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Culture in Tokyo

This is a modern city built on old patterns, where traditional crafts thrive down cobbled streets while neon-lit skyscraper districts champion giant robots and animation.


Akihabara is one of Tokyo’s most colourful neighbourhoods



The animated film industry is big business in Japan. This museum in the western suburbs was designed by master animator Miyazaki Hayao to showcase the legendary works of his Studio Ghibli. Even those unfamiliar with his movies will fall in love the fairytale atmosphere here. Tickets must be booked ahead (; 1-1-83 Shimo-Renjaku; 10am– 6pm Wed–Mon; £7).


The mingei (folk crafts) movement was launched in the early 20th century to promote handmade objects over mass-produced ones. The leaders of the cause founded this museum to house 17,000 examples of exquisite craftwork from around Japan. The museum closes between exhibitions (; 4-3-33 Komaba; 10am–5pm Tue–Sun; £8).

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