Things to do in Kanto, Japan

2019.02.22 NEW
Yozakura: 3 Unique Ways to Enjoy Cherry Blossoms at Night
The joy and grandeur of hanami (cherry blossom viewing) doesn't end when the sun sets. Thanks to “yozakura,” the custom of viewing cherry blossoms at
2019.02.15
Sky Circus Sunshine 60: Exploring Ikebukuro’s Historic Observation Deck
Tokyo is constantly evolving. Its towering office buildings and mixed-use skyscrapers are embroiled in a constant game of one-upmanship. With each new
2019.02.13
【INTERVIEW】The job of Rickshaw Driver: from Guiding People to Changing People’s Lives
For a long time, I ignored that the rickshaw was actually a Japanese invention! This old profession still subsists today in a newer form in Japan: the
2019.02.08
Ninja Shinjuku: Lunch in the Depths of a Ninja Hideout
Deep in Nishi-shinjuku, tucked away among countless restaurants, electronics stores, and neon-signed restaurants, lies a gateway to one of the most se
2019.02.07
Island Burgers in Shinjuku: It all Started with a Palm-Tree Pick
“Why did you choose the name Island Burgers?” I asked the store manager “When you stick the palm-tree pick on top of the bun, it looks like an island
2019.02.01
Tokyo One Piece Tower: Discover a Pirate’s Life in Central Tokyo
Pirates have sieged Tokyo Tower! What may sound startling to some is a dream come true for fans of One Piece, the long-running, mega-popular manga and
2019.02.01
The Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park: Nature and Hiking at Tokyo’s Doorstep
The Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park, located just West of Tokyo, is a vast recreational area for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. Although hiking is
2019.01.28
Planning for Cherry Blossoms: Tips for 3 of Tokyo's Hanami Hot Spots
It's never too early to start planning hanami parties (or planning a trip to Japan to experience them). Cherry blossom forecasts start popping up as e
2019.01.23
Brussels Beer Project Shinjuku: Co-Creating New Styles of Beer
The craft beer market is booming in Japan right now, and there are a multitude of craft beer bars to choose from in Tokyo, serving both local and over
2019.01.18
The Bunkyo Civic Center Observation Deck: One of Tokyo’s Best-Kept Secrets
As regular Tadaima Japan readers well know, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building offers free access to two of the best observation decks in Toky
2019.01.11
Kanae, an Arakicho Izakaya where Wishes can Come True
“So has your wish come true?” I asked Yoko, the owner of Kanae ”Well, partly” she admitted “I had wished to open my own place so that part has come tr
2019.01.09
Mission Shopping: Buying Stuff in Japan for Friends Back Home
I was talking with a friend visiting Japan about her travel plans, when she said that one day was reserved for “mission shopping”. “Mission shopping?”
2019.01.09
A Quick Guide to One-Stop Shopping in Shinjuku
Whether you’re a traveler looking for that perfect souvenir or a long-term resident hunting for the latest bargains on electronics or clothing, you’ll
2019.01.07
Visiting Tokyo in 2019? Don't Miss These 5 Shinjuku Attractions
Since the beginning of 2018, I’ve been exploring Shinjuku to cover everything from bento lunches in famous parks to historic shrines shrouded by skysc
2018.12.27
3 Mountain Lodges for New Year’s Eve and the First Sunrise of 2019
Although I prefer to go on day trips, I do enjoy staying the night of December 31st in a mountain hut and taking part in the tradition of “hatsuhinode