18 of the Best Reasons to Visit Japan

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Japan is a place best experienced than explained. From its ancient traditions and landmarks to its breathtaking views and everything else in between, the Land of the Rising Sun is brimming with fascinating attractions. If you need more reasons to go, here are some of the best ones why you should visit Japan at least once before you die.

1. Its art, culture, tradition, and people. The country has managed to strike a balance between its ancient roots and modern innovations.

2. Japanese aesthetics and its ideals. Concepts like wabi-sabi (the value of imperfection and impermanence of beauty), miyabi (refinement), and yƫgen (depth or mystery) are just some of the things that will make you think about the Japanese sense of beauty.

3. The peace and tranquility one can find in its many temples and gardens.

4. Its beautiful castles.

5. Its enchanting villages and charming old post towns. Not to mention its cat islands.

6. The impressive shinkansen or Japanese bullet trains.

7. The breathtaking sight of cherry blossoms in bloom and seeing people celebrate hanami also known as the cherry blossom festival.

8. The glorious food like Sushi, sashimi, ramen, gyoza, Japanese soba, sukiyaki, tempura, tonkatsu, yakitori, onigiri, and so much more.

9. The beverages and drinks like matcha, genmaicha, sakura tea made from cherry blossoms, sake, amazake, happoshu or low malt beer, Japanese whiskey, craft beers, and momoshu or peach liquor among others.

10. The festivals like the Gion Matsuri in Kyoto, Kanda Matsuri in Tokyo, and the Yuki Matsuri or Snow Festival in Sapporo among many others.

11. The vending machines.

12. The convenience stores and the wide array of scrumptious treats you can find in them including the many-flavored Japanese KitKats.

13. The robots, technology, and gadgets including the famous high tech Japanese toilet.

14. Anime and manga.

15. The quirky cafes and restaurants like maid cafes, cat cafes, ninja restaurants, robot-themed cafes, and more.

16. The onsens or Japanese bathhouses that offer a unique experience.

17. The ryokans or traditional Japanese inns and the capsule hotels.

18. And the stunning nature scenery that can be found across the country.