The Nezu Museum

The Nezu museum first opened in 1941 by Mr. Nezu Kaichiro, who was one of the industrialists back then.  The museum is situated in Minami-Aoyama near Omotesando. This place is known as a big collector of Japanese and East Asian arts (with more than 7400 pieces).  The Japanese garden next to it is very peaceful and…

Organic Produce Stand in Omotesando

Macky, the local organic produce distributor, sells his fruit and vegetables periodically to the public at a place called THREE in Omotesando. The location is near the farmers market they hold on weekends at the United Nations premises in Aoyama. So you can visit both on the same day. Macky has special connections to unique…

Organic Green Tea Field

After we visited the pottery artist on the mountain, they took us to Zuihouen, the organic green tea field where they grow organic tea leaves.  The family owned the green tea field that Norihiro Naruse started in 1981 with his wife. It was not an organic farm back then.  In 1999, he started to produce organic tea leaves….

The National Art Center

We visited the National Art Center in Nogizaka near Roppongi.  We took a bus to Roppongi and then walked down to the museum. You can also take the Chiyoda subway line, and get off at Nogizaka and the station is linked to the museum. They have a nice restaurant upstairs where people were already lining up before the…

The Rooftop Garden of the JP Kitte Building by Tokyo Station

The old main post office of Japan which was built in bricks was renovated several years ago and it is now a modern building with nice restaurants and shops inside. The building is situated in front of Tokyo station on the Marunouchi side. Marunouchi is one of my favorite areas to walk around. It has…

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…

A Cozy hotel near the Snow Monkey Park

After we had fun hiking and watching the snow monkeys, we checked in and enjoyed our stay at a hotel with hot springs. The hotel is called Yuyado Sekiya, one of the closest hotels to the monkey park.  Each room comes with its own hot spa tub outside.  Our room had a bedroom, a western style living…

Snow Monkey Trip

We went to see the snow monkeys for our Christmas vacation.  We took a bullet train from Tokyo station to Nagano station and then transferred onto the Snow Monkey Express train to Yudennaka.  When we arrived, our hotel driver was waiting for us at the exit to drive us to the hotel which was about a…

Enjoy the Beauty of Leaves in the Fall

In the Fall, leaves turn to red, yellow and brown throughout Japan.  This time of the year is when we enjoy certain food, nature and fashion before winter comes. This year I visited a Buddhist temple called Heirinji, it was built in 1375 in the Saitama prefecture. It is a one hour train ride away from central Tokyo with my photographer group….

Walking around North Kamakura

Many tourists come visit Kamakura to enjoy the temples, shrines, great buddha, restaurants, beaches and shopping streets.  Around Kamakura station it is pretty commercialised. Before Kamarkura station is Kita Kamakura station, which is a small wooden station surrounded by trees and a river creek.  If you have the time, get off the train here and walk around.  It is a…

Inokashira Park in June

Throughout the year, Inokashira Park has a lot to offer to the residents of Kichijyochi.  Musicians, pantomimers, actors and balloon artists entertain the kids for free.  Artists sell their arts and crafts. Families enjoy rowing boats on the lake, petting animals at the zoo, hiking, running, bicycling and picnics.  I see people taking pictures, painting…

Matcha Tea in the Bamboo Garden in Kamakura

This is one of the most luxurious cafes I have discovered.  By luxurious, I mean you can enjoy a cup of matcha tea with wagashi in the open air balcony of the cafe overlooking the bamboo garden surrounded by zillions of bamboo.  Every time I visit Kamakura, I drop by this Bamboo Garden AKA the Hokokuji Temple to…

Tea House in a Castle

Nijyo Castle in Kyoto has a very nice and cozy tea house where any visitors are welcome to come by.  Inside of the Castle, where the Syogun used to reside, is now open for tourists. After taking a tour of the castle and it’s beautiful gardens, it is nice to rest at this beautiful tea house. The tea…

Fishing Restaurant

If you like fishing, seafood, and interesting places, there is a restaurant called Zauo where you will want to dine at.  The one we went to is on the first floor of the Washington Hotel in Shinjuku near the Tokyo City Hall. You can rent a fishing pole to catch a fish and then they will cook it for…

Ghibli Museum

When my kids were small they liked watching the movie, Totoro.  Totoro is one of the products of the Ghibli Studio.  The Ghibli Museum in Mitaka is so well known internationally but I had never visited it before.  So I finally decided to go there.  You will need to purchase the tickets at Lawson in…

Rabbit Cafe

I have introduced to you on my blog a cat cafe and a goat cafe. These posts had many visitors so now I will show you the rabbit cafe.  The rabbit cafe is similar to the cat cafe, where you can play with the rabbits.  It costs 700 yen for 30 minutes and it comes with your choice of drink.  For…

Hozu River Cruise in Kyoto

If you would like to enjoy a beautiful landscape of mountains and rivers, this boat cruise from Kameoka to Sagano is a fun adventure that I guarantee you will enjoy.  First, you take a train from Kyoto station to Kameoka, then walk down to the boat station to catch your boat.  The ticket booth is…

Renting Kimono in Kyoto

In Kyoto, there are many kimono renting places catered to tourists. Here you can rent a kimono to dress up as a Geisya and have your photo taken or you can simply wear a kimono to walk around the historical town of Kyoto. There are different packages and the prices vary from 3500 yen to 25000 yen. Near the Kiyomizu…

Meguro Gajyoen

Meguro Gajyoen, which is currently a hotel in Meguro, used to be a place where common people could enjoy dinner in luxurious Japanese rooms with a view of Mt. Fuji since 1928. It was also a popular place to have a wedding ceremony.  There was a time when two hundred couples a day got married…

Edo Tokyo Museum

The city of Tokyo used to be called Edo since 1590 until the Meiji Era started.  You can learn about the culture and history of the Edo period at the Edo Tokyo Museum.  From Tokyo today to Tokyo many hundreds of years ago, you swipe to the past.  Today, the descendants of our forefathers dwell at…