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Tokyo’s top five city stops


With its towering skyscrapers, stores filled with high-tech gadgets and streets abuzz with people, Tokyo is the archetypal bustling metropolis. The city offers unlimited options for shopping, entertainment and dining, but also has a quiet side, found in its many museums, historic temples and peaceful gardens.

New York Bar
With panoramic city views, chic interior décor and a jazz band in residence, New York Bar is one of the best places to see and be seen in Tokyo. The bar’s menu is extensive, ranging from bespoke cocktails to premium brandies and the largest selection of American wines in Japan. Be sure to try the Radio City cocktail, which combines Earl Grey-infused Belvedere vodka with pink-pepper syrup and soda, and don’t miss the luxurious light bite menu; crispy duck-fat potato fries and the brick-oven pizza topped with pork belly, Provolone and forest mushrooms come highly recommended.

New York Bar, Park Hyatt Tokyo, 3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-1055, +81 (0)3 5322 1234

Lladró
Striking the perfect balance between tradition and modernity, the porcelain collections at Lladró represent the epitome of luxury. The company is still very much a family business, with objets d’art crafted by hand and finished with a distinctive crystalline glaze and hand-painted floral logo. Pieces range from classically styled figurines to more sculptural works, and address themes as varied as love, motherhood, childhood and nature.

Lladró, 7-8-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061, +81 (0)3 3569 3377

Tokyo National Museum
The largest and oldest museum in Japan, the Tokyo National Museum spans five buildings set in large and picturesque gardens. The collection is vast, including an array of artworks and antiquities from Japan and other Asian countries; the selection includes historic paintings, examples of calligraphy, sculpture, decorative arts and archaeology. Don’t miss out on its special temporary exhibitions; this spring an exhibition of sacred treasures from Shinto shrines will allow visitors to enjoy a selection of beautiful artefacts originally dedicated to the gods of nature.

Tokyo National Museum, 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8712, +81 (0)3 5405 8686

Hiroko Takahashi
Hiroko Takahashi breathes fresh life into traditional Japanese costume, updating it to fit into modern life. Kimono shapes provide a base and instil pieces with a sense of tradition, while Takahashi’s restrained designs, rooted in straight lines and circles, make maximum impact with minimal components. Unafraid to push boundaries, Takahashi is one of Japan’s most exciting design talents and her atelier is a focal point of creativity and inspiration.

Hiroko Takahashi, 5-9-18 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0005, +81 (0)3 6240 1327

Niju-bashi Bridge
One of the most visited sites in the spectacular Imperial Palace gardens, the Niju-bashi or Double Bridge offers an intriguing optical illusion. Two bridges set side by side – the Stone Bridge of the Main Gate and the Steel Bridge of the Main Gate – appear to be a single two-storied bridge when viewed from the side. The bridges hold special significance on state occasions; they are opened only during official state visits or formal ceremonies, apart from the two days each year when the public have access to the Palace itself.

Kokyo Gaien, 1-1 Kokyo Gaien, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0002, +81 (0)3 3213 0095

Issey Miyake
Issey Miyake is one of the leading lights of Japanese fashion; subverting expectation since he unveiled his first collection in 1971, he is known for his imaginative shapes and unusual approach to the human body. Miyake’s Piece of Cloth clothing concept influences his collections to this day, with influences from traditional Japanese costume combined with new technologies to produce something unique.

Issey Miyake, 3-8-11 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062, +81 (0)3 3423 1408

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