Visit: Modern Japan

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
2018.11.26
Enjoy an Illuminating Holiday Experience in Shinjuku
Seasons define life in Japan. In spring, cherry blossoms paint the country in pink. Summer is filled with the sights and sounds of festivals. Fall bri
2018.11.05
From Shinjuku to Tokyo Tower: Enjoy a Scenic Run Filled with History
With its maze-like streets and skyscrapers as far as the eye can see, navigating Tokyo can be intimidating. However, if you take some time to explore
2018.10.22
Become a Believer in Virtual Reality at VR Zone Shinjuku
Be it as a hobby, occupation, or even academic research, video games have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I've seen many fads co
2018.09.26
How to See Godzilla in Shinjuku and Live to Tell About It
Some of my earliest memories involve family trips to the local Fedco in the early 1980s. As a child, it’s an understatement to say that I wasn't very
2018.08.06
The 17th Annual Shinjuku Eisa Festival: Experience the Spirit of Okinawa in Shinjuku
Every year, on the last Saturday of July, the streets of Shinjuku are transformed by the sights, sounds, and spirit of Okinawa. The Shinjuku Eisa Fest
2018.07.31
From Tocho to Arakicho: A One-Day Shinjuku Itinerary
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (Tocho, for short) is one of Tokyo’s most iconic landmarks and tourist attractions. It’s famous for its fre
2018.07.23
3 Free Ways to Get a Bird's-Eye View of Shinjuku and Beyond
Even as a long-term Tokyo resident, gazing across the endless metropolis from a perch high above the ground never gets old. When it comes to partaking
2018.07.19
Explore Shinjuku Chuo Park and Its Secret History
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Shinjuku Chuo (Central) Park, a lush greenspace surrounded by the office towers and luxury apartment high-rise