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25 Obscure & Amazing Things To Do In Tokyo

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Make a wish that you could draw as well as the other visitors at the anime & manga shrine

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Where: Kanda Myoujin Shrine (Kanda)

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Get your warts disappeared by the Wart-Curing Jizo

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Where: Nishi-arai Daishi Temple (Daishi-mae)

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Go check out what the best dressed nude statue in Tokyo is wearing this month

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Every month for fifteen years, volunteers have been making new outfits for him! Never the same one twice.

Where: Yamanote Line platform (Hamamatsucho)

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Walk through the maze of the 10,000 crystal gods

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Where: Fukagawa Fudo-san Temple (Monzen Nakacho)

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Get the weirdest beauty treatment ever

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Where: Odeo Onsen Hot Spring Theme Park (Odaiba)

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Watch an artist make most beautiful lollipops in the world

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Where: Ameshin shop (Asakusa)

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Ask Saint Bondage to get you out of a jam

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Where: Nanzo-in Temple (Kanamachi)

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Swan around inside one of these 23 thatch-roofed farmhouses like it’s medieval Japan and pretend you own the place

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Hard to believe, but these really are in Tokyo! Less than 45 minutes from Shinjuku Station

Where: Mihon Minka-en Park (Mukogaokayuen)

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Chug a cup of poisonous dried snake tea

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YES THOSE ARE REAL SNEKS

Where: Koshinzuka Shopping Street (Sugamo)

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Feast your eyes on the actual receipt for Lord Kira’s head

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…and burn some incense at the graves of the real 47 ronin

Where: Sengakuji Temple (Sengakuji)

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Scarf down a stack of extreme pancakes

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You know you want some

Where: Hoshino Coffee (Shibuya)

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Crane your neck at the giant Gundam

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And do it NOW because it’s going away in March <SOB!>

Where: Outside the DiverCity shopping mall (Odaiba)

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Quaff a cold one at the bar owned by a dog

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Where: Bar Black Sheep (Shibuya)

Update: Sadly, Hana-chan the shiba retired, so the bar owned by a dog is no longer there ( ; _ ; )

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Pet the Honorable Duck Butt of Sugamo

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Where: Koshinzuka Shopping Street (Sugamo)

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Be a Lolita for a day

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Where: Maison de Julietta, Laforet department store (Harajuku)

Update: Sadly, Maison de Julietta has closed since this post was written ( ; _ ; )

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Make your own plastic food

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Take a workshop or buy kits you can give as gifts/do at home

Where: Ganso Sample Shop (Kappabashi)

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Beg the thousands of maneki neko at the lucky cat temple to make this year your luckiest one yet

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Where: Gotokuji Temple (Gotokuji)

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Whup your compadres at a Smile Fight

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Prove once and for all that your grin is the mightiest in the land

Where: Sony Explorascience Museum (Odaiba)

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Get yourself in 45 different kinds of trouble at the Trick Art Museum

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…and the pix to prove it

Where: Trick Art Museum (Odaiba)

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Ogle incredible views of Tokyo as you walk across the Rainbow Bridge

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Where: Odaiba

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Visit a garden where dripping water makes music

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Where: Yushima Tenjin Shrine (Yushima)

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Get yourself some lucky red underwear and experience The Power Of The Red Panty

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Where: Koshinzuka Shopping Street (Sugamo)

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Get your wallet blessed at a fire ceremony

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Where: Fukagawa Fudo-san Temple (Monzen-Nakacho)

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Drink a cocktail from a smoke-filled skull

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Where: Codename Mixology (Akasaka-mitsuke)

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Take a walk in the most beautiful undiscovered garden in Tokyo 

Where: Koshikawa Koraku-en Garden (Korakuen)

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Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, produces the monthly newsletter Japanagram, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

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