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  • The hotel breathing new life into one of Tokyo’s oldest neighbourhoods

    The hotel breathing new life into one of Tokyo’s oldest neighbourhoods

    April 16th, 2019Tamara Hinson
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    Within seconds of leaving the Nippori metro station, the sound of birdsong replaces the rumble of metro trains. The noise of traffic – barring occasional pushbikes, often with entire families balanced on top – simply disappears. There’s something ironic about the fact that the Tokyo neighbourhood of Yanaka is just a few kilometres from Akihabara,... Read more »

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  • Kawaii Monsters and more: Tokyo’s weird and wonderful themed cafés

    Kawaii Monsters and more: Tokyo’s weird and wonderful themed cafés

    March 13th, 2019Tamara Hinson
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    When it comes to weird and wonderful places to eat and drink, nothing beats Japan’s colourful capital. Here are some of the strangest cafes and restaurants in Tokyo to chow down in – perfect for your Instagram Stories! Kawaii Monster Café, Shibuya If you’re done with the whole unicorn thing, you’ll probably want to avoid the Kawaii Monster... Read more »

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  • Tokyo nightlife: a neighbourhood guide

    Tokyo nightlife: a neighbourhood guide

    June 9th, 2017Rebecca Hallett
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    Until recently, running a club in Japan was a risky business. The fueihō laws, created in 1948, put restrictions on any small venue where patrons were able to “actively seek out pleasure” – including dancing. Though usually these laws weren’t enforced, any club or bar owners caught by police letting their patrons bust a move could face... Read more »

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  • Where to stay in Tokyo: an area by area guide

    Where to stay in Tokyo: an area by area guide

    November 11th, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    As the biggest city in the world, it’s unsurprising that Tokyo is crammed full of different places to stay – and with each district boasting its own character, choosing which part of the city to use as your base can be a hard decision. Are you after the full Tokyo experience, with a view from a... Read more »

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  • Tokyo or Kyoto: where to visit first

    Tokyo or Kyoto: where to visit first

    September 26th, 2016Rebecca Hallett
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    Where first, Tokyo or Kyoto – it should be an easy choice, right? They’re polar opposites, after all: Tokyo is a land of neon and skyscrapers, the archetypal metropolis; Kyoto is full of kimono-clad geisha, temples and tea ceremonies. So just decide whether you want your first glimpse of Japan to be cutting-edge modernity or high-brow... Read more »

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  • 15 gorgeous photos of Japan

    15 gorgeous photos of Japan

    July 10th, 2015Nick Jackson
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    Professional landscape & wildlife photographer Nick Jackson shares some of his most beautiful pictures of Japan.  “Japan is a country I always wanted to travel to. I wanted to learn more about the culture, visit the ancient temples and see the beautiful cherry blossom first hand. What I encountered over my two week stay blew... Read more »

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  • Tokyo’s tiniest drinking dens: a guide to Golden Gai

    Tokyo’s tiniest drinking dens: a guide to Golden Gai

    June 24th, 2015Rebecca Hallett
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    Shinjuku, Tokyo, is known for skyscrapers, seedy nightlife, suited businessmen and a time-warped tumble of bars called Golden Gai. This perennial haunt of Tokyo’s salarymen has been getting a lot more international attention lately – and for good reason. While the city offers an endless range of flashy, neon-drenched clubs, bars and lounges, arguably only... Read more »

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  • A Godzilla-themed hotel has just opened in Tokyo

    A Godzilla-themed hotel has just opened in Tokyo

    April 28th, 2015Lottie Gross
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    Because robot restaurants and themed cafés aren’t enough: Tokyo is now home to a Godzilla-themed hotel. Towering thirty storeys above Shinjuku in the Japanese capital, the Gracery Hotel revealed a new permanent resident last Friday – an enormous Godzilla head that menacingly overlooks the streets below. In a bid to cash in on the Godzilla hype... Read more »

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  • Quirky Tokyo: the top 10 things to do

    Quirky Tokyo: the top 10 things to do

    December 23rd, 2014Site Editor
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    With its sushi and sumo, pop culture and age-old tradition, serene gardens and traffic hell, Tokyo bombards the senses like no other city. Ordered yet bewildering, Japan’s pulsating capital will lead you a merry dance – but being lost has never been so much fun. The planet’s largest metropolis is Asia at its weirdest, straightest,... Read more »

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  • The best photography on Picfair: urban scenes

    The best photography on Picfair: urban scenes

    December 8th, 2014Lottie Gross
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    This month’s Picfair travel photography round up takes a look at some of their best urban shots. From London and New York to Shanghai and Delhi, we’ve picked our favourite images of the world’s sprawling metropolises. Next month’s theme is ‘winter’, so sign up to Picfair and upload your images, tagged with RGwinter, for a chance to... Read more »

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  • Weird world fashion: around the world in 20 costumes

    Weird world fashion: around the world in 20 costumes

    November 28th, 2014Alice Park
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  • Video: the world’s friendliest cities

    Video: the world’s friendliest cities

    October 10th, 2014Rough Guides Editors
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    Which cities are going to welcome you with open arms? Where will the locals be likely to buy you a beer, and who’s going to invite you in for tea when it’s cold? We asked our social media followers to vote for the friendliest city in the world. These are the results.

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