Your ultimate guide to Tokyo

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

Best shops to buy gifts in Tokyo
Shopping

Best shops to buy gifts in Tokyo

Our comprehensive guide to gift shopping around Tokyo, arranged according to interests

New Year's Eve events and countdown parties in Tokyo
Things to do

New Year's Eve events and countdown parties in Tokyo

Where to welcome the new year with a bang – Tokyo's best countdown parties, gigs and shows. We've got December 31 2019 sorted

Tokyo illuminations 2019-2020
Things to do

Tokyo illuminations 2019-2020

Enjoy the city at its most sparkly – when Tokyo switches on its festive lights and illuminations come autumn and winter

Christmas markets in Tokyo
Shopping

Christmas markets in Tokyo

Ditch the department stores and head to these Christmas markets for your gift shopping and festive food

Three things to look forward to at Matsuri presented by Suntory
Things to do

Three things to look forward to at Matsuri presented by Suntory

Where traditional Japanese culture meets Tokyo’s vibrant club scene

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Top events in Tokyo right now

Five free photography exhibitions to see at Tokyographie 2019
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Five free photography exhibitions to see at Tokyographie 2019

Some of the world's biggest names in photography are showing in Tokyo right now

Shibuya Ao no Dokutsu
Things to do

Shibuya Ao no Dokutsu

Set up along a 800m stretch covering Koen-dori all the way to Yoyogi Park, thousands of blue LEDs reflect off the ground to create an immersive light-up experience...

The Star Wars-themed holiday displays you need to see
News

The Star Wars-themed holiday displays you need to see

A galaxy far, far away is now in Marunouchi

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Art Rink
Things to do

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Art Rink

This popular and spacious ice-skating rink features designs by Thai illustrator Wisut Ponnimit

Rikugien Autumn Leaves Light-up
Things to do

Rikugien Autumn Leaves Light-up

The park’s trees are illuminated with golden light so that the brilliant colours of changing leaves can be admired at night

Midtown Christmas
Things to do

Midtown Christmas

The display includes 100 lit-up balloons, plus thousands of soap bubbles a day...

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Tokyo's best restaurants and cafés

Best shabu-shabu hotpot in Tokyo
Restaurants

Best shabu-shabu hotpot in Tokyo

Warm up from the cold with shabu-shabu, the classic Japanese hotpot dish featuring premium wagyu beef, pork and more

Where to eat at Omoide Yokocho in Shinjuku
Restaurants

Where to eat at Omoide Yokocho in Shinjuku

A historic alleyway, Omoide Yokocho is a foodie destination with old-world charm, serving up sushi, ramen, yakitori and more

Best gyoza in Tokyo
Restaurants

Best gyoza in Tokyo

These restaurants serve the best Japanese dumplings in the city, whether it's pan-fried, boiled or steamed

The best coffee in Tokyo – updated
Restaurants

The best coffee in Tokyo – updated

Looking for the city's best coffee shops? Tokyo cafés range from boutique roasters to drip-coffee specialists and classic kissaten

The 10 things you must eat in Tokyo
Restaurants

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 budget sushi in Tokyo
Restaurants

Best budget sushi in Tokyo

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

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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

Where to drink tea cocktails in Tokyo
Bars and pubs

Where to drink tea cocktails in Tokyo

A new generation of tea houses and bars is taking Japanese tea into a boozy new territory

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 sake bars in Tokyo
Bars and pubs

Best sake bars in Tokyo

Appreciate a good cup of sake? Here's where you can get your nihonshu fix in the capital

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Tokyo facts and trivia

What's the deal with... KFC and Christmas in Japan?
Things to do

What's the deal with... KFC and Christmas in Japan?

Why the country known for its gastronomy flocks to Kentucky Fried Chicken for the festive season

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

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

Get to know the ins and outs of the fiercely competitive cosplay scene, from handmade costumes to international conventions

Onsen etiquette
Things to do

Onsen etiquette

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

Autumn 2019 issue: Drinking in Tokyo, from Japanese craft beer, wine and gin to coffee and tea
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Autumn 2019 issue: Drinking in Tokyo, from Japanese craft beer, wine and gin to coffee and tea

Also: Best gyoza, where to eat in Omoide Yokocho, shopping in Kappabashi kitchen town, and more. Read the magazine now for free

Best restaurants by cuisine

Best izakaya in Tokyo
Restaurants

Best izakaya in Tokyo

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite English-friendly izakaya: the same rowdy fun, but without the language barriers

Best soba restaurants in Tokyo
Restaurants

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 tonkatsu in Tokyo
Restaurants

Best tonkatsu in Tokyo

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

Best yakitori restaurants in Tokyo
Restaurants

Best yakitori restaurants in Tokyo

Grilled chicken on skewers, or yakitori, is a quintessential Japanese soul food. And these restaurants serve up some of the city's best

Best regional Japanese restaurants in Tokyo
Restaurants

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

Guide to Japanese desserts in Tokyo
Restaurants

Guide to Japanese desserts in Tokyo

Got a sweet tooth? You've come to the right city as Tokyo offers many decadent Japanese desserts including kakigori, wagashi and more

Getaway tips and ideas

Breweries, wineries and distilleries worth a day trip from Tokyo
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Breweries, wineries and distilleries worth a day trip from Tokyo

Day trip idea: taste and learn about your favourite drinks at the source, be it Japanese whisky, wine, beer or sake

Best day and weekend hikes in and around Tokyo
Things to do

Best day and weekend hikes in and around Tokyo

Looking to escape the concrete jungle and into a lush green one? Go trekking through these mountain trails

Where to get the best views of Mount Fuji
Things to do

Where to get the best views of Mount Fuji

To see Mt Fuji in all its glory, take a day trip out of Tokyo to these scenic spots in Yamanashi and Kanagawa

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
Things to do

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
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

Eggslut
Restaurants

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...

Tokyo Bento Stand
Shopping

Tokyo Bento Stand

This little take-out stand in Shibuya takes the traditional bento (boxed lunch) to a whole new level...

Nuka
Restaurants

Nuka

Shibuya’s new landmark tower Shibuya Scramble Square is home to this cosy eatery focused on whipping up authentic curry dishes...

O/Sio
Restaurants

O/Sio

Yoyogi-Uehara-based French restaurant Sio has just opened its second branch in Marunouchi, bringing the restaurant's signature fusion of French and washoku cuisine...

Yakiniku Like Meguro-Higashiguchi
Restaurants

Yakiniku Like Meguro-Higashiguchi

Yakiniku can be difficult thing to enjoy as a solo diner, but Yakiniku Like makes the process simple with their touch screen menus and individual grills for each and every diner...  

Well Food Market & Cafe Imperfect Omotesando
Restaurants

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...

Tokyo area guides

Roppongi
Things to do

Roppongi

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

Shinjuku
Things to do

Shinjuku

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

Asakusa
Things to do

Asakusa

There's more to Asakusa than Sensoji and the Skytree

Shibuya
Things to do

Shibuya

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

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