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Akihabara

Akihabara – known colloquially as Akiba – is the heart of Tokyo’s electronic district and is something of a Mecca for otaku of all stripes. Which shops to visit depend very much on what you’re looking for, as some specialize in one thing only, while others have nearly every electronic device imaginable. Coming out of…

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Aman Resorts Tokyo

The Aman is a well-known hotel brand around the world, and many Aman fans are keen to try out the hotel chain in whatever country they find themselves next. The Aman Tokyo is the most recent luxury hotel to open in Tokyo, and has the brand’s signature, monochrome, simplistic look in every aspect of its design.Located…

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Animal Cafés

A curious Japanese invention, Animal cafes have become increasingly popular in recent years, particularly cat cafes, which have now sprung up in various locations around the country. At these establishments, customers can eat and drink while playing with and petting the animals there. There is an increasingly wide range of animal themed cafes, especially in…

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Asakusa

Asakusa is as close to the old shitamachi downtown atmosphere as it’s possible to get in modern day Tokyo. Centring on Senso-ji Temple, Asakusa is vibrant, festive, and somewhat nostalgic: very little has changed from the 1950s when the area was re-constructed. Senso-ji Temple, red, and pleasantly crowded with pigeons and sight-seers, is the oldest…

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Conrad Tokyo

Tokyo‘s Conrad Hotel is one of Japan’s best, with impeccable service, incredible views, and irresistibly luxurious rooms. Of Tokyo’s luxury hotels, the Conrad leans furthest towards a boutique hotel aesthetic, without compromising style and comfort. With a range of rooms and suites with garden or city views, the deeply comfortable rooms are designed with relaxation…

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Go-Karting through the streets of Tokyo

There aren’t many places in the world where it’s possible to enjoy driving a go-kart along the major roads of a capital city but this is another of the many unusual experiences that Tokyo offers. Robin from the UK office and Ayami & Yu from the Tokyo office went along to check the experience out….

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Hamarikyu Gardens

Backed by skyscrapers and cloaked in green, Hama Rikyū Teien Garden is a peaceful oasis within Tokyo’s metropolis. Once a Shogun’s villa, where feudal lords hunted ducks in the tidal waterways, the garden was opened to the public in 1948 and features tidal ponds, plum groves, and a peony garden. We highly recommend stopping for…

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Harajuku

Harajuku is a stunning example of how the traditional and the modern coexist in Tokyo. A short walk from Harajuku Station leads to a massive torii, welcoming visitors to the forested compound of Meiji Jingu Shrine, which is a popular site for Japanese Shinto weddings on weekends. Head only a few minutes’ walk in the…

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Hoshinoya Tokyo

Promising sublime and authentic Japanese ryokan hospitality in the heart of Japan’s capital, Hoshinoya Tokyo offers the genuine Hoshinoya experience. The rooms deliver traditional elegance combined with comfort to allow guests to escape from the bustle of the city outside . Each floor also features a common lounge exclusive to the guests of that floor…

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Hotel Claska

Tokyo’s only true boutique hotel, Claska was originally built in the 1970s and then refurbished in 2003 as a design hotel. The hotel has only 12 rooms (9 Western and 3 Japanese style), each filled with handcrafted furniture and low-key Japanese touches. No two rooms are the same: one has an attached terrace, another a…

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Imperial Palace Gardens

Immaculately manicured, the Imperial Palace Gardens house Edo castle’s ruined keep, and are a wonderfully calm place within the hustle and bustle of the capital. The Japanese style gardens provide a wonderful taste of what the county has to offer. *Though the Imperial Palace East Gardens are open to the public, special permission is required…

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Kanda Matsuri

The Kanda Matsuri is one of Tokyo‘s most famous festivals and takes place in mid May during odd numbered years, alternating with the Sanno Matsuri which is held in even numbered years. The Kanda Matsuri is held over an entire week, but the main events usually happen over the weekend closest to May 15th. The…

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Koishikawa Korakuen

Built in the Edo Period, Koishikawa Korakuen is one of Tokyo’s oldest and loveliest Japanese gardens. Like most traditional Japanese gardens, Koishikawa Korakuen reproduces famous landscapes in miniature, using ponds, stones, trees, and manmade hills to copy both Japanese and Chinese scenes. A network of walking trails lead around to prescribed viewpoints from which visitors…

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Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

The Mandarin Oriental is one of Tokyo’s premier hotels. Located Nihonbashi, the hotel is surrounded by good restaurants and is a stone’s throw from the famous Mizukoshi department store. It provides a luxury stay in one of the world’s busiest and most exciting cities. The hotel is located on the top floors of the Nihonbashi…

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Meiji Jingu Shrine

Tokyo’s largest shrine, Meiji-jingū, covers 175 acres and houses over 100,000 trees, making it a lush escape from the hard angles of the city. The shrine itself is austere and built using cypress and copper in the nagare-zukuri style. Though often busy with tourists and pilgrims, it is still extremely popular for weddings, which are…

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Nezu Museum

Originally founded in 1941 to showcase the extensive collection of industrialist Nezu Kaichiro, the museum was redesigned in 2009 by the well known architect Kengo Kuma. Located along a quiet bamboo passage off the busy Omotesando district, the museum showcases one of the world’s finest collections of Japanese and East Asian art, including seven works…

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Ninja Training Session

Renowned worldwide as masters of stealth combat, Ninja are a staple of martial arts movies and comics but also a very real part of Japanese history. Although there is no doubt that they trained and practiced as covert warriors in feudal Japan, Ninja also fulfilled other important roles as spies, inspectors and advisors. There remains…

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Odaiba

Built on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay, Odaiba is ultra-modern, boasting wonderful shopping and entertainment. High on the list of activities here is the Ferris wheel. One of the world’s largest at an impressive one hundred and fifteen metres, it is an excellent way to look out over Tokyo. Odaiba is best known for its…

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Park Hyatt Tokyo

The film ‘Lost in Translation’ was filmed at the Park Hyatt and this is the most internationally famous hotel in Japan. Located in Shinjuku, a modern and bustling area which is also one of the main transport hubs for the whole of Tokyo. The city views from all windows are incredible and on a day…

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Peninsula Hotel

The Peninsula Tokyo is one of Tokyo’s super-luxury hotels. With a stunning ground-floor lobby connected to the Hibiya Metro Station, and reaching 24 stories above the fashionable Marunouchi district and the Imperial Palace Gardens, the Peninsula Tokyo makes no compromises in style, luxury, or service. The Peninsula is ideally located across the road from Hibiya…

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Rikugien

Built around 1700, Rikugien is often considered Tokyo’s most beautiful Japanese landscape garden alongside Koishikawa Korakuen. The garden is a good example of an Edo Period strolling garden and features a large central pond surrounded by man-made hills and forested areas, all connected by a network of trails. Rikugien is quite spacious, and it takes…

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Sanja Matsuri

Tokyo’s Sanja Matsuri, held on the third weekend in May, is a three day celebration featuring portable shrines and traditionally clothed participants that boisterously transform the old shitamachi district of Asakusa into a riotous festival. The Sanja Matsuri officially celebrates the deities enshrined at Asakusa Shrine, and is a wonderfully welcoming festival that allows visitors…

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Sanno Matsuri

Originally begun during the Edo Period and soon growing into one of Japan’s largest festivals, today the Sanno Matsuri is one of Tokyo’s famous festivals, along with the Kanda Matsuri. It takes place in mid June in even numbered years, alternating with the Kanda Matsuri which takes place in odd numbered years. The Sanno Festival…

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Senso-ji Temple

Senso-ji Temple, red, and pleasantly crowded with pigeons and sight-seers, is the oldest and most important Buddhist site in Tokyo, home to a small golden statue of the goddess Kannon which is so sacred that it cannot be viewed. Senso-ji’s main entrance is marked by an impressively large lantern that hangs suspended below the kaminari-mon…

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Shibuya

Shibuya is known for fashion, shopping and entertainment, and it’s easy to see why when you arrive at the busy station area. The Hachiko exit, with its statue of a famously faithful dog, is a popular meeting spot, and if you follow the crowds across the famous intersection you’ll find no shortage of shops of…

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Shinjuku

Shinjuku is a large ward in Tokyo, Japan. It is a major commercial and administrative centre, housing the busiest railway station in the world and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, the administration centre for the government of Tokyo. Shinjuku Station handles more than two million passengers every day. It is served by about a dozen…

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Suginami Animation Museum

Located in the heart of Tokyo’s anime town, the Suginami Animation Museum opened in 2005 and houses an informative introduction to the Japanese animation industry, as well as seminal cells, pictures and storyboards. A number of the exhibits are interactive: “How Anime is Made” provides a unique opportunity to try voice-overs, dubbing, and other aspects…

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The Japan Folk Crafts Museum

The “Nihon mingei kan” or the Folk Crafts Museum was founded by the leading Folk Crafts’ activist Muneyoshi Yanagi in 1936. “Mingei” literally means Folk Arts in Japanese. The museum was established by Yanagi in order to collect and preserve beautifully crafted objects by unknown artists or talented folk craft from all over Japan. The…

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The Japan Sword Museum

The workmanship of Japanese swords has long fascinated westerners, and the Japan Sword Museum is an essential stop for katana enthusiasts. The weapons are beautifully displayed in a single room and many are famous in their own right. They were made by some of Japan’s most skilled master craftsmen and some are as much as…

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The Palace Hotel Tokyo

The Palace Hotel enjoys one of Tokyo’s most prestigious addresses, right next to the central Imperial Palace. This might be one of the most recent luxury hotels to open in Tokyo, but it has a long history; initially founded in 1947, the hotel reopened in May 2012 after a complete refurbishment taking three years. The…

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The Prince Gallery Kioicho

The Prince Gallery’s Kioicho Tokyo hotel is perhaps at first “hidden,” in the sense that you need ascend to the 16th floor in order to locate the lobby. Only a short distance from Akasaka-Mitsuke Station and directly connected to Nagatacho Station, the Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho has easy access to the dynamic capital. It’s also conveniently…

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Toei Animation Gallery

Founded in 1956, Toei Animation Company is one of the oldest and most respected animation studios in Japan. Most famous in the west for the serialized Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z, as well as the movies Galaxy Express 999 and One Piece, Toei has, over the years, created hundreds of Japan’s best-loved anime. The…

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Tokyo

Japan’s capital city is a truly mesmerising place. A myriad of stimuli competing for your attention and a constant buzz of jingles, neon, giant TV screens, and pop music help to make Tokyo one of the most thrilling and futuristic places on earth. A vast and complicated sprawl when you look at the rail map,…

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Tokyo Disney Resort

Opened in 1983, it was the first Disney park to be built outside the US. One of the most popular theme parks in Japan, with only a few exceptions, Tokyo Disneyland features the same attractions found in Disneyland and Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Visitors to Tokyo Disneyland can explore seven themed areas, including the…

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Tokyo National Museum

The Tokyo National Museum was established in 1872 and is the oldest Japanese national museum as well as the largest art museum in Japan. The museum collects, houses, and preserves a comprehensive collection of art works and archaeological objects of Asia, focusing on Japan. The museum holds over 110,000 objects, including 87 Japanese National Treasures…

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Tokyo Shangri-La Hotel

Located in the chic Nihonbashi district, the Shangri-La hotel, with its 200 spacious rooms overlooking the city, is one of the newest luxury hotels built in Tokyo. The guests can easily access the hotel, just a few minutes from Tokyo station, and will appreciate Shangri-La’s unique brand of hospitality and service, as well as the…

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Trunk Hotel

Trunk Hotel is a new addition to the Tokyo hotel scene, with all the personality and vibrancy of surrounding Shibuya. It prides itself on its strong concept of socialising; the lounge/ bar area is full of young people relaxing, hanging out, reading or working during the day, and abuzz with activity in the evening. It’s…

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Tsukiji Fish Market

With its roots in the Edo Era, Tokyo’s Tsukiji is one of the world’s biggest wholesale markets, handling nearly ninety percent of the city’s impressive seafood needs. Tsukiji is famous for its pre-daybreak tuna auctions, where the giant fish trade for huge sums in the blink of an eye, but the daily life of the…

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Ueno Park

Ueno Park, best known for its popularity as a cherry viewing spot, is in a way the cultural heart of Tokyo – nowhere else can rival the sheer number of museums. Ueno’s gems are the Tokyo National Museum, the National Science Museum, the National Museum of Western Art, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, and the…

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Yokohama

With a population of over three million people, Yokohama is Japan’s second largest city. Yokohama’s port was one of the first to be opened up to foreign trade in 1859, and consequently it has grown from a small fishing village to one of Japan’s major ports. Yokohama has one of the world’s largest Chinatowns, with…

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Yoyogi Park

Opened in 1967, Yoyogi Park is one of the largest of Tokyo‘s parks. Forming a buffer between Harajuku and the Meji Jingu Shrine, Yoyogi Park is an exciting place to see modern Japanese youth culture on the weekends.

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