Welcome to the ultimate guide to things to do in Tokyo, one of the largest and most exciting cities in the world. Unlike some guides, this one won’t be littered with advertisements and referral links to affiliated businesses. No, this will just be honest-to-goodness reviews about awesome stuff you can do in Tokyo.
I’m going to start with absolutely thrilling stuff – amusement parks! What? Does Tokyo really have that many amusement parks? Yes! It’s more than just Disney Tokyo, there’s much more!
Asakusa Hanayashiki is one of the oldest amusement parks in Tokyo. Although the attractions are relatively compact, the atmosphere is cheerful and fun.
Sanrio Puroland features theaters where Sanrio characters, such as Hello Kitty, perform happy shows with singing and dancing.
Joypolis is an amusement park chain founded in 1994 that has opened in several cities in Japan and China. The parks feature arcade-style games and the latest and greatest fun rides based on Sega ride technology.
Tokyo Summerland features large pools, as well as amusement park–type attractions, including an adventure lagoon, Thrill Mountain, a super monkey float, a giant waterfall, “screamer” water slides, and a really long lazy river to float down.
Toshimaen features a wide variety of attractions at from arcade games and a “pet garden” to amusement park rides, such as a huge “machine-age” Eldorado carousel. There is also a swimming pool, a trick maze, a farmers’ market and a cosplay festival. It feels more like a community than a fun park, and there seems to be something for everyone.
Yomiuriland, open since 1964, is located in a suburb of Tokyo, and it’s one of the largest and best-known amusement parks near the capital city. It features thrilling coasters, a Ferris wheel, water flumes and more. During the summer, it usually opens its water park with many swimming pools and fun water slides.
Let’s start with Ikkebukuro’s Sunshine City. Sunshine City is a building complex located in East Ikebukuro, center-north of Tokyo. It has the 240 metre tall Sunshine 60 skyscraper at its centre. Sunshine City consists of four buildings: Sunshine 60, the main and tallest building, which includes corporate offices as well as restaurants; the Prince Hotel; the World Import Mart; and the Bunka Kaikan building. Interestingly, the complex sits on land that was once occupied by Sugamo Prison.
There’s also Akihabara Electric Town.
You can also check out the Kabukicho Area of Shinjuku.
All of Shinjuku has shopping.
Sit Down Experiences
A place that is often recommended is the Robot Restaurant, in the Kabuki-cho part of Shinjuku (North-East of Shinjuku station).
Robot Restaurant is a crazy fun laser and action ninja show in Tokyo, Japan’s Shinjuku district with dancers, lasers, monsters, and more. Always buy discount tickets and expect a crazy wild time.
If you want the short review of the place – yes, Robot Restaurant is absolutely worth the time and money. It’s totally bonkers and unlike anything you’ve ever experienced, making it an absolute blast. Even at full price, it’d be worth it. You can save up to 34% off each ticket by purchasing discount Robot Restaurant tickets in advance via Voyagin or another travel site.
Rare and Unique places in Tokyo
You might want to visit a place called Golden Gai.
Lastly, I suggest checking out Ueno Park, which is a massive park that even has its own zoo inside.