Kobeya Kitchen in a bakery chain store. They have shops around Tokyo and Osaka. When I lived in Tokyo, there was one near my house and half on hour before they closed everything was half off, but as soon as the sale starts, everything disappears within 5 minutes. We used to try to time it so we could arrive 5 minutes before the sale, scope out the best pastries and quickly grab them once the sale started.
April 12, 2012
March 14, 2012
Visiting Tokyo is not cheap. A cheap room barely larger than a closet in a business hotel might cost $6oUSD, depending on what part of town you stay in.
One option for visiting on the cheap is to stay at a capsule hotel. It’s a bit difficult to plan because few capsule hotels have English websites. Also, many capsule hotels do not allow women. The number of places that allow women is on the rise but still accounts for only a fraction of capsule hotels.
I stayed at a capsule hotel in the Asakusa neighborhood of Tokyo for a few nights in November. The hotel had a women only floor.It was not the most glamorous place to stay, but at 2,200 yen (~$28USD) a night, it was cheaper than most other accommodations.
See more pictures after the jump.
February 1, 2012
Nikko is a city in Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo, famous for several well-known shrines and temples. 2 shrines and 1 temple are collectively a UNESCO world heritage site.
The first stop on my World Heritage tour was Rinnoji temple.
More pictures after the jump (more…)
January 22, 2012
During my visit to Tokyo in late November/early December, I stayed in Asakusa. I had previously only been to Asakusa during the day, so it was interesting to see the area at night. The main tourist attraction in Asakusa is the Sensoji temple and the shopping street leading up to the temple, Nakamise street. During the day, the temple and shopping area are swamped with tourists. But at night, the shops are shuttered and the people are gone. The temple is still lit-up and the area feels quite peaceful.
January 20, 2012
The Tokyo Tower (which looks rather similar to the Eiffel tower, but is slightly taller at 333 m and a different color, red) has been a symbol of Tokyo for decades. But there is a new tower coming onto the scene. It’s called the Tokyo Sky Tree and it is currently under construction near Asakusa. When completed it will be 634m tall. 634 may seem like a random number, but it’s not. One way to pronounce the numbers 6, 3, and 4 is Musashi. Musashi （武蔵の国） is the name of the ancient province that included present day Tokyo. The Sky Tree will be used as a communications tower and have two observations decks. The tower is scheduled to open in February 2012. I took the following photographs in late November 2011.
January 18, 2012
On a trip to Tokyo last month, I came across an interesting word that I had never heard before. The word is “smork” and I saw it twice.
The first time was at a small bakery/cafe and the word “smork” was written on a sign taped to the table that my friend and I were sitting at.
The second instance of “smork” was found at a clothing store inside Shinjuku Station. In fact, the store is called “Smork by Language.”
I believe the only explanation for this is that the owners of the bakery have some sort of dispute with the clothing store owners. Anyone have any other guesses? 😉
January 10, 2012
Seen in Kameido in Tokyo. This is what happens when you can’t decide what country’s cuisine you’d like your restaurant to serve and rather than making a decision, you just toss everything in at once. This place seems quite a bit confused.
December 24, 2011
Merry Christmas from Tokyo.
Here are a few pictures of Christmas decorations I have seen around Tokyo this year.
See more Christmas decorations, after the jump. (more…)
January 26, 2011
This is it folks. We are finally at the last stop of our tour of the Yamanote Line in Tokyo. It was a nice trip but it had to end sometime. While it has taken us…let’s say 29 days….to come to the end (in reality my posts were spread out over a much longer period…), in reality it would take only one hour to go around the entire Yamanote line. Trains come every 2 minutes and run every day of the year.
Today we find ourselves in Kanda. Kanda was once known for being the location of most of Tokyo’s book publishers. And you still see a lot of bookstores, especially second hand stores, when you walk around Kanda.
Well, the Yamanote tour is over. If you want to go back and relive the great memories, all the old posts are still up on the blog.
We started in Shinjuku, then went clockwise to Shinokubo, Takadanobaba, Mejiro, Ikebukuru, Otsuka, Sugamo, Kamagome, Tabata, Nishi-Nippori, Nippori, Uguisudani, Ueno, Okachimachi and Akihabara. Later, I finished the other half of the Yamanote line going counter clockwise from Shinjuku to Yoyogi, Harajuku, Shibuya, Ebisu, Meguro, Gotanda, Osaki, Shinagawa, Tamachi, Hamamatsucho, Shinbashi, Yurakucho, Tokyo, and finally ended up in Kanda. Pheww. I’m tired from all this travel. I’m going to go take a nap.
January 25, 2011
We are almost at the end of our tour of the Yamanote Line in Tokyo. The 28th and penultimate station on the Yamanote loop is Tokyo Station. Tokyo station sees the most trains per day of any station in Japan.