100 かわいい Things To Do in Tokyo

Many of you might have your own Tokyo bucket list already but here’s something from us (Kaila and Ashley as foreigners living in Japan) to you. Treat this as our early Christmas gift since it’s only a few weeks away. Here you can read our recommendations on where to go, what to eat, what to try, among many others that you can add or confirm on your list.

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Top Left: Laforet in Harajuku; Top Right: Totoro at Kotokibuya in Akihabara; Lower Left: Les Grand Arbres cafe in Hiro-o; Lower Right: Shibuya Crossing

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Hello there! Here’s a list of fun (and mostly kawaii) things / activities to do when you’re in Tokyo. Hope this will be helpful!

  1. Go crazy on all the Sailor Moon item collaborations you can find at LoFt, Village Vanguard, and other stores!
  2. Enjoy the authentic sushi train – fresh fish yay!
  3. Shop ’til you drop at Swimmer at La Foret, Harajuku
  4. Visit Daikanyama T-Site to see all the books you need in your life
  5. Try the #OnlyInJapan Starbucks drink/s (Sakura latte, Pumpkin spice latte, etc.)
  6. Dine at Urth Caffe Omotesando or Daikanyama for all the delicious organic eats
  7. For cute cheap finds, there’s WEGO in Harajuku. You can also try SPINNS~
  8. Wear the twinning look with your best friend and stroll around Tokyo’s fashion districts
  9. Meet your childhood favourites at the Pokemon Center
  10. Celebrate your love for Sanrio at Sanrio Puroland
  11. Enter the world of your neighbor Totoro at Ghibli Museum
  12. Wear your best outfit and get snapped by your favourite street style magazines (Fruits, Nylon) or website (Drop Tokyo, Tokyo Fashion, etc.)
  13. Bring out the inner otaku in you at Akihabara (Animate, Kotobukiya, and more!)
  14. Visit Nakano Broadway and shop at Mandarake for vintage Japanese toys
  15. Spend the afternoon at the lovely Shimokitazawa neighborhood
  16. Hoard gachapon / toy capsules in Akihabara / Shinjuku
  17. Take lots of purikura with friends
  18. Visit the Kawaii Q-pot Cafe!
  19. Get your own Tokyo Bopper platforms
  20. Spend the night at “And People Cafe and Dining Shibuya
  21. Plum blossoms in February
  22. Experience the Doll festival in March
  23. Visit Godiva cafe
  24. Saboten (さぼてん)’s tonkatsu bentos
  25. Super Kawaii Floresta nature doughnuts in Koenji
  26. Buy your own Rainbow Pocky / Giant Pocky from Tokyo Diver City or Narita Airport
  27. Stroll around Roppongi
  28. Visit the Mori Art Museum
  29. Hydrangeas in June
  30. Tulips in May = divine experience!
  31. Wear a kawaii kimono in Harajuku
  32. Dine solo at the Moomin anti-loneliness cafe
  33. Hoard souvenirs for friends at the big Daiso store in Takeshita Dori
  34. Try St. Marc Chococro’s matcha parfait
  35. Kit-kat Chocolatory Cafe
  36. Cafe Zenon Kichijoji
  37. Try the colorful sweets at Kawaii Monster Cafe in Harajuku
  38. Craving for a yummy kebab or some authentic Xiao Long Bao? Have an Ameyoko foodtrip at night with friends in Ueno!
  39. Experience boating at Inokashira Park
  40. Grimoire Shibuya for Dolly-kei enthusiasts
  41. Try the delicious desserts at Pompompurin Cafe at Cube Harajuku
  42. If you are a matcha / matcha dessert lover, you will love Nana’s Green Tea
  43. Try the Asakusa -> Tokyo Sky Tree Itinerary
  44. Tour around the Yamanote Line
  45. Have a picnic with friends and visit the recommended gardens in Tokyo
  46. Do you love making clothes? Visit the Nippori Fabric Town!
  47. Visit a cat cafe in Tokyo
  48. Visit a maid cafe in Akihabara. Moe, moe, kyun!
  49. Get lost at Kiddyland Harajuku (a.k.a. Toy Paradise)
  50. Visit the Tokyo Imperial Palace
  51. Make your Tokyo Disneyland / Disneysea dreams come true!
  52. Try the highly recommended strawberry shortcake from Ginza Cozy Corner
  53. Ride the Rainbow Daikanransha /Ferris Wheel in Odaiba
  54. Visit the Namja Town in Ikebukuro
  55. Take a photo with Hachiko at Shibuya Station
  56. Going to Tokyo for Sakura? Don’t miss the Sakura wonderland along Nakameguro river
  57. Enter the world of Doraemon at Fujiko F. Fujio Museum in Kawasaki
  58. Attend the biggest art festival in Asia, Design Festa (Tokyo Big Sight, Odaiba)
  59. Get your own Harajuku Vintage Shop Guide from FUNKTIQUE Tokyo
  60. Try the famous Zaku Zaku icecream at Cute Cube Harajuku
  61. Achieve your kawaii lolita photoshot dreams at Maison de Julietta
  62. Dress up in your favorite costume and experience Halloween in Shibuya!
  63. Shop at Shibuya 109
  64. Try the famous smiley pancakes from Pancake Days
  65. Have a kombini bento party with friends / loved ones during Sakura season under the cherry blossom trees (Shinjuku Gyoen, etc.)
  66. Visit the Meiji Shrine in Harajuku
  67. Try the exciting rides and attractions at Tokyo Dome City
  68. Become a unicorn for a day and dine at the newly opened My Little Pony Cafe
  69. Shop vintage in Koenji neighborhood
  70. Ride the Cat Bus to the Ghibli Museum
  71. Shop at the biggest UNIQLO store in Ginza
  72. Wake up early for Tsukiji Fish Market
  73. Try all the Japanese food!
  74. Spending your winter holidays in Japan? Enjoy the illuminations all over the city!
  75. A big fan of ONE PIECE / Dragon ball, Naruto and more? You will definitely enjoy your time in J-WORLD Tokyo
  76. Try the yummiest takoyaki from any Gindaco branch
  77. Looking for vintage / retro / nostalgic Japanese goods ? Go to TOKYO Decks Beach
  78. Splurge on art materials at SEKAIDO, Shinjuku
  79. Buy used Japanese magazines, manga, and books from BOOK OFF Akihabara Eki Mae
  80. Visit the fishies at Sumida Aquarium
  81. Take a relaxing bath at an Onsen place
  82. Visit the Edo-Tokyo Museum
  83. Hiking at Mount Takao
  84. Take a side trip to Kamakura
  85. Take a touristy photo at Shibuya Crossing
  86. Try the yummy sweets at Nicolas Charles in Harajuku
  87. Love collecting FUNKO Pop? Visit TOY SAPIENS to hoard!
  88. Enjoy dining at Genki Sushi Shibuya with your friends / family
  89. Buy the famous Totoro Cream Puffs from Shirohige
  90. Take a photo with the life-size Gundam in Odaiba
  91. Spending summer in Japan? Wear the traditional Yukata in Asakusa and stroll around the area
  92. Try spending a night in a Capsule Hotel
  93. Don’t forget to visit a Don Quijote (DonKi) branch in either Shinjuku / Akihabara (for unique / quirky Japanese goods)
  94. Go to Tokyo Tower and enjoy the view
  95. Buy cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery
  96. Visit the Senso-ji Shrine in Asakusa, Tokyo
  97. Stroll around Shin Okubo, Tokyo’s own Korean Town
  98. For more toy shopping, visit Yamashiroya building located at Ueno, Tokyo
  99. Eat a Japanese onigiri from any convenience store / kombini for lunch
  100. Try all the crazy (#OnlyInJapan) Haagen Dazs icecream flavors available

Enjoy, Kawaii travelers!

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