Want to enjoy some traditional Japanese sweets while walking in Taishakuten Sando, one of Tokyo’s most famous Showa era shopping streets? Well forget everything that most guidebooks suggest you do within the confines of Tokyo and take a 30 minute train ride to visit Shibamata! Very popular among Japanese tourists, Shibamata is one of those […]
Depending on where you are getting your information from, Matsumoto Castle in Nagano is either the second or third most beautiful castle in Japan, and to be fair, we cannot disagree here! Located about 220km away from Tokyo it is considered to be one of Japan’s most important national treasures. Built in the 16th century, […]
Located in Shibuya, Meiji-Jingu (Meiji Shrine) is a Japanese holy site dedicated to the spirit of the Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken. Built only recently (from 1915 to 1926), the shrine was built in the traditional ‘nagare-zukuri’ style using mainly copper and Japanese cypress. Unfortunately, like many other buildings around Tokyo, Meiji-Jingu was […]
Step aside Harajuku! For, like the over-tanned ‘Gyaru’ fad, you are not cool anymore! That’s right…we said it, Harajuku is not cool anymore! Maybe because of its over-popularity among tourists from across Japan and around the world, Japan’s fashion-oriented youth that once shopped around Harajuku have a new safe haven with Shimokitazawa. Not only does […]
The art of sushi making is as complex as it is gorgeous to see and when you are blessed with the chance to have a famous Japanese chef with more than 35 years of experience preparing our very own plate of sushi we had no other choice than to share this unique experience you. So […]
Located in Hachioji, an hour away by car from Tokyo, the Kogesawa Bairin is an incredible garden featuring no less than 1,400 plum trees that, like cherry trees, offer a few days per year when you can enjoy the unique scenery of white and pink blooming flowers. Next time you are visiting Mt. Takao (soon […]
Located near the Imperial Palace and the Yasukuni Shrine, Chidorigafuchi Is a national Japanese cemetery and memorial for around 350,000 unidentified war dead of the Second World War. Despite its gloomy background, Chidorigafuchi is, once a year during hanami (the ‘cherry blossom season’), one of Tokyo’s hottest places to enjoy the cherry blossoms either by […]
There is no denying that by day Nakameguro’s river and its cherry blossoms are a feast for your eyes, but by night things get even more… marvelous… Don’t just take my word for it! Have a look at the video above and enjoy!
A few months ago we walked you through the small streets of a very popular area of Tokyo with its picturesque river : Nakameguro (Naka-Meguro), and while the place is a pleasant place for a lovely promenade all year long, it is only during the hanami or ‘cherry blossom season’ that Nakameguro turns into a […]
In the second part of “Shinjuku by Night”, we are walking quickly around the entrance of Kabuki-Cho and near the famous Robot Restaurant, as well as closer to the Shinjuku Station in order to finish our small journey at Omoide Yokocho, a friendlier version of the Golden Gai.
One of Tokyo’s most popular areas, Shinjuku only truly reveals itself at night. Dirty, noisy and somehow vulgar, Shinjuku at night is nonetheless one of the most interesting places to visit in Tokyo. Shinjuku is divided into different smaller areas that are not always welcoming to cameras at night, and for good reason. Among these […]
One of Tokyo’s largest train stations and a hub for the shinkansen (the Bullet Train), Shinagawa Station is also home to several office buildings, residences, a shopping mall and a small park. To be fair there isn’t anything special about this place that you would not find anywhere else, however millions of people, tourists or […]
The famous open-air market, Ameyoko, must be among the top ten things to enjoy when visiting Tokyo! Located just a station away from Akihabara and Ueno, Ameyoko Market, or more officially Ameya Yokocho, is home to almost 200 stores. These stores sell pretty much everything, ranging from fresh vegetables and seafood, to clothes, bags, cosmetics, […]
Currently located on the former site of Edo Castle (1888) near Tokyo Station, the Imperial Palace is still the residence of the Japanese royal family. With the total surface of 3.41 square kilometers, the Imperial Palace is in fact divided into four different areas including the Imperial Palace main grounds as well as three other […]
Located nearby Tokyo Station, Ginza and alongside the JR Yamanote Line, Yurakucho is a vibrant and busy place. Many Japanese people go there to enjoy its many restaurants, mainly izakaya and yakitori, built-up under the brick arches of the JR Yamanote Line. It is also popular for its pedestrian-friendly plaza surrounded by several shopping malls […]
Several centuries before Ginza became synonymous with luxury, it was actually a swamp. It was only after a major fire in 1872 that burnt down most of the area that the Meiji government decided to rebuild it into a model of modernization! It was only after 1923 that Ginza became an upmarket shopping district, popular […]