88 things to do in Tokyo

From the obscure to the obvious, your time in Tokyo starts here
88 Things to do in Tokyo | Time Out Tokyo
By Time Out Tokyo Editors |
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Hop aboard a swimming bus… and 87 other great things to do in Tokyo. Whether you're watching bikini-clad women battle it out with steel clunkers at Robot Restaurant, seeing the sights from the sky at one of the many fine rooftop restaurants or slurping down some heavenly noodles at one of Tokyo's best ramen bars, there's always something going on in the neon city. Time Out Tokyo has your ultimate guide.

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Uenosakuragi Atari | Time Out Tokyo
Things to do

Discover new things in old spaces...

icon-location-pin Yanaka

These three traditional houses in Yanaka were renovated into one complex of workshops, stores and residences, which include some rather innovative venues: a craft beer bar which feels like the set of an old Japanese movie, a store that specialises in salt and olives, and even more eclectic shops. Uenosakuragi Atari

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赤坂インターシティAIR
Things to do

Have dinner up high...

icon-location-pin Toranomon

This expansion wing of the already massive Akasaka Intercity complex wows locals and visitors alike with a high-end selection of restaurants and cafés, including prime rib establishment Lawry’s and venerable yakitori dealers Miyagawa. Akasaka Intercity Air

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Tokyo Station
Travel, Train stations

Admire a historic icon of Tokyo...

icon-location-pin Marunouchi

December 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of Tokyo Station, whose red-brick facade is a prominent reminder of Japan’s rush to modernisation in the early 20th century – and it’s looking even better after a six-year restoration, completed in 2012. Tokyo Station

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Things to do

Take a break from Tokyo, in Tokyo...

icon-location-pin Setagaya

This kilometre of lush towpath, which stretches from Todoroki Station towards the children’s park, is popular but never crowded. When the weather’s good, there can be few more refreshing spots in the capital. Todoroki Valley

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Restaurants

Let dinner sneak up on you...

icon-location-pin Akasaka
Waiters dressed as ninjas usher you through a series of winding wooden corridors designed to evoke the interior of an ancient Japanese castle. Others sneak up with menus and food, and there’s also an itinerant magician. Ninja Akasaka
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レストラン トヨ トウキョウ
Restaurants

Savour some Franco-Japanese cuisine...

icon-location-pin Hibiya

Toyo Tokyo is the place where you'll find French cuisine influenced by kaiseki (Japanese fine dining). Their concept of ‘ingredients are jewels’ is a nod to the freshness of their produce, beautiful plating and refined flavours. Restaurant Toyo Tokyo

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Shisui Deux
Restaurants

Experience French cabaret in Tokyo...

icon-location-pin Otsuka

The self-styled ‘most exciting bar in Otsuka’ almost lives up to the billing with its weekly Tuesday night can-can shows, which see the space transformed into a very Japanese version of a French cabaret, complete with energetic dancers. Shisui Deux

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レインボーブリッジ
Things to do

Walk over the rainbow...

icon-location-pin Minato
The city's most famous bridge crosses Tokyo Bay and is shaped like a rainbow – obviously. It connects Shibaura pier with Odaiba and carries the Metropolitan Expressway, a public highway and the Yurikamome line, plus a pedestrian walkway. Access the latter through the gates near Shibaura-Futo Station and Odaiba-Kaihinkoen Station, but go prepared – there are no toilets up on the bridge. Rainbow Bridge
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Theatre, Performing arts space

Visit the stylish home of kabuki...

icon-location-pin Higashi-Ginza

Tokyo’s main kabuki theatre has stood on the same spot for over 120 years, but its present incarnation is rather newer than that – it only opened in April 2013. The souvenir shop is worth a look, too. Kabukiza Theatre

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Shopping, Gifts and souvenirs

Evade taxes...

icon-location-pin Ginza
You no longer have to spend your time at the airport to purchase duty-free stuff: found on the eighth floor of Ginza Mitsukoshi, Japan Duty Free invites tourists to buy souvenirs, alcohol, cosmetics and cigarettes at reduced prices. All items purchased here will be transferred directly to Narita or Haneda airport, where you'll be able to pick them up. Japan Duty Free Ginza
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Restaurants

Dine in style...

icon-location-pin Toranomon

The signature restaurant at Toranomon Hills’ Andaz Tokyo hotel is an impressive space featuring live music, sweeping views of Tokyo from the 51st floor and a menu focused on premium domestic meats and seasonal ingredients. The Tavern - Grill & Lounge

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Meiji-jingu
Attractions

Power up at Meiji Shrine...

icon-location-pin Harajuku
Alight at Harajuku Station and get ready to battle the crowds – or just escape to the lush greenery of tranquil Meiji Shrine, where the spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken, are enshrined. The stroll through the sacred grounds feels both refreshing and empowering. Meiji Shrine
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Sport and fitness

Be a swordsman...

icon-location-pin Ginza

This culture school offers various traditional Japanese cultural experiences including a tea ceremony, writing calligraphy or wearing a kimono. We recommend trying batto, the sword practice. Hisui Tokyo

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Bars and pubs

Drink to the DJ...

icon-location-pin Shibuya
This shiny DJ bar on the top floor of a multi-purpose building in front of Shibuya Station boasts spectacular views, Tokyo scene veterans DJ Nori and Toshiyuki Goto, a top-grade sound system, and reasonably priced drinks. DJ Bar Bridge
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スニーカーショップSkit 東京・吉祥寺店
Shopping, Shoes

Step into trainer heaven...

icon-location-pin Kichijoji

Rows of colourful, wrapped-up shoes line the walls at this Kichijoji store that offers an exhaustive range of sneakers from the likes of Adidas, Puma, Reebok and Onitsuka Tiger. They deal in everything from the latest models to 'dead stock' while also carrying limited-edition versions. The store’s Twitter timeline is a must-check, with daily updates on new arrivals. Sneaker Shop Skit

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Shopping

Scoop up a Tokyo gift...

icon-location-pin Nogizaka

The in-house shop at the National Art Center, Tokyo does a lot more than sell postcards: it also stocks an array of Tokyo- and Japan-themed goods, including manga and art books that, as the name says, make for great souvenirs. Souvenir From Tokyo

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KONCENT
Shopping, Home decor

Pick up a quirky souvenir...

icon-location-pin Asakusa

Much more than your average homeware shop, Koncent functions as the home base for H Concept, a design consulting company. Take your pick of cool knickknacks from all over Japan, including super-soft Imabari towels and Cupmen characters for instant noodles. Koncent Kuramae

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Henry's Burger | Time Out Tokyo
Restaurants, Burgers

Devour a wagyu burger...

icon-location-pin Daikanyama

There are only three food items on the menu here: hamburger, double hamburger and fries. This is a good thing. Henry’s Burger benefits from a less-is-more approach to burgerology: the focus is on the natural flavour of the wagyu patties. Henry's Burger

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109shibuya
Shopping

Start a trend...

icon-location-pin Shibuya
Looking for the next fashion sensation? You’ll probably find it at landmark Shibuya store 109, the domain of teenage girls and women in their twenties who don’t just follow trends but start them. Shibuya 109
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Asia Curry House
Restaurants, South Asian

Treat yourself to a Dhaka-style feast...

icon-location-pin Kinshicho

The daily special is the only thing on the menu at eastern Tokyo's best Bangladeshi restaurant, so you'll never have trouble ordering. Wednesdays, Fridays and weekends are when they offer the ‘special mutton biryani set’, served with two types of curry and salad on the side. Asia Curry House

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Things to do

Let off some flavoured steam...

icon-location-pin Shibuya

Operating 12 shisha cafés in Tokyo and Osaka, North Village is your go-to spot for blowing off some steam. The more than 100 flavours of perfumed tobacco include sakura and yuzu. North Village VIP Shibuya

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Restaurants

Slurp up hand-pulled Chinese noodles...

icon-location-pin Jinbocho

This famed lamian shop has opened its first international outpost in Jinbocho. They only serve Lanzhou Beef Noodles and it's a winner: the soup is made with halal beef, bones and over 10 different spices, while the noodles are hand-pulled to order. Mazilu Beef Noodles

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tokyo bike gallery
Things to do

Cycle the city...

icon-location-pin Yanaka

The minimalist Tokyobike brand’s new outpost offers both same-day and overnight rentals but requires advance bookings (which can be made in English on their website). A one-day rental costs ¥3,000, with a ¥1,500 surcharge for every additional day. Tokyobike Rentals Yanaka

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tsuta
Restaurants, Ramen

Slurp like the Michelin man...

icon-location-pin Sugamo

The prize: a Michelin-starred meal for under ¥1,000. The catch: you have to get there around 7am to guarantee yourself one of the spaces at the counter. Worth it? Of course it is. In a city with thousands of ramen joints, Tsuta is number one. Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta

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カキモリ 蔵前
Shopping

Fall in love with stationery...

icon-location-pin Asakusa

Kakimori’s range of pens, inks and letter sets are curated on the basis of how comfortable they are to use, and you're welcome to try them out in-store. Best of all are the bespoke notebooks, made to order in about 10 minutes. Kakimori

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スヌーピーミュージアム
Art, Pop art

Dig into a Peanuts pancake...

icon-location-pin Roppongi

The latest drooling spot for Snoopy fans, this one is where to view original drawings and art for 'Peanuts', plus a number of Charles M Schulz's early works, vintage collectibles and other materials. And fear not: there's also a themed café and museum shop on the premises. Snoopy Museum Tokyo

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Things to do, Classes and workshops

Cook up some washoku...

icon-location-pin Asakusa

How about trying your hand at Japanese cooking in Asakusa? Taught by professionals in English, classes here are themed on everything from sushi to bento boxes, ramen and okonomiyaki, all available in vegetarian versions too. You can also opt for a rickshaw ride or dress up in kimono, but make sure to book in advance (on the English website). Chagohan Tokyo

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Shiro Hige's Cream Puff Factory
Restaurants, Bakeries

Bite into a Totoro puff...

icon-location-pin Daita

Designed to look like Totoro – the beloved character from Studio Ghibli's hit film ‘My Neighbour Totoro’ – these charming choux pastries come in seasonal flavours, which range from strawberry to peach and chocolate. Shiro Hige's Cream Puff Factory

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Things to do

Hop aboard a swimming bus...

icon-location-pin Oshiage
When a conventional tour just won’t do, hop aboard this amphibious bus, which plies the streets around the Skytree before going for a swim in the nearby river. Sky Duck
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Nonbei Yokocho
Restaurants

Wander around a bar alley...

icon-location-pin Shibuya
In the ramshackle street of Nonbei Yokocho ('Drunkard's Alley’) you'll find rows of tiny bars – some so small that they only fit four or five people at a time. Nonbei Yokocho
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シャマイム
Restaurants, Israeli

Feast on mountains of hummus...

icon-location-pin Ekoda

This airy, high-ceilinged Israeli restaurant is home to one of the best dinner deals in Tokyo: Shamaim's all-you-can-eat course gets you a generous spread of hummus, falafel, schnitzel, chicken shishlik kebab, pita bread, soup and a variety of small dishes for a wallet-friendly ¥2,400 per person. Shamaim

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Restaurants, Bistros

Treat yourself to brunch...

icon-location-pin Yoyogi-Hachiman

Taichi Hara and Yuichi Goto teamed up in 2015 to open Path and the duo’s bistro-café has already become a sensation. The perfect hangout before or after a day out in Yoyogi Park, Path serves great breakfast and brunch – and beautifully plated French cuisine later on. Path

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Gotokuji | Time Out Tokyo
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Attractions, Religious buildings and sites

Hide out at the cat temple...

icon-location-pin Setagaya

Gotokuji may seem ordinary at first glance – until you see the army of cat figurines sitting in the corner next to one of the temple halls. These kitties are sold at the administration building and customarily returned to the shelf after wishes are granted. Gotokuji

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Bars and pubs, Izakaya

Get into the shamisen groove...

icon-location-pin Asakusa

This folk music bar hosts live performances of the Tsugaru shamisen, a traditional banjo-like instrument. It has the longest history of any such joint in Tokyo and sees three performances daily by professional musicians (or those aiming to be). Oiwake

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Shopping, Gifts and souvenirs

Admire the beauty of textiles...

icon-location-pin Iidabashi

Located in Kagurazaka, an area famed for its picturesque cobblestone streets, this shop sells things like scarves and handbags made with woven fabric from production regions throughout the nation. Their woven handkerchiefs make for great souvenirs. Kukuli Textiles

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HLNA Skygarden
Sport and fitness

Aim for Olympic heights...

icon-location-pin Odaiba

Located on the roof of the DiverCity Tokyo Plaza mall in Odaiba, H.L.N.A Skygarden is by far the most scenic skate park in the city, commanding breathtaking views of Tokyo Bay. The park is well equipped with a variety of obstacles, and also offers lessons for beginners and advanced skaters taught by Tokyo’s pros. H.L.N.A Skygarden

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Shopping

Peruse a library of art...

icon-location-pin Ebisu

An admirably well-stocked art bookshop, Nadiff a/p/a/r/t boasts shelves crammed with Japanese and foreign books, as well as a selection of prints. At its gallery, exhibitions by local artists are held. Nadiff a/p/a/r/t

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Dassai Bar | Time Out Tokyo
Bars and pubs

Toast with sparkling sake...

icon-location-pin Kyobashi

One of Japan’s most popular sake brands, Dassai has opened this bar on the first basement floor of Tokyo Square Garden. Enjoy the brand’s various types of sake, including sparkling and nigori, and choose from five sake tasting sets, most notably the exclusive Dassai Beyond. Buy your favourite bottle from the in-house store for later. Dassai Bar 23

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okamabu
Bars and pubs, Café bars

Sip a boozy coffee in Shibuya...

icon-location-pin Shibuya

Owned by DJ and music writer Tomoaki Nakamura, this bar is perfect for whiling away the hours. Order the punchy Espresso Cooler, sit back and relax to the eclectic range of tunes dialled up by a guest spinner or Nakamura himself. Bar Music

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コトモノミチ03
Shopping

Buy handmade gifts...

icon-location-pin Aoyama

Get your one-of-a-kind gifts, homewares and sundry goods at this adorable store in Minami-Aoyama. They also have a gallery concentrating on handmade goods made in Japan, allowing you to engulf yourself in Japanese culture. Coto Mono Michi at Tokyo

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Shopping, Boutiques

Dress like a Tokyoite...

icon-location-pin Aoyama

Popular fashion brand United Arrows recently opened this boutique themed on their new 'City Man and Woman' concept series. When you're done shopping for 'sophisticated styles', head to the basement for a bite – the store also houses a branch of Pizza Slice. H Beauty&Youth

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Rikugien
Attractions, Parks and gardens

Stroll through a historical garden...

icon-location-pin Komagome

This traditional Japanese garden is popular year-round, but spring and autumn see it at its most magnificent. Its delicate details and harmonious atmosphere are best enjoyed at a slow pace. Rikugien

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Spice Cafe
Restaurants, Indian

Spice up your life...

icon-location-pin Sumida

Long loved by curry maniacs, this café has been fashioned from a traditional wooden house. Choose from chicken, coconut and mutton dishes or if you're feeling particularly greedy, order the 'Pair Curry Lunch' and enjoy two flavours at once. Spice Café

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発酵する暮らし85(ハチゴウ)
Shopping, Specialist food and drink

Shop for funky eats...

icon-location-pin Nakameguro

Fermentation has been all the rage recently in Tokyo and this shop plays right into the trend's hands by focusing on said time-honoured preservation technique. The selection includes soy sauce, miso, amazake, bread and much more. 85 (Hachigo)

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Restaurants, Ramen

Enjoy some old school ramen...

icon-location-pin Mukojima

Located on a sleepy residential street not far from the Sumida River, Mukojima's top 'ramen izakaya' is a little tricky to find but rewards with back-to-basics chuka soba, available in four flavours: shoyu, shoyu-chashu, shio and shio-chashu. Rantei

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神田古本まつり
Shopping, Bookshops

Browse 10 million books...

icon-location-pin Jinbocho

It’s easy to lose a few hours (if only that) rummaging around in Tokyo’s Jinbocho neighbourhood, a bibliophile nirvana that’s home to some 180 second-hand bookshops. Look out for the annual book festival, held in late October each year, when over a hundred local stores erect stalls on the streets. Jimbocho Book Town

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Nata de Cristiano's
Shopping

Treat yourself to an egg tart...

icon-location-pin Shibuya

Once you’ve tried an authentic Portuguese pastel de nata, there’s no going back – and this shop run by Yoyogi restaurant Cristiano’s does them better than anywhere else in town. Nata de Cristiano

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ドミニク アンセル ベーカリー トウキョウ
Shopping

Enjoy one-of-a-kind pastries...

icon-location-pin Omotesando

The inventor of the Cronut and winner of the 'World's Best Pastry Chef' award in 2017, Dominique Ansel brought his pastries to Tokyo in June 2015. Head over for Japan-exclusive Cronuts and other artisanal sweets. Dominique Ansel Bakery

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Shopping, Gifts and souvenirs

Pick up a trendy tenugui...

icon-location-pin Asakusa
Tenugui (traditional Japanese hand towels made from dyed cotton cloth) are back in vogue and here you'll find classic patterns and seasonal motifs such as flying carp streamers and fireworks. Wear one as an accessory or hang it up on the wall as part of your decor. Kamawanu Asakusa
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NAOYUKI HAYASHI
Restaurants, Cafés

Visit the most progressive café in town...

icon-location-pin Harajuku

This Sendagaya café is not cut from the same cloth as its hipster neighbours: decorated with lush plants, it specialises in smoothies, veg-heavy lunches and vibrant flowers, all sold and served by people with mental health issues and disorders. Lorans Social Flower & Smoothie Shop

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Shopping

Feel the magic of fabric...

icon-location-pin Roppongi

Dealing in everything from traditionally dyed fabric to the latest in textile technology and offering a nice selection of clothing and accessories, Nuno is synonymous with superb craftsmanship. Nuno

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Attractions, Sightseeing

Enjoy the view for free...

icon-location-pin Shinjuku
Kenzo Tange's domineering building is worth visiting purely to have a good look at its spectacular edifice, but it's also home to a pair of free observation decks that have become a popular stop on many tourist itineraries. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatories
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ザ ノース フェイス プレイ
Shopping

Shop for stylish outdoor gear...

icon-location-pin Hibiya

Known for combining quality with a playful style, The North Face shop inside Tokyo Midtown Hibiya sells a large selection of stylish yet functional outdoor gear. You can also find some of their exclusive collaborations with fashion brands here. The North Face Play

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Clubs

Pull out your best hip hop moves...

icon-location-pin Shibuya

Harlem has been a mecca of hip hop culture in Japan since its opening in 1997. With well-known Japanese DJs spinning hip hop tunes mixed with a little R&B and reggae, it attracts more than 1,000 people on weekend nights. Harlem

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Citan
Hotels, B&Bs

Stay in a hipster hotel

icon-location-pin Bakurocho

The crew behind Tokyo guesthouses Toco. and Nui. are striking down in Bakurocho with their hostel Citan. Step inside and you'll be greeted with a coffee stand accessible for both guests and non-guests. The basement houses a restaurant and bar, which serves meals that go well with picks off their wine list. Casual lounge parties with Tokyo’s most popular DJs take place on weekends. Dormitories and private rooms are available, with the former starting at ¥3,000. Citan

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ELLE café Aoyama
Restaurants, Cafés

Go organic in style...

icon-location-pin Aoyama

The Elle café's flagship store offers a menu chock-full of healthy(ish) things such as freshly baked organic loaves and gluten-free sweets. The first floor is occupied by a takeout bakery-come-deli and a café with an open-air terrace, while the second floor hosts a restaurant serving prix fixed meals produced by super chef Melissa King, a favourite of Madonna and the Obama family. Elle Café Aoyama

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Bondi Coffee Sandwiches | Time Out Tokyo
Restaurants, Cafés

Snack on a Sydney sandwich...

icon-location-pin Yoyogi-Hachiman

Its Australian surf atmosphere, the pop art on the walls and the free wi-fi are all nice, but this spot also just happens to bake some of the best bread in the area. The whole-grain, fully vegan baguettes can be had with filling mixtures from chicken and avocado to all-veg and BLTE. Bondi Coffee Sandwiches

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Shopping

Dig into some rock-solid soup...

icon-location-pin Marunouchi

Freeze-dried food manufacturer Amano Jitsugyo's shop carries everything from miso soup to Japanese-style curry, all in rock-hard, moisture-free form. Use the store's free hot water supplier to 'cook' your space food right then and there. Amano Freeze-Dried Station

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タイーム
Restaurants, Middle Eastern

Hunt down Tokyo's rare falafel...

icon-location-pin Ebisu

A good falafel joint is hard to find in Tokyo, and it's one of those rare foods that we'd walk halfway across town for. The ¥1,480 falafel lunch set here starts with a small cup of soup and moves on to Israeli salad, hummus, tehina, falafel, pita and fries. Ta-im

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中野ブロードウェイ
Shopping

Overload on otaku culture...

icon-location-pin Nakano
Akihabara? These days, the diehard otaku prefer to go to Nakano Broadway and its over 300 shops to get their fix – whether that involves manga, collectible figurines, video games or, er, replica machine guns. Nakano Broadway
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Haginoyu
Things to do

Soak in perfect comfort...

icon-location-pin Uguisudani

Occupying four storeys, this next-generation public bathhouse opened in May 2017 and has already become a hot property among the capital's bathing aficionados. The ¥460 entrance fee is a steal, and the in-house restaurant is excellent. No tattoos are allowed. Haginoyu

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Restaurants, Yakitori

Dine on Michelin-approved bird...

icon-location-pin Kinshicho

The world's first yakitori restaurant to earn a Michelin star, Toriki is renowned for letting only the freshest product – including ultra-moreish ‘chigimo’ liver – touch its charcoal grill. Reservations are hard to come by, but seats sometimes open up on weekdays after 9pm. Toriki

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Ameshin
Shopping

Marvel at crafted candy...

icon-location-pin Oshiage

One of Japan’s traditional crafts, Amezaiku is the art of making tiny candy sculptures. Using a special pair of tiny scissors, craftsmen produce detailed chiselled treats, often in the shape of animals. Buy a selection and see the artisans at work here. Ameshin Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi

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Atelier Gangu
Shopping

Browse traditional toys...

icon-location-pin Yoyogi-Hachiman

A folk toy lover's dream, Atelier Gangu sells everything from maneki-neko to kites and papier-mâché animals, all made by veteran craftsmen and sold in a stylish space. Come here for traditional souvenirs with a trendy edge. Atelier Gangu

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Shopping

Tend to a tiny tree...

icon-location-pin Sangubashi
Looking for a long-lasting plant to beautify your abode? Pick up a unique bonsai tree with lush moss here and watch it slowly grow into a magnificent specimen – if you treat it right. Ryu Ryu
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TOKYO Whisky Library
Bars and pubs, Café bars

Sip hundreds of whisky varieties...

icon-location-pin Aoyama

Bottles cover the walls at this new spot, where you get to choose from more than 1,000 kinds of whisky from all over the world. Stop by for a cocktail or a tasting set, accompanied by a sweet treat from Tomigaya's Bean to Bar Chocolate. Tokyo Whisky Library

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T.Y.HARBOR
Bars and pubs, Breweries

Sip on craft beer at the waterfront...

icon-location-pin Tennozu

Tokyo’s best waterfront brewpub produces a plentiful range of ales, and the attached restaurant serves up very decent diner fare. A facelift in March 2015 added extra seats and an improved menu. T.Y. Harbor

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東京 目黒 タケノとおはぎ
Shopping

Try some ohagi...

icon-location-pin Meguro

This shop specialises in the colourful balls of anko (red bean paste) mixed with sweet rice, known as ohagi. Besides regular offerings, they also have novel flavours such as coconut and lemon peel, amaou strawberries, and nuts. Takeno to Ohagi Meguro

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the whales of august
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Drink your favourite movie...

icon-location-pin Shibuya
All cocktails here are based on the content of a specific flick, so expect a (very) strong drink if you order one named after a horror movie. The selection is too extensive to fit on a menu, so feel free to make requests. Note that there's a ¥500 table charge and no credit cards are taken. The Whales of August
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Shopping

Eat like a sumo wrestler

icon-location-pin Ryogoku

The historic former Ryogoku Station building has been fully restored and now hosts this decidedly nostalgic shopping and restaurant complex. Savour everything from sushi and tempura to chanko nabe (every sumo wrestler's favourite hot pot) at the eateries before snapping a selfie in the ‘dohyo’ (sumo ring). Ryogoku Edo Noren

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Hotels

Sleep where you shop...

icon-location-pin Shinjuku-Sanchome
The main bonus of this hotel is that the rooms come equipped with cooking facilities, but we also love that it's close to Shinjuku Station; you can choose between 'simple' and 'renovated' rooms; and there's an antiques store with Japanese vintage clothing and furniture on the premises. Apartment Hotel Shinjuku
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Kiha
Bars and pubs

Join the train otaku...

icon-location-pin Nihonbashi
The second floor of Kiha, the after-work hangout of Tokyo’s toritetsu (train geeks), is decked out like the inside of a Tokyo subway car, down to the most minute detail. The luggage racks, handles, ads, station signs and route maps are all authentic and combine to recreate an environment so real that your brain might be tricked into thinking the carriage is moving on occasion, especially if you’ve had a few. Kiha
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Bar La Hulotte
Bars and pubs

Style up your night...

icon-location-pin Moto-Azabu

A trifecta of rough stone, warm wood and faint light welcomes the thirsty to Hulotte – 'owl' in French – a stylish bar perfect for lone imbibers prepared to make the hike from Azabu-Juban Station in search of fine cigars and cocktails. Bar la Hulotte

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Restaurants, Tea rooms

Savour single-origin green tea...

icon-location-pin Nishi-Ogikubo

Get your cuppa brewed by the resident 'charista', who dishes out single-origin green tea, hojicha, matcha and the occasional cup of coffee. Don't forget to admire the counter, which is plastered with thick tesuki washi paper. Satén Japanese Tea

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Restaurants

Dig into South Indian fare...

icon-location-pin Koto

Fans of South Indian cuisine should make a beeline to this Kiba restaurant, which is led by a chef who used to work at the famed Dhaba India. Try their lamb mint curry, the cheese kulcha, or bhuna oysters. Kamarupuru

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Restaurants

Immerse yourself in Okinawan cuisine...

icon-location-pin Koenji

This venerable eatery has been in Koenji for 30 years and is recognised as a pioneer of authentic Okinawan food in Tokyo, all under the careful watch of owner Junko Takahashi. There's a monthly Okinawan shamisen, Orion Beer on tap, and a copious variety of awamori, plus very cheerful service. Dachibin

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Japanese Ice Ouca
Restaurants, Ice-cream parlours

Taste premium ice cream...

icon-location-pin Ebisu

In a city that often takes its desserts more seriously than its politics, judging the best ices on offer can be a thankless task. Japanese Ice Ouca ought to come out near the top of any best of list, however – there are no misses here. Japanese Ice Ouca

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Art

Get intimate with art...

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Billing itself as Tokyo’s ‘smallest cultural institution’, this renovated house in the traditional Yanaka area includes a café and exhibition space, and also hosts occasional gigs and dance performances. Hagiso
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Hotels

Overnight in a traditional neighbourhood...

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One of the few ryokan in Tokyo catering to tourists, Sawanoya provides its own map of the old-school Yanaka area, does cheap bicycle rentals, and even has a small, guest-only coffee lounge. Sawanoya Ryokan

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Restaurants

Try the Time Out burger...

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Boastful? Yes, but you would be too if you shared your name with a burger as good as this. Enjoy a massive hunk of beefy love in our very own Time Out Café & Diner in Ebisu. Time Out Café & Diner
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Shopping, Gifts and souvenirs

Walk among plush giants...

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Hidden underneath Tokyo Station, this pathway is dedicated to cute characters native to Japan. From all-time favourite Pokémon's official store to outlets for Ultraman, Hello Kitty and Rilakkuma – the choices are endless at this wonderland for both children and adults. Tokyo Character Street
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Music

Catch a cinematic concert...

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The tiered floor is a dead giveaway: WWW was an arthouse cinema before it found its current vocation as a gig spot. Sister venue WWW X upstairs boasts an even more powerful sound system. WWW, WWW X

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Art

Celebrate an artsy renewal...

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Tokyo’s premier photography showcase was re-opened in September 2016 after extensive renovations. The first photography and moving image museum in Japan, it boasts a collection of over 34,000 works and brings in leading lights of the photography world for regular shows. Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

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Restaurants

Bite into gourmet burgers...

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While some fancy burgers look better than they taste, this restaurant's offerings are the real deal. The firm ground beef patty, the sprinkling of coarsely ground pepper and the thick fluffy bun all form a perfectly satisfying meal. I-Kousha

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Things to do, Classes and workshops

Learn the sushi move...

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If you've ever wanted to learn how to make nigiri sushi, this is the place for you. They offer 90-minute, all-you-can-make sushi classes at Tsukiji every Saturday, with the English-speaking instructors ready to transform you into a nigiri guru. Try on one of the costumes to channel your inner sushi. Tokyo Sushi Academy Tsukiji
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Clubs

Party hardy...

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The latest venture by Tokyo club scene champions Global Hearts provides much-needed relief for the city's more discerning friends of electronic tunes in a basement on Shibuya's Dogenzaka. Contact

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Things to do

Float under the blossoms...

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Chidorigafuchi is famous for its spectacular cherry blossoms. Boating here during the sakura season is a quintessential Tokyo experience. It stays open until 8pm during that time of the year. Chidorigafuchi Boat Area

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