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

The 8 best chocolate shops to go cocoa for in Tokyo
Restaurants

The 8 best chocolate shops to go cocoa for in Tokyo

From dark, bitter truffles to creamy white bonbons, these chocolate shops are the most decadent in Tokyo

The anti-Valentine’s Day guide to Tokyo
Things to do

The anti-Valentine’s Day guide to Tokyo

Do V-Day differently by swapping out candle-light dinner and rom-coms for slasher flicks and climbing into an army tank

Tokyo for cat people
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Tokyo for cat people

Six purr-fect things to do in Tokyo for those who love the company of cats

Cheap Tokyo: how to enjoy Tokyo on a budget
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Cheap Tokyo: how to enjoy Tokyo on a budget

Ten insider tips for doing Tokyo on the cheap, from free museum entries and cheap eats to tourist discounts and more

Night Shift by Samuel Kwok, Supported by The Botanist Gin
Nightlife

Night Shift by Samuel Kwok, Supported by The Botanist Gin

A night of mixology creativity at its highest awaits you at ANA Intercontinental's MIXX Bar on January 30 and 31...

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Top events in Tokyo right now

Shinagawa Yaki-imo Terrace
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Shinagawa Yaki-imo Terrace

Sure, snuggling up with a blanket and a roasted sweet potato in hand is super comfy, but the real way forward is to enjoy this Tokyo winter staple in the outdoors, served steaming hot from a cart – and this week-long event in Shinagawa lets you do exactly that. The size of the festival area is huge, so there will be plenty of stands covering sweet-potato types you wouldn’t usually be able to eat in Tokyo, plus all sort of other yaki-imo-flavoured snacks and drinks. Taste a bunch to find your favourite, but keep in mind to arrive early – most stalls only operate until they sell out.

Chinese Spring Festival
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Chinese Spring Festival

Yokohama's Chinatown district is never livelier than during the Lunar New Year festival...

Tokyo illuminations 2019-2020
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Tokyo illuminations 2019-2020

Enjoy the city at its most sparkly – when Tokyo switches on its festive lights and illuminations come autumn and winter

Choi Jeong-Hwa Exhibition: Blooming Matrix
Art

Choi Jeong-Hwa Exhibition: Blooming Matrix

One of the most influential artists in the Korean contemporary art scene, Choi Jeong-Hwa is showcasing his work at Gyre...

Best places to go ice-skating in Tokyo and Yokohama
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Best places to go ice-skating in Tokyo and Yokohama

Lace up your skates and glide around the capital's frosty selection of indoor and outdoor ice rinks

Hyakudan Hina Matsuri
Museums

Hyakudan Hina Matsuri

The Meguro Gajoen throws open its Hyakudan Kaidan – a series of seven extravagantly decorated rooms, linked by a 99-step staircase, that's usually closed to the general public – for Tokyo's fanciest display of historic Hina Matsuri dolls. Now into its 11th year, the latest Hyakudan Hina Matsuri focuses on exquisitely crafted dolls from Inaba (Tottori), Izumo (Shimane) and Hagi (Yamaguchi). The highlights include a two-metre tall hina doll decoration from Yonago (Tottori), and a zashiki-bina, a display featuring over 500 dolls. You can also compare hina dolls of different eras, ranging from the Edo (1603-1868) to the Reiwa period (from 2019).

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Tokyo's best restaurants and cafés

Best shabu-shabu hotpot in Tokyo
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Best shabu-shabu hotpot in Tokyo

Warm up from the cold with shabu-shabu, the classic Japanese hotpot dish featuring premium wagyu beef, pork and more

Where to eat at Omoide Yokocho in Shinjuku
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Where to eat at Omoide Yokocho in Shinjuku

A historic alleyway, Omoide Yokocho is a foodie destination with old-world charm, serving up sushi, ramen, yakitori and more

Best gyoza in Tokyo
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Best gyoza in Tokyo

These restaurants serve the best Japanese dumplings in the city, whether it's pan-fried, boiled or steamed

The best coffee in Tokyo – updated
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The best coffee in Tokyo – updated

Looking for the city's best coffee shops? Tokyo cafés range from boutique roasters to drip-coffee specialists and classic kissaten

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

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

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Tokyo's best bars and pubs

Best wine bars in Tokyo – natural wines included
Bars and pubs

Best wine bars in Tokyo – natural wines included

Sake may be Japan’s national drink but the country is equally famed for its whisky and beer. However, in recent years, wine production and consumption in the country are gaining momentum as well. Yamanashi, Nagano, Hokkaido, Yamagata and Niigata are Japan’s preeminent producers of wine. Little do people know that grapes have been cultivated in Japan since the 8th century but it wasn't until the 1870s that they were turned into wine with the first brewery set up in Japan. About a hundred years later, production started to take off as Japanese brewers went to study in Europe and brought back the technical know-how to improve local grape breeds and brewing methods. Keep a lookout for Japan’s indigenous koshu grape, which has been garnering attention both domestically and internationally for its crispness, acidity and delicate taste. Another popular Japanese varietal is the red grape Muscat Bailey A; it typically creates light and fruity wines that are low in tannins and acidity. Additionally, the natural wine movement that is showing an upward trend around the world has hit Tokyo, too. And in case you’re wondering what exactly makes a wine ‘natural’, it’s when the wine is produced with minimal intervention – nothing added, nothing removed. No chemicals or artificial fertilisers are used on the vines nor is there any manipulation of flavour or additives used in the winemaking process. So whether you’re after a stylish standing bar, cellar-door hideout, homely hole-in-the-wall

Best bars in Tokyo
Bars and pubs

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 jazz bars in Tokyo
Music

Best jazz bars in Tokyo

Tokyo is Asia's jazz capital, with great shows taking place daily in tiny bars and mega-clubs

Best sake bars in Tokyo
Bars and pubs

Best sake bars in Tokyo

Appreciate a good cup of sake? Here's where you can get your nihonshu fix in the capital

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Tokyo facts and trivia

How to take a taxi in Tokyo like a Tokyoite
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How to take a taxi in Tokyo like a Tokyoite

All you need to know about taking a cab in Tokyo, including how to hail a ride, taxi fares and more

Tokyo Q&A: Why do so many Japanese people wear masks?
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Tokyo Q&A: Why do so many Japanese people wear masks?

There are more than just health reasons

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

Winter 2020 issue out now: Tokyo on a budget, with free things to do and cheap eats under ¥1,000
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Winter 2020 issue out now: Tokyo on a budget, with free things to do and cheap eats under ¥1,000

Also: indoor theme parks, all-you-can-eat deals, top art galleries, show pubs and more. Read the magazine now for free

Best restaurants by cuisine

Best izakaya in Tokyo
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Best izakaya in Tokyo

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite English-friendly izakaya: the same rowdy fun, but without the language barriers

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 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 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

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

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

Getaway tips and ideas

Best ski resorts near Tokyo
Travel

Best ski resorts near Tokyo

Looking to plough through powdery slopes this winter? These idyllic ski villages are easily accessible via train or bus from Tokyo

Breweries, wineries and distilleries worth a day trip from Tokyo
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Breweries, wineries and distilleries worth a day trip from Tokyo

Day trip idea: taste and learn about your favourite drinks at the source, be it Japanese whisky, wine, beer or sake

Where to get the best views of Mount Fuji
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Where to get the best views of Mount Fuji

To see Mt Fuji in all its glory, take a day trip out of Tokyo to these scenic spots in Yamanashi and Kanagawa

Guide to Hakone: Best things to do, restaurants and bars
Travel

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
Things to do

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
Art

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

Best library-hotels in Tokyo
Hotels

Best library-hotels in Tokyo

Fancy sleeping in a library? Here are the best library- and bookstore-hotels in the city for book lovers

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 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
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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Hot new openings

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...

Tokyo Bento Stand
Shopping

Tokyo Bento Stand

This little take-out stand in Shibuya takes the traditional bento (boxed lunch) to a whole new level...

Nuka
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Nuka

Shibuya’s new landmark tower Shibuya Scramble Square is home to this cosy eatery focused on whipping up authentic curry dishes...

O/Sio
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O/Sio

Yoyogi-Uehara-based French restaurant Sio has just opened its second branch in Marunouchi, bringing the restaurant's signature fusion of French and washoku cuisine...

Yakiniku Like Meguro-Higashiguchi
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Yakiniku Like Meguro-Higashiguchi

Yakiniku can be difficult thing to enjoy as a solo diner, but Yakiniku Like makes the process simple with their touch screen menus and individual grills for each and every diner...  

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...

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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