Sugamo

Sugamo is a shopping district in Tōkyō. You can get there using the Yamanote Line.

The area is mainly used by the elderly. The 800 metre long Jizo Dori shopping street is also known as the “Old Ladies’ Harajuku”.

There is a small festival takes place on the 4th, 14th and 24th of every month.

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Index

Hamamatsuchō

Happy Halloween

Harajuku

Inokashira Park

Kamakura

Kichijōji

Meiji Shrine

Mito

Mount Takao

Nezu Shrine

Nihonbashi

ODaiba

Ohi Racecourse Flea Market

Ōtsuka

Shibuya

Shinjuku

Sugamo

Tennoji Daibutsu

Yamanote Line

Yanaka Ginza


Happy Halloween

Halloween in Japan is celebrated by wearing Halloween and Cosplay Costumes. It’s a relatively new tradition and the costumes are more cute than scary. It’s one of the few times in the year that Japanese workers are able to let their hair down.

UPDATE: It has developed into a giant unofficial street party. In 2018, more than 300,000 people gathered around Shibuya Scramble Crossing on Halloween and the previous weekend.

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Index

Hamamatsuchō

Happy Halloween

Harajuku

Inokashira Park

Kamakura

Kichijōji

Meiji Shrine

Mito

Mount Takao

Nezu Shrine

Nihonbashi

ODaiba

Ohi Racecourse Flea Market

Ōtsuka

Shibuya

Shinjuku

Sugamo

Tennoji Daibutsu

Yamanote Line

Yanaka Ginza


Shibuya

Shibuya is known for its busy shopping district and bustling nightlife.

Shibuya Scramble Crossing is the world’s busiest pedestrian crossing. An estimated 2,500 people cross each time the lights change.

Shibuya Station is one of Tōkyō’s busiest railway stations. In front of the station is Hachikō-mae Square which is named after Hachikō; a Japanese Akita dog remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner, Hidesaburō Ueno, for whom he continued to wait for over nine years following Ueno’s death. A memorial statue of Hachikō sits in the square and is used as a popular meeting place. Opposite the statue is a Tourist Information centre.

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Index

Hamamatsuchō

Happy Halloween

Harajuku

Inokashira Park

Kamakura

Kichijōji

Meiji Shrine

Mito

Mount Takao

Nezu Shrine

Nihonbashi

ODaiba

Ohi Racecourse Flea Market

Ōtsuka

Shibuya

Shinjuku

Sugamo

Tennoji Daibutsu

Yamanote Line

Yanaka Ginza


Yamanote Line

The Yamanote Line is a loop line that connects Tōkyō’s major cities.

Train departures are every two to four minutes in each direction.

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Index

Hamamatsuchō

Happy Halloween

Harajuku

Inokashira Park

Kamakura

Kichijōji

Meiji Shrine

Mito

Mount Takao

Nezu Shrine

Nihonbashi

ODaiba

Ohi Racecourse Flea Market

Ōtsuka

Shibuya

Shinjuku

Sugamo

Tennoji Daibutsu

Yamanote Line

Yanaka Ginza


Mito

Mito is the capital of Ibaraki Prefecture.

A few minutes walk from Mito Station is a tobacconist with a very special employee: a cat named Hachi (ハチ) after the black marks on its forehead which look like the Kanji character for the number eight. Hachi attracts visitors from all over Japan because the number eight is considered lucky.

The old town is home to Kōdōkan is a restored 19th-century school and the ruins of the 12th-century Mito Castle.     



Index

Hamamatsuchō

Happy Halloween

Harajuku

Inokashira Park

Kamakura

Kichijōji

Meiji Shrine

Mito

Mount Takao

Nezu Shrine

Nihonbashi

ODaiba

Ohi Racecourse Flea Market

Ōtsuka

Shibuya

Shinjuku

Sugamo

Tennoji Daibutsu

Yamanote Line

Yanaka Ginza


Harajuku

Harajuku is popular mainly with thrifty fashion-conscious teenagers and young adults looking for a more upmarket shopping experience.

Harajuku Station was opened on 30th October 1906. The current station building was built in 1924 and is the oldest existing wooden station building in Tokyo. Due to current and predicted future congestion levels; East Japan Railway Company announced that they will be rebuilding the station in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

The station has two main exits. The Takeshita Exit which leads to Takeshita Street and the Omotesandō Exit.

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Index

Hamamatsuchō

Happy Halloween

Harajuku

Inokashira Park

Kamakura

Kichijōji

Meiji Shrine

Mito

Mount Takao

Nezu Shrine

Nihonbashi

ODaiba

Ohi Racecourse Flea Market

Ōtsuka

Shibuya

Shinjuku

Sugamo

Tennoji Daibutsu

Yamanote Line

Yanaka Ginza


Meiji Shrine

Meiji Shrine (aka Meiji Jingū) is located in Yoyogi, one stop from Shinjuku or Harajuku, on the Yamanote Line.

Meiji Shrine is a Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken. 

 


Index

Hamamatsuchō

Happy Halloween

Harajuku

Inokashira Park

Kamakura

Kichijōji

Meiji Shrine

Mito

Mount Takao

Nezu Shrine

Nihonbashi

ODaiba

Ohi Racecourse Flea Market

Ōtsuka

Shibuya

Shinjuku

Sugamo

Tennoji Daibutsu

Yamanote Line

Yanaka Ginza


Shinjuku

Shinjuku is a large entertainment, business and shopping area around Shinjuku Station. It’s teeming with cafés, restaurants and Izakayas.

Shinjuku Station is the world’s busiest railway station, used by over three million passengers every day.

Kabukichō is an entertainment and red-light district on the Northeast side of Shinjuku Station. It reportedly has a large Yakuza presence and many bars have a reputation of adding extortionate hidden charges to customer’s bills. Some establishments will only accept Japanese customers.

Golden Gai is an area in Kabukichō containing around 200 bars, mainly for Japanese customers only.

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Hanazono Shrine

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Index

Hamamatsuchō

Happy Halloween

Harajuku

Inokashira Park

Kamakura

Kichijōji

Meiji Shrine

Mito

Mount Takao

Nezu Shrine

Nihonbashi

ODaiba

Ohi Racecourse Flea Market

Ōtsuka

Shibuya

Shinjuku

Sugamo

Tennoji Daibutsu

Yamanote Line

Yanaka Ginza