‘Let’s-a go’ join the Mario Kart tour, take Tokyo for a spin


A real-life Mario Kart racer speeds around the streets of Sapporo. Source: Shutterstock

EXPERIENCE Tokyo from the perspective of your favorite Nintendo characters in this Mario Kart-inspired city tour.

Since the 1990s, kids and shameless adults have been throwing banana peels and firing off red turtles in a bid to win the gold cup in Mario Kart.

And now, the MariCAR tour company is offering tourists the chance to whiz around the city in hop-in go-karts, just like in the game.

There are three tours on offer in the Akihabara district. They each take eager racers to iconic attractions including Asakusa, Tokyo Skytree, and Tokyo Tower.

Don’t worry though; there won’t be any chance of colliding with one another as tourers have to abide by the local speed limits.

Equally, the racers won’t have to face the notoriously tricky rainbow road course. Instead, they can glide over Rainbow Bridge.

You will either need a valid Japanese driving license or international driver’s permit to play along, which can be purchased from the American Automobile Association.

Also, you won’t be able to pay with the points you’ve earned on Mario Kart at home.

The tours range from JPY7,000 (US$64) to around JPY15,000 (US$137), depending on what you want to see and do.

It’s probably worth noting MariCAR in no way promotes the reckless actions of Mario Kart and strongly advises against tourists racing each other and throwing banana peels out of the go-kart.

There is still so much fun to be had without trying to slow each other down though.

As part of the experience, willing participants can borrow Mario-inspired costumes to really get into the spirit of things.

Chose from Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Bowser and Donkey Kong and stay in contact with fellow drivers via communication bands.

Plug in your favorite banging beats via the Bluetooth speakers, then set off in a custom-made kart for a rip-roaring tour of one of the most spectacular cities on Earth.