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Japan is a beautiful and fascinating country full of its own special Eastern charm felt clearly by every European who ever visited these hospitable islands. Since the Land of the Rising Sun had been isolated from the rest of the world for long periods of time, the Japanese people developed a fascinating distinctness, an unmatched sense of beauty, and enormous respect for their own history.
This is why a visit to Japan will be interesting for any European regardless of their gender, age, and confession. Thanks to the country’s rather large territory, every tourist may visit the very nook that corresponds with their mindset. What definitely sets Japan apart is its ideology based on the state religion: Shintoism, or “the way of the gods”. Visit this amazing world with the experts.
Tokyo and around
Kyoto and around
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Natural Landmarks and Lakes
Kegon Falls (Tokyo)
The crystal waters of Kegon Waterfall offer refreshing coolness to its guests. Even a simple walk in the beautiful Nikko National Park where the waterfall is located brings about an energy boost and lasting impressions of the breathtaking views. The height of the waterfall amounts to a hundred of meters, and there are several viewing platforms to watch it. As a plus to the impressive walk, one can also peruse 12 smaller waterfalls that cascade nearby bursting through the numerous cracks in the rock.
The Sagano Bamboo Forest (Kyoto)
The picturesque bamboo grove comprises thousands of tall, evergreen trees and is a signature landmark of Kyoto Prefecture. It is fascinating how one can find a green miracle within the urban infrastructure. The smooth trunks of the Sagano Forest trees occupy an area of 16 square kilometers. The natural reserve of the Arashiyama tourist district is protected by UNESCO. The bamboo forest is a must-visit place in Japan.
Snow Monkeys in Hot Springs (Nagano)
In the Yokoyu River valley, 850 meters above sea level, one can find Jigokudani, the unique snow monkey park popular with travelers. The Japanese macaques demonstrate quaint behavior. For one-third of the year, this land is covered with snow, but snow monkeys can live in Nagano thanks to the hot springs. They enjoy the pools like hot baths.
Mount Fuji (Tokyo)
The sacred Mount Fuji is the symbol of the Land of the Rising Sun. What one should visit beyond the borders of the Japanese capital? It is definitely worthwhile to see the young volcano of Fuji up close. The Japanese people believe that the gods created this mountain out of chaos. This is the most recognizable landmark in the country. The magnificent mountain peak soars into the skies being 3776 meters high. Many pilgrims climb Mount Fuji. There are stations along the way where tourists can take a rest. A lot of entertainment also awaits in the vicinity of the mountain.
Fushimi Inari Shrine (Kyoto)
Fushimi Inari Shrine, or the Temple of a Thousand Red Gates, is one of Japan's historic symbols dedicated to the goddess of crops. The great tunnels with portals meant for gods were built in accordance with Shintoism principles. The Japanese people believe that a visit to Fushimi Inari Shrine brings success and prosperity. Do not even doubt whether it is worth seeing.
The Golden Pavilion (Kyoto)
Kinkaku-ji, or the Golden Pavilion, is considered the jewel of the Japanese architectural collection. The palace covered with gold dazzles with its beauty and luxury. There is no tourist destination in Japan that would be able to compete with it. The splendid palace was built in 1397. In the sun, its walls shine with inconceivable beauty. Kinkaku-ji is part of the Rokuonji temple complex. It is considered the best example of national culture.
Kamakura is a seaside city 1 hour away from Tokyo.
Surrounded by mountains and facing the sea, Kamakura also offers historical culture, being one of the oldest cities in Japan.
It became a temple town in the 17th century. Today it is also popular for beaches, resort areas, and residential districts. Blessed with the natural beauty of the ocean and surrounding green hills, Kamakura today attracts a large number of tourists.
Asakusa and Sensoji Temple
Asakusa is one of the most popular sightseeing areas in Tokyo. Despite huge damages after bombing during World War II, the area was rebuilt and historical shitamachi (downtown area) of Asakusa became one of the most visited tourist spots in Tokyo.
The capital of Japan, a huge and prosperous city. It is overflowing with tourist destinations, restaurants and small cafes, stores and, above all, people. Tokyo is the most densely populated city in the world. This is an amazing and dynamic metropolitan area where high-tech objects exist alongside unexpected reminders of Old Japan. From the modern electronic structures and dazzling skyscrapers to cherry blossoms and the Imperial Palace – this is the city that represents the whole scale of the Japanese history and culture.
Surrounded by the sea and mountains, Hiroshima is full of fabulous sights. It is located in the western part of the Japanese archipelago and is conveniently located within one hour and half flight or bullet train ride to major tourist destinations such as Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto.
Among all the places in Japan Osaka is especially known for…
Kyoto is Japan in a word. It’s the cultural and historical heart of the country.
Universal Studios Japan
Universal Studios Japan is the third most visited theme park in the world with over 14 million visitors per year.
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
It is one of the most spectacular aquariums in Japan and is famous for its innovative presentation. Kaiyukan is …
The famous Tokyo Disneyland is situated in the suburbs of Tokyo. The park is divided into seven themed zones. In "Fantasyland", children will meet the characters of Walt Disney Studios' classic cartoons. "Adventureland" offers to head off to the tropical rainforests or try the amusement rides at the "Pirates of the Caribbean" complex. "Toontown" is inhabited by the celebrities of the Disney Universe: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Chip and Dale, all happy to have their photos with the kids.
Legoland Discovery Center Tokyo
This entertainment complex is equipped with numerous amusement rides and playrooms. Take little kids to the Omotesando Children's Center where they will be offered a wide selection of learning games and workshops. At the center, children can draw on the walls, play in ball pits or watch puppet shows.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
During the post-war period, there appeared new places of interest in the Land of the Rising Sun. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park dedicated to the victims of the nuclear bomb is the most famous place. Its huge territory comprises a memorial ensemble including Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, monuments, a ceremonial bell, and a cenotaph. On the memorial ground, people organize demonstrations in the memory of the Hiroshima tragedy. The cenotaph is a symbolic grave for the victims of the nuclear strike whose names are engraved into the memorial plaque.
Toyota Mega Web Exhibition Center
Toyota Mega Web is Japan's main automobile museum, a fantastic amusement park and a Toyota Corporation showroom, all in one and altogether, a place for all the flashy car fans. Occupying several floors of the huge Palette Town Amusement Center, this museum brings unspeakable pleasure to all the visitors, not only auto enthusiasts. Would you like to see future cars looking more like lunar rovers? Ride a cutting-edge high-speed car? Take a photo beside an amazing, stylish, shining car produced in 1950s-1970s? Then Toyota Mega Web is the right place for you!
Cup Noodles Museum Osaka Ikeda
This unusual museum is dedicated to instant noodles created by Momofuku Ando many years ago
TeamLab Planets Tokyo
You will be transported to a different dimension at this completely unique and unbelievable Museum.
JR Pass can be useful
Buying a JR Pass train ticket before you come to Japan is highly recommended, because you can’t get it when you are in Japan and you will overpay every time for every ride. It will work not only for Tokyo-Kyoto, for instance, but inside Tokyo on some of local trains
Do Not Talk on the Phone in Public Transport Even though quiet talking on the phone is allowed in the streets of Japan, in public transport – subway, trains, buses – using phones is prohibited altogether. Any violation of this rule will lead to people’s disapproval.
Tips at Restaurants In Japan, payment for service is strictly regulated. When going to a restaurant, it is sufficient to pay for the order. Tips are not welcome and, in some cases, may even be perceived as offensive.
Sort the Garbage Trash cans are not common in Japan. The majority of them are found within the territory of railway stations. The country promotes waste sorting, and the cans are meant for different types of garbage. If you cannot find a suitable trash can along the way, it is best to throw out the garbage at the hotel.
You Can’t Photograph the Locals In Japan, it is prohibited to take photos of people without their consent. This rule also pertains to the goods in stores and to museum exhibits. Prior to taking out your camera, ask the employees if making photos is allowed. Otherwise, it is possible to get a fine or even find oneself in a police station.
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Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND)
Haneda is a very large (4th largest in the world) modern airport located 14 km away from central Tokyo. It handles international and domestic flights as well as Narita International and is full of restaurants, gift shops and vending machines offering food, drinks, toys, games and tickets.
Narita International Airport (NRT)
Narita International is a big Airport that handles both international & domestic flights and is located about 60 km from Tokyo city. It is very clean, comfortable and efficient with many dining and shopping options to satisfy even very demanding passengers.
Kansai International Airport (KIX)
Kansai International Airport is the only International airport in the Kansai region built on an artificial island in 1994. It is the main point of entry to Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Kobe. It consists of 2 Terminals (International & Domestic), clean and quiet. Very well managed and maintained.
Naha Airport (OKA)
It is a medium sized airport located 4 km west of the city hall in Naha, Okinawa. It is Japan's seventh busiest airport and the primary air terminal for passengers and cargo traveling to and from Okinawa. It also handles international flights to Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore and mainland China.
Osaka Excel Hotel Tokyu
Great stay, comfy rooms, nice views, good location. Feels like a 5 star hotel. Booked a room on sale so feel like I scored a steal
Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Ginza
I adore this hotel for its comfortable rooms, very delicious breakfast and amazing location in Ginza. And I don’t understand why it is a 3-star having 5-star ambience.
Ninja & Geisha Capsule Hotel
The interior is from the Edo period, all about geisha and ninja themes.
Great ambience, facilities and staff.
Hotel Grand Bach Tokyo Ginza
This hotel was very good. The facility and the service here was a 5 star hotel but it cost like a 4 star hotel. The location was very good if you like to go shopping around the Ginza area.
Car rental (5 days: $206)
Check-in at the hotel, overnight stay Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo 1 night, 1 adult $165 Taxes included Breakfast (optional): +$22
Breakfast at the hotel ($22)
Visit to Tokyo Imperial Palace
Walk along Ginza District
Lunch at Kumamoto Akaushi Shabu-Shabu Koubai (average check: $35-40)
Tour of Sensoji Temple
Walk along Harajuku District and visit to Meiji Shrine
Walk in Shinjuku Gyoen Park
Dinner at NINJA Café & Bar (average check: $40-45)
Return to the hotel, overnight stay Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo 1 night, 1 adult $165 Taxes included Breakfast (optional): +$22
Ride to Magome Town
Lunch at Uzuraya (average check: $25-30)
Walk along Magome-juku pedestrian alley
Ride to Osaka
Arrival, dinner at Gyukatsu Motomura Namba (average check: $30-35)
Check-in at the hotel, overnight stay Osaka Riverside Hotel 1 night, 1 adult $42 Taxes included Breakfast included
Breakfast at the hotel
Visit to Osaka Castle
Lunch at Okonomiyaki Chitose (average check: $20-25)
Walk along Shinsekai District
Visit to Nara Park
Ride to Kyoto
Tour of Nijo Castle
Dinner at Trattoria Macedonia Yuki (average check: $25-30)
Check-in at the hotel, overnight stay Shounsai 1 night, 1 adult $113 Taxes included Breakfast included
Tour of Fushimi Inari Shrine
Walk in the Sagano Bamboo Forest and Okochi Sanso Garden
Lunch at Saishuan Shiraki (average check: $45-50)
Visit to Kinkakuji Temple
Walk along Gion District
Dinner at Okonomiyaki Katsu (average check: $15-20)
Return to the hotel Shounsai 1 night, 1 adult $113 Taxes included Breakfast included
Return of the rental car
Mount Koya (Koyasan)
Koyasan is one of the most sacred and important Buddhist temple complexes in Japan with 1,200 years of history and natural beauty. This World Heritage monastic complex consists of 117 temples dedicated to the study and practice of esoteric Buddhism introduced to Japan by a monk named Kukai (known as Kobo Daishi). The most sacred areas in this temple complex are the Danjo Garan and Okuno-in cemetery. The Danjo Garan marks the site of the first temple built by Kobo Daishi. Okuno-in is a place where Kobo Daishi is said to be in a state of eternal meditation, and where his mausoleum (Kobo Daishi Gobyo) is situated. 52 of the 117 temples in the area accept guests and it is a unique experience not to be missed
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kumano Nachi Taisha: This is one of the three Kumano Sanzan shrines located in Wakayama Prefecture. It's known for its stunning location next to the Nachi waterfall, which is the tallest waterfall in Japan at 133 meters. The shrine is dedicated to the god of water and is a popular destination for pilgrims and tourists alike.
This area is known as a spring destination and famous for over 30 000 cherry trees blooming in April, dressing the area in pink. Journey to Yoshinoyama town takes time but once you get there it's all very worthwhile. So come here in April to catch the best sakura view!
Ine Cho village in the Kyoto region
This charming village called the “Venice of Japan” is home to distinctive funaya boat houses lining the bay, offering you a historical perspective along with superb accommodation. Stay overnight at one of these lovely boat guest houses, have dinner with a fisherman family, enjoy a sea taxi ride, and feed sea hawks.
Shibu Onsen Town in Nagano
This old hot spring town, filled with historic buildings and a traditional atmosphere, is just a trip back in time. Shibu Onsen has nine public baths, known as sotoyu, that you can use for free. Enjoy great food and healing hot springs in this charming little town with cobblestone streets lined with traditional wooden Japanese houses.
Sushi Akisaryo (Hiroshima)
Sushi is a staple rice dish of Japanese cuisine, consisting of cooked rice flavored with vinegar and a variety of vegetable, egg, or raw seafood garnishes and served cold.
Soba Honmura-an (Tokyo)
Buckwheat noodles. May be served hot in broth or cold with sauce. The first option is typical of winter while the second one is popular in summer. This is why you should be especially attentive when ordering: mention several times that you need hot noodles.
Takoyaki Dotonbori (Osaka)
Deep-fried balls of dough stuffed with octopus. Served with a special sauce and a finely-cut fish topping.
Okonomiyaki Sakura-tei (Tokyo)
This is a meat or fish pancake, fried and garnished with sauce and herbs or that same finely-cut fish. The Osaka-style okonomiyaki are the most popular. Moreover, we recommend trying okonomiyaki in Osaka
Where can I buy a kimono in Tokyo?
Authentic kimonos in Tokyo are offered at the “Kimono Arts” shop that specializes only in kimonos and corresponding accessories. This is where you can find masters designing the most intricate details of the Japanese national clothing. You can purchase any kimono in the selection or place an order according to your own preferences and size. This store is located in Minato Ward. Address: Kimono, 2-1-8 Azabu-juban, Minato-ku.
When should I visit Japan to watch cherry blossoms in bloom?
Cherry blossoms in Japan start blooming in May. During the entire month, one can watch this process throughout the whole country. In Tokyo, it is best to enjoy cherry blossoms in Ueno Park near Asakusa.
What public transport in Tokyo is the most convenient?
Getting around Tokyo is very easy, especially if you have purchased IC cards (Suica or Pasmo). The most convenient and efficient transport in Tokyo is Subway. It is considered the 3rd largest subway in the world and consists of 13 lines and 224 stations.
What are the beach holiday options in Japan?
Beach vacation in Japan starts in May and goes on till October. If you are looking for a true beach holiday paradise, go to Okinawa. It consists of a couple dozen small islands and boasts superb white sand beaches, warm emerald-colored sea, coral reefs, and the mesmerizing underwater world.
Is the country safe
Fire Service: 119
Consulate: (03) 3224-5000
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