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468 (Yoropa)

Nishiasakusa, Taito, Tokyo, Japan Map

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

3 Chome-12-46 Motoazabu, Minato, Tokyo, Japan Map

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

Mél

2 Chome-26-7 Kitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan Map

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

2 Chome-3-3 Hatchobori, Chūō, Tokyo, Japan Map

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

1 Chome-11-1 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo, Japan Map

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

1 Chome-9-10 Toyotamakami, Nerima, Tokyo, Japan Map

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

1 Chome-9-4 Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan Map

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...

2[Ni]

2 Chome-6-14 Ohashi, Meguro, Tokyo, Japan Map

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

2 Chome-5-14 Yanaka, Taito, Tokyo, Japan Map

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

1 Chome-48-10 Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan Map

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

4 Chome-23-35 Nishitsutsujigaoka, Chōfu, Tokyo, Japan Map

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 ...

Tezukuriichi

3 Chome-15-20 Zoshigaya, Toshima, Tokyo, Japan Map

Well and truly alive and buzzing by mid-morning, Tezukuriichi – Zoshigaya's regular food and craft market – moves with the kind of energy you want to be ...

IONIO&ETNA

3 Chome-45-9 Koenjiminami, Suginami, Tokyo, Japan Map

An experiment in how things can be 'made old' and how old things can become new once more, Takero Kano's IONIO&ETNA is a neatly arranged room...

Parlour Ekoda

41-15 Sakaecho, Nerima, Tokyo, Japan Map

With a rotating menu of freshly baked panini, a constant stream of classical music via Radio Naples, and grappa on the shelf, there are traces of the Mediter...

Mademoiselle Yako

3 Chome-13-7 Kuramae, Taitō, Tokyo, Japan Map

As a collector and designer, Yako is fascinated by items that have been dearly loved by their owners, from picture-books read hundreds of times over to dolls...

monokraft

4 Chome-22-5 Kuramae, Taitō, Tokyo, Japan Map

Casual, low rise couches; broad dining tables paired with elegant chairs; and stools lined with sheep's wool, monokraft crafts wooden furniture to stay w...

Sumida Coffee

4 Chome-7-11 Taihei, Sumida, Tokyo, Japan Map

Located in a modest timber building in Kinshicho, Sumida Coffee is a cafe where you feel like you have all the time in the world. Within the tall, slender sp...

SOLAKZADE

4 Chome-29-4 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan Map

Specialising in vintage eyewear that dates all the way back to the 1800s, SOLAKZADE is a store that shares a love for classic frames and the culture and hist...

Ace

3 Chome-10 Uchikanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan Map

Stories of nori toast led to me to Ace, a long-standing kissaten filled with hand-painted signboards, dozens of varieties of siphon-made coffee and a selecti...

Kurasukoto

2 Chome-23-29 Kugayama, Suginami, Tokyo, Japan Map

Home cooking in a restaurant means selecting ingredients and preparing meals with the same care you would afford for your family. Tucked into the ground floo...

Hachimakura

3 Chome-59-4 Koenjiminami, Suginami, Tokyo, Japan Map

Just down the street from Chosenji Temple in Koenji, Hachimakura specialises in paper products – from colourful craft stationery to Showa-era printed wrappin...

Snow Shoveling

4 Chome-35-7 Fukasawa, Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan Map

Snow Shoveling is a local bookstore filled with shelves full of printed matter alongside piles of printed matter that don't fit on the shelves. There are...

Isegen

1 Chome-11-1 Kanda Sudacho, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan Map

In a grand old timber building in a back street of Kanda there is a restaurant dedicated to a single, grotesque species of fish, the monkfish. Isegen origi...

GOAT

1 Chome-11-5 Higashiueno, Taito, Tokyo, Japan Map

From childhood visits to her local store to choosing coloured paper for writing letters – and, more recently, to working as an art director and designing not...

Bar Gen Yamamoto

1 Chome-6 Azabujuban, Minato, Tokyo, Japan Map

It's easy to become absorbed in the casual sense of calm with which owner and mixologist Gen Yamamoto prepares fresh cocktails. Slicing, grating, muddlin...

BONDO

3 Chome-3-6 Kichijoji Honcho, Musashino, Tokyo, Japan Map

With a carefully selected, personal collection of daily goods and jewellery, as well as an attentive owner who is happy to share the story behind the items a...

Hagiso

3 Chome-10-25 Yanaka, Taito, Tokyo, Japan Map

With the smell of keema-curry, toasted mackerel sandwiches and hand-dripped coffee drifting from the kitchen into the gallery, artwork leading you up the sta...

Digawel 1

2 Chome-30-7 Kamimeguro, Meguro, Tokyo, Japan Map

Situated in the neighbourhood of Yutenji, Digawel 1 resembles a standard glass-fronted store, yet manages to capture the intimacy of a private studio filled ...

P-Koen

5 Chome-28-6 Himonya, Meguro, Tokyo, Japan Map

Sitting on a wooden stump stool, coffee in hand, we gazed through the series of spaces that interconnect P-Koen while owner and designer Yuuki explained, &ld...

MAITO Work & Shop

4 Chome-14-12 Kuramae, Taito, Tokyo, Japan Map

From his early days spent exploring and foraging in the forest near his home town in Fukuoka to combining sense and science in various colour experiments, Ma...