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Japan is set to host the rugby world cup later on in the month. Die hard rugby fans that are travelling to the island nation to follow the Wallabies are in for a treat – because let’s face it, as great as it is to watch the game on TV there really is no substitute for being in the stadium and hearing the roar of the crowd in person. If you’re one of these people all we can say is, lucky you!
So what do you do in between matches? Well, we thought we would put together a list of cool things to see and do in some of the places the Wallabies are scheduled to play.
Just like the beer named after it, Sapporo is known for its crisp climate all year round. It also happens to be a hip metropolis with a vibrant dining culture and rich history.
With a history that stretches back over 100 years, Nijo Market is a must visit for lovers of Japanese food. You can expect the freshest sashimi and sushi that arrives from various parts of the city bright and early each and every morning.
If traditional museums aren’t up your alley then the Sapporo Beer Museum may be for you. This place is everything a beer lover could want – tasting sessions, restaurants, memorabilia and free tours. The next time someone orders a Sapporo back home, you can regale them with the story of how you were once in Sapporo drinking Sapporo beer in the Sapporo museum. Bragging rights for days.
Constructed in 1878, this beautiful piece of Sapporo history is a sight to behold. This clock tower has been meticulously maintained by the people of Sapporo. If you want to take in the local culture and history – this is the place for you.
The capital of the country, one of the largest cities in the world and arguably one of the coolest cities in the world. A trip to Japan would not be complete without a visit to Tokyo.
Bustling crowds, hypnotic neon signs and the latest fashion trends – those are the things that come to mind when thinking of Tokyo right? Well, to be specific it’s Shibuya that you’re probably thinking of. Located in the western part of the city, Shibuya is the go-to place for shopping and entertainment. The Center Gai area of the district is an epicentre of pedestrian malls, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. If you’re looking for a night out in town this is your starting point.
With a vast collection of over 100,000 individual items and artefacts, the Tokyo National Museum is not just the largest museums in Japan it is also the oldest tracing its roots back to 1872. Located in the northern part of the city, you could easily spend days here.
Want to eat some of the best food in Tokyo? Tsukiji Market is the destination for you. Located in central Tokyo the market has two options. The ‘inner market’ is where wholesale fishmongers and buyers do their trade. The ‘outer market’ is where all the world famous restaurants and shops are located.
Perhaps not as well-known as Tokyo or Sapporo, Oita (which is located in the southern part of the country) offers something a little different to all the other major tourist destinations in Japan. Rich in culture and history Oita has a lot for the traveller looking to take in traditional culture.
Known as the de facto hot springs capital of the country, there are literally thousands to choose from. Tenkainoyu is one of the largest and most popular to visit. If you had to choose just one hot spring to visit – this would likely be it.
A sprawling marine life park where you can get up close and personal with the creatures both large and small.
A traditional Shinto shrine that dates back centuries. Well worth the visit if you want to experience an important aspect of Japanese culture and history.