Tokyo Skytree is now the highest tower in the world with a height of 634 meters. You can get some incredible views of Tokyo including the Sumida river region, Sensoji temple, Ueno park, Tokyo Tower, Mount Fuji and more! Sky Tree is extremely busy since its opening, get there early to minimize the wait. A 30 min wait to buy tickets is not uncommon and gets longer during the day (the ticket line extended out of the building and under the sun by noon). The second deck requires you to buy an additional ticket from the main observatory, be prepared to wait 15-30 minutes again in crowded conditions. Plan plenty of time for waiting in line because the visit is well worth it!
The Tokyo national Museum contains diverse exhibitions of Japanese cultural heritage with an impressive collection of art and archaeological artefacts, including many national treasures. We visited only one of the six buildings that forms the Tokyo National museum. The Honkan, which is the main building, exhibits Japanese artworks from Buddhist statues to elegant traditional clothes. A large collection of ancient weapons and armors is also on display.
This post targets the ultimate camera geeks, who like me, like to see the latest camera bodies and all the latest lenses when entering a camera store. Besides stores like Adorama and B&H in New-York, perhaps the most exciting place in the world for a camera gear enthusiast is located in Shinjuku, Tokyo. There, two big names in the camera world compete for your business. Those to major players are Bic Camera and Yodobashi camera. One gigantic electronics store is not enough in Shinjuku, those two companies have two stores each located within minutes of the Shinjuku station! This time, I visited the Nishiguchi (West exit) Bic Camera store. In my opinion, the choice of camera is great but the accessories offered cannot beat the Yodobashi Camera store also located on the west side of Shinjuku station.
Tokyo Station is surrounded by the very modern business district of Marunouchi. One may wonder where to get a good view of the impressive train station, and perhaps more importantly, where to eat delicious Japanese food around the station. I’m going to answer those two questions at once. Continue reading Delicious grilled chicken and a view of Tokyo Station in Shin-Marunouchi building
The Yanaka area is a district of Tokyo with an atmosphere reminiscent of the old days. Besides the large Yanaka cemetery, many smaller cemeteries are found in the region. Each of them is attached to a small Buddhist temple. It is a nice area to take a casual walk and enjoy a certain feeling of being in old Tokyo.
Kamiya bar is located in Tokyo’s famous historical district of Asakusa. It is famously knows in Tokyo for the unique drink it serves: “Denki Bran”. Denki Bran is a mix of brandy-like alcohol but the exact receipy, however, is a well guarded secret. The best way to enjoy Denki Bran is to drink it in between two glasses of beer I was told. Of course, one liter beer glasses are available. Kamiya bar also serves food that do a good job at accompanying the drinks.
The Korakuen is a little gem in the heart of Tokyo. One would not suspect that such a peaceful place exists right next to the famous Tokyo Dome where baseball matches are played in Tokyo. It was quite gloomy when we visited the garden but we really enjoyed the experience nonetheless. I imagine it may be even better when the sun shines.