Temples, Shines, & National Treasures

See history more than 1200 years old

Japan’s historical structures are unique in the world. They can be broken into three categories: Temples (Buddhist), Shrines (Shinto), and Castles. We have selected some of the most breathtaking and majestic of these for you to tour during your trip to Japan.

Guidance: Japan is a “shoeless” culture, which means that when you’re in most structures, you will be required to take off your shoes. As it can be embarrassing (and disrespectful) to have stained or worn out socks while visiting temples, please consider buying new socks before traveling to Japan. If you are wearing sandals or open shoes without sock, consider bringing socks with you to cover your naked feet so you won’t have to wear their “guest socks.”

Culture and Experience

We do more than show you Japan, we help you experience it

One of the defining elements of Japan is the absolute attention to detail that every Japanese performs as part of their daily life. You will see that attention to detail in the meals you eat, the stores you shop at, and in the beauty of the artwork, gardens, and parks throughout the country.

Guidance: Respect is a core value of the Japanese Culture. Because of that, they all follow the rules, and they expect others to do the same. America’s laws and statutes have grown so unwieldily that the average American has to pick and choose which rules to follow—this is not an acceptable approach in Japan. Please show them the respect they deserve. Please follow the rules when you’re made aware of them. 

Food & Dining

Tell your tongue to prepare to be amazed

The Japanese understand food. Toyko is home to more Michelin Star rated restaurants than any other city in the world (including Paris or New York). Taking the concept of “attention to detail in everything they do” to the world of culinary arts, you can expect some of the best food in the world.

Knowing that some of the items the Japanese eat are odd to the standard American diet, LetsGoToJapanNow selects restaurants that slowly acclimate you to a Japanese menu. By the end of the trip, you will have experienced cuisine types and styles from across the country.

Guidance: If you are concerned about the menu choices, LetsGoToJapanNow will provide more westernized options for you. Keep in mind, Japanese cuisine is not poisonous or unhealthy. In fact, the Japanese have one of the longest lived populations in the world, so their diet is considered one of the healthiest in the world. We recommend our guests be brave and try a Japanese diet. You might be surprised how much you like it!


From designer fashions to artisan made goods and beyond

Like all first-world countries, Japan has amazing shopping opportunities. You can find affordable artisan works, Japanese-specific house and personal goods, and even cutting edge electronics that aren’t yet on the internet. 

Guidance: Many of Japan’s smaller vendors are cash-only operations. While U.S. based credit cards work in Japan, if a vendor only takes cash, your credit card just sits in your wallet. Be sure to have an ATM card with you so you can have walking around money while in Japan. Unlike Canada and Mexico, the average Japanese vendor will not take U.S. Dollars as currency.