The traveller-friendly Sekai Cafe aims to attract vegetarians and Muslim customers, with the café-style menu currently featuring soy-based karaage, Japanese curry and vegan desserts. Everything's put together with 100 percent halal ingredients, and those looking for meat-free options will find plenty to choose from as well. Our meat-eating tasting team was fooled by both the soy karaage and the curry, which both tasted and looked closer to real meat than any veg version we've seen to date.
Opened in 2012, the 634m Tokyo Skytree, uh, towers over the entire eastern part of the capital and has slowly but surely become accepted as the successor to good old Tokyo Tower. Having helped transform its once quiet and unassuming neighbourhood just east of the Sumida River into a go-to tourist destination, the massive mast is rather expensive to climb – adults pay a wallet-worrying ¥3,000 for access to both observatories – but still merits a one-off visit for its spectacular views over the entire Kanto plain.
The structure and its associated Solamachi shopping mall are home to a number of restaurants and cafés, but most of them are overpriced and uninspiring. You're much better off exploring the surrounds, where you’ll find old-school soba shops, casual eateries and a remarkably good selection of cafés. These are some of our favourites.