Before traveling anywhere, I feel like I generally know what to expect. Pinterest is my number one planning tool, and I obsess over my next destination as soon as my flight is booked.

Japan was different. No amount of research and Pinterest-scrolling could have prepared me for it. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, and in my mind I couldn’t picture how neon and bright nightlife could co-exist with historically rich cities and also an incredible mountain range.

After a couple days of exploring, I knew this was a country that would continue to surprise me. I could go on an on about why I already can’t wait to go back (and you can read a bit about our favourite Japanese city here), but the photographer in me knows I can show you better than I can tell you.

Here are 30 photos that will have you itching to put Japan on your travel list.

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