The City

A Travel Guide to Tokyo, Japan

The world’s most populous metropolitan area, Tokyo may be known for its bright lights and bustling streets but look beyond the blinding billboards and you’ll find hidden back alleys that are awash in a glow of their own. Here, custom and innovation live side by side and this seamless connection between the old and the new is just one of the idiosyncrasies that makes Tokyo so special. Let our city guide take you to the best of Tokyo's culture, cuisine and entertainment, offering you an incomparable experience which is as exhilarating as it is enriching.

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Where to stay in Tokyo:Trunk (Stay)

Trunk (Stay) is one of Tokyo’s first design hotels. Appropriately sat in the heart of the fashion-forward Shibuya neighbourhood, Trunk looks and feels more like your dream home than a hotel. Fusing tradition and trend, expect upcycled materials in clean, slick silhouettes with a twist of old-school Japanese flair. Trunk invites you to experience Shibuya as a local. What is most special about this hotel is a concept they have named ‘Activities’. Through 'Activities' the hotel can organise premium experiences that allow guests an exclusive peek behind the curtains of Tokyo whether that means securing tickets to a sold-out sumo match followed by an intimate meal with one of the fighters, or connecting with locals over an authentic home-cooked breakfast in a Shibuya family home.

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Where to eat in Tokyo: JIMBOCHO DEN

Two minutes from Jimbocho station is Jimbocho Den, a Michelin starred restaurant where a playfully delicate feast awaits you. An intimate and relaxed culinary experience, the only seats in the house are the eight across the bar from which you can witness the renowned chef and owner, Zaiyu Hasegara and his talented sous-chefs prepare your courses. With innovative and tongue-in-cheek plates like ‘Dentucky Fried Chicken’ and ‘Foie Gras Monaka with Japanese Plum’, Den’s dishes are not that of your predictable Michelin menu, and similarly the restaurant’s refined but relaxed atmosphere is far from the uptight ambience you might typically expect. Zaiyu’s wife, Niroko, is a kind and knowledgeable host, serving each of your dishes with enlightening expertise on their origins, ingredients and Zaiyu’s vision.

Best Restaurants in Tokyo

Shima: A hidden but iconic steak house famous for their excellent wagyu steak sandwich.

Ramen Street: Underneath Tokyo Station you will find the best place to go for a bowl of steaming ramen in the city, Ramen street. Select one of the restaurants, order on the digital touch screens and enjoy.

Ninja Akasaka: Combining theatrical ninja-themed performances with exciting and innovative Japanese dishes, this is a one-of-a-kind restaurant and must-visit while in Tokyo.

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What to do in Tokyo: TSUKIJI OUTER MARKET

While the world’s oldest and biggest fish market, Tsukiji Fish Market (also known as the ‘inner market’), sadly moved location from Tsukiji to Toyosu in October 2018, the outer market of Tsukiji is still a fantastic destination where you can get a real glimpse into local life in Tokyo. Huddled in the shadows of the neighbouring Ginza skyscrapers, the rusty old structures of the market create a small world of their own for you to explore. Have a browse in the wholesale and retail shops that line the winding lanes before sitting down at one of the many seafood and sushi restaurants in the district. All seafood is sourced directly from Toyosu Market, making Tsukiji still one of the top places in Japan to enjoy fresh seafood. While you won’t need to get there for 4 a.m. as you once did to witness the famous tuna auctions, you will want to plan to eat here early – the restaurants are usually open from 5 a.m. and close at around midday.

Best Things To Do in Tokyo

Robot Restaurant: A truly unique experience in Shinjuku, this out-of-this-world restaurant puts on a show-stopping fluoro pop performance featuring robot characters, dancers and lasers.

Mori Art Museum: A contemporary art museum showcasing incredible exhibitions by local and international artists. Be sure to visit the observatory deck for fantastic views.

Yanaka Cemetery: A picturesque 10 hectare cemetery home to beautiful cherry trees and the final resting places of several important historical figures.