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88 things to do in Tokyo

From the obscure to the obvious, your time in Tokyo starts here

Things to do in Tokyo #3: Tokyo Station

Hop aboard a swimming bus… and 87 other great things to do in Tokyo. Whether you're watching bikini-clad women battle it out with steel clunkers at Robot Restaurant, seeing the sights from the sky at one of the many fine rooftop restaurants or slurping down some heavenly noodles at one of Tokyo's best ramen bars, there's always something going on in the neon city. Time Out Tokyo has your ultimate guide.

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Slip under bridges...

Slip under bridges...

Want to see Tokyo from the water? One of your best bets is a cruise down the Kanda River from Nihonbashi with one of these regularly operating boats. The boat goes under several of Tokyo’s unique bridges and carries you to riverside areas including Suidobashi and Akihabara. Note that guidance is only in Japanese. Kanda River Cruising

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Supplement your record collection...

Still swearing by vinyl? With up to 100,000 new and second-hand titles from the '60s to the late '90s on the shelves, this shop feels like a small piece of heaven for record junkies. HMV Record Shop Shibuya

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Shibuya
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Admire a historic icon of Tokyo...

December 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of Tokyo Station, whose red-brick facade is a prominent reminder of Japan’s rush to modernisation in the early 20th century – and it’s looking even better after a six-year restoration, completed in 2012. Tokyo Station

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Marunouchi
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Sip on fair trade coffee...

Sourcing its beans from Danish roasters Coffee Collective and La Cabra Coffee, both of which specialise in direct, fair trade with producers, P.N.B. is where to head for absolutely wonderful Joe, available in either hand drip or AeroPressed form – but not as lattes or cappuccinos. P.N.B. Coffee

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Ikejiri-Ohashi
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Stay up like an owl...

Combine your budget stay in Tokyo with dance tunes and craft coffee at this new Hatchobori hostel, which promises a dawn-to-dusk party atmosphere. In addition to the usual dorms and private rooms, Wise Owl offers furnished apartments and houses the Howl bar, which is equipped with a top-of-the-line sound system and DJ booth. Wise Owl Hostels

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Chuo
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Find quirky Japanese wearables...

Specialising in carefully curated, high-quality items gathered from all over the world, 'select shop' extraordinaire Beams also runs this brand-new outlet that brings together exclusively Japan-themed items. You're looking at a dizzying collection of clothing, crafts, art and food – the visual qualities of which are sure to hit you right after stepping through the door. Beams Japan

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Shinjuku
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Let dinner sneak up on you...

Waiters dressed as ninjas usher you through a series of winding wooden corridors designed to evoke the interior of an ancient Japanese castle. Others sneak up with menus and food, and there’s also an itinerant magician. Ninja Akasaka

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Akasaka
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Walk over the rainbow...

The city's most famous bridge crosses Tokyo Bay and is shaped like a rainbow – obviously. It connects Shibaura pier with Odaiba and carries the Metropolitan Expressway, a public highway and the Yurikamome line, plus a pedestrian walkway. Access the latter through the gates near Shibaura-Futo Station and Odaiba-Kaihinkoen Station, but go prepared – there are no toilets up on the bridge. Rainbow Bridge

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Minato
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Visit the stylish home of kabuki...

Tokyo’s main kabuki theatre has stood on the same spot for over 120 years, but its present incarnation is rather newer than that – it only opened in April 2013. The souvenir shop is worth a look, too. Kabukiza Theatre

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Higashi-Ginza
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Evade taxes...

You no longer have to spend your time at the airport to purchase duty-free stuff: found on the eighth floor of Ginza Mitsukoshi, Japan Duty Free invites tourists to buy souvenirs, alcohol, cosmetics and cigarettes at reduced prices. All items purchased here will be transferred directly to Narita or Haneda airport, where you'll be able to pick them up. Japan Duty Free Ginza

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Ginza
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Be a swordsman...

This culture school offers various traditional Japanese cultural experiences including a tea ceremony, writing calligraphy or wearing a kimono. We recommend trying batto, the sword practice. Hisui Tokyo

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Ginza
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Dress like a Tokyoite...

Popular fashion brand United Arrows recently opened this boutique themed on their new 'City Man and Woman' concept series. When you're done shopping for 'sophisticated styles', head to the basement for a bite – the store also houses a branch of Pizza Slice. H Beauty&Youth

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Aoyama
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Drink to the DJ...

This shiny DJ bar on the top floor of a multi-purpose building in front of Shibuya Station boasts spectacular views, Tokyo scene veterans DJ Nori and Toshiyuki Goto, a top-grade sound system, and reasonably priced drinks. DJ Bar Bridge

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Shibuya
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Step into trainer heaven...

Rows of colourful, wrapped-up shoes line the walls at this Kichijoji store that offers an exhaustive range of sneakers from the likes of Adidas, Puma, Reebok and Onitsuka Tiger. They deal in everything from the latest models to 'dead stock' while also carrying limited-edition versions. The store’s Twitter timeline is a must-check, with daily updates on new arrivals. Sneaker Shop Skit

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Kichijoji
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Scoop up a Tokyo-style souvenir...

The in-house shop at the National Art Center, Tokyo does a lot more than sell postcards: it also stocks an array of Tokyo- and Japan-themed goods, including manga and art books that, as the name says, make for great souvenirs. Souvenir From Tokyo

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Nogizaka
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Take a break from Tokyo, in Tokyo...

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This kilometre of lush towpath, which stretches from Todoroki Station toward the children’s park, is popular but never crowded. When the weather’s good, there can be few more refreshing spots in the capital. Todoroki Valley

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Setagaya
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Power up at Meiji Shrine...

Alight at Harajuku Station and get ready to battle the crowds – or just escape to the lush greenery of tranquil Meiji Shrine, where the spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken, are enshrined. The stroll through the sacred grounds feels both refreshing and empowering. Meiji Shrine

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Harajuku
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Start a trend...

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Looking for the next fashion sensation? You’ll probably find it at landmark Shibuya store 109, the domain of teenage girls and women in their twenties who don’t just follow trends but start them. Shibuya 109

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Shibuya
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Lounge in a budget-friendly hostel...

This friendly Kuramae hostel boasts some nifty interior design and a stylish ground-floor bar (complete with grand piano). Mixed dormitories cost ¥3,000 per person, while spartan doubles start at ¥7,400 per night. Nui. Hostel & Bar Lounge

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Asakusa
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Combine whisky and chocolate...

Bottles cover the walls at this new spot, where you get to choose from more than 1,000 kinds of whisky from all over the world. Stop by for a cocktail or a tasting set, accompanied by a sweet treat from Tomigaya's chocolate specialists Minimal. Tokyo Whisky Library

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Aoyama
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Relax and see Mt Fuji...

See Mt Fuji without leaving Tokyo – simply visit this old-fashioned bathhouse, where one entire wall is given over to a mural of the mountain. Atami-yu

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Iidabashi
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Watch a movie under Godzilla's watchful eye...

12 screens equipped with cutting-edge audio and video systems is very impressive, sure, but what really gets us excited about Toho's newest multiplex is the giant Godzilla head glaring at passers-by from the roof of this Kabukicho tower. Toho Cinemas Shinjuku

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Shinjuku
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Head to kawaii heaven...

Packed with all things kawaii, this kooky café is like a fantastical merry-go-round thanks to the decor by Harajuku heavy-hitter Sebastian Masuda. It features four OTT seating areas labelled Mushroom Disco, Milk Stand, Bar Experiment and Mel-Tea Room. Kawaii Monster Cafe

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Harajuku
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Play '80s video games...

Longing for some good ol' Super Nintendo action? This Shinjuku café is heaven for every '80s video game fan. Play classic consoles while surrounded by antique toy figurines. 8bit Cafe

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Shinjuku-Sanchome
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Dig into a Peanuts pancake...

The latest drooling spot for Snoopy fans, this one is where to view original drawings and art for 'Peanuts', plus a number of Charles M Schulz's early works, vintage collectibles and other materials. And fear not: there's also a themed café and museum shop on the premises. Snoopy Museum

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Roppongi
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Cook up some washoku...

How about trying your hand at Japanese cooking in Asakusa? Taught by professionals in English, classes here are themed on everything from sushi to bento boxes, yakitori and okonomiyaki – they even have a tea-whipping class. You can also opt for a rickshaw ride or dress up in kimono, but make sure to book in advance (on the English website). Chagohan Tokyo

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Asakusa
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Explore Tokyo's most cultured 'mall'...

Housing eight shops focused on introducing traditional Japanese culture to visitors, Urasando Garden is where to make your own matcha (green tea) at Uji-en or try some hand-dripped coffee from Cafe Facon. On the second floor you'll find everything from Japanese incense shaped like wagashi (traditional sweets) at Juttoku, to stylish custom-made stationery at Kakimori. Urasando Garden

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Harajuku
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Hop aboard a swimming bus...

When a conventional tour just won’t do, hop aboard this amphibious bus, which plies the streets around the Skytree before going for a swim in the nearby river. Sky Duck

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Oshiage
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Wander around a bar alley...

In the ramshackle street of Nonbei Yokocho ('Drunkard's Alley’) you'll find rows of tiny bars – some so small that they only fit four or five people at a time. Nonbei Yokocho

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Shibuya
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Enjoy fine sounds in retro surrounds...

One of the most distinctive jazz spots in the Tokyo metro area, ‘Eigakan’ means movie theatre in Japanese. In addition to the fine audio system, there are many film and photo books on the shelves for customers to browse, and some vintage film camera equipment spread around the bar. Eigakan

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Hakusan
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Pick out a unique umbrella...

The humongous Cool Magic Shu's shows more than 10,000 umbrellas in its shop, advertised as one of the largest umbrella specialists in the world (but how many competitors does it really have in this category?). Cool Magic Shu's

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Jiyugaoka
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Hide out at the cat temple...

Gotokuji may seem ordinary at first glance – until you see the army of cat figurines sitting in the corner next to the temple. These kitties are sold at the administration building and customarily returned to the shelf after wishes are granted. Gotokuji

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Setagaya
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Grab a bite by the tracks...

The old Manseibashi station complex has undergone an impressive revival and this cool café is its most recognisable symbol. Situated in between the Chuo line tracks, N3331 is the perfect place to take a train geek for lunch or drinks – make sure to explore both the seasonal food menu and the list of fancy spirits. N3331

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Akihabara
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Admire the beauty of textiles...

Located in Kagurazaka, an area famed for its picturesque cobblestone streets, this shop sells things like scarves and handbags made with woven fabric from production regions throughout the nation. Their woven handkerchiefs make for great souvenirs. Kukuli Kagurazaka

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Iidabashi
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Peruse a library of art...

An admirably well-stocked art bookshop, Nadiff a/p/a/r/t boasts shelves crammed with Japanese and foreign books, as well as a selection of prints. At its gallery, exhibitions by local artists are held. Nadiff a/p/a/r/t

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Ebisu
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Aim at Olympic heights...

Located on the roof of the DiverCity Tokyo Plaza mall in Odaiba, H.L.N.A Skygarden is by far the most scenic skate park in the city, commanding breathtaking views of Tokyo Bay. The park is well equipped with a variety of obstacles, and also offers lessons for beginners and advanced skaters taught by Tokyo’s pros. H.L.N.A Skygarden

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Odaiba
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Toast with sparkling sake...

One of Japan’s most popular sake brands, Dassai runs this bar on the first basement floor of Tokyo Square Garden. Enjoy the brand’s various types of sake, including sparkling and nigori, and choose from five sake tasting sets, most notably the exclusive Dassai Beyond. Buy your favourite bottle from the inhouse store for later. Dassai Bar 23

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Kyobashi
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Drink a cup of cat coffee...

Standard latte art is unlikely to make much of an impression after you've laid eyes on the 3D foam cats decorating drinks at this uber-cute café. That's not to say it's all show and no go, either: their coffees, teas and hot chocolates are expertly crafted, while the 'molasses and black sugar matcha soy latte' is a thing of beauty. Oshiage Nyanko

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Oshiage
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Buy handmade gifts...

Get your one-of-a-kind gifts, homewares and sundry goods at this adorable store in Minami-Aoyama. They also have a gallery concentrating on handmade goods made in Japan, allowing you to engulf yourself in Japanese culture. Coto Mono Michi at Tokyo

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Aoyama
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Buy souvenirs from a vending machine...

Run by the same family for three generations, Maruara Watanabe is a good place to pick up traditional Japanese souvenirs, but the quirkiest attraction has to be the pair of vending machines outside that dispense tourist trinkets 24 hours a day. Maruara Watanabe

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Shibuya
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Stroll a historical garden...

This traditional Japanese garden is popular year-round, but spring and autumn see it at its most magnificent. Its delicate details and harmonious atmosphere are best enjoyed on a slow stroll. Rikugien

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Komagome
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Laugh your ass off...

There are only a few places in Tokyo to watch rakugo (comic storytelling), and this venerable Shinjuku theatre is one of them. First-timers should try the Saturday night performances at 9.30pm, which cost just ¥500. Suehirotei

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Shinjuku-Sanchome
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Shop below the railway tracks...

Opened in November 2016, this commercial strip is set below the railway tracks in Nakameguro, stretching for a total of 700m and running from the Meguro River across Yamate-dori in the direction of Yutenji. 28 different businesses occupy the complex, all with their own distinct personality. Nakameguro Koukashita

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Nakameguro
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Taste the world's greenest gelato...

At Nanaya, you can taste the world's richest green tea gelato: the Premium No 7 is apparently certified as the ice cream with the highest matcha content anywhere. If matcha is your cup of tea, this creamy creation ought to be your dream dessert. Tea & Spoon Nanaya Aoyama

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Shibuya
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Down a cup of heavenly nectar...

This juice stand near Yoyogi Park offers amazing fresh apple and ginger juice, served hot or iced and made with apples from Aomori or with ginger from Kochi, home of Japan's tastiest varieties. Apple & Ginger

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Shibuya
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Treat yourself to an egg tart...

Once you’ve tried an authentic Portuguese pastel de nata, there’s no going back – and this shop run by Yoyogi restaurant Cristiano’s does them better than anywhere else in town. Nata de Cristiano's

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Shibuya
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Enjoy one-of-a-kind pastries...

The inventor of the cronut and winner of Time Out New York's 'Best New Bakery' award in 2012, Dominique Ansel brought his pastries to Tokyo in June 2015. Head over for Japan-exclusive cronuts and other artisanal sweets. Dominique Ansel Bakery

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Omotesando
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Pick up a trendy tenugui...

Tenugui (traditional Japanese hand towels made from dyed cotton cloth) are back in vogue and here you'll find classic patterns and seasonal motifs such as flying carp streamers and fireworks. Wear one as an accessory or hang it up on the wall as part of your decor. Kamawanu Asakusa

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Asakusa
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Learn about architecture by the sea...

Associated with the Terrada warehouse company, this cutting-edge museum exhibits the best of architecture from all over the world while encouraging the appreciation and documenting of Japan's architectural culture. You'll learn the ins and outs of the field while checking out models created by everyone from big-name architects to students of the craft. Archi-Depot

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Tennozu
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Feel the magic of fabric...

Dealing in everything from traditionally dyed fabric to the latest in textile technology and offering a nice selection of clothing and accessories, Nuno is virtually synonymous with superb craftsmanship. Nuno

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Roppongi
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Party hardy...

The latest venture by Tokyo club scene champions Global Hearts provides much-needed relief for the city's more discerning friends of electronic tunes in a basement on Shibuya's Dogenzaka. Contact

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Shibuya
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Enjoy the view for free...

Kenzo Tange's domineering building is worth visiting purely to have a good look at its spectacular edifice, but it's also home to a pair of free observation decks that have become a popular stop on many tourist itineraries. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatories

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Shinjuku
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Shop in Ameyoko...

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A visit to the bustling Ameyoko market, squeezed along the railway tracks between Ueno and Okachimachi stations, feels like a trip into Tokyo’s past – and a loud one, at that. Ameyoko Plaza Food & Clothes Market

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Ueno
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Cycle the city...

The minimalist Tokyo Bike brand’s new outpost offers both same-day and overnight rentals but requires advance bookings (which can be made in English on their website). A one-day rental costs ¥2,500, with a ¥1,500 surcharge for every additional day. Tokyo Bike Rentals Yanaka

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Yanaka
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Be a celiac in style...

The Elle café's flagship store offers a menu chock-full of healthy(ish) things such as freshly baked organic loaves and gluten-free sweets. The first floor is occupied by a takeout bakery-come-deli and a café with an open-air terrace, while the second floor hosts a restaurant serving prix fixed meals produced by super chef Melissa King, a favourite of Madonna and the Obama family. Elle Café Aoyama

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Aoyama
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Snack on a Sydney sandwich...

Its Australian surf atmosphere, the pop art on the walls and the free wi-fi are all nice, but this spot also just happens to bake some of the best bread in the area. The whole-grain, fully vegan baguettes can be had with filling mixtures from chicken and avocado to all-veg and BLTE. Bondi Coffee Sandwiches

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Yoyogi-Hachiman
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Dig into some rock-solid soup...

Freeze-dried food manufacturer Amano Jitsugyo's shop carries everything from miso soup to Japanese-style curry, all in rock-hard, moisture-free form. Use the store's free hot water supplier to dig into your space food right then and there. Amano Freeze-Dried Station

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Marunouchi
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Hunt down Tokyo's rare falafel...

A good falafel joint is hard to find in Tokyo, and it's one of those rare foods that we'd walk halfway across town for. The ¥1,360 falafel lunch set here starts with a small cup of pumpkin soup and moves on to Israeli salad, hummus, falafel, pita and fries. Ta-im

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Ebisu
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Overload on otaku culture...

Akihabara? These days, the diehard otaku prefer to go to Nakano Broadway and its over 300 shops to get their fix – whether that involves manga, collectible figurines, video games or, er, replica machine guns. Nakano Broadway

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Nakano
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Buy a small piece of Shibuya...

Only have eyes for Shibuya? Express your feelings with a Hachiko-themed souvenir or pick up other fun knickknacks at this shop that also sells stuff like brilliant shuriken-shaped earrings. Shibuya Souvenir Shop

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Shibuya
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Indulge on eight stacks of soft serve...

Daily Chiko is no regular ice cream stand. Their 20cm tall soft serve, consisting of eight layers of heaven is surprisingly light and only packs a third of the calories in a typical soft serve. A mere ¥490 lets you take up the challenge. Daily Chiko

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Nakano
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Marvel at crafted candy...

One of Japan’s traditional crafts, Amezaiku is the art of making tiny candy sculptures. Using a special pair of tiny scissors, craftsmen produce detailed chiselled treats, often in the shape of animals. Buy a selection here or head over to the main store in Asakusa, Amezaiku Ameshin, to try a workshop for ¥3,000 (booking essential). Ameshin Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi

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Oshiage
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Be a street dude...

You'll find street-ready styles from the likes of Palace Skateboards at Kinetics SB, re-opened in summer 2016 as a skate-focused boutique. Bridging the gap between the high street and street cred, the store stocks men's shoes, clothing and a wide range of skateboarding gear. Kinetics SB

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Harajuku
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Take in the teachings of tea masters...

Experience an authentic Japanese tea ceremony in Ginza: at Chazen, you'll learn how to grind tea leaves into matcha powder and whip up your own cup of tea, which can then be enjoyed together with seasonal sweets. Advance reservations required. Chazen

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Higashi-Ginza
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Sip on craft beer at the waterfront...

Tokyo’s best waterfront brewpub produces a range of Californian-style ales and porters, and the attached restaurant serves up very decent diner fare. A facelift in March 2015 added extra seats and an improved menu. T.Y. Harbor

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Tennozu
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Pick up tourist tips and speciality sweets...

Staffed by very capable concierges, this information centre is where to learn all about Sumida, Tokyo's traditional downtown. Pick up some local specialities, try Sumida's traditional sweets, or join one of the occasional workshops to learn about traditional handicrafts. Sumida City Point

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Oshiage
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Drink your favourite movie...

All cocktails here are based on the content of a specific flick, so expect a (very) strong drink if you order one named after a horror movie. The selection is too extensive to fit on a menu, so feel free to make requests. Note that there's a ¥500 table charge and no credit cards are taken. The Whales of August

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Shibuya
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Complete your lifestyle look...

One of the hardest-hyped stores inside Futako-Tamagawa's Rise shopping centre, this ultra-stylish home electronics outlet is run by rental giant Tsutaya and sells far more than just TVs and microwaves: you'll also find sports gear, stationery, books, magazines and so on. Tsutaya Electrics

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Futako-Tamagawa
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Browse 10 million books...

It’s easy to lose a few hours (if only that) rummaging around in Tokyo’s Jimbocho neighbourhood, a bibliophile nirvana that’s home to some 180 secondhand bookshops. Jimbocho Book Town

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Jinbocho
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Sleep where you shop...

The main bonus of this hotel is that the rooms come equipped with cooking facilities, but we also love that it's close to Shinjuku Station; you can choose between 'simple' and 'renovated' rooms; and there's an antiques store with Japanese vintage clothing and furniture on the premises. Apartment Hotel Shinjuku

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Shinjuku-Sanchome
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Join the train otaku...

The second floor of Kiha, the after-work hangout of Tokyo’s toritetsu (train geeks), is decked out like the inside of a Tokyo subway car, down to the most minute detail. The luggage racks, handles, ads, station signs and route maps are all authentic and combine to recreate an environment so real that your brain might be tricked into thinking the carriage is moving on occasion, especially if you’ve had a few. Kiha

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Nihonbashi
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See the Great Wave...

Head over to the increasingly traditional-cool neighbourhood of Ryogoku, which now houses a museum dedicated entirely to Edo-era Sumida's most famous son – ukiyo-e superstar Katsushika Hokusai. In addition to viewing displays of the woodblock print wizard's countless masterpieces, you can learn about Hokusai the man and life in Sumida during his time. Sumida Hokusai Museum

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Ryogoku
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Tend to a tiny tree...

Looking for a long-lasting plant to beautify your abode? Pick up a unique bonsai tree with lush moss here and watch it slowly grow into a magnificent specimen – if you treat it right. Ryu Ryu

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Sangubashi
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Join Shinjuku's trendy ladies for a shop...

This huge and confusingly named shopping mall blends seamlessly into the cityscape around Shinjuku Station's New South exit, and features not only shops and restaurants but also a full-scale event space, a rooftop garden, a kindergarten and a clinic. Newoman

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Shinjuku
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Discover a whole new Bill...

Occupying the top floor of new Ginza landmark Okura House, the sixth Japanese branch of Bill Granger's breakfast empire offers not only tried-and-tested staples like ricotta pancakes, organic scrambled eggs and flat white coffee, but also afternoon tea deals, dinner specials and a takeout menu. Bills Ginza

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Ginza
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Slip into Edo-style wear...

Looking for a touch of traditional class? Dress up in authentic kabuki garb and have your picture taken, or rent a kimono for a stroll around Ginza. Studio Alice Kabukiza branch

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Higashi-Ginza
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Taste ice cream for the ages...

In a city that often takes its desserts more seriously than its politics, judging the best ices on offer can be a thankless task. Japanese Ice Ouca ought to come out near the top of any best of list, however – there are no misses here. Japanese Ice Ouca

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Ebisu
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Get intimate with art...

Billing itself as Tokyo’s ‘smallest cultural institution’, this renovated house in the traditional Yanaka area includes a café and exhibition space, and also hosts occasional gigs and dance performances. Hagiso

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Yanaka
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Dine in the sky...

At 345m above ground, Tokyo Skytree’s Sky Restaurant 634 (Musashi) serves as both an observatory overlooking the city and a place to enjoy an excellent fusion of Japanese and French cuisines using plenty of local ingredients. Sky Restaurant 634 (Musashi)

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Oshiage
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Try the Time Out burger...

Boastful? Yes, but you would be too if you shared your name with a burger as good as this. Enjoy a massive hunk of beefy love in our very own Time Out Café & Diner in Ebisu. Time Out Café & Diner

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Ebisu
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Walk among plush giants...

Hidden underneath Tokyo Station, this pathway is dedicated to cute characters native to Japan. From all-time favourite Pokémon's official store to outlets for Ultraman, Hello Kitty and Rilakkuma – the choices are endless at this wonderland for both children and adults. Tokyo Character Street

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Marunouchi
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Sink into quality sounds...

Popular Shibuya gig spot WWW is aiming for even greater heights with this sister joint, opened in September 2016. Boasting a slightly bigger capacity than the original, X features a flat floor, high ceiling and top-of-the-line sound and light systems. You can look forward to all-night events in the near future, too. WWW X

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Shibuya
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Choose your tea with your butler...

Sneak a peek inside the first butler's cafe in Japan, which opened in 2006 and is a kind of fantasy world – at least, for those who fantasise about being served tea by a gentle butler. Advance bookings are necessary, but if you can't get a table then stop by the gift shop where you'll still get a feel for the atmosphere. Butler's Cafe Swallowtail

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Ikebukuro
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Celebrate an artsy renewal...

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Tokyo’s premier photography showcase was re-opened in September 2016 after extensive renovations. The first photography and moving image museum in Japan, it boasts a collection of over 33,000 works and brings in leading lights of the photography world for regular shows. Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

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Ebisu
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Opt for a Bangkok dinner...

Sasazuka's top Thai joint boasts a copious menu featuring almost 70 dishes, many made with seasonal ingredients. Don't miss the tom yum goong, a Thai soup made with chicken and pork spare ribs. Celadon

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Hatagaya
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Learn the sushi move...

If you've ever wanted to learn how to make nigiri sushi, this is the place for you. They offer 90-minute, all-you-can-make sushi classes at Tsukiji every Saturday, with the English-speaking instructors ready to transform you into a nigiri guru. Try on one of the costumes to channel your inner sushi. Tokyo Sushi Academy Tsukiji

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EXCELLENT LIST! Arigatou gozaimasu Time Out Tokyo ❤️❤️❤️