What do you get when you mix a bit of quirky chaos and tranquil bliss? Japan!
There are so many things to do in Japan that it will likely take a few visits to check them all off your bucket list.
In the meantime, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite things to do in Japan that has to be seen to be believed.
1. See the Japanese Alps
Think Europe is the only region with alps? Think again!
In fact, Japan has its very own alps that are absolutely breathtaking. The Japanese Alps’ majestic peaks stand at a whopping 3,000 metres high, and are popular all year round for the spectacular landscapes and wild nature they offer travellers.
2. Stay in a Ryokan
Staying at a ryokan is an experience you can have in Japan and nowhere else.
This type of traditional Japanese inn is characterised by tatami-matted rooms and exceptional hospitality. Ryokan guests are usually provided with yukata robes and access to private on-site onsen.
3. Wander through Japanese Gardens
While you can find Japanese gardens in various cities around the world, the perfect place to glimpse these immaculate creations is, obviously, in Japan!
Here are some of the most famous Japanese gardens:
– Kenrokuen, Kanazawa
– Korakuen, Okayama
– Kairaku-en, Mito
– Tenryū-ji, Kyoto
– Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
– Imperial Palace, Tokyo
4. See the famous Nara Deer
Stop by the ancient capital of Nara, and channel your inner Snow White and meet a deer (or 10!)
Nara is just a short 45-minute train ride from both Osaka and Kyoto, making it a popular day trip from either city.
According to the traditional Shinto religion, the deer in Nara are said to be messengers of the gods, and are therefore sacred animals that are allowed to roam freely. And no, the 1,000-plus deer who call the city home will not flee when they see you. They welcome visitors!
5. Sing Karaoke!
Love to sing? Well, you’ve come to the right place.
Japan’s karaoke culture is unlike any other in the world.
In Japan, karaoke rooms are rented spaces where you can belt out your favourite tunes in privacy or in the company of friends. Most can be rented by the hour, and even serve beverages and snacks.
You simply can’t go to Japan without participating in a little karaoke!
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