The Best Tourist Attractions in Japan

As recently as 2016 Japan attracted more than 24 million tourists to its shores. This is only a small indication of just how popular Japan is a tourist destination, – tour packages. The country remains one of the top tourist destinations due in part to a fascinating mix of ancient culture, modern attractions and exceptional cuisine. So if you are planning a trip to this fascinating country what tourist destinations should be in your Japan tour ‘Must Do’ bucket list?

For those in search of winter time thrills and spills it may come as a surprise that Japan has been voted on of the top global destinations for skiing and snowboarding. Niseko in Hokkaido consistently rates as one of the best resorts in the world. Visitors wanting to get onto the slopes also get to enjoy the renowned onsen experience (Japanese natural hot springs) once they have finished their day on the slopes.

No trip to Japan would be complete without at least a few days in Tokyo. Visitors will be spoiled for choice when it comes to attractions in this thriving and vibrant metropolis. However, there are a few must visit attractions in and around the city.

For those who love seafood—and Japan has some of the best in the world, a visit to the Tsukiji Fish Market is an absolute must. It is here that Bluefin Tuna are put up for auction. These fish are magnificent and the prices they command can be staggering. In 213 a Bluefin Tuna was sold at this market for $1.8m. This is for early risers as you’ll need to be at the market at 5 am. But you’ll also have access to some of the most delicious (and freshest) seafood in the world.

For many people Karaoke is a cringe worthy experience, however, in Japan, it is a part of a unique culture. Wherever you go in Japan and you happen to be lucky enough to travel with a group of friends find the time after dark to visit a Karaoke bar. You’ll be accommodated in a private room and can sing to your heart’s content.

If you want to venture outside of the major metropolitan centers you might want to visit Nagano where the world famous hot springs are not only a fantastic opportunity to unwind but are also home to the often photographed Snow Monkeys who escape the cold by basking in the springs. They can be found at the Jigokudani Monkey Park. Visitors can be accommodated in traditional Japanese wooden inns and this is a fantastic way to get a taste of what life was like in ancient Japan.

However, one of the highlights of any trip to Japan must be the cuisine. And if you’re going to be in Tokyo you simply must try one of the exceptional sushi restaurants that dot the city. Try Sukiyabashi Jiro. Three stars from the Michelin Guide usually means you’re in for a treat and it’s certainly the case at this fantastic venue.