Before I start I just want to say thank you To everyone who’s supported my Kickstarter so far For my Japan travel guide book It’s 100% fully funded In just under 24 hours That means the book’s definitely being printed So if you’ve pledged, you’ll definitely be getting a copy And if you want one There’s still time to get on board The Kickstarter’s running until 2nd April The link’s in the description Now on to the video! Boo, it’s a rainy day! It can rain any time of year in Japan That’s just what the climate’s like So you need to be prepared for it Today I’m going to tell you a few ideas for things you can do on a rainy day in Tokyo As I said, it can rain at any time of year in Japan You might not have very long on your trip So don’t waste a day just because it’s raining It’s good to keep your plans flexible And have some ideas in mind for what to do if it’s a rainy day So here’s some things to do in Tokyo And the rest of Japan Then at the end, I’ve got some tips on how to make the best of it First is Odaiba in Tokyo Bay There’s quite a few indoor things to do TeamLab Borderless, the digital art museum Is the perfect place to forget about the horrible weather outside And immerse yourself in another world It’s really unique I’d recommend it to everyone It’s not really an art museum It’s interactive, with projection mapping & music It’s beautiful, and just fun to explore It really is immersive You do need to book tickets It can sell out, and the queues can get pretty long I booked mine online on my phone the night before But that was the off-season So at other times of year you might need to book earlier You can check availability on their website Next is the science museum: Miraikan Which might not sound that appealing But I really enjoyed it It’s got lots of robots And it’s really modern There’s several other museums & attractions on Odaiba too All the details are in my Things to do in Odaiba video Once you’re done with them Spend the rest of the day looking round the shops Where there’s lots of restaurants too There’s several big shopping malls in Odaiba That are perfect for a rainy day This one’s Venus Fort The bottom floor, Venus Family’s all for families & kids Venus Grand in the middle’s themed like a clasical Roman shopping arcade And the top one’s designer outlets There’s several other shopping malls here on Odaiba as well There’s Aqua City Odaiba Decks Tokyo Beach And Diver City That’s where the big Gundam is They’re all within walking distance But you will need your umbrella If you only pick one I’d recommend Venus Fort Because it’s the most unusual Having said all this Odaiba’s also lovely on a sunny day Especially the seaside park There’s beautiful views of Tokyo Bay It’s one of my favourite spots to just sit and enjoy the view Next is Nakano Broadway It’s a shopping mall with all sorts of figures Models, toys & collectibles There’s gachapon, a cosplay shop There’s manga & all sorts of anime merch The prices are a little bit cheaper than Akihabara It’s only about 5 minutes from Shinjuku on the train Once you get to Nakano Station Go out the North Exit Dash across this square And you’re inside First you go through the Sun Mall Which is an everyday covered shopping street Which has some great food options There’s cheap sushi bars Delicious curry pan And an excellent bakery Then you get to Nakano Broadway itself There’s several floors And plenty to keep you occupied for a whole afternoon And don’t miss the basement level! There’s cheap sushi & bento boxes It’s also where you get that famous rainbow ice cream Sunshine City’s a huge shopping mall in Ikebukuro Lots of people go for the Pokemon Centre Which is basically just a big shop With all the Pokemon merch you can think of It’s also got a takeaway cafe With really cute cupcakes There’s also an aquarium A planetarium An observation deck with VR attractions Called the Sky Circus And Mazaria Which is a kind of VR Arcade With VR Mario kart and Pacman And terrifying experiences Like walking on a plank 200m high in the air To rescue a kitten There’s also Namco Namjatown Which is an indoor theme park Mainly aimed at kids Next, if you like aquariums There are several in Tokyo And they’re popular around the rest of Japan too I’ve been to the one at Sunshine City They also have them at the SkyTree and Shinagawa Next is Akihabara Where you can go in the games arcades and the shops I wouldn’t say it’s the best choice for a rainy day Because you’ll constantly be going out onto the street As you pop between them But if the only time you have to go there is a rainy day It’s not going to spoil it too much Next: Museums & art galleries are always a good place to spend a few hours indoors There’s lots of them I won’t go through them all Really it depends what you’re interested in There’s lots of museums in Ueno Park And there’s several art galleries in Roppongi They call it the art triangle With 3 major galleries There’s several shopping malls there too Tokyo Midtown and Roppongi Hills They’re kind of upmarket And more classy than the malls in Odaiba and Ikebukuro Which I think are a bit more fun. Next: Temples & shrines Now these aren’t an obvious choice because they’re mainly outside But popular temples might be less crowded in the rain It rained a bit while I was in Kyoto And there’s a chance these places would have been even more crowded On a sunny day Now it wasn’t heavy rain by any means But looking back It didn’t spoil it at all It just dripped on my head! The humidity did make my hair a bit crazy though Some people even say that temples, shrines & gardens Are more beautiful in the rain Because the colours are more intense And you can picturesque photos of the streets of Tokyo at night With all the neon lights reflected on the ground If you like shopping There are lots of department stores With multiple floors They’re often attached to major stations So you don’t have to go outside There’s also huge shops Like Tokyu Hands And Yodobashi Camera Both of them sell basically everything you can think of! If you find yourself passing through Tokyo Station, Character Street is all underground. It’s a collection of shops with cute character merch. Like Sumikko Gurashi & Sanrio characters And there’s Ramen Street just nextdoor For when you get hungry Which is basically just a row of ramen restaurants. Finally, if you don’t mind braving the rain, Tokyo Disney’s less busy on rainy days. It’s known for having quite long queues at times But it’s a lot quieter in the rain So you can get round everything In a shorter time Finally, some tips. Be prepared & make sure you have waterproof shoes with you. There’s nothing more miserable than walking round with wet feet. If it does rain, you can always get an umbrella from the convenience store. I just bought mine from the 7-Eleven. It was about 500 Yen. You get these clear plastic umbrellas That you see everybody has. They’re not that strong. But they do the job. And they last longer than you think! Some hotels let you borrow umbrellas too. You can tell how often it rains in Japan By how many umbrella stands there are. And some other inventions too. Lots of shops & places have bags for your umbrellas at the entrance So you don’t drip everywhere! Here they’ve got a fancy umbrella dryer She said we can’t take our umbrella in We have to leave it over here There’s little combination locks for each umbrella! Locked! No one’s stealing my umbrella! Is that worth it for a 500 yen umbrella we bought this morning?! Major stations in Japan are huge. It’s surprising how far you can walk without having to go outside. Just follow the signs And you can get to underground streets of shops & restaurants It really is like a whole another city underground! Sometimes you can get to shopping malls & department stores without going outside. So don’t let the rain ruin your trip. Remember it might not rain all day long. Japan isn’t like some countries where there’s a pattern to the weather It can be just light rain And it might only last a short time. If you pop into a cafe, or go & have something eat, You might find it’s stopped by the time you come out. If you have any other ideas Put them in the comments. And if you want a copy of my Japan travel guide book The Kickstarter’s running until 2nd April I’ll be back next week with more videos about Japan I’ll see you on Thursday!