Are you dreaming about visiting Japan? There is so much to see and do in Japan, that there is always something new to discover. Japan offers a rich history and culture, gorgeous natural landscape, and plenty of delicious food to try.
To help you plan your trip to Japan, here are 16 bucket list things to do in Japan to have the most epic trip ever.
Explore The Geisha District In Kyoto
If you hope to catch a glimpse of a geisha, you should head to Gion Kyoto's famous geisha district. Here you can find traditional tea houses, bars, and restaurants, and if you are lucky you might see a geisha before she heads out on her evening engagements.
Nearby you can also see the beautiful Kiyomizudera Temple, Kodaiji Temple, and Heian Shrine.
Eat Delicious Food In Dotonbori
Make sure to head to Dotonbori in Osaka very hungry! The area is easy to spot with huge signs like the famous Glico Man sign and giant crab sign everywhere. This area is famous for tons of fantastic places to eat.
Two must-try dishes are takoyaki (a ball-shaped snack filled with octopus) and deep-fried skewered meat and vegetables.
See Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji is one of the most famous mountains in the world, and no visit to Japan would be complete without seeing it. Depending on the season, it is possible to climb Mount Fuji, but if you are feeling less adventurous you can easily enjoy the beauty of Mount Fuji from a distance.
Two popular spots to view Mount Fuji are at Lake Kawaguchiko and the resort town of Hakone, but you might also spot it as ride the train too!
Stroll Through Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
In Kyoto, you walk through a magical bamboo grove that makes for a peaceful setting for a walk. This spot is considered one of the top sights of Kyoto, as the forest is unlike anything you've seen before.
Spend The Night At A Ryokan
To experience Japanese culture you need to spend the night at a ryokan. A ryokan is a type of hotel where you get to experience many elements of Japanese culture including futon beds, tatami floors, local cuisine, and Japanese style baths.
Discover Tokyo Most Famous Areas
There is so much to see in the bustling city of Tokyo! Some of the famous districts include Harajuku, Shibuya, Ginza, Roppongi, Shinjuku which each have their own unique vibe.
Walk Under The Torii Gates At Fushimi Inari Shrine
In Kyoto, you can walk under thousands of orange torii gates that lead up a hill to one of Japan's most popular shrines dedicated to the god of rice and sake.
Get A Birdseye View From The Top Of Umeda Sky Building
Get a view of how massive Osaka is from the top of the Umeda Sky Building. Here you can get a 360-degree view of the city from the 39th floor.
Visit Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle is considered one of Japan's most beautiful castles and is one of the twelve original castles left in Japan that weren't destroyed by fire, war or earthquake. It is particularly beautiful to visit during cherry blossom season when all the trees around the castle are in bloom.
See The Stunning Golden Pavilion
Kinkakuji is also known as the Golden Pavilion because the Zen temple is covered in gold leaf! This famous spot is located in Kyoto and is well worth a visit to see the breathtaking gold building.
Feed The Deer In Nara Park
At Nara Park, you can feed the hundreds of deer. In Shinto, deer are considered to be messengers of the gods, so the deer are allowed to freely roam. The super adorable deer in the park have even learned to bow to visitors to ask for a deer cracker (the crackers are sold within the park).
Explore The Mori Building Digital Art Museum
The Mori Building Digital Art Museum in Tokyo is the world's first digital art museum. Here you can walk into amazing digitally projected spaces that are simply breathtaking.
Relax At A Onsen
For a truly relaxing experience, you need to visit an onsen (a Japanese hot spring or traditional bathing facilities).
See The Blooming Cherry Blossoms
One of the most beautiful times in Japan is during cherry blossom season in the spring. At this time the city will be filled with pink blooming trees, and there will be cherry blossom viewing parties and tons of vendors selling delicious cherry blossom flavoured treats.
See The Floating Torii Gate
One of the most popular photos of Japan is the floating torii gate in Miyajima. You can visit the Itsukushima Floating Torii Gate, by taking a boat to the island of Miyajima located in Hiroshima Prefecture.
Eat Japanese Food
Every region in Japanese is famous for unique dishes, so there is plenty of amazing food to try! While sushi might be the first dish that comes to might, there are plenty of unique sweet and savoury dishes to discover.