10 popular activities in Japan


We’ve chosen 10 spots and activities that you must experience when you come to Japan. Please consult this article and make your Japan trip even more enjoyable!

1. Climb Mount Fuji [Shizuoka, Yamanashi]

Mount Fuji that everyone knows, exists as one of the well-known symbols of Japan. It is also a registered UNESCO World Heritage site. Just looking at it is amazing but only those who climb it know the feeling of being moved emotionally. The time period for climbing is from July to the middle of September.

2. Playing with the monkeys at Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama [Kyoto]

There’s a place in Kyoto where you can play with wild monkeys. That place is Arashiyama Monkey Park. With 120 monkeys living there, you can feed them and play with them. Apart from that, there are also wild birds and deer so it’s perfect for animal lovers.

3. Sing songs at Karaoke

These days there is “karaoke” all over the world but the quality of Japan’s karaoke is above the rest. The efficiency of the machinery is a given and the soundproofing of the karaoke box is more developed that what you would see anywhere else in the world. There’s also a complete lineup of English songs.

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4. Ride a Shinkansen

A Shinkansen or bullet train is Japan’s high-speed transit. Despite travelling at speeds of over 200 kilometers an hour, in its 50 years of history, there has never been an accident or death making it famous worldwide for its safety. How about enjoying the Japanese scenery from a Shinkansen? 

5. Experience the Otaku culture in Akihabara [Tokyo]

Akihabara, Tokyo; the place that has become the sacred place for “otaku” all over the world. Because it was originally developed as an electric town, it’s the place to get the best quality Japanese electronics. The whole town overflows with an anime vibe and is popular among tourists.

6. Try pachinko

Pachinko is a game where silver balls are fired from a gun and you try to get as many silver balls as you can into specific slots. You can exchange a fixed number of silver balls for cash prizes. As a pastime that only exists in Japan, why don’t you give it a try (without spending too much money).

7. Eat ramen

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Japanese ramen is no longer just a variety of Chinese food, it has managed to achieve its own originality. You can eat a wide variety of ramen all throughout Japan. If you visit a bookstore, you will definitely find ramen magazines so be sure to check it out before you visit.

8. Have tea at a maid cafe

Maid cafes” are shops where the customers are placed in the role of the master of a household and the waitresses are the “maids” who serve them. The customers are called “Master” by the maids. If you want to savor Japan’s “moe” culture, definitely pay a visit for some tea.

9. Take Purikura

Purikura” is a machine where you can take photos of yourself and turn them into stickers. You can decorate the photos and even take pictures in cosplay. Purikura originated in Japan so why not take one as a commemoration of your trip?

10. Go to a Hanami

From the end of March to April in Japan, the cherry blossoms bloom and people go flower viewing (hanami) under the trees. A typical hanami is when you watch the flowers while eating and drinking together with your friends. The cherry blossoms at night are also beautiful so viewing the flowers at night while having a drink of alcohol is great. 

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