12 Reasons Japan Is A Tourist Paradise

Sunset in Hagi, Yamaguchi Prefecture
Sunset in Hagi, Yamaguchi Prefecture

 

There are hundreds of reasons why Japan is a tourist paradise.

And they go beyond the robots, geisha and neon lights we’re used to seeing in the media. Not that there’s anything wrong with robots, geisha or neon lights of course. ;-)

Whether you’re staying in a hotel or a traditional ryokan, catching a bullet train from Tokyo to Kyushu or jumping on a long-distance bus, eating out in a high-end restaurant or a burger bar, visiting the frozen northern island of Hokkaido or the sub-tropical palm trees and beaches of the southern islands, here then are…

 

12 Reasons Japan Is A Tourist Paradise…

#1 – Japan has the best customer service in the world.

#2 – Japanese food goes way beyond sushi and sashimi. It’s diverse and there are hundreds of regional delicacies to try. Even their fast food is healthier than you’ll find in the West (well, some of it is!).

#3 – The Japanese landscape, both inside and outside of the cities looks just like the future as depicted in Gerry Anderson’s Thunderbirds! :-D

 

Daikon Salad in Restaurant
Daikon Salad in Restaurant

#4 – You can step back in time by staying at a ryokan – a traditional inn. Live like a samurai, eat unbelievable-looking meals and be waited on hand and foot.

#5 – Although not many Japanese can speak English, they’ll go out of their way to do all they can to help you if you don’t speak Japanese.

#6 – You can hire a taxi for up to a day for a fixed price and the driver will act as your personal tour guide, even taking photos of you as you go.

 

Interior of a ryokan
Interior of a ryokan

#7 – The country straddles several types of climate. From the frozen northern island of Hokkaido, through the temperate main island of Honshu, down to the sub-tropical southern island of Okinawa and beyond. Just pick the one that suits you best.

#8 – The Japanese are great at combining the best of traditional with the best of modern – see automated toilets in traditional ryokan inns for example!

#9 – In recent years Japan has embraced the budget airline phenomena. There are at least 9 low-cost carrier airlines offering cheap internal and local international flights.

 

Shinkansen trains at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park
Shinkansen trains at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park

#10 – Japan is one of the safest countries in the world.

#11 – Japan was the first country to embrace high-speed train travel with the shinkansen (bullet train) which debuted in time for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, and they continually introduce new versions every few years.

#12 – Vending machines are everywhere in Japan and they contain all kinds of food and drink wonders. You could easily survive by only eating and drinking out of them if you had to! :-)

 

Marvel Vending Machine, Tokyo
Marvel Vending Machine, Tokyo (seriously, how great is this?!)

There are dozens more reasons why Japan is a tourist paradise, so don’t be surprised if I revisit this topic with more of them. ;-) In the meantime, what do you think makes Japan such a great place to visit? Let me know by leaving a comment below…

 

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