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Hachiko Statue

Hachiko Statue ハチ公像

The Hachiko Statue


The Hachiko Statue is a famous statue of an akita dog in Shibuya. The spot surrounding Hachiko is often crowded with people waiting to rendezvous with other people.


The Hachiko Statue is based on an akita dog, Hachiko, who was adopted by a professor who lived near the area during the 1920s. Hachiko came to Shibuya station every evening to greet … Read the rest

Tokyo Sky Tree

Tokyo Sky Tree 東京スカイツリー

Tokyo Sky Tree viewed from Asakusa.


Tokyo Sky Tree at night. The tower can light up into different colors; this lighting theme is called Iki(粋).

This 634-meter broadcasting tower is Tokyo’s newest attraction and the area surrounding the tower has seen quite a lot of development all thanks to the Sky Tree.

On the tower are two observation decks that will allow you to … Read the rest

Sarushima – A Natural Island in Tokyo Bay

Sarushima 猿島

(Clockwise from upper right) Shore of Sarushima, beach on Sarushima, Sarushima viewed from shore on mainland, former military facility


Sarushima is an uninhabited, natural island off the shore of Yokosuka, Kanagawa. On the island are several fishing spots, remnants of a military facility, a walking path, and a beach where visitors can enjoy barbecue. There are also showering rooms and shops where visitors can rent fishing … Read the rest

Haneda Airport

Haneda Airport 羽田空港


Haneda Airport or Tokyo International Airport as it is officially known, is an airport that serves the Tokyo area. It is significantly closer to Tokyo than Narita Airport, which is where most international flights bound for Tokyo are handled. There has been an expansion in the number and destinations of international flights to and from Haneda with the completion of a new international terminal in 2010.… Read the rest

Sensoji – Asakusa Kannon Temple

Sensoji 浅草寺


Today’s Kaminarimon(雷門) was built in 1960. The 700kg lantern was donated by Panasonic’s founder, Matsushita Konosuke. At the left and right of the lantern are the statues of Raijin, god of thunder and Fujin, god of wind.


Sensoji is the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo, dating back to the year 628 according to legend. At the entrance of the temple grounds is a gate called Kaminarimon(雷門; … Read the rest

All About Matcha

Matcha 抹茶

What is Matcha?

Matcha Ice Cream

Matcha Pudding

Matcha refers to a type of finely ground green tea and the drink made by whisking the powder in hot water. Matcha is used in a wide variety of foods and sweets including wagashi(Japanese confectionery), soba noodles, ice cream, cookies, and chocolate.

In recent years, matcha has become increasingly popular and numerous food products that contain matcha can be found … Read the rest

The National Art Center

The National Art Center 国立新美術館


Inside the museum are several cafes.

The National Art Center of Tokyo is a museum in Roppongi, Tokyo. It is called an “Art Center”, because it does not have a permanent collection like most museums.

The museum was completed in 2007 and is the newest of the 5 national museums in Japan. The building was one of the last works of famed architect Kisho … Read the rest


Ginza 銀座

One of the most iconic buildings in Ginza, the Wako department store. The clock tower plays the Westminster chimes.


Ginza during Hokosha Tengoku(歩行者天国; Literally:Pedestrian Heaven). On the right is Cartier and Chanel; on the left is the department store, Matuysa Ginza.

Ginza is a world-famous shopping district full of luxury shops and massive department stores. You will also find world-renowned restaurants, fancy coffeehouses, and cafes.

You … Read the rest

Nogi Shrine

Nogi Shrine 乃木神社

Nogi Shrine


Nogi Shrine(Nogi Jinja) is dedicated to General Nogi Maresuke(1849-1912), who led Japan’s military in the Sino-Japanese War and following Russo-Japanese War. He requested his own seppuku to the Meiji Emperor after a pyrrhic victory in the capture of Port Arthur. The request was denied as the practice of seppuku was forbidden. Following the Emperor Meiji’s death in 1912, Nogi was able to fulfill … Read the rest


Kichijoji 吉祥寺


SUN ROAD in Kichijoji.

With a growing popularity among young people, this city in the west of Tokyo has been voted the No.1 place where people want to live in Japan numerous times.

To the north side of Kichijoji runs a pedestrian-only street called Sun Road. The street is lined with many affordable restaurants and shops, which makes it popular among locals. Some of the shops include … Read the rest


Nihon-ji 日本寺

Nihon-ji Daibutsu


Nihon-ji is a Buddhist temple that was built in 725 by the Buddhist priest, Gyoki, on the imperial order of Emperor Shomu. The temple was built as a Hosso-sect temple but was later transferred to the Tendai and Shingon sects. During the reign of shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu, the temple was transffered to the Soto sect and still remains a Soto temple to this day.… Read the rest

Jonanjima Seaside Park

Jonanjima Seaside Park 城南島海浜公園


The Beach.

With planes flying in and out of Haneda Airport literally roaring over your head, Jonanjima Seaside Park or Jonanjima Kaihin Koen is a popular attraction to airplane fans and families alike. You can expect the most dynamic experience when Runway B at Haneda is being used; planes will literally skim over the park leaving a pungent smell of jet fuel exhaust. Usage of … Read the rest

Sunshine City

Sunshine City サンシャインシティ

The 60-floor Sunshine 60.


Sunshine City is a large shopping and building complex near Ikebukuro. Most of the shopping complex is situated at the base of several buildings, which include a 60-story skyscraper, Sunshine 60 and a 1146-room hotel, Sunshine Prince Hotel. Inside Sunshine City, are attractions such as an indoor amusement park called Namco Namja Town, an aquarium, a planetarium, and a concert hall. … Read the rest

All About Green Tea

Green Tea 緑茶

Sencha in an Aritayaki yunomi

Green Tea in Japan

Oi-Ocha (お~いお茶) is a bottled Japanese green tea, that is consumed much like other soft drinks.

Green tea is the most widely consumed type of tea in Japan, and is called “ryoku-cha(green tea)”, “ocha(tea)”, or “nihon-cha(Japanese tea)” (to differentiate it from Chinese green tea). In the past, green tea was often served after a meal or with … Read the rest

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