Your ultimate guide to Tokyo

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

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

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

Best bars for geeks in Tokyo
Bars and pubs

Best bars for geeks in Tokyo

Geek out in these otaku bars in Tokyo, themed on video games, trains, monsters, science and karaoke

Specialist shrines in Tokyo
Things to do

Specialist shrines in Tokyo

You know you're in Tokyo when there's a shrine or temple for everything

Best tonkatsu in Tokyo – updated
Restaurants

Best tonkatsu in Tokyo – updated

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

Guide to Japanese desserts in Tokyo
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Guide to Japanese desserts in Tokyo

Got a sweet tooth? You've come to the right city as Tokyo offers many decadent Japanese desserts including kakigori, wagashi and more

Tokyo's best restaurants and cafés

Best cheap Michelin-star meals in Tokyo – updated
Restaurants

Best cheap Michelin-star meals in Tokyo – updated

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 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 24-hour restaurants in Tokyo
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Best 24-hour restaurants in Tokyo

Where to find food whatever the hour in Shinjuku, Akasaka, Shibuya and Roppongi

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

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

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Tokyo's best bars and pubs

Best gin bars in Tokyo
Bars and pubs

Best gin bars in Tokyo

The gin revival has hit Tokyo. Here are the best bars in the city for a gin-tastic evening

Best casual bars in Tokyo
Bars and pubs

Best casual bars in Tokyo

There's more to Tokyo's bar scene than the serious, formal bars of Ginza. Talk, laugh and just be yourself at these lively and cool bars

Best craft beer bars in Tokyo
Bars and pubs

Best craft beer bars in Tokyo

Great Tokyo beer bars for microbrew enthusiasts

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

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Tokyo facts and trivia

Special days in Japan
Things to do

Special days in Japan

Japan has a day for everything: get to know the country’s bizarre faux holidays with our best picks

PDA in Japan
Sex and dating

PDA in Japan

You're not going to be thrown in jail for a public smooch, but you may want to avoid this cultural faux pas anyway

Onsen etiquette
Things to do

Onsen etiquette

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

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

Best restaurants by cuisine

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 udon in Tokyo
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Best udon in Tokyo

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

Best vegan ramen in Tokyo
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Best vegan ramen in Tokyo

Where to go for everyone's favourite kind of noodles when you're avoiding meat, fish and dairy

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

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

Where to find the deep-fried delights diners crave

Where to eat wagyu in Tokyo
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Where to eat wagyu in Tokyo

Brush up on your wagyu knowledge, then take a taste tour around Tokyo

Getaway tips and ideas

Best beaches near Tokyo
Things to do

Best beaches near Tokyo

Your perfect weekend getaway plans, including bento recommendations for the train journey and seaside B&Bs for overnight stays

Best things to do in Narita
Travel

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

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

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

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Best things to do with kids in Tokyo
Kids

Best things to do with kids in Tokyo

Top family-friendly events, festivals, restaurants, activities and fun things to do for children in the capital

The most beautiful buildings in Tokyo
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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 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 tattoo-friendly sento in Tokyo  – updated
Health and beauty

Best tattoo-friendly sento in Tokyo – updated

Got ink? These welcoming bathhouses won't mind

Your ultimate guide to the best summer in Tokyo
Things to do

Your ultimate guide to the best summer in Tokyo

Make the most of the warm sunny days with the best events, festivals, restaurants and cafes in the capital

The best events in Tokyo

Bon Odori in Minato Mirai
Things to do

Bon Odori in Minato Mirai

Dance the traditional way at Rinko Park's Bon Festival, where you can also catch a taiko drumming performance, snack on above-average festival grub, get buzzed on nihonshu and beer and take in the sweaty summer atmosphere of Yokohama. Definitely an event enjoyable for visitors of all ages.

Shimokitazawa Ichibangai Awa-Odori
Things to do

Shimokitazawa Ichibangai Awa-Odori

Granted, it's a minnow compared to the Koenji Awa-Odori that takes place a week later, but Shimokitazawa's version of the famed dancing-in-the-streets fest (originally from Tokushima) has a unique charm of its own. Held for the 53rd time this year, the Shimokitazawa Awa-Odori sees teams of dancers romp along the neighbourhood's main shopping streets in the evening, then dazzle the assembled hordes with their own special routines later on. Be sure to hang around afterwards, when the area is engulfed in a wave of booze-sodden joie de vivre.

Summer Sonic 2018
Music

Summer Sonic 2018

What this archetypal city-based music festival lacks in setting, it makes up in convenience. While other festivals boast views of rolling hills or stunning lakes, Summer Sonic has easy access from the city and an abundance of clean toilets, and – along with a cracking line-up – sometimes that’s all you need. There are multiple stages at this two-day weekend festival. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Beck are the headliners this year, along with a host of current hit makers and indie darlings such as Marian Hill, Billie Eilish, Portugal The Man, St Vincent and more. Japanese act to watch: DYGL – an up-and-coming quartet known for their stripped-down rock sound.

Sancha Latin Festival
Things to do

Sancha Latin Festival

Sangenjaya, known as Sancha among the locals, holds its annual Latin Festival with several live performances throughout these two days. Munch on some traditional festival food while taking in the scenery of the spectacular samba parade, taking place on August 19 from 1.30pm.

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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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Satén - Japanese Tea
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Satén - Japanese Tea

Specialising in green tea, Saten sources from independent tea farms in Saitama and Nagasaki prefectures

Mont Blanc Style
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Mont Blanc Style

While the café's eponymous dessert is French in origin, Mont Blanc has become a classic Japanese confection

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
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Pulplism

Pulled pork burgers in flashy Nishi-Azabu

Misojyu
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Misojyu

Miso soup, a thousand ways

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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