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Things to do in Japan

It’s nearly impossible to run out of things to do in Japan. The country is bursting with activities, from the shopping, dining, cultural and nightlife activities in Tokyo, to the traditional shows and ceremonies in Kyoto, to the breathtakingly beautiful hikes along the coast and through the Alps.

Visitors wondering what to do in Japan should start with the country’s world-renowned dining scene. Japanese cuisine is fresh, local, and typically made from seasonal ingredients. Don’t leave the country without ordering ‘omakase’ at a sushi bar. The Japanese phrase means ‘I’ll leave it to you,’ and allows the chef to present diners with whatever dishes he or she sees fit, enabling the use of the freshest ingredients.

While Tokyo and Kyoto offer an astounding number of things to do in Japan, the activities don’t end with urban life. Nature-lovers wondering what to do in Japan need only travel a few minutes by car outside Kyoto’s borders to find themselves immersed in forested mountains, perfect for a day-long hike.

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  • Arai Ryokan

    A traditional onsen (hot springs) resort that dates back to the 1870's, Arai Ryokan has a serene, old-world feel, evoked by the traditional Japenes... More
  • Aritsugu

    Established in 1560, Aritsugu is famous the world over for its high-quality knives. This Tsukiji Market shop is a branch of the original 16th-centu... More
  • Audio Plaza (Hardware)

    This centrally located store offers easy one-stop shopping for those looking for travel-related electronics: translation machines with voice output... More
  • Bar Chocolat

    The pastry boutique was designed by Wonderwall, the cutting edge design firm behing Uniqlo stores. More
  • Bar K

  • Buchi

    The dark, designy, one-person deep standing bar sells single servings of sake in little jars to keep the sake fresh. More
  • Cha Ginza

    Escape the throngs of Ginza shoppers at this sleekly modern tearoom and shop. In the third-story tearoom, minimalist-white with skylights overhead,... More
  • Children’s Areas

    The airport has several free kid-friendly (and unsupervised) areas, so find the one that best suits your needs. Both the Children’s Playrooms and K... More
  • Club on the Park

    Occupying the 45th and 47th floors of the Park Hyatt Tokyo, the Club on the Park is a full-service spa open exclusively to hotel guests and private... More
  • Daimaru

    On the day of your purchase, please take the receipt for the goods purchased at Daimaru Tokyo store on the same day ... More
  • Daitoku-ji

    The riverside 685-year-old Zen monastery has 24 temples on the property. More
  • Dayrooms

    Departing passengers who have gone through passport control can take advantage of the airport’s official relaxation areas, which include a bright w... More
  • Dog

    Hidden away in the basement of an office bulding on the fringes of Harajuku, Dog is a literally an underground fashion spot, a hodge-podge of low-c... More
  • Dog's Care Joker

    Dog's Care Joker brings Roppongi Hills pampering to pooches. Luxury stores and services abound in this part of town, so its no suprise that pets sh... More
  • Duff Trimble

    Excited about: The rise of Japanese single-malt whiskeys. Trimble will put together a tour of the country’s best producers, including Yamazaki, out... More
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