Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro
Where you should eat in Tokyo, according to a local
Tokyo is the city with the most restaurants in the world, and the most with at least one Michelin star, so knowing where to eat can be seriously tough for visitors.
Does the secret of Tokyo food lie at Tsukiji?
The Japanese love of food reveals itself in Tokyo food: with 80,000 restaurants, its reputation as the world’s gourmet capital is justified. In a city that is also the world’s largest metropolitan area by population, how and why do people find the time to pay so much attention to what they eat?
Here's where the real sushi's at in Tokyo
Japan’s most famous specialty is probably sushi and the place to eat it is near Tsukiji, Tokyo’s huge wholesale fish market.
Want to get around? Go underground
The only practical way to move around Tokyo is its subway system, which is clean, efficient and fast – not to mention quiet.
Meeting a top-class Tokyo chef
In the Shinjuku area of Tokyo, I meet chef Munesuke Kamiya. His restaurant, Gyotei Kamiya, is in a modern building, its entrance looking like the doorway to an office or apartment in the discreet way of so many Japanese businesses.
Sweet lessons in a Japanese passion
The greatest lesson I learn in Tokyo about Japanese food is from a former glass-blower, now spending her days making candy treats from hot, spun sugar.
On goths and maid cafés
The only thing that earns more camera snaps than the tuna at the Tsukiji Fish Market is the Japanese teenager.
The hidden traditional side of Tokyo
Tokyo is famous for its city feel, but those seeking the opposite end of spectrum – light years away of the blaring mayhem of neon and meowing robot cats – should head to Asakusa.
The connection between tuna and electronics
Bluefin tuna is now the most expensive fish in the world, with the first auction of the year at Tsukiji fetching prices that can exceed $1 million for one fish.
How Tokyo moved a 200-year old teahouse into a skyscraper
In Tokyo the serenely austere design of a teahouse – be it up in the air or firmly on the ground – is never far removed from something rich in contrast.