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Damn, 50 MILLION yen for this? Aren't the answers quite obvious? I mean outside of a movie, or kabuki, or the occasional concert, folks, foreign or domestic pretty much go to the same types of establishments.

Waste of damn money!

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I can make this a whole lot easier on you to figure out.

Here’s your answer, the cost of ANYTHING is TOO high in Japan.

Period.

When you consider the cost of buying a can of soda from anywhere is practically a $1, US, or MORE than a $1AUS, I think it’s pretty obvious.

Nevermind actually EATING a dinner in a restaurant.

No wonder the lines in junk food restaurants is always LONG, no matter the type....with both foreign & domestic customers.

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Get the industries that benefit directly to pay for the survey. My Tokyo municipal tax bill last year was the highest ever, and I don't want a repeat this year.

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50mil that's just one politicians base salery or 25 part time workers shared salery we will have to wait and see where the money goes. I'm pretty sure that surprisingly tourists eat at restaurants, visit temples, go shopping looking for quirky items. Or nappies some for the snow. Guess I just made 50mil yen.

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Wonder how much of that 50 mil. goes into someone's pocket! Complete waste of tax payer's money. My wife and I traveled from LA to Grand Canyon (made it a 4 day 3 night drive) and the total cost of hotels, about 3-4,000 yen per night, (per room, not person) isn't even close to the cost of one night stay in and around Tokyo. They don't need to spend 50 mil. to research this! Don't government officials know how to use Google?

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Why would the government use google when they can give Y50M to one of their cronies to do a survey. The best way to save money in Tokyo is to get out of town....

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Encourage tourists to spend more?

Make more signs in Chinese....

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Recruit the experts in Roppongi & Kabukicho to help

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Tokyo to encourage foreign tourists to splurge on nightlife

Suggestions for encouraging tourists to "splurge" more on nightlife!

Make a law that beer can only be sold at ¥300 or less for a mug. (REAL beer not that dai-san or happoshu swill)

(Feel free to add your own!)
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A better idea that to encourage tourists and the millions of people who actually live here would be to 100% BAN SMOKING INDOORS. Nothing less attractive than having to bet one's life and peace of mind by entering a cancer-laden smoke-filled establishment. I reuse to and those izakaya and restaurants and coffee joints do not get my ¥¥¥. Join the rest of the civilized world, Japan.

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Visitors feel they are going to get ripped off, and often are, so it puts them off venturing out. Also, due to language issues many won't venture into an izakaya and end up at more expensive places or ripoff bars.

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Tourists are not exactly going to splash out in a city where night-life establishments display signs saying "Japanese Only".

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how can gov make ppl speak more English? And make kabuki open to foreigner that makes a whole lot of sense

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I could not believe my eyes at the picture. It is the notorious sin city Kabukicho in Shinjuku. I hear syphilis is sharply increasing in recent Japan.

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@Patricia - I agree the smoking ban would be huge!

@Ex-Res - I have not seen a Japanese only sign in years; actually more than a decade. I guess these signs are only in certain districts

My thoughts is Japan needs to get out of the Showa era...some places are still stuck in the time when all space was used for the purpose of some task (i.e. the balconies on most mansions or apartments...designed to dry clothes rather than sit and enjoy). Let restaurants set up outdoor seating where patrons can enjoy a beer as is done in Europe, make use of some of the waterways in the bayside area to allow folks to sit by the water and have a meal or glass of wine, etc.

So much of Japan is still stuck in the Showa manufacturing bubble time and I feel the world is passing Japan by in many ways because of this mentality.

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Make a law that a glass of wine at a restaurant should be poured to an inch from the top of the glass, not an inch from the bottom.

Had this happen to me once, and the restaurant wasn't even that fancy. Never again.

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I remember several years ago I was walking near Shinjuku Station and a few ladies were passing out tissues with advertisements of their "night" establishments. They gave tissues to each person that walked by but when I reached my hand out for a tissue, they said "gomen nasai." They did not give them to foreigners I hear because they figured they couldn't speak Japanese and/or understand the payment system. Did this ever happen to anyone?

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As a person travelling solo and interested in doing more in the evening than sitting in a shoe box hotel room or walking some more on aching legs and sore feet from sight seeing in the daytime, I spend most of my entertainment budget on food or spa treatments. I have also attended concerts and the opera. In the winter I visit light up locations and gardens as well. Museums and galleries are generally day time ventures.

I speak English (and cannot speak or read Japanese) information about events is hard to find. I rely on Time Out Tokyo, Gaijin Pot and Savvy Tokyo. These I read online as well as pick up a print copy of TOT when I get here. However, when I get to the Japanese websites for the various events I'm stumped. Few offer English or other languages.

Therefore, I can't buy a ticket on line and must physically visit the box office and there deal with my minimal Japanese and the other person's minimal English. I have no idea what the process is like for Koreans, Chinese, Germans or anyone else not fluent in the language.

The money for the survey would be better spent on funding the organizations which are already getting the information out to non-Japanese. Fund them to increase the size of their publications, to hire skilled translators and publish editions in more than one language--even if only online versions and Event Apps.

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@philly1 - Best comment on here......maybe the Japanese government should save the research money and read your comment and then use the money that would be used for "research" to implement what your comment suggests

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Just be yourself, don't be cheap, and don't give in to tourist traps

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I enjoy going to life-houses, fairly cheap(one free drink) and some good music can be had.

Shimokitazawa has some great ones, friends who play in amateur bands often use them.

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DaDude

Yes. Years ago such things were common, and considered the norm.

In those days however, they were nortissues handed out, but usually books of matches with the establishment name on them.

So sad to hear such incidents still go on. It is taking Japan a very long time to become a normal 21st century country.

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Happens to Japanese as well.

Try as a male to collect tissue/flyers that advertise female beauty shops.

Recall once walking outside Ikebukuro Kabukicho with my wife who experienced a call of nature.

Now public toilets are well known to be short of 'white gold', so she tried to grab some tissues only to be told those advertise male entertainment.

She told him don't matter and she wants some in her Nagoya dialect, walked off with 4 packs.

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So you are a foreign tourist, have a few beers before going out, then need a toilet. If you are super lucky you can find one, only to find no western style toilet! No toilet paper. Same number of toilets but 19million more tourists. Best to stay in your room and use the free wifi.

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I could not believe my eyes at the picture. It is the notorious sin city Kabukicho in Shinjuku

I sometimes go eating and drinking in Kabukicho. Some great and reasonably priced places to eat and drink along with the kind of places you are talking about.

A good night out. My wife loves it.

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Is the Tokyo metropolitan government seeking to actively encourage sex tourism? Am I reading this right?

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Pacint

Good one. Your wife is the winner on that one.

Dadude

How about this one. Many years ago I persuaded a young man man handing out flyers for a "club" to give me the flyers plus 3000 yen to hand them out for him. He agreed. The reactions were unbelievable - shock, astonishment, anger, laughter etc.

Still, I managed to get rid of all 100 flyers.

The thing I enjoyed most was the faces of the "local" Japanese doormen. (With the signs on the door "Japanese )".

Just thought I would share that one. Hope that I am not off topic.

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Back on topic please.

Is the Tokyo metropolitan government seeking to actively encourage sex tourism? 

Sex tourism will happen here anyway when legal casinos go into operation, since the high rollers like to party after they leave the tables.

But seeing as how the sex business is mostly part of the underground economy, the government doesn't have much incentive to promote it.

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DaDude

Of course one of these "local" doormen with the "Japanese Only" sign on the door did approach me and predictably said "this is Japan".

I replied. "My goodness, is that so. And I thought that I was in Timbuktu".

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Ban Smoking

Encourage establishments to print at least the most popular items in multiple languages.

(Perhaps some of that waste of 50 Mill could go to send registered eateries a translation guide)

Publicly shame and fine anywhere that rejects people simply based on their appearance (it happens)

More Public Toilets

Later Trains

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Remove the African street totes that are out to rip you off in Roppongi and Kabukicho for starters.

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People smoking in eateries and bars is a real turn off.

Last train is too early. Have a Yamanote train every 5o minutes or so to make moving around easier.

Send the aggressive touts back home after one warning.

More information in tourists local languages would help.

Many Japanese aren't pleased with the Chinese tourists and that vibe is a chill.

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YubaruToday  06:40 am JST

Damn, 50 MILLION yen for this? Aren't the answers quite obvious? I mean outside of a movie, or kabuki, or the occasional concert, folks, foreign or domestic pretty much go to the same types of establishments.

I don't know that I agree. I often feel like Japanese restaurants and bars tend to be built around tiny insular cliques of friends, whereas American restaurants bars are more open affairs, more openly advertised and more frequently enabling mingling between customers.

I don't know that we need to cater to foreign tourists' interests though. They've got to represent a tiny pool of cash compared to what locals could theoretically spend if employers would just pay out some raises and give their staff enough time off to spend it.

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Simon g

Most Japanese aren't pleased with the Chinese tourists.

Interesting. Japan wants more tourists, but we are not pleased with you. In other words we don't like you but please come and spend your money here.

How did Japan ever get awarded the Olympic game?

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Best comment on here......maybe the Japanese government should save the research money and read your comment and then use the money that would be used for "research" to implement what your comment suggests

Which is constructive and informative, but basically boils down to "use more English".

And while there is freguently a lack of information available in English, tourism-focused areas and organizations have been going on about that kind of thing for at least 30 years. People may be dissatisfied with the amount of English material available, and the level of English generally spoken here, but it's just a fact that some countries in Asia are always going to be better at this than others. The ones that are usually mentioned with approval are invariably former British colonies, with the exception of the Philippines, which was also colonized by an English-speaking country. I realize this is just going to set off some pointless quibbling about how they actually speak much better English in China and Korea and Thailand, but so be it. As far as I'm concerned, they don't, and there are also countries closer to home (for me) where the English is none too hot: not naming any names but France, Spain, Portugal, and Italy.

My impression is that the organizations doing these surveys (in this case, Tokyo Metropolitan government/the central government) would love to hear philly1's comment, it's exactly the kind of thing they conduct such surveys to fish for: "we must try harder to provide English for foreign visitors". It fits the neat template of guided question leading to non-controversial answer which also just happens to fit previous conclusions from previous surveys ad nauseam, and taps into what they're already doing to a large extent anyway.

Far more challenging, and somewhat relevant to nightlife issues, is the idea of a general indoor smoking ban nationwide, to be in line with the many other countries where this has been introduced. That's the kind of answer they are not fishing for, and will likely shunt into a siding.

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Yes, the smoking in bars and restaurants would put off many tourists, it puts my husband and I off when we go out. Also the Japanese only rubbish still exists in places, I've seen the signs in the back streets of Sannomiya but, fortunately, many places in Kobe and Osaka have visitor friendly signs in various languages. I've been refused entry to places; my husband goes in, all is fine, I follow then suddenly it's the very rude and aggressive crossed arms and 'we're closing'.

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But average spending per visitor fell 1.3% to 153,921 yen in 2017 following an 11.5% decrease the previous year. Chinese tourists, the largest source of foreign visitors to Japan who account for a fourth of the total, have cut back on spending.

A few years ago the Chinese tourists went bonkers while shopping in Japan. It was so crazy that the word '爆買い ' (explosive buying) was created to describle their behaviour. Due to many factors things are going back to normal. The drop is 11.5% in 2016 and just 1.3% in 2017. Considering overall tourist numbers increased 19.3%. There is no need to panic.

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50 million yen of research, but the ultimate aim is just to write some advice on the Tokyo Met Government's website. Nice job if you can get it.

The vast majority of tourists to Japan, and the biggest spenders, are Asians on sightseeing/shopping trips, but something tells me that the majority of the budget will not be spent talking to them or their agents, or writing advice in their languages on the website.

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Im curious what the economy would do without chinese tourist money. This all smells of desperation seeing as abes arrows failed to find flight.

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“Chinese tourists, the largest source of foreign visitors to Japan who account for a fourth of the total, have cut back on spending”

No doubt, with so many people here griping about them. Guess the government ‘s starting so realize it’s better to cater to people’s interests then pooping wear you eat. Your average racist never will, but oh well.

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One word...

Casinos

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It’s a LOT more tourist-friendly than when I came, not accounting for my fluency in Japanese. Biggest problem is the lack of backbone when it comes to cracks mg down on smoking, and ability to take constructive criticism and use it to improve. I’m quite sure this will just run into another “What do you love about us?” With pamphlets released quoting praise, while criticism for what’s lacking will see the usual, “You’re not Japanese and cant understand,” defensiveness and inability to change.

ASK them what they like and want; don’t tell them what they should.

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Yes and No. Loud noisy European Tourists invading your favourite restaurant or bar is not fun.

The money tourists leave behind is good.

Selfish yes! My chosen place is kind of, off limits, to Internationals.

My space to hang out with my locals.

Selfish yes!

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Hi Jimizo, however, do tourists have your knowledge and cultural understanding of cuisine?

Also your ability to put one foot in front of another, and not stumble into a den  of unwanted naughtiness, emerging with underwear on back to front?

To understand the nuisances of Japan hostess skills, that have the ability to open a purse or wallet almost telepathically. Tourists have to be protected against a charm offensive that is impossible to resist.

Beauty and a temptation to capitulate to or from a bouquet of simple but abstract boutonnière.

There is a mystic impulse that only Tokyo can offer,  to succumb to a recklessness.....No , an  indulgence from an aroma that cannot be appeased.  

To reach out and not be able to touch, that wanton intemperate pleasure . It is not for the tourist on a budget. Yes!

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Yes first the African touts have to go they are way over the top.

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"aiming to better cater to their interests while encouraging them to spend," transportation that doesn't stop at 11pm. What happened to being able to go out and party till 2 or 3 am. I don't want to have to take a 10,000 yen taxi across town to get back to my hotel. One of the first things that surpised me so much when I came to Japan back in the day is how early the city goes to sleep. Even Tokyo. Unless you have a hotel in the district you are drinking or going out in, you need to head back at like 10 or 10:30 unless you want to get stuck on the shuden. And anyone who has been on the shuden in Tokyo will tell you, never again!

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I believe the drop in Chinese spending has much more to do with the Chinese government's recent crackdown on how much their citizens can spend and take abroad. Currency flight is a huge problem for their government. Totally out of the control of Tokyo.

Nevertheless, for the general tourist:

non smoking indoors

late night transportation

credit card acceptance at more places

Shows other than robot restaurant at night

no touts

more promotion of delivery services to hotel and airports

cheaper hotel rooms

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How did Japan ever get awarded the Olympic game?

It smells a little sweaty and went through Singapore. Maybe they should just pass out shopping tickets for "made in Japan" purchases to non Japanese at Narita.

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Followed by, "Unprecedented number of arrests after foreigners splurge on Tokyo nightlife"

Not many of us like kabuki you know...

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When you consider the cost of buying a can of soda from anywhere is practically a $1, US, or MORE than a $1AUS, I think it’s pretty obvious.

Have you been to Aus? In Syney, you won't pay less than $3 for a can of soda in the combini, and mixed drink or a beer run about $10. Japan is cheap in comparison to Sydney. And Sydney does just fine with tourism.

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and mixed drink or a beer run about $10

Oops. In a bar they run this much, not a combini.

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Ban smoking in any establishment selling food.

Make some of the spurious charges such as table, seat, charm added to bills in bars illegal. Enforce the clear display of charges such as tax and service on menus and windows displays. Japan is the country in Asia I feel most likely to be overcharged for drinks in a bar. Kabukicho bars are more likely to do this than bars in countries that have a reputation for seedy establishment.

Encourage places to have English and other common languages on the menus. Pictures and window displays are useful, but more is needed. Family restaurants seem to be leading the way in this respect.

Don't shout at customers. Foreigners consider it rude. We are not deaf. Izakaya are notable offenders in this respect.

Please don't have more unnecessary recored announcements in more languages. There are already too many.

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Get drunk, spend money

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Don't swarm a customer as soon as he or she enters your shopping establishment. Give your customers a chance to browse without being harassed. If someone has a question or would like additional service, they will ask. Otherwise, back the eff off.

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A lot of foreigners like to go clubbing. How about reforming g the inane restaurant that govern dancing after midnight!!!

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As an example to use what tourists like. They like Diversity and a mix of cultures. International areas with variety. Lets take a look at Singapore and their entertainment and dining areas.

The foods are everything and 1/2 are Singapore specialties. Everything is open air and indoor commons.

Attractive areas open space and covered area and many clubs with people mingling from one to another.

No fees and added costs. many types of bar foods all night. Music is from rock to blues to jazz to folk. Ethnics of Spanish, Cuban and Hispanic dance clubs to salsa all night. Discos and Hip-Hop all around. Everywhere the music is live and no cover charges.

The best it all located in central areas where driving is not required and a lot of Subway, bus and taxi services.

The place has all representatives of every nationality, Religion, race creed and color and sexuality.

You need to have a place that unites all travelers, ex pats and locals to mix and realize we are all Humans and we can live as one. No racism and bigotry only a place of harmony and well being. That is what all want for an entertainment venue

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Hi Strangerland, that $10 aus dollar beer is £5.20/50 ish in London, where beer is served in a pint glass and no fake tides out sham, the pots are marked.

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@WA4TKG "Here’s your answer, the cost of ANYTHING is TOO high in Japan.

Period.

When you consider the cost of buying a can of soda from anywhere is practically a $1, US, or MORE than a $1AUS, I think it’s pretty obvious.

Nevermind actually EATING a dinner in a restaurant."

I am not that well-traveled outside the US and Japan, but you can literally have a good meal of any ethnic food in Tokyo at lunch time for 1000 yen or less, and find reasonable pubs everywhere. I get enormous amounts of food from an Indian restaurant for 900 yen at lunch; similarly, a nearby Italian style pizza shop will give you a big single pizza, any drink and salad for 790 yen. That is a pretty darn good deal.

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Q - The Tokyo government plans to spend up to 50 million yen to conduct the survey in fiscal 2018 on what foreign tourists like to do at night in the capital,

A - Alcohol and sex.

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In Kochi it is ¥850 for a proper beer in a glass one can wave. but still I moan about the fact the bar keeper seems to face the beach because the tides always out . Fill to the top I don't want to come away sporting a conversation with a frothy tash.....And more happy hours , at hours when people are happy.

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LOL ,no thank you.

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Hi Jimizo, however, do tourists have your knowledge and cultural understanding of cuisine?

I’m a Brit. I pity anyone who has anything lower than me.

There are some dodgy places in Kabukicho, but I’d recommend it to anyone with half a brain. My wife and I have had a good time with some of the off-duty hostesses in the bars and restaurants. Your drink and food ends up tasting of perfume if you sit too close, but they are generally good sorts.

A good night out.

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It's all about communication with the customer. Phew, where to start on these 60+ comments...

Language: Most tourists will not have a great command of written Japanese. There are plenty websites for foreigners, eg JNTO, but many tourists will inevitably gravitate to recognisable global brands if they cannot see "English/Chinese/Multi-language menu" signs. Given the notoriously generous Japanese tax allowances, any establishment that wanted to translate its menus, adverts etc into other languages could easily offset the entire translation, presentation, website coding costs for tax purposes. The metro government should simply nudge the business owners in this direction. Prices. You can lunch handsomely in central Tokyo for ¥1,000 and dine comfortably for well under ¥4,000. But if you want to splash out ¥20k and up, Tokyo has those opportunities too. Caveat emptor. Toilets: They're clearly signposted everywhere in Tokyo, department stores, stations, supermarkets... And always clean and free. Try finding a free one in France, or an unvandalised one in England. Count your blessings. "Japanese only" signs. Not seen one in Tokyo for ages. Go somewhere else. Tokyo is seething with entertainment opportunities. Late trains: if you can afford multi-hour Tokyo entertainment sessions that end at 2am, then you can afford a taxi back home. Tourists tend not to be staying 90 minutes' train ride away. Smoking: personally, as an ex-smoker, I support smoke free. But without enforcement, bar owners will not want to scare their existing clientele away. Globally, much research shows that takings were up after a smoking ban was enforced, but without a supportive legal framework, it won't happen. My money's on still saying this five years from now for Japan.
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It’s a LOT more tourist-friendly than when I came, not accounting for my fluency in Japanese. Biggest problem is the lack of backbone when it comes to cracks mg down on smoking

smithinjapan and I don't always see eye to eye. But when things are said that I agree with then I hold my hand up and agree. When I arrived in the year 2000 taxis in Tokyo would drive right past me. And the smoking-in-restaurants nonsense has got me fighting with people on many occasions. I can't wait until 2020 when western Olympic tourists are sat in an izakaya or yakitoriya in Tokyo and the idiot next to them starts smoking all over them..

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Most retail shops close at 8 or 9pm it kind of reduces the chance for shoppers to actually stay out too late.

The suddenly price jump between lunch and dinner prices is also a huge deterrent for people to dine at a fancier place.

The limitation of having to take expensive taxis at night adds to the costs of staying out late.

Other minor things like hour limits, no walk-ins, shops which don't show advertise much certainly adds to some amount of difficulty.

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Litter bins; it gets a bit confusing for some on first arrival. The recycling bins are a great idea but I fear there may be an excess of trash in 2020.

Speaking of which, the one thing that puts people off is the loud boorish bluster of the frat types (who seem to be anywhere between the ages of 20-40) who you can hear a mile away. They give the rest of us gaijin a bad name.

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Litter bins aren't a good idea as terrorists like to put bombs in them, not a good idea in busy areas and certainly shouldn't be around for the Olympics.

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As an European from Romania I always dreamed to visit Tokyo. But comming from a low income country, a vizit with my whife and child would cost me around 10months worth of salaries. That is alot...

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I am not that well-traveled outside the US and Japan, but you can literally have a good meal of any ethnic food in Tokyo at lunch time for 1000 yen or less, and find reasonable pubs everywhere. I get enormous amounts of food from an Indian restaurant for 900 yen at lunch; similarly, a nearby Italian style pizza shop will give you a big single pizza, any drink and salad for 790 yen. That is a pretty darn good dea

Yeah lunches in Tokyo are cheap compared to other major cities in the world. Tokyo is expensive but while the rest of the world has gotten much more expensive over the past 20 years, Japan prices have remained mostly flat, making Japan more affordable.

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If I were to visit Tokyo I'd go see the historical and cultural sights, and I'd love to check out the nightlife. I'd like to go shopping and get some good deals. I'd especially stock up on some good legit compact discs, some of them have bonus tracks and I love looking at the liner notes and bilingual lyric sheets. Also there are some Japan-only album releases too.

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I think tourists enjoy going to exactly the type of places the government wants to get rid of. Places like Golden gai and piss alley in Shinjuku.

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piss alley in Shinjuku.

They already changed the name to 思い出横丁 (おもいでよこちょう omoide yokochou - "Memory Lane"), so the name 'piss alley' will soon be mostly lost to history.

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"Japanese only" signs. Not seen one in Tokyo for ages

But I show you one in Narita about 2 blocks from the train station. Not very welcoming at all.

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What is meant by the word “nightlife”? Prostitution? Pub snacks? Soaplands? Imagination Clubs? Fashion Health? Karaoke? Dance clubs?

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What are the actual options for paying for things in Tokyo? Are there 24-hour cash machines everywhere and do most places accept cards as well as cash? Where I am if you haven't filled up your wallet with a wad of notes you might as well forget about splurging on a night out.

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Tourists come to have fun and make good memories. Tokyo nightlife is dull. Legalize prostitution and allow nightclubs to serve all night.

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Bamboozler

Try finding a free one in France, or an unvandalised one in England

I have found free toilets in France and the pay ones were not that expensive; I have not come across a vandalised public toilet for a couple of decades. Not saying it does not happen but it is way less common than you make out.

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The fact that the average spend per tourist is dropping a little while the overall numbers coming in expands a lot is hardly surreptitiously. The expansion means more of the type of tourist who have less money to splash out.

Japan is becoming a very standard destination in Asia these days and the less wealthy are coming in great numbers.

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Japan could make trains free for tourists :)

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DocCarlosJan. 21 07:51 pm JST

As an example to use what tourists like. They like Diversity and a mix of cultures. International areas with variety. Lets take a look at Singapore and their entertainment and dining areas."

Just dont chew gum or your in for a whupping!

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@ pacint try What The Dickens in Ebisu has a different band nightly closed Mondays.

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Simon g

Most Japanese aren't pleased with the Chinese tourists.

Interesting. Japan wants more tourists, but we are not pleased with you. In other words we don't like you but please come and spend your money here.

How did Japan ever get awarded the Olympic game?

I thought they bought them.

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Here are some free tips for the government if they really wanna open up tourism in Japan, and you don't have to pay for my opinions.

Ban smoking in public areas. And actually enforce the bans. If people wanna smoke, they can do it in their house.

Have stores NOT close at 8 PM. Make it a little more realistic like 10 or 11 PM.

Have last trains at 1 or 2 am instead of before midnight.

Lower prices across the board. Taxis and hotels are insane. Food, forget it.

(The attitudes and signs still do exist in certain areas) Don't refuse customers that are actually willing to pay for your items or services, money is money.

Allow videos and pictures be taken, anywhere at anytime. These photo bans are absurd. What's the point? Do you guys ever hear about "word of mouth" or "free promotions?"

Cater to domestic as well as foreign travelers. It's WAY more expensive to travel to Tokyo than it is to South Korea from where I am. I rather take my money to the better deal. Allow shinkansen rail passes to domestic residents and they will buy.

Promote OTHER places outside of Tokyo. Everyone and their mama knows all about Tokyo, we get it. Get people to visit Okinawa, Kyushu and Hokkaido as well. Spread the wealth throughout the country.

I'm sure there are a lot more ideas, but I gotta get back to work here.......

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Doesn't bother me that much... not really into night life on holiday - I might spend time with my girlfriend (when she isn't making her son's dinner), or my Japanese friends, but I'm not into concerts, boozing, soaplands, bars or whatever. :)

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