Japan Travel Guide
Far away in the east of Asia, is a nation, where technology and tradition shake hands. It is none other than Japan – the land of the rising sun. Japan is an island country, which has triumphantly emerged from the ashes of its destruction. An inspiring and legendary nation, this place is a great destination for tourism.
Since Japan is a country composed of islands, it shares no land borders with any other nation. Being third among the richest country in the world, Japan has excellent facilities in tourism. It has a very glorious past with historical records dating back to as long as the 5th century. The world has witnessed its recent past when the nation suffered nuclear bombings on the cities of Hiroshima & Nagasaki during the Second World War. What is amazing about Japan is its 'never-say-die' spirit, which has immensely helped the country to win against all odds. Today, Japan is a very popular tourist destination and people from distant places visit the country for a delightful experience.
Tokyo, the capital city, is one of the most modern and busy cities in the world. This fabulous city has enormous scope for tourism with its beautiful historical monuments, awe-inspiring skyscrapers and lovely gardens with cherry blossoms. It is a true shopping junction with Asia's largest shopping centre – the 'Ginza' – also offering a view of Japan's traditional arts at Shinbashi Enbujo & Kabukiza Theater. The best place to visit in Tokyo is probably the Imperial Palace. Other interesting places of tourist interest include Tokyo Disneyland, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Sensoji Temple Asakusa, Hama Rikyu Garden, Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Arena, Tokyo Tower, Sumo Museum, and many more to add to the list. Tourists must also not forget to take a ride in the world-renowned metro rail of Tokyo.
Another favourite city of tourists in Japan is Kyoto, where you can savour your trip by visiting places like the Kyoto Imperial Gardens, Kinkakuji – Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle, Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto Museum and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. In the city of Hiroshima, you can have a look at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and the Asa Zoological Park. Osaka city is well known for its cultural art forms of Bunraku and Kabuki, the ancient Osaka Castle, well equipped Osaka Aquarium and Universal Studios Japan.
The Kenrokuen Park and the Honda Museum are a must-see in the city of Kanazawa. In Nagasaki, you can pay a visit to the Nagasaki Peace Park, Chinatown and the Confucian Shrine. Shikoku is a place famous for its temples of Goddess Kannon and the picturesque Ritsorin Park. Kyushu & Okinawa have enough natural beauty hidden in the mysterious caves, white sand beaches, hot-water springs, turquoise-blue seas, coral reefs and a number of lovely gardens.
One place that tourists cannot afford to miss in Japan is Mt. Fuji. This active volcanic mountain is the highest mountain peak in the country. During summers, adventurous visitors can avail a chance of hiking. Surrounding Mt. Fuji, there is a national park named Fuji-Hakone-Izu, where you can enjoy activities like swimming, fishing, boating, playing golf and relaxing in the hot-spring resorts. Some more cities having popular tourist destinations are Yokohama, Fukuoka, Hokkaido & Kansai. Travelling in Japan is a pleasurable experience and no matter how much you travel, there is still something to be explored.
Japan has a unique cuisine of its own. The most hyped Japanese dish is 'Sushi', which is a classic preparation of raw fish and rice. Other delicacies like 'Ramen', 'Kobe beef', 'Fugu', 'Chankonabe' & 'Kappa maki' are good for trying out.
Shopping in Japan can be done for electrical appliances, gadgets and gizmos. There are also a number of huge shopping malls, which house everything from costumes, shoes, toiletries to accessories under one roof. Accommodation has several options available for travellers, ranging from business hotels, luxury rooms, capsule hotels, 'ryokan' inns, love hotels and youth hostels. Air travel to Japan is very convenient since the country has four airports with international travel facility.
You can enjoy your vacation in Japan by doing so many different things. Attend a Sumo match or roam under cherry trees. Have a traditional Japanese breakfast or relax & meditate inside a temple. Climb Mt. Fuji or watch Japanese cultural arts. There's a lot you can do in Japan.