Top Things To Do & Eat For Raptors & Rockets Fans in Tokyo, Japan (NBA Pre-Season October 8 & 10, 2019)


Can you believe it? The 2019-2020 NBA season is about to begin and the media day and training camp is already happening! Time surely flies.

I am going to cherish every moment that the Toronto Raptors are the 2019 NBA World Champions!

As you may know, the Toronto Raptors and Houston Rockets will play a pair of pre-season games in Japan on October 8 and October 10 at the Saitama Super Arena. This arena is located very close to Tokyo, Japan. It’s about 40 minutes train ride travelling north towards Saitama Super Arena from Tokyo, Japan.

Last November, Air Canada was so kind to host me and provided me with its direct flight Signature Class from Toronto, Canada to Tokyo, Japan. I was able to explore what this city has to offer. It was my 1st time visiting Tokyo and I felt in love. I love the food, the culture, the vibe, the technology, sightseeing and fun activities to do. I miss this city and I want to go back in the near future!

If you are NBA fans, Raptors fans or Rockets fans and you are planning to visit Tokyo, Japan, below are a number of things I highly recommend you to do, to eat and to explore.

MoVernie Recommendation: Tokyo has so many things to do. The 1st thing I told myself when I was in Tokyo is… pace myself. I told myself that I cannot do everything, just pick and choose activities that I want to explore and just enjoy every moment of it. You can’t cramp everything in, coz you may not be able to fully maximize and enjoy what each activity has to offer.

MoVernie Recommendation: Houston Rockets fans, depending on your flight options and schedule, it may be cool to fly from Houston, Texas to Toronto, Canada and then take the Signature Class flight experience with Air Canada. Leaving from Toronto, Canada to Tokyo, Japan. Check the flight availability and options via Air Canada website. Personally, perhaps even do a short lay over to check out this multicultural city of Toronto. Explore a bit and then hop on the Air Canada flights to Tokyo, Japan. Approximately, it’s about a 13 hours direct flight from Toronto to Tokyo.

To all the Raptors fans, Rockets fans and NBA fans, if you are planning to watch the pre-season games in Tokyo, cheer hard for me!

MoVernie’s Top Picks To Eat, To Do & To Explore in Tokyo, Japan

NOTE: Make sure to click the links so you can read more about each activity in detail and my MoVernie experiences.

  1. Mori Building Digital Art Museum – teamLab Borderless, Tokyo
  2. MariCAR Go Kart
  3. The Pokémon Cafe ポケモンカフェ – Tokyo, Japan
  4. Shinjuku Omoide Yokochō (aka Piss Alley or Memory Lane) – Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
  5. Unicorn Gundam Statue – Outside The DiverCity Tokyo Plaza
  6. Robot Restaurant – Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
  7. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building – Tokyo, Japan
  8. Hotel Gracery (Godzilla Hotel) – Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
  9. Tsukiji Fish Market – Tokyo, Japan
  10. Tokyo Ramen Street – Tokyo, Japan
  11. Uobei Shibuya Dogenzaka (Monorail Sushi) – Shibuya, Japan
  12. 2020 Tokyo Oympics Exhibits/Venues/Shops/Stadiums
  13. Purchase a 7-Day JR Pass to Visit Osaka or Kyoto
  14. Take the JR Pass to Visit Suntory Yamazaki Distillery
  15. Tokyo’s Yakitori Alley: Dining Under The Shinkansen Bullet Train Tracks – Tokyo, Japan
  16. Spring Valley Brewery Tokyo – Japan
  17. Nissan Crossing – Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
  18. Platform 9 Lounge (Rooftop of Pullman Tokyo Tamachi Hotel) – Tokyo, Japan
  19. Meiji Shrine 明治神宮 – Tokyo, Japan
  20. Megaweb Toyota City Showcase – Tokyo, Japan
  21. Line Friends Flagship Store – Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan
  22. Ichiran Ramen – Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
  23. History Garage Automotive Museum – Aomi, Tokyo, Japan
  24. Imperial Palace – Tokyo, Japan
  25. Blue Bottle Coffee – Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
  26. Park Hyatt Tokyo Hotel (Where Lost in Translation was filmed – It’s Suntory Time!)

Hope you find my recommendations helpful for your planning to Tokyo, Japan. If you have been to Tokyo and have other recommendations, feel free to let me know.

On a side note, here is my Air Canada Signature Class experience flying from Toronto, Canada to Tokyo, Japan. If you are considering flying with Air Canada and is considering purchasing its Signature Class flights, hope you find my MoVernie BLOG helpful.

The Signature Class flights & services from Toronto, Canada to Tokyo, Japan were provided by Air Canada last November 2018. However, as always, the opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.



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