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Blue & White Store, Azabu – Top Japanese Craft Boutique

The Blue & White store reopened April 2017 in their new location one building over from their old store. Same brilliant Blue & White arts and crafts in new digs. Amy Katoh opened the Blue & White Store over 35 years ago promoting Japanese crafts and lifestyle of years past. …

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Asa no Ha Shop, Azabu – Seasonal Tenugui

One of the many things I love about Japan are the seasons, with each season come unique changes in nature, food and celebrations. A great way to capture the ever-changing seasons is to place a simple but beautiful tenugui in a prominent place in your house. Asa no Ha Shop, …

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Nihonbo Chopstick Store (Hiroo, Tokyo)

Need to buy a birthday gift for a friend so stopped by Nihonbo Chopstick Store in Hiroo. Nihonbo has thousands of chopsticks (Hashi) from everyday to special occasion. You can even have the chopsticks personalized with your name engraved. Nihonbo Chopstick Store (Hiroo, Tokyo) I have been a loyal fan …

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Katsuyama Port Beach, Chiba

Katsuyama Port Beach is a quiet beach located a 1.5 hour drive from central Tokyo. It has a good stretch of sand, a dock for fishing, a few cement breakers, clean shower / restroom facilities, and on a clear day, a view of Mt. Fuji. We took a day trip to …

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Bread & Espresso (Jiyugaoka, Tokyo) – Baby Friendly cafe

Jiyugaoka with Kids

Bread & Espresso Jiyugaoka is a clean and bright cafe located a short walk from Jiyugaoka station. They are baby friendly have a spacious terrace, perfect for beginner walkers. They serve a number of delicious paninis, pastries and desserts for dine-in or take out. The popular items on the menu …

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Top Train and Railway Museums in Japan

SC Maglev and Railway Park

Top Train and Railway Museums in Japan To help you discover and explore a few of the amazing trains Japanese engineering has produced throughout the years we`ve listed a few of our favorites. Explore the interiors of the historical train cars, view the antique collections, learn the mechanisms of the …

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Miss Saigon (Shibuya, Tokyo)

Miss Saigon is the closest to authentic Vietnamese food I`ve tasted in Tokyo. Hidden away in a small building in Shibuya it`s easy to miss. Our favorite meals are the Beef Pho, fresh shrimp spring rolls and the fried spring rolls – a crowd favorite. The staff, always dressed in their …

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Umekoji Collabo, Kyoto – Family-Friendly Organic Restaurant

Umekoji Collabo

Umekoji Collabo organic restaurant focuses on fresh vegetables purchased every morning from contract farmers in the northern area of Kyoto. This family-friendly restaurant is non-smoking, has Japanese reading books and toys for little ones and is the perfect spot to grab a meal after a day at Umekoji Park, the Kyoto Railway Museum or the Kyoto …

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Kappabashi Kitchen Town, Taito-ku – A Cook’s Shopping Paradise

Kappabashi Kitchen Town, Best Living Japan

Kappabashi Kitchen Town, Tokyo is a cook’s shopping paradise. There are over 180 cooking, kitchen and restaurant supply stores extended over six blocks. Here even the kitchen sink is for sale – every pot and pan, serving dish, utensil, kitchen appliance that a cook can imagine. Kappabashi is located between Ueno …

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Kaleidoscope Museum, Kyoto – Boutique Museum for Hands-On Fun

Kaleidoscope Museum, Kyoto

Kaleidoscopes do not pop to mind when one says Kyoto, but the Kaleidoscope Museum (京都万華鏡ミュージアム姉小路館) is a great place to visit for an hour if your kids are “templed out” or if the weather calls for an indoor activity.  The one room museum has 20-30 kaleidoscopes that are from all …

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Bornelund Playville, Osaka – An Indoor and Outdoor kids` Play Space

Bornelund Playville

Bornelund Playville is an extension of the Bornelund toy shops and popular Kid-o-Kid indoor playcenters. Bornelund combined the two adding an outdoor play space filled with plants, water, sand and natural-type of playground versus the colorful plastic equipment we`ve grown accustomed to. They opened their first Playville in Tennoji Osaka …

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Kodomo Miraikan, Kyoto – Free Indoor Playcenter

Kodomo Miraikan, Kyoto

Kodomo Miraikan (こども未来館) in  Kyoto is a government run community center which has a super fun free indoor play area, family friendly casual restaurant for lunch and a library. It is conveniently located in central Kyoto and opens at 9:00, so perfect for kids who are up and ready early!Kodomo …

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Tennoji Zoo (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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Gelateria Acquolina (Yutenji, Tokyo)- Delicious Homemade Gelato

tokyo gelato

Gelateria Acquolina (ジェラテリア アクオリーナ) is another spot to add to our Favorite Top 5+ Ice Treats in Japan. It`s is a cozy shop in Yutenji that creates delicious homemade gelato with flavors that change with the season. The classics are there but they also have unique flavors like our favorite: basil …

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