Spring 2018 issue out now: Cute Tokyo + Wagashi guide + Unusual museums + Tattoo-friendly bathhouses

Lim Chee Wah
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Lim Chee Wah

Tokyo is the international capital of cute, but we are not just referring to the kitschy kawaii styles of Harajuku. In fact, you’ll discover ‘cute’ in its many manifestations throughout Tokyo, from billboards and gifts to product packaging and food presentation. So get our Spring issue now for FREE, and get cute with Tokyo. (Download the PDF version now; or check the distribution centres below beginning Mar 30 if you prefer a print copy.)

We explore the many interpretations of cute: from capsule toys and traditional folk dolls to the adorable food and drinks that are too cute to eat – think panda doughnuts, 3D cat latte art, animal ice cream cones and more. There are also classes and workshops where you can learn to make character bento and fake food, as well as specialised salons for your beauty makeovers. For families with kids, check out our feature on the best animal attractions in Tokyo – yes, animal cafés included.

Some of Tokyo’s best attractions are on the ground, so look down and discover the city’s unique, colourful manhole covers that have inspired a cult following.

Tattoos are still a taboo subject in Japan, and many bathhouses are known to refuse entry to patrons with body ink. But if your ink is too large to conceal, head to these tattoo-friendly sento instead.

Wagashi are traditional tea time treats, and they are the ultimate in food artistry. Here’s our ultimate guide to identifying the different types of wagashi, plus the best shops and cafés to buy and enjoy these dainty sweets.

Tokyo is a city of museums. But hiding in the shadow of the big institutions are small, independent spaces catering to niche interests. Here are some of the city’s most unusual museums, with subjects ranging from parasites to love dolls and tattoos.

How much do you know about Japan’s unofficial mascot, the lucky cat? Here we explore the origins of this arm a-waving feline, explain the different variations, and recommend the top places for you to ‘adopt’ your own little maneki-neko.

We’ve all been there, done that – partied so hard that we missed the last train home. Fret not, you can seek shelter and sustenance at the city’s top 24-hour restaurants. You too can have your own midnight diner in the city.

Of course, we have more critics’ choice recommendations in this issue: unique hotels, best stationery shops, top spring and summer music festivals, sumo attractions in the city, and even cheap Michelin-star restaurants.

For all this and much more, pick up your free copy at any of our distribution points in the city, download the PDF version here or get the mag delivered by placing an order here.


Please note that copies of the magazine, available from Mar 30, may be limited at each distribution point

Haneda Airport
Narita International Airport

Tourist information centres
Shibuya Station Tourist Information Desk
Shibuya Tourist Information Centre
Tokyo Tourist Information Centre at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center
Ginza Tourist Information at Mitsukoshi
Moshi Moshi Box

Hotels (only available for guests)
Conrad Tokyo
Mandarin Oriental Tokyo
The Peninsula Tokyo
Grand Hyatt Tokyo
Andaz Tokyo
... and more

Shops and restaurants
Tower Records Shibuya
Books Kinokuniya Shinjuku Main Store
Books Kinokuniya Tokyo
Tsutaya Tokyo Roppongi
Hard Rock Cafe Tokyo
Hard Rock Cafe Ueno-Eki
Hard Rock Cafe Yokohama
Time Out Café & Diner

Most HUB and 82 Ale House locations in the Kanto region.


Title: Time Out Tokyo Magazine no. 18
Publication frequency: Four times per year (next issue: Jul-Sep 2018)
Format: 297 mm x 225 mm (slightly larger than A4), 84 pages
Price: Free
Copies: 80,000

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