Japan. The Land Of The Rising Sun. One of the most popular travel destinations in the world. A bucket list entry for many. Well, I’ve done the honourable thing and have visited Japan so you don’t have to. Here are 20 reasons why you should not travel to Japan.
One of my favourite spots in Japan has to be the beautiful island of Miyajima. With its dense forests, ancient shrines and great hiking options, it’s a popular day trip from Hiroshima and is famous for one of the most scenic views in the whole country.
Trying all the delicious Japanese food is a highlight of any trip to the Land of the Rising Sun. There are so many different local and regional specialities that there is always something new to taste and discover. So here’s my list of the best Japanese food to have on your next visit!
Walking a part of the ancient Nakasendo Way was one of the must-dos on my trip to Japan. While hiking may not immediately spring to mind when coming up with an ultimate Japan bucket list, I could not miss the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of shogun and samurai.
The Nakasendo Way is hardly a secret (it’s listed in the top 25 things to do in Japan by Lonely Planet), yet it doesn’t feature on many first-time visitors’ itineraries. If, like me, you love being active and want to get a taste of rural Japan, a visit to Magome, one of Nakasendo’s prettiest spots, should be near the top of your list.
The messenger of the Gods paused, looked up and proceeded to headbutt a small child who fell to the ground in shock, tears running down her face. It definitely wasn’t the type of behaviour I expected from a divine being! Except, of course this wasn’t a case of extreme child abuse – Nara’s so-called messengers of the Gods are…deer!
Japan frequently appears on many travellers’ bucket lists. It’s a country rich in history, tradition and natural beauty. Arriving in Japan for the first time can be a little overwhelming – a different language, culture and a LOT of people. To help anyone planning their trip I’ve put together some essential tips for first time visitors to Japan from my recent travels.