Picks and explorer guides
researched by Tokyo Picks
The Bakurocho neighborhood is home to Tokyo's most cutting-edge contemporary-art galleries. Here's a pick of our favorites, along with a few select cafes, lunch spots, beer bars, restaurants and other spots to visit.
taste-tested by Richard Jeffery
Judging by the lines at several of these South Indian restaurants, Tokyo folk can't get enough of the intense flavors and fragrant whole spices that characterize the cuisine. Here are some favorites.
picked by Where In Tokyo
All those tiny people - where are they all going? What are their lives like? Here are some of the best places to ponder these important questions.
curated by Jonelle Patrick
There's something in bloom in Tokyo every month of the year - if you know where to look.
test-imbibed by Bento.com
If you find yourself in Ginza with an hour to spare and you wouldn't mind trying out different styles of sake from all over Japan, we've got just the places for you.
selected by Tim Eustace
Tim Eustace introduces five Tokyo craft-beer restaurants and bars that serve very good beer and food, but aren't widely known or reported on.
researched by Tokyo Picks
There's a lot more going on at Skytree than just the observation deck. And since it's all indoors, Skytree is a good all-day destination for when Tokyo is too hot, too cold or too rainy to spend time outside.
curated by Ryo Seven
Cocktail connoisseur Ryo Seven recommends five Tokyo bars he likes to visit when he gets that martini itch.
surveyed by Where In Tokyo
Our pick of the Tokyo buildings designed by Japan's most prominent 20th-century architect.
inspected by AnimalCafes.com
Many families visiting (or even living in) Tokyo are surprised to learn that most cat cafes don't allow young children. There are a number of exceptions though, so here is a guide to our favorite cat cafes for kids, broken down by age group.
taste-tested by Bento.com
Once found almost exclusively in expense-account Swiss restaurants, cheese fondue, raclette and other cheesy delights are surging in popularity in Tokyo.
selected by Where In Tokyo
Where are the best places to marvel at manta rays and hang out with penguins? Here are aquarium picks for the metropolitan area.
test-crawled by Craft Beer Bars Japan
Although it's not especially fashionable, trendy or gourmet-conscious, somehow the Kanda neighborhood has turned into a major destination for craft-beer fans in Tokyo. Here's our guided (DIY) tour of 10 of the area's best bars.
researched by Where In Tokyo
The Grutto Pass provides free admission to more than seventy museums and other attractions during a two-month period. Here's a map of all of them, plus recommendations for some favorite spots.
selected by Bento.com
Gourmet hamburgers are everywhere in Tokyo these days, but where do you go to find the meatiest, juiciest patties in town? Here's a rundown of a few of our favorites.
inspected by Where In Tokyo
Train simulators, room-size train layouts, vintage uniforms and full-size locomotives - where are the best places for train buffs to indulge?
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Hot dogs at the ballpark are always a winning combination, so this Tokyo Dome mini-branch of the popular German bar-restaurant serves up German hot dogs in novel variations like Pizza Genovese and Cheese-Mushroom. The...
The lunchtime buffet here offers a relatively wide assortment of down-home Thai standards, and is a great deal at just Y1200. A typical spread might include soup and two curries, several stir-fries, fried chicken and other...
Japanese and Chinese paintings, ceramics, calligraphy, tea ceremony implements, swords and mirrors - there are over 5,000 items making up the museum's impressive collection. Unfortunately, though, we'll probably only get to...
A sake-specialty izakaya, Ponshuya offers more than 200 kinds of sake along with well-constructed sake-friendly delicacies. You can choose from 30ml, 50ml and ichigo serving sizes, so it's easy to put together your own sake...
This spacious beer bar offers 16 or so well-chosen craft beers from breweries like Hopworks Urban Brewery (Portland, OR), Omnipollo (Stockholm), Wylam (Newcastle upon Tyne) and Outsider (Yamanashi). Citraba occupies the...
This sandwich specialty shop located inside the Ebisu Food Hall complex offers seven types of banh mi sandwiches such as Pork with Sweet Chili Mayo, Braised Chicken with Lemongrass, and Soft Shrimp. The sandwiches are...
While Rang Mang's karaage fried chicken isn't as super-crunchy as some of its competitors, it achieves a good balance of texture and flavor - the thigh meat is juicy but not at all greasy, and the crust has just a bit of...
Freshly baked trdelnik - flaky cylindrical pastries popular in the Czech Republic - are served here in sweet and savory variations, accompanied by Czech herbal teas, coffee and Czech beer. Savory offerings include the...
After a three-year hiatus for renovation work, Tokyo's premier contemporary-art museum finally reopened in March 2019, incidentally giving a boost to the handful of small independent galleries that have gathered in the...
Falafel, hummus, babaganoush, Israeli salads and pita sandwiches are the specialties at this casual office-building basement shop. Lunches come with soup plus either a pita sandwich or platter with falafel, schnitzel,...
Located on the seventh floor of DiverCity shopping mall in Aomi, this mini theme park is devoted to the popular Gundam anime series, and is surprisingly spacious and diverse. Hardcore fans will enjoy exploring the gallery...
Setting themselves apart from the other cat-focused gift shops in Yanaka, Neko Action sells original artwork and cat-themed craft items such as ceramic figurines, t-shirts and nihonga-style painted stones. There are also...
Run by the city government of Kita-ku in northern Tokyo, this well-curated history museum covers a number of topics of local interest, starting with archeological finds from local prehistoric settlements dating back 30,000...
The former home and studio of sculptor Fumio Asakura (1883-1964) now houses a surprisingly large museum dedicated to his work. The sprawling building was designed by Asakura himself, and consists of a European-style studio...
The aptly named Animal Meeting Room is a rescue shelter that's set up so that potential pet adopters can interact in a relaxed setting with dogs and cats looking for a home. The main area is a big, noisy dog playroom with...