The Meiji Jingu is a Shinto shrine surrounded by a dense forest located in the middle of Shinjuku and Shibuya. It is named after Japan’s first “modern” emperor, Emperor Meiji, and his Empress Consort, Shoken. It is just a one-minute walk from the Harajuku Station on the JR Yamanote Line.
Summer in Japan has officially begun. Believe me when I say: summers in Japan are HOT and HUMID! Many Japanese would rather stay indoors with the AC on full blast. But there…
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.
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.
Head to the Toyosu Market for a modern experience of the inner workings of the historic Tsukiji Market, the largest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world. Visiting a seafood market…
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!
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.
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 fancy and you’re looking to treat yourself…
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.
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.