If you are traveling miles and miles to visit Japan, it will be a shame just to walk around and “see” what Japan is like. You got to “experience” Japan, and here are the ultimate guide and suggestions for you to maximize your stay!
#1. Ramen Experience
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If you are visiting Japan, you cannot leave without trying Ramen. There are hundreds of thousands of Ramen restaurants and street stores throughout Japan, and the taste is nothing but addictive that you would end up having it for a pretty much entire trip. Now, don’t you think your memory would be little bit more special if you could make your own Ramen? In Tokyo, there is the best place to do that. At Ramen Experience Tokyo, you can learn how to prepare your original Ramen and understand what the core of this mouth-watering dish in Japan really is.
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Ramen Experience Tokyo
Address: 4-32-5 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Access: 3 minutes walk from Meiji-jingumae Station
Hours: 11:00am ~ 6:00pm
Website: Ramen Experience Tokyo
#2. Sushi Experience
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Are you a Sushi lover? And you think you have tried all the Sushi places you have been recommended? Then, do you know how to make a proper Sushi? For you to become a real Sushi master, Sushi making experience needs to be in your bucket list. Providing with four different venues in Japan, Sushi-making tour will allow you to equip you with not only the deep knowledge about Sushi and its history but also to have a hands-on experience to make your own. The Tokyo venue offers two tours per day (one in the morning and the other one in the afternoon) for individual customers up to 10 people. Don’t worry even if it’s over 10, the group tour is available up to 60 people!
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Address: 3−4 Senjuasahichō, Adachi, Tokyo
Access: 5 mintues walk from Kita-senju Station
*Please note, this is a meeting point and you will follow the guide after. Also, the venue for a group tour customers will be confirmed after booking as they are hiring a space.
Phone: 080 102 7889
Website: Tokyo Sushi-making Tour
#3. Samurai Experience
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For many foreigners, the samurai culture and history can be the sole reason to visit Japan and it has indeed a very deep philosophy and behaviors that are embedded in a Japanese society. If you want to go one step further than just visiting a normal museum to learn about Samurai, why don’t you try Samurai Museum that can offer you more than just information about Samurai period: you can wear the Samurai warrior outfits, take photos while in the outfits, watch and do a mock battle experience, learn Samurai calligraphy, and learn everything about Samurai swords. After visiting this museum, you would probably know more about Samurai than Japanese!
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Address: 2-25-6 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Access: 8 minutes walk from Shinjyuku Station
Hours: 10:30am ~ 9:00pm
Website: Samurai Museum
#4. Kanji Naming Experience
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Located in Asakusa, one of the most historical and cultural hubs in Tokyo, Kanji House offers you to obtain your unique name in Kanji (one of the Japanese writing systems using Chinese characters). The house was established to welcome foreigners to the traditional and authentic Japanese world. Sitting in the traditional Japanese style Tatami, the Kanji professionals will prepare your name on a paper with a special writing performance and frame it for you to bring back as a souvenir. Those visitors who tried this experience really liked its thorough atmosphere the place creates. Although it only opened last year, it has already become one of the very popular spots where you can have something truly the only-one-in-the-world.
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Address: 1-8-10 Hanakawado, Taito, Tokyo
Access: 1 minute walk from Asakusa Station
House: 10:00am ~ 8:00pm
Website: Kanji House
#5. Lolita Fashion Experience
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Have you ever wished to dress like dolls to experience what really is like to be one of Harajuku Lolita girls (A particular fashion with frilly dresses and other cute/dolly-like items such as socks and hats)? In Harajuku, known as a town with full of unique fashionistas in Tokyo, there is a place that can make your wish come true. The place is called Maison de Julietta, and here you can try on Lolita outfits including wigs and special fake eyelashes from various choices and take a professional photographs that would stay in your memory forever. Many visitors say they feel like their second (and hidden) character appeared when wearing the outfits. Maybe you can discover your new self, while discovering Japan…?
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Maison de Julietta
Address: Laforet harajuku, 1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Access: Walking distance from Meiji-jingumae Station
Hours: 11:00am ~ 9:00pm
E-mail : email@example.com
*Please tell them your name, date and how many people make a reservation together to make a reservation.
Website: Maison de Julietta
#6. Traditional Theater Experience
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Kyogen is one of the Japanese traditional theatre performances which are very short and often comical, and uses a simple and minimal storyline. Despite of its hundreds of history, it is unfortunate that not so many opportunities or occasions to appreciate this theatre art even for Japanese people especially for the young generation. Kyogen Lounge was established due to this reason for anybody, including foreign visitors, to experience it and feel it as a casual entertainment. When there is no show happening in the theatre, you can even tour the backstage. If you are looking for the crazy modern Japan as well as its traditional part, then make your way to here to have a short time travel.
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Cerulean Tower Noh Theatre
Address: 26-1 Sakuragaokacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Access: 5 minutes walk from Shibuya Station
Website: Cerulean Tower Noh Theatre