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Brian is an Inside Japan tour leader based in Tokyo, Japan. We asked him to let us in on some of his favourite bits of the J-Pop & Go! group tour – a tall order on such a fantastic itinerary! Here’s what he said…


Tokyo is my favourite by far. I love the transportation system. There is a train station for just about every place in the city. I love food and Tokyo has it all. From the fancy Michelin star restaurants to hole-in-the-wall, mom-and-pop shops. The options are endless.

Every once in a while I like to enjoy a little nightlife. Tokyo is truly a city that never sleeps. If I’m looking for a crazy night out then Tokyo is the place to be. No matter what day of the week it is there will always be a bunch a people out at a club, bar, or live house having fun.

Nowadays I like to enjoy some peace and quiet with my family. I like to step away for the crowds and all the madness and go to a nice park, shrine or temple to relax. It’s really great to have time to take everything in and reflect. Tokyo is the place where I met my friends, it’s the place where I got married, and it’s the place I’m going to live the rest of my days because I love Tokyo and I love Japan.

Shibuya scramble crossing: one of Tokyo’s most iconic locations
Shinjuku Park: Tranquillity in the city


The Robot Restaurant experience is something that is hard to put into words. It’s almost as if you stepped into a time machine and someone slipped something into your drink as well. I tell tour groups that you can take as many pictures and videos as you want but you’ll never be able to capture what is going to happen to you. There are so many things going on all at once that you just have to sit back and enjoy the ride.

Welcome to the Robot Restaurant!

The pictures just don’t do it justice…


Melon pan” ice cream is a gift from the gods. It actually has nothing to do with melon except for the shape. It’s fresh baked cookie bread with ice cream inside. It has a slightly crunchy outer layer and a soft warm doughy inside. Oh, and did I mention it has ice cream inside too? Yay!!! The crunchy outside with the warm gooey inside and the ice cream provide all the right textures and flavours. It leaves you saying, “Yep, I need another one.”