Art and Aesthetics in Japan

Whirlwind tour of Japan with a school group.

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We went with a school group on a whirlwind, 14-day tour of Japan focusing on Art and Aesthetics that included visits to several temples, museums, and other cultural destinations.

From the surprisingly remote-feeling Inari Shrine right in the middle of Kyoto to the man-made island of Odaiba in Tokyo, the aesthetics of Japan are quite varied, but have many common threads.

If you don't mind a fairly grueling schedule, 14 days is just enough time to experience guided tours of several temples in Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo, and you can even take the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) up to Nara and experience gigantic waterfalls, temples and fantastic scenery.

Check out our tips and ideas below.

  • If a less tourist-y but still highly accommodating getaway where you can rent private indoor and outdoor hot spring baths sounds exciting, check out the Hakone region.
  • If you end up in Ryogoku, the sumo district in Tokyo, try to find the Ramen shop that's right near the Pearl Hotel--it's just up the street that runs alongside the subway line and is across from the arcade.
  • If you end up on Odaiba in Tokyo and feel like experiencing or even just witnessing an amazing athletic amusement park specatacle, definitely check out Muscle Park in the Island Mall...there's nothing quite like it in the States, that's for sure!
  • If you're into electronics and/or gadgets, make sure to check out the Akihabara district in Tokyo. There's many amazing deals and sights to see!

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