Japan Mid-Semester Module 2011 Handbook Emory University Goizueta Business School Prof. George Easton Corey Dortch Masakazu Ogata Fumi Saishoji Masahide Saito Important Telephone Numbers Index

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4. Useful info

-a. Tokyo area guide
Suggested sightseeing spots:
Meiji-Jingu: Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu) is a shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. Located just beside the JR Yamanote Line's busy Harajuku Station, Meiji Shrine and the adjacent Yoyogi Park make up a large forested area within the densely built-up city. The spacious shrine grounds offer walking paths that are great for a relaxing stroll. Emperor Meiji was the first emperor of modern Japan. He was born in 1852 and ascended to the throne in 1867 at the peak of the Meiji Restoration when Japan's feudal era came to an end and the emperor was restored to power. During the Meiji Period, Japan modernized and westernized herself to join the world's major powers by the time Emperor Meiji passed away in 1912. Meiji Jingu is one of the Japan's most popular shrines. In the first days of the New Year, the shrine regularly welcomes more than three million visitors for the year's first prayers (hatsumode), more than any other shrine or temple in the country. During the rest of the year, traditional Shinto weddings can often be seen taking place there.http://www.japan-guide.com/g2/3002_02.jpg
Harajyuku: Harajuku refers to the area around Tokyo's Harajuku Station, which is between Shinjuku and Shibuya on the Yamanote Line. It is the center of Japan's most extreme teenage cultures and fashion styles, but also offers shopping for adults and some historic sights. The focal point of Harajuku's teenage culture is Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) and its side streets, which are lined by many trendy shops, fashion boutiques, used clothes stores, crepe stands and fast food outlets geared towards the fashion and trend conscious teens. Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) is a narrow, roughly 400-meter-long street lined by shops, boutiques, cafes and fast food outlets targeting Tokyo's teenagers. Because of the street's popularity, it becomes extremely busy and crowded on the weekends. Interesting shops and restaurants can also be found along some of the side streets.http://www.japan-guide.com/g3/3006_15.jpg
Imperial Palace: This Japanese castle is the home to the Japanese emperor and the imperial Family, the Imperial Palace. From the 17th century until the Meiji Restoration, it was used as the impregnable fortress of the ruling shogunate. Large portions of it were destroyed in the transfer of power from shogun back to emperor during the Meiji Restoration. The Imperial East Garden is entered though one of three gates, the most popular gate being Otemon, which was once the principle of Edo-jo.http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c2/kokyo0057.jpg/120px-kokyo0057.jpg
Akihabara: Akihabara is a major shopping area for electronic, computer, a nime, and otaku goods, including new and used items. New items are mostly to be found on the main street, Chūōdōri, with many kinds of used items found in the back streets of Soto Kanda 3-chōme. First-hand parts for PC-building are readily available from a variety of stores. Tools, electrical parts, wires, micronized cameras and similar items are found in the cramped passageways of Soto Kanda 1-chōme (near the station). Foreign tourists tend to visit the big name shops like Laox or other specialty shops near the station, though there is more variety and lower prices at locales a little further away. Akihabara gained some fame through being home to one of the first stores devoted to personal robots and robotics. Akihabara is also known http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/ef/akiba_denkigai.jpg/180px-akiba_denkigai.jpg

for cosplay cafe restaurants. Try them!http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e4/the_pia_carrot_restaurant.jpg/300px-the_pia_carrot_restaurant.jpg

Odaiba: Odaiba is a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay, Japan, across the Rainbow Bridge from central Tokyo It is a popular shopping and sightseeing destination for Tokyoites and tourists alike. Some major attractions include:http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/ea/tokio20040612_2.jpg/700px-tokio20040612_2.jpg

  • Fuji Television studios with a distinctive building designed by Kenzo Tange

  • Decks Tokyo Beach shopping mall, featuring Sega Joypolis and Little Hong Kong

  • Aqua City shopping center

  • A replica of the Statue of Liberty

  • One of two beaches in urban Tokyo (swimming not recommended), along with Kasai Rinkai Park in Edogawa Ward

  • Rainbow Bridge connecting Odaiba to the heart of Tokyo

  • Venus Fort, a Venice-themed shopping mall

  • Daikanransha, a 115-metre (377 ft) Ferris wheel

Kabuki: Kabuki (歌舞伎,) is the highly stylized classical Japanese dance-drama. Kabuki theatre is known for the stylization of its drama and for the elaborate make-up worn by some of its performers. The individual kanji characters, from left to right, mean sing (歌), dance (舞), and skill (伎). Kabuki is therefore sometimes translated as "the art of singing and dancing." These are, however, ateji characters which do not reflect actual etymology. The kanji of 'skill', however, generally refers to a performer in kabuki theatre. Since the word kabuki is believed to derive from the verb kabuku, meaning "to lean" or "to be out of the ordinary", kabuki can be interpreted as "avant-garde" or "bizarre" theatre.[1] The expression kabukimono (歌舞伎者) referred originally to those who were bizarrely dressed and swaggered on a street.
Tsukiji Fish Market: Tsukiji Central Wholesale Market is a large market for fish, fruits and vegetables in central Tokyo. It is the most famous of over ten wholesale markets that handle the distribution of fish, meat, produce and flowers in metropolitan Tokyo. Tsukiji Mark et is best known as one of the world's largest fish markets, handling over 2,000 tons of marine products per day. The sight of the many kinds of fresh fish and other seafood and the busy atmosphere of scooters, trucks, sellers and buyers hurrying around, make Tsukiji Market a major tourist attraction. In fact, the numbers of visitors have increased so much over recent years, so that they have become a problem to the course of business because the aging market's infrastructure was not anticipated to serve as a tourist spot. The wholesale area consists of hundreds of small stands in a large, crowded hall, where buyers and sellers hurry along narrow lanes with their carts and trucks. It is an exciting area for tourists to view and photograph the fish and the action, but it is also an area where tourists are likely to interfere with the professionals working there. Instead of visiting the inner market, tourists are encouraged to visit Tsukiji's outer market, which is located just adjacent to the inner market and caters to the public. The outer market consists of a few blocks of small retail shops and restaurants crowded along narrow lanes. Here you can find all sorts of food related goods, knives and fresh seafood and produce for sale in smaller (than wholesale) portions.http://www.japan-guide.com/g2/3021_04.jpg
Ginza: The Ginza is Tokyo's most famous up market shopping, dining and entertainment district, featuring numerous department stores, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, night club s and cafes. One square meter of land in the district's center is worth over ten million yen, making it one of the most expensive real estate in Japan. It is where you can find the infamous $10 cups of coffee and where virtually every leading brand name in fashion and cosmetics has a presence.http://www.japan-guide.com/g2/3005_01.jpg
Shinjuku: Shinjuku is one of the 23 city wards of Tokyo, but the name commonly refers to just the large entertainment, business and shopping area around Shinjuku Station. Shinjuku Station is the world's busiest railway station, handling more than two million passengers every day. It is served by about a dozen railway and subway lines, including the JR Yamanote Line. Shinjuku is also one of Tokyo's major stops for long-distance highway buses and city buses. West of the station is Shinjuku's skyscraper district, many of Tokyo's tallest buildings, including several premier hotels and the twin towers of the Metropolitan Government Office, whose observation decks are open to the public for free. Northeast of the station lies Kabukicho, Japan's largest and wildest red light district, while department stores, subterranean malls and electronic shops surround Shinjuku Station on all four sides, including the recently redeveloped Southern Terrace.http://www.japan-guide.com/g2/3011_01.jpg
Shibuya: Shibuya is one of the twenty-three city wards of Tokyo, but often refers to just the popular shopping and entertainment area found around Shibuya Station. In this regard, Shibuya is one of Tokyo's most colorful and busy districts, packed with shopping, dining and nightclubs serving swarms of visitors that come to the district every day. Shibuya is a center for youth fashion and culture, and its streets are the birthplace to many of Japan's fashion and entertainment trends. Over a dozen major department store branches can be found around the area catering to all types of shoppers. Most of the area's large department and fashion stores belong to either Tokyu or Seibu, two competing corporations. A prominent landmark of Shibuya is the large intersection in front of the station's Hachiko Exit. The intersection is heavily decorated by neon advertisements and giant video screens and gets flooded by pedestrians each time the crossing light turns green, making it a popular photo and movie filming spot.http://www.japan-guide.com/g2/3007_02.jpg
Roppongi: Roppongi (六本木, lit. "six trees") is a district in Tokyo that is well known as the city's most popular nightlife district among foreigners, offering a large number of foreigner friendly bars, restaurants and night clubs. Roppongi and the surrounding districts of Azabu, Hiroo and Akasaka are home to many embassies s and a large expat community. Two of Tokyo's largest recent redevelopment projects, Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown changed the district's face over the past decade and expanded Roppongi's appeal to a wider range of visitors and residents with their elegant retail, leisure and residential space, offices and luxury hotels. Thanks to the appearance of several art museums, Roppongi has also developed a reputation as a cultural center. The National Art Center is Japan's largest art museum, and together with Roppongi Hills' Mori Art Museum and Tokyo Midtown's Suntory Museum of Art forms the "Art Triangle Roppongi”.http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:and9gctz7fea9ilbr-luoryiomntch9uvml0di4lgh9coaamevjldzrobloo-u4s
Ameyoko: Ameyoko is a busy market street along the Yamanote line tracks between Okachimachi and Ueno Station, the site of a black market after World War Two. The name "Ameyoko" is a short form for "Ameya Yokocho" (candy store alley), as candies were traditionally sold there. Alternatively, "Ame" also stands for "America", because a lot of American products used to be available on the black market. Today, various products such as clothes, bags, cosmetics, fresh fish, dried food and spices are sold along Ameyoko. Opening hours and closing days depend on individual stores, but stores typically open around 10:00 and close around 19:00. Many stores remain closed on selected Wednesdays.http://www.japan-guide.com/g2/3012_01.jpg

Suggested restaurants:
The easiest way to look around a restaurant is either go to a big station such as Tokyo Station, Shibuya Station or Shinjuku Station, or go to a large scale shopping building such as Shinagawa Atre, Ginza departments stores, Roppongi Hills or Tokyo Midtown.

You will find various kinds of restaurants such as American, Italian and, of course, Japanese restaurants and you shouldn’t have any problem in finding your favorite one.

Here are some Suggested Japanese restaurants.

  • Name: Monjya Magur-ya

  • 3-7-4, Tsukishima, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

  • Station: Subway Tsukishima Station

  • Map:

  • Tel: 03-3531-8600

  • URL:

  • Open Time: 11:30 – 23:00

  • Budget: $10-$20 (e.g. Okonomiyaki $10)

  • Award winning Okonomiyaki-Monjyayaki restaurant


  • Name: Kobau

  • Rape Building 5F, 6-7-6, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

  • Station: Subway Ginza Station

  • Map:

  • Tel: 03-5568-5510

  • URL:

  • Open Time: 17:00 – 23:00

  • Budget: $50- (e.g. Galbi $15-)

  • High grade, Introduced many times in TV programs


  • Name: Ishikawa

  • Shinjuku L Tower Building B2F, 1-6-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

  • Station: JR Shinjuku Station

  • Map:

  • Tel: 03-3340-3245

  • URL:

  • Open Time: 11:30 – 21:00

  • Budget: Sushi course $100

  • High grade, traditional Japanese interior

  • Name: Sushi Sen

  • Aroa Tsukiji Building 1F, 1-9-6, Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

  • Station: Subway Tsukiji Station

  • Map:

  • Tel: 03-3363-4634

  • URL:

  • Open Time: 11:30 – 15:30/16:30 – 21:30

  • Budget: $30-

  • Middle grade, close to Fish Market and fresh, specializing in Tuna

  • Name: Kura-Sushi

  • Keio Shinagawa Building 2F, 2-17-1, Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo

  • Station: JR Shinagawa Station

  • Map:

  • Tel: 03-6718-5610

  • URL:

  • Open Time: 11:00 – 23:00

  • Budget: Sushi course -$30

  • Low grade, “Kaiten style” Sushi restaurant


  • Name: Musashi

  • K1 Building 1F, 7-2-6, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

  • Station: JR Shinjuku Station

  • Map:

  • Tel: 03-3340-3245

  • URL:

  • Open Time: 11:30 – 21:00

  • Budget: $10-

  • Top ranked Ramen restaurant, soy source taste


  • Name: Matsuya

  • 1-13, Kanda-Suda-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

  • Station: JR Kanda Station

  • Map:

  • Tel: 03-3251-1556

  • URL:

  • Open Time: 11:00 – 20:00

  • Budget: $10

  • Famous among business people, be prepared to queue


  • Name: Kineya

  • Otemachi First Square B1F, 1-5-1, Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

  • Station: Subway Otemachi Station

  • Map:

  • Tel: 03-3217-1165

  • URL:

  • Open Time: 11:00 – 15:00/17:00 – 23:30

  • Budget: $10

  • In the Marunouchi financial district, can watch hand-making demonstration

  • Name: Marugame-Seimen

  • Kasumigaseki Common Gate West Tower 1F, 3-2-1, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

  • Station: Subway Toranomon Station

  • Map:

  • Tel: 03-3591-6604

  • URL:

  • Open Time: 11:00 – 20:45

  • Budget: $10

  • “self-style” Udon restaurant, create your original Udon with a lot of Tempura toppings

Night Activities:

  1. Shibuya Area (JR Shibuya Station)

  • Club Asia

  • Address: 1-8 Maruyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

  • Tel: 03-5458-2551

  • URL: http://www.clubasia.co.jp/


  • Womb (No events on Tue and Wed)

  • Address: 2-18 Maruyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

  • 03-5459-0039

  • URL: http://www.womb.co.jp/

  • Club Atom (Closed on Wednesdays)

  • Address: 2-4 Maruyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

  • Tel: 03-5428-5195

  • URL: http://www.clubatom.com/pc.php

  1. Roppongi / Nishiazabu Area (Subway Roppongi Station)

  • Gaspanic

  • Address: 3-10-5 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

  • Tel: 03-3402-7054

  • URL: http://www.gaspanic.co.jp/

  1. Shinkiba Area (JR/Subway Shinkiba Station)

  • Ageha (Fri & Sat Only)

  • Address:

  • Tel: 03-5534-2525

  • URL: http://www.ageha.com


  • Heartland in Roppongi Hills

  • Address: 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

  • Station: Subway Roppongi Station

  • Tel: 03-5772-7670

  • URL: http://www.heartland.jp/conceptbar/index.html

  • Park Hyatt (Filmed in the movie Lost in Translation)

  • Address: 3-7-1-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

  • Station: JR Shinjuku Station/Subway Tochomae Station

  • Tel: 03-5322-1234

  • URL: http://tokyo.park.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/entertainment/index.jsp

Karaoke: Too many!
-b. Kyoto area guide
Suggested sightseeing spots:
Nijo Palace: This world heritage site was the home of Tokugawa Ieyasu, one of the most powerful men in Japan. The castle was built as a residence and not for defense purpose. However, to protect the shogun from enemies, special creaky floorboards (called ‘nightingale’ floors) were installed to warn of anyone approaching. Surrounded by two moats this residence contains two palaces and a vast garden. Any fan of ninja movies will recognize the features, it’s pretty funny to hear the squeaking of the floor boards when a crowd of people walk down the hall. 二の丸御殿

Fushimi Inari-Taisha: Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社) is the head shrine of Inari, located in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan. The shrine sits at the base of a mountain also named Inari, and includes trails up the mountain to many smaller shrines. Because Inari is the god of business, each of the Torii is donated by a Japanese business. Merchants and manufacturers worship Inari for wealth. Donated torii lining footpaths are part of the scenic view. This popular shrine is said to have as many as 40,000 sub-shrines (matsuji) throughout Japan. kyotofushimiinarilarge.jpg

Uzumasa Eiga-mura (Movie Village)

  • URL: http://www.toei-eigamura.com/?c=2

Zen”- Meditation Experience Tour at Shunkoin

  • URL: http://www.shunkoin.com/direction.html

  • Time: 10:40 – 12:10

  • Price: 2,000Yen/person

Maiko” Experience Tour (Ladies only)


Nishiki Market : Nishiki Market is a narrow, shopping street, lined by m more than one hundred shops. Various kinds of fresh and processed foods including many Kyoto specialties, such as pickles, Japanese sweets, dried food, sushi, and fresh seafood and vegetables are sold. Known as "Kyoto's Kitchen", Nishiki Market has a history of several centuries, and many stores have been operated by the same families for generations.http://www.japan-guide.com/g5/3931_01.jpg

Suggested Restaurants:
Pasta Café

  • Name: Second House (Higashino toin)

  • Address: 2F Higashino toin Rokkaku sagaru miiyama park, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto

  • Map:

  • TEL: 075-241-2323

  • URL:

  • Open Time: 11:00-22:30

  • Budget: $10-15 (e.g. Pasta $8-, Cake $3- )

  • This restaurant serves original pasta and cake at Kyoto traditional house called “Machiya”

Reasonable Italian

  • Name: Caplichoeza

  • Address: Kawaramachi VOX building 2F 44 Daikokuchou Sanjo Kawaramachi kudaru, Nakagyo-ku,Kyoto

  • Map:

  • Tel: 075-221-7496

  • URL:

  • Open Time: am11:30 – 23:00

  • Budget: $10-20 (e.g. Pizza $10-)

  • This restaurant serves various types of reasonable Italian foods.

Hamburger – American style

  • Demode Queen

  • Address: 579-7-5 Nakanomachi Shinkyogokutori Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto

  • Map:

  • Tel: 075-212-9088

  • URL:

  • Open Time: 11:30-23:00

  • Budget: $10-15 (Hamburger $7-)

  • This restaurant serves American type of Hamburger, pasta etc.

Hamburger – Japanese style

  • Name: Moss Burger

  • 29-2 Shijyotori Teramachi Higashiiru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto

  • Map:

  • Tel: 075-255-3275

  • URL:

  • Open Time: 8:00 – 25:00

  • Budget: $10-15 (e.g. Hamburger $7-)

  • This restaurant is the one of the biggest domestic hamburger shop chain in Japan.

Ramen (Japanese Noodle Soup)

  • Name: Ippudo

  • Address: 653-1 Higashinotoin Nishikikoji Higashiiru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto

  • Map:

  • Tel: 075-213-8800

  • URL:

  • Open Time:11:00-27:00

  • Budget: $10 (e.g. Ramen $6-)

  • This restaurant serves West-Japan style of Ramen (Pork based soup)

Soba (Japanese Noodle)

  • Name: Tsuruki Soba

  • Address: Mozaiku daining 8F, Shijo Kawaramachi Hankyu department, Shijyo Kawaramachi, Kakagyo-ku, Kyoto

  • Map:

  • Tel: 075-255-3554

  • URL: http://www.tsurukisoba.co.jp/

  • Open Time: 11:30-23:00

  • Budget: $10 (e.g. Soba $6-)

  • You can enjoy Japanese traditional Soba in this restaurant.

Night Activities:

  • Sam & Dave (Club):

  • Address: Kyoto Nakagyo-ku, Kiya-Cho-Dori, Sanjyo-Kudaru 179, Zaimoku-Cho F.S Kiya-cho Bldg. 3F

京都市中京区木屋町通り三条下ル179 エフエス木屋町ビル3

  • TEL: 075-211-8998

  • Wed-Sat 8pm-5am

Sun 10pm-5am

  • www.samanddave.jp

  • Metro (Club):

  • Address: Ebisu building BF Keihan Marutamachi Station exit #2, Kawabata marutamachi Sagaru, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto

京都市左京区川端丸太町下ル京阪神宮丸太町駅2番出口 恵比須ビルBF

  • TEL: 075-752-4765

  • http://www.metro.ne.jp/index.html

  • The Hill of Tara (Bar/Pub):

  • Address: 1F2F Millenium Oike Bldg. Kawaramachi-higashiiru, Oike-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto

京都市中京区御池通り河原町東入る ミレニアム御池ビル 1F・2F

  • TEL: 075-213-3330


  • The Hill of Tara, named after the sacred site of Ireland, is the first genuine Irish pub in Kyoto. Dignified bar and lounge on the ground floor. Please enjoy your favorite drink, Guinness and other Irish brews, whiskey and spirits. Traditional style restaurant floor upstairs. We proudly recommend you our home made Irish menu.

  • The Gael Irish Pub (Pub):

  • Address: Yamatooji-dori-shijyo agaru


  • TEL: 075-525-0680

  • http://www.irishpubkyoto.com/en/index.html

  • The friendly hospitality of owners Michael and Greg and their jolly bilingual staff have made THE GAEL (formally Tadg’s Irish Pub) the Lonely Planet’s favorite Kyoto bar; relax and make friends, selection of whiskies, bottled beers and Japanese lagers.

  • Sent & James bar (bar):

  • Address: 140-19 Saito-cho Nishishigaki Shijyo kudaru Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto


  • TEL: 075-351-7571

  • http://www.sentjamesclub.com/index.html

  • Sent & James bar is old European type of bar which has moody candle light.

-c. Nagoya area guide

Night Activities:
Suggested place:

  • PLATINUM (Club)

  • Address: 3-15-20 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi

  • Tel: 052-263-8999

  • URL: http://platinum-jp.jp/nagoya/index.html

  • Price: 2,500 yen for ladies (with 2 drinks)/ 3,000 yen for gentlemen (with 2 drinks)

  • Dress Code: Jackets needed for gentlemen. ID needed.

-d. Tokyo Subway Map

-e. JR (Japan Railway) Network Map (Tokyo)

-f. Kyoto Subway Map


-g. Useful Japanese Phrases

Tasukete! – Help!
Eigo Hanasemasuka? – Can you speak English?
Hai – yes
Iie - No
OhayoGood morning
Kon(g)-nichiwa – Hello! / Good afternoon
Kon(g)-banwa – Good evening
Oyasumi-(nasai) – Good night
Genki-desuka? – How are you?
Arigato – Thank you

Kekko-desu – No, thank you
Sumimasen(g) – I’m sorry / Excuse me
Ikura-desuka? – How much?
Kawaii! (Accentuate “i”) – Cute! (You can use it to compliment a girl especially about her appearance, behavior etc, too)
Kakkoii! (Accentuate “i”) – Cool! (You can use it to compliment a guy especially about his appearance, behavior, etc, too)
Subarashii! – Excellent!
Setto – “Set” in English and you can use it when you order “meal” at McDonalds. They don’t understand you by “meal” and pronounce “set” like “Setto”.

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