Japan is a fantastic place to explore. Here are the top 10 things to try:
1. Enjoy Hot Springs
Japan’s onsens are awesome. You can find them in many spots, like Nikko, Mount Fuji, Shikoku Island, and Hakone. Just know, some onsens don’t allow tattoos. The water can get super hot, up to 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).
2. Visit Hiroshima
Hiroshima is known for its history. It got hit by a big bomb during a war. Now, you can visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum. There’s also the A-Bomb Dome, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Plus, check out the Mazda Museum.
3. Watch Sumo Wrestling Live
Sumo is a huge deal in Japan. They have tournaments in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Fukuoka. Most of them happen at the Kokugikan Sumo Stadium in Tokyo. The matches are short but intense.
4. Explore Kyoto
Kyoto used to be Japan’s capital. It’s packed with old temples and castles. The Gion district is famous for geishas. Visit cool places like the Fushimi Inari shrine, the Kinkaku-Ji temple, and the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. March is the best time to see cherry blossoms. Don’t miss the Nishiki Market for local food.
5. See Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji is a famous volcano on Honshu Island. Lots of people climb it every year, about 200,000! Artists love it, and you can take guided tours for amazing views.
6. Travel by Bullet Train (Shinkansen)
Bullet trains in Japan are super fast, up to 320 km/h (200 mph). They connect big cities. They’re safe, comfy, and on time. You can bring two bags with you.
7. Try Capsule Hotels
Capsule hotels are small and cheap. You’ll find them near train stations. Each capsule has a bed and basics. Shared places have showers and toilets. Some even have lounges and video games.
8. Enjoy Japanese Food
Japanese food is famous worldwide. You’ve got to try sushi, ramen, miso soup, shabu-shabu, katsudon, kare raisu, and tempura. Don’t forget sake and green tea.
9. Visit Shrines and Temples
Japan has lots of shrines and temples. Check out Sensoji Temple, Todaiji Temple, and the cool Fushimi Inari shrine with its many gates. Be respectful when you visit.
10. Explore Tokyo
Tokyo is a big, exciting city. Each neighborhood is different:
- Harajuku has pop culture and fashion.
- Shinjuku has nightlife, bars, and fun.
- Shibuya is great for shopping and the famous Shibuya Crossing.
- Akihabara is for electronics and gadgets.
- Asakusa has traditional crafts, sweets, and street food.
- Ueno Park has museums and a zoo.
Japan is packed with fantastic things to see and do, whether you like old traditions or modern excitement. So, get your bags ready and have a blast exploring the Land of the Rising Sun!