Japan consists of 6,852 islands in the Pacific Ocean, with 43 different prefectures. There is so much to see and do in Japan, you might not be able to finish it all in one visit. If you are planning a trip there, be sure to consider visiting these top 10 Japanese tourist destinations while you are there.
Hot springs hotel
If you’re looking for a relaxing getaway, you should consider staying at an “Onsen Ryokan,” which is a hot spring hotel. Some even claim that the water cleanses the skin and reverses aging.
If you like the outdoors, consider climbing the 12,388-foot Mount Fuji. The trail is only open from July to September, as it gets very cold at the top of the mountain. If you’re only there for a day, you can hop on to the 5th station, which is a 12 hour round trip. If you feel adventurous, you can book accommodation near the top of the mountain, so you can watch the sunrise together with other mountain climbers. Keep in mind that it takes a full 24 hours to climb to the top. If you’re not ready to climb the top, you can still take pictures from afar. The most popular spot for photos of Mount Fuji is Gotemba Peace Park in Gotemba City, which is open all year round.
Tokyo DisneySea, an aquatic theme park, makes it the perfect place to visit during the summer. This place features many Disney water-themed films such as The Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, as well as several remastered films, such as The Tower of Terror. There is also an entire area dedicated to Aladdin called “The Arabian Coast,” which will make you feel as if you are actually walking around the city of Agrabah. Apart from the rides, the park accommodation is very detailed, such as the Hotel Miracosta, which is a recreation of a Mediterranean port. Many people refer to Tokyo DisneySea as “the world’s best theme park,” but you just have to visit to judge for yourself.
Akibara and Harajuku
Akihabara is an anime fan’s dream come true. The streets are lined with large shops on cosplay, anime, manga and electronics themed. It’s completely normal to see fans walking around in full cosplay. For those of you who aren’t into anime, Harajuku is a fashion district, and it’s the perfect place to buy clothes you can’t find at home.
Tokyo Tower and SkyTree
The most famous tourist spot in Japan is the Tokyo Tower, which was built in the 1950s as an antenna for TV broadcasts. The design is inspired by the Eiffel Tower in France. Tourists climb the tower to the top observation deck every day. However, the Tokyo Tower was far from being the highest point in the city. These two towers provide great views of Tokyo, and the SkyTree even has its own shopping mall and aquarium. Keep in mind that tickets to these two buildings can be quite expensive, and the lines can be very long.
Matsumoto Castle is one of the remaining castles in Japan. Spring is one of the most popular times to visit, as the cherry blossoms around the plantation are in full bloom.
Tashirojima, the island’s population has changed from around 1,000 people to only 85 people. The dominant species living on the island are more than 100 feral cats. Obviously, this is why it has earned the nickname “Cat Island.” The locals believe that cats bring good luck, to the point that there is a cat shrine. Everyone on the island takes collective responsibility for caring for the cats, so it’s no surprise that Tashirojima has a very strict no-dog policy.
If you’re visiting Tokyo in spring or summer, be sure to take a walk through Ueno Park. In April, more than 1,000 cherry trees are in full bloom for just about one week.
Studio Ghibli Museum
This museum is located within the beautiful Inokashira Park of Tokyo. Both inside and outside the museum, there are places for children to play, and adult fans will appreciate the behind-the-scenes look into the creation of the films in which they grew up together. Keep in mind that this museum is so popular that you need to buy tickets at least a month in advance.
One of the most iconic places to visit in Japan is the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Southern Kyoto. The most stunning and iconic part of Fushimi Inari is the thousands of red torii gates, which lead visitors to the top of Mount Inari.