Throughout Japan

This region category covers everywhere. North to South, top to bottom; the whole kit & caboodle.

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Baseball

Baseball in Japan is a phenomenon, which may come as a surprise to some of us in the West who associate baseball with the USA. The first professional baseball team was founded in Japan in 1934 and baseball has only grown in popularity since that time. There are now two major leagues in Japan, the…

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Basketball

Recently basketball has had a resurgence in popularity in Japan. The B.League is making lots of effort to continue raising basketball’s profile by developing Japanese talent and improving Japanese courts. This has led to exciting technological developments in some arenas like LED embedded courts and half-time shows with projection mapping. Another contributor to this recent…

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Calligraphy Lesson

Learn the ancient art of Shodo, or calligraphy. Learn how to write Chinese characters – kanji as they are known in Japanese- with a Japanese artist. This calligrapher will help you write the beautiful kanji characters in the traditional way, using a brush and sumi ink. Calligraphy lessons can be arranged in a number of…

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Culinary Experience

Learn how to cook your favourite Japanese dishes with an expert or amateur chef! Into Japan Specialist Tours will be happy to arrange a cooking class as part of your trip to Japan. This class could be a simple lesson at a private home with an amateur cook who will share some common home style…

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Football

More commonly known as soccer in Japan, football is becoming increasingly popular. In 1993, the Japan Professional Football League was formed, and this league’s high standards attracted huge numbers of spectators and led to a huge increase in the sport’s popularity. The J League is currently the most successful association football league in Asia. Women’s…

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Ikebana

Ikebana, meaning “living flowers”, is sometimes referred to as kado, or “the way of flowers”. Ikebana masters create symbolic works from cut flowers, branches, grasses, and other natural and sometimes synthetic materials. This traditional Japanese style of flower arranging is simple and striking, and follows the uncluttered aesthetic associated with all Japanese arts. Along with…

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Japanese Gardens

Influential to landscaping the world over, Japanese gardens are simultaneously enigmatic and peaceful. The subtle influence of Zen worked early on imported Chinese landscape design, and resulted in uniquely Japanese gardens. The aesthetic of wabi and sabi, fundamental to all Japanese arts, turns Japanese landscaping towards simple lines and spaces which suggest larger scenes, focusing…

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Japanese Sweets “Wagashi” Experience

Learn to make traditional Japanese sweets at several locations around Japan, including Kyoto, Tokyo and Gifu. Visit one of Kyoto’s most famous sweet shops and learn the art of making ‘wagashi’. In Kyoto these are known as Kyogashi, and with the help of an expert teacher you can make your own. Once you have made…

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Japanese Sword Lessons

Samurai are a well-known part of Japanese history. Although they may be long gone, many of their martial arts and skills are still being taught. You can see for yourself the skill it takes to wield a sword with precision. In Tokyo, join a dojo (practice hall) for your swordsmanship experience. Your instructor will first…

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Kabuki

If comparisons between east and west can be made, kabuki is Japan’s opera. Dramatic storylines featuring sword-fights, ghosts, and love affairs are brought to life by gorgeously clothed performers speaking in hypnotically sing-song voices. Though it is said that kabuki was invented by a woman, and was traditionally performed by both sexes, men’s only kabuki…

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Pottery Class

Experience traditional Japanese pottery making classes in Tokyo, Kyoto, Bizen and several other locations. What you make is usually up to you but you can try your hand at sake cups, bowls, chopstick rests or whatever takes your fancy. In Kyoto, learn the difference between Kyo-yaki and Kiyomizu-yaki. Works created by highly skilled potters and…

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Purikura Photo Booths

‘Print club’ photo booths, most commonly known as ‘Purikura’ are a very popular method for taking commemorative and souvenir snaps. Similar in principle to a passport photo booth, these are bigger and offer a wide range of customisation options. They are very popular amongst the younger generations with many different types of purikura machines available….

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Skiing & Snowboarding in Honshu

Not far from Tokyo and Kyoto on Japan’s main island of Honshu, the steep slopes of the Japan Alps are blessed with heavy snow falls due to the wet air moving off the Sea of Japan. Although Hokkaido’s ski slopes are more famous for powder snow, there is plenty to be had without leaving Honshu….

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Sumo Wrestling

The most Japanese of the national sports, the ancient art of sumo wrestling is part ritual, part ceremony, and all pure excitement. The short bouts make sumo a surprisingly accessible sport, and the rules of the game are essentially simple: the famously large wrestlers, or rikishi, position themselves on either side of the raised clay…

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Surfing

Japan’s location, at the edge of the Pacific Rim, make it an excellent destination for surfing – at the eastern edge of the country there is very little to break the surf all the way to California. Deep sea swells coming in off the Pacific make for spectacular surfing, and while the pros relish the…

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Temple ‘Zen’ Sessions

Experience a taste of Zen with a private meditation session at a Kyoto temple or at a historical Zen Buddhist temple in Kamakura. The Vice-Abbot will offer you introductory sessions on zazen meditation, Buddhist philosophy, and temple tours. Each session generally combines a tour of the ancient temple with two fifteen minute meditation sessions, a…

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Volcanoes

Rising up out of the Pacific at the north-western edge of the ring of fire, subducting plates under Japan cause breathtaking volcanic peaks to break through nearly the full length of the archipelago, from Hokkaido’s Showa-Shinzan mountain, which sprang up out of a field beside a larger volcano in 1944, to Kyushu’s “land of fire”…

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