Tokyo-to Off The Beaten Path

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Tokyo-to Off The Beaten Path

  • Day Trip out of Tokyo

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    In the mountains of Saitama Prefecture, west of Tokyo, is the beautiful town of Chichibu, a city famous for nature and an anime cartoon called Anohana. We visited in the spring, and were fortunate to find the beautiful shibazakura in early bloom at Hitsujiyama Park. Here you can see beautiful fields of pink and white moss phlox in bloom in April...

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  • Kabukicho

    Shinjuku Off The Beaten Path

    I took a stroll around in Kabuki-Cho ( The infamous red-light district of Shinjuku) but so much for the sleeze. Instead of finding night-walkers, I found a store that sells Chihuahuas for US$1500+ and other exotic pets. Hmmm, strange. Well perhaps not so strange, it was only much, much later that I found out that rich business liked to buy these...

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  • Shrines and Temples

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    The story of the main Senso-ji temple in Asakusa tells us that two brothers found a statue of the Buddhist god Kannon in the Sumida River. Senso-ji has since become one of the largest and most revered temples in Tokyo. Nearby Senso-ji is a small temple called Komagatado Hall. This hall supposedly marks the spot on the river where the fishermen...

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  • Central Post Office

    Shinjuku Off The Beaten Path

    If you happen to be at the Tokyo sub-way station, do look across the road and you will see a huge and historical building which is the central post office of Tokyo. Also if you are ctaching the Hato Bus service to other parts of Japan, their bus terminal is conveniently located just next to the Tokyo sub-way station (see photo).

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  • Local People and Lives

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    Don't speak much or any Japanese and looking to meet some friendly Japanese people who do? Com Inn is a cozy, little English conversation cafe in Ebisu, near the Doutor building. Most of the time it serves as both a school for Japanese or as a place where Japanese talk to foreigners to improve their listening and speaking skills. But twice a...

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  • Harajuku

    Shinjuku Off The Beaten Path

    Just south of Shinjuku is another famous area in Tokyo known as Harajuku. You can witness ultra modern fashion worn by teenagers at Harajuku as well as shopping and the famous Meiji Shrine. More information and photos are at my VT Harajuku page.

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  • Experience

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    It is common to see the beautiful Mt Fuji from the window of the Bullet train (direction: Kyoto, Osaka). It is particularly a superb experience to see the snow-covered Mt. Fuji in early Spring (April). The first picture is rare: Mt Fuji surrounded by a cloud ring!! The second is Mt Fuji captured from a rice filed near Gotenba (a resort city...

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  • Overview

    Shinjuku Off The Beaten Path

    Check out the unusual variety of fresh seafood for sale in Shinjuku. Even if you're not eating them, it's worth taking a look. For the life of me, I still can't indentify the fish in the picture, so if you happen to know the name, pls write to me... Bpacker's Shinjuku Page

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  • Shinjuku

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    P!ss Alley, or Memory Lane, is one of Tokyo's best street food areas. Though covering a very small area, they somehow packed about 40 restaurants into this alley, plus another 10 or so on the parallel alley to the east. This alley earned its name appropriately, as it was originally a narrow alley with numerous restaurants, but no restrooms, so...

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  • Pachinko Parlor

    Shinjuku Off The Beaten Path

    If you're ever in Japan, do see if you understand why the folks over there are crazy over Pachinko! Pop by one of these shops with those little slot machines and watch grown men and women hynoptise themselves - simply by watching little metal balls dribble down an upright maze.For information, the little balls are collected at the end of the game...

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  • Parks, Yards, Gardens and Squares

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    General Nogi Maresuke was a famous Japanese general who fought for the Emperor during the samurai rebellions (1877) and also in the First Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895), where he led Japanese forces in the successful attack on Port Arther and the invasion of Taiwan. He commanded some 95,000 men in the Third Army in the Russo-Japanese War...

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  • Imperial Palace

    Shinjuku Off The Beaten Path

    The Imperial Palace is a famous landmark in Tokyo and it is within walking distance West of Ginza. It seems that tourists are not allowed to enter the palace premises, but we can get a good glimpse of the palace and the surrounding towers, gardens and moat from the outside.

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  • Odaiba & Ariake

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    What greeted me next was quite a surprise (even for a liberal thinker such as myself!) & even though I had mentally prepared for it. A sea of women of all ages and a few girls, were changing out of their yukatas in readiness for the best part-the bathing ritual. Here, I was handed a big towel & a small towel & had brought along a 100 yen coin for...

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  • Shinjuku Central Park

    Shinjuku Off The Beaten Path

    I was pleasantly surprised when I took a walk in Shinjuku Park in Winter. The maple trees were still in their autumn coats. You can take a stroll in the park but take note of the many homeless locals in the park. Bpacker's Shinjuku Page

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  • Ginza

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    I stumbled across this small shop on my way back to Ginza from the fish market. I was drawn in and I couldn't help it - it's so beautiful. It's only like 5 mins walk from all the Ginza glitz and it's a small family-run handmade jewelry business and they make everything in their basement workshop - which you can see from peep-holes in the glass...

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  • Ikebukuro

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    The world's biggest car showroom is just under the railway bridge in front of sunshine city. On five floors you can see all Toyotas cars, including some that only seem to be made for the Japanese market. It also includes historical stuff, good exhibitions about Formula 1, safety and loads of interactive exhibits - which are excellent, especially...

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  • Tsukiji Market

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    Though not a fishing trip in the usual sense of the word, you will see more fish here than you ever have before. I struggled to find a way to describe it. I have come across the following passage from A Cook's Tour, the fine book by Anthony Bourdain that describes it as well as I have seen (note that even Tony struggles)... "While I had visited...

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  • Shibuya

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    In a small arboreal area outside the Shibuya train station, you can find a statue to a small dog that epitomizes loyalty and undying love. Little Hachiko used to walk with his master, a Tokyo University professor, to Shibuya station everyday as he went off to work and greeted him every evening as he exited the train station on the way home. Sadly,...

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  • Ameya Yokocho (AMEYOKO)

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    At every city that I visit, I always love to drop by at the local markets. This is because I find that shopping and browsing at local markets to be far more interesting than shopping at typically nondescript supermarkets, which are not particularly inspiring replicas of one another, and not too different from what you can find back home. Indeed,...

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  • Theatres and Museums

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    The Yebisu Beer Museum is one of those places you can only find in Tokyo. The admission is free, although the beer isn't. It is in the Yebisu Garden Palace, and is a place that commemorates the history, sicence and technology of all thing beer! There is a beer tasting available, but the best bet is to go to the "Beer Station" restaurant nearby and...

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  • Museums

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    John Lennon once said "It's not a waste of time if you had fun." While he may have been refering to some of his heroine trips, he could have equally been describing a couple of hours spent at the John Lennon Museum, adjacent to the Saitama Super Arena in suburban Omiya that opened in 2000. A little hagiographic, the museum is still an good way to...

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  • LaQua

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    LaQua is a whole city unto itself. There is shopping, roller coasters, water rides, shows, restaurants and more. But the best reason to go isn't any of these. It is the spa! Underneath a roller coaster near the Tokyo Dome is this odd little building. It doesn't really look like it belongs there, but is actually part of the Tokyo Dome City...

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  • The Suburbs (***AMACHI)

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    In Ningyocho/Suitengu area, the Tokyo Grain Exchange has a beehive of Japanese bees on the 7th floor of their building that you can see for free. You can see them quite close and not be afraid that they will sting you or anything, because it is just outside a large window pane. Kinda cool to think that there is a bunch of bees collecting nectar in...

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  • Imperial Palace

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    When exploring the grounds, though a lot of the area is blocked off due to the palace being closed, there are a lot of nice paths to the side that are more quiet and you can see the real beauty of the gardens.

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  • Sports

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    Unlike any other big city in the world, people talking to some one who sit next to he or she, people smile to each other some one you don't really know, people saying hi to each other, but in Japan almost no one doing this. Not even for the Japanese, amongst the foreigner vs the local, most of the time foreigners has really hard time to know the...

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  • Tokyo Stock Exchange

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    Not many people knows you can visit Tokyo's stock exchange market building, for free! It is not a remarcable touristic spot, but you can spend 30 minutes walking by the empty futuristic corridors, while brokers are "playing" from their homes and offices: yes, there's nobody inside, but a few stock controllers and the guys of some specialized TV...

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  • University Of Tokyo

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    I've never imagined before that the Tokyo University has this big size lake in the middle of its campus. It might be good for the campus couples. :) In fact, the campus per se did not meet my expectation. Many buildings are old, streets are dirty, and I was not allowed to take a look inside the library. Someday, I want to come back and feel the...

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  • Kanda & Ochanomizu

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    You know what - I think you should visit the neighbourhood of Kanda! Here are lots of bookstores, both second hand and new ones. This is the place to buy a supply of great Japanese novels translated into English, that you could have a hard time finding in your own country. I recommend Kawabata (my favourite being 'The old capital'), Ariyoshi (e.g...

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  • Sumida River

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    After visiting Hama Rikyu Gardens (a 10 minute walk S. of Tsukiji Fish Market), you can take about a 40 minute ride on the Sumida River to the pier near Asakusa. Cost: 620 yen (one way). It makes for a nice change in pace and you get to sit down and see the areas along the river. Caution: There are a few low clearances under a few of the bridges if...

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  • Tokyo Tower

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    Is it any coincidence that next to what represents a pyramid of sorts (Tokyo Tower ... not really a pyramid but it is triangular) is a Masonic Temple. Who are these guys? Well the Masons have a thing for ruling over people. They won't exactly tell you that but there's enough history to go around to tell us that they have significant influence. From...

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  • Yebisu Garden Place

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    A great rainy day site in Tokyo that isn't crowded with hordes of tourists is the Museum of Photography, conveniently located near the Sapporo Beer Museum in Yebisu Gardens. I really enjoyed the exhibits, which rotate periodically. The highlight while I was there was an exhibit of the top press photos of 2005, which included some moving shots of...

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  • Tokyo International Forum

    Tokyo Off The Beaten Path

    Tokyo International Forum is located between Otemachi and Ginza, 3 minutes walk from the Yuraku-Cho Station. There are few halls and ball rooms manage to contain at least 20,000 audients. This new giant hall is popular for the international exhibition, world class famous singer concert and international convention.

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  • Ekipo - Walking route at Naruse Station

    Naruse Station on the JR Yokohama LineCourse: appr. 9 km / 2:50 hoursSights: (Links to sights included on my personal page !!)(1) JR Naruse Station (JR成瀬駅 - JR Naruse-eki)(2) Donosaka Park (堂之坂公苑 - Dōnosaka-kōen)(3) Naruse Sugiyama Shrine...

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  • Ekipo - Walking route at Machida Station

    Machida Station on the JR Yokohama LineCourse: appr. 5.1 km / 1:35 hoursSights: (Links to sights included on my personal page !!)(1) JR Machida Station (JR町田駅 - JR Machida-eki)(2) Nakamise Shopping Street (仲見世商店街 - Nakamise Shōten-gai)(3) Machida Tenmangū (Ebisu God)...

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  • Ekipo - Walking route at Aihara Station

    Aihara Station on the JR Yokohama LineCourse: appr. 13 km / 4 hoursSights: (Links to sights included on my personal page !!)(1) JR Aihara Station (JR相原駅 - JR Aihara-eki)(2) Suwa Shrine (諏訪神社 - Suwa-jinja)(3) Aihara Blueberry Farm...

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  • Ekipo - Walking route at Hachioji...

    Hachioji Minamino Station on the JR Yokohama LineCourse: appr. 9 km / 2:35 hoursSights: (Links to sights included on my personal page !!)(1) JR Hachioji Minamino Station (JR八王子みなみ野駅 - JR Hachiōji Minamino-eki)(2) Koizumi Homestead (小泉家屋敷 - Koizumi-ka...

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  • Ekipo - Walking route at Katakura...

    Katakura Station on the JR Yokohama LineCourse: appr. 7 km / 2:10 hoursSights: (Links to sights included on my personal page !!)(1) JR Katakura Station (JR片倉駅 - JR Katakura-eki)(2) Katakura Castle Ruins Park (片倉城跡公園 - Katakura-jōseki-kōen)(3) Inari Shrine...

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  • Ekipo - Walking route at Oimachi Station

    Oimachi Station on the JR Keihin-Tohoku LineCourse: appr. 6.4 km / 1:40 hoursSights: (Links to sights included on my personal page !!)(1) JR Oimachi Station (JR大井町駅 - JR Ōimachi-eki)(2) Shinagawa History Museum (品川歴史館 - Shinagawa Rekishi-kan)(3) Omori Shell Mounds Ruins Garden...

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  • Ekipo - Walking route at Shinagawa...

    Shinagawa Station on the JR Yamanote LineCourse: appr. 7.3 km / 1:50 hoursSights: (Links to sights included on my personal page !!)(1) JR Shinagawa Station (Takanawa Exit) (JR品川駅(高輪口) - JR Shinagawa-eki (Takanawa-guchi))(2) Museum of Logistics...

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  • Ekipo - Walking route at Gotanda Station

    Gotanda Station on the JR Yamanote LineCourse: appr. 7.4 km / 1:50 hoursSights: (Links to sights included on my personal page !!)(1) JR Gotanda Station (JR五反田駅 - JR Gotanda-eki)(2) Gotanda Park (五反田公園 - Gotanda-kōen)(3) Nemu-no-Ki Garden...

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  • JAZZ AT THE BALLOON

    IN ASAKUSA THERE IS A NICE LITTLE JAZZ CLUB ON THE 6TH? FLOOR CALLED THE BALLOON STATION.. .THE NIGHT I WENT THERE WAS A DUET DOING GIUTAR AND VOCALS.. .SOME GREAT JAZZ STANDARS DONE WITH A VOCALIST IN THE GENRE OF A FRANK SINATRA STYLE!!! REALLY NICE ENTERTAINMENT!!!!!

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  • Plenty of Green

    Whilst much of Tokyo prefecture is very crowded and built up, there's plenty of nature out west.It's always a pleasure to get out of urban Tokyo and into a more relaxed setting.

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  • JOHN LENNON MUSEUM

    ACTUALLY THIS PLACE IS IN SAITAMA.. .AT THE SUPER ARENA.... I ONLY WISH THEY WOULD HAVE ALLOWED PICTURES TO BE TAKEN..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IF ONE IS A BEATLES OR ESPECIALLY A JOHN LENNON FAN...THIS PLACE IS A MUST TO SEE AND EXPERIENCE !!!! IT IS PROBABLY THE KINDESS THING THAT YOKO ONO HAS DONE TO HAVE LENDED THE ITEMS OF JOHN'S TO THIS MUSEUM....

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  • Tokyo, Tonga and New Zealand for free!

    Could you be one of the 11 Canadian delegates on the 21st Ship for World Youth, organized by the government of Japan, in partnership with the United Nations?Are you:- Interested in traveling to Japan, Tonga and New-Zealand for free, on a Japanese cruise ship?- Between 18 and 30 years old?- Eager to discover new cultures?- Available from January 14...

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  • Second Hand Fashion in Shimokitazawa

    Shimokitazawa is an area frequented by the college-age crowd. By walking around the densely populated shopping area, you'll notice the crowd here is stylish, but in a manner totally different from the typical fashions you'll find in Shinjuku, Shinbuya, Ginza or Harajuku. Most of the young adults here buy their clothes from the second hand clothing...

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