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Open since 2008, this contemporary photography gallery runs a program of frequent regular exhibitions, usually lasting a week or two, of member artists. ... [Continue reading]
Located in the basement of the Diesel fashion brand's flagship store in Shibuya, this two-room gallery presents shows by well-known international artists, many with a strong anime or pop-culture sensibility. There are four shows per year, and usually some of the works are available for sale, along with postcards, prints and... [Continue reading]
Brown the bear, the salmon-loving mascot of LINE (Japan's most popular instant-messaging service) is the star of this hugely popular character goods shop, along with Cony the rabbit, Sally the duck and their many animated friends. The shop reopened in Spring 2018 in larger quarters (just down the block from the old store),... [Continue reading]
Exhibitions at this small gallery and gift shop tend toward the whimsical, cute, cartoony end of the spectrum, including a fair amount of animal-themed art. In addition to prints and postcards they also stock an unusual selection of experimental-music CDs.... [Continue reading]
Consisting of two large gallery spaces and a small library nook where you can look over artists' scrapbooks, MoMo puts on regular shows of their mostly Japanese contemporary artists. They also take part in international art fairs in Basel, Miami Beach, New York and Taipei. The gallery was established in 2003 in Roppongi,... [Continue reading]
Graphic artists, designers, and anyone interested in the evolution of Japanese graphic design through the ages will find a lot to see at this compact advertising museum. The museum was renovated and reopened in December 2017, and we were pleasantly surprised to find the exhibition area completely redone, with more historical... [Continue reading]
Located on the site of Tokyo's former central post office, Kitte (the name means "postage stamp") is one of the more interesting multi-use complexes in Marunouchi, housing a good number of design and lifestyle shops and a first-rate museum in addition to the usual clothing and luxury-goods retailers. There's also a... [Continue reading]
One of architect Kenzo Tange's most iconic buildings, this early example of Metabolist architecture was completed in 1967 and occupies a prominent corner location just north of Shimbashi station. Built on a triangular site that's only 189 square meters in size, the building is constructed around a 7.7m-diameter cylindrical... [Continue reading]
Produced by the Japan Photo Arts Society, Kanzan puts on exhibitions of contemporary photography and other art. They have different guest curators for each show in order to present work from a variety of different perspectives. And be sure to check out the back room while you're here - when we visited there was an... [Continue reading]
Yokohama's tallest building (the second-tallest in the country) is located in the middle of the city's picturesque harbor area, and its 69th-floor observation deck offers a 360-degree panoramic view of Yokohama and the bay. Even far-off Tokyo Tower and Mount Fuji are visible, at least on clear days. There are four separate... [Continue reading]
The name of this shop really doesn't do it justice - more than just a souvenir shop or museum shop, it's actually one of the best design shops in Tokyo. You'll find excellent selections of pottery, glassware, fabrics, paper goods and many other crafts scattered thoughout the store, along with more typical museum-shop goods... [Continue reading]
Things to do in Tokyo
Food markets, ramen museums, brewery tours, professional knife stores and regional food shops
Exhibtions of contemporary and traditional arts, design and crafts
Notable buildings by contemporary architects like Kenzo Tange, Kengo Kuma and Shigeru Ban
Aquariums and zoos, bird-watching parks and horseback-riding stables
Graphic-art and product-design galleries and design shops
Artisanal crafts, Japanese gardens, and history-themed museums
Observation decks, skyscraper bars and more viewing spots
Amusement parks, train museums, Legoland, and other diversions for younger Tokyoites
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Animal sightings
New and featured listings from our sister site Animal Cafes.com.
Animal Cafes - Hogoken Cafe: Tokyo Hachioji
This is the first Tokyo branch of an Osaka-based group of rescue-dog cafes, located a few minutes north of Nishi-Hachioji Station on the JR line. The second-floor cafe area is a very lively place, with happy dogs in...
Animal Cafes - Calico: Tokyo Kichijoji
One of the early pioneers in Tokyo's cat-cafe world, Calico roughly doubled in size when they moved to larger quarters in 2016, providing a more comfortable setting for both cats and visitors. There are now two rather large...
Animal Cafes - Ekoneko: Tokyo Ekoda
This local rescue-cat cafe has a roomful of friendly cats and a very proactive staff who spend a lot of energy keeping them entertained. We were lucky enough to be there when the staff gave out cat treats for the visitors...
Animal Cafes - Mocha: Tokyo Akihabara
With ten branches and counting, this popular chain knows how to deliver a cat-cafe experience to a mass audience. This particular branch seems even larger than average, with plenty of seating so that it doesn't seem crowded...
     
Eating and drinking
The latest food and drink listings from sister sites Bento.com and Craft Beer Bars Japan.
Sake Diary - Orihara Shoten: Monzennakacho
This neighborhood liquor shop runs a very popular sake-tasting standing bar where you'll find a decent selection of craft sake and a serviceable menu of sake-friendly light snacks. It's a very convivial evening drinking...
Racler: Shibuya
"Cheese makes you happy!" declares the sign at the entrance to Racler, and we certainly can't argue with that sentiment. This popular cheese-focused restaurant specializes in fondues, raclette plates, cheesy pastas and side...
Mie Terrace: Mitsukoshimae
More than 1000 kinds of food, drink and local crafts from Mie Prefecture can be found at this well-stocked antenna shop. Local culinary delicacies include Matsusaka beef, ume plums, fresh-caught fish and oysters, tea, udon...
Beer Bars Japan - Spatzle: Harajuku
Spatzle serves modern German cuisine along with German wines and beers in a casual, stylish dining room. Their namesake spatzle egg noodles come in tempting variations like uni-cream sauce and cheese-cream sauce with black...
Soybean Farm: Kichijoji
A long-running miso specialty shop, Soybean Farm serves miso-based cuisine in their cozy dining room and carries artisanal miso paste in the retail shop up front. Miso katsu is the standout dish in the restaurant - tender...
Clove: Shinjuku
Vegetable-centered Japanese-style curry rice is the specialty at this highly rated counter shop. The four varieties on offer are onion (with chicken or shrimp), lamb with onion, chickpea keema, and the house-special...
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