- 1. Observe the museum
- 2. Play at the indoor theme park
- 3. Experience Onsen (Hot spa) in Tokyo
- 4. Join workshops on cooking or Japanese culture
- 5. Enjoy aquarium
- 7. Enjoy Sports in Tokyo
- 8. Shop at the underground floor
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How can you make your trip enjoyable in Tokyo under tough weather?
Japan usually has rainy seasons in June and September.
Furthermore, typhoons occasionally bring very stormy and windy day. In that case you should stay in buildings.
Then, you would better to have optional activities for rainy days.
This article will introduce indoor spots in Tokyo!
1. Observe the museum
In Tokyo there are so many museum.
Exploring the museum is one of the best way to enjoy in rainy day.
Edo Tokyo Museum
Edo Tokyo Museum is one of the most famous museum in Tokyo.
The main features of the permanent exhibitions are the life-size replica of the Nihonbashi, which was the bridge leading into Edo and scale models of town and building from the Edo, Meiji and Showa periods.
Tokyo had big earthquake in 1923 and firebombing of Tokyo in 1945 so there is less old building. But you can find old Tokyo at Edo Tokyo Museum. Feel nostalgic at Edo Tokyo Museum.
Entrance Fee- Adult:600 yen, University/Colleage student: 480 yen, Under 12 years old:free
Edo Tokyo Museum :https://www.edo-tokyo-museum.or.jp/en/
Tokyo Toy Museum Yotsuya Shinjuku
photo by open-arms
This Toy Museum is housed in a former elementary school building. Visitors can see their rare collections and touch toys from around the world. Traditional Japanese toys such as bamboo-copter and Japanese spinning top are available to play. Children, over three years old, are able to participate in their workshop for making a handmade toy. Visiting the museum is fun, even for adults as it is a rare opportunity to see the inside of the Japanese school building structure.
Entrance Fee- Adult:800 yen, Child(over 6 months):500 yen
Tokyo Toy Museum Yotsuya Shinjuku :http://goodtoy.org/ttm/pdf/ttm_pamphlet_e.pdf
List of Other museum
- Ghibli Museum
- National Museum of Nature and Science
- Tokyo National Museum
- The National Museum of Western Art
- The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
- Mori Art Museum
- Tobu railway Museum
- TeNQ (high-tech space museum)
2. Play at the indoor theme park
Namja Town in Ikebukuro
photo by lazysupper
Namja Town is an amusement theme park where attractions, restaurants and stage shows are held. The most recommended part of the park is the reproduced nostalgic street called Fukubukuro 7 chome shopping street. The area holds the old-time Tokyo atmosphere in 1950-60s and the food court is specialized in Gyoza Japanese dumplings. Gyoza is a popular Japanese finger food and each region has their unique flavors. The food court regularly sells Gyoza of more than 10 different locations. Gyoza fans should visit this place.
Entrance Fee- Adult:500 yen, Child:300 yen
Namja Town in Ikebukuro : http://event.namco.co.jp/namja/en/
List of other indoor theme park
- VR Zone Shinjuku
- JOY POLIS
- KidZania (indoor family entertainment centers)
- Sanrio Puroland
- Game center
3. Experience Onsen (Hot spa) in Tokyo
photo by Wei-Te Wong
Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari is the pioneer of the Onsen theme park. The inner building modeled after the Edo old-time Tokyo town. Visitors wear Yukata Japanese traditional pajama and stand in the nostalgic cityscape when they go through the gate. They have both outer bath and inner bath and people who do not prefer outer bathing could enjoy the open air foot bath with wearing the Yukata Cloth. After soaking in their natural Onsen water, visitors are able to play at the stalls ranging from Ninja Star throw, Japanese candy shop and blow dart. Their lounge is comfortable Japanese style grass mat. You could spend a whole day and be relaxed.
Entrance Fee- Adult: from 2,720 yen, Child: from 1,058 yen
Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari: http://daiba.ooedoonsen.jp/en/
List of other Onsen (Hot spa) in Tokyo
4. Join workshops on cooking or Japanese culture
Japanese cooking experience
Japanese cuisine is one of the purpose of visit to Japan for many tourists.
Many people enjoy just eating Japanese cuisine at restaurant. But this time how about making Japanese cuisine?
It’s great and valuable experience.
- Private Washoku Cooking Lesson at Japan’s Leading Cooking School
- Unique private cooking class with a Tokyo local
- Tsukiji fish market visit with Sushi Making Experience
List of other workshops
5. Enjoy aquarium
Aqua Park Shinagawa
photo by Alpha
The Aquarium, located in Shinagawa business town of Tokyo, welcomes people with their beautiful marine creatures and high tech lighting effects. Their well-trained dolphins show the exciting performance under either natural light or rainbow color lights. The aquarium seats in the Shinagawa Prince Hotel nearby the Shinagawa station. The area holds various kinds of restaurant, including western style restaurant Outback and Singapore Seafood Republic. Since the museum open until 10am, you are able to visit there after supper.
Entrance Fee- Adult:2200 yen, Child:1200 yen
Aqua Park Shinagawa: http://www.aqua-park.jp/aqua/
List of other aquarium
- Sumida Aquarium in Tokyo Sky Tree Town
- Tokyo Sea Life Park
7. Enjoy Sports in Tokyo
Watch NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball) in Tokyo dome
Baseball is one of the popular sports in Japan.
In Tokyo, there is Tokyo Dome which is the home field of most popular baseball team, the Yomiuri Giants baseball.
During end of March to middle of October, you could enjoy watching baseball.
Tokyo dome: https://www.tokyo-dome.co.jp/tourists/experiences/tourists-plan-09/
Get tickets at Voyagin
Spo-cha in Odaiba Divercity
photo by Dick Thomas Johnson
More than 20 variety kinds of sport play grounds are homed in Spo-cha, Divercity building in Odaiba. Visitors pay the entrance fee, varies on the date and duration you choose, and then paly their games as much as they like. For example, babble succor (each player stand in a huge transparent vinyl bowl), mini bowling and table tennis are able to play. Also, high-tech toys Segway and mini Segway are available to ride on. This is a recommended place for group of people who want to actively spend time under a rainy weather.
Entrance Fee- Adult: from 1840 yen, Student: from 1650 yen
Spo-cha in Odaiba Divercity:
List of other sports activities
- Enjoy sumo morning practice
- Batting cages
8. Shop at the underground floor
The Yaesu shopping mall at Tokyo Station
The Yaesu shopping mall, one of the largest indoor malls in Japan. It contains about 180 shops, including many Ramen restaurants and goods shops of a popular character.
Yaesu shopping mall: http://www.yaechika.com/english/index.php
List of other shopping area
- Odaiba complex
・Ramen Kokugikan Mai (Ramen shops street)
・Takoyaki (Octopus ball) Museum in Odaiba