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Beyond the Guidebook: 7 Spots to Experience “Real Asakusa,” Recommended by a Local Chef!

Asakusa Adventure Activities

Asakusa, Harajuku, Shinjuku, and Omotesando are Tokyo’s big four areas for sightseeing. It’s where every tourist to Japan should go at least once. To make exploring these neighborhoods unique and fun, we asked locals to show us around and introduce us to their favorite little-known spots!

Tokyo’s Gorgeous Christmas Cakes of 2018, Fresh from Gransta at Tokyo Station! (Sold from November 12 to December 25, 2018)

Tokyo Station Cakes

Gransta is a modern and fun commercial facility inside Tokyo Station, home to a variety of sweet shops and restaurants. Outside the ticket gates is Gransta Marunouchi, itself offering a colorful lineup of shops. Not only Japanese people love Tokyo Station for its rich selection of souvenirs and gourmet experiences, it’s also a great place for tourists to shop and dine at. This time, we’re taking a thorough look at the gorgeous Christmas cakes offered by Gransta, many of them centered on the adorable Suica penguin! One cake is even created after the historical Tokyo Station building – let’s dig right in!

Learn the Art of Flower Arrangement at Ohara School of Ikebana

Harajuku Other Traditional Arts

Ikebana, flower arrangement, is one of Japan’s most treasured art forms, a time-honored tradition that continues to be relevant even in today’s modern society. Beautifully arranged flowers and plants have permeated Japanese culture in a way that is seldom found in others. The Ohara School of Ikebana has played a major part in keeping the tradition alive, through its many schools in Japan, as well as its 59 chapters abroad, with over 300,000 members worldwide. The beauty of the Ohara School is not only in its floral arrangements, but its ability to share the culture of ikebana with the world. I visited the Ohara Center of Tokyo to try an ikebana class to learn more about this traditional art form.

Welcome to Tokyo's Street of Youth! Top 6 Recommendations in Shimokitazawa for 2018


Are you familiar with the name "Shimokitazawa?" If you’re into Japanese literature, then you might know of the original novel "Hello, Shimokitazawa" by Banana Yoshimoto. Or if dramas are your thing, then maybe you've seen one called "Shimokitazawa Diehard" starring Eiko Koike. Or maybe you're a music fan who's been to the Shimokitazawa Music Festival. In 2004 construction began on the new Shimokitazawa Station, due for completion in 2019. How has this town, formerly nicknamed "cotton town" for all its clothing stores, changed? Allow us to introduce some of Shimokitazawa's best antique shops, gourmet food spots, and latest trendy information!

Visiting Enoshima: The Must-See Spots on Japan’s Famous Day-Trip Island!

Kamakura Forests & Mountains

The Shonan and Enoshima area is one of the most popular day-trip destinations for both Tokyo locals and tourists. Even though the beautiful island is easily accessible from the capital, a lot of people only visit the nearby Kamakura with its many shrines and temples. That’s a shame because Enoshima is a treasure trove of amazing spots and discoveries! Come with us on a tour along its must-visit spots!

Choice Spots

  • Akihabara
  • Asakusa
  • Ginza
  • Harajuku
  • Ikebukuro
  • Roppongi
  • Shibuya
  • Shinjuku
  • Tokyo Station
  • Tsukiji
  • Ueno

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