Japan: Compelling Reasons To Visit

Japan: Compelling Reasons To Visit

As everyone who has ever been to Japan will tell you, you might think you know the land of samurai, sushi, and sumo. But from the second you touch down until the second you leave, it’s like being in another world. While Japan is not for everyone, for the more adventurous there is a lot to enjoy – and we’re going to take a look at some of the best reasons for visiting this beautiful, quirky country. Let’s take a closer look….

The cultural mix

No country mixes up the ancient and modern in quite the same way as Japan. One minute you can be in a city brimming with the cutting edge of technology, but a few stops away on a high-speed train you can be in the wonderful countryside looking at ancient temples and shrines. The people are kind, civilised and incredibly respectful, which, depending on where you come from in the world, can be an eye-opening experience.

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The ease of travel

As we mentioned above, the ease of which you can travel around Japan is incredible, thanks in no small part to the high-speed trains. Look into cheap flights to Tokyo and base yourself in the nation’s capital and you can access almost every part of the country within a few hours. Fancy testing yourself? If so, try one of the famous Japanese cycling tours, and you can even try cycling the length of the country.

The landscape

Outside of the major towns and cities, Japan is a place of great beauty. Be sure to check out the majestic Mount Fuji which overlooks the magnificent Tokyo skyscrapers, and head out to the Arashiyama bamboo forest. In fact, everywhere you go there are sites which are perfect for nature lovers, whether it’s rugged mountainous regions or incredible natural gardens dotted with ancient temples.

The Sakura Bloom

If you want to see one of the most spectacular sights in nature, head over to Japan in the spring for the cherry blossom festival – known as the Sakura Bloom. The soft pink petals of the cherry blossom (sakura) slowly make their way across the country from late April through to May, and it’s a truly spectacular sight, and there will be plenty of parties, picnics, and festivals enjoyed by locals and travellers alike. 

The food

Now, as we have mentioned before on this blog, not all Japanese food is to everyone’s tastes. But when they get it right, it can be divine. Some dishes can be a little weird, but for those with adventurous taste buds, you will be rewarded with some incredible meals. Sushi, ramen, sashimi – and let’s not forget the amazing taste of Kobe beef – are all there to be enjoyed.

The safety

Japan is an incredibly safe country and puts many other nations to shame. People tend to look out for each other, too, and although the language barrier can be difficult at times, the locals will do their utmost to help you out.

So, what do you think? Does Japan make your bucket list? Or have you been before? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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    • March 23, 2017 / 9:43 am

      It’s such a fascinating country isn’t it?! Hope you are having the best time 🙂

      • March 23, 2017 / 9:46 am

        Thanks. I’ve been here for five years so far, and will be here at least the next three. Maybe even longer.

  1. March 23, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    Oh you don’t have to preach to the converted! LOL.
    There is so much that can be written about our experiences in Japan that we had to keep a constraint on overdoing it!

    • March 23, 2017 / 1:04 pm

      There is no such thing as overdoing it! It is such an amazing country with so many awesome things to see and do a MORE please 🙂

  2. March 28, 2017 / 2:49 pm

    Japan has been on my travel bucket list since forever, I just wish it wasn’t so far away. Visiting in Spring sounds like a dream with the Sakura Bloom, and I would just love to try out all the delicious Japanese dishes. I’ve heard from many people who have visited that Japan just has it all: nature, culture, the people are great and the food is out of this world. Great post!

    Would you by any chance be interested in sharing some of your travel experiences? We’ve got a cool contest running at Creators.co that I think might be right up your alley. Be sure to check it out at https://creators.co/@creators/4231162! There are some pretty sweet prizes up for grabs too!

    • March 29, 2017 / 6:31 pm

      Thank you 🙂 It’s such an amazing country but like you say, it’s just so far away! Hopefully one day you’ll get to experience it for yourself!

      Also, thanks for mentioning the contest that you are currently running – we’ll be sure to check it out ASAP!

  3. August 13, 2017 / 3:28 pm

    I consider it my second home and I strongly encourage everyone to visit. It is eye opening in every way….oh, and the food is pretty awesome.

    • September 4, 2017 / 10:40 pm

      Yeah, the foods ok I suppose. Ha, it’s amazing, right?! Thanks for your comment Anthony, we know who to come to for recommendations in the future! 🙂