Selected as one of the best place to live in Tokyo, the district of Den-en-chofu is not your typical Japanese neighborhood. In summary, it is a neighborhood of trees sprawled across the main street with many detached homes styled in neo-classical Japanese, Swiss and Edwardian architecture, making it home to some prominent and famous personality […]Read more "Tokyo Neighborhood: The Suburb Garden of Den-en-chofu"
I’ve blog about the street art, now to complete the Daikanyama tour, we must face the inevitable and take a stroll along the upscale side of Daikanyama. The term “upscale” is a terrifying word for me, honestly as much as possible I tried to avoid or spend less time on such places knowing that I […]Read more "Tokyo Neighborhood: The “Upscale” Side of Daikanyama"
Located at central Tokyo, often associated with foreign embassies and upscale shops and next stop prior Shibuya station, the true treasure of Daikanyama can be found at the many wall arts and graffiti. What better way to define Tokyo apart from the fame scramble intersection but by street art, bikes and trains, which all can […]Read more "Tokyo Neighborhood: Street Art of Daikanyama"
Overwhelmed by the poshness of Ginza, the business like ambiance of Marunouchi or looking for a drink after a stroll at Hibiya Park? Yurakucho is just the perfect location. Sandwich between the above-mentioned popular places, Yurakucho marked by the station itself is as Japanese as you can get right in the middle of Chiyoda neighborhood. […]Read more "Tokyo Neighborhood: Izakaya Under the Train Tracks at Yurakucho"
Ochanomizu is another neighborhood at the vast kingdom of Tokyo that is worth exploring and the most popular spot if you ask me is nonetheless the Hijiribashi bridge. Don’t be surprise to find many people standing at the bridge area, seriously and patiently waiting for something to happen. Upon closer look, you will notice that […]Read more "Tokyo Neighborhood: Train “Spotting” at Ochanomizu"
Jimbocho is the designated “book town” of Japan. Home to several publishing houses and shops selling used books, unusual books and rare collectors find. Journey to the book town starts at the Jimbocho subway station, where the subway walls is appropriately decorated with stacks of books. Taking exit A7 will lead you to the main […]Read more "Tokyo Neighborhood: Used Books Hunting at Jimbocho, Tokyo, Japan"
To describe the town of Kagurazaka, Tokyo requires a bit of imagination and yet they are all familiar in a way. Think of Kyoto’s Gion District (if you been there), then remove some Japanese restaurants and replace it with Italian and French ones, keep the mysterious narrow, bendy back alleys and the Geisha performance houses, […]Read more "Tokyo Neighborhood: Narrow, Back-Alleys of Kagurazaka"
Living in the shadow of famous Shinjuku and Shibuya is the district of Ikebukuro. At first glance, it seems to appeal like just your ordinary commercial and entertainment district with enough “nomihodai” (all you can drink) restaurants to chase the troubles away. But on the sentimental side, for most people, Ikebukuro is what Shinjuku used […]Read more "Tokyo Neighborhood: Ikebukuro District"
On one hot and humid Saturday afternoon, I went to explore the streets of Jiyugaoka, Tokyo, to get a glimpse on why the mere mentioned of the place often elicit a response from my Japanese colleague as “nice but for rich people” and why the district is always voted as one of the most desirable […]Read more "Tokyo Neighborhood: Summer Breeze at Jiyugaoka"
A year ago, my first order of blogging business in Japan is to find where the “real” Tokyo is. I don’t intend to confuse you, I know Tokyo is such a huge capital with many branching wards and districts, but I want to be at that specific place where I can photograph myself and upload […]Read more "Re-introducing Tokyo Station"