Tokyo Tourist Traps | Japan Travel Tips

  • Published on Feb 16, 2017
  • Here is a Japan travel guide on some of the tourist traps in Tokyo and some places you could avoid in Tokyo. I hope the japan travel tips and advice gives you a heads up before travelling to Japan and makes your trip a smoother one! :)
    Places mentioned in order:
    Option: Instead of paying to go up the tower, enjoy Tokyo Tower from the surroundings
    - Shiba Park (Shiba koen)
    - Zozoji Temple
    or go up other places for free views of Tokyo
    - Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (in Shinjuku)
    - Carette Shiodome
    - Bunkyo Civic Center
    - Carrot Tower (in Sangenjaya)
    Option: Check out the back streets, hidden paths and traditional places
    - Brahms Path
    - Harajuku Street (Back streets with vintage shops, second hand shops, hipster hangouts etc)
    - Tokyu Plaza Rooftop
    - Meiji Shrine
    - Yoyogi Park
    Option: Look at sky tree from other view points and take a short 15 minute stroll to Asakusa
    - Solamachi 30th Floor
    - Asakusa
    Option: Instead of paying the high table charge, check out local Japanese yokocho (back alleys filled with tiny bars and restaurants)
    - Shibuya Nombei Yokocho
    - Shinjuku Omoide Yokocho
    - Ebisu Yokocho
    - Sangenjaya Chitai Yokocho
    - Yurakucho Sanchoku Inshokugai
    Phewwww... that was a lot to write haha, if you read up to here - you are the BEST!! Leave me a comment with your favourite emoji!
    See you guys soon in my next videoooooo!!
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  • likelyladsss
    likelyladsss 22 hours ago

    I hate takeshita dori too, i prefer omotesando and cat street. I also love nezu area

  • Joseph Tompkins
    Joseph Tompkins 3 days ago

    Really good video! I want to try all of the Yokochos you mentioned.

  • Ashley Tieman
    Ashley Tieman 3 days ago

    Thank you so much for such a helpful video! My family and I are planning a trip to Tokyo next year and some of these places were on our list! I'm so glad we won't be disappointed by them, but what I really appreciate is your "instead of" suggestions! <3 Thank you!

  • Japan Videography
    Japan Videography 3 days ago

    Nice video!

  • Kay Flip
    Kay Flip 5 days ago

    Obviously they don't speak English, dumb lazy lady couldn't attempt to learn basic Japanese to save her life.

  • RaVeN1K
    RaVeN1K 5 days ago

    3:32 That red sweater has the Austrian coat of arms on it, lol. wtf? xD

  • Michael Hughes
    Michael Hughes 6 days ago

    got to meet up one day. Would be inspiring and educational and fun.

  • hw0620
    hw0620 7 days ago

    Don't like the music.

  • blakeyonthebuses
    blakeyonthebuses 7 days ago

    There are loads of 100 Yen shops as well. Like Pound Shops in the UK. Filled with original earthenware, Chinese brushes, paints, trinkets etc. You can load up on tons of Japanese souvenirs really cheaply.

  • seinundzeiten
    seinundzeiten 8 days ago

    your accent? OZ or NZ?

  • Alejandro Arias Mendoza

    Great and usefull video.....but one year late for me :(

  • Reshad Abd
    Reshad Abd 10 days ago

    Too damn clean.

  • Amelie Seagar
    Amelie Seagar 10 days ago

    Hiiiiii Im hilarys friend!!!!! <3 <3

  • S K
    S K 11 days ago

    I went to the sky tree about 2 hours before closing and it was so calm and empty, It was def worth the money going all the way up, it was so beautiful even though it was dark you saw so far away. Also they had like music at the top and a really cool photograph booth! Besides that, when me and my boyfriend was in Tokyo we walked around all day long, we walked abot 10-14 hours a day and went to so many places and did soooo many activities. I really got to see the whole city. But since we walked so much we also saw many hidden streets and shrines and areas where not many tourists visit and it was great although my feet were bleading! I truly recomment Tokyo, it's my best trip so far!

  • Truck-san
    Truck-san 11 days ago

    Cup Noodles museum and the Yokohama christmas market were definitely the biggest disappointments for me during my stay

  • Tom Tim
    Tom Tim 12 days ago

    The lady at the end did say she respects the fact that Japanese don't speak English! But she has a point though: for a developed country the level (or serious lack there of) of people's language skills is abominable!!! Not even ten basic words... Sad indeed!! (For your information: I am a EU citizen and speak 3,5 languages - of which Japanese is the 0,5!)

  • Json sadheera
    Json sadheera 14 days ago

    Truth exposed! Nicely done video

  • Frog Maiden
    Frog Maiden 16 days ago

    7:39 Ahh! this spooked me!

  • cbutter
    cbutter 17 days ago

    the video filmed in harajuku when ti was "crowded" looked like a weekday morning or before eveyrhing was open. Most cities look like that on weekdays.... on the weekend in harajuku its impossible without walking as if youre in a sardine can and if you try "swimming" up on the wrong side its even more impossible....
    Tokyo disneylands lines only being 90-100 mins isnt that bad... If you go during a holiday weekend or Halloween week for example the lines can be 3-5 hours.
    I liked going up tokyo tower because its about half he price of sky tree and i liked the sky tree mall better for shopping.
    The cat cafes in ikebukuro are also pretty unfun. They were pure bred cats that were lazy and just wanted to go back into their glass rooms. They wouldnt even move for or bother eating treats.
    Anyway, i agree with the rooftop starbucks in harajuku spot. When its really clear i think you can see Mt. Fuji.

  • Uchida Oginome
    Uchida Oginome 17 days ago

    Did you study English in Australia or New Zealand?

  • Tokyo japan
    Tokyo japan 17 days ago

    Beautiful Japan beautiful Tokyo
    Love Japan. 8 years I spend in Japan.most Beautiful ********

  • Bellinda Wright
    Bellinda Wright 18 days ago

    Thank you...

  • Dorshan Wilson
    Dorshan Wilson 18 days ago +1

    8.50 is a cheap door fee some clubs are like 20 or 40$ sometimes

  • King Corn
    King Corn 20 days ago +1

    So happy to see that vegan lady! I am going to Japan next year and I am vegan and it’s nice to know it’s not hard!! :D good video!!

  • Leaw Peixiong
    Leaw Peixiong 22 days ago

    Will you do a countdown party live video? Angela?

    WILL THE WISE 22 days ago

    This is really cool! I did love the Tokyo Tower for the One Piece! I just dropped my music video!

  • Animals Nocturnal
    Animals Nocturnal 22 days ago


  • Beingnormal
    Beingnormal 23 days ago

    Look at how many people there are in Takeshita street!? Are you crazy that’s next to nothing. I’d have given anything for it to be that empty when I went 😂

  • Gage Gibbs
    Gage Gibbs 23 days ago

    Last Australian woman "there could be more english"; Bitch you went to Japan what did you expect??

  • livekz long
    livekz long 23 days ago

    shitty country

  • zsaver
    zsaver 28 days ago

    So expensive. I think Ill just walk around and take pictures.

  • Emiliano Lus
    Emiliano Lus Month ago

    excellent tips.. i will check these again if some day i go to tokyo!! Salute yo from Argentina

  • MrAvagood1
    MrAvagood1 Month ago

    Loved it! Thank you!

  • The Yammy Potato
    The Yammy Potato Month ago

    Traps are gay

  • ハイドリアム
    ハイドリアム Month ago

    Oh! When I went to Meiji shrine I was lucky enough to witness a traditional wedding! It was very quiet in comparison to western weddings and the bride was breath taking.

  • new world shortly
    new world shortly Month ago

    You are a beautiful young lady
    Lov from Italy
    I will visit one day
    When I can save up for me and my adorable husband 🤗🤗🤗🤗👋👋✈️👌🏼

  • Baka Chan
    Baka Chan Month ago

    Japan truly is a beautiful place, so peaceful!

  • aji ajith
    aji ajith Month ago

    I am Indian city son but I love Japan I am 13 year but money problems 1 dollar hear 1000 what should do

  • userloser44d
    userloser44d Month ago

    I've been to the CN tower in Toronto many times. Long lines, expensive and crowded. Skytree must be twice as bad. Try and get there as early as possible if you have to go. Another great video Angela!

  • pochul
    pochul Month ago

    it's look like same persona 5 street !!

  • mook_butt
    mook_butt Month ago

    I think it's really interesting that your ideas about Tokyo Tower so closely mirror mine about the Eiffel Tower. I find that paying so much for the view of Paris is just not worth it, especially when there are so many other places that are far less expensive, or even free, and have at least as good, if not better, view of the city.

  • Xeno Phobya
    Xeno Phobya Month ago

    Holy wow!! Tokyo is HUGE!!! That aerial view was insane. I wanna go so bad 😅

  • Jacques Farris
    Jacques Farris Month ago

    Disney sea was horrible lol, when I was there I didn’t stay longer than two hours and that’s rare for me at a theme park. If you’re ever in Tokyo definitely check out maricar. They have different locations in Tokyo. You get to dress up as an animated character and drive go-karts throughout the city for a reasonable price. Only downside is you have to have an international drivers permit if you are from the states, but it’s cheap to get from like AAA or something, but having one is worth it especially if you travel a lot and want to rent cars in other countries

  • Ritt Pong
    Ritt Pong Month ago


  • supermario200
    supermario200 Month ago

    I found it funny the Vegan was interviewed in front of a Wendys !!! :)
    Thank you for this, it will help with our trip next year !

  • The Youtubing Kid Productions

    9:14 English subtitles too inappropriate

  • Random Commenter
    Random Commenter Month ago

    takeshita street

  • Royal Sher
    Royal Sher Month ago

    I want to visit japan

  • olivia94harvest
    olivia94harvest Month ago

    Hola este vídeo me gusto mucho, porque, nos mostraste, los lugares que podemos visitar, para ver Tokio desde las alturas. Gracias buenas opciones. 👍🏻✅👏🏻💟😊

  • DatBoi480 The Frog Lord

    I'm afraid of heights ._.

  • O Cormier
    O Cormier Month ago

    very good work

  • Billy Merlin
    Billy Merlin Month ago

    watch out for the black guys hanging around Roppongi, they try to drag you in a strip club all the time...

  • David Simons
    David Simons Month ago

    Good advice! I've been a tourist in Japan 6 times in the past 10yrs and have had some experience with these spots or new enough in advance to go to the Shinjuku government bldg instead of SkyTree. And I totally agree with your advice about Harajuku. Tourists are going to want to walk down Takeshita street but Harajuku is a lot more than just that one street so definitely explore. And Meiji Temple is must.

  • Isaura theonardy
    Isaura theonardy Month ago

    Hii angela...could you tell me the name of the street in harajuku that have lots of second han shops thanks

  • Oulala
    Oulala Month ago

    Con Nichons Ouaaah!

  • tochiRTA
    tochiRTA Month ago

    That's hilarious that the Americans would find clubbing in Tokyo overrated. I totally agree. I went to Harlem in Shibuya and it was that type of 'standing around with your crew' dumb shit. Osaka has a better club vibe, especially if you're into hip hop. Pure Osaka was lit.

  • Pat C
    Pat C Month ago


  • 604josh
    604josh Month ago

    For those wanting to do Sky Tree, there is an express line. Def worth the extra few dollars to skip the line.

  • Rakkshit Sapaliga
    Rakkshit Sapaliga Month ago

    No channel makes such good videos. We can only find people making videos of going to fancy restaurants but you make totally unique kind of videos.
    I would like to see how do foreign students live in Japan. Please make a video on that.

  • TheLoveFaerie
    TheLoveFaerie Month ago

    Super informative and great thank you!!

  • katkat33
    katkat33 Month ago

    Is it only me who wonders how Angela managed to measure the 30 degrees missing in the view of Bunkyo Civic Center at 1:28?

  • Alex Millar
    Alex Millar 2 months ago

    is there a video for Tokyo's most under-rated places to visit?

  • Nethra Nair
    Nethra Nair 2 months ago

    Great video, and really handy tips. We loved that you interviewed people and even interviewed a vegan who had good experiences in Tokyo , as we were really concerned as vegans ourselves how we would go on our upcoming trip in 2018! Thanks very much, really well presented.

  • Gomaberry
    Gomaberry 2 months ago

    I would definitely recommend Namja Town. It’s not super crowded, inexpensive there are desert and gyoza alleys, plus it’s right in Sunshine City.
    Thanks for you list btw! There are tons of tourist traps in Tokyo!

  • Erin Llamas
    Erin Llamas 2 months ago +1

    we skipped the viewdeck of Tokyo Sky Tree and opted for shopping at its mall. its much worth it for a geek like me haha. the food's good too

  • ελλεν V.
    ελλεν V. 2 months ago

    very helpful ! thank you

  • ranko.
    ranko. 2 months ago

    "charge price" paying to fucking sit? what kind of a joke is that?

  • Pete
    Pete 2 months ago

    And a cover charge is......what??

  • Panji Heribnu
    Panji Heribnu 2 months ago

    i dont know it's hurt to me

  • NEET B E
    NEET B E 2 months ago

    Sankyu for tips 👍

  • Alan Huang
    Alan Huang 2 months ago

    i am pretty sure there are more people in the food court during lunch time at my work.

  • pipit game
    pipit game 2 months ago

    Really informatif your vlog, almost your vlog. Usefull for my trip in japan next month.

  • Misses Witch
    Misses Witch 2 months ago

    Awwwh, I was hoping for real traps. Like Astolfo <3

  • Saquib Ali
    Saquib Ali 2 months ago

    Best ever videos only n only from internationally ME...

  • Vivian Nguyen
    Vivian Nguyen 2 months ago

    Wang lichao

  • Alexander Ha
    Alexander Ha 2 months ago

    English speaking countries: Only knows how to speak English but expects others to also know English.
    Japan: knows Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean.
    They don't have to learn any of these languages you know. The least we can do is learn "thank you" "excuse me" and "please"

  • ajuz raharjo
    ajuz raharjo 2 months ago

    So lucky found your videos.. they are great. Gotta go there next Nov.Thanks

  • Dorixig Travel
    Dorixig Travel 3 months ago

    I did travel to Tokyo in early feb. zero linjes and nice weather :)
    most overrated location
    Robot resturang.

    ERIC PHM 3 months ago

    Great tips! Can't wait to go back to do more! I recently visited Tokyo for a mere 24hours and made a video as well
    Please check it out!

  • Aaron Lecciones
    Aaron Lecciones 3 months ago

    Very well made video, thanks, I'm excited for my trip!

  • Carl The Brit in The Philippines

    Never been to Tokyo before, but it's not far from where i live so maybe i will visit here soon, thanks for the share... Carl

  • Tory
    Tory 3 months ago

    dnag! this weeb really wants to visit Japan.

  • young guru
    young guru 3 months ago

    im going to japan this winter and i want to know what are some must to go places ?

  • Just Monika
    Just Monika 3 months ago

    Thanks for this now I'll be putting this bookmarked in my Map

  • Pickles Jar
    Pickles Jar 3 months ago

    Avoid walking too far past Mos burger along Chuo Dori in Akihabara.
    There's a picture gallery with overpriced prints and the pictures aren't that good anyway.
    There's alway friendly female touts who will keep persisting to get you into the store and speak very good English.
    Beware this trap.

    • redfish337
      redfish337 3 months ago

      Haha, it's at the end of Akihabara anyway. Unfortunately, it's on the way to the station (subway), so passing it can't be helped. What a boring existence.

  • greenKevn27
    greenKevn27 3 months ago

    i want know where is the best place in tokyo to buy ski/snowboard gears?

  • Berry Pink
    Berry Pink 3 months ago

    Thanks for the tips!!! I’ve been watching all your videos my favorite is the hidden spots. I’m going to Japan in 2018 for the first time!!

  • Super Brian Games
    Super Brian Games 3 months ago

    I’m going to Japan next month. Thank you for making this video. I enjoyed it.

  • Thomas Angel
    Thomas Angel 3 months ago

    I will add your video to my favorite site

  • Joice Kristine Serrato
    Joice Kristine Serrato 3 months ago

    We'll be going to Japan on FEbruary next year, 2018, and as early as now Im watching a lot of travel guides about Japan, hope I'll be able to keep it all in mind!!!

  • JAR
    JAR 3 months ago

    Me reading TRAPS on the title makes me think, "Does Scam exist in Japan? Really?"

    • redfish337
      redfish337 3 months ago

      Yes, scams exist. Just like all crime exists in Japan. So, while you don't really have to be actively on defense in Japan, you shouldn't be oblivious either.
      The one most commonly mentioned to affect foreigners, has to do with the various clubs and bars and such in the red light districts. There is a strong organized crime presence in these areas, and as they are mostly non-violent, they are mostly tolerated by the police.
      The scam is a simple strong arm... you enter a place, and they try to make you purchase more than you intended by coercion and perhaps some veiled threat of violence. Anecdotally, it's just coercion and you can just walk out, but even if that is the case it's an upcharge scam.
      You should already have your guard up visiting such a district... and the recommendation is to not go into establishments you haven't researched in advance first. I'm sure other scams exist, but they aren't super common. You almost have to hunt them down, whereas in a lot of other countries 3 people have tried to scam you before you even get to the hotel, on top of the cabbie who has scammed you but you can't do anything about it because all tourists get scammed by all cabbies there.

  • David R
    David R 3 months ago

    Obnoxious lady @ 10:42...

  • Alpha Centauri
    Alpha Centauri 3 months ago

    TakeAshit street , lol i ve been there it was okay

  • strawcastle
    strawcastle 3 months ago

    Good video and tips thanks

  • David James
    David James 3 months ago

    Hey, i love you guys so i decided to make a Shirt for you:

  • Eva Shirazi
    Eva Shirazi 3 months ago

    Hi, thanks for practical video, it is helpful. Was wondering if anyone knew where to purchase standard futons and the quilts, traditional? Also, any vids like this on visiting museums and is it Ueno park that has the most museums in one area? Thanx in advance. Don't expect a reply as there's soo many views, lol, but its worth a try. Gombata Kudasi

  • Rate Dwie
    Rate Dwie 3 months ago

    nice tips! thankyou so much, i will go to tokyo in december this year so i'm so grateful to find your video

  • Kieran Daly
    Kieran Daly 3 months ago

    Avoid sky tree. It's boring. Instead walk around the area. But it's a tourist trap even for Japanese outside Tokyo. I like your ideas about Tokyo. The small back streets are better. Shimokitazawa. I've lived here 30 years. Love Tokyo but not the crowds.

  • Artemicion Kupo
    Artemicion Kupo 3 months ago

    Omg thanks for this I am going there next month. This helps alot!