Category: Things To Do

The First-Time Visitor Guide to Tokyo Disney

February 9, 2016

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Christmastime at Tokyo Disneyland with Haunted Mansion Holiday ride overlay. (Photo: Erin De Santiago)

Planning a trip to Tokyo Disneyland? If you’re never been, planning an international Disney vacation can seem a little daunting at first. To help you out, here’s Viator’s first-time visitor guide to Tokyo Disney.

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Tokyo’s Robot Restaurant Evening Cabaret Show

January 21, 2016

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Welcome to Tokyo's Robot Restaurant.

Few things in this world bring greater chaotic joy than Tokyo’s Robot Restaurant Evening Cabaret Show. The billing says it all. There are robots, samurais, dinosaurs and a giant panda riding a cow. How could you not be intrigued?

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A Private Japanese Cooking Class in a Local Tokyo Home

December 17, 2015

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Japanese cuisine is perhaps what the Western world knows most about the land of the rising sun. Even so, there remains a mountain of material to explore beyond sushi and tempura. To best explore, you need a guide like Satomi for an authentic and private Japanese cooking class.

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A Visit to Quirky Nakano in Tokyo

September 28, 2015

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Nakano in Tokyo via Luca Mascaro on Flickr

A visit to Tokyo is not complete without spending at least a few hours in Nakano. This neighborhood in the northwest of Tokyo is unique and charming. Dubbed the “holy land of otaku,” Nakano ensures that manga and anime culture will always be alive and well. Here’s how to get the most of a visit to quirky Nakano in Tokyo.

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Haikyo – Urban Exploration in Japan

September 10, 2015

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Gunkanjima Island via Kenta Mabuchi on Flickr

Haikyo – urban exploration in Japan – is a unique and exciting way to experience an entirely different side of a place.

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The Complete Guide to Japan’s Onsen

August 27, 2015

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A Japanese onsen

Natural hot springs, also called onsen, can be found everywhere around Japan. From small towns to big cities and everything in between, these bubbling wells of hot water have a long and legendary history in the country. The fresh water is believed to heal ailments, relax even the most stressed business workers, and provide hours of entertainment. Today, resorts are built around onsen, man-made pools are used to capture the natural waters and people travel from all over the country and world to experience these therapeutic baths. Here’s your complete guide to Japan’s onsen.

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Rakugo: Comic Storytelling

July 16, 2015

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Rakugo in Japan via Yuya Tamai on Flickr

Rakugo is to Japan what stand-up comedy is to the United States. Sort of. Rakugo — comic storytelling — is a minimalist performance art that uses only the voice to tell an intricate and detailed story. The stories told date back hundreds of years. Rakugo is an ancient art form that still thrives today in cities across Japan.

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An Old School Cinema Experience at Waseda Shochiku

July 2, 2015

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What's playing at Waseda Shochiku revival house in Tokyo via 元 on Flickr

Visitors have an old school cinema experience at Waseda Shochiku, one of the most well-known and beloved independent theaters in Tokyo.

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Unique Boutiques in Tokyo

June 2, 2015

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6% Dokidoki Fashion Show via GoToVan on Flickr

Shopping takes on new meaning in Tokyo. In this otherworldly city, neon lights illuminate storefronts and retail workers call out in high-pitched Japanese, welcoming customers warmly into each chaotic store. Throngs of people fill the main streets and backstreets, the locals decked out in the latest fashions. In Tokyo, fashion ranges from funky and offbeat to couture and chic. It stretches from clothes all the way to cell phone accessories. For high-end brands, head straight to the Ginza Shopping District. For funkier and perhaps hipper items, you might enjoy a boutique. The best places to shop include the unique boutiques in Tokyo, where you never know what you might find.

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Musashi-Mitake Jinja Shrine Hinode Festival

May 1, 2015

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Musashi-mitake Jinja Shrine via Phil Kates on Flickr

The annual Musashi-mitake Jinja Shrine Hinode Festival celebrates the arduous journey of summiting Mount Mitake.

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