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Doburoku Matsuri

Doburoku Matsuri

The Koami Shrine holds a doburoku (sake) festival annually on the 28th of November. It is otherwise known as a harvest festival, where rice and sake are offered to Gods. Following the offering rites, priests of Koami Shrine will offer doburoku (home..

Tadao Ando: Endeavors

Tadao Ando: Endeavors

Until December 18th, the National Art Center runs the exhibition "Tadao Ando: Endeavors", a tribute to the life and work of one of the greatest Japanese architects. Tadao Ando is greatly known for his projects in his hometown Osaka and also..

Senso-ji Hagoita-Ichi Fair

Senso-ji Hagoita-Ichi Fair

Tokyo's oldest temple, Senso-ji in Asakusa, holds an annual three-day fair called Hagoita-Ichi to sell good luck ornamental bats, called hagoita in Japanese. Dating back to Edo times, the festival takes place in front of Sensoji. From December 1..

Areas

Shinagawa

Shinagawa

Once the first stop on the long road from Tokyo to Kyoto, today Shinagawa is one of Japan's busiest neighborhoods, filled with shopping, entertainment and activities. Located in the heart of Tokyo near Haneda Airport with direct connections to Narita Airport, Shinagawa is much more than a conven..

Odaiba

Odaiba

Odaiba is a the place that's closest to my heart in Tokyo-at least as close a place a man-made island in the middle of Tokyo Bay could possibly claim. The area sometimes known as Teleport Town came to be during the bubble economy of the eighties, its land reclaimed from the water. Once..

Asakusa

Asakusa

Imagine a place you can go to experience old world Tokyo; shop in quaint markets, visit a monumental shrine, buy plastic food and take a cruise down the Sumida river in a futuristic ferry. More than other areas in Tokyo, Asakusa blends the old with the new seamlessly. Located in Taito-ku, Asakusa is..

Dining

Lawry's The Prime Rib Akasaka

Lawry's The Prime Rib Akasaka

The name Lawry's is a household name for connoisseurs of prime ribs of beef, and one that has a long-standing history since opening its first outlet in Beverly Hills, California in 1938. After the opening of multiple locations across America an..

Shiro Hige: The Cutest Cream Puffs in Town

Shiro Hige: The Cutest Cream Puffs in Town

Located about 2 minutes from Setagaya-Daita Station in a small residential area, lies the small and beautiful-looking Shiro-Hige's Cream Puff Factory (白髭のシュークリーム工房). A wonderful and cosy café, which serves up the most delicious cream puffs..

Sake Tasting in Tokyo

Sake Tasting in Tokyo

Putting it in a simple way, sake is an alcoholic beverage made with rice, water, yeast and koji, a mold that converts starch into sugar. But since there's a lot more to understand about the world of sake, I joined a sake tasting tour in Tokyo wit..

Places to stay

Wise Owls Hostel in Shibuya

Wise Owls Hostel in Shibuya

A lot of the hostels in Tokyo are around the peaceful historical district of Asakusa, and until recently, there have been few budget options in the livelier areas. However, this is changing, and there are now more central hostels such as Inno in Akas..

Hotel MyStays Nippori

Hotel MyStays Nippori

One of the best ways to travel between central Tokyo and Narita Airport is on the Keisei train line; its SkyLiner is the fastest service to the airport, and its other trains are also fast and very affordable. Most trains start at Ueno, then go throug..

Book and Bed Tokyo

Book and Bed Tokyo

The elevator doors open and your eyes adjust as you walk into a dimly lit room. No one is behind the counter to greet you and there are no visible doors. Hesitantly, you ring the call bell on the counter. As you wonder if that's what you'..

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Food Samples Workshop in Tokyo

Food Samples Workshop in Tokyo

In Japan, food samples are so realistic that it makes us crave for the replicas we see in the restaurant displays. The art of shokuhin sampuru is part of a century-old tradition in Japan that got popular during the country's postwar economic grow..

Low & Slow

Low & Slow

This authentic Texan-style smokehouse landed in Shibuya in September 2017, with its 4 meter long 'drum smoker' at the entrance heralding the start of a new era in American barbecue dining in Tokyo. Here giant cuts of meat are wood-smoked at l..

Bistro Buzz

Bistro Buzz

Newly launched at Akasaka Intercity Air, Bistro Buzz combines the finesse and pizazz of French cooking techniques with the quality of Japanese, seasonal ingredients – served up in a classic French bistro interior in the heart of central Tokyo. ..

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About tokyo

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionKanto
IslandHonshu
CapitalTokyo (Shinjuku)
Population13,159,388
Area2190.90 sq. km

The nation’s capital, the site of the 2020 Summer Olympics and the most populous city in the world – there’s no shortage of places to see and things to do in Tokyo. While that means you’ll inevitably have to leave some things off your itinerary, it also means that there’s something for everyone.

Tokyo's center, the 23 wards, combine some of the world's busiest areas with remnants of old Japan; not far from Shibuya is the holy Meiji Jingu, while the 634-meter tall Tokyo Skytree and the iconic Senso-ji in Asakusa are within walking distance of each other. Shinjuku and Roppongi are two vibrant nightlife spots, yet they're a short train ride away from Ueno Zoo and the Tsukiji Fish Market.

Right in the middle of it all is the Imperial Palace, a popular jogging route. Beautiful nature in the Okutama area and the Izu and Ogasawara Islands will make you forget that you're still in Tokyo.

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