8 Things To Do in Japan

Ranging from Cooking Experiences, Sake tasting, and more!

Shrines, Castles, and Other Historical Landmarks in Chiba (Private Tour)

Been to all the major tourist destinations? Visit this regional city!

Chiba Prefecture is famous for it’s Narita International Airport, Tokyo Disney Land, &  Chiba City. Although it is located in the capital area of Japan, it is a far cry from the capital city, Tokyo.

In the area surrounding Chiba Station, there is a gorgeous shrine, an observation deck, and a number of historical landmarks, including the Neo-Renaissance style Sayado Hall. Your Otomo tour guide will explain to you the historical facts behind every location you visit.

If you have enjoyed the great metropolis, Tokyo, and are looking for a more chilled out tour in Japan, this one is highly recommended for you!

  • Location: Chiba Shi, Japan

 

Hakone – Owakudani, Shrine, Open Air Museum, and Lake Ashi (Full-Day Private Tour)

On sunny days, you can see Mt. Fuji from Lake Ashi. You can also experience a soaking foot bath called Ashiyu hot springs that heals tired feet after walking.

Starting from Hakone Yumoto station, the tour ends at Hakone Yumoto station.

Stop At: Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun 250-0522 Kanagawa Prefecture

Founded in 757, it is said to be the Hakone Sansho Gongen in the past and has collected many faiths as a sacred place for mountain faith. It is believed as a god of fortune, such as traffic safety, desire fulfillment, and good luck. This location has a sacred atmosphere with cedar-lined trees, which are over 800 years old. (Duration: 1 hour)

Stop At: Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), Hakone, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun 250-0521 Kanagawa Prefecture

Ashinoko lake was formed when debris-avalanche deposits blocked the Hakone River after one of the volcanos in Hakone erupted 3000 years ago. If you want to enjoy the scenery from the lake, it’s a good idea to take a cabin cruiser. (Duration: 1 hour)

Stop At: Owaku-dani Valley, 1251 Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun 250-0631 Kanagawa Prefecture

Owakudani was created some 3000 years ago during the last eruption of Mt. Hakon. White smoke and smell of Sulphur drift around the stone valley and you can feel the volcanic activity. (Duration: 1 hour)

Stop At: The Hakone Open-Air Museum, 1121 Ninotaira, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun 250-0493 Kanagawa Prefecture

The artworks are varied and interesting (by both Japanese and western artists), the view is amazing and the curation is perfect. Nature and art at their best! There is also a footbath where you can soak your legs in hot water. (Duration: 1 hour)

  • Location:  Kanagawa, Japan

 

Hiroshima & Miyajima Full-day Private Custom Tour with National Licensed Guide

With a National Licensed and Experienced English speaking guide, this tour will allow you to explore Hiroshima more efficiently in a day. Enjoy a full-day walking tour in Hiroshima accompanied by an experienced guide who shares the modern and traditional sides of the dynamic Japanese historical city.

Meet at your hotel, then visit famous sites including Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Shukkeien(Japanese Garden) and Hiroshima Castle. Go in-depth with a private guide who customizes your 6-hour tour to your interests.

Get a custom experience by telling your guide what would you like to experience, time would you like to join the tour, and where you stay.

  • Location: Hiroshima, Japan

 

Taste of Okinawa – Cooking Experience & Historic Market Tour

You can learn about the secrets of Okinawa’s longevity during an informative walking tour at the market and hands-on cooking at our studio

On the food market tour at the Naha Public Market located nearby, you will learn about locally grown products and select ingredients that will be used in the cooking class.

Upon returning to the studio, you will prepare a three to a four-course meal consisting of a classic appetizer, main dish, soup, and dessert. Classes are facilitated by a bilingual Okinawan food enthusiast and instructed by professionally trained instructors. The classes are a fun, social, and hands-on experience where you will prepare various dishes in a teamwork setting under the thoughtful guidance of chef instructors.

  • Location: Naha, Japan

Narita in Japan (Private Tour)

Explore Narita Airport and its historic local area in your spare time!

There are lots of interesting sights to see in Narita, including Narita Airport. Narita Airport has Japan’s longest runway, an area filled with gachapon capsule toy machines, and an Anime Tourism Information place! Move on to the area of Naritasan where you will visit the over 1,000-year-old Naritasan Shinshoji Temple. On the path that leads up to the temple, you can try various local street foods in over 100 different shops. This tour is recommended for anyone who has a few hours to spare before, after, or even in between their flights!

  • Location: (Around) Tokyo, Japan

 

Kyoto Cultural Forest, Shrine, & Temple Tour with Options

Discover the World Heritage-listed Kyoto and visit the must-see sights in a day! Travel on an air-conditioned coach on this 9 to 11-hour tour.

Stop At: Kiyomizu-dera Temple, 1-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama, Kyoto 605-0862 Kyoto Prefecture

Kiyomizu temple is one of the World Heritage Lists in Kyoto. It is the must-see temple in Kyoto. Panoramic view of Kyoto (located on the Higashiyama hill). It also has a longer history than the capital of Kyoto. Originally built-in 778. (Duration: 1 hour)

Stop At: Sanjusangendo Temple, 657 Sanjusangendo Mawaricho, Higashiyama, Kyoto 605-0941 Kyoto Prefecture

Sanju-san-gen-do temple is one of our recommended temples in Kyoto. Because you can find fantastic statues in the main hall. They are known as the “One thousand One” or “Senju Kannon” statues. Also, enjoy the spectacular view of lined-up Buddhist statues. (Duration: 40 minutes)

Stop At: Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, 68 Fukakusa Yabunouchicho, Fushimi, Kyoto 612-0882 Kyoto Prefecture

Fushimi Inari Shrine is currently the most popular place in Kyoto. It has the beautiful One thousand Torii gates. Many of our customers have claimed it as “an unforgettable experience.” (Duration: 1 hour)

Pass By: Toji, 1 Kujyomachi, Minami-ku, Kyoto 601-8473 Kyoto Prefecture

We will pass Toji temple on the way to Arashiyama. You can find the tallest wooden structure Five storied pagoda in Japan.

Stop At: Arashiyama, Togetsukyo, Saga, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8383 Kyoto Prefecture

Lunch break in Arashiyama (Japanese style lunch with local foods). (Duration: 1 hour)

Stop At: The Bamboo Forest Trail, Sagatenryuji Tateishicho, Ukyo -ku, Kyoto 616-8375 Kyoto Prefecture

We will go through the Bamboo forest trail to Tenryu-ji temple. (Duration: 30 minutes)

Stop At: Tenryuji Temple, 68 Saga Tenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8385 Kyoto Prefecture

Tenryu-ji temple is listed on the World Heritages in Kyoto. Traditional Japanese garden. The design of the garden is unchanged for more than 700 years. You can enjoy beautiful flowers and plants in each season. (Duration: 30 minutes)

Stop At: Kinkakuji Temple, 1 Kinkakujicho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8361 Kyoto Prefecture

Kinkan-ji temple was built in the same era as Tenryu-ji temple. It is also listed in the world heritages. The Golden Pavilion is covered with pure gold leaves. It is the symbol of Kyoto. (Duration: 40 minutes)

Pass By: Nijo Castle, 541 Nijojocho, Nijodori Horikawa-nishiiru, Nakagyo, Kyoto 604-8301 Kyoto Prefecture

You will pass Nijo Castle on the way back.

  • Location: Kyoto, Japan

Sake Tasting at Local Breweries in Kobe

You will get to visit 4 of our favorite breweries located in the Nada area of Kobe.  You will get to taste a wide variety of sake and learn to differentiate them. A friendly English-speaking guide is present to answer any of your questions along the way. Come and join this thrilling experience!

Best of all you don’t have to wait till you are 21 years old to drink alcohol, because the minimum drinking age is 20!

Stop At: Izumisyuzou inc., 1-chōme-9-6 Mikagetsukamachi, Higashinada-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 658-0044, Japan

This is the smallest brewery in the tour. It is run by four workers. They make 40,000 bottles a year of high-quality sake. (Duration: 20 minutes)

Stop At: Kobe Shu-shin-kan Breweries, 1-8-17 Mikagetsukamachi, Higashinada, Kobe 658-0044 Hyogo Prefecture

250-year-old mid-sized brewery with about 13 workers. (Duration: 20 minutes)

Stop At: Okage Tofuan, 5-7-3 Mikagehommachi, Higashinada, Kobe 658-0046 Hyogo Prefecture

Snack time! Try some silky or deep-fried handmade tofu from a family-run business. Oishii! (Duration: 15 minutes)

Stop At: Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, 4-5-5 Sumiyoshi Minamimachi, Higashinada, Kobe 658-0041 Hyogo Prefecture

This is the biggest sake brewery in Japan with an interactive museum. Here you will try sake, yuzu, and plum sake. (Duration: 35 minutes)

Stop At: Hamafukutsuru Ginjo Brewery, 4-4-6 Uozakiminamimachi, Higashinada, Kobe 658-0025 Hyogo Prefecture

One of the smallest breweries which have crafted, unfiltered, and unpasteurized sakes. It has a locally-famous eighty-year-old sake master. (Duration: 20 minutes)

  • Location: Kobe, Japan

 

Oita Fragrance Museum Admission Ticket

 

 

Oita is a museum of fragrance. You get a chance to create a unique fragrance that you can take home (at a separate cost).

  • Location: Oita, Japan

 

 

 

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