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Walking trough old times
Price: 400 yenThe Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Garden was build in 1896 and was the old residence of the 3 rd president of Mitsubishi.
The Main Building is a big two floors western style building with many influences from Britain and Islamic countries. It is very impressive to walk around the building and going back to old times.
There is also a very nice view from the veranda, which is designed in a old colonial style, into the garden. Please note the outside facade is under contruction till the end of June 2017.
The Main western style building is connected to a old style japanese building, where the family mostly lived. You can enjoy a cup of tea and japanese sweets in the nice building.
The Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Garden is really great if you are interessted in old buildings from diffrent countries.
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One of the oldest character theme cafes in Tokyo. Moomin cafe and bakery opened for business in May 2003. It continues to be one of the most popular theme cafes in Tokyo for people with young children and / or Moomin fans and character cafe enthusiasts.The shop is split into a bakery on the left and restaurant on the right. You can order from the bakery and bring it to a table, if there is one free, and eat in. If you order a drink set with the bread you buy, they will serve the drink to you. If you want to have lunch there I advise you arrive early as people started queuing up for lunch from before 11 am! The selection of bread is very good and they have some bread in the shape of Moomin characters. They have some Moomin books that you can borrow and they have giant sized stuffed toys of the Moomin character that you can have sit with you at your table. The cost is quite reasonable. A kid's plate is 670 yen, a kid's bread with one drink set is 350 yen. They have latte art of the Moomin characters. However, once the lunch time menu starts you can't do this. They have a cup dessert for 600 yen that comes in a Moomin designed cup which you can bring home with you.Moomin bakery and cafe opens from 8 am to 10.30 pm Monday to Saturdays and until 10 pm on Sunday. There is no parking specifically for the restaurant, it is shared with Laqua.
The Ochanomizu area of Tokyo might be good for outdoor sports shops and massive hospitals, but it's pretty crap when it comes to sitting down over a coffee and a bite to eat. Pleasing to see then a NEW YORKER's Cafe about half way between the outdoor sports shop street and Ochanomizu Station (the cafe is on your right as you go up the hill, before the Nikolai Church).This expat isn't from New York so can't verify the authenticity of the New York cheese cake here. It is however, very nice. On this occasion I went with the Cookies & Cream cake, and downed that with a large blend coffee. A slice of cheese cake here is around 400 yen. It's expensive given the small slice, but this doesn't detract from how delicious it is.As was mentioned in the title of this piece, this NEW YORKER's Cafe is welcome option for a sit down and a bite to eat in an area which doesn't have a great deal to offer in that field. The interior is simple but comfortable and warm, and I find it hard to believe that you'd ever struggle for a seat here. There's a smoking room and does a good job for both smokers and non smokers alike (i.e. the smokers will know it's there, the non smokers won't).NEW YORKER's Cafe is about 3 mins walk from Ochanomizu Station.
Asobono in Tokyo Dome City is a children's fun center most suited to children under six years old. The center has a great choice of play for the little ones including physical activities, make-believe stimulation and creative outlets, as well as some board games and quiet activities. All attractions are covered by the entrance price. The ball pool with the pirate's ship you can climb on is very popular. The have a great make-believe shopping center area and a doll's room. There are cars and train tracks in another room. They run some events and mini-events, the latter is usually some exercise to music with the staff. They have facilities for nursing mothers and a nappy changing area in the baby room. Asobono gets very crowded on weekends and sometimes you have to wait ages to get in. People line up from early morning. On weekdays it is not as bad, but there is sometimes a small queue. You can book in advance up until 70 minutes before the center opens.You can pay for an hours play or a day pass. The current rate for one hour is 930 yen per person; adult or child. Sometimes they have special offers for people with a Tokyo Dome City membership card. If you enter on a "day pass" you can come and go from the center as you please, you just have to let the staff know when you are leaving. The center is open seven days a week. On weekdays the hours are 10 am until 6 pm. ON weekends and public holidays it opens 9.30 am to 7 pm. Parking costs 400 yen for 30 minutes.
I found this ‘hormone’ (intestine etc) restaurant, a bit of a distance from ‘otaku Mecca’, Akihbara. It’s super delicious! 33 Banchi. The ‘salt’ hormone is the best, but the other meats are good, too. With prices set between 300 - 800 yen, the cost-performance is also good. When it gets full here, it can get pretty smokey. The staff at 33 Banchi are cute. It can get pretty full, so I recommend making a reservation.
A few months ago, I had my wisdom tooth pulled out. I searched online for a dental clinic near my work area (there's actually a very useful search engine that I wrote about before, you can look for medical services in specific locations here: https://www.city-cost.com/blogs/AnnaAbola/zD9lG-living_medical_tokyo) since I noticed that most clinics aren't open on weekends and it would be easier to set an appointment right after work. So I found Maejima Dental Clinic in Iidabashi. They have staff and dentists that can speak English so check-ups, scheduling appointments and everything else were easy. Even if some staff cannot speak in English, it seems they are used to foreigners so they will really do their best to communicate with you. The thing that I liked the most about this clinic is that they work really fast. I guess it's also because they have patients all the time. My first appointment included a check-up, x-ray and consultation and that took less than an hour. My second appointment was the main event, which was the extraction of my wisdom tooth. I've had three wisdom teeth pulled out in the past so I basically knew how it was going to be (and I kind of dreaded it to be honest). Unbelievably, however, the dentist pulled it out and stitched me up in what seems to be only FIVE minutes. It was pretty amazing. I didn't feel a thing and transitions were so smooth. I also had my regular cleaning that same day and the entire session (including my wisdom tooth extraction) took less than 30 minutes. I took a half day off from work but it looks like I could do this during my lunch break! Post-surgery wasn't bad at all either. I didn't feel that much pain and I didn't swell that much either. Oh, and they let me keep my wisdom tooth, which they put in a cute tooth container (refer to the photos attached)I was very satisfied with the service. They also sell some dental care products in the clinic. I purchased this mouthwash called "Coagresh" (costs less than 2000 JPY and you only need to use it once a day; it can last for 1.5 to 2 months). Once you spit it out, you'll see all the plaque in your mouth. It's gross and cool at the same time. I was also told that this helps fight against diseases. The clinic is a little bit hidden. If you exit through Iidabashi Tozai Line Exit A5, you should immediately see a big building which has Travel Cafe and Family Mart in front. Enter through the main entrance of that building to exit through the other side. The dental clinic should be on your right. Again, refer to the photos to know what it looks like.The clinic is open from 9:30 to 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. It's closed on weekends and public holidays, and they accept medical insurance/ health cards.