Japan is , no doubt, a breathtaking, bewildering and diverse country full of mild-blowing thrills and surprises. Home to serene shrines, mouthwatering cuisine, scenic landscapes and quirky man-made attractions, Japan has a lot to offer to everyone. From futuristic skyscrapers and over-the-top arcades to ancient temples, there’s no shortage of exciting and memorable things to do in Japan. Here are some tips and suggestions to take note when creating a list of things to do in Japan.
With its jaw-dropping picture-perfect symmetry and incredible elevation of 3,776 meters, Mount Fuji is truly a must-see icon in Japan!
With its alluring and seemingly endless path of more than 500 vibrant orange torii gates, this Japan attraction will amaze its beholders.
3. Tsukiji Fish Market , Tokyo
Although the market was officially moved to a new and more contemporary location, Tsukiji remains a must-see spot, thanks to its fresh seafood and smorgasbord tasty treats.
4. Kinkakuji , Kyoto
Whether it’s set against a vibrant autumn backdrop or capped by snow, nothing is as exquisite and symbolic of Kyoto as Kinkakuji’s golden reflection that reflects across the pond’s rippled surface.
5. Shibuya Crossing , Tokyo
There’s nowhere else that says “Welcome to Tokyo” than this scramble with its humongous billboards, dazzling lights and beautifully chaotic ambiance.
6. Tea Ceremony , Kyoto, Tokyo, Osaka
It’s a unique Zen-like experience that will give you a taste of the Japanese culture and hospitality while wearing an elaborate and comfortable kimono,.
7. Hida Takayama , Gifu
Located in a mountainous region in Gifu Prefecture, this beautiful town exudes an old world charm, thanks to its rustic touches, traditional thatch-roof houses and relaxing backdrop.
8. Dotonbori Bridge , Osaka
Filled with bars, clubs and towering neon signs, Dotonbori Bridge is where you can enjoy a good view of the Glico Man as well as the futuristic neon cityscape of the area.
9. Universal Studios Japan , Osaka
With a wide collection of world-class entertainment to offer, it has a world of thrills and activities for visitors of all ages.
10. Nara Deer Park , Nara – Kyoto
Opened in 1880, this historic park is home to most of Nara’s main attractions, and more importantly, to hundreds of friendly deer roaming freely.
11. Todaiji , Nara- Kyoto
Built in 752, this elaborate landmark is historically important and home to one of the largest bronze statues in Japan, which is 15 meters tall.
12. Mount Koya
Established by a monk named Kukai in 819, this mountain is a Buddhist community and a hub of the Shingon school of Buddhism, housing over 100 monasteries and temples.
13. Sumo Game & Sumo Practice
It’s an action-packed and one-of-a-kind contest, giving you a glimpse of the Japanese culture and old traditions.
14. Kiyomizu Dera
Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, this temple impresses visitors with its stunning architecture and gorgeous panoramic views.
15.Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
Standing amid its towering stalks of bamboo is a surreal experience and like being in another dimension.
Most travelers and locals come to Asakusa Shrine to pray for success in business, happiness of their family, speedy recovery, or good health.
17. Kobe Beef
Kobe Beef is a beloved Japanese delicacy and arguably Japan’s most famous specialty regional food.
18. Himeji Castle
With its unrivaled elegance and picture-perfect white facade, it’s easy to see why they call this UNESCO World Heritage site as the most spectacular castle in Japan.
19. Kokoen Garden
Built in 1991, this Japan attraction boasts 9 gardens, with each designed to look dazzling and attractive in all four seasons.
20. Hiroshima Peace Memorial
Not only is it a powerful and stark symbol of humankind’s most destructive force ever created, but this world heritage site also expresses the hope for world peace.
21. Meiji Jingu
Austere and wonderfully serene, Tokyo’s most famous Shinto shrine is beloved for its 200-acre park space and towering 12-meter high torii gate.
22. Kimono Experience
Add more appeal to your Japan travel photos and meander the streets in style by wearing a colorful and elaborate kimono.
23. Tokyo Disneyland
Opened in 1983, it is Japan’s most famous theme park and the first Disney theme park outside of the United States.
24. Itsukushima Shrine
Located on Itsukushima Island, this Shinto shrine is famous for its “floating” torii gate and picture-perfect scenery.
25. Nijo Castle
Established in 1603, this UNESCO World Heritage site was the residence of a warlord for more than 200 years.
Built in 1450, this UNESCO World Heritage site is beloved for its Zen rock gardens and its wondrously enigmatic arrangements.
With its picturesque beauty, it’s easy to see why this 11.4-hectare garden is officially labeled as one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan.
28. Shinsaibashi Street Food
Not only is it a paradise for shopaholics, but it’s also jam-packed with tasty street food, including kushkikatsu, okonomiyaki and takoyaki.
29. Wisteria Tunnel
Located at Kawachi Fuji Garden, this enchanting and exquisite tunnel explodes with pastel colors,thanks to its cascading wisteria flowers.
30. Kaiyukan Aquarium
Nestled in Osaka, Kaiyukan is one of the world’s largest aquariums, and can be accessed for fee with the Osaka amazing pass ticket.
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