Name: Glitch Coffee
Location: 35°41’37.16″ N 139°45’40.90″ E
Hours: 8 PM weekdays, 7 PM weekends
Just 2 blocks northeast of the Imperial Palace, in south Kanda/Jimbocho, in a bldg. without so much as a sign is the very cool Glitch Cofee & Roasters. This is a very hip little hole-in-the-wall coffee shop with some premium varieties of coffee. Well worth a stop-in. To get here, take the Tozai line to Takebashi Station (T08 – 35°41’21.44″ N 139°45’40.89″ E), and walk north on Rt. 301 for a few blocks. You will pass a small street on the left with a 7-11 on the corner. Just down this street to the left happens to be 9 Hours Otemachi – a small modern capsule hotel, which is quite inexpensive.
Inside the somewhat Soviet-feeling Takebashi Sta.
Rt. 301 facing north on the left side of the street. 9 Hours Otemachi is to the left, Glitch Coffee is up on the right 2 blocks. Further up on the left side of the street is a Yamato Transport luggage delivery service.
Inside 9 Hours Otemachi.
You can also get there by getting off at Jimbocho Station (Z07) which is about 10 mins to the northwest if you take the Hanzomon Line instead, although it’s a bit of a longer walk than from Takebashi Sta. The Hanzomon Line also has the advantage of being 1 stop from Otemachi Sta. which shoots you right in near Maronuchi and Tokyo Station. Hanzomon can also take you out to Sky Tree/Oshiagé to the east quickly as well.
If you continue up 301, 2 more blocks on the right is Glitch Coffee. This is just before the main cross-street of Rt. 401, which if you head west (left) leads to Tokyo Dome, and if you turn right (east), leads to the WATERAAS complex, and beyond that, Akihabara.
Glitch Coffee, in south Kanda/Jimbocho – 2 blocks northeast of the Imperial Palace. The shop is on the east side of the street. This is facing southeast towards Tokyo Sta. There is no sign, except on the doors.
There are also other Glitches in Akasaka and Nagoya.
Of interesting note is the the fact that if you continue north past Glitch, in a block or two you’ll come to Rt. 302 (Yasukuni Dori), which runs east to west. This is a major street which has lots of sporting goods stores. There is a SuperSports Xebio store right across the street, as well as lots of ski + snowboard shops along the street. If you continue east on 302 for several blocks, you’ll come to Rt. 405 (Sotobori Dori), which, if you turn north (left) onto, will take you the WATERRAS complex, which is worth checking out, and which has a very nice Olympic Grocery store + Mister Donut in it. You can enjoy a nice stroll up and down these streets for all kinds of shops and cafés.
Less than a mile east of that is Akihabara.
As a footnote, Meiji University is nearby and has an excellent museum. John Daub of Only in Japan on YouTube has a video walk from Akihabara to Meiji below.
5 MIN WALK FROM JINBOCHO STATION EXIT 7, 2 MIN WALK FROM JINBOCHO STATION EXIT 9
Name: Keio Department Store
Location: 35°41’23.41″ N 139°41’57.25″ E
Just to the southwest of JR Shinjuku Station in Tokyo is the Keio Department Store, or as they would say in Japan Keio Depato.
This is one of the best depatos in Tokyo – in particular for its spectacular food + gift basement (Deepikcha). The gifts sold here are extremely high quality, and affordable.
There are a myriad of other stores in the building, as well as a restaurant floor, and open-air court on the top. There is also access to Shinjuku Station directly at the entrance.
To get here, take a JR line or subway to Shinjuku Station, or walk or bike. Get to the southwest side of the station, and pop in under the first blue awning shown below under the red sign.
The area is shown clearly in YouTuber Walk In Japan‘s video:
That video also shows how to walk to a small town called Nakano just to the west.
Also of interest just to the west 2 blocks is the Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower, which is well worth a look, and just beyond that to the west is The Toyko Metro Gov’t Bldg., which has one of the best free observatories in Japan.
Also just to the north of Keio is the Odakyu Depato. and Bic Camera – and a host of other interesting shops including 2 nice pancake shops on the top floor or Odakyu. Well worth a look.
The Keio food basement has lots of delectable delights, such as these pie-sized cookies.
Odakyu Depato is the orange bldg., center as seen from Shinjuku Station platform. The Morri Cocoon Bldg. is just to the left.
Walkway between ODAKYU HALC and Keio. Facing north. Bic Camera is on the right. One of the best photo spots in Tokyo is straight ahead on this walkway, in front of the green sign on the right.
Mode Gakuen “Cocoon” Bldg. 2 blocks to the northwest of Keio.
Name: Ojima Komatsugawa Koén
Location: 35°41’29.71″ N 139°51’07.44″ E
This is a massive park with all kinds of walking trails, bridges, lawns, and gardens.
The park design has a somewhat Soviet feel to it – very spartan, concrete, and modern, but interesting nonetheless. It’s well worth a day trip.
Higashi-Ojima Station on the Toei subway system is just to the east, right near the river.
If you are coming from Sky Tree, there are two possible trips – you can take Rt. 453 down, southeast, and the park will be to your left, but a better way from Sky Tree is to take Yotsume Dori south, stop first at Kinshi Park, then check out the area around Kinshicho Station 1 block to the south, then continue south a few blocks to Sarue-Onshi Park, check it out, then head east on Shin-Ohashi Dori (Rt. 50) all the way into Ojima Komatsugawa Park.
This might sound like a lot but it’s not really – the distances are only a few miles and if you get tired you can stop at one of the parks, or shopping malls to rest. You can also take a train to Kinshicho Station and then head east to the park. The area around Kinshicho Station is definitely a must-see.
Doutor @ Kinshi Park. Olinas Core is visible on the right up the street 1 block, facing north.
Also just a little east of Kinshicho Station is Komeida, another area worth looking at. There’s a small Don Quijote store here, and a Mr. Donut right across from it.
You can do all these on the way to the park, or just cruise through them for a look on your way. On bike the entire trip is only a few hours, on foot, a day-trip and back.
Ojima Komatsugawa Park is shown at the lower right corner next to the Arakawa River. Sky Tree is northwest – in the upper left corner, Kinshi Park is in the center left, and Sakuae Park is in the lower left. Rt. 50 runs left to right (west to east).
As you approach the park, 1 block before the entrance is a huge apartment complex with a Mr. Donut, MOS Burger, post office, and Aeon supermarket on the ground floor:
This is facing north. When you arrive here, continue east (right) for 1 block until you come to the park entrance.
Continue east on 50 and you’ll come to a big curve which veers south. This is where the park entrance is. Head up the stairs and into the park:
Next, you’ll come to a big tiled overpass. Cross over, head straight, and you’ll enter the circular path that rings the park:
Walk along the ringed path, and you’ll be in the park. Sky Tree is still visible in the distance to the northwest.
Park layout. The long tiled walkway after the entrance is shown in the upper center of the above map – just to the left of the large walkway ringing the park. Rt. 50 is just below it.
After the park, go back the way you came, hit the MOS Burger or Mr. Donut for some refreshment, then head back to your original location – or head back to Kinshicho and check out some of the shops at PARCO, Marui (OIOI), or Termina right near the station. There is also a very good SEIYU discount grocery in the basement of the PARCO complex.
As a footnote, on Rt. 50 (Shin-Ohashi Dori), between Sarue Park and Ojima Komatsugawa Koén is the futuristic capsule hotel, Moon Station Hotel located at 35°41’22.61″ N 139°49’37.57″ E. This is a mixed and women-only luxury capsule hotel with futuristic deluxe and small rooms with ambient lighting and a space-station design. Capusles are fairly cheap – ranging from $42-$78/night. Another futurisitc oddity that could only happen in Japan.