A mix of old and new
In a response via Quora, Stockholm-based travel blogger Carita Koro described Japan as a “dream destination.” Like many aspiring travelers, eating delicious food, visiting historic temples, and exploring the labyrinthine streets of Tokyo topped her list. However, she was also quick to mention her desire to see the Japanese Grand Prix. As someone who has enthusiastically enjoyed everything from D1 Drift events to Le Mans-style endurance racing, I can attest to the fact that catching motorsport races at one of Japan’s iconic circuits is an unforgettable experience that most top ten lists woefully overlook.
As someone who travels throughout Japan for business and leisure, this certainly resonates with me. No trip to Japan is complete without venturing beyond the convenient yet confining concrete jungle of Tokyo. You’ll find some excellent ideas for off-the-beaten-path adventure in my colleagues’ recent articles on Takahama, Fukui Prefecture:
Experience everyday life
Fred C., a longtime friend and fellow Southern California native, is already contemplating his next trip to Japan and hopes to gain a deeper, down-to-earth understanding of the country.
Indeed, one of the biggest misconceptions about traveling in Japan is that it’s hard to get below the culture’s surface—having genuine interactions with the locals. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Need a place to get started? Simply join a local Meetup or drop into an international bar or café to make new friends on day one of your trip.
Now that you’ve read a few thoughts and ideas on traveling in Japan, where will you go? What will you do when it’s your turn to take the trip of a lifetime? If you still need a little more inspiration, check out the Tadaima Japan homepage where you’ll find nearly limitless content on the land of endless discovery.