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TOKYO CHARACTER STREET

Looking for a unique Japanese shopping experience? Located within the Tokyo Station First Avenue mall, Tokyo Character Street (TCS) offers just that. Opening in 2008, TCS began as a relocation of the various character shops scattered throughout the mall. Now this Kawaii (Cute) section of the mall features 15+ character stores where customers can find anything from character based pastries, to small figurines, to collectible plush toys.

TCS’s Hello Kitty shop houses a plethora of stuffed toys and collectibles which are normally only obtainable by scouring the streets of Tokyo. The Ultraman World M78 store features all things Ultraman for fans of the series, young and old. And for Studio Ghibli fans, TCS even has a store dedicated to characters coming from the studio’s animated gems such as My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle, or Spirited Away to name a few. Characters ranging from the likes of Doraemon to Snoopy can be found within the shops comprising TCS making it a must see destination for any fans of Japanese pop culture.

Whether you are in the area waiting for a shinkansen(bullet train), are an avid collector, or just want to catch a glimpse of just one of the many facets of Japanese culture, TCS offers something for the inner child in all of us.

Photo credit: Tokyo Character Street by DozoDomo

Address:Tokyo Station, Chiyoda, Tokyo
GPS:35.681382, 139.76608399999998
Telephone:03-3210-0077

Opening Hours

Monday:10:00 – 20:30
Tuesday:10:00 – 20:30
Wednesday:10:00 – 20:30
Thursday:10:00 – 20:30
Friday:10:00 – 20:30
Saturday:10:00 – 20:30
Sunday:10:00 – 20:30
October 21, 2014 0 comment
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G-CLUB GUITAR SHOP

G-Club Guitar Shibuya Tokyo Japan

Are you ready to rock? If so, then get on over to G’ Club Shibuya and pick up your next guitar! With great organization and a vast selection of bass, acoustic, and electric guitars, G’ Club will get you ready to busk it, burn it down, or break out a Barry White croon for that special someone.

G’ Club only sells top-notch guitars, and the prices ensure that only a dedicated strummer will come out of the shop with a new axe in hand. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and conversant enough in English to answer your guitar-related questions. So come on by, check out the array of professionally-signed guitars (some of which you can buy), and test out a guitar or two! And who knows? Maybe the next guitar on the wall will be your own.

G-Club Guitar Shibuya Tokyo Japan

G’ CLUB SHIBUYA STORE INFORMATION

Website (via Google Translate)

Nearest Station: 5-minute walk from Shibuya Station Hachiko exit.

 

Hours of Operation: 11:30 am to 8:30 pm daily.

“Why Go?”: Didn’t you say you were ready to rock?

October 20, 2014 0 comment
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Entrance to Meiji Jingu Shrine

 

 

Entrance to Meiji Jingu Shrine

Entrance to Meiji Jingu shrine buildings

Japan can be a difficult country to explore if you’re a budget traveler. One great way to make your trip to Tokyo cheaper and more enjoyable is to use one of the free tour guides in Tokyo. Tour guides volunteer to show foreign tourists around the city for a variety of reasons, such as practicing their language skills, or just having fun meeting new people and showing you their hometown. Check out our article on free tour guides in Tokyo!

The following are all the different volunteer groups that are available:

 

Free Tour Guides in Tokyo : Capital Tokyo West SGG Club

Capital Tokyo West SSG Club is a group of goodwill volunteers who provide tours all over Tokyo, but focus on the Western side. Here you can find English, French and Italian-speaking volunteers. They are more than happy to help you plan your personal tour. Their service hours are 9:30-17:00 everyday and are sometimes flexible. If you are interested, visit their website and email them in advance at chu-san@sb3.so-net.ne.jp to arrange a tour.

Edo Tokyo Guide Group

Established in 2006, Edo Tokyo Guide Group can guide you in a variety of languages besides English. You can take a look at their previous guide reports here. Check out their website and contact them at least 2 weeks in advance by e-mail Edo.Tokyo.Guide.int@gmail.com to request a tour.

Entrance to Meiji Jingu Shrine free tour guides in tokyo

 

Shinagawa SGG Club

Shinagawa SGG Club will cater tours to your interests and requests. The volunteer can accompany you up to 3 days but groups shouldn’t be larger than 10 people. Feel free to read reviews from previous visitors here. Please visit their website and email them at least two weeks in advance to arrange a tour at sinagawa_sgg2004@yahoo.co.jp

 

The Japanese Red Cross Language Service Volunteers

The Japanese Red Cross Language Service Volunteers offer tours for the physically challenged and their assistants in various languages. Please visit their website and apply at least two weeks in advance by e-mail at sgg@tok-lanserv.jp .

Tokyo Free Guide

“We are full of energy with heart-warming hospitality and cultural insights.” An organization with over 350 volunteer guides, Tokyo Free Guide provides tours in several languages. To make your tour more enjoyable, don’t forget to write down your interests when submitting your request. Some of the guides know a lot about the Japanese pop culture while other guides might have a vast knowledge about history, religion or even… good food! Please submit your request through their website at least two weeks before your desired tour date.

Skytree free tour guides in tokyo

Tokyo Free Walking Tour

A weekly free English-language walking tour is held every Saturday (except January 1-3), from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. They are currently offering two tours. Their main tour is the “East Gardens of the Imperial Palace” and the other is the “Asakusa” tour. However, the Asakusa tour is conducted on a non-regular basis so remember to check their schedule beforehand. No reservations are needed for the walking tours so if you are interested, feel free to meet up with the tour guides. The meeting place for the Imperial Palace tour is at the ground floor of Tokyo Station’s Marunouchi Central Ticket Gate. The meeting place for the Asakusa tour is to be announced so stay tuned! You can check them out at their website or look for them on Facebook.  If you have any questions, please e-mail tfwt@live.jp .

 

Tokyo SGG Club

Tokyo Systemized Goodwill Guide Club (SGG Club) is a member group of Japan’s National Tourism Organization (JNTO). Primarily offering set tours of Asakusa and Ueno, Tokyo SGG Club also offers custom tours for free on request. They also have several information desks around Ueno area so check out their website for more information!

Spending a bit of extra time in Japan? There are also free English-language tours available in Kyoto and Osaka!

May 8, 2014 0 comment
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