29/06/2018 Araki-Cho  Food & Drinks  Tadaima Japan Original Tours

Discover our Exclusive Vegetarian Tour in Arakicho, Shinjuku

Vegetarian or not, if you like seasonal products, like healthy food, or just want to try something new, this tour is for you. Have a glimpse of Japan off the beaten path, where you can find authentic Japanese culture and meet the locals.

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05/07/2018 Araki-Cho  Food & Drinks

A sushi restaurant with more than 100 years of history: Sushi Yachiyo

While sushi may be wherever you look in Tokyo, it makes sense to seek out quality at a great price….such a combination can be found at Sushi dokoro Yachiyo 鮨処八千代 located in the heart of Shinjuku city. Founded sometime during the Edo era (the exact date is lost in time), they have suppliers in every corner of Japan, and their thriving business has enabled them to open four more branches throughout Tokyo. Not an easy feat in a country that, according to some sources, boasts arounds 24000 different sushi places. Read on as we go into detail about the most famous sushi restaurant in Arakicho.

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19/07/2018 Araki-Cho  Food & Drinks

Toriro – the all-you-can-eat karaage place in Arakicho, Shinjuku

“There is a karaage all-you-can-eat lunch spot nearby!?!” Anthony exclaimed disbelievingly after he heard about a new place I had discovered in Arakicho, closeby Yotsuya-sanchome station. When asked, most Japanese people think of Karaage as a snack food, something you can buy at a convenience store, or at a street stall at a summer festival. Since it keeps for some time after cooking, it’s also frequently used to make “bento” (Japanese lunch box). Although karaage in some restaurants has reached “B-kyuu” (2nd rank) gourmet status, most Japanese, and travellers to Japan, wouldn’t consider it to be especially delicious or a must-eat dish. In this article I’d like to introduce Toriro which I hope will change your mind. It also has one of the more unusual all-you-can-eat offerings I have seen so far in Japan.

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17/05/2018 Araki-Cho  Culture  Shinto  Travel Destinations

A guide to ‘Your name’ real-life locations and related places in Yotsuya, Tokyo (Part 1)

Did you know that most Tokyo locations that can be seen in ‘You name’ are real places that you can visit and are easily covered by foot?
In the first part of this article I will cover the ones in the Yotsuya area that appear in the end of the movie, and include a map for you to have an easy walk around.
In the second part, I will introduce you to a very nice café nearby where the director of the movie himself had a stop in!
SPOILER ALERT: If you are among the rare people to have not watched Makoto Shinkai’s worldwide acclaimed movie ‘Your Name’ (‘Kimi no na wa’) yet, please note that this article contains a major spoiler about the end of the movie.

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26/04/2018 Araki-Cho  Food & Drinks

VOWZ BAR, a bar managed by real Buddhist monks!

The editor-in-chief of the Japanese version of Tadaima Japan, Mr. Shigenobu, had invited me to discover two vegetarian friendly bars in Arakicho, his beloved drinking place. In my previous article, I talked about our visit to Bar Botanical, a cozy place loved by the local working women.
Today I will talk about our next destination, VOWZ BAR, a bar owned and managed by… Buddhist monks!

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22/07/2015 Food & Drinks  Seasonal

A beginner’s guide to Kakigoori (Shaved Ice), a Japanese Summer Classic Food

In this article I’d like to introduce you to shaved Ice, called ‘Kakigori’ in Japanese, a beloved and refreshing treat of the Japanese summer.

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18/07/2018 Araki-Cho  Culture

[VIDEO] Exclusive Interview of Chie, the Singing Mangaka

Chie is a ‘Nagashi’ artist: she wanders the streets of Arakicho and plays her traditional instrument in the local bars to entertain the customers. She’s also a mangaka ans draws people’s portraits while singing. After meeting her by chance at the Ringo no Hana restaurant in Arakicho, I asked to meet her again and hear her story. I have a lot of admiration for Chie and I was deeply moved by her story. I’ve been looking forward to share this with you all. I hope you will enjoy this interview in which, among other things, Chie explains us what it means for her to do this job and  she tells her […]

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05/07/2018 Festivals & Events

Join the Tadaima Japan 2nd Photography Contest!

Join our contest and win a traditional Japanese prize. Entering is very easy!

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16/02/2018 Araki-Cho  Travel Destinations

One night at the Tadaima Japan Shinjuku Ryokan

The recently opened Tadaima Japan Shinjuku Ryokan is located right in the center of Tokyo. Not only does it have beautiful tatami rooms, it also has its own Japanese-style bath and serves a Japanese-style breakfast in the morning. In the evening you can explore the many restaurants and bars in the neighbourhood.

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24/01/2018 Araki-Cho  Food & Drinks

Suzushin, a restaurant where you can enjoy a great Tonkatsu in a traditional setting and friendly atmosphere

If you have a craving for Western food but feel you should eat Japanese during your trip, “Tonkatsu” とんかつ (literally pork cutlet), the Japanese version of the breaded schnitzel, is a good compromise. Suzushin 鈴新 is one of the most welcoming restaurants I have ever been to in Japan and is located less than a minute on foot from the Tadaima Japan Ryokan.

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15/06/2018 Araki-Cho  Culture  Food & Drinks

A Bento in the Park: The Perfect Shinjuku Lunch Break

When I worked in the Nishi-shinjuku skyscraper district, I always enjoyed taking lunch breaks with my co-workers among the cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Central Park. Instead of getting takeout, we’d pick up a bento (boxed lunch) from a local shop or convenience store and bask in the springtime weather, far removed of the perpetual neon lights of the office.
As time moved on, I worked in other locations, and although I couldn’t take my colleagues and the park with me, I found smaller parks and new bento shops to keep the tradition alive.
When the weather is pleasant and I have a little time to spare, I’ll simply pick up a bento, find a nice park, and enjoy a delicious, well-portioned meal in serene surroundings. Whether you are planning your first trip to Japan or you’ve been living here for a while, I invite you to experience this tradition as well.

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31/05/2018 Araki-Cho

Let’s explore Arakicho, a feudal residence that became a gourmet town

If you are staying at the Tadaima Japan Shinjuku Ryokan, or if you are looking for a new neighbourhood to explore in the center of Tokyo, follow me on a walking tour that will show you the main sights of the area and give you more background on its history.

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02/07/2018 Araki-Cho  Food & Drinks

Find the Soul of Aomori in the Middle of Tokyo at Ringo no Hana

Aomori is the name of an area and its main city, in the Northern part of the Honshu island. It is not the kind of place usually visited by the first-time traveler to Japan. However, there is a special place you can taste Aomori delicacies in a typical setting: the izakaya called ‘Ringo no Hana’ in Arakicho.

An article co-written by Amelie and David.

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22/06/2018 Araki-Cho  Travel Destinations

Why Nishi-shinjuku Deserves a Spot on Your Tokyo Travel Itinerary

During my second trip to Japan back in 2008, I stayed in Nishi-shinjuku, which served as the hub for the Tokyo portion of my trip. Upon arrival, I was instantly blown away by the pristine, futuristic cityscape and the overwhelming amount of delicious, affordable food to be found in this city-within-a-city, just to the west of Shinjuku Station.
Less than a year later, I was fortunate enough to find myself working in the exact same part of town, freshly transplanted from the United States. Spending countless workweeks in Nishi-shinjuku only made me appreciate the district even more.
Unfortunately, Nishi-shinjuku is often overlooked due to its “all work and no play” skyscraper facade. Well, I’m here to tell you that Nishi-shinjuku is one of the most underrated parts of Tokyo. Read on to find out why.

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05/06/2018 Araki-Cho  Travel Destinations

Araki-Cho Running: Sprinting in Shinjuku

According to statistics shared by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, more than 35% of Tokyo is covered in woods and forests. Shinjuku is no exception to this, and staying in Araki-Cho gives you convenient access to several of the city’s verdant parks. This is great news for sprinters or those who like high-intensity workouts that can be difficult to pull off among the crowds and traffic lights of an urban environment.
So for this article, we’re going to focus on “destination running.” Specifically, we’ll cover Toyama Park, where you can run laps as fast as you like, to your heart’s content.

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12/05/2017 Festivals & Events  Travel Destinations

2018 Best Fireworks Festivals in Tokyo!

Have you made your summer plans yet? It’s never too early to start planning, especially if you want to attend a fireworks festival!
In this article, I will recommend the hottest festivals in Tokyo for 2018 along with their schedules.

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11/06/2016 Festivals & Events  Travel Destinations

Get ready for the Sumida River Fireworks Festival!


The Sumida river fireworks festival is big summer attraction for Tokyoites. Last year more than 800,000 people visited. Furthermore, during recent years, more and more tourists from both Japan and overseas have come to see it, because of it’s proximity to the famous Tokyo Sky Tree Tower.

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06/07/2015 Life & Language  Seasonal

Japanese seasonal customs for July

July 1st: “Yamabiraki” or the opening of a mountain to climbers. This is the first day of the year when people can climb a mountain. It originated from the custom of opening a mountain in the summer for a certain period of time to hold rituals. For Mt. Fuji, the opening ceremony is held at Asama Shrine. July 7th: Tanabata Tanabata is one of the most important seasonal festivals following Hina Matsuri and Tango no Sekku, or the Boy’s festival. Tanabata is held everywhere in Japan. It’s the day you write down your wishes on a slip of paper and hang it on bamboo leaves. If you want to celebrate […]

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18/06/2018 Others

AMS+, a bar that feels like home

Quiet, laid-back, unassuming, cozy… these are some of the words that I would associate with AMS+
While researching good spots for watching live sports games, I came across an entry for AMS+ in my restaurant/bar guidebook for Arakicho (いまこそ行きたい!荒木町). I had never heard of  or even seen this place before, but this description was too intriguing to ignore “There is a spacious area that could be your friend’s living room”. This is something I had to check out.

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04/08/2015 Culture  Seasonal

Sparklers, the Beauty of Fireworks in your Hands

Senko Hanabi, or sparklers, is one of many traditional Japanese fireworks. Once upon a time, people used to play with them using and incense burner or hibachi, and it looked very much like burning an incense stick as an offering to the dead, thus becoming Senko Hanabi.

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17/04/2018 Araki-Cho  Culture  Life & Language

The Goshuincho: A Necessity for Japan Travel Enthusiasts

When it comes to things that I wish I had known before visiting (and eventually moving to) Japan, the goshuincho, a book used for collecting ink stamps and calligraphy from Japanese shrines, tops the list. So, allow me to save you some regret. If you are planning on visiting Japan, do yourself a favor and pick up a goshuincho at the first shrine or temple that you visit. A goshuincho can be the perfect memento for your travels and an elegant record of the many beautiful shrines and temples that you’ll see in Japan.

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09/05/2018 Araki-Cho  Food & Drinks

Drink wine from test tubes, beer from beakers and cocktails from flasks? All this and more is possible at the Science Bar Incubator in Arakicho!

The Science Bar Incubator is a unique and original bar that was started by Mr Nomura, a former biology researcher. It is 100% science oriented. All available free space is filled with laboratory equipment and scientific oddities. Although the purpose is of course to indulge in chemical beverages that induce pleasant sensations in the brain, it is worth your while to explore the bar’s fascinating interior arrangement. Among the scientific equipment, there is also a laptop and a microscope. If you put on a lab coat – available for free near the entrance – you can pretend to be a scientist conducting experiments. Apparently, the microscope isn’t only for show […]

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11/03/2018 Culture  Food & Drinks

How to choose a good “Nihonshu” or Japanese sake?

When one thinks of Japan, one thinks of Japanese sake. If you are visiting Japan, you’ll certainly want to try some and maybe even bring back a bottle as a souvenir. However there are many different kinds of sake, with different tastes and drinking-styles. How can you choose one to try or buy among the huge selection available in most restaurants and stores, especially when all the information is written in the indecipherable kanji? Do not despair! The bottle label contains a wealth of clues on what the inside tastes like.

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