• 03/18/2015
  • 02/25/2021

Homat Woodville

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. The 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. 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, […]

  • 03/18/2015
  • 02/25/2021

Arisugawa Park House

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. This 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. 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 […]

  • 03/17/2015
  • 02/25/2021

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. The 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. The shopping street of Hiroo is in close range and […]

  • 03/17/2015
  • 02/25/2021

The Westminster Roppongi

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. The 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 […]

  • 03/17/2015
  • 02/27/2021

The Park Residences at The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo

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. The 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???. Since the hotel is located […]

  • 02/18/2015
  • 02/25/2021

Opus Arisugawa Terrace & Residence

Opus Arisugawa Terrace & Residence stands on a hilltop facing the northern tip of Arisugawa Park and Aiiku Hospital. Its close proximity to Arisugawa Park enables the residence to enjoy plush greenery in close proximity. It is also very close to the wonderful playground section of the Arisugawa Park. The Tokyo Lawn Tennis Club is also within walking distance, as well as a good selection of international schools and preschools. Furthermore, most of the international school buses have stops within a few minutes walk, which makes this property one of the most popular apartments among foreign families. The entrance to the residence offers a luxury hotel-like feel with its long driveway and pleasant water fountain. The front desk has a bilingual concierge staff member and welcomes residents with a smile. The Terrace Wing (two to four-bedroom units for families) and Residence Wing (studio to two-bedroom units for single and couples) have separate entrances to provide more privacy. The interior of the residence is designed to be modern and smart. The layout design taken into consideration is for both functionality and enjoyment since the quality of materials being used is high and offers a sense of luxury. The closest train station […]

  • 02/17/2015
  • 02/27/2021

Omiyage Japan Style

By Richenda Elledge If you are looking for a modern omiyage (souvenir in Japanese) to give to friends back home, the list can be exhausting. Usually what comes to mind are Japan-made knives, plastic key chains and magnets in sushi or ramen motif, chopsticks, daruma dolls, yukatas, and Maneki Neko (beckoning cat) figurines. There are some favorites of locals that make great souvenirs as well. Here is a quirky selection of items used by locals that would make cool omiyage: Iwako Puzzle Erasers You may have come across interesting looking erasers at shops like Tokyu Hands, or even passed out as rewards at your neighborhood children’s dentist. These are usually puzzle-type erasers, where you can take sections apart and put them back together again. Much loved by local kids and adults for decades, these low-cost items (usually JPY60 for one eraser or JPY378 for a small pack) make an original and quirky gift without breaking the bank. A little history: IWAKO was founded in 1968 (formerly known as Iwasawa Kogyo). Asking why erasers always have to be rectangular, IWAKO started making erasers with different shapes. While this manufacturer makes a variety of plastic products, they are perhaps best known for […]

  • 02/07/2015
  • 02/25/2021

Grosvenor Place Kamizonocho

In a nutshell, this property development simply wows. Grosvenor Place Kamizonocho is situated right on the border of Yoyogi Park. This super luxurious residence offers easy access to one of Tokyo???s largest parks, Yoyogi Park. Due to its on-the-park location, Grosvenor Place Kamizonocho reminds one of the posh apartments surrounding New York City???s Central Park or London???s Hyde Park. This property is in a quiet, serene neighborhood but it is also close to places like Omotesando and Shibuya. From the ground floor, there are five floors above and three floors below. The common spaces are tastefully done with features like designer furniture, attractive fireplace and private gardens. Some of the apartments offer rooftop gardens with built-in jacuzzi baths. The kitchen go beyond the usual offerings to include items like a large wine cellar, high-end brand of oven (Miele), five-stove cooktop and a Western size dishwasher. The driveway into the parking is grand and attractive, and can accommodate 68 cars. Guest parking is available. Yoyogi-Koen station (Chiyoda line) is 8 minutes walk away and Sangubashi (Odakyu-Odawara line) station is 7 minutes walk away. Please click this weblink for more details:?http://higherground-rent.com/rent/1184/

  • 01/15/2015
  • 02/25/2021

Apps for Tokyo Life

By Richenda Elledge Communicating and getting around Japan can be a challenge for foreign residents at times. However, many apps are available that make every aspect of living in Japan easier. Not only for language assistance, there are plenty of apps for finding restaurants, art exhibitions, giving guided tours, and hailing a taxi at a touch of a button. Here are some Japan-specific apps that are useful for residents and travelers alike. Wining and Dining Apps: Goodnite Tokyo iPhone and Android Goodnite is an app that locates Tokyo’s club events, bar locations, and karaoke shops based on the user???s GPS location. Users can also share events and locations with Facebook, Twitter, and LINE friends to arrange a fun and memorable night in Tokyo. For more information:?http://goodnite.jp/tokyo/ Quchy iPhone Quchy offers a platform to keep track, organize and recommend favorite restaurants and shops, in a flashcard sort of fashion. Users can search nearby pressing the arrow, or search any city in the world to add any business to their collection. Like a deck of cards, restaurant listings are collected in card form with the ability to add personal notes and photos. Also, users can collect friends’ recommended cards. The more recommendations […]

  • 12/27/2014
  • 02/27/2021

Tokyo’s Fantastical Dining

Theme Restaurants in Tokyo By Richenda Elledge Tokyo is a mecca for gastronomical delights, from award-winning Michelin-starred restaurants to fusion izakayas and street vendors. The restaurant business is one of the most competitive industries in the city. Some Tokyo eateries have taken a more creative route, and have created special themed places. Here are a few — and by no means is this the entire list — that are truly quite out of this world. Alice???s Fantasy Restaurant This theme restaurant chain is about Lewis Carroll???s Alice in Wonderland. The atmosphere of the restaurants is very cute and friendly; a suitable place for families. There are several branches around town including areas like Ginza, Shibuya, Ikebukuro and two in Shinjuku, and they all have different names such as Alice in a Labyrinth (Ginza) and Alice in Magical Land (Shinjuku). Customers are immersed in a sense of fantasy and surrealism and the design of the interior is centered around images and descriptions straight from the novel; such as, playing card dining tables, giant tea cup booths, a magic forest, and heart-shaped chandeliers. And of course, the menu matches the theme with dishes labeled after the story characters. Dishes include the Cheshire […]