Take a voyage to Japan and discover the top 5 unique cultural experiences that the Land of the Rising Sun has to offer.

Japan’s top 5 unique cultural experiences

Cherry Blossom Viewing

Springtime in Japan is somewhat magical. Between March and April, the cherry trees explode with pink and white blossoms. Stroll or cruise along the tree-lined rivers and waterways for an uninhibited view of these blush pink blossoms. Take your experience one step further. Lay out a tarp and some sakura flavoured snacks to join the locals with a hanami (cherry blossom viewing) party under the stars.

Best places to see the famous Cherry Blossoms in Japan. Photo Credit: Melanie Lomond

Best places to see the famous cherry blossoms in Japan. Photo Credit: Melanie Lomond©

Race through the Streets Video Game Style

While in Tokyo, take the opportunity to let your inner child shine. You’ll attract a lot of attention as you Go-Kart in and out of traffic, discovering the major sites that the city has to offer. The hardest choice will be trying to decide which character to dress up as.    Don’t miss 5 Must Try Foods of Okinawa, Japan (And a Drink with a Viper!)

Take a Go-Kart sightseeing tour in Tokyo. It is one of Japan's top 5 unique cultural experiences. Photo Credit: Melanie Lomond©

Take a Go-Kart sightseeing tour in Tokyo. It is one of Japan’s top 5 unique cultural experiences. Photo Credit: Melanie Lomond©

Travel to/from Tokyo in a Flash

The Tokaido Shinkansen (Bullet train) travels at 320 km/hr, transporting you from Osaka to Tokyo in just over two hours. Make sure to reserve your seat on the correct side of the train for breathtaking views as Mount Fuji swells over the horizon.

"Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan. It is also an active volcano. Photo Credit: Melanie Lomond©

“Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan. It is also an active volcano. Photo Credit: Melanie Lomond©

Unleash Your Inner Geisha

Stroll through Gion, Kyoto’s most famous geisha district, to experience a traditional tea ceremony or maiko (geisha apprentice) performance while dressed to the nines.  Don a beautiful kimono, colourful obi (sash), and zori (sandals) as you walk in the footsteps of geishas past. There will be endless photo opportunities against the ornate wooden merchant storefronts making your trip beyond instagram-worthy.

Where to see the famous colourful Gion Geisha in Japan. Photo Credit: LifesIncredibleJourney.com

Where to see the famous colourful Gion Geisha in Japan. Photo Credit: Melanie Lomond©

Where to see the famous colourful Gion Geisha in Japan. Photo Credit: LifesIncredibleJourney.com

Where to see the famous colourful Gion Geisha in Japan. Photo Credit: Melanie Lomond, LifesIncredibleJourney.com

Bow to a Deer (And have them bow back)

In Nara Park, the deer run wild and rampant through a serene forested area. The sika deer are considered a national treasure. Local shops sell crackers to feed the deer and if you hold the cracker above your head, the deer will bow to you for a treat. As these are wild animals, it is best to be sensible and treat them as such by giving them space. Find out more about Nara Park.

Where to see the famous Bow to a Nara Deer in Japan. Photo Credit: Melanie Lomond©

Go to Nara Park to see the famous bowing deer. It is one of Japan’s top 5 unique cultural experiences. Photo Credit: Melanie Lomond©

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