Summer 2018 issue out now: 55 reasons why we love Tokyo + guide to soba + gin bars + Tokyo for kids
Written by
Lim Chee Wah

This summer issue (no.19, July-September 2018) is a love letter to our beloved city, Tokyo. It is a celebration of all the things that make Tokyo one of the greatest cities in the world, and we have listed a total of 55 reasons why we love Tokyo.

You can get a copy of the magazine for FREE at these locations starting June 30. Don’t worry if you’re not in Tokyo; the digital edition is also available for download now.

So, why we do we love Tokyo? It is a city of superlatives, after all. For starters, it is the world’s best city for food (314 Michelin stars don’t lie) and yet a meal at some of these top-rated restaurants don’t cost the earth. We have been certified the world’s safest city two years in a row by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Our exemplary public transport system is so efficient that trains sometimes apologise for leaving early. Our cocktail culture is ahead of the curve, and that’s just the tip of the awesome iceberg that is Tokyo. Go through our list, which is filled with to-do and to-eat recommendations, and be prepared to fall in love with Tokyo yourself.

Learn more about the quintessential Japanese noodle – soba – with our comprehensive guide. There’s even a photo menu describing the many different types of soba dishes you’ll find in Tokyo.

Do you know the difference between a kimono and a yukata? And what’s a haori, you ask? You’ll find all the answers in this feature about Japan’s traditional attire. We also highlight three locals brands which are reimagining these classic garments into cool, modern styles.

On the surface, the city may not seem particularly family-friendly, but here’s how to hit the classic Tokyo experiences with kids in tow – from theme parks to conveyor belt sushi and more.

Interested in manga and anime culture? Put these hidden gems in your geek list, including two under-the-radar maid cafés.

The gin revival has hit Tokyo, with domestic craft distilleries experimenting with local botanicals such as yuzu, tea, sansho pepper and cherry blossoms. Start your exploration at the city’s top bars for gin.

Narita is just the international airport, right? Think again. There are lots to do in Narita town, which makes it an ideal short trip before your extra-early or after-hours flight. Eat supersized sushi, enjoy a classic unagi kabayaki, try on a kimono, and more.

Of course we have more critics’ choice recommendations in this issue: best kakigori to beat the heat, summer music festivals you should not miss, top things to do in Ginza after dark, exploring the gay district Shinjuku Ni-chome in the day, plus the specialist shrines of Tokyo.

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.

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