From the tropical beaches of Okinawa to the lofty peak of Mt. Fuji, at 12,388 feet, Japan is filled with history, cutting edge technology, ancient to contemporary architecture, nature, shopping, and unique cultural pursuits which appeal to novice and seasoned travelers alike.
Japan is 70% forest and the air is clean. The country of Japan has four seasons. The Zen gardens in the Buddhists temples and the Shinto shrines where wishes are purchased are an interesting peek into the Japanese culture. Strolling gardens such as Koishikawa-Korakuen, started in the seventeenth-century are a special treat. The paths elicit the sense of embarking on a journey.
Some iconic musts when traveling in Japan are:
- Hiroshima and the Peace museum
- Sumo wrestling exhibition
- Staying in an authentic Ryokan guest house
- Kabuki, Bunraku and Noh performance
- Riding the Bullet train, which travels at over 200 miles per hour!
- Take an evening stroll with a Geisha in Kyoto
- Shop in the 100-yen store or the famous Ginza area
- Visit the Samurai Museum
- Attend a Tea Ceremony
Food increases the pleasure of any journey and you are in for a treat eating in Japan. The city of Tokyo
has the most Michelin Star restaurants in the world. Kyoto is third on the list of Michelin Star restaurants. Japan’s cuisine, or Washoku is on the UNESCO intangible Cultural Heritage list. Presentation is a visual element that enhances your meal and carefully chosen plates are used to highlight the food that is decoratively carved into interesting shapes.
Japan is a safe destination, day and night. No tipping is necessary, and the Japanese are legendary for their honesty and kindness to visitors. So, what are you waiting for? Contact Lisa Hoppe Travel Consulting for your extraordinary trip to Japan.