10 One-of-a-Kind Ways To Explore Japan’s Capital City, Tokyo

Get further under the skin of Japan's capital with a unique tour
Get further under the skin of Japan's capital with a unique tour | © imageBROKER / Alamy Stock Photo
Tokyo may be one of the most popular destinations on the planet, but that doesn’t mean you have to explore it in the same way as everyone else. These unique tours will shed a fresh light on Japan’s capital city.

Tokyo’s futuristic buildings, quirky culture and playful food scene keeps travellers coming back for more. No matter how many times you’ve been here, this curated list of tours can show you a unique side of Japan’s capital city. Take a tempura-frying lesson at a Japanese culinary school or learn how to wield a samurai sword with these experiences that will take you straight into the city’s heart.

EventsTokyo Robot Restaurant Show Ticket
From $63 per person
2 hours
3 (10)
The new and improved Robot Battle show!!

Book the ticket now for the one-of-the-kind Robot Restaurant Show in Tokyo featuring special discounts! This product is featuring the matinee show starting at 15:30, which is perfect for travelers who have nothing planned for the afternoon or families with young children. You also have the options to book later show time starting at 17:30, 19:30 and 21:30. Prepare to have your mind blown by an out-of-this-world spectacle of robotic monsters, neon-clad dancers and high energy music for 90 minutes. The Robot Restaurant is located in the center area of Shinjuku.

Note that we only serve light snacks inside the restaurant.

*Please be aware that you have to be here 1 hour before the show starts, at latest 30 minutes before or else your reservation will be canceled and you will not receive a refund!

For the ''5:30pm Pre-Show and Show'' only people that are under 15 years old will not be allowed to enter and watch the pre-show.
ClassTempura Frying lesson at Japanese Culinary School
From $78 per person
1 hour 30 minutes
5 (1)
Enjoy this small group Tempura Frying class in central Tokyo. During the class, you'll enjoy to make Tempura Gozen (set meal that comes with Tempura, Rice, Miso soup and dipping sauce) and matcha-flavored warabimochi (a traditional Japanese dessert) taught by a professional instructor at one of Asia’s largest culinary school. You can choose option to have your name created in Kanji (Japanese Character) and written in Japanese calligraphy!! It will be an unique souvenir for yourself or your loved one. Cooking ingredients, tools and lunch with a beverage are all included. Just bring yourself!

*From September 2019 to March 2020: 
All cooking class pairs with 5 different kind of Shochu (Japanese spirit)!
ClassSamurai Training Tokyobon
From $117 per person
1 hour
5 (10)
Enjoy authentic samurai training. In just one hour you will be able to learn some of the traditional performing art of Japanese sword.
ToursSecret Food Tours Tokyo
From $333 per person
3 hours 30 minutes
Located north-east of the heart of Tokyo, Ueno has been a perfect destination for those who desire good food and cultural exploration. What makes Ueno distinctively unique is its dynamic blend of contrasts; chaos and serenity, urban development and natural beauty, modernity and tradition, common touch and nobility.

Ueno Park is located on what was once the grounds of the largest, most prestigious temple in Edo (old Tokyo), from the the 17th to 19th century. It is one of the most beloved cherry-blossom viewing spots in Tokyo. Local Japanese and tourists flock together for shopping and eating at its nearby district Ameyoko, where you will find a countless number of unique bars and dining places.

While tasting the foods and enjoying the atmosphere of the area, you will find yourself becoming welcomed as a local in this friendly community.
AdmissionSkip the Line: teamLab Planets Tokyo Admission Ticket
From $31 per person
60 to 90 minutes
4.8 (9)
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Body Immersive works immerse the body entirely through the use of digital technology, separating the artwork from the canvas that mediates it. This allows for continuous dynamic behavior, visual phenomena, and the ability to transform the canvas. By doing so, the boundaries between the body and the work become ambiguous, which may become the starting point for people to think about their relationship with the world. As the artwork changes, due to your existence and that of others in the work, people dissolve into the artwork world and the relationship between people also changes.

*Prohibited Resale Restrictions
If an illegal resale ticket is confirmed, we will invalidate the ticket immediately. In addition, no refund will be issued for any invalidated tickets regard this matter.

*The facilities do not have any parking, so we ask guests to come by train or bus.
ClassSamurai Experience : Long Sword & BoShuriken: Basic (S60)
From $122 per person
1 hour
5 (2)
Learn the history of traditional swordsmanship with roots that can be traced back more than 420 years.

We have an instructor and an interpreter/trainer for you in all of our classes. Licensed interpreter/trainer(s) provides top-notch, real time translation. Our workshop is for those who want to know more than just have fun. If you want to know our thoughts, history and tradition, you need a reliable interpreter/trainer with specialty knowledge.

With this workshop, you can learn most authentic samurai manners and the way our ancestors trained themselves in swordsmanship and shuriken-jutsu. Through this lesson, you'll also gain a historical insight into the Ninshido (Shinobi-Samurai Code) developed in the course of time they served the Tokugawa Shogunate.

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ClassPrivate Katana Sword Lai Lesson with a Samurai Descendant
From $249 per person
1 hour
5 (6)
Chop up tatami mats in this private lesson with the sword-master descendant of a samurai, where you will learn about Japanese curved katana swords and how they are handled. The lesson is taught in Ginza (the heart of Tokyo) by a 7th-level sword-master of the Hisui-style of Iai sword drawing, who has won the grand prize at sword competitions in Japan and around the world. During the lesson, you will even get to wear the traditional style of kimono worn by the samurai, including the hakama kilt.
ActivitiesOfficial Street Go-Kart Tour - Shinagawa Shop
From $82 per person
2 to 4 hours
4.6 (10)
Re-discover Tokyo riding custom-made street go-karts dressed up in your favorite characters from Comics, Games, and Anime. Your tour will be guided by professional guides that will make sure your experience is not only fun but also safe.

You can choose a 2-hour course or 3-hour course for this fun experience. This is an experience of a lifetime, and a great story to tell your friends and family, and share it on Social Media.
ClassNinja and Samurai 90-mins hands-on lesson in English in Tokyo
From $95 per person
1 hour 45 minutes
5 (1)
Experience authentic, traditional and historical Ninja and Samurai training in English. Best things to do in Asakusa, Tokyo for Activity, Group, Couple, Solo, Kids, Family, Martial arts, Workout, Rain, Evening, City, Indoor and All seasons. You can watch performance and learn both ninja and samurai techniques, spirits and arts, ninja stars, ninja sword, samurai sword, ninja blowgun, various weapons, body operation and meditation with costumes.
ToursMust see Tokyo with a local: private & personalized
From $169 per person
8 hours
5 (7)
You couldn't possibly see all of Tokyo’s must-sees in one day but you can see what you think is unmissable. Get lost amongst the madness of Shibuya Crossing, feast on sushi at the top of a skyscraper, take in the views from the top of the Tokyo Skytree or pay your respects at Sensō-ji. Feeling peckish? There are dozens of noodle outlets and sushi dens. Just tell us what you’re into and we’ll do our best to make it happen.

Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You will also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do
These recommendations were updated on March 20, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.