Japan is one of those countries you long to return to, even if you’ve only been there once. There’s just something about its culture, the way of life there and the people that make Japan the great traveling destination it is. If your next trip back to Japan still seems a long way off, fret not, because you still can experience all things Japanese right here in Singapore! Let’s take a look at a list of uniquely Japanese experiences you can get in Orchard Central. Ikimashou!
The opening of BsaB was inspired by wabi-sabi, a Japanese concept based on the acceptance of imperfection and transience. BsaB produces the finest handmade natural candles and diffusers, made in an eco-friendly way. Most of the unique scents are made by combining natural and pure essential oils extracted from plants, flowers and fruits, so you need not worry about impurities or chemicals in their products.
2. Eyelash Salon by Vivi
For ladies who wish to treat themselves to an eyelash extension, look no further! Eyelash Salon by Vivi has opened its first international outlet outside of Japan, here in Orchard Central. They provide services such as eyelash extensions and manicures. Upper eyelash extensions start from $60, and you can go for different looks ranging from natural to cute too! There’s a promotional offer for first-time customers too; you can get the unlimited service at a discount, for just $100!
3. Face+ by Yamano
Founded by Aiko Yamano, Face+ is known for their much sought-after Doronko Clay treatment. The clay treatment uses a facial cleansing formula to remove dirt and impurities from the deep recesses of the skin. You know a place is legit when it needs little to no advertising, and clients are mostly recommended by word of mouth. We suggest calling in to make an appointment if you plan to make a visit.
Kiseki, famously known for its fresh sashimi spread, is heaven to those who enjoy a good value Japanese buffet, with prices starting at $22.80++ on weekdays and $29.80++ on weekends. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the Orchard landscape as you dine on the freshest Japanese seafood.
5. En Sakaba
A traditional Japanese bistro bar; imagine something in between a standing bar and a bar with seats. En Sakaba serves a variety of Japanese-influenced tapas, beer and sake. They stock over 30 brands of sake of various grades, which pair well with the food they serve, creating an “umami” experience for patrons.
6. Genki Sushi
Make your way to Genki Sushi for a no-fuss sushi experience. The sushi, which comes via the familiar conveyer belt system, is made from high quality Koshihikari rice, which enhances in taste at every bite. They currently have a weekday Tea Time promotion from 2.30pm-5.30pm, with prices starting at $9.80.
7. Henri Charpentier
Indulge in light and fluffy Japanese-French desserts at Henri Charpentier. Their popular Les Financier, made with the finest Hokkaido butter, is imported all the way from Japan. Another dessert exclusively available at their Orchard Central branch is the Hanjuku Fromage, a baked cheesecake with the texture of a souffle.
8. Maccha House
Maccha House is here to satisfy your sweet tooth, where desserts and beverages are concocted from, well you guessed it, fine green tea powder from Kyoto! Order up one of their many green tea parfaits to share; it’s a definite thirst quencher. If you’re not much of a maccha fan, try their dorayaki, a sweet azuki bean paste pancake, which is what Doraemon is always shown eating!
9. Ootoya Japanese Restaurant
Ootoya is one of those Japanese restaurants where it feels like home. They pride themselves on serving authentic home cooked Japanese cuisine. All orders are made-to-order from scratch, freshness guaranteed! We suggest trying their homemade soba, made daily with buckwheat imported from Hokkaido!
10. Shabu Sai
For an affordable and good quality Japanese hotpot buffet, Shabu Sai has all that you need! Shabu Sai has a decent spread of 60 food items, and offers six types of soup bases: Sukiyaki, curry, spicy, tonkotsu, tomato and seaweed.
11. Tanuki Raw
Tanuki Raw is a Japanese and American fusion restaurant. The newly renovated hippy modern restaurant is the perfect place to chill after work, especially considering their evening happy hour offerings. They feature some unique dishes such as the buttery Foie Gras Yakiniku and WHAM! Fries, both of which will hit your tastebuds with a healthy dose of umami.
If you’re looking for THAT bowl of ramen, head over to Nantsuttei, known as one of the best ramen restaurants in Singapore. Enjoy a bowl of creamy pork broth with black roasted garlic oil, fresh ramen noodles air-flown from Hadano, and homemade Chashu. Price starts from $10.80 for a regular and $12 for a large.
13. Tokyu Hands
Tokyu Hands is a creative lifestyle store, also known as a “One Stop Store” where you can find anything ranging from household to stationary items. If you’re looking for a gift for family or friends, you can find creative gift ideas easily at Tokyu Hands.
14. Ton Amusement
You know what’s a quintessentially Japanese experience? Visiting a Japanese arcade! Claw machines are a thing now, and they’re addicting. Located at level 5, there are a large variety of machines, and prizes to be won. Big plush toys, camera tripods, cartoon figurines, you name it, they have it!
15. Don Don Donki
Now, this is THE famous Japanese retailer. Stepping into Don Don Donki makes you feel like you’ve just stepped into Japan. Get ready to have your mind blown. Every sign and display screams for your attention, and Japanese products fill every aisle. It’s basically a supermarket stocked with Japanese street snacks, alcohol beverages, fresh meat and all kinds of Japanese groceries! You can even get a fresh bowl of salmon don for less than $10 here. One thing to note, their theme song plays over and over non stop in the store, and it can get annoying for some, but otherwise it’s all cheery!
A minimalistic yet affordable Japanese eyewear brand, Zoff offers a variety of frames, and rolls out fresh new ones every two months. The brand boasts around 200 stores across Asia. If you’re looking to change up your style a little, maybe give Zoff a shot?
Uniqlo of course, needs no introduction, it’s a Japanese brand that we are all so familiar with. Uniqlo offers some of the most comfortable yet stylish garments suitable for all ages, ranging from casual to office wear. But did you know the outlet in Orchard Central is Uniqlo’s first global flagship store in Southeast Asia? This means that some items are available exclusively at this store, and nowhere else in Singapore!