I had dreamed of visiting Japan for years before I finally travelled there and after only staying for a short (but incredible) 2 weeks, I knew this country had stole a piece of my heart.
And here I go, trying to type reasons valid enough when really, they don’t do justice. Japan is a must see country!
Firstly I should point out that I love shopping…. and Tokyo totally blew my mind with all their 7 level fashion department stores! I felt like I’d died and gone to heaven when I reached Tokyo and saw the amount of shopping that was about to take place (sorry to my boyfriend!). Shibuya and Harajuku were my favourite shopping districts!
Japan is such a stunning country and in whatever seasons you visit, its going to remain stunning! Unlike in Australia where we don’t really get the 4 seasons (it doesn’t even snow where I live), I love that Spring in Japan means Cherry Blossoms, Autumn is leaves falling from the trees and winter is snow….I went during Springtime and fell in love with the Cherry Blossoms.
Temples and Shrines
Japan is very rich in history and culture. There are many temples, shrines and even castles to visit that will leave you in awe.
The Japanese are a super friendly bunch and are so polite! I had one instance I was looking lost at the train station when someone came up and asked if I needed help/directions..even though he couldn’t speak fluent English he really went out of his way to help out – plus I think he just really wanted to practise his English which a lot of the younger ones in particular would!
Technology and gadgets
Technology here is outrageous… with robots, gadgets and all sorts of high tech everything. In Tokyo alone, there is a whole district dedicated to only things tech!
Japan have some pretty cool (and unique) cars, and of course then there is the ‘drift scene’ (think F&F Tokyo Drift for those who aren’t aware). Many love Japan for this reason solely and the access to Jap car garages that sell some pretty cool stuff!
I was lucky enough to have timed my trip just in time for the Osaka Drifting Gran Prix so I spent a whole day watching this spectacular event!
The food is delicious…nothing beats an authentic Japanese meal like dining at restuantans hidden down little laneways. Oh I have to mention the desserts….desserts are crazy good here!
I never once felt unsafe in Japan and crime rate is significantly low, making it a great country to really enjoy and explore without the worry of being pink pocketed etc.
The Japanese know how to rock some weird and crazy outfits!
Best. Invention. Ever. They are everywhere and I love it! Just like how much I adore FamilyMarts here too…so assessable and EVERYWHERE, its a travellers dream.
Japanese are very disciplined and respectful
YEp, and I love this about Japan! They really value respect and it shows in a lot of their body language for e.g. bowing is seen as incredibly respectful.
Trains here run like clockwork and rarely anything is ever late. The speedy shinkensen leaves all other trains for dead in terms of speed, sleekness and time factor!
It’s a really beautiful country
Every inch of this country screams culture and beauty. I fell in love with the traditional gardens, bamboo forests, onsens and countryside!