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102 things to do in japan
102 things to do in japan (part 6)
102 Things to do in Japan (Part 6)
posted by John Spacey, Japan Talk, April 29, 2012
51. Visit a Ninja Village Several Japanese towns including Koka city in Shiga prefecture feature historical Ninja houses (e.g. Koka City Ninja Village). Ninja houses typically have secret passageways, traps, mazes, Ninja training rooms and Ninja artifacts. Recommended for history buffs, ninja fans and kids.
52. Attend a Japanese Motor Industry EventAuto enthusiasts will enjoy Japan's motor industry events such as the Tokyo Motor Show and Tokyo Auto Salon.
53. Wear a YukataJapanese Yukata are inexpensive and easy to wear. Ryokan provide yukata to guests. If you attend a Japanese summer festival or fireworks show it's highly recommended to wear yukata.
54. Try OkonomiyakiOkonomiyaki are Japanese savory (not sweet) pancakes. They developed as a way to use up leftovers. Most okonomiyaki restaurants allow customers to customize ingredients. Many restaurants have customers cook their own okonomiyaki at a grill at their table. Popular ingredients include pork, mochi, cheese, vegetables and seafood.
55. Explore a Japanese CastleJapan has over 100 castles. Recommended castles include Himeji Castle (Hyogo prefecture) near Kyoto, Matsumoto Castle (Nagano prefecture), and Nijo Castle (Kyoto).
56. Dine at a Yakiniku RestaurantYakiniku Restaurants provide customers raw meat, seafood, vegetables and a table with a hot coal grill. It's like having a barbeque party in a restaurant (urban Japanese people typically don't have backyards). Minor caution: yakiniku restaurants are the smokiest places in Japan.
57. Shop at a Japanese Department StoreJapanese Department Stores are shopping wonderlands not to be missed.
58. Attend a Martial Arts EventNumerous martial arts events are held each year in Japan. Our favorite is the Toshiya Festival (Kyoto's 400 year old archery competition). Check the Japan event schedule for details.
59. Go SurfingOver 1 million Japanese people can surf. There are many fine beach breaks within easy reach of Tokyo in Chiba, Yokohama, Kamakura and Izu. Fair weather surfers are out in July and August. The rest of the year you need a full wetsuit (in winter boots are recommended).
60. Check out Japanese Street FashionsJapanese people (and Tokyoites in particular) are fashionable. It's interesting to see the chic crowd in Ginza and Omotesando, the youth subculture fashions of Harujuku and Shibuya and the hipsters of Shimokitazawa and Koenji.
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The essential list that will help you make your trip to Japan an unforgettable experience.|
Japanese villages, sushi restaurants, sake, arcades, kabuki, harajuku on Sunday, sumo, snowboarding, river BBQ, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum|
Fine dining, pachinko, shiatsu, temple dining, photography, concerts, izakaya, shinkansen, purikura, fish markets|
Cook your own food, baseball, drive in the countryside, ramen, music festivals, city skyline, Christmas lights, Japanese gardens, old neighborhoods, convenience stores|
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