When I think of Tokyo, visions of quirky cafes, hilarious signs, neon lights, bizarre fashion, and everything “cute-tified” comes to mind. Tokyo is filled with a rich history, intricate temples, savory food, a booming population and countless things to see. For someone visiting Tokyo for the first time, it can be a struggle to hit all the main attractions–especially if in town only a few days. If heading to Tokyo, consider these top five experiences to get a real taste of Tokyo’s unique culture, no matter how long you’re in the city for.
Watch a Dancing Robot Cabaret (yes, really!)
If you’re looking for a truly unique experience in Tokyo, Robot Restaurant is hands down the one stop you must make. People from all over the world come to Tokyo just to partake in this live robot cabaret show. Yes, you heard right! This is a bonafide cabaret made up of dancing robots, pandas, girls, ninjas, dinosaurs and more enjoyed over a complimentary drink and snacks. The details that went into this are incredible — neon lights illuminating every inch of the space–the experience is like your imagination come to life. There’s no place quite like Robot Restaurant and you’re gauranteed to have an unforgettable time.
Ordering Ramen from a Vending Machine
While Tokyo is known for their countless innovative inventions, the ramen vending machine is by far my favorite. It’s literally what it sounds like. All you have to do is insert your money in the machine, select your choice of ramen
and your order will be ready in just a few minutes. Since tipping in Tokyo is frowned upon, you can just leave as soon as you’re done eating. You can’t go wrong with a ramen vending machine; it’s fast, cheap, easy and delicious!
Getting the Perfect View at Tokyo Sky Tree
What other way to enjoy Tokyo than to experience it from the tallest tower in the country? Tokyo Sky Tree is the second tallest free-standing structure in the world (after Burj Khalifa in Dubai). From 2,080 ft. high, you’ll have a phenomenal view of the city with the 360° observation decks and a spine-chilling view through glass floors right below your feet. While all the excitement happens inside the tower, don’t forget to admire it from outside once it’s glowing with beautiful LED lights.
Getting Lost in the Crowds at Shibuya Crossing
Shibuya Crossing, also known as ‘The Scramble’, lives up to its name as the busiest intersection in the world. This intersection is in the heart of Tokyo’s fashion district and major nightlife right in front of Shibuya Station. It has also made a number of appearances in major films such as Lost in Translation and Fast in the Furious: Tokyo Drift. You have not truly experienced Tokyo’s hustle and bustle until you’ve strolled through this chaotic intersection.
A Visit to Tokyo Disney Sea
Disneyland has its fair share of theme parks dispersed throughout the world. However, you will only find one Disney Sea, which is situated in Tokyo. Tokyo Disney Sea is inspired by myths and legends of the sea, while offering rides and attractions unique to other Disneyland parks. It brings the good ol’ nostalgic Disney vibes you normally would feel at any Disney Theme Park but with a more charming ambiance. For those who are drawn to more mature thrill rides, Tokyo Disney Sea might just be the place for you.
Meet the Author:
Carmelisse resides in Las Vegas and is a blogger at Here & Air where she creates content focused on travel, lifestyle and photography. She recently found the courage to leave her 9-5 corporate job after realizing the importance of living a wholehearted life of passion and adventure. Her goal is to reach out to an audience who desire to live a better life overall, while inspiring them to travel more often because life is too short! When Carmelisse is not blogging, she is snapping photographs, seeking adventure, doing yoga or cuddling with her kitties. Follow more of her adventures on Instagram: @Carmelisse.