An amazing shopping mall....as Gabriella mentioned, it is like you have been transported to Cesar's Palace in Vegas. Tons of shops and restaurants. Convenient lockers for you to store your jackets and bags. A lot of open space which is a novelty living in Tokyo.
A convenient way to get to Odaiba from the mainland. You can also go to Asakusa from Hinode pier. I don't consider it to be a spectacular boat. Sure the view is great, especially at night, but the boat is old. A bonus is that you are able to bring your bicycle on board.
A great place to get your electronics and appliances. You get great discounts when you use your point card. However, don't expect anyone to be able to serve you in English (even if they claim to have English speaking staff, your novice Japanese will be much easier to understand). They have 5 or 6 floors. The top floor consists of restaurants and luxury items such as bags and pens. The Thai restaurant is actually quite good, suprisingly enough.
A tourist trap? I am not sure if I agree. I have lived here for 11 years so I am familiar with Kyoto and other places in Japan. I think that taking a visitor to Asakusa is high on the list. Yes, it isn't a place for a local to frequently visit if it isn't their SHTICK but on the other hand, it is a very energetic, interesting place to take newbies to Japan.
I took a tour with a friend so that she could see another part of Japan. We visited a temple where we were able to see traditional Japan, had a traditional Udon and grilled fish lunch, and then enjoyed the scenery. A must see and do for visitors and a great place to escape for Tokyo locals. As enigmatic mentioned, book in advance.
I have always thought that Odaiba is underrated. It is a great little island to visit for the day to take in some shopping at venus fort or the other shopping galleries. There are many restaurants that offer an incredible view of the Rainbow Bridge at night. As for the Park, I wouldn't even compare it to an American park just like I wouldn't compare and American Park to Odaiba's. It is a nice place to relax and unwind and watch the boats go by with a backdrop setting of the Rainbow Bridge. If anything, it is more exciting than most parks because you are able to watch something other than the wind blowing in the trees.
The dentist has been trained overseas and he is familiar with the latest techniques. His office is clean and he has the latest equipment. However, he will try to sell you things such as whitening products. Also, his original secretary just retired and the new one cannot speak English well. She has a tendency to mix up appointments so beware
The staff are unbelievably rude. I was made to feel as though I were doing them a favor buy purchasing goods from their store. This type of behavior is unacceptable everywhere but especially unacceptable in Japan.
Unfortunately, I have had to downgrade my review. The owner of this salon is not professional. She made a comment about the other Australian run salon's owner and called her previous past profession into question which I don't care about. What I do care about is work ethics and professionalism and it isn't found here.
That and it is VERY dirty. The mirrors need a cleaning and the bathrooms are filthy. Do not use the hand towels, they are not being washed.
I was approached by a hair stylist on the street so I decided to give them a shot. When I had my hair extensions removed (put in by another salon), it was a very painful experience. The Japanese male stylist wasn't compassionate at all and frequently rolled his eyes. It was very unprofessional on his part.
I returned on a different date to get my hair highlighted. The same hair stylist (who is very confident in his training from London), completely missed a chunk of hair on the fringe. I will not be returning.
The owner of the salon has gone back to Australia (I was told) after the earthquake. Only Japanese stylists remain (at least on the two occasions I went there).
Amina-san is a lovely lady who does home visits as well. She is professional, always arrives right on time and most importantly, has calming, relaxing abilities.
I feel more relaxed, clear headed, and rested after receiving reikipuncture. It isn't an aggressive treatment but a holistic one.
I am only giving Sanno Byoin 3.5 because of the LONG wait times. The nurses and doctors are courteous & professional with the exception of one male doctor.
Be prepared to wait for up to an hour for an appointment. You should also be prepared to wait up to 30-30 minutes to pay on the 1ST floor and to receive medication.
I find some of the receptionists to be a bit silly and unprofessional at times but it isn't excessively, bad behaviour.
It is EXTREMELY expensive as well.
It looks like I will be returning to May's Garden Salon in Roppongi Hills. I gave Nail Quick a shot because it is close to my home. Unfortunately, they mixed up a treatment that I booked on one occasion. On another occasion, they mixed up times. It is not due to a language barrier because I speak Japanese and I HAVE NEVER had difficulty with booking times and treatments at May's (I had been going to this salon for 3 years).
When I gently scolded them for the mix up, several staff members were unprofessional and defensive bordering on rude. No apology was made which is RARE in Japan where the customer is always right.
Deserves more than a one star rating in my opinion. It has all of the qualities of a fine food restaurant; ambiance, decor, service, and the food, the food is spectacular. They use smoked wood chips to grill the scallop and salmon appetizers and it is heavenly. Slicing through the beef tenderloin is like slicing through candy floss...so succulent. It is run by a husband and wife team which adds to its charm and warmth. I will definitely go back again and again.
Not a 2 star, only a 1 star. Its decor has gone downhill, they need to renovate. Small touches like the place settings, interior, are not up to par for a 2 star. The food is excellent indeed, it has great, friendly service. The wine pairing is superb. However, they were informed in advance that I was treating a friend to lunch for her birthday. I asked to receive the bill when my friend went to use the ladies' room so I could discreetly pay it. However, the bill was handed to both of us so my friend could see the cost. As I mentioned, when you go to a 2 star, you expect it to be perfect.