If you’re a first timer in Japan then you’re in for a treat! This East Asian metropolis is known worldwide for the bizarre and interesting things you’ll find here… but if this is your first time here, it can be a bit intimidating. The bigger cities are always bustling and the smaller cities are filled with history that it’s easy to get confused when coming up with a Japan bucket list. For your first time here, you might want to keep it simple and start with some easy exploring. Here are 10 interesting things to find when exploring Japan for the first time.
You simply can’t visit Japan without going in search of a Pokémon center! They can be found all around Japan and sell some of the cutest Pokémon goodies. From Pikachu socks to nail art to mugs, some of these centers even host Pokémon themed events! Finding all things Pokémon is the perfect way to start off your Japanese exploring adventure.
Japanese stores and markets are filled with some of the most delicious, yet bizarre snacks. From strange Kit Kat flavors to unique Oreos to famous Japanese teas to Tokyo banana (a sponge cake filled with banana cream)!
While most people head to the Bamboo Groves, little do they know that just off the main street of Arashiyama lies a magical Kimono Forest. Wander off the beaten path and see what you find.
Find a pond to grant your wishes
Wander through the Kimono Forest and find the Pond of Dragons. Immerse your hands in its waters. It is said that the pond is thought to guard the nearby train station and all trips made to and from there. It is also believed that if your hands in the water of the Pond of Dragons then your heart will be filled with peace and happiness.
No adventure is until you wander down quaint little alleyways and explore the quiet streets of Japan.
Every city in Japan has a beautiful history that will leave you wanting to learn more and more. From World Heritage sites to temples to remnants from the first atomic bomb blast in Hiroshima, Japan is filled with an endless history.
Delicious local foods
Japan is a culinary haven with every city having their own specialities. From basic ramen to takoyaki to okonomiyaki to gyoza (dumplings), you could basically eat your way through Japan.
Street art in Tokyo
Wander through the popular districts of Hajuku and Shibuya and take in some of the interesting street art and graffiti.
Arcade games on the street
Explore Akihabara in Tokyo and take in everything anime, manga and gaming! Walk down the little alleyways and try the street side arcade games.
Known as the busiest intersections and scramble crossings in the world, Shibuya Crossing is located right in front of the Hachiko exit. A scramble crossing is where the entire intersection opens up for pedestrians to cross and traffic comes to a complete halt. Thousands of people cross here every day and while it may be a little intimidating to cross here at first, it really is an experience to be had.