Originally from Osaka and this restaurant in Akihabara is its only Tokyo branch. The food is very good. The staff made everything for us so we just had to cut them up. The Tonpeiyaki and Omelette yakisoba are cooked in the kitchen, while the rest are made in front of us. We went around 6pm on a weekday and we got seats immediately, but when we came out around 7:30pm there was a queue waiting outside. Price is reasonable, the environment is clean and new, and the seats are comfortable.
Add: 3F Akihabara UDX, Soto-kanda 4-14-1, Chiyoda-ku
Coffee at Chatei Hatou
Chatei Hatou is a cafe located on a little street off Meiji-dori near Shibuya Station. The pleasantly dim interior is quietly decorated with Louis-Vitton purses and seasonal flowers. Nothing is over-done and the retro-accented atmosphere reminds one of the golden Taisho era. Tea cups of all shapes and sizes line the shelves, and are carefully chosen to match the mood of each individual order. The coffee is made with the same care. The chiffon cake and cheesecakes are especially recommended.
Higasiguti Futaba Bldg. 1F, 1-15-19 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Kiji is a famous Okonomi-yaki restaurant based in Osaka, and this was its first venture into Tokyo, established in 1970. There’s always a long line outside but a relatively quick turnover rate. They don’t take reservation so there is no other easy way other than going early on a weekday or be patient and queue. Once you are inside though, the atmosphere is quite relaxed and the waiters won’t try to hurry you or anything. All the food are cooked in the kitchen and delivered to your hotplate table for you to sprinkle seaweed or katsuobushi on top. The food are very nice in general, despite they are slightly on the salty side. Not the harder, more solid okonomiyaki I am familiar with, but the soft and liquidy kind. Other than the regular “sauce flavour”, which is easy to get tired of cos it is so sweet, you can also choose “Salt” or “Soy sauce” or “Ponzu” for some item
お好み焼 きじ 丸の内店 (Kiji Marunouchi)
Add: B1 2-7-3 Marunouchi Chiyoda-ku(Inside Tokia)
Nana’s green tea (ナナズ・グリーンティー)
Japanese Style Cafe with awesome Parfaits
Tokyo Dome City Branch
Add: 3F, Laqua Biru, 1-1-1 Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku.
Add: 3-1,Surugadai, Kanda, Chiyoda-ku.
If you happen to be in Tokyo during one of the three grand tournaments — 15-day events in January, May and September — go straight from the Tsukiji fish market to Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokyo’s National Sumo Hall. The box office opens at 8 a.m., and competition begins at 9 a.m. and lasts into the evening. Bouts are brief — usually just a few, very exciting, extremely intense seconds, with a lot of posturing in between. Try to stay long enough to see the start of a new round, when the rikishi parade into the arena wearing special aprons over their loincloths, and there’s a brief ceremony in the ring.
If it’s not tournament season, try to go to one of the stables where the wrestlers live and train. Sessions start early and are usually over by 10 a.m., though figure 9 a.m. to be safe. (There are more than 50 sumo stables in Tokyo; click here for the list). Have someone who speaks Japanese call the stable in the afternoon on the day before you want to go, to make sure the team’s in town and not on tour in the countryside. Some stables are more welcoming than others. Try Kokonoe-beya, or ask the concierge at your hotel if they have an in somewhere. Inside the stable, keep quiet and out of the way, and don’t take flash pictures. You may be expected to make a small donation.
General admission tickets for Ryogoku Kokugikan are sold as same-day seats on tournament days: $20 for adults, $2 for children ages 4 to 15 (kids under 4 get in free); tickets are cash only. Take the JR Yamanote line to Akihabara and transfer to the Sobu line for Ryogoku station; the stadium is next door, and Kokonoe-beya is a 5-minute taxi ride from there. The Toei Oedo line also stops at Ryogoku station.
1. Ryogoku Kokugikan
1-3-28 Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, Japan; 81-(0)3-3623-5111 http://www.sumo.or.jp
2. Kokonoe Sumo Stable
4-22-4 Ishiwara, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, Japan; 81-(0)3-5608-0404
Watanabe Hair Salon
3-25-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (Harajuku St)
Tue-Fri 11:00am-9:00pm; Sat 10:00am-9:00pm; Sun&Holiday 10:00am-8:00pm; Closed on Mon and 3rd. Sunday of the Month.
1. Melon Pan @ Kinokuniya Bakery, Mitaka Station (south gate), Tokyo
2. Melon Pan w/ orange zest @ Pompadour Bakery, Mitaka Station, Tokyo
3. Café Au Lait Melon Pan @ Blégrâce Bakery, Kichijyoji Station (Inokashira-line
Hakuhinkan TOY PARK (博品館)
Founded more than 100 years ago, Hakuhinkan used to be the largest toy store in Japan in 1980’s.
Currently, the store contains nine floors. The Toy Park refers to the four floors from 1F through 4F. These floors are filled with a variety of toys, popular character accessories, and board games.
The fifth and sixth floors are dining floors that contain hot lunch spots. These floors are open until 10:00 pm. The eight floor houses Hakuhinkan Theater for performing arts.
8F - Hakuhinkan Theater
7F - Office
6F - Restaurant
5F - Restaurant
4F - Game & Hobbies
3F - Kids & Baby Toys
2F - Stuffed Toys & Characters
1F - Stationery andAccessories
B1F - Fashion Doll Park
11:00 am - 08:00 pm
Address: 8-8-11 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (東京都中央区銀座8-8-11)Access:
- From Exit A2 of Ginza Station, walk four blocks south on Chuo-dori.
- Hakuhinkan is the eight-story building, next to BURBERRY, at the end of the fourth block on the right.
Located in the East zone on Daiya-gai, Satou is a steakhouse and meat shop that serves the top quality beef from Matsuzaka. Satou is especially popular for its menchi katsu (メンチカツ), a deep fried meet ball of Matsuzaka ground beef and chopped onions. Because Satou’s menchi katsu provides a way to taste Matsuzaka’s beef at a very low price, a long procession of people, waiting to take out menchi katsu, forms daily in front of the store.
The steakhouse on the second floor is small with limited seating. If you like to dine at the steakhouse, find the stairs on the west side of the shop behind the meat shop, and go up to the second floor.
A long waiting line forms for menchi katsu at the meat shop. The line forms even slightly before the opening hour along the street between the West and East zones toward Isetan Department Store. There are usually two lines. A shorter line is usually for buying other items such as croquettes.
Satou is in a two-story building. The first floor is a meat shop, where it sells its top quality meats and other fried meat balls as takeouts. The second floor is its steakhouse. As one of the main attraction in Kichijoji, Satou has drawn many locals and visitors outside the town. The restaurant was also featured in a Japanese movie.
Meat Shop: 09:00 am - 08:00 pm
Lunch: 11:00 am - 03:00 pm;
Dinner: 05:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Address: 1-1-8 Kichijoji-honcho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo (東京都武蔵野市吉祥寺本町1-1-8)Access:
- From Central Exit of Kichijoji Station, walk across Heiwa-dori toward Sun Road’s arcade.
- Turn left onto Daiya-gai next the SKETCHERS store, located right before Sun Road’s arcade.
- Walk west on Daiya-gai to the end of the block. Satou is located at the block’s corner on the left side