From Ginza to Tokyo’s DisneySea, these are some of the fun things to do in Tokyo.
Ginza is the most upmarket shopping district in Tokyo, and is where you can find a plethora of luxury brands, cups of coffee going for $10, and a – wait for it – 12-floor Uniqlo! And even if you’re not planning on buying anything, how can you skip a visit to one of the most luxurious shopping districts in the world? But how can you really resist buying anything when the Uniqlo. Is. 12 Floors. High! Don’t kid yourself, it’s time to break out those wallets!
2. Anato No Warehouse Kawasaki
Japan is the land of arcades and you won’t find one more unique than the Anato No Warehouse in Kawasaki. This huge three-story arcade is themed like a seedy back alley in Hong Kong’s Kowloon walled city. The theming is best at the entrance and first floor, while the second and third are more like a normal neon arcades. There’s a huge variety of games to play including taiko drumming, many rhythm games (which are hugely popular here), as well as the usual shoot-em-up and driving games.
3. Standing Sushi Bar
Seriously, is this even an option? Well, in Japan, it’s not! For the best-value-for-money sushi, head on over to the Standing Sushi Bar, which, yep, you’ve guessed it, customers stand whilst chowing down on some delicious sushi! For a unique and mouth-watering gourmet experience, head down to this sushi bar which, in Japan, is found only in Tokyo, and stuff your faces silly with this super cheap and super yummy meal!
4. Memory Lane
Memory Lane (Omoide Yokocho) is also known as Piss Alley from its post-WW2 roots when toilet facilities were non-existent. Public toilets are now available, but you’ll still feel like you’ve stepped back in time as you wander the narrow alleyways full of tiny yakitori restaurants seating just a handful of people at the counter.With its red lanterns and smoke from the grills it’s an atmospheric place to wander. Most of the menus are in Japanese but you can always point to the skewers you want.
What’s so special about Tokyo’s DisneySea, though, is that it’s the only one in the world! Inspired by (duh) the sea, this nautical-themed park is divided into seven ‘ports of call’, so enjoy yourself as you wander from place to place. Be sure to snap a photo of this park’s centrepiece, Mount Prometheus, while in the middle of your rush to say hi to Ariel at the Mermaid Lagoon, or to take a languid gondola ride at the Mediterranean Habour!