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Introduction

Our first trip to Japan was in late March 2023, right in the middle of cherry blossom season. It was the first time we’d traveled so far away, to a country so culturally different from ours, so we made sure to prepare everything and look into what we should expect. We watch a lot of anime and are fans of everything Japanese, but of course, we knew we shouldn’t base our expectations on that.

Before the trip, we spent several hours reading many ‘to do and not to do’ lists, and articles about what to expect in Japan, and we watched a lot of videos, but we still came across things that surprised us. In this post, I’m going to share with you all those things and everything we found peculiar, awesome, and worthy of noting for first-time visitors in a comprehensive list, so when you get the chance to visit this wonderful country, you’re well-prepared.

And if you’ve made up your mind to go, here’s my tried and tested checklist and tips on how to travel light, with carry-on only, wherever you go.

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Cleanliness and order in Japan

Streets and places in Japan are SO clean

I’d heard it was a well-kept country, but man, I was still taken aback by how much so. For us, it was completely unimaginable that a populous metropolis like Tokyo could be so clean and tidy. It was like experiencing life in a utopia.

For example, while walking down one of the streets in Tokyo we saw a guy in a full-on suit picking up some trash with one of those trash picker thingies on the street in front of an office.

The same goes for public transport. Train cars are cleaned regularly, and people don’t damage them either. They honestly look brand new almost.

Also, people don’t litter in the streets and smoking is only allowed in designated places. You won’t see any cigarette butts on the sidewalk.

There are no trashcans on the streets

It might seem contradictory to the previous point at first, but it is true, that you can’t find trash cans almost anywhere when you’re out and about. The reason why you still don’t see litter in the streets is because people take their trash home with them. I recommend having a plastic bag in your bag or pocket where you can collect it, and then you can get rid of it when you get back to your accommodation.

You might find some bins next to vending machines, though they’re usually for plastic bottles only. Recycling is taken very seriously in Japan, so please don’t put other trash in the designated bins.

Clean street in Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo at night

Hygiene is expected and kept

We were handed or provided hand sanitizers anywhere we went, especially in restaurants. Also, face masks were often worn on public transportation and even in the streets, even though it was not obligatory to do so anymore.

Many public restrooms provide toilet seat sanitizers, and they are generally well-maintained and clean. Toilet paper is always available, too.

Roads are well-kept like nowhere else

In my country, there are so many potholes that a pothole warning sign valid for the whole country should be placed on the border instead of placing them on every second street. As opposed to this, the roads are so well-maintained and smooth in Japan that we couldn’t believe our eyes.

People in Japan

The Japanese are friendly and super helpful

Even when you don’t ask for help, if you seem a bit lost, they would come up to you and offer to help you out.

We had a guy come up to us to help us when we were trying to decipher the Japanese-only menu in the restaurant window using Google Translate. He was really nice and spoke English, too.

Another one asked us if we needed help in the middle of Shinagawa Station just because we were standing there and looking at something. We didn’t need help, but thanks for the offer again, random guy. 🙂

And the list goes on. Even if they don’t speak English, if you ask them, they will most likely try to help you in any way they can.

Also, people stop and patiently wait for you to take your pictures even in the busy, super crowded spots.

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Public restrooms in Japan

Toilets with inbuilt bidets and seat warmers are everywhere

For someone coming from Europe, seeing these modern, super convenient high-tech toilets in public restrooms was a huge surprise. The first ones I saw were at the airport. I was like, okay, very fancy. Then in the hotel room. Again, okay, that’s so cool, it must be a nice hotel then. But when I saw them at subway stations and basically anywhere I went, my jaw was on the floor. This is the norm there. WOW.

I’m pretty sure even if we had these where I live, they would get damaged and run-down pretty fast. It’s a shame though, because they are so nice, that now we’re considering buying one of these smart lids for our home. They are pretty pricey though, so it’s not going to be an impulse buy for sure.

There are no hand dryers in public restrooms

I was a bit surprised to see that although the restrooms are well-equipped and clean, I couldn’t find hand dryers in many places. Because it was post-covid, I thought maybe it was because of that. But no, it’s normally like that.

People usually carry a small hand towel or tissues to dry themselves, so that’s what I recommend to you too.

Old-school squat toilets are still around

Though we didn’t go to many places where you could find these, there was a public restroom, maybe in Nara, where half of the stalls were regular toilets and the other half were squat toilets, so they’re definitely still to be found here and there.

I assume the more rural or traditional areas might have more of them. They seem to be a relic of the past.

Shopping in Japan

Many shops (and other places) close earlier than you’d expect

As we found, the closing time is hard to figure out, as there is no set time when most shops would open and close.

For example, we went to the Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa (the one in the featured image) at around 5 p.m. to see the lights come up, as it was Sakura season. The shopping street leading up to the temple, called Nakamise-dori, was bustling with people and was nicely decorated with cherry branches. Yet, while some shops were still open, many of them started closing for the day or had already closed by the time we got there. We had to go back the next day to be able to shop around.

Even though it’s not a shop, here I want to mention another surprise in connection with closing hours, which was the Ueno Zoo. I know it was completely on us, as all the information is available on their website. So learn from our mistakes and read everything. While the closing time is 5 p.m. for the whole zoo, some areas will be closed earlier than others. We got to see the pandas, which was our main goal, but we failed to see the gorillas.

The same goes for restaurants as well, so if there’s a particular one you want to go to, check the opening hours.

Nakamise dori shops in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan
Nakamise-dori shopping street in Asakusa, Tokyo after sunset

Tax-free shopping

Foreign visitors staying less than 6 months in Japan can be exempt from paying the consumption tax on their purchased goods when they shop in certain stores. Such stores are for example Don Quijote (Donki), BIC Camera, Uniqlo, and many others. Look for the ‘Tax-free’ signs in shop windows and by the entrance.

You’ll be eligible if you spend more than 5000 yen (tax excluded) on general goods (clothes, appliances, accessories) or consumables (food, cosmetics, etc.)

For more details, I recommend reading the information on the official site and this very thorough guide from the Live Japan website.

Unfortunately, we didn’t know about this on our first trip to Japan, so we had no idea what it was or how it worked, so we paid the tax instead. Anyway, we’ll be smarter the next time.

Convenience stores

The most common convenience stores you’ll find on every corner are 7-Eleven, Lawson, Family Mart, and Ministop. They are definitely convenient as you can find everything you might need and they are literally everywhere.

The convenience comes with a higher price tag though. If you aim for budget-friendly, you’re better off with larger supermarkets like Fresco in Kyoto or OK Store in Tokyo. Although they are not as numerous as their mini counterparts, they are more affordable. Also, the bigger the shop, the larger the selection, right?

Vending machines are everywhere

I’d known before that Japan had the most vending machines per capita in the world, but I guess I didn’t fully comprehend that info until I saw it with my own eyes. Even if you go to the most desolate areas of Japan, you’ll probably find a vending machine.

Just looking out of our hotel window, which overlooked a parking lot, I could count three of them. In Kyoto, we walked by one in the middle of a calm residential area of single-family homes. You can even find them at shrines. They look so out of place sometimes it’s oddly funny.

Truth be told, most of the vending machines sell drinks like tea, coffee, and even beer, but it’s harder to come by ones that sell food and snacks. Still, they are a lifesaver, and one of their cool features is that they have hot and cold beverages as well. Just look at the labels under the items. If it’s blue, it’s cold, if it’s red, it’s hot. Be careful, the hot ones are HOT. Good luck fishing the scalding hot can out of the machine without burning your fingers.

Pikachu vending machine in Kyoto, Japan

Trying on clothes? Take your shoes off.

Going clothes shopping? Don’t forget that in some shops, for example in Uniqlo, before you enter the dressing room you might be asked to take your shoes off and leave them outside the stall.

I was a bit surprised, as although I’d known about having to take off shoes in shrines, homes, and hotel rooms, I didn’t expect it in a store. It made sense though.

In some other clothes shops, this was not a requirement, so to make sure, check the floor for a sign, or if you can, ask a staff member if you’re unsure.

Cash is still the preferred mode of payment in Japan

Though more and more shops will take cards, many of them are still cash only, so make sure to have enough yen when you go shopping. Convenience stores and some vending machines will take IC cards like Pasmo and Suica as well, but other shops might not, so be prepared.

Remember, when you hand cash to the cashier, you’ll have to put the money into a little tray, never into the cashier’s hand.

Expenses in Japan

It’s not as expensive as you’d think

People generally have this preconception that if you can afford to travel to Japan, you must be pretty well-off. It might be true to a certain degree, but not necessarily. The most expensive part of it is getting there unless you manage to find a good deal.

However, once you’re there, you’ll be surprised to see the price tags. Coming from a European country I was thoroughly surprised to see that many things were the same price or even cheaper than at home.

Surprisingly cheap things in Japan

  • Entrance tickets to many museums, temples, and the zoo were pretty cheap, around 500-1000 yen. The Ueno Zoo is a whopping 600 yen to enter.
  • Food is also very affordable. Ramen and gyudon (beef bowl) restaurants, and the like are cheap especially if we consider the quality and quantity of food you get there. You can also find frozen meals, refrigerated ready-to-eat food, and even hot food for reasonable prices in convenience stores and supermarkets.
  • Depending on the type of accommodation you prefer, you can find pretty affordable places like capsule hotels, hostels, or hotel rooms in chains like Toyoko Inn and APA Hotel.

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Food and Eating Out in Japan

Food is more than sushi and ramen

We fell in love with the local cuisine on our first trip to Japan. We had so much good food, and honestly, not a single one we didn’t like, that it’s a miracle we got home weighing the same as when we left home. Let’s see what I mean.

The variety of Japanese dishes

We are not huge fans of seafood other than fish, so our families were worried we might starve in Japan. They didn’t know anything about Japanese cuisine except for sushi, but we reassured them we were going to be fine. And we were right.

During our 10-day stay there we had the most amazing ramen, soba, udon, gyudon, okonomiyaki, gyoza, katsudon, and other dishes, not to mention the desserts, and of course some very tasty sushi as well.

The quality and taste of Japanese food

No matter how cheap or expensive we ate, everything was skilfully cooked and presented, and the portions were filling. The taste was always rich and very flavorful. If you like soy sauce, you’ll love it there. However, if you don’t, you’ll have a hard time finding food that doesn’t have some in it.

Katsudon at Tokyo Station, Japan
Katsudon, clam soup, pickled vegetables, and green tea

Practice your chopstick skills

If you aren’t already familiar with eating with chopsticks, you should either practice beforehand, or you’ll be forced to learn it there in Japan, as forks and knives are hard to find in many restaurants. Alternatively, you can bring your own flatware set.

The warm towel is for hands

In some restaurants, you’ll be given a warm, wet towel before your meal arrives. It’s used for cleaning your hands before you eat. If you’re unsure, it’s always a good idea to look around and check how others are using it.

Complimentary water or green tea for free

Most restaurants we went to provided us with either a glass or a jug of water, or even green tea free of charge.

One taiyaki place in Nara went above and beyond with this service and refilled our glasses with green tea every time they saw it was getting empty. It was such a lovely gesture, and even more unbelievable considering we only ordered 2 taiyakis (fish-shaped waffle-like dessert with filling). It would be unheard of in my country.

Don’t eat while walking

Though street food is very popular, you never see people munching on it while strolling the streets. When you want to eat on the street, you should stop somewhere, maybe find a bench or just stand by a wall out of pedestrian traffic and eat your food there.

Some vendors even have a designated area where customers can eat. Some are just to stand, but others might have some chairs too.

Matcha soft serve ice cream in Kyoto, Japan
Soft serve matcha ice cream in Kyoto

Don’t blow your nose while eating

There are many blogs and YouTube videos out there warning you about things you should definitely not do in Japan. One of those things is blowing your nose in public. It’s generally advised that you go to the bathroom when you need to blow your nose. However, you can’t always do that, right?

Luckily, I found, that it is not as strict as one might think. Indeed, it was not as common to hear people blowing their noses as at home. My advice is to just be considerate and try to be discreet and you’ll be fine.

If you blow your nose in the street, it’s fine. When you’re on the train or some other closed space, you might want to turn away and do it silently, but (I think) it’s still better to blow your nose once than to keep sniffing for as long as you’re there.

In a restaurant though, at least in the ones we visited, I didn’t hear or see anyone blowing their noses, instead, sniffing was more common. I tend to have a runny nose every time I eat, and rushing to the bathroom after every second bite is not a viable option, so I resorted to sniffing and just wiping discreetly while turning away from the table.

No tipping

One last important thing you should know is that tipping is not expected, in fact in some instances they would consider it impolite. So when you’re eating out or using any service where you would normally give a tip in your culture, remember that in Japan you’re better off with a simple ‘thank you’.

Ramen

Hotel amenities in Japan

During our stay in Japan, we stayed in two different types of accommodation. A regular hotel in Tokyo and a love hotel in Kyoto. If you haven’t heard about love hotels before, they are designed to accommodate couples who want to spend some time together in privacy.

When in Japan, you’ll see that there are many hotel chains with countless buildings scattered throughout the city, like Toyoko Inn and APA Hotel. We stayed in Toyoko Inn Tokyo Nihombashi Hamacho Meijiza Mae, in a room with a double bed.

Breakfast in Japanese hotels

If you choose to book a room with breakfast included in the price, you’ll get to try some staple Japanese breakfast items like miso soup, tamagoyaki (Japanese omelet roll), fish, and many more. As for me, I loved the breakfast, as it was delicious, filling, and varied.

Toiletries provided for free in hotels

Besides the standard shower gel, shampoo, and soap trinity you’d find in most hotels, Japanese hotels provide many other useful items free of charge. Usually, you’ll find them somewhere around the reception area, not in your room.

These items include all kinds of things a traveler would need when staying overnight, like toothbrushes, razors, skincare products, hair clips or elastics, and even pajamas.

Toiletries in a love hotel in Kyoto
Toiletries in our love hotel in Kyoto
in the packaging: hair clip, toothbrush, razors, hair elastics

Use the slippers

Remember, in Japanese hotel rooms, you’ll need to take off your shoes right after you enter your room. Slippers will be provided, so use those if you don’t want to walk around barefoot.

Hotel bathrooms are like a spacecraft

My favorite part of our room was definitely the bathroom. Japanese hotel bathrooms are cleverly designed to be easy to clean and withstand water damage. Everything from the floor to the ceiling is prefabricated in one piece from the same material and built into place as a unit.

In this type of bathroom, the bathtub is weirdly deep compared to regular tubs. Though from the outside the tubs seem standard height, when you step inside, you still feel like standing on the floor, because the tub floor is not elevated.

Of course, it’s kind of obvious at this point, that the same high-tech toilets I mentioned in the part about public restrooms are standard in Japanese hotels, too.

unit bathroom in Toyoko Hotel in Tokyo

Staying in a love hotel is like a spa day

On the second leg of our journey in Japan, we spent 4 days in Kyoto. We opted for a love hotel because, first of all considering the prices and the amenities listed, it looked like the best value for money, and secondly, because we were curious. 🙂

We chose to stay in Hotel and Spa Lotus Modern and we loved it! I don’t know about other love hotels, but this one treated us like royalty with all the free stuff we were provided. Skincare products galore, free snacks like popcorn and umaibo (a Japanese snack that looks like a huge cheeto), bath salts and other toiletries were stacked in the lobby for anyone to take.

Besides the great variety of products we could use, my other favorites were the massage chair and the whirlpool bath we had in our room. It was so nice to pamper ourselves after all the walking we did every day.

If you can, I highly recommend staying at least one night in a love hotel. It’s a luxurious experience without the hefty price tag.

Transportation and getting around in Japan

Expenses of public transit

While eating out and shopping can be done on a budget, and accommodation can be found at affordable prices too, traveling expenses can add up pretty quickly, particularly if you’re planning to travel longer distances.

Suppose you want to visit Kyoto, Osaka, or other cities far from Tokyo (supposing you land there). In that case, you’ll have to either travel for very long hours (e.g. by overnight buses or rental cars) or dig deeper into your pockets and travel by Shinkansen bullet train or domestic flights. The fares for these are quite steep.

Taxis are the most expensive option, so when possible, choose subways, trains, and buses to get around instead. Taxis should be a last resort.

Shinkansen at Kyoto Station

JR pass

Unfortunately, the JR Pass, once a popular option for tourists as it saved them a lot of money on their trips on bullet trains and other JR trains, is no longer worth it. In October 2023 the price was increased by 70%, making it more expensive than buying regular tickets.

Tokyo Metro Pass

If you’re staying in Tokyo for several days, you’ll be using the subway system a lot. You can of course buy single tickets too, or use an IC card, but depending on your itinerary, you might save some money by buying a metro pass instead.

After calculating the expenses and checking the itinerary for our trip, we found that for us the most budget-friendly way to travel around Tokyo was to buy the 72-hour metro passes. These passes are only available for tourists, and you can choose from 24, 48 or 72-hour options.

Be aware that you can’t buy these passes at every subway station, only at bigger ones like Ueno, Shibuya, etc. We, for instance, learned this the hard way. When it was time to get new ones, we headed to the station closest to our hotel only to find out we couldn’t buy it there, so we had to go to Ueno Station to purchase it.

You can find out more about metro passes on the Tokyo Metro website.

IC cards in Japan

If you prefer IC cards, in Japan you have several options, the two most popular ones being Suica and Pasmo cards. We didn’t use those, as we opted for the metro pass instead, but if you want to learn more about them, follow the links to their respective websites.

Traffic jams are non-existent in Tokyo

The public transportation network, namely the subway system is exceptional in Tokyo. People rarely have to use cars to get around. It was surprising to see how few cars were roaming the streets in the biggest city in the world. Standing in the middle of Tokyo, you wouldn’t believe that more than 37 million people live there.

Ueno subway station

Be quiet on public transit

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that good manners are expected everywhere in Japan, including public transit. You’ll see that people are either sitting in silence or whispering to each other while on the train. Talking loudly is considered rude.

Also, for the same reason, don’t talk on the phone while using public transportation as it might disturb other passengers. If you want to listen to music, use headphones and make sure that others can’t hear it.

Signs are easy to follow

If you’re afraid you’ll get lost because you can’t read signs, don’t be. In bigger cities and touristy areas, you’ll see that many signs are written not only in Kanji but in Romaji (Latin alphabet) as well. English signs are also common, so it’s very easy to get around.

On the subway, stops have a number and are color-coded, and the names are written in Kanji, Hiragana, and Latin alphabet, too, both on the trains and the platforms.

Useful apps for public transit

Though signs are easy to follow, the subway system is hard to navigate without an app, as there are many lines and intersections. My recommendation is to use Google Maps and Navitime.

We found that the most useful and reliable app was Google Maps, as it will show you real-time information and tell you which exit to take at the station. Overall it gave us more sensible info than Navitime.

Navitime is good too, but at times it got confused and showed us longer, more complicated routes than necessary. Still, it’s a great second option for when Google Maps is acting up. Also, it comes with other useful features like recommending sights, coupons, and itineraries, giving information about earthquakes, etc., and you can use it to make reservations among others.

Cycling on the sidewalk

Be careful! People cycle on sidewalks like madmen I swear. In my country, you must either cycle on the road or in the bike lane, but in Japan you’ll see that people cycle among pedestrians like they own the place.

I find it quite dangerous. There was a time I almost got hit because I didn’t hear the cyclist coming from behind and almost stepped in front of him. Learn from my mistake and always pay attention to your surroundings.

Language barrier in Japan

Most Japanese don’t speak English

Don’t expect that most people would speak English. They don’t. Hotel receptionists are maybe your best bet, especially in hotels where they expect to see many foreign visitors. In Kyoto we stayed in a love hotel, which I suspect doesn’t get many foreigners, and the receptionist there didn’t speak a word of English.

Conversely, the receptionist at Toyoko Inn, where we stayed in Tokyo, spoke fluent English with an easy-to-understand accent.

Menus and signs in Japanese

I mentioned earlier, that you’ll find many signs in English in more touristy areas, but the majority of signs you’ll see around will be in Japanese only. Well, it’s obvious, they’re for the locals, not for foreigners.

The same goes for restaurants. Many of them don’t have an English menu. Even the ones where you order from a ticket machine at the entrance might be monolingual.

Some say you should go to places without an English menu, as those are more authentic. Also, some restaurants with English names and signs that are obviously trying to cater to foreigners might be tourist traps to rip them off.

To decipher those Japanese-only texts, we used Google Lens with great success. Though it couldn’t always translate everything, it was enough to help us make sense of what we were looking at. It came in handy when we were trying to choose from the menu and browsing products in shops.

Shibuya at night, Tokyo
Shibuya

Useful language to learn before you go to Japan

It’s a good idea to learn a few basic phrases for your first trip to Japan. The phrases I used the most often were:

  • Arigatou gozaimasu. – Thank you.
  • Sumimasen. – Sorry., Excuse me.
  • … onegaishimasu. – please (E.g. Mizu onegaishimasu. – Water, please.)
  • Ohayou gozaimasu. – Good morning.
  • Konnichiwa. – Good afternoon., Hello.
  • Konbanwa. – Good evening.
  • Kore wa nan desu ka? – What’s this?
  • … doko desu ka? – Where is …?

They are very basic phrases, but learning these is still better than nothing. At least you can show you care and you’re trying to be polite. They will appreciate it.

Some other things you should know before your first trip to Japan

Umbrella sleeve dispensers exist

On our first 4 days in Tokyo, it was mostly raining save for a couple of hours of sunshine here and there. That’s when we learned that

  1. you can buy an umbrella on every corner, and
  2. many establishments will have a machine that puts a plastic sleeve over your wet umbrella, so it won’t drip all over the floor while you’re inside. Just stick your umbrella in, and then pull it out sideways.

When you leave the place, you’ll find a bin where you can discard the plastic sleeve. Or save it and reuse it to produce less plastic waste.

Ramen restaurant in Asakusa, Tokyo with an umbrella sleeve dispenser by the entrance
Ramen restaurant in Asakusa
umbrella sleeve dispenser at the entrance

The side you line up on depends on the region

On escalators and stairs, the side people stand or walk on is not the same throughout the country. In Tokyo for example, people stand on the left and leave the right side empty for those in a hurry, while in Kyoto it’s the other way around. Just follow what everyone else is doing.

Take your shoes off

Wear your nice socks at all times, as you’ll be asked to take off your shoes in many places such as shrines, houses, and hotel rooms. Some shrines will provide a plastic bag to put your shoes in, so you can carry it around while you’re inside.

Mascots are everywhere

It really is true that in Japan everything has a mascot. And they can be the most unexpected, weird, kawaii (cute) creatures you can imagine. You’ll see cute characters pop up everywhere, like on the subway, at the airport, or on product packaging, just to name a few.

Hello Kitty (and Hatsune Miku) welcome you at Haneda Airport

Internet for foreigners

When you get to Japan, the first thing you’ll need is a stable internet connection. You’ll be lost without a map app. You have two options:

  • A pocket wifi
  • A data SIM card

Both have advantages and disadvantages, so choose the one that makes more sense for your journey. We chose the SIM card, and it worked well for us.

Pocket wifi pros and cons

The pocket wifi is a good option if you want to use the internet on several devices or share it with your travel companions. It will also be your only choice if you have a locked phone (meaning that it only works with the provider you purchased your phone from).

However, it will be more expensive, and you’ll need to return the device before you leave. It might be difficult to do so if your flight leaves very early or very late, as the offices will be closed. You’ll also need to charge it.

Data SIM card pros and cons

If you want a more budget-friendly option and only plan to use one device, SIM cards will be your answer. Several companies sell them, and you can get them either before your journey or after you’ve arrived.

You don’t have to return them either. The coverage is great too.

On the other hand, you’ll need to swap your SIM card for this one, and then set it up yourself. You get instructions for that, and it’s not difficult, but if you’re not tech-savvy, you might find it more complicated.

I recommend having a dedicated safe place, such as a small box or sachet to store your card so that you don’t damage or lose it. Also, I took my SIM tray ejector pin too, in case they don’t provide one at the counter.

Another drawback is that these SIM cards only work with unlocked phones (meaning that they work with any provider), so if you have a locked one, you’ll need to rent a pocket wifi instead.

As I mentioned, we opted for the data SIM, and we didn’t regret it. We went with Mobal’s data-only SIM for 16 days and purchased the card before we left. We picked it up at Haneda airport when we arrived. They also ship to certain countries free of charge. Unfortunately, my country is not on the list.

Conclusion

As you can see, there’s an endless list of things waiting for you in Japan. It’s a wonderful country rich in culture, full of lovely people and great food. If you ever have the chance, do visit, you won’t regret it. Whether you’re into quirky stuff, history, or nature, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to enjoy those in Japan.

I hope the information you found here will help you on your journey. If you don’t plan to go, I hope at least it piqued your interest and showed you a side of Japan you haven’t seen before. I personally loved it there, and whenever I have the chance to go back, I will.


What’s something you’d definitely want to see or experience in Japan? If you’ve been there before, what was the most interesting culture shock moment for you? Share it in the comments!

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