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Dratec Racing Simulators, Shinsaibashisuji, Osaka

Dratec

We stumbled across Dratec (ドラテク) Racing Simulator shop while exploring Shinsaibashi suji, one of Osaka`s oldest and busiest shopping districts. Dratec Driving Technique houses four race car simulators consisting of triple screen displays, audio and vibration systems and software that includes 100 tracks from around the world. These simulators are actually …

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Shake Shack Ebisu – All-natural 100% hormone-free Angus Beef Burgers

Shake Shack

Shake Shack is a New York City based American restaurant chain that uses all-natural 100% angus beef completely free of hormones and antibiotics. They pride themselves on sourcing incredible ingredients from like-minded farmers, bakers and food purveyors. “Our burgers are made with 100% all-natural, antibiotic-free Angus beef burgers (no added hormones). Our …

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Kids Plaza Osaka – The Museum Where Kids Learn Through Play

Kids Plaza Osaka

Kids Plaza Osaka is an excellent indoor museum to take your kids to rain or shine. Built as an educational museum in 1997 it provides three floors of exhibits and activities that will keep your kids interested and engaged for hours. When entering Kids Plaza visitors are first greeted by their “Ball Circus”, …

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Luke’s Lobster Japan, Hiroo New Opening – Also in Omotesando, Shibuya & 3 Other Locations

Luke's Lobster Japan

I am a New Englander and grew up on lobster, so I am thrilled that Luke’s Lobster is expanding in Japan. They have just opened their sixth Japan store in Hiroo. If you are still waiting in the HUGE line in Omotesando, come on down to Hiroo, especially M-F when it …

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Camden Blue Star Donuts, Shinsaibashisuji, Osaka

Camden Blue Star Osaka

Camden Blue Star Donuts is a Portland-born doughnut shop that opened in Osaka`s bustling Shinsaibashisuji neighborhood in September 2016. Little A and I were thrilled to have stumbled onto Camden Blue Star after a long morning of sight seeing in Shinsaibashisuji. We had visited their Daikanyama Log Road location in Tokyo just last month and were …

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Søstrene Grene, Jingue Mae – Great Value Scandinavian Home Accessories and Crafts

Søstrene Grene

Søstrene Grene a Scandinavian design home accessories, kitchen ware, gifts, stationery and interior furnishings chain has opened their first store in Japan.  The store is located right off the main Omotesando strip behind Omotesando Hills. The store offers super value items from yarn, paint, and beads to candles and end tables for your apartment. …

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Tennoji Zoo, Osaka – An Urban Oasis in Metropolitan Osaka

Tennoji Zoo Park

Tennoji Zoo (Osaka Zoo), opened in 1915, is Japan`s third oldest zoo. Over the years Osaka City`s Recreation and Tourism Bureau has been working to contribute to the protection and preservation of wild species by renovating the zoo`s old facilities into more efficient ones as well as introducing natural habitats for the …

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Green Brother’s, Ebisu and Nishi-Azabu – Custom Made Salads

Green Brother's Tokyo Salad

No more excuses not to increase your greens with Green Brother’s in Ebisu and Nishi-Azabu. It seems the demand for greens is surging in popularity in Japan. Following the success of Crisp Salad Works, Green Brother’s has opened two shops and will open another in Azabu-Juban in late December 2016. …

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Dominique Ansel Bakery Tokyo, Omotesando – Best Hot Chocolate in Tokyo

Dominique Ansel Bakery Tokyo

Today was a chilly day in Tokyo with winds, gray skies and a sober mood so I headed to Dominique Ansel Bakery Tokyo (ドミニクアンセルベーカリートウキョウ) to enjoy a comforting hot chocolate. Dominique Ansel Bakery in Omotesando opened in June 2016 following the first store in SoHo New York which opened in …

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Camden Blue Star Donuts and Coffee, Daikanyama

Camden blue star donuts

Camden Blue Star Donuts is a Portland-born doughnut shop that opened in Tokyo’s chic Daikanyama neighborhood in April 2015. Their unique and creative flavors have earned them the nickname “Donuts for Grownups”. The shop sits inside Fred Segal’s Mart in the Western-themed shopping complex, Log Road. We stopped in and were impressed …

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Rigoletto Short Hills, Nakameguro – Our favorite family-friendly lunch spot

Rigoletto

Rigoletto Short Hills is our favorite family-friendly restaurant in Nakameguro. It`s spacious with modern furnishings and a lively atmosphere. The first floor holds bar-like seating and a small, pet-friendly covered terrace. The second floor is bright with lofty ceilings. The perfect atmosphere for a night out or a fun date night, and a …

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