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BAR HIGH FIVE You may feel as if you’re en­ter­ing an of­fice and not in the right place, but con­tinue on. The bar­tenders here take mixol­ogy very se­ri­ously so don’t ex­pect any slap­dash cock­tails. Drinks are mixed with re­spect for the fine art of drink mak­ing. A bar­man will ask a few ques­tions to glean what you like and you can trust them to cre­ate some­thing amaz­ing. Ef­flore Ginza5 Bldg. BF, 5-4-15 Ginza Chuo-ku

TSUKIJI FISH MAR­KET A must when in Tokyo. Keep an eye out for the tur­ret trucks whizzing around ev­ery­where (it’s a busy place) but it’s in­cred­i­ble to wan­der around and view the sea’s of­fer­ings. It’s also a great op­por­tu­nity to eat a Ja­panese break­fast: look for stalls that are busy and pop­u­lar as the lo­cals know what’s best. 5 Chome-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo

INAKAYA Set­tle at the cosy horse­shoe­shaped counter ready for some hu­mour and the finest of meals which are all served on long wooden pad­dles. Fresh in­gre­di­ents are on dis­play and you point and it is cooked in front of you. Pre­sen­ta­tion is per­fec­tion from the porce­lain sake pots, horse­rad­ish grater, dove-tailed sake boxes, striped nap­kins and in­digo wo­ven coasters. Be sure to book. rop­pongi­inakaya.jp

TAMAWARAI If you love soba, this is the place to try. The noo­dle dough is rolled and cut to or­der daily, so the wait is well worth it. An unas­sum­ing front with a stripped-back in­te­rior, it’s the per­fect set­ting for en­joy­ing a freshly cooked meal that tastes just as good if not bet­ter than home­made cook­ing. 5 Chome-23-3 Jinguma

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