When the Japanese capital moved to Tokyo (then called Edo) in 1869, many of the country’s foremost artisans and establishments followed the Emperor and set up shop here. Stroll around the Nihonbashi area to visit family run businesses that carry on time-honored craft traditions. Visit one of the city's many ancient temples or shrines, or the recently restored Marunouchi side of Tokyo Station to get a better understanding of the history that binds this fascinating city together.
Home to many unique craft traditions developed in its days as a castle town during the Edo period (1603–1868), Tokyo offers refined souvenirs and gifts you won’t see anywhere else.
Edo Kiriko glass – a handmade artistic tradition crystallizing the spirt of Tokyo. Glass hand-blown by Tajima Glass and carved and polished by artisan workshops such as Hanashyo offer you a perfect, breathtaking memento of Tokyo that will endure for generations.
Explore the thrumming hive of modernity that’s grown around Tokyo’s original core in Nihonbashi.
Historical edifices like Japan’s first department store await, and backstreets invite with pubs and eateries that timeslip to the mid-20th century.
Find out what the Way of Tea is all about in a ceremony created just for you.
Traditions handed down for over a thousand years and stories beginning with a single thread – kimonos embody Japan’s timeless devotion to craftsmanship, beauty and style. At Ginza Motoji, select your own hand-crafted fabrics to create your own personally fitted masterpiece.
In the art of bonsai, little pots hold fascinating miniature worlds encapsulating many of Japan’s ancient aesthetic ideals and philosophies. Meet an acclaimed bonsai master in Tokyo, and discover a new way to appreciate nature and Japanese culture through his timeless works of living art.