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Cool Things To Do In Tokyo: Hidden Gems

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by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Akane N.

Last updated : Jun 20, 20248 min read

Things To Do

Have you ever wanted to see something, or do something, that you can’t experience anywhere else? In Tokyo, there are a vast amount of unique tours and activities that will give you memories that will last forever. We’ve put together a list of 6 unforgettable things to do in Tokyo. With these hidden gems, your normal trip will become the experience of a lifetime.

 

6 Cool Things to do in Tokyo

 

1. Cat Cafe

 

Do you like cats? If you do, spending an hour or two with these furry creatures could be a wonderful way to take a break from sightseeing. You are usually charged by how long you stay, and sometimes you are required to order a beverage. Additionally, you can buy treats to become popular with cats. Below are some cat cafés you can go to. Some places have an age restriction, so make sure your children are old enough to enter.

 

MONTA

Address:   

  • 8F Satellite Fuji Building, 1-5-2 Hanakawado, Taito-Ku, Tokyo

Access:   

  • A 1-minute walk from Asakusa Station

Hours:   

  • 11am – 9pm (last entrance 8pm)

Fees:   

  • 800 yen for 30 minutes
  • Call for children under 11 years old, children 12-14 must be accompanied by a guardian

Website: Stylish Cat Cafe Monta

 

2. Mount Takao 

 

If you want to take a day to enjoy nature in Tokyo, you should try hiking Mount Takao. It’s only about 1 hour away from central Tokyo, and it’s not a difficult mountain to climb. Beginners and even children can enjoy the hike. There’s even a cable car for people who want to go to the top but don’t want to climb the mountain. At the top, there’s a temple, a monkey park, and a beautiful view of the surrounding area. It’s especially popular during the season of the autumn colors and on weekends during the warmer months.

 

Access:

  • From Shinjuku station, take the Keio line train to Takaosanguchi Station, the station at the foot of the mountain. It takes about 50 minutes.

Cable car information: 

  • Hours: 8 am to 5:45 pm
  • Fees: 480 yen one way / 930 yen round trip 

Website: Keio Line Train

 

3. Ninja & Samurai Experience

 

Fascinated by the ninja or samurai? Why not take the opportunity to make that fantasy a real experience? Several places teach you the art of becoming a samurai or ninja and letting you dress up like one while you’re at it. It sounds like fun, doesn’t it? Make sure you book a reservation.

 

NINJA SAMURAI DOJO

Access:   

  • A 3-minute walk from Asakusa Station, Ginza line

Address:    

  • 6F Studio Nanairo, 2-17-8 Kaminarimon, Taito-Ku, Tokyo

Hours:   

  • 10 am - 7 pm (closed irregularly, so check the website)

Fees: 

  • starts from 8660 yen for a 1 hour (per person)

Website: The Ninja Samurai Experience

 

Ninja Trick House

Access:   

  • A 7-minute walk from Shinjuku Station

Address:   

  • Daiichi Wako Bld. 4F, 2-28-13 Kabuki-Cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Hours:    

  • 10 am - 4pm 
  •  Closed on Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Admission fee:   

  • 3,480 yen per person (adult), 3360 yen (children 4-17), 1200 yen, (3 years and under free)

Website: Ninja Trick House, Tokyo 

 

4. Rainbow Promenade (Rainbow Bridge Walkway)

 

Rainbow Bridge is a huge bridge connecting Tokyo with the Bay Area of Odaiba. Usually, you drive over it in a car or cross it on the Yurikamome monorail. However, you can walk across the 1.7 km bridge in about 20 to 30 minutes. If you walk across around sunset, you’ll be able to take some amazing pictures.

 

Access:

  • The Shibaura exit is a 5-minute walk from Shibaura-Futo Station on the Yurikamome Monorail.
  • The Odaiba exit is a 15-minute walk from Odaiba Kaihinkoen Station.

Address:

  • Shibaura exit: 3-33 Higashi Shinagawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo
  • Odaiba exit: 1-1 Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Hours:

  • April 1 - Oct. 31: 9 am - 9 pm
  • Nov. 1 - Mar. 31: 10 am - 6 pm

     (Last entrance 30 minutes before closing)

 

Closed:

  • Every 3rd Monday of the month. If Monday is a holiday, the next day is closed instead.

Fees: 

  • free of charge

 

5. Street Kart Akihabara

 

Extremely exciting and a must-have experience when you visit Tokyo, Japan. Just imagine yourself on a custom-made go-kart specifically tailored to realize the Real Life Go-Karting experience! Dress up in your favorite character costume, playing the music of your choice and driving through the city of Tokyo. All eyes will be on you, guaranteed! You can ride with a group or ride privately, Street Kart is fully equipped to make your experience a very important one.

 

Access:

  • To reach the Shinkiba Station, take:

Jr Higashi Nihon: Keiyou Line
Tokyo Metro: Yurakucho Line
Tokyo Rinkai Kosoku Tetsudo: Rinkai Line
(around 10 to 13-minute walk from station to shop)

 

Address: 

 

 

Fees:

  • Admission is 17,000 yen 
  • Must have a valid Japanese driver's license or International driver's permit

Activity Link: Tokyo Street Go Karting

 

6. Ramen Museum

 

Are you a fan of ramen? I know I am. There are so many kinds of ramen originating from different areas of Japan, it’s hard to try them all. At the ramen museum, there are ramen shops from all over, so you can eat the different kinds of ramen while you’re in this one place. The museum is in Yokohama, so it’s a little less than 1 hour away from central Tokyo.

 

Access:

  • 8-minute walk from Exit 8 of Shin-Yokohama Station on the Yokohama City Subway

Address:   

  • 2-14-21 Shin-Yokohama, Kohoku-Ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa

Hours:   

  • Mon-Fri 11am–9pm
  • Closed on Dec. 31 & Jan. 1

Fees:

  • Adults: 450 yen
  • Children age 6–18, seniors (65 and over): 100 yen

Website: Ramen Museum

 

Conclusion

Did you find something cool you wanted to try during your stay? There are lots of things in Tokyo that aren’t included in the regular or most popular sightseeing spots, so if you’ve already seen the sights, why don’t you try something different for a change. I hope you enjoy your stay!

 

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