Japan is truly a unique country. The seamless blend of modern and ancient gives it a timeless feel that can be hard to put into words. However, in today’s blog, we at Nikko Japanese Restaurant are going to try. As owners of one of the best Japanese restaurants in Charlotte, Japanese culture, history, and, of course, food is an integral part of all that we do. To honor this influence, here are just a few of the reasons why you should travel to Japan if you ever get the chance.

If you are in the Charlotte area and in the mood for some seriously good Japanese food, look no further than Nikko Japanese Restaurant. Check out our sushi menu, dinner menu, and contact us if you have any questions. We also offer rooms for private parties as well as catering services!

Castles, Temples, and Shrines

If you take a trip to Japan, the temples and shrines that you will see are enough of a reason to visit the island. They are brimming with beauty and history. Although amazing temples are scattered all across the country, one of the best-preserved cities is Kyoto, offering nearly 2,000 temples all within the city limits. Similarly, the city of Nara is home to 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites—as well as thousands of deer.  

Nature

Japan is home to some truly stunning landscapes and nature. Whether you want to soak in the lush beauty of a bamboo forest, ogle at the spectacle of Mount Fuji, or bathe in the splendor of cherry blossoms, Japan has it all. In fact, speaking of bathing, Japan is also home to the practice of forest bathing. However, there is no water involved in this activity; it refers to the act of spending time in the forest and reaping all of its natural health benefits. They also have nearly 4,000 small islands that are home to beautiful beaches and volcanoes.

People

Though you can find nice people everywhere, Japan seems to have been dealt an extra helping of them. By and large, Japanese people are ultra-friendly, polite, gracious, and very hospitable and helpful. Don’t believe us? There’s only one way to find out.

The Weirdness

One great thing about visiting a Japanese city is that you are sure to see something that is remarkably fascinating and like nothing else you’ve seen before. From cartoon versions of seemingly everything to toilets that talk to you, a trip to Japan is almost a guarantee that you will see something new and interesting.

Japanese Food

Certainly, you had to see this coming. Food is perhaps our number one reason to travel to Japan. It is hard to say what makes Japanese food so good. But we can say what we love about it. For starters, Japanese food is refined, elegant, and is presented in a way that showcases the food’s history, purity, and essence. Although you can get great Japanese food all over the world, nothing quite beats the source of it all—Japan! Whether you are looking for a good bowl of ramen—did you know Tokyo has more noodle shops than anywhere else in the world?—or sushi or tempura or udon, it seems that any random hole-in-the-wall is serving up scrumptious Japanese food. Ready to build your to-eat list for your trip? Check out our recent blog on some popular Japanese foods.

Japan is a magical country. We hope that this blog has inspired you to start planning your Japan vacation. If not, we hope it at least inspired you to stop by Nikko Japanese Restaurant and try some of the best sushi in Charlotte.