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A Tunnel of Torii Gate, Fushimi Inari-Taisha. Photo credit: themonnie at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

What are the best things to do and see in Japan? Visiting Japan soon?! And yet you are not sure where to go, what to see, what to eat, where to stay? Japan has been established as one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the world. Whether you want to have a short or long vacation that all depends on the list of the places you want to travel to.

You will have to be careful while taking a decision about “where to visit in Japan?” so that you don’t miss a thing. Many things have changed over the years in Japan. New hotels, restaurants, gardens, resorts, shops have been built to amuse tourists.

Although, Japan’s seasonal beauty has not changed a bit at all. Every time you get there in spring you would explore unforgettable view of cherry blossoms (sakura). It is still the same when it comes to viewing autumn leaves. Let’s see the things you could do and see in Japan.

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Chidorigafuchi Sakura Spot, Tokyo. Photo credit: Marufish at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Japan has four seasons – winter, spring, summer and autumn, based on the four seasons many festivals arrive every year. Nature in Japan changes dramatically and increases its beauty throughout the country. Autumn and spring nature make us proud to be part of this nation because you would not find picturesque scenery that we have during these two seasons. In early spring Japan encounters a festival called ume matsuri (plum blossom festival). It is not that much famous as hanami though but you would definitely love to see it.

Many foreign travelers like to visit Japan, especially in spring since the great festival Hanami begins. Hanabi (fireworks) events are held throughout the country in summer so don’t miss it if you are in Japan during this time of period.

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Arashiyama Autumn Nature, Kyoto. Photo credit: Kimon Berlin at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

The way Japanese people enjoy spring the same way they enjoy the autumn season. That’s the real fact! People usually get excited to colorful autumn leaves around everywhere but public parks, mountains slopes, lakes, temples’ grounds host the most amazing fall color spots in Japan. Find useful information on how to make a trip for seeing autumn leaves in Japan.

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Sapporo snow festival in Hokkaido. Photo credit: hirotomo t at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Needless to say that winter of Japan creates an outstanding atmosphere to explore something that you never knew before. It is a pleasure to inform you that there are some popular winter festivals held in Japan and one of them is purely great. Yes, that’s called “Sapporo snow festival” hosted by Sapporo city in Hokkaido.

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Kabira Bay Beach, Ishigaki Island. Photo credit: Nicholas Wang at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Sometimes Japanese beaches are neglected by tourists, but my experience says you must go to the coastal area in summer and have fun swimming and sunbathing at the beaches. Here are the some famous Japanese beaches: Shirahama Beach, Aoshima Kaizuiyokujo, Miyazaki, The Amami-Oshima beaches (Kyushu), Kabira Bay and Shirahama Ohama Kaisuiyokujo, Shizuoka.

Summer is a great season for celebrating the famous summer festivals. People watch magical firework displays at night, they join in the parades, dance, sing and play traditional musical instruments. The most popular summer festivals are: Aomori Nebuta Matsuri, Gion Matsuri in Kyoto, Akita Kanto Matsuri, Sendai Tanabata Matsuri, Awa Odori Festival in Tokushima during the O-bon week, Sumida River Fireworks, Gujo Odori in Gifu, Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka and etc. If you are in Japan for a long trip during the summer then don’t miss experiencing all these festivals.

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Lavender and Flower Garden in Hokkaido. Photo credit: James.Kirk at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

There is another thing you could do that is visiting Furano city in summer. It is a small town but during summer it gets crazier offering you impressive beauty of lavender garden. The best time to see lavender in furano is in July. Biei, the neighbor city of furano has a perfect place to view panoramic flower garden along with lavender flowers. Please read more about lavender season in Hokkaido.

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Kinakaku-ji Zen Buddhist temple. Photo credit: Marufish at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Japan itself a country where many temples and shrines are seen almost everywhere. If you like visiting such places then a number of Buddhist temples and shrine are waiting for you such as Meiji shrine, Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kinkaku-ji (Golden temple), Sensō-ji, and Great Buddha (Diabutsu).

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Matsumoto Castle and Bridge, Matsumoto. Photo credit: Kimon Berlin at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

If you like exploring old castles then visit Nijo castle, Osaka castle, Matsumoto Castle, and Himeji castle. Remember I am not mentioning you all the famous castles here. The one who like Outdoor traveling and adventure then he/she must go to see the Lake Ashi, Itsukushima, shinjuku gyoen (park), Yoyogi park, Arashiyama, Hokkaido, Mount Koya, and Mount Fuji. A lot of fun activities are waiting for you in these places.

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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in Tokyo. Photo credit: giiku at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

You also can explore the city life of Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Kyoto. Actually Tokyo would be the top destination if you want to take a look at city life and its nature. Perhaps it would be best for you if you visit Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Imperial Palace, Tokyo Skytree, Meiji Shrine, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo Disneyland, Akihabara (Anime and Manga district) and etc. But if you wish to see old city of Japan then you must go to visit Kyoto where famous Geisha exist.

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Soba noodles! It is very delicious. Photo credit: Yosuke Shimizu at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Are you a foodie type of person who loves tasting various types of foods including the ones you have never tasted before? If so then Japan welcomes you most! Japanese cuisine is very famous not only here in Japan but worldwide. You must taste some of Japanese foods such sushi, ramen, soba noodles, tempura, sashimi, yakitori and tea.

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Souvenirs shop in Hokkaido. Photo credit: Simon Desmarais at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Shopping is a part of traveling. In Japan, small and large shopping centers give you the opportunity for finding out the most cute and beautiful things you want to buy as souvenirs. Except all these things you could stay in Ryokan (Japanese inn), taking bath in onsen (hot spring), watch sumo wrestling, visit the snow monkeys, visit the wonders of Japan such as Lake Mashu, Mount Zao, Great Buddha Kamakura and many more.

Lastly, things are going to be fine with you, just make sure that you have got a complete tour plan & package. Sometimes, you may face some problems there such as language, natural disaster (earthquake, excessive rains & summer heat), and etc. In general, these issues can’t resist you from exploring incredible Japan. Read useful Japan travel info at various travel websites & blogs, book your hotel in advance, and make your mind to be much stronger than ever it was before. However, in two words to explain Japan – “Incredible Japan“. Have a very good time and good luck.

These are the best things you could do and see in Japan, please discover them thoroughly.

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