Picks - 5 south Indian restaurants <div><img alt='' src='https://tokyopicks.com/pix/800-yaesu-erick.jpg' /></div> 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 five of the best places to discover some new taste sensations. <br /><br /> <a href="http://bit.ly/t-soindo">[Continue reading]</a> http://bit.ly/t-soindo https://tokyopicks.com/stuff/southindian.html Picks - 8 dioramas <div><img alt='' src='https://tokyopicks.com/pix/800-kawa-umami.jpg' /></div> 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. <br /><br /> <a href="http://bit.ly/t-dioramas">[Continue reading]</a> http://bit.ly/t-dioramas https://tokyopicks.com/stuff/dioramas.html City - 4 flower gardens in bloom year-round <div><img alt='' src='https://tokyopicks.com/pix/1600-showa1.jpg' /></div> Think you'll miss out if you're not in Japan for cherry blossom season? Think again! Because Tokyo dishes up flower extravaganzas that rival the fluffy pink things all year long, if you know where to find them. The only thing you'll miss is hordes of tourists. <br /><br /> <a href="http://bit.ly/t-flowers">[Continue reading]</a> http://bit.ly/t-flowers https://tokyopicks.com/stuff/flowers.html Explore - Ginza sake-bar tour <div><img alt='' src='https://tokyopicks.com/pix/800-ginza-nagano9.jpg' /></div> 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. Here are five extremely casual spots where you can sample a few tasting-size glasses of sake and then move on. <br /><br /> <a href="http://bit.ly/t-ginzasake">[Continue reading]</a> http://bit.ly/t-ginzasake https://tokyopicks.com/stuff/ginzasake.html Picks - 5 under-the-radar craft-beer restaurants <div><img alt='' src='https://tokyopicks.com/pix/800-ropp-fujizakura.jpg' /></div> Fujizakura Taproom (Roppongi) - The bar is pricey, with little to no English, but the decor is top class and the Fujizakura beer is in perfect condition. The guest list is very well thought out and the food is excellent. <br /><br /> <a href="http://bit.ly/t-radar">[Continue reading]</a> http://bit.ly/t-radar https://tokyopicks.com/stuff/beerunderradar.html Explore - 9 things to do at Tokyo Skytree <div><img alt='' src='https://tokyopicks.com/pix/800-oshi-aqua3.jpg' /></div> There's a lot more going on at Skytree than just the observation deck. And since almost all the attractions here are indoors, Skytree makes a nice all-day destination for when Tokyo is too hot, too cold or too rainy for much outdoor activity. <br /><br /> <a href="http://bit.ly/t-skytree">[Continue reading]</a> http://bit.ly/t-skytree https://tokyopicks.com/stuff/skytree.html Picks - 5 random martinis in Tokyo <div><img alt='' src='https://tokyopicks.com/pix/1600-shibu-whales1.jpg' /></div> As tasty as it is theatric, Tsuya is one of my favourite places to go to when simply having a dry martini isn't enough; you need the whole casino table, private booths, interesting music and a cast of zany characters in the form of the staff and patrons. There's nothing else like it, but you have to pay for what you get. But sometimes, the cash is secondary to the experience, and this is the definition of that. If you're up for splashing out a bit in style, run here. Sipping on a dry martini has never looked cooler. <br /><br /> <a href="http://bit.ly/t-martinis">[Continue reading]</a> http://bit.ly/t-martinis https://tokyopicks.com/stuff/martinis.html City - Kenzo Tange buildings in Tokyo <div><img alt='' src='https://tokyopicks.com/pix/800-bunkyo-stmarys2.jpg' /></div> Kenzo Tange (1913-2005) was one of Japan's most prominent twentieth-century architects and the first Japanese winner of the prestigious Pritzger Prize, in 1987. He was a founder of the avant-garde Metabolist group in the late 1950s, and as head of Tokyo University's Tange Laboratory during that period he had an enormous influence on subsequent generations of Japanese architects. <br /><br /> <a href="http://bit.ly/t-tange">[Continue reading]</a> http://bit.ly/t-tange https://tokyopicks.com/stuff/kenzotange.html City - Cat Cafes for Kids <div><img alt='' src='https://tokyopicks.com/pix/800-kichi-oshiro.jpg' /></div> Visitors to Japan who want to visit a cat cafe with children are often surprised to learn that most cat cafes don't allow younger kids. There are some exceptions though, so we've put together this list of recommended cafes for visitors with children. <br /><br /> <a href="http://bit.ly/t-kidsandcats">[Continue reading]</a> http://bit.ly/t-kidsandcats https://tokyopicks.com/stuff/kidsandcats.html Picks - 6 cheese restaurants <div><img alt='' src='https://tokyopicks.com/pix/800-shibu-racler.jpg' /></div> Once found almost exclusively in expense-account Swiss restaurants, cheese fondue, raclette and other cheesy delights are surging in popularity in Tokyo, particularly during the colder months of the year. Here are some of the best places to get your cheese. <br /><br /> <a href="http://bit.ly/t-cheese">[Continue reading]</a> http://bit.ly/t-cheese https://tokyopicks.com/stuff/cheeserest.html City - 5 aquariums (metro area) <div><img alt='' src='https://tokyopicks.com/pix/800-rinkai-sealife9.jpg' /></div> Where are the best places to marvel at manta rays and hang out with penguins? A lot depends on how much time you can spare, but while the biggest and best spots may be well outside central Tokyo, there are some respectable options right in town. <br /><br /> <a href="http://bit.ly/t-aqua">[Continue reading]</a> http://bit.ly/t-aqua https://tokyopicks.com/stuff/aquariums.html Explore - Kanda craft-beer bar tour <div><img alt='' src='https://tokyopicks.com/pix/800-kanda-cbmk5.jpg' /></div> Although it's not especially fashionable, trendy or gourmet-conscious, somehow the neighborhood around Kanda station has turned into a major destination for craft-beer fans in Tokyo. Here are some recommendations for the area, with links to fuller listings. <br /><br /> <a href="http://bit.ly/t-kanda">[Continue reading]</a> http://bit.ly/t-kanda https://tokyopicks.com/stuff/kanda.html City - Getting the most out of the Grutto Pass <div><img alt='' src='https://tokyopicks.com/pix/800-asakusa-amuse2.jpg' /></div> If you like visiting lots of museums and don't mind saving a bit of money, the Grutto Pass could be a good investment. It provides free admission to dozens of major museums like the Edo-Tokyo Museum and the National Museum of Modern Art as well as attractions like Hama-Rikyu Garden and Tokyo Sea Life Park. <br /><br /> <a href="http://bit.ly/t-grutto">[Continue reading]</a> http://bit.ly/t-grutto https://tokyopicks.com/stuff/gruttopass.html Picks - 7 burger joints <div><img alt='' src='https://tokyopicks.com/pix/800-gaien-harakara.jpg' /></div> 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. <br /><br /> <a href="http://bit.ly/t-burgers">[Continue reading]</a> http://bit.ly/t-burgers https://tokyopicks.com/stuff/burgers.html City - 5 train museums (metro area) <div><img alt='' src='https://tokyopicks.com/pix/800-omiya-railway.jpg' /></div> Train simulators, room-size train layouts, vintage uniforms and full-size locomotives - where are the best places in town for train buffs to indulge? These train-related museums are spread all over the map, but at least none of them are far from a train station. <br /><br /> <a href="http://bit.ly/t-trains">[Continue reading]</a> http://bit.ly/t-trains https://tokyopicks.com/stuff/trains.html