With aching feet and empty bellies, pushing your way past the throng through the extremely busy streets of Shinjuku may seem like a daunting task. A task David and I were willing to go through for the miniscule chance of getting a seat at Zoetrope, the legendary whiskey bar featured in various travel magazines and blogs.
Like most exciting things in Japan, this whiskey bar is stashed away on the third floor of a nondescript building serviced by an old, squeaky elevator. We arrived two hours before opening time and decided to get a bite to eat at the adjacent izakaya, Mifune. Continue reading “Got a free night in Shinjuku?”
Known as the mecca for all things geek and electronic-related, Akihabara boasts of various video game arcades, electronic stores, manga book shops and themed restaurants. While all tourists charge straight into the heart of the city, Kanda Myojin shrine located 15 minutes away from Akihabara station is not something you should miss.
If you work in the tech industry, you can grab your talisman here! While they have the ordinary luck pouches, the real gem is the sticker you can buy for blessing your electronic devices against bad luck.
Continue reading “Akihabara: Electric Town”
I absolutely adore owls! While I knew I wanted to visit an owl café, I didn’t want to wait in line too long. When I found out about Akiba Fukurou and their reservations needed rule, I knew it was the perfect place to visit!
Guests are asked to be in front of the store 10 minutes before the reserved time. The staff will hand out a booklet (English & Japanese) explaining some rules on interacting with owls. You will then pay for the admission fee. Continue reading “What a hoot!”
Despite the small size, Sumida Aquarium is a wonderful place to spend the afternoon in, especially if the weather isn’t particularly pleasant. It is located steps away from Tokyo Skytree, and about 20 minutes away from Asakusa’s Senso-ji Temple. It can get really crowded during the weekends that you won’t be able to appreciate the exhibits. I suggest going early in the morning on a weekday if you can.
The aquascape and its modern mixed with traditional design is reminiscent of contemporary Tokyo. It’s definitely not your run of the mill aquarium. However, even if you don’t care about design and only came for the fish, you will not be disappointed! They have a great jellyfish exhibit complete with an open lab. My favorite part was the tiny jellyfishes the size of ¥1 coin. Continue reading “There’s something fishy around here!”
The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, or Miraikan as it is popularly called, is one of Japan’s leading science museum. They mainly focus on robotics, space exploration and the environment. Spanning six floors, there’s so much to see and discover! It’s easily one of my favorite museums in Tokyo.
Most of the exhibit and the dome theater shows have English translations. However, demos are purely in Japanese. I did notice that some operators try to accommodate foreigners by translating what they’re saying in English. Don’t expect this to happen all the time though! Continue reading “Of Space Exploration & Robots”
Mori Art Museum is easily accessed through the Toei Oedo or Hibiya line. Get off at Roppongi and follow the signs. It’s a five minute walk from the station.
53F Roppongi Hills Mori Tower
6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku
Tel: +81-3-5777-8600 Continue reading “Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum”
Asakusa is easily accessed through the Metro Ginza line. If you are coming from major city centers such as Tokyo or Ikebukuro, the best way to connect into the area is by taking the JR Yamanote line to Ueno and changing lines. Take the Asakusa exit, and you’ll be able to follow the crowds easily. Continue reading “The Old Town: Asakusa”