Japan is a country of incredible contrasts. Here, ancient and modern coexist to create an incredible mix of culture that you will find no place else. While there is a myriad of things to do in Tokyo, a fast-paced futuristic megacity, it is the stark opposite in the countryside, where traditional, old-world settings still reign supreme. Lose yourself in the country’s incredible culture by spending a night sleeping on futons and tatami mats in a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn). Watch a mesmerizing Kyoto geisha dance or relax in therapeutic waters in a wooden bathhouse. Soak up the tranquility of a Zen rock garden or meditate with monks as they have done for centuries. If you are wondering how to enjoy all the incredible things to do in Japan? Hop on one of our Japan tours and let us do the rest.
Adventurers and thrill-seekers can find their fix of outdoor fun all around the country. Enjoy amazing hiking in Japan through ancient cedar groves and fields of blooming wildflowers to world-class skiing and snowboarding in winter on some of the mountains that cover two-thirds of the volcanic archipelago.
If you prefer the beach, head to southern Japan in March where you’ll find beautiful sandy strips and seas teeming with brightly colored marine life for snorkeling and scuba diving. And if you are a foodie, you are in for a treat. Japanese cuisine is world-famous, and you will never be far from a meal featuring some of the most exotic and tantalizing food on the planet. Intensely seasonal, and prepared with only the highest quality and freshest ingredients, Japanese cuisine has been perfected over generations. Whether you are savoring world-class sashimi prepared by top sushi chefs or a heart hotpot in the mountains, you will undoubtedly be in culinary heaven.
Ready to explore but cannot decide where to go in Japan? When it comes to planning how many days to spend in Japan, your best bet is to choose one region and explore the most popular spots. Alternatively, use our comprehensive guide below to find out how to plan a trip to Japan without missing anything.
Top Destinations in Japan
Discover the highlights of Japan.
Explore Tokyo's busy cities, where the rich fabric of ancient traditions perfectly combines with cutting-edge innovations to create a compelling experience. Immerse yourself in Shibuya's colorful streets, where bustling crosswalks meet youthful vitality. Explore the neon-lit lanes of Shinjuku, which pulsate with activity and entertainment. Discover Asakusa's timeless beauty, where antique temples coexist with modern attractions. Tokyo's magnetic charm never fails — go experience it! View Tours
Embark on a mesmerizing landmarks tour amidst the breathtaking scenic beauty of Kyoto. Immerse yourself in the enchanting tranquility of bamboo groves at Arashiyama, marvel at the vibrant autumn foliage of Tofukuji Temple, and discover the serene beauty of Kiyomizu-dera perched on a hillside. From lush gardens to picturesque landscapes, Kyoto's natural treasures await, offering an unforgettable journey through Japan's cultural and natural heritage. View Tours
Explore the breathtaking splendor of Kumano Kodo through its intriguing hiking routes on an awe-inspiring tour. Explore old paths that are surrounded by lush forests, tranquil rivers, and breathtaking mountains. Discover hidden waterfalls, ancient shrines, and beautiful landscapes along the journey as you immerse yourself in nature's tranquillity. Experience a profound connection with the earth while embarking on a genuinely unique tour through Kumano Kodo's breathtaking natural surroundings. View Tours
What to do in Japan
Top things to do in Japan.
Dominated by towering mountains, peaceful forests and snow-capped summits, Japan is considered to be one of the best countries for hiking in Asia. Popular with nature enthusiasts and outdoor sporting types alike, Japan’s varying landscape, climate a ...Read more
Although trekking might not be traditionally associated with travel to Japan, this technologically advanced nation is surprisingly rich in stunning countryside, beautiful mountain landscapes and well-maintained nature trails. As such, there are loads of f ...Read more
The Kumano Kodo trail is a network of spectacular paths that crisscross their way across the largest peninsula in Japan, the Kii Hanto. The beautiful trails in Kumano Kodo lead through lush forest, along sandy beaches, and up glorious mountainsides, offer ...Read more
When to visit Japan
Read the below travel guides to find the best time to visit Japan.
- Jan Avg Daily: 8 ° C Avg Nightly: 2 ° C
- Feb Avg Daily: 9 ° C Avg Nightly: 2 ° C
- Mar Avg Daily: 12 ° C Avg Nightly: 5 ° C
- Apr Avg Daily: 17 ° C Avg Nightly: 10 ° C
- May Avg Daily: 21 ° C Avg Nightly: 14 ° C
- Jun Avg Daily: 24 ° C Avg Nightly: 18 ° C
- Jul Avg Daily: 28 ° C Avg Nightly: 22 ° C
- Aug Avg Daily: 29 ° C Avg Nightly: 23 ° C
- Sep Avg Daily: 26 ° C Avg Nightly: 20 ° C
- Oct Avg Daily: 20 ° C Avg Nightly: 15 ° C
- Nov Avg Daily: 15 ° C Avg Nightly: 9 ° C
- Dec Avg Daily: 11 ° C Avg Nightly: 4 ° C
A trip to Japan in January will give you an unforgettable experience in a beautiful country away from summer crowds. Be it new-year festivities around the country that are organized throughout the month or centuries-old celebrations honoring the rich hist ...Read more
Japan is a fascinating destination no matter when you plan to visit, but if February is your choice, prepare yourself for a memorable trip. Winter festival in Sapporo, the first cherry blossoms in Kawazu and hot springs in Beppu are just some of the reaso ...Read more
Japan at a Glance
Quick facts about Japan
The capital city of Japan is Tokyo. Formerly known as Edo, Tokyo is located at the head of Tokyo Bay and forms part of the Kantō region on the central coast of Honshu, Japan's largest island. It is the largest city in Japan and the seat of both the Japanese government and the Emperor of Japan.
Japan spans 377,975.24 square kilometers. The country has the sixth-longest coastline in the world at 29,751 km (18,486 miles).
The country code of Japan is +81.
The official currency of Japan is the Japanese Yen (JPY). ATMs in most Japanese banks will not accept your home bank card. Foreign cards are accepted at Japanese postal ATMs, which can be found almost everywhere. US dollars are also accepted in Japan.
The main airport in Japan is the Narita International Airport. Located 60 kilometers (about 37 miles) east of Tokyo, it is the largest international airport in Japan.
You need a passport and a visa (unless you are from a country that is visa-exempt) to enter Japan. A tourist visa is normally valid for a single-entry stay of up to 90 days.
The official language in Japan is Japanese. Across the islands, a few lesser-spoken languages are still spoken such as Amami, Kyukyu, Kikai, and Miyako. English is widely spoken in the main cities of Japan.
The emergency number in Japan is 119.
The most unique thing about Japan is the cuisine. The country is world-renowned for its gastronomical delights, from soba and sushi to Tonkatsu and Takoyaki. You can feast in all manner of eateries from centuries-old ryotei to unique theme restaurants.
Where to go in Japan
Discover the best places in Japan.
Japan is a country like no other, with scenery ranging from the super-modern skyline of Tokyo to the scenic natural vistas of Hokkaido. There are few places you can travel that offer the sheer variety of attractions, mouth-wateringly delicious food, and s ...Read more
As one of the most fascinating countries in the world, there is no lack of places to visit in Japan. From the country's delicious cuisine (fresh sushi, anyone?) to the multitude of gorgeous shrines, Japan guarantees travelers experiences of a lifetime. Wh ...Read more
Cutting a dramatic figure over the island and tantalizing people worldwide with the possibility of reaching its summit, Mount Fuji is Japan's most famous geological feature standing majestically at an altitude of 3,776 meters. If your dream holiday includ ...Read more
How long to stay in Japan
Read about the ideal duration to stay in Japan.
Japan is a mesmerizing archipelago where ancient traditions blend with modern technology, where sake is sipped daily and mountain paths are tackled by intrepid travelers searching for hidden onsens. But choosing how long to spend on any one of the thousan ...Read more
Planning your vacation and trying to decide how long to stay in Japan? 10 days in Japan is an adequate duration to discover the country. From Tokyo to Kyoto, explore the country on your own or join a tour to discover the best local delicacies, temple ...Read more
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FAQs for Japan
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Sustainable Travel – How to travel through Japan responsibly
In line with Bookmundi’s vision, we wish to provide our travelers with a sustainable travel experience in Japan. As part of this effort, we carbon offset any Japan tour that you purchase through us. Follow the link to read more about our carbon-offsetting efforts.
Here is what you can do to travel through Japan responsibly:
- Carbon-offset your trip to Japan via Qantas. The moment your tour starts in Japan, and if you have purchased your tour through Bookmundi, we will carbon-offset your tour from its starting point to its ending point.
- Friends of the Earth Japan is an NGO that works on international environmental problems through various campaigns on climate change and energy, forest protection, and anti-nuclear. Join the organization on a day hike in the Tokyo area every Sunday.
- The Natural Conservation Society of Japan is one of the oldest such organizations in the country. Founded in 1951, the organization is involved in research and conservation of Japan’s species and environments, including the protection of the critically endangered Asian black bear.
Japan Travel Tips and Insight
- Make sure you are wearing the right shoes. You will often need to take off your ‘outdoor’ shoes before entering someone’s home or a temple and put on ‘indoor shoes.’ When you go to the bathroom, make sure you put on toilet slippers.
- Be polite and respectful in public places. In Japan, it is considered rude to blow your nose in public. Also, avoid eating on the go.
- Print the kanji or write down the address you will need to locate in Japanese. This will make it far easier for people or taxi drivers to help you get there.
- Finding ATMs in Japan can be challenging, so it’s a good idea to exchange money before you go. When you do need to withdraw money, head to a post office, a Citibank ATM, or a 7-Eleven.