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Designed by architect Kenzo Tange and completed in 1996, the Fuji TV building has become a landmark of the Odaiba area thanks to its unusual silhouette, featuring a giant floating sphere and a skeletal central section of pedestrian bridges and columns. The silver-titanium sphere is set at a height of around 100 meters, and... [Continue reading]
Run by the Lixil corporation, a global conglomerate that manufactures kitchen and bathroom fixtures and building materials, this in-house museum focuses on the history of the company and the building industry in general. The biggest attraction though seems to be the large, multi-room library of books, magazines and journals... [Continue reading]
It's an entire museum devoted to old cellphones! The history and culture of mobile communication is the theme here, and visitors with an interest in Japanese industrial design can trace the evolution of mobile-phone fashions through the years. Exhibits span the decades from massive shoulder-mounted models (introduced in... [Continue reading]
Fans of Ajinomoto's MSG seasoning can learn all about the world of umami flavors and get a glimpse into the operations of a 21st-century food factory with Ajinomoto's very comprehensive factory tour. The ninety-minute adventure includes a taste-testing (miso shiru soup with and without Ajinomoto) and a simulated factory... [Continue reading]
With multiple small showrooms spread out over two rather compact floors, Makii Masuru is a bit more spacious than most of the galleries in the area, and hosts some interesting group shows of international artists. They're located just north of the main Bakurocho gallery area, but worth a small detour to check out. As... [Continue reading]
Located next to the Archi-Depot architecture-model museum, this model-making workshop also doubles as the museum's retail shop, and it's well worth a visit on its own for anyone with an interest in architecture. The shop sells everything from professional model-making equipment to children's toys, along with lots of books,... [Continue reading]
This lovely public park was once the grounds of a feudal lord's residence in the late seventeenth century, and it was restored in 1927 after being destroyed in the Great Kanto Earthquake. The pond at the center of the park was originally fed by the Sumida River, with the water level rising and falling with the tides. Nowadays... [Continue reading]
Traditional Japanese wooden architecture is the focus of this fascinating mini-museum, with a particular emphasis on the technique of wood joinery - the art of constructing wooden buildings with interlocking wooden joints instead of nails and screws. It's very much a hands-on museum - visitors are encouraged to touch the... [Continue reading]
Petit-Escalator, the shortest escalator in the world, is located in the basement of Kawasaki More's Department Store, across the street from Kawasaki JR station. Five steps and 83.4 centimeters in height, the escalator takes approximately eight seconds to deliver passengers from bottom to top. The escalator connects the B2... [Continue reading]
Kowloon Walled City - once known as the most densely populated spot on earth - was a massive, extremely crowded Hong Kong housing settlement with more than 30,000 residents. Although the original complex was demolished in 1993, it lives on as the design inspiration for this five-story game arcade just a few minutes from... [Continue reading]
Aimed primarily at school-age children, this specialized museum focuses on the history and operations of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, exploring the topics of crime-scene investigation and disaster response in particular. There are a good number of interactive displays and short videos to watch, as well as displays... [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
Graphic-art and product-design galleries and design shops
Aquariums and zoos, bird-watching parks and horseback-riding stables
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.
A sister shop of the popular Temari no Ouchi cat cafe (located just around the corner), this second branch sports a similarly fanciful Ghibli-esque decor, and is a relaxing spot to spend some time with cats. Unlike most cat...
One of a chain of multi-species animal cafes, this branch of Moff is the smallest, and the only one without a cat room. It's also probably the least interesting in terms of animal interactions - the parakeets in the...
It isn't every day that we get invited to a cat's birthday party, so when the staff told us that one of the residents was having a celebration, we knew we had to check it out. It was a surprisingly elaborate affair, with...
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...
     
Eating and drinking
The latest food and drink listings from sister sites Bento.com and Craft Beer Bars Japan.
This neighborhood sandwich counter serves Philadelphia-style cheesesteak and pulled pork sandwiches, and sometimes meatball subs. The cheesesteak comes in either hoagie or sandwich format (the hoagie includes vegetables),...
Nagasaki-style noodle dishes are the specialty here along with tasty gyoza dumplings. Special dishes served at this "premium" branch of the popular chain include a noodle bowl topped with beef, and versions of their champon...
Run by a Hokkaido-based soup-curry specialist, Mikazuki offers three distinct varieties of curry rice - butter chicken, spicy chicken, and lamb with red wine sauce. They are all very good, but the lamb is the real standout...
Located inside the antenna shop for Shiga Prefecture, this tiny bar offers a selection of 28 different sake from Shiga, served in 45ml tasting sizes (Y300), with the option of a four-part tasting flight for Y1000. ...
Scandinavian-themed craft-beer bars seem to be popping up all over Shibuya, but unlike the other bars, the cozy Haburashi (Toothbrush) also provides a menu of Nordic-inspired dishes like grilled salmon, smoked trout salad,...
Seasonal Japanese cuisine is the specialty here, with excellent charcoal-grilled meats and fish, interesting sushi and sashimi plates, and Italian and French wines as well as sake and shochu to drink. The decor of the main...
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