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Japan Sightseeing Essentials

Don't leave this magnificent country without trying at least a few of these.

We’re continually gathering top spots and experiences for visitors taking on Japan. Whether you’re a first-timer or have been here a few times, the list of things to do and see is essentially endless. So, we thought we’d make it a little more user friendly. There’s a lot more, but this is a great start to help add to any tourist’s Japan bucket list or starter kit.


Autumn leaves at Tokugawa gardens Nagoya

Top 10 Unknown Autumn Destinations in Japan

Fall off the beaten track with these lesser-known spots for enjoying autumn in Japan.

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5 Metal and Punk Bars in Japan

Enjoy heavy metal, punk and horror movie memorabilia at these fine establishments.

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World Breakfast All Day Tokyo

7 Breakfast Spots in Tokyo for Hangovers

Wake up and Smell the Coffee Getting lost in Tokyo and racking up an unexplainable bar tab is almost like a rite of passage. Next thing you know, you’re waking up with...

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LUXS Sendai Nightclub Halloween Party

Where to Party for Halloween in Japan 2019

The Freaks Come Out at Night Looking for somewhere to dance from dusk till dawn in Japan this Halloween? In big cities like Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya, you’ll find several nightclubs hosting...

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Albatross G in Golden Gai, Shinjuku is a foreigner-friendly bar in Tokyo.

Top 10 Foreigner-Friendly Bars and Clubs in Tokyo

Non-stop drinks in Tokyo's love hotel district, LGBT neighborhood, and video game paradise.

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Top 10 Ski and Snowboard Destinations in Japan

Great powder, friendly people and the wonder of hot springs at the end of it all. What's not to love?

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Pokemon Center Japan

Pokémon Centers

Poké-maniacs will find their dreamworld come true at Japan's official Pokémon Centers.

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Club JB's foreigner-friendly club Nagoya Japan

Top 10 Foreigner-Friendly Bars and Clubs in Nagoya

Dance till dawn in Japan’s often overlooked central city.

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Capsule Hotels in Japan.

The 5 Coolest Capsule Hotels in Japan

The lowdown on the swankiest and comfiest capsules with the most bang for your buck.

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Not-so-crowded Firework Festivals Near Tokyo

Travel a bit farther for summer spectaculars without the masses.

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10 Destination Beaches in Japan (That Aren’t in Okinawa)

From Kagoshima to Aomori, Japan's beaches are completely underrated.

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Kama Sutra Karaoke Bar Osaka

Top 10 Foreigner-Friendly Bars and Clubs in Osaka

Moonshine, swanky martinis, and illustrious pole dancers. Need we say more? 🍸

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Glamping in Japan

Glamping culture is alive and well here.

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Osaka Castle Park

Top 10 Places to See Cherry Blossoms in and around Osaka

We offer up exactly where to see the 2019 blossoms, including some of the most iconic spots plus ones that are a lot less crowded.

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Lake Shikotsu Winter

Top 10 Winter Snow and Ice Festivals in Japan

Snow. Wind. Ice. And Fire! From breathtaking snow sculptures and fireworks displays to romantic candle-lit snow lantern paths, Japan’s winter festivals are unmissable. Heading from north to south, here’s a selection of...

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Top 10 cultural experiences in Japan: Onsen

Top 10 Cultural Experiences in Japan

It’s no secret that there’s an abundance of fascinating places to visit in Japan. But as you plan your trip, don’t overlook the all-important question: what do I want to do?

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6 Things To do at Kinosaki Onsen in Autumn

The backdrop to an awesomely local autumn experience in Japan.

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30 Tattoo Friendly Onsen in Japan

No matter the size of your tattoo, ink is no problem.

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5 Picture-Perfect Carp Streamer Festivals In Japan

Visit Japan between late March and early May, and you will come across large, colorful carp streamers floating in the wind. Known as koi nobori, these streamers are part of the celebrations...

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5 Sake Joints To Try In Tokyo

So, you’re finally in Tokyo and looking to try some real sake? The first thing you need to know is that sake bombs (where you drop a shot of sake into beer)...

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Miyanora in Yakushima

10 Mountains To Hike (That Aren’t Fuji)

Big or small, they each hold their own natural wonders.

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Where To See Cherry Blossoms In Japan

In spring, Japan transforms into a wonderland of pink, with innumerable places to view the fleeting sakura (cherry blossoms). Our guide to each of Japan’s regions — including more than 600 iconic...

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10 Foods to Try in Japan (That Aren’t Sushi or Ramen)

Get ready to chow down on these lesser-known Japanese foods to try as you travel.

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Top 10 Winter Illuminations to See in Japan for 2016

Tokyo illuminations? Pfft. It’s all about the bright lights beyond.

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4 Restaurants to Try in Dotonbori

The classic places to get you started on a culinary tour of Osaka.

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Top 5 Cafes to Try in Fukuoka

From award-winning beans to Finnish comic book characters, discover Fukuoka's booming cafe culture at these recommended picks.

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20 Best Pictures of Japan on GaijinPot Travel

Need Japan travel inspiration? Look no further than these amazing captures.

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Japan for Solo Female Travel

A female traveling by yourself in Japan? Here's what you should know.

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Top 5 Cafes Tokyo

Top 5 Cafes to Try in Tokyo

Forget Sutaba, these five spots offer an all-round introduction to Tokyo's distinctive cafe culture.

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"Naha City. Traditional dance performers make their way down "Kokusai St." (International St.) during a local festival."

Top 10 Japan Travel Destinations For 2017

Our predictions for the best places to visit in Japan this year.

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Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

Top 12 Spots to See Autumn Leaves Around Tokyo

From day trips to Japanese gardens, these fall wonders will leave you speechless.

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View of Rainbow Bridge and Minato, from Odaiba in Tokyo

Free Tokyo Quick Guide PDF Download

Free and easy to download.

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Top 10 Winter Illuminations To See In Japan

Japan’s illuminations make winter come alive.  Tokyo annually transforms into a twinkly holiday wonderland, but the light-up magic spans across the entire country, with towering Christmas trees and intricately choreographed light shows....

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Daigoji, Kyoto, Japan

Top 10 Temples and Shrines for Koyo & Momiji in Kyoto

Kyoto is the ultimate autumn experience in Japan.

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Takaragawa onsen, Minakami, Gunma

8 Mixed-Gender Hot Springs In Central Japan

Outlawed in Tokyo, co-ed hot spring getaways are still nearby. Experience this Japanese tradition before it slips away.

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Top 5 Horror-Themed Bars & Restaurants In Japan

Blood bag cocktails, an actual coffin and scary storytelling are all a (trick or) treat at these freaky hangouts.

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Where to Find Mixed Gender Onsen in Japan

Mixed-gender bathing has a long and rich history in Japan, but it is also difficult to find English information on many of them because they are rather traditional. Fortunately, GaijinPot Travel and...

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Take a dip in this piping hot outdoor bath at Hinanoyado Chitose.

Top 15 Hot Spring Destinations for Winter in Japan

Japan’s winter is one of its most beautiful yet overlooked aspects. From December to March, try traveling to a snowy and secluded onsen (hot springs) getaway. Some of our favorite wintery onsen towns...

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