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  • Hakone (Landmarks & Historical Places / Machida)
  • 2009/01/28
  • Like some other places close to Tokyo, this is a site that books up fast. But if you manage to get a last minute trip through a travel agency like JTB you can score some really rockin' deals. The onsens in this area are fabulous and you can enjoy the quirky onsens that keep Japan in the news globally: the red wine, green tea, and coffee baths you sometimes hear of are located in this area. Beautiful of Mt. Fuji from here as well.
  • Tokyo International Forum (Landmarks & Historical Places / Tokyo Station)
  • 2009/01/28
  • There isn't much you can say about a convention space. I mean, it's basically a big box with ever-changing contents. The sections of the building set up for their architectural beauty are a lovely sight to behold. But the real reason to head over here is for the food trucks that magically materialize during lunch time. Every day there is something different, but there are usually at least a dozen choices. Get there early, as most places run out of food. It really is that good.
  • Omotesando Hills (Landmarks & Historical Places / Harajuku)
  • 2009/01/28
  • Very luxurious. Shopping, fashion, night life... the same basic ingredients for any popular spot in Tokyo. But this one is special because all the stuff is really expensive. Trust me. That makes it better. All of the beautiful people everywhere make this a visually pleasing experience, too. Store displays are more like art so you can at least appreciate the gorgeous things the stores know you'll never be able to afford in your wildest dreams.
  • Imperial Palace (Landmarks & Historical Places / Jimbocho)
  • 2009/01/28
  • What is there to say...it's a big wall. With a moat. A moat that recently had a naked European man with a saggy bum in it. There are a couple of beautiful swans living in the moat, but the gardens are probably the best part. It is one of very few places in all of Tokyo you can just lay out on the grass and read a book. The city scape from this location is quite nice, too. The security guards don't have much as far as a sense of humor goes, though, so don't push it. And watch yourself in the early morning and the evening...the trail around the palace is thick with joggers.
  • Omoide Yokocho: Shinjuku (Landmarks & Historical Places / Shinjuku)
  • 2009/01/28
  • Crammed one on top of the other, the little local places serving everyone's favorite grilled meat on a stick will make you feel like you've stepped out of modern Tokyo and into some mythical parallel dimension of exactly what people who have never been here expect Japan to be. Friendly staff, don't expect any service whatsoever in English. Take the Japanese friend assigned to you upon processing through customs and have them help you order.
  • Tokyo Midtown (Landmarks & Historical Places / Roppongi)
  • 2009/01/28
  • It's taller than Roppongi Hills by a couple of meters. Who says size doesn't matter? While they may not have the city night view (the top floors are obscenely expensive condos, not tourist attractions), they do have some great bars/restaurants in the area. It's only a night spot if you like taking walks in the park or having a relaxing glass of wine at a restaurant. The only club-like atmosphere you'll find is at A-971 (which is choc full of depressed finance people, these days). Luxury shopping and the same basic amenities you find in Roppongi Hills, minus the theater.
  • Roppongi Hills (Landmarks & Historical Places / Roppongi)
  • 2009/01/28
  • Wonderful dreamscape. Every single time I go there I feel like I'm in Disneyland. Everything is immaculate. It feels so space-age. Wonderful restaurants. Good museum. Beautiful view, especially at night. Great luxury shopping as well as affordable boutiques. Oh, and the movie theater is pretty nice, too. If you have a chance, definitely check out the premier seating. Enjoy a beer with your movie and recline. Not your average theater. Because of the large numbers of foreigners who flock to this capitalist mecca, virtually all staff speak English.
  • Le Baron de Paris (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Omotesando, Aoyama)
  • 2009/01/28
  • Definitely the "it" place. Draws a good crowd of wonderful people who just want to have a good time. No nonsense, just good vibes and great tunes. A good place to spot the underground crew and maybe even get invited to a private party. Make sure you are a VIP. Better to know somebody who knows somebody if you're going to go here.
  • El Cafe Latino (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Roppongi)
  • 2009/01/28
  • Wonderful dance experience. Friendly staff and environment. I really really enjoyed being able to actually dance on the dance floor. Plenty of people but not too crowded and definitely a place to work up a sweat. Lively and entertaining with a good international crowd. The cover is a bit steep, but if you consider that it is for an entire evening of entertainment, it really isn't too bad.
  • Ageha (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Odaiba)
  • 2009/01/04
  • Ageha, or Butterfly, is definitely just that - a great place to fly all night long. From multiple dance floors to colorful light displays to big-name DJs like Junior Vasquez, DJ Dan, and DJ Tiesto it's a great place to stay all night long, dance til dawn, and watch the sun rise over the bay. Taking the bus from Shibuya is the absolute best method of getting there...unless you have a car of your own.
  • Club Pure (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • Pure...what is there to say besides ALL-YOU-CAN-DRINK. Maybe you didn't hear me...ALL-YOU-CAN-DRINK! What kind of club offers this? What club can afford to offer this? Who cares! I got my booty-shakin' on and if you know somebody who knows somebody, VIP is pretty chill. The thing about VIPs, though, is they pay for their drinks. Have fun with that.
    If you're a foreigner looking for a one-night stand, happy hunting. Most girls who go here go to get picked up...don't be afraid to close a deal or seem lecherous.
  • Womb (Dance Clubs / Nightclubs / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • For everything from private events to headlining DJs from around the world to local talent, this is the place to go. Although it is sometimes so tightly packed that breathing can be a struggle, they do a great job of making it feel like it's underground. If you can last until first train and the club closing, you can become one of the few who get a discount by signing up for the Womb VIP club. Oh, and be prepared to be sshhhhhh'd if you have to wait outside the building to get in. People who live in the neighborhood have complained about the noise of the clubs so much that you'll feel like you're lining up for a school assembly. Drink prices are average, but cover is a bit pricey (around 5,000 yen).
  • Tokyu Hands: Shibuya (Fun Shops / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/17
  • A great department store with a little bit of everything, Tokyu Hands is a great place to start looking for anything you might need if you don't know where to get it. It is particularly good for DIYers, but has an extensive selection of items for home decor and furnishings, traditional Japanese collectibles and gifts for friends back home, and a fantastic "seasonal" section for Halloween costumes and Christmas decorations. The only thing to remember about Tokyu Hands in Shibuya is that, like all stores in Shibuya, it is extremely crowded, particularly when compared to other locations in the same chain. Also, the split-leveling of the store makes it less friendly for navigating (the floors are offset from each other by half flights of stairs...so there's 2A, 2B, and 2C, with 2A and 2C on the same level, 2B offset by half a floor). Awkward layout aside, is really is a great store.
  • Muse (Bars / Hiroo)
  • 2008/11/17
  • They should call this club "Maze" or at least give you a map on your way in. If it's already getting late in the night and you've had a couple of drinks, this is definitely THE spot. Whether you want to dance, play pool or airhockey, sing karaoke, or relax in a lounge and play some darts, this labyrinthine club will meet your needs. Four different bar areas with just as many different types of music make it suitable for a variety of tastes. Good pockets of seclusion for those...ahem, naughty moments as well.
  • ==Close== Rolling Stone Cafe (Bars / Roppongi)
  • 2008/11/11
  • What a great place. Whether you're hosting an event or looking for a quiet place in Roppongi, it's definitely a good stopover. It has a large patio area, decent food, and a great atmosphere. The bar is very well stocked, and the whole place can be rented out for special events, or you can just host a small group if you make a reservation. The staff is friendly and speedy.
  • Legato (American / Shibuya)
  • 2008/11/10
  • Gorgeous view looking over Shibuya from the height of 15 floors. Lunch is amazing, and by far the best deal. The salad bar consists of a gourmet tuna macaroni salad with almonds, shallots, and raisins; a potato salad with salmon; and your choice of apple, shallot, or vinaigrette dressings. Lunch meals change daily. Staff is very friendly and courteous. The interior of the restaurant warm and inviting, but slightly reminiscent of what you might expect if you were inside a Christmas ornament. Definitely a must-eat.
  • Zest Cantina (American / Azabu-juban)
  • 2008/11/10
  • The absolute best place for a pitcher of beer and a basket of hot wings in town. You can order the wings by the bucket and specify your preferred level of spicy, all served with creamy caesar dressing for dipping. The other tex-mex items on the menu don't disappoint, either. A good place for the family, the service is good and the large restaurant is far from full if you go early in the evening. The size of the dining room makes it possible to accommodate large groups with a reservation.
  • Frames: Daikanyama (Cafes / Daikanyama)
  • 2008/11/10
  • I have never enjoyed broccoli as much as I did at this cafe with a retro lounge-style atmosphere. It was, by far, the most melt-in-your-mouth garlic infused delectable veggie I've ever had. If Mom had made them like this, she never would've had to tell you to each your vegetables. Broccoli aside, the staff is pleasant, but the popularity of this cafe means they are stretched a little thin. Definitely worth the walk up the hill, the view is wonderful, if you can get a seat by the window.
  • Aux Bacchanales: Akasaka (French / Yotsuya)
  • 2008/11/10
  • Excellent French bakery, and unlike its counterpart in Roppongi, the staff is very pleasant. The quiche is to die for, the baguettes are baked fresh every three hours, and the pastries are mouth-watering. It is very busy during lunch hours, so be prepared. But the views from the patio are gorgeous, especially in spring. A hangout for many Italian designers doing business in Tokyo.
  • T.Y. Harbor Brewery (American / Shinagawa)
  • 2008/11/09
  • Elegant interior with a beautiful view of Shinagawa and the water outside. A gourmet dining experience with the comfort of a casual atmosphere. There is a full bar area, completely separate from the dining room, with a view of the open kitchen. All the beer is brewed on site, and the beer sampler they offer is by far the best way to choose which of their tasty brews will best accompany your chosen meal. Large groups can be accommodated if you make reservations far enough in advance (2-3 weeks minimum). Thursday through Sunday will most likely require reservations, but to be safe you should always make one. This place is fabulous and popular. The menu regularly changes, so it's always worth a repeat visit. A taxi from the train station is a must.
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