All the beautiful ancient Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines are reason enough to visit Japan. One of the best-preserved cities in Japan, Kyoto offers something like 2,000 Buddhist temples and shrines within the limits of the Kansai Region city, while Nara is home to no less than 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and to some of the best temples not only in Nara Prefecture, but in the country.
You won’t see any litter or a discarded cup or cigarette butt anywhere, the streets smell nice and the bus drivers wear white gloves. Like, white white. Like, how-is-that-even-possible white. Japan is so clean you could safely lick the sidewalks, and they will probably taste like nori. Even Tokyo is so clean to the point where it almost looks brand new! Japan is the window into the future where people respect their surroundings.
Japan is filled with perfect landscapes scattered across the country for people to soak in its beauty. For many people, the image that immediately springs to mind in conjunction with Japan is actually skyscrapers, bright neon lights and advanced technology, but there’s a lot more to Japan than its urban landscapes. The stunning spectacle of Mount Fuji, the magnificent sight of Arashiyama bamboo Forest, the many temples and gardens and the magnificent rugged mountains make Japan an ideal destination for nature lovers all year round.
They make cartooned versions of everything, they make plastic food look incredible, they have the weirdest flavors of food ever, they have bizarre and strangely addictive music videos. They invented banana slipcase, square watermelons, baby mops and cuddle pillows. They have toilets that talk to you, blow dry your bum, and even play music for you (both to relax and mask) while you do your business.
As much as Tokyo rush hour sucked, I do miss being able to commute all around the city and country by train. Also, I really appreciated the punctuality of trains in Japan. During my two-week trip, I travelled mostly by local trains and the Shinkansen, and those trains were never late, not once!
Japan has a kawaii (cute) culture, and it’s getting cuter all the time, even right now. Almost all major companies in Japan have a cute mascot that represents the company. Even the Japanese police force has a mascot! Sociologists say that it’s “escapism”, a tendency to escape from daily reality or routine by indulging in daydreaming and fantasy. Artists say it’s one of the Japanese aesthetic ideals. The simple truth is that Japanese people just like cute stuff.
In spring the sakura bloom in Japan and everyone wants to be outside to catch this million dollar view.
Hanami parties are really popular in Japan, and people get really serious about picnicking under the snowy white trees. For the short period of 2-3 weeks, they will wine and dine with family/ friends/ co-workers to enjoy the evanescent sakura blossoms.
Was there ever any doubt that Japanese cuisine would make the list?
Also, did you know there are more noodle shops in Tokyo than any other city in the world? Did you know that Japan is the country with the most three-star Michelin restaurants?
One of the safest country in the world, Japan is considered as the safest in Asia with only 1.4% of the population had been victims of assault, according to report by Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development.
Japanese people all just seem to be little rays of sunshine. They’re polite, they’re gracious and they somehow remember your name after only meeting you once (I so do not have the same talent), and they’re always fun to talk to! The language barrier is difficult at times, but they will do ANYTHING to help you. I’ve met some great people and having to leave them so soon indefinitely was the hardest part about leaving.