33 Facts about Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower warm 1440 x 660

State of Emergency has been extended around Japan (although many have ignored it and have started to go back into the office after Golden Week). Honestly, I haven't really gotten out anywhere to experience much of Japan lately. However, what I see often is the beautiful Tokyo Tower that is near my home and we … Continue reading 33 Facts about Tokyo Tower

Tokyo cycling trip 🚴🏻‍♀️

Arakawa park cycling in Tokyo, Japan a great cycling track from tokyo to saitama photographed by native expat 202

State of Emergency continues in Japan and last Saturday was nature enforcing it on Japanese citizens, where it rained heavily all morning and afternoon 🌧🌧. Luckily, Sunday's weather forecast was sunny all day so we decided to get on our bikes to get some fresh air while we practice social distancing. Tokyo is very densely … Continue reading Tokyo cycling trip 🚴🏻‍♀️

Back to the future: Slip back to Edo then back to Tokyo at Edo Tokyo Museum

miniature ginza post WWII displayed at Edo Museum in Tokyo

Last year in 2019, I attempted twice to visit Sumo in Tokyo but both time, the tickets were sold out. As January Tokyo season was coming to an end, the only option seemed to be heading to 両国国技館 (Ryogoku Kokugikan) on the day of the tournament to try my luck at the day ticket release. … Continue reading Back to the future: Slip back to Edo then back to Tokyo at Edo Tokyo Museum

Tokyo suburb highlight: Shimokitazawa

garage door art in shimokitazawa in tokyo japan photographed by native expat for her blog 2020

Setagaya ward is one of the 23 Tokyo wards that is known as the address for the wealthy💰 . However within Setagaya is 下北沢 (Shimokitazawa), a cool neighborhood with an old school Japanese feel filled with lots of vintage shops and soup curry restaurants 🍛 with queues out the front. Voted amongst Timeout’s “Coolest neighborhoods … Continue reading Tokyo suburb highlight: Shimokitazawa

Lush centuries-old forest in Tokyo: the Institute for Nature Study

susuki in institute for nature study photographed by native expat 2019

The temperature has dropped to the low single digits in Tokyo in the morning and at night these days. When the sun shone through our curtain on Sunday morning, we decided to warm up by hopping on our bikes to 白金台 (Shirokanedai), with Institute for Nature Study as our destination. A little bit about Institute … Continue reading Lush centuries-old forest in Tokyo: the Institute for Nature Study

Affordable staycation in Tokyo: Odaiba

the entrance to oedo onsen monogatari photographed by native expat 2019

Tokyo is a massive sprawling city that's hard to see everything in a short period of time even if the great public transport; Tokyo city is 622km 2. To make the best living out of Tokyo, we decided to enjoy a bit of staycation in お台場(Odaiba). Odaiba will be a quite well-known area in 2020 … Continue reading Affordable staycation in Tokyo: Odaiba

A quick autumnal nature getaway from Tokyo

Tokyo is packed with great restaurants, bars, shops, museums - a city for an all-day and all-night entertainment. Sometimes, the concrete jungle and the neon lights get a bit too much and you want to get back to nature to decompress. ⛰Mount Takao⛰ is the answer for Tokyoites like us: quick and easy access to … Continue reading A quick autumnal nature getaway from Tokyo

Tokyo local’s way to enjoy art and food in Ueno

Mentioned in the last week's post, we had a public holiday to celebrate Culture Day and that free entries were offered at some of the major museums around the country. Here's how we spent our first Culture Day since we moved to Japan at the start of the year. What's Ueno like? 上野 (うえの, Ueno) … Continue reading Tokyo local’s way to enjoy art and food in Ueno

Rising tax and the rising Rugby fever in the Land of the Rising Sun

rugby viewing at the fan zone in marunouchi photographed by Native Expat 2019

Just as Japan started to host the 6 weeks long Rugby World Cup 🏉 on September 20, Japan’s complicated tax increase was introduced from October 1 where some items’ tax has increased from 8% to 10% 💹.  First the bad news...tax increase Unlike Australia, the prices are generally listed before tax in Japan and the … Continue reading Rising tax and the rising Rugby fever in the Land of the Rising Sun

Eat and wander around the Little Edo, Kawagoe

queue of Nakaichi Honten that is famous for nekomanma in kawagoe photographed by native expat 2019

Time travel back to the Edo period by catching a train for 30 minutes from the northern big city in Tokyo, 池袋(Ikebukuro) to 川越 (Kawagoe). This ideal day trip location from Tokyo is located in Saitama Prefecture and is known as 小江戸 (Little Edo) where rows of clay-walled warehouses called 蔵造り (kurazukuri) are beautifully preserved. … Continue reading Eat and wander around the Little Edo, Kawagoe