Tokyo’s Top 5 Celebrity Hotspots (Download our Dataset!)

Article by Alex Nguyen | December 13, 2018

It’s no surprise that Tokyo is one of the world’s fastest growing tourist destinations. Japan’s capital city is famous for its incredible food, thoughtful design, and big business savvy. But with over 160,000 restaurants to choose from and 23 different wards to explore, planning a trip to the metropolis can overwhelm even the most seasoned travelers.

In the past, the rich and famous have gone to great lengths to protect their privacy, but paparazzi and rise of social media have helped to uncover their favorite spots. We’ve posted many open dataset lists in the past, and thought it would be fun to try building our own dataset on where celebrities eat, stay, shop and play when they’re on holiday in our favorite city.

 

About our Celebrity Dataset

We’ve combed the web to gather celebrity sightings from websites like GALUXSEE and @ssbot on Twitter. The dataset includes the following information:

  • Celebrity
  • Celebrity type (Actor, Musician, etc)
  • Establishment
  • Location type (Restaurant, Club, etc)
  • Ward
  • Month visited

Check out all the mapped locales here, or download the data to see the full list. Read on for a more in-depth look at the places where you’re most likely to bump into a Hollywood A-lister!

 

Popular Celebrity Hotspots in Tokyo

 

Nakano Broadway

Akihabara isn’t the only place to indulge in Japanese nerd culture. On the opposite side of Tokyo and off the tourist track, Nakano Broadway is a shopping mall almost entirely dedicated to anime, manga, and other collectibles. A short walk north of Nakano Station, Nakano Broadway offers an authentic glimpse into the history of Japanese pop culture.

Aside from collectibles, modern art legend Takashi Murakami’s offices, gallery spaces, and themed café are also located on the top floors of the building. Celebs such as Kanye West and Diplo have paid visits over the years. Pictured below is model Taylor Hill exploring one of the many shops.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Exploring ✨

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Nakano Broadway, 5 Chome-52 Nakano 164-0001 (TEL: 03-3388-7004)

 

Inakaya

Inakaya is a lively robatayaki (traditional country grill) restaurant popular with A-list celebrities like Tom Cruise, the Rolling Stones, Katy Perry, Sting and many more. Not so much a restaurant as performance art, Inakaya allows customers to directly participate in the preparation of food. In this Instagram post, actress Margot Robbie tries her hand at pounding mochi.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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EiisaYoisa! Making Mochi with @karenfukuhara #tokyo

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 Inakaya, 5 Chome-3-4 Roppongi, Minato-ku 106-0032 (TEL: 813-3408 5040; roppongiinakaya.jp)

 

AFURI Ramen

Ramen shop AFURI has made a name for itself by offering refreshing yuzu-based ramen, like the bowl of Yuzu Shio ramen in the following Instagram post by Camilla Belle. Also listed in Pharrell Williams’ city guide to Tokyo, AFURI is celebrated not only by hardcore ramen fans, but also by healthy eaters, vegetarians and even vegans. The chain has claimed branches all over central Tokyo, making it easy to grab a bowl wherever you are.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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#afuriramen #yuzushio #foodporn #yummy #delicia #tokyo #japan

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AFURI Ramen, 3-63-1 Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo, ( TEL: 03-6438-1910, afuri.com)

 

Kawaii Monster Café

Kawaii Monster Café is the one of the newest attractions in Tokyo’s fashionable Harajuku neighborhood. Created by one of the pioneers of Kawaii culture, designer Sebastian Masuda, this unusual themed cafe & restaurant will surprise you with its crazy colorful interior and menu.

Since the Kawaii Monster Café opened its doors, it’s served celebrities like Ariana Grande, the Kardashian sisters and more. Try to spot TV personality Conan O’Brien in this group photo of the shop staff:

 

Kawaii Monster Café, 4-31-10, Jingumae, Shibuya (TEL: (+81) 3-5413-6142, kawaiimonster.jp)

 

1OAK TOKYO

Originally from New York City, 1OAK is known for events featuring world-renowned artists. Since its opening in August 2017, 1OAK Tokyo has featured performances from artists like Tyga and ASAP Rocky. It has also served as the venue for parties hosted by Bella Hadid and Austin Mahone.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Great times w/ @pharrell just a couple weeks back! #1OAKTOKYO

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1 OAK TOKYO, 5 Chome-10-25 Roppongi, Minato 106-0032 (TEL: 03-6447-2002, 1oaktokyo.com)

 

teamLab Planets TOKYO

Open since July 2018 in Odaiba, teamLab Planets is a 10,000 square-meter playground filled with interactive digital artworks. Run by art collective teamLab, the temporary space provides a 360 degree immersive environment for visitors to wander and photograph to their hearts content.

Check out Halsey’s shot of “The Infinite Crystal Universe”, one of the many rooms at teamLab Planets, below:

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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‍♀️ ‍♀️ ‍♀️ ‍♀️ : @alisaueno

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teamLab Planets, 6 Chome-1-16 Toyosu, Koto-ku 135-0061 (planets.teamlab.art)

 

Want to see the rest? Download the full dataset here on Kaggle. If you’re looking for something a little bit different, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Lionbridge AI provides AI training data for a wide range of use cases across 300 languages. Whatever your project needs, our custom data can take your algorithm to the next level.

The Author
Alex Nguyen

Alex manages content production for Lionbridge’s marketing team. Originally from San Francisco but based in Tokyo, she loves all things culture and design. When not at Lionbridge, she’s likely brushing up on her Japanese, letting loose at indie electronic shows or trying out new ice cream spots in the city.

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