Welcome to the Japan hub at David’s Been Here! In January of 2019, I was finally able to cross this country off my list of must-see destinations after years of wanting to travel there. This Asian island nation truly blew my mind from the moment I landed at Narita Airport outside of Tokyo. Immediately, the country’s highly organized nature and the politeness of its people stood out to me. Another thing that made Japan a pleasure to travel around was its blend of traditional and modern, which you can see in its architecture and dive deep into when it comes to its culture.
And while I’ve been eating Japanese food ever since I was about five years old, I found myself amazed by the wonders of authentic Japanese cuisine. Japanese cuisine is so much more than just sushi and ramen, and I let my taste buds guide me through Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, as well as the Yamanashi, Shizuoka, and Kanagawa prefectures just outside of Tokyo. From onigiri to okonomiyaki to takoyaki to oden, I fell even further in love with the freshness, healthiness, and flavor explosions of Japanese cooking. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!
Check out the interactive map at the top of the page and zoom in to explore even further. You can also click on each city to check out my main written travel guide for that city/location. Links to all of my Japan travel and food guides are listed below, as well as links to every episode in my extensive Japan travel vlog series. I hope you find these resources entertaining and informative, and that they help you plan your trip to Japan!
JAPAN TRAVEL GUIDES
Below, you’ll find all of my Japan travel guides, organized by city. You’ll also find guides about Japan’s trains, including the Narita Express and the Shinkansen Bullet Trains.
SHINKANSEN BULLET TRAINS
YAMANASHI, SHIZUOKA, AND KANAGAWA PREFECTURES
During my nearly two weeks in Japan, I filmed over 40 episodes that dive deep into the country’s attractions, food, and culture. Here, you’ll find videos on everything from Japan’s street food markets to its Buddhist temples to its incredible high-speed trains. From the modern concrete jungle of Tokyo to the peaceful villages that lie at the foot of Mount Fuji, I wanted this series to give you a good look at what you can expect when you visit Japan. I hope you enjoy watching them as much as I enjoyed making them!
Episode 6: Japanese Convenience Store Breakfast Food Tour – 7-Eleven, FamilyMart, and Lawson | Tokyo, Japan
Episode 10: Huge Beef Bowl Breakfast at Yoshinoya – Japanese Fast Food + Tokyo Skytree Tour | Tokyo, Japan
Episode 12: Authentic Japanese Street Food Tour of Sunamachi Ginza – Tempura, Oden, Yakitori, Sake | Tokyo, Japan
SHINKANSEN BULLET TRAIN – TOKYO TO KYOTO
Episode 14: Japan’s Amazing Bullet Train! Shinkansen Green Car Review + Bomb Bento Box | Tokyo to Kyoto
Episode 22: Succulent Japanese Street Food Tour of Dotonbori – Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki, Yakitori | Osaka, Japan
Episode 27: Sizzling Japanese Yakitori at Torikizoku – 5 Different Yakitoris + Shochu | Osaka, Japan
SHINKANSEN BULLET TRAIN – OSAKA TO TOKYO
Episode 31: Japanese Train Food Review – Fish Bento Box + Meiji Jingu Shrine | Tokyo to Yamanashi Prefecture
Episode 32: Japanese Maglev Experience – The Fastest Train in the World at 500km+ per hour! | Yamanashi, Japan
Episode 36: Traditional Japanese Breakfast at Arai Ryokan + Japanese Onsen Town Tour | Shuzenji, Japan
TOKYO TO MIAMI
YAMANASHI, SHIZUOKA, AND KANAGAWA PREFECTURE TRAVEL GUIDE
JAPAN TRAVEL TIPS
And that’s it! Those are all of my Japan travel guides and episodes. I hope they’ve answered any questions you may have had about exploring Japan. I truly believe you will love this country. It’s so beautiful and is such a unique mix of old and new, so there are always exciting things to explore. If you have any further questions about traveling through Japan, email me at david[at]davidsbeenhere.com shoot me a DM on Instagram! I try to get back to everyone who messages me as soon as I can!