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  • TOC Gotanda Messe
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    3.5
    61 Reviews
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    Tokyo Shinagawa-ku Nishigotanda 7-22-17
    A shopping mall standing along Daini-Keihin in Nishigotanda, Shinagawa City. TOC stands for Tokyo Oroshiuri Center (Tokyo Wholesale Center). Fashionable clothing stores, restaurants, showrooms, and a variety of other tenants occupy the facility's three below ground floors and 13 above ground floors. There are also halls on floor 13 and B1, and the neighboring TOC Gotanda Messe facility can be used for exhibitions, sales conventions, and large group tests.

    五反田駅から歩くと10分以上かかります。ここはアウトレットと名乗っている店がある様に問屋さんの集まった建物でしょう。飲食店も入っています。無料の送迎バスがあります。

  • IKEA Tachikawa
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    3.5
    94 Reviews
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    Tokyo Tachikawashi Midorichou 6
    The Tachikawa location of IKEA, the Swedish furniture shop wildly popular around the world. Here shoppers can purchase low cost, style Northern European home décor items. The vast, warehouse-like shop sells an astounding array of prefabricated furniture, interior decorations, and lifestyle goods. IKEA also sells Northern European foods such as Swedish meatballs and there is also a restaurant on the second floor serving casual Swedish cuisine. Closest stations: Tachikawa Station, or Takamatsu Station.

    Who would have thought IKEA of all places would have a pretty good cafe?! Dont get me wrong, its not the greatest but after a long day of roaming through the store, they have cold beer and some...

  • Odaiba Marine Park
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Daiba 1-4
    This is a marine park in Daiba of Tokyo’s Minato City that surrounds a cove of Tokyo Bay and is widely used for sightseeing, dates, or family leisure time. With an artificial sand beach known as Odaiba Beach that has been extended for about 800 meters, swimming and fishing are prohibited but visitors can enjoy gathering clams and playing on the beach free of charge. The promenade that overlooks Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower is a popular photo spot day or night.
  • National Theatre
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    4.5
    113 Reviews
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Hayabusachou 4-1
    This performance hall in Hayabusa-cho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo hosts performances of traditional Japanese performance arts. It features a large theater used for Kabuki theater, Nihon Buyo dance, and other performance arts. A small theater is used for Bunraku puppet theater, Japanese music, Nihon Buyo dance, Gagaku classical music, Shomyo Buddhist chants, and folk performing arts. The theater's vestibule, beloved for its great cherry blossoms, hosts a cherry blossom festival from late March to early April. The Traditional Performing Arts Information Center located behind the theater offers a range of facilities including exhibit halls and viewing rooms.

    Booked tickets on line from Australia to see an “Introduction to Kabuki” show which features a short lecture (from an actor) about Kabuki and two Kabuki scenes. English translations were available...

  • Orchard Hall
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    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Dougenzaka 2-24-1
    This is a facility in “Bunkamura” in Dogenzaka, Shibuya City, Tokyo, where mainly classical concerts such as opera and ballet performances, as well as popular concerts, are held. The hall is able to seat 2,150 people. It is the largest “shoe box type” hall in Japan with a high ceiling, providing rich and majestic acoustics. The buffet restaurant, where you can enjoy eating and chatting before and after the performance and during intermission can be used as a venue for parties.
  • Tokyo Opera City
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    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Nishishinjuku 3-20-2
    This complex cultural facility in the Nishi-Shinjuku district of Tokyo’s Shinjuku City is based around the 54-story high-rise building Tokyo Opera City Building and also includes the adjacent New National Theatre Tokyo and a glass space with a total length of 200 meters called Galleria. In addition to a concert hall and an art gallery, it has ample restaurants including the Sky Restaurant where guests can enjoy a view 230 meters above the ground. There are also many apparel shops and stores offering lifestyle services. The free lunchtime concert held every month is quite popular.
  • Shinjuku ALTA
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    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Shinjuku 3-24-3
    This fashion building located near the east exit of Shinjuku Station is home to many brand shops targeting young women. With a total of nine floors including two basement floors and seven floors above ground, it features a range of stores covering apparel, miscellaneous goods, and cosmetics, as well as cafes, restaurants, and HMV. On the seventh floor is Studio Alta, which is well-known from the live television program “Waratte Iitomo” (It’s Ok to Laugh), and since the studio closed the space is now used as a theater. The area below the large television screen on the front of the building is popular as a meeting place.
  • Shin-Maru Building
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Marunouchi 1-5-1
    The official name of this skyscraper located in the Marunouchi district of Tokyo’s Chiyoda City is Shin-Marunouchi Building. Floors nine through 37 are an office zone that is home to the offices of numerous well-known Japanese and foreign companies. In the commercial zone occupying the area from the first basement floor to the seventh floor are approximately 150 shops full of luxury and uniqueness, spanning fashion, cosmetics, miscellaneous goods, boutique foods, and proper restaurants. The interior of the facility has an open space and relaxed ambience with plenty of sofas and benches, allowing visitors to enjoy a long period of shopping without any stress.
  • Meijiza
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    Tokyo Chuou-ku Nihombashihamachou 2-31-1
    Located just nearby the A2 exit of Hamacho Station, this is a playhouse that has been well-loved since it was established in 1873. Widely known as a hall for kabuki and shinpa (new drama), it is now host to a variety of performances including kayo concerts, contemporary drama, and musicals. The modern exterior of the Hamacho Center Building accommodates the internal appearance that retains the influence of Japanese-style architecture, and inside are a number of facilities such as a café, lounge, and long-established wagashi (Japanese sweets) shop that visitors can enjoy during the intermission. The Meijiza traditional taste of the Maku-no-uchi bento is the real pleasure of going to this theater.
  • KITTE
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Marunouchi 2-7-2
    This mixed-use complex that opened in 2013 was built on the site of the former Tokyo Central Post Office, just in front of JR Tokyo Station’s Marunouchi South Exit. Inside the 7-story facility that includes six floors above ground and a basement floor is a gourmet food zone and restaurant area that has accumulated delicious tastes from regions all over Japan, as well as fashionable high-end shops with the themes of Japanese aesthetics and authentic clothing for adult females. The artistic interior decor and view from the roof-top garden are a must.
  • Shinbashi Enbujo
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    4.0
    98 Reviews
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    Tokyo Chuou-ku Ginza 6-18-2
    This theater in the Ginza district of Tokyo's Chuo City was built in 1925. Constructed as a place to showcase the arts of Shinbashi geisha, it is now used to stage a variety of programs with a focus on kabuki, shinpa (new drama) and shin-kigeki (a new comedy troupe). The Shinbashi geisha's Azuma Odori, which is held every year for four days in May, is popular as a spring tradition in Tokyo in which guests can catch a glimpse of the culture in Japan's traditional pleasure quarters which are normally off-limits to first-timers. There are bento meals boxes to enjoy the tradition of the Shinbashi pleasure quarters and a complete cafeteria menu inside the theater.

    We were lucky enough to catch a show on 26 May 2019. (Only on for 4 days in Tokyo, I believe.) It consisted of 30 minutes dancing, then an intermission of 30 minutes (during which you could eat...

  • Hamarikyu Asahi Hall
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
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    Tokyo Chuou-ku Tsukiji 5-3-2 Asahi Shimbun Tokyo Head Office / New Building 2F
    This chamber music hall in the Tsukiji district of Tokyo’s Chuo City mostly holds concerts and recitals for musicians from Japan and overseas. Despite its relatively small size with just 552 seats, it is world-renown for its beautiful sound acoustics, which, according to a survey by the American Physical Society, rivals New York’s Carnegie Hall. The hall has a shoebox style of construction where guests can enjoy a sensitive musical performance from any seat in the venue.

    都内でも好きなホールです。 駅から直ぐという立地条件も夜は嬉しいですね。 音響効果も優れていると思いますし化粧室も個室がイッパイあるので音楽会の休憩時間は有効に使えます。 2階のバルコニー席の眺めが特にいい!

  • Shibuya Mark City
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    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Dougenzaka 1-12-1
    This complex facility that is directly connected to Keio Inokashira Line's Shibuya Station is divided up in the East hotel tower and the West office tower. The commercial area from the first basement floor underground to the fourth floor above ground is filled with various stores including those offering trendy fashion or miscellaneous goods as well as restaurants. Since there is a highway bus and direct airport shuttle terminal on the fifth floor, this is also a popular spot for foreign tourists to enjoy meals. In the Toyoko Noren Gai (the Toyoko Noren Street) food area occupying the first basement floors visitors will find famous shops representing Tokyo and there is also a direct passageway to the food area inside the Tokyu Department Store's Toyoko branch.
  • Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan
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    4.0
    201 Reviews
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Yurakuchou 2-10-1
    This complex commercial facility located in front of Yurakucho Station is occupied by a variety of tenants including event spaces, galleries, offices, restaurants, shopping and clinics. On the shopping floor are a tremendous variety of shops, and in addition to those offering fashion and miscellaneous goods, there is a shop selling official merchandise for Takarazuka Gekidan as well as antenna stores selling items from Japan’s regional prefectures. There are also many restaurants in the building, including a revolving observatory restaurant on the 15th floor. A farmer’s market is held in the first floor lobby on every weekend and on holidays.

    We stopped by and checked out the Shinkansen from the outdoor terrace. Its a pleasant garden type area. A lot of greenery and benches to rest on. We saw a shikansen train go by every few minutes...

  • Shinagawa Stellar Ball
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    3.5
    6 Reviews
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Takanawa 4-10-30
    A live performance hall located inside the Aqua Park Shinagawa aquarium, an entertainment facility. Popular Japanese singer/songwriter Yumi Matsutoya christened the hall with its name, and famous artists perform here on a daily basis. The expansive hall can seat 800 or accommodate over 1,700 standing. The hall also has a terrace floor and drink counter.

    品川駅港南口の品川プリンスホテル内、マクセルアクアパーク品川にあるライブホールです。最大キャパ1884名で、テラス席やカウンターバーが併設されているので、お酒を飲みながらライブを観ることが出来ます。尚、ステラボールと名前を付けたのは松任谷由実さんなのだそうです。

  • Fuchu-no-Mori Geijutsu Gekijo (Fuchu-no-Mori Art Theater)
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
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    Tokyo Fuchushi Sengenchou 1-2
    This playhouse within a cultural facility located directly next to the metropolitan Fuchu-no-Mori Koen (Fuchu-no-Mori Park) has been selected as one of the top 100 superior halls chosen by acoustic specialists. It has three halls comprised of the Dream Hall boasting a capacity of more than 2,000 spectators, the Vienna Hall with a pipe organ, and the Furusato Hall intended for traditional performing arts and stage theater. The playhouse can also rent out facilities such as music practice rooms and conference rooms, and can support a variety of events from performances of cultural arts to receptions. The closest station is Higashi-fuchu Station.

    I frequent National theater in Hanzomon to see Bunraku play. As a play which I have not yet seen can be seen there, I visited there with my friend. As the stage was smaller than that of National...

  • Ex Theater Roppongi
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Nishiazabu 1-2-9
    A performing arts theater operated by TV Asahi and located on Roppongi-dori Avenue in Nishiazabu, Minato City, Tokyo. The theater is used to host events such as concerts, theater performances, rakugo (traditional comedic storytelling), and movies. The theater is also used for the Tokyo International Film Festival and for live broadcasts of the television show Music Station.

    TOKYO is packed with live music stages of all sizes ranging from claustrophobic clubs such as the Cyclone in Shibuya (which is mystery to me how they can survive a fire inspection having double meat...

  • Showa Kinen Park
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    4.5
    691 Reviews
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    Tokyo Tachikawashi Midorichou 3173
    Established to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Emperor Showa's reign, this is a national park built on the grounds of the former Tachikawa Airport with an area of 180 hectares (approximately 40 times the size of Tokyo Dome). Visitors to the spacious park can view various flowers and plants throughout the year, and in spring guests can enjoy more than 1,500 cherry trees in bloom. Rainbow Pool, available only in summer, is a wide water space some 1.4 times the size of Tokyo Dome. In winter, there is also a Christmas illumination. The Green Cultural Zone is not only used as an event space but also for a fireworks festival in summer.

    This wa a total surprise and well worth the trip. Catch the train to Nishi-Tachiwawa and take a lovely stroll through the illuminations.

  • Nakano ZERO (Momijiyama Culture Center)
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    3.5
    30 Reviews
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    Tokyo Nakano-ku Nakano 2-9-7
    This is a complex facility for lifelong learning located in the Nakano district of Tokyo’s Nakano City. The main hall with its excellent acoustics is often used for concerts and as a venue for symposiums. In addition the facility also includes small halls, practice rooms, study rooms and a support corner for lifelong learning. In the basement is the Nakano City Library, and there is a planetarium in the West Building. Located right next to Momijiyama Park with its abundant nature, this facility functions as a place for interaction among the city residents.

    大小2つのホールがあります。 中野区立の小中学校の様々なイベントにも使われている、地元密着型の施設。 駐輪場はありますが駐車場はありません。

  • Akasaka BLITZ
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Akasaka 5-3-2 In Akasaka Sacas
    This is a live music club within the Akasaka Sacas complex facility in the Akasaka district of Tokyo’s Minato City that is directly run by TBS Television. With a favorable location that can be directly accessed from Akasaka Station, it primarily hosts live concerts for domestic and foreign artists but also hosts events including stage performances, rakugo, film previews, and pro-wrestling performances. It has a maximum capacity of 1,418 people. Inside is a drink corner while coin lockers are available outside.

    1年以上ぶりに行きました。赤坂サカス内にあるライブハウスです。千代田線赤坂駅を出てすぐなのでアクセスは便利な会場だと思います。2階席は指定席ですが、その後ろに立ち見スペースが設けられることがあるようです。

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