Your ultimate guide to Tokyo

Tokyo’s best restaurants, films, gigs, clubs, things to do and places to see

The most beautiful buildings in Tokyo
Things to do

The most beautiful buildings in Tokyo

These stunning architecture are some of our favourite buildings in Tokyo – from the iconic Prada store to the postmodern Nakagin Capsule Tower and more

Best kakigori in Tokyo – updated
Restaurants

Best kakigori in Tokyo – updated

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

Best fishing spots in Tokyo
Things to do

Best fishing spots in Tokyo

Tokyo has numerous ponds set up for city folk looking to find some peace and quiet while waiting for a fish to bite

Best things to do in Ginza after dark
Nightlife

Best things to do in Ginza after dark

What do you do in Tokyo's shopping mecca after all the stores have closed for the night? We discover a different side to Ginza from dusk to dawn

Someone has been taking photos of Ueno Zoo's pandas everyday for seven years
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Someone has been taking photos of Ueno Zoo's pandas everyday for seven years

40-year-old Takahiro Takauji has been taking photographs of the pandas in Ueno on a near-daily basis since Aug 2011

Tokyo's best restaurants and cafés

Best ice cream in Tokyo
Restaurants

Best ice cream in Tokyo

Beat the heat with the capital's best ice cream, gelato, sorbet and soft-serve

Best restaurants in Shibuya
Restaurants

Best restaurants in Shibuya

From sushi to yakitori and gyoza, here are the best places to eat in Shibuya, including the 'hoods of Daikanyama, Harajuku and Yoyogi

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

The best coffee in Tokyo
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The best coffee in Tokyo

Tokyo is now one of the world’s great coffee cities, with more specialist shops than most people can hope to visit in a lifetime.

Best restaurants in Ginza
Restaurants

Best restaurants in Ginza

The most memorable meals in Tokyo's flashiest 'hood: sushi, ramen, tempura, premium beef, crab sashimi and more

The best tempura in Tokyo: 15 bowls to try
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The best tempura in Tokyo: 15 bowls to try

Here are the best Tokyo restaurants serving top-of-the-line tendon, ranging from the dirt-cheap to the costly

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Tokyo's best bars and pubs

Best DJ bars in Shibuya
Nightlife

Best DJ bars in Shibuya

Whether you're into techno, house or jazz, there are plenty of places to get down in Shibuya – every day of the week

Best outdoor beer terraces in Tokyo
Bars and pubs

Best outdoor beer terraces in Tokyo

Looking for a breezy outdoor bar that serves Japanese craft beer? These venues offer all that – some even come with a view to boot

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

The best Tokyo bars with a view
Bars and pubs

The best Tokyo bars with a view

Get a taste of the high life at these fine establishments

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Tokyo facts and trivia

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... 

How to cycle like a Tokyoite
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How to cycle like a Tokyoite

Master these cycling rules and etiquette before conquering the Tokyo streets on your favourite bicycle

Three historical ghost stories set in Tokyo
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Three historical ghost stories set in Tokyo

It's almost summer, which means that the traditional season for ghost stories is around the corner...

Some of the best things you can buy from vending machines in Tokyo
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Some of the best things you can buy from vending machines in Tokyo

With the highest per capita rate of vending machines in the world, it offers far, far more than your average press-and-go experience

Getaway tips and ideas

Best places to see wildlife in Tokyo and Japan
Travel

Best places to see wildlife in Tokyo and Japan

Where the wild things are: spot whales, sharks, bears, cranes and more on your next holiday

Cool and unique places to stay in Tokyo
Hotels

Cool and unique places to stay in Tokyo

Tired of the cookie-cutter hotel rooms? These one-of-a-kind accommodations in Tokyo will give you a reason to stay in

The Kansai sake route
Travel

The Kansai sake route

Join us on a tour of the best sake breweries in western Japan

Your secret guide to Kyoto
Travel

Your secret guide to Kyoto

Discover of a whole new side of Japan's cultural capital

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Guide to Tokyo summer fireworks
Things to do

Guide to Tokyo summer fireworks

In Tokyo, explosions of colour light up the sky throughout summer. Here's the complete guide to all the hanabi (fireworks festivals) in the city

Summer music festivals in Japan
Music

Summer music festivals in Japan

Make the most of the sun by heading to these top music festivals in Tokyo and further afield

Best tattoo-friendly sento in Tokyo  – updated
Health and beauty

Best tattoo-friendly sento in Tokyo – updated

Got ink? These welcoming bathhouses won't mind

Living in Tokyo
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Living in Tokyo

Living in Tokyo doesn't have to be a puzzle: here are our tips for both newbies and long-term residents

Nightlife
Nightlife

Nightlife

Your ultimate guide to after-dark action in the capital

The best events in Tokyo

Books Kinokuniya Mega Hot Sale 2018
Shopping

Books Kinokuniya Mega Hot Sale 2018

Arguably Tokyo's best-stocked foreign-language bookstore, Books Kinokuniya are bringing in books by the truckload from their warehouse and selling them at a substantial discount. Think 30-60 percent off on pretty much their entire imported selection, from magazines, science books, travel guides, and design books to English, Chinese, French, German and Italian novels, and more... Some restrictions apply, but there's more than enough to choose from. Happy browsing!

Ueno Summer Festival
Things to do

Ueno Summer Festival

Ueno's natsu matsuri kicks off for real with a parade down the area's central street on July 21 (from 5.30pm), while the rest of the event period includes happenings like the picturesque toro nagashi ceremony (July 17, from 7pm), in which paper lanterns are floated on Shinobazu Pond. There will be market stalls in the park throughout the four weeks of the festival selling antiques, potted plants and more, while street performances take place at the Bentendo temple in the afternoon on July 22 and 28. Make sure to also check out Ueno Park's open-air stage, where everyone from idols to jazz veterans will be performing almost every day. And if you're looking for a photo op, come on the afternoon of July 17 (from 2.30pm), when ice sculptors will conjure some (doubtless short-lived) works around the stage.

Shinjuku Eisa Festival
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Shinjuku Eisa Festival

Eisa is a dance from Okinawa usually performed to mark the end of the Obon period (an annual Buddhist event to honour one’s ancestors). Like most things Okinawan, it's been enthusiastically embraced by the rest of the country, as demonstrated by this Shinjuku parade. More than 20 eisa dance troupes are expected to take to the streets around the east exit of Shinjuku Station to beat portable taiko drums and twirl their way through the crowds – a boisterous and colourful event to brighten your Saturday. Slap on some sunscreen, grab a handheld fan and get there early: it's guaranteed to be crowded.

Adachi Fireworks
Things to do

Adachi Fireworks

First held in 1924, this annual firework spectacle shoots about 13,600 rockets into the night sky. Secure a spot by the river bank, lay down your picnic blanket, fill up at the nearby food stalls and prepare for a treat.

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Where to stay in Tokyo

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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Hoshinoya Tokyo

Hoshinoya Tokyo

Just when it was starting to feel that Tokyo ryokans were on the verge of extinction, along came a major new player. Opened in July 2016, Hoshinoya Tokyo is one of the capital's very few luxury ryokans – and it's located in central Otemachi, just a short walk from Tokyo Station and the Imperial Palace. The 19-storey (including two underground floors) building houses tatami-floored suites, as well as a spa, Japanese restaurant and conference facilities, while offering the same standard of service that's earned awards for its sister resorts in places including Karuizawa and Kyoto. Given the lack of similar establishments in the city, it promises to present a serious challenge to Tokyo's glut of luxury hotels, though a night's stay sure doesn't come cheap here. Check out more photos and information on our blog.

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Andaz Tokyo

Andaz Tokyo

The Hyatt group’s lifestyle brand Andaz opened its frst Tokyo hotel on the top of the 52-storey Toranomon Hills complex in June 2014. The hotel houses 164 guestrooms, a partially open-air rooftop bar, and a whopping 50m2 guestroom, the largest of its kind in Tokyo. To allow guests to enjoy their own style of stay, the Andaz Hosts, who take on the traditional roles of doormen, receptionists and concierges, are there to assist in any way. To make you feel more at home, they don’t wear black uniforms or name tags and will engage with guests to provide the best recommendations and suggestions for exploring Tokyo like a local.

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Hot new openings

Inua
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Inua

Inua could very well be the closest thing to Copenhagen's Noma in this part of the world

Sonna Banana Hiroo Premium
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Sonna Banana Hiroo Premium

Get your banana fix

Pulplism
Restaurants

Pulplism

Pulled pork burgers in flashy Nishi-Azabu

Misojyu
Restaurants

Misojyu

Miso soup, a thousand ways

Poke's Fish Market
Restaurants

Poke's Fish Market

Move over sashimi: there's a new raw fish in town

Ao Tiger
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Ao Tiger

Fruit-infused coffee, anyone?

Tokyo area guides

Roppongi
Things to do

Roppongi

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

Shinjuku
Things to do

Shinjuku

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

Asakusa
Things to do

Asakusa

There's more to Asakusa than Sensoji and the Skytree

Shibuya
Things to do

Shibuya

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

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