20 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Travel To Japan

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.

1. Japan is pretty boring. I’ve no idea why people travel here

Osaka Castle - 20 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Travel To Japan
Osaka Castle

2. It definitely isn’t for the bland food…

Street food at the Tsukiji Food Market, Tokyo

3. Or its uninspiring architecture

Senso-ji, Tokyo - 20 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Travel To Japan
Senso-ji, Tokyo

4. Or the slow and outdated trains

Sinkansen, 20 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Travel To Japan
A shinkansen train

5. The autumn colours are nothing to shout home about

Autumn colours, Okunoin cemetery - 20 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Travel To Japan
Autumn colours, Okunoin cemetery

6. And the scenery doesn’t really stand out

Magome - 20 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Travel To Japan
View from Magome on the ancient Nakasendo Trail

7. There are probably better views outside your bedroom window!

Kokoen Garden, Himeji - 20 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Travel To Japan
Kokoen Garden, Himeji

8. Japan is all about skyscrapers and cities

Magome - 20 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Travel To Japan
Magome

9. I mean, Tokyo is just a jungle of concrete and glass

Golden Gai - 20 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Travel To Japan
A storefront in the Golden Gai area, Shinjuku

10. And there are so many people everywhere!

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Kyoto - 20 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Travel To Japan
Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Kyoto

11. The sunsets are not very impressive

Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto - 20 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Travel To Japan
Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto

12. Sunrises aren’t much better, either

Sunrise in Arashiyama - 20 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Travel To Japan
Sunrise in Arashiyama

13. There is no wildlife

A deer in Nara - 20 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Travel To Japan
A deer in Nara

14. There are too many tourists at major sights

Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kyoto - 20 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Travel To Japan
Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kyoto

15. There is not much happening after dark

Shibuya, Tokyo - 20 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Travel To Japan
Shibuya, Tokyo

16. Did I mention the food wasn’t great

Okonomiyaki i Hiroshima - 20 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Travel To Japan
Okonomiyaki in Hiroshima

17. And there is nowhere to shop

Yodobashi Akiba department store - 20 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Travel To Japan
Yodobashi Akiba department store

18. There really isn’t much to see

Reikado (Hall of Eternal Flame), Miyajima - 20 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Travel To Japan
Reikado (Hall of Eternal Flame), Miyajima

19. I mean, there are way way cooler places to visit

Itsukushima shrine, Miyajima - 20 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Travel To Japan
Itsukushima shrine, Miyajima

20. Hopefully I have convinced you not to go to Japan

Torii gate, Miyajima - 20 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Travel To Japan
Torii gate, Miyajima

Pin this for later to remind that of all the reasons not to go to Japan

31 thoughts on “20 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Travel To Japan

  1. Albert Bond says:

    Love the title! At first I was like this must be a typo or something is wrong with me, why is he saying I shouldn’t go to Japan. Great post. Japan is of course on everyone’s list, certainly mine for the very reasons you highlighted.

  2. Tracy says:

    Yep had the opposite effect! I cannot wait to see Japan!!! So much to see and eat and see and eat and it looks amazing!!! And I want to take one of those trains!!!!

  3. Sanna Vegancruiser says:

    Fabulous photography! Love the look of Japan and think I would love to visit (esp Kyoto for the temples) but the long flight puts me off. There must be a cruise or two I could do, surely?

  4. Angie (FeetDoTravel) says:

    It’s very lovely of you to visit Japan to save me going, and after reading your post, I definitely don’t want to go there now … I NEED to go! I cannot live the rest of my life not travelling to this amazing country, it’s now a right of passage for me as a traveller … it’s something I feel I should do! Japan is absolutely top of my bucket list. Pinned for when I visit! #feetdotravel

    • Travel Lexx says:

      Haha, yes my plan worked! Funnily enough I was there 2 days ago! Clearly not listening to my own advice!

  5. Kreete says:

    Haha hilarious! You are right when you say this might have an opposite effect! Haha! Damn Id love to see it one day! Amazing gallery, Alexei!

  6. Sina says:

    It does have the opposite effect 😀 Japan looks stunning and I’d love to visit that part of the world. It looks so different to anything I’ve seen so far, not sure about the food though – looks quite bland 😀

  7. travel4lifeblog says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your sarcasm! AT first, when we read your title we thought that you were the only person in the world not to love Japan! Perfect title as in fact it encouraged us to read your article. Very nice article and different to the usual posts so well done! Love the photos too! We have been to Japan in the past but we can’t really say that we know it as we only visited Tokyo and Kamakura. Your post made us want to go back and explore more! Patrick and Cecile from http://www.travel4lifeblog.com

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