7 Countryside Destinations From Tokyo You Never Knew About

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Contrary to popular belief, Tokyo is not just about the glitzy skyscrapers. There are many tranquil destinations in the countryside that are all easily accessible by train from the city centre, and they are mostly about an hour to two’s journey.

Due to its relative far-flung locations, these places remain largely unknown that even many Japanese natives are unaware of their presence. While Tokyo is an amazing metropolis with endless dining and retail options, travellers in search for an alternative attraction—with the absence of crowds—can consider exploring the options in this guide.

From Noyamakita-Rokudoyama Park, South Inari Shrine to Ishikawa Brewery, here are 7 Countryside Destinations From Tokyo You Never Knew About.

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Kura Sushi Tokyo – Cheap And Decent Sushi At ¥100 Per Plate

Kura Sushi

Just when you think the Japanese cannot outdo themselves, they prove you wrong. They have always been known for their creativity in innovations, and our recent visit to Kura Sushi in Ikebukuro proved that a sushi restaurant need not be just a sushi restaurant.

Kura Sushi might not seem like much to the unsuspecting passerby. But look out for it, and you will be rewarded with pocket-friendly ¥100 sushi. Yes, you read that right—¥100. That is less than S$1.50!

But eating has never been more rewarding. You also get to experience the gachapon machines within the restaurant! Here is why you should visit Kura Sushi And Go Crazy With ¥100 Sushi.

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Kawaii Monster Café – A Wild Medley Of Psychedelic Colours And Whacky Food

Kawaii Monster Cafe

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Harajuku in Tokyo has always been known as the place where bold fashion comes to life, vibrant colours dot the streets, and Lolita dressing reigns supreme. It is where you find all things crazy and out-of-the-world.

Among its multitude of themed cafes sits Kawaii Monster Café, a kaleidoscopic spot that has been attracting visitors ever since it opened its doors in late 2015. The interiors reflect the essence of Harajuku dreams—gigantic lips, swirling colours, and kiddie carousels. Even their food is colourful!

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Sushi Zanmai – Value-For-Money Sushi Restaurant At Tsukiji Fish Market

Sushi Zanmai Uni

As you take a stroll down Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, you will be greeted with a plethora of snack stations, eateries and coveted sushi restaurants. There are a number of big names here, one to look out for is Sushi Zanmai—a popular choice among both locals and tourists.

Despite being a sushi chain, Sushi Zanmai is still commendable. The ingredients are extremely fresh and each sushi is intricately made by the team of expert sushi chefs behind the sushi counter. You can even catch the chefs in action up close if you manage to snag a sushi counter seat.

Sushi Zanmai’s sushi platters are well loved because they are considerably inexpensive for the amount and quality. Our tummies were certainly satisfied after gobbling them up. Here is why you need to visit Sushi Zanmai.

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Tsukiji Fish Market’s Move Delayed – Or It Might Not Relocate At All

Tuna Auction

The world-famous Tsukiji Fish Market was previously scheduled to cease operations on 02 November 2016 and shift to a new home in Toyosu on 07 November 2016. However, Tsukiji Fish Market’s proposed relocating plan has come to a halt due to concerns over environmental issues and construction costs.

Japan’s newly elected Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike’s decision to postpone the move was beyond necessary. The 400,000-square-meter wide new venue used to be a gas plant, and reported traces of soil contamination have raised alarm bells.The uncertainty of Tsukiji Fish Market’s future location has led to plenty of repercussions, especially for the fish merchants.

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UberEATS Launches In Tokyo – Over 150 Restaurants To Pick From & ¥500 Opening Promotion

UberEATS

UberEATS has finally launched in Tokyo, Japan! We were invited to the launch of the app in Tokyo and had a full experience of UberEATS, from tap to table.

While UberEATS has been around in Singapore for awhile, this launch in Japan is the 8th country and 34th city added to their fast-growing and extensive list.

Their mission is simple – to make eating well effortless at anytime for anyone. The efficiency of tapping on your smart device and having a meal or snack delivered right to your doorstep is our idea of convenience. In Tokyo, 150 restaurant partners have partnered up with UberEATS for this launch and there will definitely be gradual expansion in time to come.

Launched on 29 September 2016, UberEATS has already been a hit with the local crowd. Tokyo is a unique city as it has a strong dining culture. UberEATS in Tokyo is so diverse because you can get anything from a simple Acai Bowl to a full on restaurant-quality meal from Michelin-starred restaurants such as SOUGO.

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Café Baron – Visit This Owl Cafe When You Are In Tokyo

Cafe Baron Owl Cafe Tokyo

You might think the Japanese already have it all – fresh, succulent sashimi, picture-perfect sweet crepes, takoyaki and yakitori. But just when you think things cannot get any better, you find Café Baron, a space inhabited by owls. Yes, owls.

You do not need to visit a zoo now to see these intelligent creatures. Café Baron allows you to get up close and personal with the animals, all while you sip a cup of tea or coffee, and dine on some tantalising curries and desserts.

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HARRY Hedgehog Cafe – Sip Teas And Pet Adorable Little Hedgehogs

HARRY Hedgehog Cafe in Tokyo RoppongiPhoto Credit: globalnews.ca

Tokyo has an abundance of animal cafes. Cat cafes, owl cafes, bunny cafes – you name it, the city probably has it. And now, you can spend your afternoon petting adorable hedgehogs at the HARRY Hedgehog Cafe And Pet Store!

Opened in early 2016 and situated in Roppongi, HARRY Hedgehog Cafe is the newest addition to the animal cafes scene in Japan. The charming little cafe is home to a number of hedgehogs. Sip tea while cozying up to these tiny creatures; you can even feed them!

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