NEW Tokyo hot spots not to miss

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Floating Flower Garden ©teamLab Planets TOKYO

Tokyo: the food, the tradition, the quirky. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or travelling to Japan’s capital regularly, Tokyo never ceases to amaze.

After being closed to tourists for over two years, Tokyo can’t wait to welcome you back and introduce you to its latest charms. Now is the time to discover all these new hotspots which are absolutely not to be missed in 2023. From reimagined attractions to revamped neighbourhoods, deeply rooted tradition to cutting-edge technology, there is simply no city that merges the old and the new like Tokyo does.

Here are some brand-new hot spots to add to your Tokyo wishlist:

1. MIYASHITA PARK – Multiplex precinct & park- opened 2020

Miyashita Park | Shutterstock

Just steps from Shibuya Station, Miyashita Park is a new shopping and lifestyle complex, making use of a previous park of the same name. But don’t worry, the green space has been retained on the rooftop of the complex. Shibuya is a hub for youth culture and Miyashita Park fits the bill with its cool open architecture and range of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. This year a series of pop-up shops from fashion makers to sweet shops added another layer of cool. The rooftop park comes complete with its own skateboard park, and areas for bouldering and beach volleyball. And if you want to stay, the Sequence Miyashita Park hotel has a range of room configurations, from handy 4 and 6 bedded family rooms to suites.

2. SHIBUYA SKY – Attraction – opened 2019

Shibuya Sky ©TCVB

Shibuya Sky opened in Nov 2019 on top of Shibuya’s tallest skyscraper, Shibuya Scramble Square and is still Tokyo’s newest observation deck. The observation deck has three zones: SKY GATE, a transitional space on the 14F–45F; SKY STAGE, an outdoor observation area; and SKY GALLERY, an indoor observation corridor on the 46F. With 360-degree panoramic views across Tokyo from 229 metres up in the sky and a series of experiences to activate your imagination, make sure you book your ticket in advance for a discount and to avoid missing out on the day. Ticket information here.

3. WATERS TAKESHIBA – Multiplex precinct – opened 2020

Sumida River Walk ©TCVB

This entire site has been reimagined from a dockland of warehouses into a fashionable waterfront oasis in the heart of Tokyo. The multiplex offers a range of facilities, from shopping and dining to entertainment. It’s also home to some of the Shiki Theatre Company’s venues. Next to the complex a new luxury urban hotel mesm Tokyo looks out over Hamarikyu Gardens. The area offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and is conveniently located a short walk from Hamamatsu Station on the JR Yamanote circle line.

4. JAPAN NATIONAL STADIUM – Sporting venue & museum-opened Dec 2019

New National Stadium ©JNTO

The Japan National Stadium, built for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is a masterpiece of contemporary architecture, designed by leading Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. Visitors can now enter the stadium and tour some of Tokyo 2020 Olympic legacies close-up. Next to the stadium, in the Japanese Olympic Committee building, the Japan Olympic Museum has opened. Visitors can learn about the Olympics and the games held in Japan.

5. teamLab Planets TOKYO – Interactive art installation -opened 2018

Floating in the Falling Universe of Flowers © teamLab PLANETS TOKYO

This site is made up of 10 immersive art installations by teamLab and good news, it will remain open until the end of 2023, a year longer than originally scheduled. It’s time to get your feet wet and take sensory immersive art up a notch. Walk through water in one installation and wonder at fish as they swim on the surface of the water that appears to stretch out into infinity. Another installation is made up of 13,000 real orchids, not only do they smell different from day to night, but the plants react to viewers in the room making space for them to walk around. Between 1 March and 30 April, two installations will also feature cherry blossoms (pictured).

Not stopping there, if visitors are hungry the Michelin-starred restaurant “Vegan Ramen UZU Kyoto” has opened up “Vegan Ramen UZU Tokyo” at the attraction and yes, they offer ramen in an interactive art environment.

Please visit the Official Tokyo Guide for COVID-19 updates, here.


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