While construction redevelopments are feverishly underway in preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, there are some enclaves in this metropolis that undergo change at a much slower pace. Shimbashi is one such…

Follow us through the backstreets of Shibuya, as we explore the lesser-known music, coffee and mixology hangouts of one of Tokyo’s most famous neighborhoods. From record stores frequented by local DJs, to hole-in-the-wall…

Surrounded by sleepy “bedroom” towns, Nakano has quiet backstreets and a small “downtown” area around the station – a compact but dense district of local life, entertainment, and great food and drinks.…

Amidst the urban chaos of Tokyo lie pockets of culture and tradition, one such enclave being Akasaka. Secluded Shrines Baring its antique roots, Akasaka is host to a handful of shrines that…

It’s a warm, spring day as the Setagaya Line snakes its way through the quiet, residential streets of Setagaya Ward. There are 10 stops in total, each a mere platform for people…

Affectionately known as Akiba, this mecca of electronics and otaku culture has plenty to offer for a weekend hangout, even if you’re not a manga geek. Technophiles’ Town If you’re looking to…

Often overlooked and derided as “the gateway to Saitama,” this vast entertainment district has more to offer than you think – you just need to know where to look. Words and Pictures…

Craving peace and quiet? Explore the charms of Shakujii Koen. Park Off Tokyoites, to some, could be viewed as a bit aloof and snobbish. A Japanese pal once said that central dwellers…

As the world gets ready to come to Japan for the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and the 2020 Olympics, there will be many experiences waiting for tourists, beyond the sporting events…

Tsukuda isn’t exactly a physical place. It’s more of an idea, a utopia, an idyll. Separated, by means of a simple road, from neighboring Tsukishima – home of the much-loved monjayaki –…

An area few seem to know about may hold the key to the ultimate lifestyle experience in the Big Mikan. Bancho, a prestigious residential area in the center of Tokyo, offers an…

This Edo period neighborhood on the Sumida River made its name as a storage site for rice but has sustained relevance into the present through craftsmanship. Against the Grain Located on the…