Archive for January, 2007

GMAP Today: Galleries in Aoyama

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

The greater Aoyama area is famous for its galleries, many of them small. Here is a list of a few of them. Galleries in Aoyama

They include:

Aoyama Unimat Museum NADiff

GMAP Today: Tully’s Coffee – Roppongi

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

This is a popular cafe in Roppongi. Nothing special about it other than it’s an easy place to find, so an ideal meeting location. Personally, I don’t think it’s a good place to meet with all the noise and pollution coming from Roppongi-dori. Nevertheless it’s an excellent place for people watching, as you can see the various people coming and going to and from Roppongi Hills.

Nowhere else near the center of Roppongi can you see so clearly the people walking about and have a reasonably-priced cup of coffee. Unlike Starbucks and other establishments nearby, there are many seats outside that give you a wide view of the area, meaning you can look at more people and longer. If you are meeting someone for a serious discussion, I recommend other places that give you more privacy. Remember, the people walking by can also get a good look at the customers seated outside. The noise of the cars and people walking by can also be an unpleasant or pleasant distraction. Here is the location. Tully’s Coffee – Roppongi Map

GMAP Today: National Art Center, Tokyo

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

Japan’s newest art museum (opened its doors on January 21), consisting of 14,000 square meters of exhibition space, is the largest in the nation. The museum’s website states that instead of keeping a permanent art collection, it would concentrate on offering its space to various art exhibitions.

The building itself is a work of art. Very beautiful architectural design. The center not only hosts works of art, but has a restaurant, cafes and a museum shop. I have yet to visit the museum, but plan to do so in the near future.

Here is the map →National Art Center, Tokyo

Sneak Peek of ”Greater Aoyama”

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

GMAP will be moving in a new direction starting with the launch of the Greater Aoyama portal site Greater Aoyama

The site will start with maps covering Harajuku, Omote-sando, Gaiemmae and Aoyama-itchome Stations (of course they all work on mobile), along with useful links and key locations. There are currently around 500 bi-lingual maps, but will continue to grow. Please feel free to request for maps in this area and we will comply faster than we ever have. However, please bear with us until the site is officially launched. It is still in its beta stage.

All the maps are searchable on your mobile as well. Just type in the name of the location from on your mobile. You can also do searches based on key words. If you want to find an Italian restaurant around Omote-sando Stn., just type in “italian omotesando.”

We are very excited about this site! But there is more coming!!

GMAP Today: Cock O’ the Walk

Monday, January 15th, 2007

Sister pub of Warrior Celt in Ueno. It’s a relatively new British pub in Roppongi. Small and cozy. It’s a great place if you don’t like the large British pub scene. Hardly believe it is in Roppongi. There is even live music at times. Definitely worth checking out. Cock O’ the Walk

Not sure why they chose the name. You should ask and let us know!

GMAP Today: Cafes in Roppongi

Sunday, January 14th, 2007

Roppongi is known more for its bars than cafes, but it does have nice places to meet for coffee. Here is a list of them.

a.t. cafe
Brasserie Va-tout
Cafe de Paris
Doutor – Roppongi 7-chome
Excelsior Caffe – Roppongi
First Kitchen – Roppongi
good day for you
Jonathan’s Cafe & Restaurant – Roppongi
KOOTS Green Tea
McDonald’s – Roppongi
MOS Burger – Roppongi
Pet Forest – Roppongi
Roppongi Del Sole
PRONTO – Roppongi
Rue Paul
Saizeriya – Roppongi
Saizeriya – Roppongi Sanchome
Starbucks – Roppongi
Starbucks – Roppongi 7-chome
TO-FU Cafe Fujino
Tully’s Coffee – Roppongi
Wendy’s – Roppongi 

GMAP Today: Tokyo Skin Clinic

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

Tokyo Skin Clinic was established in March, 1992 by two doctors, both trained in Europe and fully licensed in the EU and Japan. It was the first clinic specializing in cosmetic dermatology and surgery in Japan. The doctors are multilingual and are accustomed to seeing patients of different nationalities. Their unique position enables them to combine cutting-edge medical knowledge and technology from Japan and abroad to provide optimal solutions to your medical problems. Most prescription drugs from Europe and the U.S. are available so that you have a wide range of options for medical treatment. Your current medication can also be readily continued.

GMAP Today: Satin Doll

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

Satin Doll, a jazz club in Roppongi, opened in Kobe in 1974, but has since moved to its current location. We highly recommend it if you are looking for a classy night at reasonable prices. You can enjoy a nice meal as you are being entertained by world-class musicians.

A quintet will be performing on January 22 (Jam Jem Jam vol. 12). For more details →

You can save 10% on all beverages & food if you reserve in advance using the reservation form below.

And here is the map → Satin Doll

GMAP Today: Oriental Bazaar

Saturday, January 6th, 2007

Located between Omotesando and Harajuku Stations, this is probably the most famous souvenir shop catering to foreign tourists. You can find almost anything “Japanese” here, such as kimonos, yukatas, ceramics, etc. The prices are reasonable and they will even send the items purchased overseas. Oriental Bazaar

This is definitely a place to go if you are in Japan for a short time and looking to take home what many consider traditional Japanese. The samurai sword that was used by Miss Japan, Kurara Chibana, in the Miss Universe Pagent was bought here. I guess she was in a rush and on a budget.


Saturday, January 6th, 2007