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earthquaqes

I would like to visit Tokyo for 10 days in October,and I would like to know is it safe because of radiation and weather conditions (huricanes ,earthquakes...) Is it a good period for visiting?

In which part of Tokyo should I look for hotel (walking distance from the main sights.. Ginza?).is the language a problem(I do not speak any Japanese)

I 'm traveling with my aunt ,she is an older lady and is very worried about the trip because of the above mentioned things.I will be the tour guide and I would like to know if I can handle it..

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1. Re: earthquaqes

Radiation has been limited to the area around Fukushima Daiichi reactors for some time. This is far from Tokyo and most other tourist destinations. It is common to feel earthquakes in Tokyo, but a severe one during your visit is very unlikely. The weather is mostly fine in October: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2273.html The typhoon season is mostly over. In the unlikely event of one in the Tokyo area, expect plenty of warning, a few hours of watching heavy wind and rain from the safety of your hotel, and gloriously clear weather the next day. In summary, nothing bad is likely to happen.

Best place to stay? That's a problem. Tokyo has not one center but several and the main sights are scattered. And I do hope you will venture from the city. In ten days, you could see much of the country, riding the fast and comfortable train system. Look here for ideas: http://www.japan-guide.com/

Even if you do stay in Tokyo the entire time, there are enjoyable day trips: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2164.html In Tokyo, you do want to be near a major train station, but your aunt might find the crowds of Shinjuku too much. It also depends on your budget.

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Language: Train and subway stations have plenty of English signs. Some restaurants have picture menus. Others have 'plastic food' displays; take a picture of what you want and show it to the waiter: https://www.flickr.com/search/?q=tokyo+plastic+food

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3. Re: earthquaqes

We're staying at The Peninsula. It has a subway station entrance right under the hotel. It's also close to the Imperial Palace.

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Safe is Tokyo as much as Serbia is safe enough from defunct Chernobyl which is still spilling some amount of radiation. Hurricane is uncommon but typhoon is a rather common event in Japan; the consequence you might face as a tourist traveler, if quite unluckily caught during the passing of a typhoon, is a rainy and windy day, and flight cancellation to next day; nothing much more.

Overall, October is quite nice to travel to Tokyo. November might be nicer with autumn leaves, though.

Earthquake is a daily affair in Tokyo; if there is a small shake once in a while then I am rather relieved that the big one isn't coming very soon.

Language isn't a big problem.

Edited: 23 August 2014, 13:05
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