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08/28/2013

Softbank at Omote-sando in Tokyo Japan

Harajuku is the one of the most popular town in Tokyo, especially among young people.

There are  so many fashionable shops, restaurants and bars.

This is "Harajuku" station. It's small, but it's always crowded.

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Softbank is one of the most biggest cellphone companies in Japan.

If you are Softbank users, and you need some help about your phones, I recommend you to go to the Omotesando branch of Softbank.

It's close to Harajuku station.

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Staff of this branch have more knowledge and experiences than other branches' staff.

In addition, many staff can speak English.

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Softbank website (English) http://mb.softbank.jp/en/#__utma=184678699.232919911.1375450245.1376508573.1377698423.4&__utmb=184678699.2.9.1377698425875&__utmc=184678699&__utmx=-&__utmz=184678699.1377698423.4.4.utmcsr=google|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=(not%20provided)&__utmv=-&__utmk=259951882

Softbank Omotesando

http://mb.softbank.jp/en/start/contents/shop.html

08/25/2013

Kagurazaka in Tokyo Japan # Japanese tempura restaurant "Tenko"

This is a tempura restaurant "Tenko".

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The restaurant has been serving delicious tempura since 1977.

If you want to take dinner at this restaurant, you need to book.

The cost of dinner is at least 20,000 yen ( about 200 U.S. dollars).

However,  you can enjoy nice lunch more reasonable!

The cheapest lunch menu is "Tendon".

"Tendon" is a dish that several tempuras are on rice.

The price of Tendon is 2500 yen ( about 25 U.S. dollars).

There are other lunch menus too.

Map: https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=3-1+Kagurazaka+Shinjuku+Tokyo&ie=UTF-8

Address: 3-1 Kagurazaka Shinjyuku-ward Tokyo Japan

tel: 81-3-3269-1414

website in Japanese : http://kagurazaka-tenko.com/info.html

08/18/2013

Kagurazaka in Tokyo Japan # Japanese restaurant "SEKI"

There are many sophisticated restaurants in Kagurazaka.

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This is a Japanese restaurant "世喜 seki".

If you want to enjoy expensive full course dinner,

you need to make reservation beforehand.

However, if you would like to enjoy more casual dinner at this restaurant,

you don't need to book.

Their casual dinner course is 3000 yen, about 30 U.S. dollars.

It doesn't include drink fee.

I think that the potion sizes are not so big,

but you can enjoy the atmosphere of a classic Japanese restaurant.

Map: http://diddlefinger.com/m/tokyoto/tokyo/384455

4-2 Kagurazaka Shinjuku-ward Tokyo Japan

tel: 81-3-3260-1637

website in Japanese : http://tokyo-calendar.com/restaurants/779

08/16/2013

Kagurazaka in Tokyo Japan # Japanese hotel WAKANA

This is a traditional Japanese style hotel "和可菜 wakana".

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This hotel is famous as "the inn for writers", because a lot of famous novelists and

sript writers, such as Yoji Yamada who is the author and director

of a very popular Japanese movie "Otoko wa Tsurai yo "

stayed and worked here.

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I have heard that many foreign travelers stay in this inn these days.

This hotel has a facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/%E6%97%85%E9%A4%A8-%E5%92%8C%E5%8F%AF%E8%8F%9C-Long-established-inn-WAKANA%E6%9D%B1%E4%BA%AC%E7%A5%9E%E6%A5%BD%E5%9D%82/213895865293098

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If you stay at this inn, I think you can enjoy old good atmosphere of Tokyo.

The cost is about 100 U. S. dollars per person per night.

To be continued.

08/14/2013

Kagurazaka in Tokyo Japan # restaurant "YUKIMOTO"

The Kagurazaka area has a rich history.

The area used to be flourished with craftsmen,  full of samurai's residences.

In addition, it was a popular shrine and temple district in Edo era between 1603-1868.

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In Meiji era between 1868-1911,

it was one of the greatest entertainment districts in Tokyo.

There were many Japanese restaurants and geishas.

Even today, some of old restaurants can be seen in the narrow lanes.

If you are lucky, you are able to see geishas in the streets.

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↑This Japanese restaurant "幸本 Yukimoto" is very high class.

You can enjoy fine sophisticated Japanese dishes.

Moreover, you can enjoy Geisha's dance and music  at this restaurant, if you want.

However, you know, it's very very expensive.

The cheapest dinner at the restaurant is about 10,000yen. ( about U.S. $100)

You also need to pay service fee, drink fee and Geisha's fee.

I have heard that you need to prepare at least 400 U.S. dollars per person,

if you want to invite Geisha to your dinner.

Therefore I recommend you to ask staff about the cost when you book.

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Here is the website of  "幸本 Yukimoto".

Unfortunately they don't have staff who can speak English.

Therefore someone who can speak Japanese should call the restaurant

to book your dinner and I recommend you to go the restaurant with someone

who help you to communicate to staff.

 

 

 

To be continued

08/12/2013

Kasuga Grand Shrine in Nara prefecture Japan

Kasuga Grand Shrine is a Shinto Shrine,

which was designated as a world heritage site in 1998.

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It has a long history.

The shrine was built about 1300 years ago.

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It is believed that gods stay on trees.

So Shinto Shrines protect trees in and around shrines as "Gods' trees".

You shouldn't touch these trees, because it is said that such bad behavior brings you

serious penalties.

Unfortunately, many Japanese people who don't have enough knowledge

touch these trees nowadays, but you shouldn't imitate their behavior.

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Kasuga Grand Shrine is surrounded by the old forest.

In the forests, we can see a lot of deer.

Deer are considered as messengers from Gods, so they are also protected.

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There are many lanterns in the shrine.

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Most of them were offered by citizens.

These lanterns are lit at night in August14th and August 15th.

It's a lantern festival.

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This shrine is famous for the wisterias.

They are very beautiful.

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Kasuga Grand Shrine is my favorite Shinto shrine.

I hope you enjoy the great atmosphere of old Japan.

link : Nara City Sightseeing Information Center

http://narashikanko.or.jp/en/

08/11/2013

Hello! I'm Lala

Hi there! I'm Lala. I'm a Japanese living in Tokyo.

I'm a volunteer tour guide belonging to Tokyo Tourist Information Center at Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

I'm going to provide information about Japanese sightseeing spots on this blog.

If you have questions about sightseeing in Japan, please leave comments on this blog or send me e-mails.

I'd like to answer your questions as much as possible.

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