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Sight in Kyoto

Koe Donuts Kyoto

Kyoto goes donut crazy. 😍🍩The organic donut store that's taking Kyoto by storm.

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Sight in Okinawa

Kouri Ocean Tower

This spot is a beautiful 82 feet tall observation tower located on the "love island" of Okinawa There are 4 singular experiences that this venue provides for their visitors. The first one is their tower, which has a viewing deck that you can travel up to via a cute dainty little cart.

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Sight in Tokyo

Pokémon Café

Pokémon fans unite! ⚡️Enjoy a 90 minute meal with your fav pokemons at the Pokémon Café in Nihonbashi, Tokyo.

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Sight in Tokyo

Gamuso

This is a bar that doubles as an event space for comedy shows and live performances. It has a unique space with an art gallery, amazing food and drink, and different events performing every week. Gamuso features all their future performances on their website, so be sure to check it out. TCS Improvazilla is a comedy group in Tokyo that has events at this venue frequently, so if you are interested in stand up and improv, then check out their facebook page for more details about their upcoming events. (https://www.facebook.com/pg/tokyocomedystore/events/?ref=page_internal) Photos found on Gamuso Website and Instagram

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Sight in Tokyo

Somethin' Jazz Club

Somethin' Jazz Club is located in Ikebuikuro, where jazz is very prominent. They feature a nice variety of funk and soul in addition to jazz for those that enjoy a wider range of music. With their reasonable prices and their live performances every night, this is a definite must-see! The unique thing about this venue is that the owner actually teaches music here, and all are welcome, so don’t worry if you are just a beginner. Photos found on Foursquare

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Body and Soul

Body and Soul is larger than your average jazz joint, and apparently has really good food. This venue has an easy to follow website where you can see the details of each of their live performances before you plan your visit. They have a few locations, so be sure to check that out. On their website, they mention that they are one of the first jazz clubs that ever opened when jazz fist came to Japan! That is defiantly worth checking out! I chose this venue largely due to another reason; it has a similar title to my favorite poem in the whole entire world, A Dialogue Between the Soul and Body by Andrew Marvell. If you have some time, give it a read, I’m sure it won’t disappoint!

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Sight in Tokyo

The Pit Inn

This spot is considered to be the best of all the Jazz clubs in Tokyo. Here, you will see only very dedicated jazz fans; there won't be much chatter or electronics, and minimal service. As you can see from the set up of the venue the place places its focus on the music before anything else, with all the seats facing the center stage, and the ambiance is like that of the good old traditional Jazz spots (dim lighting, hush atmosphere, and old posters). Photos found on Foursquare

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Nefertiti

According to the Tokyo Jazz Site, Nefertiti is finest spot in the entire Metropolitan area of Tokyo for Jazz, named after the Miles Davis Album in 1968. This place is famous for its sound, which can’t be described in so many words so you will just have to go see for yourself! As for the ambiance of the place, it is larger than your tradition jazz site, and there is natural light that is beautifully accompanied with jazz from all genres, from experimental/free albums to vocal jazz pieces, all of which you can listen to on your next visit. Please take note that this is not a smoking venue.

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Sight in Tokyo

Eigakan

Eigakan is a highly stylized cafe that is styled to resemble a movie set, which is why the name of the cafe literally translates to movie theatre. They use heavy duty lights that are used for movie shoots, and surround the walls with movie posters as well as some vintage journals and magazines. The owner of the place has actually worked on several documentaries and been in the industry for a long time. If the place is not super busy, you can even ask him about his passion for jazz, or the work that he has done.Sources say that he is very open and friendly! Photos found on Foursquare

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Sight in Tokyo

Jazz Big Boy

Jazz Big Boy is a cafe/bar that is wildly different than your traditional Jazz scene. The interior is sure to bring a hop to your step and a smile to your face, with a bright yellow door to welcome you inside and light interior colors that pop and bring energy to your day. Music ranges from old hip hop to modern jazz, but this venue is one that is sure to bring you more energy and a fun filled afternoon. At 7PM, this place turns into a bar and requires a 1000 yen cover charge so be sure to keep that in mind before you visit. Be sure to bring cash as this place does not accept credit cards. Photos found on Foursquare

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Sight in Tokyo

The New Dug

The New Dug is a cafe/bar with a history, as it came after the original jazz cafe DUG which hosted some of the largest names in the jazz world as they visited Tokyo. It was sadly closed permanently, as the original building it was a part of was was torn down. The original cafe was owned by a photographer by the name of Hozumi Nakadaira and the place was considered to be one of the most legendary in Japan. The New Doug has all of the same music and features Nakadaira’s photographs throughout the shop and it even has his pictures in the form of postcards that you can get for just 100 yen! The ambiance can be described as an underground space that is dark and intimate, perfect for those hard-boiled jazz cats who like their whiskey on the rocks. This place was also features in Haruki Murakami’s award winning novel called Norwegian Wood, a must read. Come here to experience a piece of history, preserved through the photographs that accent the walls of the space. Photos found on Foursquare

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Samurai Shinjuku

This jazz cafe is quite peculiar due to humongous amount of maneki nekos (beckoning cats) that line the walls of the space. They also have a large collection of vinyls but mainly play 6os and 70s jazz. In addition to the copious amounts of cats, they have signed covers of jazz bands and obscure band posters. There are a lot of food items to choose from such as pizzas and pasta, along with an array of alcoholic beverages as well. Photos found on Google Maps

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Sight in Tokyo

JBS Shibuya

JBS Shibuya has an incredible collection of 11,000 vinyls of pure jazz gold, as well as some old school hip hop as well. The initials stand for Jazz Blues Soul. Come here to browse their collection and make requests for songs. Try to stay within the genre that is playing, as abrupt changes can be startling. Before your visit, please note to yourself not to be loud and to follow their rules, as the owner is particular about the ambiance of the cafe. Photos found on Foursquare

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Sight in Tokyo

Heikin Ritsu 平均律

This is a meikyoku kissaten (classical music cafe) that serves food and drinks accompanied with baroque music. In the store, There is a sign that says earphones are not allowed. The interior is impressive; shelves filled with intricately designed tea cups and soft light pouring in from the stained glass windows make this place a visual destination in addition to the coffee and music.

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Cafe Cadenza

This classical music cafe (meikyoku kissaten) is the perfect spot for those who would like to enjoy classical music and coffee, along with food and other beverages. They feature live music from time to time, with more information found on their website. Photos found on TripAdvisor

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Sight in Tokyo

Chopin

This meikyoku kissaten(classical music cafe), is located in a fairly residential are. They serve desserts as well as meals.

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Denen

This cafe is one of the few remaining Meikyoku Kissatens (Classical Music Cafe) left in Tokyo. Come for some nice music and flavorful coffee! Photos found on GoogleMaps

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Sight in Tokyo

Baroque

This store opened on Christmas Eve in 1974, and is the embodiment of the Meikyoku Kissatens, with vintage Tannoy and Vitavox speakers that compliment the music beautifully. It is a smoke-free environment and conversation is prohibited. Requests are made by filling out a card, so keep a song in mind before your visit!

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Sight in Tokyo

Renaissance

This cafe is located just 5-minutes from Koenji Station, and in inconspicuous find. The Renaissance is also a 'meikyoku kissaten', which means classical music cafe. The area is quite spacious and there are more than 30 seats to choose from. Before your visit, keep in mind that the use of cameras and mobile phones are prohibited here. Photos found on Matcha-Jp

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Sight in Tokyo

Cafe de L’ambre

Cafe de L'ambre is a quiet shop that has been around since 1948. It is run but 103 year old Ichiro Sekiguchi, faithfully keeping tradition with the traditional cafe interior furnishing, while making new and unique coffee recipes, continually perfecting their coffee menu. Their materials, were all custom made since the very beginning to give an individual and singular experience. Order something out of the ordinary on your next visit! Find an interview with the owner Mr. Sekiguchi at https://tokyocoffee.org/2016/05/29/cafe-de-lambre/ Photos found on Tokyo Coffee

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Sight in Tokyo

Nelkin

Nelkin is a quaint little cafe that opened in 1955 and has been gracefully looked after by the graceful Fumiko Suzuki for over 60 years. The word Nelkin translates to carnation in German which is why you will see that beautiful flower resting in a vase on every table. From their vibrantly red velvet booths to the golden framed paintings that decorate the wall, this space exudes a warm ambience that will make anyone want to relax and open a book. Photos found on Google Maps

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Sight in Tokyo

Mignon

Mignon has a collection of vinyls that rival even Lion’s, with 5,000 records stacked neatly into the shelves that cover the wall, it is truly a sight to behold. It holds live performances a few times a month. Inside the shop, are small tables neatly adjacent to each other and French style decor set a nice tone to the space. The beautiful and ornately designed grand piano is a must see for your next visit. Photos found on their website.

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Sight in Tokyo

Café le Violon

Located in the jazz hub of Tokyo of Asagaya, this cafe a haven for all speaker lovers. Their impressive wide array of speakers are built into a pit below the floor. The wall behind them is arched and provides an all encompassing sound. Pictures found on good coffee.me

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Sight in Tokyo

Lion

Lion is the oldest and most famous of the meiyoku kissatens of Tokyo. The cafe opened in 1926 but was destroyed during World War II. However, it was completely rebuilt in 1950. This beautiful cafe takes you back in time to the Showa era of Japan, with beautiful velvet seating and antique furnishings that juxtapose the array of salarymen quietly tapping away on their laptops. Photos found on Foursquare

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Sight in Tokyo

Shibuya Stream

Shibuya Stream — The lesser known part of Shibuya that's brimming with restaurants, cafes and more! 🍝☕️🍰

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Article by Tokyo Creative

A New Tiffany & Co. Concept Store Opens in Harajuku: Home to 1 of 2 Tiffany Cafes in the World!

Tiffany & Co. and Harajuku have teamed up on a new concept store called Tiffany @ Cat Street!

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Why the Newest Muji Ginza and Hotel is a Must See Spot in Tokyo Part 3

Part 3 of our last series covering everything on MUJI Ginza! Sharing why MUJI Diner is a must try along with why it's worthwhile to stay at MUJI Hotel Ginza.

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Why the Newest MUJI Ginza and Hotel is a Must See Spot in Tokyo Part 1

Sharing with you part one of our in depth feature of MUJI Ginza the flagship store taking over central Tokyo!

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Sight in Hokkaido

Little Fort Coffee

Cozy cafe a stone's throw away from Higashi Sapporo Station.

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Sight in Nara

Housekibaco

Popular cafe in Nara's Cube development selling kakigori (shaved ice).

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Sight in Tokyo

Peanuts Cafe

Peanuts Cafe is a Snoopy-themed cafe located in Aobadai.

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Sight in Tokyo

Lola's Cupcakes

Located in the funky and fashionable area of Harajuku, this London cupcake shop serves handcrafted cupcakes and cakes. Opened in 2015, this is the first Tokyo o

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Sight in Chiba

Go Crazy Cafe

Cafe in Taito Beach Chiba.

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Sight in Tokyo

Nui Hostel and Bar Lounge

Nui is a boutique hostel, cafe and bar lounge in the Taito-ku area of Tokyo.

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Sight in Kanagawa

Cafe Elliott Avenue

This is a cafe near Yamashita Park that serves coffee made by Seattle trained baristas.

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Sight in Tokyo

Public House

Public House is a restaurant/ cafe inside of the new south entrance of Shibuya Station, open early and with free WIFI.

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Sight in Shizuoka

Ochanoma Noto Cafe

Ochanoma Noto is a cafe and restaurant in Eastern Hamamatsu.