Two geishas among red wooden Tori Gate at Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, Japan. Selective focus on women wearing traditional japanese kimono.

I have been visited Japan for 6 times and have countless experiences from food, culture to nature, discovery… I made this list so you can pick out some interesting experiences for your upcoming trip to Japan! So, what to do in Japan? Let’s check out our suggested 100 things to do in Japan including best things to do in Japan, must do in Japan (must things to do in Japan) and top things to do in Japan to figure out the answer!

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Mount Fuji seen from Chureito Pagoda, one of the best spots to view Mt Fuji.
Takayama Old Town | 100 things to do in japan
Ramen, must-eat in Japan. | top things to do in japan

1. Viewing cherry blossoms bloom all over Japan from the beginning of April (Spring)

2. Trying to go up to Tokyo Tower once to have a panoramic view of the whole city

3. If you don’t like it, let go to a high-rise cafe in Ginza district and you also can see the beautiful city

4. Watching the stream of people back and forth at the world-wide famous Shibuya Crossing

5. Stopping by the “Piss Alley” (Omoide Yokocho) in Shinjuku district, Tokyo to back to Tokyo of the past century

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Full bloom cherry blossoms in Kanazawa
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Diners dining at Omoide Yokocho alley, Shinjuku, Tokyo

6. Grab your JR Pass, get on a Shinkansen and stop whenever you want

7. Learn some friendly greetings and use them with locals

8. Boating on Chidori-ga-fuchi Moat in spring

9. Meet Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of Studio Ghibli in Tokyo

10. Trying to buy drinks, snacks, ramen from vending machines

Tokyo Airport
Japanese Shinkansen high-speed train | best things to do in japan
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Rowing boats during cherry blossom at Chidorigafuchi, Tokyo
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Ghibli Museum Tokyo

11. Holding a Japanese transparent umbrella and strolling around on a rainy day

12. Viewing the red and yellow leaves of Japan in autumn

13. Spotting Mt. Fuji (depends on weather)

14. Trying onsen bath once or as many times as possible

15. Overnight at a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn)

Hokke-ji Temple garden with stone bridge in autumn | best things to do in japan
Onsen bath at a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn).
Japanese transparent umbrella | best things to do in japan

16. Trying a tea ceremony at a tea room

17. Transform into a ninja and learn how to throw darts, invisibility

18. Experiencing of Wagashi pastries making

19. Withdraw a lucky charm at a temple or shrine (there are love charms, health charms, and family charms, a lot)

20. Walking in the Arashiyama bamboo forest

Matcha tea has a bitter taste, combined with the sweetness of bean paste in the Wagashi sweets to create the perfect balance of flavors. | top things to do in japan
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Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Kyoto | top things to do in japan

21. Visit Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Kyoto

22. Visit Kinkaku-ji Golden Temple, Kyoto

23. Visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kyoto

24. Playing with deers at Nara Park, Nara

25. Visit Osaka Castle

Torii gate at Fushimi Inari Shrine
Osaka Castle

26. Viewing lavender flowers in Furano in July-August, Hokkaido

27. Eating specialty king crab in Hokkaido

28. Going to morning seafood market in Hakodate

29. Take part in the Nihonmatsu Lantern Festival

30. Visiting the ancient village of Shirakawago in winter

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Shirakawago in winter

31. Join the Yakosoi Festival in Koichi

32. Skiing in Niseko, Hokkaido

33. Fruit picking in Yamanashi and eating it on the spot

34. Visiting Senso-ji Temple in Tokyo

35. Trying premium Kobe beef in Kobe or Hida beef in Takayama

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Kobe wagyu teppanyaki | must things to do in japan
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Niseko ski resort | 100 things to do in japan

36. Hanging out at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka

37. Visiting Okinawa Aquarium

38. Climbing Mount Usu in Hokkaido

39. Buying electronics in Akihabara

40. Going to the huge Lake Shikotsu and Lake Toya in Hokkaido

Akihabara | 100 things to do in japan
Lake Toya

41. Visit Princess Himeji’s castle

42. Going to the Manga Museum in Kyoto

43. TeamLab Borderless experience in Odaiba, Tokyo

44. Going to Aomori to eat apples

45. Watching traditional Japanese art performance in Gion, Kyoto

MORI Building Digital Art Museum teamLab Borderless | 100 things to do in japan
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Gion District

46. ​​Visiting and eating at Nishiki Market (dubbed the kitchen of Japan), Kyoto

47. Strolling along the romantic Kamogawa River with your lover

48. Drink Sapporo beer right in Sapporo city

49. Visit the zoo in Asahikawa, Hokkaido where polar bears, penguins

50. Take a boat trip on Lake Ashi

Nishiki market | 100 things to do in japan
Saiko Iyashino-Sato Nenba (Ancient Japanese Village),kawaguchiko travel blog (6)
Lake Saiko | best things to do in japan

51. Shopping in Harajuku

52. Get lost in Tokyo’s train system

53. Going to the Owakudani Hell Valley in Hakone in the fall

54. Climbing Mount Fuji to watching the sunrise

55. The creepy experience of going into the “suicide forest” at the foot of Mount Fuji

Owakudani Valley | best things to do in japan

56. Snorkeling in Okinawa to see corals

57. Watching summer fireworks in Kobe/Yokohama

58. Eating all in Osaka – Japan’s kitchen

59. Trying a soft serve ice cream wherever you go, because each place has its own unique flavor (charcoal, wasabi, chestnut, octopus, lots)

60. Bathing in hot springs with monkeys in Nagano

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Jigokudani Yaen-koen Park, Nagano | must things to do in japan

61. Visiting Aoshima Cat Island

62. Going to Zao fox village to playing with foxs

63. Tasting ramen in all the cities you visit, the best is probably Hokkaido & Fukushima

64. Going to the ancient village of Oshino Hakkai

65. Walking around Hitachi Seaside Park in Irabaki Prefecture in autumn

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Selfie with Kochia at Hitachi Seaside Park | must things to do in japan

66. Or in June with dreaming Menzies’ baby blue eyes flowers

67. Cycling around ancient Kyoto

68. Driving a Mario Kart in bustling streets of Tokyo

69. Enjoy a meal at a robot restaurant in Tokyo

70. Staying a LOVE Hotel, remember to bring your lover with you =))

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Rickshaw in Kyoto

71. Visiting Pokemon Mega Center in Osaka or Tokyo

72. Visiting Ghibli Museum

73. Visiting the MORI Art Museum

74. Witnessing a sumo match

75. Going to a local fair and eat everything on sale

Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament, nagoya travel blog (1)

76. Wearing a yukata/kimono and walking around the old town of Kyoto

77. Spending a night at a manga cafe

78. Walking around Kasumigajo Castle in samurai attire

79. Drinking in Japanese style: drinking sake, eating oden and rice rolls on a cold and windy day

80. Dropping by a convenience store and eat food there, it’s delicious and economical

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81. Taking pictures with beautiful manhole covers on streets

82. Going to the cafe from the movie Your Name in Shinjuku district

83. Staying in a dorm when coming to Japan

84. Spending a whole day at Tokyo Disneyland & Disney Sea

85. Enjoying special soba in the Fukushima region

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A set meal of soba noodles at Honke Owariya

86. Visiting the Fujiko F. Fujio museum, the father of Doraemon in Kawasaki

87. Riding the Ferris wheel Don Quixote at Dotonburi

88. Sleeping at a temple in Mount Koya-san

89. Visiting the art island of Naoshima

90. Trying to visit a Japanese-style garden in the heart of a bustling city

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Koyasan Danjo Garan (Sacred Temple Complex) | must things to do in japan
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The Japanese Garden of Koishikawa Korakuen in Autumn

91. Playing games at a Pachinko store

92. Experience a sleepless night in Roppongi, Tokyo

93. Going to a Kinokuya store to experience buying books in Japan

94. Going to Uniqlo and buy clothings right away, what are you waiting for

95. Going to Namba, Osaka to eating and shopping

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Namba district, Osaka

96. Visiting pet cafes

97. Get lost in small alleys of big cities

98. Check out similar shops like Daiso to shop for items from as little as 100 yen

99. Try once to take a wrong train

100. Traveling to Japan with your lover

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Harajuku Cafe Japan Owl Cafe & Bar Owl Village | must things to do in japan

Above are 100 things to do in Japan, best things to do in Japan, must do in Japan (must things to do in Japan), top things to do in Japan, what to do in Japan. Hopefully, you have a wonderful trip to the land of the rising sun. Happy travelling!

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