Places To Visit In Japan

What Is The Best Place To Visit In Japan?

front of osaka's dotonbori

Japan has many attractions on offer – in fact, so many that it may be hard to pick just a few to visit! Don’t worry, though – we’ve gone ahead and picked out the best ones for you. One of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan is Tokyo, a bustling metropolis with something for everyone – from world-class shopping and dining to historic temples and shrines. Just be sure to avoid the crowded rush-hour trains  -and observe the etiquette of removing your shoes when entering homes and temples.

Or you may consider visiting Kyoto, a beautiful city with a rich history. Kyoto is home to many of Japan’s most iconic sights. From the golden temple of Kinkaku-Ji to the bamboo forest of Arashiyama, there are plenty of must-see places in Kyoto. Be sure to try some of the local cuisines, such as Kyoto-style kaiseki ryori, and take part in a traditional tea ceremony.

There is also Osaka, the second-largest city in Japan, Osaka is known for its food culture. From savoury Osaka-style okonomiyaki to delicious street food, there’s plenty to eat in Osaka. The city is also home to interesting attractions like the castle and the floating garden Observatory. Be sure not to miss the famous Glico running man sign!

Sapporo, another great option, is the capital of Hokkaido, a beautiful city with plenty of things to do. In the winter, visitors can enjoy skiing and snowboarding at one of the many resorts near the city. In the summer, there are festivals celebrating everything from beer to lavender. No matter what time of year you visit, be sure to try the local Sapporo beer and eat some fresh seafood.

A group of islands located south of mainland Japan, Okinawa is a popular vacation destination for Japanese people and tourists alike. With its beautiful beaches and clear blue waters, it’s easy to see why. Visitors can also enjoy shiatsu massages, try Okinawan cuisine, and explore the many caves and forests on the island. Just be sure to avoid swimming in the ocean during the jellyfish season!


Some customs to observe and practice while visiting Japan

front of the Senbon Torii, Shinto shrine in Japan

When visiting Japan, there are a few customs that you should be aware of in order to make the most of your trip and avoid any potential misunderstandings.  For starters, it is considered very impolite to be late for any appointments, such as a scheduled time with your tour guide. If you are running late, it is best to call ahead and let your guide know.

Additionally, Japanese people can be quite reserved in comparison to Australian culture. Asking personal questions such as age, income, or marital status can make people feel uncomfortable. It is better to stick to more general topics of conversation.

Also, when dining out, it is considered impolite to leave food on your plate. Finish everything on your plate to show that you enjoyed the meal –  or at least make an effort to. Also, avoid sticking chopsticks into food as this resembles funeral rites. When not in use, chopsticks should be placed on the provided rests or parallel to each other on the side of your plate.

In addition, when visiting sacred temples and sites, it is important to dress appropriately, meaning that shoulders should be covered, and dresses or shorts should go below the knees. Also, smoking is generally banned in public places such as train stations and parks, so look for designated areas. By following these simple customs, you can ensure that you have a positive and respectful experience while visiting Japan.


Less known attractions in Japan that are still worth visiting

a panoramic picture of the Shinkyo Bridge in Japan

There are a few attractions in Japan that are not well known but are definitely worth visiting, such as the capybara cat café, known as the Capy Neko Cafe. This café doesn’t just feature cats but also features capybaras, large placid guinea-pig like animals. Patrons can order drinks and food from the menu and enjoy them in the company of these lovely creatures. The staff at the cafe are known for being very hospitable and accommodating, making sure that everyone has a great time. As a bonus, the cafe is located in a convenient location in Tokyo, making it easy to get to for tourists.

You may have been to Disney World or Movie world, but have you been to Nintendo World? Nintendo world is quite new and just opened in 2021 and has much to offer for all Nintendo lovers. It’s home to attractions based on classic Nintendo games like Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda. Visitors can explore different lands, take part in interactive experiences, and purchase exclusive Nintendo merchandise. Whether you’re a lifelong fan of Nintendo or just looking for a unique place to visit, Nintendo World is definitely worth a trip.

Another similar yet unique attraction is the Pokémon Center, as Not only does it offer a wide variety of merchandise, but it also has interactive displays and regular events. One of the most popular features of the Pokémon Center is the Pikachu Café. Here, visitors can enjoy a delicious meal or snack while surrounded by adorable Pikachu plushies. The café also sells exclusive merchandise, making it the perfect place to pick up a souvenir.

Don’t walk, run to these many attractions – and make the most out of your time in Japan!