Japan is filled with endless 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 a few things that can only be experienced in Japan. Here are 5 things you can only do in Japan to make the most of your experience.
Visit Cat Island
Welcome cat lovers, it’s really true! There is an island filled with cats, so many that they outnumber the people living on the island. Found in Ehime Prefecture, Cat Island is known as Aoshima. The island itself is about 1 mile of land and is not even the only island of its kind. There are about 12 islands filled with felines, found all throughout Japan where cats literally fill the streets. It almost looks surreal to see so many cats roaming through the island, and is certainly an experience you can have only in Japan.
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 Japan, each bringing their own unique perspective. It is hard to miss, even on cloudy days, Mount Fuji is visible. From Lake Kawaguchiko, Hakone or even from Tokyo, Mount Fuji is unique and iconically Japanese. Whether you decide to hike or just admire from a distance, one thing is sure, Mount Fuji is one thing you can only see in Japan. The best way to visit the iconic site is by joining a Mount Fuji tour.
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 are spread out throughout the market, showcasing some of the freshest and best fish and seafood in the world. From the sound, the smell and the fresh taste of fish, a visit to the fish market is exclusive to Japan and an experience that can only be had in Japan.
Cherry Blossom everything
The pink cherry blossoms which fill the streets and parks in Japan when they are in bloom are picturesque, and almost seem too beautiful to be true. Creating an enchanting and alluring experience, when in bloom it is an experience and a sight that can only be seen in Japan and is like no other experience of its kind. From Tokyo to Kyoto to Osaka, trees are found all throughout and should be viewed with respect and admiration. Beyond this, Japan 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 smell, and certainly one thing you can only do in Japan.
Stay in a capsule hotel
Travelers all around the world visit hotels, but when looking for hotel accommodation in Japan, capsule hotels are a special and unique option that you can only find in Japan. Rather than standard hotel rooms, guests stay in small capsules, or pods, and often are accommodated with pajamas and slippers. This concept was developed in Japan and is popular among business travelers but now has become appealing to all types of travelers eager to integrate and experience Japan authentically.