Japan never ceases to surprise me. Every time I return, there is the familiar and there is the brand new. History, culture, food, everything you can ask for—Japan has it all!
TOKYO, OH TOKYO!
From giant lanterns in Asakusa to giant spiders at Roppongi Hills; from the marching hordes crossing Shibuya to the lines of manga fanatics at Akihabara; from hunky Abercrombie & Fitch models in Ginza to the best sushi in the world—Tokyo rocks!
Prologue • Bye Bye Sakura | 東京
Part 1 • All You Can Eat Ameyoko | アメ横
Part 2 • Uniquely Ueno | 上野
Part 3 • Okachimachi: The Best Sushi in Tokyo | 御徒町
Part 4 • Tsukiji: The Biggest Fish Market in the World | 築地市場
Part 5 • The Giant Lanterns of Asakusa, or The Girl Called Spring | 浅草
Part 6 • Yanaka Cemetery: A Picnic with the Departed | 谷中霊園
Part 7 • Leonardo DiCaprio & the Gangs of Ginza | 銀座
Part 8 • A Match Made in Meiji (Shrine) | 明治神宮
Part 9 • Harajuku Girls in Love | 原宿
Part 10 • Heavenly Hakone | 箱根
Part 11 • Where Did Mt. Fuji Go? | 富士山
Part 12 • Beautiful Boy Ramen, or The Great Shibuya Crossing | 渋谷区
Part 13 • Ghibli Museum: Spirited Away by Princess Mononoke | 三鷹の森ジブリ美術館
Part 14 • How We Got Beaten Up by Bruce Lee at Roppongi Hills | 六本木ヒルズ
Part 15 • Shinjuku Gyoen: Cherry Blossom Wonderland | 新宿御苑
Epilogue • The Last Meal in Tokyo | 東京
OTHER TALES OF THE LAND OF THE RISING SUN
Lavender farms in Furano; cycling in Biei; ice-cream in Otaru; ramen in Kyoto (and Sapporo and Tokyo); cherry blossom hunting during the hanami season—there’s no end to the beautiful Japanese experience.
- Tokyo for beginners 東京 | A fuss-free guide to the capital
- The real flavours of Kyoto 京都市 | From Nishiki Market to refined kyo-kaiseki
- Spellbound by Sakura 花見 | The art of chasing cherry blossoms in Tokyo
- Ramen battle royale ラーメン | Sapporo vs. Kyoto vs. Tokyo
- The sweet ride 美瑛 | A bicycle holiday in Biei
- Fabulous Furano 富良野 | Lavender fields forever
- Temple-hopping in Kyoto 京都市 | Over 1,600 temples in this UNESCO World Heritage City
- Ice-cream summer 小樽 | The hottest flavours in Hokkaido
- Weekend Kitchen 週末のキッチン | Lavender butter cake
JAPANESE CAFÉ STORIES
The coffee scene in Japan is electrifying: How about a pop-up coffee bar inside a traditional Japanese house? Or an artisanal café that only serves black coffee brewed using a flannel from aged beans? Or some of the best latte art in the world? Take a sip, and enjoy.
- Café Bibliotic Hello! | A book-filled sanctuary in Kyoto
- Café de l’Ambre カフェドランブル | Serving Ginza coffee lovers since 1948
- Coffee Tei 皇琲亭 | English tea room meets German beer tavern in Ikebukuro
- Little Nap Coffee Stand | Bohemian hideaway in Yoyogi for music lovers
- Omotesando Koffee オモテサンドウコーヒー | A pop-up café hidden inside a 60-year-old traditional Japanese house
- Café-hopping in Japan | Five Tokyo cafés every coffee lover should experience!
LITTLE YOKOHAMA IN MALAYSIA
Yokohama native Seiji Fujimoto brings Japanese street food to the Kuala Lumpur neighbourhood of Taman Desa. Delicious favourites such as Sanuki udon, yakitori and open-air Japanese BBQ have made him the new lord of izakayas in town.