Your ultimate guide to Tokyo

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

One night in Tokyo – get our steamy summer issue
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One night in Tokyo – get our steamy summer issue

An intoxicating tour through the capital’s finest bars, waterfront spots and romantic restaurants

How to survive a Japanese wedding
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How to survive a Japanese wedding

Don't forget to pay or look under your seat, and leave that slinky cocktail dress at home

Create your own traditional sweets at this fun workshop
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Create your own traditional sweets at this fun workshop

Learn the tricks of the wagashi trade from chef Shiho Sakamoto

The best falafel in Tokyo
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The best falafel in Tokyo

We point you in the direction of the capital's finest fried veggie balls

No contest
Sport and fitness

No contest

Exploring the essence of aikido

The best of Tokyo

Restaurants
Restaurants

Restaurants

Feast your eyes on the 100 best restaurants in Tokyo, and get ready for the culinary adventure of a lifetime

Cafés
Restaurants

Cafés

Looking for a relaxing café, the perfect cup of coffee or a superb sweet treat? Look no further

Shops
Shopping

Shops

Our fully updated guide to the best boutiques, book and music shops, souvenir stores and much more

Music spots
Music

Music spots

55 of the city's finest music bars, clubs, record stores and gig venues – it's your ultimate guide to music in Tokyo

Onsen
Health and beauty

Onsen

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

Top 10 sushi
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Top 10 sushi

Going beyond the obvious picks

The best events in Tokyo

WA! Wonder Japan Experience
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WA! Wonder Japan Experience

The Argentinian performers come to town with an all-new, Japan-themed show

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Showa Beer Garden
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Showa Beer Garden

Journey back to the smoky decades of the ’60s and ’70s at the Grand Hyatt

Ueno Summer Festival
Things to do

Ueno Summer Festival

An antique market, street performances, ice sculptures and a colourful parade

Fantastic Art in Belgium
Art

Fantastic Art in Belgium

Creepy, scary or straight up fun? That's the question at this exhibition of 'abnormal art'

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Hot new openings

Out
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Out

One dish, one wine, one artist – this new venture sure is trying hard to set itself apart from the crowd

Fujiro
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Fujiro

Four floors of casual Japanese dining in Kayabacho

Grill and Bar Terrace Club
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Grill and Bar Terrace Club

Dine in style on this Roppongi terrace

Rocket Chicken Shimokitazawa
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Rocket Chicken Shimokitazawa

Have your fried bird skewered upright like, well, a rocket

T4 Tokyo
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T4 Tokyo

Every ping-pong fan's dream destination

Perrotin Tokyo
Art

Perrotin Tokyo

Emmanuel Perrotin's gallery empire extends its reach to Tokyo

Tokyo area guides

Asakusa
Things to do

Asakusa

There's more to Asakusa than Sensoji and the Skytree

Ikebukuro
Things to do

Ikebukuro

No longer just the rowdy 'gateway to Saitama'

Harajuku
Things to do

Harajuku

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

Yokohama
Things to do

Yokohama

Explore Japan's second city, packed with attractions that'll inject some fun into your day of sightseeing

Shibuya
Things to do

Shibuya

The best places to eat, shop and play in Tokyo’s buzziest neighbourhood

Tokyo
Things to do

Tokyo

88 things to do, from the obscure to the obvious

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Tokyo’s coolest kakigori
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Tokyo’s coolest kakigori

The best frozen desserts to beat the summer heat

Tokyo’s best beer gardens
Bars and pubs

Tokyo’s best beer gardens

The outdoor boozing season is here – find your favourite and sip under the sun

Open Tokyo
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Open Tokyo

Tokyo for everyone – it's your ultimate diversity-focused guide to the capital

30 essential things to do in Tokyo
Things to do

30 essential things to do in Tokyo

Unmissable city activities, from the best sights and shopping spots to geeky and artsy fun

Public cats of Tokyo
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Public cats of Tokyo

The city's business kitties, named, shamed and documented

The best ramen in Tokyo
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The best ramen in Tokyo

From tonkotsu to tori-paitan – it's your ultimate noodle-slurping guide to Tokyo ramen

Tokyo’s best hotels

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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Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo

Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo

This hotel is right next door to Tokyo station, a perfect starting point for both business and sightseeing. The Shangri-La’s six suites offer expansive views of Tokyo. The hotel also features a signature spa with house-branded treatments, a fitness centre, and heated pool complete with views of the metropolis.

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Aman Tokyo
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Aman Tokyo

Uber-private luxury resort brand Aman is known for attracting celebrities, business high-rollers and others who prefer to keep their whereabouts a secret. In a surprise 2014 move, Tokyo's Otemachi business district saw the opening of Aman's newest branch, an exclusive hotel located on the upper floors of the Otemachi Tower building that marks a new high in urban opulence. 

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