Monday, 9 April 2012


I had read some good reviews of the Tempura Tsuahachi Restaurant in Shinjuku, so one evening we decided to check it out.  The restaurant was a bit of a struggle to find, but well worth it.  The meal was lovely, particularly the conga eel and it was good watching the chef prepare our tempura just a couple of feet away from us.

When we came out of the restaurant, it was raining heavily so we decided to take refuge in a nearby arcade, ESTADIO Paseo. 

When we entered the arcade a kind gentleman saw my wifey was wet and offered her his umbrella before promptly leaving! 

During our time in Shinjuku we also visited the Tokyo Metropolitan Building and the Park Hyatt Tokyo Hotel.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Building is truly spectacular, as are the views from the observation decks which are open free to the public.  The building was designed by Kenzo Tange.  His other projects include the Odaiba Fuji TV building and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

View from the observation deck.

“For relaxing times, make it Suntory time”

Lost in Translation is one of my all time favourite films, along with Alien and Blade Runner.  We paid a visit to the Park Hyatt Tokyo Hotel which features in the film and had a beer in the New York Bar on the 52nd floor.  The bar offers an amazing view of Tokyo and it’s just like how it is in the film, with the same atmosphere and a band in full swing.  Sadly the lovely Scarlett Johansson wasn’t about though.

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