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Gifts with a twist
Traditional artisanship meets modern design in these very souvenir-worthy crafts
Where to experience a virtual reality world in Tokyo
Pull on a head-mounted display and dive into a VR world at these five Tokyo spots
The best of Tokyo
Things to do outdoors
Open-air restaurants, art, swimming, festivals and much more
The best frozen desserts to beat the summer heat
The best restaurants and cafés in the capital for great food and good value
Where to enjoy a relaxing hot-spring bath in the capital
Top 10 sushi
Going beyond the obvious picks
100 best shops
Essential boutiques, plus the best book, music and souvenir stores
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The best events in Tokyo
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Uber-colourful eats and drinks themed on Nintendo's pink ball of joy
Shinagawa Shukuba Matsuri
A family-friendly festival doubling as a local history class
Tokyo Mask Festival
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Kome no Ya Meguro
A restaurant dedicated entirely to rice
Wall & Wall
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Onigiri Stand Gyu!
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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.