16 August, 2023
Tokyo is the largest city in Japan and in our opinion one of the best cities in the world which means there is a lot to see and do. We have rounded up our top places to see and explore while you are in Tokyo plus some of our favourite brands.
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WINE, SNACKS & DINNER:
Toco is an amazing wine bar with delicious snacks - probably the best meal we had on the last trip to Tokyo so we highly recommend popping in.
Falafels and natural wine = perfect combo.
A little natural wine bar.
Best spot is standing at the bar to drink whatever natural wine are being poured that night.
Farm to table food that changes with the seasons.
Gallery and shop by D&department.
Tsite in Daikanyama is hands down the best bookshop in the world (also opens at 7am).
Is like a little antique Provider Store down a side alley.
Beams in one of our favourite Japanese stores and is well worth making a browse.
YAECA has a few stores around. They are all beautiful and sell a blend of minimal fashion and home items.
Designer re-sell fashion. Expect to walk in with nothing and walk out with an Issey Miyake ensemble and some archival Comme Des Garcons.
Nepenthes is a Japanese owned company that create lots of brands under its umbrella. From the likes of Needles, Engineered Garments, South 2 West 8 (to name a few), their store in Tokyo is place to take home something you won't see anywhere else in the world.
DSM is like a fashion museum. It's filled with the worlds best brands and the most avant garde collections.
Close to Dover street in a place called Hibiya Central Market. On the top floor there's a Graphpaper store + a vintage homewares shop.
Filled with local and international home goods, this little shop is one of the coolest places we have visited.
While we are yet to visit Mogi, it's on the top of our list for the next visit.
Cat street in Harajuku is the best shopping. There's one side that is filled with flashing lights and Harajuku Girls, the other side holds home to some of the worlds best brands. It's worth a day trip to spend all your money.
Tomigaya is one of our favourite suburbs in Shibuya. It has a nice community feel to it and there's lots to explore around here. We would start our day at Path, followed by a little look in the Monocle Store, a peruse around Lost and Found Store, a sandwich at Camel Back, dinner at Newport, followed by a wine at Ahiru.
A diverse collection of Japanese and Asian premodern art with an amazing Japanese garden out the back.
This gallery space has a rotating range of everyday items and art pieces, hosting monthly exhibitions. It is actually a ceramic store set out like a musesum. Aelu may be hard to find but it's worth the visit.
Yoyogi park is a great spot for a morning run or walk.
Enjoy a tea ceremony at Yakumo Saryo
Take a day trip to Koenji and spend the day strolling the vintage shops.
Kichijoji is well worth a visit when you are staying in Tokyo, it's a little suburb about 30 mins from Shibuya. It has plenty of things to see and some delicious food and stores (it even has a Margaret Howell cafe).