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.
25 fun things to do in Tokyo
From the best themed restaurants to cool tours, cultural experiences and, yes, that Go Kart you’ve heard about. Here’s how to fill your Tokyo itinerary with some seriously fun things to do.
1.Visit the Robot Restaurant
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. Dine at Kawaii Monster Cafe
Not to be beaten 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. Take a Go Kart Tour of Tokyo
Race around the crazy streets of Shibuya in a Go Kart, accessorised with a Go Pro and (optional) fancy dress outfit.
(You must have a valid drivers’ license and you may dress as a super-hero – just not a Nintendo character as apparently Nintendo didn’t like it!)
4. Shop in Omotesando
Head to Tokyu Plaza in Omotesando for some retail therapy and Insta-opportunities in the mirror-covered entryway.
5. Eat crepes in Harajuku
Scoff cake & cream-filled crepes on Takeshita Street in Harajuku. (Save room for a Beard Papa cream puff too.)
6. Visit the world’s first digital art museum
You’ll never look at a museum the same way again after experiencing the incredible Mori Building Digital Art Museum by TeamLab.
Artworks move out of rooms and merge with each other in this sensational digital experience that expands across 10,000 square metres. Be prepared for your Insta to explode :p
7. Visit Senso-ji Temple
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
Dress like a geisha in Asakusa and take a rickshaw ride around Senso-ji in your new get up.
9. Train as a ninja
Learn the ancient arts of the ninja with a hands-on ninja experience, which includes your outfit, weapons training and a comedy photoshoot.
10. Visit a Maid Cafe (or not!)
11. Shop at Don Quijote
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. Experience the Shibuya Scramble
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. Take a Tokyo night photography tour
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. Discover the nightlife of Shinjuku
Say kampai to the locals over beers in Golden Gai, feast on yakitori in Piss Alley and discover the nightlife of Shinjuku.
15. Visit an izakaya
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. Discover geek culture in Akihabara
Play vintage arcade games and go mad for manga in Akihabara.
17. Explore hipster Shimo-Kitazawa
Wander the narrow lanes of hipster Shimo-Kitazawa, shop for vintage fashion and stuff your face with pancakes.
18. Visit an onsen
19. Watch a sumo wrestling tournament
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
Go shopping in glitzy Ginza and try to get your head around the self-service tills. Visit the basement level of leading department store Matsuya to discover the elegance of food gifts in Japan.
21. Tour Tsukiji fish market
Tour Tsukiji fish market, the world’s largest seafood market, and learn the art of sushi-making from a sushi master.
22. Experience an arty cafe
Doodle while you wait for noodles at the Bungougu Café (Stationery Café) in Omotesando, a beautiful artist store and cafe in one.
23. Fly ‘First Class’
Only in Tokyo can you enjoy a virtual first class flight in a restaurant. Enjoy in-flight meals themed to your ‘destination’ served by helpful cabin crew at First Airlines.
24. Spend a day at Tokyo Disneyland
Lose your mind on Space Mountain at Tokyo Disneyland!
25. Sleep in a capsule hotel
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Post updated: May 2020