Japan, here we come! We are happy to share the beauty of Japan with all of you. Another year, another contest! We will be sending off you and your travel companion to Japan! Up until the end of the contest, we will be releasing a 4 part blog series as a helpful guide to aide in your Japan travels. Visit any of our stores now through 1/14 to enter! For full contest details, visit here.
For the first post in the series, to help get started on your itinerary, we’ve compiled a list of activities that you won’t want to miss out in Japan. Here are a few introductory and exclusive tips we want to share with you. This beautiful and unique country has so much to offer for your travel experiences.
1. A View of the City
Tokyo’s famous tourist spots can get overcrowded. This means long lines, waits, and many hours of your precious touring time spent. Tokyo tower is one of the most must-see places in the city for a view. However, there are other buildings in Tokyo taller than the famous Tokyo Tower or Sky Tree where you can take on a view of the city.
A few other spots to check out: Caretta Shiodome at 200 meters (626 feet) or Bunkyo Civic Center at 105 meters (344 feet).
By Sven Scheuermeier
2. Trends in Tokyo
Harajuku’s Takeshita Street is a famous spot for its representation of youth popular culture being the center of what is trendy in fashion and media all around. Also, be sure to hit up Harajuku Street nearby for its “hipster” vibes, unique stores and vintage shops. Aside from famous streets, dig deeper into themed cafes across Japan because they are endless, meaning you’ll most likely find one that will capture your attention, if not all.
3. Cultural Japan
With every country, there is a rich history to be told. To immerse yourself in Japan’s culture, there are many iconic historical and environmental places around the country that are worth visiting. Among few spots include: Mount Fuji, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, The Island Shrine of Itsukushima, Osaka Castle, and the cities of Nara and Kyoto.
By Bady Qd
Photo By JJ Ying
4. Night Life in Japan
Shinjuku Golden Gai is a sweet spot for hitting up the hottest bars in Tokyo. An alleyway lit up with lights and minimal seating making each experience intimate, yet lively. Note that the cover charge around these areas may be costly, so if you’re willing to take a detour there are back streets that will lead you to bars that are less than half the charge to hang out where the locals usually go. And don’t forget about reserving a night for karaoke!
By Alva Pratt
Photo by Benjamin Hung
5. Bathe in a hot spring
Onsen is a traditional Japanese hot spring. It is essential to visit as it not only adds to your travel experience in Japan, but is a wonderful way to relax, either gearing up for or winding down from your busily scheduled fun-filled day.
By Matthew Kane
6. Places to Stay
Spend the night at a temple in Koyasan, Kyoto, or Nara. Enjoy some shojin ryori, a vegetarian cuisine eaten by monks. A more luxurious, yet cultural stay is one at a ryokan, a traditional inn where they provide multi-course meals and a hospitality experience like no other.By Christian Joudrey
7. Japanese Etiquette
Last but not least, learn Japanese Etiquette. With visiting every country, it is important to be respectful of their customs and understand basic cultural mannerisms. Bowing is a form of a greeting, as handshaking is to Westerners. A strict no-shoe policy applies to indoor settings including inns, temples, many historic sites, and even some restaurants.