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Four Non-Touristy, Not-So-Mainstream Things You Should Do In Tokyo

Why go with the mainstream?


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Four Non-Touristy, Not-So-Mainstream Things You Should Do In Tokyo
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Go Japan, have some not-so-mainstream fun!


Planning a trip to Tokyo, Japan? Good choice, as you'll have one of the most complete holiday experiences in Tokyo.

On one hand, you'll get to experience the old Japan by visiting centuries-old castles and shrines, and the other, you'll get to experience the nightlife that makes Tokyo one of the most appealing tourist destinations in the world.


But what if you want to do something not so touristy? Sure, Disneyland Tokyo and the Tokyo Tower are places you need to visit when you're there, but what if you want something more off-the-path?

Don't worry, because we're here to help! We've listed down some of the coolest, not-so-touristy activities you need to do.

So, if you're sick and tired of the usual things people tell you to do when you're in Tokyo, why not check out these activities instead:

#1 Zip around town in a go kart

What a way to travel, right?
What better way to see Tokyo then driving around in a go-kart, right? Street Go Karting has become a big thing in Japan, with tourists opting to check out interesting places around Tokyo while zipping around in a little go-kart. It's incredible fun too, as some go-kart operators would also include costume rentals. Just remember to get a copy of your international driving license before you zip around, 'kay?

#2 Go second-hand book hunting

For all you book lovers out there.
If you're one of those people who prefer used books (because used books add character), then you should definitely go book hunting at the Jimbocho Book Town. The book town is located along the alleys of Yasukuni-Dori and Hakusan-Dori streets. When you're there, you'll be amazed at the collection of used and new books, as well as a wide range of Japanese art books, antique maps and woodblock prints dating back to the Edo period.

#3 Bless your gadgets at the Anime Shrine

So adorable.
Yep, you heard us right. Anime lovers and techies alike have been flocking to the sacred Kanda Myojin Shrine (or better known as the Anime Shrine) to bless their gadgets. You'll also see a lot of anime fans drawing their favourite anime characters and hanging them up on the grounds of the shrine. You could also get yourself a talisman to protect your electronic devices. So, if you're always dropping your phone, you need to check out this shrine. 

#4 Hang out at an old school Japanese amusement park

Have some old school fun.
Sure, you have to check out Disneyland Tokyo, but why not go back in time and have fun at an old school Japanese amusement park instead? Located at Asakusa, the Hanayashiki Amusement Park has been around since 1853, making it the oldest amusement park in Japan! You'll find some amazing rides, a mini petting zoo and a traditional flower park. Go back in time and make your inner child happy at this amusement park.


Already included these cool to-do things in your list? Awesome, because our friends at KLOOK has some awesome news for you!

As part of their #JustKlookIt campaign, the travel activities and services booking platform is running several promotions all the way up to 31 December. 


For the 11.11 mega sales, this is what they will be offering:
 
  • Sitewide Promotion: Malaysians will be entitled to enjoy 11 per cent off for all activities, including KLIA Ekspres tickets, Sunway Lagoon, Universal Studio Singapore and others. The promo codes will be released on the day itself so make sure to stay tuned on the campaign page.
  • Buy 1 Free 1 Flash Deals: Due to popular demand, Klook’s 1-for-1 flash deals are back! Malaysians can buy two tickets for the price of one for popular theme parks and attractions like Universal Studios Japan, Aquaria KLCC, Everland, Hong Kong Disneyland, Taipei 101 and more! The promo codes will be revealed on the campaign page at 11.00am on 11 November 2019.
  • Facebook Live: Fancy an upsized deal to double your savings? Look no further - all you have to do is tune into Klook Malaysia’s Facebook page for the Live event at 8.00pm on 11 November. Enjoy 22 per cent off for all activities and be one of the lucky ones to walk away with prizes worth up to RM10,000!

For more information, you can head on over to KLOOK's website by clicking here.

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