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Hiddens gems in Tokyo

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OK, I’ve been a bit busy lately so I really haven’t had the time to update so much, but I will desperately try to get back to my old routine. I’d like to start off with a series of posts I’ve been thinking of doing a while now, and that is presenting some “hidden gems” in Tokyo, i.e. some places in Tokyo you might not be completely aware of (at least as a “regular” foreigner here).

FIrst up is Futagotamagawa, which is located by Tama River to the west of Shibuya. Go on the Tokyu Denen-chofuDen-en-toshi line (also the extension of Hanzomon-line; thanks for the heads up John!) from Shibuya a few stops (5 or so) and you’re there. Futagotamagawa is a rather fancy place to live in Tokyo (as far as places outside the Yamanote line go) and has a gorgeous town center, which lies mainly to the North of the train station. The main attraction here is a HUGE Takashimaya department store, consisting of five different buildings (four of them connected by walkways) with, among other things, the best food floor I’ve ever seen in a department store, a truly lovely Starbucks where you can sit outside on the roof terrace and enjoy a great view, and the best “Shoronpo” (小籠包) – Chinese steamed dumplings – in Tokyo, IMO.

For more information, go to Tamagawa Takashimaya homepage (in Japanese)

On the other side of the main street running along the station (i.e. on the station side) there are various shops and restaurants too. For example a Bagel & Bagel shop, a great Indian restaurant and an outdoor coffeeshop serving great smoothies!

GO TO FUTAGOTAMAGAWA NOW!

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