When it’s raining in Tokyo, finding a place to go might seem challenging, especially if you’re only in town for a few days or it’s finally your day off. It might feel like a waste to stay indoors. Well, don’t worry! We’ve compiled a list of great spots in Tokyo that you can visit on a rainy day. From museums to shopping malls, to places you might not even know about, here are some of the best things you can do on a rainy day in Tokyo!

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Museums and Art Galleries to Visit on a Rainy Day in Tokyo

Sumida Aquarium すみだ水族館

What to do on a rainy day in Tokyo: Sumida Aquarium

Sumida Aquarium is an urban aquarium with many impressive exhibitions, such as exhibits focusing on the creatures of the Tokyo Islands, a penguin pool-type tank, a chin sea eel, and jellyfish exhibits. Located in Tokyo Skytree Town, the jellyfish area, which was renovated in the summer of 2020, is a must-see, offering a new experience of looking down on approximately 500 jellyfish from above in the “Big Petri Dish.”

Don’t miss the feathered penguins swimming around in one of the largest indoor pool-type aquariums in Japan. Other original attractions include a large tank depicting the waters of the Ogasawara Islands, Tokyo’s only World Natural Heritage site, and an exhibit area with about 15 species of goldfish.

The museum is open until 22:10 on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, so visitors can enjoy a drink at the cafe in the evening and watch the penguins sleep.

Aqua Park Shinagawa マクセル アクアパーク品川

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Aqua Park Shinagawa is a new type of aquarium that combines light, water, and creatures. It is an urban entertainment facility that is more than an aquarium, located in the Shinagawa Prince Hotel. It is characterised by the use of state-of-the-art technology in the display of living creatures.

Particularly popular are the event programs that vary by season and by day or night. The main content is a dolphin performance held in a stadium-type venue that can be viewed from anywhere in 360 degrees. The Jellyfish Rumble is another beautiful and fantastical experience, with the addition of vivid light and sound effects to the shimmering jellyfish.

There are also attractions such as the Dolphin Party merry-go-round and the Port of Pirates pendulum-shaped ship. The park is open until late at night, and you can even have drinks in the park, making it a perfect date spot for a rainy day in Tokyo.

Konica Minolta Planetarium “Manten” コニカミノルタ プラネタリウム”満天”

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If you’re stuck for a place to go on a rainy day in Tokyo, a visit to the planetarium will put you in a romantic mood to see the stars. Konica Minolta Planetarium “Manten” offers a new sensation with unique and moving and healing planetarium shows. Visitors can enjoy powerful 360-degree images and realistic star-filled skies. A healing planetarium is also available, where visitors can enjoy the relaxing narration, music, and starry sky while being enveloped in the aroma of aroma.

Space Museum TeNQ 宇宙ミュージアムTeNQ

Space Museum TeNQ is an entertainment museum that is like a planetarium turned science museum. It is the perfect place for a rainy day outing in Tokyo, whether for a date or family, as you can learn about the universe through various experiences. Starting from the entrance where books and models are displayed, the museum is composed of nine areas.

The main attraction is the “Theater Sora”, which displays high-resolution images of the universe in 4K resolution. The theatre space, which looks like a large hole with a diameter of 11 meters, has a unique style that allows visitors to look into the theatre from above and experience a sense of floating and realism as the images flow into the space beneath their feet.

National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation 日本科学未来館

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The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation is like an amusement park where both children and adults can enjoy playing and learning while encountering and interacting with cutting-edge science and technology. It is also a great place to visit for its reasonable admission price. It is a science museum for learning new knowledge of the 21st century.

In addition to permanent exhibits that display the latest in ongoing science and technology, the museum also holds special exhibitions. In addition, visitors can view stereoscopic 3D planetarium movies in the all-around dome theatre, Gaia. It’s a fantastic place to explore on a rainy day in Tokyo.

Tokyo Trick Art Museum 東京トリックアート迷宮館

This is a spot where you can enjoy optical illusions, such as a picture that appears to float in the air when it is not. This is a great place to take shelter from the rain or buy some time when you are caught in a rainy day in Tokyo. Located on the 4th floor of the Island Mall at DECKS Tokyo Beach.

Tokyo Trick Art Museum is an amusement museum featuring paintings that appear three-dimensional and use optical illusions, and the world’s first Japanese-style trick art based on the theme of Edo (present-day Tokyo). The museum is divided into five major areas, including the Edo Area, which takes visitors back in time to the Edo period, an innovative non-scary haunted house area, and the Trick Art Masterpieces Gallery.

teamLab Planets TOKYO チームラボプラネッツ

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TeamLab Planets is a giant artwork by TeamLab, a popular hands-on art exhibition company. It is a museum that “goes into the water” with a total of seven artworks, four of which are by the art collective TeamLab. Based on the concept of “Body Immersive,” different images are projected in each area. Visitors can experience the sensation of being immersed in the world of the artworks, along with other visitors, while viewing the images in each area.

Visitors go around the museum barefoot, and depending on the work, get wet up to the knees while experiencing the work. Some artworks change with the seasons, so you can enjoy different light, sound, and water art depending on the season. Visitors can also use an app at the venue to participate in the artwork. It’s a unique experience on a rainy day in Tokyo.

The National Art Center, Tokyo

What to do when it rains in Tokyo_ The National Art Center, Tokyo
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Opened in Roppongi in 2007 as Japan’s fifth national art museum, the National Art Center, Tokyo boasts one of the largest exhibition spaces in Japan (14,000 m2). The beautiful building with its eye-catching wavy glass exterior was designed by Kisho Kurokawa. The museum does not have a collection but holds a variety of special exhibitions.

The museum also offers a museum store with original goods, a restaurant, and three cafes, so visitors can enjoy themselves in addition to appreciating the art. The Salon de Terre Ronde, located atop an inverted cone-shaped building, is truly a “cafe in the sky.” A set of cakes and drinks is sure to bring you a moment of blissful relaxation on a rainy day in Tokyo.

3331 Arts Chiyoda

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3331 Arts Chiyoda is located a short walk from Akihabara Station in the direction of Yushima. It is an art center renovated from a junior high school building, which houses an art gallery, offices, and a café, and holds events such as exhibitions, workshops, and lectures.

In the “Main Gallery” on the first floor, visitors can view contemporary art works that change in content depending on the period of the year. Paintings, sculptures, and other works that overturn conventional concepts are on display, and you can also experience drawing your pictures and making your own monuments if you are interested. It’s an ideal escape on a rainy day in Tokyo.

National Museum of Nature and Science

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The National Museum of Nature and Science is located in a corner of Ueno Park. In addition to the permanent collection, which is divided into the Earth Pavilion and the Japan Pavilion, special exhibitions are held at different times of the year.

The Earth Pavilion focuses on all things on earth, including the history and formation of the earth since hundreds of millions of years ago, the ecology and types of dinosaurs, and the history of electricity from its invention to its practical use. All of these are exciting exhibits, and much more interesting than simply looking at taxidermy and texts! Fungi and mushrooms, which are hard to imagine as beautiful or cute, and the principles of electricity, which are too difficult to read about, are beautifully displayed and so fascinating that even women can’t help but look at them.

The Japan Pavilion also features exhibits on the distribution of ancient Japanese organisms, population, and cultural changes that can be enjoyed with all five senses. Many of the exhibits are familiar to Japanese people, so you can easily understand them as your own. The density of the exhibits is such that one day is not enough if you want to look at them carefully, so you can enjoy them all day long, even on rainy days in Tokyo.

Yebisu Beer Museum

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The Yebisu Beer Museum is located in Yebisu Garden Place. Inside the luxurious museum, the history and appeal of Yebisu beer are introduced with valuable materials and videos. Admission is free and visitors are free to tour the museum, but it is also recommended to take a paid tour of Yebisu to gain a deeper knowledge. You can even sample two types of Yebisu inside the facility.

In addition, the museum sells a variety of rare and original goods. In particular, the collection of original goods made in collaboration with artists and brands from all over Japan is a must-see. They make great souvenirs, so be sure to take a good look around on a rainy day in Tokyo.

Nezu Museum

The Nezu Museum, located in fashionable Minami-Aoyama, was opened in 1941 to preserve and exhibit the antique art collection of businessman Kaichiro Nezu.

In 2009 (Heisei 21), the museum reopened with a renewed design by Kengo Kuma. The museum’s diverse collection of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, lacquerware, and metalwork includes approximately 7,400 pieces, including seven national treasures.

The grounds also include a 17,000 square meter Japanese garden that retains traces of when it was a private residence, and a café where visitors can enjoy a quiet moment while admiring the greenery.

National Museum of Western Art

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Completed in 1959, the National Museum of Western Art is the only Le Corbusier building in Japan, and in July 2016, it became the first museum in central Tokyo to be registered as a World Heritage Site. A rainy day in Tokyo might be the perfect time to explore this architectural gem.

The museum isn’t registered independently but rather as part of the World Heritage Site “Le Corbusier’s Architectural Works – Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Architectural Movement,” which includes works in seven countries. This unique designation highlights the international influence of Le Corbusier’s style.

The museum’s design incorporates signature elements of Le Corbusier’s architecture, including the “pilotis” (a pillar-supported first floor) and triangular windows in the ceiling that bathe the hall in natural light. These features have had a major impact on modern architecture, making the museum a must-see for any architecture buff seeking refuge from the rain.

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

What to do when it rains in Tokyo_ Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
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Located in Kiyosumi-Shirakawa, a popular cafe district, the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo is one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art in Japan. Escape the rain and delve into their collection of over 5,200 works, which includes both permanent and special exhibitions.

The museum reopened in March 2019 with a renovated public space and an art library, making it an even more attractive destination.

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

What to do when it rains in Tokyo_ The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
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Founded in 1952, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, is Japan’s first national art museum. Situated near the Imperial Palace, it offers a respite from the rain with its extensive collection of over 13,000 works.

The museum boasts some of Japan’s most significant art, including works by renowned artists like Yokoyama Taikan and Takamura Kotaro. Around 200 pieces from this collection are on permanent display.

Art lovers will also appreciate the museum’s restaurant helmed by Chef Seizo Mikuni, where you can enjoy a delicious meal in a relaxing atmosphere.

Tokyo Station Gallery

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Opened in 1988, the Tokyo Station Gallery found a new home in 2012 following the restoration of Tokyo Station. The red brick walls of the Marunouchi Station Building, designated as an Important Cultural Property, provide a stunning backdrop for the gallery’s diverse exhibitions, which often focus on modern art.

The museum also boasts a charming shop, TRAINIAR, selling unique railroad-themed items that make perfect souvenirs. Conveniently connected to Tokyo Station, you can browse the gallery’s collection entirely indoors, making it a great option for a rainy day in Tokyo.

Tokyo National Museum

What to do when it rains in Tokyo_ Tokyo National Museum
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Affectionately known as “Tokyo National Museum,” this institution, founded in 1872, is the oldest national museum in Japan. Housing the country’s largest collection of art and archaeological artifacts (over 117,000 pieces!), it offers a fascinating glimpse into Japanese and Asian history.

The museum complex encompasses six exhibition halls, each with a specific focus. The Honkan showcases Japanese art, the Toyokan features art from China, Korea, and Southeast Asia, and the Kuroda Memorial Hall displays oil paintings by Kuroda Seiki and others.

Beyond the exhibitions, visitors can explore three museum stores and four restaurants and cafes. Two of the cafes are operated by the renowned Hotel Okura, allowing you to savor their signature cuisine within the museum walls.

Toyo Bunko

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This museum is operated by Toyo Bunko, Japan’s oldest and largest library specializing in Oriental studies. Established with a donation from Hisaya Iwasaki, the third head of the Mitsubishi Zaibatsu, Toyo Bunko offers a wealth of knowledge for those seeking shelter from the rain.

Housed in a relatively small space, the museum packs a punch with its collection of over 1 million volumes in 80 languages, all related to the history and culture of the Orient. The centerpiece is the “Morrison Collection,” a vast assemblage of books displayed on towering shelves.

The museum cafe, the Orient Café, uses ingredients from Koiwai Farms, named after Hisaya Iwasaki, who also owned the farm in Iwate Prefecture. Enjoy a delicious meal and delve into the world of Asian culture, all under one roof.

21_21 design sight

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Nestled in a corner of Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi, 21_21 Design Sight boasts a striking building designed by architect Tadao Ando. The edgy architecture itself is a landmark, with most of the exhibition space located underground. This makes it a perfect refuge from a rainy day in Tokyo.

The museum excels in its special exhibitions, which often take familiar themes and present them from a fresh perspective, prompting viewers to re-evaluate their everyday lives. The photograph above showcases a past exhibition titled “The Rice Exhibition,” featuring beautiful displays crafted from rice ears, shaped like the very grain itself!

Another thought-provoking display explored the concept of units: how do we measure the weight of intangible concepts like “work” (“shigoto”) and “home” (“katei”)? These unique exhibitions offer a stimulating experience for visitors of all backgrounds.

Creation Gallery G8

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Located on the first floor of the Recruit building, not far from Shinbashi Station on the Ginza Line, Creation Gallery G8 provides a vibrant space for design enthusiasts to escape the rain. This gallery showcases the work of leading designers, not in a strictly professional context, but presented in a way that is accessible and enjoyable for the general public. The modern, glass-walled space itself is a stylish attraction.

The photograph depicts a solo exhibition by Yoshishige Watanabe, the creator of the packaging for the popular women’s sweet brand “AUDREY.” The display captures his delicate and whimsical aesthetic, sure to resonate with those with a touch of youthful exuberance.

Shopping malls to Visit on a Rainy Day in Tokyo 

Tokyo Midtown Hibiya

What to do when it rains in Tokyo_ Tokyo Midtown Hibiya

Escape the rain and immerse yourself in the upscale world of Tokyo Midtown Hibiya. Opened in spring 2018, this commercial complex offers more than just shopping. Enjoy a self-service cafe experience, explore a cafe where you can curate your own background music, or catch a movie at the on-site cinema.

Located in a historical and entertaining area, Tokyo Midtown Hibiya overlooks the serene Hibiya Park. The design incorporates the park’s greenery and natural atmosphere, creating a unique office building that blends seamlessly with its traditional surroundings.


What to do when it rains in Tokyo_ GINZA SIX
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For a luxurious and glamorous shopping experience, head to Ginza SIX. Opened in 2017, this complex boasts a collection of high-end stores with stunning storefronts, making every purchase feel special.

Ginza SIX is one of the largest commercial ventures in the Ginza area. The building’s design draws inspiration from traditional Japanese shopfronts, housing approximately 240 stores offering fashion, food, and beverages.

Venture to the rooftop to discover the Ginza SIX garden, a delightful oasis in the heart of the city. For a touch of culture, visit the Kanze Noh Theater – a center for the Kanze school of Noh drama – located on the third basement floor. Don’t worry if you don’t speak Japanese; earphone guides in various languages are available.

Tokyo Solamachi

What to do when it rains in Tokyo_ Tokyo Solamachi
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Rainy days are no match for the excitement of Tokyo Solamachi. This sprawling complex in downtown Tokyo offers a multitude of activities to keep you entertained for hours. Soar above the city with a visit to Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest freestanding radio tower. Explore the wonders of the underwater world at the aquarium, or lose yourself in the vast universe at the planetarium.

Opened in 2012, Tokyo Solamachi boasts over 312 stores, offering a diverse selection of merchandise. This commercial facility, along with Tokyo Skytree, aims to be a “gate city” connecting central Tokyo with the Tobu railway line and the rest of the world. The complex often hosts seasonal events and exciting entertainment, especially on weekends.

Takashimaya Times Square タカシマヤタイムズスクエア

What to do when it rains in Tokyo_ Takashimaya Times Square

Suddenly caught in a downpour in Shinjuku? Don’t fret! Takashimaya Times Square offers the perfect refuge. This large complex houses a variety of stores, from high-end luxury brands to friendly, everyday shops.

Take advantage of the rainy day discounts and grab a delicious meal or refreshing beverage at a discounted price. Shinjuku Takashimaya boasts 12 floors brimming with shopping possibilities. Explore the vast selection of books at Kinokuniya Shinjuku South Store and Kinokuniya Southern Theater, or discover unique lifestyle and cultural items at Tokyu Hands Shinjuku store.

Takashimaya Times Square is a shopper’s paradise, offering endless opportunities to explore and unwind, even when the skies open up.

Aqua City Odaiba

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For a full day of entertainment, head to Aqua City Odaiba. This vibrant shopping mall caters to all your needs, offering a diverse selection of shops, restaurants, and a movie theater.

The spacious shopping area spans seven floors, housing over 100 stores. Find popular fashion brands, browse household goods and interior design items, or discover unique accessories and hobby supplies.

After shopping, indulge in a delicious meal at one of the over 50 restaurants on offer. The gourmet street “Tokyo Ramen Kokugikan Mai” offers a selection of the city’s best ramen restaurants, while the food court provides a variety of cuisines. For a romantic evening, enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants boasting stunning night views.

This large-scale leisure spot truly has something for everyone. It features a 13-screen movie theater, a children’s game corner, and even a shrine renowned as a power spot.pen_spark

Diver City Tokyo Plaza ダイバーシティ東京 プラザ

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Embrace the theatrical spirit of DiverCity Tokyo Plaza. This landmark complex offers a playful and exciting atmosphere where you can play, learn, relax, and discover endless surprises.

The impressive giant Gundam statue at the entrance instantly captures your attention. Inside, you’ll find a variety of leisure facilities, including Round One, a popular entertainment center, and Gundam Base on the 7th floor, a haven for Gundam enthusiasts.

Urban Dock Lalaport Toyosu アーバンドック ららぽーと豊洲

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Planning a family outing on a rainy day? Look no further than Urban Dock Lalaport Toyosu. This commercial facility caters to families with approximately 180 stores, including fashion and general merchandise shops. Keep the kids entertained at KidZania Tokyo, a popular attraction that allows them to experience different professions in a miniature city.

Unwind amidst the sea breeze at the open courtyard, where you can find a dog run and a pet-friendly cafe – perfect for a relaxing break with your furry companion.

Lumine Shinjuku ルミネ新宿

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Directly connected to JR Shinjuku Station, Lumine Shinjuku offers a convenient and weatherproof shopping experience. This complex consists of three buildings (Lumine 1, Lumine 2, and Luminest) catering to all ages and styles.

Browse the trendy selection of fashion, cosmetics, and sundries across the various buildings. The rooftop of Lumine 1 transforms into a vibrant space depending on the season, hosting events like beer gardens and workshops. For a dose of laughter, head to Lumine 2, which houses the “LUMINE the Yoshimoto” theater, showcasing regular comedy performances by renowned Japanese comedians.

Shibuya Hikarie

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Opened in 2012, Shibuya Hikarie is a high-rise complex directly linked to Shibuya Station. This landmark boasts a unique blend of shopping and entertainment options.

Escape the rain and explore “ShinQs,” a vast shopping area spread across floors B3 to 5. Find a treasure trove of fashion, beauty products, lifestyle items, and food, all catering to young adults. For a culinary adventure, explore the 26 cafes and restaurants on floors 6 and 7, offering a diverse range of cuisines.

Art and culture enthusiasts can indulge their passion at the Tokyu Theatre Orb, a 2,000-seat musical theater located on the 11th floor. Shibuya Hikarie is a one-stop shop for entertainment and shopping, ensuring you have a delightful time regardless of the weather.pen_spark


What to do when it rains in Tokyo_ KITTE

Embrace Japanese culture and local specialties at KITTE, a commercial facility produced by Japan Post. Each floor boasts a unique theme, allowing you to delve into the beauty of Japan through regional products and traditional aesthetics.

Indulge in the rich culinary heritage of Nagoya at the on-site restaurant district. This haven for foodies features established local restaurants that preserve the city’s culinary identity, alongside exciting new establishments making their debut in the Tokai region.

Whether seeking a casual break or a vibrant dining experience, KITTE Nagoya offers a comfortable and safe space to explore the delicious world of Nagoya cuisine, a perfect blend of tradition and innovation.

Futakotamagawa Rise

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For a touch of nature amidst the urban jungle, head to Futakotamagawa Rise. This charming shopping spot prioritizes natural elements, offering a calming and welcoming atmosphere. Enjoy browsing the 180 stores spread across four buildings: Town Front, Riverfront, Station Market, and Terrace Market.

Developed in 2011, Futakotamagawa Rise takes pride in its harmonious coexistence with nature. The complex seamlessly integrates commercial facilities, offices, and residential blocks with the surrounding Futakotamagawa Park, creating a haven of greenery, light, and water.

Embrace the concept of “My style, My place” as you explore the diverse stores and unwind in this relaxed environment.

Roppongi Hills

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Seeking a cultural and vibrant experience? Look no further than Roppongi Hills. This ambitious project aimed to create a city that fosters human connection, cultural exchange, and cutting-edge innovation.

Often referred to as a “city within a vertical garden,” Roppongi Hills is the largest urban regeneration project in Japan and a model for urban development worldwide. Explore the Mori Art Museum, a renowned platform for contemporary art, alongside other captivating museums and popular facilities.

Roppongi Hills caters to all interests, offering a diverse selection of restaurants to satisfy every craving, even if you’re not in the mood to shop.

Sunshine City

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Embrace the excitement of Sunshine City, a bustling shopping and entertainment complex located in Ikebukuro, another vibrant district of Tokyo. Sunshine City offers a world of possibilities, ensuring you’ll never be bored, rain or shine.

Explore the diverse range of stores, or lose yourself in the captivating world of Sunshine Aquarium. For a dose of thrills, head to NAMJATOWN, a quirky amusement park with a nostalgic atmosphere.

Immerse yourself in the wonders of the universe at Konica Minolta Planetarium Manten, or take in breathtaking panoramic views from the SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 Observation Deck. During the rainy season, you can even enjoy a discount on VR experiences at the observation deck!

Sunshine City boasts a remarkable selection of restaurants, making it a one-stop destination for a full day of fun and exploration.

COREDO Muromachi

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Step back in time and experience the charm of Edo-period Japan at COREDO Muromachi. This commercial complex is a key component of the “Nihonbashi Revitalization Project,” aiming to recapture the former glory of Nihonbashi, a historically significant district.

Explore the “Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall,” a venue for various events like corporate seminars and exhibitions. Discover unique stores like “Nihonbashi Foilza,” a renowned gold leaf specialty store from Kanazawa making its Tokyo debut.

Sample the exquisite flavors of Japan at “Nimben,” a long-established Katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes) specialty store with over 300 years of history. COREDO Muromachi offers a delightful blend of tradition and modernity, housing 29 stores ranging from established businesses to trendy new shops.

Experience the rich tapestry of Nihonbashi with its long-standing stores and a vibrant selection of restaurants open late into the evening. The convenient location ensures you can enjoy this cultural haven any time, regardless of the weather.


What to do when it rains in Tokyo_ NEWoMan

Opened in 2016, NEWoMan is a landmark complex directly connected to Shinjuku Station. This haven for women caters to their diverse needs and desires, offering a curated selection of stores and experiences.

Explore over 100 stores showcasing the latest fashions, alongside a delectable selection of gourmet food and everyday sundries. Many stores boast the distinction of being the first of their kind in Japan or Tokyo, offering a truly unique shopping experience.

The Ekinka food hall is open from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., making it a convenient option for a quick bite or a leisurely meal, any time of day.

Tokyo Midtown

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For a sophisticated shopping experience, head to Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi, renowned for its dazzling illuminations. This expansive urban complex offers a blend of green spaces, upscale storefronts, and an indoor museum, ensuring a delightful experience even on a rainy day.

Explore the diverse stores, restaurants, offices, hotels, museums, and green spaces that make up Tokyo Midtown. The complex embraces the seasons, hosting events that reflect the changing year.

Discover the world of design, art, and living art throughout the city. Uncover new talents through the “TOKYO MIDTOWN AWARD” and unwind amidst the warm hospitality offered by Tokyo Midtown. This complex is designed to provide visitors with a high-quality, comfortable place and time.

Amusement Parks to Visit on a Rainy Day in Tokyo

Tokyo Joypolis

What to do when it rains in Tokyo_ Tokyo Joypolis

Escape the downpour and experience the exhilaration of an amusement park indoors! This expansive complex offers over 20 attractions, including a thrilling roller coaster that winds through the building’s atrium. Free-space interactions throughout add to the interactive experience.

Suitable for all ages, Tokyo Joypolis allows you to enjoy high-quality entertainment regardless of the weather. Admission fees are: Adults (18 years old and over) 800 yen / Elementary, junior high and high school students 500 yen.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Tokyo

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Unleash your inner child and delve into the world of LEGO® bricks! This indoor playground offers endless possibilities for creative play, from building your own masterpieces to exploring impressive LEGO® cityscapes. With over 3 million bricks, the Discovery Center is a haven for families and anyone with a playful spirit. Attractions include a LEGO® brick factory tour, a classroom for creating unique works of art, and a safe play area for younger children.

Sanrio Puroland

What to do when it rains in Tokyo_ Sanrio Puroland

Step into a world of adorable Sanrio characters at Sanrio Puroland, an indoor theme park nestled in Tama City, Tokyo. This charming haven allows you to meet Hello Kitty and other beloved characters, all while escaping the rain.

Explore themed areas dedicated to Hello Kitty, My Melody, and Little Twin Stars. Enjoy captivating musicals and vibrant parades – perfect entertainment for children and adults alike. On rainy days during the June rainy season, keep an eye out for the special “Kero Kero Discount” offering a discount on admission fees.

Inspire Tokyo Site

Calling all aspiring spies! Inspire Tokyo Site offers a unique and interactive experience where you become the hero, embarking on missions that will test your skills. With challenging puzzles and immersive scenarios, this attraction is sure to keep you entertained for hours.

Shuriken Dojo Shinjuku Ninja Karakuri Yashiki

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This enigmatic spot offers a thrilling encounter with the world of Japanese ninjas. Visitors can experience the thrill of sword fighting and test their aim by throwing shurikens at targets, feeling like true ninjas for a day.

Shuriken Dojo Shinjuku Ninja Karakuri Yashiki is more than just action. Here, you can delve into the history of the ninja by watching a specially produced 5-minute animated ninja mission movie. Following the film, put your newfound knowledge to the test with exciting ninja experiences like shuriken throwing, sutra fighting (a non-lethal martial art), and even ninjutsu techniques.

This activity is perfect for all ages and genders. Challenge yourself in the “Karakuri Room,” where you’ll need to use your ninja skills to uncover the secrets of the ninja house. The Ninja Dojo is where you can truly train like a ninja, mastering shuriken throwing, sword fighting techniques, and more.

This fun and physically engaging experience might just spark an interest in Japan’s Warring States period. As an extra treat, some coupons even include a real “makibishi” (caltrop) – a tool used by ninjas in ancient times! Don’t miss this chance to acquire this rare piece of history.

Other Exciting Choices for an Enjoyable Rainy Day in Tokyo

Kabuki-za Theater

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Experience the captivating world of Kabuki theater. The Kabuki-za Theater, established in 1889, offers “Hitomaku-Miseki” (one-act performance seats) as an affordable way to enjoy a single act of a Kabuki performance. Prices typically range from 1,000 yen to 2,000 yen, making Kabuki more accessible than you might think!

Tokyo Dome Natural Hot Spring Spa LaQua

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Escape the drizzle and indulge in a blissful spa experience at Tokyo Dome Natural Hot Spring Spa LaQua. This expansive facility boasts a variety of hot springs, catering to all preferences.

The crown jewel is the outdoor hot spring bath, featuring natural hot spring water sourced from a staggering 1,700 meters underground. Immerse yourself in the revitalizing waters and soak away your worries under the open sky (weather permitting, of course). LaQua also offers a variety of indoor hot spring baths, perfect for unwinding regardless of the weather.

For an extra dose of relaxation, head to the “Healing Bade” zone (separate fee applies). Here, couples can enjoy low-temperature bedrock baths in specially designed clothing. The zone also features various low-temperature saunas, replicating the therapeutic effects of bedrock bathing. Unwind afterwards in the tropical resort-inspired rest area, the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Feeling peckish after your soak? LaQua offers a wide array of restaurants and cafes, so you can savor a delicious meal or refreshing drink between dips. For those seeking further indulgence, the spa also boasts various relaxation facilities offering massages and aesthetic treatments.

Ryogoku-Edo NOREN

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Step back in time and tantalize your taste buds at Ryogoku-Edo NOREN. Situated conveniently next to the west exit of Ryogoku Station on the JR Sobu Line, this charming complex transports you to the Edo period.

The meticulously designed exterior and interior evoke the atmosphere of an Edo-era townhouse, immersing you in the historical charm. Inside, discover a haven for gourmands, housing ten traditional Japanese restaurants showcasing the rich culinary heritage of Edo.

Embark on a culinary adventure by indulging in fresh sushi at Tsukiji Kagura Sushi, famed for its use of natural red vinegar. Savor the flavors of history with Fukagawa-meshi, a traditional fisherman’s meal, at Monzenchaya Narukuchi. Or, experience the hearty tradition of chanko hotpot at Chanko Kirishima, a must-try for any visitor to Ryogoku.

Don’t miss the opportunity to browse the on-site souvenir shop before leaving. Take home a piece of Ryogoku’s rich history and a delicious memento of your culinary adventure.

Meguro Gajoen

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Immerse yourself in timeless elegance at Meguro Gajoen, a historic gem reborn as a luxurious museum hotel. Originally established in 1931 as Japan’s first comprehensive wedding hall, Meguro Gajoen boasts a rich legacy.

Upon renovation in 2017, the building retained its original charm, showcasing breathtaking murals, ceiling paintings, and sculptures created by renowned artists. These artistic treasures offer a glimpse into the exquisite artistry of Japan.

Indulge in a truly sophisticated experience by exploring the seven restaurants housed within Meguro Gajoen, including a charming cafe lounge. As you gracefully navigate the arcing passageway, be captivated by the vibrant wood-carved panels adorning the walls, remnants of the former “Hanakai-dori” (Flower Street) corridor.

Venture beyond the passageway and discover the tranquil courtyard garden, renowned as Meguro Gajoen’s “power spot.” Surrounded by cascading waterfalls and lush greenery, this serene oasis allows you to completely unwind and forget the world outside.

One of the most famous places in Gajoen is the restroom, which is said to have cost 100 million yen and is gorgeously decorated with gold leaves, bridges, and a river!

Tokyo’s Rainy Day Magic Awaits Your Exploration

So there you have it—Tokyo’s rainy-day havens. This extensive list just goes to show that this vibrant city caters to every whim, even when the skies decide to open up.

Remember, a rainy day in Tokyo is just an invitation to discover a different side of the city’s magic. Embrace the opportunity to delve deeper into museums, indulge in a luxurious spa experience, or embark on a culinary adventure through hidden alleyways. So, the next time the rain falls, don’t fret – grab your umbrella, a sense of adventure, and get ready to experience Tokyo’s unique rainy day charm!