5 crazy ways to visit Japan

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!


Our selection:

1 – Trekking on a camel

Don your Lawrence of Arabia headdress and ride the sand dunes on a camel!

Tottori Sakyu

Sand beach in tottori dunes

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.

Ryokan hotel room

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?

Maricar karting rent

Mario kart IRL

The MariCAR company supplies costumes, go-karts and onboard cameras. The driving is up to you!

Where to stay? HOSHINOYA Tokyo

HOSHINOYA Tokyo room

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.

Traditional bathtub boat

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.

Tokyo luxury hotel room

4 – Cruising over the Tokyo skyline

Treat yourself to a bird’s-eye view of the world’s biggest metropolis on a charter helicopter!

Tokyo helicopter tour

Tokyo tower tour by night

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.

Financial district hotel

  • Ride with Thomas and Friends

Fancy a ride on Thomas the Tank Engine?

Thomas the train engine

Thomas 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.

Nature hotel room

Photo credits:

cotaro70s / CC BY-ND
Yohei Yamashita / CC BY-NC
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