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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.

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Tokyo Skytree Admission Ticket

2. Tokyo Skytree Admission Ticket

Arrive at TOKYO SKYTREE® 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.

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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.

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Tokyo Tower: Admission Ticket

4. Tokyo Tower: Admission Ticket

Located in the center of Tokyo, Tokyo Tower is one of the city's most iconic landmarks, built in 1958. Situated near the JR line station, Hamamatsucho, it's convenient to get to from anywhere in the city. The tower's bright red color makes it stand out from nearby buildings during the day and beautiful light-scapes at night make this landmark a truly breathtaking sight 24/7. The lighting concept is designed by the world-famous lighting designer Ishii Shogo, and the lighting time is between sunset and midnight. The color of the light changes in the seasons: burning bright white in the summer, and orange in the spring, autumn, and winter. The tower has a large observation deck at 490 feet and a special observation deck at 820 feet. It offers panoramic views of the city and even Mount Fuji on sunny days. In addition to the entrance of the observatory, there is also a themed aquarium and a variety of souvenirs available for purchase.

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Tokyo Bay: Traditional Japanese Yakatabune Dinner Cruise

5. Tokyo Bay: Traditional Japanese Yakatabune Dinner Cruise

A dinner cruises on Yakatabune houseboats have a long tradition and are very popular throughout Japan, especially in Tokyo. See the nighttime skyline while enjoying a meal on the water for a one of a kind experience. The 2.5 to 3-hour cruise will usually take you from Shinagawa to Rainbow Bridge, Sumida River, Tokyo Skytree, and Odaiba. You can enjoy the panoramic views of Odaiba and Tokyo Skytree from the observatory deck on top of the boat and take memorable photographs.  On this cruise, enjoy high-quality dishes and the assistance of the friendly and helpful staff. Your dinner will consist of a 10 course meal of Japanese-style dishes, which are freshly prepared on that day. The courses include appetizers (shikidashi, vegetables, kobachi), a sashimi boat, fresh tempura, a seasonal rice dish, vegetables (konomono), salad, noodles (shime no men), and dessert. The dining room is fully air-conditioned and you can either sit at a table with chairs or at a low table over a hole in the floor.

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Night Walk in Gion: Kyoto's Geisha District

6. Night Walk in Gion: Kyoto's Geisha District

Experience one of the most popular walking tours in Kyoto, joined by nearly 5,000 guests annually. This 100-minute guided walk is led by a licensed English-speaking guide and takes you through nighttime Gion. The tour begins at Gion Omoide Museum, connected to a traditional pastry shop. Walk down the classic cobblestoned streets next to the Shirakawa River, and admire the scenery that was featured in the book and film, Memoirs of a Geisha. As you walk beside this beautiful stream, the guide will tell you about the history of geisha and give you a detailed explanation in regards to their kimono, hairstyle, traditional rules, and what their daily life is like. Although it is not guaranteed, during the walking tour guests often encounter geisha walking along the street.

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Akihabara: Anime & Gaming Adventure Tour

7. Akihabara: Anime & Gaming Adventure Tour

Start your Akihabara tour by making your first stop at a retro video game store. This store is considered a treasure trove for game lovers, especially for those who grew up experiencing the rise of the Japanese video game industry. Here, you can listen to the 8-bit video game keyboard music that you can hardly find anywhere else! Your guide will help you find and buy all the retro video game machines and disks. While the world is chasing after new games, look back on these old-time games that bring back charming childhood memories. Next, head over to the maid cafe - an unmissable experience whilst you're in Tokyo. Hang out with cute maids, get spells cast on your food, and take photos! If you order an omelet or hot latte, the maids will draw cute illustrations on it with ketchup/chocolate sauce. Finally, enjoy wandering around huge anime stores with hundreds of figures and cosplay goods. Sometimes these stores are places that travelers feel awkward to discover by themselves -however with a guide, you can fully enjoy every single stop like a local.

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From Tokyo: Full-Day Mount Fuji and Hakone Tour with Sightseeing Cruise

8. From Tokyo: Full-Day Mount Fuji and Hakone Tour with Sightseeing Cruise

Depart by bus on a full-day trip from Tokyo to see the scenic areas of Hakone near Mount Fuji.  Board the ornately decorated pirate ship for a cruise on Lake Ashi, formed by a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago. Gaze out at the surrounding greenery and the idyllic views of Mount Fuji. See the landscape from another perspective and ride in a cable car on the Hakone Ropeway to Owakudani Valley. Take in the panoramic views of Hakone from above. Learn more about the region's nature and traditions. Opt to try the local delicacy, Kuro Tamago, black boiled egg, which according to local legend will extend your life for seven years.

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Tokyo: Seafood and Sightseeing Tour

9. Tokyo: Seafood and Sightseeing Tour

Learn more about Japanese views on religion on this tour, as well as getting a thorough introduction to the country's best seafood dishes at Tsukiji Market. After meeting your guide, head to a 300-year-old Buddhist temple and learn more about Japanese worship traditions.  Next, head to Tsukiji Market, the cradle of seafood in Tokyo, and the place where famous sushi chefs buy their seafood every morning. Soak up the lively atmosphere of this revered location as you wander around the various stalls. Feel free to sample some dishes from street food vendors and ask your guide for recommendations. Before lunch, pay a visit to the market's observatory and witness all the hustle and bustle from above. Finish your tour with a delicious seafood lunch. Sit down to a yummy donburi bowl at a seafood restaurant. Vegetarian options are available as well. Sip on a glass of Japanese beer or sake with your finger food or seafood bowl. This is one of the Japanese' favorite ways to enjoy Tsukiji—a cold beer with excellent seafood.

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Tokyo: 1-Hour River Cruise Asakusa to Odaiba

10. Tokyo: 1-Hour River Cruise Asakusa to Odaiba

Navigate the canals and waterways of Tokyo, during a river cruise from the Asakusa district to Odaiba. This river cruise, or water taxi, is a convenient mode of transportation across the Tokyo Bay, allowing you to enjoy the scenery from the river during the journey. Start the river cruise at the Asakusa Pier or Odaiba Marine Park by showing your e-voucher at the ticket counter to receive your physical ferry ticket. Enjoy a 1-hour cruise to Odaiba, a district known for its entertainment and shopping. Admire the incredible skyline of the city along the way including sights such as the Tokyo Skytree, Hamarikyu Garden, and Rainbow Bridge. Arrive in Odaiba or Asakusa where this tour ends and you can discover the vibrant areas at your own pace.

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For many tourists from other parts of the world, Japan is one of the most exotic destinations on earth. Anyone curious about visiting the Land of the Rising Sun will find plenty of activities to do in both the cities and the countryside.

Mt. Fuji is one of the most iconic sights in Japan. Tourists can enjoy seeing the majestic peak and can also take advantage of a stop at Hakone, a famous nearby resort. This excursion also includes a Lake Ashi boat cruise.

Travelers can also do sightseeing at Kyoto, which is known for its unique landmarks, such as a large wooden temple and several statues and shrines. Tourists can visit special shops here to purchase souvenirs. Travelers can also take a trip from this city to Nara, a place where visitors can see shrines and can see elegant deer in the region's deer park.

Tokyo has a number of great attractions as well. One of these is the Tokyo Tower, from which visitors can view the city on the observation deck. Travelers will be able to see the Imperial Palace Plaza and the various waterways surrounding the plaza. Once at street level again, tourists can then view the vibrant markets and temples. From Tokyo, visitors can view more of Japan's natural beauty. This excursion takes participants to waterfalls and shrines found at Kegon and Nikko.

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