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 tours and activities that will give you memories that will last forever. We’ve put together a list of 8 unforgettable things to do in Tokyo. With these hidden gems your normal trip will become the experience of a lifetime.
8 Cool Things to do in Tokyo
1. Roppongi Hills Observatory
Yes, I know going to an observatory to see the view is a very ordinary thing to do. But the Roppongi Hills Observatory lets you go outside on the roof at an added price. It’s at a height of 270 meters up so you’ll feel the wind whipping at your face. It’s closed on days with bad weather so make sure it’s a sunny day when you go. And it’s also popular so you should go early in the day before the tickets get sold out.
- 2,000 yen (incl.tax)
Sky Deck Opening Hours:
- 11:00 - 20:00 (last entrance 19:30)
2. 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 usually are 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 cafes you can go to. Some places have an age restriction so make sure your children are old enough to enter.
Cat Cafe Calico Shinjuku
- 1−16−2, Kabukicho, Shinjuku City, Tokyo
- A 5-minute walk from Shinjuku station
- 10am to 10pm
- 1,200 yen for 60 minutes
- Additional 300 yen every 30 minutes after the first hour
- Age restriction: 12 years old or older
Website (Japanese only) here.
Neko Jalala Akihabara
This is a very small cafe so call and make a reservation ahead of time at 03-3258-2525.
- 3-5-5 1F, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
- A 4-minute walk from Suehirocho Station, a 10-minute walk from Akihabara Station
- 11 am – 8 pm
- 550 yen for 30 minutes (650 yen on weekends)
- An additional 550 yen (or 650 yen) for every 30 minutes after that
- You also need to order at least one drink
Website (Japanese only) here.
- 8F Satellite Fuji Building, 1-5-2 Hanakawado, Taito-Ku, Tokyo
- A 1-minute walk from Asakusa Station
- 11am – 9pm (last entrance 8pm)
- 600 yen for 30 minutes
- An additional 200 yen for every 10 minutes after that
- Call for children under 11 years old, children 12-14 must be accompanied by a guardian
Website (Japanese only) here.
3. 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.
- From Shinjuku station, take the Keio line train to Takaosanguchi Station, the station at the foot of the mountain. It takes about 50 minutes and 390 yen.
Cable car information:
- Hours: 8 am to 5:45 pm
- Fees: 490 yen one way / 950 yen round trip
4. 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
- A 3-minute walk from Asakusa Station, Ginza line
- 6F Studio Nanairo, 2-17-8 Kaminarimon, Taito-Ku, Tokyo
- 10 am - 7 pm (closed irregularly so check the website)
- starts from 6,000 yen for a 45-minute session (per person)
Ninja Trick House
- A 5-minute walk from Shinjuku Station
- Daiichi Wako Bld. 4F, 2-28-13 Kabuki-Cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
- 10 am - 6pm
- Closed on Tuesdays & Wednesdays
- 1,500 yen per person (3 years and under free)
Tokyo Samurai Kembu
- A 3-minute walk from Hatchobori Station on the Keio Line or a 5-minute taxi ride from Tokyo Station
- Akuta Awazu Bldg. 5F, 1-19-7 Shintomi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
- 9 am - 9 pm
- 7,000 yen for a 1-hour lesson with costume rental (6,000 yen for children 5-11 years old)
5. 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.
- 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.
- Shibaura exit: 3-33 Higashi Shinagawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo
- Odaiba exit: 1-1 Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo
- April 1 - Oct. 31: 9 am - 9 pm
- Nov. 1 - Mar. 31: 10 am - 6 pm
(Last entrance 30 minutes before closing)
- Every 3rd Monday of the month. If Monday is a holiday, the next day is closed instead.
- free of charge
6. Hot Springs Theme Park
Imagine a hot springs theme park where you can have fun with family or friends. Other than the several different types of baths, there are quiet rest areas where you can take a nap, massage facilities, saunas, and restaurants where you can eat different kinds of Japanese food. You can spend a whole day here just relaxing. There are two branches around the Tokyo area, so you can choose the one that best fits your schedule.
Oedo Onsen Monogatari Odaiba
- 2 minute walk from Telecom Center Station on the Yurikamome Monorail or take the free shuttle bus (a 7-minute ride) from Tokyo Teleport Station on the Rinkai line.
- 2-6-3 Aomi, Koto-Ku, Tokyo
- 11 am to 9 am (the next day) - last entry until 7 am
- Adults: from 2,720 yen
- Children age 4 to 12: from 1,058 yen
- Evening admission: 2,180 yen/person
(Fees include a rental towel and “yukata” robe)
Oedo Onsen Monogatari Urayasu Mangekyo
- 15 minutes by free shuttle bus from Shin-Urayasu Station
- 7-3-12 Hinode, Urayasu-shi, Chiba
- 11 am to 9 am (the next day)
- last entry until 11 pm or midnight depending on the day
- Adults: 1,888 yen on weekdays / 2,218 yen on weekends / 2,548 yen on special days
- Children age 4 - 12: 858 on weekdays / 968 yen on weekends / 1,078 yen on specials day
- Fees include a rental towel
- Rental robe: 385 yen
7. 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 SuperHero 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.
- A 13-minute walk from Ueno Station in Asakusa
- 4-12-9 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo
- Admission is 10,000 yen
- Must have a valid drivers license
Activity Link: Tokyo Street Go Karting
8. 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.
- 8-minute walk from Exit 8 of Shin-Yokohama Station on the Yokohama City Subway
- 2-14-21 Shin-Yokohama, Kohoku-Ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
- Mon-Fri 11am - 10pm
- Sat 11am - 10:30pm
- Sun 10:30am - 10pm
- Closed on Dec. 31 & Jan. 1
- Adults: 380 yen
- Children age 6 - 12: 100 yen
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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