5 Things You Can Only Do in Japan

Japan is filled with endless activity options. From natural parks to karaoke, museums, and busy shopping streets, it is a like giant playground with non-stop possibilities. There is a real mix of modern and futuristic progressions muddled with ancient traditions. This amalgamation of contradictions makes for exciting travel and one-of-a-kind type adventures. Make the most of your trip to Japan and experience these 5 things you can only do in Japan.

1) See Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji is a quintessential part of Japan, and an awe-inspiring mountain peak, that is actually a volcano. The cone-like shape is visible from many vantage points in the country, each bringing its own unique perspective. It is hard to miss and even on cloudy days, Mount Fuji is visible. From Lake Kawaguchiko, Hakone, or even from Tokyo, this landmark is unique and iconically Japanese. Whether you decide to hike or just admire from a distance, you can only fully appreciate the wonder of Mount Fuji by actually being in Japan. The best way to visit the iconic site is by joining a Mount Fuji tour.

2) Visit Cat Island


Welcome cat lovers, it’s really true! There is an island full of cats, so many that they outnumber the people living on the island. Cat Island, also known as Aoshima, is located in the Ehime Prefecture. The island itself is about 1 mile of land and is not even the only island of its kind. There are about 12 islands throughout Japan where felines literally fill the streets, and the easiest Cat Island for tourists to get to is Enoshima, just a few miles from Tokyo. It feels surreal to see so many cats roaming through the island and is certainly an experience you can have only in Japan.

3) Experience the Famous Tsukiji Fish Market

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You may have been to other markets around the world, but none will compare to the experience at Tsukiji fish market – now newly opened as Toyosu Market – in Tokyo. Endless, extensive aisles of fish vendors spread out throughout the market, showcasing some of the freshest and best fish and seafood in the world. From the sounds to the smells and the fresh taste of fish, this fish market is an unparalleled experience. Our Tsukiji Fish Market Tour is without doubt one of the best food tours in Japan.

4) Feel the Cherry Blossom Magic


When they are in bloom, the pink cherry blossoms that fill the Japanese streets and parks are picturesque and almost seem too beautiful to be true. Enchanting and alluring, they are a one-of-a-kind experience and a sight that can only be seen in Japan. While there are cherry blossom trees throughout Japan, our favorite place to enjoy this beautiful site is in Kyoto, where the city’s river is lined with hundreds of cherry blossom trees. Beyond this, this country is the only place you will get to taste cherry blossom ice cream and Sakura-flavored drinks and sweets. All boasting the stunning, bright pink color, cherry blossoms are inherent in the culture, the sites, and the smell, and certainly one thing you can only do in Japan.

5) Witness Mystical Buddhist Statues

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One of the most special Japanese cultural phenomenons are the Buddhist statues which are found all over the country. Some of these statues are tucked away deep in forests, such as the serene, moss-covered Jizo statues in Nikko, that beckon you to explore their unique role as protectors of children and travelers, a tradition found nowhere else in the world. Other Buddhist statues are unmissable and even the main landmarks of the cities. In both Kamakura and Nara, you’ll stand face to face with the awe-inspiring giant Buddha statues, a sight that’s unmistakably Japanese. These colossal icons are just the tip of the iceberg, as Japan is sprinkled with countless other statues of deep cultural significance. Whether you find yourself in a historic temple, a tranquil garden, or bustling city streets, these spiritual artifacts offer a connection to Japan’s rich heritage that’s truly one-of-a-kind and exclusive to this remarkable nation.

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