Visit: Modern Japan

2020.03.16
Experience a bit of Ishikawa Prefecture in Tokyo
At the end of 2019, my colleague and friend Chigaya invited me to visit the city of Kanazawa and the peninsula of Noto, in Ishikawa Prefecture. I had
2020.03.16
Shibuya Scramble Square: Tokyo’s Newest Rooftop Observation Deck
Location, location, location. It should come as no surprise that this classic real estate adage also applies to skyscraper rooftop observation decks.
2020.02.27
5 Unforgettable Japan Travel Experiences
If you live in Japan long enough, fond memories and unforgettable experiences tend to pile up like plates at an all-you-can eat conveyor belt sushi re
2020.02.21
5 Experiences within Walking Distance of the New National (Olympic) Stadium
The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will be here before we know it, and if you’re lucky enough to have tickets for this historic event, chances are you’ll be
2019.10.15
A Guide to Daikoku PA: Heaven on Earth for Fans of Japanese Car Culture
I’ve been a stalwart fan of Japanese sports cars since I was a teenager. So naturally, one of the first things I did upon arriving in Tokyo in 2009 wa
2019.08.16
teamLab Planets: Immerse Yourself in Digital Art
After the international success of teamLab Borderless, it didn’t take long for the teamLab group to create a follow-up exhibition, teamLab Planets. At
2019.07.29
The Toyosu Fish Market: A Behind-the-Scenes Experience with Restaurateur Nobutaka Tsuchida
In the fall of 2018, the world-famous Tsukiji Inner Market shut down permanently, and all of its primary activity was relocated to a brand-new facilit
2019.05.31
Toyota Mega Web: A Celebration of All Things Automotive
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Mega Web, a free theme park in Tokyo dedicated to all things Toyota. Mega Web is more fascinating than ever be
2019.03.15
The World Trade Center Observatory: A Tokyo Time Capsule
It's amazing how much of Tokyo's history can be told through the city's skyscrapers. The World Trade Center Building (WTCB), a copper-colored, perfect
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
2019.02.01
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
2019.01.18
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
2019.01.07
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
2018.12.14
A Quick Reference Guide to Getting Around Shinjuku Station
As the world’s busiest train station, navigating the concrete hedge maze that is Shinjuku Station can be incredibly intimidating. Even those who use S
2018.11.30
Sagamiko Illumillion: Experience One of Japan’s Most Spectacular Winter Illumination Events
With a seemingly endless number of holiday illumination displays throughout the city, Tokyo has no shortage of holiday cheer. There are fantastic ligh