Wonders Of Japan
Welcome, fellow wanderers, to the land of ancient traditions and modern marvels, where every corner reveals a new adventure. Join me on a whirlwind journey through Japan, as we explore the breathtaking wonders and unique experiences that await. Japan is one of the most unique vacation destinations and it has never been easier to plan a vacation than right now with Tripio. Sit back and get ready to embark on a fun adventure through one of the most fascinating places on earth.
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Rowing Down Takachiho Gorge, Japan
Let’s kick off our adventure with a thrilling escapade down the stunning Takachiho Gorge. Hop aboard a traditional rowboat and glide through the emerald-green waters, surrounded by towering basalt cliffs. As sunlight filters through the lush foliage, you’ll feel an undeniable sense of tranquility and awe.
Visit The Snow Monkeys, Japan
From natural beauty to playful charm, our next stop takes us to the captivating world of the snow monkeys. Witness these adorable creatures in action as they soak in hot springs, basking in pure bliss amidst the winter wonderland of Jigokudani Monkey Park. It’s a heartwarming spectacle that will leave you smiling from ear to ear! I cannot tell you how tempted I am to hop in with them.
Watch A Geisha Show In Kyoto
Prepare to be captivated by the grace and elegance of Kyoto’s geisha culture. Immerse yourself in a world of traditional dance, music, and artistry as you witness a mesmerizing geisha show. The intricate movements, vibrant kimonos, and timeless beauty of these skilled performers will transport you to another era.
Pay Your Respects In Hiroshima
A visit to Hiroshima is a humbling experience that reminds us of the resilience of the human spirit. Pay your respects at the Peace Memorial Park, reflecting on the city’s tragic past and embracing the hope for a peaceful future. It’s a powerful reminder of the strength of humanity in the face of adversity.
Stand In Awe Of Mount Fuji, Japan
Prepare to be spellbound as you gaze upon the majestic Mount Fuji. Whether you choose to admire its beauty from afar or embark on a thrilling climb, this iconic symbol of Japan will leave you breathless. Its snow-capped peak rising above serene landscapes creates a vision straight out of a postcard. The best place to get an iconic photo of Mount Fuji is from the Chureito Pagoda. It is incredible and definitely worthy of being your new profile photo.
Greet The World’s Most Polite Deer In Nara, Japan
As you explore Nara Park, be ready to meet some of the most polite and adorable creatures on Earth. Bow to the friendly deer that roam freely and they will bow back to you. Watch as they interact with visitors, often offering a playful nudge in exchange for a tasty treat. It’s a delightful encounter that will warm your heart. Visiting Nara Park was one of my fondest travel memories of all time.
Visit Osaka Castle
Step back in time as you wander through the grandeur of Osaka Castle. Marvel at its imposing structure and immerse yourself in centuries of history. Climb to the top for a panoramic view of the city and embrace the beauty of the surrounding cherry blossom trees during the spring season.
Admire The Cherry Blossoms, Japan
Speaking of cherry blossoms, Japan’s annual sakura season is an enchanting phenomenon you must experience. Witness the delicate pink blooms that blanket the landscape, transforming parks and streets into ethereal wonderlands. Join locals and fellow travelers in hanami, the cherished tradition of picnicking under the blooming trees.
Indulge In Japanese Cuisine
Prepare your taste buds for an extraordinary culinary journey. From sushi to ramen, tempura to okonomiyaki, Japan’s diverse cuisine is a delight for food lovers. Don’t miss the chance to savor fresh seafood at Tsukiji Fish Market or indulge in a traditional kaiseki meal. Each bite is a symphony of flavors that will leave you craving for more.
Go Shopping In Harajuku
Ready for some fashion and pop culture exploration? Head to Harajuku, Tokyo’s vibrant district known for its quirky fashion, unique boutiques, and colorful street art. Lose yourself in the eclectic shops, where you can find everything from avant-garde fashion to cute and trendy accessories. Embrace your inner fashionista and stroll along Takeshita Street, where every corner unveils a new and exciting discovery. Get ready to update your wardrobe with one-of-a-kind pieces that will make heads turn! Not only that but this street is full of animal cuddle cafes, you can cuddle shiba inus (Japanese dog), otters, hedgehogs, mini pigs and more. Even their food is cute and colorful or “kawaii” as the Japanese say which means cute. You can eat everything from cat pancakes to corgi lattes.
Walk Over The World Famous Shibuya Crossing
Now, it’s time to experience the hustle and bustle of one of the world’s busiest intersections—the iconic Shibuya Crossing. Step into the heart of Tokyo’s vibrant Shibuya district, and as the traffic lights turn red, immerse yourself in the mesmerizing symphony of pedestrians crossing from all directions. It’s a dazzling display of organized chaos that perfectly captures the energy and spirit of this dynamic city. My personal favorite sight by the Shibuya crossing is the Hachikō Memorial Statue/
Hachikō Memorial Statue
The Hachikō Memorial Statue, situated in Tokyo’s Shibuya district, is a touching tribute to a legendary dog whose loyalty touched the hearts of people worldwide. The statue commemorates the unwavering devotion of Hachikō, an Akita dog who faithfully awaited his deceased owner’s return at Shibuya Station for nearly a decade.
Hachikō’s heartwarming story began in the 1920s when he formed an unbreakable bond with his owner, Professor Hidesaburō Ueno. Each day, Hachikō would accompany his owner to Shibuya Station and patiently wait for his return. Tragically, Professor Ueno passed away, but Hachikō’s loyalty endured. For years, he continued to visit the station, faithfully waiting for his beloved owner’s return, captivating the attention and admiration of passersby.
Moved by Hachikō’s unwavering devotion, the people of Tokyo erected a bronze statue in his honor in 1934. The statue depicts Hachikō faithfully watching over Shibuya Station, capturing his unwavering loyalty and love. It has since become an iconic meeting spot and a symbol of loyalty not only in Japan but around the world.
The Hachikō Memorial Statue serves as a powerful reminder of the enduring bond between humans and animals, exemplifying the loyalty and unconditional love that dogs are known for. It has become a place of pilgrimage for dog lovers and those touched by Hachikō’s extraordinary story. Tissues anyone……
Get Naked In An Onsen
From wet eyes to wet all over. As our adventure in Japan comes to a close, it’s time to unwind and rejuvenate your body and soul in a traditional Japanese onsen. Let your worries melt away as you soak in the soothing hot springs, surrounded by serene landscapes or nestled within a bustling city. Embrace the Japanese philosophy of letting go and find bliss in the simplicity of being. I must warn you though as a long standing tradition in Japan, you have to be naked to go in a traditional onsen, men and women are separated of course and you must not have any visible tattoos. This stems from the time of the Yakuza. The Yakuza had tattoos and so were not permitted in such a place of relaxation and tranquility.
It was slightly intimidating at first but after a while, it actually is quite freeing…. in every sense of the word. I can’t say I would rush at the opportunity to do it again as well….I am not in my 20’s anymore but it certainly is an experience that you shouldn’t pass up.
Japan is a kaleidoscope of wonders that will leave you enchanted, inspired, and yearning for more. From natural beauty and cultural treasures to culinary delights and unique experiences, this captivating country has it all. So, pack your bags, open your heart to new adventures, and let the magic of Japan sweep you off your feet. Sayonara for now, but remember, Japan awaits with open arms.
As you can see, Japan is full of wonder. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy in Japan. Download the Tripio app today and start planning your dream vacation. Tripio will design a custom itinerary and generate a custom top 10 list for you within seconds. Travel has never been so easy. Adventure is out there!
Interested in more of Japan, check out: Tokyo: Top 10 Weird & Wonderful Attractions
and Best Cultural Experiences In Osaka & Kyoto
–Written by Gemma Winchester, Tripio Guru
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