Travel Guide to the 2016 Olympic Bid Cities
Even though the International Olympic Committee chose Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 Olympics, all the cities that were vying for the honor are worth a visit. CBS travel editor Peter Greenberg offers his guide to travel in each world-class city.
By Peter Greenberg
Original Content | September 29, 2009
Here's a tip for Tokyo dining on the cheap (besides the many Ramen shops): Go out and buy a little containers of toothpicks and go to the food displays at Mitsukoshi or Daimaru department stores. The amount of free food samples there is astounding!
Tokyo is definitely a walking city, and its train system is second to none—there's practically no such thing as a late train in this city. If you're planning to travel to other parts of Japan, definitely consider picking up a Japan Rail Pass. The pass, which is sold in 7-, 14- and 21-day increments, is valid on most trains, including the speedy bullet trains, buses and ferries (there are some restrictions). Then I suggest getting out of Tokyo and into Kyoto, and, if there's time, to Kobe and to the memorial at Nagasaki.
Get out of the tourist traps with Peter's off-the-beaten-path guide to Tokyo.