3 Hour Activities


CIBONE
2F 2-27-25 Minamiaoyama Minato-ku
+81-(0)3-3475-8017
cibone.com

VISIT A CONCEPT STORE

  • Shop till you drop at a designer boutique specializing in design and lifestyle
  • From furniture to fragrance, check out a carefully curated collection
  • Explore wares from both superstar designers and local craftspeople

If any boutique deserves pride of place on your shopping itinerary in Tokyo, it’s Cibone, the massive Aoyama interiors and lifestyle emporium curated by the uber-talented Masaki Yokokawa. We know there’s so much exploring (i.e., shopping) to do in Aoyama and Omotesando, but we suggest you plan on devoting at least an hour to browsing to your heart’s content at Cibone. (The shop is just a two-minute walk from Exit 3 of the Gaien-mae Station.) The collection includes everything from furniture to clothing and housewares to stationery and even fragrance. We particularly love this shop for its cheeky sensibility and the selection of offerings from both established international design stars and up-and-coming local craftspeople.
Found in the Minamiaoyama area of Tokyo, Cibone is on Aoyama Dori, the main road running from Nagatacho to Hachiko. Very close by to Gaien-Mae Station, the Cibone building is the one with the topsy-turvy twisted roof like an M.C. Escher painting.

CIBONE
2F 2-27-25 Minamiaoyama Minato-ku
+81-(0)3-3475-8017
cibone.com

KAYANOYA
Coredo Muromachi 3, 1F, 1-5-5 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku
+81-(0)3-6262-3170
kayanoya.com

NIHONBASHI KIYA
Coredo Muromachi 1, 1F, 2-2-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku
+81-(0)3-3241-0110
kiya-hamono.co.jp/english/index

HAKUZA NIHONBASHI
Coredo Muromachi 1, 1F, 2-2-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku
+81-(0)3-3273-8941
hakuza.co.jp/company/shop06_concept

OKUI KAISEIDO
Coredo Muromachi 1, 1F, 2-2-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku
+81-(0)3-3548-0493
konbu.jp/shoplist/nihonbashi

CLASKA GALLERY & SHOP DO
Coredo Muromachi 3, 3F, 1-5-5 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku
+81-(0)3-6262-3270
do.claska.com/shop/nihonbashi/index

DO TABELKA
Coredo Muromachi 3, 3F, 1-5-5 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku
+81-(0)3-6262-3271
do.claska.com/shop/do_tabelka

SHOP FOR TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

  • Pick up some stunning traditional crafts, sought by collectors around the world
  • Visit a family business with centuries of experience and expertise
  • From hand-made knives to gold-infused fabrics, discover something incredible

With its minimal wooden interiors and neat rows of modern glass bottles, Kayanoya could easily pass as a chic lifestyle store. However, this 120-year-old soy sauce company is just one of a string of old family businesses to have undergone a contemporary makeover at Coredo Muromachi, a three-building retail complex in Nihonbashi. Coredo 1 is home to Nihonbashi Kiya, dating back to 1722, which crafts wood-handled knives sought after by chefs around the globe. Next door, the Nihonbashi Dashi Bar sells deliciously warming dashi broth—the Starbucks of fish stock. Just opposite is Hakuza Nihonbashi, which sells all manner of gold—from fabrics with real gold thread to little pots of gold flakes for sprinkling atop cocktails. Nearby at Okui Kaiseido, you’ll find top-quality kombu (seaweed) alongside rainbow-bright washi rice paper boxes. Over in Coredo 3, stock up on naturally brewed soy sauce on the first floor at Kayanoya, then head upstairs to Claska Gallery & Shop DO, showcasing products from across Japan (organic canvas totes; soft cotton towels; zelkova wood plates). Need a snack? Stop for coffee—or a delicious organic Japanese meal—at restaurant DO Tabelka next door.
Located alongside Mitsukoshi-Mae Station, you’ll find the shopping plaza surrounded by red flags which each announce “Coredo”. This is not to be confused with the mall one block over with red flags which say “Yuito”! The main entrance is opposite Mitsui Memorial Museum.

KAYANOYA
Coredo Muromachi 3, 1F, 1-5-5 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku
+81-(0)3-6262-3170
kayanoya.com

NIHONBASHI KIYA
Coredo Muromachi 1, 1F, 2-2-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku
+81-(0)3-3241-0110
kiya-hamono.co.jp/english/index

HAKUZA NIHONBASHI
Coredo Muromachi 1, 1F, 2-2-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku
+81-(0)3-3273-8941
hakuza.co.jp/company/shop06_concept

OKUI KAISEIDO
Coredo Muromachi 1, 1F, 2-2-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku
+81-(0)3-3548-0493
konbu.jp/shoplist/nihonbashi

CLASKA GALLERY & SHOP DO
Coredo Muromachi 3, 3F, 1-5-5 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku
+81-(0)3-6262-3270
do.claska.com/shop/nihonbashi/index

DO TABELKA
Coredo Muromachi 3, 3F, 1-5-5 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku
+81-(0)3-6262-3271
do.claska.com/shop/do_tabelka

TSUKIJI SOBA ACADEMY
Hins Minato #004, 3-18-14 Minato, Chuo-ku
+81-(0)3-6222-8397
soba.specialist.co.jp

LEARN TO MAKE SOBA NOODLES

  • Don your apron and learn how to make perfect soba noodles
  • Get taught by a professional chef to craft your own buckwheat dough
  • Dine on your handmade fresh noodles and master the classic slurp

Chef Akila Inoue is as charismatic as he is precise: after enrolling into his three-and-a-half-hour buckwheat-noodle-making class at the Tsukiji Soba Academy, expect to be slightly mystified by a whiteboard full of complicated calculations of ratios of ingredients to humidity levels—before his blessedly simple mathematical formula for the ultimate bowl of soba noodles is revealed, that is. Then, the fun really begins. Wearing head scarves and aprons, with sleeves rolled up, students learn from the entertaining chef (who normally teaches professionals) how to create a flawlessly soft buckwheat dough, which is then cut into the quintessential thin slivers. Once that’s done, you’ll cook and dine on your very own soba noodles. You’ll even learn the proper techniques for dipping cold soba—and how to execute the all-important soba slurp.
Near to the Sumida river, in the Chuo area of central Tokyo, the Tsukiji Soba Academy is a few streets down from the Tsukiji Hongan-ji temple. Head between the residential high-rises and you’re in the right place, with Tsujiki station just a few moments away.

TSUKIJI SOBA ACADEMY
Hins Minato #004, 3-18-14 Minato, Chuo-ku
+81-(0)3-6222-8397
soba.specialist.co.jp

UKA
Tokyo Midtown Galleria, 2F, 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku
+81-(0)3-5413-7236
uka.co.jp/english/salons/midtown

REAULII
Arrow Plaza Harajuku #114, 4-19-8 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
+81-(0)3-6804-2986
reaulii.com

GET A MANICURE

  • Get a beautiful manicure at a minimalist salon loved by fashionistas
  • Pick up some cult nail oils to take home with you
  • Transform your style with a gem manicure inspired by the latest in nail-art

For a restorative manicure in a minimalistic setting, there’s one place to head: uka in Roppongi’s Tokyo Midtown complex. The serene white spa is a fashion industry favorite for its nail treatments and is also famed for its cult nail oils (definitely worth buying one to take home). It also runs an café called ukafe just next door, ideal for a post-manicure lunch. Meanwhile, those who are keen to tap into the nation’s nail-art obsession should head to ReAulii in Shibuya, where expert manicurists can tastefully transform nails with all sorts of sparkly gems and stones. Worth doing on your last day in town so you can show off their handiwork when you get home!
A stone’s throw from Roppongi Station, walk down the road until you see a pair of matching skyscrapers. Between these buildings you’ll find the main tower of Tokyo Midtown, the second tallest building in the city. Look for a striking green and tan frontage.

UKA
Tokyo Midtown Galleria, 2F, 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku
+81-(0)3-5413-7236
uka.co.jp/english/salons/midtown

REAULII
Arrow Plaza Harajuku #114, 4-19-8 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
+81-(0)3-6804-2986
reaulii.com

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF EMERGING SCIENCE AND INNOVATION (MIRAIKAN)
2-3-6 Aomi, Koto-ku
+81-(0)3-3570-9151
miraikan.jst.go.jp/en/

SAVE THE ROBOTS

  • Explore the world of robotics in a country obsessed with its gadgets
  • Check out the latest special exhibitions at a tech-lovers dream museum
  • Walk (and talk) with the robots including the world famous ASIMO

There are perhaps few places on the planet more gadget-obsessed than Japan—and the best place for kids to explore the world of robotics in Tokyo? The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in the Odaiba district near Tokyo Bay (known more succinctly in Japanese as the Miraikan). The big, family-friendly, high-tech space has an ever-changing schedule of exhibitions (previous themes range from techno bathrooms to all things food-related). But one of its biggest attractions has to be Robot World. Here, visitors can not only watch an array of cutting-edge robots performing (among them, the charming, humanoid ASIMO), but even communicate with them.
Overlooking Tokyo Bay, the Miraikan is an easy 30 minute commute from the Conrad Tokyo; jump on the train at Shiodome and hop off at Telecom Centre Station. Once you’re there, make your way towards the glass-fronted futuristic building that looks like it’s from the 31st century.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF EMERGING SCIENCE AND INNOVATION (MIRAIKAN)
2-3-6 Aomi, Koto-ku
+81-(0)3-3570-9151
miraikan.jst.go.jp/en/