13 Oct 2017 in Have Fun
Fancy trekking on a camel? Sailing in a washtub? Or go-karting in central Tokyo? Discover some of the zaniest ways to visit Japan!
1 – Trekking on a camel
Don your Lawrence of Arabia headdress and ride the sand dunes on a camel!
The Tottori sand dunes are one of Japan’s best-kept secrets, stretching 10 miles along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
You can even sandboard on them!
Where to stay? Hoshino Resorts KAI Izumo, 2 hours by car.
2 – Go-karting in Downtown Tokyo
For gaming fans, what better way to visit Tokyo than at the wheel of a Mario-style kart dressed as a superhero or anime character?
The MariCAR company supplies costumes, go-karts and onboard cameras. The driving is up to you!
Where to stay? HOSHINOYA Tokyo
3 – Floating in a tub boat
Fancy a ride on the sea in a wooden washtub?
On the island of Sado in Niigata Prefecture, the age-old tradition of tub boats lives on.
Easy to manoeuvre, the boats were originally created to help fishermen negotiate rocky inlets.
Where to stay? HOSHINOYA Tokyo, a comfortable base for exploring the north.
4 – Cruising over the Tokyo skyline
Treat yourself to a bird’s-eye view of the world’s biggest metropolis on a charter helicopter!
You’ll cruise 2000ft above midtown Tokyo – the perfect vantage point for taking in the bright lights at night.
Where to stay? HOSHINOYA Tokyo, where staff can book your cruise.
- Ride with Thomas and Friends
Fancy a ride on Thomas the Tank Engine?
The Oigawa Railway company has transformed an old steam train into the favourite kids’ character. Pick up a bento box and enjoy the ride!
Where to stay? Hoshino Resorts KAI Enshu, an hour’s drive away.