Top choices of must-do Japan experiences
Top choices of must-do Japan experiences
Create Your Own Authentic Glass-Blown Masterpiece
- 45 Minutes
- Ōta-ku, Tokyo
【Outline】In just 45 minutes, you will learn how to create your own glass-blown wonder at an authentic craft shop in Tokyo. Choose what you want to create, such as a bowl or a vase, and then choose your favorite color, shape, and pattern. Then, you can mold the glass by melting it in a high-temperature hearth with the special manufacturing method of blowing.【Highlights】Enjoy a special experience at an authentic glass craft educational institution, where professionals also practice their trade.Easily finish your piece in less than 45 minutes. Make your own, one-of-a-kind glass art.Create something with your favorite color, shape and pattern.Take part in the exciting process of blowing your breath in the hot glass and molding it to your liking.【Schedule】 Arrival→Glass Molding→Finishing Touch→Work Completed→End【Details】During this activity, you learn directly from experienced lectures at a professional glass craft educational facility where professional artists and teachers also practice. The entire process from start to end takes 45 minutes, making this the perfect activity for when you don't have much time. The most exciting step is molding the glass: as the glass melts at a temperature of about 1100 degrees, you blow inside of the glass and shape it to your liking. Our completely personalized glass art will make the perfect Tokyo souvenir. Children 10 years or older can participate.【Things to note】Time：45 min./1 personMeeting point：TOKYO GLASS ART1-26-13 Higashi Rokugo, Ota Ward, Tokyo 144-0046 Access：It is a 9-minute ride from JR Kamata Station with the Keikyu Bus. Get off at Higashi Rokugo 1-chome and it is a 2-minute walk from there. From JR Yamanote Line Shinagawa Station, transfer to Keikyu Main Line and get off at the 11th stop, Zoshiki Station (KK18). It takes around 25 minutes on board. (Express train will not stop）It is a 5-minute walk from the station.1. Leave Zoshiki Station, go straight ahead and turn right at the first corner and walk through the Arcade shopping street. 2．When you come out of the arcade and you reach the `Daiichi Keihin` highway, turn left. Walk around 250 meters.3．Cross the road when you reach the first traffic light and then cross the `Daiichi Keihin` highway to the opposite side. 4．Turn left and walk 40 meters. It is in front of a 9- story apartment building. Language support：Japanese, EnglishIncluded ：Experience fee, Material costsExcluded ：Shipping FeeParticipation requirements ：10 years and overFree Wi-Fi ：×Other things to note ：The item will be sent to you on a later date. The shipping fee differs for each country so please pay the shipping cost on the day of the tour at the reception.【Fun Facts】 It is said that glass came to Japan during the Yayoi period (300 BC – 250 AD). It is used as a simple vessel or container in everyday life today, but in the overall history of Japan, glass was used as an ornament and was carefully handled as a symbol of prayer and treasure. The design, curves, and patterns of hand-carved Japanese glass, are striking and distinctive, and with its gentle warmth, continues to attract people with its appearance and feel. 【Nearby area introduction】 Located near the facility you can find the `Zoshiki Shoutengai`, a shopping area boasting the largest number of stores in Ota Ward, Tokyo. This is a vibrant spot where not only the local people but also tourists visit. It has a lot of shops with delicious foods in addition to all the shops necessary for daily living. In the line of shops called`Yakitori Street,` you can find the popular shop `Delica King` known for its deep fried chicken which was also introduced by television. While enjoying an atmosphere that is nostalgic to Japanese people, it is recommended to try cheap and delicious foods.【Cancellation policy】 7 to 4 days before the tour date 40% of the tour price 3 to 2 days before the tour date 60% of the tour price The day before the tour date, on the day of the tour 100% of the tour price ※Right after the online settlement is made, a cancellation fee of 10% will be incurred in case of cancellation. ※The cancellation fee includes handling charges.
Hiroshima Cycling Peace Tour with Local Guide
- 2 Hour(s)
- Hiroshima-shi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima
【Outline】This is a guided cycling tour in which participants ride an electric bicycle and learn about the reconstruction of Hiroshima's bombed heritage sites and how we are trying to protect peace in the city of Hiroshima. This tour is led by our friendly team from Hiroshima.【Highlights】Learn about local feelings towards the Peace Park from about 70 years ago.The area within a 2.5km radius from the hypocenter was severely damaged. We are heading to multiple bombed heritage sites that still remain.You will ride a comfortable electric bicycle through the local area to experience the Hiroshima Peace Museum and more.We will take you to unique places well-known by our local Japanese team.We will ride along the beautiful riverside and in the park to get an idea of the destruction of Hiroshima at that time and how the city has changed into what it is now.【Schedule】Meeting up → Head to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and the site of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima city → End of tour【Details】In Hiroshima City, there are many heritage sites in the suburbs in addition to the Peace Memorial Park, each with a story connected to the atomic bombing.While at the heritage site of the bombing, we will introduce you to the power of the atomic bomb and the situation at the time. 70 years after the war, the destroyed Hiroshima has been dramatically revitalized, and now you can see it full of greenery. You can get a real sense of it through your own eyes, and cycling is the best way to do that.With the guidance of our local staff, who grew up in the city, come and experience the real Hiroshima that you can't experience through photos and books.＜About the route＞[11:00 / 15:00] Meeting up[11:05/15:05] Peace Memorial ParkWhat is the Peace Memorial Park? Learn about the memories contained in the monuments and the Atomic Bomb Dome and what happened 70 years ago.[11:30/15:30] Sendamachi, Miyukibashi Bridge, Kyobashi River, etc.The guide will show you the actual townscape of Hiroshima in the suburbs away from the touristic area. You will find beautiful Hiroshima vigorously revived from the tremendous damages by the atomic bombing while visiting numerous A-bomb heritage sites and listening to the episodes handed down in Hiroshima. [13:00/ 17:00] The tour finishes at the meeting point.*You will be given data of the photos taken on the day.*If you wish, we can also guide you to the Atomic Bomb Museum.(Additional hour, plus 1,000 yen cash payment on the day. Notpossible when combined with other guests, only from 11:00 to 13:00)*The timetable may change depending on the situation on the day.【Things to note】Time： 2 hours per personMeeting Place: Rest House of Hiroshima Peace Park / 1-1 Nakajimacho, Naka Ward, HiroshimaAccess：3-minute walk from Hiroshima Station on the Hiroshima Electric Railway, Atomic Bomb Dome Station, or Hondori Station.Language support：We have an English speaking guide.Included ：The price includes rental bicycles, English speaking guide and insurance fee for bikes.Participation requirements ：Regardless of age, customers taller than 145cm/4.8ft can participate.Children’s fee: Free – if your children don't ride a bike.(We have 2 child seat bikes. Feel free to confirm it in advance.)Free Wi-Fi ：None（Hiroshima Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the city）Other things to note ：It will be a mixed tour for up to 10 people. If you would like a private tour, we also offer a bespoke plan.Insurance available: Insurance for bicycle accidents (included in price)Others (exemption from liability): Depending on the weather, etc., it may be canceled for safety reasons.★If the plan cannot be held due to rain・You can change to the "Rainy Day Limited Peace Route" plan.If you would like to change it, please select Yes from the options that will appear later.・If you do not wish to change it, we will offer a refund.In that case, please select the option number that will appear later."Rainy Day Limited Peace Route" (same price as the regular plan)～A walking tour around the actual scenery and reconstruction that happened in the center of the Hiroshima Peace Park～Visit the hypocenter, which was reduced to scorched earth in an instant. Walk around the site with a radius of about 0.5 km to 1 km.11:00 / 15:00 set・Peace Memorial Park・Atomic Bomb Dome ・Ground Zero・Former Bank of Japan・Fukuromachi Elementary School・Main street・Takeout shops recommended in the city*Sweets etc. depending on the season (included in the price)【Fun Facts】Hiroshima was the first city to be hit by an atomic bomb in the world. It was a tragic event in history. Initially, the A-Bomb Dome became the focus of controversy regarding whether to preserve or destroy it, as the ruins may elicit horrible memories for the survivors. However, it was decided that the Dome would be preserved and convey the tragic atomic bombing experience as a symbol of peace. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996.【Nearby area introduction】The atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and the city suffered a lot of damage which remains in the history of war. But just three days later, despite the bomb hitting nearby trains and railroads, the city train started moving again in cooperation with the people of Hiroshima. The streetcar is still the same as then and is still running in the city. The trains that people in the town have reconstructed with all of their strength are still watching over the people in the town with a warm gaze. 【Cancellation policy】7 to 4 days before the tour date 40% of the tour price3 to 2 days before the tour date 60% of the tour priceThe day before the tour date, on the day of the tour 100% of the tour price※Right after the online settlement is made, a cancellation fee of 10% will be incurred in case of cancellation.※The cancellation fee includes handling charges.
Cruise to Three Scenic Spots in Japan and Indulge in Local Specialties
- 75 Minutes
- Miyagi-gun, Matsushima-machi, Miyagi
【OUTLINE】Go on a cruise around Matsushima, one of the three most scenic spots in Japan, and admire the island that has ties with Matsuo Basho (a Japanese haiku poet) and Date Masamune (a legendary warrior). Before or after the cruise, you can cook Sendai's specialty, "sasa amaboko" (seasoned white fish), and enjoy its wonderful flavor. You can also enjoy grilled oysters, a specialty of Matsushima.【HIGHLIGHTS】Visit Matsushima, one of the three most scenic spots in Japan.This is the only sightseeing course that allows you to visit the islands that are connected to a famous haiku poet, Matsuo Basho, and Date Masamune, the first lord of Sendai Domain, up close. Broil and eat piping hot "sasa kamaboko" (seasoned white fish), a specialty of Sendai.Enjoy oysters fresh from MatsushimaChoose from 3 sightseeing courses (【A】Masamune Course: Matsushima→Matsushima, 【B】Basho Course: Matsushima→Shiogama, 【C】 Basho Course: Shiogama→Matsushima)【SCHEDULE】 【A】Masamune Course: Check-in at Matsushima Kisen (No. 2 counter) at Matsushima Kaigan Rest House→Take a boat on Matsushima Bay→Enjoy broiling "sasa kamaboko" at Matsushima Kamaboko Honpo and tasting grilled oysters at Takesuzu-an→End【B】Basho Course (Matsushima→Shiogama: Check-in at Matsushima Kisen (No. 2 counter) at Matsushima Kaigan Rest House→Enjoy broiling "sasa kamaboko" at Matsushima Kamaboko Honpo and tasting grilled oysters at Takesuzu-an as you like→Take a boat→Disembark at Shiogama→End * No service at 09:00 【C】Basho Course (Shiogama→Matsushima: Check-in at Marine Gate Shiogama→Take a boat→Disembark at Matsushima→Enjoy broiling "sasa kamaboko" at Matsushima Kamaboko Honpo and tasting grilled oysters at Takesuzu-an→End When checking in, please get tickets for broiling "sasa kamaboko" and grilling oysters. Hand over the tickets at the respective shops.【DETAILS】You will check-in at Marubun Matsushima Kisen (No. 2 counter) at Matsushima Kaigan Rest House or Marine Gate Shiogama. Next, you will ride a boat which leaves every hour on the hour and enjoy sightseeing around Matsushima Bay (50 minutes). Then you can enjoy two food experiences, in any order: Broiling "sasa kamaboko" by yourself and tasting it (10 minutes) at Matsushima Kamaboko Honpo and eating grilled oysters (5 minutes) at Takesuzu-an.【A】Masamune CourseThis is a round-trip course in the bay departing from and arriving at Matsushima (50 minutes). You can look at Futago-jima and Nio-jima, the islands representing Matsushima, as well as lesser-known Kabuto-jima or Yoroi-jima islands, while cruising on the shallow waters. It's a special experience that only Marubun Matsushima Kisen offers. Enjoy the scenic views while listening to the narration about the names and stories of the islands!【B】・【C】Basho CourseThis is a one-way course (50 minutes) from Shiogama to Matsushima or from Matsushima to Shiogama. The course connecting Shiogama and Matsushima is operated only by Marubun Matsushima Kisen. It is said the famous haiku poet, Matsuo Basho, was deeply impressed by the views along this special course. The boat will take you on a tour of islands such as Sengan-jima and Nio-jima. As the boat goes through shallow waters, you can look at various feature of the islands up close. Enjoy sightseeing while aboard the boat. 【THINGS TO NOTE】Time：75 minutes (50 minutes for the boat trip,10 minutes for broiling Sasa Kamaboko, and 5 minutes for grilling oysters)Meeting point：【A】・【B】Courses Marubun Matsushima Kisen (No. 2 counter) at Matsushima Kaigan Rest House 98-1 Matsushima-chonai, Matsushima-machi, Miyagi-gun, Miyagi-ken No. 2, Matsushima Kaigan Rest House【C】Course Marine Gate Shiogama 1-4-1, Minato-machi, Shiogama-shi, Miyagi-kenAccess：＜【A】・【B】Courses＞By car：A 10-minute drive from Matsuhisa Kaigan ICBy train：A 7-minute walk from JR Senseki Line Matsushima Kaigan Station＜【C】Course＞By car：A 10-minute drive from Rifunaka ICBy train：A 10-minute walk from JR Senseki Line Hon-Shiogama StationLanguage support：English, Chinese, Korean (Audio guide :) Included ：Boarding ticket, Sasa Kamaboko (1 piece), grilled oysters (2 pieces)Special support：Accessible by wheelchair and stroller.Baggage keeping service is available.Free Wi-Fi ：×Toilet(Japanese/Western style)：〇 Other things to note：・The service may be canceled on the day when the weather is rough.In that case, you will get a refund.・Please note the meeting point differs according to the course.・Please show your voucher (mobile or paper) and get tickets of broiling Sasa Kamaboko and grilling oysters.・Infant (0 to 6 years old) are free to take the pleasure boat.Please pay for broiling Sasa Kamaboko and grilling oyster experiences at the respective shops.【CANCELLATION POLICY】 7 to 4 days before the tour date 40% of the tour price3 to 2 days before the tour date 60% of the tour priceThe day before the tour date, on the day of the tour 100% of the tour price※Right after the online settlement is made, a cancellation fee of 10% will be incurred in case of cancellation.※The cancellation fee includes handling charges.
Visit the Unexplored Regions of Lake Chuzenji--Scenic Trekking and Rafting Tour
- 5 Hour(s)
- Nikko-shi, Tochigi
【OUTLINE】Discover the hidden beauty and nature of Japan! This is a scenic tour where you can enjoy the unexplored areas of Lake Chuzenji from land and water using a compact, portable rubber boat called a "pack raft."【HIGHLIGHTS】Walk on foot to Lake Chuzenji's south coast, a place seldom explored by tourists and home to some of the region's most beautiful scenery.Our single-seater pack raft boats are incredibly user-friendly, meaning anyone may confidently enjoy Lake Chuzenji.Along the way, you will experience the history of Lake Chuzenji, including the memorial park for the British/Italian Embassy villa.And if you are lucky, you may encounter some of the wildlife in the area!【SCHEDULE】12:00pm: After gathering at Tobu Nikko Station, drive to the office12:15pm: Reception / Change clothes12:30pm: Drive by car to Utagahama parking lot1:30pm: Trek to the south shore of Lake Chuzenji2:30pm: Rest / Preparation for cruising3:00pm: Cruise in Pack Raft (the south shore of Lake Chuzenji→the memorial park for the British / Italian Embassy villa→Utagahama parking lot)4:00pm: Depart after changing clothes5:15pm: Drive by car to Tobu Nikko Station and end 【DETAILS】This is a scenic tour where you can enjoy the unexplored areas of Lake Chuzenji from land and water using a compact, portable rubber boat called a "pack raft."At first, we will trek to the south coast of Lake Chuzenji where you can enjoy scenic views from the lakeside.After a break, we will begin rowing over the lake using pack rafts. Rest assured that we will carefully lecture everyone on how to row properly. We will then go to pass in front of the memorial park for the British/Italian Embassy villa. After rowing back to Utagahama, we will change back into our clothes and pass by hotels to and from Lake Chuzenji. The tour officially ends at Tobu Nikko Station. 【THINGS TO NOTE】Time：5 hoursMeeting point：Tobu Nikko Station4-3 Matsubara-cho, Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture 321-1406*OnePlay-it's pack raft tour staff will come to meet you. Please wait at the station exit.*Hotels near Lake Chuzenji are also available as meeting places. In that case, please contact us. "Access：About 2 hours by limited express train from Asakusa Station to Tobu Nikko StationLanguage support：Japanese, English (limited speaking ability)Included：Experience fee, equipment rental, insuranceExcluded：Clothing Things to bring：○ClothingTop: T-shirts, rooftops and jackets that can be wetted, and wind and cold-proof jackets depending on the season.Underwear: shorts, bathing suits, long pants and leggings that are easy to move in even when wet, etc.Water will drip from the paddles. Please wear clothes that are supposed to get your buttocks and feet wet.Wetsuits are available for rent depending on the season and temperature.○Shoes.Sneakers or sandals that allow you to walk on a flat road for about an hour and still get wet, or sandals that hold the heel in place(You can change into sneakers or sandals during trekking or packrafting.)○Rehydration drink○Bath Towel○Change of clothes○Others (*as needed)Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, medication*ZachBasically, we will provide a 40L backpack with packraft in it as it gets wet.Please put your own warm clothes and drinks in the empty space.*If you want to bring your own sack that can get wet, please bring it with you, we recommend more than 35-40 liters.Participation requirements：Over 6 years oldFree Wi-Fi：×Toilet：Western style available*There are no toilets from the departure of the tour.Other things to note：・We will do our best to let you know if the tour is cancelled by 7 pm on the day before your tour. However, in the case of bad weather, we may have to cancel on the day of. ・Please understand that we must work with the weather. 【CANCELLATION POLICY】7 to 4 days before the tour date: 40% of the tour price3 to 2 days before the tour date: 60% of the tour priceThe day before the tour date, on the day of the tour: 100% of the tour price※Right after the online settlement is made, a cancellation fee of 10% will be incurred in case of cancellation.※The cancellation fee includes handling charges.
Explore the Great Outdoors! Half-Day Rafting Experience
- 3 Hour(s)
- 利根郡, 群馬県
【OUTLINE】Explore the great outdoors in Japan with this popular rafting experience! During the summer, you can enjoy this experience with children ages 6 and over. You will receive a free soft drink. If you bring an SD card or a USB (8GB and over), you can get photos during the tour free of charge.【PLAN DETAILS】1.AM Rafting tour8:45 Meet at the reception in the base and check your physical condition9:10 Change clothes9:30 Briefing on safety9:45 Tour starts12:00 Tour ends2.PM Rafting tour12:45 Meet at the reception in the base and check your physical condition13:10 Change clothes13:30 Briefing on safety13:45 Tour starts16:00 Tour ends＊Note: From August 10 to 18, there is another starting time and the timetable.【NOTES】I LOVE OUTDOORS JAPAN BASE【Access】169-1 Kanosawa, Minakami-machi, Tone-gun3 minutes walk from JR Minakami Station.Get out from the ticket gate and walk in the right direction.【Age Limit】・June to early July: Age 13 (7th grade) and older ・Mid July to September: Age 6 (1st grade) and older ＊Even in the summer, the age requirement may be set at "Age 13 and older" when the water level rapidly rises due to bad weather. Please understand.＊Adult pricing applies to all participants.【Language】English, Nepali【Included】 Insurance, equipment, photos taken during the tour, soft drink, onsen ticket【Not Included】 Towel, swimsuit (necessary)【Free Wi-Fi】〇【Others】・Soft drink included. If you bring an SD card or a USB (8GB and over), you can get photos during the tour free of charge.・If you are unable to bring a USB with you, it is possible that your photo data are stored in a USB and purchased for 1,500 yen on the day.・Damage insurance subscribed.＊Cancellation Policy 7 to 4 days before the tour date 40% of the tour price 3 to 2 days before the tour date 60% of the tour price The day before the tour date, On the day of the tour 100% of the tour price ※Right after the online settlement is made, a cancellation fee of 10% will be incurred in case of cancellation. ※The cancellation fee includes handling charges.
Create a Beautiful Japanese Flower Arrangement at Japan's Oldest Ikebana School
- 90 Minutes
- 船橋市, 千葉県
【Outline】Learn and experience "ikebana", traditional Japanese flower arrangement. You will learn about ikebana at Ikenbono, the oldest and largest school for ikebana. The instructor is a professional and has experience teaching in Japan and overseas. You will learn the basics of flower arrangement and application so you can create a beautiful, authentic creation. After your experience is finished, you can take your arrangement and vase home with you. Learn more about Japanese culture through flower arrangement!【Highlights】Learn at Ikenobo, the oldest and largest school of ikebana.Our instructors are professionals with various awards.Take your flower arrangement and vase home with you. 【Schedule】 Arrival→Instruction→Practice→ End【Details】1. Learn About the Tradition of Flower ArrangementWe will explain how to select and how to arrange flowers. You will learn about the history of Ikebono. The instructor will give a demonstration on how to do flower arrangement. During the instruction, you can start to imagine and plan your arrangement. 2．Create a Gorgeous Arrangement After learning about ikebana, you will give it a try! Depending on the type of flower and the height of the branch, the creative expression of the work changes. Flower arrangement reflects the heart of people, so let your creation express your creativity. You can make the work based on your image, but you may need some help. If there is anything you don't understand, please feel free to ask the instructor during the lesson.3．Finish Your CreationAt the end of class, you will get a certificate of attendance for our flower arrangement lesson. After you take home your creation, use it as a beautiful memory and reminder of your pleasant time at our class. Enrich your life through our ikebana class and enjoy the beauty and art that Japan has to offer. 【Things to note】Time：90 minutes /1 personMeeting point：QUEENS FLOWER1F, 5-3-3, Honcho, Funabashi-shi, ChibaAccess：A 1-minute walk from JR Funabashi stationExit through the north exit, go to the rightIn the opposite direction you can see a Docomo shop. QUEENS FLOWER is two shops from Docomo.Language support：Japanese 、English、Chinese(menu・instructions)、Korean(menu・instructions)Included ：A complete set of tools, the flowers used for the lessonFree Wi-Fi ：〇【Fun Facts】Japanese flower arrangement is completely different from Western styles. It is derived from a Buddhist custom in which people offer flowers to the soul of the deceased. “Ikebana” has been drawing attention from the world because it places a greater emphasis on the shape of the work, unlike other countries where emphasis is placed on color. There are different schools, but the oldest one is Ikenobo. Our school uses flower stems in special arrangement methods to expressing seven natural elements such as hills, waterfalls and valleys. Expressing the magnificence of nature in the arrangements shape has become mainstream in the “ikebana” world.【Nearby area introduction】 Funabashi Andersen Park is a very popular park to enjoy nature throughout the day. It is ranked 3rd, following Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea. You can see Japanese scenery such as cherry blossoms and rice terraces. Additionally, you can experience Japanese traditional crafts. After experiencing "ikebana", visit Funabashi Andersen Park and enjoy nature.【Cancellation policy】7 to 4 days before the tour date 60% of the tour price3 to the day before the tour date, On the day of the tour 100% of the tour price※Right after the online settlement is made, a cancellation fee of 10% will be incurred in case of cancellation.※The cancellation fee includes handling charges.