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 highlight of Kanazawa, within easy reach of Takayama or Kyoto, is Japan’s number one garden, the magnificent Kenrokuen. This is a wonderful place to observe and enjoy the six elements that combine to form the perfect Japanese garden.
The highlight of this convivial modern city, within easy reach of Takayama or Kyoto, is Japan’s number one garden, the magnificent Kenrokuen.
In the classic ‘stroll garden’ style, this is a wonderful place to observe and enjoy the six elements that combine to form the perfect Japanese garden.
Whilst in Kanazawa it is also well worth exploring the samurai district with its craft museums, and perhaps even to visit Ninja-dera, a temple famous for its association with this shadowy clan of assassins.
Within striking distance of Kanazawa is the windswept Noto Peninsula, and Toyama, starting point of the splendid Kurobe Alpine Route that crosses the mountains to Matsumoto.
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.
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