Japan has so many places to go that it becomes difficult to choose. Nature related places can include the lavender fields in Hokkaido, Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Cherry Blossoms at Ueno Park, Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, etc. You can even hike to some religious sites and go on a pilgrimage while admiring the flora and fauna of the mountains. Speaking of mountains you can also go to places with amazing views of Mount Fuji in the distance or up close. Japan is full of historical sites that will make your head spin trying to decide on which one to go to first. | View more
Kyoto is full of historic temples and shrines like Kiyomizudera, Fushimi Inari Taisha, Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji) and many more. Let us not forget about the nearby areas that have original castles like Himeji Castle and Matsumoto Castle that are a sight to behold. Then in the Kanto region you have Nikko where it is not only a beautiful place to visit it is also the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu who ushered in the Edo period and 250 years of the Tokugawa Shogunate. There is also the Asakusa Sensoji Temple in Tokyo where it can be identified by the giant red lantern located at the entrance. If temples, shrines, and castles do not catch your interest then the Iga Ninja Museum where they exhibit real tools used by past ninjas should get your attention. They even do demonstrations of what ninjas practiced to improve their skills.
Now Japan has modern places to visit too like Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, etc. Tokyo Skytree is a new television signal station that replaced Tokyo Tower back in 2012. It has upgrades that attract visitors from all over the globe. Now if you were to wander around Tokyo you will be blinded by all the neon light signs at night time. The public transportation is amazing in the country and riding the train through the Seikan Undersea Tunnel is another testament to their engineering capabilities. If you are looking for a firsthand experience of Japanese cultures then doing a homestay can fulfill that need.
Staying with a family can provide insight to the lifestyle of Japanese people. You will have the chance to try food that maybe vastly different from what you are used to. Each region has their food specialties like Osaka with fried street food and Kobe with the very delicious Wagyu Beef. Trying the different flavors of each area will open up your taste buds to a world of deliciousness. There are in all honesty too many things to do in Japan that one trip cannot suffice unless you are there for a long time.