Things to Do in Japan

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Things to do

Our experts love to recommend the very best things to do in Japan, when to do them, and how to do them right.

In a country as diverse as Japan, you can enjoy everything from hiking and skiing, to shopping, visiting temples, relaxing in natural hot springs, and experiencing the country’s unique local cuisine.

Avid foodies won’t be disappointed - from authentic street food tours to Michelin-starred dining or homemade sushi making, we can organize a variety of gastronomical experiences for your trip.

For active vacation-goers, there are all kinds of fantastic outdoor activities to do in Japan. Niseko offers spectacular skiing in the winter and hiking and biking in the summer. Or, you could even climb the majestic Mt Fuji, or kayak on the beautiful Lake Kawaguchi as the sun rises. Looking to discover the country’s fascinating cultural side? Why not let our experts book you an experience entirely unique to Japan? You could learn all about Samurai culture in Kanazawa, attend a sumo wrestling match, or try your hand at Taiko - otherwise known as steel drumming.

The list of things to do in Japan is endless, so whether you’re off on a romantic trip for two, or an action-packed family adventure, let our specialists recommend the very best things to do in Japan for a truly magical vacation.

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Cooking - Nishiki Market Food Shopping & Cooking Course

Cooking - Nishiki Market Food Shopping & Cooking Course

Kyoto, Kyoto & Around, Japan

Explore Nishiki Market, known as Kyoto’s Kitchen on a guided tour, shopping for traditional Japanese ingredients, taking in a sake tasting experience and enjoying a cookery lesson in a traditional machiya, townhouse

Food Tour - Pontocho Evening Food Tour

Food Tour - Pontocho Evening Food Tour

Kyoto, Kyoto & Around, Japan

Indulge in a relaxed food tour focused on Kyoto’s iconic food street, Pontocho in the charming and historic district of Gion, the Geisha entertainment district, with its atmospheric wooden teahouses, traditional architecture, and romantic canals

Food, Culture & Cycling Tour

Food, Culture & Cycling Tour

Takayama, Kanazawa & Around, Japan

Combine a private walking food and culture tour of the beautifully preserved old town of Takayama with a cycle ride through the scenic paddy fields, carp-filled streams, and past the traditional wooden sake breweries of Hida.

Photography: Streets of Tokyo

Photography: Streets of Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

Capture Tokyo’s extraordinary street life on this 2.5-hour tour accompanied by a professional photographer, who will guide you to the city’s most photogenic locations and help you explore less well-known areas of the city.

Tokyo Architecture Tour

Tokyo Architecture Tour

Tokyo, Japan

Home to some of the world’s most cutting-edge architecture, this tour explores a selection of Tokyo’s most impressive buildings in the company of a local architect, able to explain the aesthetic principles that underpin Japanese architectural design.

Tea with a Maiko

Tea with a Maiko

Kyoto, Kyoto & Around, Japan

Discover the essence of Kyoto’s main geisha district, the neighborhood of Gion, where the captivating sight of a geisha adorned in vibrant kimonos can still be witnessed gracefully darting through the narrow streets on their errands.

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Iconic Tokyo City Tour

Iconic Tokyo City Tour

Tokyo, Japan

Your guide will meet you at your hotel for a full day sightseeing utilizing Tokyo's super-efficient metro system.

Culture
Full Day Hakone Hiking Through History

Full Day Hakone Hiking Through History

Hakone, Japan

The Hakone National Park is a popular destination that provides a contrast from the bustling cities of Tokyo and Kyoto and a breath of fresh mountain air. Enjoy the classic sightseeing spots following a knowledgeable guide.

Adventure Culture
Kyoto Family Adventure

Kyoto Family Adventure

Kyoto, Kyoto & Around, Japan

This tour is perfect for families, as kids will enjoy spotting the holy fox statues, learning about Shinto fortune telling, and leaving their wishes on a traditional wooden prayer board in a creative manner.

Half Day Tour of Western Tokyo

Half Day Tour of Western Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

There is something compelling about Tokyo. The neon lights shine bright well into the early hours, and the perpetual buzzing energy is positively infectious. Today’s tour will cover some of the most iconic, historical, and cultural sights of the city.

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