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Enjoy high-quality hospitality in a ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn). Sleep on futons on bamboo-lined floors and relax in communal baths. The service and food are always amazing.
Japan has perfected the art of creating the perfect cup of tea. Enjoy the best tea and experience the tea making process in a traditional tea ceremony!
There are thousands of temples in Japan: some in the city and others hidden in forests in the mountains. Make it a personal challenge to see how many temples you can visit and how much history you can remember!
Udon is a type of thick, chewy, wheat-flour noodle served hot as a noodle soup in a delicate broth that is usually topped with thinly sliced scallions. Additional toppings, like tempura prawn or deep-fried tofu, can be added. This meal was included on the list because the price is usually under $5 USD, making it a great lunch option for travelers on a budget.
Takoyaki is a ball-shaped snack made of a wheat flour-based batter and filled with chopped octopus. After being fried in a special molded pan, the snack is topped with takoyaki sauce, pickled ginger, and many more!
Dango is a lightly sweet dumpling made from rice flour. There are usually three to five dango and when bought from street vendors, it is often served on a skewer. The most iconic variation of the dessert is the pink, white, and green version. Dango can be eaten throughout the year in Japan, but there are different varieties that are traditionally eaten during a particular season.
The Nihonbashi district once served as the capital of Japan as one of the leading centers of trade and commerce from 1603-1868. It is the site of Japan's first department store and many smaller shops with centuries-long histories. Due to recent & modern redevelopment, shoppers delight in Nihonbashi old fashioned style that sells traditional products and regional foods.
Harajuku is a district in Shibuya, a special ward in Tokyo known for being a major commercial and business center. This district is very popular with younger generations (with their unique fashion styles), but also offers some historic sights and shopping for adults. The most visited area in Harajuku is Takeshita Street and its side streets, where you can find many trendy shops, fashion boutiques, used clothes stores, and food outlets!
Akihabara is a district in central Tokyo best known for its numerous electronic retail stores. In the past two decades, the district has gained a lot of attention and a following due to a growth in shops that sell items surrounding anime, manga, and video games.