3 Hour Activities


Sakurai Japanese Tea Experience
Spiral 5F 5-6-23 Minami-Aoyama Minato-ku, Tokyo
+81(0)3-6451-1539
sakurai-tea.jp

DISCOVER NEW WAYS TO ENJOY JAPANESE TEA

  • A hidden gem in the heart of the trendy district

Offering a modern twist on the traditional “tea,” the establishment provides a luxurious oasis in which one can enjoy tea and some alone time.
Shopping in the trendy and upscale Aoyama district is sure to be one of the highlights of your stay in Tokyo. If you have a little time to spare in between shopping, stop by Sakurai Japanese Tea Experience, located on the 5th floor of the historical culture building, Spiral. This hidden gem will transport you away from its metropolitan surroundings. Sakurai Japanese Tea Experience can be called the pioneer of Japan’s tea culture. Its copper plate, iron and stone interior, minimalist placement of the hearth and teaware, and the aroma of brewing tea provide a warm and inviting welcome.
Take a break and enjoy a cup of tea brewed and poured to perfection, or choose from a variety of carefully selected teas and special blends to purchase as a gift. The main attraction, however, is their chashu, or tea liquor. This is the only place in the entire world where you can experience this atmosphere and flavor. Enjoy Japanese tea cocktails made with liqueur infused with tea-leaves for several days. Chashu is the culmination of extensive experiments by tea-master Sakurai, who also has experience as a bartender. Most popular are Sencha Gin, Matcha Beer, Iribancha (roasted tea) Whiskey and Hojicha Rum, enjoyed with soda or on the rocks. There is so much more to Japanese tea than meets the eye. Experiencing new ways to enjoy Japanese teas will allow you to gain a sense of the profoundness of Japanese teas.
With its staff of English speakers and knowledge on teas from around the world, the establishment welcomes visitors who do not speak Japanese, or are unfamiliar with Japanese teas.

Spiral is immediately in front of exit B1 of Omote-sando station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza line. Diagonally across from Omote-sando’s Ao Building. From the Omote-sando intersection, walk down Aoyama-dori towards Shibuya. Spiral will be on your left hand side.

Sakurai Japanese Tea Experience
Spiral 5F 5-6-23 Minami-Aoyama Minato-ku, Tokyo
+81(0)3-6451-1539
sakurai-tea.jp

Juban Ukyo
2-6-3 Azabu Juban Minato-ku, Tokyo
+81(0)3-6804-6646

ENJOY A NIGHT AT A CONTEMPORARY IZAKAYA

  • Feel the passion of an establishment frequented by creators from Tokyo
  • Enjoy contemporary izakaya dishes and Japanese liquor

The Azabu Juban neighborhood is centered on a shopping promenade that boasts a long history. Counter to the hustle and bustle of the metropolis, the street has a distinct, friendly atmosphere and is full of local color. Lining the streets are renowned Japanese dessert cafes, yakitori (skewered chicken), standing-bars frequented by foreign residents, and Japanese and Western restaurants popular among connoisseurs. In addition to gourmet eateries both new and old, the neighborhood is filled with unique specialty shops. Wander down the cobblestone path at dusk to soak in the atmosphere.
After a leisurely stroll, step one block into the residential area to find a modern izakaya-style pub, Juban Ukyo. Drawn to owner Ukyo Okada’s friendly demeanor, Juban Ukyo is host to various food connoisseurs, famous creators and media personnel. A place to gather, drink, and network, the izakaya is crowded with customers late into each evening.
Despite its metropolitan surroundings, staff’s cheerful hospitality and Japanese BGM create a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Its famous menu item, “rice with raw egg and truffle” topped with fresh truffle grated on the spot, is a must-try! Served until late into the evening, enjoy a variety of creative dishes blending Japanese and Western food culture.
Familiarize yourself with Japanese liquors by choosing from the vast selection of 250 types of Japanese liquors such as sake, shochu, domestic rum and gin, and pairing them with a few of the 100 menu items.

From the Toriizakashita light, enter the Azabu Juban shopping promenade. Keep walking until you reach the bottom of Kurayamizaka hill, and take a left at the intersection. Juban Ukyo is located immediately to the right, on the first floor.

Juban Ukyo
2-6-3 Azabu Juban Minato-ku, Tokyo
+81(0)3-6804-6646

HIGASHIYA GINZA
POLA Ginza Building 2F
1-7-7 Ginza Chuo-ku, Tokyo
+81(0)-3538-3240
higashiya.com/en

EXPERIENCE THE STATE-OF-THE-ART JAPANESE TEA CULTURE IN GINZA

  • Experience Japanese traditional culture with a modern atmosphere
  • Stop in for a tea break during your stroll through Ginza

A popular mecca for high fashion and refined taste, Ginza is home to everything from the trendiest shopping center, GINZA SIX, to chic galleries. Ginza’s main avenue, Ginza-dori, is approximately 10 minutes from the hotel by foot. Step out for a leisurely stroll with your partner.
Make sure you have a reservation at HIGASHIYA GINZA, a modern Japanese tea salon, to relax and dine after your walk. In addition to delicious seasonal Japanese delicacies, the establishment features a traditional tea presentation.
The entrance, adorned with Japanese esthetics and decorations based on the 24 seasons of the lunar calendar, provide a warm reception. You will be guided into a private room with a tea-ceremony style vibe. The “Sajikie” course includes five meal items, kicked off with gyokuro high quality green tea. Dessert and sweets follows the five course meal. Also available are coarse tea and matcha tea, creating delicious tea and food pairings. Brewed gyokuro tea leaves is used as an ingredient in one of the dishes, creating a unique and interesting experience. End the experience feeling satisfied, and having caught a glimpse of a brand new, unique world. On your way out, pick up some of HIGASHIYA’s Japanese sweets, renowned for their unique designs and simple flavors. They’d make a great gift.
If you find yourself with no time for a meal after a day of shopping in Ginza, why not stop by for a break? Enjoy teas infused with seasonal fruits and Japanese herbs, and limited time only, monthly sweets.

From the Ginza 4-chome intersection, walk down Ginza-dori towards Nihonbashi. HIGASHIYA GINZA is located in the POLA Building next to Mizuho Bank.

HIGASHIYA GINZA
POLA Ginza Building 2F
1-7-7 Ginza Chuo-ku, Tokyo
+81(0)-3538-3240
higashiya.com/en/

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/