Planning on a getaway to the land of the rising sun in the upcoming holiday season? Here are some fun filled activities you can check out to amp up your Japan experience!
1. Indulge your Inner Child
Japan’s first full-scale outdoor LEGOLAND park in Nagoya, is perfect for indulging your inner child. Go on rollercoaster rides, or admire miniature LEGO models of Japanese landmarks such as Tokyo Station and Nagoya Castle at Miniland! Tickets cost from S$68 each for visitors aged 13 and above.
Tokyo DisneySea is another must-see. Its unique attractions include Venetian gondolas, Aquatopia, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and Journey to the Center of the Earth. For first timers, be sure to try out the ever popular ride, Toy Story Mania too. Get a 1-Day Passport for a junior (ages 12 to 17) which costs from S$77, and an adult (ages 18 and above) from S$89 and skip the line at the entrance!
2. Satisfy the Film Buff in you
If you love movies, you’ll love Universal Studios Japan (located in Osaka) — especially if you’re a Harry Potter fan. There are 15 attractions, eateries and shops in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and you can even have your photo taken aboard the Hogwarts Express. Can’t get enough of the Minions? Fans of computer-animated comedy film, Despicable Me can rejoice at the all new Minion Park. Launched in the first half of 2017, it’s Minion-themed ride attraction and facilities are guaranteed to keep the young and the young at heart well-entertained. Get a one-day pass to USJ online for ease of entry and time-saving.
If anime is more your cup of tea, head to the Studio Ghibli Museum in Tokyo, where you will be greeted by the beloved Totoro, who will show you to the entrance. Inside, you can enjoy special exhibitions showcasing the genius of Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki and his team. Do note tickets must be booked in advance and are available from the 1st till the 5th for museum entry on the following month.
3. “Climb” a Mountain
Take the scenic route. Embark on a day tour from Tokyo for S$122, including lunch and a bus transfer. You will be taken to Mount Fuji via the Mount Kachi Kachi Ropeway, which will bring you right to the summit.
At the summit, you can take in a 360° view of the volcano and Lake Kawaguchi. You can also enjoy fruit-picking at Misaka Farm and wine-tasting at the Chateau Katsunuma Winery to round off the tour.
4. Dine and be Entertained
Have some live entertainment with your dinner in Tokyo and Kyoto. The OIRAN-ZA Night show in Roppongi Kaguwa combines traditional Japanese dance with jazz and even flying drag queens. For S$62, you can enjoy the show and a dinner set.
For S$40, you can experience a night among ninjas at the Ninja Kyoto Restaurant and Labyrinth, where ninjas will guide and entertain you while you feast on the restaurant’s delectable dishes. The ninja theme is evident in every aspect of the experience, from the two hours of ninja acrobatics to menus shaped like ninja scrolls and serving ware.
5. Dress like a Local
Go for the Tokyo Kimono Experience at Studio Nanairo, which offers a variety of package options that start from S$76. You can choose from a selection of kimonos, which the staff will teach you how to wear. If you’re there in summer, you can also choose to put on the lighter, more climate-appropriate yukata (summer kimono).
There are kimonos for both men and women, so you don’t have to worry about your partner being left out if you go as a couple. And depending on the package you choose, you can have your hair styled, your makeup done, and a studio photo shoot. You can book your kimono experience here.
If you’re in Kyoto, head to Maiko-Henshin Studio Shiki for a similar experience, starting at just S$35. For an additional fee, you can even wear your rented kimono back to your hotel and leave it at the front desk for the studio staff to pick up the next day.
6. Take the Traditional Route
If you like going the traditional route, head to Kyoto for Gion Maiko performances and a traditional Kyoto feast.
From S$103, you can participate in a guided tour in four languages (including English and Mandarin) that not only gives you a traditional Kyoto feast at a renowned restaurant and access to Maiko performances, but the opportunity to be awed by the stunning night views from atop the Kyoto Higashiyama.
7. Get a Pass!
A JR (Japan rail) pass, that is. Depending on the pass you purchase, this will allow you to travel around different cities without any hassle. If you are visiting Tokyo and planning to stay within the city, you can get a Tokyo Metro Unlimited Pass for just S$10.
If you have more time on your hands, more cash to spare, and are feeling adventurous, you can shell out S$341 for a seven-day all-Japan JR pass, which gives allows you to travel all over the country via unlimited access to all its rail — including the iconic Shinkansen bullet train — and bus networks. 14-day and 21-day passes are also available here.
Besides exploring Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo, you can immerse yourself in the hot springs of Japan’s northernmost prefecture, Hokkaido, or check out the Macaque snow monkeys. You can even head south to the breath-taking sights of Kyushu. And if you feel like treating yourself, get a Japan Rail Green Car Pass for a first-class luxury rail experience.
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