Reader Mailbag: Where to Book Mario Kart in Tokyo and Japan in 2022

The Mario Kart in Tokyo and Japan experience where you dress up as your favourite Mario Kart character and drive a Go Kart around the streets of Tokyo up to a speed of 60 kmh is one which many visitors to Japan are keen to experience.  Many of our readers have asked questions about where and how to book the Mario Kart experience so we decided to put together this comprehensive guide to respond to these questions.

The original experience was pioneered in Akihabara in Tokyo in 2011, and has since then become one of the most popular tours for tourists.  Because of its popularity additional locations have been established in many great locations including multiple locations within Tokyo, Osaka, and Okinawa.

You may have heard that this activity was shut down due to a legal battle with Nintendo. The court case did occur, and the key outcome was that the operators are not allowed to market this activity as a ‘Mario Kart’, and also rider are not allowed to wear Nintendo themed costumes. As a result the name has changed but you can still participate in this fun activity!

Note that COVID19 caused the Maricar attraction to shut down, however some branches have now started to re-open, so ensure you check current status before making your booking

As each Go Kart can only hold one occupant who is the holder of a drivers licence, what this means is that only adults can book a Mario Kart experience, and it is therefore not a feasible option for children or anyone without a driver’s licence.

For all locations plan to arrive at least 10 minutes before your booking, and have the expectation that the first 30 minutes will be focused on getting your costume, verifying your drivers licence and receiving a briefing on how to drive your Mario Kart.

Below I have provided information about all of the locations you can experience Mario Kart in Japan, including how to make your booking.

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You MUST have a Japanese Drivers Licence, Japanese SOFA Licence or a Drivers Licence and an International Drivers Permit (IDP)

Drivers without a Japanese driver’s licence or Japanese SOFA driving licence strictly MUST bring their passport and one set of the following:

1) A driving licence from Belgium, France, Germany, Monaco, Slovenia, Switzerland or Taiwan; and a official Japanese translation provided by the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) or the country’s embassy or consulate in Japan.

OR

2) Both a driving licence and an International Driving Permit (IDP) based on the 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic.

IMPORTANT: IDPs based on the 1968 Vienna Convention are NOT valid.

For more information on how to purchase an International Drivers Permit (IDP) check out my article on this topic.  Note that you must purchase an IDP before you depart your home country.

Our fun guide for Street Kart Driving in Asakusa in Tokyo
Our fun guide for Street Kart Driving in Asakusa in Tokyo

Mario Kart Locations in Japan

The locations in Japan where you can have the Mario Kart experience are as follows, with further information on each option lower in the article.

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From $US 32
Akihabara Street Kart Shared Tour Experience
Akihabara Street Kart Shared Tour Experience
  • Drive a go-kart though the center of Tokyo while dressed in a costume (note costumes may not be allowed due to COVID19).  
  • Your guide will take photos to share later.
  • One or Two Hour Guided Tour Options
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From $US 129
Akihabara Street Kart Private Tour Experience
Akihabara Street Kart Private Tour Experience
  • Private / Small Group Tour
  • Drive a go-kart though the center of Tokyo while dressed in a costume (note costumes may not be allowed due to COVID19).  
  • Your guide will take photos to share later.
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From $US 54
Osaka Street Kart Shared Tour Experience
Osaka Street Kart Shared Tour Experience
  • Drive a go-kart though the center of Osaka while dressed in a costume (note costumes may not be allowed due to COVID19).  
  • Your guide will take photos to share later.
  • 2 hour guided tour
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Okinawa Street Kart Shared Tour Experience
Okinawa Street Kart Shared Tour Experience
  • Drive a go-kart around Okinawa while dressed in a costume (note costumes may not be allowed due to COVID19).  
  • Your guide will take photos to share later.
  • 1.5-2 hour tour
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Mario Kart in Akihabara in Tokyo

This is the best known Mario Kart in Japan as it is the original site for the concept, and is located in the north of Tokyo. There are both shared and private tour options.

Akihabara Street Kart Shared Tour Experience

Head to the original location of Japan street karting to have a great shared tour experience. You can choose either a one hour or two hour guided tour.

Akihabara Street Kart Small Group / Private Tour Experience and Photo Shoot

Head to the original location of Japan street karting to have a great small group or private tour experience, with included photo shoot. You can choose a one hour guided tour.

Our fun guide for Street Kart Driving in Asakusa in Tokyo
Our fun guide for Street Kart Driving in Tokyo

Mario Kart in Osaka

Osaka is a great option to do a Street Go-Kart tour as it is a great location to zip around the Dotonburi area.

Osaka Street Kart Shared Tour Experience

Head to Osaka to have a great experience driving around Osaka with this great shared tour experience. You can choose a two hour guided tour.

Mario Kart in Okinawa

You may not realise that you can also go on a Mario Kart tour in Naha in Okinawa and check out the sights!

Okinawa Street Kart Shared Tour Experience

Head to Okinawa to have a great shared tour experience. You can choose either a 1.5-2 hour guided tour.

Okinawa Street Kart
Okinawa Street Kart

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Join the Japan Travel Planning Facebook Group or Discord Server

You are also welcome to join our Japan Travel Planning Facebook Group and our new Japan Travel Planning Discord Server – they are great resources to enable you to ask questions about your upcoming trip to Japan!

Disclaimer:  This article contains affiliate links.  If you book after clicking on one of these links then we may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

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