[10 April 2014 Last updated at 11:50]

Fun Things to do in Japan

Fun Things to do in Japan
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If you are planning to travel to Japan for the first time and are wondering what Japan has to offer, you'll be glad to know that Japan boast many fun attractions and events that you can attend such as a sumo tournament (pictured).

If you're looking for attractions by the bucket loads and shopping opportunities, Tokyo is one of the best places to go in Japan since there are so many museums such as the world-class Tokyo National Museum, and shopping areas such as the Shibuya district.

If your idea of fun is spending time by the beach and enjoying water activities, there is no better place to go in Japan than the Okinawa Islands.

Japan is definitely one place where the word boredom does not apply, especially when you see one of the stunning Imperial Palaces and temples in Kyoto. No matter where you go or stay, you'll have a fun and enjoyable time. Find below more ideas and suggestions on fun things to do in Japan:

Outdoor Activities

Day Trips

Taking a day trip is one of the most popular fun things to do in Japan, especially if you are in the country for the first time. If you are staying in Tokyo, two popular day trips that you can take are day trips to Mt. Fuji and Kamakura.

Mt. Fuji is also nearby Hakone, which is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, where you can also enjoy one of the popular hot spring baths; while on a day trip to Kamakura, you'll get to see the massive statue of Great Buddha and the Kencho-ji temple.

Nature Parks/ Vantage Points

A popular fun thing to do in Japan is to visit the popular Tokyo Tower which is an excellent vantage point where you can enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the city.

If you are traveling with kids, the nature reserve of Banna Park is another great place where you can enjoy fun outdoor activities since the park boasts a children’s square with playgrounds and climbing areas for the kids, as well as trails where you can bike or hike along.

Cultural Attractions

Exploring cultural attractions is definitely one of the fun things to do in Japan. When it comes to cultural attractions, Japan is home to a wealth of fascinating and interesting museums where you can learn about Japanese, Asian culture and technology. Some of the top places to visit include:

* Tokyo National Museum - home to permanent displays of Asian art, cultural exhibits, and archeological artifacts.

* Edo Tokyo Museum - a popular museum in Japan where you can learn about Japanese culture, the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and the live of a samurai.

* The TEPCO Electric Energy Museum - a free museum home to interactive exhibits on energy and electricity where visitors can learn about different ways to use energy and take part in the experiments.

Festivals

Japan also boast many festivals and events that you can attend all year around so be sure you add one to your list of fun things to do in Japan. Three of the most popular Japanese festivals are street parades featuring amazing costumes and gigantic floats:

* The Gion Festival, held in mid-July in Kyoto, is a popular street parade where you can see the amazing Hoko floats.

* The Aoi Festival, held in mid-May, is another impressive parade where participants are dressed up in period costumes.

* The Jidai Festival, held in late October, is also a parade where the participants wear traditional garbs to celebrate Kyoto's inception as Japan's capital in 794.

Nightlife and Entertainment

Exploring the nightlife is also one of the fun things to do in Japan, especially visiting a Karaoke bar and attending a Karaoke event. If you are traveling to Japan for the first time, the Ropponggi district in Tokyo is where most tourists hang out and where you’ll also find many pubs, jazz bars, karaoke bars and night clubs.

If you prefer to hang out where the locals do, head to Shibuya district where you'll find many more clubs such as Ultra Club, Velour club and La Fabrique.

Shopping

If you're a shopping enthusiast, be sure to also add shopping to your list of fun things to do in Japan. The Shibuya district in Tokyo is one of the most popular and trendiest places in Japan where you can buy all kind of gadgets and designer clothes.

In the Shibuya district, you can also find the famed statue of Hachiko and the 109 Department store and Tower Records, which is the biggest record store in the world.

Sports

Attending a sumo tournament is, hands down, one of the most popular fun things to do in Japan whether you're a sports fan or not. Attending a sumo tournament is also another way to soak in Japanese culture and mingle with the locals.

If you are planning a trip to Japan, there are three annual grand sumo tournaments held in Tokyo at the Kokugikan sumo arena. The dates for the tournament do change every year, but the grand sumo tournaments in Tokyo are usually held in the months of January, May and September.

Also, what makes attending a sumo tournament one of the top fun things to do in Japan is that you can get cheap tickets for around $40.

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