Tokyo on a rainy day – 8 ideas on a rainy day in Tokyo that will keep you entertained

Not everybody is blessed with weather luck during their time in Japan. But don’t worry, there are plenty of things you can do in Tokyo on a rainy day. Here are 8 ideas for Tokyo which are best explored during rain!

 

 

 

 

 

What to do in Tokyo on a rainy day

#1 Explore the shopping malls

In Tokyo, there are many malls which offer restaurants, cinemas and calm spaces or lots of entertainment for kids. Here are a few to chose from:

Odaiba:

  • LaLaport– A huge mall with lots of attractions for children.
    • Address: Toyosu,2-4-9 Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo, 135-8614 (GoogleMaps)
    • 1 min walking from Toyosu 豊洲 train station
  • DiverCity– A mall with fun activities like bowling or skating.
    • Address:1-1-10 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0064 (GoogleMaps)
    • Odaiba or Tokyo Teleport station and 2-3min walking
  • VenusFort – Big outlet with European and Japanese shops
    • Address: 1 Chome-3-15 Aomi Kōtō-ku, Tōkyō-to 135-0064 (GoogleMaps)
    • Tokyo Teleport station and 2-3 min walking

Ikebukuro:

  • Sunshine City – Big mall with aquarium and Pokemon Center
    • Address:170-0013 Tōkyō-to, Toshima-ku, Higashiikebukuro, 3-1−1 (GoogleMaps)
    • Ikebukuro train station and 3min walking

Shinjuku:

  • Lumine– Young and modern fashion
    • Address:160-0022 Tōkyō-to, Shinjuku-ku, Shinjuku, 3 Chome−3−38−2 (GoogleMaps)
    • Shinjuku train station (south exit) + 1 min walking
  • Many small shops directly at the East exit of Shinjuku station in Shinjuku Underground Shopping
    • Shinjuku East exit

#Nakano:

  • Nakano Broadway– Big mall with a schwerpunkt$ on anime and manga
    • Address:5 Chome-52-15 Nakano, Nakano-ku, Tōkyō-to 164-0001, Japan (GoogleMaps)
    • Nakano station (North exit) + 1 min walking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2 Relax at an Onsen

If it’s pouring cats and dogs, there is nothing better than soaking in a hot spring (onsen). To make sure that you won’t have to rent anything best bring your own towel and bathing suit. Shampoo is always included. Most times, you will be naked and won’t need your bathing suit but there are a few mixed onsen and in the higher priced onsen, sometimes even the towels are included (like at the amazing Oedo Onsen).

South-Tokyo / Odaiba:

  • Monogatari Oedo Onsen – A big complex with a food area and sleeping chairs, where you can even spend the night.
    • Address: 2 Chome-6-3 Aomi Kōtō-ku, Tōkyō-to 135-0064 (GoogleMaps)
    • Telecom Center station and 3min walking
    • ~2,500 Yen

Tokyo-Center:

  • LaQua – Amusement park, mall and onsen in one building
    • Address: 1 Chome-1-1 Kasuga, Bunkyou-ku, Tokyo 112-0003, Japan (GoogleMaps)
    • Korakuen station and 1 min walking
    • ~2.600 Yen

West-Tokyo:

  • Keio-Onsen Takao – big outdoor pool
    • Address: 2229-7 Takao-machi, Hachioji City, Tokyo, 193-0844 (GoogleMaps)
    • Takaosanguchi station and 1min walking
    • Mo -Fr 1000 Yen / Sa -Su 1200 Yen

 North-Tokyo

  • Saya-no-Yudokoro /Maenohara Onsen – Nice and cheaper onsen
    • Address: 3 Chome-41-1 Maenochō, Itabashi-ku, Tōkyō-to 174-0063 (GoogleMaps)
    • Shimura-Sakaue (Exit A2) and 8min by walking
    • Mo – Fr 870 Yen / Sa – Su 1.100 Yen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3 Visit museums or the aquarium

If you think about a rainy day, what activities come to your mind first? Right, museums. In Tokyo, there are many cool museums. How about learning more about ramen noodles? Or walking inside Star War’s death star?

Museum:

  • Edo Tokyo Museum – Huge museum with the famous Nihonbashi bridge
    • Address: 1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0015 (GoogleMaps)
    • Ryogoku train station
    • Opening hours: Tue-Fr and Sun 9.30am- 5pm and Sa 9.30am -7pm
    • Entrance fee: 600 Yen (adult), 300 Yen (senior and 6-18 years), 480 Yen (student), free for younger kids Note: From 1. October 2017 to 31. March 2018 it will be closed
  • Samurai Museum
    • Address: 160-0021 Tōkyō-to, Shinjuku-ku, Kabukichō, 2 Chome−2−25−6 (GoogleMaps)
    • Shinjuku train station and 6 min walking
    • Opening hours: 10.30am to 9 pm
    • Entrance fee: 1800 Yen for adults and 800 Yen for kids (4-12 years)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum – Try different noodle soups
    • Address: 2-14-21 Shinyokohama, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama-City, 222-0033, Japan (GoogleMaps)
    • Shin-Yokohama train station
    • Opening hours: Mo – Sa 11 am to 10 pm and Sun 10.30 am to 10 pm
    • Entrance fee: 310 Yen (adult), 100 Yen (elementary students and seniors)
    • In Osaka, there also is a Ramen museum, which is free

 

Art galleries

  • The National Art Center Tokyo – Famous pieces from all over the world
    • Address: 7 Chome-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 106-8558, Japan (GoogleMaps)
    • Nogizaka train station
    • Opening hours: Tue – Sun 10am to 5pm
    • Entrance fee depends on the exhibition

 

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum – Works of art by young Japanese artists
    • Address: 8-36 Uenokōen, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 110-0007, Japan(GoogleMaps)
    • Ueno train station (park exit) + 5 min walking
    • Opening hours: Tue to Sun 9.30am to 5.30pm
    • Entrance fee: depending on the exhibition, often free

Aquarium:

Tokyo has two aquariums, however, they both don’t beat the Osaka Kayukan Aquarium

#4 Visit theme parks

Japanese people love theme parks and apart from Disneyland and Universal Studios you will also find many other, smaller parks. Hello Kitty world, for example, is spread over several floors in a building and so it won’t matter how much it rains, you can enjoy everything on any kind of day.

  • One Piece Tower
    • Address: 4 Chome-2-8 Shibakoen, Minato, Tokyo 105-0011, Japan (GoogleMaps)
    • (Oedo Line) Akebanebashi train station (Akebanebashi exit) and 5min walking, Metro: Kamiyacho (exit 2 and 7 min walking), or JR Hamamatsucho (North exit) and 15min walking
    • Opening hours: 10 am to 10 pm, last entry 9 pm
    • Entrance fee: 3.200 Yen (adults) 2700 Yen (13-18 y.) and 1500 Yen (4-12 y.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • J World Tokyo – Meet all your favorite characters from Dragon Ball, One Piece, Naruto etc.
    • Address: 170-0013 Tōkyō-to, Toshima-ku, Higashiikebukuro, 3 Chome−1 (GoogleMaps)
    • Ikebukuro station and 8 min walking, Higashi-Ikebukuro and 3 min walking
    • Opening hours: 10 am to 10 pm, last entry 9 pm
    • Entrance fee: 800 Yen (adults), 600 Yen (4-15 y.) and free-pass for all the attractions 2.600 Yen (adults) and 2.400 Yen (4-15 y.)
  • Hello Kitty World (Sanrio Puroland) – Receive a pink shock
    • Address: 206-8588 Tōkyō-to, Tama-shi, Ochiai, 1 Chome−1−31(GoogleMaps)
    • Tama-Center station
    • Opening hours: Mo-Fr 10 am to 5 pm, Sat 10 am to 8 pm and Sun 10 am to 6 pm
    • Entrance fee: 3.300 Yen (adult), 2.500 Yen (3-17 y.) and weekends and holidays 3.800 Yen (adult) and 2.700 Yen (3-17 y.)

 

#5 Fill your belly in a themed restaurant or café

Eat in a prison cell, be served by robots or anime characters or eat surrounded by cats or owels, for Japan’s restaurants, there is no limit. Here are a few suggestions.

  • Monster Cafe (Harajuku) – Eat colorful monster food
    • Address: YM square building 4F, 4-31-10, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo (GoogleMaps)
      • (Metro) Meijijingu-Mae + 1min walking
      • (JR) Harajuku + 6 min walking
    • Opening hours: Mo – Sat 11.30am – 4.30pm and 6 pm to 10 pm and Sundays 11 am to 10 pm
    • Prices: Dishes from 1900 Yen plus 500 Yen service tax

 

  • Vampire Cafe (Ginza) – meet creatures from the underworld
    • Address: La Paix Building 7F, 6-7-6, Ginza, Chuou (GoogleMaps)
      • (Metro) Ginza and 1 min walking
      • (JR) Yurakucho and 6 min walking
    • Opening hours: 5 pm to 11.30 pm
    • Price: Dishes from 1500 Yen + 500 Yen service tax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • ALCATRAZ E.R. (Shibuya) – Eat in a prison hospital
    • Address: Her Best Building 2F, 2-13-5, Dougenzaka, Shibuya (GoogleMaps)
    • Shibuya station and 6min walking
    • Opening hours: Mo to Thur and Sun 5 pm to 11pm and Fr/Sat 5 pm to midnight
    • Prices: starting at 490 Yen plus 500 Yen service tax

 

#6 Test your luck in a slot machine center

After a few days in Japan, you will soon notice the many casinos with slot machines there are. Japanese people seem to love them. Bring some ear-plugs against the annoying noises and go press some buttons. There are also other video game stations and machines with which you could try your luck. Here are a few centers:

  • Taito Game Station – THE address for video games and that machine with the claw
    • Several places in Tokyo (GoogleMaps)
    • Prices starting at 100 Yen
  • Adores – Combine gaming and karaoke
    • Address: 1-13-1 Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tōkyō (GoogleMaps)
    • Prices starting at 100 Yen

 

#7 Watch a movie or a play

Watch the newest anime films or Hollywood movies. They show the American movies in English, sometimes with Japanese subtitles. Prices are quite high at 1800 Yen (adult), 1500 Yen (students) 1000 Yen (2-18 y.).

Shinkuku Picadilly Cinema has women’s day on Wednesday when women only pay 1100 Yen.

Or try something different and watch a Japanese play at Kabukiza Theatre. Prices start at 4000 Yen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#8 Become a star in a karaoke bar

Karaoke is a typical activity in Japan on a rainy day and you find these bars on every corner. Just watch out for these signs: カラオケ. You could try BIG Echo, one of the biggest chain stores (starting at 1500 Yen) or Karaoke Kan カラオケ館 , a classic among the karaoke bars. Prices starting at 1300 Yen. A modern bar chain would be Shidax. Prices start at 1250 Yen. The bars aren’t usually open before 5 pm.

 

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