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The Thousands x tokyobike: Yanaka Bike Guide

A slow-paced area where busy roads and bumper-to-bumper traffic give way to slender streets and winding laneways, Yanaka’s rich mix of history, culture and g...

Graphpaper

Not just selling products but presenting them as works of art, Graphpaper is the latest specialty store to be produced by Takayuki Minami, a creative directo...

Mag by Louise

Following on from its charming and slightly hard-to-find predecessor, Mag by Louise is a shop that lifts your mood with a unique mix of music, literature, ho...

My favourite wagashi with Yuichi Murakami of Bondo

Yuichi Murakami is the owner of Kichijoji's Bondo, an independent store focusing on well-crafted, handmade goods that gain beauty through use. For the la...

Dhaba☆Kunitachi

West of the city centre lies a place where curry maniacs gather: Dhaba☆Kunitachi. And for those in the know, the authentic and deliciously spicy South Indian...

Akasabi Hotel

For those looking for a casual and modern kaiseki meal, Akasabi Hotel (not actually a hotel) offers delicate dishes that capture the beauty of contemporary J...

My favourite hideaway with Junya Matsumura of Tabi B...

Junya Matsumura is the self-taught baker and spice maker behind Tabi Bagel, a pocket-sized Yanaka bakeshop with an undeniable sense of charm. For the first i...

Souen

Offering a refreshing and refined take on Japanese tea, Souen is a place to appreciate a selection of brews, whether it be served straight-up over the counte...

TOLOT/heuristic

A former factory turned art space on the verge of Tokyo Bay, TOLOT/heuristic brings together large scale works and white cube galleries to create an off-cent...

Utrecht

An influential bookstore in a city where the heart of publishing still beats strong, Utrecht is a must-visit for those looking to uncover publications from l...

7x7

Whether it's mixing and matching West Coast vintage or joining forces with an aizome workshop to over-dye all manner of daily wear, 7x7 is a store built ...

Kaiso

With French-inspired baked goods and a tempting selection of sweets lining the counter, Kaiso is a neighbourhood favourite that warrants a journey of its own...

Photo Diary by Yumiko Kikuchi and Matsuki Narishige

“Hello Tokyo. How was your day. It's been 15 years since I first met you. I love you by the way. I really do. I know you don't even see me, and...

Doinel

Equal parts grocery store, bio-wine specialist and purveyor of daily goods, Doinel is one of the many tiny shops nestled in the streets surrounding Gaienmae....

COFFEA EXLIBRIS

For those looking to indulge in the appreciation of specialty coffee, COFFEA EXLIBRIS is a cafe that has found just the right balance between know-how and un...

Video: 'One Day In Tokyo'

There’s a lot to be discovered in the world’s biggest city. Follow our Editor Ben Davis on a journey across Tokyo and back again, as he visits some of ...

468 (Yoropa)

A sushi restaurant with an unlikely alias, 468 (aka Yoropa) offers a rare chance to enjoy anago bou-sushi, Kansai style. Whilst training and later working ...

Saruyama

An office with a slightly peculiar arrangement, Saruyama functions as a workspace, contemporary craft shop and showroom-cum-gallery. Barely recognisable fro...

Mél

In an area known for its vintage haunts, Mél deals almost exclusively in French daywear from the 19th-20th centuries, and is a lesson in dedication. Since e...

Pragmata

Offering a refreshing perspective on contemporary ceramics, glassware and other crafts from Japan and overseas, Pragmata is a small gallery tucked away in a ...

The Three Robbers

Housed in a rough-edged space down an unassuming set of stairs, The Three Robbers is a store that brings together classic-inspired designs and vintage deadst...

Coconuts Disk Ekoda

With the feel of a subtropical garden lounge, Coconuts Disk offers a suitably mellow introduction to Japanese classics from decades past. Adorned with hang...

W.P Gold Burger

An unlikely burger joint filled with a medley of familiar names, W.P Gold Burger mixes a lovable selection of 'famous' burgers with a touch of punk r...

Photo Diary by Tamami Iinuma

“Ueno is at the core of Tokyo’s art and culture scene. It has a unique diversity and multiple layers of urban creation: stories of our past, fragile mo...

2[Ni]

A store where you're just as welcome to stop by for a roll on the mini ramp as you are to peruse the goods for sale, 2[Ni] is a basement hideaway brought...

Tabi Bagel

Fresh bagels each morning and home to one of the friendliest bakers you're likely to encounter, Tabi Bagel is a loveable corner shop you can't help b...

Kogei Keaton

Filled with an array of ceramic plates, bowls and vessels handpicked from kilns throughout western Japan and further afar, Kogei Keaton specialises in the ki...

Tegamisha Tsutsujigaoka

For all the abundance and convenience of the inner city, there is something alluring about taking the time to venture out into a suburban area to experience ...