Tokyo’s weird, wacky, and wonderful side
From an electrifying time at the Robot Restaurant to a hot spring cum shopping arcade at Oedo-Onsen Monogatari, Tokyo’s weird, wacky and wonderful side has never failed to amaze us all. If Tokyo is a little too chaotic for your taste, fear not. We’ve rounded 11 top products and activities to make your trip to Japan fuss-free and easy.
All Stars Attractions
Time and time again, there are always a selected few taking permanent spaces in your shopping cart when visiting Tokyo. Want to be let in on the cult must-haves? Check out the list below!
1. JR Pass for Whole Japan
Traveling to Japan has never been this easy with the JR Pass. Whether you’re going for 7 days, 14 days or 21 days, enjoy unlimited rides on Shinkansen, Limited Express, local trains, Monorail, JR buses, and the Miyajima Ferry!
Plus, fret no more about the transactional process with the Exchange Order delivered right to your doorstep! Still have questions? Cast all doubts away with our FAQ guide on the JR Pass!
2. Nankai Line Airport Express Train Tickets
With the Nankai Line Airport Express Train, getting to Namba Station is not only fuss-free but convenient to the T! The journey lasts for just merely 34 minutes, marking every traveler’s favorite transportation to the heartlands.
#Tip: Voucher can be redeemed and tickets can be used anytime within 12 months from the booking confirmation date!
3. Mount Fuji Classic Tour
As the name suggests, your Mount Fuji Classic Tour will take you to every well-traveled route for the best sights of the national monument. So have your cameras at the ready! Inclusive of a Matcha experience and a pit stop at Lake Kawaguchi, Japan will charm you with its breathtaking sights.
Meet-up Timing: 8 am (1-19 March, 24 November – 19 March 2020)
Meet-up Location: Shinjuku Prince Hotel counter (1st floor)
4. Tokyo Skyliner Ticket
The Tokyo Skyliner is a definite must-have for all travelers. Boosted with high-speed range, the Keisei Skyliner gets passengers from Narita Airport to the city center in just under 41 minutes!
After an exhausting flight, avoid any potential traffic jams or multiple transfers when you pre-book your Tokyo Skyliner ticket on Klook with instant confirmation. Simply kick back and chill in the comforts of Japan’s fastest train!
5. Suica IC Card (Tokyo Pick Up)
The Suica IC Card spells convenience – with access to JR East Lines, subways lines and even buses! Upon redemption at any 5 pick-up points, the Suica IC Card is already preloaded with 1,500 yen so you don’t have to fumble for changes or wait in line for top-ups. Plus, it also acts as a functional debit card for purchases inside trains, vending machines and selected restaurants. How hassle-free!
Crispy-panned Okonomiyaki, juicy Takioyaki, and tender-licious Shabu Shabu may be the staple of your Tokyo holiday diet but it doesn’t stop there! Here’s a couple of dining experiences to consider to further enrich your food trail in the city.
6. Robot Restaurant Show
The Robot Restaurant experience is that leap of faith every first-timers take when Tokyo bound. A chaotic whirlwind of pounding music, jumping ninjas, and extravagant robots, visitors are usually too gob-smacked to eat anything at first. The Robot Restaurant Show is a definite limelight-stealer, where visitors feast on their eyes instead for a night of flashy lights and quirky performances.
Time Slots: 12.30 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm, & 9 pm
Address: 1-7-1 Kabukicho Shinjuku-ku Tokyo, Japan
Directions: 5-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station/Shinjuku Sanchome Station of Tokyo Metro and Toei Shinjuku Line (Exit A8 or A9)
7. All-You-Can-Eat Japanese BBQ at Yakiniku-Tei Rokkasen
Nothing beats feasting on marble slabs of high-grade Matsusaka Beef after a jam-packed day at Shinjuku. The 4 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence winner guarantees a gastronomical experience, promising nothing but the real deal.
Infused richly with their in-house Hiragama salt and Kotoyo soy sauce, each mouth packs a punch and will fill you up in no time. Even non-beef lovers will fall head over heels with the free-flow yakiniku course! Make sure to come empty-stomach and enjoy your foodie binge at Yakiniku-Tei Rokkasen!
Address: Sunflower Building 6 F, 1-3-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo,160-0023, Japan
Opening Hours: 11 am – 5 am (Last order: 4 am)
Directions: A 2-minute walk from JR line Shinjuku Station West Exit
Address: Nishi-Shinjuku K-1 Bldg. B1F, 7-2-6 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo,160-0023, Japan
Opening Hours: 5 pm – 11 pm (Last order: 10 pm)
Directions: 2-minute walk from Toei Oedo Line Shinjuku Station D5 exit/6-minute walk from Marunouchi Line Shinjuku Station B14 exit.
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8. Tokyo Subway Ticket
For as low as $11, the Tokyo Subway Ticket is one travel hack any budget thrifters need. You’ll get to Tokyo’s iconic and popular spots such as Tokyo Tower, Shinjuku district, Shibuya district and many more with unlimited rides on all Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway Lines.
Forget about purchasing single-ride tickets. Now you can avoid racking up the bill with access to 13 different routes and over 250 metro stops! If you have more burning questions, here’s a detailed guide about the Tokyo Subway Ticket.
9. Oedo-Onsen-Monogatari Physical Tickets
Topping off the charts as Japan’s largest hot spring theme park, the Oedo-Onsen-Monogatari contains 13 different baths – open-air hot springs, steam baths, rock bath, Ashi-Yu (foot bath) – and an epic festive Edo-town all in one spot!
For up to 45% off, don a Japanese Yukata robe and enjoy the in-house facilities at a steal! The natural hot spring complex even comes with shopping arcades set in the backdrops of old Tokyo for visitors to relive in.
#Tip: Redeem your physical tickets at the airport so you don’t have to waste extra time or money picking it up elsewhere.
Address: 2 Chome-6-3 Aomi, Kōtō-ku, Tōkyō-to, Japan 135-0064
Opening Hours: 11 am – 9 am (next day)
Directions: About 2 minutes on foot from Telecom Center Station (テレコムセンター駅) on the Yurikamome Line or about 7 minutes by shuttle bus (free) from Tokyo Teleport Station on the Rinkai Line.
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10. teamlab Borderless Admission Tickets
A must-visit spot for all avid Instagrammers and artsy geeks, teamlab Borderless is an immersive art exhibition that knows no boundaries. Boggling illuminations and trippy illusions are merely the tip of the iceberg.
With aesthetics clearly in the name of the game, it has since taken the city by storm with crowd favorites like the Forest of Flowers and People and Forest of Lamps among 9 other installations. The exhibit has taken up permanent space so if you’re looking to revamp your IG-game, you may have found your killer #ootd shot.
Address: Odaiba Palette Town, 1-3-8 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Opening Hours: 10 am – 7 pm (Weekdays), 10 am – 9 pm (Weekends)
Directions: A 5-minute walk from Tokyo Teleport Station on the Rinkai Line/Aomi Station on the Yurikamome Line
11. Fujiyama Snow Resort Yeti Day Trip
If you’ve captured Mount Fuji at every possible vantage point with our sightseeing guide, how about switching things up a notch and flexing your skiing skills by the snow capped mountain instead?
Of course, the iconic attraction also offers classic winter activities like snowboarding, sledding, and tubbing with Mount Fuji overlooking the resort like a grand painting. Before crossing off another bucket list item off, make sure to snag yourself a slot at a Fujiyama Snow Resort Yeti Day Trip with fuss-free roundtrip transfers!
Pick-up Timing: 7.45 am
Pick-up Location: 三井住友銀行 新宿西口支店 (Sumitomo Mitsui Bank, Shinjuku Nishiguchi Branch)