Visit Tokyo: Your Travel Guide

What do you get when you throw together some sushi, shogun warriors, Hello Kitty, karaoke and goth-geisha girls? A bunch of clichés about Tokyo – but you’ll barely have scratched the surface of this ultra-modern city at the forefront of 21st-century living.

Things to Do in Tokyo

Kokyo – Imperial Palace
Japan’s imperial palace is a Shinto paradise, filled with lily ponds of ornamental carp and billowing weeping willows. Kokyo’s immaculate inner grounds are only publicly accessible on December 23 and January 2; any other time you can peek at the treasures within from the perimeter. Fun fact: in monetary terms, Kokyo’s land is worth more than all of the real estate in London combined.
1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda-ku
No public access
Takeshita Street
Maids, rockabillies and bears – oh my! Takeshita Street is loaded with niche costume shops selling everything from medieval wench-wear to "Gothic Lolita" maid uniforms to the odd pair of kitten ears. As part of the legendary "Harajuku Girl" charm, you’ll spot girls sporting the costumes as slightly impractical everyday wear. Kawaii (cute)!
2-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku
Open every day 11 am – 8 pm
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Don’t be afraid to "drop some coin," especially if it brings you good luck. Meiji Jingu Shrine is set in 173 acres of pristine forest, capped by the giant Tori Gate made from a 1,500-year-old cypress. Purify your hands and mouth before stepping towards Emperor Meiji’s shrine, throw coins into the box, bow twice, clap twice, then pray and bow again.
1-1 Yoyogi-Kamizono-cho,Shibuya-ku
Check website for details
Tokyo Tower
There’s no way to deny it – Tokyo is a gigantic city, which can be seen from every direction atop this iconic tower. Painted bright orange and white, this 1,092-foot steel tower is the second-tallest freestanding structure in Japan. There are observation towers at 492 and 820 feet above ground, providing a bird's-eye view of the city. Not for the squeamish!
4-2-8 Shiba Park, Minato-ku
Open every day 9 am – 10 pm
Ginza Wako Building
Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton darling…names, names, names! Identifiable by its clock tower, the grand Ginza Wako Building is a shopaholic’s paradise that’s fashionable by day, boldly illuminated by night. This renowned shopping, dining and entertainment district contains flagship stores for every international luxury brand you’ve heard of – even some you haven’t.
4-5-11 Ginza, Chuo-ku
Open every day 10:30 am – 7 pm
Shibuya Pedestrian Scramble
That poor chicken didn’t cross the road expecting to be snatched and plucked, but maybe that's how you’ll feel crossing this infamous pedestrian thoroughfare. You’ll be jostled every which way but up, as a zillion smartphone-glued people head past you in all directions. For the faint of heart, you can observe the drama from the Tsutaya Building’s Starbucks on the second floor.
2-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya
Akihabara
If Robocop needed a new knee joint, you’d probably find him trawling the stores of Akihabara. Known as "Electric Town," tinker around Akihabara’s electronics shops that sell high-end appliances, DVDs, computers, and the odd robot part. It recently became a mecca for anime and manga fans, called "otaku" (geeks), who buy collectibles and figurines here.
Around JR Akihabara Train Station Sotokanda, Kanda, Chiyoda-ku
Open every day 10 am – 8 pm
Tsukiji Fish Market
Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach him how to fish… and he’ll probably sell the spoils at auction. There’s no reserve price at Tsukiji Fish Market, where you can witness the daily spectacle of live tuna being auctioned off from 5:25 – 6:15 am. Limited to 120 visitors a day, arrive before 5 am and register at the Fish Information Center. Then treat yourself to some sushi for breakfast!
5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku
Open Monday to Saturday 5 am – 2 pm
Sensoji Temple
Raijin (God of Thunder) and Fujin (God of Wind) preferred to simply bliss out than worry about all that pesky weather nonsense. Walk underneath their statues that stand proudly over the main gate, then make your way to the main temple – dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon (Avalokitesvara). A post-temple bargain hunt in the stores on Nakamise shopping street can’t be missed.
2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku
Open every day 6 am – 5 pm
Tokyo 'Skytree' Tower
Superman wasn’t the only being who could scale a tall building in a single bound. Shoot skyward in the rocket-speed elevators that head to Tokyo Skytree’s observation decks, 1,150 and 1,480 feet above ground. The tallest broadcasting tower in the world has an aquarium, planetarium and 300 shops and restaurants at the base of the tower, great for post-flight snacking.
1-1-13 Oshiage, Sumida-ku
Open every day 8 am – 10 pm
Shimokitazawa
Teenagers, trendsetters, and theatrical types rub shoulders in this hip Tokyo suburb. Youth culture reigns supreme in Shimokitazawa’s vintage clothes shops, record stores and buzzing student bars. The district hosts a popular theater festival every February, and annual music festivals in July see live performances spilling from tiny venues into the streets.
Koenji
Known as Tokyo’s capital of retro, Koenji is full of second-hand stores. Savvy shoppers flock here to nab bargain clothes and used electronics at awesome prices – before eating up yakitori and ramen in low-key local cafes! If you’re in town in August, the colorful Awa-odori festival fills the streets with traditional music and dance.
Nakano
Calling all geeks! The Nakano neighborhood flies the flag for nerd culture with an huge variety of stores catering to gamers, comic-book lovers, and collectors of every fandom imaginable. Cosplayers can pick up the finishing touches for their looks in the Nagano Broadway Mall before strutting their stuff in the local streets and bars.
Harajuku
Weird, wacky and wonderful – anything goes in Tokyo’s street style capital. All possible subcultures rub shoulders in Harajuku’s quirky clothing shops, from pierced punks to pastel-and-pigtail-wearing Fairy Kei divas. On Sundays, the hip young crowds show off their latest looks on Jingu Bashi Bridge in front of camera-wielding crowds.
Shinjuku
Towering skyscrapers, bright lights and flashing billboards. Shinjuku is everything you imagine Tokyo to be and more! Beyond the mainstream stores selling cut-rate cameras and computers, mingle with cosplayers and alternative types when you shop for quirky fashion in Shinjuku’s independent malls. Later, head to the neighborhood's karaoke booths and cartoon-themed bars for a night out with Tokyo’s hippest people.

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Traveler's Reviews & Photos

10
Exceptional
Tokyo has so much to offer, it's hard to suggest just one element. Just pick any station or recognition point and start walking. One caution: if you are a vegetarian you will have to be either creative or do a search beforehand, vegetarian restaurants are difficult to find.
Adrianus
Netherlands
April 16, 2017
10
Exceptional
the cherry blossoms, the very reason to travel to japan. the food & best of all the politeness & gentleness of the japanese people. the private tour shared between 7 of us was fantastic.
julie
Australia
April 16, 2017
8
Very Good
Tokyo is much more bigger and deeper than you thought.Shopping, entertainment, historical places, beautiful nature, night life and traditional culture....you can expect everything you want.If you also wan to stay cheep there are so many ways to do.
康彦
Japan
April 16, 2017
10
Exceptional
Highlights: Amazing people and culture, sakura, sake and whiskey, hot spring, onsen, temples, nightlife, parks, food!
IHitThings
Hong Kong
April 16, 2017
10
Exceptional
Very clean even hard to find rubish bin but the city has a high degree of cleanliness. Busy city, busy trains, busy restaurants and all busy but well organised. Absolutely will be back someday.
Australia
April 16, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Tokyo

Sotetsu Fresa Inn Hamamatsucho-Daimon

8.2 Very Good

Score from 1,500 reviews

$83

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Remm Akihabara

8.8 Excellent

Score from 793 reviews

$164

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  • “location was great”
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  • “very clean”
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Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya-jingumae

8.6 Excellent

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$85

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  • “location was great”
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  • “excellent quality of food”
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Hotel Horidome Villa

8.1 Very Good

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$44

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Sotetsu Fresa Inn Nihombashi Kayabacho

8.2 Very Good

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$92

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Hotel Nihonbashi Villa

7.1 Good

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$18

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Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel

8.9 Excellent

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$255

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Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo

8.5 Very Good

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$256

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Royal Park Hotel The Shiodome

8.9 Excellent

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$176

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Discover Tokyo

Popular Neighborhoods in Tokyo

Shinjuku Ward

156 properties

Shinjuku is a major commercial and entertainment hub. Head to Takashimaya Times Square for shopping. The Metropolitan Government Office's free observation decks have amazing city vistas overlooking Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. At night, Kabukicho is Tokyo's wildest red light district.

Asakusa

72 properties

Asakusa is one of the key Shitamachi (low-city) districts associated with "old Tokyo." The grand Kaminarimon Gate marks the entrance to Nakamise shopping street (for kitsch souvenirs) leading to Sensoji Temple, the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo. Take a guided rickshaw tour to see popular sights in the area.

Chiyoda

61 properties

Chiyoda-ku is both bureaucratic and historic. Check out the sprawling Imperial Palace or National Diet Building. The Shin Marunouchi Building and the Akihabara Denki-gai are modern shopping and dining areas. Walk past the East Garden to Kitanomaru Park and the National Museum of Modern Art.

Ueno

60 properties

Ueno is a haven for culture lovers. The Tokyo National Museum features the world's largest collection of Japanese treasures and the National Museum of Western Art houses some of the finest works of art by European artists like Renoir and Van Gogh. Try a bit of bargain shopping on Ameya-Yokocho ("Ameyoko") street.

Ikebukuro

54 properties

Ikebukuro is filled with young and trendy types. Head to the skyscraper Sunshine 60's observation deck, or Otome Road to see female otaku and "cosplay" (girls in role-play costumes). Test-drive late-model cars at Amlux Toyota Auto Salon. Ikebukuro is also home to the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space and several universities.

Shibuya Ward

45 properties

With its enormous crossing, Shibuya is complete sensory overload – a major commercial and entertainment hub. The area is loaded with mid-range to high-end shops, restaurants and clubs. Buy an anime costume and join the young people wearing outlandish fashion at Shibuya 109 and Center-gai, or head to Hikarie's shops and restaurants.

Shinagawa Area

38 properties

Shinagawa Station is a transportation hub surrounded by shops and restaurants. Sea dogs should visit the Epson Shinagawa Aqua Stadium or the Museum of Maritime Sciences (Fune-no-Kagaku-kan), or head back to land to see the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art and the Kita-Shinagawa Hondori shopping district.

Akasaka

33 properties

There's a bit of everything in Akasaka. Outside its function as an important commercial and business district, there are many upscale hotels and restaurants. The high-end clubs exude a classier atmosphere than those in neighboring Roppongi. For Japanese culture, visit Hie Shrine on the way to Akasaka Palace.

Ginza

22 properties

Ginza has been the home of Japan's wealthy elite for centuries. A shopping spree at Mitsukoshi and Wako might cost the GDP of a small country, just like an evening dining at one of the 50 Michelin-star restaurants in the area. For culture, unravel the art of Japanese Kabuki at the famous Kabuki-za Theatre.

Roppongi

9 properties

Roppongi never sleeps – it's filled with nightclubs, bars, and high-end restaurants. Roppongi Art Triangle consists of the National Art Center, the Mori Art Museum, and the Suntory Museum of Art. The modern shopping and dining complexes in Roppongi Hills and Midtown Tokyo have a sophisticated feel.

Harajuku

6 properties

Harajuku is mostly known for being the fashion center of "kawaii" culture, but it's also home to the historic Meiji Shrine in memory of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken, which was completed in 1920. Shop on Takeshita and Omotesando Streets or just wander and discover some of the restaurants tucked away from the crowds.

Odaiba

6 properties

Glitzy Odaiba features recreations of world monuments. In this eccentric entertainment and shopping precinct, you can salute the Statue of Liberty, test-drive cars at Toyota Mega Web, or experience your samurai fantasies at Oedo Onsen Monogatari, an Edo Period hot springs theme park.

Ebisu

1 property

Ebisu is a fashionable neighborhood packed with upscale boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Head to Garden Place, a shopping area with restaurants and shops spread across multiple buildings and skyscrapers. Enjoy the Tokyo Metropolitan Photography Museum or the nightlife.

Local Tips for Tokyo

Don Quijote Roppongi
Rie by Rie

Rie has lived in Tokyo for a total of 15 years and loves the city inside and out.

Don Quijote (or "Donki") is a 24-hour discount store that sells everything under the sun. It’s disorganized chaos, where products are piled up in minimal space. However, it’s a reliable source of discounted snacks, cosmetics, electronics and even pet supplies.

  • 3-14-10 Roppongi, Minato-ku
  • www.donki.com
  • Open 7 days, 24 hours a day
Ghibli Museum
Monica by Monica

Monica has lived in Tokyo for 3.5 years and loves the city’s serene temples and parks.

Escape into the world of Studio Ghibli (creators of the famous anime films "Spirited Away," "Howls Moving Castle," and more). This quirky museum was designed by Hayao Miyazaki and includes a theater, garden, children’s area and cafe. Use the ticket machine at Lawson for advance tickets!

  • 1-1-83 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka, Tokyo
  • www.ghibli-museum.jp
  • Open every day 10 am – 6 pm, closed Tuesdays
Yokohama
Mari by Mari

Mari commutes to Tokyo from Yokohama and loves Tokyo’s great boutique shopping and historic places.

If you're thinking about taking a day trip to Yokohama, try Junkaikaku Restaurant in Chinatown. It's small and inconspicuous but the shumai (dumplings) are to die for. After stuffing yourself, take a walk to the Red Brick Warehouse and the Yokohama World Porters for some shopping or a movie!

  • 147 Yamashitacho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken
  • Open every day 11 am – 11:30 pm
Kingyo
Maiko by Maiko

Maiko has lived in Tokyo for 6 years and loves its mix of tradition, technology, and underground cultures.

Kingyo is a cabaret-restaurant where talented (and beautiful) drag queens have been performing for more than two decades! The dancers are highly skilled and are absolutely amazing. The cover charge – plus a mandatory drink and dish – come to around JPY 5000.

  • 3-14-17 Roppongi, Minato-ku
  • www.kingyo.co.jp
  • Open Tuesday to Sunday 6 pm – 12 am, shows start at 7:30 pm and 10 pm
Robot Restaurant
Koichi by Koichi

Koichi enjoys Tokyo’s awesome restaurants, endless entertainment and traditional culture.

Robot restaurant is an underground cabaret restaurant and café which has performances by beautiful ladies in skimpy dresses, a triceratops and flashing and dancing robots. Sound crazy? It’s a ridiculous and outrageous sensory overload that must be seen to be believed!

  • 1-7-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
  • Open every day
Ninja Akasaka
Ikumi by Ikumi

Ikumi has lived in Tokyo her whole life and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else!

Ninja Akasaka is a restaurant close to Akasaka-Mitsuke Subway Station. Asian fusion dishes are served in a simulated environment of whistling winds, chirping crickets and waterfalls. Ninja magicians visit each table to perform magic tricks as well.

  • Akasaka Tokyu Plaza 1F, 2-14-3 Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku
  • www.ninjaakasaka.com
  • Open Monday to Saturday 5 pm – 1 am, Sundays 5 pm – 11 pm
Mangekyo
Ayano by Ayano

Ayano has lived in Tokyo for 3 years and loves the city’s cleanliness and cosmopolitan vibe.

There are many Japanese-style public bathhouses (called "super sento") in Tokyo. I recommend the Urayasu Mangekyo. It includes a big coed outdoor bath, where you wear a swimsuit. It makes for an enjoyable day trip and there’s a free shuttle bus from JR Shinurayasu Station.

Tachigui Soba
Akane by Akane

After 20 years, Akane still enjoys Tokyo because it is safe, organized and clean.

At the tachigui ("stand-and-eat") soba restaurants, there's a waist-high counter where customers can stand and eat. They're really cheap and quite convenient, especially if you have to eat in a hurry before hopping on a train. There's usually a vending machine to purchase your meal ticket.

  • JR Train Stations
Shibamata
Atsushi by Atsushi

Atsushi was born and raised in Shibamata and has lived in Tokyo for 35 years.

Shibamata is east of central Tokyo. It is one of the rare places with a traditional atmosphere, reminiscent of the Showa days. Taishakuten Sando has traditional shops with Japanese snacks like dango and senbei. Visit Shibamata if you're interested in seeing what the old days in Tokyo were like!

  • Shibamata, Katsushika-ku
Karaoke
Mao by Mao

Mao’s 4 years in Tokyo have been spent enjoying cafes and restaurants in pursuit of culinary bliss.

When in Tokyo, karaoke is a must. These karaoke rooms are private so don't worry if you're not a diva! Just sing and dance to Lady Gaga or listen to your friends sing some heartbreaking love songs. These karaoke rooms usually have good food and drinks too!

  • Shibuya, Tokyo

Give yourself enough time to see everything. Trains, metro, etc go virtually everywhere so get a Pasmo card and take to the rails. Keep your eyes open and attempt to take it all in. Tokyo is an overwhelming environment populated with the most polite and charming people I've ever met. Eat all the things. Go out to the suburbs and be confused by everyday things. Use one of those pit-toilets. Try to translate your experience into some kind of art form. Photos don't mean much anymore. Write a story, draw a picture, create something expressive. It really helps me feel a cultural connection to a place.

Tokyo is so easy to navigate. All the stations have English signage and English announcements, the underground metro line and the overground JR lines are interconnected, and all easily colour coded. The PASMO/SUICA IC cards make paying very simple and cheap, without having to worry which ticket to get and where to. There is almost never a delay, and if there is, it is for a few minutes at most, and you will always be on your way in no time. Be careful of the morning rush on the busier lines (like the JR Yamanote and metro Ginza lines) as it is VERY busy and tightly squashed in the trains.

We went to Roppongi Hills' Mori Tower Observation Deck for the last half hour of the night. We thought we almost missed it but luckily we had from 9:30 to 10:00pm to enjoy the sights. The only people at the deck at that time were young couples, there were maybe 5 couples. It was eerie, foggy and a great view of the city. Romantic! Also - for other sightseeing occasions, it is best to have an early start out of your hotel to explore. You get less people and the most sunshine out of the day!

People of Tokyo are often shy and insular, and only speak moderate English usually, but are always willing to help if they can, and will go above and beyond to make sure you are on the right track. People in shops and restaurants are polite and patient if you aren't sure of the customs and methods of shopping/eating. And if you are walking outside in the rain without an umbrella, expect to be asked multiple times if you would like someones as they are just walking past you.

Yes, there are many others! If you like souvenirs/food stalls/cheap and varied goods, head to Nakamise Street between Sensoji Temple and Kaminarimon Gate, Ameyayokocho Street near Ueno Park, and in Shinjuku and Shibuya for cheap stores with knick-knacks. There are many other artisan shops, where the owners actually make their own goods, too!

Booking.com asked travelers...

Why do you recommend Tokyo for food?

They have diverse food and they taste really nice - that's of course if you're brave enough and have an open mind to try.

I was touched by the respect and the kindness that people shows to each other and by the cleanness of the place.

Buying merchandise which is difficult to get back home!

Transportation

Tokyo Transportation

Air

Narita is Tokyo’s main international airport. The comfortable JR Narita Express Train to Tokyo Station departs every 15/30 minutes. It takes approx. 90 minutes to reach the center and costs around JPY 4,500 (1st class) or JPY 3,000 (2nd class). As an alternative, you can book a one-way Airport Limousine bus at a desk once you arrive – it takes 90 minutes and costs around JPY 3,000. Taxis are readily available, take about 60 minutes and cost around JPY 25,000, excluding toll charges.

Taxi

Taxis are an expensive mode of transportation in Japan, so the cost-conscious should avoid using them if trains and buses are available. If you do need one (particularly when public services end after midnight), stop at a taxi stand or hail one on the street. A taxi is available if the light on top is lit, and occupied if it’s off. Traffic congestion is an issue in Tokyo and road tolls are usually added to your fare.

Train

Tokyo Station is the hub for Shinkansen (bullet trains) to other cities. The JR Train runs from 4:30 am – 12:45 am daily, but each line has its own schedule. Get tickets inside stations – prices vary according to your destination. At Narita, buy a reloadable Suica or Pasmo travel pass for JR trains, subway lines, buses and some taxis. If you're traveling on to other Japanese cities, a Japan Rail pass is available for 1, 2, or 3 weeks (online only, buy before you arrive).

Metro

Tokyo's 23 wards are connected by an efficient metro system. Ticket machines and station signs are in English and Japanese. Pick up a free subway map to navigate your way around or download one from the metro website. There's strict etiquette for using the metro, and talking on cell phones is not permitted. Women-only sections are available during the morning rush hour.

Bus

Tokyo's buses are clean but often delayed because of traffic congestion. Instead of buying tickets, drop your money into the fares box – it’s important to carry 1000-Yen notes or coins with you. Within Tokyo, buses are usually used for short journeys within or just beyond the ward. To reach cities further away, Tokyo Station and Shinjuku are common departure stations.

Food in Tokyo

Top Restaurants in Tokyo

Mid-Range Fare
Japanese
Oden Kappo Inagaki

Inagaki specialises in oden, a popular Japanese winter dish. They offer 3 types of broth in Kansai, Kanto or Nagoya style. Try sampling all of them to find your favorite. The egg and the daikon radish oden is a must eat!

  • 1-8-8 Hirakawacho, Chiyoda-ku
  • Open weekdays 17:00–22:00
  • 0081 332302757
Mid-Range Fare
Chinese
Ten Shan Fay Way

Ten Shan Fay Way is a Taiwanese hot pot that was invented by Genghis Khan of Mongolia. The pot consists of a variety of Chinese herbs, vegetables, fish and meat, making it great for the winter months. Perfect for all occasions.

  • HK Akasaka Building 2-3F, 5-1-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku
  • Open weekdays 11:00–15:30 and 17:00–21:40, weekends 11:00–15:30 and 17:30–20:40
  • tenshanfayway.com
  • 0081 355752314
Cheap Eats
Japanese
Sawanoi

Sawanoi looks a bit run-down, but it serves one of the best homemade udon noodles with seafood, chicken and vegetables. Their inaka (country-style) udon is a must eat. Good for lunch, dinner or a midnight snack!

  • Shimpo Building 1F, 3–7–13 Akasaka, Minato-ku
  • Open Monday to Saturday 11:00–03:00
  • 0081 335822080
Cheap Eats
Japanese
Yakiton Izakaya Ginbuta Akasaka

If you're dining alone and on a budget, Ginbuta's yakiton (grilled pork on skewers) are cheap and delicious. If you're not a fan of internal organs, try the harami, tontoro and negima. This restaurant is frequented by locals and is good for all occasions.

  • UF3 Building 1F, 3-11-19, Akasaka, Minato-ku
  • Open weekdays 11:30–14:00 and 16:00–23:30, weekends 16:00–23:30
  • 0081 335837022
Upscale Dining
Japanese
Kitaoji Akasaka Saryo

The private Japanese-style dining rooms of Kitaoji Akasaka Saryo are elegantly decorated with flower arrangements. The dinner menu includes fugu or wagyu beef and seasonal ingredients. The lunchtime bento is affordable and delicious! Great for groups of 2 or more.

  • Akasaka 81 Building B1F, 2-13-5 Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku
  • Open weekdays 11:30–14:00 and 17:00–22:30, Saturday 11:30–15:00 and 17:00–22:00
  • www.kitaohji.co.jp
  • 0081 355123737
Cheap Eats
Japanese
Komeguni

Onigiri or omusubi are rice balls wrapped in nori seaweed. These are almost double the price of the ones that they sell at convenience stores, but that's because these are better quality. Get a value set with miso soup, pickles and tofu.

  • Akasaka Biz Tower B1F, 5-3-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku
  • Open every day 11:00–21:00
  • 0081 355610509
Mid-Range Fare
Singaporean
Singapore Hainan Chi Fan

This casual restaurant serves a variety of Singaporean dishes. Singapore Hainan Chi Fan is one of the few places in Tokyo that serves Singapore's most delicious dish, the Hainanese Chicken Rice. Choose from steamed or fried chicken--and then devour it!

  • Akasaka Biz Tower B1F, 5-3-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku
  • Open every day 11:00–23:00
  • 0081 368025512
Cheap Eats
Japanese
Factory

Factory is a bakery and cafe located in Kudanshita – and is best enjoyed for their large continental breakfast. For breakfast, they serve fresh bread, eggs, fruit, homemade granola, yoghurt, orange juice and coffee or tea for just JPY 700!

Upscale Dining
Italian
LucianoShow Restaurant

LucianoShow Restaurant knows how to make diners feel on top of the world. From the beautiful dining hall with floor-to-ceiling windows offering breathtaking views of Tokyo, to the live dance show, LucianoShow will make your night a memorable one!

  • The Hexagon 10F, 5-4-7 Akasaka, Minato-ku.
  • Open every day 15:00–23:30
  • 0081 335684820
Mid-Range Fare
Japanese
Shabu-shabu Onyasai

Onyasai is one of the popular shabu-shabu restaurants with youth. With more than 50 branches throughout Tokyo, offering all-you-can-eat courses of meat, vegetables and side dishes at around JPY 3000, this casual restaurant is perfect for small groups and casual dates.

Mid-Range Fare
Korean
Tonchang Akasaka

One of the best places in Tokyo to eat Korean pork belly barbecue. Order the sam gyeop sal set and you'll get a variety of small side dishes. The waiter will cook the meat for you, so just sit back and enjoy!

Mid-Range Fare
Japanese
Masamune

Masamune's tonkatsu (pork cutlet) is one of the best in the neighbourhood. Under the crispy exterior is the thick, juicy piece of pork. Go all out and order the Jyorosu. Great for all occasions for relaxed dining.

  • 2-8-19 Akasaka, Minato-ku
  • Open weekdays 11:30–15:00 and 18:00–22:00, Saturday 11:30–16:00
  • 0081 335053505
Upscale Dining
Japanese
Akasaka Hanamura

Located a few steps away from the bustling streets of Akasaka, this restaurant has been serving tempura since 1921. Fresh seasonal vegetables and fish are fried to perfection on the spot. Great for a casual and relaxing weekend lunch or dinner.

Upscale Dining
Japanese
Genkai

Genkai has served Mizutaki, a chicken hot-pot dish, for over 80 years. Take a sip of the creamy chicken stock and you'll know why this has been popular for nearly a century. Fantastic for all occasions.

Cheap Eats
Japanese
Kisuke

Is it the chicken or the egg? It's both in the case of oyakodon (which literally means parent-and-child bowl)! This classic Japanese dish contains chicken and egg simmered in soy. Good for all occasions, but not suitable for big groups.

  • 2-10-16 Akasaka, Minato-ku
  • Open weekdays 11:30–14:00
  • 0081 355702810
Cheap Eats
Middle Eastern
Pita the Great

One of the rare falafel (and rare vegetarian) restaurants in Tokyo! Not feeling like falafel? No worries, try the tofu pita, mushroom pita or the hummus pita--or two, since all items are around JPY 880 each. Great for casual dining.

  • ATT Shinkan 2F, 2-11-7 Akasaka Minato-ku
  • Open weekdays 12:00–17:45
  • 0081 355630851
Upscale Dining
French
Pierre Gagnaire

Located on the 36th floor of ANA Intercontinental Hotel, the Michelin 2-starred Pierre Gagnaire serves contemporary/creative French dishes. If you're on a date, try to get a hold of the bench seats that offer a perfect view of the city.

Mid-Range Fare
American
Brooklyn Parlor Shinjuku

Brooklyn Parlor Shinjuku is perfect for any occasion, really: hanging out with your friends over a glass of beer, going on a date to savour perfectly cooked burgers and fish, or just spending quiet time surrounded by rows of bookshelves.

Cheap Eats
Chinese
The Sweet Dynasty

Specializing in Hong Kong-style desserts, dim sum and Chinese rice porridge, The Sweet Dynasty is a popular restaurant among the younger Tokyoites. Definitely try the egg tarts, that you can also order to take with you. Great for casual dining.

Cheap Eats
Japanese
Yamachan

Originally from Nagoya, this izakaya restaurant is renowned for crispy and spicy chicken wings that are just so mouthwatering. Coupled with cold beer, they keep you wanting more. Great for all occasions, especially a casual meal.

Upscale Dining
Japanese
Sushi Saito

Sushi Saito is a Michelin 3-star rated restaurant that just moved from Akasaka to Roppongi. Rumor has it that this restaurant is Michelin Guide Director Jean-Luc Naret's favourite restaurant. Enjoy some of the freshest fish that Japan has to offer.

  • Ark Hills South Tower 1F, 1-4-5 Roppongi, Minato-ku
  • Open every day 12:00–14:00 and 17:00–22:00
  • 0081 335894412
Mid-Range Fare
Italian
Osteria Nakamura

This Italian restaurant's dishes are both delicious and reasonably priced. They serve a huge selection of appetizers, traditional Italian pasta-based dishes and delicious risotto in many different flavours (and great desserts!). Good for all occasions.

Cheap Eats
Indian
Grand Darjeeling

Located just a 3-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station, this stylish restaurant offers 25 types of Indian curries and a variety of side dishes at a reasonable price. One of the best places for cheap Indian food in the area.

Mid-Range Fare
Japanese
Tsunahachi

Founded in 1923, Tsunahachi has been loved by many Tokyo locals for its crispy Tempura, prepared using only the freshest ingredients. Guests’ favourites are ebi (shrimps), anago (sea eels) and kakiage (assorted seafood and vegetables). Reasonable lunch meals and extensive course tempara are available.

Upscale Dining
Chinese
Toh-Ka-Lin

The illustrious Hotel Okura's elegant Chinese Restaurant Toh-Ka-Lin offers a wide selection of authentic Cantonese dishes. Even if you're not too familiar with Chinese cuisine, the extensive menu will most likely have something you'll enjoy. Try the delicious Peking duck!

  • Hotel Okura Tokyo 6F, 2-10-4 Toranomon, Minato-ku
  • Open every day 11:30–14:30 and 17:30–21:30
  • 0081 335056068
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