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23. Bats what’s up – Kandagawa

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 火曜日, 2月 23, 2010

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myotis_chinensis(chinese_mouse-eared_bat)


Tokyo calls forth an image of the glimmering city of the future, yet along the Kanda River — flowing from Inokashira Park in Kichijoji to the Sumida River — we humans have to share Tokyo with another busy inhabitant: bats. Read the rest of this entry »

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22. You can spend every waking hour surrounded by comics

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 火曜日, 2月 23, 2010

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manboo


At a manga-kissa, or ‘comics cafe,’ a few hundred yen per hour nets you a tiny booth with a reclining chair, internet-enabled PC, an endless supply of all-you-can-read comic books, and bottomless soft drink refills. Read the rest of this entry »

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21. There are oodles of noodles – Menya Goto

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 火曜日, 2月 23, 2010

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menya goto


There are more noodle shops in Tokyo than any other city in the world. Read the rest of this entry »

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20. Highway rest stops are destinations – Umihotaru

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 火曜日, 2月 23, 2010
Umi Hotaru

Umi Hotaru

Rest areas like Umi-hotaru almost make up for the ridiculous tolls and endless traffic jams of Japan’s highways. Umi-hotaru (海ほたる/the ‘sea firefly’) is a giant, island-like concrete construct floating smack in the middle of Tokyo Bay at the crossover point between the Aqua-Line bridge and tunnel. Read the rest of this entry »

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19. Personal service is borderline stalky – Aronia de Takazawa

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 火曜日, 2月 23, 2010

Aronia de Takazawa

Aronia de Takazawa


From humble grocery stores to fancy boutiques, Tokyo’s standard of service is remarkably high. Unsurprisingly, the city’s top-class restaurants strive for excellence, and Aronia de Takazawa delivers service with a personal touch.
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18. You can act as bait in the world’s most truly bizarre beauty treatment – Ooedo Onsen Monogatari

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 火曜日, 2月 23, 2010

ooed onsen monogari

ooed onsen monogari


A toe-curling, heel-buffing experience. This spa treatment, sinisterly named ‘Doctor Fish,’ at Odaiba’s Ooedo Onsen Monogatari involves sticking your feet in a tub for half an hour, while tiny fish nibble away at your corns and calluses. Read the rest of this entry »

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17. You can blow an entire year’s salary on a round of drinks - Ritz Carlton

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 火曜日, 2月 23, 2010

Ritz Carlton Tokyo

Ritz Carlton Tokyo


Gone are the Bubble-era days of gold-leaf-wrapped sushi, but that profligate spirit lives on in the ‘Diamonds are Forever martini’ at the Ritz Carlton: chilled Grey Goose vodka with a lime twist, poured over a one-carat diamond. Read the rest of this entry »

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16. It’s the best place to shop if you’re 0ver 60 – Sugamo Jizo Dori

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 火曜日, 2月 23, 2010
Togenuki Jizo

Sugamo Jizo Dori

Variously referred to as the ‘Granny Ginza’ and ‘Harajuku for Little Old Ladies,’ the Sugamo Jizo Dori Shotengai shopping street has aged along with the local residents. Read the rest of this entry »

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15. The public parks are as pretentious as it gets

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 土曜日, 2月 20, 2010

Tetsugakudo

Tetsugakudo


Meticulously constructed according to the good Doctor Enryo Inoue’s arcane personal tastes, Tetsugakudo’s numerous small buildings are all dedicated to world-famous philosophers.
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14. You’ll never want for expensive antique robot toys – Mandarake Complex

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 金曜日, 2月 19, 2010

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nendoroid


Eight floors of heaven for anime fans, Mandarake Complex represents the flagship of the Mandarake chain of vintage anime ephemera.The seventh and eighth floors are like a museum of Japanese toy history — only everything is for sale. Read the rest of this entry »

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13. No one boasts a broader meat spectrum – Bistro “Matagi ga machi ye oritekita”

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 木曜日, 2月 18, 2010
Matagi ga machi ye oritekita

Bistro, Matagi ga machi ye oritekita

The classy little bistro “Matagi ga machi ye oritekita” specializes in ‘exotic’ meats including wild boar, venison and even bear. (The name itself is the Japanese word for ‘bear hunter.’) How is it? Eh, a bit gamey. Read the rest of this entry »

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12. Even the serious museums are weird – Edo-Tokyo Museum

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 木曜日, 2月 18, 2010
Edo-Tokyo Museum

Edo-Tokyo Museum

Edo-Tokyo Museum is the best place to relive the old traditional style of life in Tokyo, when it was called Edo in the 15th to 19th centuries. Read the rest of this entry »

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11. Earth’s biggest fish market is in its best sushi neighborhood – Tsukijisijo

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 水曜日, 2月 17, 2010

Tsukijishijo

Tsukijishijo


Given Japan’s penchant for seafood, it’s not surprising that the world’s largest fish market (and one of the largest wholesale markets, period) is located in Tokyo. Handling over 2,000 metric tons of seafood each day, Tsukiji-shijo (‘market’) is a haven for fisherman, auctioneers and buyers for Tokyo’s best restaurants. Read the rest of this entry »

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10. You can commute to the mountains – Takao-san

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 水曜日, 2月 17, 2010

View from Takao-san

View from Takao-san


When the concrete Tokyo gets to be too much, just head out to the wonderful Mt. Takao in West Tokyo. Accessible by a single train from Shinjuku, the mountain is particularly famous for its easy hike to the top, stunning autumn foliage and special soba-noodle culture. Read the rest of this entry »

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9. The electronics stores are like theme parks

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 火曜日, 2月 16, 2010
Yodobashi akiba

Yodobashi akiba

The Japanese have taken their love of the latest electronic gadgets and modern appliances to a new level with Yodobashi Akiba, the largest electronics store in a section of Tokyo known for being the center of gadget, video game, and anime culture in the city.
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