I also want to visit someday. While the "grass is greener" always has some aspect to it..
a lot of it is more working with nature or working within the limits of the size of the land.
A lot of the touristy things I see here US-wise seem to focus on the power or "bigness".
We're a big country with a lotta space. And that's what's emphasized more.
Thinking on a 6k mile trip I took on my motorcycle-Yosemete,badlands,Mt.Rushmore,Glacier Park,
the things cherished as national treasures are that they're the biggest thing around. Mt. Rushmore
done as a biggest "feat" carving the mountain emphasizing power and in a way, ego (putting US
presidents on a mountain).
But with more precious, limited land, Japan focuses more on making use of what is the natural
surroundings. And that can play out in a more artisitic way. Gardens,shrines,etc were built where
nature allows, and it isn't just a "tear the forest down to plop a building there". So building and
nature melds better. And is something we just don't see here. We US'ers lost the nature "connection"
long ago...the country had it once (Native Americans).. but we put that aside for our progress.