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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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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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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.

Nearby … 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

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

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

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