November 29, 2017

Executive-Class Hidden Gems


Companies from across the globe have offices in Tokyo, and businesspeople from many countries make the city their home. Today, some top executives share their inside knowledge of Tokyo's exclusive hidden gems.



Kuroeya Lacquerware shop in business for more than three centuries. Here you can buy the finest lacquerware pieces, which preserve this tradition of exquisite craftsmanship, from around Japan.


Andy's Shin Hinomoto This izakaya pub has been serving drinks and food under the tracks for more than 70 years. Current proprietor Andy, from the U.K., is the 3rd generation owner after taking over from his father-in-law, and prides himself on superb seafood. Always packed with Japanese and foreign patrons. Reservations required.


Marifu Club Customers here get to jam live with professional musicians, and the instruments are provided! Just walk in and rock out on your instrument of choice, or with your voice.


Nezu Museum So tranquil you'll forget you're in central Tokyo! This museum contains a 17,000-square-meter Japanese garden and exhibits a superb collection with more than 7,400 Japanese and East Asian objects. Built on the former estate of rail magnate Nezu Kaichiro, it also has multiple Important Cultural Properties and National Treasures.


Yobanashi Sahan Teahouse run by Soko Udagawa of the Sowaryu school of tea ceremony. Tucked away in a residential neighborhood, it hosts tea gatherings that embody the pinnacle of Japanese tea ceremony culture.

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1) Kuroeya
Address: Kuroeya Kokubun Bldg 2F, 1-2-6 Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku
2) Andy's Shin Hinomoto
Address: 2-4-4 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku
3) Marifu Club
Address: Takaracho Tatsumi Bldg B1, 4-1-3 Hatchobori, Chuo-ku
4) Nezu Museum
Address: 6-5-1 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku
5) Yobanashi Sahan
Address: 2-23-11 Kamiochiai, Shinjuku-ku


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Lisa Wallin

Writer, translator, aspiring fitness instructor
When did you first come to Japan?:
I arrived in Japan in 2007.
Reason for coming to Japan:
When I first came to Japan, I was curious about the culture, and deeply interested in the Japanese alternative music scene-still am! There's still a lot of new, upcoming acts on the rise and it's exciting to do some digging to discover them.