Cherry Blossom in Nezu

The photo group spent the day taking pictures of the cherry blossoms in Nezu.  We visited the famous cemetery near JR Nippori station, the many temples and shrines of Nezu and walked around the old town to hunt the cherry blossoms.  We also had Swiss food for lunch at Chalet Swiss Mini.  There were a lot of…

New Year’s Day Tradition with Green Tea and Wagashi

Toraya, the Wagshi maker, has it’s signature shop in Akasaka. It is located on Aoyama Dori Street adjacent from the Toyokawa Inari Shrine. People enjoy visiting them on New year’s eve and on New year’s day.  Big kites are decorated on their wall and they light it up on New year’s eve.  From 0:00 to 4:00am, they open their tea…

Tsukuda Island

Tsukuda Island, also known as the original place of food called Tsukudni, is situated in Eastern Tokyo and has 300 years of fishermen history.  Back then, the Shogun brought them to Tokyo from Osaka.  For whatever reason this was, it has turned out to be a good thing.  To get here, you can take the Yurakucho subway line,…

Kagurazaka, the Geisha town

Kagurazaka used to be a geisha town back in the Edo period. Today they still have geisha houses and you can still hear the sound of music instrument geisya girls are practicing when you walk down the streets.  When you go to Kagurazaka, the alleys are the places you want to explore to.  Narrow roads,…

New Year’s Eve — The Traditional Way

While friends are toasting champagne at salsa clubs or countdown parties at midnight, we were at a quiet temple with tranquility cerebrating the new year to come. The Zenfukuji Temple in Azabu Jyuban, is just a 10 minutes walk from Roppongi and offers people to bang the bell for free. Throughout Japan, temples are banging…

Nihonbashi, Zero Milestone in Japan

The name of the town, Nihonbashi, means Japan Bridge in Japanese. It houses the famous Nihonbashi bridge that was originally built back in 1603.  By the bridge, there is a point called kilometer zero where the roads start in Japan. In Nihonbashi, there are old shops and restaurants that still remain from the Edo Period.  If…

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…

Yuurei (Ghost) Slope

There are many famous slopes in Mita.  There is one slope that is kind of creepy yet historical, called Yuurei Zaka . Yuurei means ghost or soul of the deceased.  One doctrine states that it was named so because of its creepiness surrounded by the temples that were relocated to this area from Haccho Bori back in 1635 due…

Meiji Shrine

Meiji Shrine is conveniently located within walking distance of Harajuku, Omotesando, Yoyogi park and Jingumae.

Asakusa Boat Cruise

There is a temple where many tourists like to visit in Asakusa. What many people don’t know is that from Asakusa you can take a ferry boat that will take you to Odaiba. A one-way trip costs 1100 yen. We call it the Tokyo Mizube Line.

Nezu

There are around 60 temples and shrines in this old part of Tokyo called Nezu.  Many buildings here are over 100 years old. There are lot’s of cats here and therefore cat lovers must come visit. Tea shop. Deep fried snacks. Fish shop. Roasted sweet potatoes. Florist.