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Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park: One-Day Pass Ticket

1. Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park: One-Day Pass Ticket

The Fuji-Q One-Day Pass (includes Fuji-Q and Thomas land) will get you all day access to Fuji-Q Highland and unlimited access to rides. Get ready to feel your heart to race as you explore Fuji-Q Highland where you can enjoy four top major roller coasters with the iconic Mount Fuji in the background. Get your thrills on Fujiyama, the tallest and fastest roller coaster, the 10th fastest, 8th tallest, and 5th longest ride in the world. Check out Do-dodonpa’s new vertical loop and the world's fastest acceleration of any roller coaster, at a speed of 111.9 miles per hour in 1.6 seconds. Takabisha is famous for having a drop angle of 121-degrees, the steepest coaster in the world. On Eejanaika, you can experience life in 4-D. When you’re not on an exciting coaster ride, check out the Labyrinth of Fear, anime-themed rides, and kid-friendly rides.

Naha, Okinawa: Keramas Island Snorkeling Day Trip with Lunch

2. Naha, Okinawa: Keramas Island Snorkeling Day Trip with Lunch

Embark on a full-day snorkeling excursion from Naha and explore the breathtaking beauty of the Kerama Islands. Swim over colorful fish, discover stunning natural seascapes, and enjoy the convenience of a tour with roundtrip pickup service and lunch included. Start your sea adventure with pickup from your hotel or designated pick-up point. Head to the Naha office to check-in you and fill out all necessary health and safety paperwork.  Next, do a fitting of your snorkel gear to make sure everything fits comfortably, and then follow the staff to find the boat in the wharf. Climb on board and get to know the boat’s facilities. Go up to the upper deck to admire the views and breathe in the fresh air while you are briefed on how to snorkel. Once at sea, jump in and begin to explore the crystal-clear waters of the famous national park. Mingle with sea animals and play among colorful corals. If you’re lucky, you might spot sea turtles.  Head to two different points to see different seascapes. Along the way, take a break and enjoy a lunchbox to replenish your energy. Use the hot showers on the boat when you are done swimming. Afterward, sail back to Naha port and be driven back to your hotel or drop-off point.

Fuji-Q Highland: Afternoon Pass Ticket

3. Fuji-Q Highland: Afternoon Pass Ticket

The Fuji-Q Afternoon Pass, including Fuji-Q and Thomas Land, will give you full-day access not only to Fuji-Q Highland, but also to unlimited rides. Get ready to feel your heart race as you explore Fuji-Q Highland, where you can enjoy four major roller coasters with the iconic Mt. Fuji in the background. Test your limits on thrilling roller coasters, like the Fujiyama, the 10th fastest roller coaster in the world with views of Mt. Fuji. Jump on Do・dodonpa with its vertical loop and be sure to check out Takabisha, the steepest roller coaster in the world. Apart from the roller coasters, you can also enjoy Fuji-Q Highland park's other thrills, such as the Super Scary Labyrinth of Fear. For the less thrill-inclined folk in your group, there are anime-themed rides. Make sure to head to "Thomas Land" and "Lisa and Gaspard Town" for a fun-filled time for the kids in your group. Fuji-Q Highland is a great time for all ages.

Okinawa: Bus Tour to Churaumi Aquarium with Sightseeing

4. Okinawa: Bus Tour to Churaumi Aquarium with Sightseeing

Discover the popular spots from the center to the northern part of Okinawa and enjoy both sightseeing and shopping in Okinawa's blue sea and American Village.  Enjoy a 3-hour stay at the most popular location, the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. This aquarium is one of the biggest aquariums in the world where you have the opportunity to observe a variety of tropical fish.  Travel to Manza beach and explore the undersea world from a comfortable seat in the submarine Jr. II. Head towards the beautiful Kouri beach crossing the famous Kouri Bridge and take in breathtaking views, and browse for island products at the local market. Your last stop is the American village where you can stroll around and enjoy wonderful meals, shopping, and the sunset beach.  A multilingual audio guide helps you learn more about each spot you visit. Listen to a full explanation and information about Okinawa during this tour.

Tokyo: Go-Kart Tour and Photoshoot

5. Tokyo: Go-Kart Tour and Photoshoot

Enjoy a day out on the town feeling the breeze of the city from a custom-built go-kart. This tour takes you through the center of Tokyo, namely the Shinjuku and Shibuya areas, and allows you to experience Japan in a unique way.  Before you begin the tour, you'll have the option to dress up in a costume of your favorite character. Then, zoom off into the Shinjuku area. Drive to see Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and then head to the iconic Shinjuku Love Sign. Zip along through the famous nightlife district area near Shinjuku Station and then to the shopping district of Harajuku. After that, head to one of the most iconic places in Tokyo, Shibuya Crossing. Return to the meeting point following Shibuya Crossing.  Your guide will lead the way, so you don't have to worry about missing any important sights. They will also take plenty of fun photos of and for you during the experience. On returning to the meeting point, your guide will airdrop or email you all the photos taken.

teamLab Planets TOKYO: Digital Art Museum Entrance Ticket

6. teamLab Planets TOKYO: Digital Art Museum Entrance Ticket

Enter teamLab Planets TOKYO and discover the incredible immersive art exhibition within. This full-body digital art experience allows visitors to enter completely into the artworks, with stimulation for all five senses. In this unique exhibition, each visitor’s presence impacts the artwork to finally become a part of it. The exhibition space includes several areas, covering over 10,000 square meters in total. Explore the great variety of installations, with different lights, sounds, and materials to mesmerize every guest. Don't miss the chance to visit this impressive digital exhibition, scheduled until fall 2020, on your trip to Tokyo.

Tokyo: Tokyo Skytree Admission Ticket

7. Tokyo: Tokyo Skytree Admission Ticket

Discover unbeatable views of Tokyo from the Tembo Observation Deck of the Tokyo Skytree tower with this admission ticket. Feel the thrill of riding the elevator to an elevation of 350 meters. Choose from ticketing options with or without access to the stunning Tembo Galleria. Arrive at the Tokyo Skytree tower and head up to the 4th floor, where you're greeted by friendly staff. Here, you'll get your ticket and head straight into an elevator that takes you shooting seamlessly up to the 1,150-foot (350-m) Tembo Deck in no time. The enormous, circular deck features windows on all sides, allowing you 360-degree views of Tokyo City. See the winding Sumida River, look for the Tokyo Dome, and even find the Tokyo Tower—interactive displays help you pick out points of interest too. If you choose to visit the Tembo Galleria, hop into another elevator and rush up to the 1,475-foot (450-m) viewing space. The Galleria features a long, sloping spiral ramp that offers an even more dynamic view of the city. On your way back to the ground, stop by Floor 345 to check out the gift shop, and pause at Floor 340 for a dizzying view straight down from a section of sturdy glass flooring.

Nara: Big Buddha, Bambi and Backstreets Cultural Tour

8. Nara: Big Buddha, Bambi and Backstreets Cultural Tour

Accompanied by your tour guide, head straight to one of Nara’s top historical sites and one of the largest wooden buildings in the world, the Todaiji temple. Its famous centerpiece is the 15-meter bronze statue of the Great Buddha, Vairocana. On our way, you will be greeted by the friendly deer of Nara. The deer are divine protectors of the ancient capital living in perfect harmony with the locals. Next stop is the second of the seven great temples of Nara, Kofukuji. Make a brief stop at the Sarusawa pond, well known for its turtles and the pretty scenery surrounding it; this is considered a perfect spot for a romantic evening walk in Nara. Move forward into the quiet alleys and backstreets of Nara-machi, the well-preserved former merchant's district, where you will be able to see and experience unique traditional arts and crafts. As the best way to experience a city is through its food, you will get the chance to test some of our favorite local delights. The last stop of your journey will take you to a shopping street, where you can find colorful and diverse shops, perfect for souvenir hunting.  Both the JR Nara station and the Kintetsu station are within comfortable walking distance from the finishing point of the tour. Your guide will be happy to help you with directions to your hotel or to provide a restaurant recommendation for lunch. Do not forget to ask for more hints and tips on what else there is to do in Nara during your time here. 

Nozawa: Full-Day Fire Festival & Snow Monkey Tour on Jan 15

9. Nozawa: Full-Day Fire Festival & Snow Monkey Tour on Jan 15

Your tour begins with pickup from one of two locations: Hakuba’s Happo Bus Terminal at 11:45 AM or JR Nagano Station at 1 PM. After meeting your guide, you’ll hit the road and head towards Yamanouchi, home to the only hot spring-bathing monkeys in the world, Japanese snow monkeys.  After arriving near the monkey park area at 2 PM, your guide will lead you along a snow-covered forest trail to the park itself. Found deep inside Jigokudani, or “Hell’s Valley”, your guide will explain the history and importance of the park and give you plenty of time to enjoy the unique experience of observing the snow monkeys in close proximity. Then enjoy an early dinner at a nearby restaurant where you’ll learn all about Nagano’s renowned food culture. Next, you’ll head to Nozawa Onsen, where you’ll witness one of Japan’s three great fire festivals. After arriving at around 6 PM, you’ll have ample time to explore the village before the main event begins. Preparations start at 7 PM with singing, drumming, fireworks, and more. Then it’s time for the main event, during which the town will converge on a wooden shrine. Fueled by tradition, bravado, and drinking, the mock battle takes place with an explosion of embers. After the gods have been deemed happy and ready to bless the villagers with good luck, harvest, and happiness, the shrine will be set on fire at 10 PM.  At 10:45 PM you’ll regroup with your guide at the designated meeting point and be transported back to your original pickup point.

Naha: Kerama Blue Sea Parasailing Experience

10. Naha: Kerama Blue Sea Parasailing Experience

Meet at Naha Migusuku Port and leave on a small boat towards the Kerama islands off the coast of Naha. Once you get to the parasailing point, you will listen to a safety briefing and then start parasailing. Enjoy the fantastic views of the Kerama Blue from an altitude of 200 meters. After the parasailing adventure, you will head back to Naha port.

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What people are saying about Japan

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Andy was a terrific guide!! Incredibly personable. I was actually staying nearby the spots he took us on and he truly did take us to hidden locations I never would have sought out on my own. He gave some history and pointed out some interesting facts about the area. We even got to play some of the games at the shops in the area. I traveled to Osaka alone so this was a nice chance to be social! PS it is A LOT of food so come hungry!

An excellent value for money and in-depth walking tour that allows one to truly delve into the depths of Kyotian culture, (especially the Geisha of course.) Without this tour, I would have not been able to truly "sense" the beat of Kyoto's heart. It was only with our guide's knowledge that I was able to even scratch the surface to appreciating this beautiful, vibrant city and its History.

There are many hard rides, but there are plenty of benches and shops, and you can take a break anywhere, so I enjoyed it slowly.

Emiko was an amazing tour guide. We learned so much during this trip. Both beautiful and informative. Thank you!

Super amazing experience! Definitely recommend! Beautiful sights to see. I felt safe before driving.