While being a relatively small island nation, there is so much to do and see in Japan that going in without a plan won’t negatively impact your experience. However, if you’re still unsure or, like most, want to have a clear idea of where you would like to visit then this aninspire post is for you! We will give you a brief overlook of Japans sights and locations with a little bit of background on each.

You may be asking “How Long Should I Spend in Japan” but the honest answer is as long as you can. There is so much to see and do that even after several trips you wouldn’t have seen it all. The key point is that if your goal is to only see a few select places, then plan your trip! It’s very easy to become distracted and drawn in by other locations.


The first location on our list is Tokyo which, because of anime, you are likely already very familiar with. Tokyo is a bustling metropolis full of glittering lights, delicious restaurants, fascinating locations, unique shops and so much more. In fact, there is so much in Tokyo that it’ll have to have a guide of its own! However, we will list a few locations within the city that you absolutely must visit.

Akihabara (Anime Central!) | Tokyo Tower | Hōzōmon Gate | Inokashira Onshi Park | Tokyo Skytree | Ueno Park | Roppongi


Kyoto is the absolute opposite of Tokyo and is likely what most people envision when they think about Japan. It is rich in traditional Japanese culture and offers a wide array of temples, shrines , palaces gardens and so much more. If you’ve had your fill of the hustle and bustle of Tokyo then Kyoto is the answer.

Kyoto offers a glimpse into old Japan with sights sites such as the bamboo forest of Arashiyama, the Kinkaku-ji Temple and other various historic monuments.


Popular for its street food and beautiful city views, Osaka also has a wide variety of other attractions for you to visit. Historically a merchant city, Osaka today is a beautiful city situated between Yodo River and Osaka Bay. It is home to one of the oldest Shinto Shrines; Sumiyoshi-taisha. Osaka is similar to Tokyo in the regard that it is a large city with a wide variety of places to visit, but it also offers several unique experiences.

Osaka Castle | Dōtonbori | Osaka Aquarium | Osaka Museum of Housing and Living


We realize that this guide may lack the full depth of what can be explored and visited in Japan. However, we will be revisiting this post in the future and adding on more locations (with pictures!). These changes will also include separate posts for each of the locations that offers an overview of what can be seen there.

Further Reading

The following articles provide more information about what you already read. If you have the time please check them out!

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