From centuries-old shrines to bullet trains, cherry blossoms to vending machines and ramen to anime here are 31 Things Japan is famous for.
Cherry blossoms or sakura also have a role in Japanese culture. When the cherry blossoms are out it is time to be with the people you love.
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.
Fushimi Inari Taisha is the most important of the thousands of shrines which are dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice.
Vending machines in Japan sell everything from umbrellas to hot lunches to even used underwear (truly). Vending machines are said to be worth over USD$60 billion in sales each year.
Sushi is available in a huge variety of forms from hand rolls to sashimi (just raw fish without rice) to nigri (fish and rice) and can be vegetarian or feature egg and/or tofu.