Mt Fuji may be the most famous, but Japan offers more than just the sacred mountain. Over 70 per cent of Japan’s land is covered in mountains and hills; not climbing one is akin to blasphemy. Mt Takao or Mt Mitake are great day trips from Tokyo, but for a full mountain spirit immersion, do a temple stay at Mt Koya in Kansai, which often come with Buddhist-style meals. Be sure to book ahead, as the lodges are popular.
High on many a traveller’s wish list, the best things to do in Japan speak to the imagination of many, with sky-high districts full of neon alongside centuries-old buildings and lots of ‘only-in-Japan’ weirdness. Of course, you can stick to those stereotypes, and although they do exist (and are carefully cultivated for tourists’ pleasure), it’s worth your while to dig a little bit deeper. Then, you’ll find rowdy bars, stunning modern art, incredible hotels, surprising natural vistas, and of course, some of the best food in the world, often in the most unexpected places. Zip your way through it all on an uber-punctual bullet train – finding the best things to do in Japan just got a whole lot easier.
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