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One stop shop for fun: Ikebukuro Sunshine City

You’ve made it to Tokyo and you have an endless list of things you want to do. It’s never ending and that’s the beauty of it, there’s just so much to do just in Tokyo, you can never quite complete all of it even if you stay here for months! We all also know that sometimes things never go quite as you had planned. Sometimes the train system has something go tragically wrong and you can’t make it to your destination. Other times the weather just won’t cooperate and if your activity is outdoors there’s no way you want to get drenched. So for the day that the weather doesn’t

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Roppongi Tokyo Mori Art Museum

Just a five minute walk from the Roppongi Metro station lies the consumer heaven of Roppongi Hills. Here there are plenty of luxurious shops, a cinema, a variety of cuisine from around the world, as well as seasonal events such as film festivals and Christmas markets. One major cultural feature of the complex is the Mori Art Museum. On the 52nd floor of the famous 54 floor Mori Tower lies of of Tokyo’s more recent but influential contemporary art museums. Featuring mostly Asian artists, and themed galleries, the Mori Art Museum provides any art lover with an open area to appreciate well developed and thoughtful exhibitions. The Museum has featured

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Turret Coffee, The Hidden Gem Amidst the Fish

Taking advantage of the long 5 day weekend, I decided to make my way to the Tsukiji Fish Market. Let’s be honest, my friends and I were enjoying sleep too much to want to pull an all nighter to go see the auction (we’ll definitely make it there eventually, just not now). We went later in the day after we did some other sight seeing so by the time we made it to the fish market, everything was basically closing down except for the outer fish market where there are plenty of sushi restaurants. We browsed around, ate some sample sashimi, bought some salmon for dinner, and decided that we

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Experience Tokyo’s Most Exquisite Gourmet with Pocket Concierge

Tokyo locals pride themselves in the sheer number of stellar restaurants that can be found within the city; from sushi to teppanyaki, the city offers ample opportunities for culinary adventures. However, travelers may be especially intimidated by the often complicated and difficult procedures of reserving a seat at a highly sought after restaurant—enter Pocket Concierge, an English app and website that enables users to make a reservation at a restaurant of their choice from the app’s star-studded roster which includes Michelin approvals and Tabelog Top 5000 regulars.

How To Have Fun in Tokyo at Night: Skyscrapers, Festivals, Illumination and more!

You’ve made it halfway around the world to Tokyo, the last thing you’re going to do is sleep the night away right? Good, because there are plenty of great things to do and see in Tokyo after the sun goes down. As long as you go to Roppongi, Shibuya, Shinjuku, or Ginza you’ll definitely be able to find bars and clubs (all different atmospheres depending on the location you decide to venture out to) so I’ll tell you some of the other things you can enjoy in Tokyo under the starry sky. Night View from Tokyo Skyscrapers A great way to see the beautiful city of Japan all lit up

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How To Have a Karaoke Night in Tokyo!

Ready to sing? In Japan, Karaoke is one of the most common entertainment activities. When visiting Japan you will see several Karaoke stores and wonder how the system works, which one to choose and the difference between them. You might imagine Karaoke as bars where people sing in front of everybody. Wrong perspective; in Japan this is in the past. Nowadays, Karaokes offer separate rooms where you have fun with your friends in privacy. Let’s understand how the system works. How It Works Arriving at a Karaoke, you will find a counter. The staff will ask for the quantity of people and time you intend to stay. The average time

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Fashion’s Night Out Tokyo 2015

Hosted by Vogue Japan, the global fashion phenomenon, “Fashion’s Night Out” will kick off this weekend in Tokyo. The opening events will begin on Saturday, September 12th at 4pm, held at the flagship Opening Ceremony store in Omotesando Hills. There will be a special live performance by the stylish drummer Kavka Shishido. Get the scoop from the editors of Vogue Japan and see the fashion route that they recommend. Red Valentino Aoyama will have a one-of-a-kind Fashion’s Night Out logo tee and a romantic layered skirt for purchase. Also in Omotesando, the Longchamp store will debut a quirky, colorful tote bag for cat lovers. A cute twist on their iconic handbag,

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Like 1,000 mirrors: Cafe Culture in Tokyo

In their transformation of Edo into a metropolis, incorporating cafe culture was the Tokyo masters coup de grâce. It gave creatives and bohemians somewhere to hang out, and led to the budding of new social norms. Right from the start, they had the impulse that it would not be enough to mimic what they were doing in Europe: no, better to take the idea and make it Tokyo. Whilst a thousand cafes filled with iron and white tablecloths is charming in a city of cathedrals, this city is made of visions of the future. Tokyo inspiration Proprietors exploit space, natural light, furnishings and music merely to reflect the character of

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Hakkeyoi Nokotta! All About Japanese Sumo Wrestling

If I asked, “Give me 5 things that you think symbolizes Japan.” what would you say? I guarantee that most people will include Sumo as one of the five. And why not? It’s very unique to have big overweight men in fundoshi (the funny little underwear they wear) and gelled chonmage (a samuri buns) wrestling each other in a little ring isn’t it? So don’t wait any longer! Go out there and see it for yourself! Rules As an ex-wrestler myself, I can tell you that the rules of sumo wrestling are significantly different and also a lot simpler than freestyle wrestling. First, sumo wrestling has absolutely no weight classes.

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Master the City Tracks: Yamanote Line

Yamanote line infographics with recommended landmarks and sights to visit.  Being a Tokyo native, I often see foreign tourists helplessly gazing up at the tangled conundrum that is the Tokyo underground map tacked above the station ticket machines. Sure, even the most seasoned Tokyoite may have to look up the norikae (Train routes) on popular smartphone services like GooRosen or Jorudan, but there are a few train lines in Tokyo that are so central to people’s lives that most people can name at least a few of the important stations on the line. An example of such a line is the JR Yamanote line, or Yamanote-Sen. It is one of the

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