Japan is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a densely packed land of bustling cities, imperial palaces, mountainous national parks, shrines and temples. To explore every nook and cranny of Japan, you would need at least a dozen lifetimes. Unfortunately, tourists don’t have the time to do it all. Topdeck Travel has sifted through Japan’s vast sea of possibilities, and whittled it down to a few must-do activities.

Many of Topdeck’s suggested travel destinations are located in Japan’s capital city, Tokyo, the epicentre of pop culture and technology. Takeshita Street is the home of the Harajuku girls, whose insane fashion drops plenty of jaws. Hanging out on the busy pedestrian shopping street, they’re happy to oblige passers-by with a selfie or two. The pop culture explosion continues in Akihabara, Tokyo’s renowned electronics sector. The giant walls of televisions and robotic stores make Akihabara heaven on Earth for Manga, anime and gaming junkies.

In the “neon district” of Shinjuku, visitors can dine at the Robot Restaurant. Dancers, robots and singers put on the ultimate dinnertime show!

Never fear if nerd or pop culture isn’t your beat, Tokyo has plenty more to offer. Tokyo’s cat cafés are the place for feline fanatics to unwind, enjoy a hot drink and play with a couple of cats. Music loving friends need to find their way to the Lovenet Hotel. In the Aqua Suite, groups of six guests soak in a hot tub whilst singing karaoke hits. Finally, for some archetypal Japanese fun, guests can visit sumo stables to watch wrestling practice.

Venturing out of Tokyo, Kyoto, the former capital city of Japan is a popular tourist destination. Arashiyama Monkey Mountain is a mountain top sanctuary, where Japanese Macaques or “Snow Monkeys” call home. While visitors are prohibited from touching the monkeys or looking them in the eye, they are allowed to feed them.

Although there are no frolicking monkeys at Nijo-jo Castle, this landmark is well worth a visit. Built in 1603, the castle, which is surrounded by moat walls, is an impressive architectural feat. Gion, the geisha district is arguably Kyoto’s most popular attraction. The district is filled with shops, restaurants and teahouses, where guests are entertained by Geishas and Maiko (geisha apprentices). They are the quintessential hostesses, leading drinking games and performing traditional music.

Top Deck’s final, wackiest recommendation is situated in Kanagawa’s Ashigarashimo District. At the Hakone Kowakien Yunessun Spa and Resort, guests are invited to bathe in a variety of bizarre liquids, including pools of wine, green tea or sake.

These fantastic attractions offer the tiniest glimpse of Japan’s touristic opportunities. For lovers of food, tradition, nature and even bathing in wine, Japan really has something for everybody.