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Culture Lover's Guide to Tokyo

Culture Lover's Guide to Tokyo

Traditional and modern culture collide on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. From sumo and sakura to anime and theater, this vibrant capital city is a playground for culture lovers. Here are our top recommendations for diving headfirst into the culture of Tokyo.

Attend a sumo wrestling tournament.

Sumo has become one of Japan’s most internationally famous cultural expressions, one you can experience for yourself in Tokyo. Visit the Sumo Museum to learn about the history and tradition of the sport, then take a seat in the sumo amphitheater to catch the action in person.

Tour the Studio Ghibli Museum.

Studio Ghibli has produced some truly magical works of animation, including the Oscar-winning Spirited Away. This museum honoring animator Miyazaki Hayao features original sketches, a 20-minute animated short, and the same magical atmosphere that continues to enchant movie audiences.

Explore Tokyo’s otaku culture.

The term otaku typically refers to Japan’s manga-obsessed subculture. Dive into all things otaku on a tour of Akihabara Electric Town. Grab a cup of coffee in a maid-themed cafe, browse for comic books, belt some karaoke tunes, and learn all about otaku culture from a local guide.

Learn to wield a sword like a samurai.

Harness your inner warrior with an immersive swordsmanship workshop led by a trained professional in a traditional dojo. Practice samurai stances such as hasso, jodan, and gedan, with a real wooden sword before sparring with a partner to show off your new moves.

Tap into your inner zen with a monk.

If you’ve ever wondered what the day-to-day life of a Zen monk is like, you can find out on a small-group temple visit. Practice calligraphy, learn to make matcha green tea, and interact with real Buddhist monks with the help of a professional translator.

Practice the art of Japanese bookbinding.

Watoji is the 1,000-year-old Japanese art of bookbinding. During a watoji class, you’ll learn about the artistry and attention to detail while creating your own notebook to take home as a souvenir of your time in Tokyo.

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Nikko 1-Day Bus Tour :World Heritage of Nikko Toshogu,Lake Chuzenji,Kegon Falls

Nikko 1-Day Bus Tour :World Heritage of Nikko Toshogu,Lake Chuzenji,Kegon Falls

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Enhance your experience of Nikko National Park on an enriching full-day excursion from Tokyo. Feast your eyes upon breathtaking countryside, sacred shrines, and stunning temples as you explore the region with an accomplished guide. Visit Toshogu Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site dedicated to Shinto worship, and hear about the structure’s fascinating history. Opt for the upgrade to pleasure your palate with a traditional Japanese lunch, and then absorb the natural splendor of Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Falls. Plus, enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from Tokyo on this comprehensive tour.
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  • 11 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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60-Min. Introduction to Samurai : Long Sword & BoShuriken

60-Min. Introduction to Samurai : Long Sword & BoShuriken

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Embrace your inner samurai during this immersive 1-hour swordsmanship and shuriken workshop in Tokyo. Under the guidance of a trained professional, you’ll learn traditional warrior stances such as Hasso, Johdan, and Gedan and practice sparring with a partner. Your instructor will also explain the history behind samurai swordsmanship and its role in Japanese culture. The class will be offered in a traditional ‘dojo’ and you will use a real wooden sword as you learn.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Experience Akihabara Electric Town: Karaoke, Anime and Otaku Culture

Private Experience Akihabara Electric Town: Karaoke, Anime and Otaku Culture

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Discover the weird, wonderful world of Akihabara Electric Town on this private tour exploring Japan’s otaku culture. Try a session at a purikura photo booth, have tea or coffee at a 'maid café,' browse for video games and comic books and sing some karaoke at a local bar. Your private Akihabara excursion also includes a guide, meet and greet service at your hotel, public transport fare, karaoke room fees and a drink, purikura fee and tea or coffee at the maid café.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$202.65
Price varies by group size
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Price varies by group size