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50 Awesome Things to Do in Tokyo

In this wild, wacky world of ours, Tokyo is surely the wackiest place of them all.

I had my first taste of this delicious city in 2015; Scott had finally convinced me to join him and a group of our friends on a trip to Japan to go skiing. We arrived in Tokyo and spent two sensational nights devouring the city, and one day extremely hungover in bed after an overindulgence at all-you-can-drink karaoke (the shochu we had beforehand had nothing to do with it, surely).

I was left wanting more.

The following year, I couldn’t wait to go back to Japan. Another skiing trip, but this time we’d be spending a full week in wonderfully wacky Tokyo. I arrived in full anticipation and was ready to again be enchanted by the glorious city. I love Tokyo, and you either already do, or you’re going to once you travel there. If you’re a first-timer ready to get lost in the weirdness that is Tokyo, I’ve compiled a little list just for you!

It’s full of things I’ve done, places I’ve seen, foods I’ve eaten, bars I’ve drunk at, as well as those that were on my to-do list before I ran out of time.

So here you go…


  • Go to the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku (I literally cannot recommend this enough).
  • Grab a drink in the Golden Gai district.
  • Sing your heart out at a karaoke bar in Shinjuku.
  • Go shopping & eat colourful fairy floss on the funky Takeshita Street.
  • Visit a cat café and give all the rescue kitties a big snuggle.
  • Adventure to the top of Tokyo Tower and take in the amazing views.
  • Walk across the famous Shibuya Crossing – or people watch from the huge Starbucks!
  • Visit Mt Fuji on a day trip from the city.
  • Go electronics shopping in Akihabara.
  • Spend a night or two in a capsule hotel.
Two giant balls of sugar fluff


  • Try the delicious rice balls from Family Mart.
  • Explore the national gardens in Shinjuku.
  • Visit a pachinko parlour and try your luck.
  • Ride the super-efficient Japanese subway.
  • Eat authentic Japanese ramen – mmm.
  • Get a beer or hot chocolate from a vending machine on the street.
  • See the cherry blossoms in full bloom.
  • Take a walk around the narrow streets of the infamous ‘Piss Alley’.
  • Visit an onsen and let your inhibitions go.
  • Watch a sumo wrestling match.
Today was spent exploring the Shinjuku Goyen National Garden in Tokyo ⛩🌳


  • Visit the Tokyo National Museum.
  • Live like a local in an Airbnb in the city.
  • Visit the Meiji Shrine – a green escape within a concrete jungle.
  • Check out the wild nightlife in Roppongi.
  • Drive go-karts around the city in Mario Kart costumes.
  • Go shopping at a Don Quijote – and don’t forget to check out the top level!
  • Experience an authentic Japanese toilet.
  • Take a sushi making class and learn from the best.
  • Go people watching in trendy Harajuku.
  • Eat the freshest sushi of your life at the fish markets.
Cat cafe! The guy on the left absolutely loved belly rubs 😺😺


  • Go on a ramen and gyoza tour of Shinjuku.
  • Channel your inner Disney kid at Tokyo Disneyland.
  • Challenge your mates to Mario Kart at a video game arcade.
  • Eat out at the Ninja Restaurant in Chiyoda.
  • Buy a Strong Zero from the convenience store (don’t get the peach flavour though).
  • Take in the view from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building – it’s free!
  • Wander the colourful & bright streets of Shinjuku.
  • Escape the city in Yoyogi Park.
  • Peer into the grounds of the Imperial Palace – home of the Imperial family.
  • Grab a drink in the Golden Gai district.
  • Visit the Sensoji Temple in the Asakusa district.
  • Do some shopping in the trendy district of Kagurazaka.
  • Relax at the Institute for Nature (a quiet nature reserve in the middle of Tokyo).
  • Watch an early morning baseball game.
  • See the replica Statue of Liberty on Odaiba Island.
  • Get dressed up in a kimono by local Japanese women.
  • Experience an authentic Japanese tea ceremony.
  • Find a wacky souvenir at a 100-yen store.
  • Get a selfie with the life-sized Godzilla head in Shinjuku.
  • Dress up as a samurai for a day in a traditional samurai skills course.
Tokyo is crazy cool 👌


There you have it – 50 ways to keep yourself occupied in the incredible city of Tokyo!

Reposted with the permission of Courtney of CourtyStelt, a twenty-something, travel obsessed Aussie girl always looking for her next adventure.

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