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The Agency for Cultural Affairs has recognized Hachioji’s Mt. Takao and the surrounding area as Tokyo’s first Japan Heritage site (places with history and distinct features that have contributed significantly to Japanese culture).

This area, known as “Reiki-Manzan TAKAOSAN – The story of Mulberry city woven by the local belief,” is a popular hiking spot and a place of spiritual importance that connects with the local community and culture from the Warring States period.
Contact: Kusama/Nakayama

On November 1, you’ll be able to experience a virtual Tokyo Tower 100 years into the future.

With the aid of 3D modeling “Avatar” software, you can go up to the 150m-high main deck and the 250m-high top deck (just as you can in the real Tokyo Tower) and enjoy the 360-degree panoramic night view from the center of Tokyo. Now everyone around the world can visit Tokyo Tower virtually! (Japanese)
Contact: Takashi Saito

Toyosu’s TOKYO SPORT PLAYGROUND and SHIN-TOYOSU UNIVERSAL COOL SPOT sports parks make athletic activities enjoyable for everyone!

TOKYO SPORT PLAYGROUND is making use of “Nike Grind” which is the materials from granulated worn-out sneakers, and at SHIN-TOYOSU UNIVERSAL COOL SPOT you try the latest wheelchairs and goods with unique universal designs. All areas feature only slopes and ramps, making them accessible for all.
Contact: TOKYO GAS Tokyo 2020 Games Office

Experience the new budding culture at Shinjuku Gyoen. From 7 am, you can do yoga on the lawn, enjoy breakfast from food trucks, and chit-chat with the English-speaking community. (Japanese)
Contact: Shota Fujii
International tourists and foreign nationals living in Japan can now work together with the Tama Wide Area Inbound Promotion Project to share the beauty of the Tama area (Fussa, Ome, Akiruno, Higashimurayama, Hinode, and Hinohara) on its new Instagram account!
Official Instagram Account
From September 3 to October 31, the “Aqua City Seaside Kazaguruma” exhibit is showcasing a 120m long display of 700 colorful traditional Japanese pinwheels at Odaiba facing the Rainbow Bridge. The exhibit aims to give hope and joy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Open-air Japanese restaurant KINZA (featuring digitally illustrated scrolls from the Edo period) opened in Nihonbashi on September 1! (Japanese)
Contact: Nao Hatagaki
Japan’s third Four Seasons Hotel opens in the center of Tokyo in Otemachi. The world-class luxury hotel blends cutting-edge Tokyo innovation with elegant classical designs.
Get an in-depth look at the city of Tokyo as it’s been portrayed in anime, manga, games, and SFX movies at the National Art Center, Tokyo special exhibition “MANGA⇔TOKYO” held from August 12 to November 3. This exhibition, which uniquely introduces the scenery and daily life of Tokyo, is a fascinating for both foreigners and Japanese locals. From November 21, the exhibition will be held in Oita in Kyushu Island (the southwestern part of Japan) (Japanese)
Grand light displays are a staple of Tokyo winters, and this year is no exception. “YomiuriLand Jewellumination®” (produced by a world-famous lighting designer) is set to dazzle visitors from October 22! (Entrance to the park will be limited to provide a safe and enjoyable experience.) (Japanese)
Contact: Yu Okutani
Tourist information centers to assist Japanese and international tourists open at Shibuya Station (at Hachiko Square) and Ikebukuro Station (at the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line). At Shibuya Station’s information center, SHIBU HACHI BOX, visitors can receive information from staff as well as “avatar guides” and video content made with the latest technology.

Ikebukuro (Japanese)
Shibuya (Japanese)
Contact: Shibuya City Tourism Association
After 35 years, the historic Isetan Shinjuku Department Store’s exterior has received a major facelift. Its new energy-saving lighting can change with the time and season.

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Get Inquisitive

Tokyo remains an example of striking contrast on the world stage with an evolving culture that reflects both Japan’s reverence for tradition and forward-looking ambitions. In this section, each issue dives deep into themes around Food, Craft, Nature, Sports, Architecture, Nightlife, Shopping, and more.

Tokyo: Capital of Japan, Capital of Japanese Food

Not everyone has visited Japan, but almost everyone has tried Japanese food and now knows exactly what sushi, tempura, soba, or unagi are. Tokyo has had a big hand in that, as that’s where these “Four Food Kings of Edo” (old name for Japan’s capital) originated.

Soba buckwheat noodles first appeared in Edo around the 17th century and quickly became the country’s first fast-food. Easy to make and eat, they were the perfect meal for the city’s constantly busy inhabitants, and still remain a staple of traditional Japanese cuisine. In that regard, they’re similar to sushi, the modern version of which also originated in Edo as edomae-sushi, i.e., sushi made with unfermented fish that was meant to be eaten on the go. It’s probably the only version you’ve ever had.

The next Edo “Food King,” tempura, similarly wasn’t haute cuisine, as it was sold outside from Tokyo stalls serving golden deep-fried shrimp and vegetables. If you’ve ever enjoyed tempura on the go, you were actually paying respect to its roots. Finally, Tokyo is also the place which has perfected unagi eels, inventing the kabayaki style of grill-steam-grill-baste that’s by now become world-famous.

Tokyo also has its eyes set on the future, as its always reinventing its classic dishes. Normally, you could to go into the city and experience it yourself, but the COVID-19 pandemic has made that difficult. However, there’s another option: takeout. You can get a lot of up-to-date info about takeout options in Tokyo on sites like TakeOutTokyo (, which will tell you where to find takeout tempura, Japanese curry, and even ramen. And food items come in anything from plastic bowls to Ziploc bags that keep the ingredients separate. Stay safe and bon appétit! This is a new normal for eating in Tokyo.

  Pick up Movies

American personality Daniel Kahl introduces you to the delicious restaurants of eastern Tokyo’s downtown Edogawa city on the TOKYO EDOGAWA GOURMET NAVI video series.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Official Video Channel’s “Made in Tokyo~Ozawa Brewery~” takes you inside western Tokyo’s Ome sake brewery. (Tours are available at the brewery.)

Learn to make Wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets) with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Official Video Channel’s “Made in Tokyo~Eitaro~” video.


Get a sneak peek at the ambitious TOKYO TORCH Tokyo Eki-mae Tokiwabashi Project.

See the hottest fall and winter fashions from the 31st Mynavi TOKYO GIRLS COLLECTION by girlswalker AUTUMN/WINTER ONLINE show held on September 5.

Learn how to dance the “TOKYO GORIN ONDO 2020,” an updated version of the popular dance from the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games. This new version includes moves that pay homage to the Paralympics.


  Tokyo Event Calendar

Check out these annual festivals and events held in Tokyo. You can see the list of all major festivals, fireworks, parades, religious events, and other events in Greater Tokyo.
*Depending on the situation, festivals and events scheduled in 2020 may be canceled. Please check the official website for the latest information.

Open Calendar


Please click on the link below to download the photos, press releases and new opening accommodation list.


From Editor

December is the season when cities around the world shine the brightest with dazzling light decorations. Though Japan is not a Christian country, you can still feel the spirit of Christmas by gazing at the spectacular illuminations throughout Tokyo in winter. Not only luxurious areas like Marunouchi and Omotesando are adorned with shimmering ornaments. Even the fronts of train stations and ordinary towns, where I live, come to life with charming illuminations crafted by locals. This year, I’m going to look at the illuminations with a heart filled with gratitude towards medical professionals.

Kyoko Higashi / TOKYO NOW Editorial Staff  


Issued by: Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Supported by: Tourism Division, Bureau of Industrial and Labor Affairs, Tokyo Metropolitan Government.