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  • 21

    LaQua

    1-3-6 1 Koraku, Bunkyo, Tokyo 112-0004, Japan
    4
    2 reviews

    This onsen (hot spring) complex is one of very few in central Tokyo and it is impressive. Complete with outdoor rotenburo and a variety of saunas and relaxation areas. About as close as you will get to the countryside equivalent in central Tokyo and it also has nice views of Tokyo Dome City. The Healing Baden low temperature sauna is ...

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  • 22

    Oriental Bazaar

    9-13 5-chome Jingumae Shibuya-ku
    3.5
    2 reviews

    Oriental Bazaar is a good place to get your souvenirs at reasonable prices in one place – pottery, kimonos (yukatas), dolls and other handicrafts. The four floors have a lot of variety to offer and it’s a pleasant shopping experience. It’s an easy walk from a train or subway station (see details online http://www.orientalbazaar.co.jp/en/location/index.html#location1). The street also has a lot ...

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  • 23

    Path of bamboo

    Kyoto, Japan
    4.5
    18 reviews

    Walking among bamboo is completely different than walking among deciduous or coniferous trees. The light filters through and the slender canes of bamboo draw your eyes skyward. Beautiful and awe inspiring.

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  • 24

    Kiyomizu-dera

    日本, 京都府京都市東山区清水1丁目294
    4.5
    22 reviews

    Kiyomizu-dera is an ancient temple in Kyoto, with a famous fountain fed by the pure spring waters from the mountains above it. This famous fountain is split into 3 end points at this temple, and Japanese and tourists alike come here to drink the waters from one of the 3 final spouts of the flowing stream. Each of the 3 ...

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  • 25

    Tokyo Disney Resort

    1-1 Maihama, Urayasu-Shi, 12 279-8511 Japan
    4.5
    48 reviews

    This is a great place to go since it is only 20 minutes by train from Tokyo Central Station. They have 2 parks, we went to the DisneySea one since it is a little different than anywhere else. The Japanese love Disney and dress the part. Mickey & Minnie even speak Japanese. Yes there are crowds but still worth going.

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  • 26

    Nakasu District

    Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-Shi, 40 810-0801 Japan
    4.5
    3 reviews

    This strip of riverside "yatai" food stalls is the highlight of Fukuouka for me. Borderline touristy but still frequented by locals so retains an authentic feel. Food quality is good despite the reasonable prices and tourist traffic. An evening of stall hopping is a must for first time visitors. Vegetarian options are very limited. Ramen is the most famous dish ...

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  • 27

    Nishiki Market (京都錦市場商店街振興組合)

    日本, 京都府京都市中京区錦小路通
    4.5
    10 reviews

    5 min walk from Kyoto station, Nishiki Market is called the kitchen of Kyoto. You will be able to see a typical Japanese grocery area back in the days, those which we had in every city but has slowly disappeared due to the big shopping centers that took place instead. How I enjoy this market is walking around while eating ...

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  • 28

    Golden Gai

    1-1-8 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku
    4.5
    3 reviews

    This great little old neighborhood tucked into the middle of modern Shinjuku is a must-see. Golden Gai is a block of small mom and pop bars and restaurants. Decidedly down market and a little rougher around the edges than other parts of town -- Golden Gai is packed with atmosphere. Hop door to door and explore. Best to visit sometime ...

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  • 29

    Sanjusangendo Temple

    657 Mawari-cho Sanjusangendo, Kyoto-Shi, 26 605-0941 Japan
    4.5
    5 reviews

    A must see in Tokyo. Very different from the other major sights. Won't leave you feeling templed to death.

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  • 30

    Sapporo Snow Festival

    4
    3 reviews

    A highlight of Japan and certainly a highlight of Sapporo. Well worth planning your Hokkaido adventure around being able to see the festivities and colossal ice carvings.

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  • 31

    Hibiya Park

    1-6 Hibiya Koen, Tokyo, 13 100, Japan
    4
    6 reviews

    So neat to see the juxtaposition of the gardens and the skyscrapers! There is something poetically Japanese about having a big beautiful garden like this one right in the middle of such a big gray city. Definitely one of my favorite things to see in Tokyo!

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  • 32

    Meguro River

    Kamimeguro, Tokyo, Greater Tokyo, Japan
    5
    1 review

    This lovely river in Meguro makes for a great focal point for visiting the surrounding neighborhood. The riverside has a number of nice restaurants, boutiques and bars and all are far from the beaten path of most tourists. Cherry blossom seasons is the best time to visit but this is one of my favorite areas of Tokyo, regardless of the ...

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  • 33

    Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum

    Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum 2-14-21 Shin-Yokohama, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama 222
    4.5
    3 reviews

    This 1950s streetscape ramen Disneyland is a blast. One of the best times I've had at a tourist attraction in Japan in a very long time. Sample from 9 different ramen shops set up in a 1958-style indoor village. Most places serve mini sizes so that you can sample. Subway exit 8 at Shin Yokohama station. There are plenty of ...

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  • 34

    Omotesando

    Omotesando
    5
    2 reviews

    Omotesando is an avenue whose name translates as approach to the shrine because the street leads to the Meiji Shrine. But just as significantly for a visitor, Omotesandō is known as one of the foremost architectural showcase streets in the world. Within a short distance of each other, numerous stores, mostly high end fashion shops, display their stunning architecture. These ...

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  • 35

    Sannenzaka

    Kyoto, Japan
    5
    2 reviews

    Wonderfully pleasant stone street near Kiyomizu-dera. Lined with shops, restaurants, etc. but retains much of its old charm. A must visit.

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  • 36

    Lake Chuzenji

    Okunikko National Park
    4
    2 reviews

    Surreal... being there in person the lake looked like it was a picture from a postcard. The lake is located up the mountain in Nikko which is all part of the UNESCO World Heritage site. From this lake flows one of the mountains several breathtaking water falls. Just beautiful to see with your own eyes.

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  • 37

    Nonbei Yokocho

    Shibuya 1-chome
    5
    1 review

    Located next to the train tracks in Shibuya, this little street and alley is a world away. A nicer version of the famous Golden Gai. Nonbei Yokocho is packed with small bars and restaurants and is teeming with atmosphere. Despited the convenient location, relatively unvisited by tourists. Especially fun when the weather is nice.

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  • 38

    Tokyo DisneySea

    日本, 千葉県浦安市舞浜1−1
    5
    2 reviews

    You must go here if you are in Tokyo. It is reachable by rail from Tokyo Station in about 20 minutes. DisneySea is different then the other parks but still familiar. Most everyone speaks Japanese even Mickey & Minnie but you can still figure out what is going on. Yes it is crowded but worth it.

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  • 39

    Daikaku-ji Temple

    4 Saga, Osawa-cho, Kyoto-Shi, 26 616-8411 Japan
    4.5
    2 reviews

    My favorite spot in Kyoto. It's peaceful, solemn, yet humble.

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  • 40

    HAKUSAN−SHOP

    5丁目-3−10 Minamiaoyama, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
    5
    1 review

    This is one of my favorite places in Tokyo to buy unique ceramics. Quality is high and the designs are distinctly Japanese but very modern. A great place to buy something Japanese that is functional in a Western home.

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