You might go for the temples. I knew my kids might like Tokyo. We stayed in an Airbnb in Shibuya , an area popular with teens and tweens due to a proliferation of game arcades, shopping malls such as the iconic Shibuya , and proximity to the famed Harajuku area. We tried to build on the Japanese culture our kids were already familiar with—sushi, Pokemon, Miyazaki films such as Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. And we walked. A lot.
Top things for teens in Tokyo
TOKYO TEEN CHECKLIST - WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN TOKYO
It has an incredible array of attractions and kid-friendly destinations beyond Disneyland that could easily keep a family very busy for a week or more. Definitely worth a visit but you have to be up early if you want to see the tuna auctions — entrance is granted first come, first served starting around 5am — and now at a different location than the original Tsukiji. The best restaurants are in the outer market which is still in the original location. Almost every floor of the museum has kid friendly exhibits that are as much about fun as learning. Open year-round and swamped with visitors on weekends and holidays go through the week instead. Its sister park Tokyo DisneySea is geared to older kids and adults never feels quite as busy.
Gaming, Robots and Kitty: Tokyo with Teens
My three teen boys have grown up in Tokyo and do not agree on much. However, they were able to agree on this Tokyo Teen Checklist on the must see and do. To make sure the list was not too male oriented the list was edited by a select group of members of the female persuasion.
With trends, tech and enough quirky attractions to make their Instagram feed the envy of their peers, Tokyo ticks all the right boxes. Merely walking through Shibuya Crossing is an attraction in itself. Yet unlike those other iconic attractions, this one is alive. As soon as you step foot onto this intersection, you become part of the attraction — a humming, human mass, scrambling to get to the other side.