For more than a thousand years, Japan has been referred to as the Land of the Rising Sun. Nippon as the name is known in Japanese means ‘where the sun originates’. Today, the country of Japan is a leader in technology, and it does seem to herald everything that is interesting and beautiful. What’s interesting is how the traditional and the new come together here. There is no clash but a peaceful co-existence between the different aspects of Japan, which is evident for all to see.
Japan tourism is a delightful mix of old and new, a chance to see beauty and the best of technology. Whether you’re marvelling at the delicate cherry blossoms or partaking in a beautiful tea ceremony, whether you’re riding the elevator to go all the way up to Tokyo Tower, or simply walking through the streets of Ginza, wondering just how much shopping you can do, Japan will leave you breathless with anticipation.
This South East Asian country is actually an archipelago which has more than 6000 islands but there are four main islands which comprise the country – Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku - thus, it has diverse landscapes as well as climates as a result. In the North, there are snowy mountains to contend with while there are gorgeous lakes in the South as well as the bustling and beautiful capital city of Tokyo.
Japan has a temperate climate, but it varies from North to South. Japan has rather specific geographical features which divide the country into six zones where each zone has a specific kind of weather. Overall, winters in Japan tend to be quite cold while summers are moderate. There’s a rainy season as well in, which doesn’t really seem to deter many Japan tours.
Japan’s culture has emerged from thousands of years of evolution and while today it still has some traditions that are steeped in the past, it is a charming blend of old and new, which makes it so fascinating. Japan tourism leverages this blend of old and new and people who visit here are entranced by the many sights on offer, the many experiences that they can imbibe and make their own. From architecture to crafts to art, animation and cinema, Japan is a treasure trove of delightful little details that will stay with you, long after your Japan tour is over.
Millions of tourists visit Japan every year and the number keeps on increasing because of the value that a Japan tour offers, especially in terms of the enriching experiences. Apart from the many World Heritage sites here, cities like Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Mt. Fuji and Hiroshima attract a great deal of tourists.
Japan tourism begins with Tokyo, the gorgeous capital city that is the epitome of vibrance and life. Tokyo is simply one of the best cities in the world, and despite being a busy metropolis, there are little pockets where old Tokyo emerges, a heartfelt reunion between the old and the new. High rises compete with quaint beautiful temples while other must see sights include the Ginza shopping district, the Meiji Jingu shrine, the Sensoji temple which is the oldest temple in Tokyo and of course the iconic Tokyo Tower.
Osaka on the other hand is known for being an arts hub with several art galleries opening up but Japan tourism would be incomplete without a visit to Osaka Castle, one of the finest castles left in Japan today. The bustling commercial district of Dotonburi offers much to see and do while a visit to Universal Studios here will complete the trip for many families, especially those with young ones.
If you want to explore shrines and temples, head to Kyoto which is renowned for these. The city is a reflection of the seasons as it lights up in colours of rust during autumn and turns a glorious pink with the cherry blossoms in spring. Kyoto is best known for the many Japanese gardens where the tea ceremony still takes place.
If you happen to be in Sapporo, then you will have a completely different Japanese tourism experience. The capital of Hokkaido is renowned for ramen and snow, especially the latter because of the spectacular Sapporo Snow Festival which takes place annually. Here, you can see entire sculptures created out of ice in Odori Park.
If travelling from India, you will need Japan tourist visa. Also, the official Japan currency is Japanese Yen (JPY).
The following are some travel tips, do's and dont's to keep in mind during your Japan trip.
Etiquette is very important to the Japanese. It can get quite confusing for the first-time traveller. Here are some do’s and don’ts that should prevent you from making any faux pas.
Japan trip will leave you feeling enthusiastic about the next time you can visit and be a part of this breath taking multi-faceted country once more. Do remember to check the SOTC website for some great offers and deals or the perfect package which will make your Japan holiday unforgettable.