Open Tokyo

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

Flower power
Things to do

Flower power

One small Sendagaya café is making big waves with its unique employment policy

Accessible Tokyo
Things to do

Accessible Tokyo

Find the best accessible sightseeing spots, art museums, music venues, public bathhouses and more

The best halal restaurants in Tokyo
Restaurants

The best halal restaurants in Tokyo

Where to head for the best non-haram Japanese food in town

Tokyo with children
Kids

Tokyo with children

How to explore the capital with little ones in tow

Four of the best vegan restaurants in Tokyo
Restaurants

Four of the best vegan restaurants in Tokyo

You're spoiled for choice for excellent vegan food in the city

Popular features and interviews

Interview: Mami Tani
Sport and fitness

Interview: Mami Tani

What can Tokyo do to become an even more accessible city?

Why is Sugamo known as 'Harajuku for grannies'?
Things to do

Why is Sugamo known as 'Harajuku for grannies'?

A report from the neighbourhood with Tokyo's highest concentration of old folks

Go for an indoor jog in Toyosu
News

Go for an indoor jog in Toyosu

The new Shin-Toyosu Brillia Running Stadium is open now

Lessons from London
Things to do

Lessons from London

What can Tokyo learn from London 2012?

Tokyo's top diversity-focused spots

Lorans Social Flower & Smoothie Shop
Restaurants

Lorans Social Flower & Smoothie Shop

No, the flowers won't talk to you (we think), but this flower shop-meets-café, opened in early May 2017, serves up some very Instagrammable fare. Try one of their ten types of smoothies (from ¥400), or tuck into the selection of open sandwiches (from ¥480) and 'flower puddings' (from ¥300) – possibly their most interesting menu item – all flawlessly presented. Their staff includes 20 employees with physical disabilities; we hope this will help spark a new hiring trend across Tokyo.

Gossip
LGBT

Gossip

A cultural centre for the LGBT community, Gossip occupies a second-floor space on an Aoyama back street and bustles with activity from around noon to late at night. Sip on a beer or some strong coffee and browse the vast selection of reading materials on themes including gay culture, art, sexuality and diversity. Photo books, magazines, comics and literature in several languages are among the options, while the musically inclined will want to check out the collection of analogue records, CDs and DVDs.

Irodori
LGBT

Irodori

Run in collaboration with the LGBT-focused Colorful Station community space, this comfy restaurant on the back streets of Harajuku serves up seasonal veg in the form of Asian fusion cuisine. Enjoying stable support from both the LGBT community and local residents, this is a spacious, bright spot with stylish wooden furniture, making for a stress-free environment right in the heart of the city.

Cocolo Cafe
LGBT

Cocolo Cafe

Ideal for a late-night rendezvous, this café and restaurant is a popular LGBT hangout that gets points for its 18 different kinds of tea, Vietnamese coffee and homemade fruit cake that changes monthly. They also serve both light grub like salads and more substantial stuff: try the always-popular Cocolo Plate or the delicious Taco Rice.

Campy! Bar
LGBT

Campy! Bar

First-time visitors to Shinjuku Ni-chome, Tokyo's famous gay district, could do far worse than shimmying into this ooh-la-la joint run by celebrity cross-dresser Bourbonne. Campy! Bar opened in January 2013, and the name couldn't be more apt. Bourbonne's staff of decadently attired drag queens (some more convincing than others, it must be said) keep the campiness cranked up to eleven, while the ‘gay mix’ policy means that straight customers won't feel out of place. Unlike some other gender-bending bars in the area, there's no seating charge (unless you want to reserve a sofa at the weekend, in which case it's ¥1,000), and drinks are paid cash-on-delivery. Sat on Ni-chome's main drag, Campy! Bar would make an ideal place to start a night out – or to end one.

Arty Farty
LGBT

Arty Farty

This bar with a dancefloor offers DJs on weekends (when it often shares the fun with its sister venue, The Annex) and mint-flavoured beer any time. Arty Farty is very popular among foreigners, but female customers need to bring a gay friend to be admitted on Fridays and Sundays.