Whenever we would go abroad there is always a cultural flavor in the itinerary be it a zoo, museum or churches and temples. For me, knowing the culture of the place is an important part of the trip. At least I know something about the place like when we were in Thailand. Their attraction is the Buddhist temple. There are so many that you need to just walk to hop from temple to temple.
In Tokyo we also visited the Shinto shrines. But it is not dense as in Thailand. We had to walk distances to reach the next shrine or temple. But overall, those trips are all worth the perspiration. I have learned so much.
Do you visit museums and zoo?