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Sake Plaza - Showroom: Uchisaiwaicho
[Open 10am-6pm. Closed weekends.]
Although the atmosphere at this sake-industry information center is rather utilitarian, they do offer sake tastings during the day, along with occasional special events. Tastings are just Y300, and give you a chance to try a few different types of...
Hibiya Park - Park/garden: Uchisaiwaicho
A pleasant oasis of greenery in the middle of Tokyo's business and shopping districts, the park features two large flower gardens and two domed music/event stages that often host concerts and festivals, especially on weekends. Dating back to 1903,...


Shiodome Museum - Art museum: Shiodome
[Open 10am-6pm (last entry 5:30pm). Closed Wednesdays.]
More than 200 prints and oil paintings by French expressionist artist Georges Rouault (1871-1958) make up the collection at Panasonic's Shiodome Museum. In addition to showing the permanent collection, the museum puts on curated temporary...
Ad Museum Tokyo - Museum: Shiodome
[Open 11am-6pm. Closed Sundays, Mondays.]
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...
TwentyEight - Bar: Shiodome
[Open 9am-midnight daily.]
Located in the lobby of the Conrad Hotel, TwentyEight is an oasis of muted monochromes with discrete edges. The bar's sleek design displays a tight graphic crispness, while linen shades and leather upholstery in cream and brown impart a contrasting...


Tsukiji Outer Market - Food market: Tsukiji
[Closed Sun, some Wed.]
While the wholesale fish market has moved to nearby Toyosu, the much more consumer-friendly Outer Market is still here, and well worth a visit. Originally set up to serve restaurants, the Outer Market is now also open to the general public. Here...
Sugimoto Cutlery - Knife shop: Tsukiji
[Open 7am-4pm. Closed Sundays, Tsukiji market holidays.]
Dating back to the 1930s, Sugimoto started as a metalsmith specializing in swords and knives. Today they produce Western knives and Chinese cleavers as well as traditional Japanese knives made with Japanese carbon steel. They also carry a variety...
Aritsugu - Knife shop: Tsukiji
[Open 6am-3pm. Closed Sundays, Tsukiji market holidays.]
This smaller, Tokyo outpost of the famous Kyoto-based knife shop Aritsugu is popular with chefs, and is one of several choices for professional knives in the Tsukiji Outer Market area.
Masamoto - Knife shop: Tsukiji
[Open 6am-3pm. Closed Sundays, Tsukiji market holidays.]
Befitting this shop's location on the outskirts of Tsukiji's wholesale food market, the vast majority of Masamoto's customers are professional chefs. Cleavers, sashimi knives, small fruit knives - they're all here, and the shop also provides...
Hama-Rikyu Gardens - Park/garden: Tsukiji
[Open 9am-5pm (enter by 4:30) daily.]
Sitting on the Tokyo Bay waterfront in the shadow of the skyscrapers of Shiodome, this massive garden was once part of a shogun's villa, with two ponds that were used for wild-duck hunting. It contains the only tidal pond in Tokyo, with a lock that...
Hamarikyu Pier - Boat pier: Tsukiji
Boats to Asakusa (via Hinode Pier) on the Sumida River Line. 45/(5) minutes travel time. Boats run once or twice an hour from 10:35am-4:15pm.


Seaside Top - Attraction: Hamamatsucho
[Open 10am-8:30pm daily.]
With its prime location looking out over Tokyo Bay, the Odaiba area and the towers of Shiodome, this 40th-floor observation deck offers some unique views of Tokyo. One of Tokyo's oldest observation decks, it's not as popular with tourists as newer...
Tokyo-Bay Yukata Cruise - Event: Kaigan
[Open 7-9pm daily.]
It's a refreshing alternative to the ubiquitous Tokyo summertime beer garden - a beer party on a boat. The boat is quite big, with a capacity of 1500 partygoers spread out over six decks, including an event stage and dance floor, private party...
Hinode Pier - Boat pier: Kaigan
Hinode Pier is the main hub for the boat lines run by the Tokyo Cruise company. Boats travel back and forth among eight destinations around Tokyo Bay, including Hamarikyu Gardens and Asakusa. Boats to Asakusa on the Sumida River Line. About 40...