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

Tohoku Update: Hope swings
Things to do

Tohoku Update: Hope swings

One Tokyo non-profit is bringing the sound of laughter back to disaster areas

Get your vegan junk food fix in the backstreets of Harajuku
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Get your vegan junk food fix in the backstreets of Harajuku

Organic Table by Lapaz are serving up munch-worthy burgers and some superb cheesecake

Read up on Japanese music from an underground perspective
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Read up on Japanese music from an underground perspective

New book 'Quit Your Band' is an in-depth look at the indie scene in Tokyo and beyond

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

This is Kyosai!
Art

This is Kyosai!

A multi-faceted look into the creative spirit of the man they called 'the art demon'

Kuzoku Saga Programme
Film

Kuzoku Saga Programme

A cinematic journey into the Japan you didn't know existed

Nihonbashi Sakura Festival
Things to do

Nihonbashi Sakura Festival

It's almost that time of the year already...

Alternative Academy
Music

Alternative Academy

Catch some of the city's hottest young music names

More upcoming events in Tokyo

Hot new openings

Bubby's Kichijoji
Restaurants

Bubby's Kichijoji

The New York brunch institution is set for a westward expansion

Azur et Masa Ueki
Restaurants

Azur et Masa Ueki

Chef Masahito Ueki is leaving Ginza behind for a new start in Nishi-Azabu

Bekotan Kyodo
Restaurants

Bekotan Kyodo

Have your grilled beef tongue exactly as you like it

Gotojin Tamachi
Restaurants

Gotojin Tamachi

Savour the flavours of Nagasaki's remote Goto Islands

Coffee Bar Gallage
Bars and pubs

Coffee Bar Gallage

Stray outside of your hand-drip, single origin comfort zone

Kariyushi Shokudo
Restaurants

Kariyushi Shokudo

Beauty-bringing Okinawan delicacies and island craft beer in Ebisu

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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More popular features

Ryogoku area guide
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Ryogoku area guide

Find the best eats, art and things to do in Tokyo's historic 'sumo town'

A perfect day in Kamakura
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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