Long range forcast for many of our days in Tokyo show rain. Any recommendations for interesting indoor activities( excluding museums which we do plan on visiting) would be appreciated.
#1 rustycatter has been a member since 25/9/2013. Posts: 8
depends on your interests...
Oedo Onsen Monogatari (try Google to find info in English)
Sony Explora Science http://www.sonyexplorascience.jp/english/index.html
Ghibli Museum (if you can get tickets)
explore the basement food halls of large department stores like Isetan, Takashimaya, Daimaru, etc to see all the pretty food & sweets (especially the beautiful wagashi) & super expensive bento
cat cafe ;)
huge malls like the underground ones (including Tokyo Character Street) linked to Tokyo station, or Tokyo Skytree
Namja Town at Ikebukuro - Gyoza Stadium & Ice Cream City
& you could always hop on a fast train for a daytrip to somewhere that isn't raining?
I must admit some of the best things to do on a rainy day might just be a number of the museums... the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography is a personal favourite, as is the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOT) although that one depends more on what they're showing. Other than that, I agree with wanderingcat - depachikas (the underground food courts) are fantastic!
You might be able to arrange a short trip to a sumo stable through your accommodation as well, they're definitely worth the trip.
and of course... karaoke! (if it's still raining at night)
Izakaya's if your into drinking and eating.
People will still be out with their umbrellas so you don't need to worry about the streets being empty... The streets are never empty in tokyo ;)