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

Written by local experts

Things to do in Tokyo

Find things to do in Tokyo

  • Chaos

    Sat Dec 20, 2014
    A staple on the Tokyo scene for more than a decade now, Fumiya Tanaka's regular party series 'Chaos' returns to Ebisu's ... More details
  • Tagasode Screens: The Kimono as Painting Theme

    Until Tue Dec 23, 2014
    Popular since the early Edo period, tagasode (literally 'whose sleeves?') paintings depict kimonos and other traditional ... More details
  • Zaha Hadid

    Until Tue Dec 23, 2014
    World-renowned architect Zaha Hadid is perhaps the hottest name in her field right now, attracting both praise and controversy ... More details
  • Akutai Matsuri

    Sun Dec 21, 2014
    Found on the peak of Mt Atago in Ibaraki, Atago Shrine gets rather rowdy on the third Sunday of December every year. The annual ... More details
  • Nabowa

    Sun Dec 21, 2014
    Kyoto-born instrumental foursome Nabowa have been around for a full decade now but have only really broken into the spotlight ... More details
  • Nishiarai Osame-no Daishi

    Sun Dec 21, 2014
    This exciting festival marks the end of the year at Nishiarai's great temple, and features everything from sellers touting ... More details

Things to do

Shibuya

101 things to do in Tokyo’s hippest, buzziest neighbourhood

Harajuku

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

Shinjuku

101 things to do in Tokyo's sprawling entertainment centre

Editor's Pick

Tokyo illuminations

Discover the beauty of the wintertime city

Best ice skating rinks

Where to perfect your moves this winter

Big in (and out of) Japan

How Babymetal and other local acts are cracking the global market

Restaurants & Cafés

Best hot chocolate

Warm up with a sweet cup of goodness

Michelin Guide 2015

Movement at the top as Tokyo gets a new three-star

Best healthy ramen

Stay slim without sacrificing any gourmet pleasures

Shopping & Style

Harajuku's top 15 vintage stores

From thrift stores to boutiques

The Monocle Shop opens in Shibuya

Where the magazine becomes 3D

Tokyo's best denim shops

Where to shop for long-lasting style

Art & Culture

Akihabara: behind the scenes

Take a journey through otaku town

Freespace Tokyo

As the name suggests, here's some space, and it's for free

Eastern Tokyo's top galleries

Cutting-edge art in old warehouses, bathhouses and schools

Travel

Hot spring getaways

Six of the best onsen day trips and weekend breaks

Best day and weekend hikes

Celebrating the announcement of a new 'mountain holiday'

Soul-rejuvenating escapes

Our 'slow travel' guide for Tokyoites seeking a bit of calm

Major attractions

Robot Restaurant
Restaurants & Cafés

Bikini-clad babes battle with giant ’borgs in this bizarre stage show

Daikanyama Tsutaya Books
Shops

In a perfect world, all bookshops would be like this

Shibuya 109
Shops

This landmark Shibuya store is the domain of the joshikousei

Sanrio Puroland
Museums & Attractions

How much Hello Kitty can you handle? There’s only one way to find out

Ghibli Museum
Art

The anime haven offers a tasteful alternative to Disneyland

Todoroki Valley
Around Town

Find solace amidst a prime slab of greenery in Setagaya Ward

Copyright © 2014 Time Out Tokyo