If you have never been to Japan, you may still have this question:
“Which city and spot to visit for the first time?”
Let me get straight to the point, and there aren’t more recommendable cities in Japan than Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka for first time travelers.
This article will also answer these questions:
“What’s Japan like?”
“What to do and where to go in Japan?”
This is the guides and tips for those who have a plan traveling to Japan for the first time. Here are best things to do with the latest trends in each city Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka until nothing is left for first time visitors. I’d also like to introduce the best restaurants in the three cities for gourmets. Japanese food is one of the most attractive things in Japan.
With this instruction of travel to Japan, you can easily make a satisfying and enjoyable travel plan with the well-selected things to do in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.
Moreover, there are further more things you should know before visiting Japan including Japanese unique culture, season, language, transportation and so on. You can understand all of them with the quick instruction in the end of this article.
First of all, Tokyo, the most famous city as symbolized by Tokyo Tower, is the true destination city for first time travelers to Japan.
The most bustling and busiest city has everything for ideal tourist destinations: there are rich nature area, various dining options, pop culture and history.
Things to do in Tokyo for first time travelers
-Taking a photo at the famous Shibuya Crossing
-Relaxing with rich nature at Yoyogi Park, the largest city park in Tokyo
-Drinking and Dining with all kinds of meats at Niku Yokocho
-Visiting Instagram-worthy spots
-Enjoying Kawaii pop culture at Takeshita Street
-Worshipping at the most-visited shrine Meiji Jingu Shrine
-Experiencing the authentic Sushi at the world largest Tsukiji Fish Market
-Strolling around Sensoji Temple and the red large Kaminarimon Gate
-Enjoying shopping Japanese souvenirs and snacks at Nakamise Shopping Street
-Viewing the whole towns of Tokyo at the height of 634 meters (2,080 feet) of Tokyo Sky Tree
-Experiencing unique Otaku culture: served by waitress dressed as maids at Maid Cafes
-Finding Japanese geeky manga, anime, video games and latest gadgets at cool shops
-Touching and Playing with owls at Owl Cafe
-Enjoying exciting nightlife at the red light district Kabukicho
-Watching gigantic robots, acrobatic girls dancers, laser beams and bright neon lights at Robot Restaurant
-Tasting the best Ramens at the mecca of Ramen
▽Here are the best restaurants in Tokyo▽
Kyoto, the old capital of Japan, offers numbers of historical spots where you can feel old atmosphere from Heian Period (A.D. 794 to 1868). There are well-reserved buildings and remaining traditional culture such as geisha performances and Kaiseki dishes.
Things to do in Kyoto for first time travelers
-Worshipping at one of the most popular attractions in Japan Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine with thousands of torii gates
-Taking a beautiful picture of the golden-shiny Kinkakuji Temple with its reflection in the pond
-Visiting Kyoto’s most famous symbol of the city Kiyomizudera Temple
–Strolling around Higashiyama area to see historical streets and Japanese traditional gardens
-Enjoying the Kyoto’s traditional entertainment Geisha performance at Gion
-Walking around Arashiyama Bamboo Grove in the morning
-Getting surprised at the crazily flaming Ramen at Menbakaichidai (めん馬鹿一代)
-Taking a break at cafes along Kamogawa River
▽Here are the best restaurants in Kyoto▽
▽Transportation Guide from Tokyo to Kyoto▽
▽Transportation Guide from Osaka to Kyoto▽