10 things to do in Tokyo

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, has a lot to offer its visitors. You can enjoy some of the best nightlife spots, unique dining experiences, and creative museums.

While there is a good chance that you have seen the Shibuya Crossing pictures – they are very creative, there are many other fun things to do in Tokyo!

If this is your first time visiting Japan, also check out my tips for traveling to Japan, Best time to travel to Japan – very useful information! I also recommend taking a look at my Tokyo travel guide and my Japan travel guide to give you the floor space.

Here are the top things to do in Tokyo (not Shibuya Crossing)!

Visit the robot restaurant

The Robot Restaurant offers a show like no other.

While you can pay extra for a meal, the real attraction of the robot restaurant in Toyoko is the cabaret-style display that the venue offers, which includes dancing, singing, robots, and many other things you’ll only find in Japan.

Make sure you take the time to get to your seat and get your camera ready for all your Instagram-worthy photos. For more information on my visit here, check out Visit Robot Restaurant in Toyko.

Go bar jump at Golden Gai

If you’re looking for things to do in Tokyo at night, check out Golden Gai. This area contains hundreds of small bars crammed into six small alleys.

You will feel like you have gone back in time to the 1950s as you wander the area.

Most bars open later in the night and do not serve food, so be sure to eat before heading there.

To learn more about bar hopping in Golden Gai, check out my Head to the Golden Gai in Tokyo, and for more information check out my Tokyo Itinerary.

Takeshita Street

Explore the Harajuku region

another must see, scattered It is the perfect place for people to see and learn about young Japanese culture.

Get your nails done in generation and lovers And wander down Takeshita Street. Step into one of the many shops or sit down in one of the restaurants or cafés.

Meiji-jingu, one of Japan’s most popular attractions, and Yoyogi Garden, Tokyo’s largest, are both located in the neighborhood.


Akihabara District

Akihabara is a great place to explore in Tokyo for fans of electronics and manga.

Not only does the area have some of the most popular electronic stores, but it is also an entertainment area for manga lovers. Visitors can find figurines, stuffed animals, books, and costumes dealing with animation and video games in this area.

Ghibli Museum

One of my favorite things to do in Tokyo is to visit the Ghibli Museum. This museum displays the Studio Ghibli anime.

Director Hayao Miyazaki is known as Walt Disney of Japan.

Visitors can learn about the animation making process and enjoy Miyazaki’s work.

The museum has several rooms and exhibits that include short films, inspirational rooms, interactive rooms and even a room with a larger-than-life Cat bus from “My Neighbor Totoro”.

Great Japanese dining experience

kaiseki meal

If you are a foodie and are looking for things to do in Tokyo during lunch or dinner time, try to find a place that serves kaiseki.

Kaiseki is a dining experience that includes a traditional multi-course tasting meal of seasonal (and beautiful) ingredients.

The meal can include everything from appetizer, second course, seasonal sashimi, soup, grilled fish, rice dish, pickled vegetables, grilled vegetables, fruit or cake.

ramen vending machine

You can’t go to Japan without trying ramen!

There are many different ramen shops around the city – you will have to taste a few and report your preference. But the coolest part in my opinion?

Many ramen shops have vending machines, but not vending machines in the American sense…

These machines allow you to customize the dishes! In the end, instead of the food going out, the ticket is dispersed. The ticket can then be brought to the kitchen where the food will be prepared.

You can also check the local Foods to try in Japan that skip some of the other dishes you don’t want to miss while in Japan.

Tokyo, the memory lane of Japanese pissing alley

Visit Memory Lane

Memory Lane, or Omoide Yokocho, is a small alley lined with restaurants and food stalls.

It was formerly known as Piss Alley from its roots after World War II when restroom facilities were non-existent. Don’t worry – it’s just a name nowadays and it’s much cleaner.

Today, visitors can dine in one of the small restaurants that may only accommodate half a dozen customers.

Tokyo Mario Kart

Reward: Go-Karting cosplay

Do you like cosplay and karting? Why don’t you do both! One of the most unique things to do in Tokyo is cosplay Go-Karting.

Dress up as your favorite character and take to the streets of Tokyo in a mini buggy. Tours can take an hour or two and will take you through the actual streets of Tokyo and past some of the major attractions.

Have you visited Tokyo before? What are your suggestions for the top things to do in Tokyo? I would like to know in the comments below!