10 Things To Do In Tokyo, Japan During The Weekend

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Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is the most populous metropolis on earth. If you ever wish to understand the depth of Japanese cultures and traditions, Tokyo is the best city to visit. Since Tokyo offers innumerable options in terms of shopping, entertainment, culture and cuisines. You will be both amazed and thrilled at the same time with the immense variety, beauty and class of alternatives in this part of Japan. The city has a number of historic temples, marvellous museums and gardens which tend to enhance the beauty of the city at every step. You will also come across a number of eye-pleasing green spaces within short distances as Tokyo lays special importance on the environment. Since the holiday season is just around the corner, one should definitely take a break and travel to some exciting places like Tokyo. Here is the list of top 10 things to do in Tokyo during the weekend.

1. A quick look at the Ghibli Museum (from USD 136.0)

Located in Mitaka, the central Tokyo, the Ghibli Museum is a must-visit for movie lovers. Ghibli Museum is the animation and art museum of Miyazaki Hayao’s Studio Ghibli, one of Japan’s most famous animation studios. The museum has two floors and it is designed in a mischievously amazing manner along with a life-sized robot from the famous movie “Castle in the Sky”.

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Tokyo Studio Ghibli Museum Afternoon Tour with Admission

Duration: 7 hours

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2. How about enjoying all-night karaoke

Karaoke at Shibuya
Source: Photo by user DocChewbacca used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Do you know Karaoke originated from Japan? Karaoke is a well-liked pastime enjoyed by people of all ages in Japan, and also makes an interesting activity for tourists to Japan, especially those looking for some night entertainment. You can find a number of Karaoke establishments open from around 11:00 am to 3:00 am the following morning. Karaoke is an important part of nightlife in Tokyo as it is both relaxing as well as affordable. One of the best karaoke boxes in Tokyo is Karaoke No Tetsujin. This is one of the best and the easiest thing to do in Tokyo on weekends.

Karaoke No Tetsujin

Address: 1-3-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

3. Visit Ueno Zoo

Source: Photo by user Los688 used under PUBLIC DOMAIN

Established in 1882 as a part of Japan’s modernization during Meiji Period, Ueno Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in Japan. It is a world class zoo with animals all around the globe. Some of the biggest attractions of this zoo, which make visiting one of the best things to do in Tokyo this weekend, are elephants, gorillas, polar bears, giraffes, etc.

Ueno Zoo

Address: 9-83 Uenokoen, Taitō, Tokyo 110-0007, Japan

Website: Ueno Zoo

4. Take a look at Godzilla Head

Statue of Godzilla (Gojira) in Tokyo, Japan
Source: Photo by Flickr user Paul Mannix used under CC BY 2.0

Known for all the weird developments, Godzilla Head is located on the 8th floor of the Gracery Hotel. It is a giant head of the scaly menace, that’s seen towering over the Toho Building in the Shinjuku Ward. You might not find it appealing at first sight, but after a few minutes, this gorilla will definitely be appealing. Among other sightseeing options, this is one of the weirdest things to do in Tokyo on weekends.

Godzilla Head

Address: 1-19-1 Kabukicho | Shinjuku Toho Bldg, Shinjuku 160-0021, Tokyo Prefecture

Website: Godzilla Head

5. Visit Nezu Museum

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Located in the Minato district of Tokyo, Nezu Museum formerly known as the Nezu Institute of Fine Arts is another famous art museum in Tokyo. The museum is home to the personal collection of pre-modern Japanese and East Asian art of Nezu Kaichirō. The museum also contains historical remains of Tokyo in the form of a pair of Edo period folding screens, Irises, by Ogata Kōrin as well as Chinese bronzes of the Shang and Zhou dynasties.

Nezu Museum

Address: 6 Chome-5-1 Minamiaoyama, Minato, Tokyo 107-0062, Japan

Website: Nezu Museum

Contact No.: +81 3-3400-2536

6. Worship in the Buddhist Temple- Sensō-ji

Hozomon and pagoda, Sensoji Temple, Asakusa, Tokyo
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Located in Asakusa, Sensōji is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Tokyo. This is one of the most colourful and popular temples found in Tokyo. As per the legend, the temple is built to provide a permanent place to a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, found in the Sumida River by two brothers while fishing. Visiting Sensōji is one of the best things to do in Tokyo as this temple is famous for adopting advanced technologies to maintain the traditional architectures.


Address: 2-3-1, Asakusa, Taito 111-0032, Tokyo Prefecture

Website: Sensōji

7. Explore Harajuku

Harajuku - Takeshita Street 10 (15741470792)
Source: Photo by user Joe Mabel used under CC BY-SA 3.0

One of the best ways to Explore Harajuku is to take the Harajuku Kawaii Tour. Harajuku is the area between Shinjuku and Shibuya on the Yamanote Line. The place is the hub of teenage cultures and fashion styles. Along with fashion styles, you can also get your hands on exotic Japanese cuisines, you can visit the largest Daiso in Tokyo and find many sources of entertainment. If you ever wish to explore Tokyo completely with the help of locals speaking good English, then visiting Harajuku is the best thing to do in Toyko this weekend.

Harajuku Kawaii Tour

Address: 1-18 Jingumae | Meeting Place: Harajuku station, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture

Website: Harajuku Kawaii Tour

8. Walk over the bridge to Odaiba

Rainbow bridge japan 2011
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The Rainbow Bridge is only a 798-metre (8589.6-square-foot) long bridge acting as a conduit inside as well as outside of the city, designed especially for people heading to the island of Odaiba. Built towards the end of the Edo Period (1603-1868), Odaiba is a popular shopping and entertainment district on a man-made island in Tokyo Bay. This is another good thing to do in Tokyo this weekend as this walk from the rainbow bridge to Odaiba is an interesting and accessible wander for tourists who are trying to experience life in Tokyo.

Rainbow bridge

Address: Minato, Tokyo 105-0000, Japan

Website: Rainbow bridge

9. Observe and learn Washi making (from USD 29.0)

If you are bored with sightseeing, you can quickly try your hands on this age-old art and craft of Japan called Japanese Washi Paper-Making. You can make traditional Japanese washi paper out of the local fibre. This is not a very easy task. You will need your utmost focus at this Ozu Washi workshop, as even the slightest mistake may prevent you from making a perfect sheet in a humbling yet rewarding experience. This is one of the most fascinating things to do in Tokyo.

Kyoto - Traditional Japanese Washi Papermaking

Duration: 1 hour

10. Experience the Shibuya Crossing

1 shibuya crossing 2012
Source: Photo by user chensiyuan used under CC BY-SA 4.0

The Tokyo Shibuya Crossing also called as “Cross-All-You-Can” is a famous intersection outside Shibuya Station. It is one of the busiest intersections in the world as it merges six streets, and the pedestrian stoplights in every direction turn red and green at the same time. It is an amazing thing to do in Tokyo this weekend as you can experience and watch everything happen from the sidelines. It is an extremely astonishing sight.

Shibuya Crossing

Address: Udagawacho, Shibuya 150-0042, Tokyo Prefecture (Shibuya, Harajuku, Ebisu)

Tokyo, a perfect weekend getaway

From the above list, now you know that there are a lot of things to do in Tokyo on a weekend. So quickly sneak out from your monotonous life and take a quick tour of Tokyo. And since we all live our lives on a packed schedule, Tokyo can be the best weekend escape as the place promises 100% contentment of its visitors.

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