Japanese food, Tokyo

Yurakucho “Yakitori Alley”

Yurakucho station is one stop south of Tokyo Station along the JR Yamanote Line. It is also next to the glitzy Ginza district with all its high class shops, restaurants and entertainment. Yurakucho is, for me anyway, a bit more down to earth, old fashioned and relaxed –  and a lot cheaper to eat.. One of the big  attractions for me is a…

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Temples & Shrines, Tourist attractions, Travelling Japan

Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto

Fushimi Inari is an important Shinto shrine, south of Kyoto, Japan.  It is the most important of several thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. The shrine is at the bottom of Inari mountain and includes amazing red gates (Torii)  covering a trail that extends around 4 km up & down  the mountain. The red Torii are donated by Japanese people…

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Tokyo, Tourist attractions

Shibuya, Tokyo

The Shibuya area is a lively area of Tokyo famous for shops,  Neon signs, stores like Shibuya 109, Tokyu hands and Loft    Many of the fashion and fun trends in Japan have their birthplace in Shibuya. The main entry point into the area around is Shibuya station and there are  couple of famous things about this station. First of…

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