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Japan Travel Guide

Updated: Aug 21, 2019

Japan is one of the most popular destinations not only in Asia, but in the whole world, and for good reason. There are endless places to explore. As the culture and traditions are very different compared to other parts of the world, it gains a lot of outside interest.

Japan is a mix between ancient history all the way to the newest and updated technology. Japan also has a wide range of food to try, including sushi, ramen and the Kyoto special; A sweet potato ice cream.

You can see some of the most beautiful temples and shrines in the world here. The city of Kyoto has around 2000 temples that you can visit. If you want to explore traditional Japan, Kyoto is the place to go. Japan also features some of the most beautiful landscapes you will ever see, for many people who think of Japan, they think of big skyscrapers and dazzling lights, which is true but there is also the stunning urban landscapes as well if you venture out of the cities. Japan is considered one of the safest places in the world so it isn't an issue if you wonder off into the middle of nowhere.

One of my favourite things about Japan is how different it is to the UK. They have funky cartoons and anime versions of everything. Everything is so cute in Japan and Japanese people like cute stuff. They also have the coolest toys in the world and the funniest, craziest game shows ever.

One of the funniest things in Japan, is that they have toilets that talk to you and sing to you. This is something to experience at least once in your lifetime.

Getting around Japan is very easy too as the transport is very efficient. The local trains are known to have great punctuality. The train system may overwhelm you a little bit at first as there are many lines just in the city of Tokyo alone, but once you get the hang of it, you will see how easy it is to get around. Japan is also known to be one of the safest places in the world with only 1.4% of the population being victims of assault, making it great for travellers, solo or not.

A few key points;

  • The capital of Japan is Tokyo.

  • The currency is Japanese Yen

  • Japan is very safe to travel to

  • The Bullet Train, which has operated since 1964, has a precise time of arrival or departure of 36 seconds every day. Tourists tend to be surprised at how precise it is.

  • Some Japanese people may wear surgical masks, but don’t be alarmed, they wear them so they don’t infect other people or to prevent allergies.

  • There are many convenience stores open 24/7 nearby which are very convenient.

  • Tipping is considered rude in Japan as much as other countries may think it’s a good gesture.

  • Japan is a super clean country, so don’t litter (that goes for any other country too).

  • Bowing is a sign of respect and politeness when you meet someone.

  • It’s not expensive to travel to and stay in Japan as many people may think.

Must try foods

  • Sushi

  • Ramen

  • Oden

  • Tamagoyaki

  • Sweet Potato ice cream

Top places to visit in Japan


Tokyo is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. There is so much going on in this city that it’s impossible to get bored. As locals in Tokyo speak Japanese, they speak limited English. It’s also good to take cash with you as there aren’t many ATMs around and most places don’t accept card. The city is absolutely stunning and breath-taking with a lot to take in around you. The Kabuki Theatre is a great place to take in Japanese culture. The cherry blossom (Sakura) viewing is also beautiful to see as well as it’s very picturesque.


Kyoto is one of the must see places in Japan and is located in the Kansai region on the island of Honshu. As well as having around 2000 temples there, it also has beautiful zen gardens, cherry blossoms and stunning mountains. This is the best way to see traditional Japan in its finest.


Takayama is a small town in Japan, located in the Alps. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside. Here you can see traditional wooden houses, colourful shrines and bright red bridges over the river. Takayama’s old town is a great opportunity to see old buildings and streets from the Edo Period. It used to be a rich merchants’ town. Here you can find old shops, sake and coffee houses.

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji is a volcano outside Tokyo and is known to be the tallest point in Japan. If you are a fan of hiking, Mount Fuji is a popular place to walk to the summit. It is located Southwest of Tokyo and you can get there by train. You can get beautiful views of Mount Fuji from Five Lakes too.


Okinawa is very different from the rest of Japan, and the perfect tropical scenic island that resembles Hawaii more than Japan. But it is very peaceful and beautiful here. You can get here on a plane, and it is located South of main island Japan. The Ryukyu Kingdom Palace is located here and it is a must see. There are a lot of Chinese elements too to the palace as it was owned by the Ryukyu people whos culture was a mix of Japanese and Chinese.