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9 Must-Have Experiences In Japan

By on September 21, 2016

Japan offers a truly unique experience – modern culture alongside a traditional one, palaces, castles and shrines alongside sky scrapers. The food, the outstanding nature and the amazing culture, all make Japan a must see destination. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip!

Kyoto – In Kyoto you will meet old Japan – temples and shrines, magical gardens, traditional Japanese cuisine and local shops. It is stunningly beautiful and peaceful, and boasts over a 1000 Buddhist temples, surrounded by sublime blossom.

Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, Japan

Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, Japan

Koyasan – Surrounded by forests and peaks, Koyasan is the center of Shingon Buddhism. It is also one of the best places to experience an overnight stay at a temple lodging,  where you experience a monk’s lifestyle, eating the monk’s cuisine and attending the morning prayers. It is an amazing and fascinating adventure.

Daimon Gate, the Ancient Entrance to Koyasan in Wakayama

Daimon Gate, the Ancient Entrance to Koyasan in Wakayama

Mount Fuji – Climb Japan’s highest mountain between July and September for amazing views and a rewarding experience.

Mountain Fuji in spring at Kawaguchiko, japan and Cherry blossom Sakura

Mountain Fuji in spring at Kawaguchiko, japan and Cherry blossom Sakura

Ryokan – Stay at the traditional Japanese style inns found throughout the country for a unique local experience. Ryokan are a chance to experience the traditional Japanese hospitality, sleep in futon beds, enjoy Japanese style baths and taste local cuisine.

Traditional Ryokan, Japan

Traditional Ryokan, Japan

Sumo – Watch a traditional Sumo match. Sumo is a Japanese style of wrestling and Japan’s national sport.

Sumo match

Sumo match

Onsen – Bath in an Onsen, a natural hot spring. Hot springs have a very long history in Japan, and they are a big part of Japanese culture. There are over 3,000 “onsen” – or hot springs – in Japan.

Japan's natural bath - Onsen

Japan’s natural bath – Onsen

Tokyo – Japan’s capital and ultimate urban experience. Shops, restaurants, culture and entertainment, this bustling city has it all. Tokyo is exciting in innovative, from fashion to pop culture, skyscrapers and music.

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Yakushima – This magnificent island is knowns for its natural wonders – ancient forests, towering mountains and hot springs. Enjoy some amazing outdoor activities like hiking, bathing, snorkeling and enjoying the amazing scenery.

lush rainforest on the southern island of Yakushima, Japan

lush rainforest on the southern island of Yakushima, Japan

Torii gates in Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto, Japan

Torii gates in Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto, Japan

Nara, Japan at Koriyama Castle in the spring season

Nara, Japan at Koriyama Castle in the spring season

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