Japan Things to Do

  • Kamoi Sugiyama Shrine
    Kamoi Sugiyama Shrine
    by robertbaum
  • Kamoi Sugiyama Shrine
    Kamoi Sugiyama Shrine
    by robertbaum
  • Shinagawa #17: Yatsuyama Bridge
    Shinagawa #17: Yatsuyama Bridge
    by robertbaum

Japan Things to Do

  • Asakusa

    Tokyo Things to Do

    Tokyo's historic heart, Asakusa is home to the impressive Senso-ji temple, among many other cultural sites. The whole place feels a little bit like Disneyland, with everything done up to preserve an overall historic feel. Asakusa is the place in Tokyo to stock up on all those traditional trinkets and crafts you'll want to bring home. A day in...

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  • Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion)

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Kyoto Things to Do

    From Arashiyama I headed to Ktano-Hakubaicho. Note that you can pay 210 yen or you can use your Icoca card upon exit. From there, I stopped over a small restaurant and had a miso soup and rice toppings for $550 yen. After filling my tummy, I rode bus 201 (you can also ride 101, 102 or 204) and paid 230 yen. Prepare exact fare as the driver cannot...

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  • Osaka Castle

    Osaka Things to Do

    The grounds of the castle are now a free park. The only admission is to enter the castle main keep. The park sits in the center of the city with the castle in the center, its surrounded by walking and jogging trails and is a major cherry blossom viewing destination.

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  • Chinatown

    Yokohama Things to Do

    Other Names: Kanteibyo(Japanese name) Kuan ti Temple, Guan ti Temple, Guan Gong Temple To the most of Japanese, Guan Yu enshrined in a corner of Chinatown is one of the historical heroes during 3rd Century China, as depicted in 14th Century novel "The Romance of Three Kingdoms" and a great number of related publications and even video games. To...

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  • Nagoya Expo 2005 -Archive

    Nagoya Things to Do

    In the CORPORATE PAVILION ZONE B....you will find the Mountain of dreams, not sure if it worth going in it..I did not..but I saw long lines..... There are presentation from Sekisui house, Chubu nippon broadcasting and tokai television broadcasting... The gas pavilion...its a show called "the magic theater of flames" ..the show uses flames from...

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  • City Overview

    Sapporo Things to Do

    Pales in comparison to Hakodate's which is more pedestrian friendly. Mainly a street of seafood vendors and restaurants. Prices are steeper than Hakodate - suggest you give it a miss if you have visited the one in Hakodate.

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  • Peace Park and Memorial Museum

    Hiroshima Things to Do

    This memorial was designed by Kenzo Tange and it is from 1952. The shape resembles an ancient arch-shaped house and it is said to give shelter to the lost souls. Here in a stone chest in the middle are the names of all the A-bomb victims regardless of nationality. Their number is over 290 000 and still increasing because more names are added when a...

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  • Himeji Castle

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Himeji Things to Do

    The main keep of Himeji castle, also called the donjon, was one of the first buildings constructed at the modern castle in 1601. The structure, he inner and most well defended part of the castle, was built by Terumasa Ikeda, as an expansion of an earlier 3-story donjon. The massive wooden pillars that support the tower include a beam from an...

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  • Suito Fukuoka

    Fukuoka Things to Do

    This new place in Fukuoka aims to make tourists enjoy the real Japanese cultural experience by offering various events such as a tea ceremony lesson, a walk in the traditional yukata, or a takoyaki party ! You can book for these events even on the very same day and get to fully enjoy your trip in Japan by experiencing traditional Japanese...

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  • Chinatown (Nankin-Machi)

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Kobe Things to Do

    Chinatown's center square is marked by a small lantern pavilion with a Chinese boy and girl in front. The square is surrounded by twelve carved statures representing the zodiac signs imported from China. Each says something about not climbing on sitting on them. The square is surrounded by some of the most popular restaurants in Chinatown,...

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  • Todaiji Temple

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Nara Things to Do

    Todaiji (the "Great Eastern Temple") is the temple we came to Nara for. Built in 752, it's the city's main temple and it's most famous for the Daibutsuden, the Big Buddha Hall. The Buddha (Daibutsu) there is 15 metres high and thought it would impresse our little traveller. it left us in awe but he was more impressed by the pillar with a hole...

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  • Kanazawa Castle

    4 out of 5 stars

    Kanazawa Things to Do

    While the focus for many people visiting Kanazawa will be for the famous Kenrokuen, the castle has its own small garden on the outside of the walls (south-west entrance). The garden was redeveloped several years ago and now, as it has matured, is a great example of Japanese design. The accompanying photos help tell the story.

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  • Owakudani Valley (Temporarily Closed)

    Hakone Things to Do

    Owakudani is one of the stops on the Hakone Ropeway from Sounzan to Togendai. Owakudani is a volcanic area and as you are travelling by ropeway above it you will see billows of white sulphurous smoke rising from the charred earth below. Owakudani centres around a crater which was formed when Mount Hakone last erupted around 3000 years ago. This...

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  • Hida Folk Village

    Takayama Things to Do

    Takayama is often used as a base to visit the near-by Shirakawa-go - or bypassed completely as people only head to the World Heritage site. However, Takayama has its own historic Hida Folk Village and for Y900 you can get a return bus fare from Takayama station and entry to the village. (This compares to Y4500 for the 1/2 day isite tour and then...

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  • Hamamatsu Castle and Park

    4 out of 5 stars

    Hamamatsu Things to Do

    Tenshumon Gate is the final gate to get to the main keep of the castle. The gate stood there until 1873 long after the main keep was dismantled. The gate was restored to the original style in 2014 based on historical drawing using the pillars from northern part of Hamamatsu City. The gate is not that big and simply made but this gate shows how the...

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  • Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

    Shinjuku Things to Do

    Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden Tip: There are various ways to walk around the huge park but when I went to March 30 this year, I don't have enough time to stroll so I took two hour walking course covering most of major places starting from Shinjuku Gate. Before walking be sure to get the English Language map of the park. First stop is Old Imperial...

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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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  • Itsukushima Shrine

    Miyajima Things to Do

    The Noh Stage at Itsukushima stands in the water near the western side of the shrine. The first No stafe was constructed in 1605, and the current stage was built in 1640. This is one of the few buildings that has never been painted. On this stage there are several events including the Peach Blossom Festival in April and a tea offering ceremony...

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  • Great Buddha of Kamakura (Kotoku-in...

    4 out of 5 stars

    Kamakura Things to Do

    When Akiko Yosano, well-known poet/writer during Meiji/Taisho periods(1868-1912) (best known by "Tangled Hair") wrote a poem describing the Great Buddha of Kamakura as a nice-looking man, it caused uproar among the people at that time because the Buddha statue is an Amitabha statue, the main object of worship for pure-land Buddhism and not exactly...

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  • Snow Monkey Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Nagano Things to Do

    A visit to the Jigokudani Monkey Park near Nagano is a good day trip, but can be done in around half a day depending on where you are staying. After several trips to the park, in different seasons, there are a few things to be aware of that might make the trip more enjoyable. - Getting there: I use the bus and walk rather thanthe train/bus/walk...

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  • Odawara Castle and Park

    4 out of 5 stars

    Odawara Things to Do

    Odawara Castle Tip: Umadashimon Gate is the official gate to the Odawara Castle extending from Meganebashi Bridge. It was rebuilt in 2009 just as it stood during Edo Period (1603-1868). It was named that way because the gate leads to Umadashi Bailey of the castle. The gate is Masugata-style which has 90-degree -turn for solidifying castle defense....

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  • Matsuyama Castle

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Matsuyama Things to Do

    The impressive Matsuyama Castle is on a 130 meter tall hill, Mount Katsuyama, in the middle of the town, completed in 1627, one of the few castels which have survived the post-feudal era since 1868 intact. You can hike up there or use a cable car, 520 Yen return, enty fee is 500 Yen.

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  • Danjo Garan

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Koyasan Things to Do

    Perhaps my favourite building in the Garan, the Saito or Western Stupa was originally built in 887 by Shinzen Daitoku in accordance with the instructions of Kobo Diashi, his predecessor and founder of Shingon Buddhism in Japan. The current reincarnation was built in 1834, making it one of the oldest existing buildings within the Garan. Its...

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  • Katsurahama

    Kochi Things to Do

    Katsurahama is a coastal beach area, but swimming is not the reason people visit. Actually, swimming is prohibited, because the currents are too strong. Instead, people come for the scenic view of the water and coast. It's well-known for its beauty and even though Japan has plenty of coastlines, many people don't actually go to appreciate them, so...

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  • Umi Jigoku

    Beppu Things to Do

    We took a bus from Beppu Station to Kannawa. Exit the station through the mountainside exit and take bus 2,7,5,41,43 and 9. It cost 320 yen. When you enter the bus, take a ticket from the machine. This is your entry stop number. You need to look at the display board at the front for your final price. (We jumped on bus 15 on the way back which went...

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  • Aomori Nebuta

    5 out of 5 stars

    Aomori Things to Do

    August 2nd - 7th Elaborately, colourfully decorated giant floats, pulled and pushed by tens of people, peraded around the city centre. This is the largest festival in Aomori, attracted people from far and wide.

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  • Imperial Palace East Gardens

    Chiyoda Things to Do

    Otemon Gate used to be the Main Gate of former Edo Castle. Almost every castle in Japan has an otemon gate but with different Kanjis such as 追手門 and 大手門. Whatever the way the gate is transliterated in Kanji the original purpose of this gate remains the same. It is the gate that must ward off the...

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  • Wakayama Castle

    Wakayama Things to Do

    Wakayama Castle, original called ?ta Castle was captured by Toyotomi Hiroshima in 1585, destroyed and rebuilt several times, the current appearance is from the early 17. century. It is not very big castle but there is a nice museum showing the tradidional way of Japan. Open from 9 am to 4.30 pm.

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  • Kiyosumi Teien

    Fukagawa Things to Do

    Kiyosumi Garden Tip: East-Japan, Tohoku Earthquake in 2011 made great damages to Japanese gardens in Tokyo. While most of the places returned to normal, it still has some damages which hasn't yet repaired. Kasa-tei, mushroom shaped gazebo at Kiyosumi Garden is one of such cases. Today, only base remains and there are no reconstruction plans ahead....

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  • Eiheiji Temple

    Eiheiji Things to Do

    Eiheiji Temple Tip: Karamon Gate is one of the most popular photo spots in Eiheiji Temple. Current gate was built in 1839. This gate is also called Chokushi-mon literally the gate for the imperial messenger. This gate is also used when the new head of the temple passes to assume the role.

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  • Lake Kawaguchi

    Yamanashi Things to Do

    Take a cruise on Lake Kawaguchi and view Mount Fuji........awesome........winter is better........snow covered Mount Fuji is beautiful. You can take the cable car and view Mount Fuji and the lake too.......but long queues for cable car on holidays.......enjoy Yamanashi Wine at one of the many restaurants on the lake side.

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  • 0 Zero

    Shibuya Things to Do

    "Toshiyuki Goto is a veteran of not just the Japanese house scene but on the house scene full stop. He started his DJ career in the late 80s, playing in various clubs around Tokyo. He made a move to NYC in 1991,where his skills quickly lead him to become a resident DJ at ‘Acme Disco’ in New York from 1994-1996 while also working as a producer at...

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  • Sensoji Temple (Asakusa Kannon)

    Tokyo Things to Do

    Senso-ji is Tokyo's oldest temple. Founded in 628 to honour the bodhisattva Kannon, Senso-ji has a fascinating history and grounds. We visited in the first few days of the New Year during which time many people come to worship and pray for good fortune. The Kaminarimon, or Thunder Gate, is the unmissable main gate at the entrance to the complex....

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  • Kiyomizu Temple

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Kyoto Things to Do

    This temple on a hill overlooking Kyoto was founded in 780 AD by the third Shogun, Iemitsu. This temple has extensive grounds and some of the best views over Kyoto. The temple is one of the world heritage sites in Kyoto.

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  • Kaiyukan (Osaka Aquarium)

    Osaka Things to Do

    We had not particularly planned to visit an aquarium while in Japan but Andrew, our tour leader, enthused about this one so much that we decided to give it a try, and we were so glad that we had. It presents the marine life of the Pacific Rim in a really effective way. At its heart is a huge tank with whale sharks, smaller hammerheads, rays and...

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  • Major Parks

    Yokohama Things to Do

    From the Spring Meadows section you will see the two minor valleys, when you walk toward the leftward valley, you will find a large scale Japanese Iris (Shobu) Garden which is one of the biggest draws of the park. Close to the Iris Garden is a waterwheel cabin. This particular type of overshot water wheel keeps the water at the certain level until...

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  • Nagoya Castle

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Sapporo Snow Festival

    Sapporo Things to Do

    Yes, Dec isn't really snow festival in Odori Park. The snow festival starts from Feb. There are a number of displays installed and lighted up. Nice and not so crowded. The Park has a few sections (separated by roads) and each section is different. The main prominent feature is the tower standing tall and proud at one end of the park.

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  • Miyajima

    Hiroshima Things to Do

    Miyajima, or Shrine Island, is the nickname for the island formally named Itsukushima. The island is famous for the Itsukushima Shrine, which was established in the 6th Century, and it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Next to the main shrine is Daiganji Temple, constructed around 1200 AD. Leading from the ferry docks to the shrine is a...

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  • City Overview

    Himeji Things to Do

    The city of Himeji is most well known for its wonderfully preserved castle. The city itself has over 500,000 residents, a major Shinkansen station, and a bustling downtown area between the station and the castle. Other sites in Himeji include Kokoen Gardens, next to the castle, and Mount Shosha, where scenes from the movie, "The Last Samurai" were...

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  • Meriken Park & Harborland

    Kobe Things to Do

    Near Meriken Park also on the seafront is Harbourland. Harborland is a shopping and entertainment district located on the waterfront in Kobe's port area. It has many cafes, restaurants and shops. There are two shopping centres in Harbourland: Mosaic and Canal Garden. Mosaic has fashion boutiques and a wide range of pleasant restaurants...

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  • Nara Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Nara Things to Do

    Nara Koen - Deer Park. I read that there are more than 1200 deer roaming free around this park that dates back to the end of the 19th century, and which happens also to be the home of many of the city's main attractions: Todaiji, Kasuga Taisha, Kofukuji and the Nara National Museum.

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  • Kenroku-en Garden

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Kanazawa Things to Do

    This is second recognized garden in japan, and it is really a beautiful garden to walk and ponder in. you can have a green tea ceremony too. on the gates there is a plenty of souvenirs shop. only Japanese food booths are offered. so better get your favorite lunch box with you.

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  • Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

    4 out of 5 stars

    Hakone Things to Do

    Lake Ashi was formed when Mount Hakone last erupted around 3000 years ago. I have seen spectacular pictures of Lake Ashi with Mount Fuji in the background, though we could not see Mount Fuji from the lake at all during our cloudy day visit. We boarded a pirate ship at Togendai on the shores of Lake Ashi and went for a lovely sail to Kojiri. This...

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  • Morning Markets

    Takayama Things to Do

    Miyagawa Morning Market is the larger of two morning markets in central Takayama. While the Jinya-mae market is almost entirely a traditional farmer's market. The Miyagawa market has farm-fresh produce, along with prepared foods, gifts, art, and more spread across 60 stalls stretching 350 meters along the beautiful river. During our visit we had...

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