See Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji, the highest peak in Japan is located in the south-central Honshu Island of Japan. Mount Fuji is a revered symbol of Japanese culture that captures the spirit of the nation. Mount Fuji is not only a sacred mountain in Japanese heart but a popular tourist attraction and a must-visit destination for many travelers to Japan.
Climbing Mount Fuji is a popular activity, but due to the weather, it is only permitted during a specified period of time in the summer season. Typically, climbing is allowed from July 2nd to August 26th every year. However, if you do not want to climb the mountain, there are still plenty of ways to experience its beauty. For instance, visit the West Lake Village to enjoy a picturesque view of Mount Fuji, or head to Oishi Park to capture stunning photographs of the mountain's reflection in the lake with flowers in the foreground.
Arayama Mountain Root Park is another popular attraction in the Mount Fuji area, featuring a five-story pagoda and scenic views of the mountain. During the spring season, the park is a prime spot to view cherry blossoms in full bloom, creating a spectacular display of color and beauty that is unique to Japan.
View Cherry Blossom
The cherry blossom season is the peak time to travel to Japan, and it is regarded as a must-see attraction for tourists.
One of the best places to experience this natural wonder is at the famous Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in Tokyo. Here, visitors can stroll through the picturesque gardens and marvel at the vibrant cherry blossom trees, which are at their peak in the spring. The garden also features traditional Japanese tea houses, where guests can sample delicious tea and snacks while surrounded by the stunning scenery.
Watching fireworks, or hanabi, is a popular summer activity in Japan that attracts locals and tourists alike. Fireworks displays are typically held during the summer months, with many festivals and events taking place in July and August.
Visit the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo
The Tsukiji Fish Market was once the largest seafood market in the world, handling more than 2,000 tons of marine products a day. Tsukiji now regularly shows up on visitors’ lists of must-see destinations in Tokyo for its lively atmosphere and incredible sushi.Discover the delicate art of making the perfect sushi roll with this three-hour group cooking class in Shinjuku, Tokyo, where you'll learn how to make different types of sushi, including nigiri, inari, hosomali, and more.
Visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto
Fushimi Inari Taisha was established in the 8th century and is one of the main shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of agriculture and commerce. As one of the most popular shrines in Kyoto, the entrance to the shrine is marked by the massive torii gate donated by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1589. Behind the gate is the main hall and other buildings of the shrine. You can also find various fox statues in the shrine, which are considered to be messengers of Inari, and the horse-like faces painted on the foxes are a unique feature of this place.
The most famous sight in Fushimi Inari Taisha is the dense rows of vermilion torii gates called "Senbon Torii," which is one of the most representative landscapes of Kyoto. Hundreds of vermilion torii gates line the path leading up to the top of Mount Inari, and there are also dozens of fox statues along the way. Walking through the Senbon Torii, you will see old and faded vermilion gates interweaved with new and bright ones, creating a stunning visual impact under the sunlight.
Visit Meiji Shrine
Meiji Shrine was built in 1920 to enshrine Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. The shrine is located in a forested area in the heart of Tokyo, created from approximately 100,000 trees donated from across Japan during its construction.
Meiji Shrine is the most popular shrine in Japan for the first shrine visit of the New Year (Hatsumode), with the highest number of visitors.
Take a dip in a traditional hot spring
Japan is home to thousands of natural hot springs, or onsen, that are believed to have healing properties. Relaxing in an onsen is a popular pastime for both locals and tourists.
Feed the deer in Nara Park
Feeding the deer in Nara Park can be a fun and memorable experience for visitors. The deer in Nara Park are considered sacred and have become a symbol of the city. Visitors can purchase special deer crackers, called "shika senbei," from vendors in the park to feed the deer.