Japan a fascinating contract of ancient temples and modern skyscrapers, snow-capped mountains and sandy beaches. Its ancient culture and beautiful people make this a fascinating travel destination in Asia. Every year, millions of tourists from across the world travel to Japan to enjoy its picturesque cities, the cherry blossoms in spring, food and shopping, nightlife and natural beauty. With a rich history, Japan offers plenty of attractions and activities for visitors of all ages. From the splendour of a Kyoto geisha dance to the beauty of a Zen rock garden, Japan has the power to enthral even the most jaded traveller. According to recent reports, annual arrivals have soared by more than 20 million, making Japan the decade’s fastest growing major destination.
From bustling cities to ancient temples to tranquil gardens, tourists have numerous attractions to choose from during their Japanese vacation. Japan has mouth-watering food, majestic temples and shrines, zen gardens, lush national parks, and a rich historic culture. Most tourists make a stop in Tokyo to visit its shops, restaurants and museums. Other popular cities include Kyoto and Osaka. To get an insight into the traditional Japanese culture, visit the Buddhist temple- Golden Pavilion, Himeji Castle and so on. For the adventure aficionados, a visit to the hot springs or a trip to Mount Fuji can be extremely delightful.
Japan’s warmer months are excellent for hiking, through cedar groves and fields of wildflowers. In spring, tourists love to experience the beauty of the cherry blossoms. And in winter you can enjoy world-class skiing during winter months.
Accommodations are available in various styles, such as traditional Japanese inns, bed and breakfasts, Western-style hotels and hostels. For a unique experience, stay at a capsule hotel, which houses guests in small capsules.
Tokyo is one of the must-visit places in Japan dotted with beautiful shrines, palaces, temples, clubs and fashion stores. It’s also a foodies paradise. Be it the tempura, yakitori, soba, teppanyaki, shabu shabu, and of course raw fish, you will be spoilt for choice. Did you know there are 3,620 sushi bars in Tokyo, and more Michelin stars than in any other city?
The city of beautiful temples and Japanese gardens, Kyoto is one of the scenic destinations in Japan. It retains much of the traditional Japanese lifestyle and calms you down after the fast-paced and high life of Tokyo.
If you are planning a long trip, consider including Sapporo in the itinerary. The gateway to Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, this city is famous for its surrounding mountains, thermal baths, and ski resorts. Hugely popular in the winter for its winter games, be sure to check our nearby Otaru for delectable seafood!
Tokyo will be hosting the summer Olympic games from 24 July to 9 August 2020. As Japan gets ready to transform itself for this mega event next year, 2019 might just be a great time to visit the country minus the tourist rush.
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