Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun, has been a dream destination to many of us for a long time now. From anime to cherry blossom festivals, we all have something that we love about Japan.
With a history dated back to several thousand years, Japan has no dearth for cultural and historical sites.
Know Your Japan
Telephone Code: +81
Currency: Japanese Yen
Visa: Differs based on nationality. Visit for more information: https://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/short/novisa.html
Japan has four distinct seasons and they are all very distinct from each other
- Summer - June – August - hot and humid in general.
- Autumn - September – November - pleasant weather with cool and fresh air.
- Winter - December – February - dry with frequent sunny days.
- Spring - March – May - pleasant and warmer weather
Best time to visit: March-May, September-November
Things to do in Japan
From rich cultural heritage sites to modern technological wonders, Japan has something to offer for everyone. Here is a quick list of things to do when you visit Japan.
Join a Hanami picnic party
If you happen to visit Japan during spring, do not miss joining a hanami party!
During the cherry blossom festival in spring the streets and riversides of Japan turn into pastel pink, thanks to the blooming sakura flowers. While you take a walk and click some photos of the famous sakura flowers, or do as the locals do.
Relish the natural beauty with your friends or join the locals, food and drinks, and a picnic blanket.
Do not forget to bring a bento box full of food like salmon, shrimp, sakura mochi etc to enjoy with your friends. If you are lucky you might get to see some live stage performances too.
Explore a Japanese castle
There is no shortage of royal castles in Japan, and there is literally at least one in every region. Japanese history boasts of having more than 5000 castles at one point of time and over 100 of them still stand the test of time. Japanese castles and their histories are entwined with its heroic ninja and samurai.
Be it the snow-covered Fukuoka Castle or the Nijo Castle with its tower moats, each of them is unique and is a wonder by itself. Hopping between these castles would be able to fill your entire itinerary.
So do not miss to catch a few when you can!
Go temple hopping and shrine hopping
Shinto and Buddhism are the major religions of Japanese culture and they have been fused with the Japanese lifestyles for centuries now. Wherever you are in Japan, you will never be far away from a temple or a shrine.
While there are a lot of similarities between the two, shrines and temples cannot be more different. Shrines are usually called Jinja in Japanese and Japanese temples are called tera.
There are more than 2000 temples and shrines in the Japanese archipelago and you may not be able to cover them. But you can make sure to visit the major ones. Meiji Shrine is one of the main Shinto shrines and Senso-ji Temple in Tokyo is one of the most visited temples.
Eat Ramen noodles
Ramen noodles are one of the quintessential Japanese comfort food. You can find one at every corner of the country and you probably would never stop finding new variations.
As a Chinese import into Japanese culture, Ramen has taken over the country and the world by a storm with its simplicity and deliciousness. Do not be surprised if you find people lining up hours earlier in front of their favorite shops to get ramen.
Add eating Ramen noodles to your bucket list to do when in Japan without fail.
Be an art lover or adventure geek, you have something to look for during your trip to Japan. What is your reason to visit Japan? Let us know in the comments!