5 Best Things To Do In Tokyo Should You Visit

Tokyo is a magical city and there's always something happening. Japanese culture is mesmerising and is something you should experience at least once in your life. 

There's plenty of things to do in Tokyo to keep the whole family happy. From visiting the famous sights, to checking out specialist cafes, to driving around like Mario in a bright red go kart. 

And once you're finished with our selection of things to do, there's plenty more activities, tours and places to see around Japan. Get yourself a Japan Rail Pass before you fly and travel like a local, on bullet trains that reach speeds up to 400km/h. 

  • Population: 9.2 Million
  • Currency: Japanese Yen
  • When To Go: Mar-April, Oct-Nov 

5. Climb the Tokyo Skytree

A great way to start your visit to Tokyo would be to take a look at this enormous city from the second-tallest building in the world - the Tokyo Skytree.

This tower is 634 metres tall and it was opened in 2012. Its primary purpose is radio and television broadcast. The structure has two observation decks that are accessible to the public and the panoramic view of this city will keep you amazed.

These viewing galleries are constructed in a way that allows you to look down at the town and fully experience the dizzying heights.

4. Visit One of the Cat Cafes

If you are a cat lover, this is the place of your dreams. Cat cafes probably belong in the weird part of Tokyo.

In these places, you can order your usual coffee, but while you are drinking you can pet and interact with many breeds of cats.

The inhabitants of these cafes are left to roam free and play with customers and toys that are scattered around.

One of the reasons that cat cafes are so popular is the fact that many apartment complexes in Tokyo don't allow pets, so people seek other ways to be with animals.

Check: Tokyo's Best Cat Cafes

3. Cross the Road at Shibuya Crossing

You may be thinking that crossing the road should not be an attraction, but this is not the case with the famous Shibuya Crossing.

It can be found near Shibuya Station's exit. When the lights are green, car traffic is stopped in all directions so that the pedestrians can use the entire intersection.

This crossing has many large TV screens, and it's similar to New York's Times Square. Many famous movies that take place in Tokyo feature the Shibuya Crossing, with the most famous examples being Resident Evil: Afterlife and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.

2. Drive a Go-Kart

This is a perfect activity if you ever wanted to experience video games in real life. All you need is a valid international drivers licence and you can drive a Street Kart around Tokyo in character's costumes similar to the popular Nintendo game, Mario Kart.

You can race with your friends and drive around the busy areas of the city such as Tokyo Tower, Akihabara and Shibuya.

There's no need to worry about taking a wrong turn as there is always a tour guide and all vehicles are equipped with a GPS device.

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1. Go to Tokyo Disney Resort

Tokyo Disney Resort is a must-see if you are in town. It's located in Urayasu nearby Tokyo. This place was opened in 1984 as a single theme park called Tokyo Disneyland but, over the years, it has evolved into a resort with many hotels, two theme parks and a shopping complex.

There are many options to choose from when visiting. You can check out Tokyo DisneySea with nautical exploration theme or Tokyo Disneyland that is based on its sister parks around the globe.

There is also Ikspiari where you can shop, dine or and experience the Japanese take on Western culture.

How To Get To Tokyo?

There are daily flights to Tokyo from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, either on Qantas, Jetstar or one of the various Japanese airlines including Japan Airlines or ANA. 

There's also indirect flights from all over Asia on airlines such as Singapore Airlines, Air Asia, Malindo Air, Thai Airways, Vietnam Airlines, Korean Airlines and various Chinese airlines.

You can usually fly return to Tokyo or Osaka from $500-$700 with Qantas or JAL if you book far enough in advance, or during a sale period.