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Japan is a fascinating mix of old and new. You can find ancient temples and traditional culture living side by side with lightning-fast bullet trains and incredible technology. Travelers revel over the beautiful scenery, fascinating shrines, and relaxing hot springs.

Ancient culture, beautiful landscapes, and incredible hospitality. These are just a few reasons to make Japan your next vacation destination! 

An elongated archipelago having thousands of volcanic islands, Japan is one of the top destinations to travel around the world. Its iconic blend of Western modernity and Eastern traditions is seen in every corner. You may call it a land of contrasts since centuries-old temples and customs exist in comparison to the 21st century's technological advancements. Known for the magnificent views of Mount Fiji, beautiful cherry blossoms, striking cities, and tranquil countryside, it offers its visitors a wide variety of attractions. The most popular tourist destination in Japan is the capital city, famous for being the city that never sleeps. Soaring skyscrapers, luxe fashion boutiques, high-end dining options, and vibrant nightlife make Tokyo every traveler's favorite. The city is a true example of the perfect blend of the past and the future, and you can witness this with a visit to Zojoji Temple, standing strong next to the Tokyo Tower. Despite being a modern city, Tokyo has managed to preserve Japanese culture and history. A walk around the historic districts of Ueno and Asakusa, comprising ancient shrines and temples, takes you for a spin at the past. Visit the Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo's oldest temple, and make sure you have a day in hand because exploring the sheer size of the temple's precincts would take that. Visit the elegant Imperial Palace and its blooming gardens if you wish to learn more about the history. The palace was constructed on the former grounds of Edo Castle, which is surrounded by large stone walls. You must check the Nijubashi Bridge, which means the double bridge, which is a photographer's delight. It is one of the most photographed places in Japan. Lastly, don't forget to see the Otemon Gate, an original structure of the complex and a great example of 17th-century Japanese architecture. Apart from Tokyo, Kyoto is another popular city that you must explore in Japan. Home to around 2,000 temples, visitors can experience Japan's heritage and culture here. You can take part in activities like kimono wearing, tea ceremonies, and even try your hands on calligraphy. Discover Tenryuji, an important Zen temple wherein you can see Unryuzu, Darumazu, and Hattou. Another significant Zen temple you should visit is the Kinkakuji Temple, one of the largest and most iconic sites of Kyoto. Translated to be the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, it is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Another city that is worth exploring is Osaka, a favorite for visitors who love food and wish to experience the nightlife. Kyoto Imperial Palace, Nishiki Market, Nijo Castle, Kyoto National Museum, and more are a few must-visit places in Kyoto. Nagasaki can never be forgotten in the list of most prominent cities in Japan. A site for atomic bombing during World War II, it is also known for beautiful coastlines, hot spring spas, volcanoes, and historic buildings. With these bustling cities, Japan also has an abundance of natural beauty. Japan has 3 great gardens, Korakuen in Okayama, Kairuken in Mito, and Kenrokuen in Kanazawa. The gardens feature splendid natural beauty and have their own unique history. The next place where you treat your eyes to beautiful landscapes is Kawaguchiko, a resort town on the banks of Kawaguchiko Lake with stunning views of Mt. Fuji. Travelers flock in numbers to soak in the gorgeous views. A day trip from Tokyo takes you to the second biggest of the Five Fuji Lakes, Kawaguchiko. This place is no less than heaven! Be it the cherry blossom season, the fall leaves, or the flower festivals at glory, this little town will ensure you leave a piece of your heart here as you leave. A great way to immerse yourself in Japan's culture is to dig into its cuisine. Sushi, the world-famous dish and a favorite of many, ramen and tempura are a few delicacies you must try. Taking part in traditional festivals like the Gion Festival of Kyoto during the summers, and the Cherry Blossom Festival, which takes place during the Spring season, is a great way to learn more about the Japanese lifestyle that too in a fun way. If you are into adventures, the country won't disappoint you! Skiing, hiking, water sports, you name it, and Japan has it. And reaching one destination to another in Japan is super easy! The famous bullet trains, subways, and buses connect major towns and cities. Taking the Japan Rail Pass is a cost-effective way to use well-equipped transportation. Traveling here ensures you an incredible experience. Be it the tranquil gardens, the historic shrines, the dreamy views, or the colorful culture, Japan onboards you for a lifetime of experience.

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FAQs

1. What is the best time to visit Japan?

The best time to visit Japan is considered to be between March and May (Spring Season) and September to November (Autumn Season). There's no doubt that many people visit Japan to experience the cherry blossom season, which is from March to May. Plus, the temperature is also pleasant for you to easily explore different cities in Japan. The fall season, though, invites a cool little breeze, and the weather is still good for people traveling to Japan. As beautiful as the country looks during spring, it seems equally tranquil during autumn. Expect to witness the stunning foliage during these months.

 

2. Top things to do in Japan

Concerning art, history, architecture, music, and food, Japan offers several exciting activities for every kind of traveler visiting the country. Here are a few things that you should not miss doing in Japan.

 

1. Visit Tokyo Skytree Towers

With a height of 634 mts, it is one of the world's tallest towers. Visiting here is worth every yen since the tower offers mind-blowing views of Tokyo city. Being one of the most stunning cities in the world, imagine looking at Tokyo from that height! There are two observation decks, the Tembo Deck (350 mts) and Tembo Galleria (450 mts), offering great views of Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Bay, and the magnificent Mount Fuji. If you go here just before the sun goes down, you'll be able to see the sun behind Mount Fuji, which is a sight to behold.

 

2. Relax in the hot spring bath

One of the greatest parts of Japanese culture is taking an onsen. The country has separate hot spring baths for females and males in every nook and corner. Beppu is famous for its 8 hot spring baths and is considered one of the best places to have this experience. Every bath has its own unique therapeutic benefits. They are believed to be healing and are considered to be a part of their self-care regime. Another popular hot spring destination is Hakone, situated near Tokyo, where visitors can enjoy their hot bath with views of Mount Fuji.

 

3. Enjoy Tokyo's vibrant nightlife

Apart from being a charming capital city, Tokyo is famous for its extravagant nightlife scenes. Travelers may chill and enjoy their time exploring various Karaoke bars, robot restaurants, nightclubs, and the most enjoyable Japanese pinball parlors. Walk in the alleyways in search of ramen restaurants and bars to experience the nightlife just like locals do. Try chicken skewers, fried tofu, and grilled seafood as you taste the local beer.

 

4. Take a trip down history with a visit to Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

The only country to be hit by a nuclear bomb is Japan. August 9, 1945, is a tragic day in the country's history that is still remembered around the globe. The museum is a way to honor the people who lost their lives during this bombing and the government's efforts to make everyone aware of the side effects of the nuclear weapon that was used in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It has an exhibition room, a bookshop, a video room, and a refreshment room where visitors can visit and learn about everything the museum intends to tell.

 

5. Explore different temples and shrines

Japan is home to various temples and shrines that speak aloud about Japanese culture and history. Thousands of Buddhist temples are spread across the Japanese lands, and many are thousands of years old. Some temples are even used as Buddhist monasteries, home to monks. Kyoto has over a hundred temples located in its vicinity. Imagine how many the whole of Japan has. A few temples you must visit are: Kiyomizudera Temple, Kinkakuji Temple, Senso-ji Temple, Hokokuji Temple, Todai-ji Temple, and more.

 

3. How to reach Japan from North America?

Flight is the best way to reach Japan from the USA and Canada. There are flights from Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, etc., in the USA and Toronto and Vancouver in Canada to cities like Tokyo, Osaka, Okinawa, and more.

 

4. Is vegetarian food available in Japan?

People usually think that they won't find vegetarian food in Japan. But this is untrue, as one can enjoy Japanese delicacies even if they are vegetarian. Vegan-friendly noodles, rice, tofu in various varieties, and eggplant are widely available. At a few restaurants, you can request to have a vegetarian version of a dish prepared for you.

 

5. Do people speak English in Japan?

English is a common language in Japan, especially in cities and towns with incoming foreign tourists. As you move into the interiors, expect a drop in the number of people who speak English. This is where google translate comes to help. If you travel with a travel company, your tour guide will help you figure out things, so you needn't worry. 

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Japan Tour Reviews

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The Japan explorer tour was booked with Indus but operated by Europamundo travel company out of Spain and the tour was in both English and Spanish. The tour also saw a mix of people joining and leaving during the tour. The Itinerary was great and the hotels were good. The Monastery stay was really interesting. The only reason I rated this tour 4 stars instead of 5 is that with the mix of English and Spanish and our guide from Spain with a Spanish accent, it was sometimes hard to understand some of his commentaries.
19 May, 2023
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John Keith Linn Jr
Japan Explorer
Very organized Japan tour. Tour Leader was very informative. Best hotels. Stunning places. Will book again with Indus Travels.
19 May, 2023

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