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Floresta Tokyo Donut Shops

It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Tokyo, but there are a surprising amount of excellent donuts shops throughout Tokyo. Below is a list of some of the best Tokyo donut shops that are worth checking out!

Tokyo Donut Shops: Camden’s Blue Star Donuts

Camden's Tokyo Donut Shops

This Tokyo donut shop is my personal favorite on the list! Camden’s Blue Star Donuts started in Portland, USA and then expanded to Tokyo and other parts of Japan. These brioche-style donuts are baked from scratch, in-house, to ensure freshness and quality of each treat.

The Daikanyama shop is located in The Mart at Fred Segal, which is surrounded by other cool shops and cafes that are definitely worth checking out.

Flavors include: Blueberry Bourbon Basil, Cointreau Crème Brulee, Matcha Latte (exclusive to Japan locations), Raspberry Pistachio, and Plain Glaze.

Average Price: Although a little pricey, around 500 yen, these donuts are definitely worth it.

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Doughnut Plant

Doughnut Plant Tokyo Donut Shops

Like many other places on this list, Doughnut Plant originated in New York City and expanded to Tokyo. These donuts are not only beautiful and delicious, but are also all natural, seasonal and made with fresh high quality ingredients. There are also no eggs, preservatives, or artificial flavorings or colors. Doughnut Plant even has some vegan options, which are just as delicious as the rest!

Flavors include: Cake Donuts – Vanilla Bean, Soymilk Triple Berry, Blueberry Cream Cheese & Jam

Bakery Donuts – Vanola Chocolate, Vanilla Bean, Soymilk Triple Berry & Jam

Average Price: These donuts range from 200-400 yen, depending on flavor and size

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Dumbo Doughnuts and Coffee

Dumbo Tokyo Donut Shops

You know you’re at Dumbo Doughnuts and Coffee when you see the pink signs and the line out the door. Tucked in a back street of Azabujuban, this coffee and donut shop is extremely popular for its oversized donuts and beautiful lattes.

In my opinion, they are not the best donuts on this list in terms of taste (a little greasy for my liking), but they sure do make for great pictures! And the coffee is excellent.

Flavors include: Lemon Poppy Seed, Raspberry, Matcha Cream Cheese, and Plain Glaze

Average Price: Most donuts are between 300-400 yen.

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Nearest Station: 1-minute walk from Azabu Juban Station (exit 1) (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

ADDRESS: 1F, 2-17-6, Azabujuban, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 106-0045

Hours of Operation: 9:00 – 7:00PM

Floresta Nature Doughnuts

Floresta Tokyo Donut Shops

I first stumbled upon Floresta Nature Doughnuts in Kamakura and was immediately drawn to how cute the treats were. Luckily for me (and you!), there are a few closer Floresta locations throughout Tokyo. Each Floresta donut is organic, baked daily, and hand-decorated to look like different animals. Not all designs and flavors are available at all times or at every location, so it’s best to go earlier in the day before they sell out.

Flavors include: Strawberry (pig) and Chocolate (cat)

Average Price: These donuts are around 200 yen, but vary depending on flavor and animal.

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Good Town Doughnuts

Good Town Tokyo Donut Shops

Good Town Doughnuts and Coffee was my first Tokyo donut shop experience and it did not disappoint. Freshly made every day, these donuts are chewy, soft and very filling!

The shop’s aesthetic screams hyper-Americana, making it the perfect backdrop to take pictures of your sweets. Although known for their donuts, Good Town also sells specialty coffee, ice cream, cookies, and a variety of lunch and breakfast dishes!

Even if it may not be their prettiest donut, I highly recommend the Nutella donut, and ask for it warmed up. The gooey Nutella filling running down your hand makes it more fun and delicious!

Flavors Include: Kyoto Uji Matcha, Maple Bacon, Hibiscus, and Smile Mango

Average Price: These donuts are on the pricier side, at about 400-500 yen (but totally worth it)

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Nearest Station: 5-minute walk from Meijijingu-Mae Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

ADDRESS: 6-12-6 Jingumae Shibuya-ku, Tokyo J-cube B 1F

Hours of Operation: 10:00 – 8:00PM

Macanon

Macanon Tokyo Donut Shops

If you are gluten-free, this is the Tokyo donut shop for you! Macanon donuts are made with rice flour from Kumamoto, making the texture very soft and rich. Unlike traditional fried and sugary donuts, these are baked and are not glazed. If you’re lucky, you can get a piping hot donut right out of the oven!

Flavors Include: Plain, Orange, Rum Raisin, and Brandy

Average Price: A plain donut is 180 yen and other prices vary depending on flavor

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Nearest Station: 6-minute walk from Meijijingu-Mae Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

ADDRESS: 4 Chome-24-5 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001

Hours of Operation: 11:00 – 7:00PM

nico donuts

Nico Tokyo Donut Shops

This tiny Tokyo donut shop is located in the heart of Azabujuban. These donuts are unique because they are made with soybean paste, which absorbs less oil, so they are slightly healthier than the average donut (but just as delicious). They are a little small, so I recommend getting more than one.

Flavors Include: Vanilla Bean Sugar, Triple Berry, Matcha, and Sesame Seed

Average Price: These donuts start at 170 yen

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Nearest Station: 4-minute walk from Azabujuban Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

ADDRESS: 1-7-9 Azabu Juban Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0045

Hours of Operation: 10:00 – 8:00PM (or until sold out)

SOAKS (OK Doughnuts)

SOAKS Tokyo Donut Shops

OK Doughnuts are definitely more than just OK. These may be the most unique and interesting donuts on the list. All of the donuts in this café are organic and are made from 100% vegetable powder, which is packed with tons of vitamins and minerals. SOAKS also swaps out white flour and refined sugar for whole-wheat flour and beet sugar. These donuts are not only delicious, but they are guilt-free too!

Flavors Include: Ginger, Tomato, and Original (lotus root)

Average Price: Between 150-200 yen – surprisingly inexpensive for the quality!

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Nearest Station: 2-minute walk from Naka-Meguro Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

ADDRESS: 1-5-10 Kamimeguro Meguro-Ku Tokyo

Hours of Operation: 10:30 – 11:00PM

Streamer Coffee Company

Streamer Tokyo Donut Shops

Streamer Coffee Company is famous around Tokyo and on Instagram for its Military donut, excellent coffee, and beautiful latte art.

Flavors Include: Blueberry Glaze, Military (coffee, matcha and chocolate), and Vanilla Bean

Average Price: Around 400-500 yen.

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March 24, 2017 0 comment
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Harajuku Cassidy

Cassidy Home Grown

Cassidy Home Grown is a modern boutique that caters towards a modern Japanese style of clothing. With a range of gingham, striped, printing shirts, jackets and cargo pants in a range of different styles and colors, it’s fits perfectly into a wardrobe that has a need for some Japanese aesthetics!

Cassidy Home Grown ‘s clothing style is simple, casual and cool yet somewhat sophisticated. The clothing that they carry seem to be for more mature individuals in their mid 20s who are starting careers, as it leans more towards smart-casual than youth culture. It’s not like the average Street style you see around Harajuku. But in my opinion it’s a great a style that for dates – so fellas, if you want to impress a girl, think about wearing Cassidy Home Grown!

Cassidy Home Grown ‘s fabrics range from linen and jersey fabric for t-shirts to a whole range of thin to heavy cottons and brushed cottons and denims. These are great qualities which make their lines great for everyday wear. The boutique also has a great range of accessories such as shoes, socks, hats belts and handkerchiefs.

In regards to your wallet, most of the clothing is affordable to mid-range, and they have a great selection to mix and match from. It’s the perfect place to check out if you’re in need of a quick fashion fix for a day out!

 

Cassidy Home Grown Shibuya Location Information

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Nearest Station: 3-minute walk from Meiji-jingumae Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

Hours of Operation: Open daily 12am – 8pm

Why Go? Sophisticated, affordable and easy men’s fashion that will get you ready for any outing!

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January 3, 2017 0 comment
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Scramble Cafe and Bar 1

Scramble Cafe and Bar 1

Just a 5 minute walk away from the Hachiko exit of Shibuya is the Scramble Cafe and Bar. This convenient spot is great for an easy lunch or dinner and is a common meeting spot for expats.

The Scramble Cafe and Bar menu (in both English and Japanese) is egg-themed, with pictures to help those people whose words have finally failed them after a long night of partying or are just waking up to breakfast (whatever time of day that meal occurs for them). It is a cozy little place right from the get-go, almost like a seaside café right by the beach! The food Western-styled, which includes Eggs Benedict, quiche, stew, and confit. All the dishes are a mix of traditionally American and French dishes with a Japanese twist. I had the Eggs Benedict, which came with pasta, potatoes and a mixed salad with some Japanese dressings and ingredients. The Eggs Benedict themselves were more like Eggs Royale, with its ham and the salmon on muffins, including fried egg on the salmon. It is the perfect post-clubbing late-night meal for the steamy Tokyo summer. Or could be your lunch, being a pleasant stop during your mid-day shopping spree. And it went pretty well with the iced Earl Grey.

Scramble Cafe and Bar 3

Scramble Cafe and Bar has two dining sections – an open area that is used in the daytime, and a more relaxed ‘evening’ dining section for late meals. It’s a great little place to sit back and take in the atmosphere, with good food at a good price for a town as busy as Tokyo. And the bar part? Scramble transforms in to an exciting bar with reasonably priced drinks at night. There is also a Saturday happy hour, and DJs start around 6 PM.

So there it is–perfect for lunch during the day and a drink or two at night, all within view of the Shibuya Scramble and not far from Shibuya station. Get your seat while you can!

Scramble Cafe and Bar Information

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Nearest Station: 5-minute walk from Shibuya Station Hachiko exit (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday 9am – 2pm; Friday and Saturday 9am – 5am; Sundays and Holidays 9am – 12am

“Why Go?”: Reasonably-priced meals and drinks in the heart of Tokyo!

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November 17, 2016 0 comment
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White Mountaineering Shinjuku Tokyo Japan

White Mountaineering Shinjuku Tokyo Japan

White Mountaineering is a Japanese brand that focuses on outdoor wear. “The field in which we wear clothes is all outdoors One, design. Two, utility. Three, technology” is their (admittedly lengthy) motto, but the clothes fit the concept. Founded by fashion designer Yosuke Aizawa in 2005, the designs revolve around a rugged, practical theme that still finds time for creating a good, fashionable look.  Whether climbing and hiking in the countryside or braving snowy urban streets, White Mountaineering will see you through in style! White Mountaineering has collaborated with other brands such as Barbour and Addidas originals, and his work has been showcased in Milan and Paris.

The clothes are all about practically, designed for the man who likes to go hiking, camping and fishing. With multiple functional elements in the jackets, coats, and hoodies, this is definitely the brand to look out for if you want to climb Mt. Fuji! The clothes and jackets are made from heavy-duty and water-resistant fabrics like coated cottons and canvases.White Mountaineering’s range of shirts are plain, printed, patch-work, and appliqué cottons (layered and sewn fabric onto another base fabric) matched to create technically appealing pieces in a Japanese in style. Technical paneling decoration and fit on their cargo pants, turtle neck coats, and lumberjack shirts give the brand a distinctive and eye-catching appeal, with contrasting and complimenting patterns and colours.

The White Mountaineering brand offers a good range of accessories, from active-wear trainers to practical sandals to multi pocketed rucksacks and tote bags. As with their other offerings, the fabrics of the bags are high-endurance coated heavy cottons, canvases and linens that come in a range of prints.

Prices at White Mountaineering are mid- to high-range, a great value for the quality and endurance of their offerings. So if you’re looking for rugged outdoor clothing with Japanese practicality, find and explore White Mountaineering in Shibuya!

White Mountaineering Shibuya Location Information

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Nearest Station: 10-minute walk from Shibuya Station (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: Open daily 12:00 am – 8:00 pm

“Why Go?”: Rugged outdoor clothing that looks great on the streets or in the wild!

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September 1, 2016 0 comment
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Vanquish Shibuya 109 Mens Tokyo Japan

Vanquish Shibuya 109 Mens Tokyo Japan

Designer Ryo Ishikawa formed VANQUISH in 2004 with the goal “To embody masculine ideal.” Today, the brand is on the catwalks of Tokyo Fashion week and has had successful collaborations with Western brands such as PUMA, Converse, Nike and Hurley.

VANQUISH lets their great range of clothes do the talking. The style and fit of Japanese menswear can be quite different than western men’s fashion, making for a daunting cross-cultural purchasing decision. But VANQUISH is an easy “gateway fashion” to transition from Western to Japanese styles. Their oversized graphic and printed tees, animal and checked printed shirts, and Japanese-embellished bomber jackets go great with your pre-existing wardrobe or as a start for a whole new outfit. VANQUISH also has a wide range of men’s accessories such as belts, bracelets, rings, and sunglasses. The material of the clothes makes them great for everyday wear, using quality jersey cottons, soft denims, sports fleece, and leather.

Vanquish Shibuya 109 Mens Tokyo Japan

As to be expected for a Shibuya 109 Men’s shop, the prices are mid- to high-range prices. Overall, VANQUISH is a great brand for men who like the simple and stylish without having to go through the hassle of figuring out what is currently “in” or “out.” VANQUISH is an easy brand to look good in. Check them out on your next shopping trip to Shibuya!

VANQUISH Shibuya 109 Men’s Location Information

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Nearest Station: 5-minute walk from Shibuya Station, Shibuya 109 Men’s building (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: open daily 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

“Why Go?”: Get stylish clothes from a popular brand at the fabulous Shibuya 109 Men’s department store!

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August 8, 2016 0 comment
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Lock-Up Shibuya Tokyo Japan

Any time of the year is Halloween at the Lock-Up Shibuya! Located 2 floors under the street, the Lock-Up is a novelty horror dining experience in Tokyo. To enter the restaurant, you have to walk through a dark hall full of jump-scares. If you can survive that, then you can survive the rest of the restaurant. We promise. And Voyagin can promise to get you a reservation for the scariest dining experience in Tokyo!

The rest of the restaurant is themed as a haunted prison. The moment you step inside, you will be handcuffed and brought to your table. You have to slide a barred door to enter your dimly lit cell, where you will be eating. Servers are dressed up as prisoners and the hosts are dressed like cops.

Lock-Up Shibuya Tokyo Japan

Once every few minutes, a show starts. Creepy monsters will reach through the cell windows; you can recoil in fear if you wish, but you can also high-five them. They will also come into your cell to scare you. One of the monsters who visited us had a fake chainsaw, and all had freaky masks. They will try to scare you, but don’t be fooled. I made a heart with my hands to one of the monsters and he did it back. One tried to scare me by getting super close to my face, and I pretended to kiss his mask.

After a few minutes of terror, cops came and killed all the monsters, and I was pretty sad that they had to leave. One monster climbed over the wall of our cell and dropped to the floor and died dramatically. Overall, it was a lot of fun!

During our prison excursion, we ordered both food and drinks, which are reflective of the restaurant’s theme. They have chicken shaped like a claw and desserts with a fake eyeballs. We tried some hot dogs with faces, because food is better when it can look on in terror as it is being devoured.

Lock-Up Shibuya Tokyo Japan

I would only recommend coming to the Lock-Up if you enjoy scary attractions. If you are super jumpy and easily frightened, it  would be better to steer clear. But seeing as The Lock-Up is one of Tokyo’s most prominent themed restaurants, we encourage you to visit! And there is no truth at all to the rumors that some diners never escape…

The Lock-Up Shibuya Location Information

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Nearest Station: 7 minute walk from Shibuya Station (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: Open Monday-Friday 5:00 pm – 1:00 am, Saturdays 5:00 pm- 5:00 am, Sundays 5:00pm- 12:00am

Estimated Price: There is a ¥525 cover charge per person. Drinks range from ¥500-800, and food ranges from ¥700-1200. Make a reservation through Voyagin!

“Why Go?”: If you like a good scare with your meal, this is the place!

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July 28, 2016 0 comment
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Tutuanna

There are more than a few clothing stores that any fashionista visiting Tokyo needs to stop by. Shops like Stussy, WEGO and Shibuya 109 are some of the top places to go for the main pieces of your ensemble, but for the little odds and ends that complete your look head to tutuanna.  With locations all throughout Tokyo, including Shinjuku, Shibuya and Harajuku, tutuanna is super convenient.
Tutuanna Finding lingerie and hosiery in Tokyo that fits foreigners can be disheartening (for a general article on finding western-sized clothing in Japan, click here). But tutuanna carries a surprisingly large variety of sizes that anyone can fit into. Tutuanna‘s goods are adorably girly and cute and often come in matching sets. So whether you’re into lace or ruffles, you’ll find whatever makes you feel feminine and beautiful.

Beyond lingerie, tutuanna also offers an impressive assortment of tights, socks and legwear. While you can get your traditional ankle and knee socks here, tutuanna really specializes in the no-show cotton liner socks that keep your kitten heels or ballet flats from rubbing against the delicate skin of your feet as you explore the many shopping streets of Tokyo. Along with unique socks, tutuanna also sells gel cushions to make those heels a bit more comfortable! If you need that last little something to complete your outfit, go and seek out the closest tutuanna location!
For more ideas of trendy stores to visit, try reading our articles Shopping Slightly Off Harajuku’s Beaten Path: Cat Street and Harajuku Street Fashion: Takeshita-dori’s Top 5 Clothing Stores.

Tutuanna Harajuku Store Information

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Nearest Station: 3-minute walk from Harajuku Station (Yamanote Line)


Hours of Operation: Everyday 11:00AM-8:30PM
Estimated Price: ¥350-¥1300
“Why Go?”: If you want a large variety of fashionable lingerie with several sizes that foreigners can fit into.
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June 21, 2016 0 comment
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Ebisu Garden Place Observation Deck, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo is worth way more than 36 hours of your time. Tokyo is such a massive sprawling beast of a metropolis that you could never see the many facets of the city in such a short time. That said, 36 hours of Tokyo is better than no hours of Tokyo, and if you only have a bit of time to spare, we’ll do our best to show you Tokyo at its best.

For lodging, I suggest AirBnB as a way to rent a space because it is less hotel and more apartment. Another idea is the capsule hotel, which is not for the claustrophobic. Yet another adventurous idea is getting an overnight comic book or Internet café room. All of these have options in the Shibuya area, so I suggest starting there. Bring your energy because you’ll need it to run all over Tokyo.

Day 1 – Embrace the Touristy Side of Tokyo

9:00 a.m. Shibuya

For many of the AirBnB visitors, staying near Shibuya area means you will need to ride into Shibuya from nearby stations like Sangenjaya Station, Shimokitazawa Station, or Ebisu Station. Trains are known for being absolutely insane during morning and evening rush hour when workers are heading in and out of work.  Find a safe corner to watch the insanity unfold with a coffee and a bagel.

While in Shibuya it is practically a requirement to check out the famous scramble crosswalk and Hachiko Square. Tokyu plaza is right next to it with some cute shops to wander as well. Once you have had your fill and the station begins to be less of a madhouse, head into the station proper. It is totally worth the trouble to pay the 500 yen for a PASMO or Suica train card because you can repeatedly charge it and skip the trouble of micromanaging your fare. With your IC card pass, take the JR Yamanote line (look for green JR signs) and head to Harajuku, one stop away.

10:00 a.m. Harajuku/Meijinjingunmae

Harajuku is well known for Takeshita Street, the hub connecting Harajuku Station to the Omotesando area. Takeshita Street is full of youthful energy and shops with goods ranging from crazy costumes to female fashion styles like girlish skirts and blouses all the way to goth and punk attire.

As you leave Harajuku and enter Omotesando, the area gets more sophisticated glam. Omotesando has one of my favorite souvenir shops in all of Tokyo called Oriental Bazaar which is well worth a look for gifts. You can either backtrack to Harajuku to ride two stops on the Yamanote line to Shinjuku Station, or you can head into Meiji-jingumae Station to ride the Fukutoshin line up to Shinjuku-sanchome Station. By then, you probably will be getting hungry and can grab lunch.

12:00pm Bask in the touristy glow of Shinjuku

Shinjuku station is the busiest station in the world so can be quite difficult to navigate, but is a great place to people-watch as you try and find your way around to the correct exit. Shinjuku’s East End is my preferred neighborhood in Shinjuku because unlike West Shinjuku, where the government buildings are, East Shinjuku is more a retail area where you can hang out. Catch lunch in one of the many department stores or street level shops. As a personal suggestion, Korean food in Lumine EST is pretty tasty and easy to access on the upper floors of the department store.  Save room though because I definitely have a suggestion for dessert. One of the latest Tokyo crazes for sweets is located right at Shinjuku East End. It is the Croissant Taiyaki. Cronuts (croissant donuts) have nothing on this, I promise you. If you don’t like traditional red bean paste filling, try the custard or a seasonal flavor. If you like sweets, your stomach will thank me.

But what you’ll really thank us for is directing you to the Robot Restaurant, which is one of the craziest dinner shows you will ever experience. Even better, our good friends at Voyagin can get you a discount on your reservation!

After getting your Taiyaki, say goodbye to Shinjuku. From here I would suggest taking the Sobu line to Akihabara Station. This train line cuts across the Yamanote loop. 

2:30 p.m. Nerd out like a boss in Akihabara

Akihabara is called Electric Town, and rightfully so since it is a playground for tech-minded people. It is also a highly unique area of Tokyo that has a different feel from other parts of the city. Arcades line the main streets and girls dressed in frilly uniforms call out to passersby to visit their maid cafes. Play a few arcade games, grab some new headphones, or discover what maid/butler cafes are all about.

Akihabara Stores, Akihabara, Tokyo

Optional: If you take one look at Akihabara area and pale at the idea of spending time here, take the Shinjuku line to nearby Jimbocho Station. A book lover’s paradise, the area contains unique bookshops that will delight a different sort of traveler from Akihabara’s tech and anime fans.

An even better option is putting on a costume, renting a Go Kart, and riding around Akihabara to live out your favorite video game fantasy! C’mon, you know you want to. Let our friends at Voyagin help you book your rental!

Spend a bit of time taking in the sights and emptying your wallet before hopping back onto the Yamanote line again to Tokyo Station.

5:00 p.m. Tokyo and Meguro Station combo

Tokyo Station is a thing to behold. It is a massive complex of train lines all meeting near the city centre, where you can go to any other part of Japan via the Shinkansen bullet-trains. Even if you do not step outside of the station, it will truly amaze you to see all the stores and eateries in the sprawling underground hub. If you do decide to head out of the station, make sure to take a look at the newly renovated Tokyo Station—what’s old is new again because the station is modeled to look as it did a hundred years ago.

If you have had your fill of Tokyo Station and have time to spare, go back on the Yamanote line to head to the next destination, Meguro Station. The inside of Meguro Station is connected to shopping centers Arte1 and Arte2. Arte2 has a fun and well-known conveyor belt sushi restaurant. Eating raw fish and rice is an adventure for the new inductee if there ever was one. If raw fish isn’t your thing, Arte 2 also has a fusion restaurant called Yuuan that has heated food.

After your belly is full of raw fish or cooked eats, get back on Yamanote to go one train stop to Ebisu Station.

8:00 p.m. Get your drink on in Ebisu

Yebisu Garden Place Tower can be ridden to the upper floors to sneak a peek of the city skyline without the long lines or payment like Skytree and Tokyo Tower.

Ebisu

There are also restaurants upstairs if you decided to skip Meguro Station. The Ebisu area has plenty of bars for an after-dinner drink, and I heartily suggest Bar Martha, Red Dragon, or Buri. Bar Martha is one part jazz bar, one part Japanese whisky fan, and one part mixology. The dim, relaxing atmosphere will be a nice place to kick back after running all over the city, and the tasty snack jars will keep you from needing a midnight snack. Red Dragon is a Japanese take on a pub, with plenty of beer types to keep you going if you prefer a more excitable location. If you are looking for something a little more club and a little less straight up bar, check out Buri. It has a full bar, but it is well known for its semi-frozen one-cup sake. It is also a place where a lot of hookups happen, if that is your sort of thing.

Once you are done with your evening bar hop, call it a night and head back to your accommodations. Be warned, Tokyo does not have all night trains and buses so depending on time you might have to get a cab.

Day 2—The Triangle Experience

8:00 a.m. Breakfast in Shibuya

A bright and early morning awaits your fast-paced tour of Tokyo, especially if you’re jet lagged. Fight fire with fire by heading to your nearest Matsuya for breakfast. They have breakfast plates, but I would suggest the beef bowl with egg on top. It comes with miso soup and will help nurse any lingering hangovers you might be struggling with. Double dare you to try it with a side of natto!

9:00 a.m. Corner 1: Hipster delights in Nakameguro

Today is a bit slower pace. Take the Tokyu Toyoko line to Nakameguro Station and head out of the city center into a slightly more mellow area using what trains call the triangle ticket. Nakameguro Station’s surrounding area was featured in Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown as a hipster neighborhood. The Meguro River cuts across the station, making it an ideal place for cute cafés and small shops to line the tiny street and there are plenty of places to snack, buy gifts, and take photos.

10:30 a.m. European influence in corner 2: Jiyugaoka

Once you have had your fill of Nakameguro’s charm, take the Toyoko line further out of the city center by four stops to Jiyugaoka Station where you can mill about a very particularly styled shopping area and eat lunch. This area is known for being inspired by French culture and has plenty of places to try. I would suggest the taco rice for lunch at the Okinawan eatery Taiyou Shokudou. After you have wandered around to your satisfaction, get on the Tokyo Oimachi line over to Todoroki Station.

1:00 p.m. Escape the city without stepping out of Tokyo at Todoroki Valley

Todoroki Station is a way to escape the city without ever leaving it. Truly the definition of suburb, this adorable neighborhood is not a shopping hub like previous locations. Instead, head into Todoroki Valley to experience another, greener side of Japan. Todoroki Valley is amazing. Others have gone so far as to call it a godsend. After all the experience of the city, the trees and quiet sounds of water flowing downstream is a relief. Walking along the river from the station leads to a set of stairs that go up to the temple Fudoson where you can pay your respects, enjoy the view of the waterfall, or relax at the seated cliffside view. Backtrack to the station and re-board the Omiya line for Futakotamagawa Station.

3:00 p.m. Futakotamagawa: Last corner of the triangle

Futakotamagawa Station is based along the Tamagawa River. The side you are on is the Tokyo Metropolitan area and the other side is Kanagawa prefecture. It is worthwhile to walk a bit out of the area first (approximately 20 minutes) or to cab it to the Okamoto Park Old Farmhouse Garden. The park contains an old thatch roof farmhouse where you can see Japanese architecture and culture from the late Edo period (1860s), and it feels like you are stepping out of time. It is open until 4:30 p.m. and closed on Mondays, so mind your timing to ensure you get to see the house and surrounding area. One of the impressive parts of the area is how seamlessly it blends old and new Tokyo together as new shopping malls exist alongside older establishments. Any last minute shopping you need done can be taken care of at the mall surrounding the station or once you get to your airport. 

Ebisu Garden Place Tower, Ebisu, Tokyo, Japan

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June 13, 2016 0 comment
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ABC MART
ABC Mart is a shoe store chain that is all over Tokyo that sells trendy men’s and women’s shoes at a decent price. ABC Mart specializes in shoes, but also sells small quantities of other apparel such as shirts and socks. With popular Japanese brands (Yohji Yamamoto, mastermind Japan, NUOVO,  etc.) and Western brands (Vans, Reebok, Nike, Converse, Adidas, etc.), the shop brings in customers of many ethnicities and appeals to both genders. We specifically recommend the store in Shibuya, which is huge and packed to the brim with merchandise. From simple sandals to unique, intricate boots, ABC Mart brings a whole new meaning to “shoe shopping”. Within the sea of items, some certainly are treasure, and it is quite fun to try and find that rare deal that’s a steal. If you could use new shoes, or if you’re a “shoe-shopper”, then be sure to check this place out! You can’t get some of these shoes anywhere else (at least, not without paying a fortune)!
*It should also be noted that this shop is located in Center Gai, which is one of the busiest places in Shibuya as it is packed with lively restaurants and shops. If you ever visit, make sure you also explore the surrounding area!

ABC Mart Shibuya Information

Website (via Google Translate) ||| Facebook (Japanese) ||| Twitter (Japanese) ||| Instagram ||| Youtube |||  Online Store (via Google Translate)
Nearest Station: 7-minute walk from Shibuya Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)


Hours of Operation: Open Daily 10am – 9pm
“Why Go?”: If you want to expand your shoes collection with great deals
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June 8, 2016 0 comment
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Womb nightclub sign, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Womb is a legendary Shibuya nightclub that frequently makes the Top 100 Clubs in the World list compiled by DJMag. With its nondescript entrance hidden down the small back-streets of Tokyo’s love hotel district (Dogenzaka), you might be wondering why.
Womb nightclub sign, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
The cover charge varies depending on each event, usually ranging from ¥1500-¥4000. If you have a flier (normally found on their website) or a Womb membership there is a small discount, usually ¥500. Once inside, there are a few different floors playing different music. There is a bar in each room serving the usual stuff, with prices around ¥700 per drink. The drinks aren’t particularly strong or special, so if you’re on a budget it’s probably best to just stick to beer.

Arguably, the best thing about Womb is the fact that its reputation attracts some of the world’s best DJs from all genres of electronic music. Each night of the week  has a different style of music and a few nights every month are dedicated to certain styles. A personal favorite of mine is the drum and bass night, 06S, which frequently brings top drum and bass DJs from around the world to headline. In a city where techno seems to dominate the club scene, this is a breath of fresh air and gives me a chance to see some of the names I could experience if I was back in England. To know what type of music would be playing on certain days, make sure to monitor their social media (laid out at the end of the article)

The lighting and sound is some of the best in the city. They have a state-of-the-art sound system and lasers that ensure a multi-sensory musical experience. They also have Japan’s largest disco ball which can be pretty awe-inspiring to see, especially if you’re not entirely sober.

Overall, if you love dance music, awesome sound and lighting and a friendly crowd, Womb is one of the best places in the world. Although it is surprisingly small compared to some other internationally renowned clubs, it can certainly hold its own when it comes to providing top quality music and an amazing atmosphere.
Womb nightclub, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Womb also holds annual events outside of the club that are on a much bigger scale and attract thousands of clubbers. Every December, Womb Adventure is held in a huge warehouse space in Chiba and combines top class DJs, with phenomenal lighting and a great crowd. Make sure to check it out!

Womb Information

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LINE
International Ratio: More international
Male / Female Ratio: About equal
Style: Smart Casual
Music Genre: Techno/house, other electronic,
Suitable For singles, couples, partying,
Nearest Station: 10-minute walk from Shibuya Station or 4-minute walk from Shinsen Station (Keio Inokashira Line)


Hours of Operation:Thursday-Saturday 10:00PM-5:00AM 
Estimated Price:¥700-¥1200 (excluding ¥2000 -¥4000 cover charge)
“Why Go?”:To check out one of the must-see clubs in Tokyo, with awesome lights and sounds.
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