Public Bus Deal

The bus fee is 200 yen regardless of the distance.  When people turn to the age of 70, they can obtain a free ride pass that is good for any buses and subways that are run by the City of Tokyo.

Jiyuugaoka

Jiyuugaoka is the most popular neighborhood in Tokyo for women to live. There are many places here to visit and things to enjoy.  On the weekend, people from all over come to enjoy the town filled with cozy places to dine, shops and hang-out spots. Jiyuu means freedom or liberty.  Oka means hill. Jiyuugaoka is…

A Backstreet Walk in Shibuya

Shibuya has been becoming more and more commercialised and costly but it is still a fun and awesome town to visit.  The town keeps expanding rapidly so even a few days is not enough time to explore the place.  In reality, it will take an infinite amount of time to truly explore this place.  The…

Tsukiji Gindaco, a Place for Takoyaki (Octopus Ball)

Takoyaki is a ball-shaped  Japanese snack that is made of a wheat flour-based batter and cooked in a specialized takoyaki pan. Inside it is filled with chopped octopus and vegetables and on top it is brushed with takoyaki sauce.  This is my daughter’s favorite food.  She calls them Octopus Balls.  Gindaco, a fast food chain…

Kosou-An, a Japanese Style Cafe

In the residential area of Jiyuu-gaoka, there is an old wooden house which has been remodelled and converted into a cozy cafe called Kosou-An for the people who visit Jiyuu-gaoka. This town ranks #1 by Tokyo women as their most desired town to reside in.   At Kosou-An, you can have coffee, green-tea, ice latte…

The Backstreet Charm of Minami Aoyama

I can imagine the rent to be quite expensive for stores on the main streets in the Omotesando neighbourhood AKA Paris in Tokyo. Big brand name stores line up the streets and the tourists are seen with their shopping bags marching up and down the streets.  If you walk away from these main streets and…

The Garden Cafe @ Aoyama Flower Market

You can find Aoyama Flower Market, the franchise florists, everywhere in Japan.  But this one in Omotesando is special. There is a hidden tea room inside of the store.  The tea room is full of fresh flowers and sunlight and is the place for any flower lover to enjoy a relaxing tea time.

Happoen continued…

It is really nice to be able to enjoy beautiful gardens in the middle of the city.  Tokyo has many gardens and parks, both public and privately owned.  I hope you will join me in cruising around Tokyo and visiting the gardens and cafes it has to offer. Happoen is one of my favourite places.

Happoen Japanese Garden

Situated in the middle of the quiet, Shirokane area lies Happoen Japanese Garden. Previously owned by a successful merchant back in the Edo era, around the 17th century, it is now open for the guests of the hotel.  Happo means “from 8 angles”.  En means garden.  So Happoen means a garden beautiful to look at from…

Thrush Cafe — Sunday Breakfast Overlooking the Garden

A breakfast spot I highly recommend is the Thrush Cafe at Happoen in Shirokane.  On the weekend, their breakfast hours are quite early, served from 8am with the last order taking place at 10am.  You can choose to be seated either outside in the nice, sunny balcony area or indoors on the trendy tables.  Breakfast with…

Tokyo Ramen Street

First Avenue Tokyo station is on the basement floor of Tokyo station.  Tokyo Ramen street is always crowded with people.  There are 15 ramen restaurants squeezed in this little alley and each one has a very long line of customers waiting for seats.  Each restaurant has a ticket machine and where you can purchase a…

Gyoran Slope Neighborhood

It was a very, hot day. I decided to walk around before dawn as the heat was cooling down.  I looked around the flowers here and there.  

Nabeshima Shoto Koen

Just a few blocks away from the busy Shibuya streets, there is a park with a beautiful pond in a residential area. The name of the park is Nabeshima Shoto Koen.

Zenkashoin

Zenkashoin is on the 5th floor of the Hikarie building in Shibuya. They have Japanese sweets of the season and various kinds of tea.

Oiwake Dango

Oiwake Dango is a traditional sweets and tea shop that has been at this location in Shinjuku 3-chome since 1697 and has been serving our family for many generations in terms of enjoying sweets.  My great, great grandpa, great grandma, grandpa, grandma, dad and my siblings have all enjoyed eating here. It was our family ritual…

Italian Wine 100 YEN

I love mozzarella cheese.  Pizza Margherita would be my choice…with a glass of tasty, Italian wine.  This delicious dinner costed me only 490 yen in total.  I am not joking.  This is real.  Go to the Ristorante Cafe Saizeriya.  They are located everywhere in Japan. And then you can confirm that I am telling the…

The Imperial Palace

One of the major tourist spots in central Tokyo is of course the Palace AKA the house where the Emperor and his family live. Many tourists leave after they take pictures of the bridge and the front gate as you are not allowed to go inside without a pre-engaged tour reservation.  However, many people don’t…