Looking for an exciting present for your kids or friends this holiday season? Give them some thrills at Harbor Circuit in Chiba, where you can all pile into go-karts and race away your pent-up family (or friendly) feuds. No driver’s license needed and full safety guidelines are explained before each heat, so beginners have no need to be nervous.
If you’re going in a group, five or more people can choose a Group Race and burn up some rubber competing against friends. There’s also the simpler Mini GP option and even a final 35-lap race—with five different plans to choose from. To hone their skills, drivers can also prove themselves against a real-time ranking system. No matter how crowded it gets, you’re all guaranteed four rides. After the race, everybody can relax around the circuit with snacks and still be part of the fun race-day atmosphere. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll be screaming for more!
- Admission: ¥500
- 1 ticket (7 min): ¥2,100; 3 tickets: ¥5,200; 5 tickets: ¥7,800; 8 tickets: ¥10,500
- Group race package (over 12 years old, 5 people or more): Mini Grand Prix ¥4,700 per person; Sprint Grand Prix ¥6,000 per person
- Mention Metropolis and get admission free!
- Christmas campaign: ¥6,000 yen for 4 races (offer valid until Dec 20)
2F Harbor Circuit, Chiba Sports Plaza, 13-26 Dezuminato, Chuo-ku, Chiba. Tel: 043-441-3243. Email: email@example.com. Open Mon-Fri, 2-11:30pm, Sat & hols 10am-11:30pm, Sun 10am-9:30pm. Nearest station: Chiba or Chiba-minato. www.harbor-circuit.com
This holiday season, why not find a space to give a beloved toy or traditional piece of furniture a new home?
Jazzy deals in distinctive Japanese goods that have been given up by their original owners as their children grow up or their homes simply run out of space, providing traditional dolls, ornaments and furnishings at affordable prices to foreign residents and visitors looking to buy a keepsake of their stay in Japan. Perfect for the gift-giving season, Jazzy also offers vicarious auction services. Feel free to drop an email to inquire online. Don’t feel like a purchase? Just stop by for a casual sip or a snack at the on-site café.
- Christmas sale Dec 6-7: 30% off all online items
- Special sales display atz the Jazzy café; free coffee and gifts for visitors
- Free shipping within Tokyo’s 23 wards.
1-8-2 Umejima, Adachi-ku. Tel: 03-5888-5869. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm. Nearest station: Umejima. http://jazzy-japan.com
Kamata Hakensha (Kappabashi)
Established in 1923 with a history spanning four generations, Asakusa cutlery maker Kamata Hakensha knows how to slice it. The company’s 800-strong product lineup includes top-grade handmade knives as well as factory-made ranges. These blades have made repeat customers of some of the world’s finest chefs, thanks to stringent quality checks and a 100-percent satisfaction guarantee. All the knives are designed by the owner, created by skilled craftsmen, and individually edged. Free engraving and an inexpensive sharpening service seal the deal on a fine gift idea. They can engrave your name for free on any selected knife in just three minutes. Perfect for a Christmas gift or souvenir of your stay in Tokyo.
- Mention Metropolis when you make a purchase over ¥10,000 to receive a free large nail clipper
- Japanese 17-layer-steel 2-knife set, hard case, ¥17,400
- Carbon steel 2-knife set, hard case,¥23,300
- Carbon steel Wa-santoku, ¥9,800
- 17-layer stainless steel small knife with Japanese wooden handle, ¥7,500
2-12-6 Matsugaya, Taito-ku. Tel: 03-3841-4205. Open 10am-6pm daily. Nearest station: Asakusa or Tawaramachi. www.kap-kam.com/index_english.html
Mokumeganeya creates jewelry through the traditional Japanese metalworking technique of mokumegane.
Roughly 400 years ago, master metalsmith Denbei Shoami developed an exquisite technique in which differently colored metals were layered, then painstakingly carved and forged to create beautiful patterns in the style of wood grains. Top Japanese jewelry maker Mokumeganeya is one of the few brands in the world to specialize in mokumegane.
The brand uses processes that have been handed down since the Edo period, and which have grown and developed over time to add more and more variations to this ancient technique. Your jewelry will be made by highly skilled smiths whose hand-crafted techniques ensure that each wood grain pattern is unique in the world. You’re welcome to drop in any time and check out the jewelry collection at any of the 16 Mokumeganeya stores across Japan. Let the concierges help you find the unique jewelry style that’s right for you!
Omotesando: 5-10-7 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. Nearest station: Omotesando.
Ginza: 3-4-18 Ginza, Chuo-ku. Nearest station: Omotesando or Ginza.
Shinjuku: 3-34-13 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku. Nearest station: Shinjuku.
Yokohama Motomachi: 1-20-2 Motomachi, Naka-ku, Yokohama. Nearest station: Motomachi Chukagai.