My Mainland Japan Bucket List

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One of my goals during our time in Okinawa is to visit Mainland Japan and see all that we can! We’ve already visited Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, but trust me .. there is SO much more I want to see. Okinawa is sooo different from Mainland Japan, that i feel like it’s a must to be able to say “Oh, i lived in Japan for 6 years and we were lucky enough to have the real Japanese experience”. I’m also really wanting to see the beauty of Japan in every season. We’ve already seen the maple leaves and autumn colors, we sweat our butts off in August, and i cannot wait to see the Cherry Blossoms and the snow!

I wanted to share my Mainland Japan Bucket List so that whenever I plan a trip I can easily use this list as a reference. I used Pinterest (follow me) to put together this list, follow my Japan board.


Lavender Fields, Hokkaido

Hoshino Resort Tomamu, Hokkaido

The Blue River, Hokkaido

Lake Toya, Hokkaido

Sapporo, Hokkaido

Jigokudani Monkey Park, Nagano

Shibazakura Hill, Japan


Robot Restaurant, Tokyo

Ueno Park, Tokyo

Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo

Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo

Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo

Harajuku District, Tokyo

Tokyo Tower, Tokyo

Odaiba, Tokyo


Meiji Temple, Tokyo

Imperial Gardens, Tokyo

Sensoji Temple, Tokyo

Tokyo Sky Tree, Tokyo

Tokyo Disney Sea, Tokyo

Ghibli Museum, Mitaka

The Great Buddha, Kamamura


Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto

The Golden Pavillion, Kyoto

Toji Temple, Kyoto

Statue Stairs, Kyoto

Gion, Kyoto

Bamboo Forest, Kyoto

Mt Kachi Kachi, Yamanashi


Umeda Sky Building, Osaka

Dotombori Street, Osaka

Osaka Castle, Osaka

Universal Studios, Osaka

Hirosaki Castle, Aomori

Nabana No Sato, Kuwana


Kintai Bridge, Iwakuni

Otorii (Floating) Gate, Miyajima

Tulip Festival, Nagasaki

Jizo Statues at Daisho-in Temple, Hiroshima

Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Hiroshima

Okunojima (Rabbit Island), Hiroshima

Wisteria Flower Tunnel, Fukuoka

Sleeping Buddha, Fukuoka



Ride the Shinkansen (bullet train)

Explore Kyoto while wearing a Kimono/Yukata

See the maple leaves in Kyoto

Cherry Blossom Festival

Sapporo Snow Festival

Sumo Wrestling Match

Q: Do you have any other place or attractions I should add to my Japan Bucket list? Comment below!