Watch the world’s largest tuna auction at Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo
Visit a Sumo wrestling bout at a Sumo stable
Travel across the country at breakneck speed in a bullet train
Take a journey to Mount Fuji and even climb it if you wish
Participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony
Paul Craven has been with Steppes Travel for 16 years and true 'Travel Beyond the Ordinary' is what he loves most. Japan has long been on his wish list and he was not disappointed when he visited a few years ago. An incredibly well organised and efficient society yet still rich in ancient traditions, Paul found Japan to be far less visited than some of its Asian neighbours, with unspoilt landscapes and scenery. Visit in Springtime to see the cherry blossom in bloom or in Autumn when the Autumnal leaves can be best enjoyed. The perfect way to relax after a busy day sightseeing is in one of the natural Onsen (hot springs), found in many hotels - these restorative waters are still an essential part of Japanese culture.
Paul can tailor-make your holiday to your exact requirements; be it a family adventure, a luxury holiday or venturing off the beaten track. Alternatively you could join our group trip to Japan.
The Land of the Rising Sun conjures up images of fascinating kimono clad geisha’s, towering sky scrapers, ancient temples and high-speed bullet trains. It is a country of many contrasts each of which seem to work seamlessly together to create a captivating destination. Superb food, beautifully manicured gardens, a rich mix of Shinto and Buddhist religions and a transport network that is second to none.
Japan is an ultra modern country with an amazing culture and history which dates back many centuries. Cities like Kyoto and Nara allow travellers a small insight to the bygone eras through their many temples, museums and shrines of their rich and varied artistic inheritance.
Its other outstanding highlight is the scenery, from the picturesque Japanese Alps where small, once isolated, villages offer perfect conditions for trekking, to the awe inspiring Mount Fuji, and the turquoise seas and magnificent coral reefs of the Pacific island of Okinawa. Hokkaido, an island in the north, is home to some of the country’s indigenous people and is an important agricultural centre.
Of course Japan also offers a different type of scenery, Tokyo is the country’s capital and its futuristic skyline fascinates many, this busy city is a true depiction of the faster pace of Japanese life.
Travel in Japan can be expensive when compared to its South East Asian neighbours but it really is a must see destination, offering a perfect blend of hectic urban lifestyles and calm traditional culture.
Journey Ideas For Japan
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