Delicious Ramen in Sugamo “Menya Imamura”

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Just one street away from the Michelin starred noodle ‘Tsuta’, there’s another ramen store that we recommend: “Menya Imamura” (麵屋いま村). It’s easy to access as it is right by the train station. They grill the chicken chashu in front of you and has a distinctive, delicious juicy taste. The noodle is quite thick and soft. […]

The Best Cheap Sushi in Tokyo

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Wondering where to eat sushi in Tokyo, but worried about price? Look no further than popular restaurant chain ‘Sushi Zanmai’ (寿司ざんまい). Here, you can find good tasting fresh and safe sushi for a very reasonable price. The menu prices are different for each store, but you can expect to eat a good amount of quality […]

How To Take a Stickie Pix (Purikura)

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Ever wondered what those photo filters are that young Japanese girls use? Most likely, they’ve taken it in a photo booth that automatically photoshops your face into an almost unrecognizable, doll-like face. They are fun and cheap (around 400 yen, or 3.5 USD), and available almost anywhere in arcades across Japan. Here’s a quick 3 […]

The Best Illuminations (Christmas Lights) in Tokyo

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Christmas is finally here! That means it’s time for the annual Christmas light shows! In Tokyo, people call the lights ‘illuminations’ (イルミネーション). Malls, buildings, parks and everything in between showcases some gorgeous light displays. They are perfect for taking Instagram-able photos, romantic settings for dates, and a wholesome place to visit with friends! Catch it […]

Typical walking tour in Tokyo

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This summer I guided many family groups, a couple of honeymooner, and individuals mainly in Tokyo, plus Hokone, Mt. Fuji, and Nikko. The place my guests visited most was Tsukiji, and Asakusa for the second most. This is is one model plan we did this summer. 9:00 am Meet at the hotel lobby and move […]

Getting to Naoshima from Tokyo

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Chichu Art Museum, Tadao Ando, Yayoi Kusama, Lee Ufan… Do any of these ring a bell? What do they all in common? They’re all related to Naoshima! Naoshima is recently dubbed an “architectural pilgrimage site” drawing visitors from around the world to a small island town off the coast of Uno in Okayama prefecture and Takamatsu […]

Tsukiji-what to eat, what to buy

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The most popular spot among my guests is Tsukiji Fish Market. One day in the last week I went to Tsukiji twice a day, and was there four times in last 6 days. Needless to say but Tuna Auction is still attracting many guests from overseas. For tuna auction view details, please refer this link. […]

Why not June?

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June is a good month, not too hot yet, colorful flowers, and fireflies. Last week my guests told me they avoided coming to Japan in June due to the rainy season. Yes, Japanese rainy seasons starts in early June and last about 6 weeks in Tokyo area. Today Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) announced officially the […]

Nemophila blue hill, Hitachi Seaside Park

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Blue Hill with fully bloomed Nemophila in Hitachi Seaside Park. I have seen this picture on internet or on TV news many times before. But I would like to say it aloud ”Seeing is believing” , you never know the real beauty until you place yourself there. Not only the shape of flowers, the wind, […]

Sunrise on the top of Mt. Fuji

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It was the most beautiful and most powerful sunrise in my entire life at 3776 meter above the sea level. I am still proud to say that I climbed the summit of Mt. Fuji and saw the sunrise in my first try. If you were born in Japan, you would think of climbing Mt. Fuji […]