Japan is one of the most must-visit countries in the world (click here). It has a rich ancient culture which is very interesting and which has been in existence for years. Visiting ancient castles, shrines, temples, and other historical spots and landmarks will help you learn a lot about the country and its people.
Japan is a perfect mix of ancient culture, history, and today’s modern comfort, not to mention the amazing food that they have. It is a unique country and has so much more to offer its tourists. Just before an actual trip, a tourist may already have a beautiful picture of Japan, but being in the country for real will still surprise him.
Why visit Japan?
It has a lot of beautiful places such as amazing blue ponds, bamboo forests, breathtaking waterfalls, beautiful shrines, and temples.
It has been among the world’s safest countries simply because its government focused a lot on prevention of crimes, and preventive measures that support this objective, e.g., ATMs are placed inside the buildings and firearms are not easily available.
IT has preserved most of its culture and heritage, and this is felt and seen everywhere. The Japanese culture which has been in existence for thousands of decades already still lives on and is greatly felt, up until today.
It has countless gorgeous shrines and temples which speak of its rich culture and heritage. It is like walking on the pages of your history textbooks.
Despite having preserved its ancient history and culture, one will also be awed to see modern structures and skyscrapers in the cities, modern restaurants, and all the comfort you will find in the modern world. But it is modern in a different way as it has its own style and still remains unique.
Traveling from one destination to another is easy and fast in Japan.
It is generally a clean country; the hotels are always squeaky clean and smell fresh all the time, parks and streets are well maintained, free of litter. Everywhere you go, cleanliness is very evident (read more here: https://steemit.com/environmental/@phanthang/japan-the-cleanest-country-in-the-world-and-their-sense-of-environmental-protection).
The country has some of the most amazing food. While it is known for sushi and ramen, it is pleasurable to know that they also have a variety of meat and seafood menu, not to mention amazing barbecues, Sukiyaki, Tempura, Yakitori and so much more.
Japan offers you have all the matcha-flavored food you can eat. Add on to that is all sorts of Kitkats are in Japan, too!
Visiting Japan may seem expensive, but it is not as much compared to other Asian countries.
It has the best cherry blossoms. Spring is the best time to visit Japan; it is when all sorts of cherry blossoms are in full bloom that it would seem like somebody put the whole nation into the “sakura” mode.
This country may have big modern cities such as Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo, but it also has a great deal of nature to get in touch with – waterfall, volcanoes, and a lot more scenery. It is known for the iconic Mount Fuji which more often, than not, lands on a lot of mountaineers’ bucket lists. On top of that, the wildlife is amazing and very much alive.
The country has 21 World Heritage Sites, gorgeous and wonderful sites. It is probably one of the most awesome countries to travel to.
What to do and where to go?
Here are some interesting places to visit one should not miss.
Kumano Kodo Trail – If you are looking for peace and solitude, this off-the-beaten-path weaving through far-away mountains and small villages are the way to go. Hiking this ancient trail gives you the tranquility of pilgrims.
Koya-san or Mount Koya – It is the headquarters for Shingon Buddhism and the site of Kobo Daishi’s mausoleum. It allows the tourists to stay overnight so if you want to have a taste of a monk’s life, this is a must-visit place for you.
Kanazawa – It is the 4th largest city in Japan and is built around a grand castle and an amazingly beautiful garden. It has a picturesque old town and it continuously cultivates the arts.
Hiroshima – This is the youngest of all towns in Japan but is the most historic as it sealed the fate of World War II.
Nikko – This is where Toshogu is, the most decorated shrine and the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu is located. It is famous for picturesque nature parks and gardens.
Japan has a lot to offer – history, culture, religion, art, architecture, food, nature as well as a lot of the modern world; one just to have the time and the right itinerary to be able to enjoy all the must-sees in Japan. All Japan Tours are offered by various travel agencies, one can easily surf the internet for available group or individual tour packages. Definitely bucket-list worthy and if you go on the right season and be able to come up with a good itinerary, time spent in Japan will be worth your while. It is one of those places which you can read about online, but could not understand it fully unless you witness, feel, breathe, and experience it in actuality.