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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Ishigaki Island is one of Japan's southernmost Yaeyama islands, only 75 miles from Taiwan. The islands are semi-tropical and offer beaches, diving and snorkelling, jungle walks, hot springs and various other resort activities.
Ishigaki Island is one of Japan's southernmost Yaeyama islands, only 75 miles from Taiwan.
The islands are semi-tropical and offer beaches, diving and snorkelling, jungle walks, hot springs and various other resort activities.
Through your hotel you can book tours to other islands in the Yaeyama chain, including Iriomote, home to the famously endangered Iriomote lynx, and Taketomi with its star-sand beaches.
Foreign visitors to the Yaeyamai are few and far between, making travel here a little more challenging for non-Japanese speakers but allowing you to experience a truly authentic Japanese holiday lifestyle.
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