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The Shitamachi Museum, Ueno

The Shitamachi Museum in Ueno was established in 1980 to teach future generations about the culture of the shitamachi. The word shitamachi is composed of the word shita meaning “down” and machi meaning “town”. By touring the Shitamachi Museum, you will gain an understanding of life in the shitamchi pre-WWII. …

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Tokyo Mini Park: Kamiyon Jidouyuen Playground, Nakameguro

Tokyo Mini Park: Kamiyon Jidouyuen Playground, Nakameguro. What is a Tokyo Mini Park? Tokyo Mini Parks are smaller local playground parks that one would not go out of their way to visit, but a great spot if going from one location to another. Kamiyon Jidouyuen Playground is a newly renovated …

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Lotus Baquette Organic Bakery and Cafe – 4 locations in Tokyo

Lotus Baquette is an Organic Bakery and Cafe that uses 100% all natural ingredients to create their delicious breads and desserts. There are two locations in Nakameguro, one with indoor seating located a few minutes walk from the station, and another along the Meguro River. Lotus Baquette offers a variety of breads; …

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Jakuzure Walking Path – Nakameguro to Sangenjaya

A nicely manicured walk with flowers and green starting at Nakameguro and ending in Sangenjaya is the Jakuzure Green River Way / Jakuzure walking path. In the past the Jakuzure River, also known as the “noisy river”, flooded frequently during typhoon season so the city decided to cover it and …

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Tokyo One Day Itinerary: Nakameguro with Kids

Nakameguro is a popular yet quiet residential neighborhood filled with unique boutique shops and cafe. The area comes alive with their Cherry Blossom festival along the Meguro River in mid spring and during their summer matsuri (festival). Tokyo One Day Itinerary: Nakameguro with Kids Start your morning off at City Bakery. …

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Lupicia Tea Shop & Salon, Jiyugaoka – Purveyor of Teas & Confectionary

Lupicia is a tea and teaware retailer with locations in Japan, US, France, Australia and Taiwan. They carry their own blends of Green Tea, Oolong, Black Tea, Matcha, Wellness and Seasonal teas, gifts, sweets and teaware. They have a beautiful boutique shop in Jiyugaoka that carries an impressive selection of …

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Tokyo Rainbow Bridge Bike Crossing – Great Views

Rainbow Bridge Bike Crossing

I recommend you consider a Tokyo Rainbow Bridge Bike crossing, if you have a goal of visiting the Odaiba area. Some many great places to visit in Odaiba including the Shiokaze Park,  Miraikan, Oedo Onsen, Sony ExploraScience and Lego Land. Here is our full list of family fun in Odaiba or Toyosu …

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Shiokaze Park, Odaiba – Pirate Ship & Water Play with views of Tokyo Bay

Metropolitan Shiokaze Park (都立潮風公園) is a great spot for your pirate loving kids. It has a beautiful and clean water and greenery promenade lined with tall Washington Palms and Cherry trees. It`s a beautiful sight walking from the station to the end of the Promenade to Tokyo Bay. It almost makes …

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Nitori Japan – Affordable Japanese Furniture and Interior Goods

Nitori, Tokyo Furniture and Home Accessories

Nitori is the IKEA or Bed Bath & Beyond of Japan selling affordable furniture and interior goods.  Nitori is a nationwide chain with more than 300 stores throughout Japan and around 50 stores outside the country. It’s a great place to shop if you are setting up a home in Japan or if you want to …

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Sun 2 Diner, Nakameguro – Tex Mex, Jerk Chicken, Burgers and more…

Sun 2 Diner (サントゥーダイナー) is a great family-friendly dining spot in Nakameguro. They serve everything from delicious Tex Mex, rice plates, burgers and more. Our kids love the chili cheese fries (not spicy!), teriyaki chicken rice plate and hubs and I love their burgers and spicy nachos. Sun 2 Diner burgers …

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Tokyo One Day Itinerary: Setagaya Park Area with Kids

Setagaya Park Area with Kids Setagaya Park is one we frequent on our list of Top Recommended Playground Parks in Tokyo. They offer rides on a mini Steam Locomotive, free pedal-go-carts in a traffic park with working traffic signals, have 2 separate playgrounds equipped with swings, spring riders, slides, monkey bars …

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Cosme Kitchen Adaptation – All you can eat Organic Salad Bar with Juicery and in-house Bio-Wine Kitchen

Cosme Kitchen Adaptation is built on the concept of “Clean Eating “, which means “Eat deliciously and make your heart and body beautiful”. They offer a number of seasonally adjusted menu options; burger & sandwiches, pastas, rice bowl, mains and vegan ice cream parfaits and smoothies, but their all-you-can-eat raw, vegan & organic salad …

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