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Japan,
Tokyo

Introduction

With no discernible centre, Tokyo's vast urban sprawl can be overwhelming on your first visit. The densely populated neon-lit centre is there if you want it, but go behind the concrete and Tokyo reveals itself to be a city of small back streets and quiet spaces. It also offers impeccable service, knock-out food and great shopping. No wonder Tokyo leaves other cities in its wake.

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Essentials

  1. Lunch is a bargain in Tokyo. Even the best restaurants offer a good-value set lunch.
  2. Don't pour your own drink if you've got company for dinner: fill your neighbour's glass and wait for them to return the favour.
  3. Invest in a few fresh pairs of socks: you need to be shoeless in many restaurants and offices.
  4. Don't be late, don't open and shut taxi doors (leave that to the driver) and handle any business cards received with care.
  5. Department store Tokyu Hands sells everything from rucksacks to paper underwear.

Two-hour tour

  • Nezu Museum

    6-5-1 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku

    +81 3 3400 2536

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  • Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art — Outstanding private collection of woodblock prints.

    1-10-10 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku

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  • Kenzo Tange's Olympic Arena — Architectural classic built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

    2-1-1 Jinnan Shibuya-ku

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Hotels

  • Independent and easy

    Marunouchi Hotel

    1-6-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku

    +81 3 3215 2151

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  • Dependable chain

    Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel

    26-1 Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya-ku

    +81 3 3476 3000

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  • Premium

    Park Hyatt Tokyo

    3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku

    +81 3 5322 1234

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Dining

  • Mid-morning coffee

    The Monocle Café

    B1F Hankyu Men’s Tokyo, 2-5-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku

    +81 3 6252 5285

  • Fast breakfast

    Royal Host — All over Tokyo; try Harajuku.

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  • Business breakfast

    French Kitchen

    Grand Hyatt Hotel, 6-10-3 Roppongi, Minato-ku

    +81 3 4333 8781

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  • Mid-morning coffee

    Omotesando Koffee

    4-15-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku

    +81 3 5413 9422

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  • Working lunch with colleagues

    Mus Mus

    Shin-Marunouchi Building 7F, 1-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku

    +81 3 5218 5200

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  • Need-to-impress clients lunch

    Yakumo Saryo

    3-4-7 Yakumo Saryo, Meguro-ku

    +81 3 5731 1620

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  • Lunch on your own

    Cinagro

    5-10-1 Jingumae, B1F, Shibuya-ku

    +81 3 3400 4796

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  • Dinner with colleagues

    Cujorl

    22-8 Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya-ku

    +81 3 5784 5818

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  • Drink after dinner

    Bluestone

    6-4-14 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku

    +81 3 5485 0818

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  • On the tiles

    Le Baron de Paris and Amour Karaoke

    1F/B1F Aoyama Center, 3-8-40 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku

    +81 3 3408 3665

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  • Private dinner

    Maru

    Aoyama KT Building B1F, 5-50-8 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku

    +81 3 6418 5572

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  • Big dinner with partner/clients

    New York Grill

    3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku

    +81 3 5323 3458

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  • Late drinks

    Fuglen Tokyo

    1-16-11 Tomigaya , Shibuya-ku

    +81 3 3481 0884

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Reading

  • Bookshop

    Daikanyama Tsutaya Books

    17-5 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku

    +81 3 3770 2525

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Shopping

  • Something you can't get anywhere else

    Found Muji

    5-50-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku

    +81 3 3407 4666

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  • Lost luggage - where to buy shirts

    Shinjuku Isetan

    Men's Building, 3-14-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku

    +81 3 3225 2514

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  • Something for the kids

    Colobockle

    1-1-54 Nakameguro, Meguro-ku

    +81 3 3714 7393

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  • Something for someone you love

    Bag from Kurachika Yoshida

    5-6-8 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku

    +81 3 5464 1766

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  • Something for yourself

    Spiral Records

    5-6-23 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku

    +81 3 3498 1171

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Transport

  • Pasmo Pass — From ¥1,000 (€8) and sold in Metro stations; valid on the Metro, buses and JR lines. It can also be used to buy goods in shops.

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  • Rent a bike — Rent from Muji in Yurakucho. Cost-wise, normal bicycles are ¥525 (€4) and electrically assisted bicycles ¥1,575 (€13) a day during the week; ¥1,050 (€9) and ¥2,100 (€17) a day at weekend and during holidays. A ¥3,000 ($25) deposit is required, too.

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Limousine/car

Fitness

  • Good gym

    Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium — 50m pool and gym.

    1-17-1 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku

    +81 3 5474 2111

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  • Good running route

    Imperial Palace — 5km circuit.

    1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda-ku

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