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*<eat name="7025 Franklin Avenue" alt="" address="Tokyo, Shinagawa-ku, Higashi Gotanda 3-15-18" directions="About five minutes walk from Gotanda Station along Sony Dori and left at teh signs for Seisen University." phone="+81 03-3441-5028" url="" hours="Daily 11AM-9PM (Su until 7:30PM)il" price="¥2,000-3,000" lat="" long="">Excellent burger restaurant with a bit more of an upscale decor, including a quiet and comfortable garden in this converted house. A bit pricier than some hamburger restaurants, but very good. No credit cards are accepted.</eat>
 
*<eat name="7025 Franklin Avenue" alt="" address="Tokyo, Shinagawa-ku, Higashi Gotanda 3-15-18" directions="About five minutes walk from Gotanda Station along Sony Dori and left at teh signs for Seisen University." phone="+81 03-3441-5028" url="" hours="Daily 11AM-9PM (Su until 7:30PM)il" price="¥2,000-3,000" lat="" long="">Excellent burger restaurant with a bit more of an upscale decor, including a quiet and comfortable garden in this converted house. A bit pricier than some hamburger restaurants, but very good. No credit cards are accepted.</eat>

Revision as of 03:39, 15 August 2010

Gotanda is part of Shinagawa located between Osaki and Meguro. This quiet district is the former home of Sony but has transformed from a manufacturing district to a business and residential area. Though not especially attractive as a destination for sight-seeing, Gotanda does bring in business travelers and can be a convenient base from which to explore the city. The JR Yamanote Line, Toei Asakusa Subway Line, and Tokyo Ikegami Line all serve this neighborhood. Shinagawa Station and quick access to Haneda Airport is just 5 minutes away. Since Gotanda is less fashionable, it may be cheaper or easier to book accommodation at busy times.

The JR Yamanote Line runs roughly east-west and the Dai Ni Keihin or Sakurada-dori uns through the neighborhood roughly north south, dividing the area neatly into four sections.

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Get in

Quick access for international visitors arriving in Tokyo is Narita Express via Shinagawa Station, Keisei Express connecting to the Asakusa Line, or via Shinagawa from Haneda.

See

Do

The Meguro River passes just blocks from Gotanda Station and this section is a less crowded alternative for some quick cherry blossom viewing.

Buy

Eat

Budget

All of the usual chain restaurants and fast-food surround the station area including MOS Burger, McDonalds, KFC, Subway, and Curry House CoCo Ichiban.

Mid-range

  • 7025 Franklin Avenue, Tokyo, Shinagawa-ku, Higashi Gotanda 3-15-18 (About five minutes walk from Gotanda Station along Sony Dori and left at teh signs for Seisen University.), +81 03-3441-5028. Daily 11AM-9PM (Su until 7:30PM)il. Excellent burger restaurant with a bit more of an upscale decor, including a quiet and comfortable garden in this converted house. A bit pricier than some hamburger restaurants, but very good. No credit cards are accepted. ¥2,000-3,000.
  • Chegoya, 141-0022 Tokyo, Shinagawa-ku, Higashi Gotanda 1-25-19 (A few minutes walk east along the north side of Sony Dori), +81 03-3473-7821. Daily 11AM-1AM Last order Midnight. Great Korean food at a reasonable price in a crowded casual setting. Very popular after-work spot. ¥2,000-3,000.
  • Ribera Steakhouse, Higashi Gotanda (5 minutes walk north up Sakurada-dori from JR Gotanda, or 2 minutes walk from Takanawadai Station on the Asakusa line. On Sakurada-dori between Takanawadai and Gotanda Stations, next to the Red Baron motorcycle shop). T-Su 6PM-11PM, closed Mondays. Reasonably priced steaks with great character. Think C&W meets pro-wrestling. Hank Williams on cassette and photos of Andre the Giant and The Rock. The walls are covered with autographed photos of K1 and other fighters eating steaks here. Look for the giant photo of Hulk Hogan tucking into a steak. Yokuzuna Akebono has been a regular here for years. ¥2,500-3000.

Splurge

  • Ne Quittez Pas, +81 03-3442-2382. Closed M; Tu-Su 12-2PM and 6PM-9PM. High-end French cuisine a short walk from Gotanda Station. 10,000 yen person and up.

Drink

  • The Grafton, Tokyo, Shinagawa-ku, Nishi-Gotanda 2-26-5 Ito Building III, B1 (On the Nishi Gotanda (outside the circle) side of the Yamanote Line. Look for the nearby Tsutaya shop), +81 03-3491-9696. Though a bit out of the way this Irish pub is a good place for the standards: fish and chips, Guinness, and football.


Sleep

  • Arietta Hotel, 141-0022 Tokyo, Higashi Gotanda 2-5-2 (5 Minutes walk directly east of Gotanda Station), +81 03-5448-9111, [1]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. This small hotel is aiming towards visitors interested in a boutique hotel image a step above the usual business hotel. ¥8,000-12,000.
  • Tokyu Stay Gotanda, 141-0022 Tokyo, Shinagawa-ku, Higashi Gotanda 1-12-2 (Directly north of JR Gotanda Station just past the karaoke Big Echo), +81 03-3280-0109, [2]. This chain of hotels is very popular with business travelers. When the Shibuya or other branches are full (as is often the case) this location is a good alternative. All rooms a have washer/drier and most have a kitchenette so this is a good option for longer stays. Single ¥9,400-11,000.
  • Toko Hotel, (Less than 1 minute from the south-side exit of JR Gotanda Station: Immediately in front of Toei-Asakusa Line Gotanda station Exit A2), +81-03-3494-1050, [3]. checkin: 15:00. Popular with tour groups of visiting students, sports teams, etc. Single ¥9,800-10,800.


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