Top things to do

Top Choice Festival in Sado-ga-shima

Earth Celebration

One of Sado's biggest drawcards is this three-day music, dance and arts festival, held during the third week in August. The event features okesa (folk dances), onidaiko (demon drum dances) and tsuburosashi (a phall…
Buddhist Temple in Kyoto


Daigo-ji is a sprawling temple complex located in the Daigo district of Kyoto, which lies on the east side of the Higashiyama mountains, accessible by the Tōzai subway line. Outside of the cherry-blossom season (ear…
Dance in Kyoto

Kitano Odori

At Kamishichiken Kaburen-jō Theatre (上七軒歌舞練場), east of Kitano-Tenman-gū; 15 to 25 April.
Sushi in Izu Peninsula

Sushi Take

Try the excellent sets at this friendly spot near Perry Road such as the jizakana sushi setto (local-fish sushi set, ¥1500). There’s a picture menu, and a green-and-white sign outside.
Museum in Central Hokkaidō

Ainu Museum

Between Tomakomai and Noboribetsu on the south coast in central Hokkaidō, Shiraoi's Poroto Kotan (ポロトコタン) is a lakeside village of reconstructed traditional Ainu buildings, anchored by the Ainu Museum. Museum exhibi…
Museum in Central Hokkaidō

Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum

In the northern outskirts of Biratori village on Rte 237, north of Tomikawa on the south coast of central Hokkaidō, Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum has very good collections and attractive displays, although most infor…
Museum in Central Hokkaidō

Kayano Shigeru Ainu Memorial Museum

On the eastern side of Nibutani's main street, the Kayano Shigeru Ainu Memorial Museum houses the private collection of Kayano Shigeru, the first person of Ainu descent to be elected to the Japanese Diet. You'll nee…
Cave in Kōchi Prefecture


This cave has some interesting stalactites and stalagmites, and traces of prehistoric habitation. The route gets quite steep in places. Visitors on a standard ticket will see about 1km of the 4km cave. Advance reser…
Zoo in Nagano Region

Jigokudani Monkey Park

In operation since 1964 and showing its age, thousands flock here each year to see the over-photographed troupe of Japanese macaques who are lured into the pools with food. They're at times a little savage as they r…
Cable Car in Hakone

Hakone Ropeway

The Hakone Ropeway is a 30-minute, 4km gondola ride, taking travellers to Tōgendai from Sōun-zan. It stops at Ōwakudani on the way.