Major Tourist Attractions: Mount Fuji, Harajuku, Himeji Castle, Tokyo Imperial Palace, Tokyo Skytree
Located in North-East Asia, Japan is an archipelago with nearly 6,900 islands. The largest of these are Skokoku, Kyushu, Hokkaido, and Honshu. Often called the “Land of the Rising Sun,” a trip to Japan is unlike any other travel experience. Modern, frenzied cities like Tokyo are complimented by remote and rustic villages that feel almost frozen in time.
There is absolutely no shortage of things to do in Japan. From ornate temples and important historic sites to high-tech gadgets and world-class cuisine, it’s likely you’ll only scratch the surface on your first trip to Japan.
Japan’s food culture is in a class all its own, with everything from some of the most highly regarded local snack foods to some of the best restaurants in the world. Take the time to learn more about Japanese tea and sake. Try one of the country’s strange and oddly charming themed restaurants. There’s definitely no shortage – everything from cat cafes to prison themes.
English is spoken in some larger cities and in places like international branded hotels, but expect Japanese to be the most prevalent language. It’s helpful to learn some traditional phrases and customs (i.e., no tipping) to fit in.
Multi-day Japan Rail Passes must be purchased prior to arriving in Japan. Public transportation on the subway and trains can be mind boggling, but ask the information counter if you have questions as most attendants speak some English. Taxis are extremely expensive in Tokyo, so it’s best to utilize the train and subway.
Lodging in Japan runs the gamut from guest houses and capsule hotels to well-known, international 5-star luxury brands. During holidays and peak travel times, it’s wise to book early as some hotels sell out quickly.
- See the cherry blossoms in Kyoto
- Visit one of Japan’s renowned theme parks like Tokyo Disney Resort or Universal Studios in Osaka
- Get up early and check out the fish auction at Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo
- Climb Mount Fuji for sunrise
- Visit one of Japan’s many castles
- Tour WWII-related sites in Hiroshima
- Walk across the busiest intersection in the world in the Shibuya District of Tokyo
- Visit the island of Miyajima and the famous tori gate at Itsukushima Shrine
- Scuba dive Japan’s southern islands
- Ride a high-speed bullet train
- Learn about Japanese sake
Address: 1-10-5 Akasaka
Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8420 JAPA