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Lim Chee Wah

Lim Chee Wah

Editor-in-Chief, Time Out Tokyo

Chee Wah covers living and going out in Tokyo, from the best restaurants and bars the city has to offer, to what to do in Tokyo to avoid fomo.

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16 best restaurants in Ginza: tonkatsu, ramen, tempura, burgers and more

16 best restaurants in Ginza: tonkatsu, ramen, tempura, burgers and more

Tokyo's food scene is legendary and we have the Michelin stars to prove it. However, there are countless restaurants worth visiting besides those bestowed with a star, or three. Here's where we come in, to point you in the direction of the best restaurants in the metropolis, and in this case, in one of Tokyo's swankiest neighbourhoods – Ginza. This being Ginza, the premier shopping destination in Tokyo, most of the restaurants here do come with a price tag to match its princely locale. But, remember that lunchtime usually offers much more reasonable rates while still maintaining similar stellar quality. Whether you're looking for some fantastic sushi, melt-in-the-mouth slices of wagyu, a quirky take on ramen, or even some comforting omurice, start eating through this list. RECOMMENDED: Check out the best restaurants in Shibuya

3 best hotel bars in Tokyo with great cocktails and cool designs

3 best hotel bars in Tokyo with great cocktails and cool designs

Gone are the days when hotel bars were seen as the preserve of world-weary business travellers with corporate expense accounts. Now, a growing number of hotels in Tokyo are working hard to scrub off that stuffy image and instead create distinctive bars with hip design and inventive cocktails to appeal to discerning drinkers. The New York Bar at the Park Hyatt Tokyo was arguably the first hotel bar in the city to elevate itself into a destination venue in its own right, in part thanks to its starring role in the 2003 film ‘Lost in Translation’. But as the famous drinking establishment is currently closed until March 31 as part of the building’s renovations, we take a look at three other hotel bars in Tokyo that are worth going out of your way for. RECOMMENDED: Looking for a diffrent kind of drinking experience? These are Tokyo's most unique bars

The 24 best things to do in the world in 2024

The 24 best things to do in the world in 2024

Forget ‘saving money’ in 2024. You know what your New Year’s resolution should be? Get out more. Do more stuff. See more of the world. Life is short, after all – and 2024 promises a tonne of unmissable festivals, art, food and music. There are openings and re-openings. Brand-new train routes criss-crossing countries and continents. Whacky places to party. And even if the cossie livs does have you tightening the purse strings, there are plenty of free and affordable events on this list, too.  So get your booking fingers at the ready: your 2024 bucket list awaits. This is our definitive guide to the coolest new things to do in the world next year. See you out there!  RECOMMENDED:😎 The coolest neighbourhoods in the world🌃 The best European city breaks for 2024🖼️ The world’s best museums and galleries

7 best cafés in Tokyo for matcha desserts

7 best cafés in Tokyo for matcha desserts

In the heart of this bustling city lies a world filled with vibrant green hues and irresistible flavours – the world of matcha. Matcha, the finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea, is more than a traditional beverage in Japan; it's a lifestyle, an art, and for many, an obsession. For matcha lovers, there's nothing quite like the rich, velvety taste of matcha desserts that carry a unique balance of sweetness and bitterness. From traditional tea houses to innovative dessert cafés, Tokyo is a veritable paradise for anyone smitten by this fascinating green powder. Here, we'll delve into five of our favourite matcha dessert cafés serving everything from parfaits and pastries to rich, concentrated matcha ice cream.  RECOMMENDED: Best old-school Japanese coffee shops in Tokyo

The 50 best cities in the world in 2024

The 50 best cities in the world in 2024

What makes a city great? Some would say it’s all about buzzing neighbourhoods, affordable food and drink and a mighty selection of things to do, from art galleries and museums to live music and theatre. Others might highlight things like the happiness of its locals, access to green space and strong community vibes. We factor in all that and more in our annual survey, which asks city-dwellers around the world to tell us what it’s like to live, work and play in their hometowns right now. Thanks to the opinions and insights of locals on the ground and our global network of city experts, we’re able to create a global ranking of the world’s best cities – and the 2024 results are in. As in previous years, the basis of the ranking remains our global survey of the people who know their city best: the locals. Working with research company Potentia Insight, we surveyed thousands of city-dwellers about the quality and affordability of food, culture and nightlife in their city. We also asked locals how their city makes them feel: are they happy there? Is it a beautiful place? Is it easy to make social connections? Their thousands of responses gave us a unique insight into the reality of living in the world’s greatest cities right now. Now that international travel is forecast to bounce back to the highest levels since 2019, many travellers will be planning a city break this year – so in 2024, we added a little extra weight to a city’s global appeal. Each survey respondent was asked which

24 of the most beautiful places you should visit in Japan

24 of the most beautiful places you should visit in Japan

It’s no secret that Japan has a stunning amount of beauty. From the lavender fields of Furano in Hokkaido down to the crystal clear beaches of Okinawa, this small country is filled with gorgeous nature, contemporary museums, mountainside temples and of course, those pretty springtime cherry blossoms and colourful autumn leaves. With so much to see, it's impossible to do Japan justice with just one visit. This explains why people miss Japan more than any other country in the world. So this extraordinary island archipelago definitely calls for repeats visits – how else are you going to see all these 24 beautiful sight in Japan? Recommended: The most beautiful festivals in Japan 

5 best new attractions and facilities opening in Tokyo in 2024

5 best new attractions and facilities opening in Tokyo in 2024

One of Tokyo’s greatest features is its dynamism. This is a city of contrasts, effortlessly mixing the modern and the traditional. More importantly, this is a city of reinventions, as Tokyo is always building and opening something new to outdo itself. 2024 is no different. Over the next 12 months, Tokyo is ready to unveil a host of new attractions to further cement its reputation as one of greatest cities in the world. There will be new-concept theme parks and museums, urban parks with lush greenery, and new architecture that will make your jaw drop. Here are five brand new facilities in Tokyo that we can’t wait to see open soon. RECOMMENDED: Discover the 25 new trends shaping Tokyo right now in our new winter issue

10 best restaurants near Shinjuku Station

10 best restaurants near Shinjuku Station

As one of the top food cities in the world, Tokyo has a diverse array of options for eating out, from high-end Michelin restaurants to hole-in-the-wall cheap eats scattered across the city. So where do you go to find all this great food? Start with a journey through Shinjuku, one of Tokyo’s biggest and most vibrant neighbourhoods: it is a mecca of department stores as well as home to the country's largest gay district (Ni-Chome) and the fascinating maze of tiny bars that is Golden Gai. Let's no forget that Shinjuku is a huge ward, extending out towards Waseda, Kagurazaka and the city's Koreantown Shin-Okubo. So to make it easier for you, we've picked restaurants that are within walking distance from Shinjuku Station, one of Tokyo's main transport hubs. So if you're lost for choice, start with our list of the best Shinjuku restaurants near Shinjuku Station. RECOMMENDED: Check out the best restaurants in Shibuya and Ginza

Time Out Tokyo Winter 2024 issue out now: Takashi Murakami exclusive + Cool new Tokyo

Time Out Tokyo Winter 2024 issue out now: Takashi Murakami exclusive + Cool new Tokyo

Cover direction: Steve Nakamura. Cover art: Takashi Murakami, Summer Flower Field Under the Golden Sky (detail), 2023. Design data, 300×1000 cm. © 2023 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. We are kickstarting the brand new year with a special double-feature issue of the Time Out Tokyo magazine (Winter, January-March 2024). In the first, a Time Out exclusive, we sat down with Superflat originator Takashi Murakami for a candid chat about his experience as a renowned Japanese artist both at home and abroad. Then, we take a look at 25 new trends, developments and attractions that are redefining the Tokyo lifestyle. Our beloved city is truly one of the world’s greatest and most dynamic places to live, work and play.  Photo: Time Out Tokyo In an exclusive interview with Time Out Tokyo, Takashi Murakami, one of Japan’s most prolific contemporary artists, lets us in on his creative mind, talking about the future of art, his upcoming solo show in Kyoto and why Japan's art community still ‘hates’ him.  Photo: Time Out Tokyo Recently Tokyo has seen a flurry of new developments, buzzworthy openings and impressive reinventions. So it’s time we rediscover our beloved city with new eyes. Here are 25 reasons why Tokyo is the most exciting city to be in right now.    Photo: Time Out Tokyo A new crop of traditional sento in Tokyo are reinventing themselves for the modern city lifestyle. Enter the community bathhouses with craft beer bars, art installations, cool d

14 best restaurants at Tsukiji Market

14 best restaurants at Tsukiji Market

Since 1923, Tsukiji Market has drawn crowds with its vibrant mix of street eats, colourful vendors, bustling market vibe and kitchenware shopping galore. While the inner wholesale fish market moved to Toyosu in November 2018, the outer market hasn’t gone anywhere – it’s still an exciting, fun-filled place for shopping and dining. Home to over 300 shops and restaurants, Tsukiji Market is a dense grid of lanes and interlinked alleyways just south of Tsukiji Station. Some require a little legwork to find, but you’ll be rewarded with excellent sushi, kaisendon, soba noodles, fish burgers, curry, sake and more. We’ve trawled the market to pull together our favourite restaurants and food stalls – so be sure to save time in between shopping to have lunch, and maybe breakfast and dinner, too.  RECOMMENDED: Best street food and snacks at Tsukiji Market

7 best modern ramen in Tokyo, with truffle, lobster, porcini and more

7 best modern ramen in Tokyo, with truffle, lobster, porcini and more

A ubiquitous Japanese comfort food, ramen is not bound by strict rules like many of Japan’s traditional cuisines. It’s also perhaps one of the most democratised Japanese dishes: it’s cheap, it’s widely available on every street corner at any time of day, and it has many different interpretations. These four styles of ramen are classic and they’re common across Tokyo: shio (salt), shoyu (soy sauce), miso (from Sapporo) and tonkotsu (from Fukuoka). However, we’re seeing more and more chefs looking to reinvent the humble noodle soup with new – and sometimes experimental – flavours. Here we pick just five of Tokyo’s best modern ramen that break the mould – but they’re just as delicious and satisfying as the classics, if not more so. RECOMMENDED: If you’re looking for more traditional bowls, you’ll find Tokyo’s 23 best ramen here.

The 40 coolest neighbourhoods in the world

The 40 coolest neighbourhoods in the world

It’s that time again. Every year, we ask thousands of city-dwellers to tell us the coolest spots in their cities. What are the places locals love and visitors flock to? Where are the exciting new openings across food, drink and culture? Where are people going out, hanging out and having fun? For the sixth year running, the results are in. Over 12,000 people had their say in this year’s shortlist, naming the neighbourhoods in their hometowns where everyone wants to be right now. Then, we narrowed down the selection with the insight and expertise of city editors and local experts who know their cities better than anyone else. To create and rank the final list, we considered factors including community and social ventures, access to open and green space, and thriving street life. In 2023, our neighbourhoods are more global than ever before. The rise and rise in post-pandemic digital nomadism has led to an explosion of brand-new community spaces, multi-purpose culture centres and more cafés than we can count on two hands. But while most of these neighbourhoods have experienced a transformation over recent years, they remain resolutely local at heart. Slick new developments and cool cafés might bring in new crowds, but neighbourhood stalwarts – from old pubs to family greengrocers – keep it real.  The world’s coolest neighbourhoods this year are, therefore, places with big personalities. Each area’s diversity is reflected in its food, culture and festivals. Community is key: local

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Ginza Hachigo

Ginza Hachigo

The world-conquering ramen may have the reputation of being a pragmatic comfort food, but over at Ginza Hachigo, it’s elevated into a refined, elegant dish. Owner-chef Yasushi Matsumura’s training has much to do with this; once you realise he’s worked more than 30 years in French cuisine, you’ll see how this bowl of ramen came into being. Ginza Hachigo’s ramen soup is like consommé: a clear liquid gold that’s light yet complex and full of flavour. It’s made by boiling down Nagoya Cochin chicken, duck, scallop, dried tomatoes and shiitake mushrooms, konbu (seaweed), an heirloom green onion from Kyoto and surprisingly, cured ham. Where your standard bowl of ramen calls for tare, a sauce concentrate that acts like a seasoning, Matsumura eschews that for a sprinkling of French sea salt to round out the flavours. And it’s just phenomenal.  The bowl of noodles is then topped with strands of bamboo shoots, slivers of green onion and slices of chashu pork, and finished with a fresh crack of black pepper. Those fatty pork pieces are cooked so perfectly that the fat just coats your palette with a sweet, creamy, savoury goodness. Better yet, this Bib Gourmand-rated ramen will only set you back ¥1,200; throw in an extra ¥200 and you’ll get a perfect boiled egg with a gooey yolk. The interior of this discreet and unusually calm noodle shop in Higashi-Ginza looks just as refined as its sophisticated ramen. The tiny space seats only six diners along a counter that overlooks a surprisingly p

Ebimaru Ramen

Ebimaru Ramen

Chef Masashi Nagasaka who runs Ebimaru does not have any training in ramen. It’s his experience in French cuisine that led to the creation of this luxurious bowl of lobster noodles. The soup, which is the star here, is actually a rich and creamy lobster bisque that wouldn’t look out of place in a French restaurant. It’s made with Canadian lobster, brandy, wine and a plethora of herbs, vegetables and spices on a base of chicken broth. The most popular item on the menu, the whole lobster ramen (¥5,478, or ¥5,665 with cream) is a feast. It comes with a whole lobster (pan-fried and then roasted in the oven), slices of pork and chicken, chopped onions, and strangely, a smear of sour cream on a piece of baguette. The sour cream does help tone down the bold and punchy taste of crustacean, but we much prefer to add in the chilli oil to boost those sweet, roasty, shrimpy flavours instead. While we know it’s hard to resist licking the bowl clean, make sure to save some of the bisque for part two. Order a small serving of rice, a raw egg yolk and shrimp (¥583), pour in the leftover soup, let the waiter grate a heap of cheese over it, stir to mix, and you’ll have an exquisite risotto. Since the ramen here is built around the lip-smacking bisque, you can still enjoy Ebimaru's signature flavour without breaking the bank. The Basic Lobster Broth Ramen will only set you back ¥1,298 and it has everything – minus the whole lobster, of course.

Jalan Sentul Chinese Nasi Lemak

Jalan Sentul Chinese Nasi Lemak

We almost want to keep this nondescript stall a secret all to ourselves. There are so many things we love about this Chinese-style nasi lemak, and it all comes down to the variety of side dishes available. There’s a home-cooked quality to all of them, even more so when the dishes are all laid out in huge old-school tiffins. The dry pork curry is the stall’s claim to fame; the meat and ribs have been cooked down until the spice mix has fully seeped into the tender flesh, rendering them crimson red with a just-enough slick of oil. There are two types of chicken to choose from: the fragrant chicken rendang, and the ayam masak merah that’s laced with a slight assam-like tartness – they’re both equally good. It’s difficult to limit yourself to just a couple of side dishes (because there are also options like sambal sotong, chilli prawn, fried eggs, stir-fried kangkung, stir-fried cabbage, luncheon meat, hotdogs, fish cakes, and even sambal petai). The good thing is you don’t have to; this is one of the cheapest nasi lemak in town. A single portion of rice with chicken, pork, kangkung and a fried egg will only set you back around RM6. The sambal is good too – its sweetness keeps the heat in check, but never dominates. So remember to ask for more. Do note that the queue starts 30 minutes before the stall is even ready to serve, and they usually sell out within a couple of hours. To find it, just look out for Restoran Sayur-Sayuran Sentul on Jalan Sentul, opposite the BHP petrol stat

Tonkatsu Nanaido

Tonkatsu Nanaido

The deep-fried pork cutlets at Tonkatsu Nanaido are textbook perfect: gently deep-fried in lard on low temperature, coated in a golden layer of crispy panko breadcrumbs that’s never oily, and featuring premium pork cuts that are tender and still oozing juices. Plus, they are served on gorgeous Imari porcelain plates. Everything is well executed, refined but still unpretentious; it’s honest good tonkatsu that perhaps deserves more than just its Bib Gourmand rating. Surprisingly, the chef, Takashi Imai, comes from a yakitori background. He trained at the illustrious Bird Land in Ginza before opening his own namesake charcoal-grilled chicken restaurant, which has been occupying the space next door since 2016. Hence it makes sense that the ticket machine at the door – where you place your orders before lining up – also offers a deep-fried chicken katsu option. Nevertheless, pork is why you’re here, and Tonkatsu Nanaido uses several types of brand pork. The selection changes from time to time, but we’ve seen Tokyo-X as well as the famous Hayashi SPF (‘Specific Pathogen Free’) pork from Chiba prefecture. All is served with shredded cabbage (refillable, of course), rice cooked in earthenware, pickles, miso soup as well as three condiments: mustard, pink salt and the beautiful house-blended tonkatsu sauce that has a hint of plum. Tonkatsu set meals for lunch start at an affordable ¥1,700, with mince and loins ranging from 130g to a hefty 230g. Reservations are only taken for dinner,

Iruca Tokyo

Iruca Tokyo

With a store in Roppongi, right behind Tokyo Midtown, Iruca Tokyo certainly lives up to its prime locale. The ramen restaurant looks more like a fancy omakase restaurant than the typical small, cramped noodle joint. Its spacious interior is dominated by a wooden counter seating eight diners very comfortably plus a room on the side with a table for four. More importantly, the refined, modern ramen can pull its weight to match the elegant interiors, so much so that the restaurant was bestowed a Bib Gourmand rating by the Michelin guide.  Every element in a serving of Iruca Tokyo ramen is meticulously thought out – even the bowls are custom-made Arita porcelain. For starters, the soup base is the same across the menu: a blend of four different broths – chicken bouillon made from four different brand poultry, Kagoshima black pork, Japanese spiny lobsters from Ise with white wine, plus Yamato clams from Shinji Lake and Miyajima mussels – each cooked separately. From here, the ramen diverges depending on which of the two signature noodles you order. For our favourite, the special porcini shoyu ramen (¥1,800), the soup is elevated with a tare (concentrated seasoning that forms the dominant flavour) made from a blend of seven different soy sauces. This is served with thick, flat noodles that are made exclusively for the restaurant, plus a dollop of luxurious mushroom and truffle duxelles on the side. When combined, they create layers of umami flavours in a soup that’s rich but not he

Kyorakutei

Kyorakutei

Kyorakutei is a good place to get an education in soba. This old-school restaurant in the backstreets of Kagurazaka features a grinder in its storefront window, where the noodle master makes soba by hand. You’ll also get to compare the two different types of buckwheat noodles: the regular soba, which is made by cutting a small percentage of wheat flour, and the juwari soba that’s a craft by itself as it uses pure 100 percent buckwheat. Darker in colour compared to the regular soba, the juwari soba at Kyorakutei is one of the best we’ve had. The texture is firm with a bit of give, and it has a beautiful nuttiness that makes it delicious even on its own. The best way to appreciate the texture and flavour is to eat it cold with a side of dipping broth. We also have to tip our hats off to Kyorakutei for executing its tempura with great finesse when most noodle restaurants simply treat theirs as merely a cursory accompaniment to soba or udon. Get the seasonal tempura, especially when pike conger and ayu (sweetfish) are in season. There’s more items on the menu – from udon and hiyamugi (thin and light wheat noodles that’s prevalent in summer) to grilled conger eel (anago) and sake – but for first timers, you can’t go wrong with the soba and tempura.

Konjiki Hototogisu

Konjiki Hototogisu

Sobahouse Konjiki Hototogisu is only the third ramen restaurant in the world to get a Michelin star (awarded in 2019, after Tsuta and Nakiryu). The signature shouyu soba is made from three types of soup stock – pork broth, wa-dashi (Japanese stock) and hamaguri clam dashi – and topped with truffle sauce as well as porcini oil and flakes for that bold umami punch. However, the restaurant recommends the shio soba – and we concur. The elegantly balanced base stock blends two types of salt (Mongolian rock salt and Okinawan sea salt) and it’s the perfect foil for the hamaguri clam and red sea bream soup’s distinctive seafood sweetness. The noodles are then finished with Italian white truffle oil, porcini mushroom sauce, pancetta bacon bits and inca berry sauce. This adds a pesto-like robustness and depth in the overall flavour. It is moreish, and you’ll be compelled to finish the soup till the last drop. There’s tsukemen (dipping noodles) too, along with add-ons such as eggs, chashu pork slices and more. You’ll find an English explanation sheet at the vending machine to help you with the ordering. Do note that there are only seven counter seats plus a couple of small tables for two. So expect to queue – but it’s worth it, especially since a bowl of Michelin-quality ramen here will only set you back ¥1,100. Numbered tickets are required to dine here, which will be distributed from 9.30am for lunch and 5.30pm for dinner.

Tsukiji Yakiuo Ishikawa

Tsukiji Yakiuo Ishikawa

Aozora Sandaime is a Tsukiji institution. This elegant Edomae sushi restaurant has been around for about 100 years, famed for its wild-caught tuna and seasonal fish. Its third-generation owner, however, has recently leveraged on the company’s reputation for quality seafood to introduce a new way of enjoying fish in Tsukiji through the new sister restaurant Tsukiji Yakiuo Ishikawa. Tsukiji Yakiuo Ishikawa has all the offerings of a good sushi restaurant. On the menu are sea bream, yellowtail, blackthroat sea perch, anago (salt-water eel), fugu (blowfish) and, of course, tuna in various levels of fattiness, from the lean cheeks to the unctuously rich belly, just to name a few. But instead of enjoying them raw as is, you’re meant to grill them very lightly over fire. And since these are sashimi-grade fish, they come without marinade, just a light seasoning of salt or soy sauce to accentuate their natural flavours. This fish yakiniku restaurant is a rare gem in the Tsukiji outer market, where a majority of restaurants offer barely distinguishable sushi sets or kaisendon (raw fish on rice). It certainly is a much needed respite from the sea of raw seafood restaurants. Tsukiji Yakiuo Ishikawa is spread out over two floors: the ground level is an open space with tables for two and four while upstairs features rooms that can fit up to four diners each. Every table is fitted with a gas grill. Come lunch or dinner, you can order a platter of different types of fish (lunch from ¥1,960,

築地焼うお いし川

築地焼うお いし川

青空三代目は、天然マグロや旬の魚で有名な、約100年の歴史を持つ江戸前寿司の名店だ。その3代目店主が、魚の新しい楽しみ方を提案するため、姉妹店「築地焼うお いし川」をオープンした。 「築地焼うお いし川」では、鯛、ブリ、クロダイ、穴子、ふぐ、マグロなど、さまざまな種類の脂がのった魚が用意されている。しかし、生でそのまま食べるのではなく、火でごく軽く焼くのが基本だ。刺身用の魚なので、漬け込みはせず、塩や醤油で軽く味付けをして、自然の風味を際立たせている。 寿司や海鮮丼が主流の築地場外市場において、この魚焼肉店は貴重な存在だ。1階は2人掛けと4人掛けのテーブルが並ぶオープンスペースで、2階には4人掛けのテーブルが並ぶ。各テーブルには、グリルが設置されている。 ランチやディナーでは、さまざまな種類の魚の盛り合わせ(ランチ2,260円~、ディナーコース 9,200円~)を注文することができる。大トロを追加するのがおすすめだ。大トロは、まるで和牛のような美しい霜降りのマグロ。外はこんがりと、中はピンク色の生のまま、グリルでさっと焼くだけ。焼き方が不安な人には、スタッフが最初の数枚を焼いて、実演してくれるので心配無用だ。あとは好みの焼き加減で、赤酢ご飯と一緒に味わってほしい。

Ajito Ism

Ajito Ism

Whether noodles are a Chinese or Italian invention, it doesn’t matter at Ajito Ism: here, the ramen, which is Chinese in origin, has been reinvented with Italian flavours. In lesser hands, this would be a disaster, written off as another cringe-inducing Asian-Western fusion food gimmick. But the chef, who goes by the name Mr M, drew on his training in French and Italian cuisines to create a bowl that, while befuddling at first, turns out to be utterly delicious. The tsukemen (dipping) noodles are unmistakably ramen – thick, chewy and slightly doughy – but cooked al dente like the best of pasta. They are slicked with chilli and basil oil, garnished with specks of spring onions and fried shallots, and topped with baby spinach leaves, grated cheese and tomato cubes. We’d gladly eat this on its own, if not for the superior tomato-based dipping broth. Made with vegetables, pork back fat and seafood dashi, the thick broth has a meatiness that lends some depth to the sweet and tart tomatoes. Coupled with the lardy char siew and the crunchy chopped onions, this rosso tsukemen is a joy to eat. Word has it that the chef has a lot more of these unconventional ramen creations up his sleeve (nacho-soba, anyone?), which you’ll sometimes find on today’s special. On any given day however, you can also go for another one of the popular menu staples – pizza soba. True to its name, this Italian-Japanese fusion dish is essentially dry noodles tossed with pizza toppings: tomatoes, garlic, capsicu

Zero Two Nasi Kandar Tokyo

Zero Two Nasi Kandar Tokyo

Nasi Kandar is a bombastic rice dish of spicy, punchy flavours. It’s essentially a one-plate rice meal, piled high with meats and vegetables and drenched in curry and gravy. The dish came from the Indian Muslim community in Penang, an island in Malaysia well-loved for its vibrant street food culture. To our delight, the nasi kandar at Zero Two is authentic – and reasonably priced, with rice plates ranging between ¥1,000 and ¥1,980. While the heat level here is not as fiery as those in Malaysia, the spices are very well-balanced and Zero Two manages to retain the essence of what makes nasi kandar such an enjoyable meal. Of course, the food at Zero Two Nasi Kandar Tokyo is halal-certified. For starters, the dishes on offer are extensive and you’ll see them all laid out in the display case at the ordering station. Brace yourself as you’ll be spoilt for choice. First, decide on a main dish: hard boiled egg (with a gooey yolk, no less), grilled chicken, deep-fried lamb cutlet, fish fingers and a vegetarian option. Then your preferred base: plain white rice or biryani rice. Now this is where the fun begins. From the selection of vegetables, choose three side dishes. (Tip: get the pink-hued pachadi, or yoghurt-based pickle, if you want something to help tone down the heat of what’s about to come.) Then, two curries out of six. The chicken curry as well as the prawn and squid curry are exceptional. There’s also a vegetarian curry and a seasonal option. To finish, the server will thro

Den

Den

Kaiseki is the pinnacle of Japanese cuisine and that prestige comes with its own set of formalities, which can make the multi-course banquet a little intimidating for the uninitiated. Thankfully two Michelin-starred Den – also the best restaurant in Asia for 2022 – is not that kind of kaiseki restaurant, making it such a rare treat in Tokyo. Head chef Zaiyu Hasegawa has trained in some of the most esteemed ryotei (traditional high-end Japanese restaurants) in the city, and it’s evident that his omakase menu is grounded in kaiseki traditions. But what’s really interesting is the modern interpretation and the relaxed attitude he brings to the table. The unusually bright lights, casual set-up with nary a starched tablecloth in sight and friendly service are a refreshing departure from the genteel air of other restaurants of its calibre. It puts you right at ease, so you can truly enjoy the food without getting too hung up about the etiquette. And that’s not difficult to do as there’s a lot of wit and humour in Hasegawa’s dishes. The classic monaka is traditionally a dessert but at Den, these crisp wafers are sandwiched with a rich sweet-savoury filling of miso-marinated foie gras blended with kumquat jam and pickled cucumber. It’s an absolutely divine first dish that hypes up your expectation for the rest of the meal – and boy does Hasegawa deliver. His Dentucky Fried Chicken is an obvious parody of the famed fast food chain, down to the serving box. Inside lies a plump, golden-

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Tokyo is the top trending travel destination of 2024, according to Tripadvisor

Tokyo is the top trending travel destination of 2024, according to Tripadvisor

Now that we have properly eased into the new year, it’s time to set those 2024 travel plans in motion. But if you’re still undecided on where to go for vacation this year, you might want to check Tripadvisor’s Travellers' Choice Best of the Best for 2024. This annual ranking covers several categories including destinations, beaches, hotels, restaurants and things to do. To compile the list, Tripadvisor combs through user-generated reviews and ratings over a 12-month period. And in the Destinations category, Tokyo came out on top as the No 1 trending place to visit in 2024. Photo: Watcharapong Thawornwichian/DreamstimeAn undated stock photo of Omoide Yokocho in Shinjuku According to Tripadvisor, Tokyo tops the list for its vibrant mix of tradition and pop culture. This is a one-of-a-kind metropolis where you can wake up at the crack of dawn to witness the world-famous tuna auction at Toyosu Market before heading to an ancient shrine for some Zen in the city. Afternoons could consist of scenic strolls under blooming cherry blossoms before ducking into the nostalgic alleyways of Omoide Yokocho for some ramen slurping, and then living it up at one of Tokyo’s most unique bars. Plus, if you're visiting this year, you should check out the new and improved teamLab Borderless that just reopened in a new central Tokyo location. Photo: teamLab, Universe of Water Particles on a Rock where People Gather © teamLabUniverse of Water Particles on a Rock where People Gather Judging by this

2024年の「ベストシティ50」で東京が8位にランクイン

2024年の「ベストシティ50」で東京が8位にランクイン

タイムアウト東京は、東京が世界で最も素晴らしい都市の一つだと信じ、日々情報発信を行っている。そんな東京が、タイムアウトが毎年行っている「ベストシティ」調査で、2024年度の世界第8位に選出。同調査では、都市に住む人々にそれぞれ暮らしや働き、遊ぶことがどのようなものかを質問。そこから世界各国のライター、編集者、都市の専門家たちが総合的に判断して、2024年の「世界ベストシティリスト」を作成した。 何千人ものタイムアウト読者が回答した、各都市の文化、ナイトライフ・シーン、食の質や手頃な価格についても評価に組み込んだ。また、ライフスタイルの側面だけではなく、都市生活での幸せについてや風光明媚(めいび)な魅力、そのほか人間関係を築くことに関しての回答からは、実際にどのような生活を送っているのか、ユニークな洞察を得ることができた。 さらに、旅行がパンデミック以前のレベルにまで回復してきた今、読者にどの都市に最も住みたいかを尋ね、その都市の世界から見た魅力を測った。 Photo: Kisa ToyoshimaAzabudai Hills 東京は、タイムアウトの「2024年世界のベスト都市ランキング」で8位にランクイン。優位性を与えている2つの要因は、都市の効率性とダイナミズムだ。東京の広範で時間に正確な公共交通機関は、世界の羨望(せんぼう)の的である。そして、絶えず変化し、改善・進化しているという点が大きく評価された。 グッチ オステリア ダ マッシモ ボットゥーラ トウキョウ(Photo:Hiroki Kobayashi) 東京には、常に新しい発見があると言っても過言ではないだろう。最近は「麻布台ヒルズ」が誕生し、ショップやレストラン、ギャラリーが無数にオープン。マッシモ・ボットゥーラ(Massimo Bottura)の「グッチ オステリア ダ マッシモ ボットゥーラ トウキョウ」、アントワープのミシュラン星付きレストラン「ル プリスティン東京」、ペルーにある「セントラル」の姉妹店で「2023年世界ベストレストラン50」に選ばれた「マス」など、世界の名だたるレストランが東京に進出している。 Photo: Kisa Toyoshima森ビル デジタル アート ミュージアム:エプソン チームラボ ボーダレス 2024年2月9日(金)にオープンする「森ビルデジタルアートミュージアム:エプソン チームラボボーダレス」は、間違いなく今年最も期待されている新オープンだ。この盛り上がりは、東京都民を陽気にさせるに違いない。都民の94%が、東京は本当に幸せな街だと答えている。 「2024年のベスト50都市」のトップ10は以下の通り。 1. ニューヨーク2. ケープタウン3. ベルリン4. ロンドン5. マドリード6. メキシコ・シティ7. リバプール8. 東京9. ローマ10. ポルト 「世界の都市ベスト50」の全リストはこちら。 関連記事 『Tokyo is ranked as one of the world’s ten best cities for 2024(原文)』 『東京が世界一に、トリップアドバイザーが2024年の「ベスト観光地」を発表』 『日本が再び1位に、2024年最強のパスポートランキングが発表』 『スカイスキャナーの人気旅行先ランキング、日本の3都市が10位以内に』 『麻布台ヒルズの新たな「チームラボボーダレス」4つの新作とは?』 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  

Tokyo is ranked as one of the world’s ten best cities for 2024

Tokyo is ranked as one of the world’s ten best cities for 2024

We at Time Out Tokyo are the cheerleaders of our city. We believe that Tokyo is one of the world’s greatest cities, and it’s validating to know that the world concurs. Time Out’s annual Best Cities survey has just ranked Tokyo as the No 8 city in the world for 2024. For this worldwide survey, we asked city dwellers what it’s like to live, work and play in their cities right now. Our roster of writers, editors and city experts from all over the world then weighed in to create this 2024 list of the world’s best cities. Thousands of Time Out readers assessed the quality and affordability of the food as well as the culture and nightlife scenes in their cities. But, we were not just interested in the lifestyle aspects of city living, we also wanted to know how a city makes people feel. Are they happy there? Do they think their city is scenic and appealing? What is the social scene like over there, especially when it comes to making friends and establishing relationships? These responses gave us unique insights into what life is really like in the world’s greatest cities. Plus, as travel has rebounded to its pre-pandemic levels, we also asked our readers which other city they would like to live in most, so that we could gauge the global appeal of a city. Our beloved Tokyo is ranked No 8 on Time Out's Best Cities in the World list for 2024. The two main factors that give Tokyo its edge are the city’s efficiency and dynamism. We all know Tokyo’s wide-reaching and punctual public tran

The new teamLab Borderless is opening in Azabudai Hills on February 9 – tickets now on sale

The new teamLab Borderless is opening in Azabudai Hills on February 9 – tickets now on sale

This is it, the moment we've all been waiting for. After months of speculation and waiting, and a major tease when the premier digital art museum unveiled three never-before-seen installations for its new home in Azabudai Hills, teamLab Borderless: Mori Building Digital Art Museum finally confirmed that it's reopening on Friday, February 9 2024. Photo: © teamLabBubble Universe: Physical Light, Bubbles of Light, Wobbling Light, and Environmental Light If you're eager to visit the new teamLab Borderless as soon as it opens, you'll be pleased to know that the tickets are now on sale. Note that ticket prices for adults and visitors with disability differ by day. Also, tickets purchased on-site at the door are ¥200 more. Adult 18 years old and above: ¥3,800-¥4,800 13 to 17 years old: ¥2,800 4 to 12 years old: ¥1,500 3 years old and under: FREE Visitors with disability: from ¥1,900 Photo:Kisa Toyoshima When teamLab Borderless first opened in Odaiba in June 2018, it was such a revelation. Tokyo, and the world, had never seen something like this before: a huge, expansive museum filled with immersive and interactive digital installations, where the artworks seamlessly merge, influence and interact with each other across the rooms as well as with the people who wander through these spaces. Hence, the 'borderless' moniker in the museum's name. Photo: © teamLabBlack Waves - Megalith Crystal Formation (work in progress) The original teamLab Borderless was such a huge hit that i

You can buy Ghibli Park tickets overseas via an official English website

You can buy Ghibli Park tickets overseas via an official English website

Ghibli Park in the Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park has been open for over six months now and the excitement surrounding the attraction is still sky high. With its faithful recreations of famous Studio Ghibli movie scenes, interactive displays and exclusive merchandise shops, Ghibli Park is an absolute must-visit for fans of the illustrious anime house. But for tourists from overseas wanting to visit the park near Nagoya city in Aichi prefecture, one stumbling block was the tickets. Initially, tickets could only be purchased in Japan through Lawson’s Boo-Woo Tickets service or with a JTB travel agency accommodation package deal. Now, though, Ghibli fans overseas can buy their tickets online through the park’s international ticket site. Photo: Kisa ToyoshimaGhibli's Grand Warehouse Tickets are now on sale through to the end of February 2024 on a first-come, first-served basis. If you're planning to visit later in the year, tickets go on sale from the 10th of every month about three months in advance. For example, tickets for March 2024 will be available from Sunday December 10 at 2pm. Ghibli Park is currently split into four areas. Mononoke Village, which is inspired by 'Princess Mononoke', opened recently on November 1. The final section, the Valley of Witches, is set to open on March 16 2024. The good news is, you can now get tickets to all four areas in the park. Overseas ticket sales were previously limited only to the Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse area. Here are the ticket

1,000円前後で味わう、東京のミシュラン星付きラーメン店3軒

1,000円前後で味わう、東京のミシュラン星付きラーメン店3軒

ラーメン天国、日本。これだけ数多くのラーメン屋があるのだから、ミシュランの星を獲得している店も珍しくはないだろう、と考えるのは当然だ。だが意外なことに、これは事実ではない。なんと2016年まで、この権威ある星を持つラーメン屋は存在しなかったのである。 この栄誉を世界で初めて手にしたラーメン屋は、東京の「ジャパニーズ ソバ ヌードル 蔦」である(ただし残念ながら、後に星を手放すこととなった)。続いて、「鳴龍」が2017年、「ソバハウス 金色不如帰(こんじきほととぎす)」が2019年に星を獲得。2019年にオープンした「銀座 八五」は、2020年にピルグルマンに選出されると、その翌年には星を獲得し、2年連続で一つ星をキープしている。 以上3軒は2022年、2023年と続けて星を獲得。いずれも伝統的な味に対して、独自の解釈を提案している。予算を抑えてミシュラン星付きの食事を楽しみたいならば、迷わず訪れてほしい名店だ。 銀座 八五 Photo: Lim Chee Wah ミシュランの新星、「銀座八五」。ここで腕を振るう料理人はフレンチ出身で、一度食べてみればそのことに納得がいくだろう。 スープは、軽やかさと芳醇(ほうじゅん)さが見事な調和を奏で、コンソメをほうふつとさせる味わい。名古屋コーチン、カモ、ホタテ、ドライトマト、シイタケ、コンブ、ネギ、そしてなんと生ハムを使用して出汁(だし)をとっている。具材はメンマ、九条ネギ、チャーシューで、仕上げにはフランス産岩塩とコショウを振りかける。 ラーメンをモダンに再解釈したこの一品。その極上の味には舌を巻くしかない。 ソバハウス 金色不如帰 ソバハウス 金色不如帰Konjiki Hototogisu 新宿のラーメン専門店「ソバハウス 金色不如帰」。同店の看板メニューは、肉系スープ、和風出汁、ハマグリスープの3種を合わせたスープが特徴の「そば(醤油)」だ。自家製のモリーユ茸のソースも加えられている。 だが、おすすめしたいのは「塩そば」だ。モンゴル岩塩と沖縄海塩をブレンドすることで、魚介系出汁の甘味が引き出している。仕上げにはイタリア産白トリュフオイル、ポルチーニソース、パンチェッタハム、少量のインカベリーソースが加えられる。器に残る最後の一滴まで、飲み干さずにはいられない。 鳴龍 Photo: Lim Chee Wah 大塚にある「鳴龍」では、スタンダードな塩ラーメンや醤油ラーメンも提供しているが、人気は特製の坦々麺だ。もともとは中国の四川省で発祥した料理である坦々麺を再解釈し、さっぱりしているのに味わい深い一品へと昇華させている。 スープは唐辛子のしっかりとした辛みに、ゴマのまったりとした味わいが相まって、食欲をそそられる。 エビワンタン、チャーシュー、水餃子などのサイドメニューも用意する。  関連記事 『Tokyo has three ramen restaurants with a Michelin star(原文)』 『東京の夜に革命を起こすバーとは?』 『東京、モダンラーメン7選』 『絵本の世界へダイブ、「不思議の国のアリス」着想の2Dスイーツビュッフェが開催中』 『東京、手頃価格のミシュランレストラン15選』 『1万円以下で楽しめる高級店のランチ7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  

Tokyo has three ramen restaurants with a Michelin star

Tokyo has three ramen restaurants with a Michelin star

With Japan being the land of the ramen, you’d think the country would have a long list of Michelin-starred ramen restaurants. Surprisingly that’s not the case. In fact, it wasn’t until 2016 that the prestigious food guide awarded its first ever star to a ramen joint. Tsuta in Tokyo has the honour of being the first ramen restaurant in the world to receive a coveted Michelin star (but has sadly lost it since). Nakiryu followed suit in 2017 and Konjiki Hototogisu in 2019. Now, one of our favourite ramen restaurants in Tokyo – Ginza Hachigo – has also been awarded a star. All three restaurants, which each hold a star in the Michelin Guide for 2022 and 2023, offer a very distinct take on the classic Japanese dish. If you’re looking for a star-rated meal without breaking the bank, make a beeline now for these stellar noodles in Tokyo. Photo: Lim Chee Wah Ginza Hachigo The newest member of the super-exclusive Michelin-starred ramen club, Ginza Hachigo is helmed by a chef with a French culinary background – and that works in its favour. The beautifully complex soup tastes like consommé. It’s clear, light but flavourful, and made by boiling down Nagoya Cochin chicken, duck, scallop, dried tomatoes and shiitake mushrooms, konbu (seaweed), an heirloom green onion from Kyoto and surprisingly, cured ham. The bowl of noodles is then topped with bamboo shoots, green onion and slices of chashu pork before finishing with a sprinkling of French sea salt and black pepper. Sure, this is a mod

Japan to consider revising tax-free shopping rules to curb abuse

Japan to consider revising tax-free shopping rules to curb abuse

Japan’s tax-free shopping is one of the best and most convenient in the world. In most countries, you pay the full tax-inclusive amount at the shops, then show your purchase at the airport for verification before filing for a tax refund prior to departure. In Japan, however, the process is a lot easier, where the 10 percent consumption tax is deducted at the point of payment in shops (you’ll need to have your passport with you, of course). But this could soon change. The Japanese government is considering changing the system beginning the next fiscal year in 2024. According to a report by Kyodo News, the current tax-free system is increasingly being abused, where items bought tax-free in Japan are being sold at tax-inclusive prices plus a mark-up for profit outside the country. As such, the government might look into changing the tax-free system, where tourists pay the full amount in shops and claim for tax refunds later, most likely at the point of departure. A decision has yet to be made, as the government is likely to begin discussion on the matter later in the year. Currently, tourists who are visiting Japan on a short-term visa are eligible for tax-free shopping benefits. Tax exemptions are applicable for purchases exceeding ¥5,000 in participating shops, provided the goods purchased are for personal consumption outside the country. More from Time Out  Ghibli Park announces opening dates for its two remaining attractions Levi's and Studio Ghibli collaborate for a Prince

日本は世界で何番目に安全で平和な国?

日本は世界で何番目に安全で平和な国?

旅とは楽しく、豊かな経験が得られるものだ。しかし、安全でいることに不安が伴う国を訪れる場合は、ただ楽しむわけにはいかない。特に1人旅や、社会から差別されることの多いコミュニティーに属している旅行者である場合は、なおさらそうだといえるだろう。 できるだけ安全な旅に出たい場合は、経済平和研究所がが毎年発表している「世界平和度指数」をヒントにするといい。この国際調査は、23の質的・量的要因の指標を用いて、その国の安全性と平和度を測定するもの。指標に含まれるのは犯罪率、暴力やデモのレベル、武器へのアクセス、政治的安定性、軍事費、近隣諸国との関係など。最終的なランク付けは国別の評価を経て行われる。 2023年のランキングで世界で最も平和な国とされたのは、アイスランド。デンマークが2位、アイルランドが3位と続いた。日本は163カ国中9位で、なかなか健闘しているといえる。 日本は凶悪犯罪率が低く、暴力的なデモなども少ない。そして、武器を入手するのが容易ではなく、政治的には安定している。日本が今、世界でもトップクラスの旅行先であり、東京が再び訪れたい都市の1位である理由もここにあるといえる。 2023年の世界で最も平和な国ランキングは以下の通りだ。  2023年 世界平和度指数ランキング(経済平和研究所) 1. アイスランド2. デンマーク3. アイルランド4. ニュージーランド5. オーストリア6. シンガポール7. ポルトガル8. スロベニア9. 日本10. スイス 関連記事 『Japan is one of the 10 safest countries in the world for 2023(原文)』 『迷信か事実か? アルコールにまつわる5のこと』 『世界の地下にある奇妙でクールな観光名所6選』 『2023年、世界一のワイン大国が発表』 『観光客で混み合うヨーロッパの都市ランキング』 『世界で最も公共交通機関が充実している都市の3位に東京が選出』 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  

Ticket discounts and late Friday openings at top Tokyo museums this summer

Ticket discounts and late Friday openings at top Tokyo museums this summer

This summer, several of Tokyo’s most prestigious museums will be extending their opening hours on Friday. Dubbed the Summer Night Museum 2023, the event sees five art and cultural institutions – Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and Tokyo Shibuya Koen-dori Gallery – opening until 8pm or 9pm on Fridays from July 20 to August 31.  That’s not all. You can also expect reduced admission fees after 5pm (or free for students in certain cases), plus a host of evening programmes and activities to help you make the most of the long summer days. The museum shops and restaurants, likewise, will open late on those Fridays. Photo: 東京都美術館東京都美術館 Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum Friday opening hours extended until 8pm, starting July 28 Enjoy ¥200 discount to the exhibition ‘From the Depths of Ueno, a Story Begins – Tamana Araki’ after 5pm (students get in for free) on July 28 as well as August 4,11,18 and 25. There will also be discounts at the museum restaurants on selected dates.  Photo: supplied Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum Friday opening hours extended to 9pm from July 21 to August 25 Adults can enter the ‘Finnish Glass Art: Sparkle and Color in Modern Design’ exhibition for ¥1,120 instead of ¥1,400 after 5pm on July 21 and 28 as well as August 4, 11, 18 and 25. It’s free for students, however, and ¥560 for senior citizens 65 years and older. The museum’s beautiful garden is also open

Japan is one of the 10 safest countries in the world for 2023

Japan is one of the 10 safest countries in the world for 2023

Travel is a fun, enjoyable and enriching experience – but not when you have to worry about your safety and well-being in a foreign country. This is particularly important if you’re travelling solo or a member of a marginalised community. For that, it’s beneficial to cast your eyes on the annual Global Peace Index. Published by the Institute for Economics and Peace, this international study measures the safety and peacefulness of a country using an index of 23 qualitative and quantitative factors. These include the country’s crime rate, levels of violence and demonstrations, access to weapons, political stability, military expenditure, relationship with neighbouring countries, and more. Once the countries are assessed individually, they are ranked to create the Global Peace Index. This year, Iceland came up top as the most peaceful country in the world, followed by Denmark at No 2 and Ireland at No 3. Japan did pretty well, too, as it was ranked the 9th most peaceful out of 163 countries in the study. Japan excelled for its low violent crime rates, few violent demonstrations, difficult access to weapons and high political stability. All of which makes for a high quality of life. This partly explains why Japan is also one of the top travel destinations in the world right now, with Tokyo being the No 1 city people want to visit again. Here are the ten most peaceful countries in the world according to the 2023 Global Peace Index:  Iceland Denmark Ireland New Zealand Austria Sing

Taylor Swift is bringing The Eras Tour to Tokyo in February 2024

Taylor Swift is bringing The Eras Tour to Tokyo in February 2024

Taylor Swift’s much-hyped Eras Tour is one of the year’s hottest concerts, with tickets selling out almost the moment they become available. Yet, Asian cities have been conspicuously absent from her tour schedule – until now. The Anti-Hero and Karma hit-maker has announced that she will be playing four consecutive dates in Tokyo next year from February 7 to 10. This is her first Tokyo performance in five years – her last Tokyo show was in 2018.   Photo: Avex Entertainment Inc. Tickets start from ¥8,800 and top out at ¥30,000. Mid-tier seats are ¥18,800 and ¥22,800.  Pre-sale tickets will be available exclusively for American Express cardholders on Friday June 23 at 2pm. The official advance sale, which is a lottery system via Lawson Tickets, will open at 10am on Tuesday June 27. For more information, check The Eras Tour website.  Beyonce, it’s your turn now to bring the Renaissance World Tour to Tokyo. (In the meantime, check out the other international artists who have confirmed their Tokyo dates here.) More from Time Out Tokyo Tokyo is getting a new Edo-themed onsen spa complex in February 2024 Travel in luxury from Asakusa to Nikko on the new Spacia X trains The 75-minute fireworks at Lake Kawaguchiko is back this year You can now camp right outside Baird Beer’s brewery in Shuzenji Survey cites top 10 inconveniences for tourists visiting Japan Want to be the first to know what’s cool in Tokyo? Sign up to our newsletter for the latest updates from Tokyo and Japan.