Tokyo culture sometimes feels like entering an entirely different world. It’s a place that celebrates the wonderfully weird- and you should to! Check out these uniquely Tokyo experiences to get started, and then let the city guide you to all the beautifully bizarre it has on offer.
Animal-lovers take note: Tokyo has your pet therapy needs covered. Tokyo apartments tend to be small and often don’t allow pets. In answer to that, a wide-variety of petting-zoo-cum-cafes has sprouted up. Hang out with snakes and owls at Café Little Zoo, or spend some time making feline friends and any of the city’s 40 cat cafes. Bird-lovers should pay a visit to Tori no Iru Café (almost literally The Café Where The Birds Are At) for some fine-feathered fun.
Tokyo takes themed restaurants and bars to a whole new level. For an unforgettable dining experience, check out one of the many bizarre options the city has on offer. At Ninja, you’ll be served your sushi with a side of stealth, complete with tiptoeing servers and an illusionist performing tricks at your table. For dinner and a show, venture to Robot Restaurant. Enjoy a boxed meal heavily seasoned with camp – the hour-long show mostly consists of flashing lights and girls dancing with robots. The more spiritually oriented might want to grab a drink at Vowz, where the servers are all priests from different sects of Buddhism, so you can discuss philosophy as you sip. These three are just for starters- Tokyo is a wonderland full of everything ranging from Ping-Pong lounges and catch-your-own fish joints to maid cafes and vibrator-themed bars.
Grabbing a quick bite from the vending machine is a completely different experience in Tokyo. Make a quick lunch out of a dish of hot ramen, udon or soba noodles, paired with a serving of fresh fruit or vegetables, and perhaps accompanied by a cup of sake – all from a vending machine. Vending machines in Tokyo go beyond food, as well. Shop for clothes, toilet paper, umbrellas, pornography, and other goods without ever going in a shop.
An Unusual Night’s Rest
For a truly Tokyo sleeping experience, spend the night in a capsule hotel. These inexpensive “rooms” are budget accommodation at its most basic, featuring space capsule-esque beds that you can slide into when you’re ready for some shut-eye. Each capsule usually offers a television, an electronic console, and Wi-Fi for entertainment, and some hotels also have restaurants and swimming pools. Try one for a little communal, space-agey sleep.