Tsukiji Fish Market
The biggest and most famous fish market in the world supplies seafood to Tokyo's top restos (and the rest of the globe). Tourists swamp the periphery but it's the hard-to-access inner market where the action happens.
Meiji Jingu Shrine
A tranquil respite from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, a stroll through Tokyo’s most famous Shinto shrine is like being transported back in time.
Have you ever seen a thousand people cross the road at once? Well this is your chance. Surrounded by neon. The synchronized chaos is strangely satisfying...
Tokyo's one-time electronics neighborhood turned home of otaku geek culture, anime and maid cafes. It's gaming central too.
The kawaii capital of Tokyo and home to Takeshita Street, where you can browse quirky clothes shops and have your photo taken in a purikura booth. Ready with those finger bunny ears?
The moat surrounding the Imperial Palace boasts spectacular pink cherry blossoms in Spring. It's a great spot for photos the rest of the year too.
There’s literally no better
place in the world to have sushi. From the inexpensive conveyer belt variety to omakase sushi served by legendary masters, the
options are endless.
This Japanese comfort
food has over 20 regional styles. From tonkotsu (pork based) to kogashi ('burnt') ramen, it's choosing from nearly 60,000 ramen shops that becomes the
Delectable skewers of
juicy chicken or vegetables
best cooked over binchotan charcoal. Beautifully simple but incredibly delicious if done well, even the humble tomato becomes a moreish delicacy in the right hands.
Deep fried pork cutlets. Sometimes served with shredded cabbage and miso soup, sometimes curried, sometimes wedged into a sandwich. Always delicious though.
Green tea leaves grown
in the shade and then crushed into a powder form the basis of this quintessential Japanese tea experience. Throw in some wagashi (small Japanese confections) and you've got yourself a real treat.
Soba, aka buckwheat
noodles, vary greatly in quality. Some chefs train for years to make the perfect version. Often served cold with a dashi and soy dipping sauce, this is one dish where noisy slurping is encouraged!
When service matters, look no further than the Mandarin. Classy touches abound, from the beautiful kimono you're given on arrival to the locally sourced ingredients that make up the breakfast table. Oh and they also have 3 different restaurants that have all been awarded Michelin Stars. Not bad for one property!
Old school charm and flawless omotenashi (selfless hospitality) characterise this grand dame, which has been welcoming dignitaries and prominent guests since 1962.
A self-proclaimed ryokan (traditional inn) in the city, Hoshinoya takes the art of the peaceful escape seriously. A no-shoes policy, beautiful breakfasts and truly delightful interiors make this hotel a true gem.
This boutique hotel in the heart of Omotesando boasts gorgeous design, comfortable rooms at reasonable rates and numerous reasons to enjoy yourself, including regular parties open to locals.
Hit the ground running with our insider’s guide to Tokyo’s need-to-know neighborhoods
The hippest neighborhood in Tokyo is favored by locals and visitors alike. Full of quaint restaurants, shops and near the Meguro River which comes to life during the cherry blossom season.
A taste of traditional Japan where Senso-ji, the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo is located. It's also near Kappabashi, the wholesale district for kitchen goods and the famous plastic food samples!
The fashionable shopping district of Tokyo, home to department stores, boutiques, restaurants - and within walking distance of the Tsukiji Fish Market
Home to the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world and a shopper’s paradise.
Electronics shops meet otakus (geeks), anime and maid cafes. We could spend hours exploring the back streets full of small shops specializing in toys, vintage computer games and anime.