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Tokyo: Strolling around Tsukishima and eating Monja

Tsukishima is a sleepy little man-made island in the heart of Tokyo - and upon looking in several guide books, there was not much being said about this little quarter. But still, I was curious, it was so close to where we were staying and it looked intriguing, some old houses and a local food… Continue reading Tokyo: Strolling around Tsukishima and eating Monja

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Tokyo: Nezu Museum

The Nezu Museum has to be my favourite museum in Tokyo - it is so beautiful, not just the architecture and exhibits inside, but also the outside and the beautiful surrounding garden. It is an oasis of calm in the heart of Tokyo. The museum is home to pre-modern Japanese and East Asian art that… Continue reading Tokyo: Nezu Museum

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Tokyo: Exploring the old quarter of Yanaka

Yanaka is one of the loveliest quarters of Tokyo. It is full of old houses, little streets and tiny shops in an old town ambience reminiscent of Tokyo from past decades. Throughout the district, there is an air of nostalgia and a rustic charm. This quarter is actually one of a trio of neighbourhoods collectively… Continue reading Tokyo: Exploring the old quarter of Yanaka

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Tokyo: Strolling around Bunkyo (Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Tokyo Dome)

Bunkyo is not an area that I came across before, but when we realised that it is home to Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, one of the two surviving Edo period clan gardens in modern Tokyo, we decided to explore this area a little bit. Our first stop was the Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, which dates back to… Continue reading Tokyo: Strolling around Bunkyo (Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Tokyo Dome)

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Tokyo: Roppongi continued (Roppongi Hills, Mori Tower, Tokyo City View, Tokyo Midtown, 21_21 Design Sight)

Another day, another part of Tokyo to explore. This time the area of 'six trees' - Roppongi. Six very old and large zelkova trees were used to mark the area, but they have not survived all those years. Now, Roppongi is a busy district with lots of foreign embassies, big office towers, a wild night… Continue reading Tokyo: Roppongi continued (Roppongi Hills, Mori Tower, Tokyo City View, Tokyo Midtown, 21_21 Design Sight)