What is Japan Famous For? 31 Japanese Claims to Fame

Ancient history and sophisticated modern technology and innovation mingle seamlessly in Japan so it is no surprise that when asking the question What is Japan Famous for the answers are a mix of the old and the new.

 From centuries old shrines to bullet trains, cherry blossoms to vending machines and ramen to anime. Here are Things for which Japan is famous.

When the cherry blossoms are out it is time to be with the people that you love. As such it is common to see family members together under cherry blossoms having picnics etc.

Cherry Blossom Season


Mount Fuji, with its snow-capped peak, is Japan’s most recognisable landmark. It’s the highest mountain in Japan and reaches over 12 000 feet. You can even see it from Tokyo –  but it’s definitely worth getting up close.

Mount Fuji


Fushimi Inari Taisha is the most important of the thousands of shrines which are dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. The buildings themselves are stunning and you’re welcome to make an offering to the god.

Fushimi Inari Taisha


It has been estimated that Japan has up to 5 million vending machines. Vending machines in Japan sell everything from umbrellas to hot lunches to even used underwear.

Vending Machines


Japan has an amazing and varied cuisine but it is perhaps best known for sushi. Sushi is available in a huge variety of forms from hand rolls to sashimi to nigri and can be vegetarian or feature egg and/or tofu.



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