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Typical of Tokyo's second wave of cat cafes, Temari no Ouchi strives to create a destination "relaxation space" rather than just a place to play with cats for thirty minutes. Kick back with an imported beer or original cocktail, or choose from a range of herbal teas and coffee-based drinks. There's also an extensive menu of desserts, light snacks (popcorn shrimp, sausages), and full meals (keema curry, Hawaiian loco moco). [Show more]
It's a refreshing alternative to the ubiquitous Tokyo summertime beer garden - a beer party on a boat. The boat is quite big, with a capacity of 1500 partygoers spread out over six decks, including an event stage and dance floor, private party spaces and dining areas. The beer is standard-issue lager, but it's all you can drink for the duration of the two-hour cruise, for a set price of Y2600. If you're not a beer drinker you can opt for wine, cocktails or soft drinks instead. [Show more]
Although it's called a Calligraphy museum, the collection here focuses mainly on the early history of the Chinese (and later Japanese) written language through its use in inscriptions on ancient Chinese jade, bronze and ceramic objects. There are also a large number of stone funerary slabs (stela), some dating back 2,000 years. [Show more]
Since the store's recent renovation, Mitsukoshi's two-level food hall has expanded to more than a hundred food stalls run by well-known restaurants, bakeries, sweets shops, tea sellers, and other purveyors of gourmet food and drink. The tiny wine-tasting counter is a pleasant place to stop for a quick glass and a cheese or ham plate to nibble on. [Show more]
Run by the JRA (Japan Racing Association), this horse-centric park has extensive riding grounds and over 100 resident horses. Equine-related shows and more informal events are held frequently on weekends, while weekdays tend to be quieter - you'll probably spot a few horses wandering about, but most people are here for picnics or to stroll through the 45-acre grounds. [Show more]
Recently refurbished, the Metro Museum focuses on the Tokyo subway system, with several hands-on driving simulators, a big model train layout (with shows four times a day), and exhibits of subway cars through the ages, tunneling equipment and historic subway maps. [Show more]
Unlike most prefectural antenna shops, this spacious, attractively appointed store specializes in local handicrafts more than food and drink, and it's well worth visiting just for its pottery selection. You'll also find beautiful glassware, paper and wooden crafts, lacquerware, metalwork and umbrellas, all at reasonable prices (especially for this rather expensive neighborhood). [Show more]
This unusual cafe is populated by a diverse flock of parrots, parakeets, sparrows and cockatoos for your bird-watching enjoyment. If you're especially adventurous and want to make friends with a bird or two, after you've finished your coffee or tea you can spend five minutes in the interactive zone at the back of the cafe. [Show more]
More than 1000 varieties of tropical and subtropical plants grow inside this 1500-square-meter dome-shaped greenhouse located in a park next to Tokyo Bay. Some highlights include giant water lilies, jade vines, Chinese banyan trees, flowering hibiscus plants and assorted orchids. A separate greenhouse area is home to a collection of carnivorous plants from around the world, and the outdoor herb garden grows more than 100 kinds of herbs. [Show more]
If you're interested in taxidermied roosters, cactus plants, sake paraphernalia, ancient farm tools, modern architecture or lemurs, then this quirky little museum has something for you. Run by Tokyo University of Agriculture, the Food and Agriculture Museum comprises two exhibition floors, a separate greenhouse area full of tropical plants and odd animals, and the bustling Petit Radish Cafe, named after the university's mascot, which is a "cute radish." [Show more]
Looking almost like a film set for a historical drama, the main exhibit here is a life-size reconstruction of an early nineteenth-century neighorhood on the banks of the Sumida River, filled with shops, warehouses, private houses, and even a canal with a traditionally built boat. There are eleven buildings in all, and you can take off your shoes and wander around inside them to get a glimpse of what daily life might have looked like in that era. [Show more]
One of the biggest and best aquariums in the Tokyo metropolitan area, Enoshima Aquarium is located right on the beach next to Enoshima Island and is home to more than 20,000 marine animals. [Show more]
This repurposed former train station (Manseibashi, last used in 1943) has been beautifully transformed into a niche shopping complex, housing a handful of upscale interior and design stores, cafes, restaurants and other shops. Part of the original station platform can be seen on the second floor, and original staircases dating from 1912 and 1935 have been preserved. [Show more]
Exhibits at this rather large museum feature archeological finds from the area, including a pit dwelling from the Jomon period. There are also collections of swords and armor, pottery and metalware, and famous 16th-century scroll paintings depicting scenes from the medieval war chronicle Taiheiki. [Show more]
This huge 67-hectare park is famous for its Japanese red pines, apricot trees and numerous cherry trees, and it's an especially popular destination during cherry-blossom season in late March. It's also home to several sporting facilities, a free zoo, the Saitama Museum of History and Folklore, and the 2400-year-old Hikawa Shrine. [Venue data]
Collectors and devoted fans of winter weather-themed novelty souvenir items will be interested in this unique cultural resource - the world's only museum devoted to snow globes (aka snowdomes). Hundreds of examples of this much-neglected artform are on display, with motifs generally focusing on sightseeing landmarks at various tourist destinations as well as animals and nature scenes. [Show more]
In terms of sheer size, Aeon Laketown is awe-inspiring - it's basically made up of three very large shopping malls lined up next to each other, with over 700 shops and restaurants plus a cinema complex, department store and supermarket. You can choose from five separate branches of Starbucks, not to mention a pretty decent selection of restaurants in all price ranges. [Show more]
A stylish new retail venture from JR (the train company), Chabara is a sister store of the nearby under-the-tracks Aki-Oka crafts complex, showcasing local food products from around Japan. The retail section offers a vast selection of food and drink, focusing on regional specialties like soy sauce, miso, rice crackers, tea, sake and quite a bit more, with special events every month. [Show more]
Visitors are encouraged to pet, play with and feed the dozen or so rabbits "on staff" at this small backstreet cafe. Several different breeds are represented, and most of them seem to be quite lively (especially compared to typical residents of a cat cafe). The rabbits take turns scampering about and spending time in their cages, with only a few running loose at any given time, although you can play with the ones in their cages too. [Show more]
The Legoland Discovery Center is a mini-theme park inside the Tokyo Decks shopping complex, offering fun activities and charming attractions for visitors of all ages. There are a couple of entertaining rides, a 3D adventure movie, and hands-on building activities. The most impressive feature, though, is probably the one-of-a-kind Lego Miniland, a miniature version of Tokyo made from 1.5 million Lego bricks, with moving trains, boats, and trucks.

Most of Tokyo's major landmarks are represented here, including a few architectural classics like the Nakagin Capsule Tower and Yoyogi Olympic Stadium. There's a sumo stadium where you can stage your own match between button-activated wrestlers, and a button-activated Godzilla-like monster that menaces the Q-Front Building in the mini-Shibuya district. The whole mini-city goes through a gradual day-and-night cycle, with illuminated buildings and fireworks displays after it gets dark.

In addition to Miniland, other attractions include a short amusement park-style ride where you shoot at trolls with a laser gun, and an engrossing 15-minute 3D movie set in animated Lego world, with special "4D" effects (wind, mist) to enhance the experience. (Dialog is in Japanese, but it's very easy to follow nonetheless.)
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