Shinjuku Gyoen

Shinjuku Gyoen (新宿御苑 or しんじゅくぎょえん) is probably one of Tokyo's most treasured and picturesque parks. It is nature's escape surrounded by the district's sprawling concrete jungle and is easy to appreciate the vivid colour...

Mount Takao – Beer Garden with a View

Trekking to the tip of Takao One of the more easier and more documented experiences, be it spring, summer winter or fall is Mount Takao, as a popular hiking spot among both locals and tourists...

Journey in Japan Part 32: Pyrotechnics and Parade

I wake up at 5 am to the sound of a drunk man in our dormitory room. He spends fifteen minutes trying to open his locker, before giving up and leaving the room. It’s...

Journey in Japan Part 33: Dance, Dance, Dance

It is humid today, a cool 31°C with patches of rain, the perfect weather for dancing in the street. I head over to Tawaramachi Station for a train to Shibuya. From Shibuya Station, I head...

3 Italian Restaurants in Tokyo you Must Try!

Italian Restaurants in Tokyo are not a rare sight at all, similar to French, Sushi and Ramen eateries, you can even find a few in the same area. So, putting together a short-list of...

Museum of Yebisu Beer – Ebisu, Tokyo

Heading back in time The smallish (by Tokyo standards) and stylish district of Ebisu, is also home to the Museum of Yebisu Beer. Formerly known as Yebisu, Ebisu was originally named after the beer brand....

Honda Cafe – Aoyama, Tokyo

Today I have a meeting with a robot. I take the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line to Aoyama-itchōme Station. My destination is the Honda Cafe in the Honda Aoyama Building. I arrive an hour early, so I...

Journey in Japan Part 62: Schindler’s Lift

My friend and I meet up at 10 am, and catch the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line to Shibuya. Today is once again warm, and all trace of Christmas day is gone. There are no...

Journey in Japan Part 31: Siliconan the Ovarian

The previous three days drifted along to the tune of uneventful. Today a sign in my hostel says, “Soba Party Today, come and enjoy Japanese noodles!” There is also a list of local artists that...

Journey in Japan Part 35: Some Like It Hot Tea

I decide to hire a bicycle. A friend from England, Damien, decides to join me. We grab two ¥300 bicycles for the day and cycle in the direction of Ueno. On the way, we pass...