What makes this service more than just a fancy way of getting around the city is that the drivers are also trained tour guides and concierges, and can lead customers on visits to locations in Tokyo. The company’s service area extends to the six closest prefectures from Tokyo, so trips to the ski slopes of Nagano or the beaches of Kanagawa are possible for those able to foot the bill. Customers can choose from a Toyota Alphard, a Toyota HIACE, or a Mercedes-Benz AVANTGARDE. Address: 1-9-6 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku Website: jl-service.co.jp/en/ Tel: 03-5927-9325
Sitting at a corner table at his eponymous cafe in Tokyo’s posh Omotesando district, Chef Dominique Ansel is getting curious glares from customers, who are probably wondering if it’s really him. It’s a busy Saturday afternoon at the first floor bakery, where a long queue of people is excitedly waiting to get a taste of Mr. Ansel’s famous sweets, and it’s even busier on the second floor cafe, where we sit to chat a little about sweets, and a lot about Japan.