Activities for a Rainy Day in Japan

THE 10 BEST Indoor Things to Do in Japan on a Rainy Day

Best Activities for a Rainy Day in Japan

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  • Tavi
    Tokyo, Japan3 contributions
    Nice to go there to the park close to the sea, both day or night.
    There are a lot of very expensive restaurants there.
    Written August 23, 2022
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  • B C
    47 contributions
    Stopped here on a road trip with teens. We all thought it was a pretty cool place. See the origins of Toyota which had its roots in textile. Very cool demonstrations. Recommend if in the areas.
    Written August 21, 2022
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  • Hug Jordan
    3 contributions
    One of the best places in Hamamatsu to bring small children, and interesting for adults too. Best of all... it's free entertainment!
    Written November 5, 2020
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  • htodd503
    Portland, OR77 contributions
    I understand how people are up and down about the factory tour. It's 40+ minutes on the train from Sendai and then if you're not there during the weekend you have another 30-40 minutes walking to get into the hall. I did it on a day where it was probably 33°C and I'd already gone to see Yamadera. The humidity in the area is oppressive, and one of the Japanese tourists told me the area was picked in part for the humidity and how it would help create a great whiskey.

    Japanese tours can be a little cold. You have to look at things through windows and a lot of what goes on in a distillery is just looking at pipes and tanks. You don't even get to see the Coffey still, though they will point out the building. I've heard that the VIP tour gets to see a barrel being charred, but you have to be a VIP in the minds of Nikka Whiskey, not in your own mind.

    The best part is after the tour. There's a small bar where you can get short pours of Nikka for very little money. Where else can you even find Taketsuru 12, 17, and 21 and when I went the short pour of 21 was only ¥500! There was even a special edition Taketsuru that was ¥7,000 for a very short pour and I was glad I tried it.

    I'd recommend finding a non-driving way to get there so you can taste a little of everything. During the tour they tell you there's three types of Yoichi that they blend to make the single malt (it's my understanding that they sort the barrels into different flavor categories) and I had a taste of the Peaty and Salty was worth tasting on its own.

    Just remember, it might seem long way to go but just going from Osaka to Kyoto is going to take you longer and to me those cities are right next to each other.
    Written September 8, 2019
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  • Journey706434
    Yokohama, Japan80 contributions
    We visited in May 2021 and thoroughly enjoyed walking around the gallery displays on a Saturday afternoon. Visitors and staff members were wearing masks and seemed to be careful about practicing social distancing.

    The cafe was opened, so we had pastries and ice cream which were very good. The view of Sagami Bay was beautiful on a clear-skied day.

    The Golden Tea Room was impressive.
    Written May 27, 2021
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  • Billy G
    United Kingdom52 contributions
    Was a very poignant and thought provoking experience. Worth it 100%! Showed amazing artifacts and items from homes and outposts, really worth it.

    Would highly recommend for everyone visiting Nagasaki
    Written July 10, 2021
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  • Toya_Muyani
    Metro Manila, Philippines8 contributions
    Went around the area, the place was not as crowded due to the pandemic but it was not too worrying to walk around and enjoy. Reading through different stories embossed on the stones and signages make you appreciate life right now. Very beautiful and
    Written September 13, 2022
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  • ManngaDua
    Singapore, Singapore421 contributions
    This outlet mall is situated just in front of shinkansen station and very accesible. The mall is very huge with many brand stores selling outlet items. The price is very reasonable for some brands. Sports wears such as Addidas and New Balance are worth buying if you can find your size.
    The mall is full of people despite pandemic and people can spend hours for shopping in this place.
    Written August 20, 2022
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  • TomKXY
    Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan162 contributions
    If you're a fan of Doraemon this will not disappoint. It can be difficult to get tickets but is fun for the whole family. You can see how manga was made in the old days and experience many Doraemon memorabilia. However, it may not be what you expect if you want to see anime. The gift shop will be busy at closing time so I recommend going there before that.
    Written April 28, 2020
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  • TheBigF
    Tokyo, Japan18 contributions
    Great museum for realism. Cool building. It has a cafe and Italian restaurant. An hour from Tokyo but well worth the visit
    Written June 6, 2019
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  • miscmail21455
    Red Bluff, CA61 contributions
    The Niigata City Aquarium was a nice surprise excursion. Very modern and the exhibits were professionally done and educational. Don't expect the caliber of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, San Diego's Sea World, or Chicago's Shedd Aquarium, but well worth the visit. No huge crowds when we toured at the peak of the tourism season and all exhibits were in close walking distance. Fun to see the animals up close and not peering over people's head and shoulders. Even has a good popular restaurant on site or you can bring your own lunch.
    Written January 7, 2020
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  • Hiroaki Kaneko
    Tokyo, Japan2,821 contributions
    地球が誕生してから今日に至るまでの、幅広い時代の資料や標本が展示されている博物館です。広い空間を余すことなく展示に利用しているため、子供から大人まで広く楽しむことが出来ます。
    展示ホールは大小複数あり、1階は地球誕生と生命の進化、3階は神奈川県の自然と現在の地球環境、というテーマで構成されています。特に地球の誕生に欠かせない岩石やこれまでの地球の脈動によって生成された鉱石や宝石等、多種多様な石を間近で見られるというのは素晴らしい体験になると思います。いくつかの展示物は手に届く程の間近に展示されており、その迫力を肌で感じることが出来るでしょう。じっくり観賞すると2時間を超えてしまいますが、それに足るだけの展示だと思います。
    いくつかの展示の説明には英語が併記されていますが、全てではありません。一方で点字による説明やアプリでかざせば音声で説明してくれるQRコードもあり、障碍を持つ人でも楽しめる工夫がなされています。誰もが地球の誕生と変遷を感じ、学ぶことが出来る施設だと思います。

    This museum displays materials and specimens from a wide range of eras, from the birth of the earth to the present day. The museum has a large space that is fully utilized for exhibits, so it can be widely enjoyed by both children and adults.
    There are several large and small exhibition halls, with the first floor dedicated to the birth of the earth and the evolution of life, and the third floor dedicated to the nature of Kanagawa Prefecture and the current global environment. In particular, it is a wonderful experience to be able to see up close a wide variety of rocks that were essential to the birth of the earth, as well as ores and gems that have been created by the pulsations of the earth over the years. Some of the exhibits are so close that you can reach them and feel their power firsthand. If you take your time, it will take you more than two hours, but I think it's worth it.
    Some, but not all, of the explanations are in English. On the other hand, there are also explanations in Braille, and QR codes that can be held up with an app to get audio explanations, so even people with disabilities can enjoy the museum. I think this is a facility where anyone can feel and learn about the birth and transition of the earth.
    Written June 26, 2021
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  • Kimitaka S
    Taichung, Taiwan12,935 contributions
    It is a museum by using the old headquarters of Kyushu Railway. SL and some old express trains are displayed, and you can enter the wagons and sit on the seats. Not only for the lovers of railway, but also for children, this museum is suitable.
    Written December 30, 2019
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  • Peter R.
    Ulsan, South Korea1,348 contributions
    When I first visited the Museum in 2018, I was blown away by the Dinosaur exhibits. My biggest regret was that I could only spend an hour at the museum before heading to Kitakyushu Airport to catch my flight home. I8-months later I found myself able to return to the museum with more time available for a proper tour of the exhibits. Realistically, I would say that you would need about 3hrs for a comprehensive tour, especially if like to take photos to memorialise your visit, as I do.
    No regrets about my visit this time. There is more to the museum than just the dinosaur exhibits (although they are definitely the 'stars-of-the-show'). Make sure you leave enough time to visit the excellent gift shop, before you depart.
    Written July 22, 2020
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  • Geoffrey S
    Deptford, NJ191 contributions
    I love whisky distilleries and this one did not disappoint (except for one thing, to be mentioned below). The location was breathtaking, in the Japanese Southern Alps, and the tour was fantastic. There's a museum of whisky, and a restaurant on site. It culminated with a great tasting.

    The production capacity appeared very high, and there's a lot of barrels aging. Unfortunately there was no ability to buy a bottle of the whisky made on site. That was my only disappointment.

    The bar in the visitor's center was really special. They were pouring some incredible whisky for really good prices.

    This is a must-see day-trip from Tokyo.
    Written February 9, 2020
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