10 Weird and Wonderful things to do in Tokyo

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One thing is for certain on the streets of Tokyo – things get weird. But as weird as it gets in Tokyo, it is always somehow wonderful… from cat cafes to restaurants with dancing robots, here are some of the best, in search of the weird and wonderful things to do in Tokyo, Japan!

Robot Restaurant


Weird & Wonderful: Things to do in Tokyo

Be Entertained by Robots

…I mean, they’re not actual robots and mostly the entertainment consists of dancing people in robot costumes, but all in all this is an incredibly weird AND wonderful way to spend an evening in Tokyo. Located in Shinjuku, the Robot Cabaret is one of the weirder things to do in Tokyo – winning the title of total must do if you’re in search of the whackier side to this intriguing city.


Take a walk down Memory Lane

Also located in Shinjuku is the incredibly popular Memory Lane, located on the west side of Shinjuku Station. This one is more on the wonderful side, as it is a laneway filled with local bars and eateries – a great insight into the Tokyo time forgot.

Lost in Translation Karaoke Bar

Try your hand at Karaoke 

If you’re a Lost in Translation fan like me, your idea of Tokyo is busy streets, flashing neon lights, a karaoke bars. Should you wish to visit the Karaoke Bar Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray did, you totally can! You’ll find that bar in Shibuya, just a five minute walk from the station at Karaoke-kan (30-8 Utagawacho).

(10 Best Tokyo Karaoke Bars)

Visit a Cat Cafe

One of the earliest animal cafes trends or perhaps the one that started it all are the highly talked about cat cafes. Tokyo is now full of them so you have plenty to choose from and yes – as it sounds – you enter the cafe to hang out with domesticated cats and sip a cup of tea. Quite sophisticated!

(15 Tokyo Cat Cafes)

A Quick guide to Tokyo Japan

Navigate the crowds at Shibuya Crossing

While more on the wonderful side (though at times can still be weird!), the highly talked about Shibuya Crossing is Tokyo’s scramble of pedestrian crossings that create a manic intersection, with flashing neon signs and billboards galore. As the pedestrian traffic hits the streets, the entire crossing comes to life and it is a great spectacle to be a part of – so be sure to cross a few times for effect!

Visit the Owl Cafe

If you’re looking for a guaranteed hoot in Tokyo, head on over to the owl cafe. Although I questioned it at first (not being a fan of wild animals being used as pets), the cafe seems to have some very strict rules in place to ensure these animals are well looked after. The animals are also born in captivity and raised as pets (much like domesticated animals such as cats and dogs), so the arrangement seems to be legit. Its as simple as it sounds – you come in, pay to hang out with owls for an hour, take some photos, have a drink, and leave with a new (or increased) love for these gorgeous animals.


Nicolas Charles Cafe

Go Bunny crazy at Nicolas Charles’ Bunny Loving Cafe

There are so many fun character cafes to choose from in Tokyo but the one that caught my eye most (and resulted in two days of searching for it) was the Nicolas Charles House – dedicated to bunnies in every way imaginable. As you walk in you are offered a pair of bunny ears to dine in, followed by a bunny-friendly menu full of fun treats. The parfaits are for sure the most photogenic choice, and the caramel flavoured bunny parfait was DELICIOUS (just – so – rich!!!)


Solo traveller? Visit the Moomin Anti-loneliness Cafe

If you’re visiting Tokyo alone you might want to pull up a chair at the Moomin Cafe – famous for allowing guests the opportunity to sit with a plush toy as their company whilst dining.



Enter Kiddy Land

Located in Harajuku is this impressive multi-storey toy house, selling everything from Hello Kitty to Sailor Moon, Peanuts and everything in between! Don’t expect to just see kids in here, though – this is great fun for adults too!


Sleep in a Capsule

If you’re visiting Tokyo on a budget there are hotels that make the city affordable… Just don’t expect more than a blind as your door and not enough space to sit up!



World of Wanderlust visited Japan with Trafalgar on the Splendours of Japan Tour.

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    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    April 5, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    I LOVE the Japan kawai-weirdness 😀

    Jacqueline Damian- Angeles
    April 2, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    thats so awesome Im going to Japan in Aug and i found some good info in your site. Im def going to the bunny cafe! Do you know if its crowded or they have a looooong wait or need reservations?

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    March 31, 2016 at 11:01 am

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    March 29, 2016 at 6:21 am

    Oh! What a great list! I have never been in Tokio but i wish to go there so bad.
    Your propousal is very different and funny and i will take your advice the day i go.
    Great blog! Greatings , Alicia.

    Kaili Williams
    March 29, 2016 at 6:08 am

    Japan is definitely on my bucket list. I would love to do all of these things!

    March 29, 2016 at 5:00 am

    OMG! I really like it these things, they are very weird but original. You can´t see these places in other countries.
    It would be great to go to cat cafe.

    March 29, 2016 at 12:25 am

    How cute! Japan has so many unique things to offer, I can’t wait to go back1
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    Jake Ryan
    March 26, 2016 at 7:08 am

    I’m desperate to go to Tokyo. Looks so good.

    March 25, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Oh my, I love it!!! Thanks for making me want to visit Tokyo even more!!! It looks like so much fun!

    Lennae xxx

    March 25, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Maybe we should duet? Halve the humiliation but double the fun xx

    Keri @ Ladies what travel
    March 25, 2016 at 5:23 am

    My first time in Tokyo I went to the karaoke bar from Lost in Translation – it was an amazing night out! 😀

    March 25, 2016 at 4:21 am

    Great list! ^^

    Jessica @ The Belle Voyage
    March 25, 2016 at 2:49 am

    I have to admit that when I saw Shoshanna working at a cat cafe last week on Girls, I decided that it was something I had to see with my own eyes. I’d never heard of it before! Need to get back to Japan ASAP!

    March 25, 2016 at 1:22 am

    Japan is one of my favourite countries – I love the vibe of Tokyo. The best time to visit is during cherry blossom season which is right now!

    Kara o'Brien
    March 24, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Tokyo sounds incredible. There are so many places I want to visit (I get such wanderlust reading travel posts) and you’ve just added this to my list! The bunny cafe sounds super sweet, and belting out a song (all be it in the worst singing voice to ever grace Tokyo) in the Lost In Translation location sounds great fun!



      Caty @ Eat Breathe Explore
      March 25, 2016 at 3:27 am

      I agree! Especially with the Lost in Translation bit… I could totally belt out a song there, but man would it shatter some glass haha.

    March 24, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    It’s my dream to visit tokyo 🙂 thanks for the great tips x

    sara mcavoy
    March 24, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    I can’t wait to visit this place! I especially would love to go to the Cat café and the toy store!


    March 24, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Seems like the perfect place to feel even more out of your confort zone but it must be really great to visit. All these excessif things ! Japan is pretty unique in its kind 😉

    Minh Nguyen
    March 24, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Shibuya Crossing is fun, especially when you stand at the train station walking lane and look down at the stress which is full offpeople! so vibrant!

    March 24, 2016 at 9:33 am

    I passed that Bunny Cafe so many times when I was in Japan and now I’m kinda mad at myself for not going in BUT I did go to the Moomin cafe and had the best dessert ever made all the more better by the fact that Moomin Papa was our dinner companion haha! I love Japan so much xoxo

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn
    March 24, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Japan is definitely the best place I’ve ever visited, and can definitely attest to these points! I just about lost my head in Kiddyland, all of the Sailor Moon and Ghibli merchandise definitely lightened my wallet!

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    March 24, 2016 at 9:08 am

    What fun and unique things to do!!

    Caty @ Eat Breathe Explore
    March 24, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Ha! That anti-lonliness cafe sounds like an interesting experience. Not that I wouldn’t want to have meal with a stuffed animal. Just a super unique experience. I guess that’s Japan though! Can’t wait to visit!

    March 24, 2016 at 8:17 am

    All of these look so fun! Especially the bunny cafe. I’ve been dying to try a cat cafe.

    March 24, 2016 at 8:15 am

    This is making me want to visit Japan more and more!! Great post! x