Group Adventures: Must-Try Experiences in Tokyo

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Japan is one of my favorite countries to visit! Embark on a Tokyo adventure with your group or little ones. Immerse yourselves in cultural marvels, savor delectable cuisines, and weave cherished memories in this dynamic, clean and vibrant city.

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Where to stay in Tokyo, Japan

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Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo

Situated right in the heart of bustling Shinjuku, Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo enjoys a prime location in Kabukicho main entertainment area with its sleek rooms and contemporary amenities.

JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Shinjuku

Your urban oasis in Tokyo, where modern design, city vibes and Japanese hospitality unite for a stylish stay in the heart of Shinjuku.

Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo

Your trendy retreat in the heart of Tokyo, where contemporary style, city energy and international hospitality converge for a vibrant stay in Shinjuku.

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Things to do in Tokyo, Japan

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Tokyo Disney Sea

Disney Parks are usually very clean and well-organized. However, Tokyo Disney takes it to another level. You will experience rides that are not available at any other Disney Parks and encounter exclusive Disney Characters. Disney Sea offers a unique and enjoyable experience for all ages.

Pro Tip: Secure your Disney Premier Access Pass (at a nominal fee) for priority rides, akin to Disney Genie+ (formerly known as Fast Pass).

Pro Tip #2: Bring a tumbler or a water bottle for convenient refills since water isn't sold by restaurants or vendors. Vending machines, though not easily found, are the only option, often leading to long queues and potential water bottle shortages.

Street Go-Kart Driving

For those 18 or older, this is a must-try experience! With multiple locations across Tokyo, you can dress up as your favorite character and embark on a city tour in a go-kart.

Pro-Tip: The easiest way to make reservations is through Facebook Messenger, where English-speaking staff can assist you effortlessly. Don't forget to obtain your International License from any AAA insurance office beforehand.

Joypolis

A large indoor amusement spot in Odaiba! It's an attraction spot with roller coaster-type rides and endless amounts of games and claw machines!

Tsukiji Market

Take a short train ride to Tsukiji Market for a fresh seafood experience. Not a seafood enthusiast? No worries! Explore various shops offering noodles, tea, coffee, desserts, pastries and souvenirs. Additionally, there are knife customization shops - perfect for a unique gift or enhancing your home kitchen.

Shibuya Scramble Crossing

An iconic and renowned intersection, showcases the city's remarkable efficiency. As the world's busiest crossing, it features large TV screens displaying numerous ads and marketing. You can even be part of the spectacle by crossing in view of a live-streaming camera, allowing friends and family to witness your journey through this bustling intersection!

MEGA Don Quijote

An expansive department store located near Shibuya Crossing and it's open 24 hours! This mega-store spans multiple floors, offering a variety of reasonably priced items, including souvenirs, beauty products, home goods, and pre-packaged food/snacks with tax-free rates for qualifying purchases. A word of caution: the vast selection may lead you or your companions to spend hours exploring, so it's wise to establish a meeting time at the entrance. Additionally, be prepared for the possibility that your kids might leave with more than one toy or trinket.

teamLab Planets

TeamLab Planets was an immersive experience, allowing you to interact directly with the art and view it from a different vantage point than typical museums. From kois transitioning fluidly into flowers and hanging floral art, it's easy to spend all day there. Quite a fascinating experience and you will get social-media-worthy content and photos! The vibrant 3D artwork varies from room to room. Tip: Make sure to wear something comfortable and possibly a short or pants that can roll up, as they do ask you to take off your shoes and dip your feet in the water installation. If you do wear a skirt or dress, make sure to wear shorts under because one of the room has mirrors on the ground!

Harajuku - Takeshita Street

Explore Takeshita Street (Takeshita dori means "the avenue under the bamboo"), a bustling thoroughfare. For those with little ones, an early visit is advisable. If you're in a group, discover bars and cafés for a relaxed hangout. Harajuku, renowned for its pop culture vibe, features a vibrant array of street-lined shops, restaurants and cafés. Indulge in charming dessert shops, pet cafés and 3D art cafés. Stay tuned for details on my favorite 3D café spot!

Places to eat & drink in Tokyo, Japan

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Tokyo, a city of endless wonders. In this guide, come along as we explore both popular spots and hidden gems, uncover affordable Michelin-starred dining experiences, and indulge in the irresistibly charming world of cute cafés.

Ramen, as we put it: Ramen is King in Japan, not Udon as we know it in the states.

Ichiran

Discover Ichiran Ramen in various Tokyo locations, with one conveniently near Shinjuku Station. While it previously operated 24/7 pre-pandemic, the current hours are still remarkable (9am - 6am of the next day). Indulge in richly flavored ramen within individual stalls, creating a distinct and enjoyable dining atmosphere. Ichiran is welcoming to both kids and groups, and our recommendation is the classic Tonkotsu Ramen with savory chashu (sliced pork).

NAKIRYU

A Michelin-starred ramen haven! Nakiryu consistently draws crowds. Operating from 11am to 3pm, eager patrons start queuing around 10-10:30 am. This intimate eatery boasts 6 bar seats, a table for 2, and a larger table for 4.

Must-try: the tantanmen with soy-dipped egg, served alongside delectable chashu (sliced pork).

Note: Only one ramen bowl per person, but consider ordering an extra serving of noodles – the broth is simply divine!

Cafés:

Café Reissue

A small gem renowned for its exceptional latte artwork. Select your preferred drink and either present a photo for a personalized creation or choose a character from their selection. This experience is truly one-of-a-kind and guarantees not only great taste but also Instagram-worthy!

Harry Potter Café

Step into the magical world at this Harry Potter-themed cafe. Immerse yourself in amazing decor and savor wizardry-inspired food, desserts and drinks!

Tip: Make your reservations ahead of time!

2D Café

The cafés interior is ingeniously designed, creating an experience that transports you into the pages of a book. Indulge in a delightful array of desserts, including cakes, pastries, shaved ice, boba or juice drinks, coffee and more!

Other places I recommend you check out:

Grilled Aging Beef

Located in Shinjuku, indulge in the rich taste of Wagyu beef sourced from different regions of Japan at this fantastic restaurant. The venue is divided into two dining styles: one side lets you barbecue your own meat, while the other offers a more refined dining experience. Having tried both, we favored the interactive barbecue side, perfect for groups/childrens. You will also notice alot of locals dining here after work.

Tip: Make reservation in advance. If you need assistance, ask your hotel concierge for support!

Tokyo Whisky Library

This library is a group-friendly bar lounge, boasting an extensive collection of Japan's finest whiskies and rare whisky's from around the world. It also offers a diverse food menu.

Pro tip: Secure your reservation a month ahead.

Sushi Wasabi (Omakase)

A petite boutique omakase, featuring 10 intimate bar seats where you'll enjoy an interactive dinner with the incredible chef and fellow patrons. Enjoy a two-hour dining experience, savoring a diverse array of fresh seafood. Pro tip: Make your reservation a month in advance.

Need to Know

The best time to visit with nice weather is April/May. Summer months are very crowded with humid weather. We went in July and it was 99 degrees Fahrenheit with 80% of humidity. If you go during the summer months, bring an umbrella and it'll help shade you from the heat!

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