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Seven artworks you must see at Roppongi Art Night 2019
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Seven artworks you must see at Roppongi Art Night 2019

It is a one-night-only multi-site art extravaganza that turns the entire Roppongi area into one big outdoor gallery...

Five things you didn't know about Tokyo's train stations
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Five things you didn't know about Tokyo's train stations

These innovations help make our train stations super smart and efficient...

Best bakeries in Tokyo
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Best bakeries in Tokyo

The city’s upper crust: these excellent bread shops and patisseries are definitely worth your dough

Best cheap Michelin-star meals in Tokyo
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Best cheap Michelin-star meals in Tokyo

Michelin-starred restaurants aren’t all expensive. Here’s where and how you can enjoy a top-rated meal for about ¥1,000 – or less

Best kakigori in Tokyo – updated
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Best kakigori in Tokyo – updated

Ice, ice baby. Here are Tokyo's best kakigori shaved ice desserts to beat the heat

Top events in Tokyo right now

Hibiya Oktoberfest 2019
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Hibiya Oktoberfest 2019

Rhe third Bavarian beer fest of the year takes place in Hibiya Park and features the familiar sausages, oom-pah music and quality German beer served in hefty glass tankards...

Manpaku
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Manpaku

Held at Showa Kinen Park, this massive food festival really piles it on...

National Treasures of To-ji Temple: Kukai and the Sculpture Mandala
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National Treasures of To-ji Temple: Kukai and the Sculpture Mandala

Highlights include magnificent sculptures and paintings, as well as works of calligraphy and decorative artworks of Esoteric Buddhism...

Flower Aquarium directed by Naked – Brand New Sea
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Flower Aquarium directed by Naked – Brand New Sea

Aqua Park is turning into an ocean world filled with music and light...

Fermentation Tourism Nippon
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Fermentation Tourism Nippon

Fermentation is a process that is almost indispensable to Japanese food. Sake, miso, soy sauce and natto cannot exist without fermentation. But there are also many other fermentation techniques and practices from around the country that are little known outside their native regions. This exhibition at the d47 Museum attempts to features the various local fermented specialties in a group show. Curated by fermentation experts, the local food found at the exhibition are also available for sale. The adjacent restaurant, on the other hand, will also serve fermented food and sake.

Fuji Shibazakura Festival
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Fuji Shibazakura Festival

Great views of majestic Mount Fuji and seemingly endless fields of pink moss...

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Tokyo's best restaurants and cafés

The 100 best restaurants in Tokyo you have to try
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The 100 best restaurants in Tokyo you have to try

Feast your eyes on the best restaurants in Tokyo: from hearty cheap eats to modern Japanese cuisine and Michelin-starred stalwarts. Get ready for the culinary adventure of a lifetime

Best yakitori restaurants in Tokyo
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Best yakitori restaurants in Tokyo

Grilled chicken on skewers, or yakitori, is a quintessential Japanese soul food. And these restaurants serve up some of the city's best

Best restaurants at Toyosu Market
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Best restaurants at Toyosu Market

Just like its predecessor in Tsukiji, Toyosu Market is home to some of the top sushi restaurants in Tokyo

Best kakigori in Tokyo
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Best kakigori in Tokyo

Ice, ice baby. Here are Tokyo's best kakigori shaved ice desserts to beat the heat

Best kaiseki restaurants in Tokyo
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Best kaiseki restaurants in Tokyo

The traditional multi-course kaiseki dinner is considered the epitome of Japanese cuisine, and these dedicated restaurants are the best in Tokyo

Best udon in Tokyo
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Best udon in Tokyo

Slurp noodles on the cheap at these top Kagawa-style sanuki udon restaurants

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Tokyo's best bars and pubs

Best cheap bars in Tokyo
Bars and pubs

Best cheap bars in Tokyo

Forget happy hours with their pesky time restrictions, these cheap ‘one-coin’ bars serve drinks for just ¥500 or less all night long

Where to drink Japanese whisky in Tokyo
Bars and pubs

Where to drink Japanese whisky in Tokyo

Ten of the best bars serving world-class malt

Best craft beer bars in Tokyo
Bars and pubs

Best craft beer bars in Tokyo

Great Tokyo beer bars for microbrew enthusiasts

Best cocktail bars in Tokyo
Bars and pubs

Best cocktail bars in Tokyo

Whether you fancy a classic drink or the kind of creative concoction you’d only ever find in Tokyo, these cocktail bars are the best in the city

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Tokyo facts and trivia

50 reasons why we love Tokyo
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50 reasons why we love Tokyo

From the amazing food and fashion to the capital's nightlife and unique attractions, here are just a few reasons why we can't get enough of Tokyo

Onsen etiquette
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Onsen etiquette

There are all sorts of unspoken rules you need to abide by when bathing naked with strangers

Tokyo Q&A: Why does Tokyo have a Statue of Liberty?
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Tokyo Q&A: Why does Tokyo have a Statue of Liberty?

Shocking to most Americans, Tokyo’s small Statue of Liberty has little to do with the U S of A...

The basic dos and don'ts for tourists in Tokyo
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The basic dos and don'ts for tourists in Tokyo

Here are some basic courtesy rules that bear repeating and will help you not to stand out for the wrong reasons... 

Best restaurants by cuisine

Best budget sushi in Tokyo
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Best budget sushi in Tokyo

Forget the pricey omakase sushi – try these cheap and cheerful conveyor-belt and standing sushi restaurants instead

Best soba restaurants in Tokyo
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Best soba restaurants in Tokyo

Whether you prefer hot or cold soba, we've rounded up the best restaurants where you can slurp on these tasty buckwheat noodles

Best tendon in Tokyo
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Best tendon in Tokyo

Looking for the best tempura in Tokyo? Start with these fine restaurants serving deep-fried delights over rice

Best tonkatsu in Tokyo
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Best tonkatsu in Tokyo

These restaurants serve some of the best deep-fried pork cutlets in Tokyo

Best anago restaurants in Tokyo
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Best anago restaurants in Tokyo

Saltwater conger eel, or anago, is a Tokyo speciality, and these top restaurants serve it in many styles

Best tsukemen in Tokyo
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Best tsukemen in Tokyo

Not all ramen are served in soup. Tsukemen, or dipping noodles, are equally popular and these restaurants serve the best in town

Getaway tips and ideas

Guide to Hiroshima: Best things to do, restaurants and bars
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Guide to Hiroshima: Best things to do, restaurants and bars

Forget the pricey omakase sushi – try these cheap and cheerful conveyor-belt and standing sushi restaurants instead

Guide to climbing Mt Fuji
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Guide to climbing Mt Fuji

July doesn’t only mark the beginning of summer, it’s also the kick-off season for adventurous hikers who plan to conquer Mt Fuji (3,776m), the iconic peak that have to symbolise Tokyo and Japan as a whole. This active stratovolcano is also the highest mountain in Japan. Climbing season lasts roughly three months until early September; any attempt out of this period is prohibited. Before taking on the challenge, there is quite a lot to prepare – so let’s get right to it.

Guide to Hakone: Best things to do, restaurants and bars
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Guide to Hakone: Best things to do, restaurants and bars

With spectacular mountain scenery, soothing onsen and amazing art museums, Hakone makes the perfect short getaway from Tokyo

Best things to do in Narita
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Best things to do in Narita

There's more to Narita than just the airport: eat oversized sushi and unagi kabayaki, try on a kimono, and more

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More of Tokyo's best...

88 things to do in Tokyo
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88 things to do in Tokyo

Discover the city with our ultimate checklist of the best things to do and things to see in Tokyo, from museums and tours to restaurants and bars

50 things to do in Harajuku
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50 things to do in Harajuku

Where to shop, eat and drink in Tokyo’s ‘kawaii’ capital

Best free museums in Tokyo
Museums

Best free museums in Tokyo

Here are our favourite free museums in Tokyo for art, history and even kids

Best art museums in Tokyo
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Best art museums in Tokyo

Our picks for the best art museums in Tokyo, from traditional Japanese paintings to Renaissance classics and contemporary works

Best places to see incredible views of the Tokyo skyline
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Best places to see incredible views of the Tokyo skyline

Want to see Tokyo from the top? Visit these observation decks for the best views in the capital

Where to stay in Tokyo

Manga Art Hotel
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Manga Art Hotel

You'll be staying up all night browsing the hotel's extensive manga collection of over 5,000 titles...

Trunk Hotel

Trunk Hotel

The boutique-style Trunk Hotel aims to let guests experience the best of the surrounding Shibuya/Harajuku area during their stay

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Grand Hyatt Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Tokyo

Though it shares a celebrity buzz with its sister hotel the Park Hyatt, the effortlessly sleek Grand is pleasingly low-key. Its location in the upmarket Roppongi Hills complex might not suit those who like their Tokyo served straight up, but by the same token it provides a restful retreat. And having high-end shops and restaurants, a 53-floor panorama and world-class art on your doorstep can be considered quite an amenity. As is the Nagomi spa (though there’s a charge for guests) which, in addition to the usual list of artful treatments, has a lap pool, steam and sauna and a luminous white jacuzzi. Though not flashy, the guest rooms are extremely comfortable and well thought out, with dimmable lights, Bose stereos and free high-speed internet, and a tub you could park your car in. A 10th anniversary renovation has added Oxford chairs, original washi paper artwork and Bluetooth connectivity to the amenities.

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Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo

Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo

Focusing not just on Tokyo, but on the historic Nihonbashi area in which it sits, the Mandarin is the antidote to that feeling that luxury hotels are the same the world over. Many of the materials are sourced from local artisans. The lobby and rooms all hint at traditional Japanese motifs, from the torii shrine gates and washi paper lanterns to the woven fabrics that hang in place of paintings. The view from the rooms trumps most of its top-end rivals, with a mosaic of lights from the business district in the foreground, and Mt Fuji straight ahead.

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Hot new openings

Tim Ho Wan Shinjuku Southern Terrace
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Tim Ho Wan Shinjuku Southern Terrace

Open May 25, 2019 Hong Kong’s popular dim sum restaurant Tim Ho Wan, also known as the ‘world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant’, opens its second Japan outpost on Shinjuku’s Southern Terrace. Established by Mak Kwai, dim sum chef at the Michelin three-star Cantonese Restaurant Lung King Heen (inside the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong), and chef Leung Fai Keung, they focus on providing the most authentic dim sum flavours at reasonable prices in a casual ambience. You can even drop by with a large group of friends as private dining rooms are available for booking. 

Shiseido Jiyugaoka Parlour
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Shiseido Jiyugaoka Parlour

Open May 18, 2019 Jiyugaoka welcomes a new outpost of Shiseido Parlour, the pioneer of Japanese-style yoshoku or ‘Western’ cuisine founded back in 1902. Savour picture-perfect omu-rice, meat croquettes and hamburg steaks as well as the store's Jiyugaoka branch-limited sweets. Order the Crème Chocolat (¥594), a dessert served in a glass filled with fluffy chocolate mousse and caramel sauce, topped with heavenly cream in the shape of a blooming flower. You can also look forward to matcha, hojicha and other seasonal variations of this dessert.

Neo Kissa King
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Neo Kissa King

Ginza, famous for its many long-established kissaten cafés welcomes a new coffee shop which hopes to attract its guests with a modern take on the usual kissaten-style coffee and dishes. Created by master chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants to those of street food shops, diners can experience Japan’s original coffee shop culture in a modern ambience while sampling curry, sandwiches and napolitan pasta with a modern twist.

Hey Rasshai
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Hey Rasshai

Kabukicho-based host club 'Smappa! Hans Axel Von Fersen', where ladies pay for the company of stylish male hosts has opened it's very own sushi restaurant. Called 'Hey Rasshai', the eatery's chef is none other than the club's most popular host named Shun. He decided to give his career a change by training his skills at a long-established sushi restaurant in Tokyo's Shitamachi area in order to serve Tokyo's traditional Edomae-style sushi (from ¥300). Since the new-fledged sushi chef is also continuing his career as a host, there are no set opening hours. Please refer to the official Twitter page for more information.

Sushi Shin by Miyakawa
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Sushi Shin by Miyakawa

Sushi Shin is the Tokyo outpost of master chef Masaaki Miyakawa's Sapporo-based restaurant Sushi Miyakawa, whose exquisite menu was awarded three Michelin stars. Diners at this new sushi spot can look forward to an omakase selection of finest seafood including slices of sea bream served with wasabi and salt, and other seasonal offerings such as aromatic uni (sea urchin) wrapped with nori (seaweed). The interior design of the restaurant resembles Japanese filigree craftsmanship complete with wooden lattice work by famous craftsman Nobuo Tanihata, as well as a counter table made from 350-year-old Japanese cypress. To sample Miyakawa’s specialties, make sure to reserve in advance.

Japanese Sake Bar Fujiya
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Japanese Sake Bar Fujiya

Sample more than 50 different types of nihonshu at this new sake bar located in Shibuya. Surprisingly, the sake here isn't served in your typical sake cups, but you'll be sipping your preferred drink from wine glasses instead. On offer are sake brews from all 47 prefectures of Japan along with nibbles like tempura skewers (from ¥250), asparagus and oyster ahijo, and oil sardines.

Tokyo area guides

Roppongi
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Roppongi

Where to eat, shop and play in ‘High Touch Town’

Shinjuku
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Shinjuku

From cult art to decadent ramen, it's our guide to Tokyo’s sprawling entertainment centre

Asakusa
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Asakusa

There's more to Asakusa than Sensoji and the Skytree

Shibuya
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Shibuya

The best places to eat, shop and play in Tokyo’s buzziest neighbourhood

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