In 2015, Japan recorded a historically high number of inbound visitors which was rapidly increased to around 19.74 million, surpassing the number of outbound Japanese people. The scrumptious food, rich culture, beautiful shrines, advanced technologies, and impressive architecture, these are probably the reason why most of the people who visited Japan would fell in love with the country and wish to revisit some time in the future. Are you one of them?
1) Exemption of Visa
A visa exemption arrangement exists between Japan and Malaysia such that citizens of Malaysia who meet relevant conditions may enter Japan without obtaining a visa for a period of not exceeding three consecutive months.
Bowing is probably the best known feature of Japanese etiquette. Everyone here is respectful and nice. Although the language barrier is difficult at times, they will still make sure they could do anything to help you.
Japan is well known as one of the biggest fashion capitals in the world. Who doesn’t know Harajuku, Shibuya?! It’s a guaranteed shopping heaven for all.
4) Rail System
It is impressively efficient, clean and punctual. Sure it might take a hot minute to master the understanding the different rail lines, but once you do, you are golden. Riding on bullet train at 300km/hour or more, it feels more like air travel than rail travel.
Any random hole-in-the-wall food place makes the best sushi/sashimi/ramen/udon/kobe beef/bento/soba ever in existence. Even the 7-11s are equipped with high quality food that will have you weirded out, and drooling at the same time!
6) The Variety of a Continent in a Single Country
It’s not all about modernity, Tokyo, Kyoto, Ōsaka and Kanazawa also provide the best opportunities to experience traditional performance arts, such as kabuki, as well as a wealth of Japanese visual arts in major museums. Outside the cities there’s a vast range of travel options, from the UNESCO World Heritage e.g. Shirakawa-go to the balmy subtropical islands of Okinawa, and you hardly have to go far to catch sight of a lofty castle, ancient temple or shrine, or locals celebrating at a colourful street festival.
From February to early April, the country’s iconic Sakura (cherry blossoms) capture the attention of visitors alike as their beautiful pink flowers blanket the country in soft and colourful splendor.