ViaHero · October 26, 2018
Think carefully about your ideal trip to Japan—are you surfing with dolphins? Chowing down on a sushi conveyor belt? Cuddling a baby fox? If you’re an adventure enthusiast, you might have trouble choosing just one—so why not choose them all?
Pick which of these travel style best suits you and start crafting your dream trip to Japan. After all, when it comes to Japan, there’s something for every traveler.
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The Animal Lover
How can one island have so many adorable (and tame) animals? If you’re an animal lover, you absolutely have to:
- Get up close and personal with wild snow monkeys in Jigokudani.
- Pet tame deer in Nara.
- Cuddle baby foxes at the Zao Fox Village.
Pro tip: Zoos, aquariums, and animal sanctuaries often offer great discounts for students, kids, and seniors—check out discounted tickets at a 7/11 or FamilyMart.
The Spiritual Seeker
As the birthplace of Zen Buddhism and Shintoism, Japan is the perfect destination for spiritual seekers. Pilgrimage routes, thousand-year-old shrines, and Buddhist lodgings provide quiet spaces for self-reflection and soul care. To experience Japan’s most serene spots, visit:
- The Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail (it’s absolutely stunning).
- The mountainside town of Kamikochi.
- The iconic and sacred Mount Fuji.
The Good-Eats Guru
From udon noodles to ramen, fugu fish to tuna, Japan is home to some of the world’s most mouth-watering, mind-bending dishes. No judgment if you customize your trip around Japan’s best eats. Unique culinary experiences await at:
The Tree Hugger
Home to some of Asia’s most eco-friendly cities, Japan is covered from head-to-toe in gorgeous forests and beaches. In many of Japan’s must-go spots, people thrive alongside nature rather than building over it. If nature is your first love, you’ve got to visit:
- The swinging vine bridge of Iya No Kazura.
- The Sagano Bamboo Forest—seriously, Japan’s natural wonders will refresh your soul.
The Adrenaline Junkie
Japan is the ultimate adventure destination—with mountains, active volcanoes, coral reefs, and ancient forests, Japan is an adrenaline junkie’s paradise. A couple unmissable adventures:
The Photo-Op Hunter
If you travel with a camera around your neck, a phone in one hand, and a GoPro in the other, Japan is about to be your favorite destination, period. Check out:
Pro tip: Don’t be afraid to get in on the shots—dress as a geisha, join a tea ceremony, or wander through Tokyo, and get that perfect shot!
The Laid-Back Vacationer
Don’t feel like legging it all over Japan? Build your Japan itinerary around relaxation essentials, like:
Best of all, Japan’s hidden gems are often the most laid-back spots, with welcoming locals and only a handful of tourists.
The Night Owl
If you come alive in the nighttime, Japan is the place to be for endless festivals, clubs, and parties from dusk to dawn. With over 200,000 yearly festivals, odds are that you’ll find a celebration no matter when you go to Japan. Especially in whopping cities like Tokyo, the nightlife scene is always popping—be sure to check out locals’ favorite spots to dive into Japan’s nighttime ambiance.
The Budget-Savvy Spender
We’ve all heard rumors about Japan’s crazy-high prices—but you can leave your worries at the door! You can totally do your dream Japan trip on a budget, without giving up the major cities and Japan’s must-go spots. If you’re big on saving your yen, take a look at:
- Airbnb Japan for awesome accommodations at a fraction of the price.
- Off-the-beaten-path gems like Shizuoka, or spots further south like Okinawa.
The History Buff
It almost goes without saying that Japan is a history buff’s dream come true. You’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time at Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, like:
- The historical Himeji-jo Castle.
- The rustic village of Shirakawago.
- You should even go to Mount Fuji itself!
These spots are untouched by time and aren’t full of run-of-the-mill tourists—perfect for immersing yourself in Japanese history.
Whether you’re a History Buff, Adrenaline Junkie, or Laid-Back Vacationer, you’ve got a blueprint for customizing your own Japanese adventure. Now that you’ve got the wanderlust bug, get more insider tips on traveling to Japan: