What’s New in Tokyo for 2019 : 21 Must-Visit Destinations

What’s New in Tokyo for 2019 : 21 Must-Visit Destinations


2019.11.29

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

What’s New in Tokyo for 2019 : 21 Must-Visit Destinations

Tokyo is one of the world’s greatest cities and never fails to attract visitors to its ex-plore its high-energy streets, world-class museums and unique culture. But with excit-ing changes and things to do planned for 2019, there’s no excuse not to book a flight and start planning your visit. Here’s just a few of the latest attractions and develop-ments that are planned in Tokyo, making it even more of a “must go” destination.

  • 01

    SHIBUYA SCRAMBLE SQUARE -SHIBUYA SKY

    SHIBUYA SCRAMBLE SQUARE

    SHIBUYA SCRAMBLE SQUARE

    SHIBUYA SKY

    SHIBUYA SKY

    The iconic Shibuya Scramble, one of Tokyo's most famous shopping and entertainment areas, has undergone a major redevelopment with the addition of Shibuya Sky.

    Opened in November 2019, the 47-story high-rise building “Shibuya Scramble Square” overlooks Tokyo 360 degrees from the “Shibuya Sky” observation deck.


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    SHIBUYA STREAM (Shibuya Stream)
    rating

    3.5

    44 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Shibuya 3-21-3
    phone
    0570050428
  • 02

    Grandberry Park and the Snoopy Museum

    Grandberry Park

    Grandberry Park

    Snoopy Museum

    Snoopy Museum

    Set to open in November 2019, Grandberry Park in Machida is based on the concept of an “entertainment park.” There are expected to be over 230 shops in the complex, which will have open, parklike spaces interspersed throughout the facilities. Along with shopping and dining, there will also be outdoor activities like a rock wall and kayaking in an artificial pond.

    The Snoopy Museum is set to open at Grandberry Park on the Park Life Site, which will be located between the park and shopping sections of the complex. Previously set in Roppongi, the popular museum will be twice its former size. It’s expected to open in December 2019.

    Grandberry Park

    Grandberry Park

    Grandberry Park
    rating

    4.0

    17 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Machida-shi Tsuruma 3-4-1
    phone
    0427880109
  • 03

    Shibuya Parco

    Shibuya Parco

    Shibuya Parco

    Pokémon Center SHIBUYA

    Pokémon Center SHIBUYA

    Parco will be opening its newest location in Shibuya late November 2019. And it’s a department store like you’ve never seen before. Designed around the concept of a next-generation shopping complex, the architecture is whimsical, sophisticated, and modern. The angled planes, green spaces, and sheer windows give an inspired impression, and the individual floors are the creations of famous Japanese designers.

    Around 180 shops will fill the new complex, and it’s all built around 5 themes: Fashion, Art & Culture, Entertainment, Food, and Technology. Expect a cinema, a theater, and even a terrace to occupy the same building as the biggest names in retail. Parco Shibuya is built for the future.

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  • 04

    Opening of Nintendo TOKYO

    Opening of Nintendo TOKYO

    Opening of Nintendo TOKYO

    Opening of Nintendo TOKYO

    Opening of Nintendo TOKYO

    Nintendo will be offering its first official shop in Japan, scheduled to open fall 2019 inside the Shibuya PARCO building. Visitors can expect to see Nintendo game systems, games, and demos, as well as special events and character merchandise. The opening of Nintendo TOKYO is planned to coincide with the completion of the new Shibuya PARCO building, expected for fall of 2019.

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  • 05

    Eslite Tokyo in Coredo Muromachi Terrace

    Eslite Tokyo

    Eslite Tokyo

    Coredo Muromachi Terrace

    Coredo Muromachi Terrace

    Opening with the Coredo Muromachi Terrace in September 2019, the Eslite Spectrum Corporation of Taipei is launching its first shop in Japan. Known for its trendy bookstores, Eslite made a name for itself with 24-hour service and chic spaces. The Tokyo branch will also be 24 hours, and there’s a 30-meter long “culture corridor” with books lining tables and shelves for an impressive display.

    There will be 4 areas: Books, Stationery, Shopping, and Cooking/Dining. Some of the brands will be available in Japan for the first time. You can also look forward to the popular bubble tea brand The Alley and Sarutahiko Coffee for refreshments.

    Coredo Muromachi Terrace

    Coredo Muromachi Terrace

  • 06

    Ginza LOFT

    Ginza LOFT

    Ginza LOFT

    Ginza LOFT

    Ginza LOFT

    April 2019 saw the reopen of LOFT in Ginza after it closed for renovations. This eclectic shop is back on the scene with over 70,000 products on offer, ranging from cosmetics to accessories and even sake. It was designed based on the 5 themes of Nature, Beauty, Japan, Food, and Story, and the atmosphere has a laid-back and refreshing feel to it, meant to give you a great shopping experience.

    The in-store cafe is the first one by the brand, and it has a bakery as well as a Super Ice Creamery for chilled treats perfect for those Tokyo summers. LOFT is a trendy retail therapy that will leave you feeling good.

    Ginza LOFT

    Ginza LOFT

    Ginza LOFT
    place
    Tokyo Chuo-ku Ginza 2-4-6
    phone
    0335626210
  • 07

    Onsen Ryokan Yuen Shinjuku

    Onsen Ryokan Yuen Shinjuku

    Onsen Ryokan Yuen Shinjuku

    Onsen Ryokan Yuen Shinjuku

    Onsen Ryokan Yuen Shinjuku

    With an open-air onsen set atop the 18th floor and using natural water carried in from Hakone, this ryokan is in a prime position in Shinjuku.

    For those looking for more Japanese lodging, Yuen Shinjuku offers a modern take on traditional Japanese decor, with clean lines and simplified designs meant to help you relax. Even though it’s in the middle of the city, this lodging lets you get a taste of what a night in a ryokan, or Japanese inn, would be like. There’s even a foreign tourist-focused space, Inbound League, that offers a tour desk and other services.

    The city views from the top-floor onsen have been dazzling guests since the ryokan’s opening in May 2019.

    URL:https://ryokan-yuen.jp/en/

    Onsen Ryokan Yuen Shinjuku

    Onsen Ryokan Yuen Shinjuku

    ONSEN RYOKAN(オンセン リョカン) 由縁 新宿
    rating

    4.5

    81 Reviews
    place
    東京都新宿区新宿5-3-18
    phone
    0353618355
  • 08

    Q Plaza Ikebukuro

    Grand Cinema Sunshine

    Grand Cinema Sunshine

    4DX with ScreenX

    4DX with ScreenX

    4DX

    4DX

    Q Plaza is Ikebukuro’s newest landmark. Housed in the entertainment complex’s 16 floors is the Grand Cinema Sunshine, which has 4DX with ScreenX technology. That means there are 3 projection screens for 270 degrees of movie madness, in addition to the motion-enhanced seats combined with wind, water, and scents offered by regular 4DX experiences. It’s the first of its kind in Japan.

    You’ll also find the latest games and VR technologies at Plaza Capcom, an arcade and amusement center.

    The Awesome Store & Café, with New York decor and an open atmosphere, offers a variety of retail and dining options for affordable prices.

    Plus, the rooftop has a Batting Center, for all the baseball fans out there.

    URL:https://www.q-plaza.jp/ikebukuro/

    Q Plaza Ikebukuro

    Q Plaza Ikebukuro

    Q plaza Ikebukuro
    place
    Tokyo Toshima-ku Higashi-ikebukuro 1-30-3
  • 09

    The Okura Tokyo

    The Okura Tokyo

    The Okura Tokyo

    The Okura Tokyo

    The Okura Tokyo

    The Okura Tokyo

    The Okura Tokyo

    Hotel Okura Tokyo was a landmark of Japanese hospitality, and its reopening as a The Okura Tokyo in September 2019.

    Of particular note is the Okura Lobby. The renovated lobby faithfully recreates the original atmosphere back when the hotel was opened in 1962. It’s the subtlety of the interior that lets you take in the sophisticated touches, like the handmade wooden latticework, which took 2 years to complete, or the intricate lanterns that give the space a soft light. Separated from the reception and elevators, this slightly lowered lobby is a quiet place for your thoughts.

    The hotel offers two buildings with two styles, traditional and modern, to appeal to guests of all types.

    URL:http://www.hotelokura.co.jp/tokyo/en/toward2019/

    The Okura Tokyo

    The Okura Tokyo

  • 10

    SEL OCTAGON TOKYO Nightclub

    SEL OCTAGON TOKYO

    SEL OCTAGON TOKYO

    SEL OCTAGON TOKYO

    SEL OCTAGON TOKYO

    Bursting onto the bustling nightlife scene of Roppongi, SEL OCTAGON TOKYO offers a cutting-edge experience. With 10 lasers on the Main Floor—the most of any nightclub in Japan—seasonal art exhibitions in the Gallery Bar, and ultrasonic sound waves incorporated into the sound system, this new wave nightclub is sure to wow from the second you walk in. Forget about flashing ID, SEL OCTAGON TOKYO is the first place in the country to use biometric authentication. Scan your hand and go. It opened on February 7, 2019.

    URL:https://sel-octagon-tokyo.jp/

    SEL OCTAGON TOKYO(セル・オクタゴン東京)
    place
    東京都港区六本木7-8-6 AXALL ROPPONGI B1F
  • 11

    Starbucks Reserve Roastery opening in Nakameguro

    Starbucks has just announced that it will open its fifth world “Reserve Roastery" in Tokyo’s Nakameguro district, which is to be designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. It’s set to open its doors on February 28, 2019, following on from the success of Starbucks Reserve Roastery’s in Seattle, New York, Sanghai and Milan. These flagship stores are staffed by master roasters and baristas who craft bespoke beverag-es, offering a theatrical and experiential coffee experience.

    Starbucks Reserve Roastery Nakameguro

    Starbucks Reserve Roastery Nakameguro

    Starbucks Reserve Roastery Nakameguro

    Starbucks Reserve Roastery Nakameguro

    Starbucks Coffee STARBUCKS RESERVE (R) ROASTERY TOKYO
    rating

    4.5

    149 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Meguro-ku Aobadai 2-19-23
    phone
    0364170202
  • 12

    New GU Shibuya Flagship Store

    New GU Shibuya Flagship Store

    New GU Shibuya Flagship Store

    Fashion brand GU is opening another flagship store in Shibuya on March 15, 2019. It will have 4 floors, from the basement to the third floor, and will include the largest selection of women’s wear in Tokyo. This location will also carry merchandise from GU’s collaboration with fashion brand STUDIO SEVEN. The GUxSTUDIO SEVEN apparel will be available on the opening day of the Shibuya branch in March.

    GU Shibuya
    place
    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Udagawacho 32-13
    phone
    0364278992
  • 13

    Renewal of the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Contemporary Art

    After being closed for more than two years for major renovation works, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Contemporary Art is due to reopen in March 2019. To mark the occasion, the exhibition "MOT collection tadaima/ hajimemashite " and the exhi-bition "Knitting hands of 100 years - Modern Japanese art flowing” will take place from March 29 - June 16, showcasing works by Ryusei Kishida, Tadanori Yokoo and Yasumasa Morimura.

    Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Contemporary Art

    Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Contemporary Art

    Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
    rating

    4.0

    540 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen 8-36
    phone
    0338236921
    opening-hour
    9:30-17:30 (Latest entry 17:…
  • 14

    Renovation of AKOMEYA TOKYO in la kagū

    AKOMEYA TOKYO

    AKOMEYA TOKYO

    AKOMEYA TOKYO

    AKOMEYA TOKYO

    AKOMEYA TOKYO

    AKOMEYA TOKYO

    Set to finish renovations by March 30, 2019, this stylish restaurant/cafe/general store is one-stop shopping in Kagurazaka. Aside from offering carefully crafted meals and desserts, all the ingredients can be purchased in-store, as well as kitchenware, sweets, and beauty products, to name only a few. Coined as a “lifestyle shop,” AKOMEYA TOKYO in la kagū offers a modern atmosphere for the adventurous shopper.

    AKOMEYA TOKYO in la kagu
    place
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Yaraicho 67
    phone
    03-5946-8241
  • 15

    Opening of MUJI hotel Ginza

    After successful hotels in Shenzhen and Beijing, renowned Japanese retailer MUJI will open its first hotel in Japan. It’s been planned for Tokyo’s bustling Ginza district, accompanied by the MUJI Diner. The 6th floor of the hotel will feature the Atelier MUJI Ginza, a multi-purpose design and culture hub that will feature two galleries, a library and a lounge where regular talks and design-oriented workshops will be held.

    MUJI hotel Ginza

    MUJI hotel Ginza

    MUJI hotel Ginza

    MUJI hotel Ginza

    MUJI  Ginza

    MUJI Ginza

    UNIQLO TOKYO
    place
    東京都中央区銀座3-2-1 マロニエゲート銀座2 地上1-4F
    phone
    0351593931
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  • 16

    Opening of the Toyosu Fish Market

    Replacing the aging Tsukiji Market that had been the main hub of Tokyo’s fishmon-gers for decades, the Toyosu Market opened its doors on October 11, 2018. The modern and spacious premises have been designed with observation windows so visi-tors can see the auction of tuna. In addition to the wholesale fish market, the Toyosu Market also features an adjacent fruit and vegetable market and plenty of restaurants where you can sample Japan’s famous seafood.

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    Toyosu Fish Market

    Toyosu Fish Market

    Toyosu Fish Market

    Toyosu Fish Market

    豊洲市場
    place
    東京都江東区豊洲6-6-1 7街区管理施設棟
    phone
    0335208250
    opening-hour
    Store, Depending on the faci…
  • 17

    Hibiya Midtown revitalization

    Adjacent to Ginza, Hibiya Midtown is a bustling commercial district that’s nestled be-tween Hibiya Park and the Imperial Palace. It recently saw the opening of the Hibiya Central Market, a unique concept that was the brainchild of creative director Takayuki Minami and the long-established bookstore Yurindo. It boasts a nostalgic atmosphere where guests can shop, eat or just people watch, with the essence of a marketplace that brings people together.

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    Hibiya Midtown

    Hibiya Midtown

    Hibiya Midtown

    Hibiya Midtown

    TOKYO MIDTOWN HIBIYA
    place
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Yurakucho 1-1-2
    phone
    0345809159
  • 18

    Ginza Sony Park redevelopment

    Originally built in 1966, the Sony Building has undergone a complete reinvention and recently opened as the Ginza Sony Park. This attractive public space is set across four floors, with a “buyable garden” known as Awo Ginza Tokyo where you can purchase the park’s pruned plants. The park is also home to designer Hiroshi Fujiwa-ra's “The Conveni", which was inspired by Japan's iconic convenience stores, and numerous places to eat and drink.

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    Ginza Sony Park

    Ginza Sony Park

    FRGMT’s The Conveni at Ginza Sony Park

    FRGMT’s The Conveni at Ginza Sony Park

    銀座 ソニーパーク
    place
    東京都中央区銀座5-3-1
    opening-hour
    5:00-24:30※ Opening Hours f…
  • 19

    Opening of teamLab Planets (Toyosu) & teamLab Borderless (Odaiba)

    Opening in the summer of 2018, teamLab Planets TOKYO (Toyosu) and teamLab Borderless (Odaiba) are 360-degree, immersive light experiences that will be running for the next two years. Although they’re only a couple of kilometers apart, the two locations offer wildly different experiences, so tourists are encouraged to visit both. Step into the body of these dynamic, digital artworks as you blur the boundaries be-tween yourself and the canvas, reflecting your own relationship with the world.

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    teamLab

    teamLab

    teamLab

    teamLab

    teamLab

    teamLab

    Team lab Planets TOKYO
    place
    Tokyo Koutou-ku Toyosu 6-1-16
    teamLab Planets TOKYO DMM.com
    place
    東京都江東区豊洲6-1-16
    phone
    0570088335
    no image
  • 20

    Live streaming from Red Bull Gaming Space Tokyo

    The first gaming space to be created by Red Bull in Asia, this unique venue is a place where gamers can fight face-to-face. Red Bull Gaming Space Tokyo not only hosts regular tournaments and gaming events but it provides a space for developers and publishers to build gaming scenes. Red Bull Japan recently announced that it will be using cutting-edge technology to broadcast live streaming of eSports from the event space.

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    Red Bull Gaming Space Tokyo

    Red Bull Gaming Space Tokyo

    Red Bull Gaming Space Tokyo

    Red Bull Gaming Space Tokyo

  • 21

    Korea Town in Shin-Okubo

    Shin-Okubo has long been synonymous with Korean culture, with this Tokyo neigh-borhood being a great place to dine on Korean food or shop for Korean goods. But it’s recently become a popular hangout for local high school girls who come to soak up the K-Pop culture and dine on specialties such as Korean Street Cheese Corn Dogs. So if you want to experience a little taste of Korea in Japan, Shin-Okubo is the place to head.

    Shin-Okubo

    Shin-Okubo

    Shin-Okubo

    Shin-Okubo

    Shin-Okubo

    Shin-Okubo

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