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Chris Hough

Chris Hough

Deputy Editor, Time Out Tokyo

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Where to watch the 2022 World Cup in Tokyo

Where to watch the 2022 World Cup in Tokyo

Anticipation is building ahead of the 2022 Fifa World Cup, which promises to be one of the most intriguing editions of the tournament. This year’s competition is taking place in the winter for the first time (in the Northern Hemisphere at least) to avoid the blistering summer heat of host nation Qatar. So from November 20 to December 18 2022, you’ll be able to watch 32 teams compete for one of the biggest prizes in sport. If you find yourself in Tokyo during the World Cup, you’re in luck because the city has some excellent sports bars showing the games. Any match involving the Japan national team, also known as Samurai Blue, is sure to be a lively affair. But whoever you support, you’ll be able to find an indoor or outdoor World Cup 2022 screening where you can celebrate along with fellow fans, or drown your sorrows should things not go exactly to plan. RECOMMENDED: The 10 best urban breweries, wineries and distilleries in Tokyo

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You can now get a bacon milkshake at Domino’s Japan

You can now get a bacon milkshake at Domino’s Japan

Japan is no stranger to inventive flavour combinations. Whether it’s banana curry doughnuts or cod roe ice cream, this is the country for adventurous eaters. This latest creation, though, is targeting those who find standard milkshakes a little boring. Domino’s Japan has released a bacon shake. At its core, it’s a standard milkshake with ice cream and Hokkaido milk. But where it veers wildly away from the norm is the addition of bacon bits. You can get the standard bacon milkshake for ¥680, or one topped with bacon-adorned whipped cream for ¥730. Photo: Domino's Japan Domino’s recommends pairing the bacon shake with a pizza, and then dip the slices of pizza into the milkshake. This milky, meaty concoction is available at Domino’s Japan stores and online for delivery until March 5. But rest assured that more typical milkshakes are also available. More from Time Out Tokyo The 2023 Japan cherry blossom forecast is here Japan to consider relaxing rules on wearing masks indoors Eat Play Works in Shibuya now offers sip and paint sessions on weekends See beautiful cherry blossoms in February on the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Dean & Deluca Japan offers luxurious sushi rolls with crab, tuna and wagyu for Setsubun Want to be the first to know what’s cool in Tokyo? Sign up to our newsletter for the latest updates from Tokyo and Japan.

The Little Prince Museum in Hakone is closing at the end of March

The Little Prince Museum in Hakone is closing at the end of March

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s book ‘The Little Prince’ has had a huge cultural impact since its publication in 1943. The story of a small prince visiting various planets and imparting wisdom is a timeless tale that has enchanted successive generations. It even inspired The Little Prince Museum in Hakone, which features a French townscape and European garden. Sadly, though, the museum will be closing down on Friday March 31 2023. In a statement on its website, the museum cited the lack of visitors due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the deterioration of the buildings as the reasons for the closure. 画像提供:星の王子さまミュージアムThe Little Prince Museum The Little Prince Museum opened on June 29 1999 as part of a worldwide commemorative project to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Saint-Exupéry’s birth. It became a popular attraction for its French-style buildings and rose garden as well as the Restaurant Le Petit Prince, which serves dishes inspired by the story. 画像提供:タカラッシュThe Little Prince and the Diary of Memories But there’s still time to visit before the museum closes for good. You can also enjoy a special exhibition called The Little Prince and the Diary of Memories until March 30. The showcase highlights the prince’s precious memories from his travels to different planets. Tickets cost ¥1,800 on top of the museum entry fee. Entry to the museum costs ¥1,600 (elementary and middle school students ¥700), but we recommend getting the advance ticket for ¥1,400 (¥600) to avoid disappointme

Extreme sports championship X Games are returning to Japan this May

Extreme sports championship X Games are returning to Japan this May

Extreme sports in Japan received a huge boost during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, when Japanese athletes excelled in the skateboarding events. Off the back of that, Japan hosted the X Games for the first time in 2022. Now, fans of extreme sports will be delighted to hear that the international tournament is returning this year. You can see 90 athletes from 18 countries compete in the X Games 2023 from May 12 to 14 at Zozo Marine Stadium in Chiba city, just 30 minutes from Tokyo Station. Nine events are scheduled for the three-day tournament, including men’s and women’s skateboarding, BMX competitions and the Moto X dirt bike event. Photo: X GamesX Games Chiba 2022 The average age of the competitors is just 24 years old, with a quarter of them teenagers, so there’s a high chance you’ll be watching Olympic stars of the present and future. Confirmed entrants so far include Sakura Yosozumi, who won gold for Japan in the women’s skateboarding park event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and Brazilian skateboarder Rayssa Leal, a silver medalist in the women’s street competition at the same Games. Ticket details haven’t been announced yet, but we’ll update you as soon as they’re finalised. Last year’s X Games attracted 40,000 fans, so it’s sure to be another exciting edition of the tournament in 2023. More from Time Out Tokyo Guide to Japan’s reopening for tourism: visa-free travel, valid vaccines, PCR tests and more Louis Vuitton and Yayoi Kusama pop-up store opens in Harajuku for a limite

Muji announces big price hike for its 2023 spring/summer products

Muji announces big price hike for its 2023 spring/summer products

Another day, another announcement about price hikes. This time it’s Muji delivering the unfortunate news that products in its 2023 spring and summer range will increase in cost. It joins the likes of Uniqlo, convenience store FamilyMart and Tokyo’s train companies in raising prices. Muji announced on its website that around 20 percent of its spring and summer products will increase in price, with the average hike a significant 25 percent. The delivery fee for medium- and large-sized products will also go up. The changes go into effect on January 13 and February 3 2023. Products containing plastic, cloth and food are mostly affected by the price hike, including storage units, bedding and packaged meals. For example, a plastic storage case will increase in price from ¥1,790 to ¥2,290, towels from ¥790 to ¥990 and curry packs from ¥350 to ¥390. Muji cited the rising cost of raw materials and the weak yen as the reasons behind the price hike. More from Time Out Tokyo Guide to Japan’s reopening for tourism: visa-free travel, valid vaccines, PCR tests and more Ghibli Park to begin international ticket sales with a special English site Universal Studios Japan adds Mario and Pokémon to its No Limit Parade The best times to visit Tokyo in 2023 – according to your interests Don Quijote almost replaces its iconic penguin mascot Want to be the first to know what’s cool in Tokyo? Sign up to our newsletter for the latest updates from Tokyo and Japan.

2023年初頭に7000品目以上の食品が再び値上げ

2023年初頭に7000品目以上の食品が再び値上げ

日本のインフレは一向に収まらない。ユニクロやファミリーマートのフライドチキン、そして電車の運賃までが値上がりするというニュースがあったが、次の値上げは2023年初頭に7000以上の食品を襲う。 帝国データバンクの調査によると、2023年1月から4月の間に7152品目の食品が値上げされる予定だ。中には50%もの値上げになるものもあるが、平均値上げ幅は18%である。 ほとんどは、冷凍品や缶詰などの加工食品を直撃する。ソフトドリンクとアルコールも2023年の最初の数カ月間、値上げの対象だ。 中には、製品のサイズを小さくして同じ価格で売るという形もある。時事通信によると、山崎製パンはミニパンシリーズのパンの数を5個から4個に減らし、キットカットミニのパックは13個から12個になるようだ。 値上げの要因は、円安と原材料の高騰、物流費の上昇などがあるようだ。 関連記事 『「ヒグチユウコ展 CIRCUS FINAL END」が最新作など500点を追加し六本木で開催』 『世田谷ボロ市が3年ぶり開催、世田谷線臨時ダイヤで増線に』 『「景色」という概念を空間に落とし込んだ複合施設が日本橋兜町にオープン』 『上質な音と食事、ブルーノートのダイニングが恵比寿ガーデンプレイスに登場』 『坂本龍一が音響監修した映画館が「東急歌舞伎町タワー」内に開業』 東京の最新情報をタイムアウト東京のメールマガジンでチェックしよう。登録はこちら

Tokyo to see another food price hike in early 2023, affecting over 7,000 items

Tokyo to see another food price hike in early 2023, affecting over 7,000 items

A new year is coming, but inflation isn’t going anywhere. After recent news about price hikes for Uniqlo products, Family Mart’s fried chicken and even train fares, the next bout of increases will hit more than 7,000 food products in early 2023. According to a survey (in Japanese only) by market research firm Teikoku Databank, 7,152 food products will increase in price between January and April 2023. Some increases will be as much as 50 percent, while the average hike is 18 percent. Most of the increases will hit processed food items such as frozen products and canned goods. Soft drinks and alcohol are also set for a bump in price through the first few months of 2023. Some of the price hikes will come in the form of products being reduced in size but still selling for the same price. According to Jiji Press, Yamazaki Baking will reduce the number of buns from five to four in its mini bread range, and KitKat Mini packs will go from 13 to 12 bars. There are several reasons for the price hikes, including a weak yen, more expensive raw materials and rising logistics costs. More from Time Out Tokyo Guide to Japan’s reopening for tourism: visa-free travel, valid vaccines, PCR tests and more Ghibli Park to begin international ticket sales with a special English site Universal Studios Japan adds Mario and Pokémon to its No Limit Parade The best times to visit Tokyo in 2023 – according to your interests Don Quijote almost replaces its iconic penguin mascot Want to be the first to know

Starbucks Japan releases a super kawaii collection for the Year of the Rabbit

Starbucks Japan releases a super kawaii collection for the Year of the Rabbit

Not content with just celebrating traditional Japanese culture in Kyoto, Starbucks Japan has also announced it will be releasing a special range of merchandise to mark the zodiac Year of the Rabbit in 2023. Photo: Starbucks JapanWhipped cream rabbit mug As you would expect, this collection features a lot of cute rabbit images. You’ll find the furry creature on mugs and cup lids, and even in the form of a small purse pouch with rabbit ears. There are also some mugs inspired by daruma dolls, which are said to bring good luck, plus a bottle and mug featuring wintery scenes of Japan. Here’s a breakdown of all the items and how much they cost: Whipped cream rabbit mug (¥3,100) Latte rabbit mug (¥2,200) Heat resistant rabbit glass (¥2,600) Whipped cream daruma rabbit mug (¥2,050) Latte daruma rabbit mug (¥2,050) Mocha daruma rabbit mug (¥2,050) Pouch (¥2,400) New Year rabbit canister (¥3,000) Been There Series bottle (¥4,840) Been There Series mug (¥1,980) The Year of the Rabbit collection will be available from Monday December 26, both in Starbucks stores across Japan and online. More from Time Out Tokyo Guide to Japan’s reopening for tourism: visa-free travel, valid vaccines, PCR tests and more Ghibli Park to begin international ticket sales with a special English site Universal Studios Japan adds Mario and Pokémon to its No Limit Parade The best times to visit Tokyo in 2023 – according to your interests Don Quijote almost replaces its iconic penguin mascot Want to be the fir

Survey ranks the 10 best shotengai shopping streets in Tokyo

Survey ranks the 10 best shotengai shopping streets in Tokyo

Tokyo is a shopper’s paradise. It has flagship stores of the world’s most popular brands, inspiring food and lifestyle shops and even an entire neighbourhood dedicated to kitchen goods. And not to mention, the local shopping streets known as shotengai. There are more than 2,400 of these shopping streets in Tokyo, all packed full of independent stores selling a mind-boggling array of clothes, electronics, groceries and pretty much anything else you can imagine. There are even great value restaurants to keep you fuelled up on your shopping spree, and sometimes, traditional festivals to enjoy. But which shotengai is the best? Real estate firm Lifull Home’s conducted a survey of around 500 Tokyoites to find out which shotengai they liked the most. These were the ten shopping streets that came out on top. Good to know if you’re planning to do a bit of retail therapy. Photo: Ryugi/PixtaAmeya Yokocho 1. Ameya Yokocho Ameya Yokocho, usually just shortened to Ameyoko, is one of Ueno’s most buzzing areas.You’ll find around 500 stores lining the narrow alleyways of this shotengai that sprawls beneath the railway tracks between Ueno and Okachimachi stations. This area is also home to the covered Ueno Central Mall, a treasure trove of clothes and souvenirs. The open-air shopping alleys, on the other hand, are great for fresh produce, especially fish. Photo: Time Out TokyoHarmonika Yokocho off Sun Road, Kichijoji 2. Kichijoji Sun Road Stretching from the north exit of Kichijoji Station

Ghibli Park to begin international ticket sales with a special English site

Ghibli Park to begin international ticket sales with a special English site

Ghibli Park in the Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park has been open for a couple of months now and the excitement surrounding the attraction is still sky high. With its faithful recreations of famous Studio Ghibli movie scenes, interactive displays and exclusive merchandise shops, Ghibli Park is an absolute must-visit for fans of the illustrious anime house. But for tourists from overseas wanting to visit the park near Nagoya city in Aichi prefecture, one stumbling block has been the tickets. Currently, tickets can only be purchased in Japan through Lawson’s Boo-Woo Tickets service or with a JTB travel agency accommodation package deal. Soon, though, Ghibli fans overseas will be able to buy their tickets online through the park’s new international ticket site. Tickets for March 15 to April 30 2023 will go on sale on January 10 2023 from 2pm JST. Ghibli Park is currently split into three areas, but as of now only tickets for Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse will be available through the international site. Entry times are also limited, with 12noon initially the only entry time offered. Ticket prices, though, are the same: ¥2,000 for adults on weekdays (children aged four to 12 ¥1,000) and ¥2,500 (¥1,250) on weekends and holidays. Photo: Kisa ToyoshimaGhibli's Grand Warehouse Overseas fans may be disappointed that tickets are only available for Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse, but this is the park’s main area where you’ll find three exhibition rooms, a souvenir shop, restaurants and a wareh

Japan beats Spain: Samurai Blue’s top moments at Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 so far

Japan beats Spain: Samurai Blue’s top moments at Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 so far

Japan keeps on making history. Not content with just beating Germany, the Japan national team have also defeated Spain to win Group E and qualify for the next round of the Fifa World Cup 2022 in Qatar. A disappointing 1–0 loss to Costa Rica in their previous match meant the pressure was on Japan ahead of the game against Spain. A win was the only way for the Samurai Blue, as the team are affectionately known, to be sure of progression to the next round. Spain, though, won their first group game 7-0 against Costa Rica, won the World Cup in 2010 and are ranked seventh in the world. Japan have never been further than the round of 16 at the tournament and are ranked 24th. But just like in the game against Germany, Japan shocked the world to record a stunning victory. Spain took the lead in the 11th minute through Alvaro Morata before Japan fought back. Ritsu Doan equalised with a long-range strike in the 48th minute and just three minutes later Ao Tanaka bundled the ball over the line to put Japan ahead. The Samurai Blue held on for a memorable 2-1 victory that secured them top spot in Group E ahead of Spain. Video of fans in Shibuya celebrating Japan's World Cup victory over Spain. It looked like Japan had very little chance to advance to the next round, but they once again surprised the world: pic.twitter.com/YCje6W9Y4N — Jeffrey J. Hall 🇯🇵🇺🇸 (@mrjeffu) December 1, 2022 The match against Spain kicked off at 4am on Friday Decem

ドイツに勝利、現地でゴミを拾う日本人サポーターなど、W杯最高の瞬間

ドイツに勝利、現地でゴミを拾う日本人サポーターなど、W杯最高の瞬間

2022年11月23日にカタールで開催された「FIFAワールドカップ2022」で、日本がドイツに2-1で勝利。日本中で祝福の声が上がり、選手たちにスポットライトが当てられた。そして、日本のサポーターや選手たちが試合後にスタジアムの清掃を行ったことも話題になった。 ドイツはワールドカップで4回優勝しており、世界ランキングは11位。一方、日本はベスト16まで進んだことがなく、世界ランキングは24位である。グループEの試合でドイツが33分にイルカイ・ギュンドアンのPKで先制したことは驚きではなかった。 しかし、その後に起こったことは世界に衝撃を与えた。75分に堂安律(どうあん・りつ)が同点弾を決めると、83分には浅野拓磨が強烈なシュートを決め、歓喜の渦に巻き込んだ。日本が勝利を収め、ピッチやスタンドでは歓喜の声が響きわたった。 The most organized celebrating in Tokyo after Japan beat Germany.Fans rush Shibuya Crossing but responsibly return to sidewalks when cars have to drive. pic.twitter.com/bkAKS59CK0 — Trung Phan (@TrungTPhan) November 23, 2022 サポーターが熱狂的に祝っていたのは、ドーハだけではない。東京では渋谷スクランブル交差点にファンがあふれ、記念すべき勝利を祝った。 Japan fans cleaning up their mess before leaving the stadium 👏 pic.twitter.com/sKUXUsjMFk — GOAL (@goal) November 23, 2022 今回の開幕戦など大会話題になっていたのだが、ドイツ戦でも観戦後にゴミを拾う日本人サポーターに注目と称賛が集まった。さらに日本選手たちは、試合後の更衣室をきれいに掃除し、FIFAから賞賛されている。 After an historic victory against Germany at the #FIFAWorldCup on Match Day 4, Japan fans cleaned up their rubbish in the stadium, whilst the @jfa_samuraiblue left their changing room at Khalifa International Stadium like this. Spotless. Domo Arigato.👏🇯🇵 pic.twitter.com/NuAQ2xrwSI — FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) November 23, 2022 ワールドカップで日本が次に対戦するのは、11月27日(日)19時に行われるコスタリカ戦。日本が勝ち、ドイツがスペインに負ければ、次のラウンドに進むことができる。 関連記事 『東京、サッカー観戦ができるバー16選』 『是枝裕和がNetflixとタッグ、京都の花街を舞台にした作品が1月から配信』  『2023年元旦、A

新宿ワシントンホテル内にウイスキーを楽しめる「コンビニバー」が誕生

新宿ワシントンホテル内にウイスキーを楽しめる「コンビニバー」が誕生

コンビニの前で缶ハイボールを飲みながら、唐揚げを食べる時代は古いのかもしれない。「新宿ワシントンホテル」内にオープンした「お酒の美術館 新宿ワシントンホテルビル」は、コンビニの買い物ついでに立ち飲みができる「コンビニバー」だ。ホテル内にあるローソンに併設しており、購入したつまみやフードを持ち込んで酒と一緒に楽しむことができる。 お酒の美術館はコンビニやスーパーなどとコラボレーションしたバーを全国に展開。ローソンとのコラボレーションバーは、東京初出店となる。   Photo: SuppliedLawson fried chicken with Osake-no-Bijutsukan whisky ローソンの人気メニュー「からあげクン」に合うよう独自に作られたオリジナルブレンドのウイスキーも用意されている。ほんのりとスモーキーな味わいで、おすすめの飲み方は「ハイボール」。コンビニバーを併設するローソンでは、つまみや唐揚げの売り上げアップも報告されている。 Photo: SuppliedOsake-no-Bijutsukan bar in Shinjuku テーブルチャージもなく、1杯500円(税込み)から気軽に飲めるのも魅力。お酒の美術館は広島や京都、奈良、大阪、埼玉で展開されており、今後は全国1000店舗の出店を目指しているという。営業時間は15時から23時まで。 関連記事 『2022年版「世界のベストバー50」発表、東京からは1軒のみランク入り』 『人気の「アフタヌーンティーバスツアー」がハロウィン仕様に』 『山手線内唯一の大衆演劇場「歌舞伎町劇場」が2023年10月オープン』 『新宿、ベスト居酒屋20選』  『2023年、歌舞伎町に高さ225メートルの高層複合施設が誕生』 東京の最新情報をタイムアウト東京のメールマガジンでチェックしよう。登録はこちら  

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