Ever wanted to drive a go-kart through the streets of Tokyo dressed as a computer game character? Yes, us too.
When we were planning our travels to Japan we found out about Mario Karting in Tokyo. We knew we had to do it (being the big kids that we are). Mario and Luigi driving through the streets of Tokyo in Go-Karts… who wouldn’t want to do that?
What Is Mario Karting?
Any Nintendo fans will be all too familiar with the Mario Kart computer games. You pick your character and race Go-Karts through the streets. Mario Karting in Tokyo is effectively the real life, adult version of this. You can even dress up as your favourite character!
Where Can I Do It?
In recent years this has gained popularity among tourists and is now starting to pop up all over Japan. In Tokyo you can choose from a few different locations such as Shinagawa, Akihabara, Shibuya and Asakusa. You can also book to do it in Osaka if you are not going to Tokyo!
Can Anyone Do It?
Mario Karting is only available to people over the age of 18 with a full drivers license, and an international permit (which I guess is like a Mario Kart Drivers License) if you are not from Japan.
How Much Does It Cost?
The cost varies depending on the location you choose and how long you want to Kart for.
Expect to pay between €25 and €75 per person.
We did it for 1 hour in Akihabara and the cost was €27.50 per person. This included use of the companies costumes (this is generally included in the cost anyway)
How Long Can I Do It For?
There are 1 hour, 2 hour and 3 hour sessions available.
Are There Any Rules?
Yes. Unfortunately, you aren’t allowed to race, it is more of a Karting “experience”. You should also drive responsibly and obey all local traffic laws.
Can I Use My Go Pro?
Yes, you can use your Go Pro to record but you should have a camera mount of some sort. Most Karting venues will tell you not to drive while holding a recording device (such as a Go Pro or mobile phone) for your safety and the safety of other road users.
How Can I Book?
You can book through any of the main booking websites such as Klook or GoVoyagin or by contacting the Karting companies directly. At the time of writing, the best deal that we could find was through Expedia who offered an hours Karting for €27.50 each.
So that is the craic with Mario Karting in Japan! If you have any questions or comments then please let us know below 🙂