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.

Photography Tour - Behind the Mask Geisha Photography (Private)

Photography Tour - Behind the Mask Geisha Photography (Private)

Kyoto, Kyoto & Around, Japan

With privileged access and insight into the world of geisha, this private photography workshop is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and talk to a professional geisha, before learning how to tell her story through your photographs.

Sushi Masterclass

Sushi Masterclass

Tokyo, Japan

Today you will visit Tsukji Market and enjoy a Sushi making experience with an exceptional master.

Watch Morning Practice At A Sumo Stable And Share Lunch With The Wrestlers

Watch Morning Practice At A Sumo Stable And Share Lunch With The Wrestlers

Tokyo, Japan

An integral element of Japanese culture, sumo wrestling is enshrined in Shinto ritual and dates back over 2,000 years. This private 3-hour visit to a Sumo Stable is a memorable experience watching morning practice before sharing lunch with the wrestlers.

A Taste of Gion Evening Food Tour

A Taste of Gion Evening Food Tour

Kyoto, Kyoto & Around, Japan

Sample Kyoto’s world-famous sake and whiskies on an evening tour of the historic and atmospheric Gion district, with local food and drink pairings

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

Evening Tokyo Street Food Tour

Evening Tokyo Street Food Tour

Tokyo, Japan

Today’s tour will begin at either 17:00 or 18:00, depending on whether its join in or private. Be sure to bring an appetite: This is one Tokyo street food tour that is sure to please the taste buds!

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.

Hidden Gem Food Tour (Shinbashi)

Hidden Gem Food Tour (Shinbashi)

Tokyo, Japan

Enjoy an evening food tour exploring the izakaya (food pubs) and bars of the atmospheric and labyrinthian streets of Shinbashi. Sample local favorites in the hidden gems popular with Tokyo’s ‘salarymen,’ as they unwind after work with a snack and a drink

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.

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