Japan Bucket List: 30 Things To Do in Japan

If you’re looking for a travel destination where tradition blends perfectly with local culture, Japan boasts some of the most amazing ancient sites and the best pop culture in the world. Tourists who have set their eyes on Asia must include Japan in their travel bucket list. There are a plethora of bucket-list-worthy destinations in this beautiful country in East Asia. So whether you’re still planning on traveling to Japan or you’re all set and ready to go, here are 50 cool places to visit and things to do in Japan!

 

1. Climb the Beautiful Mount Fuji in Tokyo

The gorgeous Mount Fuji of Tokyo comes to mind whenever we think of Japan. Also known as Fujisan, Fujiyama or Fuji no Yama, the highest mountain in Japan is also the well-known symbol of the country. Although everyone who visits Japan would love to see the beautiful mountain, it isn’t always visible from Tokyo when you’ve picked the wrong time to have a vacation. The weather and season both play an important in the visibility of the mountain. Therefore, the best time to visit and see Mount Fuji is from autumn to winter so you can enjoy the stunning view of one of Japan’s registered UNESCO World Heritage site.

 

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2. Get a Feel of the Otaku Culture in Akihabara

Experiencing the local culture of a country is a must when you’re traveling abroad. When in Japan, don’t forget to visit the sacred place for “otaku” in Akihabara. So if you’re an anime or manga fan, enjoy your visit to the mecca of Japanese animation. You can also shop for high-quality products around the best Japanese electronic town.

 

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3. Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

Bamboo is a traditional grass in Japan since it has been used since ancient times. Visit the towering bamboos of Arashiyama Forest and experience traveling back to the samurai era of the country.

 

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4. Ride a Bullet Train

The Shinkanesen or bullet train is one of Japan’s most popular mode of transportation. It is also one of the fastest ways to travel throughout the country.

 

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5. Eat Ramen

Traveling in Japan is incomplete without filling your stomach with a nice, hot bowl of ramen. Although there are many popular Japanese cuisines to try out, the ramen must be included in your bucket list.

 

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6. Watch the Cherry Blossoms

The cherry blossoms bloom from the last week of March to April. The best way to enjoy the splendid view is with a cold drink and delicious food with friends or family. You can still enjoy a hanami or flower watching on your own.

 

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7. Eat Sushi and Sashimi

Aside from the Japanese ramen, sushi and sashimi are also among the more popular and must-try food in Japan.

 

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8. Wear a Japanese Kimono

One way to maximize your local experience of Japanese culture is by wearing a kimono.

 

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9. Visit a Japanese Castle

Go out on a trip to one of the famous castles of Japan and experience the rich historical culture of the country. The Himeji Castle in Hyogo prefecture is the most visited castle due to its unique and confusing mazes. The other famous castles to visit are the Matsumoto Castle, Kumamoto Castle, Osaka Castle, and the Nagoya Castle.

 

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10. Watch a Sumo Fight

Sumo is a form of full-contact wrestling that originated in Japan. Don’t forget to attend a sumo fight and watch the skills of the Japanese big men in the ring. These professional fights often take place in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Fukuoka.

 

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11. Experience Being a Ninja

Ever dreamt of being a ninja during your childhood? Well, this is your chance to experience being one while in Japan. Try putting on the right ninja clothes and weapons and see how cool it is to be one.

 

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12. Visit Itsukushima Shrine

If you’re looking for a picturesque view, the Itsukushima Shrine offers a stunning scene worth taking with your camera.

 

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13. Experience Making Your Own Soba

Don’t miss out on making your own soba while in Japan. This popular Japanese traditional food is a must-try at soba-making shops in the country.

 

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14. Visit and Explore the Imperial Palace in Tokyo

If you’re interested in knowing more about Japanese history, you can visit the Imperial Palace in Tokyo and learn more about the nation’s colorful history. Although the original palace was destroyed during world war II, the new palace provides a convincing copy of the real castle.

 

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15. Shop at Takeshita Street in Harajuku

The pedestrian shopping street is filled with different shops for local shoppers and tourists. If you’re around the corner, don’t forget to drop by and visit the different fashion boutiques, cafes, gadget stores, and restaurants at Takeshita Street in Harajuku.

 

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16. Watch a Kabuki Show

The kabuki show is a famous form of traditional entertainment in Japan. It is a combination of dancing skills and theatrical drama.

 

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17. Experience Moe Culture at Maid Cafes

Do you want to experience being a master even for just a short time? Experience Japanese “moe” culture when you eat and drink at maid cafes.

 

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18. Visit Tokyo’s Akihabara District

When you’re in the birthplace of manga, don’t forget to visit the busy district of Akihabara. There are lots of cool places to check out and activities to try out when in the district.

 

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19. Try Your Luck with Pachinko

Shoot silver balls from a gun and win cash prizes when you play the famous pachinko game. The game is famous in Japan as a pastime by most Japanese and is fast becoming a favorite among tourists looking for indoor fun.

 

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20. Feast on Delicious Foods in Dotonbori

Also known as the “Kitchen of Japan,” Dotonbori offers some of the best street foods in the country. Visit the famous tourist destination in Osaka and indulge in some of the most delicious foods in Japan.

 

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21. Sleep or Rest in a Capsule Hotel

The idea of sleeping inside a capsule is nothing new in the interesting country of Japan. Spend the night inside a capsule hotel and experience how to live in a small yet comfortable hotel. Although they may not look like the best option for the night, they are affordable and offer a decent resting spot for the evening.

 

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22. Experience Riding in a Japanese Crowded Train

If you want to experience something unique, how about the idea of riding a crowded train with Japanese people? Try riding on a crowded train and experience how the average Japanese travel every day.

 

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23. Visit the 100 Years Old Meiji Shrine

The 100-year-old shrine is a stone-throw away from the busy neighborhood of Harajuku, Tokyo. Experience the calming atmosphere of the forest when you’re in Meiji Shrine.

 

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24. Try Drinking Japanese Sake and Shochu

These two are among the most famous drinks in the country. If you’re planning on visiting Japan, don’t forget to include these two on your must-try alcoholic beverages. Both are made from natural ingredients like rice, potatoes, and barley.

 

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25. Shop at the 100 Yen Shop

Everything you see inside these shops is sold for 100 yen. You’ll find interesting items when you visit one of these shops in Japan.

 

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26. Spend a Night at the Buddhist Temple in Mount Koya

Unlike most Buddhist temples in Japan and in many parts of the world, some of the popular temples in Kyoto and Tokyo offer accommodation for tourists looking for a unique experience. Live, eat, and sleep like a monk for a night at one of the Buddhist temples offering a temple stay to local and foreign guests.

 

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27. Visit Manga Cafes and Read Manga

If you spend more time reading manga more than anything else, then manga cafes are among the best places to visit during your vacation in Japan. You’ll find lots of interesting manga where you can read as much as you like in a private room.

 

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28. Visit the Famous Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Both cities were bombed during world war II in an attempt to put an end to the second great war. Unfortunately, millions of innocent civilians were killed after the dropping of the atomic bombs. Visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki and pay your respects to the fallen civilians of war.

 

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29. Experience Traditional Japanese Hospitality at a Ryokan Hotel

If you want to experience traditional Japanese hospitality like in the movies, go and stay at a Ryokan hotel. If the idea of sleeping on a futon, sliding paper doors, and walking on reed mats sounds appealing to you, then a Ryokan hotel it is for the night!

 

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30. Enjoy the Relaxing Scene of Nature at Kenrokuen

Relax and experience the beauty of nature at one of the great gardens of Japan at Kenrokuen. You’ll be amazed at how time flies by just by looking at the magnificent view.

 

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