Discovering Japan: our topic by topic guide to Japan

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.

10 things to do in Asakusa

What is there to do after visiting Senso-ji? Stroll along the Sumida River, or find something more exciting to do in this old neighbourhood that is far less tranquil than it may appear...

The kamiramon, thunder gate marks the entrance to the Senso-ji temple in Asakusa (Tokyo).

Asakusa district

One of the capitals most popular districts, both tourists and locals shop here before going to Senso-ji temple.

La ruelle piétonne Takeshita-dori dans le quartier de Harajuku

Harajuku, the fashion district of Tokyo

Frequently visited by young people in their trendsetting clothing, Harajuku is a continually evolving area where excentric fashion meets luxury stores and vintage stores.

La sortie Est de la gare d'Ikebukuro à Tokyo

Ikebukuro district, Tokyo

Ikebukuro is one of the main districts in Tokyo and one of the most lively, but not far from the buzz, discover another, calmer side.

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Parks and Gardens

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

House Nagasaki Glover

Glover Garden

On a hill overlooking the bay of Nagasaki, the symbol of a long history of trade with the West is the setting for a famous opera.

 Kinashi's evergreen bonsai trees.

Kinashi Bonsai

This small neighborhood in the town of Takamatsu on the island of Shikoku is home to some 270 bonsai specialists who alone produce 80% of the country's bonsai pines.

The Daichi-ji boat.

Daichi-ji garden

Amidst lush vegetation stands the Daichi-ji zen temple.

Goryokaku fortress seen from the tower

Goryokaku park

Goryokaku is a fortress inspired by Vauban's construction techniques, built in order to establish the power of the shogun in this region.

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Temples and Shrines

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

Kiyomizu-dera

Kiyomizu-dera, 'Pure Water Temple' in Kyoto

Kiyomizu-dera is a very popular place to visit for visitors who want to discover Kyoto's history.

Kinkaku-ji

Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion Kyoto

In the shadow of Kyoto's northwestern hills, sits a jewel of the ancient capital: Rokuon-ji temple, better known as Kinkakuji, or the Golden Pavilion.

sanctuaire d'Itsukushima

Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima

The Shinto shrine of Itsukushima and its famous torii gate are located on the island of Miyajima, south of Hiroshima.

Senso-ji

Senso-ji temple in Asakusa

Located in the Asakusa district of Tokyo, not far from the Sumida River, the Senso-ji Buddhist temple is particularly popular with the Japanese but also arouses the interest of tourists.

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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.

An outdoor bath (rotemburo) of Osawayama Onsen in the Japanese Alps.

Osawayama Onsen

A family ryokan lost in the Northern Alps, between Nagano and Niigata. You can bask in the heat of the outdoor baths (rotemburo) and contemplate the snow-capped mountains...

Foot Bath Cafes

Ashiyu are footbaths found in some public spaces, such as near train stations or in parks. Filled with hot spring water, you can soak just your bare feet while remaining dressed.

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.

Jozankei onsen

Onsen in Hokkaido

Onsen are a huge draw for visitors to Hokkaido.

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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!

National Crafts Museum-Kanazawa

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 conservation and promotion of Japanese crafts.

The Special Dojo of the new karate museum in Okinawa, "Shurei no Yakata"

Okinawa: a new museum of karate

Since March 2017, the new Okinawa Karate Museum, Okinawa Kaikan, has opened its doors not too far from Naha airport.

With 14 000m ², the National Art Center Tokyo is the largest museum in Japan.

Tokyo National Art Centre

The National Art Center Tokyo plays on gigantism and hosting exhibitions.

Dinosaures Museum

The Fukui Dinosaur Museum (Kanazawa)

Since July 14, 2000, you can visit the largest dinosaur museum, if not the world, at least for Japan. Located in Fukui, not far from the traditional city of Kanazawa.

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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!

Lake Utonai

Lake Utonai, a blue gem on the island of Hokkaido

Located an hour and a half from Sapporo, Lake Utonai is a small blue pearl lost in the middle of the Hokkaido countryside.

Kamikochi valley

Kamikochi

Located in the heart of the Japanese Alps, Kamikochi valley remains, for those lucky enough to have gone there, a lasting memory.

Visit a salt factory in the Noto peninsula

Salt production is very developed in the Noto peninsula. One of the rare places in the country where the salt workers maintain the traditional method of harvesting called agehamashiki seien.

Daio Wasabi Farm

Nagano prefecture is home to Daio Wasabi Farm, the largest wasabi farm in Japan!

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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.

La baie de Tokyo d'Odaiba

The 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games

The Paralympic Games have gone hand in hand with the Olympic Games for several decades. They allow people with different physical disabilities to compete in sporting categories of their own.

Ishidori festival

The Popular Festivals of Mie Prefecture

The festivals (matsuri) in Japan are colorful moments that often reveal another side of the Japanese: their customary reserve gives way to exuberance but perfectionism is always in order, each cele

Karate

Olympic Games 2020 - Martial Arts

Very important for the Japanese, there will be three martial arts during the 2020 Olympic Games taking place in Tokyo.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Visiting Tokyo during the 2020 Olympic Games

Between Olympic events, spectators will also be able to discover Japanese culture in the heart of Tokyo.

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Shopping and Souvenirs

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

Daikanyama Hillside Terrace

Far from the urban hustle and bustle of Shibuya, Daikanyama Hillside Terrace is an ideal place to visit for a relaxing afternoon!

Don Quijote

The undeniable king of discount stores in Japan, discover the crazy world of Don Quijote. If you're looking for something, chances are you'll find it here!

Shinbashi

The streets of Shinmonzen, Furumonzen and Shinbashi

Right next to Gion, the famous geisha district, a paradise for collectors can be found: several quiet streets which are full of traditional Japanese arts and crafts boutiques.

Kiddyland in trendy Shibuya is the temple of children's toys.

Kiddyland

Japan is characterized by its multitude of Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. And there is also Kiddyland, a real toy temple.

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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!

5 places to eat beef in Kobe

Known for its excellent wagyu, or Japanese beef, Kobe boasts a large number of restaurants where you can enjoy this delicacy.

A busy street lined with izakaya

5 of the best izakaya in Tokyo

Izakaya are typical Japanese dining establishments, similar to a tapas bar, where it's possible to eat and drink, often at a counter. It's also the favorite place for a casual post-work drink.

Aoyama Flower Market Tea House

You may know Aoyama Flower Market for its exceptional bouquets, but this chain of Japanese florists also has another string to its bow: owner of tea rooms!

Being vegan in Tokyo

Being vegan can be difficult in some parts of the world, with the movement not necessarily popular, or currently achievable, worldwide.

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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!

Makishi Market

The main food market of the island's capital, Naha, Makishi is located south of Kokusai-dori Street. It offers a huge variety of fish and other products of the sea.

The Oedo Antique Market, which opened in 2003, is a busy place every first and third Sunday of the month.

Oedo Antique Flea Market

Southeast of the capital, the Oedo Antiques Market, which opened in 2003, is a busy place every first and third Sunday of the month.

Sellers Market Jinya-mae

Jinya-mae market

An essential Takayama tradition is called Asa-ichi. Behind this name hides the small morning market where fresh produce and local crafts are found.

Flea Market Ohatsu Tenjin

Ohatsu Tenjin Flea Market

Souvenirs, trinkets, knick-knacks, Ohatsu Tenjin Flea Market is full of treasures. A good way to take a stroll while making some great finds.

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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!

Celebrate Halloween in Tokyo with children

Halloween is a real event in Japan! Between the specially decorated stores and the many theme nights organized for the over 18s, it's now almost impossible to miss!

PomPomPurin Cafe

PomPomPurin, the little yellow dog created by Sanrio group, now has three cafes in Tokyo. Discover the original, located on Takeshita-dori in the heart of Harajuku.

Nagashima Spa Land

For a day out that will delight the whole family, enjoy Nagashima Spa Land: a huge amusement park and water park near Nagoya!

The Moomin Cafe, not far from Tokyo Dome, a curious companion keeps company singles.

The Moomin Bakery & Cafe

Located in LaQua Mall near Korakuen Railway Station, Moomin Bakery & Cafe is one of Tokyo's most popular themed cafes. The reason for its success?

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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.

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.

Hotel Koé, Tokyo

The new Hotel Koé opened on February 9, 2018 in Shibuya, right in the heart of Tokyo.

The Pokémon Cafe

A brand new Pokémon cafe opened in Tokyo on March 14th. What a delight for fans of the Pokémon franchise, hugely popular in Japan and elsewhere!

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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!

Where to sample and buy sake in Osaka

Called nihonshu by the Japanese, sake enjoys an international reputation.

Yamanote Line Food Tour: 5 specialties to discover

Every neighborhood on the Yamanote line is unique. Whether it's the architecture, the people, or the shops, each station has its own identity. That goes for the food, too!

5 Tokyo meals for 1,000 yen or less in the Michelin Guide

With 234 restaurants listed in the Michelin Guide, Tokyo is one of the most renowned cities in the world in terms of gastronomy. Yet dining out may not be as expensive as you think.

Celebrate Halloween in Tokyo!

Halloween is very popular in Japan. And especially in the capital, where there are special events throughout the month of October.

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