Sophia, Tokyo Top

Tokyo

Boasting a weekday population of 20 million, Tokyo stands as one of the greatest metropolises of the world and is perfect for students seeking the big-city experience. The countless small “towns” within the city also guarantee that there will be something for everyone, whether they are interested in the neon nightlife of Shinjuku and Shibuya, the idiosyncratic fashions of Harajuku, the traditional wooden temples of Asakusa, the ethnic neighborhoods of Okubo, the upscale shopping of Ginza or Omotesando, or the digital and otaku pop-culture of Akihabara. Tokyo’s famous blend of the traditional and the modern is only further accentuated by accelerating globalization, and foreign residents and visitors are sure to find the city both welcoming and stimulating.

Despite being such a large and bustling city, Tokyo is famously safe, clean, and easy to navigate. Sophia University’s campus in the heart of the city allows for easy access to the rest of the city by train. The city’s libraries, museums, art galleries, historical landmarks, archives, the Japanese Diet, the Tokyo Stock Exchange, and so on are all a short train ride away.

Websites with useful information on Japan

Japan National Tourist Organization has branch offices in many countries: http://www.jnto.go.jp/
Japan Railways East: http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/
Tokyo Metro: http://www.tokyometro.jp/en/index.html
Narita International Airport: http://www.narita-airport.jp/en/guide/index.html
Haneda Airport International Passenger Terminal: http://www.haneda-airport.jp/inter/en/
Bus service company to/from the airports: http://www.limousinebus.co.jp/en/

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Transcripts for Past partcipants

Journal

Free e-books on Tokyo and Japan available on iPhone/iPad/etc. formats:
http://www.goodlucktrip.jp/new/new_english.html

Doctor, Hospital, Earthquake

Tokyo Metropolitan Government: http://www.metro.tokyo.jp/ENGLISH/
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Disaster Prevention:
http://www.bousai.metro.tokyo.jp/english/index.html

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