Where tradition meets high tech
Steeped in tradition and history Japan is also a national leading the world into the future.
Japan is such a wonderful place where often it thousands of years of tradition and history sit uncomfortably with it’s modernisation. Often your will find traditional wooden living sitting right next door to modern architecture in the high tech cities. On an average subway ride, you might see childishly cute character toys and incredibly violent pornography. Japan has beautiful temples and gardens which are often surrounded by garish signs and ugly buildings. The most acclaimed restaurant in the country, which costs hundreds of dollars for dinner, is a small shop located in a subway station seating less than a dozen people. In the middle of modern skyscrapers you’ll discover sliding wooden doors which lead to traditional chambers with tatami mats, shoji screens, and calligraphy, suitable for traditional tea ceremonies.
The list of things not to be missed in Japan is probably endless but a few of our absolute picks include:
- Visiting the cherry blossom festivals all over Japan in early spring (March/April);
- Ascend Mount Aso to see one of the world's largest calderas
- Visit the snowy peaks of the country's largest national park, Daisetsuzan.
- Climb the 2446 stone stops of the holy Haguro mountain through an amazing primeval forest.
- Soak in the hot springs of Japan's Onsen Capital, Beppu.
- Go River rafting in some of the last wild rivers in Japan in the Iya Valley
- Ski the world famous powder of Hokkaido or in the Japan Alps.
- Overnight in one of the holy temples of Mount Koya.
- And, of course Climb the 3776 meter Mount Fuji, an icon of Japan.
Mt.Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan located in both Shizuoka prefecture and Yamanashi prefecture. It is symbol of Japan. Famous both for it’s shape and the amazing view seen from the top every year it receives thousands of visitors for sightseeing and mountain climbing.
Although mostly unknown to western tourists, Japanese tourists collect hanko stamp prints from places they have been to. Many temples, museums, and most train stations throughout Japan have a unique stamp, which is a nice and free memory from your trip in Japan. Simply ask the staff where the stamp is: Stampu-wa, arimasu-ka?