Rabbit Island is one of the most interesting places to visit in Japan for reasons you might not expect. In addition to being overrun with adorable fluffy creatures, it has a rich and somewhat unsettling history. A trip to Rabbit Island puts these somewhat contradictory facts side by side as visitors traverse old historical sites, while being accosted by completely tame rabbits hungry for snacks. How did Usagi Shima come to be called Rabbit Island, and why is it worth a visit during your time in Japan?
Our list is definitely not exhaustive – there are far more gaming experiences in Akihabara than we could list here. But hopefully, it’s given you a great starting point for your initial quest into the gaming capital of Japan. We’d love to know what you thought of our favorite arcades, or if you have your own favorite spot in Tokyo – let us know in the comments.
Todaiji Temple (東大寺, Tōdaiji, “Great Eastern Temple”) and Nara Park (奈良公園 Nara Kōen) is located in Nara prefecture a stone throw away from Kyoto and Osaka. Nara is known for their somewhat friendly and polite deer that graze throughout the temple grounds of the historical and renown Todaiji Temple, known as one of the seven great temples in Japan, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Here, you are transported into another dimension and sucked into what can only be described as a whirling vortex of intense energy, creativity, and borderline madness. It is the heart of Japan’s unparalleled fashion and art scene and inspires designers, artists, and visionaries the world over. Putting such a place into words is like describing a totally new color or explaining the difference between left and right to someone over the phone. I guess what I’m trying to say is that you’ll just have to experience Harajuku for yourself to really understand the one of a kind charm of this dynamic wonderland that is truly unlike anything you’ve come across in your entire life.
Shinagawa (品川) is one of the busiest hubs in south of Tokyo. It has a train station that connects many lines. It even has direct connections to Haneda (via Keikyu Railways) and Narita Airports (Narita Express).
Kanda-Jimbocho (神田神保町) is Tokyo’s hotbed for publishing houses, used-book stores, and is an academic center attracting many young scholars. It’s just a few minutes’ walk northeast of the Imperial Palace. If you’re using the JR Yamanote Line or JR Chuo, get off at Kanda Station.
Akihabara (秋葉原), officially known as Akihabara Denki Gai (Akihabara Electric Town), is located in central Tokyo. Locals and fans fondly call it Akiba. It is famous for being the haven of otaku (diehard fan/geek/nerd) culture. Many shops here sell a wide range of anime, manga, games, and electronic goods.
Sugamo (巣鴨), affectionately referred to as the Harajuku for Grandmas, is a shopping district that takes the intense, high-strung energy of Harajuku and dials it down to a more mellow, senior-friendly level. Young ones and the young once can head over to Sugamo for a laid back day of visiting a temple, shopping for classic, comfy clothes, munching on sweets, and capping the day off by purchasing a customary pair of red underwear.