Japan is, by many accounts, one of the coolest places on earth. It's one of the most technologically developed countries by far, and yet it's people still have a strong link with spirituality, tradition and the past; meaning there are plenty of beautifully preserved temples and shrines to explore, even nestled in-between skyscrapers! So if you're ever lucky enough to visit the land of the rising sun, here are 5 sights you shouldn't miss!
Paris has the Eiffel Tower and London has the Shard; in Tokyo, they have the Tokyo tower. It was once the tallest structure in the city, but the Tokyo Sky Tree soon took that claim. Regardless, it's the Tokyo tower that we always see in films, and it's become a truly iconic symbol of the city. You can visit the top of the tower too without making a reservation!
Tokyo may be one of the most populated cities on the planet, but that doesn't mean there's nowhere to escape from the hustle and bustle. Tokyo's most peaceful sanctuary is the Meji shrine, a shinto shrine built in 1920 in honour of Emperor Meji and his wife. The shrine is surrounded by hundreds of donated trees which form a little tranquil forest.
Yokohama's Cup Noodle Museum
Bet you love cup noodles right? Bet you wonder which genius invented them? And you're dying to know what the history behind this delicious convenience food is? So take a trip to one of Japan's more unusual attractions, and try your hand at making your own recipe - there are 5000 possible flavour combinations to choose from!
If you're an anime fan, you'll love the Ghibli museum in Tokyo. There are daily showings of all your favourite Ghibli films, recreated sets from your favourite scenes and you can buy products inspired by the films too, such as Beer of the Valley of The Wind from Nausicaa.
Did you watch the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi? Well in Japan you can experience the real thing and visit Japan's best sushi restaurant owned by Jiro; Sukiyabashi Jiro. It's rated 3 stars by Michelin, and has hosted guests such as Barack Obama.