Your ultimate guide to Tokyo

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

Ultimate guide to yakitori
Restaurants

Ultimate guide to yakitori

Here's a photo menu to help you identify and order the different chicken parts in a classic yakitori meal

The best strawberry shortcakes in Tokyo
Restaurants

The best strawberry shortcakes in Tokyo

Cream, strawberries and fluffy sponge – what's not to love

Best animal and pet cafés in Tokyo – updated
Restaurants

Best animal and pet cafés in Tokyo – updated

Because sometimes you just need a furry friend – or an animal you can watch

Best craft beer bars in Tokyo
Bars and pubs

Best craft beer bars in Tokyo

Great Tokyo beer bars for microbrew enthusiasts

Sales of the popular Hakushu 12 and Hibiki 17 whiskies by Suntory will be suspended for the time being
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Sales of the popular Hakushu 12 and Hibiki 17 whiskies by Suntory will be suspended for the time being

The reason for the suspension is because, thanks to the rise in whisky popularity globally, demand has exceeded supply, resulting in a shortage of stock

Tokyo's best restaurants and cafés

The best restaurants and cafés near Meiji Shrine
Restaurants

The best restaurants and cafés near Meiji Shrine

Stop for lunch or grab a coffee and dessert before or after visiting one of Tokyo’s top attractions

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 tonkatsu in Tokyo
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Best tonkatsu in Tokyo

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

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

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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

Get a taste of the high life at these fine establishments

Tokyo's best tiny bars
Nightlife

Tokyo's best tiny bars

Cozy up with your fellow drinkers at these tiny and big-hearted spots

Five of the best liquor stores with bars in Tokyo
Bars and pubs

Five of the best liquor stores with bars in Tokyo

These counter-only establishments allow you to sample any bottle from the parent shop’s vast selection

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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Tokyo facts and trivia

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

How to pay out like a Tokyoite
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How to pay out like a Tokyoite

To keep your zen while spending the yen, check out our list of dos and don’ts

How to use a Japanese toilet – an etiquette guide
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How to use a Japanese toilet – an etiquette guide

Ah, the Japanese toilet, that most perfect of inventions. Here is how to go when you have to go

10 things you’ll definitely need on a trip to Tokyo
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10 things you’ll definitely need on a trip to Tokyo

When it comes to packing your luggage and equipping your devices, you want to make sure you come prepared

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

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

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

Showa Kinen Park Flower Festival
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Showa Kinen Park Flower Festival

Tachikawa's Showa Kinen Park isn't content with merely hyping the sakura: its Flower Festival takes place over two months and celebrates the blooms of tulips (in April), poppies and rapeseeds (May) and water lillies (May), of course in addition to the cherry blossoms in March and April. The programme consists of guided tours, open-air gigs and plenty of fun for the kids – aim for the weekends to make the most of it. Park entrance is free on April 29 and May 20.

Roppongi Art Night 2018
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Roppongi Art Night 2018

The annual nocturnal celebration of all things art, Roppongi Art Night has returned to its original spring date, with the usual line-up of outdoor installations, art events, live performances, cultural exhibitions and more taking over Roppongi from dusk until way past dawn. It's Roppongi like you've never seen it before after dark. As usual, the area's art museums and galleries will stay open until dawn - visiting Mori Museum in the middle of the night is not only a thrilling experience, but this is also the only day of the year when you can watch the sunrise and enjoy a magical morning view of Tokyo from the observatory deck before heading home from a long night out. The full programme hasn't been released yet, but keep an eye on their official website for more details. 

Manpaku 2018
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Manpaku 2018

Held at Showa Kinen Park, this massive food festival really piles it on. There are 10 different areas, including a dedicated meat section to seafood ones, with anything from juicy steaks and fresh-out-of-the-water seafood donburi to healthy salads on offer. Side events include a tuna cutting show and street performers. It's a gourmet's fantasy, and with last year's edition buzzing from morning to evening, we expect this year to be another belly-filling grand affair. 

Tokyo Port Festival (Minato Matsuri)
Kids

Tokyo Port Festival (Minato Matsuri)

You'll find a variety of family-friendly activities at this nautical festival, which commemorates the opening of Tokyo Port in 1941. One of the highlights is the firefighting pageant held from 10.30am on Sunday, in which the emergency services demonstrate their waterborne prowess, culminating in a display of fire boats shooting coloured jets of water while helicopters hover overhead. You can also fill up with food truck grub, watch stage performances and board boats that are usually off limits to the public.

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Hot new openings

Tim Ho Wan Hibiya
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Tim Ho Wan Hibiya

The affordable dim sum masters from Hong Kong have finally come to Tokyo

Nanzen-ji Hyotei
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Nanzen-ji Hyotei

This Kyoto transplant, complete with tatami floors, offers some delectable kaiseki cuisine

Nihonshu Genka Sakagura Shinjuku Sohonten
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Nihonshu Genka Sakagura Shinjuku Sohonten

Sake at wholesale prices – what more can you wish for

Montee
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Montee

Everyone's favourite Thai joint in Asakusa is back

Drawing House of Hibiya
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Drawing House of Hibiya

Lots and lots of domestic, seasonal produce

Henn na Café
Shopping

Henn na Café

Get your coffee made by a robot barista

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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Tokyo events calendar