Japan

→ Land of magnificent, temples, shrines, gardens
→ Mixture of modern lifestyles with ancient traditions
→ Is the nowhere else trip                                            

why should you visit Japan

Japan is a welcoming country which is the medley of technology with ancient traditions. Japan offers visitors with riveting scenery, traditional experiences and delicious cuisines. Japan is home to fascinating temples, shrines, and castles.

who should visit Japan

Outdoor Activities Lover

Snorkeling and Scuba diving, Surfing, River boat cruising, Kayaking, Canyoning, Trekking/Hiking, Exploring National Parks, Bungee jumping, Sky diving, Sailing, Four-wheel driving, Bike riding, Paragliding, Cycling, Water sport activity, Mountaineering

Wildlife and Nature Lover

Beaches, National Parks, Forests, Mountains, Scenic Landscapes, Geological Sites

Art and Culture Lover

Architecture, Museums and Galleries, Temples, Shrines, Castles:
Culture and Traditions:
Festivals and Events:
Samurai/Geisha/Sumo/Matsuri

Food Lover

Architecture, Museums and Galleries, Temples, Shrines, Castles:
Culture and Traditions:
Festivals and Events:
Samurai/Geisha/Sumo/Matsuri

Recreation and Fun Lover

Amusement Parks:
Theme Parks:
Fun Parks:

when should you visit Japan

If you are spending your most time in Tokyo and Kyoto, then the best times to go there are Late April, October, November.

The Northern Island of Hokkaido will have surplus snow in winter, with great skiing and a fantastic snow festival in Sapporo in early February.

June and September are the wettest months, while August is the hottest one.

Top destinations in Japan

This is the list of top destinations in Japan where you can have a lot of experience in one trip. This saves your time not only while surfing the internet for the top destination to travel but also while traveling or exploring that particular location. And of course, this can save your money too.

Tokyo

Tokyo

Hakone

Hakone

Nikko

Nikko

Kyoto

Kyota

Osaka

Osaka

top activities to do in Japan

Visiting temples and shrines

Exploring samurai/geisha teahouse

Mount Fuji

Trekking/Hiking to Mount Fuji

Exploring and watching cherry blossoms in Tokyo

Tasting sushi around Tsukiji Fishmarket

Hot Spring Baths (Onsen)

Sumo Watching and participating in Japanese Matsuri Festival

Skiing and Snowboarding in Hokkaido

our recommendations

Based on the places and experiences that you will never get in other countries i.e they are uniquely different from other countries, we tried to narrow down the lists in terms of ‘must-see’ places.

Must-visit destinations in Japan:

If you are outdoor activities and fun lover:

  1. Tokyo
  2. Hokkaido (Skiing and Snowboarding)
  3. Ishigaki (Water Sports, Climbing)
  4. Nikko and Hakone (Hiking)
  5. Osaka (Theme Parks)

If you are architecture, temples and shrines lover:

  1. Kyoto
  2. Nikko

If you are a nature lover:

  1. Hokkaido (Landscape)
  2. Ishigaki (Beach)
  3. Nikko (Mountainous Landscape)
  4. Hakone

If you are museums, galleries and culture lover:

               For Art, Museums and Galleries:

  1. Naoshima
  2. Tokyo

              For Cultures and Traditions:     

  1. Kyoto
  2. Tokyo

   

From the above list, you can see that Tokyo and Nikko overlap in three categories, whereas Kyoto, Hokkaido, Ishigaki, and Hakone overlap in two categories. You can make your trip worthy by planning an itinerary according to your priorities and make much out of it by having a lot of experiences in your single trip without having your time and money wasted in traveling and just covering distances in-between.

Our Pick:  Since Japan is all about the fusion of modern lifestyle with ancient traditions, magnificent temples, stunning shrines, beautiful gardens, castles and delicious cuisines, your target of a trip to Japan should be at least to visit Tokyo, Hakone, and Kyoto. That’s why our first pick would be Tokyo, Hakone, and Kyoto. 

Follow these itineraries ideas (below): If you want to make most out of your trip; if you want to have a lot of experiences  in one trip missing almost nothing in your whole trip; if you also don’t want to miss the must-see places and if you also don’t want to miss ‘nowhere-else’ destinations on the planet, then follow these tips.

If this is your first-time visit to Japan and 


If you have 7 days, then we recommend you to choose the following itinerary:

Tokyo (Day 1-2)→ Day trip to Nikko, then Hakone (Day 3)→Kyoto (Day 4-5)→Osaka and day trip to Nara (Day 6)→Return (Day 7)


If you have 10 days, then we recommend you to choose the following itinerary:

Tokyo (Day 1-3)→ Day trip to Nikko, then Hakone (Day 4-5)→Kyoto (Day 6-7)→Osaka and day trip to Nara (Day 8-9)→Return (Day 10)

Note: If you have got more days, you can extend your trip in Tokyo and Kyoto.


If you have 14 days, then you can extend the above itinerary.

Tokyo (Day 1-4)→ Day trip to Nikko, then Kamakura to Hakone (Day 5-7)→Kyoto (Day 8-10)→Osaka and day trip to Nara (Day 11-12)→Day trip to Hiroshima, then return to Osaka (Day 13)→Return (Day 14)


(Note: Please note that the itineraries mentioned here are focused on the routes or directions to follow for saving time and money and still not missing the ‘must-see’ destinations. The days mentioned here in-between the places is a rough estimation just to give you general itinerary ideas. You can shorten or lengthen this time according to your interests, season, budget and time available. For example, sometimes you might want to experience the nature, activities, and culture in a relaxed manner without any haste and without feeling cramped.)


We’ve covered our recommendations for ‘must-visit destinations’. The list of other wonderful places throughout Japan can get long. The priorities for a destination to visit can be different from person to person as it depends upon personal preferences and interests. But these are the itineraries covering ‘must-do’ or ‘must-see’ places once in your lifetime.