Things to Do & Attractions in Japan

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Lake Ashi

4 star rating: Recommended 95 Reviews

Located within Hakone National Park with the mighty Mt Fuji as its backdrop, Lake Ashi, also known as Lake Ashinoko, is a scenic spot to take a boat ride and ...  Read more

Kyoto Imperial Palace

4 star rating: Recommended 73 Reviews

Japan's royal family no longer live in Kyoto Imperial Palace, but the imperial furnishings have been preserved. The immaculate parkland surrounding the ...  Read more

Tokyo Skytree

4 star rating: Recommended 53 Reviews

Opened in May 2012, Tokyo's newest landmark, the Tokyo Skytree, has entered the record books as the world's second tallest structure, and the tallest tower in ...  Read more

Sanjusangen-do Hall

4 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Built in 1164, Sanjusangendo Temple impresses in scope, size, and detail, with 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, flanking the main image of a ...  Read more

Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo)

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 25 Reviews

One of Japan's most famous castles, Osaka Castle played a major role in unifying Japan in the sixteenth century. First built in 1583 by one of Japan’s most ...  Read more

Nopporo Forest Park

Escape from the city to explore the history and natural beauty of Hokkaido in the Nopporo Forest Park. The park includes untouched forests with more than 100 ...  Read more

Shitenno-ji Temple

One of Japan’s oldest Buddhist temples, Shitenno-ji Temple was built by Prince Shotoku around 593 AD, a cultural hero of Japan who helped to bring the ...  Read more

Yubu Island

While the pebble beaches of Yubu Island may not be ideal for traditional sunbathing, this hidden paradise offers travelers a uniquely authentic island ...  Read more

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, also known as the Pearl Bridge, spans the Akashi Strait from Kobe to Iwaya on Awaji Island. Since its completion in 1998, it has ...  Read more

Jigokudani Monkey Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Located 2,789 feet (850 meters) above sea level in the Valley of Yokoyu, Jigokudani Monkey Park stands out as one of Japan’s most popular and unique onsen. ...  Read more

Koko-en Garden

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Located on the grounds of the Himeji Castle, Koko-en Garden was finished in 1992 to commemorate the one-hundredth anniversary of the Himeji municipality. The ...  Read more

Zenkō-ji Temple

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

In the year 642, Zenko-ji Temple was founded when one of the earliest Buddhist statues in Japan, brought over from the Korean Peninsula, was enshrined at the ...  Read more

Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Located on the north side of Lake Kawaguchi, the Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine was built in the ninth century after Mt Fuji erupted, causing chaos and tragedy among ...  Read more

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 80 Reviews

You'll want to grab an (english language) map upon entering this large park that stretches across Shinjuku and Shibuya. There is a lot of ground to cover here. ...  Read more

Nishiki Food Market

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 45 Reviews

From sushi fish to kitchen knives, you’ll find everything under the sun relating to food at Nishiki Market. The covered market is a foodie's wonderland, ...  Read more

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