Japan is the most amazing tourist destination and it offers many unique experiences that you cannot find in any other part of the world. The culture of this country is an interesting blend of Eastern traditions and Western modernity that can be seen everywhere. Japan is one of the oldest civilizations and has a beautiful and diverse history.
The stunning, diverse scenery with mountains and breathtaking views, which are much appreciated by the Japanese, offers so many different experiences that attract tourists from all corners of the world. In this article we give you our best reasons why you should make a trip to this amazing country at least once in your lifetime.
Japan is very clean
The Japanese really pride themselves on their cleanliness, and upon first arrival in the country you may be surprised by how sparkling clean the streets are.
Hotels and restaurants tend to be absolutely spotless, filled with pleasant smells, and regularly and efficiently cleaned. One downside is that there tends to be a total absence of trash cans in public spaces. However, you can just follow the Japanese example and carry garbage with you until you find a place to get rid of it later on.
The incredible natural landscapes
Although Japan is perhaps best known internationally for its technologically advanced cities, the majority of the country is actually taken up by a vast expanse of forested hills and mountains, and there is lots of nature to explore.
One of the most obvious beauty spots to visit is the iconic Mount Fuji, but you shouldn’t rule out a visit to lesser-known natural gems such as the Arashiyama bamboo forest or the Ritsurin landscape gardens on Shikoku Island.
The majestic temples in Japan
There are number of stunning historic temples and shrines in almost every town and city in Japan, while larger cultural centers can have up to 1,000 temples within their municipality.
One of the most impressive temples in Japan is the Byodoin Buddhist temple in Uji, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back over a thousand years. The Toji temple in Kyoto, which boasts the tallest wooden pagoda in Japan and an extensive garden full of cherry trees, is also well worth visiting.
Sushi, ramen, tempura…many Japanese dishes are known and loved all over the world, but a trip to Japan offers a chance to taste the most authentic versions of foods you might have tried before, and to discover local dishes that you might never have heard of.
On our cruise there’ll be chances to delve into the local delicacies of the places you visit, like Takoyaki in Osaka and the renowned seafood of Toyama. You can even discover Japanese food on your days at sea on board MS Westerdam in pan-Asian restaurant, Tamarind, which has been praised by Condé Nast Traveler for food ‘that rivals the best restaurants on land’.
Hokkaido, Japan’s wild west
Step off your ship on Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, to discover a vast haven of natural beauty with six national parks home to volcanoes, hot springs, and a huge variety of wildlife. Hokkaido is also home to the Ainu, an indigenous population with their own distinct culture, history, and cuisine.
You’ll spend a day in Hokkaido on our cruise next year, where you can visit the Onuma Quasi-National Park with its three tranquil lakes, and see cornerstones of Ainu culture here, like the beautiful attush robes, and taste the region’s distinct cuisine.
Public Transportation Makes it Easy to Get Around
When we visit a foreign country, transportation is the first thing that concerns us. Japan has one of the most reliable and efficient public transportation systems on the map. The country offers several transfer options, including train, subway services, and bus.
The famous and most recommended one is the Shinkansen. Also called the bullet train, this high-speed train network interlinks all parts of the country, including Kyushu, Honshu, and Hokkaido. The best part is you can buy a JR Rail Pass, which gives you unlimited high-speed rail access during your visit, making it easy to fly around to major cities in Japan.
With frequent departures and 300 km/h (186 mph) speed, train travel makes it convenient for tourists to cover different corners of the country in a short period. Also, trains in Japan are super punctual. The advanced and best public transport systems are the best answers to why you visit Japan.