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    Top Things To Do In Japan

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      Group of tourists posing with their local guide at a popular temple in Japan

      Wondering what to do in Japan?

      Japan is a land of contrasts, its drastically different cities each with a reputation that precedes it and a list of things to do that you could spend a year trying to tick off and still not scratch the surface. In Japan, the ancient and modern are so intimately connected that it seems the one could not exist without the other. Japan’s cities may at first glance appear to be ultra-modern metropolises filled with high-octane entertainment, but peer behind the futuristic facade and you’ll uncover a thousand ways to experience Japanese tradition. Between the centuries-old and contemporary halves of this beautiful country, the things to do in Japan are anything but ordinary.

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      Traditional roots

      Throughout Japan’s modern cities, countless opportunities to connect with history and heritage abound. The things to do in Japan that celebrate the country’s culture are some of the most memorable travel experiences in the world. From ancient shrines to sumo stadiums, centuries-old dining traditions to tea ceremonies, Japan’s culture is waiting to be discovered. Whether you don a kimono and explore an atmospheric temple, watch a spellbinding geisha performance, or spend a night in a wooden bathhouse, it’s the traditional things to do in Japan that make the country even more magical.

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      Cities that tell stories

      As a country, Japan has several attractions shared by its major cities: fantastic food, cherry blossoms, ancient temples, and dimly-lit izakaya bars. But even with these similarities, each city brings its own unique things to do in Japan. There’s Hiroshima, a city that, beyond its tragic past, is a thriving cosmopolitan community of trendy coffee shops and crowded stores. Kyoto, on the other hand, is a storybook scene of wood-built streets and lantern-lit geishas, while Tokyo and Osaka are modern hubs of high-octane entertainment featuring some of the most futuristic things to in Japan.

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      Spectacular cuisine

      Ask any culinary expert, and they’ll tell you Japan is one of the best food destinations in the world. With an emphasis on tradition, fresh ingredients, and flavors that range from subtle to super-bold, Japanese cuisine is tremendously varied. No matter where in the country you happen to explore, phenomenal food will be found. Whether you try traditional Kaiseki in Kyoto, Okonomiyaki in Osaka, Fukuoka’s Tonkotsu ramen, and perfectly marbled Kobe beef (not to mention the lesser-known Sapporo “soup curry”), the foodie things to do in Japan will have you planning your second trip.

      Latest reviews from our guests

        The tour was completely customizable, with recommendations and ideas to fill the time. Eli was amazing and had a lot of knowledge about the area’s history, food and culture.

        June 2024

        Sarah F

        We started the time with our guide asking us what we wanted to see. Our focus was on shopping areas and shrines. We were able to see multiple shrines and shopping areas. Eli English was excellent Along with her knowledge of the city.

        May 2024

        Cynthia K

        After a successful tour in Nagasaki, I decided to try again in Fukuoka — a great decision! Mark is a long time resident and he walked me around Fukuoka with such enthusiasm and dedication that I am now in love with this beautiful and rich city. But there is more to this tour than getting to see a city, there’s spending the day exchanging ideas and stories about life and art and history with a knowledgeable and friendly guide. Thank you very much Mark for a wonderful day in Fukuoka!

        May 2024

        Camille P

        Bruce was fantastic and I can’t recommend him highly enough. Not only did he take us to some fun new places- including a Gyoza festival! - he went above and beyond to assist us with an emergency in a foreign country- & his fluent English and Japanese greatly helped!!

        May 2024

        Bel M

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