The land of the Rising Sun has it all. Japan has an interesting history from early Japan, ninjas, and samurais during feudal Japan, the Edo Period, and to WWII and post-war Japan. It has vast and varied landscapes from mountains, volcanoes, breathtaking coastlines, caves, rivers, forests, and more.

The Japanese have a very proud and unique culture, the people are warm and welcoming, the food is amazing, they have thousands of awe-inspiring temples, four unique seasons. There is no wrong time to visit Japan, and Japan has something for everyone.

As Japan’s capital and the world’s most populous metropolis, Tokyo offers tradition and innovation, and unlimited opportunities to eat, shop, and explore. It is known for its fashion and shopping, from the trendy shopping districts of Harajuku and Shibuya to the luxury flagships of Ginza.

Kyoto is the former capital city of Japan and world-famous for its refined culture, dining, and charm of rural Japan. Temples and shrines such as Kiyomizudera Temple and Kinkakuji draw lots of attention from visitors, as do the bamboo groves of nearby Arashiyama. Stay in a traditional ryokan, take a dip in a rejuvenating onsen, and enjoy the seasonal changes of cherry blossoms and brilliant autumn foliage.

Osaka is a charming, relaxed city best known for its food, fun and nightlife. It is only a short bullet train ride from Tokyo but has a very different personality to Japan’s capital city. Osaka also has a historical side, the highlight of which is Osaka Castle. The castle is a great place to discover more about Japanese history and to wander the beautiful grounds, especially during cherry blossom season.


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