Tokyo Culture

By Viator, April 2014

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West meets East. East meets West. For many of us, the notions we have of the East and the Orient are mere stereotyped snapshots gleaned from childhood history classes, Hollywood movies, and maybe a random postcard from a lone wandering aunt. This, as you might guess, is a far cry from what is truly in store for the first-time visitor to Japan.

One of the oldest civilizations in history, Japan is a cultural hodgepodge teeming with variety, intelligence, and soul. From traditional Kabuki theater to communal baths to rampant consumerism, Japan is a thrumming hub of culture.

Traditional culture lives on in modern times in the Japanese shrines. Easily accessible on a morning tour, the shrines offer you a glimpse into the ways of the past, including architecture, atmosphere, and fascinating customs such as ritual smoke bathing.

Also not to be missed is the always exhilarating sumo-wrestling. A mainstay in Japanese culture since the early Edo period, Japan is still the only country in the world to practice professional sumo-wrestling today. Thought to be a remnant of samurai customs, sumo wrestlers are still revered in Japanese culture, and, due to strict regulations on attire and conduct, are easily distinguishable outside of the dojo (if their massive girth doesn’t give them away).

Kabuki Theater is another tenet of traditional Japanese culture, and also has origins in the Edo period. Known as a highly stylized Japanese dance-drama, Kabuki is known for its presentation, the elaborate makeup worn by some of its performers, its distinctive dances, and elaborate play-making involving revolving stages and sometimes flying characters. While traditional Kabuki would be an all day event lasting up to eight hours, today you can see this iconic event in much less time and buy a ticket for just the first act.

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Nikko National Park Day Trip from Tokyo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 282 Reviews

Explore the scenic shrines and countryside of the Nikko National Park on a day trip from Tokyo. Nikko has been a center of Shinto and Buddhist mountain ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $124.90

Tokyo Sumo Wrestling Tournament

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 122 Reviews

Don't miss the opportunity to see a traditional Sumo tournament when you're in Tokyo. You'll take the subway with fellow Sumo fans to the Kokugikan (Sumo ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $97.92

Experience Akihabara Electric Town: Karaoke, Anime and Cosplay in Tokyo

In Tokyo’s Akihabara Electric Town, you can dress up in fun, comic book–inspired costumes, no matter what age you are. This private, family-friendly tour ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $101.25

Tokyo Studio Ghibli Museum Afternoon Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 134 Reviews

If you're traveling with your family, or you are a fan of Japanese Anime, this afternoon tour to the renowned Studio Ghibli Museum is for you. You'll soon see ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $59.95

Tokyo Morning Sightseeing Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 78 Reviews

Spend the morning exploring Japan's most modern city on this 3.5-hour sightseeing tour featuring Tokyo's cultural and shopping highlights. Full narration and ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $49.96

Private Japanese Arts and Culture Tour : Aikido, Calligraphy, Manga and Sake Brewery

Experience traditional and contemporary Japanese culture with this full-day private tour in Tokyo! You’ll develop an in-depth appreciation for the art of ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $301.47

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