Now that Japan has opened its borders to travellers from all over the world, you can finally visit again! Sushi, Shibuya Crossing, ramen, cosplay, Hachiko, cherry blossoms, and anime — Japan is ready to welcome you back. Even if it’s not your first time in Tokyo, these 8 new and exciting things to do in Tokyo are worth checking out! ?
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1. Check out the new additions at Tokyo Disney Resort Park
Credit: Toy Story Hotel website
If you’re planning a trip to Tokyo Disney Resort Park, add the new Toy Story Hotel to your list! The newest addition to Tokyo Disney Resort will take you right back to your childhood! The rooms look like Andy’s bedroom from the films, which makes the guests like Andy’s toys (feel free to choose which of Andy’s toys you wish to be).
Despite the pandemic, Tokyo Disneyland has continued to expand, as you’ll see with the new ‘Beauty and the Beast’ section. This addition features a recreation of the fairy tale castle and village as well as a new ride called Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast. For those who are not into princesses, the Baymax-themed attraction and popcorn speciality shop inside the theme park’s Tomorrowland area is a must-visit!
While you’re here, be sure to use the Tokyo Disney Resort Park one-day pass as it’s all you need to explore Japan’s most magical and nostalgia-inducing attractions. Don’t know which park to visit? Check out Tokyo Disneyland vs DisneySea: Which Theme Park Should You Visit? to make your choice!
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Address: 1-1 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba 279-0031, Japan
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2. Experience the digital art at teamLab Planets Tokyo
What is the one thing that Japan does better than any other country? If your answer is anything tech and futuristic, you’re right! Once you get your fill of shrines and ancient temples, the teamLab Planets Tokyo offers something more modern. Located near the futuristic neighbourhood of Odaiba, teamLab Planets houses seven multi-sensory, full-body immersive art displays that combine, touch, sight, sound and forward-thinking creativity to formulate an experience unlike any other. If you’re in Tokyo, this is a must-do!
#HHWTTip: We recommend wearing long pants as there are some parts of the exhibition with reflective floors and you may need to roll up your pants as there is a segment where you have to wade through water.
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Address: 6-chōme-1-16 Toyosu, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0061, Japan
Opening hours: 10am - 8pm (Monday to Friday), 9am - 9pm (Saturday and Sunday)
3. Pretend you’re an Olympian at the Japan National Stadium
Credit: @tkdaa on Instagram
The Tokyo Olympics made headlines as it was the first Olympics which was held without any spectators. Now, you can finally enter the Japan National Stadium! Take a tour of the Olympic stadium at Meiji Jingu Gaien, designed by leading Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. You’ll be able to step foot into the colossal 200,000 sqm sporting arena and see where the athletes spent their time during, before and after their events, and witness some of Tokyo Olympics’ legacies up close. There’s also an interactive tour where you can experience the space hands-on and feel what it’s like to be an athlete in the stadium. Stroll (or sprint!) along the tracks, strike a pose on the podium and film yourself jumping over a hurdle!
The free-and-easy Japan National Stadium tour is offered from 11am to 6pm daily until March 2024. Entry costs ¥1,400 per person (¥800 for high school students and younger). Tickets for the month are available from the middle of the month before, and you can make an online reservation in advance.
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Address: 10-1 Kasumigaokamachi, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0013, Japan
4. Catch a 360° view of Tokyo at Shibuya Sky
Approximately 230 meters above ground, Shibuya Sky is the highest point in the district of Shibuya. Conquer your fear of heights and check out the ‘Sky Edge’, a corner where you can look down at the cityscape below! Get your camera ready too, as it’s a good photo spot for a panoramic view of the city ? Enjoy cloud (or people) watching on one of the hammocks and identify major Tokyo landmarks such as Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Stadium and even Mt Fuji (on a clear day). At night, you'll be able to see a light show called the 'Crossing Light' as 18 beams illuminate the city sky.
Address: 2 Chome-24-12 Shibuya, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0002, Japan
Opening hours: 10am - 10.30pm (Daily)
5. No crappy days at Unko Museum
You can’t say you’ve visited Tokyo if you don’t visit one of its latest oddities. The Unko Museum (which quite literally means the “Poop Museum”) is one of the strangest museums in all of Japan and trust us, you won’t have a crappy day here! Positioned somewhere between play and art, the so-called “Poop Museum” and its dedication to defecating are a hilarious way for adults to rediscover the whimsical. Be sure to take a photo with the museum's massive turd-spitting poop-shaped volcano! Before you leave, check out the rainbow-coloured souvenir shop. Named the ‘Unko Factory’, it’s stocked with a wide variety of poop-shaped merchandise that are bound to set off a few giggles.
Address: 1 Chome-1–10 Aomi, Koto City, Tokyo 135–0064, Japan
Opening hours: 11am - 8pm (Monday to Friday), 10am - 9pm (Saturday and Sunday)
6. Experience a see-through toilet in Shibuya
Credit: The Nippon Foundation
If you’re thinking of taking a walk through Yoyogi Park for beautiful autumn foliage or cherry blossom viewing, why not check out Tokyo’s coolest public toilets which are just in the park next door! In cooperation with Shibuya’s local government, the Nippon Foundation launched a project called The Tokyo Toilet, which focuses on replacing 17 public toilets in Shibuya with modern, accessible structures. The buildings were designed by 16 of Japan’s foremost creatives and architects including Shigeru Ban, Tadao Ando and Kengo Kuma.
If you have time to visit only one public toilet, we recommend trying the see-through toilets designed by Japanese starchitect Shigeru Ban. Don’t worry, the see-through structure will turn opaque as soon as the doors are locked so you can do your business in peace! Colour-wise, the modern building's bright jewel tones harmonise well with the surroundings, and at night the structure transforms into a massive fancy lantern. How cool! ?
The toilet is accessible for wheelchair users and ostomates and is equipped with a high chair for babies.
Find more public toilets in Shibuya with this map.
Address: Yoyogi Fukamachi Mini Park, 1-54-1 Tomigaya
While the next two spots aren’t in Tokyo, they’re about a one-hour train ride from Tokyo - perfect for a day trip!
7. Discover the world of Moomins at Moominvalley Park
The Moomins are a family of large, white, almost-hippopotamus creatures that live in harmony in Moominvalley. Created by Finnish visual artist, illustrator and author, Tove Jansson, these loveable creatures go on all sorts of adventures and you can join them at Moominvalley Park in Tokyo! The main attraction is set as a three-floor Moomin house, pulled straight from the pages of Jansson’s drawings. Complete with a cellar pantry, living room, dining room, bedrooms and even the author’s study in the attic—the experience is focused on the lives and history of the Moomins, as well the storied life of the artist herself.
From now until January 9 2023, you can take part in a special evening Adventure Walk around Lake Miyazawa. The illuminated 1.8km-long path features a mystical atmosphere, complete with sparkling illuminations, a dedicated story involving the Moomins and special sounds generated through augmented reality (AR) technology. At ten different spots along the route, your location and movement will activate different sounds ?
The event takes place daily from 5.30pm to 8pm until January 9 2023, except Nov 9 & 16, Dec 31 and Jan 1 2023. Note that the story itself is narrated in Japanese only and the path is not wheelchair and stroller accessible.
Address: 431-3-58 Miyazawa, Hanno, Saitama 357-0001, Japan
Opening hours: 10am-5pm (Monday - Friday), 10am - 6pm (Saturday, Sunday and public holidays)
8. Pose for a photo at Kadokawa Musashino Museum
Kadokawa Musashino Museum is a new attraction combining a library and an art museum in Tokorozawa Sakura Town. Trust the Japanese to come up with something unique! The exterior of the museum looks like a giant floating block of stone, designed by the famous architect, Kengo Kuma. Be sure to check out the Insta-worthy Bookshelf Theater, an 8-meter high bookshelves that extend 360 degrees. Don't miss the projection mapping that uses three projectors to project onto the 8-meter high bookshelf! Skip the queue and get your Kadokawa Musashino Museum ticket on Klook.
If you’re an anime fan, check out the EJ Anime Museum which is on the third floor of this museum. If you’re visiting soon, there’s a Marvel Avengers exhibition running till 29 Jan 2023. Step into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with this interactive experience where you’ll begin your journey to become a S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) Agent!
P.S. Since you’re already in the area, check out the teamLab Acorn Forest which is just across the street! We recommend visiting at night where you’ll find the ovoids (egg-shaped pods) lit up in various colours.
Address: Tokorozawa, Higashitokorozawawada, Saitama, 31−3, Japan
Opening hours: 10am - 6pm (Sunday - Thursday), 10am - 9pm (10am - 9pm)
There are many different things to explore in Tokyo besides the usual familiar backdrops. Be a trendsetter and explore these new and unique attractions! It’s time to plan your Tokyo trip (and perhaps explore Osaka too?)! Check out Klook Japan promos to save up more!
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