One of Tokyo’s most popular areas, Shinjuku only truly reveals itself at night. Dirty, noisy and somehow vulgar, Shinjuku at night is nonetheless one of the most interesting places to visit in Tokyo. The ward is divided into different smaller areas that are not always welcoming to cameras at night, and for good reason...
Located on the former site of Edo Castle (1888) near Tokyo Station, the Imperial Palace is the official residence of the Japanese royal family. Divided into four distinct areas or sectors, it covers a total area of 3.41 square kilometers. And yes - you can go there!
Located near Tokyo Station (in 4K), Ginza (in 4K), and directly alongside the JR Yamanote Line, Yurakucho is a vibrant and busy place. People go there to enjoy the many restaurants, primarily izakaya and yakitori, built-up under the brick arches of the JR tracks.
Several centuries before Ginza became synonymous with luxury, it was actually a swamp. Only after a major fire in 1872 that burnt down most of the larger area did the Meiji government decided to rebuild it into a model of modernization!
Meguro Gajoen offers some very interesting attractions, among which are: indoor traditional restaurant/tea ceremony rooms, gardens with gorgeous wooden painting fresque, a nice little pond, and a selection of restaurants that are featured in the Tokyo edition of the famous Michelin Guide!
Japanese hobby kit and RC car maker Tamiya has been chasing the Kumamon cash dragon for over a year now, and along with last December’s Kumamon tractor RC car (probably because Kumamoto = agriculture), an RC standard dune buggy has now entered the lineup.
The managers then bow to each other and line up facing the front doors. They bow to the customers waiting to shop. They then open the doors and greet everyone who enters. It’s a fascinating ritual that I encountered by chance last time I was in Japan, and was happy to experience again.
Japanese senior citizen fashion and cuisine in full effect! Strolling down this 800m-long street, you will find no less than 200 shops that sell pretty much everything that a Japanese senior citizen needs and loves.