Top 10 Best Souvenirs & Top 5 Best Bento Sold at Tokyo Station

10.December.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

The latest rankings have been announced for the Top 10 most popular souvenirs and Top 5 most popular bento sold at Gransta.

 

Gransta is an indoor shopping facility inside Tokyo Station. It is made up of two facilities: Gransta is in the B1 area beneath the Central Passage of Tokyo Station inside the ticket gates, while Gransta Marunouchi is outside the Marunouchi underground ticket gates. Shops there sell everything from freshly made bento to side dishes, exclusive sweets and confections and more. There’s even the huge miscellaneous and cosmetics zone where a range of goods are sold.

 

The top rankings for souvenirs and bento are as follows.

 

Souvenirs 

1st Place: Tokyo Station Set of 10 Waffles (¥1,300)

Shop: R.L Waffle Cake

 

This set of waffles contain five types of waffles available only at Tokyo Station together with five of R.L Waffle Cake’s popular waffles. It comes in colourful packaging with the Marunouchi station building illustrated on it. The waffles are packed with a bunch of different creams including custard cream, chocolate cream, matcha cream, strawberry cream and more.

2nd Place: Gin no Budo Chocolate Sandwich (Almond)

Price: 8 Set – ¥712 / 12 Set – ¥1,080 / 18 Set – ¥1,620 / 24 Set – ¥2,160

Shop: Gin no Budou

 

This popular delectable can only be purchased at Tokyo Station. The most the shop has sold in a day is over 50,000. It’s a sandwich-like confection made with smooth and melty milk chocolate and white chocolate together with the shop’s own hard and crispy chocolate nuts.

 

Bento

1st Place: Spanish Bellota Iberico Pork on Rice (¥1,100)

Shop: Eashon

 

Taking the No. 1 spot in the bento category is Eashon’s consistently popular pork bento. It’s made using only the best Bellota Iberico pork from Spain. It has maintained the most sales of any other bento in Gransta for 10 consecutive years. Its special quality comes from the melt-in-the-mouth fat and sweet and spicy sauce which goes well with the rice. You can also get completely new flavours when eating it with mustard. It’s also served combined with ginger pickled in sweet vinegar, resulting in an array of flavours you won’t tire from down to the last bite.

2nd Place: Jou Nigiri (¥1,550)

Shop: Tsukiji

This ten-piece sushi bento is made with fresh ingredients shipped directly from Takewaka Tsukiji. It is made in front of you by a sushi expert. The sushi includes medium fatty tuna, sweet shrimp, salmon, greater amberjack and more. It also comes with tamagoyaki.

*Please note that ingredients may change depending on stock.

 

The list includes a line-up of fantastic choices as gifts and souvenirs, so be sure to use it as reference.

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    *Reservations only.

    *Can be taken home at room temperature.

     

    Shop: Colombin (Gransta)

    Reservation Window: November 12, 2018 – December 15, 2018

    Pick-Up: Until December 21, 2018

    Gran Christmas Cake: ¥3,240 (Tax Included)

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    Pick-Up: December 22, 2018 – December 25, 2018

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    Shop: DALLOYAU (Gransta)

    Reservation Window: November 12, 2018 – December 17, 2018

    Pick-Up: December 22, 2018 – December 25, 2018

    General Sale: December 22, 2018 – December 25, 2018

     

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    Tokyo Station is one of the busiest stations in Japan, home to many of the JR Lines as well as the Tokaido Shinkansen which runs between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka.

     

    But Tokyo Station isn’t just a simple station. It’s a giant complex packed with many places to eat. Today, we’re going to take a look at 7 places you can eat breakfast at Tokyo Station before departing on your journey.

     

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    Fruit Parlor Kajitsuen

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    ■Information

    Fruit Parlor Kajitsuen

    Address: Kitchen Street 1F, Tokyo Station, 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 7:30am-10:00pm (Last Orders 9:30pm)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 050-5869-7755

    Website: http://kajitsuen.jp

     

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    Rokurinsha

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    ■Information

    Rokurinsha

    Address: Tokyo Ramen Street, Tokyo Station 1 Bangai B1F, 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: Morning 7:30am-9:45am (Last Orders 9:30am), Daytime 10:30am-11:00pm (Last Orders 10:30pm)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 03-3286-0166

    Website: http://www.rokurinsha.com

     

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    Yaesu Hatsufuji

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    Yaesu Hatsufuji

    Address: Yaesu Chika Kita 1, 2-1 Yaesu, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: [Monday-Thursday] 7:00am-10:00pm (Last Orders 9:30pm), [Friday] 7:00am-10:30pm (Last Orders 10:00pm), [Weekends & Holidays] 7:00am-9:30pm (Last Orders 9:00pm)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 03-3275-1676

    Website: http://www.hatsufuji.com

     

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    Tsukiji Sushi Say

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    ■Information

    Tsukiji Sushi Say

    Address: Gransta B1F, Tokyo Station, 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: [Monday-Saturday] 7:00am-10:30pm (Last Orders 9:45pm), [Sunday] 7:00am-9:30pm (Last Orders 8:45pm)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 03-5220-6865

    Website: http://www.tsukijisushisay.co.jp

     

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    Misogen

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    ■Information

    Misogen

    Address: KITTE B1F, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: [Monday-Saturday] 10:00am-9:00pm (Eat-in until 8:30pm), [Sunday & Holidays] 10:00am-8:00pm (Last Orders 7:30pm)

    Closed: No fixed holidays except when KITTE is closed.

    TEL: 03-6256-0831

    Website: http://misogen.com/

     

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    T’s Tantan

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    ■Information

    T’s Tantan

    Address: Keiyo Street, Tokyo Station, 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo

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    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 03-3218-8040

    Website: http://ts-restaurant.jp

     

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    Boulangerie La Terre

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    Boulangerie La Terre

    Address: Keiyo Street 1F, 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 7:00am-10:00pm (Last Orders 9:30pm)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 03-3218-8017

    Website: https://www.laterre.com/boulangerie/

     

     

    We hope you find this useful when staying in Tokyo. Start your day with a delicious breakfast at Tokyo Station.

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    Two of Tokyo Station’s shopping areas, GRANSTA and GRANSTA MARUNOUCHI―which are accessible inside the ticket gates and outside the ticket gates respectively―are set to hold the GRANSTA Christmas Fair from November 5 to December 25.

     

    GRANSTA x Tokyo Staion Hotel

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    Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building Cake Designs

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    Station Building Fruit Cake – ¥4,320 (Tax Included) @ Colombin (*only 100 available)

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    Suica Penguin Cakes

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    Tokyo Station is a hive of thriving shops and restaurants. If you are wondering where to start, exit the ticket barriers and head to GRANSTA Marunouchi to discover a new world of bento lunches, souvenir gifts and much more. Still stuck on where to go? Lucky for you, GRANSTA Marunouchi shoppers have voted for their favourite bento meals, sweet souvenirs and general souvenirs. We have summarised the top three winners of each category.

     

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    ▶︎Bento Meals Category

    1st place: Asakusa Imahan Sukiyaki (Tokyo-limited)

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    Price: ¥1,450 Shop: Asakusa Imahan (浅草今半)

     

    2nd place: Salted Salmon Roe and Salmon Belly Bento 

    *Limit of 150 sold per day.

    Price: ¥1,280 Shop: Ekibenya Matsuri (駅弁屋 祭 )

    Salmon belly flavoured with natural fat is fried and topped with salmon roe coated in a soy sauce dressing. This exquisite bento is full of flavours that go well together.

     

    3rd place: Shoro Sando

    *Limit of 200 sold per day 

    Price: ¥648 Shop: Tsukiji Shoro (つきぢ松露 )

    The faintly sweet flavour of the tamagoyaki seasoned and flavoured egg is the perfect match with the mayonaise.

     

    ▶︎ Sweet Souvenirs Top 3 

    1st place: Maple Pie Sandwich Biscuit (Tokyo Station-limited)

    Price: ¥1,944 (box of 8) Shop: The Maple Mania  

    Maple cream is combined with maple sugar and sandwiched between two delicious and crispy pie crusts. The box takes on the appearance of a red brick, making it the perfect Tokyo Station souvenir. 

     

    2nd place: Tokyo chocolate Sablé (Tokyo Station-limited)

    Price: ¥1,080 (box of 12) Shop: Marché du Chocolat 

    The packaging features a beautiful illustration of Tokyo Station. There are two chocolate sablé flavours: raspberry and hazelnut.

     

    3rd place: My Captain Cheese Set (Tokyo Station-limited)

    Price: ¥1,080 (box of 8 packets)  Shop: MY CAPTAIN CHEESE TOKYO 

    Although having just opened in April 2019, this shop quickly made the rankings. From the outer packaging to the flavour, the efforts put into the making of this souvenir are clear. This brand new sweet cheese-flavoured treat is a new GRANSTA-limited souvenir.

     

    ▶︎ General Souvenirs

    1st place: Karuizawa Royal Blend

    Limit of 30 made per day 

    Price: ¥1,122 (whole loaf)/ ¥ 561 (half loaf) Shop: BOULANGERIE ASANOYA 

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    2nd place: Suica Penguin Mamegui Wrapping Cloth and Suica Baumkuchen cake (Tokyo Station-limited)

    Prices: Mamegui Wrapping Cloth: ¥648/ Baumkuchen: ¥ 540  Shop: Mamegui (まめぐい)

    The Suica penguin, who is the mascot on the Suica smart travel card, is printed on this round Baumkuchen cake. Wrap it in the hankerchief-sized tenugui cloth and it will be the perfect petit present for your friend.  

     

    3rd place: Lemon and Shiikuwasha Lemon Vinegar (Tokyo Station-limited)

    Price: ¥1,728 (250ml) Shop: Nomusu Ekisupuresu Tokyo (飲む酢エキスプレ・ス・東京)

    This dessert vinegar has a refreshing lemon flavour. The slight bitterness of the Shiikuwasha vinegar makes it a wonderful dessert flavour. 

     

    If you are overwhelmed by the vast selection of bento lunches or souvenirs, referring to these rankings is a safe option. Have fun shopping at Tokyo Station!

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    Looking for some delicious, well presented Japanese souvenirs? Head to Daimaru department store which is adjoined to Tokyo Station. On the first floor and basement floor lies a Japanese-style desserts and sweets area which contains approximately 70 delicious brands. Every day, approximately 30,000 desserts are sold to customers who are looking for souvenirs to bring to their family and friends. 

    Now we have arrived at the summer holidays, there are many tourists who will soon reach the stage of panic where they are unsure of what souvenirs to bring back to their loved ones. Luckily, Daimaru Department store is a goldmine of beautifully presented Japanese-style sweet snacks made by top brands. Today, we present you with a list of the 10 fastest-selling souvenirs that were sold from July 2018 to June 2019. There is still plenty of time to get your hands on these souvenirs!

     

    1st Place: N.Y.C. SAND: Caramel Sandwich Biscuits (box of 8) ¥1,080 (1st floor)

     As you take a bite, you will notice that the biscuit, chocolate and caramel will balance in perfect harmony just for a brief glorious moment. 

    2nd place: Fukusaya: Fukusaya Cube (Cut into two) ¥270 (1st floor)

    Have a small slice of luxury with this traditional recipe castella sponge cake which was specially made by experienced bakers. This is presented in a small, cute box. 

     

    3rd place: Kamakura Toshimaya: Hato Sable (box of 10) ¥1,080 (1st floor)

    This is a crispy dove-shaped shortbread biscuit which has a rich buttery flavour. This was first produced in the early 1900’s during the Meiji period and is a souvenir limited to Tokyo.

     

    4th place: Asakusa Mangando: Imokin ¥129 each (1st floor)

    This baked treat is packed with the delicious flavour of sweet potatoes. The freshly baked scent is enough to draw you in. 

    5th place: TOKYO BANANA STUDIO: Panda Banana Yoghurt (Box of 4) ¥515 (1st/basement floor) 

    Children would just love to see the cute panda design. Wrap yourself in the mild banana yoghurt-flavoured cream.

    6th place: Noix: Walnut cookie (Box of 4) ¥648 (1st floor)

    This crunchy cookie is topped with a generous amount of caramelised walnuts.

     

    7th place: Nenrinya: Mount Baum Shikkarime ¥756 (1st floor)

    The outside of this baumkuchen is fragrant and crispy whilst the inside is soft and spongy. Take a bite to experience the wonderful texture of this European-style baked good. 

    8th place: Azabujuban Agemochi-ya: Panchetta Agemochi (40g) ¥442 (1st floor)

    The flavour of this baked mochi dough is like eating bacon cooked in an Italian style. This new flavour is a wonderful discovery that you should also try.

    9th place: Sugar Butter Tree: SUGAR BUTTER SAND TREE (Box of 10) ¥690 (1st floor)

    The crispy biscuit and melty white chocolate is a sublime combination that you will want to try again and again.

    10th place:  Kanou Shoujuan: Ikkoten ¥270 each (1st floor)

    A whole Japanese chestnut is smothered in a thick layer of Tamba Dainagon adzuki bean mix that is simmered lightly. This is especially delicious when eaten with tea. 

     

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  • Most Popular Sweets & Chocolate Sold at Tokyo Station

    24.July.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Summer is here, and if you’re travelling around Japan, chances are you’ll be using Tokyo Station station at some point.

     

    We recently covered 6 must-buy souvenirs at Tokyo Station. Today we’ll be looking at the most popular Japanese and western sweets you can pick up there as ranked by sales.

     

    Western Sweets & Snacks

    1st Place: Maple Butter Cookie (Contains 18) – ¥1,900 (Tax Included) / Sold @ The Maple Mania

    These cookies are made from maple sugar and fermented butter and baked with dark chocolate in the middle to make a crunchy cookie sandwich. They have been the most popular treat since they were released♡

    2nd Place: Tokyo Station Waffles (10 Included) – ¥1,300 (Tax Included) / Sold @ R.L waffle cake

    A flagship product of R.L. Waffle Cake, their fluffy waffles contain cream and fruit. These Tokyo Station exclusives have been improved this year and are now made with bamboo charcoal. This set of 10 plain waffles are available for a limited time only.

    3rd Place: Tokyo Gianduja Chocolate Pie (Contains 8) – ¥1,080 (Tax Included) / Sold @ Caffarel

    Chocoholics are going to love Caffarel’s chocolate pies which are made lusciously with their gianduja chocolate. The pies enjoy repeat purchases from people who enjoy the crunchy outside of the pie and rich chocolate centre. They are enjoyed by people of all ages.

    4th Place: Tokyo Kaminariya (Contains 8) – ¥1,062 (Tax Included) / Sold @ Tokyo Kaminariya

    Tokyo Kaminariya is known for its sweet cone puffs which topped with fluffy cream, nuts and sesame seed bean paste. They are shaped like the god of thunder’s horn and are cat tongue biscuits containing fragrant rice flour.

    5th Place: Tokyo Station Assorted Cookies (Contains 20) – ¥1,965 (Tax Included) / Sold @ Tokyo Milk Cheese

    This cookie assortment features the classic Salt & Camembert and Honey & Gorgonzola flavours. A perfect souvenir from Tokyo with its cute packaging!

     

    Japanese Sweets & Snacks

    1st Place: Kinpira Gobo (1 Bag) – ¥350 (Tax Included) / Sold @ Nishikihonrin

    This crispy snack retains the original flavour of the ingredients and is made using 100% domestic wheat flour. It contains great burdock and spicy finely chopped vegetable flavours. It’s a perfect little treat to yourself or someone you know and is a hit with foreign customers!

    2nd Place: Mame Daifuku: ¥206 (Tax Included) / Sold @ Ginza Kanra

    A hallmark product of Ginza Kanra, these soft daifuku contain whole adzuki beans grown by contracted farmers. Their simple flavour has transcended generations and is a beloved traditional Japanese dessert with all ages.

    3rd Place: Panda no Tabi (Contains 5) – ¥1,080 (Tax Included) / Sold @ Keishindo

    Keishindo’s senbei shrimp rice cookies have various designs on them including cute pandas as well as famous sites in Tokyo such as Tokyo Tower and Kaminarimon. Exclusive to Tokyo Station, these are a fun and delicious choice.

    4th Place: Wasanbon (Contains 9) – ¥756 (Tax Included) / Sold @ Kurio Shoten Gransta

    Wasanbon is a type of traditional Japanese sugar. This product is made with traditional molasses which has been used since the store first opened. Using high quality sugar, Kurio Shoten has created a sweet and simple delicious snack.

    5th Place: edocco Nami Ningyo Yaki – ¥1,080 (Tax Included) / Sold @ Hattendo & edocco

    Ningyo yaki are little baked doll cakes, and these ones have a “raw” texture to them which is both moist and chewy, a texture enjoyed by Japanese people.

     

     

    Did you enjoy this list? Be sure you get to try all the sweets and snacks you can in Japan and share them as souvenirs when you travel back home!

  • It is already summer! As people return to their families in the countryside or embark on a special trip with friends, Tokyo station is just a thriving hive of busy bees. That is why today we will be introducing you to a variety of general souvenirs that you can buy at Tokyo Station and take to your friends and family. 

     

    Souvenirs for Visitors to Japan

    Tokyo Station Hand Towel (SHARED TOKYO): ¥1,404 (after tax )    ※ GRANSTA-limited 

    This hand towel is decorated with classic illustrations of Tokyo Station’s reliefs and clematis flowers. The flowers portray the message: “happiness of travellers”

    Furoshiki Patchin (SHARED TOKYO ) 1 set: ¥2,484 (after tax) 

    This is a beautiful shaped piece of wood with four holes. When you wrap your bento lunch inside a cloth, this piece of wood comes in handy when tying the corners of the cloth together. In moments, you can turn a normal piece of cloth into a useful bag. When you are going on a trip and have lots of luggage, this will come in very handy. 

     

    Character-themed Souvenirs

    Suica Penguin O-mikuji Fortunes (TRAINIART TOKYO): ¥594 each (after tax)

    Perhaps you are familiar with the Suica card, which is a form of rechargeable contactless card used to pay for train fares in Japan. For fans of the adorable Suica Penguin, which is the mascot of the card, this gift is a must. Peel off the sticker on the bottom and a red string will be revealed. Pull the string and your fortune will be revealed to you!

     

    Unusual Souvenirs

    Stained Glass-Style Bookmark (Neue ): ¥1,188 (after tax) 

    How about a luxurious stained glass-style book mark? This would make the perfect gift for any bookworm. Just having this would make you excited to get reading.

     

    Bullet Train Souvenirs 

    TOKYO STATION SOCKS (Happy Socks): ¥972 (children )/¥ 1,620 (prices after tax ) ※GRANSTA-limited 

    The pop-coloured socks are perfect for pumping energy through any child’s feet! There are also socks for adults which come in more mature colours which are easier to colour coordinate. These socks are easy to put on and are a great way to add a touch of cuteness to your look. 

    Electric Pen: E6 Series Super Komachi Shinkansen /Electric Car Pen E5 Hayabusa (Neue): ¥648 (after tax)

     Tip the pen and the bullet train will zip to Tokyo Marunouchi Station. There’s no doubt that train fans and children would love to get this present. 

     

    We hope this article helps you choose a souvenir on your next visit to Tokyo station.

  • Tokyo Station’s Pokémon Store & Tokyo Gourmet Zone Announce Collaborative Event

    04.July.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Tokyo Gourmet Zone in Tokyo Station’s First Avenue shopping complex turned 1 year old on June 28. To celebrate its 1st anniversary, the station’s Pokémon Store located along Tokyo Character Street is teaming up with Tokyo Gourmet Zone to host a Pokémon-themed event where you can meet Pikachu, get your hands on original merchandise, and more.

    From July 13th to 15th at 11:00-15:00, if you order a soft drink or dessert at participating restaurants in Tokyo Gourmet Zone you can receive the above-pictured 1st anniversary lunch mat with a Pikachu design. These are limited to 1,000 per day on a first-come, first-served basis.

    You can also get a photo with Pikachu on the same three days. Your photo will be printed with an original photo frame.

    Over at the photo spot, you can get your photo taken next to 278 Pokémon plush toys. This is running right now until September 1 and includes Pokémon No. 001-251 in the Pokédex and all 28 forms of Unown.

    Several restaurants at Tokyo Gourmet Zone are also serving special meals in celebration of the 1st anniversary. These are available now until July 31.

     

    Head to Tokyo Gourmet Zone and help Pikachu in celebrating their first year!

     

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  • Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo: A Michelin-Recognised Modern Ryokan in Front of Tokyo Station

    28.June.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    The area surrounding Tokyo Station is home to many different types of hotels. One standout location is Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo. This hotel, which featured in Michelin Guide Tokyo 2017, renovated 30% of its guest rooms as part of its 10th anniversary. Its concept is a modern-style ryokan (a traditional Japanese in) and it stands just so as the closest to Tokyo Station. Today, we will take a look at the hotel’s design rooms.

    Of its 38 rooms, 33 of them take on a ryokan style design. The rooms are fitted with small tatami flooring spaces where guests must take their shoes off on which sits a small chabudai, a short-legged table, on a raised floor. These elements have a nostalgic quality to them with Japanese guests and an inherently Japanese feel to them for foreign guests.

    The carpet is decorated with a chrysanthemum design in a traditional Japanese dusky purple colour.

    There are also kendama toys, books on Japanese confections and more to elevate that feeling of Japanese culture. There is plenty of space for tired bodies to relax after a long day trip.

    The other 5 rooms are “Office Rooms” made with business workers in mind. They come with a big sofa and whiteboards to create a lounge-type space.

     

    All of the bed mattresses are the highest quality models provided by long-standing bed makers Nishikawa. They aren’t excessively soft which I really liked and ensure a long, deep and natural sleep.

     

    Rooms come with three types of original tea blended by the staff so you can pick whichever caters to your mood that day.

    The feature you must absolutely try however is the hotel’s breakfast. It’s served in a buffet style so there is plenty to choose from with everything from Japanese-style food to Western-style. The buffet is packed with vegetables too so you can get your daily intake nice and early.

     

    All of the new rooms are double rooms and are priced from ¥27,000 per night. The price changes depending on the season to be sure to check the official website for more details.

     

    If you’re looking for a taste of Japan with that ryokan feel then be sure to check out Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo.

  • New Pokémon Centre DX and West Japan’s First Pokémon Café to open in Osaka

    13.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

    A new official Pokémon Centre DX and a new Pokémon Café will open in Osaka on September 20, 2019 in Daimaru Shinsaibashi’s Main Building.

     

    This will be the second Pokémon Centre to open in Osaka. The Pokémon café will adjoined to the shop and will be the first ever branch of the Pokémon café to have ever opened in West Japan. This is also the second permanent Pokémon café to open in Japan besides the Pokémon café in Nihombashi.

    The new Pokémon Centre DX and Pokémon Café will be situated in a bustling tourist hotspot. On your visit, you can also take a gander around the Shinsaibashi shopping district or  the American Village (America-mura) which is full of entertainment. This area is thriving with department stores, special shops, big brands and so much more. Tourists from other parts of Japan and all over the world are constantly flocking to this giant marketplace.

    As the worldwide exhibition event Expo 2025 will be held in Konohana Ward, Osaka, there is no doubt that Osaka is becoming more and more of a Tourist hotspot!

     

    Osaka is a wonderful tourist destination. If you decide to visit, don’t forget to include the Pokémon Centre DX and Pokémon Café on your itinerary!♪

     

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    Pocket Monsters, ポケットモンスター/ポケモン/Pokémon are registered trademarks of Nintendo/ Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.

  • 3 New Shops Open In Tokyo Station selling Curry Buns, Souvenirs, Bentos and More

    13.June.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    From 2012, East Japan Railway has been developing the shopping area in the north eastern part of Tokyo station. As part of this project, three new shops will be added to this shopping area from July 10, 2019. The shops include a highly praised bakery, which is adored by bread-lovers, and even a shop that sells a wide range of Japan’s finest desserts, sweets, souvenirs and much more.

    Zopf Curry bun shop (First Tokyo shop)

    In a quiet remote part of Matsudo, Chiba lies what is known to many as the “sacred home of delicious bread”. This shop is called Zopf, and it brings in masses of customers daily, selling up to 700 delicious breads every single day. Zopf’s original recipe curry bun cannot be shaken from its holy heights. They are all deep fried at the station so your first bite is always crunchy and delicious.

    HANAGATAYA, Gransta Tokyo Chuo Line area  ※New brand

    HANAGATAYA Gransta Tokyo located in the Chuo Line passage contains a variety of carefully chosen popular Tokyo souvenirs, limited edition goods that cannot be purchased elsewhere, specially selected souvenirs and carefully-made bento lunches. The storefront will sell special branded goods which will regularly changed, displaying the latest and finest of Tokyo goods.

    NewDays Gransta Tokyo Chuo Line Area

    NewsDays convenience store never fails to serve the various needs of the busy people at the station. From food to items to services, quickly pop in here to solve all your last-minute problems!

     

    Come explore the new souvenirs, delicious bento lunches and much more at Tokyo Station!

  • Over 30 Matcha Desserts to be Sold at Daimaru Tokyo’s Green Sweets Fair

    14.May.2019 | FOOD

    Matcha is a huge part of Japanese food culture that has earned much love around the world. Its bitter taste is enjoyed in both traditional Japanese desserts and delicacies as well as those in the west too.

     

    Daimaru Tokyo is currently holding the Green Sweets Fair until May 31 where you can enjoy over 30 different matcha desserts. Let’s take a look at some of them.

     

    <Nenrinya> Matcha Mound Baum: ¥1,836

    This baumkuchen cake is left to mature after cooking over a long period of time. It’s made with Uji matcha from Kyoto and has a strong matcha fragrance.

     

    <YOKUMOKU> Cigar au Matcha (8 Pieces): ¥1,080

    The round cigars are made with lots of Hokkaido butter and filled with matcha chocolate.

     

    <Funabashiya> Matcha Rice Flour Dumpling Anmitsu: ¥583 (1 Pot)

    Enjoy an assorted pot of rich matcha agar, specially-made strained bean paste, and rice flour dumplings.

     

    <Ginza Mamehana> Soy Cream Animitsu Daifuku (Matcha/Brown Sugar Syrup): ¥1,029 (Box of 6)

    These daifuku rice cakes come in two different flavours: one with brown sugar syrup soy cream and sliced agar and another with matcha, bean paste and agar.

     

    There are plenty more where that came from, so head to Daimaru Tokyo for the Green Sweets Fair.

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