Japanese cuisine is renowned worldwide, and culinary tourism is a significant aspect of visiting Japan. From sushi and ramen to tempura and traditional kaiseki meals, each region offers unique flavors and specialties. Traditional Japanese arts, such as tea ceremonies, calligraphy, kabuki theater, and traditional music (such as koto and shamisen), attract tourists seeking to experience the country’s cultural traditions firsthand. Festivals like the Gion Matsuri in Kyoto and the Sapporo Snow Festival are also major tourist attractions.
Japan’s pop culture, including anime, manga, and video games, has a dedicated global following. Popular attractions include Akihabara in Tokyo (known for electronics and anime merchandise), Studio Ghibli Museum, and themed cafes and shops dedicated to popular characters and franchises.
Onsen (Hot Springs) and Wellness: Japan has a rich tradition of onsen, natural hot springs renowned for their therapeutic properties. Many visitors seek relaxation and wellness experiences at traditional ryokans (Japanese inns) with onsen facilities, particularly in regions like Hakone, Kusatsu, and Beppu.