Our Metropolis Winter Issue is out now! This time, we journey into local Tokyo neighborhoods Kuramae, Tachikawa, Gakugeidaigaku, Sakurashinmachi and Kanda, read some of Kenji Miyazawa’s never-before-translated short stories, stargaze in Okinawa, get the scoop on Japan-based career advice with president of FEW Japan and much, much more. We’ve also packed it full of what’s new in Tokyo and what’s happening this winter season. If all that’s still not enough for you, follow us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook for the very latest updates on our articles and Tokyo news.

Wondering where you can find a free copy of Metropolis

Here’s our full list (they go fast, so hurry!) 

Some of our favorite spots are:

Book 1st Shinjuku

Books Kinokuniya Tokyo

Brew Dog, Roppongi

Junkudo Bookstore Ikebukuro

Kinokuniya Main Store Shinjuku 

Maruzen Bookstore Marunouchi

National Azabu Supermarket Minamiazabu

Nissin World Delicatessen Higashi Azabu

Organic Cafe LULU Koto

Tokyo American Club Azabudai

Tower Records Shibuya

Tower Records Shinjuku

Dubliners Irish Pub Shinjuku

What The Dickens Ebisu

HMV Shinjuku EAST

Soul Food House Azabu


Full list

Rather stay home? Read it online here for free

Prefer to avoid the Tokyo crowds? We understand it’s still not ideal to be out and about right now. You can read our full Winter Issue for free online, plus ALL of our previous issues, at our Past Issues page. You’re welcome! 

metropolis magazine winter issue 2020

Metropolis Magazine Winter Issue 2020/21 | Cover model @georgiegowan | Photography @sophienoellepixel

What’s the Metropolis augmented reality feature?

What is augmented reality (AR) and why is it in a magazine? Unlike virtual reality (VR), which immerses you entirely in a new world or scene — usually with a headset — AR uses your mobile’s camera to add digital elements to a live view like an extra, digital layer to your physical world. 

In the Metropolis Autumn Issue, our Metropolis AR lifts the pages to a whole new level.  Hold your phone over our stories and watch as they jump to life, taking you deeper into the worlds of the wonderful people and places we feature. 

Even if you don’t have a physical copy, you can still use the AR experience on your desktop. 

This issue was made possible thanks to the help of all of our crowdfunding supporters!

Since 1994, Metropolis (formerly Tokyo Classified) has been a free magazine at the heart of Japan’s international community. We’re so grateful for everyone who has supported us over these years, whether they’re locals picking up a copy or our thousands of readers who have now returned to their home countries and continue to follow us online. Being there for the community really is, and always has been, our top priority. A huge thank you to all of our supporters who donated to us. We’ve already posted exclusive advance copies of this issue to all of our Tier 2 supporters, as well as a thank you letter and, for Tier 3, a limited edition Metropolis eco bag.

Stay safe and have a wonderful winter season! Stay tuned for our Spring Issue in March 2021. 

In the meantime, follow us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook for all our latest articles and Tokyo news.