Many people, regardless of their nationalities and backgrounds, love Costco. My first time to visit Costco in life was in Canada, and I still don’t forget that feeling of buying bunch of foods and stuff with reasonable price. It is probably because knowing the existence of Costco was not very common in my home country and we hadn’t heard of a ‘supermarket’ where only ‘members’ can use.
As I described just above, Costco is a membership-only warehouse club where you can buy nearly everything you need in your daily life from foods to electronics. It may not be applied to other countries such as Canada and the U.S; however, the only disadvantage of using Costco in Japan is its location. Costco in Japan are usually located in a place where you need to go by a car. It simply means you will have hard time visiting there unless you have a car or live just next to Costco. In this article, we will look for recommended products you may buy at Costco in Japan.
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Are you searching for an amusement park near Tokyo but you are not interested in Disney Land? You want to try some attractions extreme? If so, I recommend you visiting FujiQ Highland, which is located in Yamanashi prefecture. It takes only an hour and a half by bus from Shinjuku Station to FujiQ Highland or you may rent a car and drive along the way to Yamanashi. If you have confidence about driving a car in Japan, a left-hand drive country, I recommend driving a car since there are other tour destinations such as Kawaguchiko in Yamanashi.
Take a Bus to Get to FujiQ Highland
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I am going to give you an example about how to get to FujiQ highland from Shinjuku station. However, you can also take a bus from some famous tour spots such as Shibuya, Ikebukuro, and Akihabara. If you are traveling from Shinjuku station and planning to buy a free pass, which enables you to take all attractions in FujiQ highland, it costs JPY 7,000. This price includes a bus ticket fee for round trip between Shinjuku and FujiQ Highland and free pass.
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As Nakameguro is popular residential area in Tokyo, you can find a lot of family-friendly restaurants. Even though Nakameguro is considered as high-end living district, dining out is not really expensive as in posh restaurants in Ginza. Nakameguro has many places where you can enjoy Japanese food such as ramen and tempura, and these are the food local Japanese people enjoy for daily life. You can experience intermediate-high local Japanese life here rather than having expensive one meal at a Michelin star restaurant.
Nakameguro is a popular tour spot for tourists during spring season. The thing makes here famous is sakura, which can be translated in cherry blossoms in English. There is a river called Meguro River in this area and every spring about 800 cherry blossom trees surround here, which covers more than 2 kilometers in total. There is an annual event of making these trees get illuminated beautifully.
However, cherry blossom is not the only thing about Nakameguro. Nakameguro is a popular residential area for Japanese people due to its peaceful and convenient environment. There are a lot of cafes and boutiques which satisfy people’s demand of high-end lifestyle. Yes, here is a place for people who can afford upper class lifestyle. In addition to this, it is hard to find hotels or hostels since here is mainly considered as residential area. But I never said there’s nothing you can enjoy other than walking under cherry blossom trees. In this article, we will look for shops in Nakameguro.
Roppongi’s transformation surprised the world. Originally it had the image of ‘dangerous’ since the city was strongly connected to mafia. Drug related crimes frequently happened in this district, though it happens from time to time now as well, Roppongi successfully transformed its image from dark to bright. Roppongi is famous for both museums and nightlife. In this article, we will look for attractions you can enjoy daytime and nighttime.
(1) Mori Art Museum
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Have you heard the term ‘Roppongi Hills’? Roppongi Hills is located in the heart of Roppongi and this initially was a development project in Tokyo. Though it has become well-known to foreign tourists, the history of Roppongi Hills is not so long. Here opened in 2003 and the building complex filled with a lot of offices was established. Roppongi somewhat has an image of grey since people usually think of offices and companies when hearing the word Roppongi.
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This fascinating high-end district in Tokyo offers fabulous shopping opportunities and fancy restaurants to you. If you could have a lot of fun at upmarket fashion shops and fine dining restaurants, it’s time to enjoy attractions. Some of you may not be really interested in shopping so you might think you don’t have to visit Ginza. However, there still are a lot of things you can enjoy in Ginza except going for shopping and dining.
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In my previous article, we have looked for some shopping places in Ginza. Ginza is basically famous for luxury shopping so here will be the greatest place if you want to buy high end brand products with tax free price. However, this is not all about Ginza. There are also a lot of places where you can have nice meals. As Ginza is well-known for luxury shopping, let’s focus on luxury eats in this article as well.
bvlgari restaurant ginza
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If you are planning to visit Japan, you may have heard of this area at least one time. Ginza! The most expensive area in Tokyo! Ginza is definitely high-end shopping district in Japan. This area is full of department stores and high-end international brands. Just having a cup of coffee will cost JPY 800~1,000. If you need a piece of cake with coffee at a fancy cafe, well, you will have to pay at least JPY 2,000~3,000. (Of course there are places where you can have coffee with reasonable price as well.)
(1) Mitsukoshi Department Store
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Do you remember that I said Harajuku represents ‘kawaii’ things on my previous article? Haruajuku is a place where you can buy unique and usually extremely cute fashion items as well as enjoy sweets decorated with candy powders. Every single stuff you face in Harajuku will make you feel ‘cute’ and this theme of being kawaii applies to attraction as well.
However, I understand that some people are totally not interested in this kind of kawaii things. Don’t worry. There are other things as well you can enjoy in Harajuku. You can enjoy these activities even in quiet and monotonous atmosphere. In this article, I am going to introduce attractions you can enjoy in Harajuku by two separated sections, which are kawaii and non-kawaii things.