If you’ve already seen the must see places in Tokyo, you may be looking for some cool things to do during your stay. Or you could be a person who just isn’t satisfied with the normal sightseeing spots. Below are some places or activities that could satisfy your need to do something out of the ordinary.
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.
- Adults: 1,800 yen
- Univ. & Highschool students: 500 yen
- Children age 4 to 15: 300 yen
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 the cats. Below are some cat cafes you can try go to. Some places have an age restriction so make sure your children are old enough to enter.
Cat Cafe Calico Shinjuku
Address: Fuji Building 6F, 1-16-2 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Access: a 8 minute walk from Shinjuku station
Hours: 10am to 10pm
Fees: 1,000 yen for 1 hour (1,200 yen on weekends)
*An additional 150 yen for every 10 minutes after the 1st hour. 300 yen for cat treats
*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.
Address: 3-5-5 1F, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Access: a 4 minute walk from Suehirocho Station, a 10 minute walk from Akihabara Station
Hours: 11am – 8pm
Fees: 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.
Address: 8F Satellite Fuji Building, 1-5-2 Hanakawado, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Access: a 1 minute walk from Asakusa Station
Hours: 11am – 8 pm
Fees: 600 yen for 30 minutes
An additional 200 yen for every 10 minutes after that
Website (Japanese only) here.
3. Mount Takao
If you want to take a day to enjoy the nature in Tokyo, you should try hiking Mount Takao. It’s only about 1 hour away from central Tokyo and it’s not a really 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: 480 yen one way / 930 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? There are several places that teach you the art of becoming a samurai or ninja, and letting you dress up like one while you’re at 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 6,000 yen for a 45 minute session
Ninja Trick House
Access: a 5 minute walk from Shinjuku Station
Address: Daiichi Wako Bld. 4F, 2-28-13 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 10 am - 6:30 pm (last entrance 6 pm)
Closed on Tuesdays & Wednesdays
Admission fee: 1,100 yen per person
Tokyo Samurai Kembu
Access: a 3 minute walk from Hatchobori Station on the Keio line or a 5 minute taxi ride from Tokyo Station
Address: Akuta Awazu Bldg. 5F, 1-19-7 Shintomi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 9 am - 8 pm
Fees: 7,000 yen for a 1 hour lesson with costume rental
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 on 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.
Fees: 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.
Address: 2-6-3 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 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
Access: 15 minutes by free shuttle bus from Shin-Urayasu Station
Address: 7-3-12 Hinode, Urayasu-shi, Chiba
Hours: 11 am to 9 am (the next day)
*last entry until 11pm or midnight depending on the day
- Adults: 1,856 yen on weekdays / 2,180 yen on weekends / 2,504 yen on special days
- Children age 4 - 12: 842 yen on weekdays / 950 yen on weekends / 1,058 yen on special days
*(Fees include a rental towel)
*Rental robe: 378 yen
7. Teamlab Borderless
This is a museum of art like you’ve never seen before. You’ll be walking around inside the rooms with beautiful interactive digital art. You can’t help but be awed by the sight of this amazing scene. Many artworks are interactive and will respond when you try to touch them. Tickets are sold according to date and time and may already be sold out if you go directly there, so make sure to buy tickets in advance on their official website.
- 5 minute walk from Tokyo Teleport Station on the Rinkai Line or Aomi Station on the Yurikamome Monorail. Located under the big Ferris wheel.
Address: Odaiba Palette Town, 1-3-8 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
- Adults: 3,200 yen
- Children age 4 - 14: 1,000 yen
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.
Access: a 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: 11 am - 9:30 pm (last order for ramen until 9 pm)
*Closed on Dec. 31 & Jan. 1
- Adults: 310 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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