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Meiji Shrine

Meiji Shrine 明治神宮

Inside the shrine grounds. In the middle is the front of the main building.


The Meiji Shrine or Meiji Jingu is a Shinto shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken. Over 3 million visitors come to the shrine during the New Year’s Season for Hatsumode, the first Shinto shrine visit of a new year. This makes it the most-visited Shinto shrine for … Read the rest

Yokohama Chinatown

Yokohama Chinatown 横浜中華街

Entrance gate to Yokohama Chinatown.


Yokohama’s Chinatown is the largest Chinatown in East Asia and is home to around 2500 Chinese. Here, you’ll find countless Chinese restaurants, offering everything from Guangdong to Beijing, Szechuan to Shanghai cuisines. One of the main attractions in Chinatown is the Kantei-byo, originally built in 1887 and dedicted to Guan Yu, a former general and deity of the temple.

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Shidax Village

Shidax Village シダックスビレッジ


Shidax Village is a large karaoke complex in Shibuya, Tokyo. Shidax is one of the main karaoke chains in Japan and also offers food and beverages to customers.

Customers are guided to private rooms where they can sing freely. Orders are done over phones that are installed inside the rooms.


Shidax Village can be accessed with a few minutes of walking northward from the Hachiko … Read the rest

Yebisu Garden Place

Yebisu Garden Place 恵比寿ガーデンプレイス

Yebisu Garden Place


The 39-story Yebisu Garden Place Tower. The building on the left background is the Westin Hotel Tokyo.

Synonymous with the Yebisu brand of beer, Yebisu Garden Place started out as an urban redevelopment plan for the former site of a Sapporo Beer brewery that was located here. Completed in 1994, the headquarters of Sapporo Beer which owns Yebisu still has its … Read the rest

Yamashita Park

Yamashita Park 山下公園

(Top) Yamashita Park viewed from Hikawa Maru, (Bottom Right) Hikawa Maru, (Bottom Left) Inside Yamashita Park


Yamashita Park or Yamashita Koen, is a park in Yokohama famous for its waterfront views of the port of Yokohama and is in close proximity with many tourist locations such as Yokohama Chinatown and the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse. The park is also the location for a large ocean … Read the rest

Tower Records Shibuya

Tower Records Shibuya タワーレコード渋谷

This whole building is Tower Records Shibuya.


Tower Records Shibuya is one of the largest music retail stores in the world with floors 1 through 7 all dedicated to selling music. This megastore also has an event space underground with an audio system comparable to that of a livehouse.

Tower Records in Japan used to be operated by an American company but the management … Read the rest

Hie Shrine

Hie Shrine 日枝神社

Hie Shrine main building


Torii of Hie Shrine

This shrine, in the heart of Tokyo, is one of the many Hie Shrines that are dispersed throughout Japan which has its roots in Mt. Hiei, northeast of Kyoto. The messenger for the shrine’s deity is the monkey; thus, several statues and images of monkeys can be found in the shrine. One image of a monkey carrying … Read the rest

Inokashira Park

Inokashira Park 井の頭公園

Inokashira Park bustles with people during the hanami season.


Opened on May 1st, 1918, Inokashira Park is a park south of Kichijoji in western Tokyo. The park is a popular spot for hanami(cherry blossom viewing), and bustles with people during the spring. At the center of the park is the 43,000 square-meter Inokashira Lake, a primary source of the Kanda River. In Japanese, the park … Read the rest

Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi Park 代々木公園


Washington Heights – Japanese newspaper “THE SUN PHOTO TIMES (11 December 1947 issue)” published by Mainichi Newspapers Company.

Yoyogi Park or Yoyogi Koen is a huge park full of greenery that sits inside the concrete jungle of Tokyo. Many people flock to the park to enjoy everything from dancing to playing instruments or to just relax. You can enjoy some alone time on rainy days.

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Ikebukuro 池袋


View of Ikebukuro’s east side. At the left is Parco and the entrance to the JR Ikebukuro Station. The snow white building is Bic Camera’s main store and the building at the very right is Yamada Denki.

Ikebukuro is a large commercial district north of Shinjuku and west of Ueno. Ikebukuro serves as a major commuter hub and has multiple stations belonging to several railway companies(more info … Read the rest

Hikawa Maru

Hikawa Maru 氷川丸

Hikawa Maru moored off the shore of Yamashita Park in Yokohama.


Hikawa Maru is a 11622-tonne Japanese ocean liner that was built at Yokohama Dock for Nippon Yusen(NYK Line). It is one of the few large-scale ocean liners that survived the Pacific War. The ship’s name derives from the Hikawa Shrine in present-day Omiya, Saitama Prefecture.


Hikawa Maru was launched on September 30, 1929. … Read the rest

Shibuya 109

Shibuya 109 渋谷109

Shibuya 109. Proceed to the right of 109 and you’ll reach Bunkamura and Tokyu Honten. To the left is Dogenzaka.


Shibuya 109 is a department store full of stores dedicated to offering mostly young women’s apparel, shoes and accessories. The store is considered by many to be the center of gyaru(ギャル) subculture and an icon of Shibuya. The front of the store also serves as … Read the rest

Explore the Many Varieties of Ramen!

Ramen ラーメン

Ramen in Tokyo

The varieties of ramen in Tokyo are diverse, and there are as many ramen stores as there are flavors. In fact, there are over 3500 ramen stores just in the metropolis of Tokyo, which ranks it as the most ramen-store-infested place on earth. The tastes ranges from ramen with soup made from pineapple juice to the old-fashioned shoyu ramen. However, there are four main types … Read the rest

Kawasaki Daishi – Heikenji

Kawasaki Daishi Heiken-ji 川崎大師平間寺

The Daihondo(Main Hall) of Kawasaki Daishi, rebuilt in 1964.


A censer at Kawasaki Daishi.

Heiken-ji, or Kawasaki Daishi as it is commonly known, is a temple belonging to the Chisan Sect of Shingon Buddhism. Kawasaki Daishi has long been a popular temple for Hatsumode – the first visit to a Shinto shrine or a Buddhist temple in a new year. In 2013, 2.96 million … Read the rest

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