It would take a lifetime to get to know every facet of Tokyo — so large that it spreads as far as the eye can see. But look closely and you will find a city of exceptional charm and breathtaking efficiency. The Japanese capital is a fascinating tangle of opposites: the latest technology and traditional arts; crowded stations and quiet backstreets; concrete highways and green parks. Yet it all works like a dream.
The Monocle team will navigate you through some of its favourite corners of this vast metropolis. In a city where choice is overwhelming, this guide will help you pick out the highlights. Monocle will escort you along the busiest streets and take you into the bars and cafes that Tokyo people frequent. Expect to fall in love with the dazzling food, sumptuous shopping, and the most courteous residents you’ll ever meet. Monocle will point you in the right direction for everything from record shops to shiatsu massage; they’ve even picked out a few of their favourite buildings. Tokyo has a habit of confounding expectations and few visitors leave anything less than awed. Join the fan club.