30 Pictures That Will Make You Want to Visit Japan

On my last day in Japan, I woke up in one of those crazy capsule hotels and, after indulging in some sweet libations from Mr. Donut, took to the streets of Tokyo’s Shinjuku district during the middle of the morning rush.

I was just one of millions of people strolling through the center of the world’s largest city that day, but I felt as if I’d been hand-picked in some universal lottery – Tokyo, as I see it, is the apex of human civilization. I clung to every moment, trying to savor it as deeply and for as long as I could, while clouds of people swirled around me in all directions, speeding through the same moments as if they weren’t happening at all, as if they were mine alone.

Each of the pictures in today’s post embodies one of the singular moments I savored during the three weeks I was lucky enough to spend in Japan. If you aren’t yet planning your own trip to the Land of the Rising Sun, I hope these photos inspire you to take the next plane to Tokyo.

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Tokyo, Japan
Sakura Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo, Japan
Senso-ji Temple in Tokyo, Japan
Ramen in Tokyo, Japan
Sakura Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto, Japan
Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto, Japan
Nikko, Japan
Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto, Japan
Robert Schrader in Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto, Japan
Robert Schrader in Kyoto, Japan
Osaka, Japan by Night
Osaka, Japan
Deer in Nara, Japan
Robert Schrader in Tottori, Japan
Hiroshima, Japan Peace Park
Paper Cranes in Hiroshima
Robert Schrader in Yakushima, Japan
Japanese Snow Monkey
Miyajima, Japan

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Heather April 28, 2014 at 11:11 am

I had no idea there was a sandy desert (or camels!) in Japan! Guess I’ll just have to go back for a fifth time πŸ™‚

Stefania @TheItalianBackpacker April 28, 2014 at 5:07 pm

I love this photos. I looks like you really had a good time. I can’t wait to visit Japan!

Jen @ The Trusted Traveller April 29, 2014 at 5:12 am

Amazing photos Robert! Looking through these brought back so many memories of last year. I am glad you loved Japan, it’s truly an amazing country!

Wee Wanders April 29, 2014 at 10:30 am

Yep, that did the trick! Great images Robert πŸ™‚

Robert Schrader April 29, 2014 at 10:59 am

Thanks a lot! πŸ™‚

Robert Schrader April 29, 2014 at 10:59 am

It’s the jewel of Asia!

Robert Schrader April 29, 2014 at 11:00 am

I can’t wait for you to either, Stefania! You’ll love it!

Robert Schrader April 29, 2014 at 11:00 am

You sure will!

BostonJetSet April 29, 2014 at 8:11 pm

What fabulous pictures Robert! As always, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your trip in real time. I have only been to Japan once, very briefly, on a one-day layover from Bangkok. I only had enough time to explore the temples and shops of Narita City but have yearned to go back ever since. It is such a beautiful country with a great culture. Next year may be the year I finally return. Thanks again!

Robert Schrader April 30, 2014 at 7:39 am

You’re welcome! I really do hope you make it.

Alejandra G. July 4, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Looking at all those pictures makes me want to go to Japan. I would like to know, what camera and lens do you use? Thank you for your blog.

Robert Schrader July 5, 2014 at 8:14 am

Thanks for reading! I use a Nikon D7100 with (1) 18-200 zoom lens and (2) 10-24 wide angle lens.

Alejandra G. July 14, 2014 at 11:55 am

Wow, that’s a great camera. Thank you for answering πŸ™‚

Robert Schrader July 16, 2014 at 7:32 am


Kevin Hall October 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm

I need to go to Japan now, it isnΒ΄t just a want!

Robert Schrader October 6, 2014 at 6:07 am

Just as much as I need to go back, I think πŸ™‚

Jessica March 6, 2015 at 7:43 am

I see you are going to Alberta this summer. That is my home province. Let me know if you need any tips!

Robert Schrader March 9, 2015 at 9:38 am

Yes, I will!

Miles of Happiness April 25, 2015 at 9:38 pm

Indeed. Your pics are gorgeous. I love the one in Winter, with the river. The atmosphere is beautiful. I just came back from Okinawa. Have you been there?

Robert Schrader April 26, 2015 at 1:33 pm

I have never been to Okinawa! Next trip, maybe? Is it worth the long journey?

Also, I really can’t believe what happened in Nepal. πŸ™ I immediately thought of you.

Miles of Happiness April 27, 2015 at 7:06 pm

Okinawa is stunning, it’s like time has stopped there. I loved it and definitely want to go back there once I’ll have my PADI license, to dive.

Yes, about Nepal, it’s awful… I can’t believe it..

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