Transcreating Tokyo: Kabuki, then and now, part 2
How kabuki has managed to stay relevant in 21st-century Japan
Ice skating in Tokyo and Yokohama
Recommended rinks for perfecting your winter moves
Christmas markets in Tokyo
Get your gifts and ornaments here – and reward yourself with a pint while you're at it
Public cats of Tokyo: Magenta Magenta, Harajuku
Which came first, the cat or the shop? Magenta reigns supreme at his namesake shop in Harajuku
Discover the beauty of the wintertime city
The best of Tokyo
Feast your eyes on the 100 best restaurants in Tokyo, and get ready for the culinary adventure of a lifetime
Looking for a relaxing café, the perfect cup of coffee or a superb sweet treat? Look no further
Our fully updated guide to the best boutiques, book and music shops, souvenir stores and much more
Where to enjoy a relaxing hot-spring bath in the capital
Top 10 sushi
Going beyond the obvious picks
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Pick up the fourth issue of our Chinese mag, on shelf now
Attention, travellers and Tokyoites – the fourth issue of our Chinese-language magazine has just seen the light of day. Unassumingly titled 'The Best of...
Check out the product nominees for the Love Tokyo Awards
Japan is famed for its gadgets, but there’s more to the country’s manufacturing prowess than you’d imagine. As part of the ongoing Love Tokyo Awards, which...
Create your own fancy bento at Chagohan Tokyo and ride a rickshaw while you're there
We've all eaten our fair share of bento (damn you, ever-so-convenient convenience stores and end-of-day sales at depachika), but it may have been, well, a...
The best events in Tokyo
It’s a Sony
Good old gadgets and much more at the Sony Building's swansong show
TOP Collection: Tokyo Tokyo and Tokyo
Representative shots of our dear city from just after the war up to the present
Shibuya Ao no Dokutsu
The 'Blue Cavern' is back – see Shibuya engulfed in a mysterious glow
Time Out Tokyo Year-End/Christmas Party
It's that time of the year again...
Hot new openings
A shop for those dreaming of a guilt-free lifestyle in Jiyugaoka
Hitachino Brewing Lab Tokyo Station
Sip superb craft brews and dig into a mackerel sandwich right by Tokyo Station
Loncafe Stand Nakameguro
Combine your French toast with a glass of bubbly
Spreading the natural cookie love to Tokyo
Nagoya's oden specialist sets up shop in Nakameguro
One for the serious choco-holics out there
Tokyo area guides
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101 places to eat, shop and play
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Tokyo’s best hotels
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.
The Hyatt group's luxury brand Andaz opened its first Tokyo hotel on the top of the 52-story Toranomon Hills complex in June 2014. The hotel houses 164 guestrooms, a partially open-air penthouse bar, and a whopping 50m² suite, the largest of its kind in all of Tokyo. Conveniently situated close to many embassies and offices of global corporations, this location is a sure draw particularly among business travellers.
ANA InterContinental Tokyo
In 2007 owners All Nippon Airways joined forces with the InterContinental chain and rebranded this 37-storey hotel. Its airy lobby has been redone in gleaming marble and cherry wood, with the modern space broken up by cascading waterfalls and artworks. Spacious, well-equipped rooms have all been recently renovated. The hotel provides stunning views on a clear day – you can see Mt Fuji from Japan's largest club lounge on the 35th floor.
One of several luxury hotels to set up shop in Tokyo in recent years, the Conrad opened in July 2005 high above the glimmering Shiodome complex. Its 290 rooms – said to be the largest in Tokyo at 48sq m (517sq ft) – feature modern Japanese design and occupy the top ten floors of the 37-storey Tokyo Shiodome Building. No expense has been spared; extras include a 25m swimming pool, ten-room spa, floor-to-ceiling windows, plasma-screen TVs and wireless internet. The Conrad was also home to provocative British chef Gordon Ramsay’s first restaurant in Japan (closed in 2013).
The Peninsula Tokyo
Facing Kokyo Gaien National Garden, and located near Hibiya Park, The Peninsula Tokyo is surrounded by greenery. It’s one of the largest hotels in the city, with 47 suites and 314 guest rooms decorated with a traditional Japanese touch. The suites boast not only top-grade equipment and services, but also views combining the lush surrounds of the Imperial Palace with the dazzling motion of the metropolis. For all-day dining or afternoon tea, head to the Lobby restaurant, while the Hei Fung Terrace on the second floor serves up seriously luscious braised pork. Ginza's shops and the business hub of Marunouchi are right nearby, and there's a direct connection to Hibiya Station and its four major subway lines via the basement floor.