Kyoto may be full of hushed streets steeped in tradition and hidden institutions run by kimono-clad custodians but don't be fooled: there's more to this captivating city than timeworn teahouses and graceful geiko. Japan's former capital has its own distinct identity, dialect and dishes, and beyond the Buddhist temples and Zen gardens you'll find a dynamic city that's constantly evolving.
The Monocle Travel Guide series reveals our favourite places in each city we cover, from the ideal route for an early-morning run to the best spots for independent retail. Full of surprises and quirks, they also feature detailed design and architecture pages, neighbourhood walks to get you away from the crowds and our favourite places to eat everything be it tasty fast food or something truly celebratory.
Tokyo is a place that can befuddle and confuse even the most urbane traveller. Luis Mendo has spent several years visiting Japan's capital city, and in this collaboration with Herb Lester Associates, he shares his hard-won knowledge.
This guide is a starting point, something to help you find your feet as you begin to navigate Tokyo’s streets. There are tips on etiquette, advice on getting around, useful phrases and a series of walks to help the visitor get acclimatised.