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Your comprehensive guide to the best things to do in Tokyo

Best places to see incredible views of the Tokyo skyline
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Best places to see incredible views of the Tokyo skyline

Want to see Tokyo from the top? Visit these observation decks for the best views in the capital

Best animal attractions in Tokyo
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Best animal attractions in Tokyo

From zoos to aquariums and animal cafés, these are the best places to see wildlife and hang out with domesticated pets in the concrete jungle of Tokyo

Guide to booking popular museums in Tokyo
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Guide to booking popular museums in Tokyo

How to get tickets for Tokyo's most hyped museums such as the Ghibli Museum, Yayoi Kusama Museum and teamLab Borderless

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

This summer issue 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

88 things to do in Tokyo
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88 things to do in Tokyo

From the obscure to the obvious, your time in Tokyo starts here

The best upcoming events in Tokyo

Shimokitazawa Ichibangai Awa-Odori
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Shimokitazawa Ichibangai Awa-Odori

Granted, it's a minnow compared to the Koenji Awa-Odori that takes place a week later, but Shimokitazawa's version of the famed dancing-in-the-streets fest (originally from Tokushima) has a unique charm of its own. Held for the 53rd time this year, the Shimokitazawa Awa-Odori sees teams of dancers romp along the neighbourhood's main shopping streets in the evening, then dazzle the assembled hordes with their own special routines later on. Be sure to hang around afterwards, when the area is engulfed in a wave of booze-sodden joie de vivre.

Kiyose Sunflower Festival
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Kiyose Sunflower Festival

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and dive into a sea of yellow at Kiyose Sunflower Festival. Every summer a wheat farm on the outskirts of Tokyo turns into a magnificent sunflower field. The 100,000 sunny blooms here aren’t the only attraction as local farmers will also be selling fresh produce on site. Get ready to flood your Instagram feed with these towering beauties or indulge your inner Van Gogh and take a sketchpad and pencils, but bear in mind that your shoes might not emerge from Kiyose mud-free.

Eco Edo Nihonbashi Art Aquarium
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Eco Edo Nihonbashi Art Aquarium

Deploying a range of lighting tricks, projection mapping and traditional Japanese motifs, not to mention thousands of live goldfish, self-proclaimed ‘art aquarium producer' Hidetomo Kimura’s annual exhibition is back again with an eclectic combo of stylised Edo culture and modern-day technology. Go after 7pm for a hot atmosphere, cocktails and DJ tunes courtesy of local stars including Ken Ishii, Kuniyuki Takahashi and Rina (gigs only on weekends). Finally, you'll need to keep in mind that this is usually one of Tokyo's most popular summer happenings – there will be queues.

Pikachu Outbreak
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Pikachu Outbreak

This summer, 1,500 of the chubby yellow Pokémon will take over Yokohama’s streets for the fifth annual Pikachu Outbreak festival. Pokémaniacs can expect special digital effects in line with this year’s theme of ‘Science is Amazing’. Make sure you stay until after dark for the debut of a night parade where the outrageously cute creatures will sport flashy illuminated costumes. The Pokémon Company will also transform Minatomirai’s inner harbour for the mesmerising ‘Pikachu Parade on the Sea’ show, which utilises the latest digital technology to present a visual storytelling feast – a new Pokémon adventure, surrounded by Yokohama’s picturesque scenery.

Summer Nights at Tama Zoo
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Summer Nights at Tama Zoo

What better way to spend a hot summer night than a visit to the zoo? Tama Zoo in western Tokyo is keeping its gates open until late in the evening for ten days in August, allowing you to get a look at the nocturnal activities of the many beasts and birds living there. Some of the animal cages will be lit up for the occasion, while enjoying some food and a cold beer while gazing out over the 'savannah' is also possible.

MOMAT Summer Festival
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MOMAT Summer Festival

Summer is a great time to visit a museum, and not only because Tokyo's art and history centres are always particularly well air-conditioned. Most museums put on special programmes throughout the steamy season, celebrating summer with everything from free guided tours to beer gardens. One of the most active merrymakers is Takebashi's National Museum of Modern Art, which puts on an artsy festival until mid September. It includes tours for both kids and adults, special workshops related to the ongoing exhibitions, and a weekends-only food truck zone where you can pick up some beer, wine and snacks to be enjoyed on the museum lawn. Details for the festival events will be announced later on the official website.

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Best animal and pet cafés in Tokyo – updated
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Best animal and pet cafés in Tokyo – updated

Because sometimes you just need a furry friend – or an animal you can watch

Free museum days at Tokyo museums
Museums

Free museum days at Tokyo museums

Tokyo is a city of museums; make the most of your visit with these discount and free museum days in the city

Summer festivals in Tokyo: the full list
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Summer festivals in Tokyo: the full list

Where to get into the spirit of the sunny season? Here's the full list of summer events and festivals in Tokyo

Tokyo's most unusual museums
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Tokyo's most unusual museums

From parasites and love dolls to tattoos, these are some of Tokyo's quirkiest and most bizarre museums. Warning: not for the faint-hearted!

Best places to Instagram in Tokyo
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Best places to Instagram in Tokyo

From the obvious to the hidden, here are the best spots in town to up your Instagram game

Amazing manhole covers in Tokyo
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Amazing manhole covers in Tokyo

Embrace your inner 'drainspotter': To discover some of the most unique sights in Tokyo, all you have to do is look down

Sports & Fitness

The best spots for working out on the cheap
Sport and fitness

The best spots for working out on the cheap

Where to get into shape without spending big yen

Best bouldering gyms in Tokyo
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Best bouldering gyms in Tokyo

Hone your skills at these top indoor rock climbing facilities in Tokyo

The best indoor sports facilities in Tokyo
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The best indoor sports facilities in Tokyo

These are the top Tokyo spots for working out whatever the weather

The best Tokyo public pools
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The best Tokyo public pools

Jump into these cool and cheap municipal pools open to all comers

Tokyo attractions

Tokyo City View
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Tokyo City View

The best view in town, from the 52nd floor at Roppongi Hills

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Tokyo Sea Life Park
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Tokyo Sea Life Park

Watch the giant tuna swim by out east

Toshimaen
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Toshimaen

Rides, pools and a full-scale bath theme park

Robot Restaurant
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Robot Restaurant

Bikini-clad babes battle with giant ’borgs in this bizarre stage show

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Inokashira Park
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Inokashira Park

A zoo, a pond with rental boats, and the Ghibli Museum

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Hanazono Jinja
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Hanazono Jinja

An ancient shrine in the heart of the city

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