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Find yourself wanting to know a little more about Japan? On your next trip, use this trusty guide to will guarantee a fantastic start to your adventure.

Find yourself wanting to know a little more about Japan? On your next trip, use this trusty guide to will guarantee a fantastic start to your adventure. Whether it’s origami, quality porcelain, a great view or a delicious variety of food, we’ve got you covered. Don’t settle for the tourist traps; instead, visit a fish market to taste authentic wasabi and dried seaweed, or dine on delectable tofu as you admire the décor of a famous restaurant. Struck by mouth-watering intrigue? Good. Read on to experience a fantastic day in Japan.

A day in TOKYO 

  • 8 am: uplifting breakfast on the top floor of the Peninsula (restaurant Peter ), in the Ginza area, with a breathtaking view on Tokyo’s skyline. Kazukiyo Sato designed the hotel with interiors by Yukio Hashimoto.
    Peninsula, 100-0006 Tokyo, Chiyoda
  • Take a culinary stroll at the fish market of Tsukiji and wander around the tiny alleys of the market in order to discover local produce – bamboo shoots, wasabi, dried seaweed – and more than a hundred kind of different fish, octopus, shellfish. For the early risers, don’t miss the tuna auction cannot be missed (mandatory registration is at 5 in the morning). Some of the tuna fish are sold for the price of a brand new car!
  • Then, go back to Ginza to shop at the stationary store Ito-Ya that sells beautiful Japanese papers and origami material. Or experience the Dover Street market Ginza to admire Rei Kawakubo’s 6 level concept store dedicated to fashion. You’ll be able to find objects, art pieces, sculptures and more.
    Stationary store ITO-YA, 2-7-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
    Dover Street Market 6-9-5 Ginza Chuo-ku
  • If you are looking for the exquisite tableware, Imari porcelain offers a ceramics style developed and exported from Japan at the 18th century via Imari harbor). The Imari style has three dominant colors: cobalt blue, iron red (close to saffron) and white for the porcelain background. It is highlighted with gold.
    Here are 2 other superb antique stores addresses:
    Dentsdelion, 2-4-13 taito-ku , Station Akihabara
    Nishikawa Antiques 2-20-14 Azabu-Juban, Minato-ku
  • For lunch, visit the unique sushi restaurant called Sushi Ichi Ginza. It is a very small place but it serves the best fish, and its fatty tuna sashimi is by far the best. There are also very few tourists in this gourmet restaurant. If you prefer Soba noodles, go for Kamakura Matsubara-an Keyaki, which has a delightful Japanese minimalist decor.
    Sushi Ichi Ginza : 104-0061 Tokyo, Chuo, Ginza, 3 Chome−10−14
    Kamakura Matsubara-an Keyaki: 1-13-14 Jingumae, Shibuya.
  • If you are interested in design, consider walking along the Shibuya streets. You’ll find Maison Koichiro Kimura, a tiny house dating back to the fifties which has been redesigned and decorated in a style resembling “2001, a Space Odyssey.” It boasts 4000 white lacquered mini pyramids which adorn the first floor, and the back wall on the ground level is painted hot pink! Here is the kingdom of lacquer where you will find bright colored tea sets, golden bowls, conceptual jewelry, i-phone gadgets and more.
    Maison Koichiro Kimura, 5-3-12 Jingumae.
  • For your evening destination, experience Dominique Corby’s restaurant with a few seats arranged around the bar counter.  Dominique Corby is a French chef who comes from the Tour d’Argent and who fell in love with Japan. He uses exclusive Japanese products for a new take on French cuisine. He also offers a collection of special sakés made by little producers and rigorously selected by him.
    Dominique Corby , 160-0007 Tokyo, Shinjuku.
  • Next, chance the magical decor of the restaurant TOFU-YA UKAI, located in a traditional Japanese house surrounded by a magnificent garden at the base of the lighted tower of Tokyo. They prepare tofu specialties of all kinds.
    Tofu-Ya Ukai, 4-4-13 Shiba Koen, Minato-Ku
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And in KYOTO

  • And, for your time spent in Kyoto, eat a lunch with a view on the blossomed cherry trees at SAKAMOTO. They will give you a genuine, traditional cuisine experience, presenting a fixed-price menu du jour with fish and seafood.
    Sakamoto, EF Building, Gion Sueyoshi-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0085
  • For an unforgettable experience, have lunch in a Zen temple and have a taste of delicious vegetarian cuisine. The menu is designed according to season and produce available, all prepared by monks and nuns. At Daikotu-Ji’s temple, the meal starts with a macha tea served with a Mochi pastry (rice paste). It is followed by a selection of ten or so various delights served in red lacquered bowls and stylish trays combining tofu, seaweed and vegetables. When the weather is nice, you can eat outdoors under the cherry trees of the temple’s garden, sitting in easy pose in front of a low table.
    IZUSEN Daikotu-Ji , Murasakino
Marie-Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre

Marie-Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre is a journalist and author.
«La médecine personnalisée, retrouver et garder la santé» (Odile Jacob) was published in March 2012 after two years of investigation and research with general practitioner Dr. Jean-Claude Lapraz.
«Se soigner toute l’année au Naturel» (Prat) was published in 2012 and has sold over 250 000 copies. Her latest book «Etre en Bonne santé toute l’année : 20 cures alimentaires»  was launched in April 2015.


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