100 To Do’s in Japan


#1 – Create your own instant Ramen mix Momofuku Ando invented instant Ramen in 1958. There is a Momofuku Ramen Museum in Osaka and in Yokohama. When visiting the museum you will learn everything about instant Ramen and also get the opportunity to mix your own instant Ramen mix.


#2 – Make your own Japanese umbrella

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#3 – Visit a Maid Cafe Maid Cafes are a kind of theme restaurant where waitresses are dressed in maid and servant costumes. The customers are treated as masters. The maids  not only serve drinks but might even go as far as to spoon feed customers. Visiting a Maid Cafe is a unique experience of Japanese subculture.

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#4 – Visit a Japanese Castle, Japan has many beautiful Castle and it is always interesting to see the difference between them and the beauty of each. Also, visiting a castle also means learning the history of the place. It is a very nice way to discover Japan’s culture and history. Japanese Castle are traditionally made mostly of wood.

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#5Attend a Japanese Tea Ceremony is always a little difficult for foreigners since there is lots of rules and the people attending are suppose to stay sitting in Seiza, sitting with your legs properly folded beneath you, which is really difficult and painful as time goes by. However, many Tea ceremony schools are more open to foreigners and will explain you clearly what are the rules. The Japanese Tea Ceremony is all about enjoying one moment, thinking that each and every moment is unique, beautiful and needs to be fully enjoyed.


#6 – The Bonsai Museum

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#7 – Visit a Sake Brewery and understand how Japanese rice wine was made in the past and nowadays at one of the many sake breweries. Don’t miss the highlight at the end of each visit and enjoy tasting the brewery’s Sake. If you enjoy this nothing stops you from visiting multiple breweries.

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#8 Brew Sake is usually done along with visiting the Sake Brewery. Many places offers the opportunity to experience the reality of their work and you can then produce your very own sake. It creates beautiful souvenirs and allows people to better understand the sake production, and of course the taste of the sake too.

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#9 Go to Tsukiji Fish Market

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#10 Watch Kabuki Opera

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#11 See Yabusame

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#12 Watch a Sumo Match is also quite complicated. The Sumo Matches are a form of art, and the arena a sacred place so once again there are rules and often foreigners are, without realizing it, violating these rules and offending others. However, if you have the opportunity you should definitely go see a Sumo match. It is extremely impressive to see these massive wrestlers practicing this sport very typical of Japan’s culture.


#13 Attend a Firework Festival which take place all over Japan in summer. Many Japanese are dressed in Kimono and a lot of popular street food is often available. A Japanese firework is an experience by itself since its design significantly differs from Western style fireworks. During firework festival a great crowd comes out and it is really a specific atmosphere, people are happily chatting and eating all together it is a great event to attend with friends or family.

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#14 Experience an Onsen Hot Spring is often a great fear for foreigners as we are not use to being exposed and taking bath in front of many other people. Even thought it is a little awkward at first it is extremely relaxing and enjoyable. The temperature of the water is really hot which is really good for relaxation and the best is to bath in an outside Onsen because you can feel the fresh air when bathing which is extremely nice. The most enjoyable is do bath in an outside Onsen during a cold winter because the air is very fresh and it feels great with the hot water. There are Onsen everywhere in Japan but some place are especially well-known for instance Hakone in the prefecture of Kanagawa.


#15 Wear a Kimono is often an experience foreigners want to do when in Japan. The kimonos are representative of Japanese culture, beauty and elegance. Kimonos are usually wore for big occasions since they are expensive and difficult to wear. It is also possible to rent one in some shops, it is important that the person of the shop helps you putting it on since it is really difficult to tie it yourself.

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#16 Sing Karaoke is one of the Must Do thing in Japan. Karaoke can be found everywhere in Japan, even in the smallest town you are sure to find a karaoke box. Japanese people love to go there after work, during parties, after school. It is always fill with people no matter what time of the day. Many people go in family but it is also common between friends or colleagues. In this Karaoke places many small rooms are arranged with a karaoke machine and you can also order food and drink. Different instruments are often in the room especially tambourin and people usually go wild in there. Most of them have english songs too so even for foreigners it is interesting.


#17 Having Dinner with a Geisha sounds like impossible for a Westerner but it actually is not this difficult. You can book a Geisha at a few traditional restaurants and although this is not cheap it also is not prohibitively expensive – especially for a once in a life time experience.

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#18 Stay at a Capsule Hotel is a unique experience for a foreigner. Capsule hotels were created in Japan to offer basic, clean, safe accommodation. It is made for very small “room” or boxes with just enough space to sit or lie down and usually provide a TV screen and wireless internet. The bathroom and shower are shared and the luggage are to be kept in a locker. Most of the time these  capsule hotels are frequented by men in business trip or who missed the last train. Women and men quarters are separated.


#19 Watch Noh Theater

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#20 Stay at a Theme Love Hotel is a very special experience. Japanese Love Hotels are places specially conceived for couples where they can stay for a few hours or a night. These hotels have beautifully decorated rooms, bathtub and vending machine for food, drinks and toys in each rooms. Japanese people often live with their parents and sometimes grandparents for a long time even when married which does not facilitate a couple intimacy that is the reason why these hotels exist. Also Theme Love Hotels are even more special since every room is decorated according to a specific theme. Themes are various from jungle, aquarium, attraction park to middle age castle, fairy tale or classroom. It is made so that you don’t have to meet anyone and to insure privacy.


#21 Climb Mount Fuji is a great experience to do while in Japan. THe Mount Fuji is one of the most representative symbol of Japan. However the best season to climb the Mount Fuji is in July and August, you can still go a little in september but it is not as good. The ascension of the Mount Fuji can also be done by bus if you are not a great fan of hiking. The Mount Fuji, it is also the FujiQ, an attraction park and many souvenirs shops.

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#22 Experience a Japanese Festival is a unique experience too. During summer festivals are numerous but there are festivals everywhere in Japan all year long. During the festivals, everybody is dancing and chanting, bells are ringing and music comes form everywhere. According to the event, Festivals will be more or less big but it is usually always a very joyful experience. You can also eat food from little stands and buy souvenirs while strolling in a Yukata.


#23 Eat at one of the  Nagashi Somen restaurants in summer. Somen are very thin Japanese noodles that are popular as a cold dish during hot and humid Japanese summer. With Nagashi Somen customers will sit next to long bamboo gutter and use their chopsticks to fish the noodles as they flow by. This is real fun.

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#24 Eat at a Namahage Restaurant

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#25 Write a Wish Card at a Japanese Temple. Wishes are written on small wooden plates that are hang at dedicated places next to the temple. Write down a wish for good health, success in business, passing an exam, love or wealth and who knows – may be it will come true.

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#26 Play Pachinko, in Japan Pachinko, also called Japanese Pinball, are everywhere. Resembling pinball game but without flippers, the game consists adding small balls in the machine and according to the place they reach you can receive more balls. It is not officially a gambling game since it is forbidden in Japan but the balls received can be traded for prizes that can then be exchanged for money outside the Pachinko parlor. It is tolerated by the authorities mostly because of its popularity. Indeed, it is not rare to see people waiting in queue in the morning in front of a pachinko parlor.


#27 Spend the night in a monastery


#28 Ring the Bell of a Temple on new years eve.


#29 Buy from a Japanese vending machine is a really easy thing in Japan since vending machines are everywhere. These machines sells drinks such as soda, water and canned coffee hot or cold but there is also vending machines for cigarettes, food such as rice balls, french fries or hot dogs and ice creams. The most common though are the one for hot and cold drinks and cigarettes. There are usually two or more vending machines put next to each other in the street.


#30 Join Hanami – watching cherry blossoms is a popular event during the Sakura cherry blossom season, people will meet with their family or friends and watch cherry blossoms while having a pick-nick and drinking beer. It is an important time for Japanese people since the Sakura season is very short it is important to enjoy it while it is possible.


#31 Make your own Kiriko cut-glass


#32 Go to a Kaiten Sushi where sushi are served on plate put on a rolling carpet that goes in front of you. The price of the sushi depends on the color of the plates but it is generally much cheaper than a traditional sushi restaurant since the process is much more industrial. You can also order the sushi you want if they don’t pass in front of you via a touch panel. In Kaiten Sushi you can also have desserts, noodles or soup. It is a cheap but very good way to enjoy some sushis. In some shops the ordered sushis are delivered to you on a special rail and arrived directly to your table.


#33 Collect the stamps of every train station you visit. It is a popular thing in Japan train stations have stamps, a different for each and usually during family trips children would collect these. Some stations also frequently organize stamp-hunting games in Summer that have gained great popularity. By collecting the stamps of every station you’ve been to you will be able to keep a beautiful memory of the places you visited.


#34 Have an eccentric gel nail manicure-pedicure, the Japanese people love fake nails, you can find manicure salon everywhere in Japan. The cost is a little high but you can do pretty much everything, Japanese manicure are colorful, 3D and very cute. Of course you can also do a simple one.


#35 Buy a Japanese-English item, it can be anything a T-shirt with a message, a notebook, a cup.. Very often in Japan message are written in foreign language could it be English, French, German or Spanish but very often the message as spelling mistakes or simply no sense at all, it is extremely common to see badly translated message everywhere in shops, restaurants, signs and of course souvenirs.


Comments

  1. Wow

  2. troll says:

    i like trains

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