Global Life: Tokyo Tempts

The city as natives know it offers simple delights at low prices

Tokyo has long been one of the world's most expensive cities, especially for business travelers, who regale colleagues back home with tales of the $38 room-service breakfast. But for locals and savvy expats, many of the best things in the Japanese capital are, if not free, surprisingly cheap.

If you've got only half a day or so to explore Tokyo, skip the Imperial Palace and Tokyo Tower and head to the Tsukiji fish market--particularly if you're jet-lagged and wide-eyed at 5 a.m. By then, everything from sea urchins to whales to whole tunas the size of third-graders is being chopped and...

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