Tips for Travel to Japan

The most exciting thing about planning a travel trip to Japan is that the country is full of things for you to experience, which you’ll be interested in, such as its history, food, fashion, gardens or almost anything else.

The best time to go to Japan is any season, because Japan is truly a year round destination, where each season has its own cultural celebration, from temple festivals to seasonal foods, a sample insight of these are: in winter, you’ll find amazing skiing and snowboarding, seafood, and onsen (hot springs); in summer, you’ll be witnessing colorful festivals throughout the country, hiking in the Alps, and a land or biking trip along, quaint coastal lines; in fall, you get to see Japan’s amazing autumn foliage (koyo) while you sip in their famous green tea; and in spring, you’ll be experiencing their hanami (cherry-blossom viewing) in all its glory.

For first time travelers to Japan, even if the country has many incredible places to visit, the must-visit destinations are essentially Japan’s modern capital Tokyo and its ancient capital Kyoto. One of the world’s most exciting and eclectic cities is Tokyo, which is full of amazing restaurants, beautiful gardens, cutting-edge architecture, charming backstreets, and a glittering neon-filled cityscape, while one of the most culturally rich cities in the world is Kyoto, which many travelers envision Japan to be, with its centuries-old backstreets, generations-old craft shops and unique restaurants, ancient temples and zen gardens.
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Places not to miss in Japan are: Niseko in Hokkaido where you can enjoy its powdery snow and skiing slopes; the charming atmosphere of Nagano’s Nozawa onsen; Tokyo’s fish and produce market in Tsukiji, where you can have an early breakfast with their freshest sushi and sashimi; Sapporo, Hokkaido where you’ll find mammoth snow and ice sculptures in February; Nara’s monumental bronze Buddha of Todai-ji; the beauty of Japan’s inland sea in Naoshima; Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park and Museum; Koya-san, which is one of Japan’s holiest mountains and home to over a hundred monasteries; Tokyo’s National Theater, Kabuki, which is Japan’s traditional performing arts; a 3-hour hike to Kiso Valley in Nagano; indulge in kaiseki-ryori, Japan’s haute cuisine; commune with thousand-year-old cedar trees in Kirishima-Yaku National Park; climb Mount Fuji, Japan’s tallest volcano; treat yourself to a traditional Japanese inn, ryokan; dance the night away at the country’s biggest Obon bash in Tokushima, Shikoku; visit a Sumo wrestling match; visit Tosho-gu shrine in Nikko; drop by a sake brewery in Obuse or Takayama; relive the samurai days in Himeji; walk through one of the country’s top traditional gardens in Kanazawa; stroll at their quaint village in Ogimachi.
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To plan out for your Japan itinerary, flight schedules, hotel accommodations, transportations within Japan, language guide and an idea about your travel expenses, a thorough search over these general websites about Japan will help you through all these travel concerns: Japan-Guide.com, Japan National Tourism Organization, JNTO Maps and Travel Guides, and Wikitravel.