We flew into Narita's airport were we experienced a long line through customs, about 30 to 45 minutes. Getting luggage was not a problem. Best way for travel around is using the railway system, and it leaves right from the airport. You will need to switch lines in Tokyo and ita is about an hour to an hour and a half there, but a very beautiful ride. Then from Tokyo its about another 45 to an hour to the ikebukuro stop. The railways are very pleasant to ride and easy to navigate. Best way and a tip for saving money is to purchase the Seishun 18 kippu or " Youthful 18 ticket" and applies to any age person, and is good for 5 days of unlimited nationwide travel on local and rapid JP trains for only 11,500 yen, or around $100 to $120 US depending on exchange rate. This is by far easiest way for train travel and to get around as you simply get your card stamped on first day, then just show it to guard as you walk by. Other option is to buy tickets out of machine, or from counter and deal with likes, this makes it much easier to get around. This pass is only available 3 periods during the year. (Spring) Its on sale from February 20 to March 31 and Valid March 1 to April 10. (Summer) It's on sale July 1 to August 31 and valid from July 20 to Sept 10. (Winter) On sale Dec 1 till Jan 10 and valid Dec 10 to Jan 20.
Some nice little restaurants around hotel and between metro and hotel. A movie theature, shops etc. Hotel is actually attached to a mall, with more restaurants, and shops.
Hotel service was great apon checkin, very friendly. There was 3 total in our party, and had two twin beds and an extra roller bed. Room was very nice, beds comfortable. Great view. Room was a double and seemed small to average, maybe it was the extra bed. Down the hall near the ice machine was a vending machine that was stocked full of beer. Also there is a decent convenient store past lobby, open fairly late, with good fast food, snacks, toiletries, drinks etc. The hotel has a fancy restaurant on main floor open certain hours and one on the lower level with a buffet. Buffet cost 3,000 yen which is a little over priced for what you get, but still is filling. You have your toat, very fresh pinneapple, ham, little egg omlets, cereal, and a bunch of local dishes.
A recomended site it mount fuji, and to climb it at night if during climbing season, which is july and august when mountain is free of snow. You can get there by bus from the Shinjuku bus station, cost around $90 round trip, takes a couple hrs and you must switch buses. Last bus leaves at 7 if memory serves me right. I have a friend that lived in Tokyo for 2 years teaching and he said the most memorable thing from the 2 yr trip was to see sunrise from fuji san, or mount fuji. The bus will take you to stage 5 and can climb from there. Its more of a steep walk, but people of all ages do it..
Spots to hit and check out would be the Hard Rock cafe's, Yokohama has a bunch of shops, local vendors etc. Club womb is hard to find and pretty decent. Most clubs have a 3,000 to 4,000 yen cover charge at door, but if you walk around you will find sum that have free drinks uncluded all night with entry.
Hotel offers shuttle to airport for 3,000 yen in morning, and must make reservation and book ahead of time to ensure seats saved. This takes about 30 minutes and if you can spare the money is worth it and much more relaxing compared to hauling lugage and the 2 plus hour train ride and swtich at tokyo station.
Overall great stay, people not to friendly towards americans, but found a handful that were. I enjoyed exploring the city very much on foot and train. Lots of walking. Going with friends also helps as makes it more fun, and gives you someone to talk to who speaks english. Will def return and go to mount fuji as missed the last bus by 5 min last time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sunshine City Complex in Tokyo's Ikebukuro district is in a constant state of self-renewal. It is a modern business, shopping and entertainment complex that features the 60-story "Sunshine 60" building, the World Imports Mart, the Culture Hall with a theater and museum, International Aquarium, and the Alpa Shopping Center. Sunshine City Prince Hotels is at the heart of this complex.With its stylish new look, the 1,166-room hotel rises 38 stories above the ground and dips three basement levels below. The Sunshine City Prince provides all the comfort, functionality and genuine hospitality you'd expect from an international hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Prince Hotel Toshima
- Prince Hotel Tokyo
- Toshima Prince Hotel
- Sunshine City Prince Hotel Tokyo, Japan