www.karatedo.co.jp/shureido/english/e_index.html
> Google map link (10 mins walk from our hotel)
> More info: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e7106.html
Okinawa World is a touristy theme park about Okinawan culture. The park’s main attractions are a massive natural cave, a craft village and a snake museum.
> Website: http://www.dojobarnaha.com
it’s a KARATE BAR & RESTAURANT!
“Okinawa is the home of karate and kobudo and the DOJO bar is a tribute to that heritage and a gateway for visitors to the island, its people and its rich fighting arts culture.”
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Bullet Train (Shinkansen)
Japan’s high speed trains (bullet trains) are called Shinkansen
> Download Route map
> More info on the routes, fares, etc can be seen here
Some day trip options on the Bullet train:
> Kyoto Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo
> Mt Fuji, Lake Ashi and Bullet Train Day Trip from Tokyo
Local Sightseeing guide near our Hotel in Tokyo:
Great Japan Beer Festival, Tokyo 2013
Date: 1st & 2nd June
Place: Ebisu Garden Hall in Tokyo
Advance: ticket 4,800JPY
At door: ticket 5,200JPY
> Website: http://beertaster.org/index-e.html