Top 54 Things To Do In Tokyo - Updated 2023

Top 54 Things To Do In Tokyo - Updated 2023
Minami Yamashita
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Minami Yamashita

Tokyo is a city with so much culture which makes it impossible to fully take in within a short amount of time. The vastness of the activities to enjoy is endless due to the size of the city. Popular neighborhoods include Shinjuku, Shibuya, Asakusa, Akihabara, Roppongi and Ginza for some of the best places to eat, shop, sightsee, or visit historical sites. In this article we will show some of the most popular attractions in Tokyo that can’t be missed. Read on to find out about the top 54 things to do in Tokyo.

1. Catch a Kabuki performance at the Kabukiza theater

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For those interested in the culture behind Japanese traditional arts, the Kabukiza theater offers extraordinary Kabuki performances. These authentic shows are popular for visitors who don’t speak Japanese. If one wants to follow the performances in English there is the opportunity to purchase translation. Full performances can take several hours but you have the option to watch one act at a time.

Kabukiza Theater

Address: 〒104-0061 Tokyo, 中央区Ginza, 四丁目12−15

Price: from 14 USD

Opening Hours: 10am - 6pm. Closed on public holidays.

Duration: around 1 hour required.

Access: Hibiya Line or Asakusa Line, “Higashi Ginza” Station. Exit 3- direct access to the theatre from the subway station.

Contact: +03-3545-6800

Near by Food: Paris Wine Cafeteria

Website: Kabukiza Theater

2. Take a magical trip to Tokyo Disney Sea

Tokyo Disney Sea
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This theme park is part of Tokyo Disney Resort and is inspired by Disney stories centered around the ocean. What makes this particular Disney park unique is the incredible rides. Each ride incorporates spectacular visual effects, great storytelling, and big themes completely unique to Tokyo with it being the only Disney Sea in the world.

Tokyo Disney Sea

Address: 1-13 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture 279-0031

Price: from 66 USD

Opening Hours: 8:30am - 10pm. Closed on public holidays.

Duration: around 3 hours required.

Access: Direct access from Tokyo Disney Sea Station.

Contact: +0570-008-632

Near by Food: Amazing food inside park.

Website: Tokyo Disney Sea

3. Visit the famous Meiji Shrine

Meiji-jingu torii
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Experience Japan’s ancient original religion at the Shinto shrine of Meiji. Visitors should keep an eye out for special occasions and events happening at the shrine during your trip. To enhance the visit more, tourists can research on the special etiquette used when entering the shrine such as when to bow and pay respects. There is also a Shiseikan Budojo, which is a training hall that offers classes for Japanese Budo and Kyudo (archery).

Meiji Shrine

Address: 1-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-8557

Price: free

Opening Hours: Usually from 5am - 6pm. Hours change every month.

Duration: around 1 hour required.

Access: 1 minute walk from Meiji Jingu Mae ’Harajuku’ Station.

Contact: +03-3379-5511

Near by Food: Afuri Ramen Restaurant outside the shrine.

Website: Meiji Shrine

4. Relax at Ooedo Onsen Monogatari

Foot Bath of Ooedo Onsen Monogatari
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This relaxing spa theme park has the feel of a festival and is one of the largest Onsens in Japan. Attendees can enjoy Himalayan Salt Saunas, Massages, Silk Baths, Carnival Games, Fortune Tellers, and natural open-air baths. There is also a choice of different traditional Japanese food to devour. Stay for the night or just stop by for the day.

Ooedo Onsen Monogatari

Address: 〒135-0064 Tokyo, 江東区Aomi, 2 Chome−6番3

Price: from 25 USD

Opening Hours: 11am - 9am.

Duration: around 2 hours required.

Access: 2 min walk from Toyosu Station.

Contact: +03-5500-1126

Near by Food: Ramen, Udon, and Sushi all inside.

Website: Ooedo Onsen Monogatari

5. Take in the view at Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree
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Tokyo Skytree is a 634 meter (2080 feet) high tower that is the tallest broadcasting structure in the world. Come here to oversee all of Tokyo for the best pictures. Each night the tower is lit up with different colors according to the theme of that day. Also, inside the tower is a restaurant to view and dine at the same time.

Tokyo Skytree

Address: 1 Chome-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo 131-0045

Price: from 27 USD

Opening Hours: 8am - 10pm.

Duration: around 1 hour required.

Access: 3 min walk from Tokyo Skytree Station.

Near by Food: Restaurant inside the tower.

Website: Tokyo Skytree

6. See the history of Japan's greatest movie studio

Totoro Mitaka Ghibli Museum (三鷹の森美術館), Mitaka-shi, Tokyo, Japan. 2007.05.25
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The Studio Ghibli Musuem is a magical place to explore the beginning and journey of Studio Ghibli films. Relax and enjoy the inspiring artwork while letting your imagination take flight. To guarantee a visit buy your tickets at least two months in advance online or at a local Lawsons store in Tokyo if you have a translator.

Studio Ghibli Musuem

Address: 1 Chome-1-83 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-0013

Price: from 9 USD

Opening Hours: 10am - 6pm. Closed on Tuesdays.

Duration: around 2 hours required.

Access: From the Mitaka South Exit, a 15 min walk along the Tamagawa Josui “Waterworks” to the museum.

Contact: +0570-055-777

Near by Food: Café inside museum.

Website: Ghibli Museum

7. Take a stroll through Happo-en Garden

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This breathtaking garden is a postcard setting for several marriages and banquets in Tokyo. The carefully preserved garden is a nice walk with bonsai trees, cherry blossoms and tea houses. Come here for a romantic date or a quiet evening to read.

Happo-en Garden

Address: 〒108-0071 Tokyo, Minato, Shirokanedai, 1 Chome−1−13, 76 グランドヒルズ白金台

Price: free

Opening Hours: 10am - 8:30pm.

Duration: around 1 hour required.

Access: 1 minute by foot from the Exit No. 2 of Shirokanedai Station.

Contact: +03-3443-3111

Near by Food: Food spots and cafes surrounding the garden.

Website: Happo-en Garden

8. Eat some of the best Sushi

Fresh Fish
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Eat some of the freshest fish at Tsukiji Fish Market. Known for some of the best places to eat sushi… it is filled with different choices of restaurants with delicious seafood. Come early in the morning to see massive Tunas being auctioned and the day to day hustle of a fish market. Due to high volumes of tourists wanting to watch the auction, visitors must register with Osakana Fukyu Center beforehand at 5 am.

Tsukiji Fish Market

Address: 5 Chome-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0045

Price: from 5 USD

Opening Hours: Open 24 hours.

Duration: around 1 hour required.

Access: 5 min walk from Tsukiji Station.

Contact: +03-3542-1111

Near by Food: Several stalls and restaurants.

Website: Tsukiji Fish Market

9. Check out the artifacts at Edo-Tokyo Museum

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For those history buffs this is good learning place about the Edo time period. With replicas and artifacts the museum takes you on a journey through a 400 year era and the basic foundation of how Japan is the way it is today.

Edo-Tokyo Musuem

Address: 1 Chome-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida, Tokyo 130-0015

Price: from 5 USD

Opening Hours: 9:30am - 5:30pm. Closed on public holidays and Mondays.

Duration: around 1 hour required.

Access: 5 min walk from Ryogoku Station.

Contact: +03-3626-9974

Near by Food: Ramen Marutama Ryogoku Honten.

Website: Edo-Tokyo Musuem

10. See what is in Japan's future

Miraikan Japan's Technology Museum
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See into the future at the Miraikan National Museum of emerging Technology and Innovation. See robots, incoming creations, and speculations of what is to come. Japan is seen as the country of the future so getting to see what Japanese inventors are planning will be well worthwhile.

Miraikan Museum

Address: 2 Chome-3-6 Aomi, 江東区 Tokyo 135-0064

Price: from 6 USD

Opening Hours: 10am - 5pm. Closed on public holidays.

Duration: around 2 hours required.

Access: 5 minute walk from “Fune-no Kagakukan station” /4 minute walk from “Telecom Center station”.

Contact: +03-3570-9151

Near by Food: Food inside museum.

Website: Miraikan Museum

11. Celebrate your favorite anime

J-World @ Sunshine City @ Ikebukuro
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Immerse yourself in Japan’s anime culture with Naruto, Hunter X Hunter, Dragon Ball Z, Bleach, and many more at this indoor attraction. Play games, go on small rides, and enjoy your favorite TV themed meal at J-world. With many picture opportunities and missions to go on, this makes a great day for anime lovers. See what Japan’s popular shows are all about.


Price: from 7 USD

Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm. Closed on public holidays.

Duration: around 2 hours required.

Access:The JR and Tokyo Metro.8-mins from Ikebukuro Station by foot.

Contact: +03-5950-2181

Near by Food: J-World Cafeteria has fun anime themed food.

Website: J-World

12. See the historic heart of rail transport in Japan

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See the historic heart of rail transport in Japan. Admire the architectural design of an over 100 year old station. This historic site is great for pictures and to watch one of the busiest stations in Tokyo at play.

Tokyo Railway Station

Address: 1 Chome-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-0005

Price: free

Opening Hours: 5am - 1am.

Duration: around 1 hour required.

Access: Tokyo Railway Station

Contact: +050-2016-1600

Near by Food: Several restaurants inside.

Website: Tokyo Railway Station

13. People watch at Shibuya crossing

Shibuya Crossing
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Sit back, relax, and enjoy a Matcha frappuccino at the Starbucks above Shibuya Crossing. If you can get a seat! Here you can people watch and view the chaos of the busiest street in Japan. Watch the world pass by while you sit still.

Shibuya Crossing

Address: 〒150-0042 Tokyo, 渋谷区Udagawacho, 21−6, QFRONT QFRONT

Price: free

Opening Hours: 24 hours. Busiest times during day.

Duration: around 1 hour required.

Access: Direct access from Shibuya Station.

Contact: + 03-3770-2301

Near by Food: Gontran Cherrier Tokyo.

Website: Shibuya Crossing Starbucks

14. Rent a Kimono/dress like a Samurai

Kimono ,Japanese traditional dress
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Tour around Tokyo dressed in a Kimono! Dress yourself in the Japanese culture and have a photo shoot while you are at it. Kimono rentals are 4 hours at the Kimono Kawaii Company in Shibuya. Feel what it is like to get all dressed up in this unique experience.

Kimono Rental

Address: 道玄坂1-22-11, 星野ビル 3F, 渋谷区, Tokyo 150-0043

Price: from 47 USD

Opening Hours: 10am - 6pm. Closed on Fridays.

Duration: around 4 hours required.

Access: 4 min walk from Shinsen station.

Contact: +03-5784-0520

Near by Food: Nagi Shokudo

Website: Kimono Rental

15. Go to an animal café

Roo Female Somali in Cat Café Tokyo
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Bunnies, Hedgehogs, Reptiles, Chinchillas, Cats, Dogs, Owls…you name it and a café in Tokyo probably has it. Japan is obsessed with whatever is Kawaii, meaning great opportunities to cuddle with cute animals. Go melt your heart for a few hours with some of the cutest in Tokyo. You can visit with or potentially buy some of the animals. Just be careful not to go to a café that mistreats their animals as tourist traps.

Ms. Bunny Animal Cafés

Address: 〒106-0032 Tokyo, 港区Roppongi, 6−7−2 岩堀ビル

Price: from 9 USD per 30 minutes.

Opening Hours: 12pm - 9pm. Closed on public holidays.

Duration: around 1 hour required.

Access: 2 min walk from Roppongi Station.

Contact: +03-3404-1182

Near by Food: Snacks served inside.

Website: Ms Bunny Rabbit Cafe

16. Beat an Escape Room

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If you are into puzzles, riddles, searching for clues, and time crunches this is the place for you. At Tokyo Escape Hunt you can choose from three different themed escape rooms. Try to save the Shogun as a Samurai, find a missing bride, or become a Zen master before 60 minutes is up. These escape rooms are perfect for English travellers and are just the right amount of challenging to be fun.

Tokyo Escape Hunt

Address: 〒111-0032 東京都Taitō-ku 浅草1丁目10-5 KN浅草ビル6F

Price: from 67 USD for two people.

Opening Hours: 9:30am - 7pm. Closed on public holidays.

Duration: around 1 hour required.

Access: 4 min walk from Asakusa Station.

Contact: +03-6231-6621

Near by Food: Shitamachi Tendon Akimitsu

Website: Tokyo Escape Hunt

17. Day trip to Yokohama

Night view of Yokohama city in Japan: 横浜、夜景
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Take the 45 minute train ride to Yokohama for a beautiful city along the coast. Read about the history of Yokohama during World War II, go on carnival rides at colorful Cosmo World, learn how to make instant Ramen at the Ramen museums or take a stroll along the harbor. Whatever you choose to do, it will be nice to experience the quiet breathtaking city of Yokohama.

Yokohama City

Address: 〒231-0001 神奈川県横浜市中区 新港2丁目8番1号

Price: free

Opening Hours: 24 hours.

Duration: around 3 hours required.

Access: Take JR Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Shin-Yokohama.

Near by Food: Cup Noodle Museum. Make your own instant Ramen.

Website: Yokohama

18. Attend a traditional tea ceremony

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Learn the ritual that is a tea ceremony in Japan tradition. Dive into the origins, the different kind of teas, how to pour the teas, and all the proper etiquette. At Tranquility not only do you get to partake in a tea ceremony, but you also get to wear a Kimono and do an incense ceremony. Pass on what you learned to others.

Tranquility Tea Ceremony

Address: Jimbocho station Exit A2, the street level, Chiyoda 101-0051, Tokyo Prefecture

Opening Hours: 2pm - 3:30pm. Select dates.

Duration: around 1.5 hours required.

Access: Meet at Jimbocho station.

Website: Tranquility Toyko

19. Eat at Kawaii Monster Café

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Kawaii Monster Cafe is a fun getaway into a bubbly, colorful and magical place. The decorations inside make you feel like you are in a real life Candyland with delicious desserts and terrifying monster food. Come here for good music and great Instagram worthy meals.

Kawaii Monster Café

Address: 〒150-0001 東京都渋谷区 神宮前4丁目31−10 YM スクエア 4F

Price: from 5 USD

Opening Hours: 11:30am - 10pm. Closed on public holidays.

Duration: around 2 hours required.

Access: 2 min walk from Meijijingu-Mae Station.

Contact: +03-5413-6142

Near by Food: Food served inside.

Website: Kawaii Monster Cafe

20. Sample wagyu and sake in Shinjuku  (from USD 92.0)

Try wagyu and sake on this food tour, and get a taste of the history behind two iconic Japanese dishes. During this three-hour activity, you will feast on a decadent steak, and experience the subtle flavor changes across different cuts and regional varieties of wagyu. The full-course wagyu menu includes both traditional dishes and modern recipes to highlight the special flavors of this rare and luxurious meat. Each dish is paired with a craft sake, including specialty cocktails, to showcase the diversity of the traditional rice wine drink.

Wagyu & Sake pairing in Shinjuku 

Duration: 3 hours

41 reviews

21. Test cut with traditional swords (from USD 109.0)

Step foot into a dojo (hall), and test your skill with traditional Japanese swords in this 90-minute small-group activity. After learning about the fascinating history of swordsmanship in Japan, you will get to pick up a blade to try tameshigiri also known as test cutting. With a blunt katana in hand, you will have to practice getting your blade angle just right before you can slice through a hanmaki (half of a tatami roll), an ichimaimaki (one tatami roll), a futomaki (two tatami roll), or yokonarabi (two tatami side by side) with a real sword!


Duration: 1.5 hours

14 reviews

22. Try the floral art form of Ikebana (from USD 47.0)

Get creative, and enjoy the art form of Ikebana. In this two-hour-long workshop, you will learn about the tradition of Japanese floral arranging and get to design your own with help from a certified Ikebana teacher. All flowers and materials are provided for you to practice with, and you can take your flowers home at the end of your lesson so you can try more arrangements at home. This workshop is taught in both Japanese and English but limited to five participants only.

Ikebana Workshop in Toyosu, Tokyo

Duration: 2 hours

3 reviews

23. Have a great night out and listen to J-music live (from USD 32.0)

This group activity is an exciting way to listen, learn, and experience J-music. With the help of your experienced guide, you can get off the beaten track in Tokyo, and find gigs that fit your music tastes or expose you to new music and up-and-coming artists. In case you get hungry, the tour guide can take you to the best restaurants in the area. This tour is a fantastic way to find new performances, learn about the music industry in Japan, and have a great night out!

Cutting edge J-music scene guided tours

Duration: 3 hours

106 reviews

24. Witness the beauty of Tokyo at sunset on a kayak excursion (from USD 51.0)

Enjoy the beauty of Tokyo at sunset on this kayak excursion. This fantastic tour is a unique way to explore the city and get a different perspective of the vibrant skyline. As you paddle along the Kyu-Nakagawa and Kitajukken-gawa rivers, you will get to see how the city transforms with the nighttime, and get a brilliant view of Tokyo Skytree in the darkness. The tour lasts for three hours and is limited to six people per excursion. Single and tandem sea kayaks are available, and guests can rent water shoes, rain gear, and waterproof items from the experienced guide.

Tokyo waterway night paddling

Duration: 3 hours

784 reviews

25. Get your nails painted by an award-winning Japanese nail artist (from USD 80.0)

Japan is also known for all things kawaii. If you are looking for a way to express yourself, then you might find this Airbnb activity interesting and fun. If you’re feeling in need of a fashion pick-me-up, get your nails painted by this award-winning freelance Japanese nail artist. Revel in unique styles, vibrant colors, and hand-painted designs. Getting handpainted nails is indeed another way to enjoy a bit of pampering while you travel.

Get hand painting nails in Tokyo!

Duration: 1.5 hours

43 reviews

26. Discover Tokyo's otaku culture (from USD 80.0)

Celebrate all things otaku on this four-hour tour. In slang, otaku can roughly translate to “geek,” and is sometimes used to describe fans of anime, manga, cosplay, and computer games. The districts of Ikebukuro and Akihabara brim with great stores where you can indulge your inner nerd, and scout out cool souvenirs. With your otaku guide to lead you, you will explore the manga megastore of Nakano Broadway, snack at kawaii cafes, and check out the vibrant cultures that color the area.

Akihabara and Tokyo's Otaku Culture

Duration: 4 hours

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27. Snack like a local through Shinbashi, Yurakucho, and Ginza (from USD 87.0)

This guided tour takes you through the neighborhoods of Shimbashi, Yurakucho, and Ginza on a foodie exploration extravaganza. Over the course of this night tour, you will get off the beaten path and discover hidden Izakaya gems for a taste of Tokyo’s rich culinary culture. Feast on yakitori, snack on deep-fried skewers of kushiage, and slurp down ramen while you take in the bustling sights around you and get an intimate glimpse of each neighborhood. This tour lasts three hours and is limited to groups of four people.

Street Food Japan food tour

Duration: 3 hours

20 reviews

28. Immerse yourself in digital art at teamLab Planets TOKYO (from USD 25.92)

immerse yourself in digital art at teamlab planets tokyo

Enjoy a fully immersive art experience at the incomparable teamLab Planets TOKYO. This modern art museum features digital exhibitions that incorporate technology, lights, sounds, and materials to create “body immersive” works of living art. As visitors walk through each of the seven indoor installations, their presence impacts the art around them. Each unique installation plays with your senses and highlights a curious interplay between technology and perception. Walk through the water with giant koi, explore an infinite crystal universe, watch a waterfall of light, and create an unforgettable experience at teamLab Planets TOKYO.

teamLab Planets TOKYO: Digital Art Museum Entrance Ticket

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29. Challenge yourself with traditional archery (from USD 90.0)

Learn more about the ways of samurai by trying kyudo, a traditional archery martial art. In this two-hour-long activity, you will don the traditional uniform and test yourself as you take aim at your target. Under the guidance of an experienced kyudo master, you will learn the history of the said martial art as well as the unique movements and philosophy that define the Japanese tradition. You will then get to pick up the yumi (the unique oversized bow used in kyudo) and put your lessons into action. This activity is hosted in English and Chinese and limited to groups with eight participants.

Real Japanese Archery (Kyudo) in Tokyo

Duration: 2 hours

295 reviews

30. Learn more about the cultural impact of kabuki at Kabuki-za Gallery (from USD 75.0)

learn more about the cultural impact of kabuki at kabuki-za gallery

This guided experience offers an in-depth exploration of kabuki and its cultural impact. Over Japanese tea and sweets, you will learn about the history of the classical dance-drama, and the detailed elements that comprise a kabuki performance. In the Kabuki-za Gallery, you will see props, instruments, and costumes, and enjoy the hands-on experiences of bringing kabuki to life. This activity is a fantastic way to learn more about the theater form before you view a kabuki performance.

Tokyo: Kabuki-za Gallery Guided Tour and Concierge Service

Duration: 1.5 hour

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31. Revel in thrilling rides at Yomiuriland Amusement Park

You can’t miss Yomiuriland Amusement Park for a day filled with fun! This amusement park brims with thrilling rides, art installations, live entertainment, children’s play areas, and more. With 44 attractions on site, there’s something for everyone to enjoy from exciting bungee jumping and the adrenaline-pumping Loop Coaster MOMOnGA to the family-friendly sea lion show and kid’s railway. In the summer, ride the Giant Sky River, float down the lazy river, and speed down the Slalom slide at Pool WAI, the massive water park area of Yomiuriland. If you need to slow down, take a scenic spin on the giant Ferris Wheel and enjoy city views, or visit Jewellumination for incredible light displays.

Yomiuriland Admission in Tokyo Philippines

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32. Get a bird’s eye view atop Tokyo Tower (from USD 8.25)

Marvel at Tokyo’s impressive skyline from inside Tokyo Tower. The Main Deck is situated 490 feet (150 meters) up in the air and boasts 360-degree panoramas of the city. From your vantage point, you can see many of the city’s famous parks, shopping districts, and landmarks. You can even spy Bay of Tokyo and Mt. Fuji in the distance. A multilingual audio guide can help you spot even more. If you’re feeling brave, step out onto the glass floor of the Lookdown Window.

Tokyo Tower Observatory Ticket

Duration: 30 Min - 1hrsDuration

4690 reviews

33. Build to your heart’s content at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Tokyo (from USD 9.25)

If you’re traveling with children or just young at heart, a day at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Tokyo always means fun. This amusement park brims with more than 3,000,000 LEGO bricks, so you can let your creativity go wild and indulge your imagination. Build and test Lego Racers on the race track, see the world’s capital cities in LEGO in Mini Land, tour LEGO Factory, and zoom around on the amusement rides. You can also pick up LEGO kits at the gift shop to keep the fun going even when you have to go home.

Legoland Discovery Center Admission Ticket Tokyo, Japan Philippines

Duration: 2hrs - 3hrsDuration

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34. Craft the perfect bite of sushi (from USD 42.0)

Learn how to make mouthwatering sushi with this hands-on activity. This 90-minute activity is led by a sushi master who will teach you how to make 5 different kinds of sushi and rolls. As you slice delicate nigiri and delicious tamagoyaki-sushi, your experienced host will teach you about the traditions of this culinary craftsmanship and other elements of Japanese culture. Master the techniques and perfect your presentation so you can continue making sushi when you get home.

Sushi-making Experience

Duration: 1.5 hours

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35. Admire the stunning architecture of Sensō-ji Temple

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Sensō-ji Temple is the oldest temple in Tokyo, and it is as architecturally stunning as it is spiritual. The Buddhist temple’s history dates back to 628 and still draws 30 million visitors each year to worship and visit this ancient site. With its ornate gates, five-storied pagoda, and colorful shrines, Sensō-ji Temple will take your breath away with its staggering history and picturesque beauty. The temple hosts several events throughout the year. The temple grounds are always open, but the main hall is only open from 6:00 to 17:00.

Sensō-ji Temple

Address: 2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan

Website: Sensō-ji Temple

Opening hours: 12am - 12pm (daily)

Price: Free

36. Stroll through the lovely Ueno Park

Ueno Park
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Dating back 140 years, Ueno Park is one of the first city parks in Tokyo and remains a popular attraction today with its scenic beauty. The park is also home to many of the city’s famous museums and institutions, including the Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, National Science Museum, and Ueno Zoo. Several temples, including Kaneiji Temple and Kiyomizu Kannon Temple, are also located within the park. In the springtime, visitors flock here to see the park’s 1,000 cherry trees in their vibrant pink bloom.

Ueno Park

Address: Japan, 〒110-0007 Tokyo, Taito City, Uenokoen, 8, 5−20・池之端三丁目

Opening hours: 5am - 11pm (daily)

Price: Free

37. Catch a performance at Robot Restaurant

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Robot Restaurant is a bit of a misnomer, as the food here comes second to the show. Vibrant and loud, this theme restaurant in the entertainment district of Shinjuku combines dancing, insane costumes, and robot battles for an evening of unforgettable entertainment. Combining elements of traditional Japanese storytelling and characters with fantastical sets, props, and sound effects, each act is outlandish and a masterpiece in nonsensical energy. Sushi and bento boxes are available if you need a snack during intermission, but each show is really a feast for the eyes.

Robot Restaurant

Address: Japan, 〒160-0021 Tokyo, Shinjuku City, Kabukicho, 1 Chome−7−7 新宿ロボットビル B2F

Website: Robot Restaurant

Price: 78 USD

38. Learn the art of Japanese calligraphy (from USD 73.0)

Practice the art form of Japanese calligraphy and create a beautiful souvenir. Over the course of two-and-a-half hours, you will learn the techniques and movements to help you master the proper way of using a fude and sumi (brush and Indian ink). With the guidance of a calligraphy master, you will learn about the history of the art form and learn more about Japanese culture. All equipment is provided, and small snacks are included. The activity is hosted in English, and groups are limited to four participants.

Brush and Ink, Japanese calligraphy

Duration: 2.5 hours

432 reviews

39. Ride a street go-kart through Tokyo

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Extremely exciting and a must have experience when you visit Japan. Just imagine yourself on a custom made go kart...

Posted by Street Kart Akihabara on Monday, December 10, 2018

Live out your video game dreams, and ride a custom-made street go-kart through Tokyo. Each vehicle is equipped with an action camera so you can record yourself or your friends as you zoom along the tour. It also comes with a Bluetooth speaker so you can curate and blast your own driving playlist. Rental costumes are also available. Each tour takes between one-and-a-half to two hours, and the route goes through the center of Tokyo.

Street Kart Tour Akihabara

Address: 4 Chome-12-9 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0021, Japan

Website: Street Kart Tour Akihabara

Opening hours: 10am - 10pm (daily)

Price: 92 USD

40. Plan a visit to Imperial Palace East Garden

Imperial Palace East Garden
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Tokyo Imperial Palace is the residence of the Emperor of Japan, but the East Gardens are open for visitors to explore. The landscaped gardens sit on the foundations of an Edo Castle built by the Tokugawa shoguns. You can still see original moats, walls, and entrance gates as you stroll along the lush paths. Flowers and ornamental trees fill the gardens, and visitors can explore Suwano-chaya Tea House, Museum of Imperial Collections, and Gakubu music department and concert hall which are all located on the grounds.

Imperial Palace East Garden

Address: 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 100-8111, Japan

Website: Imperial Palace East Garden

Price: Free

41. Meet beloved characters at Tokyo Sanrio Puroland (from USD 19.3)

Tokyo Sanrio Puroland is a charming indoor theme park inspired by the characters in Hello Kitty, My Melody, Jewelpet, and more. With amusement rides and attractions, there’s plenty of cute fun to be enjoyed. You and your kids can also watch live shows, musicals, and parades with the characters. Several souvenir shops are available as well.

Visit Hello Kitty with Tokyo Sanrio Puroland Tickets Philippines

Duration: 1 Day(s) Duration

3758 reviews

42. Admire pre-modern art at Nezu Museum

Nezu Museum
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Nezu Museum is a magnificent blend of history and art. This fantastic institution features the private collection of pre-modern Japanese and East Asian art of Nezu Kaichirō. It also includes permanent exhibitions with over 7,400 artifacts, along with rotating installations. The museum has an extensive collection of paintings, calligraphy, sculptures, ceramics, and textiles, including a pair of painted folding screens from the Edo period. Another highlight of the museum is the building’s lush garden with its picturesque landscaping.

Nezu Museum

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

Website: Nezu Museum

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 10am - 5pm (closed on Mon)

Price: 14 USD

43. Meander through Hama-rikyū Gardens

Hamarikyū Garden
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The lushly landscaped Hama-rikyū Gardens are the perfect place to spend a peaceful afternoon. This public garden in central Tokyo brims with beautiful foliage and plants set against a backdrop of skyscrapers. It features two saltwater ponds that ebb and flow with the tides. Wander along the tranquil paths, admire the historic duck hunting blinds left by the garden’s feudal lord, and sit back with a cup of matcha in the scenic teahouse. The garden is gorgeous year-round with colorful displays of foliage in the autumn, and delicate plum and cherry blossoms in the springtime.

Hamarikyu Gardens

Address: 1-1 Hamarikyuteien, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0046, Japan

Website: Hamarikyu Gardens

Opening hours: 9am - 5pm (daily)

Price: 3 USD

44. Treat yourself to a personalized shopping trip (from USD 87.0)

If retail therapy is your hobby, you will love this personalized shopping trip experience. Based on your personal style and tastes, your guide will take you on a curated tour of local shops to find fantastic new pieces to add to your closet. Discover new brands, locate hidden gems, and find the perfect accessory or article to enhance your style. This activity is an engaging way to learn more about the context of Japanese fashion, and purchase stylish souvenirs.

Tokyo Personal Shopping/ Personal Shopper Trip

Duration: 2 hours

302 reviews

45. Look for souvenirs at Oedo Antique Market

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You never know what hidden treasures you may find at Oedo Antique Market! This shopping bonanza is Japan’s largest outdoor antique market and takes place on the first and third Sunday of each month at the courtyard of Tokyo International Forum. There’s an astounding variety of artifacts available, from art prints to home antiques, as well as hand-crafted items made from reused and vintage items. A sister market takes place at Yoyogi Park.

Oedo Antique Market

Address: Tokyo International Forum 5-1 Marunouchi 3-chome Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005

46. Learn how to make takoyaki (from USD 37.0)

Takoyaki is a ball-shaped snack with a crispy outside and a soft filling of fried or grilled octopus, tempura scraps, pickled ginger, and green onion. This tasty treat is a popular street food snack and a must-try for seafood foodies. Learn how to make this mouthwatering snack with traditional ingredients, as well as inventive new flavors such as kimchi and cheese! The activity is two hours long, and it is limited to six participants only.

FUN!! 'TAKOYAKI' party with Local Mom!

Duration: 2 hours

29 reviews

47. Enjoy never-ending entertainment at Tokyo Joypolis (from USD 27.99)

enjoy never-ending entertainment at tokyo joypolis

Tokyo Joypolis is an indoor amusement park with a huge variety of games, rides, and entertainment. From family-friendly games to spooky, horror-themed rides, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Speed along on an indoor rollercoaster, play vintage arcade games or experience thrilling virtual reality rides. Tokyo Joypolis keeps the fun going all day, and it provides a perfect escape if the weather outside is unpleasant.

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48. Check out contemporary art at Yayoi Kusama Museum

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Yayoi Kusama Museum is a brilliant institution founded by the avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama. The five-story building houses the works of Kusama, including her renowned polka-dot motifs, geometric pumpkins, and infinity room installations. A permanent exhibition gallery houses many of Kusama’s paintings, sculptures, and installations. Also, the museum hosts gallery talks and other events throughout the year. Tickets for the museum must be purchased in advance online.

Yayoi Kusama Museum

Address: 107 Bentencho, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 162-0851, Japan

Website: Yayoi Kusama Museum

Opening hours: Thu - Mon: 11am - 5:30pm (closed on Tue & Wed)

Price: 10 USD

49. Make traditional noodles by hand (from USD 73.0)

If you’re a foodie, this small-group activity is a must-do! During this three-hour-long workshop, you will learn how to make traditional teuchi udon noodles, and try dashi, a traditional soup stock that’s the base for many dishes in Japanese cuisine. You will also get to sample Japanese teas as you work on pulling the noodles by hand. This activity is a great way to experience Japanese culture through the craft of making traditional dishes.


Duration: 2.5 hours

171 reviews

50. Marvel at Japan’s renowned cherry blossoms at night (from USD 182.0)

marvel at japan’s renowned cherry blossoms at night

Tokyo is beautiful year-round, but the city transforms into something even more special during sakura season. When the cherry blossoms bloom, Tokyo’s beauty becomes breathtaking, and there’s no better place to admire the natural splendor than in the trendy neighborhood of Nakameguro. On this guided walking tour, you will meander along the bloom-lined Meguro River/Canal and watch as the evening lanterns light the delicate flowers. As you stroll, you will learn more about the history of Tokyo and the Nakameguro district, discover picturesque panoramas, and taste local treats and beverages along the way. Your tour concludes with dinner where you will feast on handmade udon noodles and other seasonal dishes, and sip on Japanese rice wine.

Evening Hanami (Cherry Blossom) Experience with a Local

Duration: 3.0 hour

5 reviews

51. Cruise through Tokyo Bay at night (from USD 82.87)

cruise through tokyo bay at night

Sail across Tokyo Bay and admire the city’s vibrant skyline while aboard a luxury, historic-inspired boat! The cruise ship features the ornate interior and exterior designs of those owned by the Tokugawa Shoguns or feudal lords in the Edo Period. Guests can enjoy a Kabuki-inspired dance performance during the evening. Plus, with three dinner menus to choose from and an all-you-can-drink addition, this cruise is a delicious way to enjoy sightseeing. The cruise lasts for 1 hour and 40 minutes with two departure times available.

Tokyo: Dinner Cruise on an Edo Period-Style Ship

Duration: 100 minute

9 reviews

52. Take a tempura cooking class at one of Japan's culinary schools (from USD 72.29)

take a tempura cooking class at one of japan's culinary schools

Learn how to make perfectly fried bites of tempura during this small-group activity. This hour-and-a-half-long class is led by a professional instructor who will teach you how to make tempura gozen, a meal consisting of tempura, rice, miso soup, and a dipping sauce. Learn tips and techniques to take home, and enjoy a delicious meal of wondrously crispy tempura vegetables and seafood. This activity provides all equipment and ingredients. It also includes a copy of the written cooking recipe, so you can make some for your friends and family when you return home. The class is hosted in English and Japanese and limited to groups of 10 participants.

Tokyo: Tempura Cooking Class at Japan Culinary School

Duration: 1.5 hour

3 reviews

53. Soak in a hot spring bath and relax in a sauna (from USD 17.32)

soak in a hot spring bath and relax in a sauna

When you need to unwind or take a break from sightseeing, head to Thermae-Yu hot spring in Shinjuku. The spa is open 24-hours and includes 6 different indoor baths and 2 types of saunas. Also, there’s an open-air bath with natural water coming from the Nakaizu hot spring area so you can indulge in utter relaxation. There’s also a salon that offers beauty treatments, and an on-site café, bar, and restaurant where you can relish delicious Japanese food.

Tokyo: Thermae-Yu Hotspring in Shinjuku Entrance Ticket

Duration: 22 hour

11 reviews

54. Watch sumo wrestlers practice

Sumo wrestling is an ancient national sport in Japan, and you can get a behind-the-scenes look at the sport on this guided tour. During this morning tour, you will visit the sumo stables and learn more about the history, tradition, and techniques of the sport as you watch the athletes spar and practice. This activity is a great way to gain insight into sumo, and you can take photos during the tour too. Each tour is about two hours long, and it is hosted in English.

Tokyo Sumo Morning Practice Tour in Ryogoku with Sumo Lunch

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

143 reviews

Lose yourself in Japanese culture

Tokyo Tower
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Tokyo may be overwhelming with the amount of options to choose from, but its culture is so strong that even a small dose of it leaves you with a great impact. The best way to find the most unique places is to go down the wrong streets and get lost in the big city, because you might stumble across what is perfect for you.

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