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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]
Taiwan's coolest bookstore and lifestyle shop has created a unique "hub for cultural exchange" in Nihonbashi. In addition to selling books, stationery and miscellaneous goods, the shop incorporates a workshop zone with areas devoted to Japanese crafts, glass-blowing kilns and a cooking demonstration area. There's also a... [Continue reading]
Filled with lush greenery, this traditional Japanese garden is known for its seasonal flower displays. According to their garden calendar, over the course of the year you can look forward to seeing cherry blossoms (March-April), azaleas (April-June), irises (May to late June), water lilies (May to mid-July) and maple leaves... [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.
One of the better-stocked international grocery stores in town, this spacious second-floor shop carries a wide range of prepared foods and ingredients from Thailand. Shop for fresh vegetables and tropical fruits, spicy...
The charcoal-grilled yakitori and seasonal side dishes here are accompanied by impressive fresh and grilled vegetables. One specialty of the house is chicken skin that's been marinated for three days, then charcoal-grilled...
Located on the third floor of the Starbucks Reserve Roastery, Arriviamo is a very pleasant place to stop in for a cocktail or two. The decor is stylish (the building was designed by architect Kengo Kuma), with a spacious...
Yes, it's a theme restaurant located inside an amusement park, but don't let that put you off - the Southern-style shrimp dishes and baby-back ribs are tasty, the atmosphere is lively, and prices are quite reasonable. It...
Tomizawa Shoten (aka Tomiz) carries an impressively wide range of baking supplies. We've never seen so many varieties of sugar or flour in one place, and there are dozens of different kinds of dried fruits and nuts and...
Sixteen freshly brewed craft beers from the Itabashi-based brewery are served on tap here, alongside a food menu featuring chicken wings, burgers and pizzas. Sometimes in odd combinations - one of their more...
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