Things to Do

Your comprehensive guide to the best things to do in Tokyo

Karate chops at the Houkukan Dojo
Sport and fitness

Karate chops at the Houkukan Dojo

We meet karate master Kunio Kobayashi

New openings in Tokyo 2017
Things to do

New openings in Tokyo 2017

Hide your wallets: these are some of the new places set to vie for your cash in the year ahead

Ice skating in Tokyo and Yokohama
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Ice skating in Tokyo and Yokohama

Recommended rinks for perfecting your winter moves

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

The best upcoming events in Tokyo

Earth Garden Winter
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Earth Garden Winter

You know that people are serious about all that 'love the earth' stuff when they're still willing to gather in Yoyogi Park around mid-January. The winter edition of the quarterly Earth Garden features the usual array of eco-themed stalls, food stands and workshops, with music and art performances also taking place.

Chinese Spring Festival 2017
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Chinese Spring Festival 2017

While it's fun to visit whatever the season, Yokohama's Chinatown district is never livelier than during its New Year festival. The two weeks of festivities are stacked with events, including a countdown party on the night of January 27, traditional lion dance performances and music both in Yamashitacho Park (February 4) and the main thoroughfares (January 28), a parade of traditional costumes on the afternoons of January 29 and February 5, and a spectacular Lantern Festival on February 11 from 5.30pm (around Masobyo Temple).

Flowers By Naked 2017
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Flowers By Naked 2017

Lightup impresarios Naked Inc return to Nihonbashi with an updated version of this expansive projection mapping project, which incorporates a wild jumble of elements from flowers and scents to the Fibonacci sequence and was a huge hit both last winter at the same venue and this past summer at Tokyo Midtown. Composed of real flowers, video, interactive imagery, aromas, edibles and more, it makes for a pre-hanami celebration to be experienced with all five senses. Do note that you'll probably need to queue to get in, especially on weekends.

Black Card Cabaret: A Night in Monte Carlo
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Black Card Cabaret: A Night in Monte Carlo

Have a night out for a good cause: this fundraiser for Refugees International Japan is hosted at Cruise Club Tokyo, where you can gaze across Tokyo Bay at the stunning night-time scenery while drinking and dancing away on a boat. For this edition, they've gone all out with the theme, with a casino game-filled salon, a burlesque show, a funky DJ and more. The ¥15,000 fee (minimum donation) includes unlimited boozy substances and canapes. Sign up in advance through their website; proceeds go to a pre-school education programme for Syrian children living in Lebanon. Just note that you'll be expected to dress to the nines – the dress code is '007/Bond Girl'.  For more information, check out the event website or visit guyperryman.com.

Nitro Circus 10th Anniversary World Tour
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Nitro Circus 10th Anniversary World Tour

Headed by motocross stunt hero Travis Pastrana, 'action sport collective' Nitro Circus bring their anniversary tour to Tokyo Dome for two shows in February. As seen on the crew's eponymous reality TV show, their performance includes everything from gravity-defying motorcycle jumps and BMX artistry to some rather amazing wheelchair moves and skateboard tricks, all performed with impeccable flair. Tickets are available now.

Tsukiji Honganji Lunchtime Concerts
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Tsukiji Honganji Lunchtime Concerts

Held on the last Friday of every month, these mini-concerts at Tsukiji's Honganji are returning for another run from January to March. Lasting for a mere 30 minutes during lunchtime, they've been popular among Tsukiji workers and local residents alike, and feature songs from Buddhist hymns to baroque and contemporary music. The sheer power of the sound is impressive and reverberates through the hall, with vocals and saxophones joined by the over 2,000 pipes of the West German organ. And if you'd like a little spiritual guidance to go with the tunes, consider staying for the sermon by Tsukiji Honganji's lead monk, who takes the stage directly after the concert.

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The best things to do in Tokyo

Secret Tokyo
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Secret Tokyo

Think you know Tokyo? Think again – explore 50 hidden bars, shops, parks and more

Things to do on a rainy day
Things to do

Things to do on a rainy day

Bad weather means a good day at the capital's best museums, cinemas and indoor attractions

The top 10 animal cafés in Tokyo
Restaurants

The top 10 animal cafés in Tokyo

Because sometimes you just need a furry friend

Best bath houses
Health and beauty

Best bath houses

Healing a tired body and mind in hot water

Sports & Fitness

Where to watch Paralympic sports in Tokyo
Sport and fitness

Where to watch Paralympic sports in Tokyo

Enter the unstoppables

Around the world, on his own
Sport and fitness

Around the world, on his own

Sailor Kojiro Shiraishi is about to embark on another epic adventure

Where to rent or buy a bicycle in Tokyo
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Where to rent or buy a bicycle in Tokyo

Explore the city on wheels

Best scenic bicycle routes
Sport and fitness

Best scenic bicycle routes

Five rewarding cycling destinations for all fitness levels

Tokyo attractions

Tokyo City View
Attractions

Tokyo City View

The best view in town, from the 52nd floor at Roppongi Hills

Tokyo Sea Life Park
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Tokyo Sea Life Park

Watch the giant tuna swim by out east

Toshimaen
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Toshimaen

Rides, pools and a full-scale bath theme park

Robot Restaurant
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Robot Restaurant

Bikini-clad babes battle with giant ’borgs in this bizarre stage show

Inokashira Park
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Inokashira Park

A zoo, a pond with rental boats, and the Ghibli Museum

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Hanazono Jinja
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Hanazono Jinja

An ancient shrine in the heart of the city

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