29 September 2016
Tokyo is known for having a plethora of unique, weird, funny, and outlandish attractions and entertainment options. How do you know where to start?
Check out these seven fun and somewhat crazy things to do that will fill your time in Tokyo with thousands of unforgettable memories!
1. Get a Coffee While You Play with Cats
Yes, this is exactly what it sounds like. There are many different ‘cat cafes’ scattered throughout Tokyo (such as the Calico Cat Café, located in a central part of Shinjuku). Here, get a cup of coffee or a bite to eat, or just pay the small entrance fee and spend an hour or two playing with the adorable kitties!
Of course, if you’re not such a fan of cats, there’s also owl cafés and even a rabbit café (Ra.a.g.f. in Harajuku) just to make sure you can find a fuzzy animal fix that suits!
You may also enjoy visiting Zao Fox Village known as Japan’s cutest tourism attraction.
2. Go to a Festival
To really get involved in the local culture and history of Japan, visit one of the many festivals that go on throughout the year in Tokyo. If your visit is in summer, don’t miss the Kōenji Awa Odori in Kōenji (an incredible dance festival featuring an average of over 12,000 dancers), or the Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival over the Sumida River. A great way to really see the history of Tokyo is at the Tokyo Jidai Matsuri festival, located in Asakusa, which celebrates the rich past of this incredible city.
3. Eat Some Futuristic Sushi
Sushi is something you absolutely have to eat when visiting Tokyo (especially the incredible sashimi sushi!), but not every place will give you quite the same experience as Uobei will. Head to Shibuya to find this incredible restaurant and see what it feels like to travel into the future!
With an electronic screen in front of you, select which sushi you would like to eat. Then, watch as it magically appears, reaching you through a chute! This experience will lead to guaranteed nonstop laughter.
4. Get Your Geek On
There are so many geeky things to do in Tokyo, it is absolutely one of the best places to let all your geekiness hang out! First, head to the headquarters of Sony, Panasonic, or Toyota. They each display products that have not yet been released in the western world, and you can geek out as much as you want (and even purchase them!)
Of course, a visit to the Ghibli Museum is a must-do for all fans of Studio Ghibli’s work (including ‘My Neighbor Totoro’), and if you’d like to see what Disneyland would be like if Mickey Mouse turned into Hello Kitty, then head to Sanrio Puroland and see some of the most adorable things you have ever set eyes on (this is fun for kids and adults!).
5. Chill with the Locals
If you’re looking to get away from the tourists and know what the locals do in their spare time, then head to Yoyogi Park. You’ll see them getting their groove on with some fantastic dance routines, putting on fashion shows, cosplaying, and so much more! And if you love nature there are 11 must-visit gardens in Japan that provide enchanting colour and beauty.
While you’re in the area, take some time to wander the streets of Harajuku. This famed area is known for being the height of youth culture in Japan, featuring wacky and incredible clothing and styles. If you come during the week, it is less busy with tourists.
Also, don’t forget to check out local karaoke! You will surprised at how seriously they take their karaoke here!
6. Catch Your Own Dinner
Ever had to go fishing to provide your next meal? Well, Zauo restaurant in Shinjuku will bring back the memories! The punctuality of your meal depends on how well you fish in the impressive aquarium that is provided for more than just decoration. See if you can snag a real treat, and then have it served to you however you wish.
7. Bring Back Memories
Shopping is such a delight in this city filled with weird trinkets and adorable kitty keychains, and you know that no one here will judge you for whatever cute or crazy memento that you choose to purchase and bring back with you! In fact, the locals will love you even more for it! It’s impossible to leave Tokyo without doing some shopping in places like Shibuya, or department stores such as Tokyu Hands!
Your trip to Tokyo could never be complete without visiting its sometimes unbelievable attractions and really getting into its wacky and explosive culture!
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Honestly, the best advice that we can give you is just to walk around. See the things we’ve mentioned above, and then go explore on your own. You’ll end up finding even more of the crazy, wonderful, and adorable things that you can do while visiting Tokyo!