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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Small in scale and stylishly appointed, this charming little drinking spot has a more comfortable, intimate feel than many of the larger beer bars in this part of town. Ten taps of domestic craft beers are supplemented by a...
While prefectural antenna shops are quite common in Tokyo, there are also smaller shops that specialize in local foods and crafts from individual cities. Kyushu's Kurume City, in southern Fukuoka Prefecture, is home to...
The popular twentieth-century writer Fumiko Hayashi (1903-1951) was best known for her autobiographical novel "Vagabond's Song" and "Floating Clouds." Her tastefully appointed home, where she lived with her husband (the...
This Orange County-based Cali-Mex eatery specializes in fish tacos, but they also serve a range of burritos, salads and bowls. The "wet burrito" (Y890-1050) is a pleasingly hefty regular burrito, stuffed with a very simple...
Craft Beer Tap carries a selection of mostly German, Czech and Belgian beers on tap along with some unusual craft beers from the US and a substantial bottled selection. They're worth knowing about for their late-night hours...
Japanese printmaker Yozo Hamaguchi (1909-2000) was perhaps the most renowned mezzotint artist of the twentieth century. This small private museum exhibits sixty of his works, and has frequent shows devoted to the work of...
More than forty craft sakes from small breweries around the country are offered here for your delectation, with most priced at around Y500-700 per 90ml serving. The food menu offers appetizing sake-pairing options like...
Bak kut teh (literally "pork bone tea") is a popular Singaporean dish made by simmering pork ribs in a broth flavored with fragrant peppercorns, garlic chunks and Chinese medicinal herbs. It's the tasty specialty of the...
From the early 1700s up until 1962, when the Port of Tokyo began major redevelopment work, the shoreline in this area was the source of some of Japan's finest nori. There are still a number of nori wholesalers located here,...
If you've never experienced the pleasures of a real Swedish smorgasbord, this is the place to indulge your curiosity. Stockholm has been going strong since 1971, spending the first 30 years or so in the Sweden Center in...
My Curry offers its own distinctively appealing versions of European-style beef curries, pork cutlet curries, fried-rice omelette curries and Indo-Japanese butter-chicken curries. It's easy to customize your meal based on...
One of the few museums in the world dedicated exclusively to printmaking, this spacious and well-curated museum has amassed a collection of some 30,000 prints from around the world, some dating back to the eighth century....
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...
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...
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...