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The most beautiful Cherry Blossom in Tokyo, Japan – Chidorigafuchi

“Chidorigafuchi” is the most beautiful Cherry Blossom place in Tokyo, Japan. It is close to Tokyo station. Closest Tokyo Metro station is “Kudanshita”.  If you walk from Kudanshita station, you can see following beautiful contrast with green and yellow flowers soon.


Top photo is the closest place to Imperial Palace in Chidorigafuchi. It takes 20 minutes walk from Kudanshita. In this area, you can see very beautiful Cherry Blossom trees they are extended to surface of moat. This is most famous Cherry Blossom path in Japan. In Cherry Blossom season, there are so many Japanese and Visitors in this place.

In Cherry Blossom season, you can enter to Imperial Place. In Imperial Place, you can walk Inui-street. There are many Cherry Blossom trees with castellated wall.


Also there is a very beautiful lake with Cherry Blossom in this Imperial Palace as follows.


This Inui street is opened in Spring cherry blossom season and Autumn leaves season. But because there is a plan to refresh construction, next chance to enter is 2017 Autumn.



Japanese conversation & communication in Shops and Restaurants

How do you say in Japan shop and restaurants? After announcement of 2015 Tokyo Olympic, there are so many visitors in Japan. But almost of them are struggling how do they ask something in shops and restaurants.

When you think “How do we communicate with Japanese?” or “I need Japanese interpreter”, you can just show following we site. By showing its pages, you can easily communicate with Japanese in shops, restaurants and towns.


This site has some categories such as “Shop”, “Cafe & Restaurants” and “Where is”. If you select shop, you can see some English sentences. Then if you select one of them, you can get a Japanese sentence. You can show this Japanese using Smart-phone or Tablet.


Also, if you want communicate about “Price”, you can use slide-bar to confirm its price.

HowSayInJapan Price

And, in “Where is” category, you can ask with location name where you want to go, as follows.

HowSayInJapan Where

Most of Japanese who are working in Shops and Restaurants can not speak English. They usually hesitate to communicate with foreign visitors. But if you use this Web site, they will feel it is very easy to communicate.

This is a simple Web site but it covers most of basic conversation in Japan Shops, Restaurants and so on.

Let’s try !



Hotel Okura Tokyo and its reconstruction

Hotel Okura Tokyo is the most famous traditional Hotel in Tokyo.
Its Main-Building is planned to reconstruct from 2015 summer. As top photo, figure of the main building of Hotel Okura is very special. It is a fusion of Japanese and Western.


As above photo, its lobby is very special and famous. The lighting is special and so-called as “Oku-lantern”. Interior decoration is totally natural wood.

=> Access to Hotel Okura Tokyo

Reconstruction is planned only for this Main-Building.


Front of main building is not so large, but  back side is ten floors building. (these are same building!) This is because Hotel Okura is build in a hill.


Next to this main building, there is following Annex building. But Annex is not reconstructed this time.


Annex’s lobby is also beautiful and it remains after 2015 summer.


In main building, there is a good terrace restaurant “Camellia”. You can see beautiful greens from inside of Camellia.


Also, you can enjoy following green park inside Hotel Okura main building site.


You can only see this traditional Hotel Okura main building until 2015 summer.

North side of Hotel Okura Tokyo is the Embassy of U.S.A.



Shinjyuku restaurant , cafe and godzilla !

In eastern side of Shinjyuku, there is a good traditional Shinjyuku restaurant “Acacia” (top photo). It is very famous for its “Cabbage Roll Stew (Rolled Cabbage)”.  In rich taste Stew, there are two big and soft chunks of cabbage including meat as follows.


Out side of restaurant, there is some menu models as follow. You can check your favorite menu.


Inside of this restaurant is very traditional Japanese cafe style as follows.


Five minutes walk from Acacia, you can find “Godzilla” on top of Shinjyuku building. It has appeared from beginning of 2015.


It is new specialty of Shinjyuku Kabuki-cho street.


Shinjyuku Isetan is the best place for shopping brands in Shinjyuku. After shopping, I recommend to have a coffee and sweets in Raika cafe at fifth floor.


Following Chocolate cake is very soft and deep taste !



Preferred Japanese Crab Restaurant at Nihombashi, Tokyo

At Nihombashi Tokyo, there is a very nice Japanese Crab Restaurant “Kani-Fuku”. (You can 10 minutes walk from Tokyo Station) “Kani” is crab in Japanese. It looks like old Japanese house as follows.



At first, please order “Kani Sashimi”, it is fresh Sashimi (raw) of crab. It is rare and very good taste.


Following is “Chawan mushi”, a steamed egg bowl with crab. It is very soft like pudding, but not sweet.


Following is “King Crab Caviar” … egg of Kani.


Top photo is “Kani seiro mushi”, steamed crab in a steaming basket. You can cut crab shell and pick up.

Main dish is “Kani-meshi”, steamed rice with crab. Of course you can eat as it is, but another way is to pour crab soup on this rice. You can enjoy two different way!


After rice, please order following “Kani miso” with Japanse Sake. Kami-miso is a testis of crab. I believe, “Kani miso” is most suitable dish for Japanese Sake.


Moreover, Kani-Fuku’s Kani-miso is so great !


It takes about 4000-5000 yen per person, I think.



Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo and Maihama

Top photo is the Cherry Blossoms’ tunnel in Maihama, close to Tokyo Disney Land.  This is 1 km Cherry Blossom tunnel along a river. You can walk 10 minutes from Maihama station.


There are so many beautiful cherry blossoms: “Somei-yoshino”.  It blooms only one or two weeks at the same time in the beginning of April.


This year (2015), it started blooming from 30th March, its peak will be 5th April, I think. There are some large cherry blossom trees in this Maihama town.


You can walk or drive under this cherry blossom tunnel.


Also, “Kasai Rinkai Park” is very famous cherry blossoms park in Tokyo.  “Kasai Rinkai Koen” station is next to Maihama station. You can enjoy BBQ if you reserve BBQ area. Also, there is good aquarium in this park.

=> Cherry Blossoms in Kawazu, Japan



New Ginza Cafe and Shopping Spot – KIRARITO

KIRARITO-Ginza is a new Ginza building opened in autumn 2014. There are so many good jewelry shops and cafe/restaurants in this.

In this building, there are two famous Ginza cafe, “Mercer Brunch” and “Eggs’n things”. Mercer Brunch is famous for its French-toast.  Eggs’n things is famous for its pan-cakes. Both of them always have long waiting line in 4th floor of this building.

In 6th floor, there is a calm Japanese cafe “Ginza no Kanazawa”. Kanazawa is a local city in Japan and this Ginza cafe is promoting things in Kanazawa city.

I love following Renkon (lotus root) cake of this cafe. Renkon is one of the special product of Kanazawa, it is wrapped in light and soft cream in this cake. Its topping is real gold. I also love tableware of this cafe.


Next to this cafe, there is an earthenware shop. There are some beautiful Kanazawa earthenware in this shop and you can buy.


Also you can see some beautiful objet using golds.


=> Ginza Shopping and Sweets – Matsuya 




Nikko Tosho-gu Shrine and Ryuokyo valley

Nikko Tosho-gu Shrine (Shinto shrine)  is one of the most famous Shinto-shrine in Japan. It is located at Nikko, it takes 2 hours from Tokyo. As top photo, there is the impressive big shrine (Tohshoh-gu Yohmei-gate). Fine sculptures are  carved around these constructions as follows .


Most famous sculpture of Nikko is, following “three wise monkeys”.  This Nikko Monkeys are teaching “Should not hear, speak and see evils while young”. It is a traditional symbol in Chinese and Japanese culture.


After hundreds of stone steps, you can approach to the grave of Tokugawa Ieyasu who is the most famous Shogun (General) in Japan history. Following bronze urn contains the remains of Ieyasu.


In Nikko Tosyo-gu Shrine, you can also see the  five-story Pagoda. Each story represents Earth, Water, Fire, Wind and Ether – in ascending order.


When you visit to Nikko Tosyogu, you should also visit to Kegon-no-Taki (Waterfall). Its height is about 100m and there is very impressive nature.


I recommend you to stay at Nikko because there are so many wonderful Japanese style hotels with Hot-Spa, in Kinugawa. If you can stay, you can go to Ryuo-kyo valley. There are beautiful river and good hiking trail in this Japan national park.


Also, at this Kinugawa river, you can enjoy River Cruise !


It is also very beautiful in Autumn Leaves season !




Preferred Ginza Shopping and Sweets – Matsuya Ginza, Tokyo

Ginza is very famous town for brand shopping in Tokyo, Japan. Ginza shopping is great experience for visitors to Japan, I think.
When you walk around Ginza, you can find so many world wide brand shops as follows,


This Louis Vuitton shop is incorporated in Matsuya Ginza which is famous shopping store (department store, in Japanese). So many famous brands such as Burberry, Issey, agnis b, Prada, Armni and Zenia are in Matsuya.

In Matsuya Ginza, there are Tax Refund Counter and Currency Exchange Machine in B1.

Also, in underground floor B1, there are so many sweets and foods shops, it is so called as “Depa-Chika” in Japan. My recommendation is Libertable (following photo) which is sweet cake shop using unique stuff.


For example, left cake is “Luxe”, it includes Chocolate and Truffe. Right cake is “Zenith”, it includes Apple Carameliser and Foie-gras. Center cake is Mont Blanc with Porcini mushroom. They have very rich and complex taste !



=> New Ginza Cafe and Shop building – KIRARITO




Preferred Japanese Restaurant around Tokyo Disneyland and Maihama

I would like to share Japanese restaurants around Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Resort and Maihama station.

If you go out from Maihama station, you can find a large shopping center: IKSPIARI.

In 4th floor of IKSPIARI, there is a famous Japanese Sukiyaki restaurant “Imahan”.  You can have very delicious Sukiyaki calmly. Imahan is one of the most famous Sukiyaki restaurant in center of Tokyo (Asakusa, Nihombashi), but you can also visit in Maihama Tokyo Disney Resort.

In Imahan, a lady in charge of your table will serve you and cock very thin meat on your desk (Top Photo). It is so sweet meat and it will melt on your tongue.

In same 4th floor, “Rinya” is an excellent Japanese “Soba” noodle and Tempura restaurant. Rinya’s Soba is the special Soba, so called “Hegi-Soba” its Soba flour is including Nori (seaweed). It is very simple and plain taste, and so healthy!


If it is lunch time, I recommend to have Japanese Ramen noodle at “Hakata Ippudo” on 3rd floor of IKSPIARI. In the approach to Ippudo, you may see long line of waiting people. It is very famous Ramen restaurant in Japan.