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

Tokyo’s coolest neighbourhood revealed – and it’s near Shibuya
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Tokyo’s coolest neighbourhood revealed – and it’s near Shibuya

The neighbourhood is a favourite haunt of Tokyo’s creative and fashion sets, who come here for the vintage fashion, record stores, independent restaurants...

Celebrate Rugby World Cup 2019 at these free Fanzones in and around Tokyo
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Celebrate Rugby World Cup 2019 at these free Fanzones in and around Tokyo

Couldn't get a ticket to a Rugby World Cup match? Don't worry; you can still enjoy the Games at these official Rugby World Cup 2019 Fanzones...

Where to get the best views of the Shibuya Crossing
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Where to get the best views of the Shibuya Crossing

The world-famous Shibuya Scramble is a Tokyo landmark. Here's where you can get a bird's-eye view of the busy crossing

Best Japanese movies and series with English subtitles on Netflix
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Best Japanese movies and series with English subtitles on Netflix

Binge-worthy, locally produced titles to add to your watch list

The best hiking trails at Mt Rokko in Kobe
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The best hiking trails at Mt Rokko in Kobe

Hiking app Yamap provides trail information in English for foreign visitors to explore Mt Rokko in Kobe

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Top events in Tokyo right now

Tokyo Edo Week
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Tokyo Edo Week

The Tokyo Edo Week is all about celebrating traditional Japanese crafts, fashion, food and culture...

Open air cinema at the Tokyo National Museum
Film

Open air cinema at the Tokyo National Museum

For one weekend in September, you’ll get to watch a flick on a breezy summer night in the beautiful courtyard of the Tokyo National Museum...

Shibuya Hatsudai Awaodori Festival
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Shibuya Hatsudai Awaodori Festival

Awa-Odori is a popular Japanese dance originating from Tokushima prefecture, and this festival celebrating the traditional dance form has been held in Shibuya every September since 1970...

Ikebukuro Takigi Noh
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Ikebukuro Takigi Noh

Watch an outdoor performance of traditional noh theatre with English translation at Higashi-Ikebukuro Central Park...

Nezu Shrine Grand Festival
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Nezu Shrine Grand Festival

Nezu Shrine is not only famous for its 3,000 blooming azalea in spring, the sacred grounds also host the annual Grand Festival...

Japan Food Park
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Japan Food Park

This massive event in Hibiya Park brings together a sampling of four of Tokyo most popular food festivals...

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Tokyo's best restaurants and cafés

Best restaurants in Shinjuku
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Best restaurants in Shinjuku

From ramen and udon to tempura and kaiseki, here's where to go in Shinjuku for some of your best meals in Tokyo

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 100 best restaurants in Tokyo you have to try
Restaurants

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 restaurants for Japanese breakfast in Tokyo
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Best restaurants for Japanese breakfast in Tokyo

Forget eggs and toast – start your morning right with a traditional Japanese breakfast instead

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

The 10 things you must eat in Tokyo
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The 10 things you must eat in Tokyo

As one of the world's greatest food cities, the choices in Tokyo can be overwhelming. So start these 10 iconic Tokyo-born dishes

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Tokyo's best bars and pubs

Where to watch the Rugby World Cup 2019 matches in Tokyo
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Where to watch the Rugby World Cup 2019 matches in Tokyo

Root for your favourite rugby team with a cheerful crowd and a beer in hand at these sports bars

Best bars in Tokyo
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Best bars in Tokyo

Find the top bars in Time Out's ultimate guide to drinking in Tokyo: from craft beer and wine to sake and cocktails

Best music bars in Tokyo
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Best music bars in Tokyo

A laidback drinking experience, music bars are known for their curated playlists and extensive vinyl collections

Best cocktail bars in Tokyo
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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

Summer 2019 issue out now: 101 things to do in Tokyo, Japanese breakfast and Golden Gai's best bars
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Summer 2019 issue out now: 101 things to do in Tokyo, Japanese breakfast and Golden Gai's best bars

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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

Dos and don'ts for tourists in Japan
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Dos and don'ts for tourists in Japan

From local manners to social etiquette and cultural sensitivity, this guide will help you become a model traveller in Tokyo and Japan

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

Best restaurants by cuisine

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 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 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 regional Japanese restaurants in Tokyo
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Best regional Japanese restaurants in Tokyo

Where to savour regional Japanese cuisines in Tokyo, from Hokkaido's grilled lamb to Kyoto's matcha desserts and Osaka's takoyaki

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 heritage restaurants in Tokyo
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Best heritage restaurants in Tokyo

After spending decades perfecting their signature dishes, these long-established restaurants have become iconic Tokyo institutions

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Guide to Ogasawara: Tokyo's island paradise
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Guide to Ogasawara: Tokyo's island paradise

Ogasawara is technically part of Tokyo, but these remote islands are a subtropical paradise unlike anywhere else you've seen

Best day trips from Tokyo
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Best day trips from Tokyo

Escape the city chaos – the prefectures around Tokyo boast great beaches, onsen resorts, organic farming, hiking and vineyard tours

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

After the devastating atomic bombing of World War II, Hiroshima has risen again to become a beacon of world peace, and one of Japan’s top tourist destinations

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

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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

Best museums in Tokyo for kids and families
Museums

Best museums in Tokyo for kids and families

With arts, science, dinosaurs, robots and the opportunity to drive a shinkansen, these Tokyo museums are perfect for the young and old alike

Best things to do in Tokyo at night if you're not drinking
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Best things to do in Tokyo at night if you're not drinking

Nightlife in Tokyo is more than just the bars and clubs. Here are some top late-night booze-free activities that don't involve drinking

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 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

Where to stay in Tokyo

A heritage home in Akasaka is now open for booking as a guesthouse
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A heritage home in Akasaka is now open for booking as a guesthouse

Built in 1948, this well-preserved house is now fitted with modern amenities...

Best capsule hotels in Tokyo
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Best capsule hotels in Tokyo

A new generation of capsule hotels is reinventing the tiny-hotel industry with cool tech and hip designs. Here are Tokyo's top pods

Best ryokan in Tokyo
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Best ryokan in Tokyo

Stay at these Japanese-style inns for a taste of traditional hospitality

Cool and unique places to stay in Tokyo
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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

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Eggslut
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Eggslut

As you can infer from its name, Eggslut is all about the humble eggs, but taken to new heights in a series of speciality breakfast sandwiches...

Well Food Market & Cafe Imperfect Omotesando
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Well Food Market & Cafe Imperfect Omotesando

Located on the first floor of Omotesando Hills, this new shop and adjoining café space offers a variety of sweets...

Lanterne Ikejiri-Ohashi
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Lanterne Ikejiri-Ohashi

Lanterne delivers on the convivial izakaya atmosphere and reasonable pricing, but does it in a hip, modern way

Sushi M
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Sushi M

This Aoyama restaurant is a partnership between veteran sushi chef Michimasa Nakamura and sommelier Yoshinobu Kimura, who brings with him a decade’s experience as the head sommelier at two-Michelin-starred Narisawa in Tokyo...

Uoharu Nakameguro
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Uoharu Nakameguro

This seafood izakaya aims to be sustainable by reducing food waste...

Parfaiteria Momobukuro
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Parfaiteria Momobukuro

Craving a late-night parfait? This cosy café in Ikebukuro caters to those who prefer a sweet dessert over a boozy night on the town. From 5pm (3pm on weekends) you can devour an over-the-top parfait creation made from fresh fruit, sorbet, gelato, whipped cream and various other toppings. The items at this Hokkaido-born ‘parfaiteria’ change monthly based on what's in season, so you'll want to come back frequently to see what they have in store. 

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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