Brozer’s Burgers Near Tokyo Station

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Name: Brozer’s

Kind: Food

Where: Takashimaya Annex Bldg. @ 335°40’50.80″ N 139°46’21.81″ E

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Just a few blocks east of Tokyo Station, on the top floor of the Takashimaya Annex Bldg. is a fabulous burger place called Brozer’s. This place is an absolute must-see in Tokyo.

They’ve got a wide variety of food including big burgers, chicken, and grilled cheese, as well as salads, sandwiches, and loads of drinks. Well worth checking out. A big burger plate with fries will run you about 1200¥ ($12) – more with drinks or desert. But….. for dessert you might want to instead stop just north of Tokyo Station at Sarabeth’s, which is a little more spendy, but worth it. After walking all day, you’re going to need food and lots of it. Brozer’s fits the bill.

There is also one in Ningyocho.

The one near Tokyo Sta. is easy to get to:

Exit Tokyo Sta. on the Yaesu (east) side. You’ll come out roughly on the right below:

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Tokyo Sta. Yaesu side north east exit.

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Just across the street you’ll see the entrance to this tree-lined side street. Wait for the light, head over, and stay on the left sidewalk.

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Cruise on down the street past the Yaesu Terminal Hotel on the left.

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You’ll be on this here tree-lined street. Head east 2 blocks or so.

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At the next mega-intersection hang a left. Go north past the large Takashimaya Bldg. on the right, up to the Takashimaya Annex Bldg (“Takashimaya SC”) one block north. It’s the smaller grey bldg. with the rounded corner. Head in the large glass door at the rounded corner. Brozer’s is on the top food court floor.

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Take an elebator (elevator in English) or wind your way up through the various stores on escalators. As you exit the escaltors at the top Brozer’s is on the left.

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Wait to be seated. Grab a drink @ the bar if you like.

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Order and chow down. After a full day of walking, you can easily eat all this food in a few minutes – tripple decker homburg (hamburger), fries and rings, pickles, and a full grilled chesse on toast. Around $12 total. You may even still be hungry after all this so get ready for seconds, or for dessert. You can order up until 10:00 PM (22:00 as they say in Japan). Enjoy!

We try Brozer's ridiculous Tomato Spaghetti Burger because we love ...
BROZERS' Ningyochohonten Photo (Ningyocho / Kodemmacho/Hamburgers ...

LINKS

Official

http://tokyofood.blog128.fc2.com/blog-entry-98.html

BROZERS’ Ningyocho (Takeout & Delivery)

We try Brozer’s ridiculous Tomato Spaghetti Burger because we love carbs and can’t help ourselves

Tokyo International Forum

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Name: Tokyo International Forum

Kind: Venue

Where: Yurakucho, Tokyo 35°40’35.92″ N 139°45’51.03″ E

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Just south of Tokyo Station and just west of Ginza is the Tokyo International Forum – a huge modern venue for all kinds of conferences, performing arts, concerts, talks, trade shows, and other activities.

The Forum was completed in 1997 and is spectacular.

Inside there are elevated walkways, a huge cavernous interior and a few restaurants on the lower level. The Forum’s main tourist attraction is its architecture which is designed to look like a large ship and is ultra-modern.

Outside the Forum are all sorts of great restaurants, shops, and other activities. At the South end of the Forum is a large Bic Camera, and Yurakucho Station – the gateway into Ginza which is just to the east.

To get to the Forum you can either get the JR line to Tokyo Station, exit the west (Maronuchi) side and walk south on the sidewalk, or you can get off at Yurakucho Station and then head north under the train tracks, then west and 1 block north to the Forum. Both are very easy to get to and are accessibile.

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You can also take the Metro Ginza Subway Line to Ginza Station and exit there, then walk a few blocks south to get to the Forum. The Ginza Station exit is just outside the north Maronuchi-side exit at Tokyo Station, roughly at 35°40’55.82″ N 139°45’57.01″ E. You can also get to the Ginza Line inside Tokyo Station but it requires a long hike through various underground corridors and stairs like this:

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Ginza Metro subway line. Ginza (G09) is in the middle of the line, Shibuya on the west, and Asakusa on the east. Another alternative is to take the Maronuchi Line and exit at its Tokyo Station (M17) exit onto the surface and then walk south from Tokyo Station to the Forum:

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Maronuchi Line Tokyo Station (M17)

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Yurakucho Station. Tokyo International Forum is straight ahead past the tracks. Bic Camera is on the left next to the Forum.

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The Forum has a huge lighted glass floor on its north side.

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Inside the cavernous Forum.

Restaurants/Coffee/Shops

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In the basement of the Forum is the Cafe Lexcel, an upscale division of Doutour. There is also one in Yokohama.

On the west side of the Forum there is an outdoor patio with a line of excellent restaurants, coffee houses, and shops. Definitely worth checking out.

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There is also a Shake Shack and an 800 Degrees Woodfired Kitchen on the patio promenade.

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Brooklyn Roasting Company is not to be missed.

At the very north end of the promenade there is a JR entrance and downstairs is a New York Perfect Cheese:

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The JR entrance at the north end. Behind it is a Le Meré Poulard – a very upscale French restaurant. The original one is in France and also has a hotel in it.



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There is plenty more to do in the area – don’t be afraid to wander around.

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Yurakucho Station Christmas illuminations.

Bic Camera + Ginza to the East

If you walk south from the Forum + cross the street, first you’ll come to a large Bic Camera on the corner – well worth a stop:


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South end of Bic Camera. Yurakucho Station is on the right.

If you then head east (left) at Yurakucho Station, you’ll come into a small area at the east exit of the station filled with department stores, such as OIOI (pronounced Marui). This is Yurakucho. To get to Ginza, head directly east for 2 blocks. The two areas are right next to each other.

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Underneath Yurakucho Station. Ginza is straight ahead (facing east).

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Yurakucho Station. Ginza is on the other side. The Forum is 2-3 blocks to the left (north). Under the 2 arches on the left you can cut to the other side. The area on the other side is one of the best trainspotting places in Tokyo – you can watch bullet trains come in and out in both directions.

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Ginza east of Yurakucho Station.

Well that’s it for now. Enjoy your trip. There’s loads to do near Tokyo International Forum + the surrounding area.

LINKS

Tokyo International Forum Official

Tokyo International Forum: Marunouchi – Where In Tokyo

JR East

Cafe Lexel

800 Degrees

Ginza-Itchome StationYurakucho Line

Yurakucho Line

VIDS

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Vending Machines in Japan

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Japan is crazy about vending machines.

Many models are shown below.

These contain mostly drinks, but in some areas hot + cold meals, and even T-shirts or electronics.

Drinks range from 100¥ – 200¥ and many of them are quite good, such as BOSS Coffee, shown below, CC Lemon, and lots of teas. Some also feature the usual western soft drinks – although most western soft drinks are not as popular in Japan as they are in the west.

You will find these machines on virtually every corner or shopping complex. Some take only coins, some take bills also, and newer ones also aceept the Japaneese train system’s IC card – Suica. The light green machine in the photo in the lower right corner below is one such Suica machine at a train station. To pay for a drink using Suica, just slap your Suica card on the IC card reader and you’re good to go.

If you have an NFC-F enabled smart phone, and have loaded a Suica app onto it, you can also trigger the machine’s Suica reader simply by holding your phone up to it. Note that some western phones won’t work with Suica readers since they use NFC and not the Japanese-specific NFC-J standard. If you use an iPhone you’ll need an iPhone 8 or later and the Suica app to use Suica on the readers. You can also use an Apple Watch Series 3 or later on the readers if your phone has Suica added to Apple Wallet, and Bluetooth is enabled on your Apple Watch.

In some stations there are new electronic models which don’t show the bottles themselves, but only an LCD image of them.

To use them, put your money in the top, select the small black button under the drink you want, and the drink will come out the slot at the bottom.

On a hot summer day, these are life-savers: if you’re walking a lot, you’ll also be sweating profusely and will dehydrate very quickly.

Sometimes you’ll find mega-banks of them in a row – 4-10 machines all lined up.

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Suntory BOSS coffee machine in Itabashi.

Suica-enabled vending machine in green, lower right. The IC card reader is the small oval in the center.

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Suica-enabled vending machine at the Narita International Aiport waiting lobby.

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A Good Vending/Happy Price machine, also in Itabashi. Note all drinks are 100¥ (approx. $1 USD).

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Vending machine bank on a corner in Toranomon.

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Modern all-electronic “acure” model at Ueno Station. Also note the small recycling slots on the right.

As an odd footnote Tommy Lee Jones is the official spokeman for BOSS coffee, and is featured in many Suntory BOSS TV ads in Japan.

LINKS

https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2010.html

https://kotaku.com/the-world-of-japanese-vending-machines-5988536

https://www.alljapanrelocation.com/news/suica-on-iphone/

VIDS

Freshly Baked + Totally Kawaii Treats – Open Rice

https://jp.openrice.com/en/tokyo/article/too-cute-to-eat-freshly-baked-and-totally-kawaii-treats-a217

https://www.nature-doughnuts.jp/

http://www.pingouin.sakura.ne.jp/

Fairycake Fair GRANSTA Store

https://jp.openrice.com/en/tokyo/article/5-cafes-for-the-best-views-of-the-shibuya-scramble-crossing-a75