This year sees the Rugby World Cup staged in Japan, so there isn’t a more exciting time to visit Tokyo. Discover our top ten things to do in Tokyo, the city that never sleeps.
1. Rugby World Cup
The Tokyo Stadium sees the beginning of the ninth Rugby World Cup on Friday 20th September. Twenty teams will be battling it out to be crowned winners in Asia, the first time the tournament has been held on the continent. Can current champions New Zealand hold onto the Webb Ellis Cup or will another country be victorious?
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2. Take pictures in a purikura
Strike a pose and take a selfie. A purikura is a Japanese photo booth and should definitely be on your list of places to visit in Tokyo. Once you’ve taken your pictures, you can edit them and add lots of different effects. Pictures will be sent to your email and you will also get a printed copy. These booths are a perfect way to keep your Tokyo memories alive.
3. Try out all the different buttons in a Japanese toilet
Where most toilets around the world have just got one button, Japanese toilets have a wide variety of different options, some of which need to be seen to be believed. From the option of choosing a combination of sprays, to a heated seat and blow dry, Japanese toilets will definitely leave you surprised.
4. Play real life Mario Kart
If you’re as much of a fan of Mario Kart as we are, you can’t miss this. Dressed up in a Mario costume, you can race against your friends through the streets of Tokyo. The best thing? There is no defined race parkour, so you’re racing through the actual city centre with an instructor at the front. What a great way to explore the city!
If you’re interested in doing this, you can book with MariCAR. They even offer discounts when you mention them on social media when booking your tour.
5. Sushi, sushi and more sushi
It will come as no surprise that the Japanese love sushi. There are thousands of places to go in Tokyo to enjoy this Japanese delicacy, so we thought we’d sum up some of the best places for you to have a bite to eat:
If you’d like to be surprised, Shushiry Inose would be perfect for you. There’s no agreed menu, and you will get whatever the chef has picked up from the market. They don’t speak a lot of English, so you might want to go with a local who does. The service is quick and the quality of the food is outstanding.
2-20-2 Higashigotanda, 1f, Shinagawa, Tokyo, Prefecture
Kyubey Main Restaurant
This is one of the most famous places to enjoy Japanese sushi. It’s great for tourists and they speak a little English there. Make sure to book your table in advance as it’s always busy.
7-6, Ginza 8-chome, Chuo 104-0061
Uobei Shibuya Dogenzaka
At Uobei Shibuya Dogenzaka, you order your food through an iPad, it’s as simple as that. This is one of the cheaper places to enjoy sushi. The service is fast and your food gets delivered on a little conveyor belt.
2-29-11 Dogenzaka – 1f Shibuya 150-0043, Tokyo Prefecture
6. Sleep at a capsule hotel
Tokyo is one of the largest cities in the world, with a population of more than 13.8 million people if you include the entire metro area. As the city is so densely populated, there isn’t a lot of space to build more hotels to cater for tourists.
This has led to the Japanese developing a brilliant and innovative idea: capsule hotels. This type of hotel features a large number of capsules, which people can sleep in. It’s great if you’re looking for a cheap room and don’t require a lot of space. If you’re claustrophobic, these coffin-sized rooms might not be so great for you, but luckily there are plenty of other hotels and place to go in Tokyo.
7. Drink tea and cuddle cats at one of the many cat hotels
If you like cats, Tokyo will be right up your street as it combines two of (possibly) the best things in the world - cuddling cats and enjoying a drink. The Japanese absolutely adore cats, which you’ll be able to tell by the number of cat cafes around. One of the reasons Japan introduced these cat cafes is because most Japanese apartments don’t allow pets.
As if this wasn’t good enough for tourists, there are various types of cat cafes – from cafes with just ginger cats to cafes which only have pedigree cats.
For anyone who’s allergic to cats, or simply not a big fan of these purring pets, there are cafes with other animals, such as owls, dogs and rabbits, as well as cafes that aren’t pet-themed!
8. Sing along to your favourite songs at a karaoke bar
Sing your heart out in one of Tokyo’s many karaoke bars. From singing to strangers to singing to your friends, you’re bound to have a great time. Prices are usually per person, rather than per room, while it’s a great way to have fun with your friends and experience a little bit of the Japanese culture.
9. Make a wish at the Sensō-ji Temple
Sensō-ji is Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple. It’s a great example of Japanese culture and is only a five minute walk away from Asukusa station. You will be amazed by all the beautiful colours and the enormous amount of people visiting this temple. The view is breathtaking, while you will find lots of street vendors and food.
This ancient temple is one of the most popular Tokyo attractions and is known to bring its visitors good luck, happiness and good relationships. Make a wish and it might come true…
Visiting the temple is free of charge so make sure it’s on your list of places to visit in Tokyo.
10. Make your own Okonomiyaki
Okonomiyaki is a well-known dish in Japan and can be found nearly everywhere. It’s a savoury pancake with a filling that consists of fish, meat and vegetables, and is prepared on a hot grill. In some restaurants, you can even make your own!
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