Your ultimate guide to Tokyo

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

Top family-friendly things to do in Tokyo in winter
Kids

Top family-friendly things to do in Tokyo in winter

Where to take the little ones while the temperatures are still low

The best restaurants in Tokyo for date night
Restaurants

The best restaurants in Tokyo for date night

Table for two? We've got you covered with these romantic restaurants that are perfect for your next date night

Tokyo's best tiny bars
Nightlife

Tokyo's best tiny bars

Embrace the lack of personal space at these miniscule watering holes

Best tonkatsu in Tokyo
Restaurants

Best tonkatsu in Tokyo

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

The best spots for plum-viewing in and around Tokyo
Things to do

The best spots for plum-viewing in and around Tokyo

Fawn over that other pretty blossom

Tokyo's best restaurants and cafés

What to eat in Tokyo this winter
Restaurants

What to eat in Tokyo this winter

The seasonal delicacies you won't want to miss during the cold months

100 best restaurants
Restaurants

100 best restaurants

Feast your eyes on the 100 best restaurants in Tokyo, and get ready for the culinary adventure of a lifetime

The best tempura in Tokyo: 15 bowls to try
Restaurants

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

Tokyo’s best oden restaurants
Restaurants

Tokyo’s best oden restaurants

Ten great places to enjoy one of Japan’s favourite winter foods

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Tokyo's best bars and pubs

The best Tokyo bars with a view
Bars and pubs

The best Tokyo bars with a view

There are few things more breathtaking than gazing out over the sea of lights that is Tokyo at night, and virtually everyone in the city has their own favourite spot for viewing the spectacle. Admiring the view is of course best done while sipping a drink in good company, but the vast selection of rooftop restaurants and bars can be a little tricky to navigate – especially if you're on a budget. Whether you're looking to impress a Tokyo newbie, planning a very special date or just want to feel like a VIP for a few hours, consider checking out some of the 15 top Tokyo bars listed below. All of these offer noteworthy night-time views, ranging from classic skyscraper vistas to offbeat perspectives, and are accessible even to thrifty boozers on the hunt for a little luxury. 

The best Tokyo bars for drinking alone
Bars and pubs

The best Tokyo bars for drinking alone

15 bars perfect for that solo outing: take your pick and get ready for an evening of wondrously calm boozing, free from fake smiles, contrived compliments and the same old conversations.

The best Tokyo date bars
Bars and pubs

The best Tokyo date bars

From hotel hideouts to whisky temples – get your romance on at these superb Tokyo bars

The 100 best Tokyo bars
Bars and pubs

The 100 best Tokyo bars

Cocktails, craft beer, wine, sake and more – our fully updated guide to the capital's bar scene

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Getaway tips and ideas

The best things to do in Matsumoto
Travel

The best things to do in Matsumoto

Explore Yayoi Kusama’s hometown, a little-known but very visit-worthy city up in Nagano

Five of the best sightseeing trains in Japan
Travel

Five of the best sightseeing trains in Japan

On the right tracks – ride these luxurious trains and see Japan from a different perspective

Kicking back in Kanazawa
Travel

Kicking back in Kanazawa

Embrace an oasis of tradition, beauty and food in the Hokuriku region

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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More of Tokyo's best...

Love Tokyo Awards 2017 winners
Things to do

Love Tokyo Awards 2017 winners

Here are the winners for best restaurant, bar, café, shop and product. Plus, four essential activities of the year and five outstanding Tokyo personalities

Nightlife
Nightlife

Nightlife

Your ultimate guide to after-dark action in the capital

Onsen and bathhouses
Health and beauty

Onsen and bathhouses

Your complete guide to where and how to go hot-spring bathing in Tokyo

Open Tokyo
Things to do

Open Tokyo

Tokyo for everyone – it's your ultimate diversity-focused guide to the capital

Record stores
Music

Record stores

Dig for quality tunes all around the city with our complete guide for music lovers

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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The best events in Tokyo

Flowers by Naked 2018
Things to do

Flowers by Naked 2018

Longing for spring after Tokyo's frigid, intermittently snowy winter? You're in luck: sakura is coming early with the latest technology presented by tech-artists Naked. Each area has its story, where you can not only see their art but smell, feel, listen, and even play with it. At the ‘Ousai’ ("vivid cherry blossom") area, the biggest art installation of the set, you'll encounter girls dancing and playing violin. Spring really is around the corner...

Cat Movies Programme
Film

Cat Movies Programme

A lineup of five extremely purry flicks at Asagaya's Yujiku

Leandro Erlich: Seeing and Believing
Art

Leandro Erlich: Seeing and Believing

Visitors to Kanazawa's 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art will be familiar with 'Swimming Pool', one of the dozens of large-scale, optical illusion-based works for which Argentinian contemporary artist Leandro Erlich has become famous. This master of the tricky, playful and unexpected has now conquered Roppongi's Mori Museum with 44 representative works, 80 percent of which are being displayed in Japan for the first time. Photography is allowed in front of most of the pieces, so get ready to boost your Instagram cred with some truly outside-the-box imagery.

Bunkyo Ume Matsuri
Things to do

Bunkyo Ume Matsuri

Plum blossom season is just around the corner

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Hot new openings

Henn na Café
Shopping

Henn na Café

Get your coffee made by a robot barista

Wise Sons Tokyo
Restaurants

Wise Sons Tokyo

Proper pastrami sandwich, anyone?

CheeseTable Shibuya
Restaurants

CheeseTable Shibuya

Cheese, cheese, and more cheese is what's on the menu here

Oimachi Bulls
Restaurants

Oimachi Bulls

Get your meat fix at this five-floor 'yakiniku tower'

The Kintan Steak
Restaurants

The Kintan Steak

Dig into prime cuts of beef 38 storeys above the city in Ebisu

Kissa Laundry
Things to do

Kissa Laundry

Looks like laundromats aren't just for cleaning clothes anymore

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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