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    Hotel Monterey GINZA

    Great location, close quarters

    The Hotel Monterey Ginza is located in the Higashiginza, which is just a few blocks east (toward the harbor) of the main Ginza shopping district. Located a comfortable walk from Tokyo Station and with easy access to main train lines, this is a great location for enjoying the bustling city of Tokyo.



    The hotel is clean and friendly. It is an older style building that has been updated and kept comfortably modern. Internet is available- bring your own Ethernet/USB cable just to make things easier. Wi-fi is not available in most of Tokyo without expensive phone plans. Make use of the Internet in your room to plan out your days excursions and save the info to your tablet or phone before you leave for the day. We used OffMaps and it worked very well.



    Rooms are very small, especially for us big Yanks, so don't be too surprised if you find yourself climbing over each other. Beds are comfortable but a bit short. Even though we had a "king size" it isn't the same as US beds of the same name. Also the Japanese run the heating to tropical levels. Ladies of a certain age will probably feel like they're in a sauna! Television and a small refrigerator are provided, as well as a very modern bathroom with a soaking tub and toilet with a built in bidet and a warmed seat... by the time I left Tokyo I wanted one for home!



    The staff are friendly and can direct you to local conveniences, restaurants and subway stations. They can also post your cards and letters. Laundry service is available but I would recommend not using it if you can manage, it is very expensive. That said, they do an excellent job.



    Nearby you can find loads of restaurants, cafés and a super tavern that specializes in Belgian beers and ales. Just a couple blocks away is a HUGE Starbucks for those that love their coffee. Of course just a few blocks up you have the most dazzling array of fashion houses and world class department stores you could ever hope for!

    Once you have had enough shopping you can catch a train on the JR Tokyo Belt line and see some of the other parts of this wonderful city. By the way, Tokyo trains and busses are way easier to use than people will tell you. Buy a SUICA card at Narita, and you won't have to mess with correct change all the time.



    My rating is for the over-all experience of the location and the hotel itself combined with the price of the stay. I know a lot of people look for much more in a hotel, but I sleep and shower in them and spend my vacation running around seeing the sights, so this place was great!

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    GINZA Cozy Corner

    Treat yourself!

    Cozy Corner is a wonderful place to enjoy a meal or treat yourself to coffee and a delicious dessert. The menu is a little difficult to decipher, but the images will be all you really need. Everything is prepared fresh and expertly.



    Meals are cosmopolitan and have an international flair. The Japanese seem to enjoy variety and foods from all over the world, and the Cozy Corner meets their discerning palette. Desserts are a treat for the eye as well as the sweet tooth. Much attention is focused on the textures and combination of flavors. There is no wrong choice!



    This is also a nice place to pick up a gift for your pet sitter or coworkers. Beautiful selections of cookies, cakes and sweets are available for purchase at a separate gift counter.

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    K.ITOYA1904

    The King of Stationery Shops!

    When we visited Tokyo this was one of those places we went back to a few times. My husband is a fountain pen fan, and as it happens, the Japanese are fountain pen aficionados.



    Itoya is a fantastic store full of gift and post cards, specialty papers, stationary and writing tools. One floor is devoted to high quality pens and pen sets. There is a nice range of pen brands in all price points. Perfect for gift shopping or picking up a great keepsake from your Tokyo visit.



    You can also find lots of nice post cards for dropping notes to your friends back home. Stop by Itoya and enjoy a lovely bit of something all but disappeared from American life- the art of writing.

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    Ginza Hamburger Steak AOI

    Delicious food and a great price!

    We ate at a number of places while staying in Higashi-ginza. AOI is one of those places that just stuck with us. The restaurant is small and a modest decor, but clean and inviting. Since it can be tricky to locate the restaurant you are looking for if you don't read Japanese, look for the menu poster out front that has a fried egg on every item. That's actually what we called the restaurant- "Eggs on Everything".



    The menu is pretty simple, as a lot of restaurants in Tokyo are. The house makes their signature items with skill and pride. I recommend the delicious curried hamburger steak, served with a fried egg, rice and a green salad. This is savory tasty, filling and an excellent value. Do note that the seasoning is not American style, the owners infuse their version of a hamburger with Japanese culinary flair. A double steak order is plenty filling for even the hungriest American tourist!

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    Ginza-Yon Post Office

    hyva

    jee

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    Tokyo Kyukyodo

    Exotic store

    If you want to get something traditional from Japan, I recommend you to go to Kyukyodo. There are so many small goods which will be a valuable souvenir!

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    Matsumoto Kiyoshi Ginza 5th Store

    Great Japanese Brand Cosmetics

    Staff are very helpful and friendly. A lot of Japanese brand cosmetics available at reasonable prices.

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    Marker@In Front of UNIQLO

    The biggest UNIQLO in the world

    The biggest UNIQLO in the world will be open on 16th of March. It will have 12th floors and there are many kinds of clothes and goods not only WOMEN and MEN but also kids and baby's. I can't wait! ;)

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    Nissan Ginza Gallery

    A space where human and cars interact

    A gallery with "Imagination crossing" concept. It is one of 4 Nissan galleries in Japan.

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    Kyo Bun Kwan

    Not just a book store

    Kyo Bun Kwan is not just a book store. Inside there is a cafe with specially selected beans. sometimes it also holds special events.

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