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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

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

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.

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