From being known to be on the outer edge of the Edo Castle in the eponymous Edo Period, to being on the outer edge of the Shinjuku Ward today, Kagurazaka brings together the nostalgic charm of the past and the exciting energy of the present.
With a wide assortment of great places to eat, shop, and experience both modern and traditional Japanese culture, it’s no wonder why Tokyo is the rightful capital of Japan and the most populated metropolitan area in the world. There’s just so much to do and experience here!
Do you go to the usual cities like Tokyo or Kyoto? Do you immerse yourself in Japan’s traditional culture or do you enjoy its ultra-modern lifestyle? Do you soak in the country’s natural wonders or do you get lost among the crowd? Do you eat the usual food or go for the more exotic ones?
Live the sweet life and (window) shop like Japan’s wealthiest in Aoyama, home to Omotesandō, Tokyo’s very own Avenue des Champs-Élysées. If you’re feeling extra
Nakano (中野区, Nakano-ku) is full of retail stores selling anything and everything geek. Make no mistake, though, this ward west of Tokyo is not just a mini-Akihabara. It has its own local, oftentimes wacky charm with its eclectic mix of quirky cafés, restaurants and bars, lively parks, and traditional shrines. Even if you’re not into geek culture, you are bound to find something interesting here.
Shimokitazawa (下北沢) is a burgeoning hub of fashion, art, and cuisine among the young and in the know of Japan. Shop to your heart’s content or just revel in the sheer nostalgia of the countless vintage shops that sell everything from staples like LEVI’s denim, band tees, and Coogi sweaters, to rare vinyl records and toys. Turn any day into Throwback Thursday and be transported back to your favorite era!
Zōjōji (増上寺) Temple is a historical landmark that serves as the primary place of worship of the Jodo sect of Japanese Buddhism in the Kanto Region and houses the Tokugawa family mausoleum with six Tokugawa shōguns entombed within it.
Mount Takao is located in Hachioji, West of Tokyo. It is only about 599.15 meters (1,965 feet) high but it offers a variety of breathtaking natural and innovative man-made attractions. The Michelin Green Guide highly recommends this mountain for tourists visiting Japan.
Probably one of my favorite places to visit in the Shinjuku area. Yoyogi Park is the place to be no matter what time of year