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The top six places to visit in Tokyo


Tokyo offers high-end restaurants, eclectic independent stores and the world’s leading luxury labels

Verity Hogan
City Guide
Verity Hogan,

Freitag
Freitag uses lorry tarpaulins to produce bags like those used by urban bike couriers, which are as functional, waterproof and strong as they are style conscious. Every bag is handmade and there are 40 different shapes and styles to choose from. For a more high-fashion piece, try the Reference collection; with a refined shape and timeless aesthetic, these pieces use vintage tarpaulins that are at least 10 years old.

Freitag, 1-13-12 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061, +81 (0)3 6228 6142

Harcoza
Complementing its quirky interior with an equally eclectic product range, Harcoza exemplifies the individuality for which Japanese fashion is known. The boutique’s colourful décor demonstrates a playful approach to design, enhanced by Lego-patterned carpeting and a ceramic purple poodle sculpture keeping watch. The clothing on offer is similarly unusual; the store stocks its own label alongside a range of pieces by new designers that cannot be found elsewhere. The store often functions as an event space; regular parties and art exhibitions add further character to this distinctive space.

Harcoza, 2-15-9 Ebisu-Nishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0021, +81 (0)3 6416 0725

Edo-Tokyo Museum
Anyone with even a passing interest in Tokyo’s past should ensure a visit to the Edo-Tokyo Museum is at the top of his or her to-do list. The museum is dedicated to preserving the city’s rich heritage through a series of exhibitions providing insights into Tokyo’s history and culture. Every visit begins by crossing a replica of the Nihonbashi Bridge followed by a tour of the museum’s wide range of models and interactive exhibits illustrating everything from the traditional Edo political system to the impact Europe and the US have had on Japanese culture.

Edo-Tokyo Museum, 1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0015, +81 (0)3 3626 9974

Mandarin Bar
Epitomising quiet luxury, the Mandarin Bar has elegant, contemporary décor and a menu of carefully constructed cocktails, devised by award-winning mixologist Yukiyo Kurihara. Located on the 37th floor, the bar has a surprisingly intimate atmosphere, complemented by live evening jazz performances and friendly, professional staff. Be sure to try the house cocktail, the Nihonbashi, combining vodka, Yuzu liqueur and grapefruit juice to produce a green and blue drink reflecting the colours of the surrounding district.

Mandarin Bar, Mandarin Oriental, 2-1-1 Nihonbashi-Muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-8328, +81 (0)3 3270 8188

Peter
From the moment you step into the custom express lift to Peter bar and restaurant, you can be assured of an exceptional experience. The restaurant serves a well-edited menu of grilled cuisine; expect to find Kobe beef loin and 40-day-old dried strip loin accompanied by a range of sauces and varied selection of appetizing side dishes. The bar is ideal for a post-dinner drink, with spectacular décor and a selection of signature cocktails, premium Champagne and cigars. However, it is the view that really sets this venue apart; enjoy a Japanese whisky while admiring a panorama of the Imperial Palace Gardens and Hibiya Park.

Peter, The Peninsula Tokyo, 1-8-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0006, +81 (0)3 6270 2763

Louis Vuitton
Designed by architect Jun Aoki, Louis Vuitton’s Matsuya Ginza store is set to become a landmark on the area’s skyline. The boutique’s existing two floors have been completely renovated and a newly built third floor will play host to Vuitton’s menswear collection, infused with the label’s signature elegance. As well as menswear, the store will stock the brand’s complete collection; expect to find handbags featuring the iconic LV logo, accessories and effortlessly chic ready-to-wear among the range.

Louis Vuitton, 3-6-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, 104-8130 Tokyo, +81 (0)3 3478 2100

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