A Taste of the East: 7 Must-See Places to Visit in Japan

Every year, over 30 million people travel to Japan. And, with its unique culture, delicious cuisine, and friendly people, it’s no wonder that so many people travel to this beautiful country each year.

But, if you’re traveling to Japan and only have a couple of weeks there, you won’t have time to see everything.

So, what should you see and do while in Japan?

Check out this guide to learn about the best places to visit in Japan.

  1. Tokyo 

Tokyo is the ultramodern capital of Japan. Packed with busy pedestrian streets, skyscrapers, noisy arcades, and crazy fashion trends, Tokyo is truly a city that’s unlike any other. The city of tokyo is certainly a place for you to visit next on your bucket list.

Tokyo is also home to some of the weirdest activities you can imagine, from themed cafes  (owls, cats, robots, goats, maids- you name it) to arcades to sensory-overload shows to cos-play go-karting.

Even if all you do in Tokyo is hope from restaurant to restaurant, you’ll have a great time. Here are a few things you don’t want to miss in Tokyo:

  • Eating in a tiny restaurant on Memory Lane

  • Walking the famous Shibuya Crossing

  • Watching the Robot Restaurant Show

  • Checking out the crazy fashion on Takeshita Street

If you’re looking to book a hotel in Tokyo, we suggest booking through WorldRoamer.com.

  1. Kyoto 

If you want to experience the traditional side of Japan, then you need to head to Kyoto.

Kyoto is truly Japan as you imagine it- gold and silver shrines and temples, bamboo forests, brightly dressed geishas, Zen gardens, luxurious tea ceremonies, and markets full of intriguing ingredients.

When in Kyoto, we suggest strolling through the opposing neighborhoods as opposed to the downtown area. The surrounding neighborhoods of Kyoto offer mountainous views, cobblestone streets, monks dressed in flowing robes, and old wooden houses.

If you’re looking to spot geisha, head to the neighborhood of Gion. You should also explore Arashiyama, which is a traditional neighborhood filled with temples, monkeys, and bamboo groves.

  1. Koya-San 

Koya-San, also known as Mount Koya, is actually the most important place in Shingon Buddhism, a sect of Buddhism that has been around for thousands of years.

This town remains the headquarters of the sect, and it’s filled with forest-covered mountains, temples, and ceremonious monks.

It’s also home to the world-famous Okunoin forest cemetery.

  1. Mount Fuji

No trip to Japan is complete without a visit to Mount Fuji.

This is the country’s highest mountain peak, and each summer, more than a million people climb the mountain as an act of pilgrimage.

If you’re looking for a place to stay near Mount Fuji, we suggest Hakone. If you don’t plan to climb Mount Fuji, this is an excellent place to get a glimpse of it.

In Hakone, you can also stay in a traditional inn, known as a ryokan.

Places to Visit in Japan: Are You Ready to Go? 

As you can see, there are a lot of amazing places to visit in Japan.

Now, all you need to do is book your ticket!

And, if you liked this article, be sure to check back in with our blog for more travel-related tips and tricks.

About RJ Frometa

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