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Put together your own Tokyo architecture walking tour with this index of notable Tokyo buildings by architect... [Continue reading]
Visiting Starbucks Reserve Roastery is a far more interactive and immersive experience than simply going to a coffee shop - it feels more like a trip to a coffee-themed amusement park, with different attractions on each of the building's four levels. This huge 3000-square-meter retail space is the largest Starbucks branch in... [Continue reading]
The Cubar Lounge on the fourth floor of Tokyo Dome's bowling facility is a dimly lit and somewhat more relaxed setting than your usual bowling alley, with a full-service bar, comfortable sofas and original artwork by artist Taro Okamoto on the wall. Drinks include beer, wine, cocktails, several types of whiskey, tequila shots... [Continue reading]
BankArt Station, spread out over 1,500 square meters inside Shin-Takashima Station, is the largest of several Yokohama galleries run by the government-supported BankArt 1929 arts program, and it's probably the best venue for contemporary art in Yokohama. In addition to two large exhibition areas there's also a museum shop, a... [Continue reading]
Mask Dot Com is a specialty shop selling stylish face masks for everyday wear, with more than 200 varieties available. The store offers the services of a mask concierge to help you choose based on your wardrobe, or of course you can just browse the racks on your own. While the masks are also available for purchase online, the... [Continue reading]
Dedicated to the crafts and local foods of Niigata Prefecture, Niigata Ichi-Maru-Maru feels like a cross between an upscale design shop and a prefectural antenna shop. The shelves are filled with beautifully crafted glassware and pottery, cookingware and metal kitchen utensils, specialized chef's knives and cutlery, with... [Continue reading]
This massive outlet mall reopened in Spring 2020 after expansion and remodeling, and it now houses more than 150 outlet shops and restaurants. Sportswear and fashion brands like Armani, Ralph Lauren, Timberland, Eddie Bauer, Puma, New Balance, Gap and United Arrows sit alongside kitchen and housewares shops from Zwilling,... [Continue reading]
Small Worlds Tokyo is an essential destination for anyone who loves elaborate dioramas, massive European-style model-train layouts, airports, spaceports, or the Sailor Moon or Evangelion anime franchises. Open since June 2020, it's advertised as the world's largest indoor miniature theme park, and it features several room-size... [Continue reading]
The robotic 1960s anime star Astro Boy (known as Atom Boy in Japan) now has his first permanent Tokyo shop. Here you'll find exclusive Astro Boy merchandise, souvenirs in all price ranges, a special-event space, and a retro-style Show-era cafe up on the second floor. Die-hard fans may be interested in the rather elaborate... [Continue reading]
Visiting the Good Design Store is like a trip to a design museum, except everything here is for sale. This specialty design shop carries a diverse array of household goods, stationery supplies, toys and random products, all of them past winners of Japan's Good Design Award. It's a great place for gift shopping, or just design... [Continue reading]
With more than 230 shops and restaurants, this is one of the biggest and fanciest outlet malls in the Tokyo area. The "park" portion of the name comes from Tsuruma Park, a newly developed facility right next to the mall. The park is laid out with multiple sports fields as well as nature walks and picnic areas, so you can... [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.
Mipig is a cafe where you can hang out with cute baby pigs. They're friendly and curious, and they wag their tails just like puppies. You can pet them when they sit in your lap and they make cute snorting noises. Really,...
Setting themselves apart from the other cat-focused gift shops in Yanaka, Neko Action sells original artwork and cat-themed craft items such as ceramic figurines, t-shirts and nihonga-style painted stones. There are also...
The aptly named Animal Meeting Room is a rescue shelter that's set up so that potential pet adopters can interact in a relaxed setting with dogs and cats looking for a home. The main area is a big, noisy dog playroom with...
Located at the entrance to Nagasaki Bio Park, this multi-species animal cafe makes a nice final stop after spending a few hours in the main park. The facility consists of a dog playroom with an outdoor run, a cat playroom,...
Eating and drinking
The latest food and drink listings from sister sites Bento.com and Craft Beer Bars Japan.
If you're looking for a good Korean egg-sandwich shop, TEgg.42 Premium Toast (pronounced "tegu yon-ni") is well worth checking out. They offer several egg-based sandwiches (Double Cheese Bacon; Egg, Ham and Cheese; Double...
Specializing in the cuisine of Mangalore, a seaport city in South India's Karnataka state, Bangera's Kitchen serves excellent contemporary Indian cuisine with an emphasis on coastal seafood dishes. The extensive menu is...
Billed as a "yakiton drinking spot," Ginbuta serves a good variety of grilled pork parts and organ meats on skewers, along with grilled vegetables and spicy organ-meat stews. Service is friendly and the atmosphere is very...
Hokkaido venison burger is one of the unusual soup-curry main ingredients here, and it's a tasty change from the usual chicken. Ponipirika also distinguish themselves from the competition with their soup options - you can...
This ambitious new Modern Mexican restaurant on the Takeshiba waterfront serves a very different menu from most Mex and Tex-Mex spots around town, specializing in grilled meats and seafood, stews, ceviches and numerous...
This friendly standing bar showcases twenty different sakes from Toshimaya Brewery, a western-Tokyo kura with a distinguished 400-year history. Sake is served in 30ml, 60ml and 100ml sizes, so it's easy to put together your...
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