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• Japan | 日本国.
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Japan offers a wide array of captivating travel destinations that cater to different interests and preferences. Here are some of the popular destinations you might consider visiting:
Tokyo – Japan’s bustling capital city, renowned for its modernity, cutting-edge technology, vibrant street life, shopping districts like Shibuya (map) and Ginza (map), historical sites like the Imperial Palace (map), and cultural attractions such as Meiji Shrine (map) and Tsukiji Fish Market (map).
Kyoto – Known for its rich cultural heritage, Kyoto is home to numerous temples, shrines, and traditional gardens. Highlights include Kiyomizu-dera Temple (map), Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine (map), Arashiyama Bamboo Grove (map), and the iconic Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji, map).
Osaka – Often called the “Kitchen of Japan,” Osaka is a food lover’s paradise, offering delicious street food, vibrant markets like Dotonbori (map), and the famous Osaka Castle (map). Universal Studios Japan (map) and the vibrant nightlife in Namba district (map) are also major attractions.
Hiroshima – Recognized for its tragic history, Hiroshima is now a symbol of peace. Visitors can explore the Peace Memorial Park (map), Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and the iconic Atomic Bomb Dome (map). The nearby island of Miyajima (map), with its floating Torii gate (map), is also worth a visit.
Nara – Known for its friendly deer roaming freely in Nara Park (map), the city is home to Todai-ji Temple (map), housing the Great Buddha, and beautiful gardens like Isuien and Yoshikien (map). Nara’s traditional streets and Kasuga Taisha Shrine (map) are popular attractions too.
Hokkaido – Japan’s northernmost island is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty, including stunning national parks, hot springs, ski resorts, and wildlife. Popular destinations in Hokkaido include Sapporo, Hakodate, Furano, and the picturesque town of Biei.
Okinawa – A tropical paradise in southern Japan, Okinawa offers pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, vibrant coral reefs, and unique cultural experiences. Visitors can explore historic sites like Shuri Castle (map), indulge in delicious Okinawan cuisine, and enjoy water sports and relaxation.
Mount Fuji – Japan’s iconic and highest peak, Mount Fuji, attracts climbers and nature enthusiasts. It is also a symbol of Japan’s natural beauty. The Fuji Five Lakes region offers stunning views, hiking trails, hot springs, and picturesque landscapes.
Nikko – A UNESCO World Heritage site, Nikko is known for its impressive shrines and temples set amidst lush forests and scenic mountains. The Toshogu Shrine (map), Nikko National Park (map), and the picturesque Lake Chuzenji (map) are popular attractions.
Japan’s longest holiday is Golden Week (29 April to 5 May), when there are four public holidays within a week and people go on an extended vacation. Trains become crowded and flight and hotel prices are jacked up to multiples of normal prices, making this a bad time to travel in Japan, but the weeks immediately before or after Golden Week are excellent choices.
Spring is one of the best times of year to be in Japan. The temperatures are warm but not hot, there’s not too much rain, and March–April brings the justly famous cherry blossoms (sakura) and is a time of revelry and festivals.
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Plan your visit according to your interests.
Japan boasts a rich cultural heritage, vibrant cities, and blessed with diverse and breathtaking natural landscapes. From the iconic Mount Fuji and the picturesque Japanese Alps to the serene beauty of Hokkaido’s national parks and the stunning islands of Okinawa, nature lovers have plenty to explore. Cherry blossom viewing in spring and autumn foliage are also highly anticipated seasons for tourists.
Japanese cuisine is renowned worldwide, and culinary tourism is a significant aspect of visiting Japan. From sushi and ramen to tempura and traditional kaiseki meals, each region offers unique flavors and specialties. Traditional Japanese arts, such as tea ceremonies, calligraphy, kabuki theater, and traditional music (such as koto and shamisen), attract tourists seeking to experience the country’s cultural traditions firsthand. Festivals like the Gion Matsuri in Kyoto and the Sapporo Snow Festival are also major tourist attractions.
Japan’s pop culture, including anime, manga, and video games, has a dedicated global following. Popular attractions include Akihabara in Tokyo (known for electronics and anime merchandise), Studio Ghibli Museum, and themed cafes and shops dedicated to popular characters and franchises.
Onsen (Hot Springs) and Wellness: Japan has a rich tradition of onsen, natural hot springs renowned for their therapeutic properties. Many visitors seek relaxation and wellness experiences at traditional ryokans (Japanese inns) with onsen facilities, particularly in regions like Hakone, Kusatsu, and Beppu.
#1 Visit Kyoto
Our article about the city of Kyoto. Information about the city’s attractions, culture, events, and activities. Public transport.
#2 Visit Osaka
Often called the “Kitchen of Japan,” Osaka is a food lover’s paradise. Information about attractions and activities. Transport.
• Public Transport.
Guide to traveling to and getting around in the Country.
Transit Planner | Route Map – Japan Transit Planner.
For sorting through transport schedules and fares, HyperDia is an invaluable companion; it computes to-the-minute directions including connecting trains, as well as buses and planes.
⇒ Also сheck оut мore info: Transportation in Japan (japan.travel) • Transportation (japan-guide.com)
BUS: Japan Bus Online is a comprehensive website that allows you to search for and book bus tickets across Japan. Willer Express is a major bus company in Japan that offers long-distance bus services. + Highway Bus / JR Bus / kate.co.jp.
TRAIN: Japan Railways (JR): The official website of Japan Railways provides information about train routes, schedules, fares, and services offered by JR. + Central JR • West JR • East JR
AIRPORT: Most international flights arrive at either Narita Airport near Tokyo or Kansai Airport near Osaka; a smaller number use Chubu International Airport near Nagoya.
WATERWAYS: Direct Ferries • Ferry Sunflower • Willer Ferry
Japan. Waiting to inspire you｜JNTO.
Discover a wealth of inspiration in Japan. This is an official YouTube channel of the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO).
In Japan, there are 47 prefectures to travel and to experience its own regional specialties – this channel will provide travel highlights of each prefectures of Japan. Furthermore, it disseminates information about transportation, lodging, food and beverage, and sight-seeing as well as published tourism statistics and market reports. It also provides support for international conventions and incentive events.
⇒ video source: visitjapan / youtube.com /
• Useful websites.
Links to additional resources with useful information for planning your trip.
VISAS & IMMIGRATION.
Foreign Residents Support Center (FRESC) MOFA Visa Information. + JAPAN eVISA – for online visa application to visit Japan.
A website focused on budget travel in Tokyo, providing tips on affordable accommodation, dining, transportation, and f