Fun Mario Kart Tokyo with Maricar!

If I can recommend only one activity, go for GoKarting with Maricar Tokyo !

It is seriously FUN!
I first came across Maricar Tokyo from Mashable (link), how cool is that!

Some folks dressed in their Mario characters and drifting driving in Metropolis Tokyo! When I saw this YouTube clip, I was flabbergasted.

.. flashbacks of the fabulous scenes from Tokyo Drift  Fast and Furious, drifting through the crazy crowd at Shibuya Crossing! (YouTube link)

Maricar please take my Yen and give me a Gokart!

..nah the first rule of Maricar is NO Drifting (and no throwing of bananas :p) . You may overtake when it is safe, but I already had so much adrenaline driving on Tokyo street. Safety is our No1 priority.

YES, GoKarting at 60kmh on the street is already super COOL !

 

 

Maricar Tokyo Gokarts
Maricar Tokyo Gokarts

 

Take note there are 8 Maricar outlets in Tokyo alone, and there are franchises in Osaka, Yokohama and Okinawa too. Besides Maricar, there are many other vendors who do GoKart on the streets (price, costume and routes differs).

My experience is based on the Shinagawa Outlet #01 (GPS 35.621081, 139.741621 ) , Facebook link  (General Maricar website)

..before we drove off, we already had so much fun dressing up and playing our role, and wefie!

I am Luigi

First thing first, these are the few steps which you need to fulfill before heading down.

Registration and Booking

-Choose your  Maricar Tokyo outlet (out of 8) . Different outlets have different routes

-You can book through their Facebook app too. Maricar Facebook response is fast, they will advise you on the logistics

-Choose you package (1, 2 or 3 hours). Fee starts from 7000 Yen (estimated $85 SGD), please choose minimum 2 hours package

-Go and register your International Driving Permit (IDP, aka License) from AAS ($20, on the spot)

-Beg a Gopro and strap from your friend (or you can rent on the spot). Do not selfie while driving.

On the actual day

– Registration and payment might take up to 15 minutes, choose your costume (another 15 minutes)

** I would recommend you to go 1 hour earlier, cater for train and navigation delays. If you reach early, you can pick your choice costume too

-Safety briefing and GoKart mechanics, your GoKart comes with signal lights, head light, hand brake and horn too

We are ready to roll in Mario Kart style!

-There will be a front and rear guide. They will take photos and Airdrop to you at the end. Ramie was my guide at Shinagawa.

The cool Spyder (bottom right) is for those who prefer to “pillion” or who do not have driving license. Fees apply.

My 2 hours package brought me to Tokyo Tree and Shibuya crossing! Checkout my Maricar video below (Facebook link).

 

Our Maricar Tokyo convoy of crazy characters ! Bowser, Mario, Luigi, Mr Potato, Angel and MonsterInc’s James. I spotted Nemo, Sesame Street and Minions in other convoys too! (more costumes at this hashtag #Maricar )

We will just pose silly at every stop, or wave to the other road users and pedestrians.

Yoshi costume is cute, and Mushroom (Toad) is not available today.

My trusted GoPro 5 session kept the Fun rolling (for extra juice, I would recommend the ultra slim 6700 mAh Ravpower 6700)

Maricar Gokart Tokyo feels exhilarating, you get to see the city from another angle!

Look, Tokyo Tree!

Shibuya crossing!

Hello Mario brother! My kids were mad jealous when they saw my GoKarting video!

Other tips to enjoy MariCar GoKart in Tokyo

 

a. I cannot emphasize enough, go Early. It is not easy for tourists to navigate Toyko subway :p

b. I chose the earliest package at 1000, so I could finish in time for lunch.
Some might recommend a 3 hours package from 4 to 7pm, so you get to play in the day and night too. Shibuya in Neon should be spectacular!

*c. Choose the package which has Shibuya Crossing! (only three outlets) Other outlets might offer circuits with icons Ginza, Skytree,  Ueno, Rainbow Bridge and Odaiba.

d. You need to bring along your Passport, Driving licence, and IDP

e. There is a small pouch in your GoKart for a few loose items (phone, passport, Driving license) Leave everything else in the locker.

f. You can rent a GoPro (and strap) at Maricar

g. Maricar GoKart Tokyo adventures are weather friendly (sun or rain), unless it snows

h. If you are going during Winter (0 to 10 degrees), layer up, I got 6 layers under my Luigi costume. Extra Jackets and Glove are available from Maricar, while stocks last

*i. Make sure you clear your bladder before riding off. It is no fun to peel off the layers in a public loo. Those with 3 hours package definitely need to go to the loo once.

j. For a even better experience? Gather your friends or spouse along!

k. Keep smiling! At every junction, someone will be curious enough to take photo of your Mario Kart gang!

l. Be vigilant and look out for each other. We are driving on the road and GoKarts’ lower profile might be harder to spot . Have Fun but Be Safe!

j. As long as you keep to your lane and do not perform stunts, Maricar Tokyo is relatively safe

Maricar karting in Tokyo is One of the craziest things I have done in my life. YOLO!

-Nintendo had earlier sue Maricar for brand infringements
-We heard Police will enforce laws to mandate Helmet and seat belt in the future.

Meanwhile, participants can still ride and enjoy the street adrenaline!

 

Checkout our kids Mario Kart experience at Permas Jaya (photo above)and Mario Kart Wii . Japan experiences are documented on Instagram hashtag #SengkangBabiesJapan

Do pop by the other 2018 Japan posts too:
Tokyo Diy itinerary
Gokart Maricar in Shibuya!
Sento or Onsen
Kamakura Family Itinerary
Enoshima Island

 

Kartright Speedway GoKart

[ Media Invite ]

Kartright Speedway, where Mario Kart comes alive. Last weekend, I brought two boys to karting at KartRight speedway.

A good way to distress after their exams, and we had another haze-free day!
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Before we start, some safety briefing. Track is 750m long with quite a fair bit of hairpin turns. With GoKart’s low profile, I need not brake entering the bends, but you will feel the body-ache after 24hours.

For the younger drivers, they will exercise caution by braking gently before going into a bend. I had to constantly remind them no Tailgating.
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Besides the checkered flag, it is good for us to identify the other colour flags too (just in case)
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The customary poses before we set off on the tarmac.
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Let us burn some rubber! Wait, ThePerfectFather‘s brood must be the cutest (and youngest) GoKart drivers in Singapore.
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Looked at their cheerful faces, and you know we had a fun day racing with each other. Clear Blue sky too 🙂
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This controller controls whether your Kart can max at 30kmh or 50kmh, racers can check their race timings too.
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Video (Link) : It looks slow, but I can confirm with you 50kmh (no seat belts) is a lot of Fun and thrills 🙂

Not bad, everyone was good enough to get a podium :p
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Kart rental rates in table below.
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(image credit KartRight)

Tips to enjoy GoKarting in Singapore :
– Each ride is worth 10 minutes
– From now till end December, quote “SengkangBabies” and enjoy $20 nett for one ride (either single or two-seater)
– For first timers, we recommend two laps to satisfy your adrenalin kick (power steering would train your biceps)
– Driving license is needed for adult to enjoy 50kmh speed, otherwise kart will be restricted to 30kmh
– Kids must be 10 years old and 1.45m above to qualify for single seat GoKart (bring your proof)
– Kids under 10 years old need to be accompanied by an adult on the two-seater GoKart
– Do take note that only one two-seater kart is available now, thus kids will need to take turn to ride
– Covered shoes are required
– Shower cap will be provided (for sanity reasons)
– Drink lots of water, as it can be hot racing for 10 minutes under the sun
– Track might be closed during rain, wet tarmac means slippery tyres, drive with care
– Most importantly, GoKart is not bumper car, do not tailgate or purposely crash into another ride
– If accident should happen, or Gokart malfunction, do not get out of kart. Wait for assistance.
Drive safe, have Fun

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Operating Hours :
Weekdays – 11am – 7pm, 7pm – 10pm (For Events Only)
Saturdays – 9am – ​7pm, 7pm – 10pm (For Events Only)
Sundays – 9am – 7pm

Address : Kartright (Pte) Ltd.
511 Upper Jurong Road, #01-05, Singapore 638366 (nearest MRT is Joo Koon)

Please contact them at 6265 3303 before going down, in case track is reserved for corporate event.

Kartright family photo
(Photo courtesy of Steven)

We would like to thanks KartRight Speedway for the fun invite. GoKarting not only allow kids to be confident and drive their own “cars”, it was a good opportunity for me to share some driving tips with the boys too. More details about KartRight can be found on their website.

We have uploaded more racing photos on our Fanpage album. Do follow fellow Daddies’ GoKarting experience too :
– David from Life’s Tiny Miracles (super cool video)
– Steven from “The Perfect Father
– Edmund from EdUnloaded