Things to Do in Tokyo

There are too many things to do in Tokyo – part of enjoying your time here is figuring out which are the “must-do” experiences. And your favorite Japanese language school is here to help! We’ve compiled a list of the most exciting, fun and important activities in Tokyo, to let you make the most of your time with us (when you’re not learning Japanese, that is!). And here they are, in no particular order:

Robot Restaurant

[ official website ]

We’ve gone here too many times to remember, and it’s always a great experience. A treat for the senses, it’s a show that is so completely over the top and seemingly out of control that when it’s over, you won’t quite be able to believe your memory of it.

Oedo Onsen Monogatari

[ official website ]

Not the cheapest hot spring, but definitely the most fun one! Inside this complex is a traditional festival shopping street with restaurant stalls, games and more. For maximum theme park realism, everyone changes into a yukata first. It’s a lovely atmosphere! And amazingly, the onsen even has outdoor baths, with specially arranged roofs to protect your privacy.

Tokyo Sky Tree

[ official website ]

Expensive, out-of-the-way, pointless on a cloudy day, and for some reason tickets can’t be bought online in English even after 3 years of operation. But on a good day, the view from the top is quite amazing, and perhaps the only way to really get an idea of the scale of Tokyo. For a free and convenient alternative, ride the elevators to the observation deck of the awesome Metropolitan Government building in West Shinjuku (243 meters high versus 350 m for Sky Tree).
Sky Tree is so tall we had to flip it on its side to fit it into the photo space! D:

Meiji Shrine

[ official website ]

The huge gardens and massive old-growth trees you’ll walk through on the way to the shrine are awesome enough by themselves, but the shrine itself is also a very beautiful place. And extremely convenient – only two stops from your favorite Japanese language school!


[ official website ]

Tokyo’s oldest temple, and an incredibly beautiful piece of architecture. The whole area around is quite lively with street stalls, so it’s definitely worth an afternoon.

Tokyo National Museum

[ official website ]

If you only visit one museum in Tokyo, this is the one to go for, with an awesome array of national and international artifacts of importance. But don’t forget Tokyo’s other great museums! In particular, we recommend the Ghibli Museum (advance tickets required), the Samurai Museum in Shinjuku, and the Edo Tokyo Museum (both stops on our Japanese Plus Traditional Culture course!).


Tokyo has several world-class nightclubs, including the massive Womb in Shibuya, and the upscale Genius in Ginza. But the biggest, and the granddaddy of them all, is ageHa. It’s a pain to get to, but once you’re there, you’ll have an incredible time!


[ official Japan-Guide info page ]

Japan’s electronics and nerd heartland is a must-see even if you’re not interested in what they’re selling. Spend an afternoon walking around and you might find yourself coming back the next day. And the next. And the next…


~Explore Tokyo... Learn Japan~

This is only the tiniest overview of a few things to do in Tokyo. While you’re learning Japanese at Genki Japanese Language School Tokyo, don’t forget to use some of your time to have the most fun of your life in one of the world’s most exciting cities!

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