Your ultimate guide to Tokyo

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

Best bars in Tokyo for date night
Bars and pubs

Best bars in Tokyo for date night

From hotel hideouts to whisky temples – get your romance on at these superb Tokyo bars

Planetariums in Tokyo
Things to do

Planetariums in Tokyo

Want to visit the outer reaches of space but still be back in time for hotpot? Then head to one of these planetariums within Tokyo

Best ¥500 bars in Tokyo
Bars and pubs

Best ¥500 bars in Tokyo

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

Best spots to see plum blossoms in and around Tokyo
Things to do

Best spots to see plum blossoms in and around Tokyo

Here's what you should be doing before the arrival of cherry blossoms

Best malls and shops for discount shopping in Tokyo
Shopping

Best malls and shops for discount shopping in Tokyo

The outlet malls and shops in and around Tokyo don’t just offer discounted designer fashion – there are gourmet treats, home décor and tableware, too

Top events in Tokyo right now

Winnie the Pooh Exhibition
Art

Winnie the Pooh Exhibition

The exhibition traces the history of the famous bear from its initial publication as a children’s book in 1926...

Bunkyo Ume Matsuri
Things to do

Bunkyo Ume Matsuri

A popular place for plum blossom-watchers since the olden days, Yushima Tenmangu shrine still draws big crowds every year...

RoLand
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RoLand

Blonde-haired Roland is the star host of Kabukicho, and he is putting on an exhibition about, well, himself...

Stella by Starlight
Things to do

Stella by Starlight

‘Plant hunter’ Seijun Nishihata has turned this area into a sparkling ‘Tunnel of Lights’ with more than 120 different types of plants decorated with 10,000 led lights...

Tokyo Mega Illumination
Things to do

Tokyo Mega Illumination

There will be a whopping eight million lights, making it the biggest illumination in the Kanto area...

Corona Winter Sauna
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Corona Winter Sauna

Shimokitazawa Cage is recreating a Finnish bathing experience right here in Tokyo's bohemian hub...

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Tokyo's best restaurants and cafés

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

Best cafés in Tokyo
Restaurants

Best cafés in Tokyo

Looking for a relaxing Tokyo café, the perfect cup of coffee or a superb sweet treat? Look no further – check out our complete Tokyo café guide

Tokyo has a new Michelin-starred ramen restaurant
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Tokyo has a new Michelin-starred ramen restaurant

Sobahouse Konjiki Hototogisu is the only third ramen restaurant in the world to get a star

Best hot chocolate in Tokyo
Restaurants

Best hot chocolate in Tokyo

Warm up with a hot cup of lip-smacking chocolatey goodnes

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 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

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Tokyo's best bars and pubs

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

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

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

Where to drink Japanese whisky in Tokyo
Bars and pubs

Where to drink Japanese whisky in Tokyo

Ten of the best bars serving world-class malt

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Tokyo facts and trivia

How to say goodbye like a Tokyoite
Things to do

How to say goodbye like a Tokyoite

Bidding someone goodbye in Japan isn't as easy as a simple wave of the hand: there are different 'goodbyes' for different situations

Pop-up cafe in Tokyo features robot waiters controlled by people with disabilities
Things to do

Pop-up cafe in Tokyo features robot waiters controlled by people with disabilities

robotics company Ory Laboratory piloted a new robot to help reintegrate patients with ALS and other mobility issues back into society

Tokyo Q&A: How does Japan celebrate Valentine's Day?
Things to do

Tokyo Q&A: How does Japan celebrate Valentine's Day?

There are separate days for men and women

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

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 yakitori restaurants in Tokyo
Restaurants

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 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 tsukemen in Tokyo
Restaurants

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

Guide to Japanese desserts in Tokyo
Restaurants

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

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

Orizuru Tower in Hiroshima opens winter 'glamping' deck
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Orizuru Tower in Hiroshima opens winter 'glamping' deck

Several single-family sized plastic igloos have gone up on the tower's observatory deck, surrounded by twinkling tree-lights...

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 night views in Tokyo
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Best night views in Tokyo

Tokyo's got some pretty incredible views, but you'll really want to take it in during the evening when the city's all lit up with twinkling lights in a multitude of colours. Better yet, these evening views are taken to a whole new level during the cold months of autumn and winter when Tokyo goes all out with its annual light-ups and illuminations. Love a good view? Here's where you can take in the best night sights around the capital. 

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

Your ultimate guide to the best winter in Tokyo
Things to do

Your ultimate guide to the best winter in Tokyo

Our pick of the seasonal experiences you shouldn't miss between December and March

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

Everything you need to know about onsen and bathhouses in Tokyo
Health and beauty

Everything you need to know about onsen and bathhouses in Tokyo

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

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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Taiyaki Anzu
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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

Beeat Sushi Burrito Tokyo
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Beeat Sushi Burrito Tokyo

Could this be the next evolution for the two Tokyo icons: sushi and vending machines?

Minorasu Shokudo
Restaurants

Minorasu Shokudo

If you're willing to eat udon almost everyday of the week, this new subscription-based restaurant is the ideal place for udon lovers to slurp their favourite noodles...

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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