Your ultimate guide to Tokyo

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

Best bars in Golden Gai
Bars and pubs

Best bars in Golden Gai

The atmospheric alleyways at Golden Gai in Shinjuku are crammed with countless little bars of varied themes – perfect for a night of bar-hopping

The best cafés in Shibuya, Harajuku and Omotesando
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The best cafés in Shibuya, Harajuku and Omotesando

Where to go for coffee, tea, desserts and light meals in Shibuya, Harajuku and Omotesando

Go dancing at these six traditional Japanese festivals this weekend
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Go dancing at these six traditional Japanese festivals this weekend

What better way to revel in the balmy evenings than dancing on the streets at these summer festivals?

Five beach houses near Tokyo that you must visit this summer
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Five beach houses near Tokyo that you must visit this summer

Hurry, most of them are closing by the end of this week...

100 best shops in Tokyo
Shopping

100 best shops in Tokyo

Tokyo's top shops: new openings, vintage stores, home and furnishing outlets, fashion boutiques, souvenir shops and more

Top events in Tokyo right now

Koenji Awa-Odori
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Koenji Awa-Odori

Around 10,000 dancers pile out on to the streets of Koenji over the two days of the annual Awa-Odori, undoubtedly one of Tokyo's most energetic festivals...

Sancha Latin Festival
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Sancha Latin Festival

Sangenjaya holds its annual Latin Festival with several live performances throughout these two days, including a samba parade on August 25 from 1.30pm...

Minami Koshigaya Awa Odori
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Minami Koshigaya Awa Odori

Expect many variations of the Awa Odori including the Kumi Odori and Hanashi Odors, performed by roughly 6,500 dancers

Harajuku-Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi
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Harajuku-Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi

The event sees more than 100-odd teams of brightly attired dancers trying to outdo each other as they strut their stuff to the rhythm of the naruko...

Red Brick Beach
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Red Brick Beach

This ‘pop-up beach’ at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse features white sand, palm trees and fluttering millennial-pink flags...

Kiyose Sunflower Festival
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Kiyose Sunflower Festival

Featuring 100,000 bright yellow himawari, the Kiyose Sunflower Festival is the closest a Tokyoite can get to frolicking through a flower field...

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Tokyo's best restaurants and cafés

Best restaurants for Japanese breakfast in Tokyo
Restaurants

Best restaurants for Japanese breakfast in Tokyo

Forget eggs and toast – start your morning right with a traditional Japanese breakfast instead

The 10 things you must eat in Tokyo
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The 10 things you must eat in Tokyo

As one of the world's greatest food cities, the choices in Tokyo can be overwhelming. So start these 10 iconic Tokyo-born dishes

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

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 udon in Tokyo
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Best udon in Tokyo

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

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

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Tokyo's best bars and pubs

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

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 jazz bars in Tokyo
Music

Best jazz bars in Tokyo

Tokyo is Asia's jazz capital, with great shows taking place daily in tiny bars and mega-clubs

Best lesbian bars in Shinjuku Ni-chome
Bars and pubs

Best lesbian bars in Shinjuku Ni-chome

For a girls' night out, head to these top lesbian bars in Shinjuku Ni-chome, Tokyo's LGBTQ+ neighbourhood

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Tokyo facts and trivia

Summer 2019 issue out now: 101 things to do in Tokyo, Japanese breakfast and Golden Gai's best bars
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Summer 2019 issue out now: 101 things to do in Tokyo, Japanese breakfast and Golden Gai's best bars

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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

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
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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

Pokémon manhole covers have started appearing in small towns across Japan
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Pokémon manhole covers have started appearing in small towns across Japan

Various species of Pokémon will grace the drain covers in lesser-known and disaster-hit destinations, in an effort to encourage city dwellers and tourists to explore these off-the-beaten-track locations...

Guide to climbing Mt Fuji
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Guide to climbing Mt Fuji

July doesn’t only mark the beginning of summer, it’s also the kick-off season for adventurous hikers who plan to conquer Mt Fuji (3,776m), the iconic peak that have to symbolise Tokyo and Japan as a whole. This active stratovolcano is also the highest mountain in Japan. Climbing season lasts roughly three months until early September; any attempt out of this period is prohibited. Before taking on the challenge, there is quite a lot to prepare – so let’s get right to it.

teamLab to stage a digital art exhibition at a World Heritage shrine in Kyoto
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teamLab to stage a digital art exhibition at a World Heritage shrine in Kyoto

It will only be there for two weeks from Aug 17 to Sep 2

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

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88 things to do in Tokyo
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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

A heritage home in Akasaka is now open for booking as a guesthouse
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A heritage home in Akasaka is now open for booking as a guesthouse

Built in 1948, this well-preserved house is now fitted with modern amenities...

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
Hotels

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

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. 

Sour Harajuku
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Sour Harajuku

This new sour specialty shop inspired by Harajuku's shopping mecca Cat Street has its roots in Kyoto, and and has brought around 20 of their boozy creations to the streets of Shibuya. Choose from fruity options mixed with shochu including lemon, watermelon, pineapple, kiwi and passion fruit, all topped off with their respective pieces of fruit. Sour Harajuku's interior concept was also designed by the clever folks behind Kyoto-based shop and gallery Vou/Bo, where they've completed the space with artwork by artists from Japan's former capital.

Tokyo area guides

Roppongi
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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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