Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Diary of a Japan Tour Guide: Anghela in Harajuku and Haneda Airport

Japan Tour Guide (JTG) is an online portal that aims to match volunteer Japanese guides with visitors coming to Japan. Read about their tours put together for tourists by these friendly local guides in this...

Omotesando’s Oldest Bookstore

Book store Sanyodo has been in Omotesando since 1891 - the oldest of its kind here. You can see a big mural painted on the side of the building. Information Sanyodo 〒107-0061 3-5-22,North-Aoyama,Tokyo [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d3241.494675252665!2d139.71284659173247!3d35.664819808397425!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x60188c9fec7fc071%3A0xf6bcdcc29e3b6334!2z5bGx6Zm95aCC5pu45bqX!5e0!3m2!1sja!2sjp!4v1456131311222&w=307&h=230]

A day in Sumida Ward: Following in the footsteps of Hokusai

For the typical foreign tourist to Tokyo, a stop at Asakusa’s temples and souvenir shops is a must. Visitors tend to stop by the edge of the Sumida river and take pictures with the...

Another 3hr trip – Nihonbashi

The Nihonbashi area grew extremely fast following the beginning of the bakufu in the Edo period (1603-1868). The old castle town became the starting point for five major highways connecting the capital with other...

Café Crawl: Meikyoku Kissa Lion

A sip of Showa in modern Shibuya Step inside Meikyoku Kissa Lion, and for a moment you might think you’ve mistakenly entered a church or an aged music theatre. But at this 89-year old iconic...

Another 3hr trip – Suidobashi/Nezu/Sendagi

A seamless blend of culture and history, this part of Bunkyo-ku in Tokyo is home to several famous landmarks such as the Akamon Gate and Nezu-Jinja Shrine. Whatever you enjoy, there’s truly something for everyone...

The Nostalgic Charm of Nihombashi

Heart of Edo The phrase “hi sen ryo,” or a thousand gold pieces a day, was used to describe the streets of Nihombashi – or the amount of money that changed hands each day in...

Celebrate the birthday of the deity of Togo Shrine

A celebration of the birthday of the enshrined deity of Togo Shrine will take place on Dec. 22. ADDRESS:1-5-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo ACCESS: a 5-min walk from JR Harajuku Station.

Nihombashi Walkabout

Nihombashi is best explored on foot, and preferably in traditional Japanese garments for a taste of the heart of Edo. Take a virtual tour around Nihombashi with the 26th Chuo City Tourism Ambassador, Ms....

Hie Shrine, Japan’s Most Urban Power Spot

A sacred shrine you reach by escalator Presiding over a steep slope in the middle of Tokyo, the Hie Shrine is probably Japan's most urban shrine. Located in Nagatacho of the Chiyoda Ward,  the shrine is surrounded by a...