The Best Things To Do in Japan

Japan has always managed to enthrall visitors with the perfect balance of ancient, countryside and modernization. And we’ve heard hundreds, if not thousands, of tourists who vow that Japan is the country they can’t seem to stop visiting. 

If you are interested in what are the things that people keep on going back to, we’ve rounded the best things to do in Japan that we are sure you’ll love! 

Soak in an Onsen

A Japan trip is incomplete without experiencing a relaxing onsen soak. An onsen is a hot spring bath and is considered a classic Japan experience. Onsen can come in a lot of forms and you can pick depending on your preferences. Japan has indoor and outdoor onsens, simple and fancy ones, and onsens of different sizes. 

Most hot spring baths are shared and what you should take note of is people usually soak in onsens completely naked. It can be quite a challenge if you are conservative so that is an interesting fact to take into account. However, some ryokans (inns) have private onsens you can reserve. 

Best Things To Do in Japan

Ride a Shinkansen

Riding a shinkansen or bullet train in Japan is an experience like no other. The network is famously expanded and the trains are comfortable, clean, and safe. Plus it’s always on time too! Right to the very second. Let’s not forget the amazing and scenic views too while you are on the ride. 

Shinkansen travels at high speed, up to 320 km/h (199mph), which makes traveling super fast. Tokyo to Kyota has a distance of 450km between them and if you travel via shinkansen, it’ll only take you 2 hours and 15 minutes. 

Shinkansen can be pricey but a Japan Rail Pass can make them more affordable. 

Best Things To Do in Japan


If you are looking for one of the best Disney parks in the world, you are looking for Japan’s DisneySea. The whole theme park boasts a unique nautical theme with uncommon rides like Mysterious Island, complete with erupting volcano, and the Mediterranean Harbor which gives you total Italian vibes. 

Japan’s DisneySea has a lot of fun rides that people of all ages would surely enjoy but for those laidback adults who are there to just chill, there are attractions for you too! Activities like a Broadway show or lounge aboard a cruise liner are also available. 

DisneySea is only 30 minutes away from central Tokyo. So if you are in the city, definitely give this one a try. 

Best Things To Do in Japan

City View Observatory

Japanese cities are jaw-dropping sights, that we cannot deny. But they are more impressive when observed from above and during the night. Thankfully, Japan has an observatory in some of its massive skyscrapers. 

The Haruka 300 in Osaka will give you a 360-degree view of the city lights with its floor-to-ceiling windows. Bonus points, it also has an open-air garden bar! 

If you are in Tokyo, you can see the city from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku or enjoy VR rides at the Sky Circus Sunshine 60 Observation Deck in Ikebukuro. Aside from that, there’s the Tokyo Tower, another popular site for seeing the city from above. 

Studio Ghibli Museum

For the fans of Studio Ghibli films like Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro, we have the spot just for you! Tokyo, Japan houses the Studio Ghibli Museum where you’ll be able to see firsthand props and drawings from the animations. 

Hayao Mizaki, the creator of numerous iconic animes alongside Studio Ghibli, is a famous name in the anime world so it’s no doubt that Ghibli Museum is one of the most sought-after Japan attractions. 

Take note that if you are planning to visit the Ghibli Museum, buy your tickets at least a month in advance. Visit the Ghibli website for more details! 

Universal Studios Japan

After Studio Ghibli fans, Japan also has something for those who magically grew up with Harry Potter. The Universal Studios in Japan has a famous highlight that everyone can’t seem to stop visiting and that is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. 

The theme park allows you to stroll down cobbled streets, visit Hogwarts, drink butterbeer, shop at Honeydukes, and even buy your personal magic wand. In addition, the park also has rides for those who seek thrill in their visit, including Hollywood Dream and The Flying Dinosaur. 

Take note that the park is extremely busy during the weekends and buy your tickets in advance! 

The Imperial Palace

Japan has such a rich culture that it’ll be a shame to visit the country and not tour in one of its ancient and historically-significant spots. 

If you are interested, you can visit one of the most important historical building in Japan. Located in Tokyo, the Imperial Palace was once known to be Edo Castle. It’s the residence of the Tokugawa Shogun and the Royal family and a palace that’s been a witness to centuries worth of hardship. 

The inner courtyard and buildings are not allowed for public viewing but the palace grounds and eastern garden are a must-visit. 

While walking around the palace, you’ll also get to learn about the country’s rough history. 

TeamLab Borderless Museum

TeamLab Borderless Museum has one distinct feature that we can’t help but awe over. The museum is an immersive experience as you walk around in the dark and interact with different colorful exhibitions of light and sound. In addition, there’s no map to lead you so it’s a visit that you should prepare your bravery and courage for. 

It’s a unique experience that everyone loves so make sure to book your tickets in advance as it sells out pretty quickly! 

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