First Time Tips By Cat MacRae
When you should visit
Where you should go
What you should do
Spring is popular for the beautiful cherry blossoms but also the most expensive and busiest time of year.
The fall foliage in Japan is beautiful. It's less busy than spring but still very popular.
Winter in Japan is wonderful with world-class skiing, fewer crowds and snow-covered villages.
For the full Japan experience it's best to put a combination of cities and smaller towns on your itinerary.
Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto are the most popular for first-time visitors. It's easy to travel between them too.
For a glimpse of traditional Japan you should consider adding in smaller towns such as Kanazawa or Takayama.
Decide what your bucket list items are and book them well in advance so you don't miss out!
Visit stunning temples, dine with a geisha, go to a sumo match, take walking tours and more!
Make time for some of Japan's unique experiences like seeing the snow monkeys!