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Shinjuku: More Than a Shopping Heaven, It’s A Feast for the Senses

Tokyo’s Luminescent Gem For the Sensory Devotees The name “Shinjuku” is known globally around the world as one of the must-see areas of Tokyo. Even for the first-time visitor, chances are you’ve heard its name, or otherwise known as the metropolis’ second center.  People of all ages flock to this central ward for entertainment, shopping, trends, dining, stopovers, and observing the heart of the technological metropolis. The glowing neon signs, the bustling streets, the small, crooked alleyways – Shinjuku is what Tokyo is all about – in spades!  However it’s much more than just a bright, photogenic district: it also exhibits one of the largest parks in Japan, it boasts

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Taste History with a Modern Comfort: The Edo-Tokyo Museum

Easily accessible from many of Tokyo’s subway lines, the Edo-Tokyo Museum is a fantastic outing for people of all ages interested in Japanese history and culture. Built in 1993, this facility is one of Tokyo’s most well known museums and has entertained and educated guests from around the world for over twenty years. Located in Sumida, a ward within Tokyo, it is surrounded by many other superb attractions that make Japan famous; the Tokyo Skytree, the tallest freestanding tower in the world, ‘Ryogoku,’ Japan’s national Sumo stadium, Japan’s famous ‘Asahi’ Beer Breweries Headquarters and even Sumida Triphony Hall, the home of the New Japan Philharmonic. Ideal for a morning visit,

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The A to Z Café: Where Funkiness Takes on a Whole New Meaning

Yoshitomo Nara studied art in Aichi and Dusseldorf, loves punk rock and was an exceptionally imaginative boy. He’s known as the father of the Japanese Neo Pop movement, having had exhibitions everywhere from New York to Berlin. We’re talking minimalist portraits of wide-eyed girls, standing around and sometimes holding magic wands, cigarettes, small knives, etc. A lot of people are unnerved by their strong sense of mischief, but there’s something undeniably relatable about Nara’s kids, whose dreamlike silence leaves you wanting more. So surely it’d be cool if you could enter into their world? It is and you can. “I do painting because I can’t express myself well in words”

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Go Shopping Tokyo Style At Your Local Muji

Swipe your train pass, catch a bus, swerve ten million businessmen; and shop. While it’s fun to spend a few hours bumping around Isetan like a balloon without a string, other spots take you to different worlds – allocating a heaven sent breather from the city streets. Shinto shrines and Shimokita’s independent boutiques are all quite wonderful. But the place I’m thinking of spread its seductive brand of cool all over Tokyo, then the world. Hi, Muji! Muji conveys the spirit of the capital in the only way possible: complete silence. Entering your local branch renews that sweet sense of calm you got when you first stepped off the plane

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Who Says Art Is Better at Street Level? The Mori Art Museum Reaches New Heights

Tokyo is a good, old-fashioned city with one million faces: in this sense, it’s one of the best. Its 23 districts flaunt unabashedly unique characters, and the city as a whole unrelentingly inundates residents and guests with images. Everything from cats and cute boys to scenes of old Japan; modern kids pretending to be traditional, beguiling women and unhappy businessmen falling off platforms. It’ll leave you feeling bamboozled, and more than a little bit curious. What is this place, and what does it really look like anyway? Mori Tower, Roppongi Tokyo piques your senses, and evokes emotions that people may have never experienced in their lives. Downtown, you’ll spot people

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