Discovering Japan: our topic by topic guide to Japan

Thanks to our many topics and thousands of articles, prepare your travel itinerary to Japan. Temples, parks and gardens, festivities, onsen, the best restaurants, hikes, walks and other excursions in Japan will no longer be a secret to you! Across a network of around 40 cities, discover all the activities and points of interest in each of them.

 

Attractions and Excursions

Whether on foot or by bike, Japan is full of places to relax and enjoy the scenery on a nice walk! We give you some ideas with our selection.

La ruelle piétonne Takeshita-dori dans le quartier de Harajuku

Harajuku, the fashion district of Tokyo

Frequently visited by young people in their trendsetting clothing, Harajuku is a continually evolving area where excentric fashion meets luxury stores and vintage stores.

The plunge, when the bus Sky Duck becomes a boat.

Sky Duck

To discover Tokyo, we all know buses and boats. Sky Duck brings together these two means of transport for an excursion on both land and sea.

Chizu

Proche de la source de la rivière Sendai, Chizu fut très longtemps une des villes les plus dynamiques de la région de Tottori, jusqu’à en irriter les autorités qui interdirent un jour tout passage

Dewa Sanzan

Dewa Sanzan

For nearly 1,500 years, the Gassan, Haguro and Yudono mountains near Tsuruoka, collectively called the Dewa sanzan, have been pilgrimage sites in Japan.

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Parks and Gardens

Enjoy the country's natural wealth by discovering the best parks and gardens in Japan!

View on the vegetation of Kairaku-en

Kairaku-en

One of Japan's three most famous gardens, along with Kenroku-en in Kanazawa and Koraku-en in Okayama, Kairaku-en displays its abundance of flowers in Mito, Ibaraki prefecture, just 1.5 hours from T

Matsuyama-jo

Matsuyama Castle

From Mount Katsu, this medieval castle majestically overlooks the city. The opportunity for a nice walk between military remains, gardens and cherry trees.

Maruyama-koen

Maruyama-koen

Quandvient le printemps, le cerisier centenaire du parc se pare de milliers depétales roses pour le ravissement des promeneurs.

Shoseien park

Shoseien

Hôte du temple Higashi Honganji, Shoseien offre à ses visiteurs une quiétude certaine...

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Temples and Shrines

Discover the most beautiful Japanese temples and shrines for a unique cultural and historical getaway!

A statue of Kukai

Ishite-ji

This was built temple in honor of the monk Kukai, Otherwise Known As Kobo Daishi, the Buddhist monk Most Famous in Japan.

A temple under the yellow leaves of autumn in Kukubunji in Takayama.

Hida Kokubunji

Built in 746 by the Emperor Shomu (701-756), the oldest temple in Takayama proudly at the heart of its enclosure an imposing tree, old thousand two hundred years.

Horyuji Temple

Horyuji

Nara's Horyuji, located in Ikaruga, is a vast place of worship amid the pine trees, and houses the oldest recorded wooden buildings in the world. It remains the oldest temple in Japan!

The Byodo-in Temple

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, recently renovate in 2014, the Byodo-in is located in the center of the small town of Uji, not far from Kyoto.

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Onsen, Hot Springs and Public Baths

Onsen, very popular with the Japanese, are an experience not to be missed when coming to Japan! Discover our recommendations for a moment of relaxation.

An outdoor bath (rotemburo) of Osawayama Onsen in the Japanese Alps.

Osawayama Onsen

A family ryokan lost in the Northern Alps, between Nagano and Niigata. You can bask in the heat of the outdoor baths (rotemburo) and contemplate the snow-capped mountains...

Kinrin-ko lake, the smoking waters

Yufuin

A high-class spa resort, close to the popular Beppu, Yufuin is home to many luxurious ryokan.

Noboribetsu Onsen

Noboribetsu Onsen is one of the most famous hot spring resorts on the northern island of Hokkaido.

World Spa

Eight floors of onsen, saunas and swimming pools ... Customers will not go to Spa World for an authentic Japanese spa.

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Museums and Galleries

History and art being very rich in Japan, there are many museums and galleries. Find our selection of the best visits!

National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto

National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto

The Kyoto National Modern Art hosts six to seven exhibitions a year for fun museum to discover and rediscover the great names of Japanese or Western art and thematic layouts scene.

City Museum of History and Folklore

Municipal Museum of History and Folklore

How do the people of Miyajima live? The history of the island and its development seems to be a mystery to the visitors who travel the scenic landscapes of this island paradise.

The front of the gallery Aoikaze Kyoto.

Galerie Aoikaze

Galerie de la rue Jingu-michi menant à l’Heian-jingu, ouverte en 2002, Aoikaze a su acquérir ses marques de noblesse dans le microcosme des galeries d’art à Kyoto.

The facade of the Museum of Fine Arts Insho Domoto in Kyoto.

Musée des Beaux-Arts Insho Domoto

L’artiste DÔMOTO Inshô (1891 1975) navigue parmi les styles etsupports, toujours en expérimentation, n’ayant de cesse de faire chavirer lesconventions. Itinéraires.

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Outdoor Activities

Are you a fan of sports and hiking? Discover the best places to enjoy the charm of Japanese nature!

Miho Beach

Miho is one of those places full of the charms of Japan - ancient legends, Noh theatre, the majestic Mount Fuji in the background, and much more.

View of Mt. Fuji from Tateishi Park (Yokosuka)

Le Japon côté plages : Hayama

La jolie côte de Hayama a de tout temps attiré les visiteurs.

Daimonjisan

Daimonjisan

Cinquante petites minutes au sortirdu Ginkakuji et vous voilà dominantKyoto et ses alentours.

Visit a salt factory in the Noto peninsula

Salt production is very developed in the Noto peninsula. One of the rare places in the country where the salt workers maintain the traditional method of harvesting called agehamashiki seien.

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Events and Festivals

There are many matsuri throughout the year, which are a must in Japanese culture! Don't miss any of these festivities during your trip.

Kurama Matsuri

Kurama no Hi Matsuri

Un matsuri (festival) tout en flammes et en lumières, à découvrir dans lecharmant village montagneux de Kurama, à une demi-heure du centre de Kyoto.

Fireworks Yagi

Feu d’artifice de Yagi

Des lanternes aquatiques incandescentes, suivies de feux d'artifices : à Yagi, la mi-août est marquée par de superbes cérémonies.

The first edition of the Tokyo Motor Show was held in 1954.

Tokyo Motor Show

In addition to numerous concept cars of Japanese brands, the International Exhibition of Tokyo Motor Show presents the latest innovations in eco-driving and respect for the environment.

Nippon to Asobu

Nippon to Asobo

Des bruits, des enfants quicourent, des familles qui se promènent au rythme des spectacles qui résonnentdans la ville… Fêter la paix au Japon et la concorde avec les pays partenairess'organise chaq

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Shopping and Souvenirs

Discover the best places to bring back souvenirs from your trip!

Boutique incense LISN

LISN

LISN,marque de Shoyeido,compagnie trois fois centenaire,a vu saboutique ouvrir en 2004. 

Bronzes Nakajima shop

Nakajima

Collectionneuren herbe ? A la recherche d’une belle pièce ancienne pourdécorer votre petit chez-vous ?

Morita Wagami

Morita Wagami

Littéralementle « paradis du papier » cette boutique du quartier deShimogyooffre une large sélection de papiers traditionnels en tous genre.

Fujimoto Saiundo

Fujimoto Saiundo

Looking for an original gift? A quaint souvenir? The old-fashioned store run by the Fujimoto couple as an introduction to the art of Nihon-ga, traditional Japanese painting.

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Restaurants and Cafes

Japanese gastronomy is recognized as one of the finest and richest in the world. We give you the best addresses to make your culinary journey a success!

A sushi platter at Izuju restaurant.

Izuju

Etablien plein centre de Kyoto, ce restaurant de sushis et de cuisine au feu de boisse démarque par son goût et par ses produits de qualité.

Ooiwa

Ooiwa

Brochettesfrites de poisson, de viande ou de légumes entourées d’une finecouche de panure, les kushi katsu,à tremper dans une sauce, se dégustent surtout le soir enamuse-gueule.

Udon restaurant Omen

Omen

Chaîne de nouilles épaisses et insaisissables, les nonmoins délicieuses udon, Omen joue surla qualité et la sincérité de ses mets populaires.

The entrance Râmen Yokocho, Sapporo.

Ramen Yokocho

Hidden away between two narrow streets in Sapporo's town centre you will find the best of the local specialty: ramen.

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Markets in Japan

Immerse yourself in the daily life of the Japanese by browsing our selection of the best markets in Japan!

Flea Market Toji

Toji flea market

Neufheures en automne, neuf heures en hiver, neuf heures au printemps,neuf heures en été… Chaque vingt et un du mois à la même heure,les alentours du temple Toji s’animent. 

Flea Kitano Tenmangû

The Fleamarket at Kitano Tenmangu

On the twenty-fifth of each month, the second largest flea market in Kyoto is held in the enclosure around the shrine Kitano Tenmangû. A good opportunity to buy some souvenirs, especially if you mi

Sellers Market Jinya-mae

Jinya-mae market

An essential Takayama tradition is called Asa-ichi. Behind this name hides the small morning market where fresh produce and local crafts are found.

The famous portico marking the entrance of the avenue Ameya Yokocho to Ueno.

Ameya Yokocho

The hoarse voices of grandmothers calling out out from behind their stalls, traders dealing customers.The smells of fresh fish, spices and candy tempt passersby. The liveliness of Ameya Yokocho nev

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Family Travel

Are you travelling with your children or are you a theme park fan? Discover the best places to have fun with young and old!

Puroland Sanrio, Tokyo, is the realm of the World mascot Hello Kitty.

Sanrio Puroland

The innocence of this little white kitten has conquered the world! Since the 1970s, Hello Kitty has been an instantly recognisable brand worldwide.

The Dome Gaia at the Museum of Science and Innovation Miraikan (Tokyo)

Explorers in short trousers

The Japanese capital has a host of original activities for children. Offer them a playground they will not forget!

Chupea Pool

Chupea Pool

A few kilometers from the center of Hiroshima, the open air pool complex Chupea Pool enchants its swimmers.

The Ueno Zoo was the first zoo in Japan receive a pair of Chinese panda.

Ueno Zoo

The oldest zoo in Japan proves to be a key component of the Sino-Japanese diplomacy.

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Japanese Pop Culture

Manga, anime, video games... Japanese pop culture is seducing the whole world! Discover the best of these cultural phenomena.

With its tip at 225 meters, the tower Torannomon Hills is the tallest building in Tokyo.

Toranomon Hills

Since June 11th, 2014, it became the tallest building in Tokyo. With its 255.5 meters, Toranomon Hills now dominates the Minato neighborhood.

The Pokémon Cafe

A brand new Pokémon cafe opened in Tokyo on March 14th. What a delight for fans of the Pokémon franchise, hugely popular in Japan and elsewhere!

Besides being the mark of Yomiuri Giants of Tokyo, the Tokyo Dome also hosts concerts of the greatest Japanese and international artists.

Tokyo Dome

The bat hits the ball with a smack. A thunderous applause rises from the stands, where sixty thousand fans roar together like a lion.

In Tokyo (Japan), bars expose curious cat (neko) to keep company with customers: Welcome to the neko cafe.

Nekorobi Cat Café

The neko café or cat café remains a good way to meet the Japanese and compensate for the lack of your favorite animal during a trip to the archipelago.

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Nightlife

In the big Japanese cities, the nightlife is often very lively and it would be a shame to miss it during your trip to Japan. Enjoy it by browsing through our best places to have a good night out in Japan!

Kan Kan Mura

Narita Airport Terminal 3

Narita Airport is expanding with a new terminal dedicated to low cost air companies. Here is a sneak preview!

With Asahi Sky Room, visitors can have a drink while contemplating Tokyo from above.

Asahi Sky Room

Prèsde Asakusa, sur la berge de la Sumida, un bâtiment au nom d’unecélèbre brasserie de bière nippone a mis le bar haut !

View of the Ace Café

Ace Café

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