Hida Takayama Teddy Bear Eco Village is the world’s first environment-themed teddy bear museum that delivers meaningful environmental messages through its treasured collection of heartwarming toys. Housed in a renovated 200-year-old gassho-zukuri traditional farmhouse, a thousand bears from ‘all walks of life’ aim to please even the most hardhearted of all.
Meiji Jingu Gaien Park in central Tokyo has facilities for various activities, from a golf range and tennis courts to Jingu Stadium, home of the Yakult Swallows professional baseball team. If sports aren't your thing, check out the museums and culture centers.
Minoh National Park – a nature reserve that offers a breath of fresh air from Japan’s second busiest city, Osaka. Located about 30 minutes away from the city centre, it boosts different trails and several sightseeing spots that include an insect museum, temples, hotspring facilities and a waterfall.
Located within walking distance from the Ikeda Station in Osaka, the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum is a fun and informative place that shares all you need to know about instant noodles from the past to present.
Perhaps it is the simplicity of layout and presentation at Nara National Museum that allows one to absorb new knowledge easily. Perhaps the draw lies in the ancient artefacts. Either way, it shall be a great experience for those who seek history, culture and new knowledge.