Booked your Japan holiday package? Well then it’s time you list down all the fun things you need to do when you reach there.
Japan, with its technologically advanced lifestyle, yet impressively grounded roots in its rich culture, is one of the best places to visit for a congenial and gratifying vacation. Besides, with some of the best Japan tour packages, within your reach, you would be worry free of the entire travel and also assured of best services in terms of accommodation, transfers, sightseeing and other leisure and entertainment activities. However, when in Japan, you definitely need to be prepared with your own exclusive list of what all to do to let yourself imbibe every possible thing of interest which is totally unique to Japan’s heritage and the lives of its people. So, apart from the usual visits to the popular tourist destinations in the country, we are telling you the top things that you must absolutely do in Japan for the best of your holidaying experience. So let us begin the journey…
Sleep on the floor
Ditch the typical western hotels and instead opt for the traditional Japanese inn called Ryokan. These rooms are matted with tattami, giving off faint pleasant fragrance. Not only do you get to experience the elaborate traditional meal of Japan, called kaiseki (that has multiple courses and is oh so yummy!), but can also wear yukata robes all day long! Apart from sleeping on the low floor beds or futons, guests also get to enjoy communal baths and hot springs. The calming silence, elegant interiors and sliding doors made out of rice paper add to the unique experience.
Though such an inn can be quite expensive, with about￥100,000 (approx.) a night, you can choose the one that doesn’t serve meals for a pocket friendly deal.
Do not confuse Chinese food with Japanese Ramen. The latter has its own originality to savor for its wonderful taste and the uniqueness of preparation. You can find Ramen all over Japan. In fact, they even have vending machines to dispense this goodness and shops , that along with selling instant Ramen, also offer hot water machines to make your food ready then and there itself! However, if you like to keep it traditional, you can head to any restaurant to get yourself a bowl of freshly prepared steaming Ramen. And if you have long tresses, they may even offer you a hair tie to prevent your locks from dipping in the soup. Now, that’s really thoughtful.
Fun fact: They even have an instant Ramen museum known as Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum, that you may want to check out when enjoying your Japan tour package.
Ride a Shinkansen
Shinkansen or bullet train of Japan is a super speedy transit that runs at a whopping speed of 300 km an hour! It is a perfect choice to travel in almost anywhere in Japan ; and can take you from Kyoto to Tokyo in just a couple of hours. You can also get a 14 day or a 21 day rail pass which can give you access to unlimited travelling on all Japan Railway lines. If you have many destinations to cover on your bucket list, then this offer is nothing short of a boon for you. The only catch is, you need to purchase this pass before you arrive in Japan, so keep that in mind and work accordingly.
Fun fact: In the 50 years of history of Japan’s bullet train, not a single accident or death has occurred despite its dizzying speed! Talk about safety, speed and convenience!
Lookout for a Geisha
Being the mysterious and alluring image that a Geisha has, when in Japan, it is hard to resist not being on a hunt for a glimpse of her. I say hunt, because a Geisha is a pretty rare sight. Taking the insider’s tip, you can try strolling around Pontocho Alley in the evening. Lit with numerous lanterns, the alley itself looks mesmerizing at dusk, but with a little perseverance and a lot of luck, you can even spot a Geisha, or her apprentice, Maiko, to truly complete your Japan holiday package. With their beautifully painted faces and wearing their exquisitely crafted silk kimonos, they are certainly a sight to behold. At this hour, they can be seen busily scurrying in their wooden sandals to make it to their next appointment at one of the many traditional restaurants at the Gion district street.
Fun fact: Owing to the strict lifestyle that Geisha need to follow, their number has reduced drastically from 80,000+ in the 1920’s to a mere 2000 today.
Watch a live Sumo match
Sumo is the national sport of Japan with matches held all over the nation during the season. It is more than just interesting to watch a match of strength and technique tackling someone almost equally nifty and slick. Those who have not watched it live yet, are sure to find something utterly unique and impressive about witnessing the unwavering strength and resolution of these rikishi or Sumo wrestlers.
Fun fact: Sumo is not just another sport but a kind of a religious ritual where the fight itself is a form of a tribute to the spirits known as kami to ensure a plentiful harvest.
Catch a Kabuki show
Be it a Sumo match or Kabuki, Japan has you covered and awe inspired with its many great offerings of wonderful and unique live presentations. Kabuki is a brilliantly portrayed Japanese entertainment, recognized by the UNESCO as the heritage art form. This overtly dramatic performance hailing from the Edo era is a must-go-to event for anyone opting for a Japan tour package. It is especially a must if you love flashy acts, elaborate costumes, bold make up, performing arts and learning about different cultures. And the bonus? It features amazing dance and music as well.
Stay at a Love Hotel
Sounds kinky? Well, because it is. A love hotel is a place especially made for couple to stay there and have fun. But if you are wondering why we are suggesting you to try it out, then it’s because it’s an experience in itself. Every room of a love hotel is made differently to cater to different likes and ‘preferences’ of its guests. The different rooms usually have different themes and offer costume play and even rental goods to serve your wishes well. You can book this motel to ‘rest’ for a few hours or can choose it for a ‘stay’, overnight. Although the idea of such a hotel may sound aberrant, it is but quite normal to the Japanese, perhaps due to the little privacy that they get at their homes.
Take a dip in onsen
Taking a hearty dip in a hot spring or an onsen, as it is called in Japan, is a must if you have booked a Japan holiday package in winter. Though probably as refreshing and relaxing as in any other season, a dip in the steaming onsen in winters tingles and makes your blood rush happily to all of your nerve ends, making you thank all of the gods for such kind gifts. Hakone, a little town in close proximity from Tokyo is famous for particularly two things and one of them is its many onsens (the other being unparalleled views of Mt. Fuji). Though, the thick curtain of clouds and mist may make it difficult to get a peek at the mountain, you can definitely enjoy the scenery immersed in the natural hot spring at one of the many private and otherwise onsens here.
Shop at 100 Yen Shop
Japan has these stores called the ‘100 Yen Shop’ all over the country where you can literally buy anything with just a price of ￥100. These stores are not just popular for their low prices but also for their quality products. You can find a variety of interesting items ranging from cute phone cases and beautiful teacups to sensu or Japanese fans and crazy Japanese cosmetics, and more. Basically, you will find almost anything and everything here; office stationery, character toys, kitchen goods, towels, mops, Tenugui or Japanese towels, sake bottle and much more!
The key is to take your own sweet time to stroll through its aisles and choose from its many amusing and useful offerings that can make for pocket friendly and lovely souvenirs, ideal to end your Japan tour packages trip, beautifully.
Made your list yet? Good.
So here’s to a great trip to Japan.
May you eat well, shop a lot, travel even more and come back inspired by the cute Japanese fashion!
Do let us know how your trip was and if you want to add to this list of unusual stuff that is a must-do in Japan, feel free to enlighten us with your comments below.
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