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At first glance this looks like an art-gallery display window, but where is entrance to the actual gallery? Well, it turns out that Taimatz is a nanogallery consisting of just this tiny, 13-square-meter display space. There's no visible entrance, but if you walk up to the window during gallery hours it will automatically... [Continue reading]
Open since September 2017, this tasteful and expensively produced museum is devoted to the work of esteemed novelist Natsume Soseki (1867-1916), whose portrait appeared on the face of the Japanese 1000-yen note from 1984-2004. The museum will mainly be of interest to fans of Soseki's work who wish to learn more about the... [Continue reading]
The seventh-floor gallery of the Film Archive has a permanent gallery devoted to the history of the Japanese film industry, with a lot of old posters, photographs and film paraphernalia. The focus is mainly on notable directors and actors, but they also cover the advancement of film-making technology, with old movie cameras and... [Continue reading]
Learn all about brakes at this highly specialized mini-museum, which covers everything from simple bicycle calipers to the sophisticated eddy-current and regenerative brakes used in Shinkansen trains. A timeline illustrates the history of brakes, starting with the original "stick brake" - basically just a stick - from 3000 BC.... [Continue reading]
This gorgeous museum is attached to Toyo Bunko, which is Japan's largest Asian Studies library with holdings of more than one million books. A museum devoted entirely to books might sound rather dry, but the exhibits here do a decent job exploring history through woodblock prints, drawings, maps and other materials from old... [Continue reading]
The largest Pokemon shop in Japan with 1,300 square meters of retail space, Pokemon DX is also the home of the first permanent Pokemon Cafe, serving Pokemon-themed food and drink and providing ample photo opportunities. As you would expect, a huge variety of merchandise is on sale, from plush toys and card games to stationery,... [Continue reading]
The lovely Art Deco building that houses the Teien Museum was completed in 1933, with interiors designed by Henri Rapin and decorative glass work by Rene Lalique. The beautifully decorated and well-preserved rooms serve as a unique backdrop for the museum's exhibitions, and the Japanese-style garden and teahouse behind the... [Continue reading]
With its inspiring collection of housewares, stationery and assorted knickknacks from up-and-coming designers, Koncent is a fun shop to browse even if you don't need anything. One corner of the shop is devoted to their extensive line-up of Soil brand "drying objects" - natural dessicants for dampness control made from... [Continue reading]
Billed as the world's first digital art museum, this ambitious art installation is made up of fifty immersive display areas created with the use of 470 projectors and a similar number of computers. There's quite a bit to see here, with dozens of different spaces to wander around in, each with its own visual theme and mood. ... [Continue reading]
This small museum will mostly be of interest to Japanese sword enthusiasts and collectors. The facility is run by the Society for Preservation of Japanese Art Swords, and there are usually several dozen swords and other objects from their 190-piece collection viewable at any given time. In addition to swords, you can admire... [Continue reading]
A splashy, well-choreographed dolphin show, held nine times a day, is one of the main draws at this mid-size urban aquarium, and there are also shorter penguin and sea lion performances throughout the day. Other popular features are the Wonder Tube, with giant manta rays and sawfish swimming overhead, and the Jellyfish Ramble,... [Continue reading]
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Notable buildings by contemporary architects like Kenzo Tange, Kengo Kuma and Shigeru Ban
Galleries, museums and artsy bookstores
Graphic-art and product-design galleries and design shops
Anime and manga, toys and more popular culture
Artisanal crafts, Japanese gardens, and history-themed museums
Aquariums and zoos, bird-watching parks and horseback-riding stables
Food markets, ramen museums, brewery tours, professional knife stores and regional food shops
Science and tech museums, planetariums, botanical gardens,
Parks, gardens and other places to enjoy the fresh air
Batting cages, bowling alleys and other sporty spots
Observation decks, skyscraper bars and more viewing spots
Explore Tokyo's rivers and Tokyo Bay
The best jazz kissa (coffee shops) for vinyl fans, and clubs for live jazz
Amusement parks, train museums, Legoland, and other diversions for younger Tokyoites
Our popular guide to cat, bird and rabbit cafes - now expanded to a site of its own at Animal Cafes.com
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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.
Run by Niigata's famous Hakkaisan sake brewery, this specialty shop mainly sells food and drink featuring koji, the rice mold that's an essential part of the sake-brewing process. It's also offically an antenna shop for the...
Korico is our favorite Korean-Mexican restaurant in town, serving very tasty Bulgogi Tacos, Tomato-Cheese-Kimchi Pajeon, Fried Garlic and other unexpected dishes. The menu covers the range of fajitas and tacos, pajeon...
With its old-fashioned wood-themed decor and its traditional German food menu, this long-running beer hall feels like a relic of past times. The extensive beer list is quite up to date though - in addition to more than two...
American-style sushi rolls are the unusual specialty at this stylishly appointed Ginza shop. Fairly lavish washoku lunches are priced at Y1700-2500, and these feature sushi rolls as the rice course, served alongside...
This gorgeously appointed izakaya serves Hokkaido cuisine - top-grade charcoal-grilled seafood, meats and vegetables as well as assorted sushi. Pretty much everything we've tried has been excellent, including very tasty...
A self-styled Australian gastropub, Augustus serves sophisticated versions of comfort foods like fish and chips, sausage rolls and meat pies. The dining room is stylishly decorated and artfully lit, the food is beautifully...
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