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Cuoca (Jiyugaoka, Tokyo) – Tokyo Baking Enthusiasts Dream Shop

Cuoca is a one-stop shop for baking supplies that aren’t always easy to find. Their stores are stocked high with everything from baking inserts and pans to sprinkles and toppers. They carry pastry tips and icing for making more detailed desserts, a variety of high-quality flours, nuts, dried fruits, liqueur …

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TY Harbor (Shinagawa, Tokyo) – Waterfront Dining

TY Harbor

The TY Harbor Brewery Restaurant in Shingawa is a popular date spot and family-friendly. Located in the Tennoz area TY Harbor opens daily from 11:30am serving traditional American cuisine with soup and salad sets and vegetarian meals as well. Their non-smoking restaurant with in-house brewed craft beers and seasonal spirits are a …

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Takumi Craft Store, Ginza – 80 years of history!

I have been a customer of Takumi craft store (たくみ)for over 25 years! Seemed like a long time, but when I recently went in to visit and asked how long they have been in business the answer was 80 years. Takumi may be the longest surviving Japanese craft store in …

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Rin 8890, Akihabara

Rin 8890 is one of my favourite Japanese craft boutiques in Tokyo. If you are looking for utilitarian items with great style, this is a one-stop store. Although the store’s space is small, you are sure to find something that you “must” have. Rin 8890 Best Living Japan. Rin, also, …

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Tiger Gyoza, Hiroo – Inexpensive Yummy Family Eats!

Tiger Gyoza in Hiroo is an inexpensive but yummy restaurant to have a quick lunch or dinner. The speciality is gyoza (dumplings/pot stickers) both fried and boiled.  Tiger Gyoza is a chain with locations in Shibuya, Akasaka and many other locals around Tokyo, but we frequent the one in Hiroo. …

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Discover Shimokitazawa – a charming coffee filled Tokyo neighbourhood

NEM Coffee, Hiroo

Have you discovered Shimokitazawa in Tokyo? Shimokitazawa is a charming coffee filled Tokyo neighbourhood! Discover Shimokitazawa Like its location just outside the Yamanote line circle, Shimokitazawa tends to fall just out of the view of international residents living in central Tokyo. Yet the neighborhood, which is just 7 minutes from Shinjuku …

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Tsutaya Electrics Futakotamagawa – An Art and Technology Store

Tsutaya Electrics

Tsutaya Electrics in Futakotamagawa is my favorite place to sit back, relax and enjoy a good book with or without the kids while browsing their art, appliances, and home space. Located near the creative DIY Factory where you can learn, make, buy DIY products; the 100 Spoons Family Restaurant, Futakotamaga Park, Japanese …

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J.S. Pancake Cafe – Twelve locations in Japan serving brunch all day

J.S. Pancake Cafe

J.S. Pancake Cafe (ジェイエス パンケーキカフェ) serves delicious and filling brunch all day every day. J.S. Pancake Cafe is owned by the Japanese casual clothing brand, Journal Standard, and specializes in savory and sweet pancakes. They have twelve locations in Japan including two in Tokyo and one in Yokohama. We stopped in at the Tennoji location in the Mio …

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Burger Mania – One of Tokyo`s Best Burger Restaurants, Hiroo

Burger Mania Hiroo (バーガーマニア広尾店) is our favorite family-friendly weekend burger place with the kids. The Burger Mania chain, also located in Shirokane and now Ebisu, has a California-like atmosphere, delicious burgers made from 100% Japanese beef patties and buns made from sake yeast. I love the avocado cheese burger (1290 yen), …

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Micro Pig Cafe Tokyo (Harajuku)

micro pig cafe

We visited the Micro Pig cafe and spent a delightful time with the most ADORABLE micro pigs. The Meguro micro pig cafe opened in March this year and was such a hit they opened another location in Harajuku this month! Not only can you spend time with the micro pigs …

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Camden Blue Star Donuts (Shinsaibashisuji, Osaka)

Camden Blue Star Osaka

Camden Blue Star Donuts CLOSED. 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 …

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Teien Museum (Shirogane, Tokyo) – Japanese Art Deco Beauty

Teien Museum, Art Deco Tokyo, Shirogane

The Teien Museum is a perfectly preserved residence, now museum,  from the 1930’s. The museum has been closed for the past seven months due to retrofit for handicap users. The new exhibit is “Decoration never dies, anyway” which runs until February 25th, 2018. The Teien Museum, built in 1933, was …

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Roppongi Nishi Park Playground

roppongi nishi park

Roppongi Nishi Park (立六本木西公園) is a new playground park nestled in the backstreets of Roppongi between the popular Roppongi Hills Slide Park, Robot Park and Hinokicho Park at Tokyo Midtown. This new sand park is perfect for beginner walkers up to preschool-aged kids. It has a nice open space, various plants and …

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Yamashiroya Toy Store (Ueno, Tokyo)

Yamashiroya Toy Store, Ueno

Adding another Tokyo Store to or favorites list – the Yamashiroya Toy Store in Ueno.  Like Hakuhinkan in Ginza and Kiddyland if you are looking for Japanese or International toys and collectibles you will not be disappointed. Yamashiroya Toy Store is a one minute walk from Ueno station so you can …

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