Plotting an itinerary for a holiday is a task for any person, but when the destination is a country of bustling mega-metropolises, pockets of peaceful enclaves and a custom truly like no other, be very prepared to leave any potential to-do list on the plane. Underpinned by its wonderfully unique culture, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to claim that Japan is unlike any other destination in the world with its effortless blend of forward-thinking and tradition. Known as the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’, Japan is headlined by its spectacular capital city of Tokyo, widely regarded as the biggest in the world.
Tokyo is a city where historic customs mingle with cutting-edge technology, a juxtaposition that means you’ll find a delicately small Shinto shrine plotted amidst a cluster of space-age skyscrapers, where stunningly peaceful gardens line up alongside the neon flashes of crowded stores and where a bolshie bout of sumo-wrestling dominates the sports headlines in Japan.
In short, visiting Tokyo is as much about stumbling across something unexpected as it is about knowing what to do and where to go. Indeed, without a doubt, every corner in Tokyo has the potential to unravel a new surprise…
Tokyo is merely the first step on a thrilling journey across Japan, however, and a ride on the pioneering Shinkansen – or Bullet Train – has the potential to take you to many of the country’s foremost destinations. Head south to visit the thriving city of Osaka, in many ways a more condensed version of Tokyo and an excellent place to immerse yourself in a city noticeably more relaxed than its counterpart.
It’s also a superb base from which to explore nearby Kyoto, a splendid city firmly rooted in Japanese history and an imperative stop on any Japan holiday. Walk for hours amidst the hundreds of exquisite Buddhist temples – including the iconic Golden Temple – and Shinto shrines, immersing oneself in the peaceful ambience of your sublime surroundings. If you’ve ever envisaged Japan to be tranquil temples, idyllic gardens and peaceful ponds, Kyoto is the fulfilment of your fantasy.
Japan is replete with experiences every traveller must savour at one point in their life, not least admiring the views across towards the iconic Mt. Fuji, the snow-capped peak pressed against the deep blue of the sky behind it as rolling green landscapes unfurl in the foreground. The city of Hiroshima also represents an important stop on a Japan holiday, its reinvention following the atomic bomb that destroyed it – and signalled the end of World War II – underlined by its poignant and moving Peace Memorial Park.
Wherever you go in Japan, however, there are countless opportunities to try something new, whether that involves residing in a traditional Ryokan guestroom, feasting on delicious local delicacies, from sushi to gyoza to okonomiyaki, sinking into a relaxing mountainside onsen, or having a go at the nation’s favourite partying past-time, karaoke.
Still got that itinerary? Best discard it, because Japan is not a country you can always plan day-by-day. You must experience it. Minute-by-unexpected minute…
Poetically titled ‘The Land of the Rising Sun’, the endemic beauty and charm of Japan can be found as much in its unique and hugely engaging culture as it can in its spectacular natural beauty.
Come to Japan to see the iconic scenes of snow-dusted Mount Fuji, parks flourishing in pink cherry blossom and exquisitely attired geishas shuffling across your path, but stay for a lifestyle that intriguingly blends distinctive age-old traditions with famously modern thinking.
No matter how you plan to visit Japan, there is certainly no substitute for allowing yourself to simply experience it. Book a Japan holiday with Travelbag and prepare to immerse yourself in an extraordinary culture like no other...
Key Highlights of Japan
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A trip to Japan is bound to be an adventure and there’s no doubt you’ll want to have planned a mixture of cities, countryside and wild landscapes. The great thing about Japan is that it truly offers all of these.
For packing, it’s best to think about where you’ll be spending the most time. If you plan on mainly jumping between cities, then packing some comfy clothes for sightseeing is what you’ll want to prioritise. And some smarter outfit for sampling the famous nightlife too! We’d also advise you to purchase some shoes that are easy to slip on and off (don’t worry, they don’t have to be the traditional wooden slippers!) but having something easy to remove is important and time-saving, because many restaurants and temples will require footwear to be taken off.
If your trip is going to be centred around the great outdoors and the many national parks in Japan, you’ll want to pack some strong hiking boots, and a variety of outdoor-wear that will see you through different weather types.
The weather in Japan is generally mild, which makes it an easy place for tourists and travellers to acclimatise to. The country has four distinct seasons: Winter, from December to February, and summer between June and August, when the country can get pretty hot and humid.
Spring is from March to May and tends to be the most popular time for visitors to arrive – which is unsurprising as the temperature is comfortable and pleasant during these months.
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