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Don’t let the fact that it’s a restaurant chain dissuade you from snagging a table at the Shibuya, Shinjuku, or Ueno locations (among others). This 24-hour seafood spot — complete with English menu — gives visitors the option of grilling their own meals and is popular among locals and travelers alike. The food is simple and bold, markedly mirrored in the decor that favors bright colors and striking kanji splashed across the walls. Whether you’re in the mood for sashimi or the hearty miso crab mix, a meal with friends at Isomaru is a great way to end (or start) the night.
Flower Bar Gardena
It’s a joy when real life is more fantastical than fiction and there’s no doubt Sophie Hatter and Arrietty would wildly approve after one peek into Flower Bar Gardena. This grownup getaway is half flower shop, half bar with an explosion of neatly contained greenery towering over the main counter with a well-stocked shelf of alcohol cresting the tops of the tallest blossoms. It’s idyllic and aromatic with the old school R&B mix creating a sublime atmosphere where romantics can daydream over a glass of wine among the flowers as passerby pop in to buy bouquets for their sweethearts.
No doubt many people harbor plans to do all sorts of shopping if they visit Japan, but when you are in a town for the first time there are a lot of unknowns – “How do I get to the department store I want to go to?” “Where’s the best place to go to eat delicious ice cream?”
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