Category Archives: Useful Information

Tokyo Shibuya Hotel EN – a Funky Boutique Hotel

Shibuya Hotel EN

Are you a fan of modern side of Tokyo and Japan? If so, why not stay at “SHIBUYA HOTEL EN”? This hotel is located in the midst of Tokyo, Shibuya near Tokyu Department store and looks very funky and special!! This hotel is very unique as a modern side and a traditional side of Japan coexist and both are blended perfectly having Manga and Ukiyoe decorated on the walls. Each room looks also super stylish and has excellent modern facilities. EN means a circle but also has many more meanings to it. You should be able to find a lot of different EN’s at this hotel. from the official webiste:- […]

Do you miss Takoyaki? You can make it at home!

delish kitchen

Takoyaki is one of unique and popular Japanese savory snacks. It does not look possible to cook at home especially outside of Japan without proper tools. Fear not! You can! Our recommending Japanese recipe site, DELISH KITCHEN will tell you how to make one easily! Takoyaki is a flour based snack in the shape of balls containing pieces of octopus, red pickled ginger, Agedama, which is a kind of couton, eggs and served with brown sauce. It tastes similar to Okonomiyaki. Both Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki came from Kansai such as Osaka. Takoyaki is traditionally served at a stall during a festival. However, due to its popularity, Takoyaki has become available […]

Where to stay in Japan more than a year. Why not rent a Social Apartment?

social apartment

There seem to be a lot of different long term accommodations to choose from in Japan these days. If you are looking for something unique and different and wishing to make friends or socialize with other tenants at the same time, a new style of apartment, “Social Apartment” may be the answer. The rooms are rather small with private bath/toilet and a compact kitchen but they look modern and sophisticated. The rent may not be super cheap but reasonable and conveniently located. Some are in the mid-centre, some attached with a laundry and a fashionable cafe, but all has a community lounge to socialize with others. If you need to […]

KINKOKAKU – a secret hideout Ryokan in TOKYO

Japanese Ryokan

Do you prefer to stay in a Western style hotel or in a very unique place that you can never experience other than Japan? please give a thought for staying at a “Ryokan”, a Japanese classic and traditional style accommodation. You can in fact stay at a Ryokan even in a big city like Tokyo. Our recommendation is KINKOKAKU, in Akiruno-Shi. What is special about this place is that all their rooms are detached individual rooms like small houses. They have 5 different rooms/houses accommodating minimum 2 people maximum 8 people in one room. 3 of these rooms are location in front of River Akikawa. You would not believe this […]

How to Makeup using Japanese cosmetics

How to makeup like Japanese girls

Every woman has her own special technique for makeup. But Japanese girls’ techniques are very special and well worth trying. We would like to recommend KALOS for your reference. KALOS provides a number of demonstrations in movies featuring makeup methods, fashion, hairstyling, etc. All the beauty techniques you may find useful might be there! In this movie, a girl is introducing Japanese cosmetic brand, Chifure. Chifure is known by offering high quality cosmetics at a very reasonable price. You can shop them with Omotenashi Japan! Useful links: KALOS Instagram KALOS Facebook

Japanese Soba Noodles TSUTA

Japanese ramen shop Tsuta

Japanese Soba Noodles 蔦 (TSUTA) is the first Ramen shop/restaurant starred by Michelin Guide (2016). The most popular Ramen is Shoyu Ramen (Soy sauce based soup Ramen). 80% of their regular customers order this dish. Opening hours: 11:30-16:00 (Average waiting time is 60-120 minutes) Closed: Tuesday, Wednesday  *Tuesday: Miso Ramen only Website: http://ameblo.jp/yuki-onishi/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jsn.tsuta Due to the overwhelming popularity since awarded by Michelin, they might have to move to a new location during the year of 2016.

ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL KYOTO

ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL KYOTO

I always stay ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL when I visit to Kyoto. Easy to access but quiet location, great hospitality, various amenities, large bed and most delightful breakfast!! Please try Japanese style breakfast at the hotel restaurant, Unkai. You can choose boiled rice from 3 different types – Hakumai (plain boiled rice), Gokokumai (boiled rice with 5 sereals) and Okayu (congee). Try Okayu which is served with starchy thick dashi soup. Also, western styled buffet includes mini pancakes, belgian waffle and french toast with various topping. Coffee is so nice, too!!   Stayed 2 nights on February 2015 Non-smoking single room JPY12,500/per night (breakfast inclusive) Amenities: Room slippers, shoes dryer, Minus ion hair dryer, […]

Kurashiki, Okayama Pref. A classy town.

Kurashiki

Pictures from left to right, top to bottom Kurashiki historical area / The entrance of the room in Ryokan Kurashiki / Ryokan Kurashiki’s one of the lobbies / Course dinner (Sashimi) in autumn presentation City: Kurashiki, Okayama-Ken Kurashiki Official website: English | 簡体中文|Korean|French Our recommendation to stay and eat: Ryokan Kurashiki (English) Ryokan Kurashiki is the must place to stay if you visit Kurashiki city. It is in the heart of Kurashiki historical quarter and very unique accommodation. They have an English speaking staff to explain all the customs to enjoy Ryokan. The Japanese Ryokan system is very unique and there are some “traditional rules” to follow, which we go […]