So a dozen of your facebook friends have been to Tokyo and you’re planning your trip in the next couple of weeks or months. But you want to stand-out. You want to be distinctive from the usual ramen-induced and sakura-obssessed instagram-photos that mushroomed around your circle of social media acquaintances. You want to experience something new other than having really kawaii shots at Tokyo Disneyland. Fret no more for here is a list of the cool things you can do while still enjoying the classic adventures when you’re in the capital of the so-called Land of the Rising Sun:
1.) Try some quirky and out-of-this world restos/cafes (Tokyo has dozens of it)! Go to the most insane one in town – The Robot Restaurant in downtown Kabukicho district. This is Tokyo at its highest energy and it’s truly an experience you wouldn’t find in any other cities in the world! It’s like Carnivale/Mardi Gras gone entirely insane.
I mean, seizure-inducing fusion of flashing lights, bright anime-style graphics and murals, giant LED screens, a bathroom embossed entirely in glossy gold, jaw-dropping electronic effects, a flying neon airplane, leather-winged dinosaurs, bikini-clad performers and of course some really cool larger than life robots! It’s like something out of a sci-fi movie and no expense has been spared in making it the wildest and weirdest show in town – well, maybe in the whole world!
2.) Be amazed by the absolute awesomeness that is Tokyo Disney Sea. Tokyo Disneyland is so ages ago, Disney Sea is the bomb! The mere sight of Mt. Prometheus (erupting every 2 hours at night) when you enter the park and not see the usual Disney castle, you know this is going to be something special. And…wait for it…it surely is! Tokyo Disney Sea is Disney Imagineer’s masterpiece, being the most expensive theme park ever built as of to date.
The attention to details, elaborate designs beyond epic proportions, the technology/animatronics/robotics of every rides, the jaw-dropping architecture and landscapes, the sheer magnificence of it all – it’s mind-blowing! Plus the customer service given by the Japanese is unparalleled. This grand spectacle is sure to give any theme park in the world a run for their money! I mean they have a freakin’ volcano (What the?!!?)!!!
3.) Witness the gyaru culture at Harajuku and Takeshita streets! Or better yet, dress like one and take part in the latest Japanese street fashion! You won’t be judged in Tokyo despite your flamboyance or eccentricity. In fact, the weirder your fashion sense is, the better. On these streets you will witness youngsters dressed in different anime costumes, thick make-ups, colourful wigs, and glamour resembling that of French actress Brigitte Bardot. This might be your chance at expressing your inner fashion diva so grab it while you can!
4.) Appreciate the different spring flowers. The sakura or cherry blossoms festival gets all the publicity and limelight in Japan but yellow rapeseed blossoms also known as Nanohana are just as pretty and breath-taking. Showa Kinen Park, Sumida River and Hama Ryikuu Gardens are good places to see these blooms. Kasai Rinkai Park located in eastern part of Tokyo is another option to see these spring flowers.
5.) Taste some authentic Japanese wines at Katsunuma winery.
6.) Soak in the uniquely wonderful culture of Japanese vending machines. Japan has the highest per capita rate of vending machines in the world. You’ll be surprised by the array of strange yet interesting things they offer via vending machine such as manga, underwear, bread in a can, toys, video games, etc. You just gotta give it to the Japanese and their flair for quirky stuff!
7.) Do some serious people watching at the world-famous Shibuya Crossing. Numerous films were made on this famous crossing such as Lost in Translation and Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift.
8.) Take the subway and admire it’s cleanliness, efficiency and sheer confusion.
9.) Fall deeply in-love with Tokyo…It’s beautiful and polite people, it’s cuisine which is second to none, the culture of cuteness and efficiency combined, it’s postcard-worthy landscapes and scenery — the utter magnificence of it all!
10.) Plan your next trip as soon as you say “Sayonara, Tokyo.”