Category: Tokyo

New Year Countdown Events Japan 2017 ➡ 2018 | Tokyo

New Year Countdown Events 2018 – New Year’s has become a popular time for overseas visitors to visit Japan and yet there is very little New Year count down event information available in English online.  Over the last couple of years I have tried to bridge that gap by sharing information of events I know of in the Greater Tokyo […]

Santa Japan 2017 Guide for the Greater Tokyo Area

The Santa Round-up 2017 | TOKYO

Where can I visit Santa in Tokyo? This list is specifically for places you can visit Santa in TOKYO in December 2017.  Please be aware that Santa meet and greets are not like what you might be used to in your home country. There is generally no grotto and he doesn’t give out a present. In Japan, “Finland” is used […]

Santa Japan 2017 Guide for the Greater Tokyo Area

Ochanomizu Santa Claus | TOKYO 2017

Ochanomizu Santa, Tokyo – For the 11th year in a row, St Clair in Ochanomizu is one of the first places that the real Santa will visit. It is not only one of the longest running Finland Santa’s in Tokyo, but also one of the most popular. People queue for hours for the chance to meet Santa who has flown […]

Giant Totoro in Kurosuke's house Totoro Forests

The Homeland of Totoro on Tokyo Border @ Sayama Hills | TOKOROZAWA

The Homeland of Totoro, Tokorozawa “Sayama Hills” is the most well known name for the area around Lake Sayama, a man-made reserviour on the border of Tokyo and Saitama. However, Ghibli fans may well know it better as the Homeland of Totoro. The area has a number of natural habitats and cultural assets that are under protection to preserve not […]

Watching Sumo Practice | TOKYO

Watching Sumo practise,Tokyo – I have a number of guests coming to visit over the next couple of months. I usually travel to Tokyo with guests and / or to meet friends visiting from overseas. With next month’s visitors I will do the usual Asakusa trail, but this time I wanted to add on a trip to some Sumo stables, so I […]

Places to bring children to visit animals in Tokyo | GREATER TOKYO AREA

2017 version. This is a master list of the zoos, farms, aquariums and other places with animals in the Tokyo area that are suited to children. You will also find a handful of locations that are actually outside Tokyo, but considered part of the Greater Tokyo area and renowned as places worth commuting to from Tokyo. This list is suited as […]

New Year Countdown Events Japan 2016/7 | Tokyo

2018 Information is here…. New Year Countdown Events Japan 2017 ➡ 2018 | Tokyo   New Year’s has become a popular time for overseas visitors to visit Japan and yet there is very little New Year event information available in English online.  I have tried to bridge that gap by sharing information of events I know of in the Greater […]

Mt Takao with children (includes New Years data) | HACHIOJI 【TOKYO】

Mt Takao with children – The first time I went to Mt Takao with my 4 kids, they were all under 7 at the time. The youngest had just turned one.  I did the trip sans husband, but thankfully with my best friend, Japanese food writer Fiona Uyema, and her 2 children. I had chosen to take Fiona there, who was visiting […]

Santa is coming to Haneda Airport International Terminal Station | TOKYO

A Finnish Santa will visit the Haneda Airport International Terminal Station this Saturday November 26th.  They are giving out 25 tickets to families with young children to meet him inside the styles on the 2nd floor. You must have a valid train ticket for that station.  There are two sessions, one at 4.15 pm and one at 4.50 pm. He will […]

The Santa Round-up 2016 | TOKYO

The 2017 locations are here: The Santa Round-up 2017 | TOKYO