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Ginza Mitsukoshi

Ginza Mitsukoshi 三越銀座店

Mitsukoshi department store in Ginza.


This department store chain may be the oldest in the world, dating back to its founding in 1673 as “Echigoya”. The Ginza store was opened in 1930 and was the place where McDonald’s opened their first store in Japan in 1971(later closed). The 11th and 12th floors are full of restaurants while the B2 and B3 floors offer a wide … Read the rest

Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko)

Ameya Yokocho アメヤ横丁


Ameyoko at night. Beware, most shops close by around 7.

Ameya Yokocho is an area filled with exotic stores and markets that stretches southward from Ueno to the Okachimachi area. The area runs alongside the JR Yamanote Line and can be easily accessed from Okachimachi Station or Ueno Station. During the year’s end, the alley bustles with people seeking food for New Year’s.

Where the Name

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Sony Building

Sony Building ソニービルディング


The Sony Building

This is a must-go for all the tech-savvy people who plan to visit Ginza. Inside are showrooms for all the latest products from Sony including stunning ultra-high-definition TVs, the newest smart phones, and PlayStations. It is also a showplace for Sony’s latest inventions; you may find something interesting.

The building also houses several shops and restaurants, including a pub on the ground floor.… Read the rest

The Ultimate Guide to Akihabara

Akihabara 秋葉原

Akihabara’s Main Street during Hokosha Tengoku(Pedestrian’s Heaven)


Akihabara. The large building on the left is the main store of Sofmap.

Akihabara, or “Akiba” as it is commonly known, is a district famous for its many shops selling all kinds of electronics. Recently, there has been an increase in shops associated with manga and anime, and subsequently, the area has turned into the holy ground for otaku … Read the rest

Roppongi Hills

Roppongi Hills 六本木ヒルズ


The 54-story Mori Tower is the 5th tallest building in Tokyo. Louise Bourgeois’s “Maman Spider”

Completed in 2003, Roppongi Hills started out as an urban redevelopment complex and has come to be one of the most popular attractions in the Roppongi area. Inside the complex are high-rise apartments, a theatre, hundreds of shops, Grand Hyatt Tokyo, and the headquarters of TV Asahi. The centerpiece of the … Read the rest

Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park 昭和記念公園


Showa Kinen Park is a government-operated park located in Tachikawa, Tokyo. The park features vast lawns and greenery, opposite of the crowded and urban image of Tokyo.

The grounds that are now Showa Kinen Park used to be an air base belonging to the Japanese military. After WWII, the US military occupied the air base and surrounding areas. The grounds were eventually returned to … Read the rest

Omotesando Hills

Omotesando Hills 表参道ヒルズ

Omotesando Hills


Inside the building.

Omotesando Hills is a shopping mall designed by the famed and self-taught architect, Ando Tadao. The building incorporates a unique design, where customers are able to reach the top just by walking on a path that spirals upwards.

The mall was opened in 2005 and has some 130 shops. That includes Ben & Jerry’s which opened their first shop in … Read the rest

Shinjuku Gyoen

Shinjuku Gyoen 新宿御苑

The English landscape garden of Shinjuku Gyoen




Shinjuku Gyoen is a large public park in Tokyo featuring many landscapes including an English landscape garden, French formal garden, and a traditional Japanese garden. Inside is also a large greenhouse, reconstructed in 2012, that houses approximately 2700 species of plants from around the world.

The park is a popular spot for hanami(cherry blossom watching) with … Read the rest

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

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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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

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