A little over a month ago I took a week long trip from South Korea to Japan. My Japan visit would start in Tokyo for three days and then end in Osaka/Kyoto for 4 days.
Japan was everything I expected it to be. My expectations were met and more. It is the nicest place I have visited since I began traveling a few years ago.
10 Things I Loved About My Japan Visit
I’ll start off with the most noticeable good thing about visiting Japan. Japanese people are kind, helpful, and clean.
The first day I got there I was really tired as I rode into Tokyo from Haneda airport. For whatever reason our train stopped short of my destination and everyone had to get off. I got off just like everyone else and immediately realized I left my bag on the train. I told one of the workers there right away and he basically ran to the lost and found window to let them know. Within two minutes they had my bag back to me. You might think they were just doing there job. But it was more about how happy they were to help me out and how efficient they were trying to be.
This was the pattern that I saw everyplace I went while I was in Japan. Customer service was exceptional everywhere. If you are lost pretty much anyone will stop and help you out.
I asked one person if they knew where the best Sushi belt restaurants were when I was in Shibuya and they literally took 30 minutes of their time to walk me around and show me the various restaurants I could go to.
I could feel that the Japanese want to represent their country really well and so they make it bigger than themselves when they are doing anything.
It might have been the best food I have had anywhere in the world. At some point during my trip, I realized I could literally walk into any restaurant and they are going to have good food. It comes down to world class chefs and the pride they take in making good cuisine.
I tried to eat as many different foods as I could while I was there. And of course I ate a ton of sushi. It was all fantastic. Check out this in depth guide I found to learn more about the famous Japanese food.
It might have been the cleanest place I have ever been as well. Their was no trash on the ground. The streets looked perfect. And all of the buildings looked like they were brand new.
Osaka reminded me of a really big college town with amazing food and a lot of things to do. I liked it a lot better than Tokyo overall.
The hostel that I stayed at for three nights called Fuku Hostel Namba was amazing as well. I highly recommend it.
I only actually spent 4-5 hours in Kyoto. I intend to go back and at least spend a few nights there. It is very touristy. But it is one of the most beautiful places you will ever see.
For me, visiting Japan was extremely refreshing. In South Korea it is hard to get away from all of the noise unless you go up into the mountains. Japan was completely different.
I did some late night walks and it was the first time in a while where I barely heard anything. There were no motorcycles, no people yelling, and no music blaring. Japan is a very peaceful place and that is just another reason it is so intriguing to go there.
Sushi belt restaurants
These restaurants have an abundance of sushi going around in front of your face and you pick which plates you want. They have pretty much any type of fish you want to try.
I really started to like their signature beer while I was there. And I still sometimes drink it in South Korea as well.
The women that I saw and met were beautiful there and dressed really well. In fact, everyone dressed really well. If you are walking around in basketball shorts and a t-shirt you are probably going to feel like a bum. Japanese people have an excellent fashion sense.
There are so many different temples, streets, palaces, and landmarks to see in Japan. If I were to go back I would like to spend a lot more time there so I can see a lot more. It’s tough to see very much when you are only there for a week. And I felt like i was just starting to get in the travel mode once I was coming back. But all of the infrastructure is so well put together with historical sights that it’s really amazing to see.
I didn’t mention Tokyo in the top ten things I really liked about Japan because I found it to be like a big shopping mall. I felt like I just walked around tons of different stores and that was about it. It is so big that I don’t think I truly got the feel for it that I wanted. So maybe I will go back in the future.
Let me know what your Japan visit was like below. As you can see, I found it to be amazing. And I’ve even considered moving there after living in South Korea. I know it is way more expensive, but it would be for the experience more than anything. I highly recommend you check out Japan if you haven’t! It is truly eye opening and I guarantee you will be happy the whole time you are there.