Reasons Why You Should Visit Japan ASAP
From breathtaking landscapes to its modern lifestyle (hello, pod hotels!), Japan is undoubtedly a popular travel destination among Filipino travellers. Thanks to discounted airfares from budget airlines, you can now fly from Manila to Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, or Nagoya (and vice-versa) for as low as ₱5,000. Here is a guide to visiting Japan on a budget.
If Japan is yet to be ticked off from your travel bucket list, then now is the best time to plan your trip. Read on to see why you should visit the Land of the Rising Sun ASAP.
Japan boasts of theme parks that will bring out that kid in you
The Disney Resort, which is located in Chiba Prefecture, has been flocked by over 170 million visitors so far, making it a top tourist spot in Japan. Did you know that it was the first Disney theme park outside of the US?
If you love movies, then you can visit Universal Studios Japan that is situated in the waterfront of Osaka City. The park has attractions based on flicks such as Harry Potter, Jaws, Spider-Man, and Jurassic Park, so make sure you have plenty of time to visit each.
Thrill-seekers who are always up for really scary rides should include the Fuji Q Highland amusement park in their itinerary. Besides housing the 79-meter tall Fujiyama and 76-meter tall Eejanaika roller coasters, Fuji Q Highland stands at the foot of Mt. Fuji. Who doesn’t want to enjoy beautiful scenery while enjoying the rides?
Japan is home to stunning shrines and temples
When you’re in Japan, it’s always an exciting activity to walk into Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. People stop in to pray or celebrate an occasion, and there are protective charms or omamori which you can purchase for good health, safety, and other wishes for 100 yen.
Some temples you can visit are Rokuonji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto), Meiji Shrine (Tokyo), Itsukushima Shrine (Hiroshima), and Shitennoji (Osaka).
Just remember that visiting these shrines and temples involve etiquette such as bowing.
Japan offers dishes that aren’t *just* sushi
Japanese cuisine is almost synonymous to sushi—a delicacy that involves raw fish and flavoured rice. Other than sushi, there’s so much more that the Japanese offer when it comes to must-try dishes.
First on our list is this noodle soup dish called ramen. It’s typically served in a meat-based broth with seaweed, bean sprouts, pork chashu, scallions, and a soft-boiled egg. Remember when we shared with you the dos and don’ts of eating ramen? Yes, you could actually make use of our tips when you eat at a ramen shop in Japan.
Another dish to try is the unagi-no-kabayaki, an eel coated in sauce and broiled over charcoal. How this is cooked varies from every region, but generally, the eel is dipped in soy and sugar-based sauces prior to broiling. For snacks, you can look for a shop that offers takoyaki, which is a ball-shaped mixture of wheat flour-based batter filled with diced octopus, pickled ginger, and green onion.
Japan is known for its super-efficient trains
Commuting in Manila is stressful: from the plagued MRT to the never-ending EDSA traffic. Meanwhile, in Japan, you’ll find only the super-efficient and high-speed trains that can take you from Tokyo to Nagoya to Osaka.
Japan’s railway system is known worldwide for its punctuality and convenience. Foreign visitors who would like to travel by train should use the Japan Rail Pass. This pass is valid for the railways, buses, and ferries such as the JR-West Miyajima route.
Japan eases visa requirements for Filipinos
Last week, the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines announced that it will loosen visa requirements for Filipino visitors with business purposes. This is to “promote people-to-people exchanges between Japan and the Philippines.”
The validity of the Japanese visa was also extended from five years to ten years. Eligible applicants under this category include artists, cultural workers, scientists, lawyers, certified public accountants, medical doctors, athletes, university and college professors, and museum directors.
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