Our most recommended things to do in Japan
1. Tokyo: Private Transfer to/from Haneda Airport (HND)
Take the stress out of airport commutes by pre-booking your own private airport transfer to or from HND Airport. Rest back knowing you will be dropped off anywhere between Tokyo and HND Airport conveniently, safely and in comfort. Tailor your private transfer to your requirements by indicating what you need when you book whether you are traveling in a bigger group or with extra luggage. To ensure a relaxed transfer experience, you will receive a text message shortly before your scheduled pickup with your booking reference, our customer service number, and your driver's name and contact details. When you book your private transfer, remember to include your flight details. Your driver will track your flight so that no matter whether your flight arrives early, late or on-time, your driver will be there to greet you on arrival. Your driver will pick you up from the arrivals hall or the agr...
2. Tokyo Skytree Admission Ticket
Arrive at TOKYO SKYTREE® and head up to the 4th floor, where you're greeted by friendly staff. Here, you'll get your ticket and head straight into an elevator that takes you shooting seamlessly up to the 1,150-foot (350-m) Tembo Deck in no time. The enormous, circular deck features windows on all sides, allowing you 360-degree views of Tokyo City. See the winding Sumida River, look for the Tokyo Dome, and even find the Tokyo Tower—interactive displays help you pick out points of interest too. If you choose to visit the Tembo Galleria, hop into another elevator and rush up to the 1,475-foot (450-m) viewing space. The Galleria features a long, sloping spiral ramp that offers an even more dynamic view of the city. On your way back to the ground, stop by Floor 345 to check out the gift shop, and pause at Floor 340 for a dizzying view straight down from a section of sturdy glass flooring.
This is a must do in Tokyo!! I was super scared about taking the elevator for so many floors but the experience is actually very seamless and fun! The staff is SUPER friendly and they greet you with a big smile when you get to the top, take a picture and direct you to the amazing views of the entire city! If you can, go to the second floor, the views are breathtaking! Pro tip - if you want to see Mt. Fuji, arrive early and chose a sunny day :)
3. Kyoto: Private Customized Walking Tour with a Local
Discover Kyoto like a local and see the top attractions on a 2, 4, 6, or 8-hour private walking tour. Meet your host and get insider tips on what to see and do, learn about the culture and discover hidden gems along the way. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Book your preferred tour duration at least 72 hours in advance so that the best experience can be created in advance. You will be contacted shortly after booking to chat about your needs and interests. A like-minded host will then be provided, along with a bespoke, but flexible, itinerary exclusive to you. Visit sacred sites like the shrine of Fushimi Inari Taisha or Kinkajuki Temple, explore the cultural district of Gion or get off the beaten path in historic neighborhoods with the help of y...
The guide was extremely well versed in Japanese culture as well as sights and attractions. Japanese and English was fluent. 10 out of 10 would recommend this tour guide specifically Taibi.
4. Tokyo: Meet Owls at the Owl Café in Akihabara
Experience an amazing close encounter with the natural world on a visit to an owl café in the Akihabara district of Tokyo. Avail of a 1-hour time slot, reserved for you, and spend precious time with the birds without having to wait in line. Upon arrival, the staff will take you to your reserved seats, where you can interact with the beautiful creatures up close. Touch the owls and feel their soft feathers following the instructions of the café staff. Learn how to communicate with the owls and hear what you should not do in order to protect their welfare. Take souvenir photos with a variety of owls, and decide which is your favorite! Say goodbye to the birds and make your way to the neighboring shop, where you are free to stay at your leisure.
Amazing place to visit! The staff is really nice and the owls are treated very well
5. Flavors of Japan Food Tour
Experience some of Japan’s most amazing flavors and develop a deeper understanding of why Japanese cuisine is so exquisite and unique. Learn about the food from the different regions of Japan, the process of how to make them and why they come from those areas. On this tour, you will visit 7 shops, each representing the different regions of Japan. Your experience will include a samplings of Dashi (Japanese soup stock), Tamagoyaki, (egg roll), Anago (saltwater eel), Kamaboko (fish cake) Katsuoboshi (fish flakes), satsumaimo (sweet fried potatoes) and Wagashi (Japanese dessert). You will enjoy exploring a special regional food shop and taste some amazing green teas from an innovative and yet traditional shop. Enjoy lunch with choice of soba, tempura and sashimi set, grilled fish, chicken sukiyaki in a very serene, authentic place. Next, you will enjoy an authentic Japanese must do”activit...
6. Ishigaki Island: 2-Hour Miyara River Kayaking Tour
Explore the lush mangrove forests of the Miyara River on this 2-hour kayaking trip. Kayak up and down the Miyara River and see for yourself why the forest has been designated a national monument. All ages and skill levels will enjoy this tranquil paddle through the beautiful natural landscapes on Ishigaki Island. Your instructor will give you the freedom to explore while ensuring your group stays safe.
7. Kyoto: 45-Minute Tea Ceremony Experience
You will take you place on the tatami, the traditional Japanese floor mat and be met by your English-speaking host, who is a licensed tea master from Urasenke, the biggest school of tea ceremony in Japan. Watch as the host carries out the ceremonial preparation of matcha, powdered green tea. Then, you will have the chance to make tea yourself, while the host informs you about the history and spiritual role of the tea ceremony and the effects each tea-making method has on its flavor. Afterwards, savor some traditional Japanese sweets Once the ceremony has come to a close, you will have the chance to take photos and see examples of kimonos and beautiful woven textiles made in the Nishijin district of Kyoto. If you'd like to wear a kimono during the experience, you can select it as an add-on during booking and take photos to remember the experience.
The experience was excellent! it was amazing to experience some traditional Japanese culture, it was very tranquil, and the tea was delicious!
8. teamLab Planets TOKYO: Digital Art Museum Entrance Ticket
Enter teamLab Planets TOKYO and discover the incredible immersive art exhibition within. This full-body digital art experience allows visitors to enter completely into the artworks, with stimulation for all five senses. In this unique exhibition, each visitor’s presence impacts the artwork to finally become a part of it. The exhibition space includes several areas, covering over 10,000 square meters in total. Explore the great variety of installations, with different lights, sounds, and materials to mesmerize every guest. Don't miss the chance to visit this impressive digital exhibition, scheduled until fall 2020, on your trip to Tokyo.
Very quite because of corona, but super clean, great staff, and extra time to see everything since there was not a lot of people there.
9. Kyoto: Afternoon Japanese Izakaya Cooking Class
Join an afternoon Izakaya cooking class to enjoy a great way to immerse yourself in Japanese dining culture as well as learn authentic Japanese foods that are eaten at home and in local restaurants. The cooking course consists of two parts. First, you will cook 2 or 3 dishes together with your chef and enjoy them. Then you will return to the kitchen and learn 2 or 3 more dishes before eating once more. As in many Izakaya (over the counter) restaurants, be ready to talk with your chef while cooking and eating at the same time.
Loved the experience. There were two instructors that were both friendly. One was very much more organized and prepared than the other. Lots of delicious and easy recipes. Would definitely do again. Note: The saki that is offered to adults at the end is not included, though they don't tell you that until you leave. Overall, well worth the experience.
10. Tokyo: Sumo Wrestling Morning Practice Tour
Get up close to the Sumo wrestlers of Tokyo with a morning tour of an authentic Sumo stable. See how the wrestlers start their training early in the morning, and learn more about the development of these athletes. Learn more about this uniquely Japanese sport from your knowledgable guide, who will teach you the rules of Sumo as well as the training and diet regimen that the wrestlers follow. You'll have the opportunity to see just how big these athletes are, and you may even get to chance to talk to a Sumo wrestler (not guaranteed).
Mt. Fuji is one of the most iconic sights in Japan. Tourists can enjoy seeing the majestic peak and can also take advantage of a stop at Hakone, a famous nearby resort. This excursion also includes a Lake Ashi boat cruise.
Travelers can also do sightseeing at Kyoto, which is known for its unique landmarks, such as a large wooden temple and several statues and shrines. Tourists can visit special shops here to purchase souvenirs. Travelers can also take a trip from this city to Nara, a place where visitors can see shrines and can see elegant deer in the region's deer park.
Tokyo has a number of great attractions as well. One of these is the Tokyo Tower, from which visitors can view the city on the observation deck. Travelers will be able to see the Imperial Palace Plaza and the various waterways surrounding the plaza. Once at street level again, tourists can then view the vibrant markets and temples. From Tokyo, visitors can view more of Japan's natural beauty. This excursion takes participants to waterfalls and shrines found at Kegon and Nikko.
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