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There are many reasons to visit Japan but I’m sure there are a few you haven’t thought about. If you’re on the brink of booking a spontaneous trip or trying to convince you friend to tag along with you, here are a handful of great reasons to visit Japan – including the Japanese obsession with soft-serve ice cream, of course!

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1. Because the food is cuter than your pet dog

Dogs are cute and puppies even cuter… but can you beat this animal donut!? Japan is full of cute things to nibble away at but some are just so cute you might just want to keep them a while before the inevitable occurs…

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2. Because you can re-live your childhood

If something is cute in Japan it is “kawaiiiiiii” (hold on the ‘i’) and believe me when I say nearly everything is kawaii in Japan. Vending machines where you can snag a pokemon or sailor moon toy to shove in your handbag? No problem. You’ll find them on main streets everywhere.

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3. Because Kit Kats come in SO many different flavours

Wasabi, strawberries and cream…. and whatever the hell this is!?
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4. Because you can find solitude in the many Shinto Shrines

There’s nothing like thousands of endless torii gates leading four kilometres up a mountain to remind you that “you can do it”!

Tea drinking in Japan

5. Because tea drinking is an institution

Tea drinkers be prepared for endless offerings of tea in this tea loving country. Green tea is especially popular and widely available (for free in restaurants!)

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6. Every flavour of soft-serve

Because who wouldn’t want to travel to a country where you can eat soft-serve on every street corner in almost every flavour you could imagine!? Be sure to try green tea, cherry blossom, vanilla milk and should you dare… wasabi ice cream!

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7. Because there’s more to Japanese food than sushi

Say you love Japanese food but you don’t know what that is beyond sushi and bento boxes… then I promise you, you will love Japan. Expect healthy, fresh cuisine often cooked in front of you to ensure you’re eating things just the way you like them.

Sushi making class Tokyo

8. But when you do want to eat sushi, you can make your own

Try a sushi making class to master the art of sushi, learn the techniques and take your findings home with you to create your own sushi, just the way you like it!

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9. To see the country covered in Cherry Blossoms

Cherry blossom season lasts only two weeks in Japan but boy, is it worth while!

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10. To walk through walls of Bamboo

Because who wouldn’t want to find peace and serenity inside these bamboo walls in Kyoto!?

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11. To View Castles as Old as Time

So you’ve seen castles in Europe but have you seen the unique thousands of years old castle in Japan!?

Kyoto Gion Parfaits

12. To Eat yourself into a Matcha-induced Frenzy

Matcha (green tea) is everywhere in Japan and when I say everywhere I really mean e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e. Expect matcha ice cream, matcha frappes, matcha parfaits and an all-out matcha frenzy! Delicious.

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13. To See Mount Fuji

Is there a mountain quite as picturesque and surreal!? Be sure to visit around winter to see the peak in a layer of snow as it is unquestionably more scenic in the colder months.

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14. To Experience the Weird and Wonderful side of Tokyo

Robot restaurants, karaoke bars and cat cafes… what more reason could you need to visit Tokyo!?

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15. To Eat Plastic Food

…Not really… but, really. Don’t expect to ever think twice about what a meal might look like in Japan, you’ll be able to see the food offerings front and centre in plastic form at most restaurants. If anything, it offers an insight.

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16. Because it is the land of Hello Kitty

Who doesn’t love the cutesy, pink plush world of Hello Kitty!? You can expect to find her everywhere in Japan.

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17. For ancient Japanese Culture

…That withstands the test of time! In Japan culture is thousands of years old but it is still as rich and prevalent as ever, wherever you go in the country. Kyoto is one of the best cities to view Geisha history and culture in particular, especially in the Gion district.

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18. Because the Japanese have Mastered Street Food

Where else can you pay next to nothing for amazing, fresh, quality produce!?

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19. SAKÉ!

Need I say more?

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20. Because Getting Lost is Half the Fun

If you haven’t seen Lost in Translationa film featuring Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray as they navigate the craziness and chaos of Japan’s capital, then now is the time to give it a look. Japan is full of cultural differences that allow you to lose and find reason… so what are you waiting for!


Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!



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    Cailin Koy

    May 4, 2016

    It’s been on my list for ages – now I just need to get someone to go with me! Sadly my fiance has zero interest in Asia. Those long flights – he can’t handle it!

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    May 3, 2016

    I hope to one day be able to go there <3 so beautiful and different!

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    Jabeen Waheed

    May 3, 2016

    Everything in Japan seems to unreal and totally cute!
    Jabeen x

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    April 22, 2016

    Oh Japan~ One of my wish-list country to visit. Thanks for your post, I know more about Japan. What I know about Japan just through manga, there are so many interesting things. I wish someday I could come there.

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    April 18, 2016

    Fabulous post! Going to Japan next year and this has been so helpful 🙂 x

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    April 12, 2016

    Oh Japan you look amazing!

    Lennae xxx

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    Kayti Clayton

    April 12, 2016

    It looks like you had a great time in Japan! I’m thinking over going there for the my Christmas break this year. Would love to see some of the restaurants, sites, shops that you loved?

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    April 11, 2016

    wow japan sounds amazing!!!

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    April 11, 2016

    Wonderful! Just arrived in Tokyo and looking forward to experiencing all of this!

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    April 11, 2016

    You had me at one reason.

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    April 11, 2016

    This has me wanting to visit Japan. Right now.

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    April 10, 2016

    Yes, Japan rocks! I agree with all of these!

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    April 9, 2016

    awesome post. japan i like you

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    April 9, 2016

    I’ve always dreamed about visiting Japan and this post only made me want to book a flight ticket like, right now!! And that doughnut.. So cute!

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    April 9, 2016

    Pretty much all of these things are reasons why I want to go to Japan. There seems to be so much to see and do and it’s all so fascinating! Thanks for this awesome post 🙂

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    April 9, 2016

    This made me wanna go to Japan so bad

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    April 9, 2016

    Japan is amazing, I went a few years ago and I’m itching to go back! It’s so unique and beautiful and fun in its own way 🙂 I love that part about sweets & ice cream & wasabi ice cream, I definitely want to try that!

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    April 9, 2016

    I LOVE THIS POST. I’m going to Japan in September 🙂 Can’t wait to blog about it x

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    Caty @ Eat Breathe Explore

    April 9, 2016

    Ahhh I can’t wait to visit this amazing country! So beautiful!

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    April 9, 2016

    I just love Japan! Especially the food and gadgets are great there.

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    April 8, 2016

    Oh Japan <3 <3
    I want to visit it sooo badly!

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    Jennifer @ This Off Script Life

    April 8, 2016

    Yes to #7! I tried so many wonderful different foods while I was in Japan. Need to get back to see Mt. Fuji (it was covered in fog on my first visit). Such a fascinating country.

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    Dia Bianca Lao

    April 8, 2016

    To answer your question, the KitKat in your picture is the red bean sandwich flavor! I love that KitKat though it doesn’t really taste like red bean! I was just in Japan a few days ago and I found a sake flavored KitKat, which I thought tasted awful but my family thought it was good. Maybe you should try that next time!:)

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    April 8, 2016

    I needed to read this post so badly. I was planning my summer vacation and still didn’t know whether to go to Japan or somewhere around Europe. And you’ve just anwered to that one instead od me 🙂

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    April 8, 2016

    You’ve definitely sold me on Japan. I’ve always wanted to go there, the culture seems so interesting I really want to learn all about it. And of course sample the cute snacks and great tea!

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    April 8, 2016

    This time last year I just got back from Japan after the cherry blossom season! Definitely my favourite holiday so far.

    Rhiannon x

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    April 8, 2016

    Great article! I lived in Japan for 7 months and truly loved it! I’m hoping to plan a return trip next year to show off this amazing country to my husband.

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    April 8, 2016

    I would add:
    21. Because you have to do a karaoke with Japanese people at least once in your life
    22. For the powder snow in Hokkaido
    23. For the onsen experience in winter


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    April 8, 2016

    I am OBSESSED with matcha flavored everything! And sake is some of my favorite alcohol. You had me sold with just those! I’ve only seen a tiny bit of Nagasaki from working seasonally on cruise ships but I want to go back on my own time and eat my way around this country SO bad!

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    April 8, 2016

    Brooke, I am now addicted to your blog and love how you effortlessly create such amazing content.
    Japan was serene and beautiful and I loved your pictures.

    I love how you make it a point to provide information, knowledge and insight about a place from your point of view!

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    April 8, 2016

    I’m hoping to visit Japan in September for two weeks! Thanks for the tips and inspiration!


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    April 8, 2016

    I love Japan so much, especially bloosom flower

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    April 8, 2016

    Your photo of Fuji is amazing! It’s so hard not to buy a million toys when in Japan because you always get caught up in the kawaii. Then come home with a bag full of junk. Haha!

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    April 8, 2016

    Great post! I’m here in Japan now and spending a month exploring. It’s the last country on my trip around the world and a great finale. All the things you list are great. You really can delight in things your inner child loves. It’s such a fascinating place!

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    April 8, 2016

    Can’t wait to visit Japan. It’s number 1 on my vacation list and I’m dying to go. Some great photos!

    Francis |

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    April 8, 2016

    I’m so desperate to visit Japan and this has just made me want to visit even more!

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    April 8, 2016

    I’ve just put Japan on my bucket list! Thank you for endless inspiration.

    Kelsey x

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