Quaint and vivacious, slender and attractive; Japan has something for everyone to do, but you may ask yourself “What can I do there that I can’t do here?” There are countless things you couldn’t do in most of the world, but here are some of the most unique experiences in Japan:
1: UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Japan has 19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and that number is only getting larger. From Chuson-ji Temple, independently developed of the capital of Japanese architecture and culture to Japan’s most controversial Zen temple, Ryoan-ji Temple, Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites are select locations with a history so deep and impactful, that you can feel it when you set foot there.
No visit to Japan is complete without seeing a World Heritage Site, but these special locations can be found sprinkled in the island nation. Anybody that appreciates history, Japanese culture, and worldly experiences will agree that each UNESCO World Heritage Sites are always a unique and fulfilling experience.
2: Onsen (Hot Springs)
Sultry and steamy, Japanese Onsen (Hot Springs) are always a relaxing way to experience a very special part of Japanese culture. With a long history of etiquette, bathing has been and still is a highly valued part of daily life in Japan. In addition to legends of some Onsen having restorative capabilities, spending time in an Onsen has medical benefits, such as muscle relaxation and pain relief.
Onsen have a focus on cleanliness, and bathers are required to shower and wash before entering an Onsen. Being a series of Volcanic islands, Japan’s geography is optimal for a variety of mineral waters. No two Onsen are the same and have unique effects on the body.
Delicate and savory, Sushi in Japan is not just a culinary experience, it’s an art. Sushi can dramatically vary in price from Kaiten Sushi (conveyor belt sushi) to select cuts from the Tsukiji Fish Market. Sushi Chefs are even known to cut fish differently, determined by the size of their diners! For example, a large person will get a thicker cut than a small person.
There is sushi for just about everybody, including vegans. Sushi Chefs have lately become more environmentally conscious of the habitat and conservation of the ecosystem. As such, many Sushi Chefs are purchasing fish that have been caught in an environmentally responsible manner.