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Real-life Mario Kart in Tokyo: 10 Tips

Real-life Mario Kart in Tokyo: 10 Tips

Published on Mar. 6, 2019 by

This is my Real-life Mario Kart in Tokyo strategy guide with 10 Tips for your first Mario Kart adventure on the streets of Japan. This guide covers costs, attractions (Gundam Robot, Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Tower), the courses, the dangers and other important details.

Tips & Advice
  • What: RMaricar Tokyo
  • Why: Real-life Mario Kart experience in costumes
  • Where: 3 Chome-8-7, Shirokane, Minato-ku, Tokyo [Map]
  • Price: ~ ¥2,900 ($26 USD) to ¥5,300 ($47 USD)
  • Discount: 37% off with a Voyagin Coupon
  • When: Daily 10:00am until 10:00pm
  • Tips: Bring 3x pieces of ID: Driver's License, Passport and IDP
  • Related: Mario Kart in Switzerland

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First off, this is most important thing, be sure to bring your passport, your driver's license and an IDP or international driver's permit because without these 3x pieces of ID they will not allow you to join the fun and the last thing you want being turned down at the door. An international driver's permit can be simply purchased at your local road assistance office because if you are pulled over by the Japanese police they will require the international driver's permit to translate your actual foreign driver's license.

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Some of the main attractions you will see on these courses are the gigantic Gundam robot, the famous Akihabara district, cross the Rainbow Bridge (not to be confused with the Rainbow Road from the Mario Kart games), the Tokyo Tower in all its glory which is another great spot for selfies. You will also drive through the famous Harajuku and Shibuya districts where you'll get lots of attention from friendly locals. You and your friends will be at the center of attention throughout the streets of Tokyo.

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Depending on how much time you have in Tokyo, you can either select the 1, 2 or even 3-hour course with prices ranging from ¥2,900 ($26 USD) to ¥5,300 ($47 USD) and includes insurance, a costume and an instructor. Trust me, take the 3-hour tour because once you start you do not want to stop, there is just so much to see. Just make sure to purchase my 37% off discount voucher from Voyagin.

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Now you may wonder is this dangerous? Well, maybe a little bit since helmets are optional and there are no seat belts, these go-karts are considered regular mopeds by Japanese traffic laws, just don't be a jackass and you'll be fine. Be aware; in Tokyo they drive on the left side of the road, if uncertain, just always follow your group instructor closely but do pay close attention, you don't want to smash right into the instructor.

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Another cool thing is the accessories rental option ranging from bananas to a Bluetooth speaker, so you can blast songs from your favorite Mario Kart game. If you did forget your international driver's license you can always go to VR ZONE Shinjuku to play the VR version of Mario Kart which is another incredible experience in Tokyo.

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In conclusion, the Real-Life Mario Kart experience in Tokyo is an absolute must when coming to Tokyo. The adventure is so exhilarating that you will be left with great stories to tell back home to your friends and family. 

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My 10 Tips for Real-life Mario Kart in Tokyo:

  1. Bring 3x pieces of identification (bring your passport, driver's license and IDP: international driving permit)
  2. Watch the instructional video at RMaricar shop
  3. Act out your cosplay in style (experience Japanese costume culture)
  4. Choose the 3 hour course to see most attractions (including Gundam Robot, Tokyo Tower to Harajuku and Shibuya crossing)
  5. Keep left (You drive on the left side in Japan)
  6. Prices can range depending on course selection
  7. Be alert for possible dangers, a helmut isn't provided by default and there are no seatbelts
  8. Accessories rental option (rent either a plastic banana or a bluetooth speaker to listen to your favorite Mario Kart songs)
  9. Get a 37% discount (go to voyagin for online discounts up to 37% off)
  10. Try Mario Kart at the VR Zone (if you forgot to buy an IDP, you can still experience the epic Mario Kart VR in Shinjuku)

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