After a trip abroad as a teen, Shiori knew she wanted to see more of the world. To realize this dream, she moved from her hometown of Nagasaki to the capital city.
If you spend hours searching for “unexpected destinations,” scouring Pinterest for vacation tips, or saving Instagram posts sharing top-secret recommendations — then you’ve found the right place.
A single trip to Japan is bound to have any traveler dreaming of more. With so much to experience and explore, Japan is worthy of every possible return flight. Booking each of those flights with ANA means more than enjoying the best of Japanese hospitality — the airline offers exceptional benefits to those who fly often with ANA.
Japan is ripe with dream-worthy destinations, making it easy to come up with a seemingly endless list of must-see destinations. Narrowing that down into an itinerary? The pruning process can be challenging. Now that you have discovered so much of what Japan has to offer, here’s how to put together a realistic (albeit dream-worthy) itinerary.
Visiting some of Japan’s most iconic cities, Ciara Johnson explored new foods and tracked down iconic landmarks — and did it solo. As a travel expert who encourages others to explore the world with her solo adventures, Ciara’s itinerary is a how-to guide on making memories all on your own. Here, she reflects on some of those moments from her time spent exploring Japan.
From the incredible beauty of Japan’s natural landscape to the gleaming lights of its bustling cities, Rod Trevino and Chelsea Mealo curated their itinerary to strike the perfect balance. The creative duo intentionally sought out inspiring landscapes to explore as well as opportunities to dive into bustling cities and vibrant culture. Their travel highlights capture the incredible diversity of experiences available in Japan.
Japanese cuisine was the star of Sal DiBenedetto’s time in Japan. Seeking out fine-dining experiences was of particular interest, leading the foodie to premium locations known for their creative presentations of Japanese classics.
“Food was a major part of my time in Tokyo and this gave me a peak behind the curtain, to say the least. There’s a reason why Japanese food is among the best in the world.”
Ciara Johnson traveled to Japan with ANA and documented her journey, detailing her time exploring the rich history and culture of both Tokyo and Kyoto. As a content creator who regularly shares her experiences as a solo female traveler, Ciara planned an itinerary ideal for anyone looking to explore Japan — be it with friends, family, or as an intrepid party of one.
“We really wanted to see what Osaka had to offer and say ‘yes’ to whatever came our way. So we said ‘yes’ to trying new sake and street foods, walking around aimlessly and hopping on a river cruise.”
When planning her trip to Japan, adding Osaka to her itinerary wasn’t a priority for content creator Chelsea Mealo. Thankfully, she went along with fellow creator and friend Rod Trevino to explore the unique city.