Headed to Japan and unsure of what to see or do? Well, to make it easy, we’ve narrowed it down! We’ve compiled a list of what we did that can hopefully serve as a good of what you can be a accomplished on any Japan trip.
1. EAT JAPAN FOOD
From coffee, to electronics to full blown meals, try one of the many street vending machines to divulge into the future.
Japan has THE best ramen noodles we’ve tasted thus far on our journeys.
The Japanese do have their sweet tooth. Their more famous of such is green tea. Green tea ice cream and green tea Kit Kats are well known treats there.
Get some drinks at a local bar. When visiting another country, I believe tasting their home grown beer is one of the best ways to assimilate into a foreign culture!
THEIR SEAFOOD (from Tsukiji Market) IS A TOP CONTENDER OF MUST TRY (best food) FOODS IN THE ENTIRE WORLD!
Keeping up with the green tea flavor, have a freshly made green tea mochi – this was a street vendor.
Curry in Japan is as spicy as one would expect it is still delicious!
Biggest tempura we’ve ever had.
From Ramen noodles to vending machines, make sure to try at least one thing only found or widely-known delicacies from Japan. Even better, hit up a vending machine restaurant – YES, a restaurant you order from a menu via vending machine and 5-10 minutes later your dish pops out. No human interaction necessary.
2. CROSS THE FAMOUS SHIBUYA CROSSWALK
Welcome to the busiest crosswalk in the world: Shibuya Crossing. Made famous by Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift, it really inspired us to visit here. Other than crossing, Shibuya is a major shopping destination.
3. VISIT ODAIBA AT NIGHT
Another major shopping destination and a few train rides away from Shibuya is Odaiba. Take a stroll on the shores of Tokyo Bay, shop, or even see the famous, giant, robot Gundam.
4. TAKE A PHOTO OF THE FAMOUS GOLDEN TEMPLE
Visit the famous Golden Temple!
5. SHOP AT TAKESHITA STREET IN HARAJUKU
If you’re looking for souvenirs, this is the place to be! Massive crowds and great eateries all up and down Harajuku. On top of that, you may be fortunate enough to see the famous Harajuku girls with their unique clothing style!
6. TOUR ARASHIYAMA AND SAGANO
The famous Bamboo Forest.
After the Bamboo Forest, rent a bicycle and hike up the mountain to see the Japanese macaque A.K.A. SNOW MONKEY in Monkey Park!
In the same area, visit these “cute” little statues – Otagi Nenbutsu-Ji is a Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan that features over 1,200 stone figures
7. EAT AT TSUKIJI MARKET
As mentioned before in this post, Japan has the best seafood we have ever had! Definitely visit Tsukiji Market. I believe there’s no bad dish here based off the ignorant fact that we had (uncommon) dishes we never eat and it was mouthwatering!
8. FEED THE DEER AT NARA PARK
“Get up close and personal with these cuties!” You can feed and pet deer at Nara Park.
9. SEE THE CITY VIEW FROM TOKYO SKYTREE
Take an elevator ride to the tallest building in all of Japan: Tokyo Skytree. It has the most amazing views and really reveals how big of a city Tokyo really is – buildings is as far as the eye can see!
10. WALK TO THE TOP OF FUSHIMI INARI
Make sure to visit a temple! The temple we visited: Fushimi-Inari.
There you have it, 10 things you must do while in Japan! Let us know if you have any recommendations for our next visit. We truly enjoyed our time in Japan and can’t wait to be back very soon.