Your ultimate guide to Tokyo

Tokyo’s best restaurants, films, gigs, clubs, things to do and places to see

Best indoor activities in Tokyo
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Best indoor activities in Tokyo

When the weather outside is cold and rainy, check out these top indoor activities in Tokyo, from museums to bathhouses and more

Typhoon Neoguri to bring  more rain to Tokyo from Monday night
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Typhoon Neoguri to bring more rain to Tokyo from Monday night

Expect lots of rain and possibly even thunderstorms from the evening of Monday Oct 21 through Tuesday Oct 22...

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

Things you only know if you're a... professional cosplayer
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Things you only know if you're a... professional cosplayer

Get to know the ins and outs of the fiercely competitive cosplay scene, according to professional cosplayer Reika Arikawa

13 best things to do in the autumn in Tokyo
Things to do

13 best things to do in the autumn in Tokyo

Make the most of this gorgeous harvest season with the best food, events and festivals in the city

Top events in Tokyo right now

Shiota Chiharu: The Soul Trembles
Art

Shiota Chiharu: The Soul Trembles

[Ending soon] Based in Berlin, Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota is known for creating beautifully complex installations entangled in a web of red or black yarn, stretching across the exhibition space...

Tokyo Mega Illumination
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Tokyo Mega Illumination

There will be a 'time travel area' featuring designs and artworks from the Edo, Meiji, Taisho and Showa eras, as well as a 100 metre tunnel covered in lights...

True Colors BEATS
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True Colors BEATS

This inclusive music event connects with participants by incorporating simple words and gestures to create new music...

Dai Tsukemen Haku
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Dai Tsukemen Haku

A total of 100 vendors from all over Japan will serve their noodle creations: ramen, tsukemen, abura soba...

Exhibition of Smells
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Exhibition of Smells

While most exhibitions around the city are visual, this one invites you to use your nose...

Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition
Museums

Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition

This special 'Star Wars' exhibit will showcase 200 original props, costumes and artworks from the film franchise, plus tons of interactive pieces designed in consultation with neuropsychologists and psychologists...

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Rugby World Cup special

The best sports bars to watch Rugby World Cup 2019 in Tokyo
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The best sports bars to watch Rugby World Cup 2019 in Tokyo

Root for your favourite rugby team with a cheerful crowd and a beer in hand at these sports bars

Celebrate Rugby World Cup 2019 at these free Fanzones in and around Tokyo
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Celebrate Rugby World Cup 2019 at these free Fanzones in and around Tokyo

No tickets to the Rugby World Cup? You can still enjoy the Games to the fullest for free at these official Fanzones

Rugby World Cup fans can now bring food into the stadiums
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Rugby World Cup fans can now bring food into the stadiums

However, you still can't bring in outside drinks

Six things to do in Yokohama during the Rugby World Cup 2019
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Six things to do in Yokohama during the Rugby World Cup 2019

From traditional theatre to a buzzing nightlife – explore more of this Rugby World Cup host city while you’re here for the games

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Tokyo's best restaurants and cafés

Best restaurants in Shinjuku
Restaurants

Best restaurants in Shinjuku

From ramen and udon to tempura and kaiseki, here's where to go in Shinjuku for some of your best meals in Tokyo

Best cheap Michelin-star meals in Tokyo
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Best cheap Michelin-star meals in Tokyo

Michelin-starred restaurants aren’t all expensive. Here’s where and how you can enjoy a top-rated meal for about ¥1,000 – or less

The 100 best restaurants in Tokyo you have to try
Restaurants

The 100 best restaurants in Tokyo you have to try

Feast your eyes on the best restaurants in Tokyo: from hearty cheap eats to modern Japanese cuisine and Michelin-starred stalwarts. Get ready for the culinary adventure of a lifetime

Best budget sushi in Tokyo
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Best budget sushi in Tokyo

Forget the pricey omakase sushi – try these cheap and cheerful conveyor-belt and standing sushi restaurants instead

Best restaurants in Shibuya
Restaurants

Best restaurants in Shibuya

From sushi to yakitori and gyoza, here are the best places to eat in Shibuya, including the neighbourhoods of Daikanyama, Harajuku and Yoyogi

Best udon in Tokyo
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Best udon in Tokyo

Slurp noodles on the cheap at these top Kagawa-style sanuki udon restaurants

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Tokyo's best bars and pubs

Best bars in Tokyo
Bars and pubs

Best bars in Tokyo

Find the top bars in Time Out's ultimate guide to drinking in Tokyo: from craft beer and wine to sake and cocktails

Best music bars in Tokyo
Nightlife

Best music bars in Tokyo

A laidback drinking experience, music bars are known for their curated playlists and extensive vinyl collections

Best cocktail bars in Tokyo
Bars and pubs

Best cocktail bars in Tokyo

Whether you fancy a classic drink or the kind of creative concoction you’d only ever find in Tokyo, these cocktail bars are the best in the city

Best art bars in Tokyo
Bars and pubs

Best art bars in Tokyo

These bars and restaurants also double up as a gallery of sorts, serving up cool art alongside food and drinks

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Tokyo facts and trivia

Use these Japanese phrases to reduce plastic use in Japan
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Use these Japanese phrases to reduce plastic use in Japan

How to politely say no to plastic bags, disposable coffee cups and more in Tokyo and Japan

Five things you didn't know about Tokyo's train stations
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Five things you didn't know about Tokyo's train stations

Tokyo's public transport system is top class – and these innovations help make its train stations super smart and efficient

Dos and don'ts for tourists in Japan
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Dos and don'ts for tourists in Japan

From local manners to social etiquette and cultural sensitivity, this guide will help you become a model traveller in Tokyo and Japan

Onsen etiquette
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Onsen etiquette

There are all sorts of unspoken rules you need to abide by when bathing naked with strangers

Best restaurants by cuisine

Best kaiseki restaurants in Tokyo
Restaurants

Best kaiseki restaurants in Tokyo

The traditional multi-course kaiseki dinner is considered the epitome of Japanese cuisine, and these dedicated restaurants are the best in Tokyo

Best tonkatsu in Tokyo
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Best tonkatsu in Tokyo

These restaurants serve some of the best deep-fried pork cutlets in Tokyo

Best soba restaurants in Tokyo
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Best soba restaurants in Tokyo

Whether you prefer hot or cold soba, we've rounded up the best restaurants where you can slurp on these tasty buckwheat noodles

Best regional Japanese restaurants in Tokyo
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Best regional Japanese restaurants in Tokyo

Where to savour regional Japanese cuisines in Tokyo, from Hokkaido's grilled lamb to Kyoto's matcha desserts and Osaka's takoyaki

Best anago restaurants in Tokyo
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Best anago restaurants in Tokyo

Saltwater conger eel, or anago, is a Tokyo speciality, and these top restaurants serve it in many styles

Best heritage restaurants in Tokyo
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Best heritage restaurants in Tokyo

After spending decades perfecting their signature dishes, these long-established restaurants have become iconic Tokyo institutions

Getaway tips and ideas

Guide to Ogasawara: Tokyo's island paradise
Travel

Guide to Ogasawara: Tokyo's island paradise

Ogasawara is technically part of Tokyo, but these remote islands are a subtropical paradise unlike anywhere else you've seen

Best day trips from Tokyo
Travel

Best day trips from Tokyo

Escape the city chaos – the prefectures around Tokyo boast great beaches, onsen resorts, organic farming, hiking and vineyard tours

Guide to Hiroshima: Best things to do, restaurants and bars
Travel

Guide to Hiroshima: Best things to do, restaurants and bars

After the devastating atomic bombing of World War II, Hiroshima has risen again to become a beacon of world peace, and one of Japan’s top tourist destinations

Guide to Hakone: Best things to do, restaurants and bars
Travel

Guide to Hakone: Best things to do, restaurants and bars

With spectacular mountain scenery, soothing onsen and amazing art museums, Hakone makes the perfect short getaway from Tokyo

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More of Tokyo's best...

88 things to do in Tokyo
Things to do

88 things to do in Tokyo

Discover the city with our ultimate checklist of the best things to do and things to see in Tokyo, from museums and tours to restaurants and bars

Best museums in Tokyo for kids and families
Museums

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 things to do in Tokyo at night if you're not drinking
Things to do

Best things to do in Tokyo at night if you're not drinking

Nightlife in Tokyo is more than just the bars and clubs. Here are some top late-night booze-free activities that don't involve drinking

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 art museums in Tokyo
Art

Best art museums in Tokyo

Our picks for the best art museums in Tokyo, from traditional Japanese paintings to Renaissance classics and contemporary works

Where to stay in Tokyo

Best library-hotels in Tokyo
Hotels

Best library-hotels in Tokyo

Fancy sleeping in a library? Here are the best library- and bookstore-hotels in the city for book lovers

Best capsule hotels in Tokyo
Hotels

Best capsule hotels in Tokyo

A new generation of capsule hotels is reinventing the tiny-hotel industry with cool tech and hip designs. Here are Tokyo's top pods

Best ryokan in Tokyo
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Best ryokan in Tokyo

Stay at these Japanese-style inns for a taste of traditional hospitality

Cool and unique places to stay in Tokyo
Hotels

Cool and unique places to stay in Tokyo

Tired of the cookie-cutter hotel rooms? These one-of-a-kind accommodations in Tokyo will give you a reason to stay in

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Hot new openings

Eggslut
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Eggslut

As you can infer from its name, Eggslut is all about the humble eggs, but taken to new heights in a series of speciality breakfast sandwiches...

Well Food Market & Cafe Imperfect Omotesando
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Well Food Market & Cafe Imperfect Omotesando

Located on the first floor of Omotesando Hills, this new shop and adjoining café space offers a variety of sweets...

Lanterne Ikejiri-Ohashi
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Lanterne Ikejiri-Ohashi

Lanterne delivers on the convivial izakaya atmosphere and reasonable pricing, but does it in a hip, modern way

Sushi M
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Sushi M

This Aoyama restaurant is a partnership between veteran sushi chef Michimasa Nakamura and sommelier Yoshinobu Kimura, who brings with him a decade’s experience as the head sommelier at two-Michelin-starred Narisawa in Tokyo...

Uoharu Nakameguro
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Uoharu Nakameguro

This seafood izakaya aims to be sustainable by reducing food waste...

Parfaiteria Momobukuro
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Parfaiteria Momobukuro

Craving a late-night parfait? This cosy café in Ikebukuro caters to those who prefer a sweet dessert over a boozy night on the town. From 5pm (3pm on weekends) you can devour an over-the-top parfait creation made from fresh fruit, sorbet, gelato, whipped cream and various other toppings. The items at this Hokkaido-born ‘parfaiteria’ change monthly based on what's in season, so you'll want to come back frequently to see what they have in store. 

Tokyo area guides

Roppongi
Things to do

Roppongi

Where to eat, shop and play in ‘High Touch Town’

Shinjuku
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Shinjuku

From cult art to decadent ramen, it's our guide to Tokyo’s sprawling entertainment centre

Asakusa
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Asakusa

There's more to Asakusa than Sensoji and the Skytree

Shibuya
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Shibuya

The best places to eat, shop and play in Tokyo’s buzziest neighbourhood

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