The Best 30 Things to do in Your Visit to Japan

by Amy - TripleLights travel specialist

Japan is full of amazing places to go and things to see so its understandble that it can overwhelming trying to plan your itinerary. However, this comprehensive list covers all the must go to spots from the Shibuya scramble crossing to the temples of Kyoto and even the Ramen museum in Yokohama. Make sure you tick these places of your list and the trip of a lifetime!

Shibuya Crossing

The Best 30 Things to do in Your Visit to Japan

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The crossing in front of Shibuya Station is a landmark of the area where 3000 people cross en masse at one time on weekends
Shibuya is the neighborhood where fashion buildings stand close to each other and advertisements are shown on giant LCD screens. The main intersection has groups of 3000 people cross simultaneously on the weekends.

The starting line for a tour of Shibuya Shibuya is the youth mecca. And there is a scramble crossing right in front of the entrance that is Shibuya Station. In front of your eyes, a huge LCD screen soars on which ads endlessly get shown. Surrounding you are fashion buildings, CD shops and other structures that symbolize youth culture, along with the many garish signboards standing about, and the pop songs or commercials that keep getting played; all of these make up a vista that is characteristic of Shibuya. Shibuya Crossing in front of Shibu...

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Meiji Jingu Shrine

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Feel the mystical energy of the Meiji Shrine
Meiji Shrine, located in the Shibuya district in Tokyo, attracts the greatest number of visitors from throughout Japan for hatsumode or the first shrine visit of the New Year. If you happen to be lucky enough on the day of your visit, you could catch a glimpse of a traditional wedding ceremony.

Meiji Jingu Every New Year’s Day on ‘hatsumode’, Meiji Jingu, which is over 700,000 square meters in size, receives around 3 million worshippers, reflecting its ability to attract the greatest amount of visitors in the nation. Considering the amount of lush greenery located inside the perimeters of Meiji Jingu, it is hard to believe that it is located in the same vicinity as bustling commercial centers such as Harajuku, Omotesando and Shibuya. To reach the shrine from JR Harajuku station is a mere 5 minutes away and one coul...

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Business hours
- Everyday (6:00 AM ~ 4:00 PM )
from dawn to dusk
Phone
03-3379-9281
Price
- Free
Website
www.meijijingu.or.jp

 

Harajuku


Enjoy shopping in the neighborhood where ‘kawaii’ culture began
Harajuku’s Takeshita Street has recently been ranked as the most desired place to visit by visitors to Japan. Harajuku continues to broadcast its distinct fashion responsible for the ‘kawaii’ (cute) sub-culture.

Takeshita Street There has been recent data on TripAdvisor that Harajuku’s Takeshita Street is the number one attraction that tourists wish to visit when in Japan. Takeshita Street is Harajuku’s shopping area and the narrow street is dotted with shops selling clothes distinctive of “Harajuku-style”. While the Salon and Lolita styles are some of the most famous style trends in Harajuku, it cannot be so specifically characterized into one particular style. The reason for this is that Harajuku-style fashion is about re-...

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Website
www.takeshita-street.com

 

Kiyomizu-dera

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Kiyomizu-dera – Kyoto’s most popular tourist attraction
Kiyomizu-dera is a Kannon temple where the goddess Kannon is worshipped. Among Kyoto’s temples, Kiyomizu-dera has a particularly long history, and is a registered World Heritage site. It is one of Kyoto’s most popular tourist attractions.

Enjoy the National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties of Kiyomizu-dera Kiyomizu-dera was constructed on Mt. Kiyomizu (Mt. Otowa). The main temple at Kiyomizu-dera, which is also referred to as the “Kiyomizu-dera stage,” was rebuilt by Tokugawa Iemitsu in 1633. The main temple building, constructed early in the Edo period, is a National Treasure. It is supported by more than 100 keyaki (Japanese Zelkova) trees and not a single nail is used. Jojuin, in the northern area of the temple grounds, features the Moon Garden, which...

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Business hours
- Everyday (6:00 AM ~ 5:30 PM )
Phone
075-551-1234
Price
- Adult: 300 JPY
- Child: 200 JPY
Website
www.kiyomizudera.or.jp

 

Kinkakuji

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Kinkakuji – the World Heritage site of gold that glitters with nature in each season
Kinkakuji was established in 1397 by Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. The dazzling appearance of the reliquary hall on the temple grounds, which is decorated with gold leaf, is what Kinkakuji is known for.

Kinkaku glitters with gold Kinkaku is a three-story building made of wood. The first story is in the style of a Heian palace, the second story is in samurai-house style, and the third story is in the style of a Zen Buddhist temple. The second and third stories are covered in gold leaf, as is the inside of the third story, except for the floor. The Kinkakuji seen today was rebuilt in 1955 after the building was destroyed by fire in 1950. Major repairs were carried out in 1986, when the gold leaf was reapplied so as to achieve the appearance see...

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Business hours
- Everyday (9:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM )
Phone
075-461-0013
Price
- Adult: 400 JPY
- Child: 300 JPY
Website
en.wikipedia.org

 

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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Enjoy nature in the middle of the city at Tokyo’s version of Central Park
The term gyoen refers to a garden for the Imperial family. Only a 10-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station (South Exit), this quiet and lush garden is loved by many who head there to take a break from the city and indulge in some relaxation.

More about Shinjuku Gyoen Shinjuku Gyoen was originally created as a garden specifically for the Imperial family. The Old Western-style Imperial Rest House was build for recreation and guests of the family, and was designated as an Important Cultural Property. Shinjuku Gyoen boasts a size of 58 hectares and consists of 3 types of gardens: English Landscape Garden known for its spacious and flat lawns, French Formal Garden with sycamore trees and Japanese Traditional Garden with a central pond. Cherry blossoms at Shinjuku Gyoen Shinjuku Gyoen...

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Business hours
- Tuesday (9:00 AM ~ 4:30 PM )
- Wednesday (9:00 AM ~ 4:30 PM )
- Thursday (9:00 AM ~ 4:30 PM )
- Friday (9:00 AM ~ 4:30 PM )
- Saturday (9:00 AM ~ 4:30 PM )
- Sunday (9:00 AM ~ 4:30 PM )
Last entry 4:00 PM
Phone
03-3350-0151
Price
Adult: 200 JPY
Elementary and Junior high school student: 50 JPY
Infant: Free

Fushimi Inari Shrine

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Fushimi Inari Shrine – A 1,300 years old shrine for the God of bountiful crops and prosperous business
Serving as a place of worship for commoners over 1,300 years, Fushimi Inari Shrine is the headquarters of inari shrines. The tunnel consisting of 10,000 torii gates is something to see. Enjoy a stroll through the gently rolling land of the spacious grounds of the shrine.

Red torii gates and white foxes – the symbols of Fushimi Inari Shrine For more than 1,300 years, people have come to Fushimi Inari Shrine to worship the Inari God that assures bountiful crops. The shrine is the headquarters of the more than 30,000 inari shrines across Japan. The red torii gates and white foxes are the symbols of Fushimi Inari Shrine. It is said that the red color of the torii gates and the shrine building has power against supernatural powers and that the color also indicates the bountifulness of the Inari God. Foxes are...

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Business hours
- Everyday (8:30 AM ~ 4:30 PM )
Shrine grounds are open 24 hours a day
Phone
075-641-7331
Price
- Free
Website
en.wikipedia.org

 

Todaiji

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Daibutsu is the highlight of this exemplary ancient-Nara temple, which has fascinated people for time immemorial.
People have always loved Todaiji, which was completed in the year 752 and continues to be a religious place down to this day. The essential sights include the buildings that were rebuilt after being destroyed in fires caused by wars, Daibutsu (the great Buddha), masterpieces from the geniuses Unkei and Kaikei, and the statues of the guardian deities.

Todaiji is a provincial temple established by the state to implore the gods for peace and to prevent accidents and disasters Todaiji is a cultural property in Nara that is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. It is home to countless works of art and structures that are designated National Treasures, and is full of objects of extremely significant cultural value. Here, you will experience the dynamic atmosphere of a history spanning the ages in such objects as the main temple building, which houses Japan’s largest temple, and Daibuts...

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Business hours
- Everyday (8:00 AM ~ 4:30 PM )
Phone
0742-22-5511
Price
- Adult: 500 JPY
- Child: 300 JPY
Website
www.todaiji.or.jp

Nara Park

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Come and meet friendly deer at Nara Park and its many World Heritage sites
There are numerous World Heritage sites in this park at the base of the lush green mountains, such as Todaiji, Kofukiji and Kasuga-taisha. Friendly deer, which are said to be messengers from the gods, will come to greet you.

Nara Park is located in the center of Nara Ever since the capital moved to Nara in the year 710, people have loved this location for the many historical cultural properties found here, and for the historical feel of the area and its climate. On the massive 660-hectare site of Nara Park in the center of Nara, you will find such World Heritage sites as Todaiji, Kofukiji, and Kasuga-taisha, as well as the Nara National Museum, which houses a number of National Treasures, including works of Buddhist art. The many ponds create a beautiful scene amo...

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Business hours
- Everyday
Phone
0742-27-8036
Price
- Free
Website
en.wikipedia.org

Asakusa Samba Carnival

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An exciting samba parade with dazzling costumes and impressive dancing
Top teams gathering from all over Japan take part in a genuine samba dance contest competing for top scores. Enjoy this samba carnival which is said to be the largest of its kind in the northern hemisphere.

A competitive parade with a contest filled with energy Japan’s biggest samba carnival contest takes place on the final Saturday of August in which genuine samba dance teams gather from all over the nation. Originating in 1981, 2016 marks the 35th anniversary. Every year, 500,000 visitors come to see this spectacle which is an Asakusa summer event. The parade contest consists of an S1 league with 9 teams and an S2 league with 11 teams for a total of 20 teams, with the top S1 teams having a total of 150-300 participants. The teams have th...

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- Free

Fujinomiya 5th Station

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Head for the peak via this venerable mountain route while climbing Mt. Fuji
Among the 4 mountain routes going up Mt. Fuji, this is the shortest route to the peak since this is the highest point accessible by car. The climbing difficulty is fairly high.

There is still plenty of genuine thrills going up Mt. Fuji through the Fujinomiya route despite its proximity to the peak Fujinomiya 5th Station is on the south side of the Mt. Fuji and is the gateway to the Fujinomiya route from Shizuoka Prefecture. Fujinomiya has been designated as a World Heritage site along with Mt. Fuji and in recent years as an effect from its designation, the number of foreign tourists has also increased. There are 4 routes to climb Mt. Fuji: Subashiri, Yoshida, Gotemba and Fujinomiya. Each has its own characteristics,...

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Phone
0544-27-5240
Price
- Free
Website
www.fujisan-climb.jp

Jigokudani Monkey Park

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Famous worldwide! Japanese macaque monkeys soaking in a hot spring in a bitterly cold and snowy valley
Wild Japanese macaques looking for warmth dive into an onsen in a valley deep with snow. The park has been popular with many people from around the world visiting as a response to those pictures of monkeys.

Japanese macaques living in a snowy valley Jigokudani Monkey Park is located in the beautiful Yokoyugawa Valley in northern Nagano Prefecture. At an altitude of 850m and surrounded by steep cliffs which are covered in plenty of snow in winter, the area is so desolate that it has been referred to as being “hellish” due to the spewing steam from the fountains. The wild macaques have been living here in this mountain area since long ago, but with the felling of the forests, their natural habitat was eroded and damage was done to thei...

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Business hours
- Everyday (9:00 AM ~ 4:00 PM )
Phone
0269-33-4379
Price
- Adult: 500 JPY
- Child: 250 JPY
Website
www.jigokudani-yaenkoen.co.jp

 

Tokyo Tower


End your day of Tokyo sightseeing with the remarkable view from Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Tower has around 3 million visitors annually. More than half of the revenue generated by Tokyo Tower is due to its popularity as a tourist spot, and it remains to be a sought-after attraction for sightseers.

The History of Tokyo Tower Tokyo Tower was built as a radio broadcast tower in 1958, during a point in time when television began to spread throughout Japan. The construction costs of the tower were immense at over 3 billion yen. The tower was built during a time when Tokyo started flourishing economically, and since then, it has become a symbol and landmark for the rapid industrial growth of the city. Although the newly established Tokyo Skytree has garnered much praise and attained popularity due to its futuristic design, Tokyo Tower attr...

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Business hours
- Everyday (9:00 AM ~ 10:00 PM )
Phone
03-3433-5111
Price
- Adult: 1600 JPY
- Child: 1000 JPY
Website
www.tokyotower.co.jp

Dotonbori

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A photogenic town filled with eye-catching signs
Dotonbori is a popular tourist destination in Osaka. There is never a boring moment in Dotonbori, a town densely covered with colorful signs and neon lights. Don’t forget to check out the large variety of Osaka’s culinary options.

Start out with “sign watching” Dotonbori refers to the district from the Nihon bridge to the Daikoku bridge; it is a bustling downtown area that spreads along the south bank of the Dotonbori river. At the streets that are perpetually crowded by people throughout the year, you will find a great variety of restaurants, diners and shops serving okonomiyaki (savory pancake), udon noodels, deep fried pork skewers, blowfish dishes and much more! It is also “the kitchen of Osaka” where Osaka gourmet shops cluster together. Fo...

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Phone
06-6211-4542
Website
www.dotonbori.or.jp

Osaka Castle

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Osaka Castle, the symbol of Osaka that abounds with history
Osaka Castle was built by Toyotomi Hidetoshi in 1583. However, it was destroyed in a fire at the same time as Toyotomi Hidetoshi’s death. It was later rebuilt before it was again destroyed by fire in 1665. The modern Osaka Castle was rebuilt using contributions from local citizens after an appeal was made by the then-mayor of Osaka.

Strolling through the restored Osaka Castle Although Osaka Castle has twice been destroyed by fire, Otemon and Sakuramon, which are Important Cultural Properties, still remain, as does the castle tower, which is a registered Tangible Cultural Property. The castle tower, which was rebuilt 266 years after being burned down, is a 55-meter high, five-story (outer), eight-floor (inner) building. This is one of the foremost of the many post-Showa era castle towers, and it boasts an elevator so that elderly people and disabled persons can enjoy it to...

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Business hours
- Everyday (9:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM )
Phone
06-6941-3044
Price
- Adult: 600 JPY
- Child: 0 JPY
Website
www.osakacastle.net

Gion Festival

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The 1100-year-old Gion Festival, an Intangible Cultural Property, that brings the charm of the Yamaboko Junko parade
The Gion Festival which has a grand history lasts for one month. Lavishly ornamented gigantic 12t yamaboko festival floats are paraded through the streets of Kyoto, and the festival is performed to pray for the prevention of disasters.

The Gion Festival, preserving a 1100-year-old tradition The Gion Festival, one of Japan’s three great festivals, is a religious celebration that has continued at Yasaka Shrine for 1100 years, and for 1 month from July 1st to July 31st every year, it’s held at the shrine and in the central area of Kyoto. Starting with the Yamaboko Junko parade and the Shinko Festival, various events unfold. At the Shinsen-en Temple where a giant garden of the ancient capital existed, 66 halberds representing the 66 territories within Japan at the t...

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Phone
075-561-6155
Price
- Free

Shinjuku Golden Gai (Golden Street)

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Shinjuku’s hole-in-the-wall, with 200 bars and restaurants squeezed into a maze of narrow streets
Golden Gai is a postwar black market and prostitution area that was transformed into a village of watering holes. Tiny shops are packed into the labyrinth of alleys. The dimly-lit neon brings a nostalgic air.

Shinjuku, a neighborhood where you can have fun in various places   Tokyo’s busiest commercial district of Shinjuku is divided into various areas with their own character. There is the shopping area which attracts the young, the area of soaring office skyscrapers and the pleasure area of cabarets and clubs.   Among them, on a side street a block away from the boulevard lined with showy buildings and department stores next to Hanazono Shrine at Kabukicho 1-chome lies Shinjuku Golden Gai.   When you go past the arched signboard of Go...

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Phone
03-3209-6418

Tsukiji Fish Market

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Satisfy your appetite with a delicious meal at Japan’s most famous fish market
Tsukiji, which has recently garnered the attention of many tourists, is the world’s largest fish market. The market not only deals in fresh fish but also fruits and vegetables, and at the outer retail market, you can purchase ingredients and there are a plethora of restaurants which serve fresh fish.

Tsukiji Fish Market Tsukiji is one of the world’s greatest fish markets in a nation whose fisheries industry is irreplaceable for the Japanese and in a world which has grown to love sushi and sashimi. But it’s not just fish…there are also many restaurants which take care of fruits and vegetables. The peak of this activity and business is also called Tokyo’s kitchen. You can get a close glimpse of things such as the wheeling and dealing between suppliers at the auctions at this commercial facility which has been so sinc...

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- Monday (9:00 AM ~ 11:00 AM )
- Tuesday (9:00 AM ~ 11:00 AM )
- Thursday (9:00 AM ~ 11:00 AM )
- Friday (9:00 AM ~ 11:00 AM )
- Saturday (9:00 AM ~ 11:00 AM )
Phone
03-3541-2640
Price
- Free
Website
www.tsukiji-market.or.jp

Himeji Castle

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A World Heritage site castle whose beautiful exterior has an amazing presence
A valuable castle that has survived into the present day from the early Edo Era, Himeji Castle has been admired as the most beautiful castle in Japan. It is famous as one of the three great castles in the nation.

A castle with 400 years of history as Japan’s first World Heritage site Himeji Castle is famous for having been recognized as a National Treasure and an Important Cultural Property due to its beauty among the numerous castles in Japan and its keep (the largest central structure on the castle grounds) that has retained its appearance from the Edo Era. Having been registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site, it was the first time that Japan had been given this honor. Due to its pure white exterior and the surrounding area where many wild b...

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Business hours
- Everyday (9:00 AM ~ 4:00 PM )
Phone
079 -285-1146
Price
- Adult: 1000 JPY
- Child: 300 JPY
Website
translate.city.himeji.lg.jp

Ghibli Museum

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The Museum Dedicated to Your Ghibli Favorites Like Totoro and Laputa
The Ghibli Museum is dedicated to the animated films by the famed director Hayao Miyazaki such as My Neighbour Totoro and Spirited Away that have captured the attention and love of audiences worldwide.

Ghibli Animations Ghibli’s animations have become famous overseas but especially recognized and hugely popular are films such as “My Neighbor Totoro”, Castle in the Sky and Spirited Away, with the films screened in nations such as Italy, France and America. The films have won the hearts of the fan base worldwide, not simply just in Japan. At the Ghibli Mori Art Museum, visitors will be able to learn the principles behind how animation is created in the first place, learn about the Ghibli production landscape and view exhibit...

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- Monday (10:00 AM ~ 6:00 PM )
- Wednesday (10:00 AM ~ 6:00 PM )
- Thursday (10:00 AM ~ 6:00 PM )
- Friday (10:00 AM ~ 6:00 PM )
- Saturday (10:00 AM ~ 6:00 PM )
- Sunday (10:00 AM ~ 6:00 PM )
Phone
0570-055-777
Price
- Adult: 1000 JPY
- Child: 400 JPY
Website
www.ghibli-museum.jp

Itsukushima Shrine

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Itsukushima Shrine and Seto Inland Sea – A gorgeous view of a shrine “floating” in the sea
The island of Itsukushima (also called Miyajima) is known as one of the three most scenic spots in Japan. Itsukushima shrine, an invaluable site, is a visual representation of the form of the ancient Japanese Shinto worship. The gorgeous shrine and grand torii gate “floating” in the sea are spectacular.

A view drastically changed by the tides Itsukushima shrine is constructed in the architectural style of the Heian period (794 – 1185); it is a unique building which likens the Seto Inland Sea to a pond. This grandeur, red lacquer-coated shrine blends natural and man-made beauty in perfect harmony; the view completely changes during high tide when the shrine and corridors appear as though they are floating in the sea. The entire island is considered as a holy object in which a deity resides; in the front of the holy island is Seto Inland...

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Business hours
- Everyday (6:30 AM ~ 5:00 PM )
Phone
0829-44-2020
Price
- Adult: 300 JPY
- Child: 100 JPY
Website
visit-miyajima-japan.com

Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum

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A must-see for ramen fans. Get a taste of Japanese soul food in Yokohama
Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum is a foodie theme park. With the concept of “Eating regional ramen all over the country without stepping on a plane”, you can enjoy ramen from every area of Japan.

Taste ramen from every part of Japan and around the world The Ramen Museum has a total of 9 ramen shops as of 2014. There is the main shop of Ryu Shanghai with its Yamagata Prefecture ramen accented by red spicy miso in the center, Tokyo’s Men-no-Toride that is popular with female customers for its complementary service to women and children, and Kamome Shokudo with its taste of Kessennuma, Miyagi Prefecture which was recreated here in recovery from the March 11th earthquake, and other regional ramen restaurants. On top of that, there i...

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Business hours
- Everyday (11:00 AM ~ 10:00 PM )
Phone
045-471-0503
Price
- Adult: 310 JPY
- Child: 100 JPY
Website
www.raumen.co.jp

The Best 30 Things to do in Your Visit to Japan

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A snow festival featuring snow statues and illumination centering around Odori Avenue in Sapporo
One of the largest events in Hokkaido for which more than 2 million people visit annually. Plenty of events where you can encounter huge snow and ice sculptures only to be found in an environment rich in snow.

The Odori Avenue venue The Sapporo Snow Festival takes place mainly at 3 venues, and the events held there can vary depending on the venue. First, the most well-known part of the festival which involves the gigantic snow and ice sculptures is held on Odori Avenue. This is the main venue for the snow festival. Spanning from Odori Avenue Nishi Itchome to Juu-Nichome, there are snow sculptures so large that you have to look up, as well as citizen-made sculptures all over that are small and cute. There are also interactive events such as a snow...

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Price
- Free
Varies according to the event
Website
www.snowfes.com

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

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The mysterious Okinawan sea is recreated here with whale sharks, manta rays and coral reefs!
An aquarium at Ocean Expo Park facing the emerald-green ocean. Starting with the highlight of the massive tank known as the Kuroshio Sea, it is filled with so many places to see that one day is simply not enough.

Japan’s most popular aquarium with annual visitors exceeding 2 million people. Located approximately 2 hours by car from Naha Airport, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is on the Motobu Peninsula in the northern part of Okinawa Island. This area which faces the beautiful sea was once the venue for Expo ’75. In the distance, you can see Iejima Island. The aquarium, which has the theme of “Encounter the Okinawan Sea”, can be entered from the 3rd floor (Coral Lobby), and heading to the 2nd and 1st floors, the facility is built so...

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Business hours
- Everyday (8:30 AM ~ 6:30 PM )
Phone
0980-48-3748
Price
- Adult: 1850 JPY
- Child: 610 JPY
From 4 p.m. adults are 1290 yen and children are 430 yen
Website
oki-churaumi.jp

Robot Restaurant

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An incredible 90-minute experience with robots, tanks and fighters
Robot Restaurant has garnered immense popularity from overseas tourists. Enjoy the world’s only collaboration of robots, dancing and live music.

An absolutely new show experience At the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku, foreign tourists are just flooding in. Inside, there are also plenty of famous personalities including overseas celebrities. The Robot Restaurant is located in a corner building within the neon streets of Kabukicho, Tokyo’s premier entertainment district for the night life. The total cost for the restaurant was about 100 million dollars which explains its opulent design. The show continues to surprise and impress. The 90-minute show which interweaves robots, dancers a...

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Business hours
- Everyday (4:00 PM ~ 11:00 PM )
The basic performance schedule is below
1st show: Doors open at 3:10pm~ Performance begins at 4:00pm~
2nd show: Doors open at 5:00pm~ Performance begins at 5:55pm~
3rd show: Doors open at 7:00pm~ Performance begins at 7:50pm~
4th show: Doors open at 9:00pm~ Performance begins at 9:45pm~

Phone
03-3200-5500
Price
- Adult: 8000 JPY
Meals require a separate charge of 1000 yen
Website
www.shinjuku-robot.com

Ueno Park

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A park filled with cherry trees where you can enjoy museums, a zoo and boat-riding
Ueno Park, a place also of culture and art where you can see popular art presentations and other exhibitions of note. Not only can you enjoy the turning of the seasons here but you can also tour some important historical buildings.

Experience history as well as culture in nature What makes Ueno Park special is that it is not just simply a park; you can experience history, science, and culture, and you can also spend time with animals. The park was originally part of the grounds of Kaneiji temple but was designated as one of the earliest public parks in Japan in the Meiji period (1868 – 1912). The park started out mainly as a place for viewing Kaneiji temple, Toshogu shrine and their cherry blossom trees. Subsequently, facilities were built one by one including muse...

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Business hours
- Everyday (5:00 AM ~ 11:00 PM )
Phone
03-3828-5644
Website
en.wikipedia.org

Great Buddha(Kotoku-in)

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The Great Buddha: the best sightseeing spot in Kamakura
Kamakura is a city located in Kanagawa Prefecture, nestled in between the mountains and the ocean and considerably abundant with nature. The Great Buddha of the Kotoku-in Temple has been designated as a National Treasure.

The City of Kamakura Kamakura is famous as a summer spot where many people enjoy surfing and marine sports along the coast. With its many historical temples and shrines, it’s a place that has an abundance of nature including the hydrangeas during the rainy season. The local Enoshima Railway linking many of the tourist spots is also popular. Kamakura is one of the recommended tourist spots where you can spend a leisurely time. Also, Kamakura is the site where the Kamakura shogunate was positioned. It is a place that had an enormously impo...

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Business hours
- Everyday (8:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM )
Phone
0467-22-0703
Price
- Adult: 200 JPY
- Child: 150 JPY
Website
www.kotoku-in.jp

Omotesando

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A trendy area. A neighborhood where you can encounter cutting-edge fashion and various other items
A sophisticated sense of high class engulfs the pedestrians walking there. From the main street to the back streets, there is a variety of shops. Even walking through the back alleys brings an air of celebrity

How Omotesando developed into a trendy area Its origins lay in the opening of an avenue leading to Meiji-Jingu Shrine in 1920. There are a number of reasons behind its birth as a trendy area. One reason is the appearance of the Doujunkai Aoyama Apartments where high-ranking officials and people of culture had resided and the Washington Heights (the facility that housed GHQ officers) that was constructed after the 2nd World War. The Washington Heights was then opened as the Athletes’ Village at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, and for other reas...

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Website
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Roppongi

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Feel at home in Roppongi. Get a taste of the extraordinary in an urban artistic space.
Roppongi had that image of a nighttime entertainment quarter for adults, but recently it has changed into a modern area. It has become a place to show Tokyo’s latest art by museums of art that have been going up one by one.

Notable museums of art on Embassy Row The embassies of every nation dot the surrounding area of Roppongi and there are many stores for foreigners. In the neighborhood, there are also plenty of notable art galleries. Let us introduce three of them with some special characteristics. Mori Art Museum Located on the 53rd floor of the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower. With an eye toward art from Japan and the rest of Asia, it’s a museum focused on modernity and internationality. Exhibitions of the world’s artists under the theme of contempor...

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