Your ultimate guide to Tokyo

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

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

Netflix's ‘Little Miss Sumo’ wrestles with sexism in sumo tradition
News

Netflix's ‘Little Miss Sumo’ wrestles with sexism in sumo tradition

Follow 21-year-old Kon Hiyori in her journey to break the male-dominated sumo scene

Anime theme park in Hyogo to feature a life-size, 120-metre Godzilla
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Anime theme park in Hyogo to feature a life-size, 120-metre Godzilla

Get ready to fight Godzilla come summer 2020

Where to admire autumn leaves in Tokyo
Things to do

Where to admire autumn leaves in Tokyo

From yellow ginkgo trees to red maple leaves – see the seasonal beauty at Tokyo's gardens, parks and museums

Best cafés and tea rooms for green tea in Tokyo – updated
Restaurants

Best cafés and tea rooms for green tea in Tokyo – updated

Here are the capital's best cafés and tea rooms for enjoying authentic Japanese green tea, matcha, hojicha and more

Top events in Tokyo right now

Autumn Leaves Festival
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Autumn Leaves Festival

Showa Kinen Park is the most beautiful in autumn...

Shibuya Street Dance Week
Dance

Shibuya Street Dance Week

Japan's biggest street dance bash returns to Yoyogi Park with a programme composed of performances, open 'dance battles', classes and even a contest for high school dance teams...

Mt. Takao Momiji Festival
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Mt. Takao Momiji Festival

This autumn festival out in nature is packed with cultural activities

Chrysanthemum Exhibition
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Chrysanthemum Exhibition

Just as cherry blossom is the representation of spring in Japan, chrysanthemum is the symbol of autumn...

Mummies of the World
Museums

Mummies of the World

Featuring an array of preserved human bodies from around the world including some from ancient Egypt and naturally mummifed corpses from Europe...

Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition
Museums

Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition

This special 'Star Wars' exhibit will showcase 200 original props, costumes and artworks from the film franchise, plus tons of interactive pieces designed in consultation with neuropsychologists and psychologists...

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Tokyo's best restaurants and cafés

The best coffee in Tokyo – updated
Restaurants

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
Restaurants

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 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 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 restaurants for Japanese breakfast in Tokyo
Restaurants

Best restaurants for Japanese breakfast in Tokyo

Forget eggs and toast – start your morning right with a traditional Japanese breakfast instead

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

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Tokyo's best bars and pubs

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 music bars in Tokyo
Nightlife

Best music bars in Tokyo

A laidback drinking experience, music bars are known for their curated playlists and extensive vinyl collections

Best Japanese artisanal and craft gin
Shopping

Best Japanese artisanal and craft gin

Craft gins in Japan are distinguished by their use of uniquely Japanese botanicals. Here are our favourite bottles

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Tokyo facts and trivia

Things you only know if you're a... professional cosplayer
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Things you only know if you're a... professional cosplayer

Get to know the ins and outs of the fiercely competitive cosplay scene, from handmade costumes to international conventions

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

Autumn 2019 issue: Drinking in Tokyo, from Japanese craft beer, wine and gin to coffee and tea
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Autumn 2019 issue: Drinking in Tokyo, from Japanese craft beer, wine and gin to coffee and tea

Also: Best gyoza, where to eat in Omoide Yokocho, shopping in Kappabashi kitchen town, and more. Read the magazine now for free

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 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 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 regional Japanese restaurants in Tokyo
Restaurants

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

Best anago restaurants in Tokyo
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Best anago restaurants in Tokyo

Saltwater conger eel, or anago, is a Tokyo speciality, and these top restaurants serve it in many styles

Getaway tips and ideas

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 Ogasawara: Tokyo's island paradise
Travel

Guide to Ogasawara: Tokyo's island paradise

Ogasawara is technically part of Tokyo, but these remote islands are a subtropical paradise unlike anywhere else you've seen

Best day trips from Tokyo
Travel

Best day trips from Tokyo

Escape the city chaos – the prefectures around Tokyo boast great beaches, onsen resorts, organic farming, hiking and vineyard tours

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, and one of Japan’s top tourist destinations

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88 things to do in Tokyo
Things to do

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
Things to do

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
Hotels

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
Restaurants

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...

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...

Lanterne Ikejiri-Ohashi
Restaurants

Lanterne Ikejiri-Ohashi

Lanterne delivers on the convivial izakaya atmosphere and reasonable pricing, but does it in a hip, modern way

Sushi M
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Sushi M

This Aoyama restaurant is a partnership between veteran sushi chef Michimasa Nakamura and sommelier Yoshinobu Kimura, who brings with him a decade’s experience as the head sommelier at two-Michelin-starred Narisawa in Tokyo...

Uoharu Nakameguro
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Uoharu Nakameguro

This seafood izakaya aims to be sustainable by reducing food waste...

Parfaiteria Momobukuro
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Parfaiteria Momobukuro

Craving a late-night parfait? This cosy café in Ikebukuro caters to those who prefer a sweet dessert over a boozy night on the town. From 5pm (3pm on weekends) you can devour an over-the-top parfait creation made from fresh fruit, sorbet, gelato, whipped cream and various other toppings. The items at this Hokkaido-born ‘parfaiteria’ change monthly based on what's in season, so you'll want to come back frequently to see what they have in store. 

Tokyo area guides

Roppongi
Things to do

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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