Japlanning # 005 - Tokyo information centers

Japlanning # 005 - Tokyo information centers

Information centers are a great free resource when you are a tourist in any place you can travel to - even in your own country - you could learn about places you didn't realize existed and experiences you could have easily missed out on. The people on the help desk can always recommend what you can do and see based on local knowledge, and is often not the kind of information you can just search on the internet.

The ultimate in person resource is located Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. It's also has an amazing free view at the top of the building and is worth to stop in just for that. Not only can you get your bearings from being up high and seeing the skyline, but the information desk is basically considered the "nationwide hub" for tourist information. My tip also as a free souvenir is to pick up some brochures of the places you will visit or have already visited. This can be great for any travel journal you may be keeping and a great reference for memory when remembering your trip in the future. Another tip regarding brochures is sometimes you get too caught up enjoying everything that you forget to take a photo of the location you were in, and typically brochures will have a nice quality image you can use as a keep sake instead. Recommended pamphlets to pick up are  "Tokyo Handy Maps" and "Tokyo Handy Guide".

Something else to look out for is information terminals! These are digital interactive screens that have local information and more. You can select a few different languages. These are really great if you are on foot and have some how displaced yourself and need a street map. Also very handy if you do not have data on your phone/device or if you have a flat battery.

The Tokyo information center website is very useful and allows you to search for many things you may need while you are out travelling around the city: free wifi, money exchange, atm, sim card purchase, ticket purchasing etc. They currently have 150 information desks that you can browse through on their website

Here the five main Tokyo information centres and their locations:
✬ Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (Main Building No.1, 1F),
2-8-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 

✬ Shinjuku Expwy. Bus Terminal 3F,
5-24-55 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 

✬  Haneda Airport International Terminal 2F, 
 2-6-5 Haneda-kuko, Ota-ku, Tokyo

✬ In front of Keisei Ueno Station ticket gate,
1-60 Ueno-Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo 

✬ Tama (ecute Tachikawa 3F) 
3-1-1 Shibasaki-cho, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo
 ecute Tachikawa 3F 

Jennova Parker