Tokyo

6 reasons to head to Tokyo

Activities include tea tasting, shopping and exploring historical Japanese villages

Ginza Six 

Look up in the shiny new Ginza Six shopping complex: you’ll see Yayoi Kusama’s iconic spotted pumpkins hanging surreally from the ceiling. It’s one of a number of gallery-level artworks scattered throughout the swishy complex.

Nashi 

Tap into Japan’s near-spiritual reverence for seasonal fruits by hunting down a nashi pear – either in department store basement food halls or expertly mixed into an autumnal cocktail at cult bar Gen Yamamoto.

Japanese Pear

A very modern cup of tea

For a contemporary take on the traditional tea ceremony, head to Sakurai Japanese Tea Experience in Aoyama. It’s a small, serene space with an expanse of clean-lined copper and glass.

Two wheels  

Hire a sleek frame from Tokyobike in old-school Yanaka – before exploring old wooden houses, historical temples and small design shops. Best of all? You can cycle on the pavement.

Yanaka, Tokyo.
Credit: Jonathan Broadbent / Alamy / Argusphoto

Future fashion

More a science lab or gallery than a traditional shop, the monochrome Anrealage flagship in Aoyama showcases cutting-edge fashion that fuses technology and craftsmanship. Think mechanised hemlines and colour-changing fabrics.

Aruki-sumaho

While navigating the salaryman crowds, try to avoid being injured by aruki-sumaho – aka ‘smartphone walking’ city-dwellers, whose eyes are permanently glued to their phones. You’ll even see warning posters in train stations.

Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon fly to Tokyo from Hong Kong 56 times a week 

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