The Best of Seminyak Beach, Bali, for Japanese Travelers

Spas, shopping, endless beaches, and beautiful scenery--that is what is waiting for you in Bali, Indonesia. The Seminyak region of Bali is where travelers and tourists find relaxation, green space, and lively, upscale accommodations. With the recent renovations to Seminyak beach and the surrounding roadways, as well as wonderful improvements to the tourism industry, Seminyak is now a great destination for Japanese tourists.

More Japanese Visitors
In 2015, the Indonesian government made it very easy for Japanese tourists to obtain a free visa. This allows the Japanese to enter without issues, unlike some other popular travel destinations. Plus, Indonesia is only 4,819 km away (or 5.3 hours by plane).

In 2016, Bali luxury villa agencies reported that from January to August, over 154,000 Japanese tourists visited the island. A lot of these travelers are attracted to Balinese culture, including the activities that allow for the practice of Balinese instruments, like the Tabuh, and traditional dances.

Additionally, Indonesia has maintained a large Japanese expatriate community since the early 19th century. This has allowed for visiting Japanese to feel more comfortable in the surroundings because of some of Japan’s culture and traditions have been assimilated into the identity of the island. Of course, the diversity of Indonesian culture is also a treat.

Villa Nalina, Family Luxury villa in Seminyak

The Best Attractions of Seminyak
Because the area of Seminyak Beach is a late bloomer, so to speak, in the tourism industry of Bali, there is a lot of modern attractions and few cultural ones. That said, there is so much available for you to enjoy. Here is a look at what you will find around Seminyak Beach, Bali:

1. Seminyak Beach
Of course, you going to want to visit the beaches of Bali, especially this one! Seminyak is open 24 hours, has gorgeous white, sandy beaches, and is just north of Legian Beach (another great destination). At Seminyak, the waves are high, and the water is deepening. This is the perfect location to go diving, snorkeling, or surfing. Along the 3 km of beach, you will find boutiques, hotels, public facilities, and international cuisine. Plan to go see Jalan Laksmana, nicknamed by expatriates as “eat-street.”

Many tours in Bali and adventures happen along Seminyak Beach, including Horseback Riding Excursions along the bay. Or you can take an elephant ride inland. If you want to learn how to surf, there are several schools open and taking students.

2. Petitenget Temple

Also known as “Pura Petitenget” is Seminyak’s only cultural landmark. Having stood in the area since the 16th century (the 1500s), Petitenget Temple is a very sacred and beautiful place to visit. The grounds are small, but the area is full of energy throughout most of the year. Expect to see spectacular ceremonies along the beach during anniversaries or dance groups rehearsing in the grand pavilion.

3. Biasa ArtSpace

Opened in 2005. If you love Indonesian fashion and know the name “Biasa,” then you will want to see Biasa ArtSpace. The gallery houses a collection of contemporary art. The collection ranges from paintings, photography, figurines, and sculptures that will move all lovers of art and fashion. Here, Indonesian artists are invited to display their masterpieces to the public. Upstairs, you will find a tiny library that features magazines and books as well as seating to relax.
Address: Jalan Raya Seminyak 34, Seminyak, Bali

Tel: +62 (0)361-847-5766

4. Escape Challenge: Totem Room
Do you love puzzles? Bring your partner or a group of up to 6 friends to a fun time indoors. At Totem Room Escape Challenge, you are sent to rooms full of puzzles, clues, and mazes. With some collaboration, you must figure out how to move on to the next room all before the digital overheard timer runs out. If you win, you get free prizes and a commemorative photograph. 
Address: Jalan Kayu Aya 27, Seminyak, Bali
Tel: +62 (0)361-474-0071

5. Cultural Experiences
Many hotel and resort around this area like the Kayana Bali offer Balinese dance lesson.Looking to try out the nightlife and dance at the same time? Head over to either Kudeta a beach club in Seminyak, or a Mexican-styled bar. Optionally, try an Indonesian food cooking class, like Maria’s Cooking Class, where you can book online, or go to a real Balinese Spa therapist use traditional therapies to re-energize your body.

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