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135 Best Japan Captions for Instagram – Puns, Quotes, Riddles & Jokes

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Traveling to Japan?
Visiting historic Kyoto, futuristic Tokyo, and trying different Japanese food?
Looking for Japan Instagram captions and cute Japanese phrases to match your sushi photos?

You are at the right place! We all know that great photos need great captions.

👄 If you have been wondering “What is Anja’s favorite Japanese word?”, you will find it hidden in the blog.

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I’ve got your back with these Japan captions. Because you should be exploring what the land of the rising has to offer. I should know because I spent a perfect 17 days in Japan. So, whether you are looking for a witty Japan pun when using a Japanese toilet, or a hilarious Sushi pun when diving into another sushi roll. They are waiting for you down below.

Perhaps you will stay 2 weeks in Japan and visit one of the famous UNESCO sites, Japanese castles, and temples. Pair those photos with cute Japanese sayings and quotes in Japanese. Copy and paste short Japan captions under your Instagram photo from Samurai, Geisha, or sakura in Japan. 

Here you will also find a whole collection of Tokyo captions for shopping in Harajuku and when crossing Shibuya. Besides that, the collection of Kyoto Instagram captions has plenty of captions ideas when visiting Kinkakuji, Fushimi Inari, Arashiyama, or other temples in Kyoto.

There are also Japanese food captions, Japan quotes, and Japan cherry blossom captions to match any Nippon photo.

Have a look and find your favorite Japan captions for Instagram!

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1. Japanese captions for Instagram

  1. 落葉 Fallen Leaves (Pronunciation: rakuyou)
  1. よいしょ! Let’s do this! (pronunciation: yoisho)
  1. 森林浴 Forest Bathing (Pronunciation: shinrin-yoku)
  1. 紅葉 Leaves changing color (Pronunciation: kouyou)
  1. 花見  Cherry Blossom Viewing (Pronunciation: hanami)
  1. 奇妙 Strange, odd, or mysterious (Pronunciation: kimyou)
  1. 花吹雪 Cherry Blossom Blizzard (Pronunciation: hanafubuki)
  1. おもてなし Japanese Hospitality (Pronunciation: omotenashi)
  1. 食い倒れ Eating Yourself Into Bankruptcy (Pronunciation: kuidaore) *for foodies
  1. 風物詩 Things which remind of a season (Pronunciation: fuubutsushi)
  1. 木漏れ日 Sunlight filtering through the trees (Pronunciation: komorebi)
  1. 一期一会  One time, one meeting or One chance in a lifetime (Pronunciation: ichi-go ichi-e)
  1. 改善 Continuous improvement / Change for better / Always improving (Pronunciation: kaizen)

2. Short Japan captions

  1. Kawaii!
  1. Lost in Tokyo.
  1. Tokyo or Kyoto?
  1. Japan is so Kawaii!
  1. Konnichiwa Osaka!
  1. Greetings from Japan.
  1. Arigato for the memories.
  1. Japan, you have my heart.

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3. Japanese food captions for Instagram

  1. Wagyu doing?
  1. Shrimply the best.
  1. Eat. Sleep. Sushi. Repeat.
  1. Sushi time and feeling fine.
  1. Food here is soy awesome.
  1. Thank you, next bowl of ramen.
  1. But first, let’s sip matcha in Japan.
  1. You, me, and a cup of Japanese tea.
  1. Happiness is eating sushi boat in Japan.
  1. Enjoying my bento box on a bullet train …
  1. Udon know how much I love Japanese food.

4. Japan quotes

  1. 七転び八起きStumbling seven times but standing up eight. (Pronunciation: Nanakorobi yaoki)
  1. 残り物には福がある There’s luck in the leftovers. (Pronunciation: Nokorimono ni wa fuku ga Aru)
  1. 惚れた病に薬なし There’s no medicine for falling in love. (Pronunciation: Horeta yamai ni kusuri nashi)
  1. 恋とせきとは隠されぬ。Love and a cough cannot be hidden. (Pronunciation: Koi to seki to wa kakusarenu)
  1. 三人寄れば文殊の知恵 When three people meet, wisdom is exchanged. (Pronunciation: Sannin yoreba monju no chie)
  1. ちりも積もれば山となる Even dust, when piled up, can become a mountain. (Pronunciation: Chiri mo tsumoreba Yama to Naru)
  1. 井の中の蛙大海を知らず A frog in the well knows nothing of the great ocean. (Pronunciation: I no Naka no kawazu taikai o shirazu)
  1. 二兎を追う者は一兎をも得ず Those who chase two hares won’t even catch one. (Pronunciation: Hitotsu zutsu chakujitsu ni yaritogeyō)
  1. 人を信じよ、しかし、その百倍も自らを信じよBelieve in people, but believe in yourself a hundred times more. (Pronunciation: Hito o shinjiyo, shikashi, sonohyaku-bai mo mizukara o shinjiyo)

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5. Japan puns

  1. I love Japan very mochi.
  1. Once Udon a time in Japan.
  1. Japan, you make Miso happy.
  1. Japan, I love you very matcha.
  1. Japan is full of his-torii-c cities.
  1. She believed she could, sushi did.
  1. Ki-mon-o we have so much to see.
  1. Japan, spring looks so Kyoto-n you!
  1. Our Ja-plan is sushi and sightseeing.
  1. I’ll always ramen-ber my time in Japan.
  1. Rice and shrine it’s Japan exploring time.
  1. I think I just has a geisha-vu! What about You?
  1. Searching for Geishas was all part of our Ja-plan.

6. Japan captions

  1. On a bullet train …
  1. Hello from the land of the rising sun.
  1. Watch out for Sake and Samurais.
  1. Searching for Maikos and Geishas.
  1. Finding paradise in the streets of Japan.
  1. Always listen to your heart… it brings you to magical places. 
  1. Sumo, judo, jujutsu, you better watch out, because these are just a few of the Japanese words I know.
  1. Tokyo replacing Kyoto as the Japanese capital makes a lot of sense. Not only did they move the capital east, they moved the “Kyo” to the east of “To” as well.

Which one do you like more; left or right? Ok, pin that one!

7. Japan riddles

  1. What did the sushi say to the bee? Wasabi.
  1. Where do all the comedians in Japan live? Jokyo.
  1. How do you refer to cheese in Japan? Parme-san.
  1. What is the famous ramen chef called? A soup-er-star.
  1. What did a thief in a Japanese bakery say? I Tokyo cookie.
  1. How does a non-binary samurai kill people? They/them. (They slash them)
  1. What would you call an electric train in Japan? A Pikachu-chu.
  1. How do the Japanese say farewell when feeling blue? Cyanara.
  1. Why don’t Japanese cannibals cook their food? Because they prefer raw men.
  1. Why’s it so hard to break up with a Japanese girl? You gotta drop the bomb twice.
  1. What do you get when a samurai crosses swords with a Roman dictator? A Caesar salad.
  1. What do you call a sumo wrestler with a sore foot? Anything you like, he won’t be able to run fast enough to catch you.

👄 “What is Anja’s favorite Japanese word?” A word that consists of my initials AI (愛) and it means ‘love’.

8. Japan Instagram captions

  1. I came. I saw. I fell in love in Japan.
  1. This trip was so worth the long flight.
  1. I’ve never met a mountain I didn’t like.
  1. From one stunning temple to the next.
  1. When nothing goes right… go to Japan!
  1. Doing this sweet thing called eating sushi.
  1. Never coming home. Staying in Japan forever.
  1. My paradise is hiding in the neon streets of Japan.
  1. I can’t seem to get the beauty of Kyoto off my mind.
  1. All the heart eyes for street games and glowing lights.
  1. Money can’t buy you happiness but it can buy a ticket to Japan.

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9. Cute Japanese phrases

  1. “Ten people, ten colors.” 
  1. “One life, one encounter.”
  1. “Even monkeys fall from trees.” 
  1. “Even a fool has at least one talent.”
  1. “Spilt water will not return to the tray.”
  1. “Money grows on the tree of persistence.” 
  1. “The presence of fools, makes wise people stand out.”
  1. “Giving birth to a baby is easier than worrying about it.”
  1. “As the cherry blossom is considered foremost among flowers, so the warrior is foremost among men.”

10. Quotes about Japan

  1. “I’m not making art, I’m making sushi.” – Masaharu Morimoto
  1. “What a strange thing! To be alive beneath cherry blossoms.” –  Kobayashi Issa
  1. “In Japanese, sushi does not mean raw fish. It means seasoned rice.” – Guy Fieri
  1. “Martial arts is just practice. Being a geisha requires complete control.” – Michelle Yeoh
  1. “If it has not been invented in Japan, then it has not been invented anywhere else.” – Amelia Danver
  1. “I told him there was one city that they must not bomb without my permission and that was Kyoto.” – Henry L. Stimson
  1. “Japan is the only country I know where a flower can bring an entire nation to a state of near-sexual excitement.” – Karin Muller
  1. “I love Japan. I love the collision of the modern and ancient worlds coming together in that place. It’s so high-tech and cool.” – John Lasseter
  1. “In Japanese culture, there is a belief that God is everywhere – in mountains, trees, rocks, even in our sympathy for robots or Hello Kitty toys.” – Ryuichi Sakamoto
  1. “Tokyo may have more money and Kyoto more culture; Nara may have more history and Kobe more style. But Osaka has the biggest heart.” – Vikas Swarup
  1. “Tokyo & Kyoto are two of my favorites. I like how Japanese cities live in harmony with their natural surroundings, with gardens and forests mixed into urban areas. The public transit is also fantastic and there are cat cafes everywhere.” – Baiju Bhatt
  1. “There are so many more people in Tokyo than in New York, but it’s pristine. It’s so organized, and yet the address system is in complete chaos.” – Nick Wooster
  1. “Japan is the most intoxicating place for me. The Japanese culture fascinates me: the food, the dress, the manners and the traditions. It’s the travel experience that has moved me the most.” – Roman Coppola

Pin those for later! Because you never know …

11. Sushi puns

  1. Rice to meet you.
  1. Of-fish-ially the best!
  1. Salmon had to say it.
  1. You are my soy-mate.
  1. I like the way you roll.
  1. Please control your tempura.
  1. We dance to a different tuna.
  1. This sushi is shrimply the best!

12. Japan cherry blossom captions

  1. Stunning Sakura.
  1. Cherry blossom dreamin’.
  1. Let your dreams blossom.
  1. Sakura is calling my name!
  1. One with the cherry blossoms.
  1. You, me and a cherry blossom tree.
  1. Kiss me under the cherry blossoms.
  1. Spring is proof that change can be beautiful.
  1. Can I take one of these cherry blossom trees home with me?

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13. Japan jokes for Instagram captions

  1. My girlfriend didn’t like to eat Japanese food, sushi left me.
  1. Did you hear about the bankrupt origami business? It folded.
  1. My friend just arrived back late from Japan. I told him, “You Tokyo time”.
  1. Just had double knee surgery in Japan. I guess you can call them Japa-knees.
  1. I was really hesitant about going to Hiroshima for vacation. But it was a blast!
  1. I can’t tell you all of Japanese history in one joke… But I can Samurais it for you.
  1. There is a lengthy article on Japanese sword fighters, but I can Samurais it for you.
  1. A criminal in Tokyo, Japan lost the police by escaping to the nearest mountain. He is now a wanted Fujitive.
  1. The difference between Nagasaki and Hiroshima is that some people say “oh man” while some people say “oh boy”.
  1. For a while, I thought that I’d found something to replace my expensive sushi habit. But alas, it was only tempura-ry!
  1. The flash from the Hiroshima bomb was so bright… that even today, people there walk around with their eyes in a squint.

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Final thoughts on Japan Instagram captions

You made it all the way to the end of this Japan Instagram Caption collection blog post. What captions did you like the most? Are the short Japan Captions at the top of your list? Maybe Quotes about Japan or Japanese proverbs? How about those Japan puns, Japan riddles, and Japan jokes?

Perhaps Sushi puns or captions for Instagram about Japanese food are your favorite? If you are visiting Japan in Spring, use some cherry blossom captions. Whatever your favorite is, I hope they will perfectly capture your stunning photos from Japan – the land of the rising sun.

Thinking about how you can use those caption ideas on your Instagram?

Use short captions on Instagram stories. Combine those with cute Japanese phrases as a description under the photo. You can use Japanese proverbs as a voice-over on Reels or as a short video.

And as far as puns and jokes and riddles go … they can be used in Stories combined with an Interactive sticker or posted as a single post. Options are unlimited.

Which is your favorite Japanese saying?

Shine on,

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Skipped to the good part? Here is the gist

Japan captions for Instagram are here to perfectly describe and immortalize those sushi photos, dreamy photos of Japanese temples, and torii gates. Above you can find the ultimate collection of cute Japanese phrases, Japan Quotes, Japan puns, Japan riddles, and hilarious Japan jokes. You will also find Sushi puns and Sakura or cherry blossom captions if you visit Japan in Spring. You will also find captions to match Japanese food and other Japanese sayings and quotes that are perfect for Instagram or any other Social Media account.


What are good Japanese captions for Instagram?

よいしょ! Let’s do this! (pronunciation: yoisho)

森林浴 Forest Bathing (Pronunciation: shinrin-yoku) | 食い倒れ Eating Yourself Into Bankruptcy (Pronunciation: kuidaore)

What is a good Japan caption?


Tokyo or Kyoto? | Konnichiwa Osaka! | Greetings from Japan. | Arigato for the memories. |
Japan, you have my heart. | Sumo, judo, jujutsu, you better watch out, because these are just a few of the Japanese words I know.

What are hilarious Japan puns?

Japan, I love you very matcha.

Ki-mon-o we have so much to see. | Our Ja-plan is sushi and sightseeing. | Japan, spring looks so Kyoto-n you! | Rice and shrine it’s Japan exploring time. | I think I just has a geisha-vu! What about You?

What are some famous Japanese proverbs?

“One life, one encounter.”

“Even a fool has at least one talent.” | “Money grows on the tree of persistence.” | “Even monkeys fall from trees.” | “Spilt water will not return to the tray.”

What is a funny Japan joke?

I can’t tell you all of Japanese history in one joke… But I can Samurais it for you.

I was really hesitant about going to Hiroshima for vacation. But it was a blast! | My friend just arrived back late from Japan. I told him, “You Tokyo time”.


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Anja is a travel blogger and the founder of Anja on Adventure travel blog. Originally from Slovenia, she was also living in Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, and Fiji. She loves traveling to tropical destinations, as well as beach destinations with endless summer. But you can also find her eating her way through Italy or Mexico, learning about ancient cultures in Easter Island, visiting bucket list places in Peru, or taking road trips through the USA. She is passionate about world cultures, travel, maps, and puzzles. For the past 15+ years she has been traveling the globe, as a solo traveler, and as a tour guide. Her goal is to visit every tropical destination in the World. Anja On Adventure is here to provide helpful travel guides and personalized itinerary ideas to travelers that she has gathered from first-hand experience.