Japan is famous for natural sights like cherry blossoms and Mount Fuji, cutting-edge technology like Japanese cars and bullet trains, wacky inventions like karaoke and vending machines, cultural values like politeness and punctuality, popular anime and manga, and mouth-watering food like ramen and sushi.

 

Tokyo

No other city in Japan captures the mix of tradition and modernity better than Tokyo.

Known as the biggest metropolis in Japan, Tokyo is famous for the latest Japanese fashion trends in Ginza and Harajuku, iconic monuments like Hachiko and Gundam statues, skyscrapers like Tokyo Skytree, and futuristic tech havens like Odaiba and Akihabara.

Plus, you’ll never find a frenzy quite like the Shibuya Scramble Crossing, where thousands of people cross the world’s busiest intersection without colliding into each other.

 

Mount Fuji is Japan’s famous icon.

Mount Fuji isn’t just the tallest mountain in Japan; it is in fact an active stratovolcano that last erupted in 1707, during the Edo period. It comprises three successive volcanoes: Komitake, Ko Fuji (“Old Fuji”), and Shin Fuji (“New Fuji”).

This is a popular hiking spot during the climbing season of July to September. There are four routes to summit the mountain. The most popular of them is Yoshida Trail which requires about six hours of ascent

Cherry blossoms

Every spring, the cherry blossom season in Japan attracts visitors for its sakura flowers, whose fleeting beauty is a symbol of the seasons changing.

Sitting beneath the cherry blossoms for a picnic is a leisurely pastime and an age-old tradition for Japanese people. Often, you will see crowds gathering in the places where the flowers bloom aplenty, such as Ueno Park, Meguro River, and Shinjuku Gyoen in Tokyo.

Koi

Known as the national fish of Japan, this colourful carp called koi is famous for its ornamental beauty.

Incredibly pleasing to the eyes, Japanese koi can be seen swimming in the ponds of zen gardens and temples in Japan. They can grow up to three feet long, appearing in combinations of red, white, orange, and yellow.

As they’re valued for aesthetic reasons and good luck, this isn’t a fish you’re likely to find served on a sushi platter!

 Japanese cuisine

From top-notch ramen eateries to sushi conveyor belts to robot-run restaurants, Japan has many creative ways of serving your dinner.

The most famous Japanese food is sushi, typically eaten with soy sauce and wasabi. Beyond this, Japan is known for a vast range of gastronomic delights: noodle dishes like soba and udon, rice bowls with deep-fried shrimp tempura and pork katsudon, grilled chicken skewers of yakitori that go well with a cup of sake, and desserts like mochi and taiyaki that are just the right amount of sweet.

And who can pass up a piping-hot bowl of Japanese ramen? Just remember to slurp your noodles loudly to show your appreciation to the chef!

Also Read: 40 Interesting Facts About Japanese Cuisine

Green tea

Japan is known for its tea-loving and drinking culture, especially when it comes to green tea or matcha. Rich in antioxidants, green tea is the most popular type of tea in Japan.

During tea ceremonies, the powdered green tea is traditionally prepared inside a tea room with tatami floors.

Karaoke

We have the Japanese to thank for pioneering the karaoke craze!

Invented by a Japanese drummer named Daisuke Inoue in the 1970s, the karaoke machine began as a way for people to sing at the club without live back-up singers.

Osaka

Step right into a world of takoyaki and affordable shopping finds in Osaka!

Full of energy and lights, this famous city in Japan is known for delicious food markets like Kuromon Market, vibrant shopping arcades like Dotonbori, iconic photo-taking spots like the Glico Running Man and Kani Doraku crab signs, and popular day-trips to Osaka Castle and Universal Studios Japan.

If you want to score bargains on Japanese souvenirs, keep an eye out for the Don Quixote branches and 100-yen shops around the city.

Kyoto

Formerly the imperial capital of Japan, this city is famous for peaceful sites like Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and Fushimi-Inari Shrine, historic structures like Kinkaku-ji Temple and Nijo Castle, and old wooden houses and tea rooms in the Gion district.

Chances are you might even see the elegantly dressed geisha (known as geiko in Kyoto) and their maiko apprentices. Geisha refers to female entertainers who are adept at performing various traditional Japanese arts, such as music and dance.