Japan has always been one of the most charming places in the world. From the fascinating Mount Fuji in the winter to the lovely cherry blossoms that bloom in the spring, there is always something for tourists throughout the year. Shinkansen has also been one of the main attractions for tourists wanting to experience the speed.
On the other hand, the country’s way of combining its traditional elements with modernity is also what makes Japan so unique. As if refusing to be consumed by modernization, there remains a number of well-preserved royal temples and palaces that stand majestically throughout Japan. Society still upholds traditional customs in everyday life, such as the habit of bowing to greet or apologize, and taking shoes off when entering a house. This tradition, of course, is another thing that Japan offers to its visitors.
If you want to have a holiday in Japan, begin from the city of Tokyo. There are two major airports in the city, Haneda International Airport and Narita International Airport. Haneda Airport, sometimes known as Tokyo International Airport, is perfect for those who want to explore the city immediately since it is located in Ota, about 15 minutes from the city center. Trains, buses, and taxis to the city are also available at this airport.
Meanwhile, Narita Airport is one and a half hours away from Tokyo as it is located in the Chiba Prefecture. Even so, many travelers choose to depart and arrive at this airport due to the lower fare flights available. These two airports, supported by the endless tourist attractions, has increased the number of tourists entering the country.
First-timers are recommended to see the Tokyo Imperial Palace. Located at 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyodaku, this is the palace where the emperor and his family lived. A free tour runs every day, which takes tourists around the palace to get know the history of Japan, as well as to see the splendor the architecture, which is typical of the Edo era. In addition, visitors may also visit the East Garden of the Imperial Palace to enjoy the beautiful park around the palace or see the Nijubashi Bridge that has become a favorite photo spot for tourists.
Complete your visit to Japan by checking out the Tokyo Tower, which has become the icon of Tokyo. Located in Minako, Shibakoen, 4 Chrome-2-8, the tower functions as a television broadcasting tower that offers a number of exciting activities for visitors. Inside this tower, stands the Tokyo One Piece Tower, which contains figurines from the anime One Piece, gift and souvenir shops, as well as cafes for visitors to wind down. Take in the views of the city from this height, they are magnificent in both day and night.
Add more pleasure to your trip by trying out authentic Japanese activities, such as soaking in a natural hot spring or onsen. You can relax your muscles and calm your body aches in Toshimaen Niwa No Yu in the Toshimaen Playground complex. The atmosphere around the onsen is very comfortable, making it a perfect spot for relaxing and meditating that might be difficult to find this anywhere else.
Another thing not to be missed aside from all the tourist sights is to enjoy the variety of culinary delights available in various corners of Tokyo. Japanese specialties such as sushi, ramen, and shabu-shabu promise to delight your senses with their authentic flavor.
In Ginza, be sure to find a two-Michelin-star sushi restaurant called Kanesaka. Kanesaka serves a variety of quality sushi at low prices. It is located on the 1st floor Misuzu Building, 9 Chrome 10-3, Ginza, Chuo-ku.
Another place worth the visit is the maid cafe in Akihabara. Maid cafe is a cafe where waitresses are dressed in a typical maid costume. The sweet and friendly waitresses will offer to entertain you or sing your favorite songs. But the fun does not stop there. This cafe also serves delicious meals to satisfy your hunger. If you are curious, come to Pinafore at 1-19 Kandasakumacho, Akibahara.
Japan, anime, and manga are inseparable. They have been part of a culture that has garnered fans from all over the world. To know more about this phenomenon, spend some time at the Gundam Cafe located at 1-1, Kandahanaoka-cho, Chiyoda-ku. The futuristic atmosphere and Gundam-themed menu will invite visitors to the world of robots. A true paradise for Gundam fans, Gundam Cafe also offers Gundam souvenirs that are exclusively available at the cafe.