Reasons to Visit
Modern and exciting cities make up much of the Japanese landscape, encapsulated by sleek bullet trains, flashing neon lights and dizzying skyscrapers. Scratch the surface to find hidden temples, preserved samurai quarters and local markets.
From delicate sashimi to prime grade steaks washed down with a local beer or a cup of hot sake, every mouthful you try in Japan will certainly be memorable and more often than not, delicious.
A stay in a Japanese ryokan inn is an unbeatable opportunity to experience true Japanese hospitality, including kaiseki cuisine, hot onsen baths and sleeping on a tatami mat.
Although the image of Japan is that of skyscrapers and flashing neon, most of the country is rural, rugged and mountainous, providing excellent walking and hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter.
Kyoto alone has over 1600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines paying homage to a number of different deities and gods. Enter the through the large torii gate and contemplate.
From tea ceremonies and flower arrangements to lavish Geisha attended kaiseki banquets, Japanese culture is the most refined and elaborate in the world.
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The cherry blossom season in Japan is one of the most popular and iconic times of the year to visit this spectacular country, and for good reason. But there are also many benefits to travelling outside of this period, from the changing leaves in autumn to the snow festivals in winter.
To visit a garden in Japan is to take a step away from reality. Many of the gardens are calm oases in the centre of busy cities and they offer visitors an opportunity to relax and forget.
Travelling to Japan on a budget is often perceived to be difficult. But by taking advantage of a Japan rail pass, choosing your accommodation wisely and knowing the best value places to eat, a cheap holiday to Japan is more achievable than ever.
Food will undoubtedly be a highlight of any holiday to Japan. With Michelin star restaurants, unbeatably fresh and locally sourced ingredients and an emphasis on seasonality of food, the country is now widely considered the new food capital of the world.
Mount Fuji, or Fuji-san, as it is more commonly known in Japan, is, along with Geisha, sushi and the bullet train, one of the most iconic images of the country. As well as a selection of itinerary suggestions, this travel guide provides information on climbing and where to view one of Japan's most famous landmarks.
The art of onsen bathing has become almost a religious act for the Japanese and a trip to an onsen can be the highlight of any holiday to Japan. The cultural importance and simple pleasure of relaxing in a hot spring bath is an experience not to be missed.
A stay in a ryokan, or traditional Japanese inn, is a highlight of any trip to Japan, with wonderful hospitality, food and bathing.
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