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Your comprehensive guide to the best things to do in Tokyo

50 reasons why we love Tokyo
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50 reasons why we love Tokyo

From the amazing food and fashion to the capital's nightlife and unique attractions, here are just a few reasons why we can't get enough of Tokyo

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

See the seasonal spectacle at Tokyo's gardens, parks and museums

Best things to do with kids in Tokyo
Kids

Best things to do with kids in Tokyo

Top family-friendly events, festivals, restaurants, activities and fun things to do for children in the capital

50 things to do in Harajuku – updated
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50 things to do in Harajuku – updated

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

Seafood delights in Tokyo and Miyagi
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Seafood delights in Tokyo and Miyagi

[Sponsored] Visitor’s guide to Tokyo and Tohoku: where to find the best fish and seafood

The best upcoming events in Tokyo

Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony
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Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony

A large-scale tea ceremony event where even those who aren’t familiar with the custom are welcome to participate. The event will be held at Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum from Saturday October 13 to Sunday October 14, and at Hamarikyu Gardens from Saturday October 20 to Sunday October 21. The indoor tea ceremony costs ¥700 and requires booking in advance, but there are plenty of other programs available in both English and Japanese. In addition to the workshops, there will also be a number of stalls to shop from and a series of exciting shows including Kabuki and Noh performances. Check out the website to see what’s on at each venue.

Kawagoe Matsuri
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Kawagoe Matsuri

Summer might be over, but there are still a few big traditional festivals to enjoy. The Kawagoe Festival is one of them, an over 370-year-old event where huge floats are paraded along the city's kurazukuri (old architectural) streets. To make it even more spectacular, they're lit up at night, and the festivities reach their peak in a cacophony of drums, bells, flutes, clapping, moving floats, and dancing, known as Hikkawase.

Chofu Autumn Fireworks
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Chofu Autumn Fireworks

Chofu celebrates its connection to the movie industry in an explosive way: as several film scenes have been shot on the banks of the Tamagawa, and Chofu is home to multiple studios and film-related companies, the festival is dubbed 'City of Cinema: Chofu Autumn Fireworks'. It sees around 10,000 rockets launched over the river, choreographed to popular film scores.

Ningen Restaurant
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Ningen Restaurant

A two week pop-up restaurant and bar by artist collective Chim↑Pom has just opened in Kabukicho. The restaurant will feature a menu devised from a list of last meals requested by death row prisoners, and display works by Austrian avant-garde artist Hermann Nitsch. The restaurant event also includes performances by BLACKSMOKER, KILLER - BONG, Fuyuki Yamakawa, Kairai bunch, Aida Makoto, Dengeki Network and more. Be sure to check the event schedule to know who’s performing when. Note: This is a one-off event, not to be confused with another restaurant in Kabukicho called Ningen Restaurant.

Halloween in Tokyo
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Halloween in Tokyo

Break out that zombie costume – now's the time for parades, parties, pumpkins and spooky things to do in Tokyo

31st Tokyo International Film Festival
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31st Tokyo International Film Festival

Tokyo’s top cinematic extravaganza is returning for its 31st edition and will again shine the spotlight on an eclectic – some would even say random – selection of movies, primarily shown at Roppongi Hills and Ex Theatre Roppongi. It usually offers a decent opportunity to catch new films that have been doing the rounds on the festival circuit, and also provides a rare chance to see fresh Japanese and foreign-language cinema with English subtitles. See the full line-up here. 

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The best things to do in Tokyo

The crazy broke Asians’ guide to Tokyo
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The crazy broke Asians’ guide to Tokyo

How to enjoy Tokyo on a budget – cheap and free things to do included

Best animal and pet cafés in Tokyo
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Best animal and pet cafés in Tokyo

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

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

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

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!

One-day itineraries

One day in... Shinjuku
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One day in... Shinjuku

A shopping valhalla, a wealth of boozers and a serene park – here's where to head in Tokyo's arguably busiest transport and entertainment hub

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

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

One day in... Tomigaya, Shibuya
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One day in... Tomigaya, Shibuya

Spend your day at the restaurants, cafés, bars and shops around inner Shibuya (Oku-Shibuya), one of central Tokyo's coolest neighbourhoods

One day in... Shin-Okubo
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One day in... Shin-Okubo

Fans of K-pop and Korean cuisine can sing and eat their heart out in Tokyo's Koreatown, but there's even more hidden under the surface

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The most beautiful buildings in Tokyo
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The most beautiful buildings in Tokyo

These stunning architecture are some of our favourite buildings in Tokyo – from the iconic Prada store to the postmodern Nakagin Capsule Tower and more

Floor-by-floor guide to the Yayoi Kusama Museum
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Floor-by-floor guide to the Yayoi Kusama Museum

What to expect when visiting this acclaimed museum full of pumpkins and polka dots

Guide to the Mori Building Digital Art Museum Epson teamLab Borderless
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Guide to the Mori Building Digital Art Museum Epson teamLab Borderless

What to expect at the highly anticipated teamLab museum of cutting edge, interactive digital art

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
Attractions

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 visiting Tokyo's four seasons
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Guide to visiting Tokyo's four seasons

When is the best time to visit Tokyo? Anytime, really – the city is hyper-seasonal, with each season bringing a different set of things to see and do

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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
Sport and fitness

Best bouldering gyms in Tokyo

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

The best indoor sports facilities in Tokyo
Sport and fitness

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