There is nothing special about Narita International Airport – it actually rather much looks like a prison from the outside and a tinny bit drab on the inside, but the service there is top-notch and the toilets are spotlessly clean. If you can’t read or speak Japanese, it will not be a problem as the signs will be in English and the excellent mannered staff can understand basic English as well. There are buses outside the arrival halls in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 that will take you to places like Ikebukuro, Shinjuku and Shibuya, but you will have to purchase tickets at the ticketing counters within the terminal.
Transport in Tokyo is expensive for my standards – I used US$25 for public transport using the Tokyo Metro in only 3 days. I bought the PASMO, a refundable and chargeable mass transit IC card which can be used on most buses and trains within the city. You can also use it to pay for any goods you may wish to buy in shops – I didn’t try that, but you can wave the PASMO at the cashier and she/he will probably get your drift
Shibuya crossing is probably one of the most famous destinations of Tokyo. Although it is nothing more than an extremely busy 5 road intersection in the middle of an even busier metropolis, it is the equivalent of Times Square in New York. It has been featured occasionally in some blockbusters, which consist of the surrounding skyscrapers being destroyed by meteors or maybe Godzilla, so it has been recommended by many guidebooks (at least, the ones I read). After snapping some photos of yourself with this famous pedestrian crossing, and if you happen to be a shopaholic, you can head over to the nearby Shibuya109 shopping mall.
Ise Grand Shrine (Isejingu) is probably the most beautiful shrine I would have ever visited – if I could have gone in at least. Unfortunately for me, I happened to visit it during the worst snowstorm to hit Japan in 120 years, and Isejingu was closed for the first time in history. However, I shall attach pictures of it which I found online from Google. Anyway, Isejingu is a long 5 hour bus ride from Tokyo in Mie prefecture, but I assure you it is worth the visit. Admission is free in the Outer and Inner Shrines, but it costs 300 yen to enter Sengukan Museum.
Sensoji Temple is probably the grandest temple in Tokyo, but I find the boulevard in front of the temple even grander. The streets lined with delectable finger foods leading up to the temple is a haven for adventurous tourists willing to try out new Japanese sweets to munch on. Souvenir shops sell a wide variety of merchandise ranging from small sushi magnets costing 250 yen to life-size katanas worth 23,000yen.
The crowd is overwhelming, but it contributes to the atmosphere of the area, creating the sensation that you’ve been transported back to a bustling street in ancient Japan, albeit quite a modern and multiracial one.