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Your comprehensive guide to the best things to do in Tokyo

One day in... Nakano
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One day in... Nakano

There's more to this chilled neighbourhood than manga and anime

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

Experience the Japanese concept of teinei with The Teinei Life
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Spring 2018 issue out now: Cute Tokyo + Wagashi guide + Unusual museums + Tattoo-friendly bathhouses
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Five great picnic spots in Tokyo
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Five great picnic spots in Tokyo

Take advantage of the warmer weather and head outdoors with our pick of the city’s finest parks, plus some filling for your picnic basket

The best upcoming events in Tokyo

Fuji Shibazakura Festival
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Fuji Shibazakura Festival

Great views of majestic Mount Fuji and seemingly endless fields of shibazakura ('pink moss') – it's no wonder that this annual spring festival out at Lake Motosu in Yamanashi attracts hordes of Tokyoites over Golden Week. In addition to strolling around the immense flowery growth, you can buy your own shibazakura pot to take home or bite into a wide range of local delicacies.

African American Carribean Grand Prix Beauty Contest & Food Festa
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African American Carribean Grand Prix Beauty Contest & Food Festa

A celebration of African-American and Carribean cultures (and their axis), this week-long festival is set to take over Kabukicho's Cine City Plaza over Golden Week. Think live (dance) performances, fashion shows, samba, coffee stands, hair braiding sessions, and of course, lots and lots of food. To top it all off, Miss & Mister African-American-Caribbean will be crowned here too. 

Haisai Festa
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Haisai Festa

Golden Week is one of Japan's peak periods for travelling, but you can save money on airfares by heading to one of the many cultural festivals held in Tokyo and the surrounding area. While the capital's parks host most of these events, Kawasaki's La Cittadella takes a trip to Okinawa every year, with five days of food, music and dance from Japan's southernmost prefecture. Look out for eisa dancing, stalls selling Okinawan soba, mango kakigori and Orion beer, live music by Okinawan performers and workshops on traditional crafts and instruments.  Meanwhile, neighbouring Club Citta hosts a full-scale Okinawan music festival – click here for more details.

Kameido Ten Jinja Wisteria Matsuri
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Kameido Ten Jinja Wisteria Matsuri

Famed within Tokyo for its wisteria ('fuji' in Japanese), this shrine in Kameido has a good 100 flowers inside its precincts, which usually bloom from late April. Everything is lit up at night, and you'll be able to catch the wisteria reflections in the pond. On top of that, over 100 stalls will set up shop during the festival. Munch on some street food goodies while admiring the flowers – you can't get a more oldschool Tokyo spring experience than that. 

Koenji Bikkuri Daidogei
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Koenji Bikkuri Daidogei

Sure, they pinched the idea from Sangenjaya's long-running Sancha de Daidogei, but this street performance festival is still heaps of fun. Held to mark the opening of the Za-Koenji Public Theatre in 2009, the Bikkuri Daidogei has since become an annual affair. For two days during Golden Week, acrobats, musicians, comedians and costumed weirdos ply the streets of the neighbourhood, dispensing free, family-friendly entertainment to all and sundry.

Kurayami Matsuri
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Kurayami Matsuri

The ancient Okunitama Shrine out in Fuchu is said to have been founded in the year 111, and the annual Kurayami Matsuri is its most notable event. Translating as 'darkness festival', the festivities go on for a week, with float parades, performances and plenty of family-friendly fun taking place on each day. The highlight comes on the evening of May 4, when eight mikoshi shrines are carried through the grounds to the beat of huge taiko drums, while you can see a spectacular yabusame (horseback archery) demonstration on May 3. Check the full programme details (in Japanese) on their website. 

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Secret Tokyo
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Secret Tokyo

Think you know Tokyo? Think again – explore 50 hidden bars, shops, parks and more

The top 10 places to Instagram in Tokyo
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The top 10 places to Instagram in Tokyo

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

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

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Open Tokyo
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Sports & Fitness

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

Where to rent a bicycle in Tokyo
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Where to rent a bicycle in Tokyo

Explore the city on wheels

The best spots for working out on the cheap
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The best spots for working out on the cheap

Where to get into shape without spending big yen

Tokyo's best skate parks
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Tokyo's best skate parks

Perfect your kickflips and board slides at Tokyo's best skate spots

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Tokyo City View
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Tokyo City View

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

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

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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