If you arrived in Haneda airport, it’s very easy to go to Ikebukuro. It will take below 1 hour if you take limousine bus and it only costs around JPY 1200. I would like to describe Ikebukuro as a mysterious place. Ikebukuro has its specific features which are different from other popular districts in Japan like Shinjuku and Shibuya.
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Here is not as grey as Shinjuku where is full of office buildings. Here is not as dazzling as Shinjuku’s red light districts. Also, here does not give the feeling of youth like Shibuya. However, the thing is that Ikebukuro has both images of Shinjuku and Shibuya. It doesn’t feel very young but it still gives feeling of youth and individuality. It’s not big but not small as well. Why don’t you explore this interesting district?
As I have already mentioned for several times, Akihabara is famous for Otaku culture. Naturally, there are many attractions related to Japanese anime, manga, or games. The interesting point of walking around the streets in Akihabara is that you can see many young girls and boys dressed like an anime or manga characters. They are either costume players or staff hired by some cafes and restaurants to catch passenger’s eyes.
[source : https://www.tokyocreative.com/]
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There are a lot of maid cafes all over in Japan, however, Akihabara is the origin of the this crazy boom of maid cafe. Basically you can see maid cafes wherever in Akihabara. If you turn your head to left side, there will be a girl dressed as a maid and tries to get customers to her working place, yes, maid cafe. Same thing happens even if you turn your sight to right side as well. Some maid cafes have become one kind of big corporate so they operate 7~8 maid cafes only in Akihabara. If we think of whole Japan, the branches they have will increase. This phenomenon shows that there are demands of many Japanese people and foreign tourists who love to visit here and enjoy this culture.
In our first article, we have introduced several places where you can use wifi for free. Many of the tourists who have visited Japan recently keep saying that Japan is experiencing the lack of Free Wireless Hotspots. Places such as airports, hotels, and some cafes provide free wifi to their passengers or customers for sure. However, it is not possible for you to stay at those places during whole your trip. You need to go outside and walk around every nook and corner in Japan because that’s one of the charms of traveling unknown places.
Get hungry after searching for figures and game CDs of your favorite anime? As Akihabara is famous spot for tourists, both Japanese and foreigners, there are a lot of places where can satisfy your hunger. You may think it is very hard to find a place specialized in one type of dish since Akihabara is well known for not eatery but anime and manga.
[source : https://tokyocheapo.com/entertainment]
I would like to say it’s definitely not true. There are a lot of Japanese authentic restaurants here in Akihabara. If you are anime lover who doesn’t want to move out from Akihabara, it’s also good idea to spend all day here, from breakfast to supper.
Have you ever heard that it’s almost impossible to get online in Japan only with free wireless(wifi) hotspots? Japan, as one of the most developed countries in the world, has always been surprising the world by its outstanding achievements in technologies. However, stores and restaurants in Japan are not really generous about providing free wifi zones to their customers and sadly it’s true.
[source : https://japan-magazine.jnto.go.jp/ja/special_toto03.html]
If you are a smartphone user(I guess most of you are ,though.), you will find yourself get lost without connecting to the internet, especially when you are not in familiar situation. Imagine that you cannot search how to get to hotel because you are not connected to the internet. You cannot find any free wifi hotspots around you. Everything is written in Japanese letters you have never seen in your life except for some movies and animations. What would you do?
Do you love to watch Japanese anime(animations)? Do you like to play computer games? Are you interested in thousands of electronic goods? Well.. Let’s say it frankly. Do you think you have Otaku spirit?
If so, it’s time to visit Akihabara. Akihabara is well known for Otaku culture, which means people who are obsessed with particular interests(especially anime and manga). If you arrive in Akihabara, you will see major electronic department stores and tons of stores selling anime and manga goods. Unlike our previous ones, this article will focus on shopping malls mainly related to electronics and anime products rather than fashion.
Have you ever heard of Hachiko? Hachiko was a dog who was known worldwide by his remarkable loyalty to owner. Hachiko was a happy dog living with his owner and he always waited for his owner’s coming back at Shibuya station. His owner couldn’t come back anymore from one day because he died, however, Hachiko kept going to Shibuya station and waiting for his owner until he died. It lasted more than 9 years in total.
Even though time has passed a lot and the station itself doesn’t have past features anymore, Hachiko has been remembered by people and highly evaluated. There is a bronze statue of Hachiko in front of Shibuya station. If you go out from the station, you will see many people gathering around there either to take a photo with Hachiko or smoke cigarettes.
A hungry belly has no ears. The good smell of unknown food will stimulate your nose when you walk around Shibuya. And I know, it is hard to resist. Yes, it’s time to eat something! As I described Shibuya as a district where is full of youth and energy, there also are nice and fancy places for having meals.
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Restaurants for BRUNCH
(1) Bistro Rojiura
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If you get a step aside from main street of Shibuya, you will find Bistro Rojiura, which really means backstreet in Japanese. Bistro Rojiura is a modern French restaurant and here operates as a brunch cafe from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.(last order) and as a bistro from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Bistro Rojiura accepts reservation only for dinner time and you will get introduced counter seat if you go there alone.
Have you heard of Shibuya scramble? If you are planning a trip to Tokyo, I guess you may have heard of this. Shibuya is one of the most colorful districts where young people gather in Japan. Everday, teenagers and people in early 20s who are in love with fashion gather here because there are so many unique shops here in Shibuya.
FASHION SHOPPING MALLS
(1) Department Stores : Tokyu, Marui, Takashimaya, Seibu
Just like other department stores in this world, you can find your favorite brand’s clothes or fashion accessories like bags and shoes in these places. But the interesting things is that you can also have a time to look for Japanese brands, which may be hard to see in your own country. Looking around department stores will be the best chance to have window shopping and see how Japanese high brand products look like.
Well… Going for shopping and having nice meals are not everything about good travel. Yes, you definitely need an entertainment. things to enjoy! Here are some places you will love to visit.
Kabukicho, which is a red light district in Shinjuku, is full of entertainments. As it is red light district, you can literally buy “love” here, if you have a burning hole in your pocket. In addition to this, you can find many kyabakura, a hostess club which can be translated in ‘cabaret club’ in English, and host clubs. However, these night cultures are not everything about Kabukicho.