17 Cool Things to Do in Tokyo
The One Bag Traveler recommends Gear, Destinations and Adventures. Tokyo is a city like no other. Sure, you can visit museums, temples, and eat at one of the thousands of delicious restaurants, but you can also do things you can’t anywhere else. We’ve had some of our craziest experiences in this giant metropolis and spend
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Tokyo is a city like no other. Sure, you can visit museums, temples, and eat at one of the thousands of delicious restaurants, but you can also do things you can’t anywhere else. We’ve had some of our craziest experiences in this giant metropolis and spend our time feeling bewildered, enchanted, and 100% safe.
Here are our favourite unique, weird, and just downright cool things to do in Tokyo.
Fun Things to Do in Tokyo
Simon dressed up as Yoshi on our Maricar experience in Tokyo
Dressing up as Mario characters and driving a go-kart around the Tokyo streets has to be the coolest thing you can do in Tokyo. Yes, you drive a tiny go-kart on the real streets of Tokyo amongst cars, buses, and trucks!
Maricar was a dream come true for Simon, but as I hadn’t driven in years I spent the first hour of the two-hour tour terrified and the second hour having so much fun! It’s a surreal experience as you drive past skyscrapers and tiny shrines, busy crossings and quiet residential neighbourhoods, all while people stare, wave, and take your photo.
Our tour was from 4 – 6 pm, so we experienced the golden late afternoon light, sunset, and the neon lights once darkness hit. A highlight was driving across the massive Rainbow Bridge at full speed (60 kmph and you feel it in a go-kart) with an incredible view of the Tokyo skyline.
The go-karts are easy to operate, but you do need an international driving permit so make sure you get one before you leave your home country.
Details: We got a 20% discount on our Maricar tour by booking with Voyagin—a two-hour tour is 7000 yen ($61) from the Roppongi branch.
2) Tokyo DisneySea
It might seem a waste to spend a day of your Tokyo trip at Disney, but DisneySea is unlike any of the other Disney parks in the world (and possibly the best).
The nautical theme park features seven ports inspired by real places and ocean legends including American Waterfront, Mediterranean Harbor (which looks just like Italy), Arabian Coast, and the unique Mysterious Island complete with erupting volcano.
Attractions are more adult-orientated than at neighbouring park Tokyo Disneyland and you can even see a Broadway show and have a cocktail in a 1920s lounge aboard a cruise liner.
It’s such a fun day out! Read about our favourite DisneySea rides including a recommended itinerary for adults and tips for avoiding the crowds.
Details: One day Tokyo DisneySea tickets cost 7400 yen ($65). It’s best to book online to avoid queues on the day. We booked ours on Voyagin as it was easier than booking direct.
3) Robot Restaurant
The Robot Restaurant is not a restaurant and there aren’t many robots, but this show is one of the weirdest things to do in Tokyo. The energetic and totally insane performance features robots, dragons, ninjas, blue-haired dancers, creepy clowns, guitarists on swings, drums, a whole lot of neon lights, and really loud music.
Is it for you? Read Simon’s entertaining Robot Restaurant review to find out.
Details: Booking direct is expensive so make sure you book online with a company like Voyagin who offer discount tickets from 5,399 yen ($47). The cheapest tickets are for the earliest show at 4 pm.
4) Anato No Warehouse Kawasaki
Japan is the land of arcades and you won’t find one more unique than the Anato No Warehouse in Kawasaki. This huge three-storey arcade is themed like a seedy back alley in Hong Kong’s Kowloon walled city.
The theming is best at the entrance and first floor, while the second and third are more like a normal neon arcades. There’s a huge variety of games to play including taiko drumming, many rhythm games (which are hugely popular here), as well as the usual shoot-em-up and driving games.
The sci-fi exit to the arcade
Details: The arcade is open from 9 am to midnight. Entrance is free and games cost from 100 yen ($0.90). It’s a 10-minute walk from Kawasaki Station, which is a 15-minute train ride from Tokyo Station.
5) Ghibli Museum
If you’re a Studio Ghibli fan, don’t miss the whimsical Ghibli Museum. Most of the exhibits and short animation are in Japanese but it’s still cool to see props and drawings from classic films like Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro. When we visited (running until May 2018) there was a special exhibition on the food that the characters in the films eat. The attention to detail in every second of the films is astounding.
Details: It’s essential to book tickets in advance—you can find the details on the Ghibli Museum website. Tickets cost 1000 yen ($9). We booked ours online through Lawson—tickets go on sale on the 10th of each month for the following month and sell out quickly. If you don’t manage to get tickets, Voyagin sometimes has last minute tickets, but you’ll pay a premium. The museum is a 15-minute walk from Mitaka Station and a little longer from Kitoji Station through a pleasant park. Don’t forget your passport and printed tickets.
Realistic food models at a…