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Your comprehensive guide to the best things to do in Tokyo

25 of the best free things to do in Tokyo
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25 of the best free things to do in Tokyo

Live your best life without spending a yen at Tokyo's best museums, attractions, tours, observation decks and more

Where to admire autumn leaves in Tokyo
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Where to admire autumn leaves in Tokyo

From yellow ginkgo trees to red maple leaves – see the seasonal beauty at Tokyo's gardens and parks

Best nature escapes in Tokyo
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Best nature escapes in Tokyo

Venture into the great outdoors without leaving Tokyo, from a bamboo forest and nature parks to lush river valleys and more

Tokyo on water: best cruises, boat rides and water sports in Tokyo
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Tokyo on water: best cruises, boat rides and water sports in Tokyo

Explore Tokyo's waters with these fun and exciting activities

In photos: Japan's top architects and creatives are redesigning Shibuya's public toilets
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In photos: Japan's top architects and creatives are redesigning Shibuya's public toilets

These new loos by Shigeru Ban, Masamichi Katayama and more are in parks all around Shibuya – and they are stunning

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These are some of the best Go to Travel hotel deals across Japan
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These are some of the best Go to Travel hotel deals across Japan

Get 35 percent discount at some of Japan’s most beautiful hotels – now available on booking.com

Gundam Factory Yokohama is finally opening on December 19
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Gundam Factory Yokohama is finally opening on December 19

Don't miss out: the moving Gundam robot will only be around until March 2022

The newly renovated Katase-Enoshima Station in Kanagawa looks like a Japanese castle
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The newly renovated Katase-Enoshima Station in Kanagawa looks like a Japanese castle

The station looks even more beautiful when illuminated at night. Plus, it also features a mesmerising jellyfish tank

K5 transforms a 1920s bank in Nihonbashi into a trendy hangout with café, restaurant and bars
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K5 transforms a 1920s bank in Nihonbashi into a trendy hangout with café, restaurant and bars

There's a Modern Japanese restaurant, a cafe that looks like a nursery, an underground beer joint and a library cocktail bar

This historical geisha office in Tokyo has been restored into a cultural centre
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This historical geisha office in Tokyo has been restored into a cultural centre

Tokyo’s last wooden kenban is now the Minato City Center for Traditional Culture – and it’s open to the public

In photos: the new Kadokawa Culture Museum is a modern masterpiece designed by Kengo Kuma
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In photos: the new Kadokawa Culture Museum is a modern masterpiece designed by Kengo Kuma

Even though the grand opening of the highly anticipated Tokorozawa Sakura Town in Saitama prefecture won’t happen until November 2020, the venue’s Kadokawa Culture Museum has partially opened on August 1, giving us a sneak preview of what’s on offer. Photo: Kisa Toyoshima The 40-metre tall Kadokawa Culture Museum, designed by world renowned architect Kengo Kuma, was built using 20,000 granite stones, creating a stunning asymmetrical facade that looks more science fiction than real life.  Photo: Kisa Toyoshima Two of the building’s five floors are now open, meaning you can visit the museum’s extensive library filled with 25,000 books published by Kadokawa. The publishing house is known for its manga and young adult novels.  Photo: Kisa Toyoshima The library’s on-site café, as well as the museum’s own coffee shop, the Kado Café, are both open now, plus you can visit the museum’s Grand Gallery. To commemorate the completion of the building, the first exhibition at the gallery is Kengo Kuma: The Birth of an Art Space Connected to Nature − Transcendent Architecture in Stone and Wood. The exhibition is a showcase of text, blueprints and videos explaining the concept, design and construction method of the museum itself. You’ll also learn about Kuma’s distinctive approach to architecture and the natural world through some of his other designs. Photo: Kisa Toyoshima November will see the opening of the museum’s ‘bookshelf theatre’ featuring videos, interactive displays and even projection mapping shows. Separately, the building’s EJ (Entertainment Japan) Animation Museum, which is dedicated to Japan’s world-conquering anime culture, is slated to open sometime in autumn. Photo: Kisa Toyoshima While we wait for the rest of the facilities to open, there’s still plenty to do outside the Kadokawa Culture Museum. In the adjacent Musashino Jurin Park, you can walk through teamLab’s new permanent digital art exhibition ‘teamLab: Resonating Life in the Acorn Forest’. Photo: Kisa Toyoshima For something a little more serene, check out the modernist Musashino Reiwa Shrine, also designed by Kuma. The ceiling boasts a stunning mural of a phoenix drawn by Yoshitaka Amanoshitaka while the pair of beautiful stone komainu (guardian lion-dogs) are made by sculptor Yoshimasa Tsuchiya. Advance tickets are required for visiting the Grand Gallery. Online reservations for teamLab’s permanent installation get a ¥100 discount.  The next facility due to open at Tokorozawa Sakura Town will be the EJ Anime Hotel on October 1. Reservations can be made from September 1 via this website.  Read our guide on going out safely in Tokyo – or anywhere for that matter.   More news Go sightseeing around Tokyo on an open-roof double-decker bus with meals included Visit the virtual Pokémon theme park for games, Pikachu dance shows and Pokémon battles This new Starbucks in Ginza operates like a coworking space Shibuya’s Miyashita Park has reopened as a shopping mall with a rooftop park Sorry, gamers: Akihabara’s iconic Sega arcade will close at the end of August

Things to do outdoors in Tokyo

Outdoor fitness classes in Tokyo
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Outdoor fitness classes in Tokyo

Want to get fit without the gym? Join one of the city’s al fresco fitness clubs to try running, dodgeball, acroyoga and more

Best Japanese gardens in Tokyo
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Best Japanese gardens in Tokyo

Japanese landscape gardens don't just showcase seasonal beauty; they also seek to recreate an idealised version of nature

Best things to do in Okutama
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Best things to do in Okutama

Escape the bustling city and unwind in Okutama, a natural paradise in Western Tokyo

Best rooftop gardens in Tokyo
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Best rooftop gardens in Tokyo

Relax in one of these secret gardens, found way above ground on the city's shopping mall rooftops

Best outdoor adventure parks near Tokyo
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Best outdoor adventure parks near Tokyo

Get out and about – escape the city for these family-friendly adventure parks, playgrounds and outdoor attractions

Best day and weekend hikes in and around Tokyo
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Best day and weekend hikes in and around Tokyo

Swap the concrete jungle for a lush green one and go trekking through these mountain trails

Tokyo attractions

Where to get the best views of the Shibuya Crossing
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Where to get the best views of the Shibuya Crossing

The world-famous Shibuya Scramble is a Tokyo landmark. Here's where you can get a bird's-eye view of the busy crossing

Best free museums in Tokyo
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Best free museums in Tokyo

Here are our favourite free museums in Tokyo for art, history and even kids

Best museums in Tokyo for kids and families
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Best museums in Tokyo for kids and families

With arts, science, dinosaurs, robots and the opportunity to drive a shinkansen, these Tokyo museums are perfect for the young and old alike

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

50 things to do in Harajuku
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50 things to do in Harajuku

Where to shop, eat and drink in Tokyo’s ‘kawaii’ capital

Best indoor theme parks and amusement parks in Tokyo
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Best indoor theme parks and amusement parks in Tokyo

Have fun while staying warm at these indoor attractions: meet Hello Kitty, play Lego all day, explore virtual reality, and more

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Tokyo by neighbourhood

One day in... Kichijoji
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One day in... Kichijoji

Discover the best restaurants, cafés, attractions and things to do in Tokyo's western suburb of Kichijoji

One day in... Sendagaya
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One day in... Sendagaya

A short walk from Harajuku, Sendagaya is home to cool restaurants and some of Tokyo's most innovative fashion brands

One day in... Shimokitazawa
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One day in... Shimokitazawa

The cool neighbourhood of Shimokitazawa is a hub for vintage fashion, vinyl records and independent cafés and restaurants

One day in... Gakugeidaigaku
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One day in... Gakugeidaigaku

This under-the-radar neighbourhood between Nakameguro and Jiyugaoka features many cool restaurants, bars and shops, and it's less pricey too

Sports & Fitness

The most scenic jogging routes in Tokyo
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The most scenic jogging routes in Tokyo

Get in a good run while sightseeing around Tokyo Bay, Imperial Palace, Asakusa and Nakameguro

These public pools in Tokyo are now open for summer
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These public pools in Tokyo are now open for summer

Beat the summer heat at these public pools in Minato, Setagaya, Shibuya, Meguro and more

The best Tokyo onsen and bathhouses
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The best Tokyo onsen and bathhouses

Your complete guide to where and how to go hot-spring bathing in Tokyo

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