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Japan, 〒160-0021 Tokyo, Shinjuku, Kabukicho, 1 Chome−16−2 富士ビルディング 5/6F
It's the best place in Tokyo to say “Hello, Kitty” with none of the responsibilities of pet ownership: Kyariko Shinjuku Cat Café, home to 50 healthy, happy felines, from giant fluffy Persians to tortoiseshell tabbies and noisy Siamese breeds....
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1 Chome-1-6 Kabukichō, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0021, Japan
Golden Gai is a tiny section of Shinjuku where you can find a nightlife experience unlike any other. Each bar seats about two to six people and some only admitting locals. Watch for English signs boasting no cover charges and find a warm welcome...
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3 Chome-14-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0022, Japan
Often referred to as food theme parks, Japan’s depachikas, located in the basements of most department stores, are stately, appetite inducing locales. Over a century old, the Shinjuku Isetan depachika is one of the largest in Tokyo. This gourmet...
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Komachi, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture 248-0006, Japan
When I first moved to Japan, I met many fellow foreigners who collected everything – paintings, dolls, kimonos, obies, chopsticks, to name just a few. To avoid amassing knickknacks destined to be dust-bunny magnets, a friend and I devised a...
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Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Jizo Bodhisattva is the guardian spirit of Buddhism tasked with protecting children and rescuing souls from hell. The hats and bibs are hand sewn by faithful visitors who want a chance to interact with Jizo in hopes of gaining his protection. I...
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Japan, 〒150-0001 Tōkyō-to, Shibuya-ku, Jingūmae, 5 Chome−9−13 喜多重ビル
Shopping at Oriental Bazaar in Omote-sando is something of a guilty pleasure—you know you’ve just been sucked into one of the biggest tourist traps in town, but at the same time the convenience afforded by being able to purchase souvenirs...
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1 Chome Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
Expect to be overwhelmed. In Tokyo's neon-bright Electronic Town, what began as a post World War II black market for radio parts has become a mecca for geeks. Fondly known as Akiba, the area features hundreds of thousands of retail space dedicated...
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1−1 Kanda Hanaokachō, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 101-0028, Japan
In the Akihabara neighborhood, giant anime billboards, towering Sega arcades, and electronics shops dominate the streets. The area’s denkiya, or electric appliance stores, boast an unparalleled selection of gadgets for gear geeks. The giant among...