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The 52 Coolest Things to Do in Tokyo

I spent quite some time researching what to do in Tokyo. I wanted to see Tokyo’s coolest things to do, the best places in the city to check out, and to see if I could explore a few places off Tokyo’s beaten track.

Things to do in Tokyo

If you’re anything like me – wants to see a city’s big sights but mixed up with a few weird wonders too – you’ll enjoy all 52 of the coolest things in Tokyo. Guaranteed.

So print this out, get it on your phone, write it out – however you want to digest it – use it, and I guarantee you will have an incredible time in Tokyo. Just like I did.

52 Coolest Things to Do in Tokyo

View over Tokyo at sunset

1. Get your fortune told at Sensoji Temple.

2. Check out the line up at Womb club. Go.

3. Make some friends on the weekend Pub Crawl.

4. See an artist live at the awesome Liquid Room.

5. Visit a pet shop, there’s one in Shibuya to try.

6. Find a sushi train. Try Ginza.

Things to do in Tokyo

7. Stay at a capsule hotel. Shinjuku kuyakusho-mae is a good shout.

8. Drink a beer at the Time Out Cafe.

9. And a Moscow Mule at the Robot Restaurant.

10. Eat the jerky at the Brooklyn Parlour.

11. Walk around the beautiful Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

12. Visit Harajuku on a Saturday (early). Eat crepes and try on clothes (with a bag over your head).

13. And then go and hang out in Yoyongi Park for the dancers.

14. Get your photo taken on Shibuya crossing.

15. Eat a big fat burger at Lotteria, the Japanese Maccas.


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16. Scoff teriyaki in the Golden Gai area, once you’ve managed to find a place that serves foreigners.

17. Eat sushi at the Asakusa Station Department Store, basement floor.

18. Buy amazing cheap things at Asakusa Market. I bought a sparkly bolero. Love it.

19. Use the subway and get horribly confused and lost.

20. Go to Ryogku and watch the sumo wrestling.


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21. Spend the day at Disneyland.

22. Go to the Japanese tapas restaurant under the underpass in Ryogoku.

23. Find the craziest thing you can at the 7/11, buy it and eat it. Repeat.

24. Join in with the Japanese obsession with cakes.

25. Take a look in the cake shop, for dogs, in Ryogku.

26. Climb to the highest point of Roppongi Hills and admire the Tokyo view, for free.

27. Take some photos in the Purikura photo booths. One of the absolute must dos if you’re looking for fun things to do in Tokyo.

28. Eat Yonezawa steak and drink red wine at Rainbow in Shimokitazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

29. Go vintage clothes shopping in Shimokitazawa.

30. See the panda at Ueno Park Zoo.

31. Walk around Ueno Park for the fresh air.

32. Eat and drink from the endless vending machines.

33. Eat the French toast feasts advertised everywhere.

34. Explore the market around Ueno Station and scoff some strawberries on sticks.

35. Go to the biggest sex shop in the world in Akihabara.

36. Drink green latte tea at the Maid Cafe in Akihabara.

37. Buy some electrical things in Akihabara.

38. Eat ramen, everywhere.

39. Try the chicken curry at Coco’s. Unlike any curry you’ve ever had before.

40. Drink coffee and check your emails at the Mercedes Benz Connection showroom.

41. See the Gundam statue in Odaiba.

42. Wander at night / morning when you’re jet lagged to see Tokyo like no one else.

43. Go in a spaceship at the Museum of Emerging Science in Odaiba.

44. And talk to a real life robot.

What to do in Tokyo

45. Then check out Odaiba’s Venus Fort Shopping Mall, and in house car museum.

46. Rent a karaoke room by the hour and belt out your best power ballad.

47. Test out every function on one of the washlet toilets.

48. Have a gin and tonic at Tower Records Cafe in Shibuya.

49. Try and win a stuffed sushi toy in the arcades.

50. Try all the sakes.

51. Visit the Monchichi Museum in Asakusa.

52. Put the map down, go off grid and find your own Tokyo!


Cost of a week in tokyo


More things to do in Tokyo

This lot kept me busy for ten days. There are a few other things I would’ve liked to do, which I’ll add here, but I can’t vouch for them personally.

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Tokyo Tower – too expensive and I saw the view for free from Roppongi Hills.

Tokyo Sky Tree – same.

Bus tour – need to do it on the first day to get value from it.

Ginza kabuki – no time.

More themed restaurants – travelling solo, not as fun.

Love Hotels – same!

Food in Tokyo

Things to do in Tokyo

I basically spent my first week in Tokyo on the sushi. It was only after 7 days that I started to look elsewhere and found the Japanese tapas and the absolutely incredible Yonezawa beef steak. There are so many themed restaurants in Tokyo I’d love to try but they’re just not as fun to visit when you’re backpacking by yourself.

I spent more time exploring in the day than at night too, so next time I go to Tokyo I’d go with someone and dedicate a lot more time to experiencing the food and drink.

There are so many more things to do in Tokyo I need to experience!


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What to do in Tokyo

Highlight of Tokyo: Sumo Wrestling

I went to watch the sumo wrestling championship in Ryogoku, Tokyo. Everything else I’d seen in Tokyo fails in comparison to how weird those three hours were.

I queued up at 7am to get my ticket. This allowed me entrance from 8am until 6pm – I decided to wait until 2pm, when the big deals came on. And boy were they big. I’d not seen even a chubby person during my entire week in Tokyo and then these guys come out in their little belts, with just a ribbon over their bum crack. What a delight for those on the front row when they crouched down.

What is sumo wrestling?

What is sumo wrestling?

With my 2,200Y ticket I had no idea where I was meant to sit so just went chair hopping on the best seats until I was booted off. Watching those guys battle it out made me hungry so in between one particular chair migration I decided to grab a beer and some beef jerky to make it through the second hour.

I hadn’t a clue what was going on, and decided to leave it that way and just enjoy the spectacle for what it was. Bonkers.

WTf is sumo wrestling?

As far as I can tell sumo wrestling is a lot of thigh slapping, crouching, stomping around and dramatically throwing chalk up into the air. Every so often they decided to ‘wrestle’ which was just them pushing against each other until one of them stumbled out of the ring. I’m sure my brother and I used to do that when we were little, we didn’t start calling ourselves ‘sumo wrestlers’. Each ‘bout’ only lasted for a few seconds because as soon as they got a body part that wasn’t their feet on the floor, or they fell out of the ring, it was game over.

Rumour has it that sumo wrestlers eat 20,000 calories a day – wow. No wonder they needed to stop for a refreshment after stomping a leg or two.

My top sumo wrestling audience tip

Word of warning for you, don’t sit on the front row as not only do you get ‘too much information’ when they do their whole crouching sequence, you may also get a sumo wrestler in your lap when they topple over the side of the ring squashing anyone in their path.

It was a fun crowd with everyone shouting out and even laughing when they got pushed out. There were obviously some firm favourites among the sumo wrestlers as when they all came on at the end of their time slot some were cheered a lot more than others.

sumo wrestlers in tokyo

In between the matches a finely dressed gentleman would come out with a fan and start singing to introduce the next fight. Apparently you could get some sort of earphone contraption to explain exactly what was happening, but I only found that out after I’d left.

It was fun, it was an experience, but I think three hours of sumo is enough for my lifetime.


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18 Comments

  1. by Arianwen on February 5, 2015  2:27 pm Reply

    Wow! That's quite a list! How did you fit it all in?! I want to go... like NOW!

    • by Vicky on February 6, 2015  7:12 am Reply

      Ha, I know. I've been run ragged Ari! You definitely should. Just let me know if you need any trip planning advice :)

  2. by Olga on February 5, 2015  6:07 pm Reply

    I would go to Japan just to eat sushi! Could eat them every day, even though I've heard it's unhealthy.
    Do people in Japan eat sushi very often, or in moderation?

    Ecuador, by the way, has very good sushi too! Now that I'm here I'm really enjoying it :)

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    • by Vicky on February 6, 2015  7:11 am Reply

      Sushi isn't quite as prevalent as I thought it would be actually! It's everywhere in Tokyo but elsewhere not so much. It can be unhealthy because of all the rice attached to it, but it's definitely not as unhealthy as, say, a burger!

      I'm obsessed with it at the moment! Maybe I'll have to come to Ecuador to try it too...

  3. by Emma Hart on February 5, 2015  6:12 pm Reply

    Okay, this made me want to book a flight to Tokyo, like, right now. Just to try all the delicious food and experience what an insanely cool and surreal place the city looks to be!

    • by Vicky on February 6, 2015  7:10 am Reply

      Emma, I love it so much. Going back on Sunday for a few hours before I catch my flight to Taiwan. So many things I want to fit in!

  4. by Elle Croft on February 6, 2015  1:31 pm Reply

    Ah, I'm so desperate to go back to Tokyo now, if only to talk to a real live robot!!

    • by Vicky on February 6, 2015  2:47 pm Reply

      Ha! I could tell it was a robot as she was too jerky – I hope they'll improve that by the time you get there again :)

  5. by Hayley on February 6, 2015  8:09 pm Reply

    I want your life!!!

    • by Vicky on February 7, 2015  1:41 pm Reply

      Ha, you'll have it in about two days! Asia here you come!

  6. by Philip on March 12, 2016  8:54 am Reply

    Is harajuku not on a sunday?

    Philip

    http://miles-and-philip.com

    • by Vicky on March 12, 2016  2:40 pm Reply

      Biggest day was Sunday, but it's a street, so always there!

  7. by Wanderlust Gang on October 26, 2017  2:11 pm Reply

    Awwwww we loved Tokyo too! :D

    We have recently launched our travel blog so if you fancy having a look and leaving a comment, this is the link:

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    Thank you Vicky! xx

    • by VickyFlipFlop on November 1, 2017  8:40 am Reply

      Glad to hear you liked Tokyo – I’m really hoping to go back this year but depends on money and time. Love Japan!

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  9. by George Diaz on October 21, 2018  6:47 am Reply

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    I want to find classic sport cars exhibits in Tokyo or near cities

  10. by Lily on December 10, 2018  12:33 pm Reply

    Wow this is absolutely awesome list! really make me want to go wandering in Tokyo again. Should I? ?

    • by VickyFlipFlop on December 10, 2018  1:02 pm Reply

      Oh definitely! Off you go now! :)

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