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

Six best events for families and kids this Golden Week 2019
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Six best events for families and kids this Golden Week 2019

Hello Kitty exhibition, crafts workshops, ice cream fest, and more...

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

Guide to Hiroshima: Best things to do, restaurants and bars

After the devastating atomic bombing of World War II, Hiroshima has risen again to become a beacon of world peace...

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

Best budget sushi in Tokyo
Restaurants

Best budget sushi in Tokyo

Forget the pricey omakase sushi – try these cheap and cheerful conveyor-belt and standing sushi restaurants instead

Best depachika in Tokyo
Shopping

Best depachika in Tokyo

The depachika food halls at the city’s many department stores carry a plethora of delicious finds with everything from ready-to-eat food to beautifully packaged gifts

Top events in Tokyo right now

Toshio Suzuki and Studio Ghibli Exhibition
Art

Toshio Suzuki and Studio Ghibli Exhibition

Get ready to be transported to the fantastical world of Studio Ghibli at the animation house’s first exhibition in Tokyo in three years....

Ueno Toshogu Spring Peony Festival
Things to do

Ueno Toshogu Spring Peony Festival

This month-long festival celebrates the peony blooming season...

Koinobori at Tokyo Tower
Things to do

Koinobori at Tokyo Tower

Now an annual sight at Tokyo Tower, the colourful Children's Day carp streamers will be set up in front of the main entrance...

Bunkyo Azalea Festival
Things to do

Bunkyo Azalea Festival

When spring rolls around, the temple's remarkable crop of azaleas burst into bloom. The shrine precincts are home to some 3,000 azalea plants...

Craft Sake Week at Roppongi Hills
Things to do

Craft Sake Week at Roppongi Hills

Featuring a total of 110 breweries over the entire week, each day is set to showcase a variety of different sake from these unique breweries...

Snoopy Fantaration
Things to do

Snoopy Fantaration

The exhibition brings together Snoopy, art and science in a refreshing new way...

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Tokyo's best restaurants and cafés

The 100 best restaurants in Tokyo you have to try
Restaurants

The 100 best restaurants in Tokyo you have to try

Feast your eyes on the best restaurants in Tokyo: from hearty cheap eats to modern Japanese cuisine and Michelin-starred stalwarts. Get ready for the culinary adventure of a lifetime

Best kakigori in Tokyo
Restaurants

Best kakigori in Tokyo

Ice, ice baby. Here are Tokyo's best kakigori shaved ice desserts to beat the heat

Best cheap Michelin-star meals in Tokyo
Restaurants

Best cheap Michelin-star meals in Tokyo

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 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 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

Tokyo in 10 dishes
Restaurants

Tokyo in 10 dishes

As one of the world's greatest food cities, the choices in Tokyo can be overwhelming. So start these 10 iconic Tokyo-born dishes

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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

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 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 record stores with bars in Tokyo
Bars and pubs

Best record stores with bars in Tokyo

Vinyl records and good drinks go hand in hand. Here are the best record stores with bars in Tokyo

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Tokyo facts and trivia

How to say hello like a Tokyoite
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How to say hello like a Tokyoite

Greeting people in Japan is so much more than just saying ‘konnichiwa’ and can be fraught with complications

10 things you didn't know about Hachiko

10 things you didn't know about Hachiko

Did you know Hachiko attended the unveiling of his own statue?

How to queue in line like a Tokyoite
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How to queue in line like a Tokyoite

Queuing in Japan is an art form. There’s a beauty in the order...

Tokyo Q&A: Why is fruit so expensive in Japan?
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Tokyo Q&A: Why is fruit so expensive in Japan?

Fruit is not so much a snack in Japan but a luxury item cultivated for gifting

Best restaurants by cuisine

Best sushi in Tokyo
Restaurants

Best sushi in Tokyo

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

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 soba restaurants in Tokyo
Restaurants

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 tendon in Tokyo
Restaurants

Best tendon in Tokyo

Looking for the best tempura in Tokyo? Start with these fine restaurants serving deep-fried delights over rice

Best tonkatsu in Tokyo
Restaurants

Best tonkatsu in Tokyo

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

Modern Japanese restaurants in Tokyo
Restaurants

Modern Japanese restaurants in Tokyo

Japanese food with a twist: these innovative restaurants are paving the way for a modern interpretation of Japanese cuisine

Getaway tips and ideas

Where to see cherry blossoms in Japan if you missed it in Tokyo
Things to do

Where to see cherry blossoms in Japan if you missed it in Tokyo

Explore other parts of Japan for more sakura between April and May 2019

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

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

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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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

Best free museums in Tokyo
Museums

Best free museums in Tokyo

Here are our favourite free museums in Tokyo for art, history and even kids

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

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 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

Manga Art Hotel
Hotels

Manga Art Hotel

You'll be staying up all night browsing the hotel's extensive manga collection of over 5,000 titles...

Trunk Hotel

Trunk Hotel

The boutique-style Trunk Hotel aims to let guests experience the best of the surrounding Shibuya/Harajuku area during their stay

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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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Hot new openings

Yakiniku Reimen Yuchun
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Yakiniku Reimen Yuchun

Hawaiian yakiniku and cold noodle specialist Yuchun has opened its first Tokyo outpost in Roppongi...

Il Panzerotto
Restaurants

Il Panzerotto

Italy’s panzerotto (a small, deep-fried calzone-like pizza) now has its own specialty shop in Tokyo's posh Daikanyama area...

Taiyaki Anzu
Restaurants

Taiyaki Anzu

If you’re craving a traditional Japanese sweet treat, then drop by at this small taiyaki shop in Negishi...

Yakitori Shinchan
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Yakitori Shinchan

You can order yakitori sticks starting from just ¥180 for mainstays like chicken with scallion, breast meat and tsukune meatballs...

Negombo 33 Koenji
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Negombo 33 Koenji

Think Indian curry dishes with a unique Japanese twist, all made from fresh produce...

Gyoza Hohei
Restaurants

Gyoza Hohei

Sister shop to the ever-popular Kyoto-based restaurant, this is the perfect spot to get your late-night gyoza fix ain Ginza

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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