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Kaila Imada

Kaila Imada

Associate Editor, Time Out Tokyo

Kaila is one of the English editors at Time Out Tokyo. She dreams of sample sales, uni and is always on the hunt for the best kakigori shaved ice. 

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10 best late-night cafés in Tokyo for after-dinner coffee and dessert

10 best late-night cafés in Tokyo for after-dinner coffee and dessert

While Tokyo is home to many outstanding and unique bars, sometimes the evening calls for a calm and sober atmosphere, where you can relax over coffee, tea and even some dessert. Unfortunately in Tokyo, most cafés tend to close early between 5pm and 7pm. However, that doesn’t mean the only iced tea you can get after dinner is of the long island variety. There are a handful of cafés that stay open late into the night, making them the perfect spot for one last latte, nightcap or even a quiet place to tuck into a slice of cake.  For late-night hangouts that don’t involve alcohol, check out these cafés which are open until at least 10pm. RECOMMENDED: The most beautiful cafés in Tokyo

10 Japanese breads you have to try

10 Japanese breads you have to try

Nowhere does bread quite like Japan. While rice and noodles are staples, bread is also very much an important part of the Japanese diet. Plus, it’s hard to ignore the smell of freshly baked bread as you pass by one of the city’s wonderful bakeries, many of which specialise in Japanese-style baked goods like loaves of shokupan or buns filled with different sweet and savoury fillings. You might find some of them sold as sozaipan, a mash-up of the Japanese words for side dish (sozai) and bread (pan). While you can find classics like croissants and baguettes at many Japanese bakeries, it’s worth expanding your horizons and trying out these uniquely Japanese breads that you won’t find anywhere else. Here are some of our favourites. RECOMMENDED: Eat your way through Tokyo’s best bakeries

Tokyo cherry blossom progress report 2024: the sakura trees are looking more sparse now

Tokyo cherry blossom progress report 2024: the sakura trees are looking more sparse now

What a wonderful time to be in Tokyo! After a short delay, Tokyo's cherry blossoms are now blooming and they have hit full bloom as of Friday April 5 2024. To keep you up to date on how the blossoms are doing, we've done the legwork, visited different sakura spots in Tokyo, so you can check up on the blooming cycle before heading out. RECOMMENDED: Make this your best sakura season yet with our ultimate guide to cherry blossoms in Tokyo

The 48 best hotels in Hong Kong, for business, leisure, and everything in between

The 48 best hotels in Hong Kong, for business, leisure, and everything in between

As one of the best Asian cities ever with the second coolest street in the world, Hong Kong plays host to plenty of travellers who all need places to rest their heads. Whether you’re looking for a budget bed or ostentatious, heli-pad bedecked five-star luxury, there’s accommodation to suit every type of guest. From honeymoons to shoe-string gap years to swanky business trips – this is the definitive guide to staying in Hong Kong. RECOMMENDED: Check out the most incredible things to do in Hong Kong, the concerts and music events happening in town, and the best Cantonese restaurants to eat in Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every hotel featured, we’ve based our list on top reviews, hosts and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

The most beautiful spring flowers in Tokyo – and where to see them all in 2024

The most beautiful spring flowers in Tokyo – and where to see them all in 2024

The enduring icon of spring in Japan, cherry blossoms are practically synonymous with the country itself, attracting hordes of admirers from across the world every season. While cherry blossoms generally flower in late March, they usually last no longer than a couple of weeks. So if you missed the cherry trees at peak bloom, fret not – there are lots of other spring flowers you can find that are just as beautiful in their own way. And the best part is, there’s always something putting out its petals in Tokyo during spring, from late March right through to May. RECOMMENDED: How to enjoy Tokyo's biggest attractions in one day

10 best craft workshops and classes in Tokyo

10 best craft workshops and classes in Tokyo

Tokyo is a shopper's paradise, where you can get everything from stationery and trendy homewares to designer vintage and discount goods. But why not take your retail therapy one step further by making something yourself? After all, nothing makes a better souvenir than something you've crafted with your hands under the guidance of the city's finest artisans. For a more interactive Tokyo experience, sign up for these fun workshops – from making washi paper and origami to kintsugi ceramics and fake food samples – at these speciality workshops and stores across Tokyo. RECOMMENDED: Your ultimate guide to Tokyo's best department stores

10 best shops to buy Japanese foodstuff and condiments in Tokyo

10 best shops to buy Japanese foodstuff and condiments in Tokyo

Some of the best souvenirs and gifts you can buy in Tokyo are the amazing Japanese foodstuff. From cookies and confectionery to seasonings and condiments such as miso, ponzu and yuzu kosho, you really can’t go wrong with something delicious to remind you of all the great food you ate in Japan.  Looking for a great gift or something to spice up your home cooking? Check out these specialist stores, gourmet grocers and supermarkets offering quintessential Japanese ingredients sourced from across the country, as well as beautifully packaged sweets and snacks. RECOMMENDED: The best depachika in Tokyo

Sakura flavours: 17 cherry blossom desserts and drinks to try in Tokyo

Sakura flavours: 17 cherry blossom desserts and drinks to try in Tokyo

With sakura season just around the corner, we've rounded up some of the best seasonal cherry blossom treats to indulge in while you head out to see the gorgeous pink blooms across Tokyo. These pastel pink cherry blossom-flavoured desserts and drinks also make for the perfect Instagram fodder this spring.  RECOMMENDED: 14 best places to see cherry blossoms in Japan – with dates

Cherry blossoms 2024: 17 best places to see sakura in Tokyo

Cherry blossoms 2024: 17 best places to see sakura in Tokyo

With winter now behind us, our great city is finally starting to transition into spring. In other words, the 2024 Tokyo sakura season will soon be upon us. According to this year's forecast, cherry blossoms are expected to start blooming on March 24 and reach full bloom by March 31.  You can find cherry blossoms in many places across Tokyo, from the city's best parks including Shinjuku Gyoen and Ueno Park, to pretty suburban streets in Nakameguro, Shibuya and Kunitachi. So with cameras at the ready, save these top places in Tokyo for the most beautiful spring blooms. RECOMMENDED: Looking to go further? Check out these amazing cherry blossom destinations across Japan

9 best cherry blossom day trips from Tokyo

9 best cherry blossom day trips from Tokyo

Tokyo isn’t short of brilliant cherry blossom spots, but there are also incredible sakura destinations just outside the city that are perfect for pleasant day trips. Not only are these lesser-known areas beautiful, they also tend to be less crowded than some of the cherry blossom hotspots around Tokyo. From sakura with the backdrop of Mt Fuji to traditional gardens full of pink flowers, these cherry blossom retreats are definitely worth the excursion. RECOMMENDED: The greatest cherry blossom trees of Japan and where to see them

5 best camera and photography shops in Tokyo

5 best camera and photography shops in Tokyo

Tokyo is one photogenic city, and you’d want a proper camera to capture the best moments. Thankfully, the city is chock-full of amazing electronics and camera stores, where you can score a bargain on used equipment or splurge on the latest model. If you’re hoping to save, we highly recommend browsing the second-hand selection at many of Tokyo’s camera shops. Like most preloved items in Japan, second-hand cameras and equipment usually remain in great condition, and you can get them at a decent marked-down price.  Don’t feel intimidated when you walk into these camera stores; there are options for both casual and professional shutterbugs. Plus, your choices in Tokyo are endless as Japan is home to some of the world’s most renowned camera brands including Nikon, Fujifilm, Ricoh and Panasonic.  To help you find your ideal camera and photography accessories, here are a few of our favourite new and used camera shops.  RECOMMENDED: The best flagship stores in Tokyo

5 best places to see tulips in and around Tokyo

5 best places to see tulips in and around Tokyo

Cherry blossoms aren’t the only thing blooming in Tokyo this spring. Tulips are one of the many beautiful flowers popping up in and around the city between March and April. The colourful little bulbs come in hundreds of varieties and the gardens around Tokyo sure know how to show them off.  The flowers are often associated with the Netherlands, and that’s true in Japan, too. So if you’re picturing rolling fields of tulips set against a backdrop of spinning windmills, you’re in for a treat. Many of these photogenic parks aim to replicate that scene, right down to the old Dutch windmill. Read on for the best spots to see these stunning spring flowers. RECOMMENDED: The most beautiful spring flowers in Tokyo – and where to see them all

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てるなり

てるなり

フレンチの要素を懐石に取り入れたてるなりの料理は、一品一品が際立っている。キッチンに立つ徳本寛一は、名店鈴なりの村田明彦の下で働いた経歴の持ち主だ。 必要以上に季節に固執することはなく、毎日その日に届いたもので丁寧に料理するのが特徴で、鶏レバーのパテが入ったモナカや、ワサビがアクセントになった牛スジの茶わん蒸しなど、和食をユニークに表現した料理が楽しめる。 ウメとショウガがきいたイワシの煮物、漬けマグロと赤こんにゃく、キュウリに添えられたうま味たっぷりのなめろうなど、さまざまな本格懐石料理も絶品だ。器の周りに添えられた季節の植物も、料理を彩る。 コースの最後は、てるなりの代表料理でもある釜炊きご飯の締め。しょうゆとみりんで甘辛く味付けされた豚肉、トマトとフレッシュバジルが入っており、かき混ぜてチーズをかければ和風リゾットに早変わりする。懐石の概念を覆してくれる、ファン必見の店だろう。

Terunari

Terunari

Terunari puts a creative spin on kaiseki by incorporating French influences that shine through in each and every dish. French- trained chef Kanichi Tokumoto runs the kitchen, working under chef Akihiko Murata of Terunari’s Michelin-starred sister restaurant Suzunari. Chef Tokumoto doesn’t stress over hyper-seasonality and instead works with whatever the kitchen is given, not necessarily just with what’s in season. You can look forward to unique reinterpretations of classic Japanese dishes, such as a crisp monaka (wafer sandwich, usually sweet) filled with chicken liver pâté, and chawanmushi egg custard made more substantial with beef tendon and a hint of wasabi. The more classic kaiseki- style dishes range from sardines simmered with ume plum and ginger to tuna served with red konjac, and aji (mackerel) layered with cucumber and a savoury miso tartar which packs an umami punch. Seasonality is expressed through the details: decorations include seasonal leaves and twigs, while the colours are bright and vibrant, making them not just appetising but photogenic too. The meal ends with a shime (loosely translated as ‘coming to a close’), where you’re served Terunari’s signature rice dish, a combination of sweet pork marinated in shoyu and mirin, and steamed with a perfectly plump tomato and fresh basil inside a Japanese claypot. Once cooked, the rice is mixed up at your table and topped with a good dose of cheese, turning it into a Japanese risotto of sorts. For fans of kaiseki,

ミクソロジー サロン

ミクソロジー サロン

銀座のバーといえば、値段が高く上品で堅苦しい場所を想像してしまうかもしれない。ミクソロジーサロンはそんなステレオタイプのイメージを覆す店で、リラックスした雰囲気と、日本のテイストを取り入れたカクテルが特徴だ。 場所はギンザシックスの13階。クリーンでミニマルなたたずまいだが、温かい雰囲気もある。実際、酒を飲む場所というよりモダンなカフェのように見えるが、それには理由がある。 「Teatail(お茶のカクテル)」を専門とするミクソロジーサロンのオリジナルカクテルは全て、茶葉を漬け込んで蒸留した自家製スピリッツを使っているのだ。ほうじ茶風味のバーボンやそば茶風味のウオッカ、烏龍茶風味のラム、煎茶風味のジンなど幅広い品ぞろえを楽しんでほしい。

Kudan Otsuka

Kudan Otsuka

Run by a charming husband-and-wife duo for the past eight years, Kudan Otsuka is classic kaiseki at its best. The quaint space is situated across the street from Yasukuni Shrine, whose calm surrounds extend into the restaurant. To keep things fresh, the menu changes monthly, highlighting seasonal ingredients in a traditional yet original way. Expect wow-inducing dishes featuring unique ingredients you may have never seen or tried before. Our meal started with a deceivingly simple soup (or owan, which literally means bowl in Japanese). The clear broth was accented with a tender chunk of winter melon, silky smooth somen noodles, okura and junsai (watershield, whose leaves have a slimy coating). This was followed by a four- appetiser platter served on a beautiful fan-shaped plate: a sunomono salad was given a twist by replacing the conventional cucumber with figs inside a vinegar jelly; a traditional summer kaiseki coupling of daikon and octopus had been simmered in a flavourful soy broth until tender; a selection of summer vegetables fried karaage-style in an unbelievably light batter; and there was an inspired pairing of yuba (tofu skin) and raw shiro ebi (white shrimp) topped with wasabi for a light kick.

Negima

Negima

Commonly associated with sumo wrestlers looking to get a calorie-packed meal to bulk up for an upcoming match, and hungry diners seeking something warm during the cold months, nabe or Japanese-style hotpot also has a more refined side. Enter Negima, an unassuming restaurant in Kita-Ikebukuro, which specialises in Edo-style maguro (tuna) and negi (Welsh onion) nabe. Contrary to its big servings, the restaurant is tiny and only seats eight. Negima is inspired by nabe from the Edo era prior to the invention of refrigerators, when fresh produce especially fish couldn’t be kept for long. So folks back then had to use up the ingredients by dropping them all into a pot of flavourful dashi broth where everything would be cooked thoroughly. Nabe at Negima is served as a course meal. You start with an Edo-style tamagoyaki, or egg roll, which has been lightly seasoned with katsuo dashi and shoyu. Pair it with sake and you’re off to a good start. Next, you’ll be presented with a beautiful platter of nabe ingredients before they are cooked inside a light dashi broth along with wakame seaweed and fresh greens. You’ll be able to sample various cuts of tuna, including the haramo (belly) and kama toro (gill flesh); they are both equally tender and elevated to another level with just a sprinkle of hand-crushed pepper. The thick slices of negi are cooked until soft and make for a refreshing relief between mouthfuls of tuna. To finish, you get to savour all that flavourful broth that’s been si

ねぎま

ねぎま

寒くなってくると食べたくなる鍋。自宅でも手軽にできるが、ちゃんこや水炊きなど、鍋と言っても種類は多い。中でもシンプルかつ上品な鍋は、ねぎま鍋ではないだろうか。北池袋で、カウンター8席のみの小さく気取らない店を構えるねぎまは、本格江戸前料理のねぎまの店だ。 ねぎまとは、その名の通り、ねぎとまぐろが主役の鍋「ねぎま鍋」の略称。食品の冷蔵技術が低かった江戸時代、魚のような生鮮食品はすぐ傷んでしまうこともあり、脂肪分の多いトロの部分は捨てられていた。それを人々が工夫して、味わうようになったのが始まりと言われている。 ねぎまの鍋はコース料理の中の一品だ。かつおだし醤油で軽く味付けした江戸前卵焼きからコースは始まる。酒と一緒に頬張れば、いいスタートが切れること間違いなし。鍋料理に使う食材が乗った、美しい大皿が運ばれてきたら、店主の長橋公代がワカメや新鮮生野菜と一緒に薄味の出汁の中で煮込んでくれる。 取材時には、ハラモ(腹部)やカマトロ(えら肉)という、マグロの部位をいただいた。どちらも同じくらい食感が柔らかく、手で砕いたコショウ一振りで、味が際立つ。柔らかくなるまで出汁で煮込まれた、厚切りのネギも、今までのネギの概念が変わるほどの絶品。まぐろを味わう合間に口の中をさっぱりとさせてくれる。締めには土鍋で炊いた白米に煮汁をかける、出汁茶漬け。 ほかでは味わえない、本格江戸前料理に興味があれば、ぜひ足を運んでほしい。

九段 おおつか

九段 おおつか

開業から8年を迎えた九段 おおつかは、夫婦で切り盛りしてきた本格懐石料理店だ。靖国神社から通りを隔てた場所に位置し、静かで趣あふれる空間となっている。新鮮さを保つため、メニューは月変わりで提供している。伝統的だが独創的な方法で、季節の食材を主役にした料理が提供される。ユニークな食材を使った驚嘆の料理を期待してもらいたい。 お椀から始まる食事は、柔らかいトウガンの厚切りと絹のように滑らかな素麺が透明なだし汁に浮かび、オクラとジュンサイがアクセントとなっている。その後、美しい扇形の皿に盛り付けられた4種の前菜が続く。酢仕立てのゼリーで和えられたイチジクには驚きだ。ダイコンとタコの煮付けは風味豊かな醤油だしで、柔らかくなるまで煮込んである。選り抜きの夏野菜が信じがたいほど軽い衣で揚げてあり、ワサビでアクセントをつけた、湯葉と生シロエビの料理は見事だ。 おそらく唯一の懐石料理店だろうと思うが、新潟米、鳥取の鶏肉、滑らかな卵といった、最高の食材で作った看板料理の親子丼が1,080円という驚きの価格で楽しめる『親子丼ランチ』を提供している。味噌汁と自家製の漬物と一緒に出される。同店をディナーで利用する前に、ランチで気軽に足を運べるのが嬉しい。

Mixology Salon

Mixology Salon

When one thinks of Ginza bars, prim and prissy spaces affixed with a pricey drink list often come to mind. You can imagine how glad we were to have found Mixology Salon, which is bucking that stereotype with a relaxed attitude that also extends towards its inspired Japanese-take on cocktails. Easily accessible on the 13th floor of Ginza Six, this unpretentious space is clean and minimal yet welcoming. In fact, it looks more like a modern tea bar than an alcoholic one – and there’s a good reason for that. Specialising in what they call ‘teatails’, Mixology Salon’s signature cocktails are all made with its house blend of tea-infused spirits. You’ll find a wide range here, from hojicha-infused bourbon and soba cha vodka to oolong tea-flavoured rum and sencha gin. For first-timers, we recommend you go for a teatail course, where you can choose between three to five drinks made with a particular tea in mind. Otherwise, you can’t go wrong with the Green Tea Fashioned (¥1,700), a fresh take on the classic Old Fashioned. Got a sweet tooth? Order the Soba Cha cocktail (¥1,600), which is a mix of buckwheat tea-infused vodka and pineapple and finished with a surprising hint of miso. Note: ¥800 table charge applies per person. Price exclusive of consumption tax.

Gentle Monster

Gentle Monster

The popular frames from the leading South Korean eyewear brand Gentle Monster have finally opened up shop in Hong Kong with their very first flagship store. Fashionistas in the SAR can now get their hands on the very sunglasses worn by Korean pop stars to sleek frame styles you won't find anywhere else. The new flagship shop in Causeway Bay is themed after a train platform giving visitors a unique shopping experience similar to Seoul's ever-changing 'Quantum Project' concept stores. 

Adidas Sport Performance Flagship Store

Adidas Sport Performance Flagship Store

Step into the brand new Adidas flagship store for all your go-to sporting needs from clothing and shoes to accessories. The new shop is also home to the all-new Adidas Training Academy where you can kick yourself into gear with your new sportswear while working up a sweat at one of the free training programmes followed by a visit to the Refresh Zone to freshen up in their shower facilities and vanity areas.

Agnès b. Rue du Jour

Agnès b. Rue du Jour

Celebrate more than 40 years of Agnès B as they open their brand new concept store in Causeway Bay's Fashion Walk. The Rue du Jour shop is named after the very first Agnès B Femme shop, which opened in Paris back in 1975. Get your hands on your favourite items from the Sport B, Voyage and Bijoux collections along with a bite to eat at the B Cafe and a colourful bouquet from B Fleuriste. 

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Film your own samurai action scene at this movie studio park in Kyoto

Film your own samurai action scene at this movie studio park in Kyoto

Samurai and ninja experiences are starting to become popular activities for visitors to Japan, with places like Tokyo’s immersive samurai museum opening doors to this enticing world of ancient warriors. Photo: Toei Kyoto Studio Co., Ltd. But if just wearing some armour and swinging a sword indoors isn’t enough to satisfy, you can take things one step further at Toei Kyoto Studio Park. This theme park and film set is where you can enjoy a sword-fighting experience in a traditional Edo-period (1603-1867) setting all while being filmed like an action movie star.   Photo: Toei Kyoto Studio Co., Ltd. In the park’s katana sword-fighting experience, you'll get to battle it out on a set designed like an ancient Japanese town and learn moves from professional sword-fighting instructors. Some of the moves you'll learn include bowing properly, drawing and sheathing the sword, and making horizontal cuts and bamboo strikes. Photo: Toei Kyoto Studio Co., Ltd. To make the experience all the more authentic, you'll also get to dress up in appropriate costumes to get into the Edo-era mood. There's a total of five outfits to pick from: samurai, ninja, Ryoma Sakamoto (a famous Japanese samurai), guardsman and furisode wakashu (long-sleeved kimono usually worn by young men). Photo: Toei Kyoto Studio Co., Ltd. Once you’ve got the moves down and are dressed up, the battle will take place and be filmed, so you can watch it after and save it as a fun memento of your experience. Additionally,

Overseas tourists can get this exclusive Sanrio Pasmo transport card

Overseas tourists can get this exclusive Sanrio Pasmo transport card

Tokyo has one of the world’s best public transport systems, with well-maintained and easy-to-use trains and buses. There are also plenty of useful rail passes and IC transport cards that make getting around the city a breeze. These IC transport cards are especially convenient as you can use them to travel on trains and buses, and to pay at stores and restaurants. A particularly useful – not to mention, cute – one is the Pasmo Passport. Unlike the regular Pasmo card, the Pasmo Passport is exclusively available to overseas tourists and gets you discounts at attractions across Tokyo. It's also adorned with some adorable Sanrio characters including Hello Kitty and Pompompurin. The Pasmo Passport can be used for transport on trains and buses in the Kanto region as well as other areas around Japan where IC cards are accepted. You can also use the Pasmo Passport to receive discounts at venues like Sanrio Puroland, Heiwajima Natural Hot Springs and Daikichi Asakusa Kimono Rental. To see the full list of participating outlets, visit here. Photo: ©1976, 1966, 2001, 2019 Sanrio Co., Ltd. At this time, the ¥500 issuing fee for the card has been waived, so you can buy the Pasmo Passport for ¥1,500 (the full ¥1,500 can be used as fare). The card expires after 28 days, but you can take it home with you as a nice souvenir of your trip. The card is available at Narita and Haneda airports, plus major Tokyo stations like Ueno, Ikebukuro and Shinjuku. For a full list of where to buy the Pasmo

Osaka has a new silent cafe that does not allow any talking or music

Osaka has a new silent cafe that does not allow any talking or music

Over the past few years, as Japan works towards a more welcoming and inclusive future, we’ve seen some pretty distinctive spaces open up around the country. Tokyo’s noteworthy Dawn Avatar Robot Café features robot waiters controlled remotely by disabled or homebound workers, while another café with an equally interesting concept has just opened up in Osaka. Photo: General Incorporated Association Possible Known as Shojo Cafe, this new space invites customers to enjoy some peace and quiet, as no talking or music is allowed. But the mandatory silence is not just intended to soothe the nerves of the café’s clientele: many of the employees here are deaf or hard-of-hearing, so the silence is also a way for customers to experience things from their perspective.  Photo: General Incorporated Association Possible Shojo Cafe is run by AB Possible, a company that works to create inclusive environments accommodating of disabilities. Guests are asked to refrain from talking, but you can choose to communicate with written notes, by pointing at the menu, or using sign language. Google Translate is encouraged if you aren’t proficient in Japanese. Photo: General Incorporated Association Possible Due to the lack of noise, other sounds and senses will become heightened. This makes for a great opportunity to try out matcha, one of the café’s specialities. You can even try brewing the tea yourself, and once complete, you’ll be able to enjoy your cup with special wagashi (traditional Japanes

Here are 9 less crowded places in Tokyo for cherry blossoms

Here are 9 less crowded places in Tokyo for cherry blossoms

Hurray, after a bit of delay, spring is finally here – this year’s cherry blossom season is well and truly underway. If you prefer a leisurely cherry blossom experience with more elbow room, this list is for you. We’ve rounded up a few of the more spacious and less crowded (only relatively, to be honest) cherry blossom sites around Tokyo for you to enjoy. Photo: Picture Cells/PixtaKanda River cherry blossoms Kanda River The Kanda River is one of the lesser-known sakura spots in Tokyo. It has similar views to the Meguro River in Nakameguro, but minus the crowds. While several stations are within walking distance from the river, a good access point is Edogawabashi Station, whose Exit 1A leads you directly to the start of the sakura stretch. Double your blossom viewing with a stop by the pristine and scenic Higo-Hosokawa Garden, which is also along the Kanda River.  Photo: Lim Chee Wah Aoyama Cemetery Located in the upscale neighbourhood of Aoyama, this cemetery has been around since 1874. It’s where many of Tokyo’s most significant personalities were laid to rest. The site also has a lot of sakura trees, and it’s especially beautiful in spring. Since this is a cemetery, it sees less crowds and has a more quiet and subdued atmosphere.  Photo: Lim Chee WahKoishikawa Botanical Gardens Koishikawa Botanical Garden Run by the University of Tokyo, this botanical garden is out of the way and hence sees less tourist traffic. However, it has a huge sakura section, with some of the

Get a free and amazing view of Tokyo Tower from this Azabudai Hills building

Get a free and amazing view of Tokyo Tower from this Azabudai Hills building

Tokyo is home to some pretty incredible observation decks, where you can get a sky-high view of the city. However, many of these require advance reservations, plus they can set you back a pretty penny to enjoy the scenery. So if you’re looking for a free place to get a grand view of Tokyo's sprawling cityscape, we recommend heading to Mori JP Tower, one of the brand-new buildings that make up the Azabudai Hills development.  Photo: Kaila Imada Aside from being home to the all-new teamLab Borderless art museum, Azabudai Hills offers several other must-visit spots including the stunning Sky Lobby. This free viewing area is located on the 33rd floor of the Mori JP Tower and it offers panoramic vistas of the city skyline as well as an unobstructed look at Tokyo Tower. Photo: Kaila Imada You can take in the cityscape from the floor-to-ceiling windows or enjoy the views from the Grand Staircase, a massive stairway that features plenty of seating as well as power outlets for you to charge up your devices. If you want to spend more time here, head on up to the very top of the staircase where you’ll find Hills House Sky Room Cafe & Bar, a small café selling drinks and baked goods. While the Sky Lobby is currently open to the public, starting Thursday April 18, access will be limited to just Dining 33, Dining 33 Pâtisserie à la Maison and Sky Room Cafe & Bar customers, as well as Hills House Azabudai club lounge members. So make sure you visit quick within these two weeks – because

Ikea Japan's annual Matcha Sweets Fair is back with 5 green tea desserts

Ikea Japan's annual Matcha Sweets Fair is back with 5 green tea desserts

Ikea Japan's annual Matcha Sweets Fair is back and this year you can enjoy a range of desserts and sweets made with the umami-rich green tea powder. The limited-time menu offers traditional Japanese desserts as well as a matcha-infused afternoon tea set. It's available now until Sunday May 26 at Ikea stores across Japan, including the city locations in Shibuya, Harajuku and Shinjuku (although the menus at these three outlets differ). Love all things matcha? Here’s what you can expect from this year's Matcha Sweets Fair at Ikea.  Photo: Ikea Japan These matcha pancakes (¥790) are served with a refreshing matcha sauce as well as a dollop of milk-based cream and sweet red bean paste. Photo: Ikea Japan This matcha afternoon tea set (¥590) includes a matcha gateau chocolate, matcha mizu yokan and matcha mont blanc. When ordering the tea set, you'll also get your choice of coffee or tea from the drink bar. Photo: Ikea Japan The matcha tiramisu (¥490) features layers of whipped cream sandwiched between matcha-flavoured sponge cake and tiramisu cream. Unfortunately, this item is not available in the city stores (Shibuya, Harajuku and Shinjuku). Photo: Ikea Japan This smooth matcha pudding (¥290) is topped with whipped cream and azuki beans for a simple yet satisfying dessert. Photo: Ikea Japan Last but not least, the matcha sundae (¥250) comes complete with an ice cream cone and a slice of matcha gateau chocolate. For more information, visit the website.  This article was o

「麻布台ヒルズ」33階の展望台「スカイロビー」が一般入場禁止に

「麻布台ヒルズ」33階の展望台「スカイロビー」が一般入場禁止に

東京には素晴らしい展望台がいくつかあり、見晴らしのいい景色を楽しむことができるが、多くは事前予約が必要で、ある程度の料金を払わなければならない。無料で東京の街並みを一望できる場所を探しているなら、「麻布台ヒルズ」を構成するビルの一つ「森JPタワー」がおすすめだ。 Photo: Kaila Imada 麻布台ヒルズには「チームラボボーダレス」のほか、訪れてほしいスポットがいくつもある。33階にあるこの無料展望スペースからは、東京の街並みはもちろん、東京タワーが遮られることなく見渡せる。 Photo: Kaila Imada 床から天井まである大きな窓から街並みを眺めるのも、大階段から眺めるのもいいだろう。階段にはたくさんの座席があり、充電用のコンセントも設置されている。 もし展望台でゆっくりと過ごしたいなら、大階段の上には、ドリンクや焼き菓子を販売する小さなカフェ「ヒルズ ハウス スカイ ルーム カフェ & バー(Hills House Sky Room Cafe & Bar)」がある。 2024年4月18日(木)からは、「麻布台ヒルズ 森JPタワー」のオフィステナント入居者、およびその関係者と、「ヒルズハウス(Hills House)」「ダイニング サーティースリー(Dining 33)」「ヒルズ ハウス スカイ ルーム カフェ & バー(Hills House Sky Room Cafe & Bar)」の利用者、「ダイニング33 パティスリー ア・ラ・メゾン(Dining 33 Pâtisserie à la maison)」の購入者のみが入場できるため、注意したい。 東京の素晴らしい景色をもっと見たい人は、こちらの記事を読んでみてほしい。 関連記事 『麻布台ヒルズ』 『麻布台ヒルズでしかできない7のこと』 『麻布台ヒルズに世界初のアマン姉妹ブランドホテル「ジャヌ東京」がオープン』 『東京、無料の展望台7選』 『東京、夜景を愛でるバー11選』 東京の最新情報をタイムアウト東京のメールマガジンでチェックしよう。登録はこちら

KitKat releases a new Japan-only flavour featuring Sanrio characters

KitKat releases a new Japan-only flavour featuring Sanrio characters

One of the most sought after sweet gifts in Japan is the unique KitKat that comes in a host of wild and wacky flavours. To make these tasty treats even more appealing, Nestlé has teamed up with Sanrio to release a brand new KitKat flavour that features all your favourite Sanrio characters like Hello Kitty, Cinnamoroll and Pompompurin on the packaging.  Photo: Nestlé Japan This new flavour, strawberry milk, will be available while stocks last in stores and supermarkets across Japan from Monday April 1.  Photo: Nestlé Japan Priced at ¥685, this special KitKat comes in eight different Sanrio-designed packages. Each package contains ten individually wrapped mini KitKats and there are 28 designs of the mini wrappers, each  adorned with a different Sanrio character. The designs in each pack are random, so you’ll never know what’s inside. Photo: Nestlé Japan As a cute touch, the individually wrapped KitKats also feature encouraging messages in Japanese like 'I love you', 'I'll cheer you up’ and ‘I’m rooting for you!’. Photo: Nestlé Japan You can also scan the QR code on the individual KitKat wrappers for the Sanrio characters to ‘come alive’ via a special AR effect.  For more information on the adorable collaboration, visit the website. More from Time Out Tokyo Cherry blossoms in Tokyo are arriving later than forecast this year This touring Ghibli exhibition is now in Yokosuka, just outside of Tokyo Ashikaga Flower Park’s famous wisteria festival is returning in April 2024 G

Sézanne in Tokyo is ranked as the best restaurant in Asia for 2024

Sézanne in Tokyo is ranked as the best restaurant in Asia for 2024

Hot off the tails of Tokyo’s 2024 Michelin Guide is another highly anticipated list ranking the best restaurants in Asia. Unveiled on March 26 at a ceremony in Seoul, South Korea was the 2024 edition of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants. This year, nine restaurants in Japan made the list, with five of those being in Tokyo. Photo: 50 Best RestaurantsSezanne took the top spot on Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2024 list Taking the top spot on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2024 list is Tokyo’s very own Sézanne, the dynamic French restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi, helmed by chef Daniel Calvert. Last year, the restaurant came in second place, but it has now clinched the coveted number one title. Photo: Keisuke TanigawaFlorilège Following Sézanne in second place is another Tokyo institution, Florilège. The restaurant recently relocated to a new home in Azabudai Hills, and continues to evolve its menu with a focus on plant-based sustainability. The other Tokyo restaurants that made this year’s list include Den (No. 8), which took the top spot back in 2022, as well as stalwart Narisawa (No. 14) that’s been a regular feature on this prestigious ranking since 2013. One of Tokyo’s top Chinese restaurants, Sazenka, is at No. 39. Here’s a breakdown of all the restaurants in Japan that are ranked in the 2024 list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants: No 1 Sézanne, Tokyo  No 2 Florilège, Tokyo No 8 Den, Tokyo No 9 La Cime, Osaka No 14 Narisawa, Tokyo  No 35 Villa Aida, Wakayama No

巡回展「鈴木敏夫とジブリ展」が横須賀美術館で開催中

巡回展「鈴木敏夫とジブリ展」が横須賀美術館で開催中

2022年に「寺田倉庫」で開催され、その後も全国各地を巡回している「鈴木敏夫とジブリ展」。「三鷹の森ジブリ美術館」や愛知県に新しく誕生した「ジブリパーク」と並び、ジブリの世界に没入できるまたとない機会だ。展示の内容は、スタジオジブリのプロデューサー鈴木敏夫の視点からジブリ作品を見つめ直すもの。鈴木と言えば、「千と千尋の神隠し」や「ハウルの動く城」などを手がけた、ジブリを語る上で欠かせない人物である。 寺田倉庫での開催終了後は岩手県、福岡県、愛媛県へと巡回してきたが、この度関東へ戻り、「横須賀美術館」での会期が始まった。開催終了は2024年6月18日(火)を予定している。 © TS © Studio GhibliToshio Suzuki and Ghibli Exhibition previously held in Tokyo 東京での開催時と同様に、インタラクティブでイマーシブな展示が特徴だ。鈴木の愛読書を実際に手に取って読んだり、トトロや湯婆婆など人気キャラクターと写真を撮ったり、「湯婆婆と銭婆の“恋愛・開運”おみくじ」を引いたりといったアトラクションが楽しめる。限定グッズが買えるショップも開設されている。 © TS © Studio GhibliToshio Suzuki and Ghibli Exhibition previously held in Tokyo 2年前に足を運べなかった人にとってはうれしい知らせだろう。なお同美術館では、「日本の巨大ロボット群像―巨大ロボットアニメ、そのデザインと映像表現」展も4月7日(日)まで開催している。 一般入場料は2,000円で、中学生以下と、市内在住または在学中の高校生は無料だ。事前予約による日時指定が必須なので、詳しくは公式ウェブサイトで確認してほしい。 関連記事 『This touring Ghibli exhibition is now in Yokosuka, just outside of Tokyo(原文)』 『ジブリ好きのための東京ガイド』 『日本で行きたい「千と千尋の神隠し」モデルスポット6選』 『「第8回横浜トリエンナーレ」でしかできない5のこと』 『球体関節人形のパイオニア、土井典の作品も展示する企画展が横浜で開催』 『現代アート好きなら訪れたい、アートカフェが目黒不動前にオープン』 東京の最新情報をタイムアウト東京のメールマガジンでチェックしよう。登録はこちら

You can now get Baskin Robbins macarons at FamilyMart

You can now get Baskin Robbins macarons at FamilyMart

Following last year’s viral Tokyo Banana milk and ice cream, FamilyMart is stepping up with more exclusive collaborations. The popular konbini chain recently introduced a special collection of macarons created in collaboration with Baskin Robbins Japan. Now available in stores, the four Baskin Robbins macarons – sold in packs of two – were inspired by the ice cream brand's most popular flavours. These flavours were picked from the results of a consumer survey, and they are Love Potion #31 and Caramel Ribbon. Photo: FamilyMart Love Potion #31 was the top flavour according to the survey. This led to the creation of two macarons: one filled with raspberry cream and another with white chocolate cream. Just like the ice cream, the fillings for both macarons are accentuated with chocolate chips. Photo: FamilyMart The other popular flavour chosen by fans was Caramel Ribbon. For this set of macarons, you'll get crisp, caramel-flavoured macaron shells filled with vanilla cream and caramel sauce separately. Priced at ¥280, each pack comes with two Baskin Robbins macarons. And you can pick them up now at FamilyMart stores nationwide. For more information, visit the website. More from Time Out Tokyo Cherry blossoms in Tokyo are arriving later than forecast this year This touring Ghibli exhibition is now in Yokosuka, just outside of Tokyo Ashikaga Flower Park’s famous wisteria festival is returning in April 2024 Get a free and amazing view of Tokyo Tower from this Azabudai Hills build

Ashikaga Flower Park’s famous wisteria festival is returning in April 2024

Ashikaga Flower Park’s famous wisteria festival is returning in April 2024

Spring is one of the most beautiful times of year in Japan with colourful flowers blooming everywhere you look. Even in Greater Tokyo, you can find some of the season's most stunning showstoppers such as pretty wisteria, colourful tulips and a sea of nemophila. For one of the best shows of wisteria in this region, you'll have a make a day trip to Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi prefecture. The annual, ever popular Fujinohana Monogatari Ofuji Festival is set to run from April 13 to May 15, with the evening light-up from April 20 to May 12. Photo: Ashikaga Flower Park The park is one of Japan’s top destinations for wisteria, boasting 350 trees that bloom from mid-April to mid-May. The stunning flowers, which dangle from wooden trellises, come in a riot of colours including violet, blue, pink, white and yellow blossoms. Each colour tends to bloom at different times: pink first, followed by purple, white and then yellow wisteria. Photo: Ashikaga Flower Park A must-see is the park’s magnificent 150-year-old wisteria tree, which is lit up in the evenings and surrounded by still water that reflects the colourful flowers. This ofuji, or Great Wisteria Tree, has a canopy covering about 1,000sqm and features a jaw-dropping 80,000 individual purple blossoms. Photo: Ashikaga Flower Park The park is also home to a dreamy 80m-long wisteria walk, featuring white blooms drooping over you from the trellis above. Photo: Ashikaga Flower Park If white’s