Tenichi Honten, in Tokyo, is known for it’s famous tempura as well as ambience. But there is a “secret” location on the upper floor of the Takashimaya Department store in Nihonbashi. Same great food, no reservations needed. We love the Tendon set!
Customers stand in line to get a 10-minute back massage at this anime-themed stand in Tokyo Station.
More guardians at the gate – this is found in the tourist areas of Asakusa, Tokyo
The neon lit signs of Shinjuku on any evening are an iconic representation of Tokyo.
The Europeans have gargoyles guarding their important buildings, this lion guards the streets of Asakusa
This decorative wall of multi-colored ivy can be found on the second floor of Tokyo Station (Yeasu side, near Daimaru). It’s a little bit of nature in the midst of the city.
I guess we pretty much know what’s being advertised here… in Asakusa section of Tokyo.
This picture of the Tokyo Skytower was taken from a boat on the Sumida River.
The Odakyu line Romance car from Tokyo to Hakone is memorialized in a souvenir bento box lunch that you can enjoy on your journey.
These boats offer scenic dinner cruises on the Sumida river in Tokyo.
The Nakamise Dori street entrance to Senso-ji Temple is lined with tourist shops and often displays seasonal or topical decorations, from cherry blossoms to autumn leaves and banners
Major Japanese department stores in Tokyo still have a full complement of staff running main bank of elevators for their patrons. Careful training in arm blocking, button pushing and bowing are a prerequesite for the job.
The lights of Tokyo extend far into the distance on a beautiful, clear night.
The shops on Nakamise dori offer a wide range of unusual items. This one specializes in pet clothing, for the well-dressed pet. There’s everything from sparkly collars to full ensembles for the well-turned out dog.
The flagship store of department store chain, Mitsukoshi, is a landmark in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo. Did you know they started out as a kimono fabric vendor in 1673?
We found this poor, dejected robot sitting in the corner of a store in downtown Tokyo. Looks like he’s been put in timeout!
What’s more classic as a souvenir than Japanese chopsticks. These are on display in Asakusa where you can find tourist-type items. For the serious shopper, sets of chopsticks (smaller for the ladies, larger for the men) can run to hundreds of dollars.
Cartoon characters are all over the streets of Tokyo. Here’s a large reindeer seen in a shop entry.
There are so many specialty stores in Japan. Little shops are in all areas of Tokyo that specialize in just one type of product. Here is a photo of a brush shop near Asakusa.
In addition to small and cute, the Japanese do “delicate” with incredible flair and panache (think miniaturization!). These candies, each individually wrapped, were on display on tiny individual plates in a storefront in Nihonbashi. Keep in mind that they also change colors and flavors with the seasons and the variety available is almost endless.