Mari Takahashi

Living in Japan, Hi guys, I am currently living in Tokyo, but have visited many parts of Japan. I know especially about things around Tokyo. I am happy to help you!

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Answered 10 months ago

Hi all, please help us to enjoy the Oirase winter

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

Hello! I went to Oirase Gorge in winter 2 or 3 years ago. It was one of the most magical experiences I had in my life. Trees were all white, frozen waterfalls, quiet forests... I remember every bit of it! You can read about my experience here: https://hubjapan.io/articles/oirase-gorge-snow-hike-i...

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Answered about 1 year ago

tonkastu restaurants

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

My favorites: - Marugo in Akihabarahttps://www.tripadvisor.jp/Restaurant_Review-g1066443-d1660666-Reviews-Tonkatsu_Marugo-Chiyoda_Tokyo_Tokyo_Prefecture_Kanto.htmlso, so, so, good! Expect long queues.- Isen in Uenohttps://gurunavi.com/en/a226600/rst/Their tonkatsu is rather soft. They say "tonkat...

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Answered about 1 year ago

Best place to watch Japan play Rugby

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

British pub HUB is one of the most easiest to find. HUB has many branches in Tokyo and I guess most of their branch broadcast rugby games on TV. My friend went to HUB in Kichijoji on Sunday to watch Japan - Scotland game. She said the bar was packed with people! HUB: https://www.pub-hub.com/

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Answered about 1 year ago

Where can I go to listen to jazz?

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

There are many different places to listen to jazz. Cotton Club Tokyo may be one of the most famous place: http://www.cottonclubjapan.co.jp/en/venue/I have been to MADURO, a jazz bar in Roppongi. It had a quite nice ambience and music was good. https://www.tokyo.grand.hyatt.co.jp/en/restaurants/ma...

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Answered over 1 year ago

What mall to visit in omatosando to shop local brands

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

La Foret Harajuku is the place you should go! It's an iconic shopping mall existing from a long time ago. I used to shop there when I was younger. Most of the shops are for younger generations from teen to twenties. There is also Omotesando Hills but they are not really focused on local Japanese ...

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Answered over 1 year ago

Where should i eat okonomiyaki

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

The most famous city for Okonomiyaki is Osaka. It's local specialty of the region. Hiroshima is also famous for Okonomiyaki, with their own style Hiroshima style. Hiroshima style adds noodles and fried egg on Okonomiyaki and sauce is a bit more watery comparing to Osaka style. 

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Answered almost 2 years ago

Is there a difference between Pasmo and Suica?

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

There are many train companies operating trains and subways in Tokyo. Suica is issued by JR and Pasmo is by other train companies. When you actually use it to pass the gate of trains/buses or use that to buy something at stores, there are no differences. I like the design of suica card better, th...

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Answered about 2 years ago

Second trip to Japan and plan to travel north to Hokkaido.Would like suggestions on where to visit over 2 weeks.

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

There are lots to see in Hokkaido! It also depends on which season you are planning to visit. If it's winter, it is very hard to travel around Hokkaido because you will have to drive in snow and some roads may close in winter. Here are recommendations from my experience.Summer: Hike in Shiretoko ...

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Answered about 2 years ago

I would like to try sushi in Japan but I don't like the taste of raw fish nor of vinegar. Which type of sushi do you recommend???

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

There are many kinds of sushi that do not use raw fish such as egg (tamago), natto, cucumber rolls (kappa maki), yam, etc. However, vinegared rice is inevitable to sushi.Something similar to sushi that does not use vinegars are onigiri - it's translated to rice ball in English. We stuff all sorts...

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Answered about 2 years ago

I am going to oirase gorge from Aomori for a day trip. The first bus would reach oirase gorge at abt 10am and the last bus leaves at 4pm. Is it sufficient to enjoy oirase gorge and lake towada? Should I stay the night?

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

I have been to Oirase Gorge in winter and we drove all the way to Aomori and spent a night there, because it seemed like there were not much things to do at night. It would be a nice idea to stay if you would like star watching or early morning hike. 

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Answered about 2 years ago

Where is the best location for sightseeing in Tohoku during winter ?

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

Tohoku will be covered with snow so there are many beautiful places.One of the most famous winter sights would be Mt. Hakkoda. It's a great ski mountain if you do skiing or snowboarding. Even if you don't, you can climb up all the way to the top with gondola and you can see frost-covered trees.ht...

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Answered over 2 years ago

What to or what not to wear when going to Kaiseki restaurants? Are there any obligations or restrictions? Thnx!

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

Depend on which restaurant where you go and it is always safe to check with the particular restaurant where you are going. In general, it's safer to be formal. Don't expose too much skin, no flip flops or sandals, no jeans and don't wear strong perfumes as kaiseki cuisines value aroma of the food...

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Answered over 2 years ago

Same store, which one I should go?

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

The shops are quite the same, I think for most of the time both shops have same stocks. Decide the place by what restaurants you want to go or what else you want to see :)

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Answered over 2 years ago

How to enjoy Izakaya correctly?

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

1. It's not technically rude to eat without alcoholic beverages in Izakaya. They offer various soft drinks for those who do not prefer alcoholic drinks and my friends and I often drink soft drinks, too, from the beginning or after drinking few alcoholic drinks. However, usually at least a person ...

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Answered over 2 years ago

Where can I find reasonably priced interesting clothes in Tokyo? There was lots of beautiful clothes in department stores that I couldn't afford or cheap stuff in shopping centres but nothing in between. And yes, I know Uniqlo and second hand shops.

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

Trying flea market? There are many flea markets in Tokyo on weekends.This one may help you:https://hubjapan.io/articles/10-best-flea-markets-in-tokyo-for-unique-bargain-shopping

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