Such scenes are unheard of in the city, particularly on a weekday afternoon.
Many in Japan fear that hordes of foreign fans will inevitably bring trouble to the law-abiding country.
Concerns have been further fuelled by a warning from a local politician of mass rapes by foreign fans.
Japanese police have run special drills in anticipation of possible riots and have taken up positions in some areas in Tokyo to reassure local residents.
"We're working on the basic assumption that most fans are people of good will - we want them to enjoy their stay here and we don't want to scare them," Yasuo Nimi, policeman in charge of World Cup security, says.
"But once they violate the law - it's our duty to protect the public."
Most of the games are sold out, and our correspondent says that if Japan win a match or even progress to the second round, then even sedate Tokyo could go down with a dose of football mania.