Japan, an exciting mix of past, present and future. AROUND EVERY CORNER AWAITS old world traditions and impressive history combined with ITS modern persona and new world technology. it’s a place like no other.
Japan is truly timeless, a place where ancient culture and traditions are fused with modern life and an advanced technological society. On the surface Japan appears exceedingly modern, but when traveling around, opportunities to experience the country’s rich traditional culture are abundant. Visit the many holy Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples located throughout the country, View the momentous Mt Fuji in all its glory, take a stroll around any of the perfectly landscaped Japanese Gardens or spend a night in a traditional ryokan (traditional Japanese Inn). Japan has the power to enthral even the most jaded traveller.
The larger cities of Japan, being Tokyo and Osaka, are both as different as they are similar and offer equally wonderful experiences. Tokyo, Japan’s busy capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. Where as Osaka, a large port city on the Japanese island of Honshu,is known for its modern architecture, nightlife and hearty street food. Japanese food is one of the most popular cuisines in the world and for good reason.
You will witness and enjoy beautifully presented food and the use of fresh, high-quality ingredients, dining within Japan is an experience in itself. During the spring season of each year, Hanami, the cherry blossom, or sakura, is celebrated in Japan and has been for many centuries holding a very particular place in the Japanese culture. Thousands travel to Japan during this time to view the stunning spectacle of these white or pink flowers blooming.
Japan is a highly volcanic and slim country. It's over two-thirds mountains, with remote Onsens (hot springs) part of a popular daily ritual. In the warmer months there is excellent hiking, through cedar groves and fields of wildflowers, up to soaring peaks and ancient shrines. In the winter, snow encompasses this all and makes for world class skiing. Meanwhile in the southern reaches of Okinawa, You will find tropical beaches for sunning, snorkeling and diving.
The efficiency of Japans public transport system enables one to travel around the country with absolute ease. The Shinkansen (bullet train) offers a unique ride experience renowned for its punctuality, super-fast speeds and efficiency. Charming and unique, Japan is a country that sits perfectly between both the traditional and ultra-modern, with bustling cities, surrounded by stunning natural landscapes.
Japan is a culture shock for many, but a welcomed one that leaves everyone wanting to return.