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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...

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...

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...

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 ...

Saruyama

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

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 ...

Tezukuriichi

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 ...

Gallery Kaido

Stepping inside Gallery Kaido feels like a visit to the home of a photo-loving family. Having left your shoes at the door, you are soon greeted by one (or a ...

Hagiso

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...

Our favourite places to stay

Whether it's for a never-long-enough holiday, a business trip or simply some well-earned rest in a busy city, we've spent our fair share of time in T...

P-Koen

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...

Museums, architecture and design with Masuko Unayama...

Masuko Unayama is the founder and designer of SyuRo, a small design company and store based in Torigoe, Taito. In addition to designing and producing origina...

An afternoon in Yanaka and Kuramae with Ichiro Kanai...

Just over a decade ago Ichiro Kanai founded tokyobike, a company focused on bicycles that let you “simply enjoy the ride”. From their base in Yan...

Music, records and quiet gigs with Yasuhiko Fukuzono...

With a background in piano, analogue/digital experiments and experimental film, musician, DJ and producer Yasuhiko Fukuzono – aka aus – founded the record la...

ROCKET

It's not unusual to find artists working in the kitchen at ROCKET. As a space for food and art, the unassuming, silver-clad gallery in central Harajuku h...

Art with Roger McDonald of Fenberger House

An independent curator and lecturer, Roger is a founding member of the not-for-profit Arts Initiative Tokyo (AIT) and, in addition to his academic work, is t...

Fenberger House

A house museum on the edge of a small forest in rural Nagano, Fenberger House brings together a collection of art and artefacts related to the late CW McDona...

Baseball at Meiji Jingu Stadium

The walk to the stadium is lined with people huddled around stalls selling edamame and fried chicken. Banners hang from above and the crowds stream along the...

Gallery Trax

Back and forth from station to station, gallery hopping in the city can be hard work at times, especially when compared to the fun of organising a 3000 yen h...

Izu Photo Museum

Surrounded by the greenery of Clematis no Oka, nature creates focus at the Izu Photo Museum. Designed by New Material Research Laboratory (Hiroshi Sugimoto a...

Meguro Sky Garden

Meguro Sky Garden is an urban park that sits quietly on the roof of Ohashi Junction – a spiralling, multi-level 'trumpet interchange' connecting two ...

Nikko Inn, Tochigi

Nikko Inn is located in the small farming village of Koshiro, among the fields and forested mountains of Tochigi. Only a couple of hours from Tokyo on the tr...

246 Common

As you walk along Aoyama-dori, a rare gap between buildings reveals a mini sanctuary. An open-air market with a friendly atmosphere, 246 Common is a great pl...

Koishikawa Korakuen

Heavenly. With a million shades of green around and above, you can't help but feel at peace in Korakuen. The hour-or-so loop of the gardens takes you up ...

Jogging around the Imperial Palace

One way to get the feel of a city is to do a lap around its most popular running track – in Tokyo this is the 5km loop around the Imperial Palace. Running ar...

Shinjuku Gyoen

I wouldn't be lying if I said I visited Shinjuku Gyoen just for the grass. The glorious, sprawling, well-tended grass. Spread generously throughout the p...

Farmer's Market at UNU

As if deliberately designed to test your resolve, the short walk from the station to the Farmer's Market has seemingly enough convenience stores, vending...