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

One day in... Gakugeidaigaku
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One day in... Gakugeidaigaku

This under-the-radar neighbourhood between Nakameguro and Jiyugaoka features many cool restaurants, bars and shops, and it's less pricey too

Five traditional Japanese festivals you should go to in Tokyo this weekend
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Five traditional Japanese festivals you should go to in Tokyo this weekend

This weekend is one of the best times to be in Tokyo

What’s the deal with... Amazake
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What’s the deal with... Amazake

What is amazake – and is this the new kombucha?

Taste Tokyo in 10 dishes
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Taste 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

Free things to do in Tokyo this week
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Free things to do in Tokyo this week

For free things to do in Tokyo, check out these top events and festivals and explore the city’s best attractions without paying anything

Top events in Tokyo right now

Kaws:Holiday Japan
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Kaws:Holiday Japan

Kaws:Holiday has finally touched down in Japan with a week-long exhibition taking place near Mt Fuji...

Fuurin Matsuri
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Fuurin Matsuri

Find a pretty wind bell made of glass (fuurin) at this annual festival taking place at Adachi's Nishiarai Daishi temple...

Midtown Loves Summer
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Midtown Loves Summer

Tokyo Midtown gears up for the hot season with a packed programme of summery fun. The complex interior will be decorated with wind chimes, while the expansive outdoor lawn, which will be illuminated at night, is where to dip your feet in a cool stream or sit down for some refreshments at the Roku Midpark Lounge. To top things off, there's a huge art garden, with digital art creating a motif of a Japanese-style rock garden through light and fog special effects, combined with a digital hanabi (fireworks) show.

Best art exhibitions in Tokyo this summer
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Best art exhibitions in Tokyo this summer

Fancy seeing an art show this weekend but no idea where to go? Well look no further. You can't go wrong with one of these top art exhibitions taking place in Tokyo this summer. You could also check out Tokyo's best outdoor art, choose from all the exhibitions showing right now, or fill your Instagram feed at two of the hottest museums: Mori Building Digital Art Museum Epson teamLab Borderless and teamLab Planets Tokyo. RECOMMENDED: 15 best things to do in the summer in Tokyo

Sports x Manga
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Sports x Manga

In preparation of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, Panasonic, one of the sponsors, is fueling the hype for the upcoming Games with a special exhibition, showcasing 100 works of Japanese sports manga. Look forward to famous football comic ‘Captain Tsubasa’, high school basketball story ‘Kuroko’s Basketball’ and the '80s baseball-themed manga 'Touch', all displayed using the latest in Panasonic technology, such as projectors and LCD panels. Discover the evolution of sports in manga through the different decades, learn about the history and culture, and experience the latest in cutting-edge technology – all at this free exhibition.

Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine Wind Chime Festival
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Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine Wind Chime Festival

Known as a 'love shrine', Kawagoe Hikawa out in Saitama attracts plenty of fed-up singles looking for help in finding the partner of their dreams...

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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 cheap Michelin-star meals in Tokyo
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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 ice cream in Tokyo – updated
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Best ice cream in Tokyo – updated

Beat the heat with the capital's best ice cream, gelato, sorbet and soft-serve

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

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 character cafés and restaurants in Tokyo
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Best character cafés and restaurants in Tokyo

Dine with your favourite characters at these themed eateries, from Snoopy and Pokemon to Peter Rabbit and Moomin

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Tokyo's best bars and pubs

Best music bars in Tokyo
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Best music bars in Tokyo

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

Best art bars in Tokyo
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Best art bars in Tokyo

These bars and restaurants also double up as a gallery of sorts, serving up cool art alongside food and drinks

Best cheap bars in Tokyo
Bars and pubs

Best cheap bars in Tokyo

Forget happy hours with their pesky time restrictions, these cheap ‘one-coin’ bars serve drinks for just ¥500 or less all night long

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

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Tokyo facts and trivia

Five things you didn't know about Tokyo's train stations
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Five things you didn't know about Tokyo's train stations

Tokyo's public transport system is top class – and these innovations help make its train stations super smart and efficient

Use these Japanese phrases to reduce plastic use in Japan
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Use these Japanese phrases to reduce plastic use in Japan

How to politely say no to plastic bags, disposable coffee cups and more in Tokyo and Japan

How to dispose of rubbish in Tokyo
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How to dispose of rubbish in Tokyo

Rubbish bins are rare on the streets of Japan – so here's how to dispose of your litter with the minimum of hassle

50 reasons why we love Tokyo
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50 reasons why we love Tokyo

From the amazing food and fashion to the capital's nightlife and unique attractions, here are just a few reasons why we can't get enough of Tokyo

Best restaurants by cuisine

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

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 tsukemen in Tokyo
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Best tsukemen in Tokyo

Not all ramen are served in soup. Tsukemen, or dipping noodles, are equally popular and these restaurants serve the best in town

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

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

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

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Best ryokan in Tokyo
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Best ryokan in Tokyo

Stay at these Japanese-style inns for a taste of traditional hospitality

Best day trips from Tokyo
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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 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.

Best capsule hotels in Tokyo
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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

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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
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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
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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
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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

Manga Art Hotel
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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

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
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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. 

Sour Harajuku
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Sour Harajuku

This new sour specialty shop inspired by Harajuku's shopping mecca Cat Street has its roots in Kyoto, and and has brought around 20 of their boozy creations to the streets of Shibuya. Choose from fruity options mixed with shochu including lemon, watermelon, pineapple, kiwi and passion fruit, all topped off with their respective pieces of fruit. Sour Harajuku's interior concept was also designed by the clever folks behind Kyoto-based shop and gallery Vou/Bo, where they've completed the space with artwork by artists from Japan's former capital.

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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