March 20, 2019

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2020 On the Way: Izu

This time, we feature Izu. Set to host cycling events in 2020, Izu has recently been promoting its image as a cycling hotspot. Come along for the ride as we explore what the region has to offer.



March 13, 2019

The Embassy Take on Tokyo: Cuba


This time, we're joined by the Cuban ambassador to Japan, who's been in Tokyo since 2016. He takes us to restaurants where you can enjoy a Cuban atmosphere, and to some of his other favorite spots around town.



Shango Restaurant serving authentic Cuban food. The chef is a graduate of a Cuban culinary school. He makes traditional dishes that feel like a taste of home for Cubans.


Cigar Club 180 varieties of cigar for sale, including premium Cuban brands. Naturally, they're kept in the on-site humidor. An elegant, refined place to enjoy a cigar.


Bodeguita Latin restaurant that features a live show by professional Cuban musicians each weekend. Visitors can enjoy a Havana night in Tokyo.


Tokyo Dome Opened in 1988, this is Japan's first baseball stadium with a covered roof. You can see baseball games here, of course, but the complex also has amusement facilities, shopping and more, including the TeNQ Space Museum, popular with people of all ages.


Koishikawa Korakuen Traditional Japanese gardens first constructed in 1629. Features 100 species of trees, and beautiful vistas in all four seasons: for example, there are plum blossoms in early spring, and cherry blossoms right after. Officially registered as a Special Historic Site and Special Place of Scenic Beauty.


Edomae Shinsaku A reservation-only tempura restaurant that became popular through great word of mouth. The owner-chef uses several innovative cooking methods, such as aging some of his ingredients.

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1) Shango
Address: 2F, 5-13-16 Nakanobu, Shinagawa-ku
2) Cigar Club
Address: 1-4-1 Mita, Meguro-ku (The Westin Tokyo 1F)
3) Bodeguita
Address: B1, 5-6-14 Daizawa, Setagaya-ku
4) Tokyo Dome
Address: 1-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku
5) Koishikawa Korakuen
Address: Koraku 1-6-6, Bunkyo-ku
6) Edomae Shinsaku
Address: 4-2-4 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku