9 Spots to Visit in Japan in 2018

Other than Disneyland and Shibuya Crossing.

If you’re finally pulling off a trip to Japan this year, make sure your itinerary gives you the best the kawaii country has to offer. Sure, it’s still worth visiting the IG-worthy spots like Shibuya Crossing; you ought to tick off tourist attractions like Meiji Shrine, Universal Studios, and Disneyland off your list, but consider visiting these places, too:

 1. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatory

Located in Shinjuku, the observatory lets you take in a gorgeous view of the city free of charge. It’s the matipid girl’s alternative to the Tokyo Skytree.

2. Nameless Sushi Shop

Everyone knows that traveling to Japan will definitely cost you, but did you know that somewhere in Tokyo, you can actually buy a piece of sushi for 10 Japanese Yen (or about five pesos!)? Head to Namae no Nae Sushi-ya (Nameless Sushi)! Just order a drink, and as much of the 10-Yen sushi as you want.

3. Omotesando Hills

Located in central Tokyo, this trendy shopping center houses all things fancy--from designer fashion brands and jewelry to coveted cosmetics. The building itself is super IG-worthy with its one-of-a-kind architectural design. Then, just a few steps away, you can see the zelkova tree-lined avenue that makes a great backdrop. And uploading shouldn’t be a problem since there’s free Wi-Fi called the “OMO-Free” service all around the area.

4. Shopping streets in Tokyo

There’s one for every interest. Go to Akihabara for gadgets and merchandise from your fave anime, manga, or J-Pop idols. Head to Ginza, Aoyama, or Shibuya for stylish outfits and Harajuku for vintage and eclectic pieces. You can also check out Asakusa and Kuramae for souvenirs.

5. Ichiran in Shibuya

Of course, we can’t talk about Japan without covering ramen. One that’s bound to pop up in conversations about ~*special*~ ramen experiences is the famous Ichiran. Dubbed as the “the world’s best,” Ichiran lets you customize the ramen exactly how you like it. Another must-try is Ramen Jiro--specifically the original branch in Mita. You line up for about 45 minutes, and you get served with a huge bowl of goodness. Tourists advise sharing and warn to not order the larger bowls for the sake of your sanity. LOL!

6. Dotonbori, Osaka

If you want to try the savory treats from Japan, the best place to do so is Dotonbori. Get a taste of authentic okonomiyakitakoyakikushi, and katsu here. 

7. Farm Tomita Lavender Fields


The farm is located in a city called Furano in Hokkaido. The best time to visit? July, the peak time for the lavenders to bloom. You can also spot fields of poppies, lilies, and sunflowers that bloom during other seasons.

8. Lake Kawaguchi

For a more ~*zen*~ experience, visit one of the hot springs (or onsen) in Lake Kawaguchi. Imagine soaking in a hot spring with a stunning view of Mt. Fuji! You can include this in your itinerary as a day trip, or you can book an overnight stay at one of the hotels in the area.

9. Kyoto

In the heart of the region called Kansai lies Kyoto, a city rich in history and home to various landmarks in Japan. This is where you can stroll through the Bamboo Grove in Arashiyama, the Sagano Scenic Railway (which looks heavenly during springtime with all the sakuratrees), and the Fushimi Inari Shrine. It’s the perfect place to don a kimono and channel your inner geisha!

This article originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.

Minor edits have been made to this article.

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