Your ultimate guide to Tokyo

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

Best restaurants and bars with fireplaces in Tokyo
Restaurants

Best restaurants and bars with fireplaces in Tokyo

There’s nothing like an open fire on a cold night

Ultimate guide to sushi
Restaurants

Ultimate guide to sushi

Know the different types of sushi so that you can order like a local

Best cocktail bars in Tokyo
Bars and pubs

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

Best family-friendly restaurants in Tokyo
Restaurants

Best family-friendly restaurants in Tokyo

Eating out with the kids is a piece of cake at these child-friendly restaurants around the city

Festive light displays in Tokyo
Things to do

Festive light displays in Tokyo

When the weather gets cold, the city sparkles with a million lights

Top events in Tokyo right now

47 Ronin Festival
Things to do

47 Ronin Festival

A dramatic ronin revenge story is being commemorated at this temple on Friday

The 100th Anniversary Exhibition of Citizen ‘We Celebrate Time’
Art

The 100th Anniversary Exhibition of Citizen ‘We Celebrate Time’

The highlight of this exhibition, which focuses on the themes of time and light, is undoubtedly the space which is filled with 72,000 golden movements of wristwatches...

The Phillips Collection: A Modern Vision
Art

The Phillips Collection: A Modern Vision

Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum's exhibition features some of The Phillips Collection’s most treasured artworks, including those from Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh...

Traditional Culture Experience Programs for Foreign Visitors: Japanese dance workshop
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Traditional Culture Experience Programs for Foreign Visitors: Japanese dance workshop

Want to dive deeper into Japanese culture? This dance workshop is the perfect place to start, where you'll be fitted in a yukata and taught how to dance Nihon buyo, a traditional kind of dance that has a history of nearly 400 years. The workshop is free and takes place at the Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center every Sunday, excluding some specific dates during other holidays. 

Museum of Bad Art
Art

Museum of Bad Art

Gallery AaMo in Tokyo Dome City is setting up a very strange exhibition this year: the Museum of Bad Art. No, this isn't a collection of kindergarten finger-painting, but a serious (okay, not that serious) collection of the 'very best bad art' – art that's 'too bad to be ignored.' This special exhibit comes from a collection at the Museum of Bad Art in Boston where their tag line is 'The world's only museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and celebration of bad art in all its forms'. Each piece is the collection has a weird charm to it – obviously bad but totally engaging, forcing the viewer's attention as they try to work out why this work is so bad. For some it's the subject, for others it's the drawing style. You really just have to see it to understand. Prepare to be amazed that a museum devoted to the exclusive purveyance of crappy art could be so delightful and engrossing.

Christmas markets in Tokyo
Shopping

Christmas markets in Tokyo

Get your gifts and ornaments here – and reward yourself with a pint while you're at it

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Tokyo's best restaurants and cafés

Best heritage restaurants in Tokyo
Restaurants

Best heritage restaurants in Tokyo

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

Best fluffy pancakes in Tokyo
Restaurants

Best fluffy pancakes in Tokyo

Fluffy or soufflé pancakes: whatever you call them, these light, airy and cloud-like pancakes have become an iconic Tokyo dessert

Best cheap Michelin-star meals in Tokyo – updated
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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

Tokyo’s best oden restaurants
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Tokyo’s best oden restaurants

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

Best cafés in Tokyo – updated
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Best cafés in Tokyo – updated

Looking for a relaxing Tokyo café, the perfect cup of coffee or a superb sweet treat? Look no further – check out our complete Tokyo café guide

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

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Tokyo's best bars and pubs

Best cocktail bars in Tokyo
Bars and pubs

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

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

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

The best Tokyo bars: 10 essential Ginza bars
Bars and pubs

The best Tokyo bars: 10 essential Ginza bars

Hop your way through every boozehound's dream neighbourhood with our picks of the best bars in Ginza

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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 visit a temple or shrine like a Tokyoite
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How to visit a temple or shrine like a Tokyoite

Shinto and Buddhism have generally coexisted happily in Japan for centuries but to the uninitiated it can be difficult to tell your shrines from your temples...

Tokyo Q&A: Why are there... bottles on the streets in Tokyo?
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Tokyo Q&A: Why are there... bottles on the streets in Tokyo?

Those filled PET bottles around town are actually there for a reason

Onsen etiquette
Things to do

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
Restaurants

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 sushi in Tokyo
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Best sushi in Tokyo

High-end and proper sushi joints, but not the obvious ones

Best tonkatsu in Tokyo – updated
Restaurants

Best tonkatsu in Tokyo – updated

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

Best wagashi shops and cafés in Tokyo
Shopping

Best wagashi shops and cafés in Tokyo

Dainty teatime sweets, wagashi is the ultimate in food artistry. Here's where to buy or enjoy these Japanese desserts

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 yakitori restaurants in Tokyo
Restaurants

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

Getaway tips and ideas

Best capsule hotels in Tokyo
Hotels

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 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

National parks and seaside retreats in Greater Tokyo
Things to do

National parks and seaside retreats in Greater Tokyo

Need a break from the city’s bustling streets? Take a day trip to Greater Tokyo's wild side

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

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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

50 things to do in Harajuku
Things to do

50 things to do in Harajuku

Where to shop, eat and drink in Tokyo’s ‘kawaii’ capital

Everything you need to know about onsen and bathhouses in Tokyo
Health and beauty

Everything you need to know about onsen and bathhouses in Tokyo

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

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 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

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

Wadanoya
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Wadanoya

Ebisu welcomes a new specialist sushi restaurant known for their ‘aged sushi’, which uses exclusive ingredients from Kyushu

Genghis Khan Yoichi Shinjuku
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Genghis Khan Yoichi Shinjuku

Here you can sample fresh mutton imported from Australia

Boutary - French Bistro & Caviar Bar
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Boutary - French Bistro & Caviar Bar

Sample some fine French cuisine with caviar imported from their main branch in Paris.

Banán
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Banán

The soft serve is exclusively made from organic bananas, and doesn't see any hints of sugar or milk.

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

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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