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Little Cloud Coffee

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In need of a great-tasting, organic cup of coffee while enhancing your wardrobe in Omotesando? Stop by Little Cloud Coffee! Located on the second floor of the upscale Gyre Department store, Little Cloud Coffee is the offspring of the Japanese luxury fashion brand visvim, and is located directly inside the visvim clothing store (this will link to the separate visvim clothing store article). Don’t worry about language barriers—many of Little Cloud Coffee’s visitors are tourists and out-of-town shoppers, so their offerings are available in both English and Japanese.

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Little Cloud Coffee uses a proprietary blend of 3 different medium-roast beans from El Salvador and Guatemala to create a full-bodied visvim coffee. They use a Kutani ware –style of Japanese porcelain, dripper filtration system, in which hot water is poured through hot coffee grounds to get optimum coffee flavor while avoiding an unpleasant bitter taste. The coffee we had was an excellent, richly-flavored brew that did not even need cream or sugar. Smooth!

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Little Cloud Coffee also offers regular and soy Lattes (both hot and iced), Espressos and Cappuccinos. The shop’s non-coffee related offerings include a fresh lemonade (with lemons picked from Osaki Shimojima) and a tasty ginger apple juice. And of course, Little Cloud Coffee has pastry and sweets to enjoy with your beverage, such as ginger cake, oatmeal and banana cookies, and even delicious brownies!

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At the side of the counter (before you enter the visvim clothing section), there is a door that leads you to an outdoor patio space where you can sip and relax with a great view of the hustle-and-bustle of beautiful Omotesando. Even better? You can browse the famous visvim clothing store while enjoying your coffee!

visvim created Little Cloud Coffee to extend their desire for high-quality manufacturing and production into a coffee and beverage space. If you want a great place to enjoy an expertly-crafted beverage while shopping for the best of Japanese fashion, Little Cloud Coffee and visvim are an unbeatable combination!

Little Cloud Coffee Location Information

Website | Facebook (Visvim)

Nearest Station: 8-minute walk from Harajuku JR Station (Yamanote Line) (click on the google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: Open daily 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Estimated Price: 600-800 yen, depending on your sweet tooth. Those were some good brownies!

“Why Go?”: Great-tasting coffee, a view of Omotesando, and next to legendary Japanese fashion brand, visvim? What’s not to like?

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July 16, 2016 0 comment
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visvim Omotesando

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If you are looking for the best in high-end Japanese mens and womenswear, look no further than visvim Omotesando at their flagship store in the Gyre building. Founded in 2000 by designer Hiroki Nakamura, visvim mixes Japanese minimalist ideas with themes from Americana. This style is the signature of the visvim brand, and inspires everything from their clothing lines to the décor of their stores. Everything in the store, from the wicker and distressed leather chairs to the walls covered with Americana and Native American objects, are specially chosen by Nakamura to enhance the atmosphere surrounding the clothing and to contribute to the visvim aesthetic.

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visvim Omotesando offers premium denim and high-quality cotton shirts and button-downs, mixing vintage-inspired fabrics mixed with the clean lines of modern fashion. Their selection of blazers and suit jackets have their own Japanese and western spins, such as the kimono-styled jacket with an earthy, rainbow-colored Aztec fabric. visvim Omotesando has accessories like hats and fedoras, as well as premium bags made from vegetable tanned leather and suede.

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Much of visvim Omotesando’s fame comes from their selection of shoes. Their sneakers, boots, and moccasins feature a variety of Western- and Native American-themed designs in earthy, understated colors.

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When you visit visvim Omotesando, be sure to make some time for Little Cloud Coffee, visvim’s own coffee shop located at the front end of the store.  Little Cloud Coffee offers an array of pleasing coffees and other beverages for you to enjoy while browsing for the next addition to your wardrobe.

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visvim Omotesando Store Information

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Online Store

Nearest Station: 8-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station (Yamanote Line) (click on the google Map for walking directions)

Hours of Operation: Open daily 11 am – 8 pm

“Why Go?”: The best in upscale Japanese menswear with an amazing store atmosphere!

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July 15, 2016 0 comment
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Kasai Rinkai Park Tokyo Japan

Kasai Rinkai Park

Kasai Rinkai Park Tokyo Japan

Need to get the family away from the city for a while? Kasai Rinkai Park in Edogawa might be just the place to visit! This enormous park has plenty of green space and benches to host your picnic. Or you can make a getaway to one of its two man-made beaches to relax and take in the view of beautiful Tokyo Bay.

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Kasai Rinkai Park Tokyo Japan

After a nice picnic or a stroll on the beach, head on over to the Tokyo Sea Life Park Aquarium. Host to a variety of exotic fish and sea-life from all over the world, the aquarium features a penguin viewing area where you can watch the birds swim and play. (Tokyo Sea Life Park Aquarium – Adults 700 yen, Middle Schoolers 250 yen, younger children free. Open 9:30 am – 5:30 pm, closed Wednesdays and December 29th – January 1st).

Are you interested in birds? The eastern end of the park hosts a walk-through bird sanctuary. Paved paths guide visitors through the sanctuary, and tall walls protect our feathered friends. Be sure to stop at one of the many observation points to catch a glimpse of the sanctuary’s residents, and stop at the Sea Bird Center to learn more about the sanctuary’s inhabitants.

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Top off your visit to Kasai Rinkai Park with a ride on the Diamond and Flower Ferris wheel, the second-largest of its kind in all of Japan. From this lofty vantage point you can see Disneyland, Tokyo Bay, and on clear days even all the way to Mount Fuji! At night, the Ferris wheel’s bright neon lights display elaborate patterns for viewers to enjoy. (Diamond and Flower Ferris Wheel – open Weekdays 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Weekends 10:00 am – 9:00 pm. 700 yen per rider).

Kasai Rinkai Park is a perfect place for anyone wanting to escape the noise and crowds of central Tokyo on a gorgeous day off!

Kasai Rinkai Park Location Information

Website | Facebook (visitor reviews)

Nearest Station: directly off of Kasairinkaikoen Station ( JR Keiyō Line or Musashino Line)

Hours of Operation: Park – 24/7; Aquarium – Open 9:30 am – 5:30 pm (Closed Wednesdays); Diamond and Flower Ferris Wheel – Weekdays 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Weekends 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

“Why Go?”: Amazing views on a beautiful Ferris wheel, fun aquarium for families and beautiful scenery away from Central Tokyo craziness!

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July 8, 2016 0 comment
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IMG_1230editBaji Koen is a beautiful, horse-centric park in Setagaya-ku that spans 45 acres that is great for children and families. The park was originally built in 1940 by the Japan Racing Association to become the first comprehensive horse facility in all of Japan. A few decades later it even held events for the 1964 Summer Olympics that were held in Tokyo! Although the park is located relatively far from central Tokyo, it has a variety of facilities , indoor and out, related to equestrian events where you can see over 100 horses grazing or training for competitions. On weekdays you can go to the horse-petting areas to hangout with these amazing animals or even enjoy free pony-riding for the kids. The real fun happens on the weekends however, when you get to see the equestrian matches live or see one of the horse  shows where the horses perform their best tricks!

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Even if horses are not your thing, the park also includes beautiful Japanese gardens with plenty of seasonal flower arrangements that make it easy to stroll and relax on a nice day.  Baji Koen is the perfect place for a relaxing afternoon, and best of all, its free!

TIP: Make sure to check the Baji Koen website and calendar beforehand to make sure they have the events you want to see.

Baji Koen Location Information:

〒158-8523  2-1-1 Kamiyoga, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo

Website | Twitter 

Nearest Station: 15 minute walk for Yõga Station (Tokyu-Den-entoshi Line) (click on the google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: March-October: 9AM-5PM, (November-February: 9AM-4PM)

Estimated Price: Free

“Why Go?”: Beautiful parks and equestrian events all for free!

 

June 10, 2016 0 comment
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Shake Shack Storefront
Sizzling-hot American burger chain, Shake Shack, opened its doors this April in the Ebisu district of Tokyo, the second branch branch in the city. Located right at the foot of the Ebisu train station’s west exit, Shake Shack brings its traditional New York City burgers and shakes to Tokyo. The shop is hard to miss, with the giant Shake Shack sign outside, as well as the crowd of people lining up to try some of America’s most renowned burgers.

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So, what should you expect to find at Shake Shack’s newest Tokyo location? You can enjoy your favorite Shake Shack classics, such as their all-natural Shack Burgers, fresh crinkle-cut fries as well as a variety of shakes, including the Tokyo exclusive, Black Sesame Shake! The location also sells freshly-spun custard, which they refer to as “concretes”, like their Japanese-inspired mouth-watering Ebisu exclusive, “E-bean-su”, which consists of vanilla custard, red bean caramel sauce, marshmallow sauce, salted shortbread cookies and finished off with soy bean powder. Yum! Local wine and beer is also available for sale, as well as some fun Japanese-inspired Shake Shack merchandise, like wash cloths, pens, phone-cases, and even shirts in the iconic black and bright-green Shake Shack colors.

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So how was it? The staff at EnAbleJapan decided to see for ourselves and we were not disappointed. The burgers were exactly like the ones you would find back in the states. The patties were juicy, and the ingredients fresh. The iconic crinkle-cut fries were nice and salty whilst the strawberry cheesecake milkshake we sampled was creamy with the right amount of sweetness and thickness. So if you are ever in Tokyo and missing the taste of a true American burger, or just want to see what all the Shake Shack craze is about, be sure to stop in!
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Shake Shack Ebisu Location Information

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Nearest Station: 1 minute walk from Ebisu Station (Yamanote, Hibiya, Saikyo, and Shonan-Shinjuku lines).


Hours of Operation: 10:00 A.M.- 10:30 P.M. daily.
Estimated Price:¥700-¥1500
“Why Go?”: If you are looking for a great burger or need a change-of-pace from all of the sushi and noodles of Japan.
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June 1, 2016 0 comment
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