Tag Archives: Shinjuku

December 06

Where To See The Best Holiday Illuminations In Tokyo!

It’s that time of year again! Tokyo’s Illuminations are free, and they never disappoint! Here are my favorite places to see them. New this year! NAKAMEGURO One of my favorite places to see cherry blossoms at night is now awesome in winter too. Right now, the bare branches of the trees along the Meguro River are all lit up […]

November 16

Where To See The Best Fall Leaves In Tokyo

I hope you’re all rested up from our cherry blossom death march last spring, because it’s time to strap on your camera and a couple of extra batteries to hunt down the best autumn leaves in Tokyo! Here are my picks, from momiji season through ginkgo: Arranged from earliest to latest: SHOWA KINEN PARK – Tachikawa DIRECTIONS […]

November 12

Where To See The Best Chrysanthemums In Tokyo

These eye-popping exhibitions will change your opinion of those humble fall flowers forever! Here’s where to see the best chrysanthemums in Tokyo: • New for 2019! JINDAI BOTANICAL GARDEN Dates: October 25 – November 17th (2019) Admission: Adults: ¥500, Children: ¥250 MAP • New for 2019! HIBIYA PARK Dates: November 1-17 (2019) Admission: Free MAP • YUSHIMA TENJIN […]

April 08

Cherry Blossom Roundup

  Okay, the season of all-sakura-all-the-time is officially over, and the cherryliciousness did not disappoint. From late-blooming white ones to pinker-than-pink, here are a few of this year’s faves. If you’d like to visit these gardens the next time you’re in Tokyo, there are map links to Shinjuku Gyou-en, Koraku-en, the Ni-no-maru Imperial Palace East Garden, Kiyosumi garden Rikugi-en […]

March 13

Early Spring At A Beautiful Garden

Today it was raining. But I went to Shinjuku Gyouen garden anyway.   If you’d like to visit Shinjuku Gyou-en garden the next time you’re in Tokyo, a map is on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had. • Read a novel set in Tokyo  

September 24

Mr. Smiley Fork

One more reason to love the FrancFranc store:  flatware with smiley-face cutouts! (See the table through the holes?) If you’d like to visit a FrancFranc store the next time you’re in Tokyo, a map is on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had. • Read a novel set in Tokyo  

April 22

Tokyo At Night: Kabuki-chō

In Kabuki-chō, the day starts when the sun goes down. The streets are thronged with those who are looking for a good time, and those who are looking to provide it. I got to know this area pretty well when I was researching Fallen Angel, the second book in my mystery series, because it mostly […]