Best Japanese Cities According to Locals

There are just so many incredible things about Japan. From their compelling culture, scenic historical destinations, to their mouthwatering food, you can never go wrong wherever you decide to go. But, according to locals, the following Japanese cities are the best and here are the reasons why!


The capital of Japan for more than a thousand years, the city of Kyoto has maintained its alluring beauty as it also embraces and welcomes more contemporary trends. Locals agree that the city is cool as it provides easy access to many other equally stunning destinations.

The classic and beautiful city is an awesome place to explore. There are lots of unique Japanese adventures that await you here. You can grab a bite at Nishiki Market or bask in the wonderful sounds of trees at Sagano Bamboo Forest as they sway with the wind. 

Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kyoto - Japan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple is Kyoto’s (Japan) most famous temple

Kyoto is also the perfect spot to go if you are looking for local advice. Locals also suggest that you drop by at Kyoto Station Building. The complex is filled with hundreds of restaurants and it is also where both travelers and locals enjoy their dinner and lunch. 

If you are planning to stay in Kyoto for some time, it’s a great decision to make. However, the city is also a wonderful place to kick start your day trip in Japan. According to locals, you wouldn’t have a hard time catching the train that will whisk you off to Osaka. 

As the dessert capital of the city, you can pretty much expect to satisfy your sweet tooth in Kyoto. There are lots of sugary delights that you would definitely love. Kyoto Station, for example, serves as the home to Pancake that is exactly as its name suggests!


As the official food capital of Japan, Osaka is a dynamic and fun place you should never miss visiting. The extensive selection of eats and intense energy of the city just means that your whole being will be fully satisfied. 

Obviously, eating is the best thing to do in the city as this is the ultimate foodie’s paradise. According to locals, Osaka is famous for three special types of food. These include kushikatsu or the deep-fried meat, vegetables, and fish on sticks; takoyaki or fried balls of octopus; and okonomiyaki or Japanese-style pandcakes.

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So, where should you go if you want to grab some delish dinner during your stay in Osaka? Locals claim that the neighborhoods of Shinsaibashi or Dotonbori deserve a spot in the bucket list of any foodie. You will also have fun checking out Kuromon Ichiba Market. 

But, aside from food, there are also plenty of cool attractions to visit and see in Osaka. While not as popular as Tokyo or Kyoto, exploring this city will surely give you an awesome time as there are tons of things you can try and do. Locals highly recommend the Osaka aquarium that is one of the world’s largest aquariums. Locals also recommend visiting earlier in the day for you to spend more time in the place. They also recommend the Osaka Museum of History as this is the best to know more about Osaka. Locals also state that the place also offers a panoramic view of the nearby Osaka Castle. 


There is simply no dull moment when you are wandering around Tokyo. The 23 wards or neighborhoods of the city all have something to offer for everyone. Aside from being a dynamic combination of present, past, and future, Tokyo is also a whirlwind of all sounds and sights you can ever imagine.

You will never run out of excitement when exploring the city. Some of the must-try things in Tokyo include walking around the serene cobblestone streets surrounding the Meiji Shrine to dining at the kaleidoscope Robot Restaurant. And the best thing here is that no matter where your feet take you, you can have the peace of mind knowing that Tokyo is one of the safest cities of the world.

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According to locals, visitors in Tokyo should never miss out the crazy and really crazy colorful trends in fashion in districts such as Shibuya and Harajuku. These areas tend to be overwhelming so make sure you heed the advice of the locals. When in Harajuku, locals also recommend to grab a glass of beer at Harajuku Taproom, one of the city’s best craft beer taprooms. 

Locals also agree that Tokyo is the best place to be if you want to eat ramen. They claim that is very popular to dine at Japanese chain restaurants such as Ichiran and Yoshinoya Ramen. In case you don’t know, people from various corners of the world go to Ichiran just to slurp tonkotsu or pork bone broth. 


Yokohama has been thriving after the challenging days of the Great Kanto Earthquake and the devastation of the city during the World War II. These days, it has become a stunning port city filled of fun things to do, great eats, and exciting nightlife. 

The city also boasts of beautiful. From scaling the Yokohama Landmark Tower, which is home to the fastest elevator in Japan to riding Cosmo Clock 21, the colossal rainbow Ferris Wheel of the city, you will find numerous opportunities in town to get an incredible view.

Yokohama, Japan at night
Night view – Yokohama, Japan

There are also local insights that await you once you are back on solid ground. Locals recommend checking out the Yokohama Brick Warehouse if you are looking for a sight that is more unique. They also say that this warehouse is different from other shopping centers you will see throughout the time you spend in Japan. 

If you wish to explore the outskirts of Yokohama, make sure you catch the shinkansen or bullet train for a more convenient day trip. In Yokohama, locals recommend that you prioritize eating noodles and ramen. The Yokohama Station is the perfect spot for grabbing noodles where the tradition of group harmony or wa encourages beauty in the public area. The restaurants at Yokohama Station can fill you up with all kinds of noodles, from soba, to ramen, and udon and for only a few dollars, you can enjoy an excellent lunch. 

Make sure you visit these Japanese cities to have the best experience in Japan! 

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