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Top Choice Gardens in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Koishikawa Kōrakuen

Established in the mid-17th century as the property of the Tokugawa clan, this formal strolling garden incorporates elements of Chinese and Japanese landscaping. It's among Tokyo's most attractive gardens, although …
Top Choice Cafe in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Imasa

It's not every day that you get to sip your coffee or tea in a cultural property. Imasa is the real deal, an old timber merchant's shophouse dating from 1927 but with Edo-era design and detail, and a few pieces of c…
Top Choice Baseball in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Tokyo Dome

Tokyo Dome (aka ‘Big Egg’) is home to the Yomiuri Giants. Love ’em or hate ’em, they're the most consistently successful team in Japanese baseball. If you’re looking to see the Giants in action, the baseball season …
Top Choice Manga in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Mandarake Complex

When otaku (geeks) dream of heaven, it probably looks a lot like this giant go-to store for manga and anime. Eight storeys are piled high with comic books, action figures, cosplay accessories and cel art just for st…
Top Choice Fashion & Accessories in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Y. & Sons

Every once in a while in Tokyo, you'll spot a gentleman in a silk-wool kimono and fedora, looking as if he's stepped out of the 1900s. Bespoke tailor Y. & Sons would like to see this more often. Custom kimono wi…
Top Choice Cafe in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Mugimaru 2

This old house, completely covered in ivy, is a charmer with a welcoming owner and two of Tokyo's most famous shop cats. Seating is on floor cushions; warm, squishy manjū (steamed buns) are the house speciality. It’…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Craft Beer Server Land

With some 14 Japanese craft beers on tap, going for a reasonable ¥500/840 a glass/pint, plus good food (the fish and chips is excellent), this brightly lit basement bar with wooden furniture and a slight Scandi feel…
Arts & Crafts in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan

This ace arcade under the JR tracks (its name refers to the distance from Tokyo Station) offers an eclectic range of stores selling Japanese-made goods – everything from pottery and leatherwork to cute aliens, a nod…
Shinto Shrine in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Yasukuni-jinja

Literally ‘For the Peace of the Country Shrine’, Yasukuni is the memorial shrine to Japan’s war dead, around 2.5 million souls. First built in 1869, it is also incredibly controversial: in 1979, 14 class-A war crimi…
Cafe in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

@Home Cafe

'Maid cafes' with kawaii (cute) waitresses, dressed as saucy French or prim Victorian maids, are a stock-in-trade of Akiba. @Home is one of the more 'wholesome' of them. You’ll be welcomed as go-shujinsama (master) …