If you’re looking for a list of the most popular tourist attractions, the top temples, or info. on the major amusement parks, museums and zoos to take your kids to in Tokyo, this is not for you. Yes, there is a Tokyo Disneyland, Legoland, museum of nature and science, and Ueno Zoo but there are also similar sights elsewhere. If you’re looking for the wild, the wacky and the only-in-Tokyo experiences, you’ve come to the right place! Here are 5 must-see spots to take your kids to while in Tokyo that are beyond wild and wacky. These will leave you craving more of the colorful, crazy, and quirky “kawaii” that makes Tokyo the most memorable place to travel to.
Most typically found in the Akihabara district of Tokyo, these maid cafes promise to treat you as master as they welcome you into their girly, frilly world of cuteness. With a diverse mix of families celebrating a birthday, giggling girls coming in for an after-school treat, to tourists and the random old man, the room is filled with a curious audience entranced by the spell these girls cast. These happy-go-lucky maids dressed in stereotypical maid costumes only seen during Halloween in the States, dance, sing, play toys and games, pose for photos and encourage you to singalong and cast a spell onto your food. What? Yes. Form your hands into a heart and in your most adorable voice, repeat after me…”“moe, moe, kyun!” I, as an American tourist did not understand. But I didn’t care. And neither did my 4 year old who was just as entranced as I was. She had so much fun she even exclaimed that she changed her mind. She didn’t want to be a doctor anymore. She wanted to be a waitress! Great. Just great. We left in bliss anyways. For more on Maid Cafes click here.
Animal themed Cafe
If dining with your family has become monotonous, don’t fret! ‘Cuz in Tokyo you can choose to dine with an animal of your choice! There are plenty of cat cafes, dog cafes, bunny cafes and even owl cafes to suit your fancy! We chose the exotic-sounding owl cafe and weren’t disappointed.How is it that in the States, we were never allowed to touch owls?? Apparently they’re super friendly and enjoy being petted?! We got such a kick out of this place and couldn’t believe how many different owls there were..ones I didn’t even know existed. It was surreal. Every few steps, we met a wildly different owl. Check out this one that looked wooden!We got to pet (with the back of our hands) about 15 different owls that day. How cool is that? Juliet just learned about owls at school too and was super psyched. Hoot Hoot! What an amazing learning experience for the kids to learn fun facts about owls hands on.
Better than Xanax (I would imagine). ‘Cuz how can anyone be sad in a room that looked like a rainbow just exploded there? I think if Lisa Frank, 80’s rainbow sticker creator had a restaurant it would look like this. A game of I spy in here could include unicorns, bunnies, and gigantic mushroom sightings that will have you feeling like you’re hallucinating in this trippy place. Talk about wild and wacky Tokyo!And don’t worry, while the name of the restaurant may sound scary, there is nothing scary about this place. It’s more of a dream than a nightmare! I would love to know what sort of dreams little J had after experiencing this place…Address: YM square building 4F, 4-31-10, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo. Opening Hours: 11.30am-4.30pm and 6pm-10.30pm daily.
“Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto” as the song goes, this place (more like a cafe with parade style entertainment) is the definition of wacky. And it’s WONDERFUL! It’s so hard to find the words to describe how much I enjoyed this weird, highly Instagram-able wonderland. It’s burning man on a sugar high! Think dazzling lights, estatic costumed performers, beaming laser lights and Transformer-like robots coming at you…”roboto roboto” their main song will be singing in your head for days! It’s sensory overload in the most over-the-top fashion and you will wonder how you’ll ever go back to normal life again..I’m uploading some insider videos of this place and all our Japan adventures on our Youtube channel soon so subscribe to see all the wild details. TIP: secure reservations beforehand. get the biggest discount from the Metro Magazine at the airport when you land or click here. And if your child scares easily from loud noises or large mechanical creatures stay away.
Alice In Wonderland
Where else can you find not 1 but 5 (yes 5!) Alice in Wonderland themed restaurants in one city? Tokyo, this is why we love you! Diamond Dining (where these pictures are sourced from) owns Alice in a Labyrnith, Alice in Fantasy Book, Alice in Magical Land, Alice in an Old Castle, and Alice in a Dancing Land. These super cute meals and fantastical scenes are bound to make your child squeal in delight while making the momarazzi in us all marvel at all the amazing photo opps. The Japanese are so amazing at inspiring us moms to try creating food art at home.
So what do you think? Which of these 5 hot spots would you most want to try? What would YOUR kids most enjoy?