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from serene to throbbing and energetic -- Japan has it.
from its bonsai art to Mt. Fuji, the art of nature surrounds you.
A Japan vacation conjures images of ancient temples and traditional ryokan inns, as well as high tech cities, bullet trains and animé culture. It’s the contrasts and mysteries of this island nation that intrigue, in its cuisine, its traditions and lifestyle, and so much more.
There are many unique experiences to be had in Japan. If you visit the country in spring, make sure to make room in the itinerary for a cherry blossom viewing party. If you’re in Tokyo, make sure you take time out to visit a pachinko parlor. Here are a few more unique ideas to add to your Japan itinerary.
Hotels & Resorts in Japan
Many Japan hotels are designed for the Japanese visitor and less comfortable to what westerners expect. From the capsule hotels to the traditional rural inns (ryokans) and the five-star luxury hotels, we’ll arrange what you need. Enjoy our exclusive amenities at Japan’s best hotels, including:
Did you know?
Manga is so popular that over 2 billion manga magazines and books are sold each year.
As part of becoming responsible citizens, Japanese schools make students clean toilets, classrooms and the school area.
Japan is one of the safest countries in the world.
Japan probably has more vending machines than anywhere else, serving everything from snacks to beer.
More about travel to Japan
Japan is a nation steeped in tradition and with near unparalleled natural beauty. Depending on how long you can stay, you may be able to make it to most or all of the major islands that make up the country. There are many things to do and see throughout the islands, but there are several well-known activities and sites that make just about every “top” list for Japan. You will want to make sure that your itinerary includes as many of these sites and activities as possible.
Tokyo is known for the almost other-worldly quality of its pace and near surreal modern-ness, as well as the selection and variety available at its restaurants and shopping districts. A trip to Japan isn’t complete without a visit to Tokyo.
II you only have the time for one city beyond Tokyo, make sure it is the historic capital of Japan, Kyoto, for the architecture, temples, the kaiseki formal dining and the history. If you have time for a visit to additional cities, consider Osaka for a contrasting view of Japanese culture and a crazy and hip food scene.
Additional sites and activities you might want to include on your itinerary are the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, a sumo wrestling match, a kabuki theater performance, a tour of Himeji-Jo castle or any of the other remaining temples and castles of classical Japanese architecture, a trip to the base or top of Mt. Fuji, a taiko drumming performance, a tour of a miso or sake manufacturing plant, a kendo exhibition, or any one of hundreds of festivals and cultural events that take place throughout the year.
Visit a rural onsen, or traditional Japanese hot spring resort. These resorts, open all year, combine the Japanese love for soaking in hot water with the Japanese reverence for the beauty of nature. Bonus points for visiting in the winter when snow falls softly around the deep heat of the pools. Double bonus points for visiting Jigokudani Monkey Park to witness the Japanese Macaques enjoying a dip in the hot springs.
While in Tokyo, make sure that you make time to tour the world’s largest fish market, Tsukiji. If you visit early enough, you can witness a live tuna auction with bidders from around the world competing for the best of the best sashimi-quality tuna. However, visits are very limited to a small number of people, so let us make those reservations for you in advance, along with all your other Japan travel requirements.
If you have the time to visit one of the smaller southern Japanese islands, Naoshima is an excellent choice for a side trip. Located off shore from the city of Okayama, between Hiroshima and Osaka, Naoshima is an island dedicated to fine art. There, visitors will find many museums, galleries, outdoor exhibitions, and boutique hotels that cater to the art lover in all of us.
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