Japan received about 28.8 million tourists in 2017, becoming one of the most visited countries on Earth. The Japanese government is expecting the number to climb to 40 million tourists per year by 2020. And this begs the question — what is it about Japan that attracts people from all over the world?
Amazing natural landscapes
Japan boasts some of the most spellbinding natural landscapes on Earth. And for anyone who likes to explore the beauty of nature, a trip to Japan is a must. Whether you want to hike through some mountainous terrain with gorgeous views, laze around on sandy beaches bordering pristine blue waters, or simply want to spend some time with the wildlife, Japan offers all this and much more. The country is also known to have the fluffiest, lightest snow ever known to human beings. As such, those who like to ski will definitely enjoy the snow-covered mountains in the winter.
The numerous temples and shrines
Thanks to influences from Buddhism and Shintoism, Japan has some pretty beautiful shrines and temples spread throughout its many islands. While Kyoto alone has close to 2,000 temples, the most famous place known for its shrines is Nara. In fact, Nara has eight sites that have been designated as world heritage sites by UNESCO. If you are someone who is fascinated by the architecture of different cultures, Japan is one place you must visit.
The legendary cleanliness and punctuality of the Japanese
If Japanese people are admired the world over, it is for two specific things — cleanliness and punctuality. One visit to Japan is enough to make you wish for all the world to be like the Japanese. The people have a very high level of cleanliness. And you can see it on the roads, in the offices, on the trains, in the toilets, and every other place you visit. Their punctuality and attention to detail will make you want to stay in Japan. If ever there is a country that has to be visited to experience the quality of its people, it is Japan.
Japan also offers some very interesting food choices. In fact, you are sure to find food items that you have never seen anywhere on Earth. And we are not talking about the regular sushi, sashimi stuff. For example, you can try out a dish called Zazamushi, which is made from boiling the larvae of the stonefly. Inago No Tsukudani is another weird dish that is made from locusts and soy sauce. A very popular vegetarian food item is the “square watermelon,” which is essentially watermelon that is grown in a box so that it turns out in the shape of a square. Plus, if you are fond of ramen noodles you get at home, you can try the most authentic ramen, right from the thousands of ramen shops in Japan.
The weird and the cute
This is again something in which Japan is very unique. Everything from advertisements to music videos has bizarre, weird, and interesting visuals. Japanese love cartoons and you will find anime characters in all aspects of Japanese society, from a street show to a product launch, to a medical awareness campaign, and everything else. The fun vibe of Japan has to be experienced in order to be understood. And this is why people tend to throng to Japan.