Things to Do in Japan

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Japan is a nation with unique culture with many tourist attractions such as Mount Fuji, Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, and Meiji Jingu

In Japan, you could get a first-hand experience of eating autenthic, yummy Japanese food

There are many tourist attractions that incorporates robotics as well

Before you go to this country, be sure to know the rules and etiquette!

There are a lot of souvenir shops you can find in Harajuku as well

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SIGHTSEEING

If you seek for some serenity and nature, you can go to Arashiyama Bamboo Forest in Kyoto. Small roads with tall bamboo grove on your right and left will make you feel like you’re in another world. Because it’s one of the most popular places in Kyoto, it will get crowded in the afternoon.

So, we recommend you to get there as early as possible in the morning. Some people even opt to go at dawn to get the full experience of walking along the path without much disturbance.

You can also visit Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. This is one of the most popular parks in Japan, as the view is really picturesque especially in spring. Many people visit this park with their family and friends, spending quality time under the trees. You should try it too! the place is very strategic and easy to access from Shinjuku station.
There are 3 types of garden in Shinjuku Gyoen. The first one is Japanese landscape garden with large ponds and several Taiwan Pavilion. Then, there’s French garden and English landscape garden which is open lawns surrounded by cherry trees.

How about spending some times near a lake? Well, you can go to Lake Kawaguchi! This beautiful lake features the sight of Fuji Mountain. So, it’s extra picturesque. You can reach this place via express train or bus from Tokyo. Near the lake, you will find many other attractions such as hot springs and local cuisine place.

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

You will feel like you're in a fairy tale once you've walked between the bamboo grooves

Since this place is often crowded with tourists, do arrive early

A lot of gift shops and coffeeshops are available near the forest

Address : Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, 616-0000, Japan

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

This beautiful park is a nice place to stroll around

The park is close to Shinjuku Station

Inside the park, you will find traditional Japanese garden area, tea rooms, and an English garden

Address : 11 Naitōmachi, Shinjuku City, Tōkyō-to 160-0014, Japan

Lake Kawaguchi

From this place, you can see Mount Fuji clearly

You can take the speedboat and get closer to the Mountain

The air is really fresh, perfect to cleanse your mind

Address : Lake Kawaguchi, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi, Japan

CULTURE

Let’s learn something while we visit a county, shall we? If you don’t know where to start, you can go to the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. It was the primary residence of the emperor of Japan. Surrounding the palace, you will find shrines, parks, and museums. There is no admission fee to enter but it requires registration in advance or on the day with maximum of 500 guests per day. So, we recommend visiting the palace early!

Another place you can visit is Himeji Castle. This castle complex is located in Hyogo Prefecture. It was built in 17th century and had survived many centuries of warring states and feuding warlords. Not only you will see the historical importance of this castle, you will also be mesmerised of its huge built and pretty white outer walls.

Imperial Palace

This palace radiates an intense atmosphere of the historical Japan

Surrounding the palace is natural beauty, with trees and flowers

If you're visiting this place, be mindful to not to climb the wall

Address : 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda City, Tōkyō-to 100-8111, Japan

Himeji Castle

The area of this castle is very pretty, be ready with your camera!

You can enter the castle and see what's in it

The building is very well preserved, including its extensive grounds

Address : 68 Honmachi, Himeji, Hyogo 670-0012, Japan

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best time to visit Japan varies by which part of Japan you want to go to. If you’re going to Tokyo, Osaka, and other nearby cities, we recommend you to come in Spring since there are many festivals you can be a part of and the view of cherry blossoms are extra beautiful. On the other hand, if you’re visiting place such as Okinawa, you may want to visit in Summer since it’s a beach-y tourist destination.

In general, the best time to visit Japan is from March to May and from September to November since the chance of rain is low, so you will be able to explore Japan under the clear, blue sky!

DO'S AND DON'TS

Japan is a country with people who holds firmly to their culture and they also emphasize on politeness. So, there are several things you must know before you explore this country. First, you must take off your shoes before entering a house. Don’t stare at people, it makes them feel uncomfortable. You’re also not allowed to play with your chopsticks and also don’t tip your waiter.

Follow the rules of queueing and standing on an elevator. In Tokyo, you should stand on the left side when riding an elevator while in Osaka, you should stand on the right side. Also, when you’re using a public transportation or in a public space, avoid having loud phone conversations.

You may also want to check out the train system and whether you should get a 7, 14, or 21 days train pass.

LANDMARKS

Mount Fuji is probably the first thing that came to your mind when we talk about Japan. No wonder, because it has been the symbol of Japan, being the highest mountain in the country and the scenery of the mountain is very beautiful from afar, with white snow covering the peak of the mountain. You can also visit Mount Fuji and climb it which takes about 5-7 hours.

Another landmark you’ve must see before about Japan is Fushimi Inari Taisha. Located in Kyoto, it is a very beautiful Shinto shrine that has visitors mesmerized by its thousands of Torii Gates leading to the main building. Although most foreign visitors came to this place to explore the mountain trails, the shrine building is also too beautiful to miss out on.

Fushimi Inari Taisha

Fushimi Inari Taisha is a beautiful complex of shrine in Japan

You will need to hike to reach the shrine. So, bring enough water

You can get some Japanese street foods at the entrance

Address : 68 Fukakusa Yabunouchichō, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, 612-0882, Japan

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji has been playing an important role as a symbol of Japan

It's a really good place for sightseeing

You may get altitude sickness when you're climbing the mountain

Address : Mount Fuji, Kitayama, Fujinomiya, Shizuoka 418-0112, Japan

POPULAR TOURIST DESTINATIONS

There are many popular tourist destinations in Japan, starting from historical place, amusement parks, to art museum of animation!

If you’re starting from Tokyo, you can go to Tokyo Skytree! This iconic tourist destination has been named as the second tallest structure in the world. Not only you can see its majestic built from afar, but you can also enter the building and go to the observation desk, which is 350m above the ground. You can go to there at night as well, watching the beautiful scenery of Tokyo from above.

What if you want to visit Osaka first in your tour? Well, you can go to Osaka Castle. This popular tourist destination in Osaka is the symbol of Osaka in Kansai region and had witnessed and played an important role in the historical Japan unification in the sixteenth century. Not only it holds a historical importance, the castle is very beautiful as well in all seasons.

Go to Meiji Jingu in Shibuya if you want to see the shrine that is dedicated to the spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort. This shrine is one of the most popular and largest Shinto shrines in Tokyo. Millions of people came here to worship. Enter the shrine area for free and you will feel the serenity that Japanese people has been maintaining at the shrine!
If you want to have some fun, you can go to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka!

This large amusement park will never get you bored at all, since there are many attractions and themed-area you can check out, such as Harry Potter, Minion Park, and Jurassic Park. Watch out for the souvenirs shop, you may find yourself penniless after entering them since the souvenirs are so cute and you’d probably won’t see them anywhere else.

Osaka Castle

In this beautiful castle, you will learn about the key role of Toyotomi Hideyoshi in Japan unification

Inside of the castle is more like a modern museum, with an elevator that takes you up to the 5th floor

Don't miss out visiting this place in Spring, since the view gets extra stunning in that season with the cherry blossoms around

Address : 1-1 Osakajo, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 540-0002, Japan

Tokyo Skytree

Go to Tokyo Skytree and get the excellet view of Tokyo from above!

Near Tokyo Skytree, there are many eateries and clothing stores

You will be able to see Mount Fuji in clear weather

Address : 1-chōme-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida City, Tōkyō-to 131-8634, Japan

Meiji Jingu

Meiji Jingu is one of the main attractions in Tokyo

It is a majestic shrine which is often used for holding a traditional wedding ceremonies

The peaceful atmosphere will refresh your mind

Everything is very well maintained and clean

Address : 1-1 Yoyogikamizonochō, Shibuya City, Tōkyō-to 151-8557, Japan

Universal Studios Japan

There are many rides and themed parks you can enjoy in this place

One of the most popular park is Harry Potter themed area with Hogwarts Castle in it

There are a lot of souvenir shops inside

Address : 2-chōme-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana-ku, Osaka, 554-0031, Japan

BEST HOTELS AND RESORTS

Looking for a place to stay in Japan? If you’re in Tokyo, you can book a room in Shinjuku Granbell Hotel! this hotel is a 4-star hotel situated very strategically in the heart of Tokyo. So, you will have an easy access to other public attractions. The rooms are elegantly furnished and equipped with complete amenities. There is a rooftop terrace as well where you can see Tokyo from above.

Another hotel you can book is The Park Front Hotel at Universal Studio Japan. Situated in Osaka, this a 4-star hotel with a close proximity to the popular amusement park, Universal Studio Japan. Luxurious amenities, fast internet access, and top-notch service will make your stay in Japan very pleasant.

Shinjuku Granbell Hotel

This luxurious hotel offers great service for your overnight stay in Tokyo

The staffs speak pretty good english and attentive to your needs

The rooms are clean and a rooftop bar is available

Address : 2-chōme-14-5 Kabukichō, Shinjuku City, Tōkyō-to 160-0021, Japan

The Park Front Hotel at Universal Studios Japan

This hotel is only 2 minutes walk from Universal City Train station

The hotel is overlooking Aji River with the views of Mount Rokko and Wakayama mountain range

Buffet restaurant is available, as well as coin-operated laundy facilities

Address : 6-chōme-2-52 Shimaya, Konohana-ku, Osaka, 554-0024, Japan

BEST RESTAURANTS

Feeling hungry? You can go to Kikko in Ueno, Asakusa. It is a family-run restaurant, serving traditional Japanese food. Not only you will be pleased of the yummy food, you will also feel the intense Japanese traditional building in this restaurant. The owner and waiter would play a Japanese traditional music instrument as well, so the atmosphere is unrivalled.

Another restaurant you must visit is Matsusakagyu Yakiniku M Hozenji Hanare! Located in Osaka, this restaurant offers you Matsusaka beef, which is one of three major types of wagyu in Japan. The restaurant is strategically located near Mizukake Fudo of Hozenji Temple. Don’t worry if you’re coming with a lot of friends, since they have large space of eating area.

Kikkō

This restaurant offers amazing traditional space with yummy food

You will be accompanied by Japanese music when eating your meal

The atmosphere in this restaurant is perfect

Address : 2-chōme-2-2-13 Asakusa, Taito City, Tōkyō-to 111-0032, Japan

Matsusakagyu Yakiniku M Hozenji Hanare

This restauran offers tasty beef with amazing ambience

The chef and the staffs are very friendly

The price of the food is worth the quality and experience

Address : Japan, 〒542-0076 Osaka, Chūō-ku, Nanba, 1-chōme−5−24 だるまビル 2F

BEST SOUVENIR SHOPS

Looking for a place to buy Japanese souvenirs? Well, aside from Daiso which you can practically find everywhere, you can go to Tokyo National Museum Shop. There are t-shirts, tote bags, mugs, stationery, bookmarks, and many more which are made based on objects and motifs in Tokyo National Museum. You will also find more luxurious souvenirs such as ceramics and lacquer made by contemporary Japanese artists.

Tokyo National Museum Museum Shop

This souvenir store sells high quality souvenirs

They have a wide range of products, from ceramics to pottery

The price of the products are reasonable

Address : 13-9 Uenokōen, Taito City, Tōkyō-to 110-8712, Japan