Robot Restaurant (ロボットレストラン)

The entertainment 

If you have never been to this, it’s worth to watch once. This is very much the tourist spot but even myself as Japanese, I am glad I saw this once. You go in there and totally sees the difference culture, different world, different vision. I don’t even think it’s so Japanese but it’s an entertainment. Don’t go there to eat something. Eat before but go out for food after. You can just have a drink and enjoy the show. Sorry, I don’t even know how to describe this but mix of robot and people are acting and dancing with the music to create this weird culture. It nothing like Disneyland’s show or anything you have seen in the musical. You can get the ticket thru online or I actually bought a ticket at  Harajuku information center.  

  • web/map

  • address: Shinjuku City, Shinjuku robot bldg B2F 1-chōme−7−7, Kabukichō, Shinuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0021

  • tel: +81 3-3200-5500

  • hours: 5 shows a day, first one starting from 1pm.

  • nearest station: Shinjuku

Kinokuniya Bookstore (紀伊国屋)

Just a great book store.

This bookstore has been open since 1927. My mom always told me to just go Kinokuniya all the time whenever I need to find some books when I was a kid. It’s been around long time and I always thought this store has everything you need. I still love spending time in this book store just because I find something and I get inspired. They have from manga, magazine, text book, foreign books to DVDs. Japanese magazines are so fun and so much information always, also so many niche kind of magazines as well. The foreign books are also available.

  • web/map 

  • address: 3-chōme-17-7 Shinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tōkyō-to 163-8636, Japan

  • tel: +81 3-3354-0131

  • hours: 10-9pm everyday

  • nearest station: JR Shinjuku Station

Don Quijote(ドンキホーテ)

Japanese Costco

This dynamite shopping center offers anything cheap. It's not Costco like, it's the smaller, more Japanese, compact, unique version of it. You can pick party dress, cosmetic, electronics, toys, name it, they probably have it. Anyway, it's in the good city location  like Shibuya and Shinjuku. One time I took my American friends, they were finding some souvenirs to take back home, and they were going thru some toys as well as Japanese snacks. So depends on your needs, it's worth checking out. It's fun to look thru, just like Costco is too. 

Web/Map Shibuya/Map shinjuku

Sports lab by Atmos (スポーツラボ・アトモス)

Tokyo latest Sneakers style

If you wanna be a cool street style, this is the place to shop. Get your kicks and rock it!! It’s the Tokyo sneaker style. You will find the best sneaker selection from Nike to domestic brand. Some collaboration models with Atmos are here as well. You can also find the apparel and accessories to go with your sneaker. Original Atmos T-shirt are pretty cool and have the unique Tokyo Street Sneaker graphic on it.  Also, some toys such bearbricks are here to entertain.