The Best Places to Visit in Japan

Discover the best areas to visit in Japan - from the snowy peaks of Hokkaido to the bustling streets of Tokyo and beyond…

Places to visit

From vibrant cities to breathtaking natural landscapes, Japan has it all. Deciding where to visit on your trip can be difficult though, especially since there’s so much to see and do at every destination. Luckily, our travel experts know this country inside out and are ready to help you pick the best places to visit in Japan for a truly unforgettable vacation.

Tokyo is undoubtedly one of the top places to visit in Japan and is an unmissable highlight for first-time travelers. From exploring its world-famous shopping scene to wandering through the famous Shinjuku district among the neon lights, there are endless things to do in Tokyo, making it one of our favorite places to go in Japan. However, if you’re keen to escape the skyscrapers and discover the country’s more authentic side, the city of Kyoto is full of cultural sights and experiences to try, like the Kinkakuji Temple or taking part in a tea ceremony at one of the many traditional teahouses.

For an adventurous vacation packed with outdoor activities, we recommend traveling to the Central Honshu Mountains. Here, you can hike through the mountains, visit adorable snow monkeys in Yudanaka or relax at a serene onsen in the Japanese Alps.

So, whether you’d like to sample tasty street food in Osaka or take a tour of the scenic shrines along the Japanese Coast, we’ll help you explore the best places to go in Japan.

The Best Places to Go in Japan

At Scott Dunn, our travel experts will recommend the best places to visit in Japan based on what you want to see and do. From discovering the ancient hiking trails of Kumano Kodo to the beautiful coastline and towering gorges of Shikoku Island, we’ll show you the best this country has to offer and help you plan out your ideal vacation.

Where to go in Japan

Map featuring best places to visit in Japan

Places on the map

  • Kyoto & Around Japan
  • Tokyo Japan
  • Hiroshima, Miyajima & Around Japan
  • Shikoku Island Japan
  • Kumano Kodo Japan
  • Kyushu Japan
  • Central Honshu Mountains Japan
  • Northern Honshu Japan
  • Osaka Japan
  • The Japanese Coast Japan
  • Naoshima Island Japan
  • Takayama Japan
  • Nagoya Japan
  • Aomori Japan
  • Shima Japan
  • Niigata Japan
  • Shizuoka Japan
  • Toyooka Japan
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