The Coffee Culture by Kyoto  

A coffee owner runs a shop since a lot of experts look for peace in this kind of place, this is by far one of the best built coffee shops in the city's natural beauty, thus it takes into consideration the historical built, the quietness of the roads and the attention to even the smallest detail that the artisans have applied to the job. There is also hand painted signs, blinds and even beautifully restored facades that mark the entrance way to a lot of the beautiful coffee worries. How about a new wave coffee shop? Daisuke Takayama's Kamogawa Café is by far among the newest that has swept the area by storm in the past ten years, thus they take both the drinks as well as the space wherein it is very much adored by the masses.

The coffee shop occupies the loft, the space on the 2nd floor that is overlooking the side street of Kyoto and the Central part of the Kamo River. It will run from the eastern part of the Majestic Palace grounds. The anterior part of the windows come with checkered panes and beautifully colored glass. The floor as well as the desks is made up of hot and unstained wood. Their menu is also handmade. Where on earth can you find a menu that is hand written and hand painted? It is only in Kyoto. To really become successful in the coffee industry in Kyoto, there must be a sense of creativity and originality, this is in accordance with the statement given by Takayama.
However, it is the coffee that is hand roasted every day that makes the coffee shops different with Kamogawa Café. The left to the percolate slowly thru the flannel filter, they use it instead of using a typical kind of paper. The coffee on the other hand is thicker and quite stronger too. If you go for the classic kind of coffee, this kind of coffee shop seems like something that has been lifted from the ancient times. It looks like it is a combination of the first world war and the second world war. It is like an era of trucks as well as porters. The long and wide railway like a carriage, the kissaten contains a sole counter with the stained wood panel. There is a man behind the counter, he is the one making a cup of coffee all the time. He holds 2 big kettles that can take the boiling on the hob of the gas.
He adds some water over the newly crushed hand cooked coffee beans. He waited some more, before he pours every cup, he just warms the carafe over the open flame. The new coffee shops cannot even contest with the background of the place such as the Rokuyosha, however, they cannot just embrace the legacy of a different kind. Like the Sarasa Nishijin, it is housed in the old Fuki-no-Mori Onsen, it was a bathhouse in the past, way back 1920s. Though, it still looks like an ancient bathroom, the wooded latticework as well as the different bell shaped awning are just awesome. The light handed remodeling has kept them ornate in a Jade and bubble gum pink tiles which kept everything intact. The walls that have divided the men as well as the women from the sides of the bath runs through the center of the bathroom, the old armchairs have set under the tapered, walls that rose to the central part of the chimney. There is another local fixture is the coffee shop named Café Bibliotic Hello
Discover Japan through Drinks and Shops  

When compared to the western part of the globe where you can find sodas and other sweetened drinks do not often show off in the menu, except for those that are being served in a Western style restaurant or diner. Nevertheless, the drinks of your option in Japan are o-cha. It is green tea in English. This can be served either hot or cold depending on your choice and the season. You can also find some varieties under the conventionally brewed type. Even if the canned ones you will get from the vending machines will not be the same as the watered ones brewed in the US or in Europe. They are serving the good kind in Tokyo. Moreover, the standard kind of cup of kohii or coffee you can also anticipate the esupuresso or espresso in English. They also have the kapuchino or the cappuccino and the matcha ratte or the green tea flavored latte.
If you are in Japan, you must also be familiar with the alcoholic beverages. Japanese are big consumers of birru or beer. They may drink lightly or they may go crazy over them. The wine and the whiskey are among the common types of drinks they prefer in terms of the alcoholic drinks. Even if their status is quite high, that means that they are just concern about the cost than in the Western part of the world. They also have the rice wine, which is a traditional drink and it varies from grades, the point of origin and the flavors as well. a lot of guests from Japan get there assuming they will be drunk, they intend to be drunk on a find cold Tokyo night, while some are still dreaming of becoming drunk for a high grade sake, but of course, they want it chilled. You can check on the website the different kinds of sake if you want to be familiar with it.
It is just so persuading to know that sake is just falling off the favor of the young generation today, while the strong shochu or distilled liquor from the grains of the sweet potatoes from instance is becoming famous. It is actually progressing and is becoming known to young ones. The taste of the shochu or on the rocks is one of the best way to try variety of flavors. On your way to discovering Tokyo, you also need to check some shopping venues. This place is also known not just for the alcoholic beverages, but also for their shops. Japan has a high end fashion from the vintage wares to the crafty items. The souvenirs have been a trade mark in japan, but little did you know that there are also gadgets for those techy savvy individuals. Regardless if you want to go through the high end shops or you are looking for affordable items, there are lots of shops in Tokyo that will satisfy your needs.
You must visit Ginza. It is one of the prominent shops in Tokyo. It is a home to the famous posh boutiques and department stores like Mitsukoshi and others. You can also find some toys and stationaries if you are a toy or stationary collector, you will surely love this place. Asakusa is another shop where you can relax and find things you need. It is located at the center of the Edo's low city, it is also a home to the artisans. You can find here some curtains for sale, it will also lead you to the temple of Senso-ji. You can also come and visit the Shinjuku. There are still lots of shops there that offers the traditional wood sandals of Japan.

 

This Building Survived Destruction  

Japan PM Shinzo Abe just made a historic visit to Hawaii to offer Pearl Harbor condolences with Barack Obama, so Japanhai takes a look back at Hiroshima History.
After an attack on “Pearl Harbour” in Hawaii Islands by Japan, President of United States, Rosevelt who faced a criticism within the country and outside the country too, and decided to attack on Japan and bombarded Hiroshima with atom bomb on 6th August, 1945 at 8.16 A.M. Even though the bomb was little and nicknamed as “Little Boy” it destructed the Hiroshima and acquired the world wide attention towards the Islands. Hiroshima was in the dark for nearly a half century, but now it is the first city for the visitors to visit this place. Are you interested to visit a place which is rebuilt after an atom bomb destruction, just spare 48 hours to visit the Hiroshima and observe the museum where you can see the exhibits after the atom bomb attack.
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is a place which is located in the central Hiroshima, Japan, it is the most popular visiting place for the school field trips in and around Japan and even for international visitors also. This museum was reconstructed in the year 1955, from that day to today, nearly 60 million people visited this museum. All the exhibits in the museum belongs to the victims left over materials which convey the revulsion of the event. Some exhibits describe the before and after the destruction of bombing and some exhibits are related to the current position of the nuclear age. Now to facilitate the people the museum was renovated in 1994 and added more information regarding the destruction.
Only Survived Building Even After Bomb Destruction
The worth seeing place for the visitors to visit “The Genbaku Dome”, this is the only building, near the Hypocenter which was half -exploded left building to memorialize the destruction. In modern time, one can feel the combined feelings, when they see a reminder of the bomb blast which was dominating the river bank. But if one observes the dome it symbolizes and pays tribute for the lost and the horror destruction on 6th August, 1945. Just a walk from the dome there is a natural place, “ The Iconic ruin” for the visitors to understand the history. Now, after the bomb explosion, in the year 1915 in the Genbaku Dome they started a Commercial Exhibition Hall. Every year near the iconic dome, now known as Hiroshima Peace Memorial, thousands of people gather to memorialize the day on which the world paid their attention. The remains of the dome building was known as an “Atomic Bomb Dome” from September 1945 onwards. For the contemplation of peace the architect Kenzo Tange reinforced this monument in the year 1970, to preserve the monument as a reminder of the tragic situation. There is a fountain which characterizes an offering of water for the fatality of the destruction. The horrible thing to hear is that even after the attack up to four months people had died from the bomb effects. Hiroshima Jo is one more tourist visiting place, which was built in the year 1591 by Mori Terumoto . This castle was totally destroyed in the bomb attack and later it was partly reconstructed and some of the parts were left un built. Don't forget to visit the island treasures which fill you happiness. In the evenings the shopping centers are open for the visitors to shop and the staple food of the people “Okonomiyaki” is famous in this region. While you are passing on the roads just have a look at the staircase of the upper floors where there area number of nightspots which require an elevator ride. The Miyajima Island is 25 minutes train ride, later a short boat ride will take you to the see the torii ( a gate to the entrance to a Shrine) where you can see the blue waters of Inland sea. Miyajima has more to detain you to see the Hiroshima's cultural and art houses.
Plan your trip to Hiroshima to visit the bomb explosion affected places as well as many more visiting scenes.

 

A trip to Ebisu  
While there is no end of choice for the visitor to Tokyo looking to eat and drink in town, there are few areas that offer the same mixture of local flavour, true Japanese culture and plain old fashioned good fun as Ebisu. This ultra-trendy though somehow still authentic neighbourhood plays host to a number of establishments that are perfect for somebody in search of a great night out.
Getting there is easy. The Ebisu station is on the JR Yamanote line, which is one stop away from Shibuya. You can also get there using the Metro Hibiya line. While you can always get around it by taxi, it's small enough to get around on foot and much more fun. As you walk from pub to pub and restaurant to restaurant, you can really soak in the atmosphere of this lively, colourful and vibrant little hive of nightlife.
A good place to begin is one of the numerous eateries aimed at the salarymen and salarywomen looking to relax after a hard day's work. Known locally as izakaya, these little spots serve tasty casual dished such as grilled meats and sashimi – perfect for filling your belly with something quick and delicious before and evening's drinking. Of course, every one of them will also offer a packed drinks menu too.
Once you've dined, why not move on to a really proper Japanese pub? Saiki is one such place, very well known in Tokyo for its no-nonsense approach and buzzing atmosphere. Space is a minimum but atmosphere is at a maximum. There's no English menu and next-to-no decor but lots of fun, great drinks and tasty bar food to be had. If you want to take a step outside your touristic comfort zone it comes highly recommended.
After that you'll probably be feeling hungry again, so the next port of call should be the wonderful Momotaro off Komazawa-dori. This is great for wine and generous courses of yakitori. If you want to drink like a true Japanese, then move from here to Buri just down the road. Here you will find one of Tokyo's most extensive and impressive sake menus plus, of course, lots of delectable little bits and pieces to eat with your rice wine.
You will, of course, notice that many of these spots do not have English menus for you to order from. While this might, at first, seem intimidating, in truth you can get by with just a few simple phrases. If you trust your waiter, all you need to do is say “Osusume”, which means “I'll have what you recommend.” Unless you are very unlucky, you should get a great meal.
If you want to hang out in Ebisu but prefer not to take your chances, then you can always try the Toraji Korean diner, where you can grill your own slabs of beef just as you like them.
While Ebisu explodes with activity after nightfall, there is also some fun things to do during the day. Art lovers will enjoy the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Yebisu Garden Place, while the Beer Museum on the same street is an hour of fun for those with simpler tastes.
Watch some sport in Tokyo  
If you plan to visit Tokyo and fancy taking in some sports while you're there, then you're in luck. This city is a true feast for the fan of physical activities and competitive games. Here you will find professional teams in baseball, football and sumo, plus all kinds of other thrilling events. Here's a guide to the biggest sporting attractions in the Japanese capital.
Baseball
America's Pastime is just as popular in Japan as it is Stateside, so it is little surprise to find Tokyo is a hub for baseball. In fact, the Japanese are so crazy about baseball that even the high-school playoff matches that take place every year regularly bring in millions of viewers.
Tokyo is home to two pro baseball teams: the Yakult Swallows and the Yomiuri Giants. The Swallows play at Meiji-Jingu Stadium in Shinjuku, and have a richly decorated history, having taken home 5 Japan Series championships (though none in the last 13 years). Their accomplishments are, however, entirely dwarfed by their city rivals, the Giants. From their base at the 46,000 capacity Tokyo Dome in Bunkyo, the Giants have notched up 22 Japan Series titles, the most recent of which they took home in 2012.
Tickets for both teams go on sale roughly two weeks before match day and can be picked up from outlets across the city.
Football
Though not quite as avidly followed as baseball, football has risen in the last twenty years or so to become one of Japan's favourite games. Its national championship, the J-League, is the most successful soccer leagues in Asia, with huge crowds and many of the continent's best players.
A number of football teams play their home games in the capital, most prominent amongst them FC Tokyo and Tokyo Verdy. Though they have never won the J-League itself, FC Tokyo have twice won the J-League Cup and once won the Emperor's Cup back in 2011. If you fancy watching the beautiful game in Tokyo, then pop down to their Ajinomoto Stadium in Chofu. Tokyo Verdy also play their home games at this ground, though they are currently plying their trade in the nation's second tier, after relegation in 2008. Prior to that, however, they were one of Japan's most famous and decorated teams, with 2 J-League titles, 3 J-League Cups and 2 Emperor's Cups below their belts.
The season runs from March to December and tickets can be purchased all over Tokyo.
Sumo
For a truly traditional Japanese sporting experience, the curious traveller should try Sumo wrestling. Though the exact story of its origins is sketchy, Sumo has been around for about 1,500 years. If you've never seen it before, it involves two huge men, usually well above 6 feet and 20 stone, aiming to shove each other out of a small, sand covered ring. To the untrained eye this might seem awfully simplistic but, in reality, it is a game of intense skill, razor sharp timing and quick ingenuity as well as brute force.
There are over 48 sumo holds in all, involving shoves, trips, slaps, throws and carries and, though most matches won't last longer than half a minute, they often feature a dizzying combination of moves.
You can check out Sumo at the Kokugikan, in Sumid-ku in January, May or September. During each of those months, Tokyo hosts 15 day tournaments and cheap, unreserved tickets are usually available at the stadium. For the best seats, however, you will either need to book long in advance or know somebody with connections.
A walk on the weird side in Tokyo  
The Japanese capital offers no end of options for the visitor in search of the weird and wonderful. In fact, there might be no other city on the planet that has quite so many out there bars, restaurants, clubs and cafes. Here is a few of our favourites.
Vowz Bar
Vowz would be a pretty normal bar if it wasn't for the fact that every member of staff is a Buddhist monk. No, not a barman dressed up as a Buddhist monk or an actor portraying a Buddhist monk. An actual, 100% certified disciple of Buddhism. They are pretty talkative too, so, if you fancy learning about spirituality while relaxing with a beer, get on down to Vowz Bar.
Shinjuku 8bit Café
Retro gaming fiends will find themselves in heaven at this off-beat Shinjuku spot, where customers button bash on late 80s/ early 90s classics such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario Brothers and Shinobi while DJs spin class game music and everybody drinks heavily. It's one of those kitsch, ultra-hipster ideas that seems so obvious you can't believe it hasn't been tried before. A table costs 4.50 and, for that, you get unlimited games. The crowd is not nearly as nerdy as you might imagine, as old school games are a pretty mainstream obsession in Japan.
Kagaya
If you like something a little different when you head out for dinner, then Kagaya might be just the thing for you. Described by some visitors as ‘the world's weirdest restaurant', it is run by owner Mark Kagaya, who has a, shall we say, interesting way to interact with the clientele. Mark is not the kind of owner who likes to sit in the back office counting the money but rather, believes in taking a hands on approach to the business. Most nights he is out on the floor taking his diners' orders using his huge collection of glove puppets, before delivering the food dressed in one of his many fancy dress costumes. Believe us, this description does not even halfway do justice to how strange it gets.
Mr Kanso
If you thought London's breakfast cereal café was the world's most strange single-food eatery, then you have not yet been to Tokyo's Mr Kanso. Here customers can choose from shelves stocked to bursting with what must be the world's largest and most varied collection of tinned food. From Spam to tuna to walrus curry and beyond, you can find just about any foodstuff on the planet stuffed into a little metal box and eat it right there on the premises.
HollowPoint
Drinking and guns really don't mix, yet nobody told the owners of HollowPoint, Tokyo's only shooting range/pub. Customers can order a drink at the bar, hire an air gun and blast away at a selection of targets in a specially designed gallery. It's a lot safer than it sounds – after all, there are no real guns on the premises – and, if you like weaponry, a pretty fun night out.
Nakameguro Ping Pong Lounge
If you want to simultaneously pile on and burn off the pounds during an evening's boozing, then the Nakameguro Ping Pong Lounge is a good bet. Here beer and ping pong go hand in hand, with customers taking it in turns on the numerous tables between rounds.
How to eat in a Japanese restaurant  
How to eat in a Japanese restaurant and not offend anybody
We all know that Japan is a country that takes manners, politeness and courtesy very seriously. Though visitors are expected to make the occasional faux pas, breaking the rules of civility frequently is very bad form. If you are in Japan on business, this becomes even more of an issue as so much will depend on your ability to build a strong, respectful relationship with the people you meet.
One potential minefield for the green gaijin is the dinner table. Ensuring you behave yourself correctly when the time comes to eat could be the difference between an unpleasant atmosphere and a successful trip. Here are the essential dos and don'ts for not making a fool of yourself in a Japanese restaurant.
If you want to really show that you know how to behave yourself in Japan, then put your palms together and say “Itadakimasu” at the beginning of the meal. This simple gesture will show your hosts that you respect and appreciate their hospitality. When the meal is over, put your palms together again and say “Gochiso sama deshita.”
One of the main reasons that so many Westerners have trouble with chopsticks is that they use them incorrectly. If you are served food such as rice in or noodles in a small bowl or on a small plate, lift it from the table closer to your mouth. You will find the sticks easier to use from this position. For large dishes, however, leave them on the table. If you still can't hack it, just ask for a knife and fork – nobody will be offended and you'll enjoy your meal better.
On the subject of chopsticks, it is considered extremely rude to point at anything – be it a person or an inanimate object – with your sticks.
There are certain bodily functions that the Japanese believe should be kept private. Blowing your nose and burping are absolute no-nos in any public space but are considered particularly rude when others are eating. Also, if you need to use a toothpick, make sure you keep your mouth covered at all times – nobody wants to see your teeth being cleaned.
When booze is on the menu, be careful not to seem too eager to get stuck in. Ensure everybody's glass has been filled before you put yours to your lips. Chances are there will be a toast before the table drinks. “Kampai” is the word for cheers in Japan. You can say “Cheers” if you prefer but, under no circumstances, say “Chin-Chin”. It has a very different meaning in Japan than it does in the west and, trust us, it's not something you want to bring up at a business meeting.
If you finish what's in your glass, it will be taken as a sign that you are finished drinking for the meal. If you want a refill, leave a small amount and somebody will refresh it for you.
When it's time for sushi, be careful with the soy sauce. Never pour it directly on your sashimi, instead pouring it into the small dish provided and then dipping your fish into it. Do not pour more than you intend to use – the Japanese hate wasteful eating habits.
 
A night of karaoke in Tokyo  
Everybody knows how popular karaoke bars are in Japan so, if you are looking for a good night out in Tokyo it is well worth stopping into one. Thought, traditionally, the locals like to book private rooms where only their friends can watch them sing their favourite hits while their own waiter delivers refreshments, there are also some wilder, western-style joints available for those that want to strut their stuff on stage.
Chief amongst them is Smash Hits on Hiroo Shotengai. Here the, often very drunk, audience sits in stadium style seating around the singers, while they belt out their favourite tunes to rapturous applause. The catalogue of songs on offer is very much well known and English and it is very popular with both ex-pats and locals alike.
Another popular variation on traditional karaoke in Tokyo is offered at Gigabar in Minami-Aoyama, where you can get on stage with a live backing band to rock out a classic number. You don't have to be the front man either, as they'll let you play guitar, bass or drums too. If you're worried about a live band limiting the choices, don't be. These guys can knock out note perfect renditions of over 200 well-known tunes, including hits by Led Zeppelin, The Stones, The Beatles and more. As you can imagine, it's very much geared towards rock, so if you're the long hair and leather trouser type you'll be in heaven.
Jan Ken Pon is another venue that mixes live music with karaoke. Nestled in the heart of the busy Ebisu neighbourhood, it features an excellent cover band whose sets are interspersed with performances by the clientele. We recommend getting there in the late evening, as it sometimes takes a while to get going.
If you fancy a step into a uniquely Japanese world, then Lovenet in Roppongi could be what you are after. Like the traditional bars, customers get to choose their own private room in which to sing and drink, though these rooms are quite unlike anything you'll find elsewhere. For example, in the Aqua Suite you and your party get to sing from the comfort of your very own Jacuzzi. In the Heaven Suite, you'll find a hypnotic room with crystals beneath the glass floor. This all comes at a serious cost, however – it's about 220 pounds for the hot tub room, and that's one of the cheaper options.
Of course, you could always just go for the more traditional, laid back and, generally, less expensive option and drop into an old-school private booth bar. The most famous is probably Shindax, which is notably more comfortable, larger and more inviting than the average karaoke spot. You can get a suite for up to 40 people and the pricing is pretty competitive.
One last tip for movie fans: if you fell in love with Tokyo after watching Sofia Coppolla's Lost in Translation and fancy recreating some of its most famous scenes, then you'll want to take a trip to Karaoke Kan on Udagawa-cho. It's the bar in which Bill Murray performed More Than This in the movie.
Fuji Rock Festival  

Dancing neon lights sway to the beat of legendary tunes as an explosion of music drive hurdles of supergroupies, hippies and hedonists into a frenzy in the in the loudest, largest, craziest and most iconic music festival in Japan - Fuji Rock Festival.
Set in a mystifying location in the mountains of Naeba, to get some stages in the Fuji Rock Festival you have to trek through the forest or take a gondola. No wonder the event attracts all sorts of festival-goers, ranging from hardcore rock fans to ecstasy-addicts, festival enthusiasts and nature lovers.
The latter will specially enjoy the opportunities to exercise among the hillsides via atmospheric boardwalks through the forest, past sparkling streams, villages or hammocks and organic food stalls. An hour's walk from the site entrance, you'll come across the hippy hangout “Stoned Circle” where you can play ramshackle instruments and drums. Get on the Dragondola - the longest gondola lift in the world - as it takes you to the top of the mountain which overlooks the festival site.
The centre of the site is called Oasis, where you'll be able to choose from over 30 stalls offering food from around the world. Even though the main site closes each night after the final act, Oasis remains open until late at night, as well as the Red Marquee where you can join a rave till dawn.
The party starts the day before the official festival featuring bon-odori - traditional Japanese folk dance), prize draws, food stalls and a fireworks display. There are seven main stages and other minor stages scattered throughout the site. The main stage - Green stage - has a capacity for almost 50,000 spectators.
This four-day music festival is organised by Smash Japan and features more than 200 Japanese and international musicians. Every summer the event attracts up to a hundred thousands to the festival grounds and has a year-on-year crackling lineup.
Some of the headliners and performers have been The Stone Roses, Radiohead, Heady Eye, Elvis Costello and The Imposters, Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys, Tokyo Ska Paradise, The Faces, The Chemical Brothers, The Faces, Muse, Vampire Weekend, Jamie Cullum, Oasis, Franz Ferdinand, Paul Weller, Weezer, Kiyoshiro Imawano Special Message Orchestra, among others.
If you want to stay at a hotel, it is recommend to book one a year ahead. Otherwise, make sure you bring a distinctive tent and enjoy the unique camping experience. If you feel like relaxing watching a movie, there's an outdoor cinema by the river - now picture how wonderful it is to watch a film in that setting. Don't miss out on the opportunity to have udon noodles for breakfast.

Where to Shop in Tokyo  

Tokyo is the place to go on a shopping spree. With the latest trendiest fashion, traditional handicrafts, branded goods, cutting edge electronics, and colouful anime, shopping in Japan is more than a necessity... It's an obsession. Therefore, surrounded by endless variety of world-class goods and accompanied by your credit card, it's not hard to fall into temptation while shopping in Tokyo.
Tokyo is famous for its department stores, some of which have been open for centuries. These department stores connect massive shopping malls and are extremely convenient for shoppers as they can find everything they are looking for under one roof. Some of these complexes compass 10 floors.
These outlets deal anything from modern merchandise to traditional goods such as cotton kimonos, iron teapots, ceramics, samurai swords and lacquerware. It's no surprise Japan is the best place to look for Manga, but to be more specific, the shops to look for them are in Shibuya and Akihabara.
The best place to buy branded clothing is Ginza shopping area, a fancy area characterised for high end stores, boutiques and cafes. From block to block, you'll find well-established Japanese shops and famous brand names like Gucci, Chanel, Armani, Louis Vuitton, among others.
Numerous fashion labels have appointed their own personal restaurants in Ginza. After a day of shopping in this fancy area, you can treat yourself to a gourmet delicacy from Gucci Café or the Armani restaurant. Some of the onsite attractions include a beer garden during summer and a play area for children.
Alternatively, browse through Harajuku's high fashion boutiques and branded shops to find pop culture and new, trendy styles.
Tokyo is the capital of shopping choices and Omotesando Hills is the proof of that. Here you'll find about 100 exclusive and famous brand shops; for instance “Anniversaire Omotesando” which is popular for its limited-edition champagne and chocolate, as well as Prada, Louis Vuitton and Dior boutiques. If you don't plan on buying anything, at least you can take delight in the majestic architecture of this hip boutiques.
As Roppongi is surrounded by numerous embassies, there are many shops, bars and restaurants distinguished for its international flavour and cater to people from other countries. The area has both aspects as an office town and an entertainment centre with its new shopping centre - Roppongi Hills. One of Japan's newest commercial developments, Roppongi Hills has over 200 shops and restaurants making it the ideal place to spend the day exploring local Japanese culture.
With its train station handling the largest number of passengers in the world, Shinjuku is one of the busiest towns in Japan and as such, it's filled with customers wandering from department stores, electrical appliance megastores and huge book stores. Browse through the dozens of shops in the underground mall to find an unexpected deal. In the Kabuki-cho bright lights district, buzzing with restaurants, adult entertainment spots, arcades and theatres.
A great place to shop for youngsters is Shibuya - one of Japan's busiest towns. There are numerous miscellaneous goods shops, clothing boutiques, shoe stores, accessory and cosmetics shops and fast food stores.

  
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