Monthly Archives: April 2015

Shopping in Tokyo: Free sembei rice crackers at Mitsugien in spring & summer 2015 ☺

Show our Get Japan map of Tokyo including Iidabashi station when you purchase Japanese tea or boxes at Mitsugien tea store in Chiyoda ward to get a free bag of sembei rice crackers! This healthy and delicious offer is valid all spring and summer 2015 🙂

Happy thanks to Yes in Japan: Japanese lunch and “Japanese paintings” shopping

A couple of French-speaking tourists in Tokyo e-mailed our Yes in Japan French manager (always glad to help people in trouble) to thank him for helping them order their lunch at a Japanese restaurant without English menu and without English-speaking staff then recommending Ebisudo Gallery near Jimbocho station (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo) to buy beautiful “Japanese paintings” (ukiyo-e woodblock prints in fact) at a reasonable price. They found the art shop with our Get Japan map of Jimbocho area, loved the gallery and its shopkeeper, and bought 2 ukiyo-e 🙂
Ukiyo-e woodblock print with the Hota coast in Awa province at Ebisudo gallery (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Shopping in Tokyo: 5% discount at Laox Akihabara Main Store in spring & summer 2015 ☺

Get a special 5% discount at Laox Akihabara Main Store until 31 December 2015 thanks to our spring/summer 2015 brochure covering Akihabara and Kanda areas! First, obtain this brochure at partner shops, hotels or information centres in the area. Second, go to Laox Akihabara Main Store near Akihabara station (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo). Third, select the products you wish to buy. Finally, present the brochure before your payment ☺

Note that Laox Akihabara Main Store accepts only one coupon/discount at a time, and that some items are not covered by this discount e.g. game machines, Apple products, medicines and brandname products.

Laox Akihabara Main Store is the tax-free store 35 in the section B4 of our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Free map: North of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan).

Drinks in Tokyo: Drink Japanese wine masterpieces at Blanc Dans Le Noir

Enjoy Japanese wine masterpieces such as Yama no Tannat, Yamazaki Pinot Noir… with cuisine from Provence and Japan!
Drink Japanese wine masterpieces at Blanc Dans Le Noir (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan)...

Typical prices for the drinks and food:

  • Glass of house wine: 500 yens
  • Bottle of Yama no Tannat (2011): 12000 yens
  • Dinner: 3000 yens

Open: 12:00-15:00, 18:00-23:00 (Sunday: 13:00-20:00, Saturday: closed)

Phone: (+81) 03-5244-5886
Credit cards: Accepted.
Menu: English, Japanese.

Blanc Dans Le Noir is the restaurant 25 in the section C3 of our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Free map: North of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan).

Find Coto Language Academy in Tokyo’s Chiyoda ward

Use our map, directions and photo below to easily find Coto Language Academy (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo city) and study the Japanese language and culture with a smile! Coto Language Academy is the language school “2” (section B1) on our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Free map: North of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan).

From Iidabashi station: Walk south-west for 1 minute from the subway exit “A4” or 1 minute from the train exit “East”.

From APA Hotel Tokyo-kudanshita: Exit the lobby, turn left, walk 6 minutes along the main street then go on the opposite side of the block just before the train lines. Spending a night at APA Hotel Tokyo-kudanshita? Ask its staff for our free paper map in English language; we delivered it in early April 2015.

From Tokyo Grand Shrine: Exit the Shinto shrine using the main gate, turn left, walk 1 minute, then follow instructions “From Petit Bonheur” (see the next paragraph).

From Petit Bonheur: Exit the sweets shop/restaurant, turn right, walk 2 minutes down the slope, turn left just before reaching the main street, and walk a few seconds. Coto Language Academy is in the next block on your right side.

The entrance of Coto Language Academy is not flashy but the logo is visible on the door when you get close:
Entrance of Coto Language Academy (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Find Yamashita-shikki-ten lacquerware shop in Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward

Use our map, directions and photo below to easily find Yamashita-shikki-ten lacquerware shop (Shinjuku ward, Tokyo city) and admire/buy its beautiful Japanese lacquerware! Yamashita-shikki-ten is the lacquerware shop “1” (section B1) on our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Free map: North of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan).

From Iidabashi station: Walk north-west for 5 minutes from the subway exit “B3” or 7 minutes from the train exit “West”.

From Zenkoku-ji: Exit the Buddhist temple using the main gate, cross the street, turn left then walk 2 minutes.

From Sapana Kagurazaka-ten: Exit the restaurant, cross the street, turn left then walk 4 minutes.

The entrance of Yamashita-shikki-ten is easy to recognize:
Entrance of Yamashita-shikki-ten lacquerware shop (Shinjuku ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Scared of getting lost in spite of all this information? Ask the Yes in Japan team to organize a personalized private tour including a visit at Yamashita-shikki-ten 🙂

Note: You can cycle to Yamashita-shikki-ten if you rent a bicycle at UDX building

Food in Tokyo: Cook your beef, chicken or pork at Nikuya-no-shojikina-shokudo!

Cook and eat your meat at the counter: well grilled, à point… For sukiyaki, dip your beef in the egg. Really enjoyable!
Cook your beef, chicken or pork at Nikuya-no-shojikina-shokudo (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan)!

Typical prices for the food:

  • Chicken in hot pot: 650 yens
  • Pork ginger: 800 yens
  • Steak: 1000 yens
  • Sukiyaki: 1100 yens

Open: 11:00-23:00

Phone: (+81) 03-3233-8088
Credit cards: Unavailable.
Menu: English, Japanese.

Nikuya-no-shojikina-shokudo is the restaurant 18 in the section C3 of our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Free map: North of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan).

Drinks in Tokyo: Drink good/premium coffee and buy organic beans at Mamekohboh!

Coffee lover in Tokyo? Go to Mamekohboh coffee shops: they sell more than 40 types of coffee beans! Drink good/premium coffee there or ask for a takeaway; organic beans and soya milk are even proposed in option…
Drink good/premium coffee and buy organic beans at Mamekohboh (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan)!

Typical prices:

  • Black coffee: 190 yens
  • Milk chocolate: 260 yens
  • Irish coffee: 340 yens
  • “Spring” coffee beans (200g): 1058 yens

Open: 07:00/08:00-16:00/18:30 depending on the specific coffee shop (Sunday: closed)

Credit cards: Unavailable.
Menu: English, Japanese.

Mamekohboh coffee shops are the four spots 9 in the sections B2, C2, C3 and D3 of our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Free map: North of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan).

Lesson in Tokyo: Learn Japanese language and culture at Coto Language Academy!

Coto Language Academy proposes small classes with fun conversation-based learning and flexible course schedules to learn the Japanese language and culture. Join today!
Learn Japanese language and culture at Coto Language Academy (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan)!

Typical prices for lessons:

  • Private lesson “Survival Japanese”: 4200 yens
  • 8 lessons in group: 18400 yens
  • 8 private lessons: 31600 yens

Open: Variable time (09:50-21:30)

Phone: (+81) 03-6261-4515
Credit cards: Accepted.
Documents written in: English, Japanese.
Staff speaking: English, Japanese.

Coto Language Academy is the language school 2 in the section B1 of our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Free map: North of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan).

Food & drinks in Tokyo: Savour sushi or tempura with tea at Jidai-sushi!

On tatami mats or at a counter, savour assorted sushi raw fish or tempura fried vegetables/seafood with tea or saké…
Savour sushi or tempura with tea at Jidai-sushi (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan)!

Typical prices for the food and drinks:

  • Simple sushi set: 1000 yens
  • Special sushi set: 5000 yens
  • Tempura set: 1700 yens
  • Local saké: 1000 yens

Open: 11:00-14:00, 17:00-23:00 (Sunday and public holidays: closed)

Phone: (+81) 03-3261-6550
Credit cards: Accepted.
Menu: English, Japanese.

Jidai-sushi is the Japanese restaurant 7 in the section B2 of our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Free map: North of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan).