Leisure / Outdoors Spots in Japan

  • Universal Studios Japan
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    Osaka Osakashi Konohana-ku Sakurajima 2-1-33
    A theme park in Osaka City. Come enjoy a variety of attractions based on famous Hollywood movies including Jaws and Jurassic Park. Following the popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter, they opened the Minion Park in 2017 to great domestic and international interest. There is also the Universal Cool Japan area with limited collaboration attractions based on popular video games and anime.

    the food sucked. the rides were boring. smelly. bird on my head. too EXPENSIVE. to many lines. there was no thrill. my baby on my head. i slipped on a banana peel. i chocked on my food. my jumper...

  • Osaka Aquarium (Kaiyukan)
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    Osaka Osakashi Minato-ku Kaigandori 1-1-10
    This aquarium in the Tempozan Bay Area is the world's largest aquarium. It is even more popular now as they have drastically changed how guests view the exhibits, including the Pacific Ocean Tank where you can see whale sharks leisurely swimming about. Enjoy a wide variety of Pacific-Rim themed exhibits to see and enjoy including California Sea Lions, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, and a fish tank with a tunnel from which you can observe the animals.

    Such a fantastic aquarium in osaka,japan was very access from the trainstation which is well signed fron the exit of the train cart followed by a easy 5 minute walk. 2000 yen for an adult which is a...

  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
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    Hiroshima Pref. Hiroshimashinakaku Nakajimachou 1-2
    This museum is located in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, in Naka District, of Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture. It was founded with the objective of imparting the reality of the harm from the atomic bomb dropped on August 6, 1945, and the abolition of nuclear weapons, and the attainment of world peace. The museum is divided between the main building and the east building. Along with items that reveal the horrible spectacle and mementos of the bomb victims, the conditions of pre and post-bomb Hiroshima and an introduction to the nuclear era are introduced. The museum is remembered also by the 2016 visit of President Barak Obama, the first ever incumbent head of state of a nuclear power to visit the museum.

    Thi is a beautiful park constructed adjacent to the Atomic Dome and is dedicated to the victims of the Atomic Bomb. The park has a beautiful landscape with a Cenotaph, children monument and a museum...

  • Ueno Zoo
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen 9-83
    This urban zoo located in Taito City’s Ueno-onshi-koen Park is Japan’s oldest zoo, having opened in 1882. Inside are more than 500 types of animals, and it is most famous for giant panda in particular. The zoo is breeding and displaying the world’s three rarest animals that include the pygmy hippopotamus and okapi as well as the panda. From the 1990s the animal enclosures were refurbished to provide a space for patrons to see animals in more natural surroundings.

    Some zoos are designed to look like the animals are really in nature. This zoo was not one of those. All the animals were in tiny cages. Some of the cages were just concrete, and there was nothing...

  • Tokyo Disneyland
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    225 Reviews
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    Chiba Pref. Urayasushi Maihama 1-1
    A Disney theme park built around the image of a kingdom of dreams and magic located inside the Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu City, Chiba Prefecture. The park is divided into seven differently themed lands, including an American townscape, storybook world, and futuristic space port. The park’s symbol is the gleaming white Cinderella’s Castle. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and other Disney favorites appear in the park parade and greet park visitors. The park is famous for its roller coasters such as Big Thunder Mountain as well as a variety of attractions modeled after animated and live action movies. The Tokyo Disney Land Electrical Parade Dreamlights held at night is so popular some fans come just to watch it.

    WHEN TO VISIT: --- Like its name suggests, its the final stop before heading off, away from Disney. However, you can definitely choose to shop here BEFORE heading into Disney in order to minimize...

  • Odori Park
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Odorinishi 1 from 12-chome
    Odori Park is a unique park located in the center of Sapporo City running about 1.5 kilometers from Odorinishi 1-chome to Odorinishi 12-chome. It also forms a base point that divides the city into north and south. In addition to the beautiful flowerbeds and lawns, as many as 4,700 trees from 92 species are spread about inside the park, and their changing appearance can be enjoyed through the four seasons. Odori Park is also a venue for the Lilac Festival, YOSAKOI Soran Festival, and Sapporo Snow Festival, and is popular as a place where many Sapporo locals and tourists gather for recreation as well.

    Came here during the rugby World Cup where the fan zone was set up a great choice with lots of local street food huts and drinks available. Even in non World Cup times you can imagine this would be a...

  • Ghibli Museum, Mitaka
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    4.5
    1918 Reviews
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    Tokyo Mitakashi Shimorenjaku 1-1-83 Metropolitan Inokashira Park In Saiten
    This is an animation art museum managed by Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki with a motto of “Let's get lost together.” In addition to displaying materials and storyboards of past Ghibli works, the museum always features various sections that will expand one's perception of animation such as the replicated animation studio and the screenings of short animated films made just for the museum. With a nostalgic building and a route that blends in greenery, this is a place that both adults and children can enjoy just as they please. Entry to the museum is only by reservation and the closest station is Mitaka Station.

    A must-visit for Ghibli fans!! We were extremely excited to visit this museum! You have to purchase the tickets online and collect them from the konbini. You can take a bus to the museum from...

  • Asahiyama Zoo
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    2774 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Asahikawashi Higashiasahikawachou Kuranuma
    Asahiyama Zoo is a zoo in Asahikawa City. The exhibits allow you to see the expressions of the animals close up and include the penguin enclosure where you can see the penguins swimming as if they are flying through the air from an underwater tunnel that gives a 360° view (at the Penguin Building), the polar bear enclosure where the 300kg giants swim around energetically (at the Polar Bear Building), the seal enclosure where you can watch the distinctive swimming of seals (at the Seal Building), and the beasts of prey enclosure where you can see tigers, lions, leopards and other from various angles (at the Beast Building). The penguin walk held outside in the snow season is also popular.

    A good place to kill time if you have. It is definitely not the place of not visiting will die. However, good to see some of the animals which is natively of Hokkaido It is reachable by bus from...

  • Imperial Palace East Garden
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    2031 Reviews
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Chiyoda The Imperial Palace East Gardens
    The Imperial Palace East Garden was created on land that had formerly formed part of the Honmaru, Ninomaru and Sannomaru zones of Edo Castle, during the construction of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo; the East Garden is open to the public. A number of historical remains and vestiges of Edo Castle can be seen in the East Garden, including part of the Tenshu-dai (the foundation platform for the castle’s main tower), the Ote-mon Gate, the Hyakunin Bansho guardhouse, etc., and as a result the East Garden attracts large numbers of both overseas and domestic tourists. The East Garden also has a wealth of natural beauty, including the “Prefectural Trees” presented to the Garden by every prefecture in Japan, making it a popular place for a stroll or just to sit and relax.

    I enjoyed a walk around the gardens on a sunny Tokyo day. It is a pleasant place to stroll around and it is free to access. A fun walk to do while you are in the city.

  • Jigokudani Yaen-koen
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    2715 Reviews
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    Nagano Pref. Shimotakaigunyamanouchimachi Hirao 6845
    This is a park where you can watch bathing monkeys in a hot spring and it is also popular with foreign tourists as a place to see “snow monkeys”. All the monkeys in the park are wild and enter the hot spring in order to be able to endure the cold temperatures of the severe winters which can reach minus 10°C. The park is located in the valley of Yokoyu River which brims with rustic beauty, and is located 30 minutes by foot from the free parking lot at Kanbayashi hot spring.

    We had a great experience at the Snow Monkey Park! We took a taxi from the train station—which took about 15 minutes and cost around 2000 yen. We arrived right when it opened at 08:30 am and were...

  • Kobe Harborland
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    1947 Reviews
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Higashikawasakichou 1
    A variety of entertainment facilities stand side by side in Kobe Harborland, including stores, restaurants, amusement attractions, and hotels. A stroll through the area gazing out over the sea in daytime is pleasant, but the illuminated nightscape is also fun to enjoy. On weekends, a flea market and numerous other events are held here as well.

    This is 3 stops away from Sannomiya Station. If you have a Kansai Pass, going to Harbor land is included in your ticket. It’s my second time in Kobe but first time to explore this part of Japan. It’s...

  • Ohori Park
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashichuouku Ohorikouen 1-2
    When the feudal lord Kuroda Nagamasa built Fukuoka Castle, he used part of a cove on Hakata Bay to create the castle’s outer moat (a great moat, or “ohori” in Japanese). Thereafter, the area around the pond was turned into a garden and later opened to the public as the prefecturally operated Ohori Park in 1929. The park’s great pond is encircled by a two kilometer long path, making it perfect for strolls and jogging. There are also cafés and restaurants in the park, making it a popular location for locals to rest and relax.

    The park is huge, and a bit like the central park of Fukuoka. There is a lake where you can rent pedalos, there is a jogging track, a track for bikes, plenty of people walking, play grounds for kids...

  • Kanazawa Castle Park
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    2207 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Marunouchi 1-1
    In addition to the peripheral garden Kenrokuen, Kanazawa Castle Park is a treasure for the people of Ishikawa Prefecture. It is a center of history, and the castle—formerly the home of Kaga’s million-koku strong Maeda clan—is open to the public. There are innumerable sties to see, including Important National Cultural Properties like the Ishikawa Gate, Sanjikken Nagaya, and Tsurumaru Warehouse, as well as the grandeur of recent reconstructions of the Hishiyagura (tower), Gojikken Nagaya (gate), and Hashizume-mon Tsuzuki Yagura (tower). You can get a strong sense of Kaga’s history and culture by visiting there. Approximately 20 minutes by car via Kanazawa-Morimoto Interchange on the Hokuriku Expressway.

    Interesting Castle recently rebuilt to the highest standards. Fascinating to see the skills required to reconstruct this most traditional building. All set in a most beautiful park especially when...

  • Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
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    1279 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Minato-ku Minatomachi 1-3
    This large aquarium is located in Minato Ward, Nagoya City. It is comprised of two buildings; the North Building and the South Building. The South Building is notable for exhibits that recreate five parts of the world's oceans, namely Japan, Australia, the Equator, Antarctica, and the deep sea. Check out the ''sardine tornado'' in its large tank as well. The North Building, which is themed around Cetacea classified marine mammals, displays species including the common bottlenose dolphin and beluga whales. Its biggest attraction is the dolphin shows held in its main pool, which happens to be Japan's largest. The dynamic performances are popular with people of all ages.

    A lovely place to enjoy with kids. You have lovely dolphin show, a great aquarium, a ship that depicts the life of a sailor with life size and life like models.

  • Ashikaga Flower Park
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    1008 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Ashikagashi Hasamachou 607
    A full spectrum of flowers bloom in this flower park, located in Tochigi Prefecture. One particularly famous specimen is the wisteria said to be over 140 years old, and designated as a Prefectural Natural Monument. Many visitors come from all over the country during peak season when Japan’s largest wisteria and white Japanese wisteria bloom and form a tunnel. In winter, you’ll find one of the largest illumination displays in Kanto, with four million light bulbs.

    I think it is better to visit maybe end of April. Even though we enjoyed the garden very much but most of the flowers already bloomed and maybe some with leftover late bloomers.

  • Tokyo Midtown
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    939 Reviews
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Akasaka 9-7-1 others
    This facility is directly connected to Roppongi Station with a shopping area, the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo (hotel), an office area, museum, convention hall, medical institution, and residential area, etc. There are famous brand shops in the shopping area, and you can enjoy shopping in a stylish and open space. The restaurants serving international cuisine are popular to a variety of people. It is famous for its outdoor illumination in the Christmas season.

    found the back area of midtown with all the lights and illumination, all every nice and pretty great for pictures, not sure if its up all winter

  • Chubu Centrair International Airport
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    480 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Tokonameshi Centrair 1-chome
    An airport in Tokoname City, Aichi Prefecture which opened in 2005 and which serves as the gateway to the skies in the Chubu area. Both international and domestic flights operate here, making transfers convenient. The airport’s restaurants and shops open early and close late to serve passengers taking early morning and late night flights. The Meihinkan shop sells an abundant variety of Nagoya products with a focus on goods perfect for souvenirs. You can also find restaurants offering a variety of cuisine genres as well as Nagoya specialties. Or you can enjoy a bath while watching the planes take off and land in Centrair’s own Fu no Yu bathhouse. With so many shops and facilities on offer, Chubu Centrair is almost like a theme park.

    The Centrair Sky Deck is worth checking out especially if you have time between flights. Its a nice place to catch a break, get fresh air, and watch the aircraft. Its actually a big observation...

  • Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise
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    1062 Reviews
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    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Kanazawa-ku Hakkeijima
    This leisure complex is located on Hakkeijima Island in Kanazawa Ward, Yokohama City. The island, which features an aquarium, attractions, a shopping mall, a hotel, a marina, and more, offers more than enough activities for a full day of fun for people of all ages. The island's aquarium, its main attraction, is comprised of four facilities. It offers hands-on programs where visitors can interact with the animals, a wide variety of live shows, seasonal events, and more. Admission to the island is free and visitors can enjoy its restaurants, cafes, and shops while talking a walk along its promenade.

    Sea Paradise is an excellent place to go with the whole family. There is a variety of food, attractions, as well as a very nice aquarium, complete with dolphin show. Prices are reasonable, and a...

  • Samurai Museum
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    1907 Reviews
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    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Kabukichou 2-25-6 Yongwa 6th Building 1F
    This museum is dedicated to generals and samurai of the Warring States period. There are displays of armor and swords by period, and explanations of the origins of the samurai. You can also rent armor to get your picture taken as a samurai! It's very popular with tourists from overseas. They also have an attraction letting you join in a sword battle, as well as lots of events like sword preparation and calligraphy classes. They also sell souvenirs and gifts like replica armor.

    Very engaging and interactive experience at this museum! The guides were very knowledgeable on the history but also had really cool activities at the end (ninja and samurai) to make it a good...

  • Tokyo Dome City
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    761 Reviews
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    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Kouraku 1-3-61
    This is a general entertainment area that is centered around Tokyo Dome, the baseball stadium that is home to the Yomiuri Giants. Facilities include Tokyo Dome Attractions (the old Korakuen Amusement Park) where guests can enjoy attractions such as thrill rides and a Ferris Wheel, LaQua with its spa facilities, Korakuen Hall which is known as a holy land for martial arts, and the Tokyo Dome Hotel.

    Went here on our last day of 3 weeks in Japan. For lunch After visiting the beautiful gardens near by. There the huge stadium and two huge shopping malls that surround some open plaza space and an...

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