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The Fruits of Chiba

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By Richenda Elledge

Chiba Prefecture is adjacent to Tokyo and runs southeast of the Kanto Plain. It is often thought of as a suburb of the sprawling metropolitan of Tokyo, where many commuters take arduous return trips to and fro work on a daily basis. Besides suburban life, the prefecture has much to offer for Tokyoites, interested in going beyond the confines of Tokyo City. One area of interest would be to sample the agricultural output. The prefecture boasts Japan’s overall second-highest agricultural output for vegetables. Some of the major produce that this prefecture produces are peanuts, carrots, daikon, tomatoes and a variety of fruits. In this article, we explore a variety of fruit-picking and farm excursions.

Fruit and vegetable harvests:

kawatsurastrawberrypickStrawberry Picking

Kawatsura Farm is usually open for strawberry picking between middle of December until early May.The farm has been growing strawberries since 1964. Located in Sammu city, (eastern part of Chiba), visitors will find strawberries grown in a beautiful environment. It takes about 1 hour from Tokyo station by express train to get there. The farm encourages visitors to try their out their strawberries without milk and sugar, and essentially enjoy the natural goodness from the fruit. http://www.kawatsura15.com/e/index.html

pear2Fresh Pear Harvest

Chiba is one of Japan???s largest producers of pears. Pears are grown throughout the prefecture taking advantage of the ideal soil and climate coupled with the advanced cultivation techniques of long-established orchards. When the harvest starts, many farmers open shop and offer their pick for direct sale along National Route 464, dubbed Omachi Pear Street. The various breeds of pear from Chiba available between early August and mid October are popular for being juicy and fragrant.

yokotafarmSweet Potato Digging

Yokota Farm near Narita Airport offers a variety of farm-harvest activities. With strawberry picking in the Spring, there are also sweet potato, peanuts and potato digging, tomato and vegetable throughout the year. And handy for the urbanites, the farm has a cafe and farmer???s market shop, and also offers some craft-making courses. They also offer a tractor-pulled wagon ride, which is ideal for young children. http://yokotafarm.jimdo.com/

Other agriculture-related attractions:

duckparadeMother Farm

Mother Farm, spanning over 2.5 million square meters entertains visitors with a wide variety of agriculture-related interests; such as interaction with animals, a sheep show, and activities like milking and harvesting seasonal crops. http://www.motherfarm.co.jp/en/

tateyamaFlower picking

Tateyama Family Park: You can enjoy gathering poppy (from early in December till early in May), gerbera (throughout the year), and antirrhinum (from November until May) all the year round in the 5,000 sq. meter-wide flower garden for a small cost. There are also some workshops that take place; such as herb wreat making, herb soaps and incense making, and flower dyeing. Also, it is possible to make ceramic ware by hand at the atelier. http://familypark.jp/

Other interesting places in this prefecture:

andersenparkAndersen Park: Andersen Park is a 28.5-ha wide park that is comprised of the Children’s Kingdom with Japan’s largest athletic fields and a park that has a petting zoo and a reproduction of the place where Andersen, a famous Danish children storyteller lived, called Fairy Tale Hill. The park also has a children’s art museum where children can make things freely and experience the joy of making things. http://www.park-funabashi.or.jp/and/index.htm

mt_nokogiri2Mt Nokogiri is located in Awa, Chiba. The entire mountain is inside of the Nihonji Temple. At the top of the mountain, visitors can see a wonderful landscape of Tokyo Bay, Boso Peninsula, and Miura Peninsulan. From the famous cliff spot, Jigokunozoki, visitors can see the bottom of the cliff from a large rock face that perches off. There are over 1,500 Buddha statues decorating this mountain location.

sawaraSawara, also known as Little Edo, houses many classical style buildings. Because of the unique look of the place, and Katori Shrine which is close to Sawara, it is a very popular travel spot in northern Chiba. At Ono River, which runs through the middle of Sawara, visitors can enjoy classic Edo-style boat rides. Many of the Edo style buildings are now used as restaurants, hotels, gift shops and food stands. Another unique feature of Sawara is the sake breweries. There are a couple of sake breweries which can date back to over 300 years, in the area, and which offer free factory tours.

yorovalley2Yoro Valley is the valley of Yoro River located in the Boso Peninsula. There are many riverside walkways placed along the river and the walking course of Awamata falls is particularly well know and offers great hiking, and sights of waterfalls and beautiful mountain trees. There are many hotels, hot springs, and gift shops in the area. Many tourists visit this valley during the summer or autumn seasons to enjoy the lush greenery of summer or browning autumn leaves.



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Dining Halal in Tokyo

halalcertifcationlogos2By Richenda Elledge

hosun2The author???s recent need to arrange business dinners at halal restaurants for Muslim visitors on business as well as gatherings for local halal-eating friends has encouraged her to put her findings in writing.

With Muslim visitors entering Japan on the rise, Halal cuisine has become a hot topic of late. According to Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), over 176,000 Malaysians (an increase of 65% in one year) and over 136,000 Indonesians, (27% increase) traveled to Japan in 2013. Japan???s relaxation of visa requirements for travelers from Southeast Asia will continue to encourage higher numbers in the long run.hanasakajishabu21

As to actual Muslims residing in Japan, there are no official statistics on this per se; however, demographic studies estimate the range to be from 70,000 to 120,000 Muslim residents, with about 10 percent of that number being ethnically Japanese.

Japan can appear as a culinary dilemma for people who follow strict dietary requirements set out under sharia (Islamic law). Food must be halal, thus must not contain or come in contact with anything considered forbidden.

halal1More commonly, most people think this means no pork and alcohol, but the halal concept also includes procedures for slaughtering animals and handling food and utensils. More strict assessments could include using halal-certified cookware.

Restaurants in Japan claiming to be halal certified are most often certified by the Malaysia Halal Corporation, which is a highly rated but a rather stringent certification process. In Japan, it???s best to check and verify which certificate (if any) restaurants claiming to be halal use.halaru21

Below is a list of interesting eateries (and by no means an extensive list).

Japanese ???Washoku??? options: The first three are ideal for visitors on business, and are upmarket and comfortable for more formal or business gatherings. The last listing is more casual but introduces a cuisine that???s both important and prevalent as a modern day Japanese dining experience. All four places would need reservations.

hanasakajishabu1Hanasakaji-san

Hanasakaji-san, a shabu-shabu and washoku restaurant, isn’t exclusively halal but they offer a good halal dining experience, and in line with being locally certified it maintains the standard of separating the storage of halal meat in a dedicated freezer and keeping a separate set of utensils and plates from non-halal ones. They also offer non-alcoholic wines on the menu. For more information: http://hanasakaji-san.jp/

hosunmurata1Housun Murata

An upscale Japanese restaurant serving regional Japanese foods, Housun Murata is certified with the Malaysia Halal Corporation. The restaurant offers a halal course meal that highlights most of the major dishes in basic Japanese cuisine. A good introduction for travellers not familiar with the breadth of Japan???s food. For more information: http://www.hosun.jp/img/halal.pdf and the main site: http://www.hosun.jp/index.html

ippin3Ippin Restaurant

Located in Ebisu-Nishi (Daikanyama), Ippin is a Malaysia Halal Corporation-certified restaurant that focuses on general Japanese dishes. The restaurant’s menu features dishes from sauteed burdock root, fried chicken (karaage), rolled egg omelet stewed in stock (dashi maki tamago) to grilled wrapped salmon, tofu hamburg, crispy grilled chicken and curry rice. For more information: http://ippin-halal.jp/en/

gyumonshibuya-1Gyumon

Gyumon offers halal yakiniku either a la carte or as a set meal. It???s about a 10-minute walk from the station, and the online reviews of this eatery seems to be positive with customers rating the food good and within a reasonable price for yakiniku cuisine. This restaurant is certified with the Malaysia Halal Corporation. For more info on the restaurant: https://www.facebook.com/HalalRestaurantInfoJapan/posts/483500588401175

Casual dining, cafes and other cuisines: In addition to the many Indian and Turkish restaurants around town that tend to be halal friendly, here are a few listings of non-Japanese options.

pizza2Sekai Cafe

Located in Kaminarimon near Asakusa, Sekai Cafe is a casual eatery that offers vegan and halal fares; such as, pizza, roast chicken, lamb, foccacias, soups and salads. Drinks range from coffees to smoothies. While their business website does not state if they are halal certified, it was listed under Halal Media, a local resource dedicated to list halal friendly businesses (see listing below). They do state they are pork- and alcohol-free. An added plus is that the cafe provides free wifi and power outlets for charging electronics, which is a useful touch for travellers or if you are like the author, using a discount mobile carrier with a set monthly Internet usage budget. For more information: http://sekai-cafe.com/index.html

p_20150318_122417-1Manhattan Fish Market

Located in Ikebukuro, Manhattan Fish Market is a fish and seafood casual dining restaurant that is halal. Currently still processing its halal certification, it is a pork- and alcohol-free restaurant. Manhattan Fish Market is a global restaurant chain that has restaurants in eight different countries, and offers fares such as flame-grilled seafood (their signature style), fish and chips, chicken and pasta dishes, as well as a wide variety of appetizers, soups and salads. It offers a good selection of mocktails and alcohol-free beer. An added touch is that they offer a small prayer space for its patrons. The full menu can be found here: http://www.manhattanfishmarket.com/japan.html

malaychan-1Malaychan

Malaychan has been halal certified by the Malaysian government, a rarity in Japan. It is another eatery located in Ikebukuro, and offers an extensive menu that includes laksa and steam boat (hot pot). The establishment also offers catering services. For more information: http://www.malaychan-satu.jp/

lemaghreb2-1Le Maghreb Chandelier

Located in Nishi Azabu (a neighborhood well known for its restaurants), Le Maghreb Chandelier is a traditional Moroccan restaurant. This is the place to come for grill meats, tangines and cous cous. According to Halal Media, the restaurant is particular about reproducing authentic Moroccan cuisine without caving into the Japanese taste, and many of the ingredients are imported from overseas. Although food menu is halal, they do serve alcohol beverages in its premises, which are stored in a location completely separate from the kitchen. There is also a branch in Futoko Tamagawa, simply called Le Maghreb. Here is the website (in Japanese): http://www.lemaghrebchandelier.com/

rasamalaysiaRasa Malaysia

Located in Ginza, this Malaysian eatery is well known among the Malaysian locals and people from its embassy and airline. It is endorsed by the Malaysian Government and is certified with the Malaysia Halal Corporation. Dishes include the major Malaysian fare such as satays, mee goreng, char kuey teow, rojak and beef rendang. Its website has good photos of its dishes: http://r.gnavi.co.jp/g275501/lang/en/

Others:

halalbento-1Catering Services: Halal Bento Tokyo offers foods through lunch box delivery and also catering services. It strives to deliver tasty bento boxes anywhere in Japan and uses ingredients and kitchenware that meet the strict halal standards of Malaysia. Its kitchen has been approved by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim). https://halalbento.tokyo/

prayerroomkaraoke1Karaoke: The Manekineko karaoke chain has provided halal menu at its Yotsuya-sanchome branch. It has been given a Japan Halal Standard Certificate by the Malaysia Halal Corporation. It also includes a Mecca-facing prayer room inside the building as well. An added plus is that they are flexible with halal patrons to bring in their own food should they choose to do so. While alcohol is served on its premises, all utensils, glasses and trays are provided separately to halal and non-halal customers and storage of the halal items are kept completely separated in a different kitchen. For more information: https://www.karaokemanekineko.jp/en

Useful links:

Provided by the Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO): http://muslimguide.jnto.go.jp/eng/facility/tokyo/

Halal Media Japan is the world???s first Japanese Halal portal site available in English: http://www.halalmedia.jp/

Muslim Friendly Project in Japan provides training for hospitality industry staff in Japan to enhance understanding of requirements and concerns of Muslim guests visiting Japan:

http://muslim-friendly-japan.com/

This is a simple site that lists halal restaurants by area: http://www.oksfood.com/halal/halal_tokyo.html



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Spring into the Cherry Blossoms!

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By Richenda Elledge

One of Tokyo???s best times of the year and event has arrived. Cherry blossom season with all its glorious hanami parties and beautiful scenery is a time not to be missed. The Japan Meteorological Agency has officially declared that cherry trees are blossoming and the first cherry blossoms were even spotted as early as Monday at Yasukuni Shrine.

That said, they are expected to come into full bloom throughout Tokyo from the weekend, and the full-blooming day is expected to be on April 1st. Here are some of the best locations for viewing sakura in Tokyo.

yasukuni2Yasukuni Shrine

Yasukuni Shrine is a Shinto Shrine in Chiyoda. This is one of the most famous locations and hordes of locals and travelers head here for cherry blossom viewing.

Much like the groundhog in the US, it???s also the go-to location to gauge the cherry blossom blossoming schedule.

imperialpalace3Imperial Palace Grounds

The Palace Gardens are especially beautiful during the cherry blossom season.

The Japanese Imperial Palace Gardens are open to the public daily except Mondays and Fridays. The entrance is free.

shinjukukoenShinjuku Gyoen

Shinjuku Gyoen has over 20,000 trees, including 1,500 sakura trees.

What makes this location so popular is its variety of cherry tree species that bloom from March to the end of April.

uenoparkkUeno Park

Ueno Park has around 1,000 sakura trees, most of which line the main path through the park. The area also offers plenty of space for hanami parties.

Of course, another good thing about Ueno is that there are other attractions in sight; such as the wide variety of museums and the Ueno Zoo. The grounds are also a delight to meander through.

yoyogiYoyogi Park

Although the number of cherry trees is small, the family-friendly setting of this park makes it a popular destination. Thus Yoyogi Park remains one of Tokyo???s most popular locations for families and friends to congregate for hanami. In addition, it’s in a very central part of Tokyo, a mere stone’s throw from Harajuku and Omotesando.

p1050922Nakameguro River

This author???s favorite spot, this location is a little different, in that the cherry trees dot the Meguro River and really don???t offer spaces for hanami parties per se. However, the restaurants and cafes that line the river all come out with food and drink stands in a festival setting. The festivities start from early in the day and end late into the night.

midtownnightTokyo Midtown & Roppongi Hills

For an urban Cherry Blossom viewing, Roppongi actually offers a great place for this enjoyment. Tokyo Midtown is a convenient spot. Its gardens feature eight different kinds of cherry trees and 150 in total, many of which are lit up at night. And of course, the complex has come up with promotions and decorations to match the occasion.

rhillsThe annual cherry blossom light-up at Roppongi Hills lights up the sakura trees in the Mohri Garden and along the Sakura-zaka slope. There are also festivities to mark the occasion with its Spring Festival that will showcase light performances and Springtime menu in a variety of restaurants located inside the complex. Some craft making sessions are also on offer.

skytreeblossom2Sumida River

About 1,000 trees along the Sumida River are lit up from 5 to 9:30 pm during the bloom period. Furthermore, the close proximity of Tokyo Sky Tree means cherry blossoms can be viewed along with one of Tokyo’s major landmarks. This has in turn ?increased the popularity of this location.

inokashiraInokashira Park

Inokashira Koen straddles between Musashino and Mitaka in western Tokyo. Many cherry trees are planted around the pond, which makes this a charming spot to enjoy the blossoms while riding a boat out in the pond (available for rent). The park also has a petting zoo and a small aquarium.

chofuJindai Botanical Garden Chofu

Out in Chofu, Jindai Botanical Garden has over 60 different kinds of cherry trees, all of which burst into bloom around the end of March. The park offers free guided tours and as a botanical garden, the green surroundings, sculptured grounds and other plants compliment the cherry blossoms. To mark the occasion, special concerts will be held on March 28 and April 5.

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Moving Companies

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Moving Companies

In addition to Art Corporation (http://www.the0123.com/) (awfully expensive but professional), there are some lower-priced options that offer help in English.

Quoz Movers Tokyo

Quoz Movers is a moving company for people who need to get things done in Tokyo. The company has been moving people since 1995 and have an experienced team that can handle any kind of move small or large. All of its staff speak English. Services include packing, moving, and disposal. Although the majority of our work is in Tokyo we are able to offer moving services to other parts of Japan. Website: http://www.quoz.biz/

Tokyo Happy Move

Tokyo Happy Move provides reasonably priced moves in the Kanto area. The company is able to keep prices low by working together with our customers. It is the client???s choice for the type of move, either assisted or non assisted. Website: http://www.tokyohappymove.com/moving

Tokyo Helping Hands

Tokyo Helping Hands is a family owned company, founded and based in Tokyo City. The company claims to have friendly, energetic and trilingual staff, and offer services designed specifically to meet the needs of the international community in Tokyo. Tokyo Helping Hands provide tailored packages to suit individual needs, and ensures that moving in and around Tokyo area will become a much simpler and relaxing experience. Website: http://www.tokyohelpinghands.com

Tokyo Move

Tokyo Move is a small Tokyo-based, service-oriented moving company that works hard to provide clients with affordable hassle-free moving. They are known for their professionalism and flexibility. Email Cem at sales@tokyomove.com or call him at 090-6016-5109. Website: http://www.tokyomove.com/

Transporter Tokyo

Trilingual ((English, French and Japanese) moving and delivery company. Website: http://transporter-tokyo.com/

XPS Tokyo

Serving Tokyo’s foreign community for 7 years and offering professional services at competitive prices, ?XPS Tokyo, provides a wide range of services tailored for foreign residents. Website: http://www.xpstokyo.com/



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Relocation Specialists

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Most international relocation and moving specialists have well established offices here in Tokyo and are able to assist foreign families in settling into the new life. Here is a list of the major relocation specialists.

A-CROSS Corporation

A-CROSS Corporation offers international moving services to the expat community in Japan. With staff whose cumulative experience in the moving industry totals over 50 years, the firm prides itself in providing high quality, hassle-free moving services. It is are associated with a number of established movers worldwide, and have also been appointed as the Japan-based moving agent for many reputable independent companies the world over. Website: http://www.a-cross.jp/index.shtml

Allied Pickfords

With over 600 locations in more than 40 countries Allied Pickfords has grown to become one of the largest and most respected providers of moving services, handling over 50,000 international moves every year. First established in 1995, Allied Pickfords Japan is supported by 16 employees. As part of its commitment to workforce diversity, its Japan office employs multilingual (including Japanese, English, French, German, Spanish & Italian) and different nationalities. Website: http://www.alliedpickfords.co.jp/

Asian Tigers Mobility

Asian Tigers Mobility specializes in the art of moving and relocation services. Its focus is on the customer???s wants and needs. International relocations involve much more than finding a place to live and moving some furniture?it???s an emotional and disruptive time for the whole family.

In times like these, Asian Tigers offers peace of mind and a caring partner who can handle all the difficult details from finding your new home, furniture rentals, helping identify the right school and even moving pets. The company provides professional packing and forwarding of household goods to both domestic and international locations, as well as offering secure storage facilities.

Experienced and trusted specialists in the art of moving and relocation, the company offers free and no-obligation estimates and quotations Move management includes assistance with: household goods, offices, pets, vehicles, visa and immigration, temporary accommodation, home and school search, tenancy agreements, local orientation and cross-cultural advice, family programs, and departure and storage services. Web site: http://www.asiantigers-japan.com/

Crown Relocations

Japan, the birthplace of Crown, has been operating for nearly 50 years. The Crown Japan team has been helping families relocate to and from a variety of countries. With facilities in almost 60 countries, Crown Relocations are available at both ends of the clients??? move.

The company???s destination services help clients settle-in quickly and offers immigration and visa support, home and school searches, as well as intercultural support to aid in the client???s understanding of the new culture. Website: http://www.crownrelo.com/intl/en-jp

Econoship

Econoship has been in the business of transporting personal goods from Japan to the rest of the world since 1979. During these 35 plus years, the company has built a solid reputation for extremely courteous, efficient, and reliable service. Econoship has strong relationships with trucking companies, storage facilities, packing agencies, customs brokers, and shipping lines serving countries around the world. Website: http://www.econoship.net/n/index.php/en/

Sante Fe

Santa Fe offices provide outsourced global mobility services to some of the largest corporate relocation programs in the world. ?The company assists in international relocation, immigration, moving, and destination services to corporations, local businesses, immigration law firms, corporate relocation firms and individuals.

Santa Fe also provides relocation services for individuals and their families who are not part of a company-sponsored relocation program. Website: http://www.santaferelo.com/



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Homat Woodville

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Homat Woodville is a luxurious apartment surrounded with trees located on the hilltop of Nishiazabu 4-chome that was refurbished back in 2005. It is located in a quiet area a little away from both Roppongi-Dori and Gaien-Nishi-Dori, and is close to the Nishi Azabu intersection. Hiroo, Omotesando and Roppongi are within walking distance. The Japan Red Cross Medical Center (Nisseki Hospital) and Arisugawa Park are both in close proximity.

homatwoodville3The garden within the premises and around the entrance area greet residents with comfort. The living room and master bedroom are particularly spacious. Kitchen appliances such as a washer and dryer, a refrigerator, and dishwasher are already installed.

The Homat brand of residences, while they are on the older side, are popular amongst the foreign community given their western-style design. There is a high-end vintage feel with Homat buildings, which have withstood the movement of time and are built to last. homatwoodville21

Homat Homes has developed more than 3,000 single-family houses and apartments, mainly in central Tokyo and each of these residences is designed on the pillars of comfort, security and health. This is reflected not only in their floorplans and architectural detailing, which blend the best features of East and West, but in the use of the highest quality materials and most advanced construction techniques.

School bus stops for major international schools such as ASIJ, Seisen and St. Mary’s are nearby, while Sacred Heart and Nishimachi are easily accessible. Hiroo Station, which serves the Hibiya train line is about nine minutes walk away, while Roppongi station (Hibiya and Oedo lines) is about 11 minutes away.

For more details and current status, click here: Higherground Listing

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Arisugawa Park House

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Arisugawa Park House is a modern low-rise luxury apartment in Moto Azabu. The exterior of the building mixes both large glass panes and high-end unglazed tile to offer an upscale and contemporary-looking residence.

arisugawa-parkhouseThis apartment is located in the center of Tokyo???s most international area, with the Tokyo Lawn Tennis club just across the street.

The Park House brand, developed by Mitsubishi Estate, is well known for creating some of the most highly reputed and high-grade apartments in Japan. The building has a 24-hour caretaker, garage parking and is pet friendly.

The residence is a stone???s throw from Aiiku Hospital and Arisugawa Park. The northern end of Arisugawa Park houses the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library and a wonderful children???s playground.arisugawa-parkhouse5

While there is a convenience store next door, the international supermarket, National Azabu in Hiroo is within close proximity. It is also within walking distance to Roppongi Hills.

It is conveniently located, just eight minutes walk from Hiroo station (Hibiya line). The entrance has double lock security and has exposure to the natural light from the courtyard and hallway. There are no shortage of restaurants, cafes and clinics in the vicinity.

For more details and current status, click here: Higherground listing

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Viequ House Hiroo

Viequ House Hiroo is an upscale residence located in the prestigious Hiroo 2-chome neighborhood. The surrounding area is both tranquil and serene; with equally upmarket low-rise apartments or houses in the vicinity.

vikhouse-hirooThe entrance boasts a luxury atmosphere due to the high-end materials used; such as natural granite stone tiles and rock facade.The lobby has a hotel-like appearance and displays chic wooden furniture and modern lighting, all providing a stately look.

With 24-hour management, there is concierge service available. Parking is also available and is indoors. With only a total of 16 units, this 3-storey building provides much privacy and few neighbors. One key feature in the residences is the high ceiling height. Standing at 2.7 5 meters tall, the ceiling height is on the high side for Tokyo standards, which offers a more open and spacious feel in inside the apartment.

The level of security is high, with over 30 cameras installed throughout the property. The property also comes equipped with auto-lock entry, dimple key system with double door locks and storage lockers for deliveries.. In-residence amenities include a modern system kitchen, air conditioning, BS, CS and CATV systems.vikhousehiroo3

The shopping street of Hiroo is in close range and offers a good variety of shops and restaurants; as well as bilingual medical and dental clinics and an international supermarket. The area also has a wide selection of international schools and preschools and buses for international schools further out run through the area.

Arisugawa Park is also within walking distance. Two major hospitals, Nisseki Red Cross Hospital and Hiroo Metropolitan Hospital, are also close. Roppongi and Shibuya are both easily accessible from Hiroo.

Hiroo train station (Hibiya line) is 8 minutes walk away, while Ebisu station (Hibiya, JR Yamanote, Saikyo and Shonan Shinjuku lines) is 13 minutes walk.

For more details and current status, click here: Higherground listing

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The Westminster Roppongi

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The Westminster Roppongi is a 99-unit apartment building located next to Roppongi Hills in Roppongi. The area combines the lively atmosphere of Roppongi and its high-end retail and restaurants with the tranquility of Motoazabu, a district famous for its luxury housing. The spacious apartments offer a 24-hour concierge service and extensive basement parking with 119 parking spaces. Additional amenities include a gym, an exquisite Japanese garden and a lobby area featuring cutting-edge artworks from Japanese conceptual artist Noritaka Tatehana. The building has 14 storeys above ground and one at basement level. Units range in size from 87 to 278 sq m.

westminster-roppongi21The Westminster Roppongi is the first in a new portfolio of high-end residential properties in Asia to come under the Westminster product brand identity, offering exceptional modern design in sought-after urban locations. Embassies, parks and schools are nearby, leading to a culturally rich and diverse community.

The property is also within walking distance of Tokyo Midtown and in the centre of one of Tokyo???s most connected neighbourhoods. It is seven minutes??? walk from Azabu Juban Station (Namboku and Oedo lines), and eight minutes??? walk from Roppongi Station (Hibiya and Oedo lines). The Westminster Roppongi is also easily accessible from both Haneda Airport and Narita Airport by limousine bus.westminster-roppongi3

Given its location there are no shortage of shopping, entertainment and restaurant choices. International schools are close, and bus routes to other schools are in the vicinity. There are also a good choice of bilingual medical and dental clinics and supermarkets.

For more details and current status, click here: Higherground Listing



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The Park Residences at The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo

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The Park Residences at the Ritz Carlton Tokyo is Japan???s first residences directly operated by the five-star hotel. That means the doormen, concierge desk, housekeeping, chef-prepared meal deliveries and other services are supplied by the Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo. The upper floors are equipped with a lounge reserved exclusively for residents, and a fitness center with a panoramic view. The residences, ingrained with the superb convenience and quality of the midtown scene, are luxurious and posh.

ritz-carlton-residence_picmonkeyedThe well-equipped top-floor fitness room with a spacious jacuzzi and sauna is for exclusive use by residents. Situated on the 46th floor of the hotel and boasting a space of 2,000 square meters, the Ritz-Carlton Spa & Fitness by ESPA is a sanctuary of calm and relaxation for hotel guests and members. There is a premium service menu at the Spa, exclusively offered only to residents.

The Park Lounge is designed to accommodate any event residents may wish to hold. Residents and their guests can relax on the expansive rooftop terrace before enjoying menu selections prepared by the culinary team at the hotel. Interestingly, payment at restaurants and lounges at The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo can be charged to the resident???s ???house account???.ritz-carlton-residence3

Since the hotel is located within the Tokyo Midtown Complex, there is direct access to the Roppongi train station, which offers the Hibiya and Oedo lines. Nogizaka station is also close, while Roppongi Itchome (Namboku line) is within 10 minutes walk away.

For more details and current status, click here: Higherground Listing



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