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Fabric Town Nippori - Dream for all who love handcraft
Price: 100 yen
The Fabric Town in Nippori is a long street with many small stores which are selling all kinds of handcraft materials. You can find a wide variety of fabrics, buttons, leather and many other stuff for your handcraftwork.
Some stores also offering very reasonable prices like 100 Yen für 1 meter fabric. Especially the big store "Tomato" (you can find 3 of them there) offer a big 100 Yen selection.
You can also find a big variety of typical old japanese fabrics or many very colorful "kawaii" fabrics.
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Last year, I went to one of the most beautiful gardens in Tokyo. I was told that it is beautiful for all seasons. As autumn is already here and the leaves are starting to change, I remembered this beautiful garden and decided to share my review with everyone. This garden's name is Rikugien. It's pretty cool that you can find such a peaceful place amidst the concrete jungle that is Tokyo. Usually, I go out of Tokyo for flower and herb festivals. But little did I know that I didn't have to go too far. I went to Rikugien garden three separate times last autumn season. The first time it was raining (but still beautiful), the second time it was during the day (plus it was sunny), and the third time was night time (so I could see the leaves illuminated and reflected on the water). I mostly did photo walks here of course. It's a great place for people who like taking photos of nature, especially since there are some beautiful birds fluttering about, too! The park is pretty big, and you can spend maybe half a day there just exploring. There is a teahouse there, too, if you would just like to sit and observe your surroundings. The park looked different every time I visited. It was particularly packed when the illuminations are long but, knowing the Japanese, it's very systematic and organized as people line up properly to be able to go through the park. If you live in Tokyo, Rikugien can be easily accessed via train and is a 5 to 10 minute walk from Komagome Station (JR line/ Namboku line). It is open from 9 AM to 5 PM (last entry at 4:30 PM). Once illuminations are up for autumn season, however, the park is open until 9 PM. Surely, lines will be long so it will be best to come early. Entrance fee is 300 yen.
It's the time of year when colours are on the turn again. Besides Sakura season, Japan has an Autumn that is rich and full of greens, reds, yellow, browns, and pink.Rikugien Garden in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, is one of the best gardens in Japan to view all year around. In particular during the Fall and Sakura seasons. It has traditional trees and Japanese plants, with a huge pond in the middle. During the day is amazing, and at night they illuminate the garden. The garden opens at 9am - 5pm. At certain special times of year, they remain open to around 8pm. They have tea rooms and they sell traditional Japanese snacks.There is also special group rates.There are no English speakers at the garden, however you shouldn't really need it as they provide English maps (and other maps in different languages). If you need to ask for a map because there isn't one available, then just say 'Eigo chizu are masu ka?' They will give you a map.This garden really is a photogenic spot. It makes great reports for any travel writer/blogger. People generally stay there for around 2 hours.
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.
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.