Discovering Japan: our topic by topic guide to Japan

Thanks to our many topics and thousands of articles, prepare your travel itinerary to Japan. Temples, parks and gardens, festivities, onsen, the best restaurants, hikes, walks and other excursions in Japan will no longer be a secret to you! Across a network of around 40 cities, discover all the activities and points of interest in each of them.

 

Attractions and Excursions

Whether on foot or by bike, Japan is full of places to relax and enjoy the scenery on a nice walk! We give you some ideas with our selection.

Sumida River: Exploring Tokyo's iconic waterway

The Sumida River is one of Tokyo's most iconic and historically significant rivers, winding its way for 27 kilometers through the heart of the city.

Omoide Yokocho: a lively and nostalgic alley in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Tucked away near the bustling West Exit of Shinjuku Station, Omoide Yokocho is a warren of narrow alleys that transports visitors to a different era.

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Tsumago: Stepping back in time in a beautifully preserved Edo period post town

Nestled in the heart of Japan's Kiso Valley lies Tsumago, one of the best preserved post towns from the Edo-period.

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Shimbashi: Discover the historic and lively district in the heart of Tokyo

Nestled in the heart of Tokyo, Shimbashi is a district in Minato ward that effortlessly blends rich history, vibrant nightlife, and a diverse culinary scene.

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Parks and Gardens

Enjoy the country's natural wealth by discovering the best parks and gardens in Japan!

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Kyoto Imperial Palace: a historic gem in the heart of Kyoto

Emperors, empresses, princes and concubines lived for centuries behind the walls of Kyoto-gosho. Today the former imperial palace welcomes visitors and transports them back in time.

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Top 10 parks and gardens in Tokyo

While Tokyo is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, its atmosphere remains particularly peaceful and welcoming, in part thanks to its many green spaces.

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Yoyogi Koen

Yoyogi Park in Shinjuku is the ideal stop after a studious morning spent visiting temples and shrines. You will feel carefree upon leaving the park, which has a festive atmosphere.

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Koishikawa Shokubutsuen Garden

With more than 16 hectares, Koishikawa Shokubutsuen stands out as an essential garden in the Japanese capital.

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Temples and Shrines

Discover the most beautiful Japanese temples and shrines for a unique cultural and historical getaway!

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Yamadera, a mystical mountain temple in the heart of Japan's Tohoku region

Located in the mountains northeast of Yamagata City, Yamadera is a scenic Buddhist temple complex founded over a thousand years ago in 860.

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Ushiku Daibutsu: Discover the towering Buddha statue in Ibaraki, Japan

Located in Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture, the Ushiku Daibutsu is one of the tallest Buddha statues in the world.

Ginkakuji - The Silver Pavilion temple of Kyoto

Nestled in the serene hills of eastern Kyoto, Ginkakuji is a stunning Zen temple renowned for its exquisite architecture and tranquil gardens.

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Horyuji Temple: The World's Oldest Wooden Buddhist Structures

Located in the tranquil city of Nara, Horyuji Temple is one of Japan's oldest temples and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Onsen, Hot Springs and Public Baths

Onsen, very popular with the Japanese, are an experience not to be missed when coming to Japan! Discover our recommendations for a moment of relaxation.

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Onsen Kyoto: Your Guide to the Best Hot Springs in Japan's Ancient Capital

Kyoto is renowned for its temples, gardens and traditional culture, but it also offers a relaxing onsen experience.

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Kusatsu Onsen

Kusatsu Onsen is one of Japan's most famous hot spring resorts. Located in Gunma Prefecture, north-west of Tokyo, it attracts onsen lovers all year round. 

 

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Yufuin

Yufuin is a small town of around 36,000 people nestled in the picturesque valley below Mount Yufu-dake near Beppu on the southern island of Kyushu.

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Aomori Onsen

Some of Japan's most fascinating ryokans are in remote Aomori Prefecture. These beautiful ryokans, traditional Japanese inns, transport guests into Japanese history.

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Museums and Galleries

History and art being very rich in Japan, there are many museums and galleries. Find our selection of the best visits!

Borderless World

TeamLab Borderless: reopened and reimagined at Azabudai Hills

Few art collectives have garnered the international recognition and appeal of the TeamLab group, initially founded in 2001 in Tokyo, Japan.

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Naoshima Island Tour

There are no temples, shrines or medieval castles to visit on this island in the Japanese inland sea (Setouchi), but seven spaces dedicated to contemporary art,  bathed in sunshine.

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MORI Building Digital Art Museum: EPSON TeamLab Borderless

The MORI Building Digital Art Museum is a jewel of TeamLab, a Japanese artistic collective that continues to gain in popularity.

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The National Crafts Museum

Recently moved from its original location in Tokyo to Kanazawa in the Ishikawa prefecture, the National Crafts Museum is a great asset in the conservati

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Outdoor Activities

Are you a fan of sports and hiking? Discover the best places to enjoy the charm of Japanese nature!

Tama and Shima, Tokyo's secret islands

While Tokyo is often seen as a busy and bustling megacity, its lesser-known maritime territory could not be any more different.

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Kamikochi

Located in the heart of the Japanese Alps, Kamikochi Valley with its breathtaking views and scenery will create a lasting memory.

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Karuizawa

Karuizawa is a resort town, with beautiful scenery, museums and hiking trails for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle.

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Iya Valley

Located in the western part of Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku Island, the region of Iya is a Japanese jungle.

 

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Events and Festivals

There are many matsuri throughout the year, which are a must in Japanese culture! Don't miss any of these festivities during your trip.

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Tokyo Fashion Week as a visitor to Japan

Undeniably influential to the development of the modern fashion landscape, Tokyo is widely considered a mecca for fashion enthusiasts for its distinct range of aesthetics and environment that allow

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KYOTOGRAPHIE

KYOTOGRAPHY is the Kyoto International Photography Festival, now recognized as one of the world's leading photographic events.

Yosakoi Soran Matsuri Festival

The Yosakoi festival takes place every year, in June, in the city of Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido.

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Oji's Inari Matsuri

North of the capital, Oji is a small district full of charm.

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Shopping and Souvenirs

Discover the best places to bring back souvenirs from your trip!

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Venus Fort

Venus Fort is part of the Palette Town complex in Tokyo's waterside Odaiba district, and is one of the many attractions the area offers.

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Venus Fort

On the artificial island of Odaiba, Venus Fort shopping mall presents another side of Japan, an extravagant facet advocating delusions of grandeur.

View of Osaka from Abeno Harukas

Abeno Harukas

Abeno Harukas in Abeno ward, Osaka, is Japan's tallest building at 300m, 4m taller than the next tallest building in Japan. Its observation deck offers a fantastic view of Osaka.

Where to buy a yukata without breaking the bank in Tokyo?

Much lighter than the kimono, the yukata is an essential item of clothing for the summer season.

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Restaurants and Cafes

Japanese gastronomy is recognized as one of the finest and richest in the world. We give you the best addresses to make your culinary journey a success!

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iRASSHAi: the new concept store for Japanese cuisine lovers in Paris!

A spacious grocery store, two restaurants, a café, a bar, a take-away counter, a cooking class studio... All in a sublime, sleek, Japanese-style 800m² space in the heart of Paris.

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We tried Monya, a kaiseki restaurant in Tokyo

We tried out the Monya restaurant in Tokyo, which specializes in kaiseki meals!

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What are the best bakeries in Tokyo?

In the land of sushi, bakeries abound. There are said to be more than 10,000 throughout Japan and several thousand in Tokyo. It is difficult to make a selection as there are so many good bakeries.

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Where to eat the best ramen in Tokyo?

Ramen, a specialty noodle in broth, is one of the classics of popular Japanese cuisine.

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Markets in Japan

Immerse yourself in the daily life of the Japanese by browsing our selection of the best markets in Japan!

Crowds of people in a street, lined with shops, shop and cafe signs.

Ameyayokocho

Voices calling out from behind their stalls, traders dealing with customers. The smell of fresh fish, spices and candy tempt passersby. Welcome to Ameyayokocho. 

Des vendeurs de poisson au marché Tsukiji.

Tsukiji fish market

The world's largest fish market has rehearsed for decades its frenetic and nourishing dance to frenzied “tuna” every night.

Le marché aux poissons de Kii-Katsuura

Kii-Katsuura fish market

Kii-Katsuura, also called Nachi-Katsuura, is a fishing port in Wakayama prefecture which owes its fame to its thermal springs but also to its fish market.

Ameyoko, la plus célèbre des street food de Tokyo

Ameyoko, Tokyo's most famous street food market

Located between Ueno and Okachimachi stations, Ameyoko is Tokyo's most prominent street food market.

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Family Travel

Are you travelling with your children or are you a theme park fan? Discover the best places to have fun with young and old!

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Ueno Zoo

Ueno Zoo located in Tokyo’s Ueno Park is the oldest zoo in Japan.

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Visiting Odaiba with children

Odaiba has been transformed, a small fortress in Tokyo Bay, built in 1853, has been transformed into a man-made island entirely dedicated to entertainment and relaxation. Today, Odaiba is a fa

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Moomin Valley Park

Moomin Valley Park in Hann Saitama Prefecture is a theme park dedicated to the Moomin characters created by Tove Jansson (1914-2001) and popular in Japan.

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Universal Studios Japan Park

In Osaka, the huge Universal Studios Japan theme park gives pride of place to the most famous franchises of the prestigious Universal film studios.

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Japanese Pop Culture

Manga, anime, video games... Japanese pop culture is seducing the whole world! Discover the best of these cultural phenomena.

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Nakagin Capsule Tower

South of the Ginza district, near Shinbashi, is a unique building that stands out in the landscape of Tokyo skyscrapers, the Nakagin Capsule Tower.

In Tokyo, Taito arcades (Akihabara) terminals together the most talented hardocre gamer.

Tokyo for otakus

The otaku are young people (or not so young) who devote their time and their money to their interest: the world of manga, animes, figurines, idols, and video games.

Cosplay in japan

Cosplay has become an element of the everyday landscape in Japan.

With 634 meters high, the Tokyo Sky Tree is the tallest building in the Japanese capital.

Tokyo Skytree Tower

A major attraction located in the east of the Japanese capital, the Tokyo Skytree tower offers an impressive panoramic view of the city, day and night.

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Nightlife

In the big Japanese cities, the nightlife is often very lively and it would be a shame to miss it during your trip to Japan. Enjoy it by browsing through our best places to have a good night out in Japan!

Top 5 bars with the best views of Tokyo

It is well known that the Japanese capital has a real effervescence that varies depending on the district.

Neon lights of a robot at the Robot Restaurant Shinjuku

Robot Restaurant

Flighting robots, futuristics choreography and other scenes of science fiction: the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku features performances straight out of anime movies.

 

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What to do in Tokyo when you suffer from jet lag?

With an eight-hour time difference between the two countries in winter (and seven hours in summer), a flight from France to Japan can be intense.

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Shinjuku's Golden Gai District

Six narrow and crowded alleys, sometimes linked by even narrower passages, some two hundred tiny and outdated stalls, a bit decrepit: welcome to Golden Gai.

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