Best Areas to Visit on Your First Trip to Tokyo!

Jay + Shields

JLD01801If your the type to make a list of top places to visit, Japan should be at the top of your list. Japan is one of our favorite places we’ve ever traveled to and can’t wait to go back. It’s absolutely beautiful, clean, safe, friendly and has so many cool things to do.

Tokyo, Japans capital, is a mixture of ultramodern and traditional with skyscrapers right next to historic temples. For being ranked the most populous metropolitan area in the world we found Tokyo so easy to get around and surprisingly clean with and endless amount of things to do. So here’s a list of our favorite places we visited and favorite things to do in the city!



Shinjuku is a major nightlife area in Tokyo where you’ll easily be entertained just walking around. It’s also where you’ll find the famous Robot Restaurant, arcades, VR Zone and many Purikura…

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Inokashira Park & Kichijoji

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My guesthouse is located in a quiet and residential area of Tokyo , called Kichijoji. It’s a very nice place to live because you have access to green nature , many shops and restaurant , the cost of living is reasonable and the pace of life is slow . It feels like a human-scale neighbourhood. Let’s explore this sweet area.

Waking up on a morning , still tired and jetlag. The best way to wake up is to take a gentle walk in the nearby park. Inokashira Park is one of the biggest in Tokyo city. Tokyoite absolutely love this place. It’s a good hangout area for kids to play around , parents , dogs , joggers and couples.

Enjoy the serenity of the Park.

You can also find what seems to be a temple , or maybe it was a shrine. Remember Japan has two main religion…

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Tokyo By Bike

Today was what we can call an Adventure. Crossing Tokyo city from East to West on a Bike is a Journey. There is days where you just go out of the comfort zone to experience something unusual , something crazy. I believe having days like that , once in a while is healthy as it gives space for others unexpected things.

My dear friend kindly lend me the bike of her grandfather for my stay in Tokyo. But the bike was not close to my house. It was actually very far from it but it didn’t care , I thought this could be a fun adventure. From Chiba to Kichijoji there is about 30 km distance , but you have to cross Tokyo city , and I didn’t had any GPS…

Capture d’écran 2019-11-20 à 19.09.27The bike journey. By bike , google map was anticipating 3h20 but I knew this will never happen as…

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A Neighborhood Nature Walk

JLT Natural History Society

2020 is a Leap Year! So the Natural History Society is offering a choice of two dates for this month’s outing. Join us on either Friday, February 28 or Saturday, February 29, for a three-hour stroll in Port Townsend with expert naturalist Ken Wilson. 

Arbutus menziesii (Madrona aka Pacific Madrone)

In any neighborhood, there is much nature to discover when we look more closely. This leisurely walk through Chetzemoka Park and up Morgan Hill will be an exploration of plants, animals and ecology that will enhance your enjoyment of any neighborhood walk anywhere. 

RSVP to Marcia at for meeting time and place, what to bring, and additional information. Please indicate your preferred date— the 28th or 29th.

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February through July 2020 Book Club Selections

JLT Natural History Society

February 24th:The Last Wilderness: A History of the Olympic Peninsula (2019) by Murray Morgan  Originally published in 1955, this new version includes an introduction by author Tim McNulty, whose book Olympic National Park: A Natural History, is a primary text for the Natural History Society.  The Last Wilderness is regarded as a “classic history of the Olympic Peninsula,” told in Morgan’s trademark prose, composed from meticulous research and in depth personal experiences on the land. An excerpt from the back of the book:  “Morgan recounts vivid adventures of the area’s settlers, including loggers, hunters, prospectors, homesteaders, utopianists, murderers, conservationists, Wobblies, and bureaucrats, alongside stories of coastal first peoples and striking descriptions of the peninsula’s wildlife and land.”

March 23rd:A Whale Hunt: How a Native American Village Did What No One Thought it Could (2002) by Robert Sullivan  “For centuries the hunting of the…

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