A beautiful place to go to get a breath of fresh air in Tokyo. It is very peaceful, you will forget that you live in a hectic city. Make sure to visit during 'coming-of-age-day' in Japan when all of the 20 year olds get dolled up in their traditional finery.
Overpriced for what is on offer. A $25.00 hamburger that is mediocre in not my idea of a good place to eat. Especially when I can cook much better tasting food at home. Perhaps it is surviving because it is frequented by non-Japanese who do not cook and crave some home-style meals? Whatever the case, it is a crime what they charge here.
Having lived in Tokyo for 11 years, I am familiar with authentic sushi. This place isn't about authentic sushi, it is about Californian sushi. It is a trendy place and as a Dominic mentioned, a great place to take a nervous eater.
I do all my shopping at Nissen with one exception: the 2nd floor at National Azabu. This floor offers the best selection of new(not used), English literature anywhere in Tokyo. It also offers an array of greeting cards, cooking books, and kitchenware. The first floor not only offers processed goods: they have a fresh fish deli, a meat deli, and wonderful, French gourmet cheeses. However, it is just too small to shop comfortably not to mention the tourists who frequent this store to window shop (Japanese people from the surrounding Tokyo areas).
Quaint and well-appointed, this museum offers many different exhibits . When I visited, there was a glass exhibit being displayed.
It is smaller than the Mori Art museum and doesn't offer the Panoramic view but it makes a nice diversion if you are shopping at Midtown.
It has a comfy setting with dim lighting and warm decor. Many people come here to unwind with colleagues. The restaurant part offers good eats, nice char-broiled steaks and the like. The bar is encircled by stools and it will get very crowded on Friday nights so get there early if you want a place to sit down.
I have frequented this museum on several occasions. On one occasion, a fashion exhibit was being displayed. They had tons of dresses on display from different time periods. On another occasion, I viewed some artwork that was quite unsavory...something that you wouldn't want a young child to see.
Make sure to go on a sunny day to completely enjoy the Panoramic View.
A nice church that gives English mass. It is very crowded on Christmas Eve, so go early. The priests add a nice touch at the end of service which is to ask if there are any new members. He asks people to stand up if they would like in order to tell everyone where they are from. It is wonderful to see people from different parts of the world come to pray.
As for being inspired? If you come to be inspired by the sermons then you will be inspired. If you come for the architecture, then it is indeed an older church.
I concur with the previous reviews about what an awe-inspiring experience it is to visit the fish auction. I also agree that several 'bad apples', most likely visitors to Japan, have ruined it for us locals. I have not been groped by any 'pervy Japanese seamen' though....'Pervy American seamen' but certainly not Japanese ones...they are more scared of non-Japanese women than we are of them and I have lived here for 11 years LOL.
I purchase all of my jewels at Tiffany's. My husband bought me my engagement ring at this branch. The staff at this branch, at least 11 years ago, seemed quite stuffy similar to the Tiffany staff at Mitsukoshi Nihombashi. I prefer to shop at the Tiffany's near Roppongi Hills b/c staff are much nicer. As for prices, no matter where you go: Vancouver, Los Angeles, Tokyo (as I have been), they are going to be comparable.
NOT for the faint of heart or over 30 set unless you wish to go just for the entertainment value. Very loud and head-ache provoking environment, especially when the 'shop girls' yell out IRRASHEMASE in those high-pitched, squeeky voices...they are cute however and it is interesting to see how the fashionable, young people are dressing these days.
A complex maze of shops and restaurants that can leave visitors feeling flustered. I frequent this complex in order to visit May's Garden Salon and Estination/Bals. I have become familiar with how to come and go now but it certainly took sometime. So, if you are visiting, be prepared to get lost.
I give this a score of 3 because they do hire good stylists who are either non-Japanese themselves or Japanese stylists who are comfortable with coloring and styling non-Japanese hair.
However, I found management to be unprofessional and unkind.
Delicious sweets and cheeses but at a hefty price. Don't miss out on the delicious macaroons made by la mama...heavenly, melt-in-your-mouth, treats.
The quiche and pastas are satisfactory when you want to take a rest from cooking...almost as good as home-cooking but not quite there.
A comfortable and spacious facility which includes a 24 hour supermarket and Dean & Deluca in the basement. It is wonderful to visit around Christmas when they have all of the lights (Exit through the basement to get to the park).
I have frequented many salons around the world so I am VERY fussy. I did not find this place to be professional. They are friendly but I certainly wouldn't label them as being professional.
On one occasion, I had my pedicure ruined afterwards because the esthetician placed a blanket over my feet (during my facial which was given after my pedicure).
Good food, satisfactory service, and a comfortable atmosphere. They have a huge TV screen behind the bar as well which was playing a movie when we visited. Not a bad place to visit for lunch or a casual dinner.
I went to this salon on a few occasions for hair color, cut, and an eye brow wax. My stylist, who lived in NYC, was very good at coloring hair and she did a nice job on my eyebrows. However, I did not like how she cut and styled my hair. It looked 'choppy.' Finally, I requested that reception address me in the same manner that they address their Japanese clientele (RE: using the surname) but they did not.
My Japanese teacher and I frequent The Peninsula for tea and lunch. The prices are reasonable and the service is satisfactory (I did have to complain one time when we were not seated immediately-when there were many tables available). The food is delicious as well. You are able to order finger food served on a traditional tiered serving platter or you are able to order soup, salad, and/or sandwiches.