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Since its inception, Karashibi Kikanbo has been the go-to place for a scintillating serving of traditional ramen. Rustic and intimate, this restaurant boasts the perfect ambiance for a laid-back meal with friends and family. Each item on the menu can be customized into two levels of spiciness. Take your pick from the signature ramen and turn up the heat with ‘kara’, a spicy chilli mix, or 'shibi', a numbing spicy sichuan pepper. Be sure to have a glass of water handy while you dig into your meal, for you will definitely need one.
For washi enthusiasts, Yamagataya is top of many discerning origami lovers' lists. There is a staggering range of paper available here, in every conceivable color and pattern. Whatever kind of paper you're looking for and for whatever craft, whether it is origami or calligraphy, this is the place to come to; even the Emperor of Japan orders paper from here!
Boasting the largest selection of technology related products in Japan, Yodobashi Akiba is an impressive complex of 9 enormous floors. Whether you're looking for an exclusive gadget from Japan, or just need to do some high-tech shopping, you'll be able to find it here. Don't worry if you find yourself feeling lost in this mini-metropolis; English-speaking staff members can help you find what you need. On floors 7-9, specialty places like Tower Records, a Golf Shop, and several restaurants round off this one-stop shopping experience. Additionally, there is direct access to and from Akihabara Station. Now that's service!
Akihabara enthusiasts are always in search of the latest technological products during their stay in Japan. So, if you're wandering around trying to find them, check out the electronics-filled interiors of Bic Camera AKIBA. At a sizable 7 floors of consumer electronics, the shopping center has something for everyone, and great customer service to help you find it! As one of the biggest stores devoted to products of this kind, it should be on every tourist's list for Akihabara. Travelers can take advantage of the duty-free specials for products over JPY10,000 on the second floor, which specializes in cameras and other related goods.
One of the most popular tempura restaurants, Mikawa Zezankyo is the place to be for a bite of the scrumptious Japanese delicacy. Tucked away in a bustling neighborhood, this little restaurant might be hard to spot, but once you're here, it will all be worth the effort. Its intimate setting makes it great for a laid-back family meal. From the ika and kisu to the Shiso and meguchi, the food here is meticulously crafted and plated to perfection to provide patrons with a palate-pleasing experience.
Nestled along the main business street in Akihabara is the Anime and Manga haven known as Animate. Several locations of this successful establishment reside in Japan, however, the Akihabara store boasts a 8 floors of specialty products. Everything from Japanese comics to Japanese animation, and related items such as Anime soundtracks and character goods, await your arrival. Expect to spend a few hours sifting through all of the eye-catching artwork if you're a hardcore fan, otherwise, it's still an interesting place to browse through and pick up something a little more unique than chopsticks. Overall, whether or not you're into cosplaying and anime, you'll definitely appreciate the zest for it in this superstore.
Situated on Ameyoko- the famed, very busy shopping street- you'll find Ameyoko Camera - a specialty store for film-only cameras. It stocks hundreds of old models as well as catalogs, manuals, collectibles and equipment for 35mms. The owner of the store is passionate about film cameras and is a treasure trove of advice and information.
A meal at Kisoji Shinjuku is a must while in the city. A chain of restaurants with outlets across the country, Kisoji has a reputation for being one of the best traditional Japanese restaurants. Known for their old-school shabu-shabu, this restaurant offers a classic dining experience. Cooked using age-old techniques and recipes, the dishes reflect the essence of Japanese culinary culture. Savor some of the kuroge-wagyu and sukiyaki, which takes you back a couple of years to vintage Japan.
Taiyaki Hiiragi is the place to be for a bite of the traditional Japanese dessert. This cozy little food-stand, doesn't disappoint with its delectable varieties of the distinct fish-shaped cake. Tickle your taste-buds and bring out your inner child with these little sweet treats. Freshly made on-site, the sweetened azuki beans and redbean filled cakes never fail to leave a lasting impression.
When it comes to ramen restaurants, Fuunji stands out as one of the city's most popular joints. While it may feel a little cramped inside and finding a table may be a task on weekends, dining here is well-worth all the effort. Using a blend of age-old recipes and innovative cooking techniques, chef's at this restaurant consistently conjure meals that are simply irresistible. Savor the signature Tsukemen ramen, that will surely have you coming back for more.