Andrea Urbinati

Top 36+ Unique and Secret Things to Do in Japan in 2023

Di Andrea Urbinati

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Explore Japan like never before! Discover Tokyo's vibrant streets in a go-kart, immerse in Kyoto's traditional tea ceremonies, and interact with Nara's adorable deer. This is your ultimate guide to the best activities in Japan - your adventure awaits!
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I have been there: How am I supposed to know exactly what to do when I go to Japan? That’s why I created this epic list of the best things to do in Japan! It’s been years but I finally made this bucket list for the perfect vacation! Hope you like it!

This isn’t just a list. It’s a collection of stories, laughter, and unforgettable moments. A sneak peek into my personal love letter to Japan, if you will.

From day trips exploring centuries-old shrines to late-night Karaoke sessions that would make a pop star blush, Japan has an abundance of experiences that go beyond the standard tourist checklist.

My aim? To help you connect with the wonderful world of Japan and ensure you spend your holiday there in the best way possible. Because let’s face it, we all deserve to have a story about that one time in Nara when a curious deer decided to join our picnic.

Are you ready to discover the top 36+ unique and secret things to do in Japan in 2023? Let’s get this adventure started! And if you are looking for the perfect guide to navigate Japan, make sure to check out my post, ‘Explore Japan: 13 Top Travel Guide Books Of 2023.‘ Trust me, it’s a game-changer!

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Part 1: Tokyo – The Heart of Japan

Ah, Tokyo, the heart of Japan, and my personal love affair. 

On my initial trip to Japan, I remember spending a couple of hours at least trying to figure out what to do. And let me tell you, it wasn’t a walk in Yoyogi Park! My feet were aching, my map was crumpled, and I had one too many encounters with Google Translate. 

That’s when I realized, Tokyo isn’t just a place to see – it’s a place to experience. It’s about connecting with the locals, understanding their way of life, and relishing the rich tapestry of culture and history. And that’s exactly why I’ve written this guide. To save you from aimlessly wandering around like I did, and ensure you dive straight into the best places Tokyo has to offer.

Oh, and before we get started, don’t forget to check out my post on 10 Insider Tips For An Epic Travel Through Japan In 2023. It’s packed with handy tips and tricks that’ll make your Japanese adventure even more memorable.

1.1. Mt. Fuji, Hakone, Lake Ashi Cruise and Bullet Train

Alright, let’s get ready for one of the coolest days you can have in Japan: the Mt. Fuji, Hakone, Lake Ashi Cruise, and Bullet Train adventure.

Let me break down the awesomeness of this day for you:

  • Time-saving: It’s an all-in-one day trip! You go from busy Tokyo to peaceful Mt. Fuji and Hakone. It’s like two vacations in one!
  • Epic views: Picture this. You’re at Mt. Fuji’s 5th station, and there’s this crazy beautiful mountain right in front of you.
  • Thrill ride: You get to ride a ropeway over an actual volcano at Owakudani. I mean, how cool is that?
  • Photo opps: You can’t miss the Hakone Shrine with its floating Torii gate. It’s the perfect backdrop for your next profile pic.
  • Fast track back: And to wrap up the day, you get to zoom back to Tokyo on a bullet train. You are living in the future now 😀

So, if you’re planning your trip and wondering about the best things to do in Japan, you’ve got to check this out. It’s a day packed with epic sights and experiences.

Ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Just click here to book your Mt. Fuji, Hakone, Lake Ashi Cruise and Bullet Train experience. It’s an absolute blast, you won’t regret it!

mt fuji view

1.2. Tokyo: Hakone Fuji Day Tour w/ Cruise, Cable Car, Volcano

This tour takes excitement to a whole new level. And if you’re looking for unusual things to add to your Japan vacation, this is it!

Here’s what’s in store for you:

  • Killer views: You get to see Mt. Fuji from Hakone, and let me tell you, the view is nothing short of breathtaking.
  • Pirate adventure: Ever been on a pirate boat? No? Well, here’s your chance! You’ll cruise on Lake Ashi and take the ropeway up Mt. Hakone. Arr matey!
  • Volcanic experience: You get to see Ohwakudani’s volcanic environment up close. Don’t forget to try the local food. It’s cooked by the volcano’s steam. How cool is that?
  • Shop or soak: Your choice. You can either shop at the Gotemba outlets or relax in a hot spring with a view of Mount Fuji. I chose the hot spring, and it was divine!
  • Chill out: After all that excitement, you can sit back and relax on an air-conditioned bus. Ah, the perfect end to a perfect day.

So, what are you waiting for? Hop on to this adventure and create memories that will last a lifetime. Just click here to book your Hakone Fuji Day Tour. Enjoy!

visiting japan nature

1.3. Tokyo: Go-Kart Tour and Photoshoot

Alright, picture this – you’re zooming through Tokyo’s famous districts like Shinjuku, Harajuku, and Shibuya, but not just on any old wheels, you’re in a fun and zippy go-kart! To make things even more fun, you get to dress up as your favorite character. Just imagine the epic photos!

  • Feel the speed as you navigate the busy city streets in your very own go-kart. You will never see Tokyo like this 😀
  • Embrace your inner child and dress up as your favorite character. Make this a memory you’ll never forget!
  • Don’t worry about missing any moments. Your guide will snap amazing pictures of you against the backdrop of Tokyo’s iconic cityscape.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s not just sightseeing, it’s a totally unique adventure. Trust me, you won’t find a more fun and memorable way to explore Tokyo.

Ready to start your engines? Click here and let’s get this adventure rolling!​

go kart japan

1.4. Tokyo: Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

If you think that sounds a bit too formal, let me tell you, it’s one of the most famous and insightful ways to explore any city in Japan, especially the busiest ones like Tokyo and Kyoto.

Here’s the lowdown:

  • All the best bits: You get to explore the city’s top sights in a single day. How efficient is that?
  • Knowledge is power: The nationally-licensed guide knows the city like the back of their hand and is a fountain of information about Japan’s history and culture.
  • Custom-made: It’s a private tour and it felt like I had a friend showing me around their hometown!
  • The guide I had was super knowledgeable and friendly, and they gave me so many insights into the city that I never would have discovered on my own. It was like having a shortcut to understanding and appreciating Tokyo on a deeper level. I totally recommend adding this to your Japan bucket list.

So, are you ready to have your own knowledgeable buddy for a day in Tokyo? Go ahead and book your Full-Day Private Tour with a Nationally-Licensed Guide

Dive deep into the heart of Tokyo and let the city surprise you!

girl having fun in japan osaka

1.5. Tokyo: Guided Walking Tour of Tsukiji Market with Breakfast

Hey there, ready for a foodie adventure? Next up on our Tokyo journey is the Tsukiji Market. This is no ordinary market. It’s a symphony of tastes, smells, and sights that will make your senses dance.

And if you are planning to choose the perfect time for this adventure, my advice is to go during Autumn! Japan in September is a dream come true. Don’t believe me? Check out my post, ‘September In Japan: Nature’s Beauty & Mild Temps Await!‘ for all the reasons why!

Here’s the skinny:

  • Local vibes: You’ll feel just like a local as you wind your way through the labyrinth of stalls in Tokyo’s famed fish market. 
  • food, glorious food: Your taste buds will be treated to a smorgasbord of delights, from yakitori skewers to succulent wagyu beef. Every bite is a new discovery!
  • Culture and cuisine: Get a unique insight into how Japanese culture and religion are intertwined with its cuisine. It’s a spiritual and gastronomic journey rolled into one.
  • Architectural marvel: Take a moment to marvel at the ancient Indian-inspired exterior of Tsukiji Hongwanji Temple, a testament to the diversity of modern Japan.
  • Watch the pros: It’s not all about tasting, you’ll also get to observe expert wholesalers in action. It’s like a live cooking show!
  • I still remember the first time I set foot in Tsukiji Market. It was early morning, just arrived in Japan. The energy, the flavors, the culture – it was all “so much”. This isn’t just a market, it’s a slice of Tokyo life.

So, are you ready to discover the best of Tokyo’s food culture? 

Don’t wait any longer, book your Guided Walking Tour of Tsukiji Market with Breakfast and immerse yourself in an experience like no other.

two tourist eating in the market in japan

1.6. From Tokyo: Mt. Fuji Full-Day Sightseeing Trip

Ready to crank up the excitement? Let’s talk about my sightseeing trip around Mt. Fuji. It’s a full day of jaw-dropping beauty and remarkable Japanese experiences you won’t want to miss.

Here’s the scoop:

  • Picture-perfect views: You’ll find the best scenic spot at Kawaguchiko Lake. Trust me, your camera will thank you. The backdrop of Mt. Fuji is simply postcard-worthy.
  • Taste the mountain: Ever wondered what Mt. Fuji tastes like? Well, you can actually taste the water from this iconic mountain at Oshino Hakkai.
  • Historic sights: You’ll get to visit the popular Arakura Sengen Shrine, complete with its five-storied pagoda.
  • Breathtaking views: Prepare to have your breath taken away by the panoramic views of Mount Fuji from 5th Station. 
  • I still remember my Mt. Fuji trip like it was yesterday. It was during my favorite season in Japan – spring. The cherry blossoms were in full bloom, and the sight of Mt. Fuji against the vibrant pink flowers was absolutely unreal.

Ready to kick your Japan trip up a notch? Go ahead and book your Mt. Fuji Full-Day Sightseeing Trip right now. 

view of mt fuji

1.7. From Tokyo: Mount Fuji Private Day Tour

So, let’s chat about the time I had a private tour to Mt. Fuji with a couple of buddies. Yep, you heard it right! We had the place to ourselves (almost), and it felt like we were in our own magical bubble with Mt. Fuji as our backdrop.

Here’s the lowdown:

  • Scenic beauty: Mt. Fuji is not just about the mountain itself, the surrounding area is a UNESCO heritage site, and it’s stunning! It’s like stepping into a postcard. And the five lakes? Absolutely breathtaking.
  • Your adventure, your way: The beauty of a private tour is that you can choose between recommended routes or customize your adventure. We opted for a mix of both and it was the perfect balance.
  • Comfort and privacy: Travel in style with your own chartered drive from Tokyo. It’s a chill, 10-hour trip with no worries about getting lost or missing a bus. Plus, the comfort of just hanging with your crew? Priceless.
  • Convenience is key: With pick-up and drop-off included, we could focus on enjoying the day. And trust me, we did!
  • I remember ending the day at a traditional Japanese inn, or ‘ryokan’, nestled in a bamboo forest. Just perfect!

If you’re ready to create your own magical Mt. Fuji moments, go ahead and book the Mount Fuji Private Day Tour

It’s your adventure, make it count!

mountain in japan

1.8. Tokyo: Full-Day Sightseeing Bus Tour

Get this: I once hopped onto a deluxe coach tour for a full day of Tokyo sightseeing, and let me tell you, it was epic!

  • Iconic landmarks: We zoomed past Tokyo’s most iconic landmarks, from the dazzling skyscrapers to ancient temples. That was the aww moment of the day.
  • Multi-lingual audio guide: These guys thought of everything! The multi-lingual audio guide was a real treat, giving us fun facts and stories about the city in our own language.
  • Authentic Matcha & IZAKAYA lunch: Oh, the food! We got to try an authentic Matcha experience at Asakusa, and the IZAKAYA lunch? Drool-worthy.
  • Skip-the-line at Tokyo Sky Tree: And the cherry on top? We got to skip the line at the Tokyo Sky Tree observation deck. The views from up there are just… wow!
  • After the tour, we chilled out at a local onsen (that’s a traditional hot spring bath, in case you’re wondering).

Book the Full-Day Sightseeing Bus Tour and have your own Tokyo adventure. You won’t regret it!

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1.9. From Tokyo: Private Trip to Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi

During the second week of my trip to Japan and I had to try this private trip. Worth it? Oh yeah.

  • Fuji-Subaru Line 5th Station: We kicked off the tour by visiting the Fuji-Subaru Line 5th Station. Imagine being surrounded by lush greenery and cool mountain air, all while catching breathtaking views of Mount Fuji. Pretty awesome, right?
  • Lake Kawaguchiko: Next up was Lake Kawaguchiko. Definitely one of the must-see world heritage sites.
  • Mt. Fuji Panoramic Ropeway: Now, this was a real treat. We got to explore the Mt. Fuji Panoramic Ropeway, which offered us some of the best views you’ll see in Japan since… well, forever!
  • Customizable private tour: The best part? The whole trip was customizable. 

So go on, book your Private Trip to Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi!

two statue in the middle of green grass

1.10. Tokyo: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

Picture this: you, in Tokyo, with the freedom to explore the city at your own pace. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? That’s exactly what you get with the Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Ticket!

  • See the sights of Tokyo: With this hop-on hop-off tour bus ticket, you get to see all the fantastic sights Tokyo has to offer. And trust me, there’s a lot! From the bustling streets in the north of Tokyo to the tranquil parks scattered around the city, you get to experience it all.
  • Panoramic city views: But wait, there’s more! The bus is an open-top one. It’s like sightseeing on steroids!
  • Travel along important sites: The best part about this tour is that the bus routes cover all the most important sites in Tokyo. So, you won’t miss out on anything during your Japan itinerary.
  • So, why wait? Grab your Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Ticket now and start planning your Tokyo adventure. Oh, and remember to try some of the amazing food in Japan while you’re there. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you!

Click here to book this awesome activity!

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1.11. Tokyo: Sumo Morning Training Visit

Continuing with our journey of the best things to do in Japan, here’s something I never thought I’d be so captivated by – Sumo Wrestling! Here’s why the Sumo Morning Training Visit in Tokyo is a must-do!

  • Visit a real Sumo Stable in Tokyo: This isn’t a made-for-tourists show. You get to step into a real-life Sumo Stable in Tokyo, where the magic happens. It’s a sneak peek into a world unknown to many.
  • Watch professional Sumo wrestlers train: Watching these athletes go through their rigorous training routine is nothing short of mesmerizing. Trust me, it’s way more engaging than any sports match I’ve ever watched!
  • Take a group picture with the Sumo wrestlers: And the icing on the cake? You get to take a group picture with the Sumo wrestlers! 

Don’t wait, book your Sumo Morning Training Visit right away!

sumo japan training

1.12. Tokyo: Bar Hopping Tour in Shibuya

The Bar Hopping Tour in Shibuya was more than just a night out – it was a crash course in Japanese gastronomy and conviviality. Plus, it’s where I made some of the coolest friends from around the globe!

  • Discover the indoor food alley of Tokyo’s coolest nightlife area: The sights, the sounds, the smells – it’s a sensory experience unlike any other. The indoor food alley is bustling, eclectic, and full of energy – a microcosm of Shibuya’s vibrant nightlife.
  • Enjoy the included food, beer, and Sake: The tour includes food and drinks, so you get to sample a variety of Japanese street food, beer, and Sake. Pro tip: The Sake is a must-try!
  • Follow your guide to 3 cool Izakaya bars: Your guide will lead you to three different Izakaya bars, each with its own unique atmosphere and charm.
  • Share a table with locals: This is where I made some fantastic friends!

Book your Bar Hopping Tour in Shibuya now and discover the heart and soul of Tokyo’s nightlife. Kampai!

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1.13. Tokyo: DisneySea 1-Day Passport

Moving on to the next exciting stop on our Japan adventure list, let’s talk about an absolute must-visit – Tokyo DisneySea.

  • Create priceless memories where the worlds of Disney stories come to life: Remember the first time you watched a Disney movie and wished you could step into that world? Well, at Tokyo DisneySea, you literally can! From “The Little Mermaid” to “Indiana Jones,” every corner is a magical adventure.
  • Discover the myths and legends of the seas: Tokyo DisneySea isn’t your typical Disney Park. It’s themed around the sea, merging Disney lore with maritime myths and legends. You’ll experience the romance of the old world sea voyage, complete with galleons and fortresses!
  • Enjoy a 1-Day Passport at Tokyo DisneySea: One day might not seem like much, but trust me, it’s more than enough to experience the magic and create some cool memories.

So, ready to experience Japan in a truly unique way? 

Don’t wait! 

Grab your 1-Day Passport to Tokyo DisneySea right now and let’s dive into this magical sea adventure together. See you there!

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Part 2: Kyoto – City of Ten Thousand Shrines

Alright, let’s dive into another amazing city, shall we? Next up on our list is the city of ten thousand shrines, the captivating Kyoto. 

2.14. Kyoto: Top Highlights Full Day Trip

Let’s dive right into the next marvelous stop on our list. If you’re crafting your Japan itinerary, I’ve got a golden tip for you – book a full-day trip to explore the top highlights of Kyoto. Believe me when I say it’s a top ‘must do in Japan‘, and no kidding, it was the highlight of my first visit in this city.

Here are the highlights of this unforgettable trip:

  • Strolling around Kyoto in the most convenient and comfortable way. It’s like you’re walking through a living, breathing history book!
  • The sight of the famous vermilion gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine.
  • Marvel at the awe-inspiring golden Kinkaku-ji and its impeccably maintained gardens. It’s like stepping into a different realm entirely.
  • And let me spill a secret – This town in winter is a sight to behold. The snow-covered landscapes and the serene atmosphere elevate what Japan has to offer.

Click here and book your full-day trip to Kyoto. Trust me, this journey is going to fill your heart with so many incredible memories. 

Ready to join the fun? Let’s get this adventure started!​

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2.15. Kyoto: Samurai Class, Become a Samurai Warrior

Alright, time for the next unforgettable adventure on our list. If you’re an anime fan like me, then you are going to love this one. Picture this: a samurai class in Kyoto, learning from a real samurai master! It was a personal bucket list item for me, as an otaku, and oh boy, did it deliver.

Here’s what you can expect in this exhilarating experience:

  • Participating in a bona fide samurai lesson. 
  • Learning straight from a samurai master. From the ceremonial bow to drawing the sword, and striking with stylized movements, it’s like stepping right into an anime or a period drama.
  • Cherishing a fun photo session in your samurai costume, and receiving a completion certificate.

Click here and book your spot in the class. Trust me, it’s an absolute blast! So, what do you say, are you in?​

samurai classe in japan

2.16. Kyoto: Private Customized Walking Tour with a Local

I was a bit shy when I first signed up for a Private Customized Walking Tour in Kyoto. The local guide was just as shy too, but guess what? We ended up becoming great friends for the entire vacation!

Here’s what to expect:

  • Sightseeing of iconic landmarks. Think of the Golden Pavilion and the Fushimi Inari Shrine. Yup, the ones you’ve seen on postcards.
  • A chance to blend in and explore Kyoto’s lively streets on foot.
  • A tasty tour of Kyoto’s diverse food culture. Maybe at Nishiki Market or other foodie hotspots. Bring your appetite because sushi in Japan is next level!
  • A trip to a famous garden or park to discover the city’s natural beauty. 
  • And the best part? Getting a local’s recommendations on how to spend the rest of your stay in the city. It’s like having your own personal trip advisor!

So, are you ready to hit the streets of Kyoto with a local? 

Don’t be shy, give it a try! Click here to book your private customized tour now.

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2.17. Kyoto: 45-Minute Tea Ceremony Experience

And we’re rolling onto the next best place, folks. Picture this – you, in a tranquil Japanese garden, immersed in a 45-Minute Tea Ceremony.

Here’s the scoop:

  • You get to participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
  • You’ll hear fascinating tales about the history and spiritual role of this ceremony, straight from a licensed tea master. It’s like a live history lesson, only way more fun.
  • And the best part? You’ll learn how to make tea according to the rules. Trust me, making green tea will never be the same again.
  • A peaceful temple, perfect for a moment of zen in the midst of your adventure.

So, are you ready to swap your coffee for some green tea, and experience a taste of Japanese culture like never before? 

Click here to book this experience and I promise, your Instagram followers will be green with envy! What do you say, shall we brew some tea?​​

A traditional tea ceremony in progress

2.18. Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Bus Tour from Osaka/Kyoto

Rolling onto the next adventure, let’s hit the road with the Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Bus Tour from Osaka/Kyoto. 

Here’s what you’ll get to tick off your Japan bucket list:

  • Get ready to be awed as you experience not one, but TWO UNESCO world heritage sites. It’s like a crash course in Japanese culture and history!
  • Take a walk on the peaceful side of the Arashiyama bamboo forest. It’s like stepping into another world, and trust me, the beauty of this bamboo grove is beyond words.
  • Want to make some furry friends? You’ll get the chance to interact with the adorable deer at Nara Park. Just a heads up, they’re super friendly and totally love selfies!
  • You’ll marvel at the famous 1000 vermilion gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine. 
  • And let’s not forget about Kinkaku-ji, the golden pavilion temple.

Click here to book this experience and make memories that you’ll be telling your friends about for years to come! What’s stopping you? 

Get your ticket now and let’s hit the road!​

japan osaka castle

2.19. Kyoto: Tea Ceremony Ju-An at Jotokuji Temple

Let’s talk about the Kyoto Tea Ceremony Ju-An at Jotokuji Temple. As someone who loves a good cup of tea, this was a total dream come true.

Let’s see some highlights:

  •  It’s calming, it’s unique, and it’s oh-so-Japanese!
  • Be prepared to be blown away by the stunning architecture of the Jotokuji Temple. 
  • You’ll get to sample a variety of teas. Who knows, you might just find your new favorite blend! 

Trust me, it’s an absolute must-do in Japan!​

Click here if you want to book it now!

traditional woman and man in japan

Part 3: Nara – A Step Back into Ancient Japan

Get ready to be transported into the world of ancient Japan, where the deer roam freely and centuries-old temples still stand tall. 

3.20. Nara: Half-Day UNESCO Heritage & Local Culture Walking Tour

Get ready to kick off your Nara adventure with a half-day tour that’s brimming with UNESCO sites and local culture. 

Don’t wait another minute, book this activity now and get ready to dive into one of Japan’s most enchanting cities.

Can’t wait to hear about your escapades in the bamboo forests and your relaxing moments in the Ryokan and onsen! You’re about to have the time of your life!​​

a buddha in japan and tourist

3.21. Nara: City Highlights Shared Group or Private Bike Tour

If you’re planning a trip to Japan, this next activity is going to make you pull out your planner and jot it down immediately. Who doesn’t love a good bike ride, especially when it’s around the stunning city of Nara?

  • Picture this: You, on a bike, wind in your hair, whizzing past the stunning scenery of Nara Park. Sounds like a dream, right?
  • Make a pit stop at Todai-ji Temple and don’t forget to catch your breath as you gaze upon its famous Buddha statue.
  • Then, gear up and cycle over to the Kasuga Taisha Shrine and feast your eyes on the sight of a thousand lanterns glowing in the dusk. It’s pure magic! And the best part? Your guide will be there every step (or pedal) of the way, filling you in on all the juicy details about Japanese history, Buddhism, and Shinto.

Ready to get your pedals turning? 

Don’t just sit there daydreaming about it, get this activity booked! It’s time to saddle up and ride into an unforgettable Nara adventure​​.

japan and nara

3.22. Nara Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour

Alright, time for another amazing experience! Ever wanted to feel like a local in a foreign city? Well, here’s your golden ticket. This guided tour of Nara does exactly that and more.

  • Imagine strolling around Nara, all while being led by a knowledgeable local guide. 
  • Pick and choose your own adventure as you visit popular attractions that pique your interest. You’re the director of this show!
  • And the icing on the cake? Talk about a win-win!

So, are you ready to become an honorary local for a day? Come on, don’t wait! 

It’s time to book this activity and get your personalized tour of Nara.

nara japan

3.23. From Osaka: Guided Day Trip to Kyoto and Nara

Next up on our grand adventure, we’re going on a cultural joyride from Osaka to Kyoto and Nara. Here’s why this is a must-do:

  • Board a bus that’s set to take you on a cultural escapade to Kyoto and Nara. Buckle up, it’s going to be a fantastic journey!
  • Get ready to be awe-struck by the golden beauty of Kinkaku-ji and its perfectly preserved gardens. 
  • Immerse yourself in the tranquility of Arashiyama. It’s like stepping into a beautiful painting that takes your breath away.
  • Should I mention that you get to see deer?? Selfie time 😀
  • Doesn’t it sound like the perfect day trip? So, what are you waiting for? Click that button and book this activity. Let’s take the plunge into the cultural delights that Kyoto and Nara have to offer.

Click here if you want to book this day trip!

deer in japan, nara

3.24. Nara – Craft Beer, Sake, and Food Walking Tour

Next on our list, we’re heading out for an unforgettable food and drink adventure in Nara. Here’s why you’ll want to join this walking tour:

  • You’ll witness a traditional mochi pounding session and get to taste the freshest mochi ever. Spoiler alert: it’s absolutely heavenly!
  • Be prepared to discover “Kaki No Ha Zushi,” a unique type of sushi from Nara rolled in persimmon leaves, and enjoy a delightful fusion dinner that hits just the right balance between Western and Japanese cuisine.
  • Interested in a local sake distillery?? Let your taste buds go on a journey!
  • Nara’s authentic craft beer and Japanese snacks are also on the menu. Trust me, they’re an irresistible combination.
  • The tour also offers a shopping experience away from the typical tourist paths. It’s your chance to bring home something truly special and authentic.

So, ready for this mouth-watering adventure?

Don’t wait, just click here and book this activity. Let’s dive into the delicious world of Nara’s craft beer, sake, and food together​​!

serene woods in japan in autumn

3.25. Nara – Private Full Day Kyoto-Nara Tour w/Hotel Pickup & Drop Off

So, next on our journey, let’s take a step into the extraordinary with a full-day tour that gives you the best of both Kyoto and Nara. Here’s what’s in store for you:

  • You’ll have the chance to plunge into the ethereal beauty of the Arashiyama bamboo forest. It feels as though you’re entering a different realm, utterly tranquil and breathtakingly beautiful.
  • You’ll also have an unforgettable encounter with the friendly deer at Nara Park. They’re super cute and oh-so-friendly!
  • Prepare yourself to be awed by not one, but two UNESCO! These places will simply take your breath away.
  • The famous 1000 vermilion gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine await you.
  • Last but not least, you’ll stand in front of Kinkaku-ji, the golden pavilion temple. It’s a sight that’s as magnificent as it sounds.

So, ready to jump into this awesome journey? Don’t hesitate, let’s get this adventure started. 

Just click here and let’s make some incredible memories together​​!


Q1: What makes the Mt. Fuji, Hakone, Lake Ashi Cruise, and Bullet Train day trip unique?

A1: This trip is unique because it combines scenic beauty, cultural experiences, and modern technology. Visitors get to see the iconic Mt. Fuji, enjoy a cruise on Lake Ashi, experience the thrill of a ropeway over a volcano, and travel back to Tokyo on a high-speed bullet train, all in one day.

Q2: How can I make the most of my Tokyo Go-Kart Tour?

A2: To make the most of your Tokyo Go-Kart Tour, choose a fun character costume to enhance your experience, follow all safety guidelines, and be prepared for lots of photo opportunities. It’s also a good idea to familiarize yourself with the areas you’ll be driving through, like Shinjuku and Shibuya, for a more immersive experience.

Q3: What should I expect from the Tsukiji Market Walking Tour with Breakfast?

A3: Expect an immersive culinary experience in one of Tokyo’s most famous markets. You’ll get to sample a variety of fresh seafood and street food, learn about Japanese food culture, and visit the Tsukiji Hongwanji Temple. The tour typically ends with a delicious breakfast comprising fresh market produce.

Q4: Can beginners participate in the Kyoto Samurai Class?

A4: Yes, beginners are welcome in the Kyoto Samurai Class. The class is designed to teach the basics of samurai movements and swordsmanship, making it suitable for all skill levels. Participants also learn about samurai culture and history, making it a comprehensive cultural experience.

Q5: What are the must-see attractions in Nara for first-time visitors?

A5: First-time visitors to Nara should definitely visit the Todai-ji Temple, home to a giant Buddha statue, and the Nara Park, famous for its freely roaming deer. Other attractions include the Kasuga Taisha Shrine, known for its lantern-lined paths, and the Naramachi district, which offers a glimpse into old Japan.

Q6: Are there vegetarian options available on the Kyoto and Nara food tours?

A6: Yes, most food tours in Kyoto and Nara offer vegetarian options. However, it’s recommended to inform the tour operator in advance about any dietary restrictions to ensure that appropriate food options are available.

Q7: What makes the Arashiyama bamboo forest in Kyoto special?

A7: The Arashiyama bamboo forest is special because of its surreal, towering bamboo groves that offer an otherworldly experience. The forest’s pathways are ideal for walks or bicycle rides, providing a serene escape from the city and a unique connection with nature.

Q8: How can I book a private tour to Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi?

A8: You can book a private tour to Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi through various online travel platforms or directly with local tour operators. It’s advisable to compare different options to find a tour that fits your preferences and budget.

Q9: Is the Tokyo DisneySea theme park suitable for all ages?

A9: Yes, Tokyo DisneySea is suitable for visitors of all ages, offering a wide range of attractions, shows, and experiences that cater to both children and adults. The park’s unique maritime theme and variety of rides make it a fun experience for the whole family.

Q10: What should I wear for the Full-Day Private Tour with a Nationally-Licensed Guide in Tokyo?

A10: For the Full-Day Private Tour in Tokyo, wear comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for walking. Depending on the season, you may also need a hat, sunscreen, or a light raincoat. It’s important to dress according to the weather to ensure a comfortable touring experience.


Well, there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this whirlwind tour of the absolute best activities to enjoy in Japan. From the tranquil tea ceremonies of Kyoto to the friendly deer of Nara, there’s so much to see and do in this beautiful country. So, take your time, soak it all in, and above all else, have the most fantastic trip!

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