When you say Japan, you most likely think about sushi and sake, and geishas and cherry trees. And you’re not wrong, these are all trademarks of Japan. But there’s more to this country than this. Japan is a place where history and modern life coexist beautifully. Japan has something unique to offer to its visitors, an experience that you can only find there.
So, what to do in Japan, other than eat sushi and rice and drink some sake? Here are some things that anyone should do to really have a taste of the Japanese way of life.
Visit Kyoto’s Ancient Sites
History is always a great place to start from, and Kyoto is bathed in history! The most iconic remnant of the city’s imperial past is the Kinkakuji, once a shogun’s retirement villa and now a temple. This impressive temple casts a beautiful golden reflection in the nearby pond. Kyoto hosts about 2000 temples and shrines across the city and no less than 17 World Heritage Sites. Wheter you visit temples or gardens, Kyoto will leave an everlasting impression on you, causing you to never forget Japan.
Sleep Overnight in a Temple
Mount Koya has been a place of pilgrimage since the 9th century. Wandering about the gardens surrounding the temple is really relaxing and peaceful. Eko-in is one of almost 50 places open to guests, and it offers you the Koya experience—tranquil tatami-mat room, a vegetarian dinner and the chance to live with the monks for a few hours. Sleeping in a temple can be an amazing experience because it gives you a hint of a totally different lifestyle.
Soak in a Hot Spring
Japan is famous for its hot springs, known as onsen. The Japanese have been using communal onsen, to relax and heal for centuries now. One the most appreciated onsen resort is Doku, although, truth be told, you don’t need to travel to Doku for a naked soak. Japan is packed full of onsens.
Last but no least, you should visit Japan’s capital city, Tokyo. It’s a perfect example of history meets modern and its amazing nightlife can easily make you fall in love. You can also do a bit of shopping here! Tokyo is one of those impressive cities that leave their mark on anyone. Have you ever been to Japan?