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Japan Things to Do

  • Asakusa

    Tokyo Things to Do

    As you pass through Hozomon you will see the Five Storey Pagoda to your left. This, like other buildings in the complex, dates originally from 942 but has been many times destroyed by fire and rebuilt. Most recently, fires from the World War Two Tokyo air raids razed it to the ground, and it was rebuilt through donations made by faithful Buddhists...

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  • Gion (Geisha district)

    Kyoto Things to Do

    For the most part our “Essential Honshu” tour, booked through Inside Japan, didn’t include any extras, leaving us free to explore with the group or alone. But an exception to this was the Walking Tour of Gion that had been arranged for us in Kyoto. Gion is one of the main Geisha districts in Kyoto, and arguably its most famous. Our tour was led...

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  • Tennoji park

    Osaka Things to Do

    Also in the park is the zoo. Entrance fee is 500 Yen / 150 Yen for children. The zoo is open from 9:30 - 17:00. closed on monday. There are some modern exhibits, like the one about africa. And we think it is a nice place to visit with children. Some 360° pictures can be seen on this website:...

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  • Nagoya Castle

    Nagoya Things to Do

    The year 2013 will see another get-together of world tourists to Nagoya probably since 2005 when the Expo was held. It is not only the opening of Honmaru Palace of Nagoya Castle but another tourist attraction Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Garden will be much refreshed. Nagoya castle had two grand palaces, Honmaru Palace adjacent to castle keep and...

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  • Peace Park and Memorial Museum

    Hiroshima Things to Do

    The Peace Memorial Park is about a 15 minute streetcar ride from the train station. There are actually two train stations . Hiroshima and Shin-Hiroshima, which are connected. The Shinkansen trains stop at the Shin-Hiroshima station which is north of the Hiroshima station. Budget about two hours ( plus ) for the Park and Museum.

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  • Meriken Park & Harborland

    Kobe Things to Do

    in this area, you can do a lot. there is the mosaic mall just on the other side from kobe tower, all the cafe and restaurants there have the sea view. i wrote a review about the aswome fisherman market restaurant , check it and rate it please. this mall have a lot of shops, not cheap and not expensive, about average in japan. there is a dinning...

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  • Todaiji Temple

    Nara Things to Do

    Todaiji Temple (東大寺), or the Great Eastern Temple is the most famous temple of Nara, and also one of most important in all of Japan. The temple was constructed in 752, but the building has been rebuilt, and the present structure dates back to 1692. This massive building was the largest wooden building in the world until the...

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  • Korakuen Garden

    Okayama Things to Do

    Now here's one of those all too rare havens from the outside world Overlooked by the Black Castle one can wander around this larger than normal setting. Yes there's a lot of open space but as you wind your way around the gardeners have created variation We found that as we walked around the scene changed from garden to farming to hills to forest...

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  • Itsukushima Shrine

    Miyajima Things to Do

    If you are in the Hiroshima city, you must visit Itsukushima-Jinjya in Miyajima. It's the shrine (not a temple) with famous red torii (gate) in the water, but has lots more than just the torii. Unfortunately, the building including the gate is not the original one. Since it was originally built in 593, it has been damaged by fires and tyhoons...

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  • Snow Monkey Park

    Nagano Things to Do

    Without a doubt, one of the coolest spectacles in all of Japan is to watch the wild snow monkeys of the Japanese Alps sit out a snowy winter day soaking in the hot waters of a naturally-heated onsen. At Jigokudani Yaenkoen monkey park, just above Nagano, you can see these migratory macaques, the world's most northerly primates (besides man) forage...

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  • Ginza

    Tokyo Things to Do

    Ginza is a high-end shopping and fashion district, known as one of the most luxurious shopping areas in the world. Some of the big stores here include Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, the Sony showroom. It is also home to Tokyo's most famous live theater, the Kabuki-za theater, which is closed, but expected to reopen in 2013. While Ginza's main...

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  • Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion)

    Kyoto Things to Do

    Some sights are so much talked about and so often visited that you wonder if they can really be that wonderful. The Golden Pavilion is one such sight – and yes, it really is that wonderful. You will have to share it with many other people, but don’t let the thought of the crowds that flock here put you off. This place is a stunner and popular for...

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  • Dotombori

    Osaka Things to Do

    Dōtonbori is one of the liveliest area of Osaka, particularly at night. Established in the 1600s, Dōtonbori quickly became famous as a "pleasure district," full of theaters, prostitutes, and other pleasures for men. Today the area is known more for its restaurants, though prostitution is still alive and well. Dōtonbori is most...

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  • Shrines & Temples

    Nagoya Things to Do

    Toganji Temple was built by Oda Nobuyuki and moved to its present location in 1714. The temple is famous for its large Buddha (Daibutsu) which was built in 1987. Unlike most other Daibutsu, this one is a deep green color and was made in a more Indian style. Large elephant statues are located on the corners. It's an interesting site. The temple is...

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  • Miyajima

    Hiroshima Things to Do

    I was skeptical about the appeal of Mt. Misen since one round trip ticket costed me 1800 yen, which was by far the most expensive ropeway I had ever used. "No view is worth this much, " I remember telling myself. Of course, Mt. Misen soon showed me just how small-minded I was since the ride felt like forever. At least, the amount of time I spent in...

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  • Chinatown (Nankin-Machi)

    Kobe Things to Do

    Kobe is home to one of Japan's three most famous Chinatowns (Yokohama and Nagasaki being the other two), so when the Chinese New Year arrives (setsubun), the Chinatowns are great places to visit, and Kobe is no exception! Although the Chinatown in Kobe is relatively small, during the Chinese New Year, the performances and festivities are plentiful...

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  • Nara Park

    Nara Things to Do

    Nara Park and Miyajima are probably Japan's most famous places to see, pet, and feed deer! The park itself is rather ordinary and unspectacular (not counting all of the historical sites within and around it!), yet because of all the deer, many visitors consider it a "must-see" place in Japan and indeed it's worth a walk around. Most people visit...

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  • Kibiji District (Kibi Plains)

    Okayama Things to Do

    Kibitsuhiko Shrine is dedicated to Prince Kibitsuhiko-no-mikoto, who is known for being the heroine of the tale that, over time, became the famous tale of Momotaro! The main shrine was rebuilt in 1697. It was built in the Sangensha Nagare architectural style, which is quite beautiful and impressive. The pathway leading up to the shrine has ponds...

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  • Mount Misen

    Miyajima Things to Do

    Mount Misen is a historic holy mountain on Miyajima established by the Priest Kukai, also known as Kobo Daishi, founder of the Shingon sect of Buddhism. There are religious sites on the mountain and those wanting to experience it as a spiritual site should consider taking the hiking trails, but there is also a ropeway that can take you to the...

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  • Zenkoji Temple

    Nagano Things to Do

    The main hall is typical Buddhist architecture from the mid Edo Period. The principle image is enshrined inside the altar in the innermost temple. Admission to the inner temple is 500 Yen, and visitors can walk around the kaidan ordination (the dark corridors under the main hall - it is said that if you manage to touch the key below the principle...

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  • Shinjuku

    Tokyo Things to Do

    We spent the last half day of our trip around Japan back in Tokyo, staying in the Shinjuku district. Unfortunately we had some of the worst weather of our trip – driving rain and strong winds. This wasn’t conducive to proper exploration but we did grab our umbrellas and venture out of the hotel to see more of Shinjuku. The area to the west of its...

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  • Kiyomizu Temple

    Kyoto Things to Do

    This Buddhist temple is possibly the most visited in Kyoto – it is certainly up there in the top five. And it’s easy to see why it draws the crowds. It has a lovely hillside setting with views of the town and several other nearby pagodas and temples. It is near enough the centre of town and those other temples to be easily accessible. And it has a...

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  • castle

    Osaka Things to Do

    The first thing to say about Osaka Castle is that it is not as old as it looks to be when you first see it. This is a concrete 1930s copy of the first Osaka Castle, which was built in 1585 by Hideyoshi Toyotomi. This was considered the finest in the country and was a powerful symbol of Hideyoshi’s supremacy – it was he who brought an end to the...

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  • Zoo & Botanic Gardens

    Nagoya Things to Do

    Higashiyama Koen(Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Garden, Higashiyama Park, Nagoya Zoo and Botanic Garden) is the second popular zoo in Japan in 2010 with 2.18 million annual visitors twice as large figure as that of Nagoya castle and used to be the largest of its kind in Asia before the second world war. The park which has about 60 ha in area is...

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  • Hiroshima Castle

    Hiroshima Things to Do

    Hiroshima Castle was built in 1589 by Mori Terumoto where he ruled over much of the Chugoku region. The castle survived through the years, even when other castles were torn down in the Meiji Period, but it could not withstand the atomic bombing in 1945, which exploded quite close to the wooden castle. The current castle was built in 1958. Inside...

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  • Kobe Luminarie

    Kobe Things to Do

    The Kobe Luminarie is not just one of Japan's illuminations; it's the first and original illumination in Japan. Unlike other illuminations that are only meant to look pretty, the Kobe Luminarie has real meaning and significance; it originally started in the 90s after the Great Hanshin Earthquake devastated the city. It's purpose was to provide some...

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  • Kofukuji Temple

    Nara Things to Do

    Kōfuku-ji Temple is one of the eight key locations in the Nara UNESCO World Heritage Site. This was the first temple established in Nara when the capital was moved here. The temple contains several national treasures including five structures built from the 1100s to the mid 1400s. The Five Story Pagoda, originally constructed in 730 AD and...

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  • Handayama Botanical Garden

    Okayama Things to Do

    Handayama Botanical Garden is one of the many options in Okayama for those who like flowers and gardens. It was designed to have something blooming in all seasons of the year, and the layout is well-planned and attractive. It is one of the city's famous places to see cherry blossoms, although my visit was not during cherry blossom season. I visited...

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  • Five-Tiered Pagoda

    Miyajima Things to Do

    The beautiful curved roofs of the Goju-no-to Pagoda and strinking vermilion colouring are a familiar sight on the island of Miyajima. Standing on a hill overlooking the bay and Itsukushima Shrine, the pagoda was built in 1407 and is a curious mix of Chinese and Japanese architectural styles. The curved roofs show the Chinese influences while the...

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  • Yudanaka Shibu Onsen Resort

    Nagano Things to Do

    Nagano Prefecture has the second largest number of spas in Japan, and there are many hot spring resorts here - Yudanaka-Shibu Onsen, Hakuba Onsen, Omachi Onsen, Shirahone Onsen etc. We went to the Yudanaka-Shibu Onsen Resort and stayed in a ryokan (with its own bath). This town has 9 different hot springs, and the 1300-year-old Shibu Onsen has 9...

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  • Akihabara

    Tokyo Things to Do

    This is the mecca for all gadget nerds out there. You will find pretty much any new high tech gadget you can imagine here. Some stores offer tax free goods, although the prices might be higher than other stores. To all robot interested, I can highly recommend "Kondo Robo Spot", which is a small store where you can try out their robots. If you are...

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  • Fushimi Inari Shrine

    Kyoto Things to Do

    This is actually the main Inari shrine in Japan (which is a shrine dedicated to the fox spirit). Seemingly endless rows of red torii line the pathway up along the hilly trail of Mount Inari (stands about 233m). The toriis are mainly donated by individuals or companies to the shrine for blessings or thanksgiving. The entire gentle hike is really...

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  • Umeda Sky Building

    Osaka Things to Do

    While many of Japan's cities have some sort of building where you can view the surrounding city, not all of them are really worth the money. The Umeda Sky Building is one however that is worth it, especially at night! The city is beautiful and with it all lit up with the bridges over the river, it's a great way to end a day of...

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  • Parks

    Nagoya Things to Do

    Shirotori Teien close to Atsuta Shrine was designed in 1989 for World Design Expo held in Nagoya. This stroll landscape garden has a imcoming tide pond just like that of Hamarikyu Garden in Tokyo. I was most impressed by the reconstruction of ravine and waterfall home to various kinds of dragonflies. This garden also has wide variety of flowers...

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  • Shukkeien Garden

    Hiroshima Things to Do

    Shukkeien Garden was first built in 1620. It was built to look like a miniature version of the West Lake in Hangzhou, China. It served as the local daimyo's garden for centuries and was altered over the years. Like most of the other historic sites in the city, Shukkeien was completely destroyed by the atomic bomb dropping in 1945. Obviously the...

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  • Mount Rokko

    Kobe Things to Do

    A highland pasture spread on the peak of Mt. Rokko. Sheep, donkeys and ponies are free to graze, and visitors can come in close contact with the animals. Children can learn and try to take milk from cow or sheep.

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  • Kasuga Shrine

    Nara Things to Do

    Kasuga Taisha is an important Shinto shrine in Nara, dedicated to the deity responsible for the protection of the city of Nara. It is located at the western foot of Mikasa-yama and Kasuga-yama, which are regarded as the sacred hills to where a deity descended. Kasuga Taisha enshrines the Fujiwara clan deity. This shrine is famous for its many...

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  • Okayama Castle

    Okayama Things to Do

    Ujo Castle Here is the standout from the pack - it's black!! Ok not the definitive castle but really quite nice. Here there are some of the friendliest and most helpful volunteer guides we met They didn't limit themselves just to the castle whipping out maps of the district And dispensing great information and advice to all. On the Obsevation...

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  • Daisho-in Temple

    Miyajima Things to Do

    Being located on Miyajima, Daisho-in Temple tends to get overlooked in favor of Itsukushima Shrine, but it's a very worthwhile place to visit. It was founded in the 12th century and Emperor Meiji stayed here in 1885. The complex is large with a lot to explore. The Kannon-do Hall is the main building housing the temple's Kannon statue. There's also...

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  • Shiga Kogen Skiing

    Nagano Things to Do

    Nagano has many winter resorts, very suitable for skiing enthusiasts. E.g. Hakuba (the resort's powdery snow is said to be of the highest quality in the region) and Shiga Kogen (with 21 ski areas, including some courses used in the 1988 Winter Olympics). During our Shinkansen train ride from Tokyo to Nagano, we saw quite a number of young Japanese...

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  • Ueno Park

    Tokyo Things to Do

    Ueno Park, right across the street from Ueno Station, was constructed in 1873 during the Meiji period of Western-style development. The park sits on land that was once home to the Kan'ei-ji temple, destroyed in 1868 during the Boshin War. There are two historic strructures remaining from the temple: the five-storey pagoda (1639) and the Kiyomizu...

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  • Arashiyama

    Kyoto Things to Do

    The picturesque Hozu River (Hozugawa) flows through Arashiyama. The Hozu was in the past used to transport logs for the construction of many of Kyoto’s temples, and for Osaka’s castle. During the Edo Period it also carried grain, firewood and other cargo, but trains and road haulage made river transport obsolete, and operations ceased after...

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  • Universal studio

    Osaka Things to Do

    in japanese that ture but still loads for fun for those who have never been to universal stuido of usa. just access the site of universal sutio and you will understand everthing , it is a very elaborative site. go exatcly 9, when it starts opening and run for the famous rides to finish it early. i loved spider man , back to the future , jurasic...

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  • Museums

    Nagoya Things to Do

    The Tokugawa Art Museum is an excellent museum dedicated to displaying objects from the collections of the Owari Tokugawa which ruled from Nagoya and were one of the most powerful domains of feudal Japan. As such, the collection of artifacts is impressive and those familiar with Japanese history should recognize the names of some of the artifacts'...

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  • Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum

    Hiroshima Things to Do

    HIROSHIMA PREFECTUAL ART MUSEUM. Great collection (3400 artistic pieces) with some of Picasso's drawings & Dali's art. Exhibitions of the Collection is charged at 500 yen (discount with Hiroshima welcome card).

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