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 about 1 month ago

I would like to check if it is wise to purchase Jr Pass 7 Days? Can i check where can i go if we like to go strawberry picking?

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

It seems like you are going to travel a lot around Japan. Japan Rail Pass is worth it if you are traveling long distances and using Shinkansen (bullet trains). The one-way ticket of Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto costs about 13,000 yen. Strawberry picking usually open from January but "Grandberry...

Answered about 1 month ago

We will be in Osaka-Kyoto-Tokyo during Christmas and NewYear. Tokyo,29-2. We were told that everything's closed during that time in Tokyo. First time ever in Japan and doesn't want to miss anything just because we picked the wrong time of travelling.

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

Not exactly everything.  Most of the privately owned restaurants and bars may be closed around 30 December to 3 January. It really depends on the restaurant/bars so it is very hard to say which one is open and which one is closed. If you have particular places you want to go, you should check i...

Answered about 2 months ago

Can I check will there be any train service avaliable after the countdown? is there any hatsumode in osaka on 1st Jan 2018?

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

Hatsumode means "the first visit to the shrine in the year". So it's not something available or not, your first visit to the shrine will be called "Hatsumode". Some shrines have special events during new years, such as distributing amazake drinks, music performances, etc, but it depends on shrine...

Answered about 2 months ago

where can i find deserts with gyuhi

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

Most of "Anmitsu" includes gyuhi in it. Anmitsu is like a parfait contains red beans, shiratama dango, kanten, ice cream, gyuhi, and some fruits. You pour black (or sometimes white) sugar syrup to add flavor. There are many famous cafes to try Anmitsu in Tokyo. For example, Kanoko in Ginza, Umezo...

Answered about 2 months ago

where is the best sushi i can get near yokohama

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

I have never been actually, (Yokohama is more famous for Chinese food, as China Town exist and many people who visit Yokohama from Tokyo enjoy Chinese :P) Sushidokoro Enishi looks really good:http://enishi.exp.jp/This article may help you:https://hubjapan.io/articles/10-best-sushi-restaurants-in-...

Answered 2 months ago

where i can eat yoshoku?

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

I think the famous area for Yoshoku is Asakusa and Ueno. There are many famous restaurants that offer Omurice, Tonkatsu, etc.For Omurice "Yoshikami": https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1311/A131102/13003654/For Tonkatsu "Tonpachitei": https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1311/A131101/13003593/Famous area for...

Answered 2 months ago

what are the best bars and clubs in tokyo?

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

There are tremendous bars in Tokyo, here are my recommendations:- For funJBS Shibuya: http://www.geocities.co.jp/MusicHall/3707/jbs.htmlGreat music and casual atmosphere. Vinyls of jazz, blues, and soul.- For delicious cocktailsBar Ishinohana: http://ishinohana.com/en/The bartender is an award-wi...

Answered 2 months ago

Where can i buy english mangas? ;)

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

Kinokuniya in Shinjuku (there are two Kinokuniya in Shinjuku... the one near South exit and the department store Takashimaya has more foreign books) and Junkudo in Shibuya have lots of English manga collections.This article may also help you:https://hubjapan.io/articles/7-bookstores-in-tokyo-to-g...

Answered 2 months ago

what to see for an anniversary trip

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

You should definitely experience nature in Japan :)Especially snow is going to be very beautiful in winter. Visit around Hokkaido, maybe Biei/Furano area or snow hike in Oirase Gorge in Aomori. The snowy places are so quiet and romantic. 

Answered 2 months ago

what are the kid friendly places

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

There are many kid-friendly places in Tokyo.Amusement parks, aquarium, Kid-o-kid, kidzania, fast food and family restaurants, etc.This article may help you:  https://hubjapan.io/articles/best-attractions-activities-in-tokyo-for-children-to-enjoy

Answered 2 months ago

I will be travelling to Tokyo for the last week of November. What will the weather be like?Website say min of 6 and max of 16. Does it get windy?

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

It will be pretty chilly, you may need a winter jacket even during the day depending on weather. November is not usually windy, and leaves get beautifully colored in late November. Visit Shinjuku Gyoen, Rikugien, and Meiji Jingu Gaien's gingko tree street to get stunning views of Tokyo! 

Answered 2 months ago

Best tepanyaki place in Tokyo

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

I have been to ORCA in Shinjuku, and it was quite good:I had ¥5,000 course but the food was more than enough! I want to go there again. http://www.orca2011shinjyuku.com/index_en.htmlUsually Teppanyaki is expensive so I had not many chances to visit many restaurants. Hub Japan has articles about t...

Answered 2 months ago

What nice sights are there without a lot of tourists?

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

How about Rikugien garden? It's a quiet Japanese garden in the north of Tokyo. Not too much known to travelers. The cherry blossom and autumn leaves are very beautiful there.https://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/english/park/detail_08.html#rikugienIf you are willing to travel from central Japan, how about...