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Savor Your Morning! 5 Choice Places Right Near Shinjuku Station for Breakfast


Meals are an essential part of traveling. Of course you can usually get breakfast in the hotel where you stay, but for those who want something special, we recommend venturing out for a hearty breakfast. Shinjuku is an area easily accessible from other parts of Tokyo and a place where you can find bakery cafes, places with low-starch menus, places with a Japanese atmosphere, and even cafes specializing in vegetables. Here are five places we recommend where you can start your day with a satisfying breakfast!

Perfect Balance of Chocolate and Plum Liquor: Try the Brand-New “KitKat Umeshu Tsuru-ume” - Japan’s Popular KitKat Sensation!

Ningyocho / Monzen-Nakacho / Kasai Other Cafes and Sweets

Japanese food is registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage and the world is in the tight, tasty grip of a Japanese food boom! Spirits such as plum liquor (called umeshu in Japanese) are part of this trend and enjoyed all around the globe. You might know it as “plum wine” on the menu of your favorite Japanese restaurant and generally speaking, there’s an increased demand for plum liquor because it matches Japanese food so well (according to Nestle). Next to food, Japan is also known for its unbelievable abundance of KitKat flavors and it is almost surprising to hear that the traditional plum liquor has only now teamed up with the famous chocolate snack! Get your taste buds ready for “KitKat Umeshu Tsuru-ume!” It’s a brand-new flavor produced by the former football star Hidetoshi Nakata, who also is responsible for the immensely popular “KitKat Nihonshu Masuizumi,” a Japanese sake-flavored treat. Nakata-san is also incredibly knowledgeable about Japanese sake, visiting over 350 breweries nationwide and continuing to promote the traditional drink. You can bet that this connoisseur poured his whole heart into the new plum liquor-flavored KitKat! Curious yet?

[MOVIE] Visiting Classic Maid Café Mai:lish

Akihabara Other Cafes and Sweets

Come join Live Japan with me as we visit Café Mai:lish, a small and homely maid café located on the outskirts of Akihabara, about 8 minutes from JR Akihabara Station and 3 minutes from Suehirocho Station.

10 Things to Know About Summer in Japan – From Weather to Events!


Japan and Tokyo are both in a temperate climate zone, but did you know that the summer heat can get quite intense? To everyone who currently is or plans on traveling to Japan during July, August, and September, there are 10 things about “Summer in Japan” that you need to know. Here, get tips on how to cope with the heat, what to do see and do during summer, and fun facts and tips about Tokyo’s heat!

Tokyo, the City with the World’s Largest Population Density: 18 Times Japan?!

People who come to Japan for the first time are often surprised by the sheer mass of people in Tokyo’s rush-hour trains during weekdays or on Shibuya Crossing, the busiest intersection on the planet. Sightseeing spots, too, are always crowded and even when walking down the street in a popular area, it is often hard to not bump into someone all the time. Tokyo houses about 10% of the population of all of Japan. If you include the neighboring prefectures of Kanagawa, Saitama, and Chiba, the total population reaches 38 million people! The total population of Japan is about 127 million people, so that’s a whopping 30% and makes it the most populous urban area in the world. This time, we compare the population of Tokyo to other Japanese prefectures and cities around the world, and will also take a look at changes and issues regarding the future.

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