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Tokyo - City Guide

Tokyo - City Guide
Tokyo (東京, Tōkyō) is Japan's capital and the world's most populous metropolis. It is also one of Japan's 47 prefectures, consisting of 23 central city wards and multiple cities, towns and villages west of the city center. The Izu and Ogasawara Islands are also part of Tokyo. Prior to 1868, Tokyo was known as Edo. Today, Tokyo offers a seemingly unlimited choice of shopping, entertainment, culture and dining to its visitors. Related:  Japan

Buying Japanese knives in Kappabashi If Japanese craftsmen can make a mean samurai sword, Japanese kitchen knives should be pretty kick-ass too, right? Just as expected, Japanese cutlery is both sleek in design and extremely durable. The most common type of knives today are "honyaki" -- high-carbon steel -- and "kasumi" -- high-carbon steel and soft iron. The kasumi type is most similar to a samurai sword in that it is produced from two metals and requires frequent maintenance. The honyaki, on the other hand, has a very long lifespan compared to Western stainless steel knives. The best place to sample the variety of available knives is Kappabashi Street -- Tokyo's restaurant wholesale district. Although there are stores that sell everything from pots and packaging to knives and fake food, it's best to buy hocho from a store that exclusively sells knives. Kamata (Matsugaya 2-12-6, Taito-ku, tel. 03 3841 4205,, located across the street from Union Commerce, specializes in grinding and sharpening knives.

Access | FUJI-Q HIGHLAND ※ It may take some time to receive a response for inquiries made by email. ※ When making inquiries by email, please be sure to add [] to your list of acceptable domain addresses; otherwise, you may not receive a reply. By Bus Reservations are required for the Highway Buses. Shinjuku Station(West Exit) Take Chuo Highway Bus Fujigoko Line (app 100 min) Inquiry and Reservation Fujikyu Highway Bus Reservation Center: 0555-73-8181 Keio Highway Bus Reservation Center: 03-5376-2222 Tokyo Station (Yaesu Exit) Take Tomei Highway bus (app 150 min) Yokohama Station(West Exit) Take Tomei Highway Bus at West Exit of Yokohama Station (app 150 min) By Train Shinjuku Station Take JR Chuo Main Line (app 60 min by superHighway ) to Otsuki Station. From Shinjuku Station to Otsuki Station by JR Line Regular fare:1,280 yen Highway fare:1,210 yen (in addition to regular fare) Inquiry concerning JR line. 「JREast InfoLine」: 050-2016-1603 10:00~18:00 (Year end and new year is excluded). By Car Main JR Stations

Sumo Sumo is a Japanese style of wrestling and Japan's national sport. It originated in ancient times as a performance to entertain the Shinto deities. Many rituals with religious background, such as the symbolic purification of the ring with salt, are still followed today. In line with tradition, only men practice the sport professionally in Japan. The rules are simple: the wrestler who first exits the ring or touches the ground with any part of his body besides the soles of his feet loses. Pre-match ritual Tournaments and Ranking Hierarchy The governing body of professional sumo is the Japan Sumo Association. All sumo wrestlers are classified in a ranking hierarchy (banzuke), which gets updated after each tournament based on the wrestlers' performance. Kokugikan, the sumo stadium in the Ryogoku district of Tokyo, where tournaments are held How to see a sumo tournament The best way to see sumo is to attend a sumo tournament. Three types of seats are available to regular visitors:

Tokyo Sumo Tickets - Family/Senior Tickets Information about Family/Senior Tickets: 1. For Family/Senior tickets, a child is 15 years or younger, and a senior is 60 years or older. A Family/Senior Ticket requires at least 2 people. If there is at least 1 child or 1 senior in the group, you qualify. Groups of all children do not qualify. 2. 3. 4.

Tokyo Travel: Tsukiji Fish Market "Turret trucks" transporting goods around the market Tsukiji Market (築地市場, Tsukiji Shijō) is a large wholesale market for fish, fruits and vegetables in central Tokyo. It is the most famous of over ten wholesale markets that handle the distribution of fish, meat, produce and flowers in metropolitan Tokyo. The sight of the many kinds of fresh fish and other seafood and the busy atmosphere of scooters, trucks, sellers and buyers hurrying around, make Tsukiji Market a major tourist attractions. Tsukiji Market consists of an inner market where most of the wholesale business and the famous tuna auctions are taking place, and an outer market whose retail shops and restaurants carter to the public. A basic map of Tsukiji Market: Visiting the tuna auction The number of visitors to the tuna auction is limited to 120 per day, the maximum number which the market's infrastructure can accommodate. Tuna Auction Visiting the wholesale area Wholesale Area Visiting other areas of the market Outer Market

Tokyo Station Character Street Fuji Five Lakes Travel: Fuji-Q Highland Fuji-Q Highland (富士急ハイランド) is a major amusement park located in the Fuji Five Lakes region at the foot of Mount Fuji. One of Japan's most popular theme parks, Fuji-Q Highland is best known for its thrilling, record holding roller coasters and elaborate, anime themed rides and attractions. The park strives to be at the forefront of theme park entertainment, and to that end is constantly opening new rides and attractions, including a new Guinness World Record breaking roller coaster approximately every five years. Currently, the park has four major roller coasters. The park also has several large scale entertainment attractions, many of which are based on popular anime series. In addition to those major rides and attractions, the park further offers a host of amusement park staples such as tea cup, frisbee, log flume, pirate ship and drop tower type rides along with traditional rides such as a ferris wheel, carousel and sky swings. Thomas Land Fujiyama Onsen

Suzuran (すずらん) Tsukemen (dipping noodles) This post is part 3 of my series: Tribute to Japan. Other posts in this series include: Part 1: Kappabashi-dori and Part 2: Tapas Molecular Bar There's something I can't resist about tiny, hard-to-find, authentic yet undiscovered gems that serve absolutely incredible food. Now, I'm not sure if Suzuran, a tiny noodle bar off the beaten track in Shibuya, exactly falls in to that category. Bryan and I discovered Suzuran back in 2009 while hunting for fresh, handmade noodles. Suzuran is not your typical ramen shop for a couple reasons. You then dip it, sort of like the way you would eat soba. Second, they serve fresh handmade noodles (YAY!). Bryan's a huge fan of super wide and flat noodles, so of course that's what he got. The restaurant is tiny. It's very very Japanese. The better thing to do if you're in that sort of bind is to do what Bryan and I did the first time we came. This time, Bryan ordered the chasu, which is reminiscent of Chinese roasted pork.

Ikebukuro restaurants - Japanese food Akiyoshi - Yakitori *** Address - Nishi-Ikebukuro 3-30-4. Opening hours - 17:00-23:00 (LO) Telephone : 03-3982-0644 Chain of restaurants specialized in yakitori (grilled chicken); they even call themselves the "yakitori university"! Yorozuya Matsukaze - Izakaya **** Address - Nishi-Ikebukuro 1-24-5. This izakaya, with its characteristic wooden outside facade, is one of my favorite in Ikebukuro. Un restaurant presque entierèment boisé, avec une facade extérieure en bois également. Auf neuen Pfaden in Tokio | Mixology Viel wird geschrieben und gesprochen über die japanische Barszene. Immer mehr Bars und Bartender aus dem Land der aufgehenden Sonne erhalten internationale Aufmerksamkeit. Die meisten Berichte und Lobpreisungen beziehen sich jedoch auf die weltberühmten Bars im Ginza-Bezirk, nur wenige erforschen die davon abgelegenen Wasserlöcher. Ein Streifzug durch die neue Generation der Tokioter Bars. Der Bezirk Ginza wurde einmal beschrieben mit „… lässt Fifth Avenue aussehen wie eine kleine Nachbarschaft.“ Diesem Vergleich folgend können wir den Bezirk Shibuya wohl mit „ … lässt Times Square aussehen wie einen Lampenladen“ umschreiben. Saisonal ist Trumpf Hier treffen sich Schwärme von Sailor-Moon-Lookalikes und Plastikschwerter schwingende Knaben, um die Nacht zum Tage zu machen. Diese Bar hat sich einen guten Ruf in der neuen Riege der klassischen Bars erarbeiten können. Versteckte Juwelen Saisonal erfrischt treten wir daher aus dem Keller heraus und tauchen wieder in die Betonfluten ein.

Snacking in Japan It's all my dad's fault. Starting from when I was around 2 years old, My dad started me on a tradition. Every day, he would place me in the front basket-seat on his bike and we would visit . . . . . the ice cream shop. I'll never forget the look of that unique ice cream shop in Toledo that was shaped like a huge igloo. And thus the habit began. I love love love ice cream. This post is actually not just about ice cream, though it was one of the first "snacks" that caught my eye when I was in Japan. Mr. They also have these cute griddle cakes filled with various sweet or savory fillings -sort of like a conveniently neat sandwich on the go. Of course, don't eat while walking! I loved the fresh and natural soybean flavor of the soft serve. Sushi for Breakfast in Tsukiji Another fun thing to do in Japan is to enjoy sushi in the morning after visiting the fish market in Tsukiji. Streetside Snacks at Asakusa Here's a man baking rice crackers . . . Takoyaki Related Posts in this Series

Alcoholic Beverages | Oenon Group Shiso Shochu Tantakatan Distilled with a typical Japanese herb ‘Shiso’ (red perilla) and pure water sourced from Taisetsu Mountain. Delicate aroma of Shiso and clear taste offer new idea to enjoy Shochu for all of alcohol consumption age group. Mugi-zakari Blended Shochu. Elegant aroma of authentic Pot still distillation barley Shochu and Clear-mild taste of Shochu distilled by continuous stills are well-balanced to drink. Hakata no Hana Sannen Chozo Distilled from selected barley and aged for three years in oak casks. Satsuma Bijin Kogane Sengan 100% made from sweet potato, ‘Kogane Sengan’ variety, harvested in Kagoshima. Komezo Distilled from famous ‘Akita Komachi’ rice variety, and diluted by spring water called, ‘Kurikoma Shinsui’ sourced from Ou-U Mountains. Bigman Long-term seller ‘Kou-type’ Shochu which is distilled by continuous stills. Josen Fuki Name of ‘Fuki’ is originated from ‘Nada’ of Kobe in Hyogo Pref., where is one of the most famous Sake brewing region. Daiginjo Gokutaihou