Rose Town Tea Garden

Just over the Saitama Tokyo border lies the suburban city of Ome. When you hear “city” and “Tokyo” you’d be forgiven for imagining a metropolis like Ikebukuro or Ueno, but Ome is so far removed from the typical image of Tokyo that you feel like you’ve stepped into another world.Read More →

New Year Countdown Events – 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 informationRead More →

New Year Countdown events Tokyo Update 2019 / 2020 **This post was written in 2017, a republish of the original 2015 list, but the places listed here have New Year events every year** 2019: Timeout started doing a list a couple of years ago and that is why I stoppedRead More →

This post was for New Year’s Eve 2015 New Year’s Day 2016, you can find New Year’s Eve 2016, New Year’s 2017 here: New Year Countdown Events Japan 2016/7 | Tokyo There have been a number of queries on Japan Travel Friendly Discussion Group, a Facebook group I help administer,Read More →

Day 19 of NaBloPoMo and continuing with a regular feature “Tokyo Thursday”. On a recent trip to Tokyo to get my hair done in Toni & Guy, Aoyama branch, I had the most wonderful walk through Shibuya. So much to discover on even a short walk through Tokyo Streets. MyRead More →

A quick post from me today, for post #12 of NaBloPoMo on Tokyo Thursday. Recently when I was in Tokyo, I used the public facilities. Much to my entertainment I discovered that the toilet paper had a message on it. At first, I thought it was an appeal for people toRead More →

Takao 599 museum and Takao Hotspring – This week’s Tokyo Thursday introduces the very popular mountain area of Takao. The mountain draws thousands each weekend, due to the scenery, the hiking trails, the monkeys, the accessibility and its proximity to Tokyo. I recommend it as a top spot to witness some of the resplendent autumn sceneryRead More →

I’m trying out a little feature on my blog, called Tokyo Thursday. As you might guess from the title, I will share something from Tokyo on this day. Timed nicely for my best friend’s sato-gaeri (return visit) to Japan in the coming months.   In case you missed it, last week’sRead More →

I want to share one of Tokyo’s secrets: there are a number of free loop shuttle buses in popular tourist areas of Tokyo. And despite the number of English speaking tourists, expats, residents and interested parties, there’s little, if any, English sources online of the routes the buses take. So I compiled one!Read More →