Your ultimate guide to Tokyo

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

Yanaka ranked as one of the world's coolest neighbourhoods
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Yanaka ranked as one of the world's coolest neighbourhoods

Here's our guide to the best cafés, restaurants, bars and things to do in the area

Newly opened Shibuya Stream riverside complex features a host of restaurants, cafés and bars
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Newly opened Shibuya Stream riverside complex features a host of restaurants, cafés and bars

Set along a section of the Shibuya River just a few minutes' walk from Shibuya Station, the new complex is home to a wealth of restaurants and cafés...

The best Tokyo onsen and bathhouses
Health and beauty

The best Tokyo onsen and bathhouses

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

Best sushi in Tokyo
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Best sushi in Tokyo

There are thousands of sushi restaurants in Tokyo. So even if you visit a sushi restaurant a day for a year, it's still not easy to narrow down thousands (some say nearly 4000) of sushi spots to a top ten. To make it more practical, we've stuck to high-end (chef's selection from ¥10,000) restaurants, which are semi-easy to get a reservation at least a few weeks in advance. On top of that, they have a distinctive preparation style, and not be excessively far from central Tokyo. Most importantly, they ought to be a good option for high-end sushi restaurant first-timers, or those who can't speak Japanese. Welcome to the wonderful world of fine-dining sushi. 

Experience both modern and traditional Tokyo at Mitsui Garden Hotel Nihonbashi Premier
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Experience both modern and traditional Tokyo at Mitsui Garden Hotel Nihonbashi Premier

[Sponsored] Experience both modern and traditional Tokyo at Mitsui Garden Hotel Nihonbashi Premier

Tokyo's best restaurants and cafés

Best spicy ramen in Tokyo
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Best spicy ramen in Tokyo

In the mood for a particularly punchy bowl of ramen? These spicy noodle soups will set your taste buds on fire (in a good way)

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

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

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

These coffee shops and tea houses serve up some of Tokyo's coolest interior designs

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Tokyo's best bars and pubs

Best craft beer bars in Tokyo
Bars and pubs

Best craft beer bars in Tokyo

Great Tokyo beer bars for microbrew enthusiasts

Best DJ bars in Shibuya
Nightlife

Best DJ bars in Shibuya

Whether you're into techno, house or jazz, there are plenty of places to get down in Shibuya – every day of the week

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

Tokyo's best tiny bars
Nightlife

Tokyo's best tiny bars

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

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Tokyo facts and trivia

Tokyo Q&A: Why does Tokyo have no bins?
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Tokyo Q&A: Why does Tokyo have no bins?

There isn’t one main reason why our fair city has so few places to dump your trash...

Onsen etiquette
Things to do

Onsen etiquette

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

Specialist shrines in Tokyo
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Specialist shrines in Tokyo

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

Five reasons why you should get Tokyo leather from Yamatou
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Five reasons why you should get Tokyo leather from Yamatou

[Sponsored] A specialist in premium leather goods, Yamatou offers a wide range of wallets and bags crafted by artisans

Best restaurants by cuisine

Best tonkatsu in Tokyo – updated
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Best tonkatsu in Tokyo – updated

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

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 wagashi shops and cafés in Tokyo
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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 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 udon in Tokyo
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Best udon in Tokyo

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

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

Getaway tips and ideas

Guide to climbing Mt Fuji
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Guide to climbing Mt Fuji

July doesn’t only mark the beginning of summer, it’s also the kick-off season for adventurous hikers who plan to conquer Mt Fuji (3,776m), the iconic peak that have to symbolise Tokyo and Japan as a whole. This active stratovolcano is also the highest mountain in Japan. Climbing season lasts roughly three months until early September; any attempt out of this period is prohibited. Before taking on the challenge, there is quite a lot to prepare – so let’s get right to it.

National parks and seaside retreats in Greater Tokyo
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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

Best beaches near Tokyo
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Best beaches near Tokyo

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

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More of Tokyo's best...

Best public art sculptures in Tokyo
Art

Best public art sculptures in Tokyo

Besides Tokyo's art museums and galleries, the city also boasts many art pieces that are free to see out in the open.

Free museum days at Tokyo museums
Museums

Free museum days at Tokyo museums

Tokyo is a city of museums; make the most of your visit with these discount and free museum days in the city

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

Cheap transport deals for tourists in Tokyo and Japan
Travel

Cheap transport deals for tourists in Tokyo and Japan

Flash your foreign passport and get access to a host of discounted tickets for trains, buses, metro, flights and even the shinkansen

Guide to onsen and bathhouses in Tokyo
Health and beauty

Guide to onsen and bathhouses in Tokyo

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

The best events in Tokyo

Mikkeller Beer Celebration Tokyo
Things to do

Mikkeller Beer Celebration Tokyo

To celebrate its first anniversary, Mikkeller Tokyo is hosting a special beer festival in Meiji Jingu Gaien. You can sample 320 kinds of craft beer offered by breweries from North America, Europe and Asia – don't miss the limited edition brews as well that are exclusive to this festival. Tickets are based on time slots (11am-2.30pm and 4.30pm-8pm) and you can get them here for ¥12,500 each.

Dancing in the Universe
Things to do

Dancing in the Universe

Konica Minolta Planetarium will take the audience on a journey into outer space while jamming to music by the Underworld, including their top hits like “Born Slippy Nuxx” and “If Rah.” An optical projector,” “Infinium Σ,” will project stars onto the walls and floors of the planetarium, creating a magical atmosphere.

Eco Edo Nihonbashi Art Aquarium
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Eco Edo Nihonbashi Art Aquarium

Deploying a range of lighting tricks, projection mapping and traditional Japanese motifs, not to mention thousands of live goldfish, self-proclaimed ‘art aquarium producer' Hidetomo Kimura’s annual exhibition is back again with an eclectic combo of stylised Edo culture and modern-day technology. Go after 7pm for a hot atmosphere, cocktails and DJ tunes courtesy of local stars including Ken Ishii, Kuniyuki Takahashi and Rina (gigs only on weekends). Finally, you'll need to keep in mind that this is usually one of Tokyo's most popular summer happenings – there will be queues.

Kita-ku Fireworks Festival
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Kita-ku Fireworks Festival

Northern Tokyo’s hanabi kicks off the autumn season with 7,777 fireworks colouring the clear autumn sky. Since it takes place behind the old Iwabuchi sluice gate, get your cameras ready for a magnificent shot where the vibrant explosions in the sky bring out the bright red hues of the antique dam.

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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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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

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

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
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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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