28 Totally Geeky Things to do in Tokyo Before You Die

If Japan is on your bucket list then you’re going to want to make room for these geeky things to do in Tokyo. Known as the technology and fandom mecca of the world, and affectionately dubbed “The Big Sushi” Tokyo is home to all out geek neighborhoods. Whether you’re into gaming, manga, cosplay, anime, martial arts, technology, history or maybe you just want your PS4 blessed in a Shinto Shrine, there’s something for every brand of geek out there.

 

Geeky Things to do in Tokyo

 

40 Totally Geeky Things to do in Tokyo

 

#1 Start with a Hello Kitty Flight

Hello, best flight ever is more like it. There’s no better way to get a start on geeky things to do in Tokyo than boarding an EVA Airlines (Taiwanese) flight which offers Hello Kitty themed flights complete with Hello Kitty jargon, website, and airport gate. If you’re looking for cheap business class flights to Tokyo, then check out this airline.

 

Geeky Things to do in Tokyo

The gate for EVA Airlines Hello Kitty flights

Geeky Things to do in TokyoPhoto Li Tsin Soon & 593Gallery CCL

 

#2 Find Some Culture Shock in an Otaku District

Otaku” is pretty much fandom as a whole. So an Otaku District is an area which caters to anything people obsess over including; manga, anime, figurines, gaming and idols. The best of the Otaku districts are:

 

Geeky Things to do in Tokyo, Electric town, Akihabara

Electric town, Akihabara

Geeky Things to do in Tokyo, Electric town, Akihabara

Electric Town at night, Akihabara Photos nakashi Vik CCL

 

Akihabara AKA Electric Town – Here you’ll find all sizes of electronic stores as well as second-hand gaming stores, gaming arcades, specialty stores (like the Akiba Culture Zone, a 7-story complex of specialty shops) and a plethora of maid cafes.

 

Geeky Things to do in TokyoNakano Broadway

Geeky Things to do in Tokyo

Nakano Broadway Photos Chester & Mr. Brian CCL

 

Nakano Broadway – Less touristy and pricey than Akihabara and contained in a 4-story mall, Nakano Broadway has hundreds of Otaku stores.

 

Geeky Things to do in TokyoIkebukuro Photo by VITIMan CCL

 

Ikebukuro  – Home of “Otome Road” where many stores cater specifically to female consumers with its myriads of typical female Otaku. Second-hand stores here deal in doujinshi (self-published manga).

 

#3 Hang Out in a Japanese Arcade

When I was a kid, we took our scooters down the street to the pizza shop and fought over Mrs. Pacman. Now my kid gets to romp around a Dave & Busters (which totally will not prepare you for the gaming scene in Tokyo). There are arcades everywhere and at 4-5 stories tall. You can find loads of arcades in any of the Otaku districts.

 

Geeky Things to do in TokyoPhoto by DocChewbacca CCL

 

#4 Visit Sensō-ji

Tokyo’s most famous Buddhist temple, Sensō-ji can be found in Asakusa, along Nakamise-dōri. Admire the intricate shrine and the path leading to it.

 

Geeky Things to do in Tokyo

Geeky Things to do in TokyoPhoto by David McKelvey & Albert CCL

 

#5 Pee in a Futuristic Japanese Toilet

You’ve never peed until you’ve peed in a Japanese toilet. With water pressure adjustments, bidet and sound effects (complete with deodorizer). This takes the throne to a whole new level.

 

Geeky Things to do in TokyoPhoto by Martin Kliehm CCL

 

#6 Stroll the Harajuku Neighborhood

Talk about eye candy. Omote-sandō is a nice stroll, lined with gingko trees and upscale boutiques. While the Yoyogi-kōen is an explosion of funky art and subcultures. The best day to visit is a Sunday when Yoyogi park is full of ‘Elvis’ groups playing rock music, Lolita girls and anime characters.

 

Geeky Things to do in TokyoHarajuku girls Photo by Sineakee CCL

 

#7 Get Your Latte and Kitty Cat Fix

Fureal! There are actual cat cafes where people stop in for a cup of coffee, lattes and of course cats. When in Rome right!

 

Geeky Things to do in TokyoPhoto by MsSaraKelly CCL

 

#8 Visit the Rainbow Bridge to the Statue of Liberty

Not quite the rainbow bridge to Asgard but still pretty bitchin’ if you ask me. You can walk over the 918m long suspension bridge to or from the island of Odaiba where you’ll find a replica of the Statue of Liberty.

 

Geeky Things to do in TokyoPhoto by m.naka [Catching up] CCL

 

#9 Dine, High-Tech Style

If ordering your sushi from a tablet and having it delivered to you on a conveyer belt strikes your fancy then this is a must. Or maybe you’re more of a train enthusiast. Then try Niagara Curry, a railway themed restaurant where your grub is delivered, you guessed it, by model trains.

 

Geeky Things to do in TokyoPhoto by Eric Parker CCL

 

#10 Be Called Master a Hundred Times Over at a Maid Cafe

If you like the idea of being referred to as “master” and hanging out with a cute Japanese nerdy girl for platonic gaming, then stop into a Maid Cafe. You can find them in the Otaku districts.

 

Geeky Things to do in TokyoPhoto by Lee LeFever CCL

 

#11 Relax at a Manga Kissa

So you’ve had a long day of geeking out to high-tech toilets, robots, and epic gaming. This is the best time to sit back and relax in a Manga Kissa. A dream for manga lovers! Here you can curl up with a comic book, retreat to your own private cubicle complete with comfy chair and computer. And even stay overnight.

 

Geeky Things to do in TokyoPhoto by Banalities CCL

 

#12 Learn Origami and See Artists Making Washi 

Pretty cool if you ask me! The Origami Kaikan offers lessons on paper folding. You can also see the artisans making Japanese Paper (washi).

 

Geeky Things to do in TokyoPhoto by yosuke muroya CCL

#13 Stay in a Capsule Hotel – If You Aren’t Claustrophobic

If you don’t mind the occasional drunk businessman as your capsule neighbor, this is pretty legit for the travelers pinching their pennies, and for the travelers who want to go home and say, “I stayed in a capsule hotel.”.

 

Geeky Things to do in TokyoPhoto by Fougerouse Arnaud CCL

 

#14 Have Your Gaming Console Blessed at the Kanda Myojin Shinto Shrine

That’s right. I said it. If you’re looking for some divine intervention on that gnarly AF game, or if you just want to level up your business, head to the Kanda Myojin Shrine where you can have your games, console, and business blessed. Pretty cool to be able to say, “My PS4 was blessed in a Shinto Shrine. I’d say this is pretty high on the list of geeky things to do in Tokyo.

 

Geeky Things to do in TokyoPhoto by throgers CCL

 

#15 Have Some Fun with Vending Machines

Airport vending machines have nothing on Japanese vending machine where you can buy anything from a beer to underwear. They are like something from the future!

 

Geeky Things to do in TokyoPhoto by spaztacular CCL

 

#16 Relax in One of Tokyo’s Magical Green Spaces

If you want to step away from it all, and I do mean secret garden style, check out the stunning foliage in a traditional Japanese garden. These are free; Hotel New Ōtani in Akasaka, Hotel Chinzanso, as well as the lush grounds of Happō-en, near Shirokanedai Station, and the Imperial Palace East Garden (pictured). Tokyo also has excellent public parks, from the central Yoyogi-kōen, to Inokashira-kōen in west Tokyo (near the Ghibli Museum).

 

Geeky Things to do in TokyoPhoto by Geoff Whalan CCL

 

#17 Get on Something Fast

Like Tokyo’s world-famous trains. A little pricey but when you get inside you’ll see why. Good food and clean cabins are great for long distances.

 

Geeky Things to do in TokyoPhoto by Ivan Fourie CCL

 

#18 The Panasonic Showroom

Check out the latest technology and visit the ‘Nintendo Game Front’ where you can play with the latest software at the Panasonic Showroom.

 

Geeky Things to do in TokyoPhoto by Guilhem Vellut CCL

 

#19 Eat in a Nerdy Cafe and Drink in Nerdy Bars – Gundam Style

Get your nerd on in one of Tokyo’s many nerdy themed cafes with almost every animated franchise represented in food service fashion. Here are a few of the most popular cafes:

 

Gundam Cafe – I know, you now have this song forever stuck in your head. Sorry, not sorry. Check out the vast array of Gundam suits and art. Stare uncomfortably at the female staff garbed in space tunics. The futuristic theme goes with the show and the menu offers snacks made after giant robots.

 

Geeky Things to do in TokyoGundam Cafe Photo by James Hurst CCL

 

Eorzea Cafe – Totally epic and totally inspired by the Final Fantasy franchise, hence the name. This place offers super geek fandom like weapon replicas and flying Moogle statuettes. Order a black crusted Ifrit pizza, a Leviathan cioppino or a potion cocktail in a flask.

 

Geeky Things to do in TokyoPhoto Copyright M Y CCL

 

Pikachu café – Don’t tell your kids, cause then you’ll have to bring them.

 

Photo Benjamin Reed CCL

 

Capcom Bar – You can find it in Shinjuku where you can snap pictures of your Street Fighter-themed cocktails and Resident Evil-inspired brain cake. Did somebody say cake? 

 

Geeky Things to do in TokyoPhoto by Cozinhando Fantasias CCL

 

Shinjuku Robot Restaurant – Has been described as part Tron, part Alice in Wonderland. Take that, wrap it in lasers and bikini tops and you have yourself a world-famous Japanese basement Robot Restaurant.

 

Geeky Things to do in Tokyo

Geeky Things to do in TokyoPhoto by Nick Turner Harald Johnsen CCL

 

#20 Explore the Atomic Age of Tokyo

Three areas collectively known as Yanesen give you an idea of pre-WWII Tokyo. Explore small temples and shrines, craft shops, galleries and cafes, and Yanaka-reien, one of the city’s oldest graveyards.

 

Geeky Things to do in TokyoPhoto by Daisuke Matsumura CCL

 

#21 Watch Sumo Practice

You can watch Sumo wrestlers doing their morning training (asa-keiko) through the streetside windows. If you can make it to a Sumo tournament that’s pretty cool too.

 

Geeky Things to do in TokyoPhoto by amanderson2 CCL

 

#22 Play with the Tech of Tomorrow

There are several cool places that offer an all out tech experience. Here are must do tech experiences in Tokyo:

 

Geeky Things to do in TokyoPhoto by Cristian Viarisio CCL

 

Sony – Has a public showroom where you can see the latest gadgets and tech with interactive exhibits and a 3D aquarium

 

Geeky Things to do in TokyoPhoto by kot412 CCL

 

Toyota City – Also has a similar showroom where you can see the latest tech.

 

Geeky Things to do in TokyoPhoto by Ars Electronica CCL

 

The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation – Here you can get a hands-on experience of space, technology, and the environment.

 

#23 Stay at the Godzilla Hotel

If you adore pop culture and cult classics as much as I do, then the Godzilla Hotel is a must. Back in its respective home of Shinjuku, Godzilla has been honored by becoming a tourism ambassador and erected on the Shinjuku Tokyo Building. And since no trip to Tokyo is complete without a flesh eating monster to watch you while you sleep, the Hotel Gracery offers ‘Godzilla views’ for the right price. You can also get a Godzilla themed room.

 

Geeky Things to do in TokyoPhoto by Moody Man CCL

 

#24 Get Grossed Out – Ideally Way Before You Hit Up that Robot Cafe

A museum that displays parasites? What? The Meguro Parasitological Museum features record-breaking tapeworms and the nasty ass pictures of their victims. Take me there now!

 

Geeky Things to do in TokyoPhoto by blueskyfantasie CCL

 

#25 The Ghibli Museum

Anime fans worldwide know Hayao Miyazaki as an accomplished writer. producer, director, and artist. As the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, he’s responsible for classic legend worthy anime like Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away. Tucked away in Tokyo’s Inokashira Park, the Ghibli Museum showcases the last three decades of whimsical magic.

 

Geeky Things to do in TokyoPhoto by Marcela “Mana” Andréa CCL

 

#26 Visit the Tokyo National Museum

Round out that dose of manga and brain cake with some history and culture at the Tokyo National Museum, Japan’s oldest and most expansive museum. Here you’ll find the world’s largest collection of Japanese artifacts and art including swords, pottery, Samurai armor, tombs, kimonos, historic paintings, calligraphy and then some.

 

Photo by David McKelvey CCL

 

#27 Use Your Pocket Change for Souvenirs at a Daiso Outlet

You don’t have to sell the farm to bring home some cool memorabilia for your friend’s and family. Daiso is Tokyo’s 100-yen store (think Dollar Tree) where you can get a wide variety of quirky souvenirs for pennies to the dollar.

 

Geeky Things to do in TokyoPhoto by jun560 CCL

 

#28 Get Your Karaoke On in Roppongi

Dance clubs, classy bars, cabaret and karaoke lounges are popping off in Tokyo’s popular embassy area by day and nightlife scene by night. Here you can belt out your favorite tunes after catching a buzz with your peeps. If you’re a film geek check out Karaoke Kan which was used in Lost in Translation.

 

Geeky Things to do in TokyoPhoto by Antonio Rubio CCL

 

Whether you’re looking for Pikachu pancakes or a divine blessing for your gaming console, there are loads of geeky things to do in Tokyo. It’s hands down the geekiest place on earth.

 

Looking for freebies in Tokyo? Of course you are, Tokyo is expensive! 

 


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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

19 Comments on this post

  1. I have a good friend who would flip his lid over all of these. I swear if he ever gets to Japan, he’ll never leave.

  2. Yes, yes and yes again! I would absolutely love to visit Tokyo and all of these things sound right up my street! I am such a geek 😉 x

    Sarah Bailey / Reply
  3. OMG, I just had a major geek out! I mean, come on! A Hello Kitty flight?! YES! I must go to Tokyo one day.

    Vera Sweeney / Reply
  4. This is my favorite blog article of the day! I am sharing with my daughter. You had me at the Hello Kitty airplane lol!

    fashionbeyondforty / Reply
  5. My son would never leave the Pikachu cafe!

    Destany / Reply
  6. Japan is an amazing place, I would love to add this on my bucket list! Love to go on Pikachu Cafe!

    My Teen Guide / Reply
  7. Wow there is so many cool things to do. I would love to try the super toilet. The arcade would be fun too.

    up run for life / Reply
  8. I need to start doing the lottery right? Me and my family really want to come to Japan but the flights are SO expensive. I want to even more reading this. Definitely would want to go to a Pikachu café but not sure I could convince the boys to do the Hello Kitty flight

    PinkOddy / Reply
  9. Omg there is so much to do. Coffee and cats sounds awesome. I also really dig the Hello Kitty airplane. I totally want to visit now!

    Emma Spellman / Reply
  10. A Hello Kitty flight? Are you kidding me! I want to do that.

    Aduke Schulist / Reply
  11. If I ever make it to Tokyo, I am going to have to hit up these places! so many cool things going on, love it!

    Jenny / Reply
  12. I think that Japan in general is Geek paradise. Technology + Anime + Toys= Heaven

    Tiffany Hathorn / Reply
  13. Tokyo looks super fun. I havent been!

    Befitting Style / Reply
  14. I’ve never been to Tokyo before, but it looks like there are tons of things to do. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Shannon Gurnee / Reply
  15. Omg so many fun things to do!!!! Makes me want to go back to Tokyo because I never checked out the hello kitty plane gate!!!

    The Trophy WifeStyle / Reply
  16. Look fun… I have always wanted to visit Tokyo or anywhere in Japan. Very expensive city! I need to save my money first.

    Rika (@thedealmatch) / Reply
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