Why visit Japan? Well, there’s stunning scenery, delicious food and fascinating history to start with… plus its the perfect place to build up an epic Instagram feed. Hello cherry blossom magic! Check out these incredible images that prove why Japan is a must on any bucket list.
1. History galore
Now picture yourself standing here. Situated at the base of majestic Mount Inari, Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine in Kyoto is home to thousands of Torii gates. The area is steeped in history, dating back to before 794 and the many shrines are dedicated to Inari, the Shinto God of rice. Spend a day here wandering mountain trails and soaking in the history… oh – and don’t forget to snap some awesome pics!
2. Stunning nature
Visit Japan in spring, and these beautiful trees will be an everyday sight. From late March to mid-April and sometimes early May, the country’s iconic sakura (cherry blossoms) begin to bloom. The soft petals and gorgeous colour make the perfect backdrop for a photoshoot!
Bustling Dotonburi is food heaven. This is Osaka’s most famous strip, full of food stalls, restaurants and cheap eateries that open seven days a week. A wander through the neon signs will reward you with some seriously tasty smells and snacks. Enjoy takoyaki (octopus-filled balls), warm okonomiyaki and famous ramen. Don’t forget to snap some drool-worthy pics too, if you have time between eating!
4. Friendly wildlife
How could you resist these cuties? Jigokudani Yaen-koen is snow monkey heaven, and a trip here is bound to leave you with some new furry friends. The park is inhabited by Snow Monkeys, also known as Japanese Macaques. Watch them bathe in a natural hot spring, frolic with one another and even pose for photos if you’re lucky.
So there you have it, some of the highlights of Japan and that’s only the beginning! Full of magical mountains, tranquil onsens and steaming ramen, the country has plenty more to discover… to start planning your trip, check out our deals in Tokyo, Nagano and beyond here.