Top 10 Things to Do in Japan
Voyagin is a marketplace where guests can discover and book unique travel experiences hosted by locals in Asia. So, what better way to find the top things to do in Japan than to ask the locals? Nobody knows Japan better than our community, so we asked them for suggestions to compile this definitive list of experiences not to miss while in Japan:
Stay at a ryokan - traditional Japanese inns with tatami-matted rooms and warm futons - often located in Japan’s picturesque countryside
Take a relaxing dip in an onsen or sento - Japanese hot springs and communal baths. It may seem foreign, but the Japanese extol the values of "naked association"
Eat sushi, or if you’re looking for something off the beaten track, drop into an izakaya - a traditional Japanese drinking establishment - to sample fine sake and eat sashimi
Go karaoke, hop over to Smash Hits in Hiroo, where you’ll be singing to an audience full of strangers or visit Lovenet which has themed suites, e .g. singing from a jacuzzi
Experience a night in Japan’s (in)famous capsule hotels to feel like you’re sleeping in a coffin. You’ll be surprised at how much is in there from a TV to climate control
Go to a sumo tournament if it’s the right season. If not, catch a training session at a stable. This sport is far from boring; the atmosphere is heated and energetic
Lose yourself in Akihabara shopping for electronics, games or anime in its Electric Town. While you’re there, why not visit a maid, rabbit or cat cafe
Admire the beauty of a Zen garden - a Japanese rock garden with raked sand to represent ripples - or experience the spirit of zen through meditation
Relax and view Mt. Fuji at a distance from one of its Five Lakes, or if you’re adventurous, climb Mt. Fuji. As the locals say, a wise man climbs Mt. Fuji once in their life
Visit Tsukiji fish market in the morning. It’s the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world, and with some luck, you’ll get to see the morning tuna auctions
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The Land of the Rising Sun is a whirlwind of contradictions from high tech gadgets to ancient temples, from the towering skyscrapers of Tokyo to the sprawling homes and farms in the countryside, from the spirit religion of Shintoism to the beliefs and traditions of Buddhism. To the North, there is the blistering cold region of Hokkaido and plains of Tohoku, know for their powdery snow, ski resorts, seafood, and hot springs. Just below that, one finds the major cosmopolitan cities of Tokyo and Yokohama, full of neon signs, modern marvels like Sky Tree, and weird neighborhoods like Akihabara. To its West, lies Japan’s center of history culture in Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Hiroshima. Once home to the ancient Japanese capital, it is also a burgeoning commercial region and Hiroshima constitutes a great deal of recent Japanese history. Southernmost lie Kyushu - the birthplace of Japanese civilization, Shikoku a destination for Buddhists and nature lovers alike, and Okinawa - the beach resort mecca with its own distinct Ryukyuan culture. Small, yet vast, Japan is anything but boring; it’s fascinating and has a lot to offer. As they say in Japan, Yokoso!