Tokyo Tourist Traps | Japan Travel Tips


Here is a Japan travel guide on some of the tourist traps in Tokyo and some places you could avoid in Tokyo. I hope the japan travel tips and advice gives you a heads up before travelling to Japan and makes your trip a smoother one! 🙂

Places mentioned in order:

Option: Instead of paying to go up the tower, enjoy Tokyo Tower from the surroundings
– Shiba Park (Shiba koen)
– Zozoji Temple

or go up other places for free views of Tokyo
– Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (in Shinjuku)
– Carette Shiodome
– Bunkyo Civic Center
– Carrot Tower (in Sangenjaya)

Option: Check out the back streets, hidden paths and traditional places
– Brahms Path
– Harajuku Street (Back streets with vintage shops, second hand shops, hipster hangouts etc)
– Tokyu Plaza Rooftop
– Meiji Shrine
– Yoyogi Park

Option: Look at sky tree from other view points and take a short 15 minute stroll to Asakusa
– Solamachi 30th Floor
– Asakusa

Option: Instead of paying the high table charge, check out local Japanese yokocho (back alleys filled with tiny bars and restaurants)
– Shibuya Nombei Yokocho
– Shinjuku Omoide Yokocho
– Ebisu Yokocho
– Sangenjaya Chitai Yokocho
– Yurakucho Sanchoku Inshokugai

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Tokyo Tourist Traps | Japan Travel Tips”

    1. Ya, had chance to visit Sky tree twice. First time it was during day and it had lines, but my visit got scheduled for certain time when I should be at tower and in the end I had 2 hours to walk around and see surrounding and center under Sky Tree. And when time was up I got up within 30 mins which I find was not bad. I had much worse experience in Berlin for Reichstag when I had to stand in line for 3 hours to get my time when I could get inside. Then second time I went during night. Then Sky Tree had no line to wait and I gotta say seeing city at night is unforgettable experience which is really worth it. About price.. for some reason I did found it to be reasonable to pay it to see such object.

  1. Wow a lot of views already. I’ve been to most of the tourist traps (just not the small bar streets in Tokyo). Also been to some of the alternative areas mentioned. Definitely going to have to check out the roof top lounge in Harajuku next time. Definitely agree that Sky Tree wasn’t really worth the wait and price. I didn’t mind the price of Tokyo Tower and the sky walk (where you step on clear platform) was pretty cool.

    I would add that some of the themed restaurants are overpriced and not worth it. I heard Maid Café aren’t that great, but heard the Robot Café is good (except insanely expensive). I went to Kawaii Monster Café in Harajuku and thought that was cute and the food not bad (really pretty looking). There’s also a show with it. Also went to Alcatraz ER theme café and that wasn’t worth it. Another item I recommend are the animal cafes. I’ve been to several owl cafes, a bunny café, cat café, and a hedgehog café. Definitely recommend the Hedgehog café (it’s in Rippongi). I recommend Owl Village café in Harajuku (not the one of the busy main street but the one facing the Harajuku station.

    1. Themed restaurants are what they are. They’re basically always going to be super expensive. It’s a shame that Alcatraz ER doesn’t seem to be very good- thematically, it seems like it could really work.

      Robot Restaurant seems to be love it or hate it, and of all things, is probably the closest to a tourist trap. It’s pretty much designed and advertised for foreigners to go to that. Foreigners often mention it (with again, a very positive, or not particularly, review), but I don’t think I’ve ever heard a Japanese person (that wasn’t working at a hostel or something) talk about it. On the other hand, while @home and maidreaming in particular seem to draw foreigners by reputation, I still can’t help but think that maid cafes are designed with Japanese clientele in mind. They’re expensive, but the food is super cute, and if you get the right stuff, more or less filling. I’ve been once, a long time ago… and maybe I’d be up for going again, eventually, haha. I didn’t have sky high expectations- I just wanted the weird experience. Service was excellent, and everything else passable. Price, not that terrible, but beyond my usual means. lol

  2. If you think that was crowded at Harajuku when you filmed your walk through, try that on a Sunday around 1pm. You were there when it was maybe at 20%. On a Sunday at 1pm it will be almost impassable. From the west end of the street looking down, it will look like a wall to wall carpet of heads. FYI, makes for an amusing picture.

    1. If this didn’t really bother the lady, she wouldn’t have even brought it up as a response. Nice by saying she respects it or passive-aggressive, I don’t know – but, I found it odd that she expected more English speaking – perhaps she’s gone to Hong Kong or Phillipines where you can find more English speaking citizens and shopkeeps.

    1. I love the Donguri Kyouwakoku shops. I really wanted to buy everything. Didn’t get anything from the shop itself as went to the Ghibli museum the next day and spent a small fortune there. The Ghibli museum was specular but so busy. Waited nearly 2 hours in a queue to enter the straw hat cafe. Definitely get there before 11.30am to make sure you get lunch in good time.

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