Why is Japan on every traveller’s bucket list?

Why is Japan on every traveler's bucket list - Buy My Morning - A black n white view focusing on an old Japanese lamp looking into the distance to Itsukushima Shrine

Many traveller’s head out across the world to discover new, exciting and sometimes completely outright strange surrounds. No matter the reason you travel, be it for Art, Architecture, Culture, Entertainment or even History (to name a few) Japan will always feature at the top of the list.

Why is Japan on every traveler’s bucket list?

Japan is located just off the coastline of the Asia continent, in the far east. Made up of a group of a number of islands, Japan has been shaped by tremendous natural energy and tensions alone the tectonic plates.
None of this has stopped Japan building and modernising, with everyone amazed by what they have accomplished.

Japan is a place to explore, soak up and enjoy! Getting around Japan is also so easy, check out our page dedicated to travelling across Japan on the train and why it’s worth spending the money on a JR Pass.

Here a very quick guide to Japan’s top tourist spots!

Quick Links:
Tokyo – The Japanese Capital City
Where To Stay In Tokyo – Accommodation Tips
Where To Eat! Tokyo

Kyoto – The Old Imperial Japanese Capital City
Where To Stay In Kyoto – Accommodation Tips
Where To Eat! Kyoto

Osaka – Super Cool City
Where To Stay In Osaka – Accommodation Tips
Where To Eat! Osaka

Tokyo – The Japanese Capital City

The legendary city of Tokyo, everyone is talking about it be it for its Art, Architecture, Culture, Tech or History. The city is huge and has so much to offer travellers and with so much more to see then you may originally expect.

Top places to check out in Tokyo:

We suggest the following are not to miss on a trip to Tokyo:
– Ueno Park
– Tokyo SkyTree Tower
– Senjo-ji Temple
– Meiji Jingu
– Imperial Palace & Hamarikyu Gardens
– Shibuya crossing
– Akihabara (electric town)
– Roppongi (Fast & Furious Tokyo Drift)
– Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (best spot for a free view of the city)

Why is Japan on every traveler's bucket list - Buy My Morning - Tokyo in the heavy rain with two people walking across the wet streets
Tokyo in the heavy rain still looks awesome!

Where To Stay In Tokyo – Accommodation Tips

Luxury – Imperial Hotel Tokyo – If your looking for incredible accommodation for your stay in Tokyo, then check out this hotel located within the iconic Imperial Palace district.

Mid-Range – Wahaku Kotobuki – This was the place we stayed in on our recent trip to Tokyo and we were really happy with everything throughout. It’s in a great location and gives you walking access to Ueno Park and SkyTree Tower.

Budget – Anne Hostel Asakusabashi – Located in a great spot in the Asakusabashi area, this hostel is where Dan experienced his first Japanese earthquake 8 years ago! If you’re looking for a great budget option in a good location then we recommend taking a look at this option.

Where To Eat! Tokyo

-Lunch / Dinner – Matsuya – Classic Ramen dishes in Shibuya, it’s a simple authentic resturant and well worth stopping when you’re in the area.

-Coffee – Cafe Nova – A slow paced small cafe but so awesome! This is one of our most favourite cafes in all of Asia.

-The Gamble – Sukiya – Fast Food Japanese Style, no English just pick from the ticket machine pictures, take your ticket with you to the table and wait for it to be brought out to you!!

Kyoto – The Old Imperial Japanese Capital City

Top places to check out:
– Golden Temple
– Nishiki Market
– Shirakawa
– Nijo Castle
– Kyoto Imperial Palace
– Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

Why is Japan on every traveler's bucket list - Buy My Morning - Fani in Kyoto on the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine walk
The beautiful Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine experience

Where To Stay In Kyoto – Accommodation Tips

Luxury – Hotel Sunroute Kyoto Kiyamachi – If you’re looking for Wow! in Kyoto with views of the skyline and river, then this hotel is for you.

Mid-Range – Hotel Vista Premio Kyoto Nagomi tei – Located within a central location with impressive design and layout.

Budget – The Pocket Hotel – Our favourite hotel! It had only weeks before opened its doors and everything was great from the staff to the facilities. So modern & stylish, within a central location in the heart of the market place.

Where To Eat! Kyoto

-Lunch / Dinner – Ippudo – If you still feel like Ramen or dumplings then check out this resturant, you may have to queue but it’s worth the wait.

-Cafe – Sentido Cafe – We are picturing you waking up and ready to walk towards the Nijo Castle or Kyoto Imperial Palace … so make this cafe your first stop and enjoy a tea, coffee and maybe even some food too.

Osaka – The Neon City

Top places to check out:
– Dōtonbori (the famous neon streets)
– Universal Studios – If you have time why not spend the day checking out this!

Where To Stay In Osaka – Accommodation Tips

Luxury – Hilton Osaka Hotel – Looking for posh with a chance of a city view and those extra facilities … then this hotel may just be for you.

Mid-Range – Hotel WBF Kitasenba West – We picked this option and really enjoyed our stay. With the bonus of having a big room (compared to our other rooms in Japan) and the offer of a free ramen dish every day, at set times.

Budget – Hostel Jin – We passed by this place when walking around and wish we had spotted it when we were orginally searching for accommodation, looks like a funky hostel with great facilities and reviews.

Where To Eat! Osaka

– Lunch / Dinner – Kojilabo – Simply one of the best Japanese Katsu curries you will find, great traditional setup. You have to order at the ticket machine (only cash accepted), but they have an instruction manual in English for you … our recommendation get the cheese on top too! This family doesn’t speak much English, but it’s not one to miss in Osaka

– Lunch / Dinner – Street food in the Dōtonbori area

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