With all the things to see and do in Japan and the major cities in which to do so, it can get a little tough to select a location to head to on your vacation to Japan. Below we detail the major cities, and things to do, in Japan that you certainly won’t want to miss out on. Experience 8 awesome things to do in Japan!
Osaka, loved by locals and expats alike, is perhaps Japan’s most underrated major tourist destination. Whilst nearby Kyoto gets a lot of the spotlight, with its incredibly beautiful historic sites, Osaka offers visitors a vibrant, modern, and luxurious vacation destination.
Enjoy the Osaka Nightlife
If you are looking for a holiday offering exceptional nightlife, then Osaka may just be the perfect option for you. Minami, in particular, serves as the heart of Osaka’s vibrant nightlife scene due to its plentiful bars, renowned restaurants, and colourful neon advertisements which illuminate the waterfront by night.
Relish Osaka’s Street Food
Japan is known for its delicious food, and some of the best street food in Japan can be found in Osaka. With Takoyaki, a delicious fried octopus ball with thick sauce drizzled on top, high on the list of the top things to eat in Osaka.
Sample Beer at the Asahi Brewery
From the bars to the brewery; tour the Asahi beer factory and learn how Japan’s favourite beer is crafted, before enjoying a fresh cold brew straight from the tap. The tour led in Japanese but with English audio, offers an educational and fun experience, whilst the three varieties of free beer, makes sure everyone goes home happy.
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The Beautiful Forests of Arashiyama
Of the things to do in Japan, you can’t miss out on the bamboo forest in Arashiyama, Kyoto. It’s incredibly tall stalks of green bamboo tower around you, whisking you away into another world. As you explore the Arashiyama forest you may just stumble across the magnificent Tenryuji Temple. Rising from the bamboo jungle, this world heritage site is one of 5 major Zen temples in Kyoto.
Gaze upon the Golden Kinkakuji
Otherwise known as the Golden Pavilion, Kinkakuji is a landmark of historical significance. Originally the residence of an influential statesman, Kinkakuji features a remarkable design, coated in gold leaf, giving it its distinctive shimmering colour and adds personality to its traditional Japanese architecture.
Visit the Famous Fushimi Inari Shrine
One of Kyoto’s most famous shrines, Fushimi Inari offers a beautiful walk with every path leading through thousands of Tori; the orange gates etched in Kanji characters leading to smaller shrines up the mountain. You’ll want to take pictures everywhere!
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Tokyo has long been known for its technology, infrastructure, buildings and services; each of which are not only distinctive from other major cities around the World, but also to other more traditional cities within Japan.
Shop Around Shibuya
Shibuya is a well-known intersection and shopping district where celebrities have been seen to visit, joining the flocks of visitors, to take pictures in front of its more famous buildings. Make sure to head to surrounding areas like Harajuku, and take in this unique collaboration of shopping, fashion, and art.
Nightlife in Japan’s capital can get rowdy so start small by visiting Shinjuku’s Golden Gai, an area with lots of bars and restaurants where people from all over the world come to take in the unique atmosphere. From here over to the city’s famed nightclubs, including Roppongi, destination of local businessmen, and Ageha, which attracts the younger crowd with its exciting and unique clubbing experience.
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If you are interested in exploring all that Japan has to offer, you can search across all of our holiday homes across Japan, to find one which is perfect for your holiday.