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Things To Do Culture in Japan From contemporary art to ruins, relics and the remains of ancient capitals

Experience Japanese culture everywhere: from within the grounds of the country's ancient shrines and temples; in the trendy streets of Harajuku; at a friendly izakaya; or at a lively festival.

Most people build Kyoto and Nara into their Japan itineraries for a generous serving of traditional Japanese culture. While these are two historic and culturally rich destinations, Japan boasts a healthy selection of less-explored alternatives equally worth considering.

If you like your culture hands-on, book a stay at a temple for a taste of temple life, walk one of the country's ancient trails, get creative with a traditional craft at a local studio. Equally memorable experiences include traditional Japanese theater, avant-garde art installations and local festivals ranging from the regal to the raucous.

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