Comfort Hotel Tokyo Kiyosumi Shirakawa
1-6-12 Shirakawa, Koto-ku
Phone: (81) 3 5639 9311
Fax: (81) 3 5639 9160
The Kurawood studio has seen several performances including orchestras, rock concerts and Jazz. Whatever be the genre, the shows are always brilliant. Equipped with the latest modern equipment the sound is excellent and makes not only listen but performing too a pleasure! It is always advisable to book a seat in advance, as tickets for these shows are always sold out well in advance!
One of the 23 wards of the city, Chūō-ku has always held a prominent position, commercially and administratively. The ward's central location in the heart of the city, earns it popularity with regards to tourism as well. Within Chūō-ku you will find Ginza, a famous district of the ward, which is home to several known fashion destinations. Being the commercial center of the city, this ward is also home to many of the country's premier financial institutions, including famous names like Richoh, who have headquarters here. The ward is also the venue for the Tokyo Bay Grand Fireworks Festival. Call to know more.
Sometimes Akihabara Electric Town can seem somewhat daunting, with its endless collection of appliance shops selling similar equipment. Nishikawa, one of the two main duty-free shops in the area is a safe haven to head for, with its large collection of items and its friendly staff who quite likely may be able to help you in your own language. Located near the station, even resident expatriates shop here to get equipment with a user's manual in English.
Another electronics conglomerate, this location is the head store of the Sato Musen chain for the Akihabara west side. The quality of goods and staff equal the high standards set by the other stores of the Sato Musen name. Amassed floor upon floor are consumer goods for children, singles and couples, families, Japanese and foreigners. Everybody's diverse electronics needs are served here. An even larger Sato Musen branch store is located on the east side of the station.
Here is a treat for do-it-yourselfers in Akihabara Electric Town. Lined up on the same street as dozens of big and small computer hardware and software stores selling all the new-fangled bells and whistles for creating the electronic cottage of the 21st century, this store sells old tried and true transistors, plugs, cords and other metal-based electrical supplies for small machinery companies or weekend hobbyists and machinists. You may wish to come with a Japanese-speaking friend, as English is not spoken here.
Here you will find a fantastic selection of everything one might be looking for: from telephones, desktop and laptop computers, kitchen appliances, audio equipment, game software and more, more, more. What you will not find is an exceptional discount sale or bargain prices, but it is hard to beat the quality of both staff and merchandise. Akihbara is located on the same street as Yamagiwa and other multi-building superstores.
XAX has branches in Ginza and Omotesando. They offer stairstep machines, a studio for aerobics, several of the basic machines for weight training, and a freeweight area which has the best range of weights for dumbells in Tokyo (not you, the weights). There is also a pool, jacuzzi, and steam room.
Apple Computer is big in Japan and Mac Collection is the brand's superstore, at least in the Akihabara "Electric Town." Everything from the newest G4s, Powerbooks, iMacs and iBooks to fruit-colored keyboards, computer stands, plus CD-recorders, digital cameras, software, extra memory and more. If you are looking to buy a Mac or improve yours, Mac Collection is calling. Be sure to specify an English operating system if you need it, as most the models here are for domestic use.
Asakusa lies at the north east of Tokyo and is a cultural haven. Steeped in Japanese history, Asakusa's idyllic setting makes it an ideal entertainment venue and is also home to noted Buddhist temple Senso-ji. The streets are lined with traditional ryokan houses and one can find theaters and carnival rides here in abundance. What also intrigues visitors to Asakusa is it place in geisha history and also saw the emergence of the western geisha, Sayuki.
Tipness is the biggest and best fitness chain in the Tokyo area. There are Tipness gyms in Akasaka, Gotanda, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Roppongi and more, twelve in all. The layout and offerings vary from place to place but the standard is pretty high. You will always have a good training machine array, and a decent free-weight area. Most Tipness facilities also have a pool, sauna and jacuzzi. Some offer tanning and massage facilities.
Tokyo MK Taxi offers a taxi service that you can order any time. 'Highest priority to customer satisfaction' is one of their main policies. All the cars are equipped with GPS system which means no more long hours of waiting. They also offer transfer service, limousine car rentals and airport pickups. So if you are searching for a comfortable taxi, this is it.
Shiba Park has within its grounds a large bowling center, a driving range for golf, a swimming pool, two baseball fields and four artificial turf tennis courts. The park is in a nice setting and includes the Tokyo Tower. The park is lit up until late at night and open 24 hours, though the sports facilities close at 10pm.