Travelling to Tokyo? You lucky thing! I squeezed in 3 visits last year and this crazy, crepe-filled, crowded capital still left me wanting more. Whether you’re planning your first or your 30th visit, here are 25 weird and wonderful things to do in Tokyo to have the best time ever.
Fun things to do in Tokyo
1. Watch giant robots take on dinosaurs in this electrifying cabaret show my partner described as ‘Power Rangers on acid’. Featuring strobe-lighting, dancing ninjas and scantily-clad ladies in an intimate mirrored arena, the plot is loose but what does it even matter? One thing for sure is you’ll never forget your first time at the Robot Restaurant.
2. Not to be beat by dancing robots, the Kawaii Monster Cafe in Harajuku features ‘cute’ monsters prancing around on an indoor merry-go-around. Unlike the Robot Restaurant, the Kawaii Monster Cafe serves half-decent food, albeit rainbow-coloured dishes that match the decor.
3. Super Mario fans rejoice as you can now tour Tokyo in a Go Kart dressed as your favourite Nintendo character or super hero.
4. Head to Tokyu Plaza in Omotesando for some retail therapy and Insta-opportunities in the mirror-covered entryway.
5. Scoff cake & cream-filled crepes on Takeshita Street in Harajuku. (Save room for a Beard Papa cream puff too.)
6. Doodle while you wait for noodles at the Bungougu Café (Stationery Café) in Omotesando, a beautiful artist store and cafe in one.
7. Learn your fortune at Senso-ji, Tokyo’s oldest temple, and if you don’t like it just give it back (tie the paper on the rack) and ask the gods for a better one instead.
8. Dress like a geisha in Asakusa and take a rickshaw ride around Senso-ji in your new get up.
9. Learn the ancient arts of the ninja with a hands-on ninja experience, which includes your outfit, weapons training and a comedy photoshoot.
11. Buy every imaginable flavour of Kit Kat, some animal-themed face-masks and a load of tat you’ll never need at Don Quijote.
12. Dive into the Shibuya Scramble and look for the perfect vantage points to marvel at the Shibuya Crossing. (There are some pretty good views from Shibuya Station and a Starbucks directly above the intersection – see left hand side of photo below.)
13. Up your photography game with a Tokyo night photography tour with a pro who can show you how to capture the incredible neon-tinged streets of Shinjuku and Shibuya.
14. Say kampai to the locals over beers in Golden Gai, feast on yakitori in Piss Alley and discover the nightlife of Shinjuku.
15. Order ramen from a vending machine and enjoy happy hour at an izakaya (with mixed results depending on your skills with the Japanese language!).
16. Play vintage arcade games and go mad for manga in Akihabara.
17. Wander the narrow lanes of hipster Shimo-Kitazawa, shop for vintage fashion and stuff your face with pancakes.
19. Watch a sumo wrestling tournament at a local arena with a guide who can explain what the big guys are doing.
20. Go shopping in glitzy Ginza and try to get your head around the self-service tills.
21. Tour Tsukiji fish market, the world’s largest seafood market, and learn the art of sushi-making from a sushi master.
22. Play on a purikura photo machine in a games arcade and turn yourself into a cartoon character.
23. Lose your mind on Space Mountain at Tokyo Disneyland!
24. Sleep in what is essentially a cupboard at a Capsule Hotel.
25. Or better yet stay in a room designed by a Japanese artist with views of Tokyo Tower at Park Hotel Tokyo.
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