If your answer was great seafood, that’s totally acceptable. Famous cities with almost unbelievably photogenic mountains? Yes. (But it should be noted that in addition to being awe inspiring, those mountains are active volcanoes that could erupt basically at any minute.)
But there’s something else: Music festivals in beautiful natural settings. Every summer, at the Naeba Ski Resort, located about 200 kilometers from Tokyo, tens of thousands of music fans from all over the world clamber up into the mountains to camp for three days and see bands like Radiohead, Bjork, Arcade Fire, Franz Ferdinand, The Cure, Vampire Weekend, Toots and the Maytals—the list goes on and on—at the Fuji Rock Festival.
This July 24 – 26, the Foo Fighters, Muse, Of Monsters and Men, FKA twigs, Sheena Ringo, and many more will be performing. Maybe you could go there in the summer, pop over to Thailand, Cambodia, or some other inexpensive tropical paradise for a few weeks, then head back to Japan for fall quarter’s study abroad program in Tokyo.