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Real Life Mario Kart Shibuya Tour

Did you know that real-life Mario Kart go-karting is a real thing you can do while visiting Japan? Not only is it legal, but it’s tons of fun and it’ll be an experience you’ll never forget! At Street Kart Shibuya, you can rent go-karts and ride through the city streets of Shibuya in style.

In this article, we’ll be covering the best spot that offers a go-kart tour in Shibuya, how much it’ll cost you, what you’ll need before you can go, and what you can expect.

If you have any additional questions that aren’t answered in this guide, be sure to head over and read through our real life Mario kart Japan tour guide as well.

How To Do The Mario Kart Shibuya Tour?

Overview

Requirements

Before you’ll be ready to drive a go-kart in Shibuya and cruise through the busy streets of Japan like in the video game Mario Kart, you need to have one of the following ready to go:

  • A valid Japanese driver’s License (Japanese driving license)
  • A passport with an international driving permit
  • An International driving permit
  • Or a SOFA driving license for US Forces in Japan

For more information on the different types of licenses allowed, be sure to check out this article on the official website here.

Safety Measures

The custom go karts used on the Mario Kart Shibuya tour

The company’s website mentions that they use custom-made go-karts, fully compliant with the governing laws in Japan. They also state that their safety regulations exceed the safety requirements. When driving through Shibuya, you’ll be led by a tour guide who will show you around.

You’ll need to make sure that on the day of your tour, you wear appropriate clothing when you arrive. Heels and long skirts aren’t permitted for use. Make sure that while driving on the tour you act responsibly and don’t put anyone in danger.

Options

You have a few different options available for your tour. Or course there are costumes available to wear, but if you’re with a group, you all can equip communication bands to speak to each other while driving. Cameras are also available to rent from the shop as well.

The cameras are 4k and the quality is nice. If you bring your own camera along, there are microSD cards available in the shop that you can purchase before taking off.

Every kart also has a Bluetooth speaker for playing tunes.

How To Reserve

You’ll want to contact the company in advance to ensure be sure that they aren’t fully booked the day that you are planning to go. You can get in touch on their Facebook, email, phone, and on their website.

There are some terms of service that you’ll need to accept and you’ll want to have your valid driver’s license available.

How to reserve a go kart

After signing up and confirming your email, you should be all set and booked.

How It Works

  1. Arrive about 15 minutes early on the day of your tour. The tour will usually proceed regardless of the weather so be sure to dress for success.
  2. You’ll be asked to show your reservation and your valid driver’s license along with your ID/Passport.
  3. You’ll be given a wristband and be asked to fill out a short survey.
  4. You can then put any belongings into your locker that you won’t be taking with you and will pick out any costumes you want to wear.
  5. Once everyone is ready to go, the guide will explain how things will work and will give a short safety briefing.
  6. It’s karting time! Have fun while cruising around the streets of Shibuya.

Pricing

Pricing for the tour

Pricing is around ¥14,000 JPY and the tour wil last for around 1 1/2 – 2 hours of driving. Prices includes the go-kart, gas, the costume, the tour guide, photos, and any taxes.

If you decide to rent cameras from the shop, you’re looking at an additional ¥300 JPY. MicroSD cards sold at their shop also cost the following prices based on the size purchased:

  • 8GB – ¥750
  • 16GB – ¥1500
  • 32GB – ¥2500

Experience

You will be riding around throughout Shibuya, Japan. You can go to Shibuya Crossing, Harajuku, and Omotesando.

Summary

These go kart tours are quite popular and the company that runs them is pretty well known. Reviews are great and overall most people seem to have a great time. It’s certainly a unique experience and is one that you won’t soon forget.

Be sure to check out our Mario Kart Tokyo Tour guide as well.

Jonathan Z

Jon is one of the two Jons that runs Kuuki. He's a big fan of Nintendo, cats, and Japanese culture. He dreams of one day living abroad in Japan, but for now will settle for simply writing about it.

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