Getting to Mount Fuji isn't easy on your own from Tokyo, unless you want to hire a car. Even then it's a few hours drive. On the recommendation of friends, we took the easy option: an organized bus tour. It ...Read More

Kiddy Land is a pretty mainstream toy shop, and wouldn't normally warrent a mention here - except that this is Tokyo, and mainstream means something completely different. Spanning five floors, of most interest are the anime and Ghibli sections. While ...Read More

There's not much that I can write about Tokyo's central fashion node Harajuku that hasn't been written already - certainly if you've ever read style magazine Fruits you'll be familiar with the impact the area has had over global fashion ...Read More

Awaking to a surprisingly sunny and very hot November day, we decided to take a short walk down to Shinjuku Gyoen. While I'd been impressed with the serenity of the gardens around the Imperial Palace a couple of days previously, ...Read More

Mandarake – a chain of otaku shops dotted around Tokyo and Japan – opened it's Akihabara superstore earlier this year, and it's clear why it's become it's flagship. Spanning eight levels, it's the first place to go for any sci-fi, ...Read More

Where do I start? Again, everything you've most probably heard is quite possibly true. It's a living, breathing Bladerunner set, part futuristic shopping district, part tacky tourist attraction, where funky dressed hipsters and short skirted schoolgirls mix with suited Hiro Nakamura ...Read More

If you want to escape from the concrete and steel for a day, bizarrely one of the best places to head to is the centre of Tokyo, and the area surrounding the Imperial Palace. The gardens are huge, and took ...Read More

Shinjuku seems to be littered with tiny pet stores and street stalls selling hyperactive puppies and kittens in plastic cages - simultaneously both one of the most disturbing and kawaii things I've ever witnessed. Hand written signs proclaim both the ...Read More

Just like all the stories you hear, manga is everywhere in Japan. There's racks of it in every supermarket and convenience store you pass, and at lunch times gangs of salary-men and students gather around to silently read it. Today we ...Read More

So we're here. Finally. Actually, we arrived about 48 hours ago, after what seemed like a week of travelling. Hellish. But, of course, with hindsight completely worth it. Shinjuku is everything all the cliches say it is - Akira, Bladerunner and ...Read More