Its one of the most heavily populated, sprawling, virtually crime-free cities in the world, but theres much more to Japan than its infamously neon capital city. Discover the historic legacy of Hiroshima, a traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto and the samurai past of the 16th century castle in Osaka. Youll experience the delights of the bullet train, Japanese barbecue and hot pots, as well as the wonder of that moment when the iconic summit of Mount Fuji reveals itself through the clouds. Theres no other country in the world quite like Japan, which is why it needs to be on everyones bucket list.
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People crave a holiday in Japan for many different reasons. You might fancy a Japanese skiing holiday with Club Med, or you might be visiting Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima and Kyoto as part of an escorted tour of Japan, but whichever you choose, expect to be in awe of both the sophisticated technology and the preservation of ancient sites and rituals. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Tokyo, where you could be watching Asimo the robot demonstrating the very cutting edge of animatronics in the Miraikan Museum one moment and lighting incense at a centuries old holy shrine at Asakusa the next.
Highlights of Japan include the spas of Hakone, the Blue Pond near Hokkaido, shopping in Shinjuko, people-watching at the Shibuja Crossing, drinking the local sake in Takayama, visiting the Kenroku-en Garden in Kanazawa, thoughtfully observing the peace memorial in Hiroshima and taking part in a traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto. Foodies will love the elaborate design and tastes of the visually pleasing multi course kaiseki, while wildlife enthusiasts will love the snow monkey park.
Places to Visit in Japan
From karaoke, to robots, to noodles, theres no doubt youll have an incredible time in this neon city that never sleeps. During the day, you can visit its many shrines and at night you eat and shop your way around a metropolis that is like nowhere else on Earth. Attractions in Tokyo:
- Tokyo Skytree: Huge tower with an observation deck to gaze upon this vibrant city
- Meiji Jingu: Famed Shinto shrine and garden that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken.
- Imperial Palace:This is the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan. It is a large park-like area located in Chiyoda ward of Tokyo and contains buildings including the main palace, the provate residences of the Imperial Family, an archive, museums and administrative offices.
- * Tokyo has the most top-rated restaurants in the world. It is home to over 14 three-star Michelin restaurants!
- * There are vending machines everywhere! There are vending machines roughly every 12 metres in Tokyo. It is estimated that about 3% of Japan’s power goes towards powering vending machines. So don’t worry about getting thirsty!
- * Tokyo is the largest metropolitan area in the world, hosting over 36 million people spread over three prefectures!
With its buddhist temples, Shinto shrines and imperial palaces, youll love walking around, admiring the architecture and gardens of this carefully planned, very ornate, highly respected old city. Attractions:
- Kiyomizu-dera: this is an independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. The temple is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage site.
- Fushimi Inari Taisha: this is the head shrine of Kami Inari, located in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto Perfecture.
- Arashiyama: a district on the western outskirts of Kyoto. It also refers to the mountain across the Oi River, whcih forms a backdrop to the district. Arashiyama is nationally designated Historic Site and Place of Scenic Beauty.
- * It is believed there are over 1,000 Buddhist temples in Koyoto!
- * It is the largest city in Japan.
- * It was the original capital of Japan for more than 1,000 years! In 1192, Kyoto lost its political power to Tokyo.
- * Cell phones from other countries, other than Japan, usually don’t work there, so be aware!
Set on a large natural harbour, this coastal city is known as the Naples of the Orient, as well as a city of peace. It has a powerful war time legacy given that it was targeted with atomic bombs, but these days its known for peace museums and cultural sites.
- Hashima Island: popular eerie sightseeing spot, its an abandoned offshoe mining facility. Visitors explore the overgrown indutrial sites, semi-ruined concrete workers’ quarters, and so-called ‘stairway to hell’. Also was featured in the James Bond film “SkyFall”!
- Mount Inasa: a hill to the west of Nagasaki which rises to a height of 333 metres. The Nagasaki Ropeway allows visitors to travel to the top from Nagasaki. The night views are ranked among Japan’s three best night views, so check it out!
- Glover Garden: built for Thomas Blake Glover, a Scottish merchant who contributed to the modernisation of Japan in shipbuilding, coal mining, and other fields. In it stands the Glover Residence, the oldest Western style house surviving in Japan.
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