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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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...

Answered over 1 year ago

sake brewery and fruits picking farm to visit

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

There is a sake brewery in Tokyo as well. Koyama Shuzo in the north of Tokyo allows visitors:http://www.koyamashuzo.co.jp/kura.html(The page is only in Japanese, use Google translate. ) They accept reservations via e-mail.There are many fruit picking farms in Yamanashi Prefecture. Yamanashi is fa...

Answered over 1 year ago

What are best whisky bars in tokyo?

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

I visited NIKKA BLENDER'S BAR the other day and they had really rare NIKKA whiskies. The bar is located on the B1 floor of Nikka's Tokyo headquarter. Time Out Tokyo has an article to introduce the bar:https://www.timeout.com/tokyo/bars-and-pubs/nikka-blenders-bar

Answered over 1 year ago

Where can I find a good and big manga store in Japan?

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

TSUTAYA Shibuya has large floor dedicated for manga. It's faced to the famous Shibuya crossings so it is easy to find and access as well. If you are looking for English translated manga, this article may help you:- 7 Bookstores In Tokyo To Go English Manga Shoppinghttps://hubjapan.io/articles/7-b...

Answered over 1 year ago

Will my JRpass work on any of the local Tokyo or Kyoto lines?

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

JR pass works only for trains operated by JR. For instance, Tokyo has two subway companies: Tokyo Metro and Toei. And there are several other railway companies such as Seibu Ikebukuro Line and Tobu Tojo Line. Those subways don't accept JR pass. If you want to go around with only the JR pass, you ...

Answered over 1 year ago

What restaurant serves the best soba?

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

My favorite ones:- Kanda Matsuya (near Akihabara)- Muromachi Sunaba (Kanda)- Ueno Yabusoba (Ueno)- Namiki Yabusoba (Asakusa)If you can drink, enjoy small dishes such as Dashimaki Tamago (Japanese style omelet) and Itawasa (fishcake and wasabi) or tempura with drinks (sake is the best!) before soba. 

Answered over 1 year ago

What is the best part of Tokyo to stay in?

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

Shibuya and Shinjuku are easy to access anywhere and have lots of lots of restaurants for dining options. The train runs till late and you can reach to Mt. Fuji directly by bus from Shinjuku. This article also may help you:12 Best Area To Stay In Tokyo To Match Your Travel Needshttps://hubjapan.i...

Answered over 1 year ago

Whats the top 3 restaurants that visitors must try!?

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

That is really a difficult question... If you spend lots of budgets, you can have seriously nice meals but I will list a so-so budget list which most people can probably afford. I also chose from places that are close to major sightseeing areas. 1. Sushi: Nemuro Hanamaru (Tokyo Station) It's a co...

Answered over 1 year ago

where is the best area to rent a room in Tokyo

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

It depends on your preferences and budget. If you would like to live near central, many major central areas such as Roppongi, Shinjuku, etc, have apartments for rent as well, but rents are high. If you like more quiet neighborhood, Koenji, Ogikubo, Sangenjaya, Nakano, Kitasenju are pretty popular...

Answered over 1 year ago

Where can I buy Manga things?

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

- Akihabara (Mandarake, Toranoana, Animate, etc. Just walk along Chuo-Dori Street and you will find lots of stores) - JUMP SHOP (Focused on manga from Jump Magazine such as Dragon Ball and One Piece) - Nakano Broadway (More for retro stuffs) - Pokemon Center - One Piece Shop (Inside Tokyo To...

Answered over 1 year ago

New year's eve dining options?

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

It might be hard to book a table on New Year's Eve unless you make reservation early. There are some online services that allows you to book a table.Open Table:https://www.opentable.jp/tokyo-restaurantsSavor Japan:https://savorjapan.com/Pocket Concierge:https://pocket-concierge.jp/home?locale=en

Answered over 1 year ago

we will be visiting Tokyo Japan for 8 days in march and as females who know little to no Japanese, what are the best tips you have on the language barrier.

Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

Below are only my personal advice: 1. if we are in trouble how do we get help?Japanese go to police boxes when they are in trouble. You can easily find police boxes in central Tokyo. In Japanese, police box is "Koban (交番)" Policemen will help you at Koban. If you need to scream for help, the phra...