5 Unique Things to do in Tokyo

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  • Tokyo

  • Japan

  • Arts & Culture

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Tokyo is a bit of everything: a huge amalgamation of Japan's history, culture, food and people. It can be hard to even know where to start when planning a trip to Tokyo. Here are five unique things to put on your itinerary to get started planning that Tokyo trip!

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Things to do in Tokyo

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TeamLab: is a global art collective that combines art and technology to create the most amazing immersive worlds in their exhibitions. Their hugely successful Borderless exhibit is moving to a new home in the upscale Azabudai neighborhood next month, and I personally cannot wait to check it out!

Mipig Micro Pig Cafe: As apartment-dwellers in Japan are generally not allowed pets, animal cafes of all kinds are hugely popular! Cat, dog, and rabbit cafes are ubiquitous, so why not try a micro pig cafe for a truly unique experience? This cafe in the pop-fashion Harajuku district is a must visit.

Shopping in Ginza: The Ginza district is known for its high-end shopping. But did you know that Ginza is a great place to shop for adorable Japanese stationary as well? Itoya is a whopping 12 floors of stationary - everything from wedding cards to pens can be found here, and so much more besides! Just a few blocks away, Loft has a whole floor devoted to stationary, as well as floors for cosmetics, home goods, and beautiful bento boxes

Places to eat & drink in Tokyo

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Kumachan Onsen: This bear hot pot has got to be the cutest restaurant in Tokyo - even in the land of things that are tiny and adorable. You pick your soup base, which comes in the form of a bear that melts into the hot pot. Service is not as top-notch as most places in Japan, but I still recommend going for the experience!

Shibuya Scramble Crossing: Speaking of the experience: a few minutes' walk from the Kumachan Onsen restaurant is the iconic Shibuya Scramble - a pedestrian crossing where up to 1,000 people cross at each light. There is a Starbucks Coffee in a prime location overlooking the intersection, where you can sit and people watch while sipping an amazing matcha latte.

Need to Know

This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Tokyo.

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Chee Moua's guide, Group Adventures: Must-Try Experiences in Tokyo.

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