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37 Best Things To Do In Japan

From museums to lakes, shrines to markets.

Japan is spread out over 430 inhabited islands, which were isolated from the mid-17th to mid-19th centuries. Come the 20th century, however, they experienced a rapid societal evolution and transitioned from feudal society to empire. Today, Japan exists at the cutting edge of technology, walking the line between tradition and modernity with tea houses and kimono-clad geishas side-by-side with soaring skyscrapers. 

With so much to do, see, and eat, it's hard to know how best to plan out your itinerary for optimal sightseeing—whether it's your first time visiting or your fifth. This list of the best things to do in Japan is a great place to start. 

But remember—no list of things to do can compare to a custom-built itinerary from Journy. Leave it to the experts to build a daily travel plan from scratch just for you—complete not only with activities, but also restaurants, cafés, bars, transportation, and accommodation.

1Go Shopping in Harajuku

Address

1 Chome-17 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
Bursting with color and life, this famous shopping district is a hotbed of youth culture and full of affordable and quirky fashion shops, boutiques, department stores, and cozy alleyways. 

Made (extra) famous around the world by Gwen Stefani's "Harajuku Girls," it's here that you'll see all kinds of alternative fashions, particularly Lolita dresses. 

Be sure to check out the Laforet mall, ground zero for Lolita fashions. There are also many shops on Takeshita Dori and Omotesando. As you walk toward Omotesando, the streets become more modern and the shops more high-end.

2Explore Ginza

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Ginza, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan
One of Tokyo’s top shopping districts, Ginza is packed with upmarket boutiques along the main drag Chuo Dori, along with world-class cocktail and sushi bars. 

Looking for fine jewelry? Visit the 1930’s Wako Honkan department store. Want the highest tech electronics? Then head to the ultramodern Ginza Place.

When you’re tired of all of that shopping, head to the Kabuki-za theater to enjoy traditional Japanese dance and drama.
Sounds like something you’d like to experience? Trust the experts at Journy to build an itinerary from scratch just for you with all the must-see sights and hidden gems.

3Browse Manga & Anime in Akihabara

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Akihabara, Taito City, Tokyo, Japan
Akihabara is a lively shopping hub famous for its tech and appliance retailers (ranging from tiny stalls to sprawling department stores). 

With stores specializing in manga, anime, and video games such as the Tokyo Anime Center, the area is perfect for fans of Japanese media.

Live out your anime dreams while being served tea and desserts by staff dressed as maids or butlers at nearby maid cafes, and see people cosplay as all your favorite characters all around the area.

4Explore Kabukicho

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Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0021, Japan
Kabukicho is the district for adult-oriented nightlife in Tokyo. Clubs, pubs, and late-night snack bars are crammed into lantern-lit alleys in Golden Gai. Catch a kitschy sci-fi dinner show at the Robot Restaurant or headbang to rock bands at Marz and Ashibe Hall. 

During the daytime, you can dress up in warrior armor at the Samurai Museum, or learn about how to unleash your inner ninja at the Ninja Trick House.

5Explore & See The Famous Shibuya Crossing

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2 Chome-2-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya City, Tōkyō-to 150-0043, Japan
Made famous by the 2003 movie "Lost in Translation," Shibuya Crossing is a must-visit for anyone traveling to the capital. Experience the pedestrian lights all turning green at the same time and cross the intersection amongst everyone else, taking in the organized chaos. 

Shibuya is one of Tokyo's trendiest neighborhoods, full of young Japanese creatives. The area has a dizzying array of quirky shops, restaurants, and bars.

6Explore Ikebukuro, A Hub For Otaku Culture

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Japan, 〒171-0022 Tōkyō-to, Toshima City, Toshima, 1-chōme−28, 南池袋1丁目28−1
As Tokyo's secondary electronics and gaming district, Ikebukuro is a bit like Akihabara's younger cousin. The neighborhood is home to two major electronics stores as well as Otome Road, where you'll find anime and manga stores as well as maid and butler cafes. 

7Explore Tsukiji Outer Market

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4 Chome-16-2 Tsukiji, Chūō-ku, Tōkyō-to 104-0045, Japan
Although the inner Tsukiji market (along with the infamous tuna auction) closed a few years back and relocated to the new Toyosu Market, Tsukiji is still worth visiting. Grab breakfast or take a stroll through the more than 300 local shops that remain in the Outer Market. In addition to dried seaweed, fruit, vegetables, and fresh sashimi, you'll find sushi knives, kitchen utensils, and other culinary tools.

8Visit Meiji Shrine 

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1-1 Yoyogikamizonochō, Shibuya City, Tōkyō-to 151-8557, Japan
Dedicated to the late 19th-century emperor who opened Japan to the West, Tokyo's most famous Shinto shrine is wonderfully serene and austere (it’s not colorful or flashy like other Asian places of worship). The 40-foot-high (12-meter) torii gate at the entrance to the 200-acre park is made of 1,500-year-old cypress, and there's a second one like it closer to the shrine itself.

Stop at the cleansing station where you can dip into a communal water tank and purify your hands and mouth before offering up a prayer. You can write wishes on little pieces of paper and tie them onto the prayer wall, or do as the locals do: toss some yen into the offering box (it's near the enormous taiko drum), bow your head twice, clap twice, and bow once more.

9Stroll Through Ueno Park For Colorful Foliage & Endless People Watching

Address

上野公園5-20
Experience Tokyo’s wacky museum culture in Ueno Park. Home to some of the country’s best museums (Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum for Western Art, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, the National Science Museum, and Ueno Zoo), this is possibly the highest concentration of Japanese culture in the world.
 
The park used to be home to one of Tokyo’s best temples, but now it accommodates more than 1,000 cherry blossoms, which are visited by many tourists and residents during early spring—don’t miss a viewing party if you visit during peak hanami season
 
One of Japan’s most famous statues, which depicts samuri Saigo Takamori, is located in Ueno Park. He is famed for his defeat of the Satsuma troops in the park itself.
 
Also located in Ueno Park is Shinobazu Pond along with the five-story pagoda of Kaneji Temple. 

10Visit The Imperial Palace

Address

1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-8111, Japan
Located on the former site of the Edo Castle, this park-like complex is the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan and is surrounded by moats and stone walls. Take one of the two stone bridges to the inner palace grounds, which are open every day apart from January 2 (New Year’s Day observance in Japan) and December 23 (the Emperor’s birthday). 
 
Choose between a guided tour of the grounds (only available in Japanese, but you can use English audio on headphones) or explore independently in the East Gardens, which are open every day except Mondays and Fridays. 

11Explore Tokyo National Museum

Address

13-9 Uenokoen, Taito, Tokyo 110-8712, Japan
The Tokyo National Museum holds the world's largest collection of Japanese art, including ancient pottery, Buddhist sculptures, samurai swords, colorful ukiyo-e (woodblock prints), gorgeous kimonos, and much more.

Visitors with only a couple of hours to spare should focus on the Honkan (Main Gallery) and the enchanting gallery of Hōryū-ji Treasures, which displays masks, scrolls, and gilt Buddhas from Hōryū-ji (in Nara Prefecture, dating from 607).

With more time, you can explore the recently renovated, three-storied Tōyōkan (Gallery of Eastern Antiquities), with its collection of Buddhist sculptures from around Asia, and delicate Chinese ceramics. 

For a few weeks in spring and autumn, the garden, which includes several vintage teahouses, opens to the public.

12Shop Mandarake at Nakano Broadway

Address

5-52-15 Nakano, Nakano, Tokyo 164-0001, Japan
Akihabara might be famous for its electronics and anime, but true manga fans from around the world come to Nakano Broadway, an expansive complex filled entirely with merchandise from Japan’s best-selling comics. 

An incredible selection of magazines is bested only by 12 Mandarake stores, making for a head-turning, energetic, uniquely Japanese shopping experience. In particular, look for the shop on the fourth floor with a red torii gate at the entrance. 

Mandarake was established in 1987 as a pre-owned comic dealer in Nakano Broadway building.

13Indulge Your Inner Child at Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo

Address

Japan, 〒530-8202 Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Kita-ku, Umeda, 3 Chome−3−1−1 大丸梅田店13F
In the heart of Ikebukuro, the Pokémon Mega Center is home to literally everything you could imagine from the popular animated show and game series.

This sprawling store offers snacks, clothes, toys, games, and anything else that the word Pokémon can adorn. Even lapsed fans will get a kick out of the sheer abundance of cute plush dolls, kawaii Pikachus, and retro-themed gear based on the original games.

Let your inner child (or your actual child) go wild in this simply gigantic store dedicated to one of pop culture’s most enduring franchises.

14Drink in Golden Gai

Address

1 Chome-1 Kabukichō, 新宿区 Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0021, Japan
The Golden Gai is one of those rare neighborhoods in Tokyo that still retains the old-school, tiny, slightly ramshackle, but buzzing vibe. Among its six narrow, pedestrian-only alleys in the Shinjuku ward, you’ll find over 200 miniature bars. 

The number of punters who can squeeze into each establishment ranges from about five to thirty, though most of them are on the smaller side. Each bar has its own hook, whether outlandish decor, a signature drink, or the promise of free karaoke all night.

15Visit the Observation Deck of Tokyo Skytree

Address

1 Chome-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tōkyō-to 131-0045, Japan
For epic views of the city skyline, make your way to the observation decks at Tokyo Skytree. 

The television broadcasting tower is 634 meters tall, making it the tallest structure in Japan. The two enclosed decks are located at 350 and 450 meters respectively, which means you’ll have the opportunity to take in panoramic views of the Kanto Region and beyond.
 
Same-day tickets are available for purchase at the fourth floor ticket counter. 

16Immerse Yourself in Interactive Exhibits at teamLab Borderless Digital Arts Museum

Address

Japan, 〒135-0064 Tōkyō-to, Koto City, Aomi, 1-chōme−3−8 お台場パレットタウン
Upon opening in 2018, teamLab Borderless Digital Art Museum quickly became one of the most exciting additions to Tokyo's art scene. With over 10,000 square meters of digital postmodern art, the museum is an amazing example of how light and color can create an immersive experience for visitors.

17Explore Anime at Ghibli Museum

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1-1-83 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo 181-0013, Japan
Studio Ghibli Museum is an interactive experience showcasing the animation process of director Hayao Miyazaki (often regarded as the world's greatest living animator). Miyazaki cofounded Ghibli animation studio and is best known internationally for "Spirited Away," which won an Oscar for best animated film, "Princess Mononoke" and "My Neighbor Totoro." 

Some might call Studio Ghibli the Japanese version of Walt Disney, though Ghibli films are known to combine beautiful whimsical visuals with darker themes. 

The museum is a must-visit for any anime fan and advance tickets are absolutely necessary for entry (more on how to get tickets below, including tips for last-minute tickets). If you're a Journy traveler on our full service package, just reach out to your trip designer and we'll snag tickets for you. 

What's Inside the Museum?

At the museum, you can learn about the filmmaking process, see how technology in animation has evolved, explore hidden passageways, see large 3D zoetropes (large cylindrical pre-animation devices), and enjoy short animated films. 

There are interactive play areas with life-size recreations of scenes from popular films, including a giant Cat Bus from “My Neighbor Totoro!” Sadly, only children 12 years old and under are allowed to play on the plush Cat Bus, but there's plenty for adults to explore. From the terrace just off the Cat Bus Room,take the spiral staircase to the rooftop garden where you'll find a 5-meter tall hammered copper robot soldier from "Castle in the Sky" and the keystone, a replica of the control room stone in the floating castle, Laputa.  

Overall, the museum itself is a theme-park on animation. You'll find rooms that replicate the Miyazaki's study and workspace in intricate detail, filled with sketches, illustrations, toys, and more. There is also always a special exhibition that changes every few months. Past exhibitions have showcased the process of painting a film, explored how food is animated, and current features an exhibition on the process of creating the museum itself. You can learn more about the special exhibits at the official Ghibli Museum website

Additionally, be sure to engage with the extremely knowledgeable English-speaking Japanese staff who can answer any questions you might have about the animation process. 

What to expect when you arrive

Expect a line once you arrive as museum-goers wait for their entrance time. Tickets to the museum have one of four entrance times at 10AM, 12PM, 2PM, or 4PM. Admission is allowed up to 30 minutes after the entrance time on your ticket so be sure to plan your arrival carefully. Once you're inside, you can stay until closing time at 6PM. 

We recommend budgeting 2-3 hours to see everything in the museum, including the short films and time to explore the gift shop.

How to purchase tickets

There's a number of ways to purchase tickets depending on how much time you can dedicate to getting them, whether you have a friend in Japan who can get them for you, and how much you're willing to pay. Officially, tickets to the Ghibli Museum are only 1000 yen per adult (about $10 USD), but this requires either having a friend in Japan or waiting patiently by your computer once tickets go on sale. 

  • In-person at Lawson Convenience Stores in Japan (1000 yen or $10 USD): Ask a friend in Japan to purchase them for you via Lawson's convenience store kiosks. If you don't have a friend in Japan, Journy's full Japan trip planning service takes care of getting tickets for you (our Tokyo-based reservationist can purchase them in person at Lawson's convenience store kiosk and deliver them to your hotel).
  • Online via Lawson's Online Ticket Platform (1000 yen or $10 USD): Tickets go on sale on the 10th of every month at 10AM Japan Standard Time for the following month, which, depending on daylight savings, translates to 9PM or 10PM EST on the 9th of every month. If you wanted to visit in April, tickets would go on sale March 10th. Tickets sell out quickly via this method so be sure to log on at exactly the right time. Your vouchers will be delivered via email.
  • Online via Govoyagin with last minute options (3950-12,000 yen or $40-$120 USD): While this method still requires you to book before the official ticket window opens, it does save you the trouble of having to wait by your computer to for tickets. Note that Govoyagin charges a convenience fee depending on season that ranges from 3950 for off-peak (from May onwards) to 12,000 yen for a guaranteed ticket for peak season in April). They offer last minute tickets for the current month as well for 8500 yen, but these are often sold out (as of this writing on February 12, all last minute February tickets on Voyagin are sold out). For most options, you'll need to submit your request by the 8th of the month before when you need a ticket for (e.g., March 8th if you're going any time in April). Be sure to request multiple dates and times to maximize your chances of getting a ticket as the Govoyagin representative purchasing your ticket for you will also be purchasing them for you in person and some dates and times may not be available. Or, you can pay the premium for a guaranteed ticket. Tickets would then be delivered to your hotel or made available for pickup in their offices. 
  • Online via a tour on GetYourGuide with last minute options (starting at $46.98 - similar options available on Klook and Viator as well): There are a few tour options available starting at $46.98 to $92 per person which occasionally have last minute availability. As of this writing it is February 12, 2020 and there are tickets available for February 20, 28 and 30 for this tour option
  • Online via a JTB hotel or train package (packages start at $157): While JTB USA used to offer individual Ghibli museum tickets, as of January 2019 they discontinued this service. Now, you can only purchase a Ghibli museum ticket as a bundle with a JR Rail Pass (starting at $319 for a 7 day rail pass with a Ghibli museum ticket or starting at $157 for 2 nights of hotel with a Ghibli museum ticket). The benefit of the JTB tickets are that they aren't timed so you can enter any time on your allotted day. The downside is that it's quite expensive. A 7 day JR Pass purchased directly through JR Rail is only $270 and the official Ghibli tickets are about $10 USD, so you're paying an extra $39, which is slightly less expensive than booking through Govoyagin. The other caveat with this method is that you'll also need to be 3 months in advance (e.g., if you're visiting in April, you can submit your request as early as January 1). 


18Spend a Day at Tokyo Disneyland

Address

Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture 279-0031, Japan
This 115-acre wonderland at the Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture will have your inner child doing backflips.

Spread across seven distinct zones, Tokyo Disneyland features all of the characters you know and love (Micky, Minnie, Donald Duck, Goofy, Daisy Duck, etc), and ample open space to accommodate the 17 million people who visit every year. It comes in third on the list of the world’s most visited theme parks, behind Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Park at the Disneyland Resort.

Prepare yourself for everything from a Venetian gondola ride to Splash Mountain.

19Enjoy The Nautical Wonderland of Tokyo DisneySea

Address

1-13 Maihama, Urayasu-shi, Chiba-ken 279-0031, Japan
Tokyo DisneySea was the fastest theme park in the world to reach the milestone of 10 million guests, having done so in 307 days after its grand opening.

With attractions such as Pixar Playtime and the Tower of Terror, it’s not hard to see what draws so many people to the park.

Sitting on just over 100 acres, this park contains seven themed “ports of call,” but you may be most taken with the American Waterfront and its recreation of the New York harbor. 

20Wander Through Ashikaga Flower Park 

Address

607 Hasamachō, Ashikaga, Tochigi 329-4216, Japan
The Ashikaga Flower Park was originally built in 1968 in a different location around a legendary, 130-year-old wisteria tree. When the park was relocated ten years later, so too was the tree.

Although a stunning park to visit year-round, with eight seasonal areas, the main attraction comes in spring, when the wisteria (or fuji) is in bloom with its hypnotic blue flowers.

21Take in Mount Fuji

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Mount Fuji, Kitayama, Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture 418-0112, Japan
This active volcano (don’t worry: it hasn’t erupted since 1707) has been a site of cultural importance to Japanese people since time immemorial.

During the warmer months, this perfectly shaped volcano is a great hiking location, and during the winter, you can hit the slopes at the winter resorts. 

Not in the mood for hiking? During the summer, the area surrounding Mount Fuji is home to the beautiful Fuji Five Lakes region—as well as Hakone, a nearby hot spring resort.

22Explore Lake Kawaguchi

Address

Lake Kawaguchi, Fujikawaguchiko, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
Lake Kawaguchi, or Kawaguchiko, is one of the Five Fuji Lakes, and is both the easiest to get to and the biggest. (The other four lakes are Yamanaka, Saiko, Shoji, and Motosu.)

A hot spring resort town with tourist attractions and views of Mount Fuji is located around the lake's eastern end, while the northern and western shores are mostly undeveloped and perfect for exploring.

23Stroll Through Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

Address

Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, 616-0000, Japan
Stepping into the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest feels like stepping into an alternative universe; one filled with a sprawling, sky-high bamboo grove that reaches further than the eye can see. Stroll leisurely down the main path through the grove (arguably the most famous site in Kyoto) and take in the enveloping atmosphere of thick green stalks. 

The path leads slightly uphill to the magnificent garden of the Ōkōchi Sansō Villa, which is a sight in and of itself.

24Tour Kinkaku-ji

Address

1 Kinkakujicho, Kita Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 603-8361, Japan
Located in Northern Kyoto, Kinkaku-ji (aka the Golden Pavilion) is a Zen temple with stunning top floors completely covered in gold leaves. Formally known as Rokuon-ji, the temple was the retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, and according to his will it became a Zen temple of the Rinzai sect after his death in 1408.

Kinkaku-ji was the inspiration for the similarly named Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion), built by Yoshimitsu's grandson, Ashikaga Yoshimasa, on the other side of the city a few decades later in 1482.

Note: Because this is the city's most famous attraction, expect heavy crowds during peak travel season. 

25Tour Fushimi Inari Taisha

Address

68 Fukakusa Yabunouchicho, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 612-0882, Japan
Famous for the hundreds of bright orange torii gates that wind through verdant trails, Fushimi Inari Taisha is Kyoto’s main shrine to Inari, the patron god of prosperity. Behind the shrine, you’ll be able to marvel at the sacred Mount Inari, which rises 700 feet above sea level. 

As Inari is also the god of foxes, you’ll find many statues of the animal as you wander through the beautiful and sacred grounds. In the early morning and late afternoon, the bright torii gates look magical, catching the light and glow from within.

While there's one main route to the Fushimi Inari Shrine at the top of the mountain, don't be afraid to go off course and forge your own path—you'll be rewarded with hidden bamboo groves, tiny shrines and statues, and fewer crowds.

26Explore Gion

Address

Japan, 〒605-0073 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, 東山区
Down by the Kamogawa river banks, you’ll find the Gion District: a fascinating mix of old and new Kyoto. One street is lit by teahouse lanterns, while tall buildings line the next. 

Gion is famous as one of Kyoto’s geisha districts, so keep an eye out for kimonos in the crowd while you make your way to one of the many restaurants and teahouses.

27Explore Nara Park

Address

雑司町469 Nara, 奈良県 〒630-8211 Japan
Nara Park is an expansive public park located at the foot of Mount Wakakusa. It’s one of the oldest parks in the country (established back in 1880) and houses an impressive number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites (eight, if we’re counting). 

Spend some time strolling the temple-filled destination; you’ll find lush greenery, an expanse of tall trees, quiet pathways, and roaming deer (you can buy a pack of crackers to feed them, but proceed with caution). 

Its attractions include the Tōdai-ji Buddhist Temple, Kasuga Taisha Grand Shrine, Kōfuku-ji Buddhist Temple, and the Nara National Museum.

28Tour Osaka Castle 

Address

1-1 Osakajo, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 540-0002, Japan
A replica of the original castle built in the 1580s, the current Osaka Castle was completed in 1931. The castle features stone walls, copper roofing, and gold trim, making it a beautiful exhibition and replication of old Osaka. Take in spectacular views of the surroundings areas and park grounds at the observatory located on the 8th floor.

Admission is 600 yen for adults and free for children under 15 years old.

29Explore Dotonbori in Osaka

Address

Dotonbori, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0071, Japan
Dotonbori is the beating heart of Osaka’s vibrant food culture and considered the city’s most popular place to eat. It's located in the downtown area of the Namba district along the canal, and is recognized by its bold, eye-catching billboards (namely the Glico Running Man and Kani Koraku crab sign)—in addition to its restaurants, bars, shops, and street food such as takoyaki and okonomiyaki.

30Visit Universal Studios Japan

Address

2 Chome-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 554-0031, Japan
Just outside the ancient city of Osaka is the massive Universal Studios Japan theme park.

Its attractions—most notably the Harry Potter-themed area—will undoubtedly be familiar to most Western audiences. But what truly sets the park apart are the localized attractions, such as One Piece and Dragonball attractions.

Don’t forget to get a photo with Hello Kitty!

31Tour Himeji Castle 

Address

68 Honmachi, Himeji-shi, Hyōgo-ken 670-0012, Japan
With its bright white walls, sloping roofs, and impressive size, Himeji Castle is easily Japan's most beautiful castle—with a stunning Kokoen Garden to boot.

The initial site and basic structure dates back to 1333, though the subsequent centuries saw extensive remodeling, rebuilding, and renovation. The castle has stood in its present form for over 400 years. 

32Snap a Photo of The Bright Red Torii Gate at Itsukushima Shrine 

Address

Japan, 〒739-0588 Hiroshima-ken, Hatsukaichi-shi, 宮島町Miyajimachō, 1−1
Known for the marvelous, red floating torii gate, Itsukushima Shrine is both a National Treasure and UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Torii gates are an important part of Japanese culture as they represent the boundary between the spirit and human worlds. Make sure you see the floating gate while the tide is high, or wait until the water recedes to walk out to it.

33Tour Matsumoto Castle

Address

4-1 Marunouchi, Matsumoto-shi, Nagano-ken 390-0873, Japan
One of Japan’s national treasures, Matsumoto is the oldest six-story castle in Japan. Set on a lake with a stunning view of the Japanese Alps, its monochrome exterior is an excellent showcase of traditional Japanese architecture. 

Built during the Eisho period, this was a former training ground for samurais. Today, the castle grounds feature a modern-day warrior who lets you pose for a photo with him.

34Visit Niseko in Hokkaido

Address

Niseko, Abuta District, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan
Spend the day skiing at Niseko Village, an award-winning ski site with challenging trails and stunning surroundings. Located at the base of Mount Niseko, it boasts more than 2,000 acres of skiable terrain. 

Niseko Village lift tickets allow access to seven lifts that accommodate beginner to expert skiers, starting at ¥5,500 per day (about $52).

35Play With Japanese Macaque Monkeys at Arashiyama Monkey Park

Address

61 Arashiyama Nakaoshitachō, Nishikyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 616-0004, Japan
Come face-to-face with Japanese macaque monkeys at Iwatayama Monkey Park, located high above the three tops in the tranquil highlands of Arashiyama Mountain. Once you’ve reached the park, spend some time engaging with the playful and interactive animals. And before you leave, turn your attention to the sweeping panoramic views of Kyoto, which span out below you. 

36Check Out Amazing Views & Unique Attractions at Tokyo Tower

Address

Tokyo Tower, 4 Chome-2-8 Shibakōen, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 105-0011, Japan
The second tallest structure in the entire country, Tokyo Tower is an active radio tower, making it one of the capital’s most famous landmarks. It’s also home to the Guinness World Records Museum and the Tokyo Tower Aquarium. 

You can pay 900 yen to take the 600 steps or the elevator to the observation deck, where there's a souvenir shop and cafe. 

For an additional 700 yen, you can take a second set of elevators to the special observatory for an even more breathtaking view. On a clear day, you might even see Mount Fuji in the distance!

37Explore Asakusa by Rickshaw

Address

Asakusa, Taitō, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan
Asakusa is a historical district of Tokyo that’s best known as being home to the city’s oldest temples, Senso-ji, which was founded in 628. Many people believe that the Asakusa Kannon deity enshrined here has the ability to bestow benefits on earth, and around 30 million visitors from throughout Japan and abroad visit the neighborhood and the temple every year. It was the epicenter for the development of Edo culture, and these traces still remain today. 

Beside the temple, the neighborhood is known for its shopping along Nakamise Street and Kappabashi Shopping Street. The Tokyo Skytree is located about 20 minutes from Asakusa, so many travelers flock into the neighborhood after visiting the famous 634-meter tower.

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