Life / Living / Hospital Spots in Tokyo Area

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
    Life / Living / Hospital
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Nishishinjuku 2-8-1
    The main government building of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office in Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo. It is mainly composed of the Tokyo Metropolitan Main building No.1, famous for its twin towers, the Tokyo Metropolitan Main building No.2, the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly, and Tokyo Metropolitan Plaza. The First Government Building is a skyscraper with a height of 243 meters and the free observation deck on the 45th floor is popular as a view spot that overlooks the city of Tokyo. The building also contains the Tokyo Tourist Information Center and a nationwide tourism PR section. You can also visit the section of Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly building, the Special Committee room No. 15 (special budget), and the city council PR corner.
  • Tokyu Hands Shibuya Store
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    4.5
    6 Reviews
    Shopping
    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Udagawachou 12-18
    In addition to DIY-related merchandise this large chain store carries interior goods and kitchen accessories as well as pet supplies. It offers an extensive line-up from standard items to cutting edge goods, and also carries a wide assortment of items that make for fashionable gifts. On the seventh floor is the popular self-service cafe, “Hands Cafe Shibuya.”

    Other people seem to enjoy this but...I found this store overwhelming. Floors are well marked taking you through areas with hardware, makeup, pillows and mattresses, stationary, Halloween decorations...

  • Tower Records Shibuya
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Jinnan 1-22-14
    This record store is considered one of the world’s largest music stores and is located in Jinnan, Shibuya City, Tokyo. It is a large specialty shop with a variety of genre of CDs. Genres are divided into each floor such as J-pop, rock, and classical music, and the interior theme of each floor is different for each genre. Many events by artists and performers are held in the event space on the basement floor and the eighth floor as well as the floor with the grand piano. There is a café on the rooftop, and at night it is an adult space where you can enjoy music while drinking and smoking.
  • Akihabara UDX Restaurant & Shop Akiba Ichi
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Sotokanda 4-14-1 Akihabara UDX
    A collection of restaurants and shops located inside the Akihabara UDX commercial complex and office building a two minute walk from JR Akihabara Station. 30 select restaurants as well as a convenience store and five other establishments can be found in the facility, and many people drop by here during lunch and dinner time. Visitors will find a broad array of cuisines on offer, including Japanese, yoshoku Western, Chinese, Italian, and seafood. Particularly recommended eateries include Oerbierman, which serves rare beers difficult to find in Japan; Chiocciol@pizzeria, where diners can enjoy wines shipped direct from the winery; and the Akihabara Ramen Gekijo (Akiba Mengeki), a food court which hosts branches of three popular ramen restaurants.
  • Books Kinokuniya Shinjuku Main Store
    Shopping
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Shinjuku 3-17-7
    This is a large bookstore located in Shinjuku in Tokyo's Shinjuku City. The main building and annex buildings are located between Shinjuku-dori Avenue and Yasukuni-dori Avenue. On the main building's nine floors including one basement floor and eight floors above ground the store sells items such as literature, foreign books, specialist books, magazines and picture books. There is even the Shinjuku Medical Book Center that offers items specific to the medical field, the Kinokuniya Hall which is home to performances for drama and rakugo, and the Event Hall that hosts book-signings. The annex carries comics, light novels, CDs and DVDs.
  • Junkudo Bookstore Ikebukuro
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    4.5
    6 Reviews
    Shopping
    Tokyo Toshima-ku Minamikebukuro 2-15-5
    This is a large bookstore located five minutes on foot from JR Ikebukuro Station East Exit, and the sales floor is from the basement to the ninth floor. There are books of various genres ranging from literary books to magazines, comics, medical and other specialist books etc. Many people visit from far away to find the book they are looking for. Inside the shop, you can search for your desired book with the help of a search machine, or you can use the desks and chairs provided to choose your books carefully. There is also a café on the fourth floor.

    池袋駅のすぐそばにあるジュンク堂。フロア面積が広く,品ぞろえ豊富で,専門書も充実しています。本を買うときは必ずジュンク堂というくらいよく行くお店です。

  • JUMP SHOP Tokyo Dome City
    Shopping
    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Kouraku 1-3-61 Tokyo Dome City
    An official shop dedicated to the Weekly Shonen Jump and Jump SQ comic magazines located inside Tokyo Dome City in the Koraku area of Bunkyo City, Tokyo. The shop sells lifestyle goods, snacks, fashion wear, and DVDs connected with the comics serialized in the magazines. JUMP SHOP also carries merchandise available no place else, and this popular destination constantly buzzes with people of all ages, from children to adults. The shop is also a popular tourism destination for Jump fans from throughout Japan and the world.
  • Tokyo Stock Exchange
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    Tokyo Chuou-ku Nihombashikabutochou 2-1
    An exchange for financial instruments located in Nihombashikabuto-cho, Chuo City, Tokyo. The exchange has opened for markets including the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, on which is listed the stocks of various famous international and domestic companies, and the Second Section, Mothers and JASDAQ. In Japan, the name of the exchange is frequently shortened to Tosho.
  • Kakimori
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    4.0
    2 Reviews
    Shopping
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Misuji 1-6-2
    A stationery shop located in front of Kuramae Station in Taito City, Tokyo where you can create a one-of-a-kind notebook. When creating your notebook, you can choose from among some 60 varieties of cover materials and 30 varieties of pages. You can also try writing on the various page materials to choose your favorite. After you've finished making your order, an experienced artisan will complete your notebook in a few minutes. You can also make your own original ink here. The staff are happy to give advice, making it easy even for first-timers. You can fill one of the store's special-order bottles with a color that's all your own.

    自分だけのオリジナルノートを作れます。表紙から中紙、留め具など選んでカスタマイズが可能です。表紙は革の物もあり、中紙を使い切ったら有料で中紙の交換もできるそうです。日本国内遠方の場合は郵送で対応してくれます。欠点をあげるとオリジナルノートの作製に時間がかかってしまう事です。今日頼むと出来上がりは20日後でした。日本滞在中に受け取れ場合には海外発送できるかどうかは確認していません。ノートの他にも魅力...

  • Sekaido Main Store
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    4.5
    28 Reviews
    Shopping
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Shinjuku 3-1-1
    This art supplies and stationary store was established in 1940. Consisting of six floors, the store prides itself on its extensive stock enabling customers to acquire just about any art-related product needed, including materials for Western- and Japanese-style painting, comic drawing supplies, frames, design supplies, and stationary and office supplies. There's an art gallery and art school on the sixth floor which hosts a variety of classes on the arts. The store also has a monthly sketch club in which you can go somewhere nearby to sketch and receive advice from an experienced instructor.

    I think I read about this store on a Buzzfeed article, and when I found out wed be heading to Japan, I knew I wanted to stop here. It was a great store, with many unique items, an excellent...

  • Yomiuri Shimbun Tokyo Headquarters
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Otemachi 1-7-1 Yomiuri Shimbun Building
    "The central location from which the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper is published. Visitors can watch a video on the company and learn about the work of proofreaders, who must check articles from a variety of angles before they are published. On the third floor, there's a gallery displaying news photographs and other exhibits; the Yomiuri Shop, which sells Tokyo Giants merchandise and ""Cat Pitcher"" character merchandise; and the News Lab area, which introduces the history of the newspaper; no reservation is needed and anyone is free to check out these places. The Yomi Cafe on the first floor sells coffee and black tea at 100 yen a cup, as well as bite-sized sweets. The location in front of the Yomiuri Shimbun Building is the start and goal of the Hakone Ekiden relay race, and here there is a commemorative bronze stature and plaque listing the names of schools which have won the race in the past."
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Minamiazabu 5-7-13
    A library which boasts one of the largest collections of materials of any library, even other national libraries, in Japan. The Central Library’s collection exceeds 1.9 million volumes, of which approximately 350 thousand, centering primarily around new books, may be browsed freely. Five stories in total, the library contains open access collections of books by genre on each floor as well as multi-purpose halls and reading rooms. In the library’s cafeteria, visitors can relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery outside from a window-side seat.
  • Shosen Grande
    Shopping
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kandajimbouchou 1-3-2
    A huge bookstore located a one-minute walk from Jimbocho Station. The flagship shop of the venerable Shosen bookstore chain, which was founded in 1948, the store sees an unending stream of visitors seeking to purchase highly specialized books from among Shosen Grande's massive selection. The sixth floor, for example, is stocked only with materials relaxing to railroads, and the selection of not only books but also merchandize and railroad accessories has made it a mecca for train aficionados. The seventh floor event space is frequently used to host events for young up-and-coming entertainers. Every floor offers something different, making Shosen Grande a fun place just to come and look.
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Tama Library
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    3.5
    2 Reviews
    Life / Living / Hospital
    Tokyo Kokubunjishi Izumichou 2-2-26
    The Tokyo Metropolitan Tama Library is adjacent to the lush greenery of Musashi Kokubunji Park. They have about 17 thousand magazines ranging from general publications to academic journals. They also run the Tokyo Magazine Bank, as well as a service that uses magazines to promote childhood literacy; they have a wealth of useful books and materials geared toward young people ranging from toddlers to high school students. The library is open to all regardless of age.

    かなり立派な図書館で、古い雑誌のバックナンバーなどもすべて取り揃えています。ただ、文献を借りることはできません。

  • Ozu Washi
    Shopping
    Tokyo Chuou-ku Nihombashihonchou 3-6-2 Ozu Main Building Building
    A washi Japanese paper shop established in 1653, Ozu Washi carries washi designed for painting, calligraphy, crafts, interior design, and a variety of other purposes with a focus on handmade washi papers from around the country. The shop also operates the Ozu Gallery, which holds exhibitions and classes on making washi paper by hand, as well as the Ozu History Museum, which contains exhibits on the history of paper and Ozu.
  • Machida City General Gymnasium
    Life / Living / Hospital
    Tokyo Machida-shi Minaminaruse 5-12
    A general gymnasium built as one of the projects commemorating the 30th anniversary of the municipality of Machida. A 10-minute walk from the north exit of Naruse Station, the facility is fully equipped with an arena, a small gymnasium, a martial arts hall, and both Japanese and Western archery ranges. The roughly 2,400 square meter main area is large enough to host national badminton, volleyball, and basketball competitions. There is a jogging track around the middle bleachers of the second floor. Apart from use by groups, the facilities are available for individuals depending on the time and the schedule of various lessons and programs.
  • JR SHINJUKU MIRAINA TOWER
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Shinjuku 4-1-6
    A large office complex directly accessible from JR Shinjuku Station. Built on the site of the former New South Exit Station Building, it's 170 meters high with 32 above ground floors. Floors one to four mainly consist of the NEWoMan commercial center focusing on fashion and beauty for the discriminating woman. The eighth floor up is home to the offices of leading Japanese companies. The largest bus terminal in Japan, Busta Shinjuku, is located next door. So this facility has great access whether you're coming by bus, taxi, or train via Shinjuku Station, the largest in the world.
  • Mito Shoji (Ameyoko Plaza Shop)
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    3.5
    2 Reviews
    Shopping
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Ueno 6-10-7 Ameyoko Plaza 4
    A store which sells imported lighters and writing materials and which has operated for over 30 years in the Ameya-Yokocho market in Ueno. The shop carries an abundant variety of products and always keeps around 2,300 Zippo lighters in stock at any given time. In addition to standard plain lighters, the shop also sells a wide array of lighters with brand logos, anime characters, and other designs. Among the shop's selection, you'll find more rare lighters perfect for international visitors to Japan, such as a lighter decorated with an image of Tokyo Skytree or Japanese gold lacquer.

    アメ横の高架下にあるアメ横プラザの店です。 喫煙具や万年筆の店ですが、時計なども売っていて、ぱっと見は何の店かわかりません。

  • Crayonhouse Tokyo Restaurant
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
    Shopping
    Tokyo Minato-ku Kitaaoyama 3-8-15
    A specialty bookstore supervised by former Nippon Cultural Broadcasting announcer and author Keiko Ochiai. The bookstore carries some 50 thousand picture books arranged based on child age and school year. Notably, the store's selection has been chosen not based on the kinds of books parents want to read to their children but rather the kinds of books children like. The large Cooyon Market on the second floor carries fun, safe, and healthy toys from around the world. Meanwhile, there is a women's book and organic cosmetics corner on the third floor, and a vegetable market and restaurant serving dishes made with an abundance of organic vegetables on floor B1, and the establishment is renowned for being a place where parents and children both can have lots of fun.

    表参道の脇道にある子供向けの絵本やおもちゃが揃った店です。 ここでしか買えない物も多く、隠れた人気店です。

  • Crane Riding Club Tokyo
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    Tokyo Machida-shi Shinkojimachi 1227
    This riding club boasts good access, being approximately 30 minutes from Shinjuku. It has 122 horses and about 2000 members, and is one of the largest in Tokyo. The variety of courses is particularly attractive and includes courses that support beginning riders, ones where visitors can participate without bringing anything, horse riding for health for those over 50, and children's horse riding for elementary and middle schoolers. Whether for health, stress relief, fitness or simply just a love of horses, people of all ages visit for a variety of reasons.

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