So you are going to Japan for a visit. Excellent! Whether it’s your first trip to Japan or you’ve been there before, it’s likely you’ve seen a lot about this amazing and (for many Westerners) mysterious country.
A trip that will only take a day or two – like when you are crossing Japan en route to another destination – probably won’t give you enough time to see a lot. In this case, do your best to do a few day trips where you are staying.
However, if you plan to spend at least 5-10 days in Japan and have some time left, you are probably trying to find the best way to spend your short time there. Fortunately, there are many beautiful things to see in Japan. While your guide is undoubtedly full of hundreds of things to see and do, of course, you won’t be able to see a fraction of it during such a short trip. You always want to make the most of your time in Japan.
If you are going to Japan for a short trip, you are probably interested in limiting your choices to the most interesting places to visit. Here are 5 of these places to consider during your trip:
1. Visit Kyoto and Nara:
The majority of visitors to Japan travel to Narita Airport in eastern Japan, mainly Tokyo and the surrounding cities. However, many tourists also fly to Osaka, the third-largest city in Japan. Although Osaka itself is an impressive place to see, we recommend that you visit the nearby cities of Kyoto and Nara if you only have a few days in the area.
Kyoto and Nara are treasures of the Japanese past full of temples, shrines and other traditional structures. When you visit certain special areas of the two cities, time will bring you back to ancient Japan. Both cities are definitely worth a day trip from Osaka.
2. See Mt. Fuji:
You’ve probably heard of Mt. Fuji, but did you know that it is the highest mountain in Japan with 3,776 meters (ca. 12,388 ft)? The symmetrical and conical shape is symbolic of Japan and can be seen from Tokyo (just east) on a clear day. If you see Mt. Fuji from Eastern Japan (the region around Tokyo), you can visit this famous mountain by train, bus, car or taxi. You can take a bus to the 5th station from July 1 to August 27. About 200,000 people climb this mountain every year.
3. See Kamakura:
Kamakura is an old de facto capital of Japan. Today, it is a city of approximately 175,000 inhabitants, not far from Tokyo. It has a beach and several very ancient historic Buddhist temples that are well worth a visit.
4. Go to Yokohama Bay:
The city of Yokohama is the second-largest city in Japan. It is located along Tokyo Bay, just south of Tokyo. The bay around this important Japanese port city is very pleasant to explore. Discover also the very large district of Chinatown and the marine tower of Yokohama, the highest indoor lighthouse in the world.
5. Take the shinkansen or the high-speed train:
Your visit to Japan would not be complete without a high-speed train or shinkansen tour. There are actually different rail routes across the country. One of the most popular is the Tokaido Shinkansen, which connects the cities of Tokyo and Osaka.
Check out these 5 must-see places and things to do on your next trip to Japan.