Japan is a country that has a really unique culture and a lot of fun things for visitors to do. There are a ton of people that live in this Asian country and people visit it from all over the world. Whether you go to a rural part of Japan or you go to a big city like Tokyo, there's something for everyone to do in Japan.
Because of the fact that there are just so many fun things to do in Japan, it can actually be a little bit overwhelming to plan a trip here. From historic sites to stores and theme parks, there's so much to do in Japan that it can be tough to narrow down your travel itinerary. Luckily, we're here to help.
To see the 10 best things to do on a trip to Japan, keep reading!
10 Stay In A Capsule Hotel
A capsule hotel is something that's pretty unique to Japan. Although they exist in other forms in some other countries, people typically think of Japan immediately when they think about capsule hotels.
Staying in a capsule hotel definitely isn't for everyone, but if you really want to have a unique experience while in Japan, it's worth trying out. Capsule hotels are made up of tiny, bed-sized rooms that line the walls. These rooms often have a TV, shelf, and other features inside to make the stay more convenient, but are not a full room.
9 Visit A Shinto Shrine
A Shinto Shrine is a place of worship in Japan. These shrines are dedicated to the Shinto gods known as "kami." Across Japan, there are a lot of ancient Shinto Shrines that have become popular destinations for people that want to experience a piece of Japanese culture. Visitors that want to become immersed in Japanese culture and traditions often visit Shinto Shrines while locals visit to pay their respects to the kami, especially during special events or holidays.
There are thousands and thousands of different shrines across Japan, each of which with their own unique history and some of which with different features. Some of them are really unique. When visiting Japan, it's definitely a good idea to seek out a Shinto Shrine.
8 Visit An Arcade (Like Anata No Warehouse!)
Technology is huge in Japan. This country is definitely on the cutting edge when it comes to tech like smartphones and accessories. Another place that Japan excels is in the world of video games. From console games that are released around the world to arcades, gaming is a big industry in Japan.
There are arcades and bar themed arcades all over the country. Arcades where you can win prizes from unique claw and UFO machines are huge there. One really unique arcade that is unlike any other one is Anata No Warehouse. It's themed like a terrifying, abandon warehouse and is full of really fun games.
7 Real-Life Mario Kart Racing
Have you ever played Mario Kart and wished that you could jet around the courses in real life? Unfortunately, as we all know, that's not actually possible. Unfortunately, the Mario Kart games are just video games and we can't drive around in those fun, customizable cars with Mario, Luigi, and Link... Or can we?
STREET KART Shinagawa is a company that allows visitors to rent a go-kart, put on a costume, and race along the streets with their friends. Although it's not exactly the same as racing across Rainbow Road, it's still a ton of fun.
6 Visit Himeji Castle
Japan is a country with a rich culture and storied history. Although there are a lot of unique modern attractions around the country for visitors to explore, there are also a lot of really cool cultural and historical sites that are also interesting for visitors that want a piece of Japan's past.
Himeji Castle is a castle located in the city of Himeji. This castle was built in the 14th century and was built and expanded on through the 17th century by Japanese samurais, daimyos, and leaders throughout history. Himeji Castle is known for being one of the best-preserved castles in Japan. And for lovers of the paranormal, legend says that this castle is allegedly haunted.
5 Visit An Onsen
An onsen is a Japanese hot spring or bath house. These onsens are located all over Japan and are a really great way to take a break from the busy cities like Tokyo in order to just relax in the warm water and take in the scenery.
One thing to keep in mind for people that are planning to visit Japan is that many onsen owners have some unique rules for their onsen. One of them is the fact that many don't allow tattoos in order to keep Yakuza members out. But visitors that have small tattoos may be permitted under the agreement that they cover their tattoos with tape or bandages.
4 Visit Zao Fox Village
For people that like animals, being able to see them in an open area where they're able to interact with each other up close is absolutely adorable. Foxes are an animal that aren't often seen in zoos, but in Japan, there's a unique place where visitors can go see foxes in a large, open area.
Zao Fox Village is a fox-based zoo located about an hour from Sendai. Along with the foxes that have made this area famous, there are also other small animals that call the village home like rabbits and deer.
3 Visit Tokyo DisneySea
Although the US has two different Disney parks for visitors, there's also one located in Japan that is completely different. Tokyo DisneySea was opened in 2001 and for serious fans of Disney, taking a trip to this theme park while in Japan is a must!
The entire park has a somewhat nautical theme. While it's still definitely a Disney park, it's a really unique park to walk through and to look around because of the nautical theme that the entire park has. The nautical theme means there are some unique elements to this park like Mermaid Lagoon.
2 Visit The Pokémon Mega Center
If you're a big fan of the Pokémon franchise, you'll know that it all started in Japan. Because of this, Pokémon is still a pretty big thing there. There's a lot of exclusive Pokémon merchandise that is only released in Japan, which is a bummer for some of us international fans.
There are multiple Pokémon Centers around Tokyo, but if you're a fan of the franchise, visiting the Pokémon Mega Center in Tokyo is a must. It's located in Toshima and is the largest of all the Pokemon Center stores. It's filled to the brim with merchandise like toys, cards, costumes, and stationery that you won't find anywhere else.
1 Walk Through Kitakyushu’s Flower Tunnels
The Kitakyushu Flower Tunnels are part of the Kawachi Wisteria Garden. The Kawachi Wisteria Garden is a private park located in Kitakyushu. Although this entire park is beautiful with its varying colors of wisteria trees, there's definitely one part of the park that draws in more visitors than the rest.
This park is best known for the two large tunnels, known as the Kitakyushu Flower Tunnels. These tunnels are about 100 meters long and have flowers lining the walls on both sides with giant wisteria trees that hang down from the roof. The entire tunnel looks so surreal and beautiful, like something out of a painting. It truly has to be seen to be believed!