Your ultimate guide to Tokyo

Tokyo’s best restaurants, films, gigs, clubs, things to do and places to see

Things to do this week in Tokyo
Things to do

Things to do this week in Tokyo

This week’s hottest events, gigs, films, festivals and more

Rediscover the fun in offline shopping
Shopping

Rediscover the fun in offline shopping

We round up the five Tokyo flagship stores you must visit this winter

Boyz will be boys
LGBT

Boyz will be boys

Meet Secret Guyz, the pioneering LGBT idol group

How to get to and from the airport
Travel

How to get to and from the airport

All the airport navigation tips you need when flying to or from Tokyo

The best of Tokyo

Restaurants
Restaurants

Restaurants

Feast your eyes on the 100 best restaurants in Tokyo, and get ready for the culinary adventure of a lifetime

Cafés
Restaurants

Cafés

Looking for a relaxing café, the perfect cup of coffee or a superb sweet treat? Look no further

Shops
Shopping

Shops

Our fully updated guide to the best boutiques, book and music shops, souvenir stores and much more

Music spots
Music

Music spots

55 of the city's finest music bars, clubs, record stores and gig venues – it's your ultimate guide to music in Tokyo

Onsen
Health and beauty

Onsen

Where to enjoy a relaxing hot-spring bath in the capital

Top 10 sushi
Restaurants

Top 10 sushi

Going beyond the obvious picks

The best events in Tokyo

Super Ukiyo-e: The Edo Code
Art

Super Ukiyo-e: The Edo Code

Edo-era woodblock prints go 3D at this hotly anticipated exhibition

Showa Kayo Night Ooomori
Music

Showa Kayo Night Ooomori

Bask in the splendour of Showa-era pop tunes at this jumbo version of the monthly party

'Purple Rain' Special Screening @ Zepp
Film

'Purple Rain' Special Screening @ Zepp

Remember the Purple One – take a look back at the quirky 1984 musical drama

Onkore Record Collection
Shopping

Onkore Record Collection

The the opportunity to dig for rare vinyl at this two-week fair

More upcoming events in Tokyo

Hot new openings

Dandelion Chocolate Kamakura
Restaurants

Dandelion Chocolate Kamakura

'Bean to bar' treats, chocolate-rich drinks and pastries right by the station

Dandadan Sakaba Musashi-Sakai
Bars and pubs

Dandadan Sakaba Musashi-Sakai

Another link in the reliable gyoza-and-beer chain out west

SaladStop! Roppongi
Restaurants

SaladStop! Roppongi

Try a Singapore-style salad near Roppongi-Itchome Station

Chapon Jiyugaoka
Shopping

Chapon Jiyugaoka

Praline pioneer Patrice Chapon brings a taste of Paris to Jiyugaoka

Cocomaru Theater & Café
Cinemas

Cocomaru Theater & Café

Kichijoji is getting a new indie cinema, and it sure is looking good

Minimal Shirokane-Takanawa
Shopping

Minimal Shirokane-Takanawa

One of the main movers and shakers on Tokyo's chocolate scene is still going strong

Tokyo area guides

Asakusa
Things to do

Asakusa

There's more to Asakusa than Sensoji and the Skytree

Ikebukuro
Things to do

Ikebukuro

No longer just the rowdy 'gateway to Saitama'

Harajuku
Things to do

Harajuku

Where to shop, eat and drink in Tokyo’s ‘kawaii’ capital

Yokohama
Things to do

Yokohama

Explore Japan's second city, packed with attractions that'll inject some fun into your day of sightseeing

Shibuya
Things to do

Shibuya

The best places to eat, shop and play in Tokyo’s buzziest neighbourhood

Tokyo
Things to do

Tokyo

88 things to do, from the obscure to the obvious

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The best of Tokyo in 2016
Things to do

The best of Tokyo in 2016

Last year's best eats, art, music and hotels, plus superb shops and architectural highlights

A perfect day in Kamakura
Travel

A perfect day in Kamakura

How to make the most of your time in this picturesque town just south of Tokyo

Interview: Yuriko Koike
Things to do

Interview: Yuriko Koike

Tokyo's hard-charging governor shares her vision for a more diverse city

30 essential things to do in Tokyo
Things to do

30 essential things to do in Tokyo

Unmissable city activities, from the best sights and shopping spots to geeky and artsy fun

Public cats of Tokyo
Things to do

Public cats of Tokyo

The city's business kitties, named, shamed and documented

The best ramen in Tokyo
Restaurants

The best ramen in Tokyo

From tonkotsu to tori-paitan – it's your ultimate noodle-slurping guide to Tokyo ramen

Tokyo’s best hotels

Grand Hyatt Tokyo
Hotels

Grand Hyatt Tokyo

Though it shares a celebrity buzz with its sister hotel the Park Hyatt, the effortlessly sleek Grand is pleasingly low-key. Its location in the upmarket Roppongi Hills complex might not suit those who like their Tokyo served straight up, but by the same token it provides a restful retreat. And having high-end shops and restaurants, a 53-floor panorama and world-class art on your doorstep can be considered quite an amenity. As is the Nagomi spa (though there’s a charge for guests) which, in addition to the usual list of artful treatments, has a lap pool, steam and sauna and a luminous white jacuzzi. Though not flashy, the guest rooms are extremely comfortable and well thought out, with dimmable lights, Bose stereos and free high-speed internet, and a tub you could park your car in. A 10th anniversary renovation has added Oxford chairs, original washi paper artwork and Bluetooth connectivity to the amenities.

Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo
Hotels

Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo

Focusing not just on Tokyo, but on the historic Nihonbashi area in which it sits, the Mandarin is the antidote to that feeling that luxury hotels are the same the world over. Many of the materials are sourced from local artisans. The lobby and rooms all hint at traditional Japanese motifs, from the torii shrine gates and washi paper lanterns to the woven fabrics that hang in place of paintings. The view from the rooms trumps most of its top-end rivals, with a mosaic of lights from the business district in the foreground, and Mt Fuji straight ahead.

Hoshinoya Tokyo
Hotels

Hoshinoya Tokyo

Just when it was starting to feel that Tokyo ryokans were on the verge of extinction, along came a major new player. Opened in July 2016, Hoshinoya Tokyo is one of the capital's very few luxury ryokans – and it's located in central Otemachi, just a short walk from Tokyo Station and the Imperial Palace. The 19-storey (including two underground floors) building houses tatami-floored suites, as well as a spa, Japanese restaurant and conference facilities, while offering the same standard of service that's earned awards for its sister resorts in places including Karuizawa and Kyoto. Given the lack of similar establishments in the city, it promises to present a serious challenge to Tokyo's glut of luxury hotels, though a night's stay sure doesn't come cheap here. Check out more photos and information on our blog.

Andaz Tokyo
Hotels

Andaz Tokyo

The Hyatt group’s lifestyle brand Andaz opened its frst Tokyo hotel on the top of the 52-storey Toranomon Hills complex in June 2014. The hotel houses 164 guestrooms, a partially open-air rooftop bar, and a whopping 50m2 guestroom, the largest of its kind in Tokyo. To allow guests to enjoy their own style of stay, the Andaz Hosts, who take on the traditional roles of doormen, receptionists and concierges, are there to assist in any way. To make you feel more at home, they don’t wear black uniforms or name tags and will engage with guests to provide the best recommendations and suggestions for exploring Tokyo like a local.

Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo
Hotels

Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo

This hotel is right next door to Tokyo station, a perfect starting point for both business and sightseeing. The Shangri-La’s six suites offer expansive views of Tokyo. The hotel also features a signature spa with house-branded treatments, a fitness centre, and heated pool complete with views of the metropolis.

Aman Tokyo
Hotels

Aman Tokyo

Uber-private luxury resort brand Aman is known for attracting celebrities, business high-rollers and others who prefer to keep their whereabouts a secret. In a surprise 2014 move, Tokyo's Otemachi business district saw the opening of Aman's newest branch, an exclusive hotel located on the upper floors of the Otemachi Tower building that marks a new high in urban opulence. 

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