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Tokyo Hidden Gems

Experts in Tokyo travel tips

Once you’ve moved past the typical visitor recommendations, who better to ask for advice on the coolest, most unique things to do in Tokyo than the people who live here? Whether you’re looking for a great bowl of ramen, an authentic teahouse, or an up-and-coming designer, Tokyo has no shortage of under-discovered finds, and our team will be happy to help you discover some of them.
  • Tokyo comes alive at night in Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku’s main entertainment district. Known for its large concentration of hostess and cabaret clubs, there are also shops, boutiques, and live music venues.
  • Sit shoulder to shoulder in one of Golden Gai’s narrow alleys in tiny, old-fashioned, two-story bars that often seat a maximum of 5 to 6 people.
  • Get a glimpse of Tokyo’s past in Omoide Yokocho. The old-fashioned block near Shinjuku Station attracts many photographers and is famous for its tiny streets and disheveled facades. It’s similar to Golden Gai but with more food. 
  • Tomigaya is a small neighborhood with a lot of atmosphere. Nestled between Shinjuku and Shibuya, it’s home to some hip lifestyle stores, cafes, and bookshops.
  • Stroll to Shinjuku Gyoen, a large park in Shinjuku that used to be the Naito family’s estate during Edo times. 
There are three distinct gardens within the park: Japanese, English, and French.
  • See Tokyo from above in one of the two free observation decks at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. It’s located in the Shinjuku Skyscraper District, west of Shinjuku Station. From there, you can view the city and Shinjuku Chuo Park. 
  • Only a short distance away is Yoyogi Park, one of the most popular parks in Tokyo. To the north of the park is Meiji Jingumae, a shrine dedicated to the late Meiji Emperor and his wife.
  • Famous for its street fashion, Harajuku is a hub of fascinating subcultures. It’s the fashion capital of Tokyo, filled with headquarters for luxury brands and modeling agencies. 
  • Capture Tokyo’s best modern architecture at Omotesando.

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