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Imado Shrine: Asakusa’s Cat Shrine Delivers Matchmaking Blessings and Adorable Feline Good Luck Charms!

Imado Shrine (Imado Jinja in Japanese) enshrines Izanagi-no-Mikoto and Izanami-no-Mikoto, the deities of marriage. The shrine is said to provide blessings for finding a good relationship match and marital harmony. Imado Shrine is also famous for its maneki-neko (beckoning cat) motifs. These feline figures and statues are thought to summon good fortune. So, from the shrine’s sacred items (lucky charms,…

Kanda Myojin: Known for Collabs with Love Live! and Other Anime, This Tokyo Shrine Fuses Tradition and Modernity

Kanda Myōjin, also known as Kanda Shrine, is a historic landmark located within walking distance from Ochanomizu and Akihabara Stations in Tokyo. Revered as a guardian presence in Tokyo, it has a deep history and offers numerous blessings to its visitors. The deities enshrined there serve as the tutelary ujigami (regional guardian deities) for many areas, including Kanda, Nihonbashi, and…

Draft Beer From a Can?! The Asahi Super Dry Nama Jokki Can From Asahi Breweries Delivers the Taste of Delicious Japanese Beer Straight From the Tap!

When traveling in Japan, one of the best treats a beer lover can enjoy is the cold, refreshing taste of one straight from the tap. Referred to as nama, meaning “fresh” in Japanese, a draft beer can be a rewarding finish to a long day of sightseeing or a tasty companion to any of the country’s many culinary delights. In...

Tempura Hisago Akihabara UDX Serves up Must-Try Tempura in Tokyo With an Unbelievable Sauce!

Tempura specialty restaurant “Tempura Hisago” has a history surpassing 100 years since its establishment in Japan’s Taisho era. At the Akihabara UDX branch of Tempura Hisago, you can enjoy the taste of this long-standing establishment at a reasonable price! Tempura Hisago’s special sauce that has been passed down for many years Akihabara is an area always bustling with many people,…

Exploring Asakusa’s Iconic Sensō-Ji Temple! Best Times to Visit and How to Get Good Luck Charms at This Tokyo Landmark!

Sensō-ji Temple, formally known as Kinryūzan Sensō-ji, is not only a major tourist attraction in Tokyo but is considered one of the most iconic sights representing Japan. Throughout its long history, Senso-ji has repeatedly suffered damage from fire and earthquakes. However, each time the local people have joined forces to rebuild and revive it, allowing the temple to stand guard…

“Uohama Roppongi”: Sensational Seafood and Menu Variety at A Unique Tokyo Restaurant Open Until 5 AM

In a bustling corner of Roppongi, crowded with people day and night, one restaurant, “Uohama Roppongi,” stands out prominently. The restaurant prides itself on serving dishes made with ingredients shipped directly from the source. One of Uohama Roppongi’s selling points is the rich variety of its menu. “Whatever you want, whenever you visit,” is their motto. In this article, we’ll…

Tokyo’s Tempura Hisago Ōsaki: Where Luxurious Wagyu Beef and Lobster Tempura Pairs with Fine Wines

Tempura stands alongside sushi and ramen as a globally recognized jewel of Japanese cuisine. Some tempura estabishments, while embracing conventional choices like white fish—kisu (Japanese whiting) and the like—and standard vegetables such as eggplant and pumpkin, also venture into unique and unexpected ingredients. Among these innovators is “Tempura Hisago Ōsaki” (referred hereunder as “Tempura Hisago”), located just a ten-minute stroll…

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Garlic Bar Nyonnyogo: A Garlic-Lovers’ Gastropub in Shibuya, Tokyo With A Name As Memorable As Its Amazing Garlic Fare

Just past the buzz of Bunkamura Street in the Shibuya district of Tokyo lies Oku-Shibuya, a serene enclave far from the bustling main avenues. This area is home to a unique restaurant, “Garlic Bar Nyonnyogo,” a culinary haven where enthusiasts gather to indulge in the rich flavors of garlic-infused cuisine. Aomori’s local flavors, reinterpreted “Nyonnyogo style”! First, a few points…

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Kura Sushi Introduces Tokyo’s Ultimate Revolving Sushi Restaurant Experience in Ginza

It’s safe to say that delicious sushi sits at the top of the culinary itineraries of many who visit Japan. Moreover, many who travel to Japan are excited to try out an authentic revolving sushi restaurant. These restaurants, called kaitenzushi in Japanese, offer sushi plates delivered to your table via a rotating conveyor belt. “あなご,” Conger Eel 150 JPY (tax…

More Than Just Grilled Meat: Tokyo’s Roppongi Yakiniku Kintan Elevates Lunch with Foie Gras, Ramen and Other Delights

At the exceptional Tokyo restaurant “Roppongi Yakiniku Kintan,” the management is guided by a bold vision. “We aim to be the most loved yakiniku restaurant in the city,” they proudly state, referring to the Japanese word for grilled meat cuisine. At dinnertime, the restaurant pairs their excellent yakiniku with wine, while lunchtime offerings include hearty set menus. A dream menu…

Harajuku, Tokyo’s Vegan Bistro Jangara: Where Ramen and Burgers Meet Plant-Based Perfection

Harajuku, known as a birthplace of new culture, is also at the forefront of culinary innovation. Right in the heart of this vibrant district, just a short walk from the bustling Takeshita Street and the tranquil Meiji Shrine, lies “Vegan Bistro Jangara,” a restaurant dedicated to vegan cuisine. “グリルバーガー,” Grilled Burger 1,350 JPY (tax included) Originating from the Kyushu Jangara…

Ramen available at Kyushu Jangara in Akihabara

Kyushu Jangara World-Famous Ramen in Akihabara Are the Tokyo Noodles You’ll Never Get Tire Of Lining up For

“Kyushu Jangara,” a ramen restaurant with multiple locations centered in Tokyo, has its flagship store in Akihabara. The Kyushu Jangara main branch has been boasting strong popularity as a representative ramen shop of Akihabara for many years, even appearing in Japanese anime and manga. KYUSHU JANGARA AKIHABARA-HONTEN’s exterior One of the main attractions of Kyushu Jangara is their refined and…

KINKA sushi bar izakaya Roppongi: Tokyo Embraces an Overseas Favorite Famous For Fabulous Blow-Torched Sushi

“ABURICIOUS” is a play on words combining aburi (blow-torched) and delicious. It also happens to be the name of a signature menu item at “KINKA sushi bar izakaya Roppongi” in Tokyo. “サーモンとアイオリソースの炙り押し寿司,” SALMON OSHIZUSHI As many satisfied diners have already discovered, ABURICIOUS is blow-torched pressed sushi which originated in Canada. Not only delicious, it’s a hit on social media, captivating…

Uni Enthusiasts Unite! UNIHOLIC in Roppongi, Tokyo, is The Premiere Restaurant for Exquisite Sea Urchin Cuisine

Just a short walk from Roppongi Station, you’ll find a restaurant offering a paradise for lovers of sea urchin, or uni, as it’s known in Japanese. At the aptly named “UNIHOLIC,” diners can enjoy a delightful time savoring sea urchin sashimi and various original sea urchin dishes, indulging in uni to their heart’s content. This luxurious uni and salmon roe…

Tokyo Jangara Ramen in Ueno

Find Out Why Tokyo Jangara’s Tonkotsu Ramen Is Some of the Best Ueno Has to Offer

Tonkotsu, made from pork bone, is a classic ramen soup known for its milky white color and creamy texture. Tonkotsu soup is commonly used in the Kyūshū region, the southwesternmost of Japan’s main islands. However, it’s enjoyed all throughout Japan and has an enduring popularity. Located right inside Ueno Station, “Tokyo Jangara ecute Ueno” (hereafter referred to as “Tokyo Jangara”),…