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Located next to the Archi-Depot architecture-model museum, this model-making workshop also doubles as the museum's retail shop, and it's well worth a visit on its own for anyone with an interest in architecture. The shop sells everything from professional model-making equipment to children's toys, along with lots of books,... [Continue reading]
Kyu-Yasuda Garden: Tokyo Ryogoku
This lovely public park was once the grounds of a feudal lord's residence in the late seventeenth century, and it was restored in 1927 after being destroyed in the Great Kanto Earthquake. The pond at the center of the park was originally fed by the Sumida River, with the water level rising and falling with the tides. Nowadays... [Continue reading]
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Kigumi Museum: Tokyo Waseda
Traditional Japanese wooden architecture is the focus of this fascinating mini-museum, with a particular emphasis on the technique of wood joinery - the art of constructing wooden buildings with interlocking wooden joints instead of nails and screws. It's very much a hands-on museum - visitors are encouraged to touch the... [Continue reading]
Petit-Escalator: Kawasaki
Petit-Escalator, the shortest escalator in the world, is located in the basement of Kawasaki More's Department Store, across the street from Kawasaki JR station. Five steps and 83.4 centimeters in height, the escalator takes approximately eight seconds to deliver passengers from bottom to top. The escalator connects the B2... [Continue reading]
Kawasaki Warehouse: Kawasaki
Kowloon Walled City - once known as the most densely populated spot on earth - was a massive, extremely crowded Hong Kong housing settlement with more than 30,000 residents. Although the original complex was demolished in 1993, it lives on as the design inspiration for this five-story game arcade just a few minutes from... [Continue reading]
Police Museum: Tokyo Kyobashi
Aimed primarily at school-age children, this specialized museum focuses on the history and operations of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, exploring the topics of crime-scene investigation and disaster response in particular. There are a good number of interactive displays and short videos to watch, as well as displays... [Continue reading]
Nagasakikan: Tokyo Nihonbashi
Nagasaki Prefecture runs one of the largest prefectural antenna shops in Tokyo, selling a wide range of regional food items that are otherwise hard to find. There's quite a bit of Nagasaki-made shochu (and a smaller amount of Nagasaki sake) in the liquor department, and an impressive selection of both modern and traditional... [Continue reading]
Orbi: Yokohama Minato-mirai
Operated by Sega in conjunction with the BBC Earth video production company, Orbi is a mini-theme park aimed at both children and adults. The main attractions are a series of slickly produced nature and animal videos, shown in immersive large-screen theaters. In addition, when Orbi reopened in Spring 2018 they added several "animal content" areas where you can... [Continue reading]
D47 Design Travel Store: Tokyo Shibuya
Located right next to the excellent D47 design museum, this well-curated shop offers a wide range of beautifully designed household goods and crafts from all 47 prefectures of Japan. Products are selected by the editor of D Design travel magazine, and cover everything from pottery, lacquerware and kitchen utensils to ... [Continue reading]
Diesel Art Gallery: Tokyo Shibuya
Located in the basement of the Diesel fashion brand's flagship store in Shibuya, this two-room gallery presents shows by well-known international artists, many with a strong anime or pop-culture sensibility. There are four shows per year, and usually some of the works are available for sale, along with postcards, prints and... [Continue reading]
Line Friends Store: Tokyo Harajuku
Brown the bear, the salmon-loving mascot of LINE (Japan's most popular instant-messaging service) is the star of this hugely popular character goods shop, along with Cony the rabbit, Sally the duck and their many animated friends. The shop reopened in Spring 2018 in larger quarters (just down the block from the old store),... [Continue reading]
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Food markets, ramen museums, brewery tours, professional knife stores and regional food shops
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Notable buildings by contemporary architects like Kenzo Tange, Kengo Kuma and Shigeru Ban
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It isn't every day that we get invited to a cat's birthday party, so when the staff told us that one of the residents was having a celebration, we knew we had to check it out. It was a surprisingly elaborate affair, with...
This is the first Tokyo branch of an Osaka-based group of rescue-dog cafes, located a few minutes north of Nishi-Hachioji Station on the JR line. The second-floor cafe area is a very lively place, with happy dogs in...
One of the early pioneers in Tokyo's cat-cafe world, Calico roughly doubled in size when they moved to larger quarters in 2016, providing a more comfortable setting for both cats and visitors. There are now two rather large...
This local rescue-cat cafe has a roomful of friendly cats and a very proactive staff who spend a lot of energy keeping them entertained. We were lucky enough to be there when the staff gave out cat treats for the visitors...
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Located in a residential neighborhood in Katsushika-ku that's home base for a small Ethiopian community, Little Ethiopia offers a handful of home-style Ethiopian vegetable and bean stews and beef dishes, all served on spongy...
If you're nostalgic for - or simply curious about - the exotic flavors of classic American Chinese food, Panda Express has you covered. With 1900 branches across the US and around the world, it's certainly the most...
Craft beer to go is the selling point at this tiny neighborhood bar. They've got eighteen taps dispensing a nicely varied selection of Japanese craft beers, including some rarities, and you can either enjoy a half-pint here...
One of the best Thai restaurants in town, Keawjai offers a large and diverse menu, with a good number of chef's specials - always a good sign. They have another, very popular branch in Shinjuku, but this Kinshicho branch...
The twelve taps at this compact train-station bar dispense beers from Japanese craft breweries like Aqla, Isekadoya and the very local TK Brewing, located just a ten-minute walk from here. (You might have to ask about the...
If you're looking for sake, wine or specialty foods from Nagano Prefecture, you'll find an impressive selection here at this well-stocked antenna shop. There's a small bar area at the front of the shop where you can try...
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